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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 26, 1913, Image 18

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By George Elmer Cobb.
When John White, the banker
sof Scottboro, announced that he
chad dispensed with the services
of Ned Walters, people were a
-good deal surprised. The young
-man was a general favorite in the
jtown. He had been industrious
in his province of cashier and had
oTwo Stealthy Figures Were En
tering the Rear Door.
helped upbuild the bank. Mr.
White had persuaded him to give
"up a promising position to come
"to Scottboro, and Xed had every
reason to believe that he had been
. awarded a permanent position.
Suddenly, at a day's notice, he
had been asked to turn over his
books to. a new cashier.
"Relative of mine, this hew offi
cial," the bank president rather
lamely explained. ''Walters was
all right fine young fellow, and
all that but I had to make a
place for my dead sister's boy.
Sorry, but it couldn't be avoided."
"Rubbish!" commented Mrs.
Bunsby, head gossip of the place.
"Mr. Walters presumed to lift his
eyes to Eloise White. That was
enough for the old man, who
w6uldn't look at a son-in-law
with less than a million."
Mrs. Bunsby had read the sit
uation aright, and no one knew
it better than the sadly discon
solate Ned himself. Of course he
looked around for a new position.
"Meantime, awaiting a decision on
some of his applications, he had a
dull time of it in Scottboro. Mr.
White had put his foot down
firmly, forbade him the house,
and Eloise was a dutiful daugh
ter. She had met her lover just
once since her father had dis
missed him, from his service.
"It is the last time, Ned," she
said, like the brave, sensible little
woman she was. "Until I am of
age I shall feel that I belong to
papa. You have told me that you
love me. Now I am going to tell
you that I return that love, and
always shall: You must go away
and make a name and position,
and when I am eighteen we will
meet again."
"A whole year to give her fath
er a chance to marry her off!" re
flected Ned dismally after that.
But there seemed to be no use
battling the inevitable. He wrote
a final letter to Eloise, IX breath,-.

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