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before Majorie could' remonstrate
he went into the house, for the
two had been out on the veranda,
and guided by the light under
which Mr. Graham was reading
his evening paper, soon put the
case before him.
"So you want to marry my
daughter?" was the quick ques
tion. "J do, sir," Tom replied. "She's
dear and sweet enough to make
everyone want to do that.'
Mr. Graham shook bis head.
"No, Tom," he said decidedly,
"Majorie can't marry any man
who has nothing more than you;
with my consent. Of course, she
can go ahead if she wants to with
out it, but I don'tthink she will,"
and no -amount of pleading would
change him. fie and his wife had
married on a' very small salary,
and he always felt that her early
death was caused by (the hard
ships she went through before he
was earning enough to take care
of her properly.
Majorie fretted, but to no pur
pose. Occasionally she saw Tom,
'but always felt she was wrong-'
ing her father in doing so. Tom
worked and saved, but seemed to
make no progress in his suit.
Mr. Graham was unhappy, too.
He liked Tom, but felt that his
daughter was worthy o,f some
one who had already made his
mark in the world, and so would
not give his consent.
"I'd gladly share a crust with
you, dear," she told Tom on one
of the occasions when they met.
"I guess I could buy two of
them," he said doggedly. It was
hard to be called a pauper, when
he was earning a fair salary, was
not dissipated, and was working
day and night to attain his cher
"I didn't mean that, dear," she
sobbed, clinging to him. J
"I know, sweetheart," he said,
sadly. "I guess it's just another
phase of the high cost of living,"'
and once more he setyhimself to'
solve the problem of how to over- -come
the opposition of his father-in-law
Matters were in this very un-J
satisfied state when Mr. Graham
was invited to be one of the speak
ers at a banquet giveh a visiting,
dignitary. He was surprised to!
find Tom at the same table with
himself; in fact, to find him there1
at all, but he did not know that
Tom was a friend of the son of
the man who had orieinated the
banquet, which would have ex
plained his presence. 6
The affair passed off agreeably
the great personage departed, ahd,
some of the visitors drifted into"
the lobby of the hotel, Mr. Gra
ham among them. After receiv
ing congratulations upon his welf
chosen speech, which was one of
the best of the evening, his atten
tion was attracted towards k
somewhat noisy group qver in
one corner, and seeing Tom.
among them he sautered in theit
direction. If he had gone deeply
into the reason, it would hayi
been that he was trying to fit
justification for his attitude tj
ward the young man.
As he came up, one of the nuf
ber, the son of Tom's employers