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Aunt Jane's Nieces

And although she was inclined to

resent the loss of her independence, at first, her judgment told her

it would not only be wise but to her great advantage to submit.

She found Mrs. Wilson a charming and cultivated lady, who proved so

gracious and kindly that the girl felt quite at ease in her presence.

She soon discovered how woefully ignorant Patsy was, and arranged a

course of instruction that would be of most benefit to her.

"I have been asked to prepare you to enter a girls' college," she

said, "and if you are attentive and studious I shall easily accomplish

the task."

Patsy invited her to stay to luncheon, which Mary served in the cosy

dining-room, and then Mrs. Wilson departed and left her alone to think

over this new example of her unknown friend's thoughtful care.

At three o'clock the door-bell rang and Mary ushered in another

strange person--a pretty, fair-haired young lady, this time, who said

she was to give Miss Doyle lessons on the piano.

Patsy was delighted. It was the one accomplishment she most longed to

acquire, and she entered into the first lesson with an eagerness that

made her teacher smile approvingly.

Meantime the Major was having his own surprises. At the office the

manager met him on his arrival and called him into his private room.

"Major Doyle," said he, "it is with great regret that we part with

you, for you have served our house most faithfully."

The Major was nonplussed.

"But," continued the manager, "our bankers, Messers. Isham, Marvin

& Co., have asked us to spare you for them, as they have a place

requiring a man of your abilities where you can do much better than

with us. Take this card, sir, and step over to the bankers and enquire

for Mr. Marvin. I congratulate you, Major Doyle, on your advancement,

which I admit is fully deserved."

The Major seemed dazed. Like a man walking in a dream he made his way

to the great banking house, and sent in the card to Mr. Marvin.

That gentleman greeted him most cordially.

"We want you to act as special auditor of accounts," said he.

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