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By Harold Carter
(Copyright, 1916,, W. G. phapman.)
Frank Leeson heard his-landlady's
step on the stair and for the first
time in weeks it did not make his
heart sink. He waited in his hall
bedroom with malicious anticipation
of the scene that was to follow.
"Are you there, Mr. Leeson?"
came Mrs. Studd's rasping voice.
"Did you want to see me, Mrs.
Studd?" asked Frank.
"No, I didn't," retorted the wom
an. "I want to see the last of you.
Your rent is overdue three weeks
and you'll have to get out"
"Why, I told you I'd pay you to
day," said Frank.
"You did, and you've told me that
for weeks past And I've not seen a
penny from you. And it's $9 I want,
or you can go tonight and leave your
trunk behind you."
"I'm sorry you don't seem able to
trustme," said Frank, "but here you
are. Can you change this?" '
He pulled out his pocketbook and
Mrs. Studd's eyes nearly popped out
of her head, for "this" was a $100
"I don't know as I can change it,"
she bluffed. "But never mind now,
Mr. ifeeson. Any time, I'm sure."
And Mrs. Studd retired in confusion.
In the hallroom above lived Miss
Nancy Walton. The sound of her
footsteps upon the stairs made
Frank linger at the door. She smiled
brightly as she saw him. Nancy
worked in a department store and
she was always neat and sniiling.
Frank had thought that the man
who got her would be a lucky fellow.
He did not say anything, however,
beyond an ordinary greeting. He
went back into his room and sat
down and began to think about the
unexpected legacy of $500 which
Uncle Jim had left him. Frank
earned $20 a week in. an. office and
he had always been industrious, even
saving, until the money arrived.
"I'm going to see life now," he said
to himself. -
And he saw, in anticipation, the
enjoyment of Broadway, of lata sup
pers, of shows, all those things that
he had longed for all his life and nev-,
er dYeamed of possessing. He start- W
ed the round that night, having, ob
tained a week's leave of absence, to
come off his vacation. Business was
slack and Frank's employer offered
no objection, though he had no idea
Hardly Recognized Himself
how Frank intended to spend that
During the next two days the
young man lived in a whirl of ex
citement He had never lacked
friends and now that he seemed to
be flush they came- clustering round
him like flies around a honeypot. On
the third morning'he'awoke in his
room with a splitting headache. He