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A TRYING ORDEAL
By Elizabeth Schoen Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Almost enough!" proclaimed Eva
Truman, with sparkling eyes.
Her companion and fiance, Merton
Hull, divided an evident satisfaction
and delight between her shining face
and a bank book which both were
scanning. It showed over six hundred
dollars to his account. More than the
money did the fair, sweet-souled girl
cherish what the slow, patient accu-
Startled to Notice a Little Package of
Fresh, New Bank Notes.
mulation of that comparatively small
amount of money signified.
It meant the redemption of a wild,
wayward youth through one faithful
woman's devotion. It presented the
sure evidence that even a reckless
spendthrift may become almost a
miser when love commands. Their
two years' acquaintance ran like an
idyl. Young Hull was a casual writer.
He was generous, free-hearted, and
this had led him into companionship
with a heedless crowd of brother
When Eva became acquainted with
him a sudden change came into his
life. He abandoned reckless compan
ions, gave up drinking, which had
been his bane, and started it to win
a home for the lovely girl who had
given him the full, true affection of
her deep, earnest nature.
"When we have enough to buy a
little home we will begin life togeth
er," Eva had said, and to that end
both had been working for over a
She was employed as a stenog
rapher and earned a good income.
Eva was alone in the world. She had
saved even more than Merton. An
other year of thrift and economy and
they would have reached the goal of"
their ambition. ,
"It seems so little!" deplored Mer
ton. "It takes so long to reach the
iimit we have set."
"But "we are more than half way
on our road?" challenged Eva
"And what a road!" enthused Mer
ton. "All roses since I met you!"
"And what a grand hero you have
been, bravely meeting distress and
discouragement, never ceasing to
look for work, and never tiring of it
"Such as the work has been," re
sponded Merton with a helpless and
resigned shrug of his shoulders. "I
wish it would change."
"Then your new task for this Mr.
Worthington does not please you?"
"It is not that, for the pay is good.
It is the lack of permanency. Mr.
Worthington is paying me handsome
ly, but the work will last only a
month longer. I would father have
steady, settled work, even at a low
price, than these occasional writing
"The steady work will come, don't
worry, dear," said Eva encouragingly.
It was a rather mystifying task