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THE GOOD SAMARITAN
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
It was onlya quick, light footstep,
but Walter Bllss-Jiad waited for it
He followed its echo till it died away
and then sat down at the window in
his room to dream about its owner,
as he had done many a time before.
It was half an hour later when the
housemaid came into the room and
placed some fresh towels in the rack.
"Thank you," said Walter, in his
usual courteous way. "I wanted to
ask you; wasn't that Miss Thorpe
who just returned?"
'Yes, Mr. Bliss," replied the maid.
"I hope she's found employment."
"She has and it's too bad!"
"What! When she has so patiently
sought employment for over two
"I don't mean that," quickly ex
plained Norah. "You see, sir, dear
young lady that she is, she came
home just filled up with joy of get
ting something to do. You know she
is a typewriter. Well, she brought
home a lot of stuff to copy, but it had
to be done by morning. If it was done
well she was sure of a lot of such
quick orders right along, and what
do you think? There was a note for
her from a girl friend whose mother
is dying, asking her to come to her
at once. It's her good, tender heart.
I heard her sigh as she put down her
work. 'My duty is to my friend,' she
said, and she has gone to sit up with
the dying lady."
Walter Bliss said no more just then.
He was a roomer in the same house
but he had never spoken to the girl
In whom he had become interested
and whose lack of employment he
had learned from the talkative Nora.
Walter had a good position. He
! - own typewriter, but generally
"v afternoons afforded suffi
o cover this. He paced
. . the room after Norah
had gone. He could not get Miss
Verda Thorpe out of his mind.
He went out into hall as he heard
the maid come its length.
"Norah," he said, "you are a good
girl and I know you like Miss
"I do, indeed, sir," she responded.
"She is so kind and good to me. I
pity her, too. It's too bad that -she
will have to lose a good chance by
taking that work back in the morn
ing, isn't it, now?" '
"I Hope She's Found Employment"
"Would you like to prevent just
that?" inquired Walter.
"I would indeed, sir. Why, what
do you mean?"
"You bring it to 'me, Norah," di
rected Walter. "We can be immense-.
ly helpful to Miss Thorpe. I win do
the copying on my own machine.
Then, early in the morning, you come
and get the work and place it in her
room where she will see it as soon as