When Major Thorndyke's illness became acute, and he felt that the end was not far off, he acted on a thought he had long held in his mind. Leaving a small income to Belden, the son whose wild ways had saddened and embittered the old man's declining years, he provided, in his will, that the bulk of his property should fall to Marjorie, his grandniece. Shortly afterward the Major died. The search which was made for the will it was known he had drawn up was unsuccessful and the entire estate fell to Belden as the lawful heir. Shortly after his father's death, Belden asked Marjorie to marry him, but the girl refused. There was only one man in the world she loved, and that man, Lieutenant Edward Preble, U.S.N., had lately been ordered to sea. Rather than remain longer at Thorndyke Manor as a helpless dependent, she determined to seek her own living in the city. But earning her own living was not easy for the untrained girl. The end of a few months found her ill and starving in a dingy ...
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