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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta The LethbrJdfce Daily Herald, or PROMISE CASE By William Hamilton Osborac f hit ttont. rtttmrttty pjcvtt of If gal Ktiviiy in city, it of Lady Low terttetn esjwctetty for these "by William by New Tork HtraJd Co. All ENNIS, our kid .-office boy, woke up one day with a start I thought at first that his hair was standing up on end. "What's he whispered to me, and came creeping to my desk In fear. We both looked at the door, sort of fascinated, you may say. And then the thing that had startled him came again. I'm sure my eyes were bulging out of my head when I answered Dennis. "It's a knock on "the door, I replied. Dennis whistled. "A knock on the he groaned, his knees knocking together and a patch of white skin showing through the grime on his face. A knock on the doorl No wonder we both felt queer. It had been seven months at least since we'd heard a knock. And a knock on the door always means some- thing unusual down in our neighborhood. Below the City Hall people never knock on law office doors. They never think of knocking on any ofOce door in No. 20 Nassau, where we bang -out So I knew we were up against something out of the ordinary run. "There it is wailed Dennis, gatttog behind my desk. And he was was a weird, timid, ascertain sort of a kind of a knock that -got my sympathy at once. ''Open the door, I commanded. Dennis 'shook Ms head. He just stood where he was behind my chair and opened his mouth. "C-come gulped. But nobody came. "Instead 'only that, little nattering knock, for the fourth time now. So I -got up and went to the door and opened it -'And then I fell back in real surprise. For right in the doorway, shrinking against the" frame, there stood one of the prettiest and yet most forlorn young, women that I've" ever seen. Til tell you right out of the box who she was, .at that .She was Eleanor Lorraitee. Now you know her. "Maybe you'saw h'er yourself on the witness1 stand iu versus Billington the fall after that Or maybe you only saw her picture in the dailies. If the picture Tras 2. good one, or if you saw her in per- son, you'll remember how you felt on looking on her lace. Well, I felt the same, only more so. "Come I said; "you didn't need to But she only stood there, gazing uncertainly at me. I thought at first she didn't like my looks, and Dennis confided to me afterward that be-thought she had Mm down in her black book from the start. But it :.wasn't: anything but her embarrassment, looking for a she explained. Then the came In slowly and I made her sit down in a chair. I could see at a glance that she was prettily but shabbily dressed. -I'was referred to she went oa. "Who referred I queried, I always get this out of people who have been referred -to us right off the reel, for If you don't ten to one the chap who re- ferred, or who didn't refer, comes around the day after the bin's paid looking for his rake-o; wt doa't, as pay money oiit unlesg get it la. It looked like'A deadlock. And yet I took a chance with Cowen onct more. TMi IB good case, Mr. I assured him. "Can't help he returned; break my Let this Lorraine sir! rolso five hundred and I'll talk to she said. And then I knew it was all our god -of the lift always steered everything our way. Besides, my spirits rose, for there's one thing I never- never turn -away the stranger at the door who wants to see a lawyer. It pays to take seai in, and there are more of Tem than you think for. I -remember in the Swackhammer case the firm cleaned up ten thousand dollars, and the Swack- hammer oase started with a bundle of rags sitting on the'steps of No. 20 Nassau that'I found'out to be" a woman. Well, anyway, to come back to Eleanor Lorraine. "Can I see the she asked. Now it so happened that every blasted member of of course it was a letter "from him" but Cowen. our chief, was fhic times at least. Was it in the presence of witnesses? No. "Anything in I queried. Eer face brightened. She tugged at her-oosom for m minute'and then" "brought forth a folded piece of paper, I unfolded It "A letter from she announced- I read the letter. It was typewritten. It was -very businesslike. It read about like "Billington Tobacco Company, Home Office, New York, April 6. "Miss Eleanor "Dear am iu receipt of n-amerous com- munications from you. the purport of which I wholly fan to understand. Evidently you imagine you have some claim upon me. I know of no claim whatever that exists In your favor against me, and my "only ob- ject in writing you is to inform you that I reject anv such .claim and that in the event of f_____ from you I shall permit the law to take" Very truly, I sniffed some more. Tb "Just as he reached us, beside himself with anger, something, happened." the firm was out tion at Special Term, Part i. Mr. Covington was closing a title at the Tri-State Trust Company and Blackie was where he usually luuch. But I just ushered .-this girl into Cowen's room and shut the door. "I usually take the I remarked, "and then I submit "era to the firm." She wrung her hands. been to treenty she walled, "and there's not one of ?eai to take my I sniffed. I wasn't stuck on a case that twenty with the chiefs microscope" lawyers had turned doxm. So I asked the- reason why. sainr Money and Forlorn Girls. haven't any she returned. She-drew Itfjr hand wearily over her face. even enough to live she added. I was still sniffing. There are lots of pretty people in the world, and lots of forlorn people ir. tbe world, but Cowen, Covington place f' this doesn't help you. Miss Lorraine." I said. I didn'c know." she answered: "I didn't know bat It might But if it doesn't" she went on, "I think this -will." She handed me another timeworn note tbis Jt bor6' the careful rcad- ing-persistent reading, I looked at it just once then started. "Did he 'write I askeflL She nodded. And before I read it the second time the signature on both letters Yes, they were the WelL "Why, I gasped, "this is evidence.' let me give it just as it "I promise to marry Eleanor Lorraine. "MABCUS EILLINGTON." Signed Four Years Before, told me he had signed it four years before. come. Md the reason to