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_I NOVELIZED BY
LOUIS JOS???H VANCE FROM THE PLAY
OF THE SAME TITLE BY <G
COPYRIGHT. 1910. BY W1NCHLLL SMITH AND LOUIS JOSEPH VANCE
Kat - red fer In
ttrir ? ??? to the
an,*, ? jualntancet
Wh?r?-: .. :s ?hatter*,!
Work ? ' tnarrji
clt> clothe? depart? for and arriv?e al
? t M
not see ir. but I'm S
"If : y see me
this lu *
here. I ?'.
It. for .1 ?.1 rousing flr? on Main
"And 1 -
you read atwut ? .oet In the
"Come! at thl?! And. my
boy. reinere! er ta y lout
10 low de ?un ?ees neth
"Probeblj d Ht thst."
Suddenly lie ro>.
He was late at ? fast snd
?lient and reserved throughout that
him dissatisfied and I "1 bis
chair h a noi;
alatosi As soon ?
?Itile he ,4 escape from the
k he Indulged In that I
ing took hi m in
en the road . east
r ?18 ? BAD WAS ?OWKD.
urard. cr 1 and the
rtver. north through a smiling agri?
cultural r. . the Flat?? BO
eras trudging up Main street toward
Center shortly after 11.
Recognition of Leonard A Call's
Ami liar - .t tired him with a
?pint of adi enture and ent.
?topped short, thoughtfully rubbing hi?
email mustache the wrong way. his
Vision finad ?? the embarrassingly can?
did win.! vs.
"ltd be an awful thing for me to do
"Think of . man, Jumping
counters in and Out among all those
?those thing? like a lunatic monkey
performs p _? oa ? Monday mon
He th !y and sighed. "It
"Hut it s one of - it must be
done. Barry said a ribbon clerk was
a social equal.
"On. No more shenanigan:
Brace up! Be ? man!
"A man? That's the whole trouble.
I am a man. Pee get no business in
? place like that"
He turned and mooed ?way slowly.
But the Idee had him by the heels
Be struggle?! sgalnel a growing
lotion to return shtenroent
came to him suddenly. lie p.
again, guappi rag with this amazing I
"Great Se,,tt : Harry was right, darn \
him! He oohl this piu< e would recoa*
etruct me from the Inside out. and vi< e
?era?, and. by Jinks, it has! I actual?
ly want to work!
"Can you beat thnt-roe?"
Be swung bach to Leonard A Call's,
mentally re\ lewlng his instructions.
"Let*? see. I was to wait at least s
month to let the shopkeepers get ac?
customed to the sight of me. ?-m m.
Barry certainly has a cuts wfj of ex?
I pfees it. Hut it can't be
walk in ?
.t. If ?'?
to g ?
? j -?\\
have said if I
? j In
? It s
darkly. In th
?d Pke |
nrn and half full *
In which bleary cai .-?tied
betw. le pa?
"WILL, I DECLARE!' HS SAID, RlHTJTO.
cine. The recessed door l>ore an in
ecription in gold letters, tarnished and
Rt.'GS &. CREM O LS
??CRIMP :P LYC POUNDED
"Luiks like the very place for one
of uiy acknowietlged abiiltlea." eald
Duncan. He turne?! the knob and en?
tered, advancing to the middle of the
A alight grating noise behind him
brought Dun. an round with a start.
At a workbench near the window eat
a white haired man garbed bagglly
In an old crash coat and trou sere. Bio
head was bowed over something
clamped in a Ota?, at which be wae
tinkering busily with a ule. Lie did
not look up. bot ae bis caller mooed
lag u i red amiably. "Well?"
"Good mornlug." stammered Dun?
can?"er?1 should any afternoon."
"So you should. " 8am admitted, etili
Xueelnx with hie work. "Anything you
ed his confusion.
- ; that's ?
"I I'm ent,"
to hav? ? ' value
se in Rad
. for a
^ar<l him in
lieve 1 em?
: I ?tincan
that ? : It."
ese is eo email
I'm ? n. no
tlcant. I meen It,
a fra Id
drug m for
H?- int it
'. and I'm
?link it - Sam's
at a I :iough
to want t.? w..rk."
. htful dep
goeaa you me H prettj
deem .t." brig! If yon
it it I'd better take
you ' rkey*d
01 the price."
were over I Minean argued.
A hy not try me
l "Well, I'm Just a little bit afrni .
wouldn't barn much, my boy. I don't
d<> boalneee enough to give you a good
idea of It"
l this impatiently
I h business ere you
S?.m?? ?: iham reckoned it
on l?: in a dollar or
two : s nothing. There's
my simIv fountain." he said, with a
jerk of a t:.....,:. toward it?"go
fixed up a lit . ago. And It's
? rig in a little -not much.
000, I need more sirups. I've only got
an Jumped at
the idea -ii .vii tin? girls
round bere drink sod?, don't tkoy/T*
**Oh. yes," said Graham abstractedly.
(II kPTRR VHI.
Till: thought infused new life
into the yewager man'a wan
"Mr. Lraham, I
wish you'd let me come In
here for awhile. 1 don't care about
Graham .'if ted bis shoulders resign?
edly. "W?-ll. my boy. it don't see m
right, but if ><>u really want to work
here for aothlaoj I'll be glad to have
you. and if things look up with me I'M
he glad tO pay you "
Abruptly tie found bla band grasped
and pumped gratefully.
"That's mighty good of you, Mr.
Graham. When can I start?"
"Why. whenever yon like."
In a twinkling Duncun'e hat and
glove? were off. "I'd like to uow." he
aald. "Where can we get more cinipe?"
"Unfortunately I'll hare to buy
_"How much?" Duncan's hand waa
in till int.
? n't dO t!
from me." He gunned ?
?II right." bs
"T'll draw It down as
?con as ? ? sod? " ?*?
"<>! In't be right for
Bel rao was press?
ing Ule bill int
? "Will *.?> Bi ?
he Insisted "Row can ue build up
? 1 learn the but
? ? :
if J oU*?
? m laughed. "That
I tUd up the '
?eos. Well pul and?
and. pie in the
ll?? raked the
with a calculel all his energy
Ered by enthueteen at ?.
him with kindling likln. !:nlra
(ore ' bought
i?you know, my boy, you've got
splendid business ability," ho asserted,
with whole souled conviction.
Duacao alm< "What?" he
"I was just saying you have wonder?
ire the first man that ever
that ? wonder if it's so."
"I'm sure of If"
"Well." said Nat. chuckling. "I'll
write that to my chum He'll"?
'?<?h. ? can ten,?? Graham Interrupted.
r, I? Well, you see. I re l>een a
failure in busi.tes? V f "" as thut
goes. Pre failure in everything
all my MB
Dm 1 for ? moment, then
offered his hand- "For luck." he 0U>
plained, meeting Graham's puzzled
gH7.e as his hand was taken.
Wondering, (Jrahara shook his head.
and gratitude made his old voice treni
?Iona He ? ut a hand over Duncan's.
pattini: It gently.
"I want you To know, my boy, that I
appreciate" His voice broke. "It's
mighty kind of you to buy tho sirup
"Nothing of the rort. It's Just be?
cause pee got great business ability."
Danen laughed quietly and moved
sway ? ? want to clean up a bit,"
?aid he. "(Jot a broom? Til raise the
duet s bit while you're out sending
"You'll find one in ? he cellar, I guess,
"Oh. that's all right. Where's the
"Underneath." <Jraham told him elm- i
ply. taking down a battered hat from
s book behind the counter.
"1 know. Bag how do I get there?"
"Ry the steps, fen go through that
door there luto the hall. The steps are
under the stairs ro our rooms I live
shove the store, you see."
"Vet. Uoodby. Mr. Graham."
"Ooodby. my boy."
Duncan wctrbed th? old man move
slowly out ot sight, then, with a groan,
sat down on the counter to think j*
A SQCAKK, Dl-CE-NT MAN, BEERBT.
ov.T. "it wouldn't be
make a niMS of things w" he
told himself bitterly. "Now y? u have
and went and d??ne It, ??\ For
tune Bester. ??? stand a ewell
' getting away with the |
whoa yen take ? ' Job In a
spaMied ? with no
trade Worth mentioning and nothing
?? uist beeaeoo that old
duffer y human being you've
-I in this !
"WOn.ler what Harry would mj if
I that wonderful :
Bg Bet what in thun
? -SS to this
1!?? raked his surroundings with a
"<>! l thoughtfully, "it'e the
minute? later Ren Sperry f
him In the -ition, his bead bent
?ng fi>r ?
drag bonse in EUaJra, more
than I can remember
Graham, coi trad?
ed during the days when Graham's
the drag Radville. has
survived the decay of the
?it man. Sperry. and
has wanted many an hour trying to
Bam bo pay a little more at?
tention to the business
thing I can d<> for you?" chirp?
ed 1? ng off the
1er as Sp? ??>!.
"I just wann
Mr. Orahem'a noi in at pros
pat." ? mu .m told bin ?-.
rj wrinkled i.is brows over this
"lim work.: he
"Well, 111 DO hanged"'
us i. ; ' I?uncan
mtly. H? ant, ?
little irritated '?Sur..? there's nothing
do for you ':"
".\i><>." y, strug
gilng to comprehend. "Thank you Just
: at all" Dum-an turned away
Bperrj pursued. "I d"ti't
buy from .In;..? . to 'em."
Dosjcaa fkced about with new inter?
est in the man. YesV" he eaid en?
"My card." volunteered Sperry. fish
ing the slip of pasteboard from his
waistcoat pocket He dropped In*
sample case beside the stove and
plumped down |sj the (hair, to the
of its OXtOteace. "1 don't make ibis
bOWa vtiy olti-ii." I)?? pursued while
Duncan studied ly#? card. "Sothern ft
Lee ere the only people ' ??dl to here
but I BOT Off miss a cha....? fee elmi
awhile with old Sam s?. Having kail
an hour before train time, I though:
I'd drop In."
"Mr. (?ralia m doesn't order from
your hoiis??. then?"
"Doesn't ?.rder from anybody,
"1 don't know. I've Just come here
He'll be oorry to have mlased you.
though. He's Just stepped out to wire
your house?I gather from the fact that
it's In LI mira; he mentioned that town,
not the rimi nume?for some airupa."
"Vou don't mean it!" Sperry gasped
"What's struck him all of a sudden?
Fie ain't put in any new stock for teu
years. 1 reckon."
"Well, you see." Duncan explained
artfully, "I ve persuaded him In a way
to try to make something out of the
business here. We're going to do
what we can. of course. In a small way
"let ra Bora ??t," said Dunosa.
? 1 a ?lubinus head. i
rn's a nice
old duffer, but he ain't got no boi
?cose nn<l never bad. You can m
? if bow ? ? rythtng run te
"Yes. 1 know That's why he
me." sa'd DUBCUn brazenly. I
soul he remarked. "Oh, Lord!" In n
tone of BU ssal lmpu
dazed even himself. "But don |
think he ? k some ?
"Nu doubt about that at all," Sperrj
"Sure of if. TOU see. .
round here like* Pam. and Sot hern A
Lee h.nv?? always been outsiders
would swlnjr to this shop lu a minute
just on account Of that. !
ted a lot of talk on our timi ?
? glee bla some credit, but thej
couldn't so.? it Be owed tl
then that x? a* so old it had grown
will t It ain't worth
"Look b toh h
: think." sal.l the *
Ing man. G?. diet. "I'm
?enposed :?? ask for peyment
' always have it with nie. but It
? had * to say a word t
I for a good hu?; time Bore !t Is"
Duncan studied ?
random: To Mdse, m per bin ren?
dered. ?I7V?" "l wonder"? be mur
I "I was w nnderinj
there's a JOUBg
, store a I little
I cre<nt because Im Graham
I WOal let him put In ." ?
' ? bit of us,?,'" Sperry
?'i ? it th.? bone?
"Bel ! pay this bill"?
tainiy ? mean it." Danesa pro
????? d t!i?? wnd of h?ls which K<
had furnished him the uight beforv
his ?! Sew 1 ork. Thus
far be ha.:
gold ? G
had the greater part left. Living is
tnythlng bol expensive In Radvl
"I'm beginning to understand ?
was cut out for an actor." he told him?
self as he thumbed the roll with a
serious air and au as.si:r-*d ludiffer
Which permitted Si-erry t.
Its size pretty accurately.
"Ti of chips
carrying." Bperry obeerendl,
Duncan'? band airily wafted the re
mark Into the limbo ,.f the negligible
"A trltie- a mere trifle," be said
ally. "I dont generally carry much
cash niKiut ma Bareni for Ire
years." he added lrrcpresslbly. 1!
tracted a fifty dollar certificate from
the sheaf arid handed It over. Til
take a receipt, but you needn't nn
this to Mr. Graham Just now."
certainly not." Sperry scrawled
his signature to the bill.
: about that line of credit?"
"WoB, with this paid I guess > m
could have what you ne.-ded in moder?
ation. Of course"?
"My name Is Duncan?Nathaniel
Sperry made a memorandum of It on
the back of an envelope. "Any for
mer business connect!?/:. ?
"None that I care to speak about,"
Duncan confessed glumly.
Bperry's fa? e lengthened. "No ref
It took thought and after thought
courage, lut Duncan hit upon t:
latlon fit length. "Do you know 1. J
Bartlett <fc Co. the brokers?"
"i>o ? know J. Pferneut Morgan?"
"Then that's all right Tell your
people to inquire of Harry Kellogg.
the Junior partner. Ile know? all
Noting the name. Sperry put away
the envelope. "That's enough. If he
art you're all right you can have
enythlng you want." He consulted
bis watch. "FI-m-m! Train to catch
But let's see. What do you need
Dunoso ?viewed the empty shelves.
bis face glowing. "Pills." he said
with a lattgb?"all kinds of pills aim
everything for a regular ongh
drug st??re. Mr. Si>erry. everything
Rothern A- Lee <':<rry and a lot of at?
tractive things they don't?email lots
you know, until I Ree what we can
"I see. T<m leave It to me. I proba
bly know d better thai.
I'll make out a list this after
ind mall It tonight with Instruc?
tions to ship Ir
"Splendid:" Duncan told him.
do that end don't worry about our
making good. I'm gotttg D mj
ry into this propot
Sperry nssur.sl ti I in. "All any1
k at yon ? ire ?
man." Be returned
Duncan's pressure and picked up bis
eamp!? ng." sai?!
loti briskly, leaving Duncan B]
As If to assure himself of his sanity
he put ? h - brow and Stroked
It cautiously. ?," he sh??
"that- ? told thnt
lid, hslf daze
eould bare pulled that off for
PRESENTLY Demeaa moved find
? bi<? abstraction
tainly rt manicuring
it new st?>ek In."
r, thrilled with the
aensation nf accomplishment,
ralghtenlng up. be
?d. g.? I for the back of
the store "H.
sritAUiiirKMNQ p?, hk l<x ci>
isl to recognise .!<?-.? I.?? .?.<??? ?
and Angle Tuiiitll. of whose ubiquitous
ahadewa la bl ? way h?? had been roa
scions so fiequently within t!
"i thought ? me
made an lta|oeoelim Doa'l
they're coming in!"
? unter he struggled fu?
riously into his coat. "They are." he
said, with a ?Inking heart, "and ?
bet a donor my face is dir
His l>..\\ ?? ? very passable Imita?
tion of the real thing, be flattered him?
self, and there nner of I
but that It flattered the two pr. |
and most forward young won.?
Radvilie of that day.
"May I have the honor of waiting on
you. indies?' be Inquired with all the
suavity of an accomplished ea/.eeman.
? and Angle aldled together, gig?
gling and simpering, quite overcome
by bis manner A muffled "DTow de
'. :e and a half strangled
echo of the saluai Ion from the other
were barely articulate. Rut, bearing
them, he bowed again, separately to
"Good afternoon," he said and wait?
ed in an inquiring poos.
"This-this la Mr. Duncan, isn't it?"
Inquired Josle. Controlling herselt
"Yes, and you are Miss Lock wood. If
Fm not mistaken."
Renewed giggles prefaced her "Oh,
how did you know?"
"Could any ose remain two weeks In
Radvilie and not hear of Miss Lock
The ahot told famously. TJow nice
of yon! Mr. I>uncan. I went you to
meet my friend Miss Tuthill."
"I've had the honor of admiring Miss
Tnthill from a distance." Duncan as?
sured the younger woman. And "8he'll
burn up I" he feared secretly, watching
the conflagration of blushes that she
displayed. "Just think of getting
away with a line of mesh like that!