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for sale, Tames? He must
crazy. I gave you this house."
James Farleigh had never taken
Minna or .the merchant into his
confidence. Supremely selfish
and egotistical, he had cowered
beneath the blow, hoping to keep
them in ignorance until Minna
had settled her money on him.
"He's just lying," answered
Ernest Farleigh laughed again.
"O, no, I'm not lying," he said.
"I have the title deed under my
coat. I bought this house yester
"What's that?" shouted the old
man, addressing hisson for the
first time. "Have, you made your
"Not 3ret," answered Ernest.
"Just a couple of million that I
picked up on the west coast.
Father " his voice, faltered as
he crossed the room and sat down
upon the couch "father, I guegs
you were right in your estimate
of me before. But I have suc
ceeded now; and I've come back
for two purposes; to save your
fortune and to claim my bride."
"Father, I may as well tell you
the truth?"' said James. "I have
got into temporary difficulties. I
suppose this fellow heard of it
and came back to take advantage
"Hardly that, James," answer
ed his brother. "I happen to be
the head of the syndicate with
which you have been negotiating.
I happen to know that among the
securities you turned over were
mortgage bonds and deeds which
did not belong to you, although.!
you hoped to obtain possession of
them shortly. In short, James, I
accuse you of the theft of $200,-:
000 belonging to a'certain person
who is not yet quite in your
James Farleigh suddenly began
to tremble; his face paled and he
broke into a whine.
""Well, what if I did?" he blus
tered. "Who are you to interfere?
If I hadn't'
"James," said Ernest, "I meant
to deal kindly with you, but I see
the leopardxdoesn't ' change his
spots. I've been made the scape
.goat of this "family ever sjnce I
can remember. Now I'm in the
saddle and I mean to stick. Will
you leave this room and house,
never to return, or will you go to
James looked at them ; then he '
moved slowly toward the door.
Minna watched him in fascina
tion. Why, this was a rogue, this
beaten, cowering man how
could she ever have been blinded?
Her love for Ernest, never dim-
med, suddenly awakened; she
looked at him through a mist of
"Ernest," said the old mer
chant, "come here. I've been pret
ty much of a fool, but thank God r
I'm not too old to change. Will
you stay home and be my son and
forgive an old man's folly?"
"If Minna says so," answered .
Ernest. But he saw that there
was no need of Minna's answer.
Over 300,000 lbs. of butter stor
ed here has been seized by gov
ernment because of adulteration.