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Aunt Jane's Nieces

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easy be enough for all, with the Major's wages and my own."

"By the bye," added the Major, "if you have any money about you, which

is just possible, sir, of course, you'd better turn it over to Patsy

to keep, and let her make you an allowance. That's the way I do--it's

very satisfactory."

"The Major's extravagant," exclaimed Patsy; "and if he has money he

wants to treat every man he meets."

Uncle John shook his head, reproachfully, at the Major.

"A very bad habit, sir," he said.

"I acknowledge it, Mr. Merrick," responded the Major. "But Patsy is

fast curing me. And, after all, it's a wicked city to be carrying a

fat pocketbook around in, as I've often observed."

"My pocketbook is not exactly fat," remarked Uncle John.

"But you've money, sir, for I marked you squandering it on the train,"

said Patsy, severely. "So out with it, and we'll count up, and see how

much of an allowance I can make you 'till you get the job."

Uncle John laughed and drew his chair up to the table. Then he emptied

his trousers' pockets upon the cloth, and Patsy gravely separated the

keys and jackknife from the coins and proceeded to count the money.

"Seven dollars and forty-two cents," she announced. "Any more?"

Uncle John hesitated a moment, and then drew from an inner pocket of

his coat a thin wallet. From this, when she had received it from his

hand, the girl abstracted two ten and one five dollar bills, all crisp

and new.

"Good gracious!" she cried, delightedly. "All this wealth, and you

pleading poverty?"

"I never said I was a pauper," returned Uncle John, complacently.

"You couldn't, and be truthful, sir," declared the girl. "Why, this

will last for ages, and I'll put it away safe and be liberal with

your allowance. Let me see," pushing the coins about with her slender

fingers, "you just keep the forty-two cents, Uncle John. It'll do for

car-fare and a bit of lunch now and then, and when you get broke you

can come to me."

"He smokes," observed the Major, significantly.

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