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show case. Quick as lightning the
visitor produced a revolver, pointed
it directly at the head of the pet
rifled jeweler, began putting the
watches in his outside pocket and
'Don't make a noise or I'll fill you
Nellie gasped; she trembled al
" over. Then, noiselessly, she crept
past the thief, whose back was to
her and his attention centeded on
' the man he was despoiling.
Clear of the door, beyond peril of
detection, Nellie looked hastily up
and-down the street. She made'out
- a policeman not 20 feet away and
ran up to him.
"Oh, please!" she panted "in the
jewelry store a robber. He has a
pistol and he is robbing the jeweler
and " "
Then all waS an excited blur to
Nellie until she" found herself, weak
and confused, on the Same seat in
the store, the jeweler regarder her-
with grateful interest
"Well, young lady," he observed,
-"you acted just in time to have that
i thief nabbed and save' my property."
"I am so glad," murmurer Nellie.
"You see, I had just come in to ask
about a position."
"Oh, that is it?" responded the
jeweler. "Really, I was thinking of
male help and the pay isn't much,
but maybe we can arrange that."
It wa arranged. Theresas a fa
therly spirit in the old jeweler jrttfL
Nellie longed for a home roof. For
two hours a day the shopkeeper had
to leave the store on business inci
dent to his calling. He lived alone
and there were three living rooms
behind the store. He was lonely,
getting old. '
"You are a brave, god girl, I see
that just like my dear, dead daugh
ter: Won't you take her place and
have a ' -comfortable and welcome
home,' even if a humble trae,?" "he
. So Nellie fell Into a new and pleas
ant groove of life. There was com
fort, there was affection, for the old
man grew to love her as an own
daughter. She was equal to the llghf
housework requiredAnd assisted him
not a little in the business. little by
little he learned to know her his
tory, and the history of the broken"
coin as well, her half of which she
cherished devotedly. He made in
quiries concerning Warren, from
whom Nellie had not heard for 'a
"I've got no news of importance,
dear," he told Nellie. "The firm Mr.
Boyd was with, importers of spices,
sent him on a business mission td
Africa, somewhere in the .Interior.
He has not been heard from since.
When he does come back he will
face a serious disappointment, for
the house he is representing' has
gone into bankruptcy." x
It was nearly two months after
that when, one day, a young man
entered the little shop. J2e was poor
ly dressed and looked as if he had
been ill. He approached the counter
in air' uncertain and embarrassed'
''I am in sore, need," he explained,
f alterlngly. "I must have money for
food and I wish to ask a favor. I
have something of value, but' it Is
cherished as a memento. Would you
advaiice me somethingon it until I
"I am not a pawnbroker," replied '
"That is why I ask you, for I feel
I can trust you. It is half of a $20'
gold piece." ' -
And Warren Boyd, back from peril,
hardship and illness, produced the
memento in question. In an Instant
Mr. Wilsonr comprehended that fate
had sent a longed-for wanderer to
to his door.
"Wait," he said, and hobbled into
the next room. "JJellie, dear," he
spoke to his adopted daughter, "let
me take your broken coin for a mo
ment, will vou?"
Nellie wondered, but obeyed. Mr,
Wilson returned to the store. Ho
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