Yes, it was worthwhile investing money
in the shoe business, he thought. There wasn’t a shoe-store in the
place. The dry-goods and general stores sold them. Business in all
lines was fairly good.
“I hope, Mr. Spencer, you’ll decide to stay
in Elmore. You’ll find it a pleasant town to live in, and the people
are very nice,” continued the clerk.
Mr. Spencer said that he would stop in the town for a few days and
consider the situation.
The clerk wanted to call the boy to carry
up the suitcase, but Mr. Spencer said that he needn’t do it. He
would carry his suitcase himself; it was rather heavy. Mr. Ralph
Spencer, the phoenix that arose from Jimmy Valentine’s ashes—ashes
left by the flame of a sudden attack of love—remained in Elmore
and prospered. He opened a shoe-store and made large profits. In
all other respects he was also a success.
He was popular with many important people
and had many friends. And he accompanied the wish of his heart.
He met Miss Annabel Adams, and fell more and more deeply in love