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He are able to support me. ” after all, Luke cheerfully complied together with his request. “Has whatever been heard but on the financial institution? ” he requested. “Nothing no matter what. actually, it doesn't seem to me that any very severe efforts were made to track the robber or robbers. i'm left to adopt the duty myself. ” “If there's whatever i will do that will help you, Mr. Armstrong, I will probably be very happy to do so,” stated Luke. “I will undergo that during brain, and will name upon you. As but, my plans should not prepared. probably Mr. Reed, whom I take to be an skilled guy of the realm, are able to provide a guideline. You appear to be at work,” he extra, with a glance on the desk at which Luke were sitting. “Yes, sir, i'm making out a few money owed for Mr. Reed. ” “Is the paintings more likely to occupy you lengthy? ” “No, sir; I shall most likely end the paintings this week. ” “And then it slow could be at your disposal? ” “Yes, sir. ” “Pardon me the query, yet I take it your capacity are restricted? ” “Yes, sir; until eventually lately they've been very restricted — now, due to Mr. Reed, who can pay a liberal wage for his little girl’s board, we're very cozy, and will get alongside rather well, no matter if i don't instantly locate paintings. ” “I am comfortable to listen to that. If I may still listen of any employment prone to please you i'll ship you notice. ” “Thank you, sir. ” “Would you item to go away domestic? ” “No, sir; there's very little prospect in Groveton, and notwithstanding my mom may omit me, she now has corporation, and that i should still suppose more uncomplicated approximately leaving her. ” “If you could spare the time, won’t you stroll with me to the depot? ” “With nice excitement, sir,” and Luke went into the adjacent room to fetch his hat, even as apprising his mom that he used to be going out. so one can the depot Mr. Armstrong controlled to attract out Luke for you to convalescing familiar with him, and forming an idea of his features of personality. Luke used to be relatively conscious of this, yet talked frankly and simply, having not anything to hide. “A completely sturdy boy, and a wise boy, too! ” acknowledged Armstrong to himself. “I needs to see if I can’t supply him an opportunity to upward push. He turns out completely trustworthy. ” which will the depot they met Randolph Duncan, who eyed them interestingly. He famous Mr. Armstrong because the proprietor of the stolen bonds — and used to be a lot shocked to determine him in such pleasant dialog with Luke. understanding Mr. Armstrong to be a wealthy guy, he decided to assert acquaintance. “How do you do, Mr. Armstrong? ” he stated, advancing with an ingratiating smile. “This is Randolph Duncan,” stated Luke — whom, incidentally, Randolph had now not notion it essential to discover. “I think i've got met the younger gentleman before,” acknowledged Mr, Armstrong in a well mannered way, yet no longer cordially. “Yes, sir, i've got visible you at our house,” persisted Randolph — ”my father is president of the Groveton financial institution. he'll be very joyful to determine you. Won’t you return domestic with me? ” “I have already referred to as upon your father,” stated Mr. Armstrong. “I am very sorry your bonds have been stolen, Mr. Armstrong. ” “Not greater than i'm, I guarantee you,” again Mr.