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By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin.
"Your uncle, Mr. Daniel Trench,
wishes to do you. full justice, Mr.
"I hope so. It is my due," observed
the young man addressed gravely.
"I would not take that attitude if I
were you," came the smooth oily re
joinder. "In this world it pays to
look out for one's self, and the direc
tion and friendship of a person like
Mr. Trench means a good deal, to a
young man starting out in life."
Vane Denslow did not reply to this
outburst. He recognized the speaker
Informed Mr. Trench That
Track Was Clear."
as specious and insincere, and he had
his own ideas of the disinterested
ness of Daniel Trench, relative
though he was.
"Your uncle is glad to help you in
a business way," pursued his agent
and attorney, Mr. Thacker. "I have
delivered my message. I am glad it
pleases you. Now confidentially as
a personal friend, mind you I want
to give you what we may call a valu
able pointer. Cotton up to your uncle,
young man! If you please him he
will certainly interest himself in your
advancement. I happen to know
ha, hum! now this will be strictly un
der your hat?"
"Go on," invited Vane, though not
"Well, he has great future plans
for you. As soon as you get all your
arrangements for going into business
made, he wants to have you shoot
straight ahead. See? In fact, he has
you in his eye as a what shall I
say? A very promising party for his
ward, Miss Nellis. You've heard of
her? Handsome, wealthy, now at
school. Mr. Trench is her guardian.
Think of the vast mutual interests
if the Trench and Nellis fortunes
could be consolidated "
"In other words," broke in Vane
coldly, "my uncle offers a bribe to
have me become a puppet in his
"Not at all not at all," the wily
lawyer hastened to declare. "He only
hopes you will see things in his way."
"Not in the matter of the selection
of a wife," observed Vane. "He had
better not try it! Does he know, sir,
that I am honorably engaged to a
young lady here in Wilby? Let this
matter be thoroughly understood,
whether Mr. Trench's proposed busi
ness deal goes through or not I
shall enter into no scheme to marry
"Just so. Indeed not. Just men
tioned it Ha, hum! Forget it, my
dear young friend. Good day."
Vane Denslow threw up the win
dow of his room as if to clarify pois
oned air, as the crafty limb of the
law withdrew. In brjef, the attorney
had appeared to make Vane a propo
sition to go to Meriden, fifty miles
away, and enter into business. His
uncle was about to retire, a wealthy
man. The elevator he owned con
trolled a fine trade: He offered to
make a gift of it to his nephew.
Vane Denslow was a proud, self-