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A MAN OF FAITH
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
By Harold Carter.
; When Billy Durham was at school
-he was the butt of"iis companions,
-because he believed everything that
he was told. As he grew older, how
ever, instead of jeering at him the fel
Jows used to go to him with their con
fidences. He had that captivating
-frankness and belief in human nature
'Give Me Ten Shares."
that, when genuine, proved irresisti
ble. Later, in business life, the same
ule held good. For instance, when
Billy inherited a thousand dollars
from his father, he .went into the of
fice of Mr. Montgomery, who was ad
vertising that there was a fortune in
walrus oil. All you had to do was to
buy a few hundred dollar shares in
his oiling vessel, and the profits would
be exactly 1,000 per cent. -That, how
ever, did not include the income from
the sale of the hides and ivory.
"It's wonderful," said Billy, plank
ing down a thousand dollars. "Give
me ten shares. Can the oil be used
Mr. Montgomery looked at the
young fellow, and perhaps he began
to remember his own youth or else
all his shares were sold. "I'll let you
know," he said wearily.
But Mr. Montgomery found it ad
visable to depart suddenly from town
a few days later; so Billy never knew.
It was just the same when Billy was
discharged from the insurance office.
Mr. Somers, the manager had been
ordered to lay off some of the em
ployes. He thought Billy was not cut
out for the insurance business.
"You'd better lay off for a while and
look around to see if you don't find
something more suited to you," he
He never expected to see Billy
again, but, five weeks later, Billy was
found at his desk one morning. "I
didn't see anything I like better, so
I came back," he said. Billy stayed
and was promoted to be assistant
manager by old Rayden, who had
taken a fancy to the young man.
Old Rayden, being a millionaire,
was not the man to pick up an in
significant subordinate and take him
into his home. However, Billy had
been to the Madison avenue mansion
once or twice with important papers.
He had seen Elsie Rayden there and
had at once fallen in love with her.
With his simplicity of mind, it did
not occur to him that there would be
any difficulty about marrying her,
provided he could make her love him.
That summer he brooded over his
work, hoping against hope that the
occasion would arise for him to go to
Mr. Rayden's house again. But he
was not summoned, and presently he .
discovered through the papers that
Elsie Rayden was spending July at
Billy took his vacation in July and
went there. He met Miss Rayden da