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' WINNING A WIFE
By Augustus Goodrich SKerwin.
Copyright, by W. Q. Chapman.)
I There was only one-ray of light
visible about the plant of the In
terstate Manufacturing com
pany. That was in a corner of the
Snain office, where David Harris
sat poring over an account book.
-Once in a while he lifted his eyes
bHe Chuckled When David Ex
b plained Why He Was an Early
and stared dreamily at the wall,
b It was not from weariness or dis
taste of the extra work he was
3 doing. It was when the picture of
vhis fiancee, pretty Mary Lee,
3 came floating into his mind, and
j-the air castles concerning her
...formed a perfect vista, ol magical
As to the extra work, David
welcomed that heartily. It meant
extra money, and ready cash was
a large element in his prospects
just now. The company employ
ing -him did not pay princely sal
aries. Practical, hard-fisted old
Silas Lee, Mary's father, had set
the figure David must earn before
he would consent to a marriage
with his daughter. What wor
ried David was that an advance in
salary seemed a long ( way off.
Worse than that, he believed old
Lee capable of encouraging the
advances of suitors more desir
able in a money way. , '"
"Mary loves me, that's sure,"
soliloquized John, "so I can only
keep plugging away. Perhaps a
new opening may come along.
Anyhow, I'll go at work with the
best that's in me. Hello!"
David was suddenly startled.
The office door went open with
a crash, and Mr. Morse, president
of the company, plunged, into
view. He held an open telegram in
his hand, and he looked, anxious
"Nobody here but you," he
spoke in a disappointed tone,
"No, sir, I -had some extra
"Yes, yes I. know all about
that; but where is Simmons, the
head salesman?" asked. the manu- "
"He started on his vacation this
Mr. Morse sank into a chair,
mopped his brow and acting
orettv well disgusted. Then he
fell .to looking David, .over.