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I By MARY ELLIS BARTLEY $|
v T iCopyriffht, 1910, by the Western Nowa
"You have asked me what ls troub
ling me," spoke Alden Ross, his fine
j^resslve face grave and earnest.
"As" my cjogest_and truest friend, you
have a right to Tn?w? There is a
shadow in the backponn?.* "IS***
"'^fcie&L surmised some~strong reason for
^oW^Jerany depressed condition dur
ingj?g pjjsj few'weeds'," observed WI1
^^fred Lang. "?*^pu h?ve been unlike
yourself^ ??hd I want to help you If It
ls In my power." ^EffiBg^f^-H
.jr^doubt it,Jl?epiied Ross, somewhat
gloomily. "A skeleton in the closet Is
? not ? very comfortable possession, and
.^^am sorry to say.that I have discov
ered bne/^. 'jSSH^ktj- -. ?
Sr7???r,v<? it out!" suggested Lang, ve
hemently ; "banish It ! Ignore it !"
Alden Ross shook his head sadly. "I
wish I could, Lang, but a sense of
justice, of duty is involved. Shadow
and skeleton, It is with me constant
ly. And just as there came an angel
to the threshold."
Wilfred Lang regarded his friend
critically. "I say, Ross," he rallied,
"have you been absorbing these un
wholesome sentiments out of some old
"No, from dread reality," answered
Ross seriously. "I will tell you the
story, briefly. About two months ago
I became acquainted with a young lady
whom I met at Noyes Lake. She was
there with some girl companions and a
chaperon, and those few days were
the most delightful of my life. We
drifted into a most friendly acquaint
anceship. You would not blame me
If you knew how charming was Miss
Ethel Wolcott; less so if you could re
alize how much I had learned to love
her. I told her that I had. and she was
gracious and responsive. I was placed
In a delicate position, meeting her and
becoming engaged to her, all within
two weeks' time.
"She came of a family high up In a
social way, and of extensive wealth.
The chaperon at the very last recog
nized the situation, and at once took
Ethel under her wing.
"Rapid and most promising prog
ress," commented Lang saucily. "Why
the gloom over such an ideal situa
"Because I have discovered the ut
ter hopelessness of the case," replied
Ross moodily. "You know that what
little I. have in the world was left to
me by an aged aunt. . My father died
a pauper. When I returned from my
recent trip I contemplated changing
roy living quarters, and started in to
throw away the letters of several years.
I had only known that my father, <rora
a position of opulence, in a single day
almost became a poor man. He never
told me why. Such documents I came
across among his papers three days
after I had seen Ethel Wolcott re
vealed the terrible reason."
Lang looked grave. He knew his
friend was not a sensationalist, and
his haggard face and sorrowful eyes
told Lang that he was suffering.
"To you, my closest iriend, can I re
veal this dreadful secret," resumed
, Ross. "In a word, just before my fa
ther's strangely sudden transition from
wealth to poverty, his partner, a man
named Morse, disappeared. The firm
was Ross & Morse, and they did a very
large exporting business. From the
documents I happened across, lt
seemed that the firm had become in
debted for a very large amount to
Robert Wolcott, the father of the girl
I love. At the time of giving up busi
ness my father, a widower, with my
?elf removed to another part of the
.country, living secluded, and he never
by word of mouth explained the real
situation to me. A letter signed by
Mr. Wolcott? I found, denouncing Ross
& Morse as common swindlers. In
a second letter he demanded the pay
ment of his claim or he would send
both my father and his partner to the
penitentiary. I am satisfied that when
the claim was paid it beggared ray
father. But the criminal phase! Don't
you see, that the son of the man Rob
ert Wolcott denounced as a thief can
never hope to win his only daughter?"
It was after long thought and con
sultation with his friend that Ross
.decided upon the course he would fol
low. Two days later he visited the
city where Ethel lived. Clearly, truth
fully, he told her his story. A strange
light came into her eyes as the men
tion of his father's misfortune seeraefl
to recall something she had heard her
father allude to in the past.
*T must see papa," she breathed ex
citedly. "Do not go away until I re
She re-entered the room a few min
utes later with her father, .who stepped
forward briskly and grasped with
warmth the hand of the bewildered
"Mr. Ross," he said, "my daughter
has told me of you. It is a great re
lief tb my mind to meet the son of a
man whom I greatly misjudged. . It
was to save his embezzling partner
from prosecution that your father hep
gared himself. I did not learn this
until afler his death; sought for him,
could not find him, and placed the
money he paid me in an investment
which has made large gains, and which
I planned, should revert to his heirs.
Ethel." and his eyes rested tenderly
upon his daughter, "are you sure ol
"Oh, papa!" breathed Ethel, "Alden
R06S is thc only man in the world ]
shall ever lovel"
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