from a young fellow in love," re-
sponded the other man, "but it's nine
parts selfishness after all. Have you
thought of what you are taking away
from Rennie? She would have lux
ury everything. What can you give
"In worldly goods, not much just
now; but other men have started as
poor as I am and made their way
and I can. It goes a long way when
you are working for a girl you love."
The modest, sincere tone of the
young man, his firm, straight gaze,
told strongly with the other. It also
'occurred to him that Jay Felby was
undeniably handsome, and well set
up. Nevertheless he felt he must
make one more appeal.
"I am asking you again to consid
er what you are taking from her," he
"I am thinking of that," he an
swered. "I shall put it to Rennie as
as you would."
The upshot of "putting it to Ren
nie" was that the pair were more
than ever determined to marry. Mr.
Bettling was informed that a confer
ence of three was desired. Jay was
spokesman, with occasional second
ing from Rennie. Never had two
more determined young people con
fronted a managing, maneuvering
"I have been thinking for some
time I should like to study interior
decorating," said Rennie. "With your
permission I would like to begin
"Certainly," said Mr. Bettlnig,
quite submissively. "That might add
to your income."
Felby passed his examination and
Mr. Bettling arranged with a leading
law firm to take him in. In about Six
months the young man announced
that Rennie and he had concluded
they could make the plunge and get
married. Mr. Bettling insisted on
furnishing the little fiat in a way
they both thought entirely too ex
travagant But, after all, they told
Jiim, jt was to be his other bome anil
he was to drop in there at all times
as best suited him.
They did insist, however, on a quiet
little wedding and Mr. Bettling put
into an envelope the check he told
them the big wedding would have
cost and they found it a nice little
bank deposit for emergencies. The
elder man indeed found the little flat
his "other home." He came so often
that Rennie began regularly to put
at plate on for him at dinner.
One evening, after the meal was
cleared away, Rennie said: 'When,
the heir comes he will be taking you
away from us. I wish he wouldn't
come. I am wicked enough to hope
his ship goes down in the middle of
"He is here," said Mr. Bettling.
Had a bomb or an earthquake
struck the place it could not have
had a more startling effect Finally
both gasped out: "Here!"
"Yes," said Mr. Bettling. "He is
here now in this room."
The two young people looked at
each other in a kind of dazed horror.
Had Mr. Bettling gone suddenly in
sane? "You see," he went on quite un
concerned, "I always wanted lo know
if it was true."
"What was true, dear?" asked Ren
nie, humoring him.
"Why, two people loving each oth
er just for themselves nothing else.
That heir of mine was fine for that."
The two looked at each other with
"Don't you understand?" he went
on. "There never was any heir I in
vented him. You two are all the
heirs there ever will be. You are
dearer to me than anything else in
the world because you are 'real.' "
Then it seemed to all three there
was, besides themselves, a "real"
presence in the room.
TO EVEN UP WITH DAD
Bobbie Gran'ma, will you please
marry me? I'd like to be dad's fa
ther.for.a few days.. Litik
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