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Volving entrance doors of the 'build
ing. "Wish I'd get a chance to talk to
that young lady," soliloquized
Frank. "If I am not mistaken she
needs a friend, maybe food. She
looked worried worse than that,
He was awaiting the down signal
from the starter a few minutes later
when he reached out his foot and
drew Into view an object lying on the
1 floor of the car. . It was a large ma
nila envelope with no direction on its
outside. Fsank inspected its con
tents to find a dozen or more stpck
certificates. They all applied to a cer
tain Southwestern Land and Water
company and represented a face val
ue of a good many thousand dollars.
A delicate fragrance, a faint old-time
perfume, emanated from the pack
age. He had noticed the same when
the girl had entered the car. At once
Frank comprehended that she had
lost the papers.
He waited expectantly clear up to
the noon hour, calculating that when
the girl missed the papers, she would
"naturally go back her course,
seeking for them. She did not come.
Frank, when relieved from duty,
went to the office of Waltham & Co.
After some inquiries found one 'of
the salesmen of the bond house who
recalled the visit of the young lady
"I remember her," he told Frank.
"She wished to sell some insipid
shares of stock. I told her they were
"I think I could find her," said
Frank, and told of finding the enve
lope. "I don't know her name and didn't
notice the transfer signature," ad
vised the broker. "She looked dis
appointed when I told her that stock
was insipid worthless it is, in fact
It's on a concern that never paid a
dividend and has pulled along with
little of value except Its franchise
since it was launched."
"All the same I'd like to restore the
papers,' said Frank. T noBce that
the last transfer is In the name of
"Which is probably her name. You
Which Frank didfbut there was no
results. He kept his eyes wide open
when on the street He had a long
ing memory of the sweet face of this
momentary acquaintance ,and be
lieved he could recognize her a
square away. Bertha Simonds,
however, if that was in reality her
name, did not chance to cross her
path. He kept the papers in a safe
pocket, ready to restore them at a
moment's notice 'to their rightful
Over two months went by. Then
the vanishing hopes of Frank Mit
chell were reinspired. His ever alert
ear caught a fragment of conversa
tion between two passengers. One
was Waltham of Waltham & Co. The
other had observed:
"I see that old dead South West -ern
Land and Water Co. stock is "
"Goinjj up!" sang out Frank to a
" is going up."
"Yes, a new crowd -trying to get
controL We're offering 85 per cent
for all we can get" '
And the very next morning Frank's
heart gave a jump. The ideal of his
dreams stepped aboard his car. She
looked excited, she nodded to him
and Broiled. ,
"Twelfth floor, please, she said.
"Do you remember I was here be
fore?" "Yes, I know," announced Frank
promptly. "Did you lose something
that day, miss?"
"Yes, some papers."
"I found them. I've been looking
for you ever since," replied Frank.
"Here they are."
"Oh, I'm bo glad!" cried the girl
excitedly. "I Baw the stock adver
tised yesterday and I hoped there
was some way I could get it reissiied.
How shall I ever thank you?"