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Aunt Jane's Nieces

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he's worth from eighty to ninety millions, at least, and controls most

of the canning and tin-plate industries of America. I wonder what

brought him into this neighborhood?"

Louise drew back from the window, pale and trembling. Then she caught

up a shawl and rushed from the room. Uncle John must be overtaken and

brought back, at all hazards.

The elevator was coming down, fortunately, and she descended quickly

and reached the street, where she peered eagerly up and down for the

round, plump figure of the little millionaire. But by some strange

chance he had already turned a corner and disappeared.

While she hesitated the young man came briskly up, swinging his cane.

"Why, Miss Louise," he said in some surprise, "were you, by good

chance, waiting for me?"

"No, indeed," she answered, with a laugh; "I've been saying good-bye

to my rich uncle, John Merrick, of Portland, who has just called."

"John Merrick, the tin-plate magnate? Is he your uncle?"

"My father's own brother," she answered, gaily. "Come upstairs,

please. Mother will be glad to see you!"

CHAPTER XXVIII.

PATSY LOSES HER JOB.

Uncle John reached Willing Square before Patsy and her father

returned, but soon afterward they arrived in an antiquated carriage

surrounded by innumerable bundles.

"The driver's a friend of mine," explained the Major, "and he moved us

for fifty cents, which is less than half price. We didn't bring a bit

of the furniture or beds, for there's no place here to put them; but

as the rent at Becker's flat is paid to the first of next month, we'll

have plenty of time to auction 'em all off."

The rest of the day was spent most delightfully in establishing

themselves in the new home. It didn't take the girl long to put her

few belongings into the closets and drawers, but there were a thousand

little things to examine in the rooms and she made some important

discovery at every turn.

"Daddy," she said, impressively, "it must have cost a big fortune to

furnish these little rooms.

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