r apartment clean. So though the way up to it was by rather dirty stairs, the rooms were neat and comfortable.
"Well, Nat, you're home early, aren't you?" asked the woman, who, with her husband, had befriended the orphan lad.
"Yes, Mrs. Miller."
"I suppose you couldn't get any work?"
"Oh, yes, I got some."
"What's the matter, then? Don't you feel well?"
She could not understand any one coming away so early from a place where there was work, for work, to the poor, means life itself.
"Oh, I did so well I thought I'd take a vacation," and Nat related the incident of the day.
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