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a man two feet shorter r than long,
lank Rob. Besides, It wad pretty
nearly in tatters.
Rob" was feeling pretty joyous from
his imbibations as he left the place. A
stranger seated in the billiard hall had
silently and unobtrusively listened to
all that had been Baid. He followed
Rob outside and approached him.
"I say, neighbor," he observed", "I
just chanced to overhear your talk
with your friends."
"All right," nodded Rob ;"what
"Going to do a little masquerading,
"And you want an army uniform to
carry out your little scheme?"
"Got to get it, too' insisted Rob.
"Well, I can help you out. If you
want to take the trolley as far as
Marsden, m fit you out"
"Why, that would be the most
friendly, accommodating act in the
world," enthused Rob. He was in just
a condition to be made a fool of. He
was too over-refreshed and reckless
to suspect trickery.
Rob failed to notice that his new-
found companion had a sharp eye and
a shrewd face, and that the collar to
his inside coat had some gold braid
lacing on it.
His escort led.'him up into an office
building when they reached Marsden.
They entered a room, the- environ
ment of which Rob did not particular
"Happen to have some regular en
listment blanks" explained his com
panion. "I can fit you out with all the
papers, besides a suit" and he got his
gleeful victim to sign a paper, and in
side of an hour Rob strutted out of
the place in a brand new suit of army
"Ill bring them back tomorrow and
pay you well for their use," promised
Rob, and ws promptly on his way
back for his home town, chuckling se
renely over "the easy game" he would
put over" on poor, confiding Dora:
Rob's reappearance in town-in his.
' new rig-created a very decided sensa-
Uon. The news -spread like wildfire 4
that he had enlisted and was going to I
fight the Mexicans. Rob was in a con-
dition to encourage the conviction.
His crowning, meanness was his ap
pearance at home, with the an- L
nouncement to Dora that as he need- &
ed money he was going to Mexico as a
a soldier to earn it tI c
"They say there is a big chance of c
raiding towns where all kinds of gold j
and jewels lay around loose,'" he
boasted. ' &
The result was that poor Dora
broke down. Rob intimated that he
might secure a release from the serv
ice if he tried. Finally the distressed
Dora gave him the five hundred dol
lars. ., , "
It was two days later. "Hob had in
vested the money. He "had doffed the
army uniform, ''telling Dora that he
was negotiating for the cancellation
of his enlistment' ' The.n" a ,startUng
situation confronted him. His friend
of Marsden appeared in sergeant's
uniform with a guard of four soldiers.
For the first time Rob then .learned
that he had enlisted regularly in the
army. He was to report for service
at the nearest army post at once.
First Rob paled with dread and alarm,
for he was a natural coward. There
was a heart-rending parting fromhis
wife and he was marched away.
It was here that the good offices 'of
Dan Vesey came in. Quietly he em
ployed a lawyer. The latter, convinced
the enlistment officer that heuad not
legally enrolled Bob. But he wanted q
to teach Bob a lesion. By an arrange
ment with the sergeant Bob was kept
at the armypost for a month, half 3
killed with routine work and at last
realizing what a comfortable home he $
had sacrificed. ,
Rob went nearly mad with delight i
when he was made to believe, that ex-
traordinary influence had resulted In a
his freedom from service. He returned 3
to Dora a changed, subdued- man. n
"Back to honest work for me !" Jie t
said to his wife,.and shuddered as; he jj