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ever position he assumed, Allen felt,
that she must be Interested in the
work she would share.
There was no duplicity in her na
ture, of that he was assured. Her
face brightened wonderfully as the
philanthropic venture was debated
on. On the impulse of the moment
and under her, sweet influence Allen
closed, then and there with her broth
er as his manager for five years.
The contract was perfected at the
office of Allen's lawyer the next day
and Allen was disappointed that Miss
Bland did not come, as well as her
brother. Bland gave a bond, as was
usual. He was awarded unrestricted
control of the charitable fund.
One week later Allen left for Alas
ka. It was a strange climate, that
to which his physician'Sent him, but
the letter knew the family complaint
thoroughly. If the keen, bracing air
of the far north did not destroy the
germs of the implanted disease therg
was no hope for the young man.
Now strange and unforeseen ad
ventures were about to transpire in
the case of Edgar Allen, that were to
'test the true gold in his nature and
cause him to forget his ailments. Six
months after he left home he re
ceived word from his lawyer that the
bulk of his investments, placed with
a bank, had been swallowed in a dis
mal criminal failure.
A year later he was advised that
an accidental fire had destroyed Che
children's home. When he carrte to
consider that there were no funds
left to pay Bland his salary, Allen
about decided that the $25,00P in
vestment was a failure.
He had been robbed of the greater
part of the money he had carried
with him Then he became acquaint
ed with an old miner. The latter hx
duced him to send for money de
posited in reserve at San Francisco.
This Allen invested in the mining
proposition to lose it "
His partner was an honest, well
meaning man, but, with all his,mln
Jng experience, his judgment had
been at fault The prospect gave
good surface indications, but ran
shy as depth was gradually attained
and disappeared .finally entirely. .
- "Wish I'd never tempted you to
throw good money after bad,"
mourned the veteran.
"Never mind that," responded
Allen cheerily, and, he braced, threw
out his chest, breathed deep and
swung his arms with exquisite real
ization of actual strength. "The
work, theair, the exposure have
made a new man of me. I've found
what I went after with a faint heart
health. What is the money to
that? I can earn my own living
now. See here, partner, why not
come to the states-with me? I'm
"Any use?" propounded1 the miner
"I can't tell. There's the wreck of
a fortune. Maybe among the debris
I can find enough salvage to start
you and me in some respectable lit
tle business. If not, we'll build up
from the ground floor, eh?"
There was something inspiriting
in the 'enthusiasm and courage of
the health-restored young man, and
his partner could not resist the in
fluence of his hopeful nature. The
nearer they got to home, the more
vividly there recurred to the mind of
Allen the thought of the young man
and his sister who had taken up his
philanthropic project It was at the
town of Newburg that the -children's
home had been located. It was there
that Allen and his cpmpanion ar
rived by train at dusk one evening.
"Mr. Allen it can't be possible!"
The words halted Allen. He smiled
down into the face of his lawyer, who
stood regarding him in wonder. He
had long since given up his client as
dead. He found it difficult to believe
that time and labor had made a
health breathing stalwart out of
The lawyer led the new arrivals to
his office. There was much to learn
and to tell. Hs had news for his.