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By George Munson.
The news of Uncle Will's death was
a great shock to me.-I read it in the
morning papers. He wasTamong the
killed in the accident on the Pacific
South-Central Railway. The train
had left the tracks while traveling
along the bank of the Juby river in
Colorado, and five cars had plunged
Began to Drone Out the Terms of the
beneath the swirling torrent. 'There
was no possibility of rescuing any
one; the death of all the occupants
had been immediate.
Uncle Will must have had a pre
sentiment of his death, because, an
hour before leaving his office on the
way West, where he had to attend a
conference on some one of those na
tional movements in which he was
always interested, he had dictated a
new will to his stenographer, Miss
Clarke. Miss Clarke had typewritten
it and two of the clerks had witnessed
The relatives were summoned to
meet at the house of Mr. Brewster,
the family lawyer. Brewster smiled
when he saw me and Marjorie enter.
"I wish you luck, my dear fellow,"
he whispered, before the formalities
I had always been a prime favorite
of Uncle Will. He had left me a good
round sum, I was sure. If he had
died the year before I should not
have been so sure, because he was
deeply mortified when Anne Claridge
and I broke our engagement. It was
Anne who wanted to be free, but of
course Uncle Will, in his pig-headed
way, had thought I was to blame. He
had always been fond of Anne. Even
after Anne married Jim Thornton, a
month later which ought to have
shown Uncle Will where the blame
lay he was suspicious of me.
"A man who breaks an engage
ment to a girl wants a lot of justifica
tion," he said to me.
I couldn't persuade him that I had
wanted to marry Anne. I believe he
cut me out of his will about then.
However, after I had discovered that
Marjorie was the only girl I could
ever love, arid had introduced her to
Uncle Will, I got back into -his good
graces. He was still a little dubious
about my constancy, but he confided
to me that Marjorie had Anne "skin
ned." "And, my dear boy, if you break
that girl's heart 111 not leave you a
stiver," he said tome, over the wal
How that amused Marjorie and
myself! We were to be married the
week after Uncle Will's return, and
nothing could have separated us.
Mr. Brewster began to drone out
the terms of the will, and you can be
sure everybody pricked up his ears.
Uncle Will had left some good round
legacies, but I knew there was plenty
left At last I heard my name.