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A STRONG MAN'S TRIUMPH
By Ciaribel Wilson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
Jim Halsey-6is feet two, broad,
stalwart, was thelnost picturesque
figure that ever went into Wall
street. At the age of thirty-two he
had come out of Alaska with a cool
fifteen millions, gained during a pe
riod of seven years that had elapsed
since he went north from Illinois, a
country--storekeeper's assistant with
a longing for adventure.
The same- qualities of nerve which
had stood him in such good stead
among the miners continued to ac
complish much for him in New York.
Finally, however, a combination was
set on foot against him. And, after
a Homeric battle of seven days, in.
whitih stock were slaughtered at a
rate unknown before, Jim found Him
self with the price of his hotel bill,
a ticket back to Nome and $700 in
Jim Halsey was wiped out. The
evening newspapers announced it in
red type. And Jim was pondering
over the situation.
For himself he cared othing at alL
But for" Agnes McLaughlin he cared
everything. And he had to tell her.
McLaughlin had been a picturesque
figure too picturesque to be ad
mitted into New York's elite; but the
tenacity of the widow, aided by a mil
lion dollars, had won a way for her
self and 'her daughter.
Mrs. McLaughlin had spent her
capitallike water. A million will go
a good ways in a three-years' cam
paign if it is supposed to be sup
ported by other millions behind it.
Nobody knew that the McLaughlin
fortune was down to its last fifty
thousand. But everybody knew that
Agnes McLaughlin had been hawked
round the eligibles of Europe and
America during the last three years.
Everybody, that is, but Jim.
. He'waij admitted to the rented
the "butler looked a little coldly at
him... Thfimenial, in fact, reflected
the .feelings of the household. Mrs.
McLaughlin, who-had considered Jim
an excellentcompromise in the light
of previous" failures and her dwin
dling capital, had the sense of a
womanjbetrayed or of a man who
has staked hislast penny on the fa
vorite at'the.races, and lost.
The mother sailed, into the room.
She? stood stflh looking at Jim, and
"Are You a Foo! or What's the Mat
. 'ter With You?"
I all her "resentment flashed out in her
"Is it true, what the papers say,
that-yov are a namier?" she demand-
house on 'Fifth avenue.- He-thought I'eq.lnccents of Indescribable vol-