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THE MONMAL. 25 Ernest wrote to Roy Green and engaged him as assistant- manager. When the latter arrived, the two old friends set to work to improve conditions. The tendency of a certain group of men to assemble during the rest hours could not be checked. They seemed to be plotting; and Billy Brown, a more refined man than the rest, was always the center of the group. Ernest finally decided to dismiss Billy Brown from service on the following day. On the evening of that day Billy did not leave the mill with the rest. Instead he told Ernest that the workmen were planning to break into the mill at twelve o’clock that night to steal the valuable zinc ore. He said that he had to enter into their plans in order to learn them, and that was why he was always with them. Ernest was excited. He made preparations to thwart their plans at once. That night the robbers were easily cap tured and soon were safely locked in jail. After that had been accomplished, Ernest turned to Bill who, had been with him dur ing the excitement. “ I am indeed grateful to you, Billy.” “ I was only thanking you,” was Billy’s surprising reply. ‘‘The day I carried away your wooden gun is not forgotten. Your name was carved on it. In that way I knew you. My sister has always wanted to beg your pardon for her rudeness. Would you like to see her?” ‘‘I surely would,” answered Ernest. “ Then come to dinner tomorrow.” The next evening Ernest visited Billy and his sister Ruth. Now Ernest and Roy spend many happy evenings there. When summer comes Ernest is going to have another assistant, not for his mill, however. Ruth is going to manage his home.