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You ought to knowy Mr. Driscoll,"
was the reply. "You've been on our
books long enough. You skipped
from your last employment and we
have just located you. We have eight
claims for unpaid bills aggregating
$140. You've got to pay them or we
will notify your boss and garnishee
His sin had found him out! Here
was the penalty of duplicity. Dens
low winced. He. thought quickly. He
was getting $50 a week. Could he
afford to pay the debts of the man
whose identity and recommendations
"See. here," he said, "how would
twelve weekly payments do you?"
"Fine!" promptly responded the
collector, "only don't do as you" did
before fall down on the contract
We are bound to get you in the end."
"H'm!" quizzically smiled Dens
low, and paid, the first instalment
When the last instalment came
due it was another, collector who
called for the final payment He ex
plained that his predecessor had left
the collection agency. He regarded
Denslow with a queer smile as he
gave him the receipt Then he whis
pered in his ear:
"What's the answer?" -
"To what?" propounded Denslow.
"You're not Rodney Driscoll."
"Eh! What? - Why do you say
that?" inquired the staggered Dens
low. "Because I know for sure. I used
to collect of you a year ago, -before
we lost you." -
"Suppose I am doing an. act of
kindness?" ventured Denslow.
"Oh, it's your business, of course,"
replied the collector airily. "Only
there's another person as much in
terested in this mystery as I am."
"Mystery?" repeated Denslow.
, "Isn't it that?" challenged the
"Who else is interested?"
"The real Rodney Driscoll."
I "H'm!" observed "Denslow, wres
tling with this new poser and all at
"Last week," 'explained the collec
tor, "the old Rodney Driscoll I knew
came into our offce, thin, seedy and1
"Was he a bad-one, then?" asked
Denslow. , "Once. He's got nobly over it,
though. He opened his heart to us.
Been dissipating for a year. Saw a
friend die of delirium tremens and
got scared. Got thinking of his girl1
and a sister and .was ashamed. He'
came to us square. He had no moneyj
nor a job, but says he: 'I owe you'
money and I've acted the sneak. Give
me a chance. If I get a job you won't
hound me out of it if I pay you jvhat1
I can squeeze out the end of the
"And you told him?" i
. "Not if it's only a dime a month
provided it's regular and you're kV
"He left his address and went
"Give me that address, will you?1
"And forget there are two Rod
I ney Driscolls until I get the muddle1
"Surest thing you know. You see,
I didn't let him know his claims were'
all settled up. I scented a mystery.
That's why I came to you this timej!
I'm mum until you give the word."
Denslow saw the man,whose name
and recommendations he had stolen?
for the first time that night He saw1
him purposely at a distance, studied
him, inquired about him. Yes, to al'
appearances Rodney Driscoll had cut ,
out his wild ways. '
, "I'll think it over for a day or so;
and then do the right thing," mused
The "right thing" was forced on:
him the next day. The senior part-,
ner of the firm sent for him.
"Driscoll," he said, "our treasurer
has resigned and I have appointed-'