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, THE MAKING OF A MAN
By Henry Foster
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
Steve and his wife had talked it
over for a long time before the leg
acy arrived so unexpectedly from his
uncle Harry. It was only for $500,
but it clinched Steve's resolution.
An uneducated man, leaving the
primary school at 12 to work for his
mother's support, Steve was -at heart
a gentleman. But a man's heart
counts for very little against a man's
manners. And Steve was not
rough, for he was altogether fineness
itself but ill-bred. He would not
pass muster except among the labor
ing class. i
Netta was something higher. She
had worked in a- department store,
where Steve was one , of the pack
ers. He had come to know her by
knocking down a masher who was
pestering the girl with his.attentions.
And Netta, struck "by the kindness
of the man, gradually came to care
for him. And they had been mar
ried three years. There were two ba
bies, a girl and a boy. And Steve
was still packing case, at $15 a week.
They had talked over their own
and their children's future so many
times. And the same blank' wall
stretched before them. There was
no future. Already every penny of
their little earnings went week by
week. Then came the legacy.
"There's no chance for an unedu
cated man like me," Steve said. "The
only way for me to make money is
to find it."
"To find it, dear?" asked Netta.
"In the ground," said Steve. "I'm
going'-to Alaska. And, Netta, dear-"
"Oh, Jim, I can't have you go,"
" "- for little Ellen and Tom," he
austtL.:d. "We've got to make the
She brought herself to his view
point. I 'or the sake of the babies, to ,
give them the advantage which their
father had never had, Steve must go.
He set two years as the limit of his
absence. He took a hundred dollars
and left Netta with four hundred.
That would last her forty weeks,
with great economy. And long be
fore "that period had elapsed Steve
would send her some more. "
So he promised and so he per
formed. At the end of six months
At Last He Settled Down Grimly to
Making His Pile.
Jim. was making his fifty weekly in
Alaska. He was working in a store,
but he wrote that he was keeping his
eye open for opportunities, and at
the end of the year he meant to go
out prospecting. He inclosed for Net
ta two hundred dollars.
Thereafter she 'got twenty-five
weekly. She little guessed 'the cheap
ness of money in Alaska, or what