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The Girl
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The man In the big easy chair
looked across the table at hla wife.
"I mil repeating what Richardson
Bald. He told me this morning that
the boy had braced up In quite n won
derful way. He Is punctual and encr
getlc and works as if he meant to
climb. Richardson says he is positive
that Edgar has stopped drinking. Hla
ryes have lost their dullness and his
hand Is steady."
The woman breathed more quickly.
"Wh-what will you do, Robert?"'
"Ho?" the man answered. "Noth
ing. This isn't the first time the boy
has tried to brace up. You know how
long If lasted."
"Hut perhaps a word from you
would help him, dear."
"You are his father."
"See here, Kmily, this won't do.
I'm the boy's father, and I've been
a b'ld father. Where I meant to please
him I proved his worst enemy, lie
spent the money I gave him in waste
ful living. Hut why speak of it? He
fore the-s,' doors are opened to l.im
aaiii he's got to prove that lie'n lit
to enter them. He hasn'L forg'iiten
what 1 said to him. If there a
spark of manhood left in hla breast
lie will make no nttempt to come near
lis until he shows he is worthy."
"You are very bard. Robert."
"I've been sol tor than w ax. I'l l na
hard as nails now. Hut, there, we've
hnd enough of this for to-n!;;ht. I
told Richardson not to report to mo
until a week from to-day. Then wo
can tell, perhaps, whether this spasm
of reform has any foundation."
"It will bo hard to wait. Robert."
The man looked across at the wo
man. His stern face relaxed.
Let us hope for the best, my dear,"
he softly said.
It was a week later and the woman
had patiently waited for the man to
unfold his news of this erring son.
""Ichardson reported again to-day,"
he said as he sank back in the easy
"Well, dear?"
"The boy continues to do himself
credit. Richardson says he is grasping
his duties with a firmer grip. The
other day he came to Graham he's
the head of the department and told
him he must have more pay. He said
he knew he was worth more and that
he could get a Job at any time with
the AJax people. Graham will double
his pay next week. He told Richard
son the boy was well worth the raise.
It seems that Richardson noticed the
change In Edgar two months ago, hut
wouldn't mention It because he was
afraid It might not last." He pausod.
"Sounds good, doesn't it?"
The woman's head was bowed. She
looked up slowly.
"I know what's brought about thl3
change," she said half hysterically.
"It's a girl."
The man stared at her.
"Thank God for the girl!" ho salti
In his quick and earnest fashion.
"I I must see her at once," s
claimed the woman.
"Go slow, Kmlly," said the ma?.
"You are jumping at conclusions.
Hut if there Is a girl a good girl, of
course with enough Influence to turn
our boy into the right path whin
his father and mother have filled
tihe ls not to be Interfered with iio
you hear me?"
There was a little silence.
"I did so want him to marry Alie
I.ar.don," said the woman.
"Iluh!" growled the man. "lie will
please to marry himself if bo nar
rles at all and there's no probability
that he will ask our advice. If vo ir
suspicion Is correct and I snppo , e It
mleht be called intuition don't Inter
fere. There'll bo nothing too good
for the girl who can awaken our hoy
to his duty. Let her alone."
But the woman said nothing.
Two nights later they were In their
accustomed places beside the big li
brary table.
The man suddenly smiled as he
looked across at the woman.
"There is a girl," he said.
' Yes," said the woman, "I hare
seen her."
Vhe man stared at her.
"I hope you did nothing rash," he
said and his voice was almost harsh.
"No," she answered; "I was very
careful. What do you know' about
"Very little. She Is a stenographer
In the factory office. She earn? a
fair salary and bears an excellent rep
utation. Edgar has been seen In her
company a number of times. That's
the extent of my knowledge. You say
you've seen her. How did that hap
pen ?"
"It was easily planned, Robert. I
waited about the factory until Edsar
jame out I was In the little antique
shop across the way and he didn't
see me and, oh, Robert, our boy
looks ten years older."
She paused with a little catch In
ber voice.
"Go on," said the man. "Let's hope
he has grown teu years the wiser."
"He held himself straight. Robert,
and I think there Is a new look In
his eyes,"
"Go on, you foolish mother."
"I saw him quite well, because he
crossed the road and passed in front
f)t the shop, walking slowly. And
after the others had gone a girl came
out of the office, a slender girl, walk
ing alone, and when our boy saw her
his face lighted up and something
Beemed to grip my heart."
The man softly laughed.
"The mother love showing Itself
through maternal jealousy. Go on,
my dear."
"Edgar crossed the street qulcklv
and fell Into step beside the rf'r'..
They walked slowly, the girl looking
up Into his face now and then.
There's no doubt that she loves htm,
The man laughed again.
"And did your eyes tell you all
"My ryes and my heart, Robert
When Edgar and the girl turned the
corner I hurried out and found Mich
ael he had the car on a little side
street and I followed them."
"In the car?"
"Yes, Robert."
"Rather nn obtrusive way to trail
your prey. Hut go on."
"They were standing still when we
turned the corner, but Edgar did not
look around. Michael ran ahead slow
ly, and as wo passed them Edgar
left the girl -she gave him her hand
as he turned away and ran rnd
caught a rar. The j;irl looked after
him she Is very fond of him, RiV'rt."
"Wo will admit the fondness, my
dear. What next?"
"I told Michael to pfnp nt the .'nrb
and I leaned cr.it and called to the
"Was that discreet?"
"Wait, de.ir. ,t first she .Wirt
hoar me. And I called again, and rhe
heard mc and came; toward the ca;
She she hna a nice face, Robert."
The man laughed once move.
"Your mother heart Is defendirs
the boy's taste."
"No, Robert, the girl has r.n at
tr.'v live f iiv,"
"Vol will admit it's a litlo crafty
and bard nb.iut tho mouth?"
"And that it suggests paint nnd
flaunts Its powder."
"No, Robert."
"And that it Is feebly pretty nnd
alto-vether c heap?"
"Then It was much better than you
evre.-led ?"
"Ye. Robert. She has a nice face
not beautiful, but frank nnd clear
eyed." She paused. "If sho had been
simply pretty it would have hurt. mo.
Robert. It would hi "o looked as if
Edgar had been caught by a dimple
and a curl. Hut the affair is more
serious than I thought."
He caught her eye and nodded.
"Whnt you are telling me Is good
to hear." he said. "I'm feeling easier
about Edgar than I have felt since
ho left college. It looks very much
as if his liking for this girl was the
first sensible symptom he has shown.
And there's another thing."
"Well. Robert?"
"If the girl can run the gauntlet of
your critical mother eyes there must
be something very attractive about
her. But you haven't told me all the
"I called to her and when she re
alized that I wanted her sho came to
the car. I told her I was rervous
and a little Taint which waa quite
true, Robert. And 1 asked her If she
wouldn't sit by me for a few mo
ments until tho nttack passed away.
She looked at me wonderingly nnd
then something In my face decided
her and she took the seat by my sfdo.
I asked her where she lived and she
to'd nie and I directed Michael not
to hurry. Then I tnlked to tho girl
and found out something about her.
Sho Is an orphan nnd came to the
city from an interior town. She has
been well educnted and Is qualllied tc
teach singing, but her present work
is fully as remunerative and more cer
tain. And she Is twenty-three."
The man laughed.
"That's extremely interesting!
don't refer to the age Item especially.
Hal g on."
"I don't know what she thinks of
to. I tried to interest her."
"P.y asking hor questions?"
"I asked no questions. She told ine
all this voluntarily. 1 am quite sure
:2 will tell mo more the next time
v; meet."
"Then you have planned to see hor
as 'n'.'"
"Yea. 1 am going to take her with
n o for a ride In the parks Wednesday
evening. I told her I was a fussy old
woman and that s'.e was doirg the
best kind of charity work In amusing
mo. I said I had taken a fancy to
he1'- and it's true, Robert."
"Yea, Robert. I can't quite say that
I am ready to take her a3 a daughter-in-'.aw.
Think of tho talk It would
make! "
The man lnughed.
"I see you haven't quite surren
dered, my dear. And what's the girl's
"Elinor Vlets."
"That's not bad. Of course, you
didn't exchange cards?"
"I thought of Inventing a name, but
I couldn't bring myself to do that. I
suppose she thinks I'm a forgetful old
creature who doesn't remember even
the common usages of polite society."
Tho man leaned back in the deep
chair and Interlocked his fingers.
"Well," he said, "things are not
nearly so bad as they might be. Up
to the present moment I must frankly
admit that the girl seems too good for
the boy."
"It's the unpleasant truth. Of
course, he's improving, but don't let
your mother heart cherish any belief
that this fine young girl I take her
at your own valuation Isn't much
better than this wayward boy of ours.
But there, we'll postpone any further
discussion until aftor the coming
So It was Wednesday evening when
they took up the subject again. The
man was waiting In the library for
the woman to come home.
He looked up as she came through
the doorway. Then he quickly arose
and went to her, and took her cloaK
Rnd led her to a chair.
"Why. Emily," he said. "What's
happened ?"
For a moment she could not find
her voice.
"They are to be married Tuesday
evening." she sobbed.
The man whistled.
"The boy seems to be developing
energy enough with hla other awak
ened qualities. There, there, calm
yourself and tell me about it."
Tho woman waited a moment.
"I drew her out." she began, "and
soon found that she wanted to talk
to a woman It seems she has no In
tlmnte girl friend and she told me
lust what I wanted, and yet dreaded
to hear. She la very fond of Hduar
and she has the fullest confidence In
film. lie has told her nbout his wild
Jays nnd how he quarreled with his
father and mother. She doesn't kno'V
who his parents are Edgar doesn't
want to talk about the past but s!ie
feels convinced they were wrong In
their treatment of ;dgar. She is siire
liny didn't understand him that his
mother was lndu!:;tnt and his father
iinwlf-o. Edgar needed nn object in
lifi . ho Herded to he
! awn resources. Now he had his am
j aition to rise and he had her." S:i.
I paused ami drew a quick breath,
j 'Thtr.k of a mother lb-tuning to nil
! this!"
I "Yon will be an ur.bbbb-n n'lest. vou
"1 want to bo there. Robert."
j "f 'i i ba:s you would prefer to have
! It Cupped ?"
! "How, Robert?"
"I tniitUt buy of the girl."
T'.:" woman Khook Iut head.
"You haven't money enniiiili to do
that. Rjbert."
"Kino. Then the weddlns pr-.-s en
And to-morrow I will semi for the
Rev. Prank Darn ley. lie will bo g'a.l
to come. I believe I have a little gift
for his mission project. Wr.-.n lie
coires I will make the necessary ar
rangements." He went over and vat
ly smoothed the woman's hair. "I
think this is going to turn out n!i
right, he said.
It was Tuesday evening and the
Rev. Frank Darnloy sat in his little
parlor and waited for the girl and the
man who had asked his profes: io:ia.
services. It was a neat little parlor
nicely furnished, with folding doors
that connected it with the pitting
room beyond. Those doors were
closed and the Rev. Prank Dnnilcy
Inspected them carefully before hu
answered the bell.
When he returned from the front
door ho brought with him the girl and
the wayward son. He greeted tl.eui
cordially and bade them he serted.
"We are In something of a hurry,"
said the young man. "Wo have a
brief little trip In view, and time ta
bles make no provlsons for delayed
happy pairs."
He laughed and the young pastor
laughed with him.
The girl unfastened her travelling
' Would It be possible." shu said,
"for you to have a woman p-esent
during the ceremony? I have u fancy
that I would like it better."
The young pastor brightened.
' Why, yes," he answered. "I hnve
two visitors at the present moment, a
very worthy couple. I will nsk them
to be witnesses in accordance with
the State law."
And ho slipped from the room. He
was back presently.
"They will bo glad to aid us," he
said a little hurriedly. "They will
stand in the doorway here while th-?
ceremony proceeds. If you tre quite;
ready you may arise."
The doors at the back were softly
The ceremony proceeded, tho most
nervous member of the trio being the
Rev. Frank Darnley.
When it was all over and the Rev
Prank had shaken hands with both
and wished them joy, the girl looked
around and suddenly started. A man
and woman had entered the room, but
it was tho woman who startled the
"Why, madam!" she cried. "Are
you here?" And she advanced with
her hands outstretched. The woman
was c rying and could not answer. Hut
she opened her irms and held tho
girl close.
The bridegroom had whirled about,
mil thru catching sight of the man
and woman hnd drawn back.
"Klinor," ho cried, "do you know
this lady?"
The girl released herself from the
woman's embrace.
"Why, yes,' she answered. "She
has been kind to me as a mother
might be. There is no person I could
so gladly greet on my wedding night "
The young man stared at her.
"Don't you know her name?" ha
"Why. no, Edgar; I don't know the
lady's name. I never thought of it."
He was still ainaxed.
"Do you mean to say that you don't
know this Is my mother?"
"Your mother!" she cried. "Your
mother! Oh, I'm very glad' Don't
cry mother."
The older man took a step forward.
"Eddie," he said. "I hop your re
sentment doesn't go so far us to pro
vent your father from klssli'g his new
daughter God bless and guard her! '
The younger man gave a quick start
and put out his hand.
"Father!" ho cried.
And tho Rev. Frunk Darney smiled
Duchess Can Be Shabby.
A duchess may be as shabby as she
pleases, and, In spite of socialism and
a badly hanging skirt, she will remain
a power In the laud, but the tniburbun
lady does not care to be seen with her
best friend If the latter be wearing an
old-fashioned frock. Black and
Always A Way
When Frank Sheldon left the law
school he settled in his old homo
town. Fairfield was a small place, not
far from a large city. Sheldon figured
It out that he could live better on a
retrain Income In Fairfield than on ft
doubtful prosperity In a lnrge city
There was something else. Edith
Sawyer lived In Fairfield.
Hut the Hon. John Sawyer railroad
mrgnnte, could not appreciate nn -t-tnchment
between his daughter and a
po,r young lawer. So tho poor yomr;
lawyer studied nnd struggled nlons
lie had been struck by a peculiar
phase of a great case that was being
tri. d in a near by city. Tho law J nir
riii which printed his article on 'lu
subject commented on hla views rath
or enthusiastically, nnd sent him n
number of free copies, lie sent som'
to his friends, including the Hon. .loan
Sawyer, whose Interests were deep'y
toi died by the cafe in question.
I'rged by bis confidence that he had
doae a worthy thing, he set off for tho
Sawyer home, determined to Interview
Mr. Sawyer. Ho was very civilly re
ceived. "Quite nn Interesting article of
yo irs." said the millionaire. "I thank
you for the copy."
Prank bowed, then plunged. "Mr.
Sawyer, j ou must have seen that I
hue your daughter, but I've said
nothing until I felt assured of jour
n u ent."
"Oh, of course," Interrupted Mr.
Sawyer. "How much did you get for
Hint article?"
"A few free copier," said Prank,
"About what 1 thought." said Mr
Sawyer. Now, Slieklon, 1 UKo you.
but liking doesn't count when a life
.'::';-act Is Involved. You've c.iven all
yoi.r time nnd trouble f.ir nothing,
l'he only things that count are re
sults." He paused, then added, "1
ien't think I need say any more."
"I thank you for your candor," said
Frank, rising. "Good night." He
n.'-ked out of the house, and down the
street almost ran Into n stout, elderly
gentleman who waa tolling up the hill.
"Phew!" said the man. "Where can
I find John Sawyer's house?"
"The Sawyers' house Is on the hill."
The stout man pulled the Sawyer
door bell and said, "Tell Mr. Sawyer
that John Hunter wants to see him."
Mr. Sawyer almost ran down stairs.
"Why, this Is an honor. What
brought you here?"
"You've got a young lawyer In this
village named Frank Sheldon. Know
"Yes. he was here a few minutes
ago. What's It all about?"
"It's about that article the young
man wrote. He has struck the right
lead on that case of ours. Is he all
right, honest, reliable?"
"1 think he is," said Mr. Sawyer,
"Then send a note to him at once,
asking him to come."
After the note waa sent, Mr. Hunter
explained that the discovery of the
young man, If known at the beginning,
n.Ight hnve saved a hundred thousand
dollars In litigation; that now he had
!t In his power to up set their plans
if the other side get hold of him. "We
must have him at any cost. A thou
sand dollars will probably be enough
icr him."
l-'dith Sawyer had heard the conver
sation. She was standing on the step
watching the moonlight when Shelton
arrived. She put her fingers to his
lips. She told him of the conversa
!;oa, and, as he was leaving her, whis
:)c:ed. you needn't bid for me."
There was a deal of hemming an:!
hawing in the ensuing conversation.
Prr.rk smiled. "I suppose you are
jesting, Mr. Hunter?"
"Why, certainly not; it Is a large
offer "
"It's ridiculous," said Sheldon. "Anc
if you will excuse me, It is a mlstaku
to think a man n fool because, know
ins what he Is doing, ho settles where
he can do It best."
"Well, say two thousand," said Mr.
Hunter, while Mr. Sawyer's eyes grew
"Really, Mr. Hunter, I appreciate
your kindness, but I urn not a person
to put up with a minor bid."
"You call two thousand a minor
bid," said Mr. Sawyer.
"Of course," said Sheldon, calmly
'In order to shorten this interview, 1
will name my own terms a fee of
twenty thousand and an equal share
In the contingent fund."
"It Is preposterous!" cried both to
gether. "Gentlemen, I bid you good even
ing," said Sheldon, rising and walk
ing to the door.
"Hold on there," said Mr. Hunter.
"I shall certainly hold on to the
terms given," Frank said. "Others
will pay more."
Mr. Hunter looked at Mr. Sawyer
who nodded bis head. "Well," he
said, "give us a few minutes to think
It over." At the end of 10 minutes a
knock came at the door. Mr. Hunter
turned to Frank and Bald, "Mr. Shel
don, we accept your terms."
When the famous case of Hunter
Sawyer Company vs. was ended,
groat wore the congratulations given
to that "brilliant young member of
tho bar" as all the papers styled him.
and predicted a great career ahead of
He was retained by the Hunter-Sawyer
Company as their attorney.
Six months after he paid another
visit to Mr. Snwyer. "Mr. Sawyer, I
" Frank began. "Sheldon, my boy,"
said Mr. Sawyer, "Edith Is In the
drr.wlng room. Go to br." MRS.
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