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1 THE DEBT OF HONOR
By George Elmer Cobb
Z (Copyright by WT GChapman.)
cf "You are a wonderful little woman,
; "And worth waiting for?"
"That, of course, but it will be rath-
er tantalizing seeing you only every
e' other day "
1 "Once a week, you mean," correct-
ed Amie Fuller.
3 "When I was so hopefully near to
having you all the time. But who
' can stay a woman's will?"
"A woman's love, you mean, dear.
All I have decided on is based on my
' affection for you. I want to be true
to duty in my present proposition.
' You should esteem me all the more
" for trying to carry out the wishes of
" the dear old man who cared for me,
; a homeless orphan, for so many
"I know you are right ,as you al
ways are, Amie," conceded Burton
Stacey, "but why not marry me and
. let me share your burden?"
'r "We are not in a position, neither
you nor I, in a money way to make
' the venture, dear," declared the prec
is tical-minded Amie. "With the approv
al and help of Uncle Fuller it looked
possible for us to get along nicely.
I Now that he is dead and has left next
e to nothing and you will not receive a
. raise in salary for a year, 'we must
postpone our plans."
John Fuller, the adopted uncle of
! Amie, was the element that had come
into the life of both in a tragic and
i unexpected way that had upset all
their fond plans. He had gone away
on business to become one of half a
, hundred ill-fated victims on board of
' a wrecked lake steamer. Some bodies
were recovered. His among over
' twenty-five was not found. The fact
that he was a passenger on the boat
and was among the missing was ac
cepted as legal proof of his death. His
will left everything to Amie, but it
represented very little. Mr. Fuller
had conducted a small hardware
store, leasing the building. All along
he had been supposed to have some
investments in city securities, but
none such were found after his death.
In fact, it was discovered that there
was over $1,000 due supply houses in
the city for stock merchandise.
"I know uncle was troubled about
those accumulating debts brought on
"Forty Dollars Net Profit, Burton,"
Proclaimed Amie Joyously
by a bad business season," Amie hi
told Burton. "He went away to
range about them. . Left alone wi
next to nothing, I still feel it a duty t
protect his honored business nam
me siure nere, u put up ul aucuu
would not bring one-fourth of its a
tual value. I've only one way to work
out this indebtedness." xi
"And that is?" questioned Burton.
"To attend to the store myself.