The Fourth R
by Smith George Oliver
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..."Why did you run away?Where have you been?"Brennan stepped forward and placed a hand on the boy's shoulder. "Withouta shadow of doubt, " he said formally, "this is James Quincy Holden. I soidentify him. And with no more ado, I hand you the reward. " He reachedinto his inside pocket and drew out an envelope, handing it to Jake. "Ihave never parted with one thousand dollars so happily in my life. "Jimmy watched, unable to move. Brennan was busy and cheerful, the modelof the man whose long-lost ward has been returned to him. "So, James, shall we go quietly or shall we have a scene?"Trapped and sullen, Jimmy Holden said nothing. The officers helped himdown from the desk. He did not move. Brennan took him by a hand that wasas limp as wet cloth. Brennan started for the door. The arm lifted untilthe link was taut; then, with slow, dragging steps, James Quincy Holdenstarted toward home. Brennan said, "You understand me, don't you, Jimmy?""You want my father's machine. ""Only to help you,...
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