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meet you at the marriage license
bureau at half-past twelve. Which
firm are you going to try?"
"Mumford & Curtis," answer
ed Frank. 'I know a man in the
packing department. He'll take
"You're sure it won't bejGaber
. "Sure. .Why?"
"Oh, nothing. I just wanted to
know," said Muriel. And they
spent the evening figuring out
what a hundred dollars' would
buy. Frank Lee left her in high
glee at 11 o'clock. On his way
home he read and re-read the
'newspaper paragraph a dozen
times, to make sure that he had
not deceived himself.
His first act on awakening was
to read it again. His second was
to telephone to the office, asking
that his vacation might be count
ed as- commencing" from that
morning. To effect this was easy,
for he Was one of a large force of
'clerks in the big life insurance of
"fice where he was employed, and
his work could easily be under
taken by others. Then he put on,
an old suit and went down to the
big department store of Murtiford
He had intended to apply to his
friend, the assistant head of the
packing' department, but on sec
ond thought he decideoTthat this
might lay, him open to suspicion.
So he went, instead to'the mailing-department.
"You wanta job?" Queried the
woman superintendent. "What
can you do?"
"I've had some clerical expe
rience," answered Frank. "I need
a job in the worst kind of way,"
he added. "I'm willing to start
in at anything so that I can get
employment here." He had never
spoken more truly. '
"Well," said the superintendent,
"I believe they want some ad
dressers just now. Write your
name on this piece of paper.
That's all right. Now I'll take
you to Mrt Briggs."
Yes, Mr.k Briggs could use an
adresser. But the pay was only
eight dollars a weelf, However,
there would-be chances of ad
vancement. "Would you mind giving m6 a
written engagement?" asked
Frank guilelessly. "Just a line to
say that I am engaged here, so
that I can show it to-my landlady,
or to anyone who wants proof
that I have a position?"
"He fell for jt," Frank an
nounced to Muriel Jater. "He
tumbled right in. We'll, I work
ed at full blast till noon. I had
to work, Muriel, to keep from
jumping up and shouting. And
at the stroke of the hour I was up
and out of the office and across
the square and down town on a
surface car and .here I am."
And Muriel, blushing divinely,
entered the office' of the. marriage
license registrar with him, and
five minutes later they emerged,
carrying the coveted paper that
gave them the right to be made
one, and stood up before the min
ister and were actually one. And
"Come along to Mr. Mumford,"
cried Frank, seizing his wife,