f By Gearge Elmer Cobb
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"A leaVe of absence for a month,"
spoke the manager of Morgan & Co.,
"and your salary check for the full
month in advance."
"But I never asked for a vacation,"
explained Lionel Delmar.
, "That's why!" smiled the manager.
"The firm considers that a man who
has worked without a rest for five
years needs and deserves a vaca
tion." "I'm sure I am grateful yes, and
glad," observed Delmar, warming up
to the subject as he saw untram
meled freedom and variety ahead of
him. "By the way, I'm going to bury
myself with gun and rod up in the
wilds of Wisconsin. I'll send you
some deer. How would that do 2"
"And the cashier, who has been al
most as good a friend to me as your
self, a hamper of rare brook trout,
"He'll appreciate it"
Quite jojly Delmar felt over it all
as the idea, of a vast, pleasurable
change began to grow on him. Time
was when he could not have afforded
the jaunt But he fiow felt that it
"was coming to him and he had $200
.saved up. Saturday was only .two
days ahea and he spent half of the
evening ldoking over sportsmen's
catalogues and selecting a list for his
hunting and camping outfit
Then he went out and purchased a
"basket of fruit and some bakerytri
iles and proceeded to a near, 'but
,much less pretentious, building than
.the one in which he roomed.
. "I mustn't forget poor Dalby's wid
.ow and little Ned," he soliloquized.
;4T11 slip a tenner into the lad's hand
so they won't suffer while I'm away."
It was not the first time Delmar
had shown little helpful attentions to
"the Dalbys. John. Dalby had worked
by his side for years and they had
been good friends. Since his death a
year previous Delmar had more than
once eased the poverty of the patient,
plodding widow, who went out as a
day seamstress, but earned barely
enough to provide for herself atfd her
lilttle son, Ned, aged 8. The 'latter
was an invalid and his illness and
needs were a great drawback to his
Just as Delmar was about to enter
the street doorway of the old tene-
A Young Lady Came Out
ment where the Dalbys lived a -young
lady came out . He stepped aside po
litely to give her room and she
flashed a pleased courteous look
upon him. He stood staring after
her, for her grace and beauty were
a revelation to him. She entered an
automobile, the chauffeur started up
the machine and-Delmar stood like
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