By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Going to get married, eh?"
"Yes, Uncle Harold to Miss Ina
"H'm! I guessed that much. In
fact, her father, the judge, has just
left me after an hour's conference
over this very subject. Now. that
sweet little lady, as you well know,
is my prime favorite, but "
"You don't mean to say you are go
ing to object to our union!" chal-
A Thrilling Spectacle Met His View.
lenged Ned Davies with mingled in--trrsation
"Don't take fire so readily, young
man," advised Mr. Wade with his
quaint, accustomed smile, "or I'll dis
charge you, and then where are your
dreams of bliss?"
"That's so," half smiled Ned.
"Being so, you haven't much real
business backing except through
your old uncle, hey?" inquired Mr.
Wade. "Well, I'm right with you, boy,
and I'll leave you quite a little for
tune provided you do what I tell
you to do. First and foremost, you
will postpone this marriage for a
time. That is the' decision-of both the
judge and myself."
"Why, what for?" demanded the
ardent young lover breathlessly.
"Well, we want to see you show the
stuff you're made of. The judge likes
you and all that, but he wants to see
you demonstrate some initiative as a
business man before he entrusts his
daughter to your care. I've a sugges
tion to make that solves the whole
Ned looked dreadfully downcast
and disappointed, but showed re
spectful attention while his uncle pro
ceeded: "Ten years ago I went out to Idaho
without a dollar. I worked hard, met
a loyal-hearted old miner who helped
me out and came back with a modest
fortune. I'll give you a better start.
I shall present present you with a five
thousand-dollar nest egg. There are
splendid investment opportunities out
on the Golconda range. I'll give you a
letter to the kind old friend who was
so helpful to me. Then it's up to you
to make good."
Thus it was that Ned Davies found
himself a new arrival at the little bor
der mining town of Hopeton at the
twilight end of a rare Idaho day. In
side the pocket of his outing shirt was
the money upon which he relied to
win fortune and Ina.
It was upon the letter to the old
friend of his uncle, a Dr. Wilman,
that Ned relied for an introduction
to the business world of the hills. A
great disappointment faced him,
however, right at the outset. jHe
found that the old residence of Doc
tor Wilman had been burned down,
and when he inquired of a neighbor
regarding him he was told that the
doctor had left Hopefon some three
years previous and was believed dead.
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