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One day he confided to Edna: "I
' can see that Carr is beginning to be
a bit anxious and doubtful about
this case. He has got on to that evi
dence Vernon has dug up and it
doesn't look quite as clear sailing as
"Well, 'it hasn't come into court
yet," smiled the girl. ,
"No, but if I should lose this Ed
na, I've got to win! There!a too much
at stake! It means .everything to
- A few days after this Edna re
ceived a telephone call to come to
the Benvelt hospital. Mr. Erskine
had met -with a slight accidenf and
wished to see her. Almost distract
'ed, the girl harried to the hospital.
She found the young man with ban
daged, head, arm -and leg stretched
on a cot He had heen struck by an
automobile and was, as he expressed
. "rathei: run out of commission for
the present." He tried to reassure
Edna by saying it was nothing seri
'ous.and hevould be out in two or
"Ddh't tell any one, least of all,
Carr," he implored. "If he thought
I couldrilt go on with the case he"d
get wild and call in some one else."
"But," objected Edna, "he'll find
"Not if vou will help me. Just call
lim on the phone and tell him J. have
suddenly been called out of town on
business about the case and that I
will wire or write him. If he asks
who you are "
"I'll tell him I'm a typiSt who has
been doing some work for you."
"Good!" smiled Erskine. "What a
splendid little brick you are!"
Edna did as she agreed, dot for
srettine: also to account for his ab
sence at the hotel by the out-of-town"
story, 8.0 that they could an- j
swer any inquiries, and Erskine's
name, by his own foresightT lad been
kept out of the newspapers. '
The third day after the accideri
Edna found her patienC flushed with
fever, ani much worse instead ofbet-1
ter. She did not allow him to see
her alarm, but sought an interview
with the nurse. v
"He has worried himself into this
fever about some business," said the
nurse. "I wish you could find but and'
suggest somethingi There's got to
be a slight operation on that leg and
we don't dare to undertake it wtlr
him in this nervous condition."
The very word "operation" struck
a chill to the girl's heart, bufrthe life
in the other room was to her so dear
she nerved herself to do anything to
"I know the case so well," she
said to him as she sat down by his
cot "Just let me go on with it 111
mail letters from all kinds of" places
from you to Mr. Carr. I have friends
who will see to that Lucky your
right hand is all right, so you can
sign them. I'll go on with the hunt
for that witness, and I'll corae here,
report progress to you and get your
advice' Now ddn't worry the least
bit That case is as good as won."
The 'next morning Edna heard in
answer to - her telephone inquiry
that the patieiit was much improved.
By her request he was moved to a
pleasant rodm and every day she
consulted with him as to the work
done. After about five days she
found that Mr. Carr was growing
restive. There was nothing for it,
but she must face the ogre. She in
troduced herself as Miss, Town, the
typist, and presented a parcel of neat
papers, whicn she said Mn'Ergkine
had sent her in handwriting, re
questing her to type and take them
to Mr. Carr.
"Strange!" he mused, "he stays
away like this." 3ut the next mo
ment he became so engrossed in the
papers he saifl no more.
It soon became a common occur
rence for the girl to visit the office
with a new batch of papers. One
morning, to her dismay, Mr. Carr
asked her to type a letter to Erskine
to get back as soon as possible, as
the case was liable to come up with-