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fortable quarters at the one hotel the 1
place afforded. Some practice came
to him. He made some speeches dur
ing a political campaign, became a
general favorite, and, best of all, met
and loved Ada Mills, the favorite
daughter of wealthy Judge Mills.
No word had come from Ernest
Earle and Robert was glad he had not
found him out
Robert, was gaining ground fast
and securely. His uncle abroad had
heard of his establishing in the legal
profession and had insisted on his ac
cepting a check for a thousand dol
lars, "as surplus capital for exigen
cies," as the old man phrased it.
It was a great, glorious hour of
his life when Robert bade Ada adieu
one lovely June night He had told
his love to find it devotedly returned.
So happy was he that when he re
turned to his hotel he could not sleep.
He put on a light overcoat and
strolled to the wooded outskirts of
the pretty town, communing with na
ture and his heart's own fond
thoughts until long after midnight
A surprise, a shock, a crisis in his
life greeted him as he entered the
lobby of the hotel to find it a scene of
tumultuous excitement The local po
lice were there surrounding an agi
tated, loud-talking stranger, who as
Robert entered was explaining that
some one had rifled his room an hour
previous. He had awakened in bed to
observe a man disappearing through
the window and down the fire escape
with his pocket book containing two
"Why, there is the thief!" he shout
ed suddenly, pointing straight at Rob
ert "You are mad!" exclaimed the
"I would recognize him among a
thousand," declared the stranger.
There was a great hubbub. Even
the officers of the law scoffed at the
accusation of the robbed man. Then
investigation brought out a new cir
cumstance. The door connecting the
oora ofJRobert and that occupied
by the man who had been robbed was
"The key has been always in the
door on my side" explained Robert,
"but I have never turned it."
It was strange, unheard of, but the
stranger insisted on his identification
of Robert. The latter had two hours
time he could not account for in any
reasonable way. He was arrested.
His good character saved him, but
there was now a vague insidious stain
Slowly dlstrist began to attach to
the young, lawyer. The conservative
ones gravely feared they had been
unwise in. bestowing ready confidence
with a comparative stranger, The
cowardly ones ignored and shunned
him. Judge Mills f orbacfe' an engage
ment with his daughter and insisted
that Robert should not visit Ada Until
his name was cleared.
So, weary weeks went on and Rob
ert became well nigh disheartened.
His former popularity was on the
wane, his clients fell away from him.
Only that loyal Ada wrote him. of her
undying love and faith he would have
left the town.
He had been engaged as associate
counsel in a damage suit where a rail
road passenger had received an injury
in a collision in another part of the
county. Among the witnesses sum
moned was a surgeon from a neigh
When this person arrived at the
court room he sought out Robert It
was to regard him In open-eyed be
wilderment "Why," he exclaimed," you have
recovered so soon?"
- "I do not understand you," said
"Were you not in the hospital at
Wayne two months since, suffering
from a terrible fall from a mqtor
There were cross questions and
many explanations and then the light
came. At Wayne this sameurgeon
had been summoned to assist in a
case where the victim of an accident
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