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himself a made man. The first thing
he did was to fall in love with pretty
Winifred Price, the belle of the vil
lage, his second was to become en
gaged to her and plan a speedy mar
riage. Perhaps his uncle had learned of
this, Alton reflected, and that was the
real secret of his drastic action. At
all events the ultimatum had been
submission. If the former, Alton
well knew that his uncle would dis
own him, which meant the loss of the
substantial backing of a helpful, in
Alton talked over the tisuation that
evening with Winifred. She was sen
sible about it. Better to wait two
years than to rush madly into matri
mony with no fixed business estab
lishment, she advised.- At least, she
decided, Alton had better keep in his
uncle's good graces until he was sure
he could shift for himself.
So Alton mournfully accepted the
situation. Winifred, consoled him
sweetly and his photographic fa(f
helped him pass the time when it was
unemployed and irksome. He pho
tographed the bank building, outside
and interior, in all its phases. He took
secret snap shots of his uncle in vari
ous poses. Whenever a stranger came
into the bank'he made a picture of.
"My, rogues' gallery!" he told the
cashier whimsically. "Some day
somebody will put it over us and I will
be able to establish hfs identity."
One day, indeed, the banker's
hoarded gold was in peril and Cyrus
Merrill knew it not A well-dressed,
dignified stranger came into the bank
and after looking over some papers
at the depositors' table he approached
the president of the institution.
"Mr. Merrill," he said courteously,
"I am having some important deal
ings with the valley -manufacturers. I
have just come from your rival bank
'here. The wish to charge me 5 per
'cent for a trusteeship and some easy
negotiations. Can I do business for
ypu on a cheaper basis?" $
"Yes, sir," answered the banker,
eager to snap up an easy opportunity,
"if the business is entirely local."
"It will be."
"Our charge will be 2V per cent"
"Thanks. You will hear from me
in a day or two," said the stranger,
who called himself Richard Wone,
and he left the bank. ,l
A few minutes later a well dressed
young lady entered the bank. She
aproached Mr. Merrill.
"I came in to direct a letter," she
explained, "and J, found this on the
desk where I was writing."
She handed a long pocketbook to
the banker. In vast surprise he ex
amined its- contents. It contained
$4,000 in bank notes of large denOm-.
inations. On its flap were the initials
"R .W." and Mr. Merrill at once de
cided that it belonged to his recent
"I am pleased at your honesty,
young lady," he said heartily for
him. "I think you had better leave
your name and address for I am sure
that the owner of the money will wish
to recognize your helpfulness."
Within ten minutes the man who
called himself Richard Wolfe came
hurrying back into the bank. Ah ! his
money had been found. Thanks, and
the finder? At once send her this
and he liberally handed the banker
two $100 bills. Then he stated that
he had decided to do business with
the bank. He counted out $5,000. It
was to be held in trust to purchase
some bonds which he named. He
would at once write to the owner of
the same and have him come from
another town where he lived. He au
thorized Mr. Merrill to pay as high as
90. If he got them for less they would
divide on the bargain.
The liberality of the stranger, the
sight of the ready cash, the chance
to make an "honpit dollar" all ap
pealed to the banker in a strange
way. What followed came quickly.
Another stranger appeared at the
T)ank within two day, with the bonds
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