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fcad many times been soiled willingly
la tho most nefarious transactions. A
client was to him a victim to be kept
n welling, exuapcruieu iu rcgaru to uia
grievances by alt possible means, de
luded as to his chances of success In
quest of justicO, deceived as to its cost
tmd robbed in every way kuown to an
lie had been tbo legal adviser of
John Nnson for many years, and when
that busy merchant came to him on
behalf of his son, whp wanted to And
position for Albert Page, Frye readi
ly promised to give htm employment
It was not because he needed him, but
because he saw at onco that through
conic friendship for this young sprig
Ef the low, as bs intuitively considered
Albert to be, bo could strengthen his
3iold upon tho father and obtain some
accrets that might eventually bo uid
to rob him. Iu plain words, he thought
o use this young country lawyer as a
py. He knew that John Nason felt
koen Interest in his only son Frank,
mnd that was another reason for em
ploying that son's friend. U knew
also that Frank was given a liberal
allowance, spent it rapidly and most
lll.-oly woull bo getting into various
crapes nocding a lawyer's efforts to
ttscue blm, and so he would have fur
ther pickings in that direction. These
"wore two good reasons for his ostensl
tile acta of kindness, nnd so he at ouce
Bent for Page to come.
When, the morning after his nrrlvul
3a Boston, Albert presented himself at
JTryo's ofllce, ho found that lawyer
busy reading his mail.
"Take n scat, sir," said Fryc politely,
after Albert bad Introduced hlmsolf,
"and excuso mo until I go through ray
letters." And then for a long half
our Albert was left to study the bare
nice walls and peculiar looks of his
future employer. Finally Fryo turned
to him nnd asked rather abruptly,
Woll, Mr. Page, what do you know
about law" at the sauio tlmo scanning
blm ns if expecting to sec hayseed ad
bcrlug to his garments.
"Not much perhaps," replied Albert
modestly, uncertain of his ground. "I
have been in prnctico only a year at
Sandgate, and tho few people there do
not have much use for n lawyer."
"Then why didn't you stir 'cm up a
little and bring 'tiui to Nee tbc.v. needed
imn" cflpflffHov" YLno Trt.t.kV- V.
.ued ns n lawyer
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unless you minuiitiasiiiess. uid you ,
bring your sheepsUln with you?"
"No, air," answered Page. "I didn't
think it necessary after what I wroto
you. I have it ln my trunk."
"Well, bring it tomorrow," said Frye.
"I runic o it a rule to tako nothing for
grunted nnd havo everything ln writ
ing." And then ho ndded, with a
searching look, ob if he was about to
"utter a crusher, "What is your idea of
a lawyer's chief object in existence?"
Pago was a little nonplused. "Ob, I
arappose," ho replied slowly, "to tee
that laws aro properly executed and
Frye looked at him n full minute
'Without making any further comment,
whllo a sardonic grin gradually drew
bis lips apart showing a full set of
false teeth, and then, as ho began rub
bing his hands together, he said:
"'It's evident, young mnn, you havo
much to learn ln your profession. Laws
aro made for lawyers and arc tho tools
tf our trade. If the world docs not see
"tit to uso thoso tools, It is our business''
to make them, nnd, ns for Justice, that
la an allegory, useful ln addressing a
Jury, but considered n fnblo by tbo
"Judge. Laws aro useful to oppose oth-
"JKmt Uo you hnnxo about law t" .
laws with, and various decisions nro
ly good in so fnr ns they help your
i and hauler your opponent's.
You scorn nn honest appearing young
Kin, which Is well so far as our rela
tions go, but no further. I want an as
sistant ono who is ready und will
ing to do Just ns I direct nnd to ask no
questions. Do sou think you enn fill
"I can try," replied Albert quietly,
pd as soon as I set used to your
ods of procedure hero T think I
bras a little startled nt tho pecul
ractcr of hla employer and in a
lee 3l SHEVA.TfD
way slightly disgusted, but ho was pot
In a position to cn II or foe) squeamish
over apparent lack of honesty and ,re-
soIvo(, nt ollce to Ignore It.
"What do you wish me to do?" ho
continued after n moment. "I will do
the best I can for you and am ready to
go to work now."
"You arc to be at tho offlcc at 8
o'clock sharp." replied Frye, "tnko
pno hour for lunch nnd remain till
0." Then he nthloit by way of a spur
to his slave's fidelity: "I am paying
you $TC a month on the recommend of
nn important rllent of mine who want
ed to humor his son. It was your good
luck to have this son's friendship, ns
ho belongs to n wealthy family, no
Is a spendthrift, of course,' but 'that Is
no .matter nnd all tbo better for us.
Take myjidvlce nnd cultlvato him all
you can. it may be the means of
bringing uu more business. 'bat I
say to you 1 shall expect you to con
sider a professional secret, and I hope
you will make good use of your time
when with this young friend of yours
nnd heed well what I havo said to
That ended the Interview, and Albert
Was net nt work copying legal docu
ments and at the sunie time trying to
rccuui'llc himself to his new surround'
lugK. That night he wrote to Alice:
"I have hired out to a most unmitigat
ed old scoutidijl und yet one of tho
sharpest lawyers I ever met. Ho as
sured mo I must lay aside my con
science If I mean to succeed, and hint
ed that he might use me later on us
a sort of spy, upon Frank, I imagine.
Ho employs a stenographer of uncer
tain age, who comes In and takes dic
tation and does her work outside. The
only stupid thing he has said was to
warn me not to flirt with her."
Then he wrote to his friend Frank,
telling him where ho' was locuted.
thanking him for bis assistance and ,
begging him to call at nn early date. (
After that ho smoked for an hour ln
glum silence. His room wns small
and cheerless nnd In comparison with ,
hla homo .luartofs n mero den. But It
nt flin rl.1o flnlila ntift oYtpiiilpd wnnd-'
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lands, ns Albert hud beeil, npd'now that
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o..w if ,rt Mm iimni.iric. '
He was a dreamer by nature and
loved the music of running brooks, the
rustling of winds ln the forest nnd the
song of birds. Tbo grand old moun
tains tnnt surrounuea Banugnia uau i
been tbo delight of his boyhood, and'to
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down through narrow gorges 'nnd
wound nmid wldo meadows or ln tbo
lily dotted mlllpoud bis pastime. He
had tbo artist's nature in him also and
loved dearly to sketch a pretty bit of
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natural scenery, n cascade in thobrook
or a shady grotto In tho, woods. Ho
loved books, flowers, music, green
meadows, shady woods and fields white
with daisies. Ho had' been reared
among kind benrted, honest, God fear
ing pcoplo who seldom locked tbelr
doors at night nnd who believed ln nnd
lived by tbo Golden Itule. Tho selfish
and distrustful llfo of n great city, with
Its arrogonco and wealth nnd vanity
of display, was not akin to blm, and to
put himself ut the beck and call of a
mercenary and utterly unscrupulous
old villain, ns he believed Fryo to be,
was gall and bitterness. For two
weeks ho worked patiently, hoping each
day that the ono and only friend the
city held for him would, call, passing
his evenings, as bo wroto Alice, "in
reading, bnioklng nnd hating myself a
llttlo and Fryo a good deal."
He had hesitated to write Frank ln
the first place, disliking to ask favors,
but It could not bo helped, and now he
began to feel that his friend meant to '
Ignore him. This humiliating conclu
sion was growing to a certainty and
Albert feeling more homesick than over
when ono afternoon whllo he was, pa
usual, hard at work ln Frye's otllee
Frank camo ln.
"Pray excuso me, old man," remark
ed that youth briskly after tho first
greetings, "for not calling sooner, but I
wns oft on my yacht about the time you
came, and then I ran down to New
York to take in tho cup races. You see,
I'm bo Imsy I do not get nny time to
myself. I want you to come ovtc to
the club and lunch with mo todaV, and
wo can talk matters over."
"You will kindly excuse mo," replied
Albert "I have a lot of work cut out
and am only nllowed. ono hour for
lunch. Can't you como around to my
room tonight and have a smoke talk?"
"Maybe," replied Frank, "and wo
can go around to tho club later. You
will meet some .good fellows there, and
wo always inako up a gamo of draw
small limit you know. Say, old man,"
he added interestedly', "lioW do you
As that worthy happened to bo put
Just then the two friends bad a good
chanco to exchange pinions. t Albert's
is aircauy Known, uuw ior reasons, uo
did not caro-to express it to Frank nt
this time. , . .
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ury of space even he could not afford, i Ulu Ile CBI ' ' tho, money you sent. You do not
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4i. h-. .m ,n o n oi in out," nnswcred Page, "and he Invited anr lhavo cried over It more' tJur.
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nun i lrir-ii n in inif ilium i rii iiiiii - a n .
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sunie" ho answered "nnd so far 1
havo no fault to nnd. Ho takes good
enro to seo I havo work enough, but
that la what I am hired for, and f havo
been rather lonesome and glad of It."
Tnon to change tlio subject uc nudetl:
"I want to thank you once
Frank for getting me the place!
Tiling in n i...i ten nf i.nn.o
and I needed it" I
"You may thank dad, not me," re
plied Frnnk. "I was Just going ojf on '
mp wcn your leucr came, ami .
turned the matter over to him. I rye's
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was the answer. "I bcllevo ho Is con
sidered a very sharp lawyer and nl-
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the law Ta all ngnl nst 1 1 and Is
nf nnin,,. , 1,1 .iSH if
They say be"? rich and n sSlnt
l.iiMBi rcm,n(ls m0 of n Uunry,
Albert thought of Burns' apt cyn-
lclstn Just then and wished that Iryo
might for ono moment see himself ns
others snw him. He felt tempted to
tell Frank Just what Fryo had said
and whnt his opinion of him was, but
wisely kept it to himself.
"Well, I must bo going," said Frank
nt last. "I've got a date for tho mat
nllit fAM r9 wintvtfinf An lilmaAir wra
this nf t, 'so ta-ta. I'll call round some
eve. at your room and tako you up to
When his friend had doparted, Albert
resumed his rather monotonous copying
tho gist of a lot of decisions bearing ,
upon a caso that Frye had pending
just then, and when he went out to
lunch it was, as usual, alono nnd to a
"It's nice to have a rich father, a
yacht, plenty of money nnd nothing to
do but spend It," he said to himself rue
fully that night ns ho sat In bis cbeor
less room smoking and dwelling upon
tho picture of a gay life as disclosed by
his friend. "But we nre not all born to
fortune, nnd perhaps, nfter all, I might
bo worso off," which, to say tho least,
is the best way to look at It
W ,' !, darV M a f
hnd ca,,ed "Ptn Pngf; ihJay .
cr chanced to mention t to
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your friend has hunted you up. I knew
ue wns way on his yacht when you
come and wns going to suggest that
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them you had civen mo n lot of work to
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- A slmde of annoyance camo over
Well, that's all right, of course," ho
said, "but when he calls ngaln take all
the time you need if he nsks you out,
and," with n scrutinizing look nt Page,
, .,wi, i,i,
"a l VthLr ? ,,,v ,
ncss. His father Is my t
uiy most valued
client and the more Intimate you be
come with his son the sooner you will
havo an acquaintance that will be of
value to you."
Pago could not qulto fathom all this,
,but th0 moro he tuougbt pf what Fryo
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had said the moro certntn ho becamo
He Juuml himself hclny introduced by
Ms first name.
that kindly regard for his own welfare
did not enter Into that shrewd schem
er's calculations. Ho was moro and
moro disgusted also each day with
his employer's cynical lndlffcrcnco to
nil sense of honor and honesty, com
ing to tho conclusion that ho was no
better than a thief at heart
Beneath Alborfs disposition to adapt
himself to thoso ho mingled with lay
a vein of sterling good sense, fine
honor nnd tho energy of self sacrifice
If necessary, and Frye's attributes
wero so obnoxious to htm na to bo
simply repulsive. At college ho had
never indulged in much "larking," nnd
just why tbo bond of friendship be
tween himself nnd tbo good nnturcd,
self indulgent, happy go lucky class
mate, Frank Nason, had been cement
ed Is hard to explain, except upon tho
theory of an attraction of opposite!),
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man appeared at tho omco Just boforo
closing tlmo nnd suggested 'they "go
out for a night's racket," as he phrased
u, Aiueri.wun uwi iiiviiueu.iu ncci-iiu
I "WJmt are you up..to?" ho. safd'aa
valkcd away fronj the" ofllce.
"nod what do you mean by n nickel? '
u ,t'8 "kc,y to be t'Speluslve. count
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Well," answered I-rnpk lightly, "you
arc work)nK too hard and nwd shak.
ita ,J it,,ho"K,'t1'a d,l' l0,u"a
i fltul An If Wft will rlltin nt tlin nlllU
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then go to the opera houso, wbaro '
.there s a' burlesque on nnd no 5ntt
' l""0tty chorus gltla. I kuow two
or t,ireo of tucm una nftpr the show '
we win uiKe mem oui iu supper.
"It's all right except the end-up."
nnainKu1 A IHtft rtn1 .- tltnt f llilrilr
uiniiviiu uuiti mum wii iiii
m, bn( b t ,., A , rt(, u.g
ulrmlon , ca.t nrrnl, 1vc n0
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"0h' t,1Bt' n,r " resnonddl
Prank cheerfully. "I've asked yoU otit.
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sorted Albert firmly, "but I would rath-
" omit tho nf lor part. We will have the
eVcnIiw togcthrr; nnd then you can go
nml P,,tcr,nIn y0,,r d,0?U8 Blr,s' n,,d rH
It was n laudable resolution, but If
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ROod rcsoive9 wn8 uruis desire for a
mtIc PXCitement to break the dull mo-
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notony of his life. Ho had been to tho
theater only twice since bo came to
Boston, desiring to pavp lg crcry why
he could, nnd only the week Mfore had
scnt Alice one-third of his first month's
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they wero asked to Join them In '
mm to several or uis rNenas, nna or
n social glass, which did not tend to
trengthen Albert's resolution. At th
theater tho exhilarating- nuslc and tho
slitter of a stage full of pretty girls
had tholr effect and by the tinjo the
, I show was ovor he found it lmnosslble to
, resist his friend's urging that they go
around, to the stngo door and meet the
girls he had invited to sup with them.
"Mind you, let mo pay my share,"
whispered Page, and then he found
hlmsolf being introduced by his first
nairre to two highly colored queens of
the ballet, and nil four proceeded at
onco to a private supper room. Albert
found tho girls blight, vivacious and
expressive, ns far as a superficial use i
of slang goes. They ordered tho choic
est nnd highest priced Items on the bill
of fare aiid talked about their "mashes"
In other cities In a way that made AN
bcrt sratfeful that be had been Intro-
duccd his first name only.
Whcn , the wec RmaU floura t,
-cortod the two girls to their boarding
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and when he reached his room ho did
not feel particularly proud of himself.
He felt less so tho next morning
when ho received n letter from Alice
My Darling Brother I was so pleased
aiaowiiiuiiLiio ULi u i ouuuu i nun waiv
ao nn i .a t . ,.
nroud of 1. for It Is the first momv I
ever earneoV-I took half and put it with
the twentv-flvo vou Hznt find om.i'A It tn I
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iu uuy au.uu uuu.a uuu Hiuvev, uul lliu(
will last me a mouth, for I've not the
heart to spend a penny I am not obliged
to until the debts nre paid. I had to buy
tho boots becnuso walking four miles a
day wears them out very fast
And be had spent $20 the night be
fore to hear -a couple of ballet girls
.VOn was a llttlo lato nt tbo of
fice tho next morning, and
Frye wns thcro ahead of him.
I was out with young Na
son last evening," he explained as the
old lawyer uade mm n ratuer crusty
good mornlntr. "nnd I overslent"
"Oh, that Is all right," responded
Fryc ln an Instantaneously sweetened
tone. "I am glad you were, and, as 1
told you, you ore wise to cultlvato
him. I suppose," bo continued, with u
leer, "that you were buying wine for
boiuo of tho gay girls?"
Pago looked confused. "Well, we
went to the theater -and after that had
n late supper," bo explained, "and it
was after 1 beforo I returned to my
"I don't care how lato you aro out
or what you did," said Fryc, still ey
ing Pago, "so long as you were with
young Nason nnd kept out pf the lock
up. His father pays mo a salary to
look nfter his business, and his son Is
tho prldo of bis heart I trust you
understand my meaning. If you don't
feel like work this morning," he con
tinued suavely, "moufit your wheel
nnd take a run out to Winchester nnd
sec If that mortgage on tbo. Beaver
estate has been satisfied. Tho exercise
and air will do you good."
Pago was nonplused.
"Ho boa some deep hi id plot ln his
mlud," he thought as bo looked ut
Frye. Ho was glad to escnpe the ofllce,
however, for bis head felt full of bees,
and, thanking his employer for tho
permission, ho quickly left tho city be
hind him. The crisp October ulr and
exercise soon drovo away some of the
self reproaches at Ids own foolish con
duct of the night beforo.
Tbo errand nt Winchester was at
tended to, and then ho headed back for
tho city, taking another course. By
the tlmo he reached town ho was faint
from hunger, for ho bad eaten no
breakfast A good dinner restored him
to his natural self possession, and then
ho went to the offlcot
For a week he reproached himself
every time ho thought bow much bis
escapade had cost and felt too ashamed
to answer Alice's letter. When he did
ho assured thut lnuoceut sister that ho
was saving all ho could and should
send more money as soon as possible.
Fra, caiicd twice and tho Becond Umo
, ( jo, 1U luU t fc,
, page ossenteu.
''It will servo ns a plnco .to spend a
, onesowe evening," he thought.
Several times Fryo had made casual
tlmacy wltli young Nasoh, nil of which
led Pago to wonder what his object i
I .wn8 nud . y ' co.nccrnod ,,lra- At
.last, ono day nt closing tlmo and after
ho had told tlw nfflco boy ho might go,
. '" ,,e ""'hl '?to tLat cn,cT'
I fllf i1iitin n tnnttiittil tm trtrrt l.ii
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remarked ns tho latter was preparing
to leave "I haven proposition of nn
Important nature to tnako to you."
And then ns he flxed his merciless eyes
on his clerk nnd began to slowly rub
his hands together he continued: "You
have been nearly three mouths In my
employ, Mr. Page, and havo fulfilled
your duties satisfactorily. I think the
CSlLT' ml.? ' i"? Tn Cn
large them n little. As I told you,
John Nason pays me n yearly retainer
, to attend to nil his law business. I
have reason to feel ho Is not entirely
RatMrd to continue that arrangement,
and I am forced to And some way to
bring a little pressure to bear 6n blm
In order that he may see It Is for hi.
Interest to still retain me..
' "Sow-1 bc,leve Jolln Naon ,s no' en'
that a certain young lady receives n
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Bunrc oi ins nuoniions. vvuiieiuevare
never seen ln public 'together, gossip
links their nnmes. mint I wnnt to for .
you to find out through your ncqunlnt-
nnce with tho Nnsons JuSt whnt bond
there Is between the elder Nason and
tho vouns Indv nnd rnnnrt in me. I iin I
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not Intend to use the knowledge for i
nny mcgai purpose, nut merely ns a
.leverage to retain Nason's business. I
am aware that to prosecute your In
qulrles discreetly by means of your In
timacy with young Nason will require
more money than I am paying you,
and therefore, if 1 can depend on you
to do n little defective work, I shnll
from now on Increase your snlary from
75 to $175. v What do you snyV"
Tho first impulso that Pago felt was
to absolutely refuse there and then to
have anything to do with Frye's ne
farious scheme, but the thought of bis
sltuntloii, tho unpaid debt at home nnd
tbo certainty that u refusal would
mean n loss of his position conquered
his pride nnd kept hi in silent. For u
moment he reflected, trying hard to
sec u wuy out of the dilemma, and then
"It Is rnthcr a hard task you ask, Mr.
Frye, for I nm not uccustompd to tho
role of detective, but I am in your cm
ploy, and ns long ns I am I will do tho
best I can for your Interests."
It wns a temporizing reply, und Fryo
bo construed It ut once.
"I must, insist If you accept my of
fer," ho said, ''that you give me your
promise to do your best to earn tho
money. It doesn't pay to bo too
Bqucuiul.sh In this, world," ho continued
in a scutii'MjljJie. JAII business Is to
a certain exetimi'&MJio of extortion
a question of do the o'tlier fellow or he
will do you." Then nr.nlng und hold-
ins out a skinny hand to m-asn Pace's.
yQU,lf'n n.l.t.wl ! elmll nvniwt vim In t'mn
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When Albert mot Frank at tho club
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morose, and Frnnk, noticing his frame
of mind, tried to cheer him,
''You lbok as If you had been given
n facer, old man," ho Bald. "What
is tho matter? Has Fry been call
ing you down for something?"
Page looked at his friend a moment
und the Impulse to nmko n clean
breast of It and relieve his feelings
was Btrong, but he did not
"I do not liko Fryc," ho enld in
stead, "and tho moro I see of blm tho
less I liko him. At times ho makes
mo foci as if he was a snako ready to
uncoil und strike. Havo you ever no
ticed his eyes nnd the way he has of
rubbing bis hands when talking?"
"I have," was tho answer, "nnd ho
has the most hideous eyes I over saw
In a human being. They look like a
cat's In the dark. Dad told me once
he saw Frye look at n witness lie was
cross cxii mining ih such a way that
tho poof fellow forgot what his namo
was .and swore black was white.
Thoso eyes arc vicious weapons, they
say, nnd he uses them to the utmost
when, ho wants to scare n witness."
"They make mo feel creepy every
tlmo I look nt them," said Albert, and
then, na if anxious to chango tho sub
ject, ho added: "Let's leave here,
Frank, and you como with mo to my
room, whero wo can havo a quiet talk
together. I am ln tho dumps tonight
and want to unbosom my troubles to
IAT alia you, old mnn?" ask
ed Frank nfter they wero
seated In Albert's room nnd
w o r o smoking fraternal
"You look as if you bod lost
your. best friend."
"I did, last June) ns you know," was
tho rather sad answer, "and on top
of that I hato myself for ono or two
things for instance, tho escapade wo
indulged in tho other night, nnd be
ing Frye's slave, for another."
"I am 'sorry for tho first," responded
Frnnk. "It wns my fault that you wero
coaxed Into It. I won't do It again, I
assure you. Don't worry over It, my
boy. It wasn't anything seilous: only
just a llttlo after theater fun and hear
ing those sporty girls talk slang."
"Yes, nnd spending n lot of money
for very poor fun," replied Albert "I
don't think nny better of myself for do
ing it, do you?"
"Oh, I don't think nbout It ono wny
or tho other," answered Frank. "I
havo so much tlmo to kill, and that's
'no worso than any other wny,"
"Well, of course It's nl) right, and ns
you do not think any the less of jour
self for doing It there is no harm," re
plied Albert "Only I do, und so it is
-worse for me than for you.
"Now, you have n mother nnd sister
who think well of you, no doubt How
would you havo felt to have bad any
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My mother Is ln her grave, but mayl
she could see where I was and wli
whom I was that evening, nnd U
thought makes mo feel mean. I have
sister, ono of tho purest and Bwcetes
llttlo Women God ever blessed tho eartl
with, and not for alt that I can eai
In ono year would I have her kno'
whatJn foolish thing I did. For two'
days I was so ashamed of myself I felt
Frank sat ln stupefied silence at his
friend's outburst. "If I bad Imagined
you wero going to feel that way, old
man," ha said at last, "I would never
have urged you to go with me. I never
will again, I assure you."
"Oh, I am nrf much to blamo as you,"
observed Albert "I went willingly,
but after It was all over I was sorry I
did. I am no prude. I enjoy a little
excitement nnd don't mind a social
evening with a few friends, but It
doesn't pay to do things you dcsplso
yoursolf for tho next day."
"But." put in his friend, with a
qutzxlcal look, "do you know you are
preaching a sermon, and I rather liko
It, too? It sets me thinking, As for
BUch IrU nB wc w,nwl. r don't mre a
rap for them. If I could find any other
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nnu ecr musoment tucy mignt go-
'inns 'or n" l cnr0, ' ' tennis and
K"1' w,ln 'cllow and girls in odr set,
hut that Is tamo sport. I go to 'func-
Io" onc In awhile, and If I danco-
twice with a pretty girl who has no-
dot mother glares at mo nnd soys I've
no family pride. Most of tho girl
talk silly nonsense that wearied n fel
low, and tbo more passe they are the
worse they gush. The only thing t
really &J6y Is yachting, nnd then I
havo troublo to And good follows who-,
have time to go with mo. Onco la
awhile I get disgusted with myself
and wish I bad to work for a living."
Albert looked surprised. Wns It pos
sible that this young nnd handsome
fellow, with dark brown honest eyes,
curly black hair nnd garb and manner
of refinement who never had known
what It wns to work, really wanted to
earn his own way ln tho world, Just
from sheer ennui?
"It seems to me you have everything:
to be thnnkful for, Frank," Albert said.
at last lu a dejected tone "a kind fa
ther, good home, plenty of friends, a '
nice yacht nil the money you want
and nothing to dp. With me It Is dlf
fctput Would It bore you it I unload
ed u little of my history?"
"Not a bit" answered Frank. "I
would really like to bear It"
"Well," continued Albert "when wo
were at college I was n little too proud,
to let you kuow I wns the only son of a
poor widow who was denying herself
every luxury to educate me, but It was
a fact. After wc separated I tutored
some, read law and was admitted to
the bar. I opened na ofllce ln my na
tive town and wasted a year waiting;
for clients, while I redd novels, sketch-
ted nnd fished to pass tho tlmo. Last
I'juno my mother died nnd loft my sis
ter nnd me an old Uouao tliat bafuboon.
in the family over n century, a few
acres of meadow lands and maybe $200
In debts. Then I wrote to you. I was.
more than grateful for the cbanco you.
obtained for me to work for even such
a man as Fryo. I am paying thoso
debts as fast as I can, and my sister Is
helping by teaching in a crossroad
schoolhousc and walking four miles,
each day to do It."
"And I coaxed you to go out and.
spend money on a couple of ballet
girls!" responded Frank regretfully.
"Say, old man." reaching out bis hand,
and clasping Albert's, "If I had kuowa
all this that oveulng I would Lave bit
ten my tongue beforo I asked you to go
"That Is all right." replied Albert "I
should havo told you that night what
I have told you now, but maybe I was
a little ashamed to do so.''
"I would like to see that btavo sis
ter of yours," said Frank after a pause.
"From what you tell me, she must be a
Albert made no nnswer, but going to
tbo mnutel ho took a framed photo
graph that stood thoro and handed it
to his friend. It wns (I picture of a
young girl with a face liko an artist's,
dream and eyes liko two pnnsles.
Frnnk gazed at it long nnd earnest
ly. "Your sister, I suppose," ho aald.
nt last, still looking at tho face. "I
do not wonder you preached mo tho
sermou you have this evening. Y,oa
must bo proud of her."
When it camo tlmo for him to go
tbo two shook hands with a warmer
clnap than over, nnd when he was
gono the little room did not seem quite
bo cheerless to Its occupant as before.
SHOULD liko to bo ex
cused tomorrow forenoon,
Mr. Fryo," said Albert a few
days later. "Frank has.
promised to Introduce mo to his
"Certainly," replied Fryo cheerfully.
"Tuko the entire day if you wish, anil
If you havo n good chnnco try to mnke
tlie acquaintance of tho young lady of
whom I spoko to you, or nt least tnke
a good look at her. Sho Is tho key'
that will unlock tho Information I
need, nnd I shall depend upon you to
"I will keep my eyes open," replied.
Albert aloud, mentally resolving that
It would not bo In tho Interest of Fryo
and hla sinister plot. Tho next dny ho
met Frnnk by appointment nnd tho
two called upon John Nnoon nt his'
olllcc. Albert wns greeted cordially,
and nfter nn exchange of common
places soon found himself being Inter
rogated by n series of questions per
tnlnlnar to his homo nnd cnllocp llf".
hU Unowh'i'-o of t.v w.- j-.. t-i
DIB present employer. They were ror
i purpose, ns nil of John Nnson'a busi
ness questions were, nnd nt their cou
clnslon he said:
, Inquiries ns to tho progress of bis
(To Be Continued.)