you -will recognize Miss Garrett's
-writing, in these pencil notes along
He handed Jephson the paper.
Jephson took it, his hand shaking
like .a leal in a wind. So it -was Milli
cent Garrett, whom he had thought
Botfoyal. And he had suspected Ed
gar! What' a blind man he had been.
"What shalTyou do, sir?'" persist
ed Edgar. "We 'canhave her ar
"Oh, dear, no," sad Jephson. "Let
her go. It doesn't make any differ
'"I beg your pardon, sir. She has
ruined you,probably for some man
who ,pretends to be in love with her.
And. she'll go and do the same 'to
another who hires her. She ought to
go to jaiL" N
y Jephson turneu to the other with
a smile. "My, dear fellow," he said,
"I don't wriht ny defeat to .be at
tended by any squealing. I want to
shoujder all the responsibility, not
have it said that a girl bested me.
Edgar withdrew. And Jephson,
sitting therefelt a sudden revulsion
of feeling against the world. He had
planned to begin all over again, But
now the flgnt seemed worthless.
He had always trusted Miss Gar
rett He had employed her four
years befor-e when she was fresh
from-the school of stenography. He
was paying her thirty dollars. When
her mother was ill he had given' her
a month's leave on full pay, and tlie
office had been at sixes and sevens
till she came back. And to think that
the girl was a common thief!
He opened a drawerand took out a
. revolver. He always" kept .it there
because he hpd frequently to worlr
at night, with a hundred thousand in
his safe. It was fortunate that he
had it. He could end all his roubles
by tHe 'least pressure of hisflnger on
He raised it towdrd his' fqrhead
and hesitated. He was, not In any
hurry. He wantedHo deliberate-upon 1
the act. What would, men say of it?j
And did he care what men Bald?
The sound of light footsteps out
side startled him. He thrust the re
volver hastily into a drawer, afld
looned up to see Miss Garrett She"
hesitated and' then came up to him.
"I must say something before 1
go," she said anxiously. tip should
have told you long before, but then
the mischief was done. Mr. Edgar has
betrayed you to the interests on the
exchange." ' ' r
Astonded, Jephson rose to his feetj
and at that moment Edgar came hur1
riedly in. - "
"I saw Miss Garrett come into the'1
office, sir," he cried, "and I decided
that I couldn't accept your decision!
I charge herin'your presence with 1
"Steady," said Jephson. "Miss
Garrett has the floor."
Millicent Garrett turned upon Ed
gar with flaming eyes.
'IHe stole that confidential paper
from. your desk, Mr. Jephson!" she
cried. 'J was in the cloakroom Sat
urday afternoon about a month ago,
and I saw him comefn and fit a key
to your office door. I knew he had
no business there, and so well, I
watched him. And I saw him un
lock your.desk and take that 0. & F".
paper from it." r
"Why!" shouted EdgarT
"Go on, Miss Garrett," said Jeph
son, raising his hand for Edgar to be
silent , - 4
"I saw where' he put it and I con
trived to get it He didn't know that
the' key of my typewriter desk fits
that lower third drawer. xWell, it
does. And I took it And I kept it,
so that he shouldn't sell you out But
he had done so already, evidently."
Miss Garrett's eyes flashed fire.
"Why didn'-t you give it back to
me?" demanded Jephson.
"Because I wasn't 'sure," she fal
tered. "I Have beenwatchlng him.
And in the last week we have ' all '
known you had been betrayed."
"Why, youNtold me to take the pa
per, sir!" said'Edgaij
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