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THE WHEEL OF FATE
By Harold Carter
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"You are an American. Do tell me
something about yourself!" said Miss
Edith Deny to John Trumble, as they
sat side by side in the conservatory
of Mrs. Langford's London house.
They had danced three times to
gether three times in succession,
and the girl seemed to have forgotten
all about her other partners. As for
John he had made no other engage
ments since his hostess introduced
him to Miss Edith an hour before.
John looked out into the big sa
loon, where 500 guests were chat
ting, lounging or swaying to the
strains of the gypsy band.
"What shall I tell you, Miss Der
ry?" John asked.
"Everything!" answered. the girl
vivaciously. "How you came here.
How you know Mrs. Langford. I
love to hear real stories of life."
"If I told you, you would think I
was romancing," said the young
"Try me!" answered the girl
"I came to England," said John
Trumble, "from Massachusetts."
"I thought you came from Amer
ica," said the girl.
"Massachusetts is in America,"
John explained patiently. "Two years
ago I had two thousand dollars and
an idea. The idea is for the improve
ment of guns big guns to prevent
the rifling from wearing out and de
stroying the guns' usefulness. I
worked out my idea and saw that
it was worth a fortune.
"It is one thing to know your idea
is worth a fortune and another to
convince a government. I couldn't
convince my government because it
was working out a similar idea of its
own. So I came to England and tried
to convince your government. Well
I haven't convinced it yet"
"What a shame!" murmured the 1
girl, watching the young man closely.
"They sent me from pillar to jost
The chief of the ordnance depart
ment seemed to be a Mr. Langford
our host. He put me off and put me
off. If I could have seen him I know
he would have bought the gun. . But
he wouldn't see me. I came to un
derstand, after several weeks, that
he had no intention of seeing me.
Maybe he was too busy, or maybe.he
couldn't be bothered. Anyway, I gave
"Yesterday I Paid My Landlady My
up hope of seeing Mr. Langford. Do
you know him?"
"Slightly," answered the girl.
"Am I to go on? Good!-Well, yes
terday I paid my landlady my last
dollar in the world. I have just my
ticket back to Boston that's near
Massachusetts, you know. It is a
third-class ticket I shall arrive in
Boston seven days from tomorrow
morning without a penny to my
name and with the .knowledge that I
have the secret of revolutionizing ar
tillery, which nobobdy will look at"
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