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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 18, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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He spent most of hlsmoney in
costly atire, bought an automobile
and never opened a law book. Tjncle
Abel sized him up desolately, dis
cerned that Cecil would not make
evein a competent copying clerk, but
kept on with Cecil, hoping the open
ly exhibited partiality would bring
. his favorite Walter around to terms.
Quietly, strictly devoted to his
businesss, Walter pursued the even
tenor of his way. He was determinedj
, to Duna irom tne ground up, and
humble as was the employment of
carrying pole and links .through' the
' mud and in all kinds of weather, he
loved the long tramps, he enjoyed
being amid nature's woods and by-
ways, and he was learning important
rudimentals of the 'line of labor he
expected to make his life work.
Cecil Archer' called his automobile
"The Hummer." It was showy,
speedy and deserved the designation.
In his own mind Cecil considered
himself "a hummer." In the course
of time he came to know Miss Marsh.
SHe struck his fancy completely.
Walter, who spent two evenings in
the week in her company when he
was in town, was away on some im
portant business. Cecil rather
amused her. In an unadvised mo
ment she consented to accompany
him to a musical entertainment
Thereafter his attentions became
persistent.
Leonie had become a trifle piqued
a,t a circumstance concerning Wal
ter. She learned that he had come
to town one evening, had visited ,his
uncle and had left early the next day,
without seeing her. They were not
engaged, still she resen.ted-the negli
gence. Hence the buoyant belief son
the part of Cecil that he had "cut out
his. rival?' - n
It was a fact that Walter had" vis
ited his uncle. The old man Rave
him a dubious welcome as he camej
across himui the library, waiting for
an interview.
"Come to your feed, eh?" he asked
harshly. "Prodigal son, regretful
wanderer and all that?"
''See here, uncle," rallied Walter,
with his naturally sunny smile,
'don't affect the stern, unrelenting
tyrant, for it isn't In yowveood. gen-
vtle naure. I have come to you on a
matter of business strictly. I think
you believe me honest and truthful"
"Who said you weren't?" growled
the okLfellow. )
"Then alh-I ask is that you treat
me as a stranger, but an honest and
truthful stranger, The rest will be
easy."
"Easy for what?" demanded Mr..
Dunn suspiciously.
"To do business together and di
vide something like fifty thousand
dollars."
"Condesce'nd to make me a part-1
oer, eh?"
"Could I find abetter one?" in
quired the persistently good-natured
Walter, and then madeZhis proposi-'
tion. Abel Dunn "sat up and took no
tice," and elated and sanguine Wal
ter Jeft town the next morning as
noted.
It. was a great week for the one
and original' "hummer" of the town
for Leonie, in her pettish mood over
"wilful neglect," was agreeable to
auto rides and graceful attention,
even if they were at times distinc
tively a bore. She accompanied Ce
cil to some college" sports. He no
ticed that she was interested and
enthusiastic. A friend chanced fo
refer to the superior attainments of
the absent Walter in that line.
. "All the go to go wild over that
kind of stuff, I see," ruminated little
Cecil. "I've 'an idea."
The "idea" was worthy of his lim
ited mental capacity. There was a
tough element in Tipton led by a
professional prizefighter. To this in
dividual, amenable' to money, Cecil
made a proposition that was grin
ningly accepted. The bruiser was
to post one of his assistants on the
principal street. Hewas to be ap-

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