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THE PARTED COIN
' By Belle Peno Leist
"Treasure those fragments, chil
dren," spoke John Graham, "When
you, Nellie, have graduated from
school, and you, Warren, return from
the city two years hence, and are of
the same mind as now, we will join
the severed coin and you can frame
it and preserve it in the home I shall
be glad to give you."
Nellie Graham cried on the shoul
der of her almost-bdy lover and
TYarren Boyd kissed her reverently
on the forehead.
"I shall never forget you!" he de
"And I shall always be true,"
Theirs had been a simple, pretty
romance, all sunshine and smiles, for
good old Jacob Graham lived only to
see his adopted nice happy, and
Warren was the orpban son of two
of Mr. Graham's boyhood friends.
Uncle Jacob had fond dreams of
turning over to Warren and Nellie,
when they married, the old home
stead, with a cozy corner in the
house his sure welcome as long as he
Alas, for human plans and antici
pations! A year after Warren had
left, Dayton, Nellie "was called home
suddenly to find her aged benefac
tor dying. She did not know it then,
but directly after the funeral the
family lawyer advised her that wor
ry and money loss' had hastened the
death of the old man. Some stock
jobbers had induced him. to borrow
all he could get on the homested and
the securities they sold him turnedv
out worthless, and Mr. Graham faced
ruin. There was little or no equity
in the property. Nellie was cast upon
the world with hardly sufficient to
get to the city and sustain herself
until she found work.
In that respect she was most for-.
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streets, answering advertisements
with no result' but discourtesy and
disappointment, when she chanced
to pass a little jewelry store. An old
man, evidently its proprietor, sat be
hind a counter, a pair of crutches by
his side. In the window was a writ
ten sign: "Wanted, an Assistant for
Two Hours Each Day."
Nellie entered the shop. The jew
eler was engrossed in examining the
inside of a watch and did not notice
her. She was flustered and timid
Don't Make a Norse!"
and sat down on a bench to recover
her composure. The position offered
was odd, - and perhaps the -jeweler
wanted a male assistant. Just then
a man came in. He did not see Nel
lie, but went up to the counter.
"What is it?" inquired the jeweler,
John Wilson, using his crutches and
apparently a cripple.
"Let me look at that tray of
Theywere placed on top of the
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