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"Oh, by all means!" exclaimed the
young man. He had for some time
looked with longing eye on the fine
old house with its pretty grounds.
Decidedly there must be no mort
gage. He concluded he must bring
matters to a crisis. But Jean persis
tently sjde-tracked, his endeavors, so
the next best thing was to help her to
a position. He was quite sure she
would soon tire of the hard work and
be willing to become Mrs. Leon Brad
bury, To throw her into the numer
ous temptations' of an office with all
kinds of men, perhaps those who
would make themselves agreeable to
her, was out of the question, so he
watched his chance and when one of
the girls in Mr. Harkness' office left,
got for her the vacant place. Hark
ness was a bachelor over 4Y), and
seasoned and confirmed in a single
life. Bradbury had no fears of him
as a rival. Besides he would have
Jean quite under his eye, and, as he
told her mother, would "look out for
The first day Jean took dictation
from Mr. Harkness she made several
"I am sorry," she said. "I will try
not to have it happen again. But if
I make you to much trouble, you can
But Jean was not discharged. She
seemed so anxious to please, and
improved rapidly in her work.
One day when Bradbury was walk
ing home with Jean he asked: "How
do you get along with the old man?"
"Do you mean Mr. Harkness?"
"Why, of coures."
"I don't call him an old man. He
can't be 40, and at any rate his heart
and soul are young."
"Oh!" said Mr. Bradbury with a
silent sneer, "I didn't know a man's
heart and soul came to the surface
in his office. Rather unusual isn't
"Yes," answered Jean, "the kind
Mr. Harkness has is unusual."
air. Bradbury was dumfounded.
i There was no mistaking the earnest
ring of admiration in the girl s voice.
Was it possible she was falling in love
with a man twice her age? He con
cluded it must be looked into. Pos
sibly Harkness had made advances
to her. He determined to find out.
He made frequent trips past the of
fice door when it was open. He even
made excuses to get inside, but he
never saw anything the least suspi
cious in the behavior of the head of
the firm. One day he ventured to ask
Mr. Harkness if Jean was giving sat
isfaction. He answered in a coldly
businesslike way that she was.
As time went on the young man
became convinced that Jean had
something more than admiration for
his employer. There were two im
portant reasons why this should not
go on. It was surely a useless, hope
less idea for Jean to cherish. He felt
that the girl's life should not be sad
dened by such a love. Besides, he
had made up his mind that he would
As an old and valued employe he
felt herhad the right to consult Mr.
Harkness on the subject
It was not an easy matter to ap
proach, but after some stammering
he plunged in. He believed he had
good reason to know that his stenog
rapher had grown to care for him
more than was good for her peace of
mind. Mr. Harkness' face expressed
amazement. He assured Mr.-Bradbury
he had not noticed anything of
the kind. Harkness was not in the
least erotic looking. His nose was
too stubby. But there was a fine
breadth of brow, and his clean-shaven
mouth was firm and kind. Mr.
Bradbury insisted something must
be done to cure the girl. Mr. Hark
ness agreed with him.
"Suppose," suggested Bradbury
"you dictate an affectionate letter to
a lady, that may show her that it is
hopeless for her to "
"Capital'" exclaimed the other. "I
The next day after the other let-