Most modern novelists are able to spin a good yarn out of two men and a maid, and Mr. Eric Bohn is no exception to the rule. Dr. Hartman and Robert Thornton loved the same girl, but Hartman, coming second into the field, thought it dishonourable to further his own interests, though there was no previous understanding between his rival and Winifred Finlayson. When, however, Thornton's business failed (chiefly owing to the machinations of the villain of the story, Thomas Pettigrew) and he was compelled to seek his fortune in a distant place, Hartman was assailed by temptation, and he learned that, did he so choose it, he could win the love of the woman for whom he would willingly have died. By nobility of character, strength of will, and persistent self-sacrifice he overcame all temptation, and as the book closes we have the pleasure of seeing him act as best man at the wedding of his friend and rival. The plot is trivial to the point of banality, but the book is well worth reading for all that. Mr. Bohn has a delicacy in the delineation of the nobler phases of human nature that more than compensates for any lack of dramatic ability, and his attitude towards his fellow men is so kindly, so shrewdly humorous, and so tender that it is a real pleasure to have made his acquaintance.
e; the last loiterer called out "good-night," as he closed the door; and Mr. Thornton and his clerk were alone. The latter, as usual, after raking the embers in the stove, shoved in a large log to keep the fire alive for the night; and putting on his overcoat, stopped in front of Mr. Thornton on his road to the door.
"Are you going?" asked the latter, looking up from his writing.
"Yes," was the answer. "Everything is all right I guess. But do you know, Mr. Thornton, I would like to get away for a couple of days. I had a letter from Hamilton to-night. My uncle is very ill and would like to see me at once."
"That's unfortunate!" exclaimed Mr. Thornton with a start. "I am sorry to hear it, but can't you postpone the visit for a day or two. To-morrow, Tuesday, is always a busy day with us."
"I don't think I can," was the answer. "The call is urgent. Probably I could get Thompson in my place for a couple of days, if that would suit?"
Pettigrew knew very well that Thompson would n