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  • Tom Fleming had just about reached the end of his rope. Unpaid hills were piling up on his desk. One creditor m particular, Flynn by name, was threatening exposure of an undesirable sort unless his demands were immediately met. Then Fleming chanced to meet Mrs. Moore, a comely young widow with a goodly bank account. The widow and Fleming become engaged. There was a fly in the ointment, however, and that was little Evelyn, daughter of Mrs. Moore. As her prospective father, Fleming did not meet with her approbation. On one occasion when she entered the parlor as her mother and Fleming were embracing she adopted violence as a means to break off the engagement. Like a fury she pitched into Fleming, kicking him on the shins and belaboring him with her tiny fists until her mother commanded her nurse to take her off to bed. Flynn, the most persistent of Fleming's tormentors, delivered an ultimatum. He must receive his money by three o'clock the next day. The only solution in sight was immediate marriage with the widow. That evening when he called to take Mrs. Moore to the theater he pleaded with her to make the morrow their nuptial day. The widow refused to hurry the ceremony. When Fleming and Mrs. Moore returned from the theater, a way opened for him. Mrs. Moore removed her jewels and placed them in the writing-desk. A few moments later she left the room. Fleming resolved to risk all and obtain the jewels, for he had become desperate. But he counted without his host. Little Evelyn was hidden away behind the large couch in the library and she was the solitary witness of the theft. She slipped silently out from behind the couch and secured the revolver that her mother kept in the table drawer. She commanded Fleming to hold up his hands. Fleming turned in terror to be confronted by a formidable weapon firmly held in the hands of a little girl. Mrs. Moore entered the room. Evelyn was triumphant and told the story of the robbery with great satisfaction. She has proven her opinions of Fleming to be well grounded in fact. Mrs. Moore's eyes were opened to the true character of the man and she drove her erstwhile fianc√© from the house.


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