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manded a stentorian voice, and a
man in pajamas appeared at an
upper balcony out of a room open
ing upon it.
"Burglary, I guess," replied
"I'll be down in a minute,"
shouted the man aloft. "The mis
chief!" he added as he reappeared
"The thief got away," explain
ed David. "You see, he stumbled
"Yes, but how came you to b.e
on my porch at this unearthly
hour of the morning?" inquired
the disturbed house owner sus
piciously. "That will be easy to explain,"
assured David with a smile. "I
am not a trespasser with evil de
signs." "I shpuld say not!" exclaimed
Mr. William Henry, "You've
saved me a heap. Hello, all the
silver ! My watch and chain ! My
fur winter overcoat! Why, the
robber must have been ransacking
the house for hours."
Mr. Henry went inside the hall
way and sounded a gong. Two
servants appeared. He directed
the wonder-stricken pair to gath
er up the scattered plunder.
" "You come in," he directed
David. "Just wait till I get dress
ed. You must have something of
a story to tell."
David was soon rejoined by his
host in the library, into which he
had been ushered.
"Now, then," spoke Mr. Henry,
"let's hear all about it."
He looked pretty serious as
David described the sudden ap
pearance and wild flight of the
burglar. Then His faf, jolly face
creased into smiles, and he chuck
led when David explained why he
was an early caller.
"See here," said Mr. Henry,
"you'll stay to breakfast with me.
Then I've got something to say to
If David had been drowsy from
his long vigil, the encounter with
the burglar had rouseed him up
pretty thoroughly. The ample
meal to which he was invited by
a most agreeable host encourag
ed him in the belief that Mr.
Henry fully appreciated his acci-
dental helpfulness in his behalf.
"Well," spoke Mr. Henry, when
the repast was concluded, "let us
pget down to business."
Yes, sir, said David expect
antly. "You produce that contract,
and we'll just sign up. If, you
don't deserve that and better for
what you've saved mejsl'm mis
taken. I'd do it anyway, for I
think your business rivals have
played a trick on you."
David Harris went proudly
back to his employer with his big
ten thousand dollar order. A
raise in salary and position came
within a week, and one of the
pleasantest surprises of the event
was a wedding present from Mr.
William Henry of Acton of the
bestpiano money could! "buy.
Engaged The first time! saw
you, you brought fears to my
Fiancee Why dear?
"You were peeling onions."'