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By Carl Furn.
Luclla Marston looked at Howard
in a dazed sort of .manner. She
could not quite understand what he
was saying; and sEe did not dare to
"Ranger never liked me. . . . Old
Bransforth took his side . . . had to
support him v . ." The sentences
were meaningless to her.
Patiently Howard, taking both her
hands in his, repeated the story. He
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"I Can't Tell You How Glad I Am
That the Letter Found You."
bad held a position in Bransforth's
company for six years, until Ranger
was made head of the department.
Ranger was an empty-headed man
with the sole idea of being a good dis
ciplinarian. He had harassed the of
fice force until their work fell off in
character and quality. And Howard
had been made the scapegoat be
cause Howard was the most efficient.
Bransforth had sent for both of
them, and Ranger had stated posi
tively that it was impossible for them
to continue work together. He es
teemed Howard personally, but It
was the old story of an ignorant su
perintendent and an able subordinate.
At last Bransworth had turned to
"I'm sorry, Mr. Gray," he said.
"But of course you understand I must
approve of Mr. Ranger's course."
"Then I'll send you in my resigna
tion, sir," said Howard.
Bransforth certainly treated him
very fairly. He gave him two months'
salary and a cordial letter expressing
his keen regrets at their separation.
Only positions such as Howard had
filled, in a chemical house which spe
cialized on one or two articles of
production, were almost impossible
to secure. And Howard and Luella
were to have been married that May.
"Never mind, dear. You will get a
better position than before," Luella
Her fiance kissed her, but he knew
the awful difficulty of the task before
him. He "had been getting forty dol
lars a week, and the position had
seemed so permanent that he had
lived fairly well instead of trying o
save money. He liad only three hun
dred in the bank, for their first sup
ply of furniture. And this was melt
ing during the hot, dull summer
months, when nothing could be ob
tained, with fearful rapidity.
,July passed and August was hah!
way through, and the three hundred
dollars was reduced to half that
amount. Luella was always comfort
ing; but she would weep secretly
after Howard was gone. The cease
less tramp, tramp through the hot
streets, with the constant rejection
everywhere, wore on the ybung fel
low's nerves. He hardly dared to see
They might have been married
happily three months before. How
ard was becoming desperate. Even
September bore with it no certainty
of a position.
He had always avoided those parts
I of the city contiguous to Brans-