“Excuse me, but would you mind telling me what you would do if you had $1,000?” asked Gillian.
The blind man took a small book from his coat pocket and held it out.
Gillian opened it and saw that it was a bank deposit book.
It showed that the blind man had a balance of $1,785 in his bank account.
Gillian returned the bank book and got back into the cab.
“I forgot something,” he said. “You may drive me to the law offices of Tolman and Sharp.”
Lawyer Tolman looked at Gillian in a hostile and questioning way.
“I beg your pardon,” said Gillian, cheerfully. “But was Miss Hayden left anything by my uncle’s will in addition to the ring and the $10 dollars?”
“Nothing,” said Mr. Tolman.
“I thank you very much, sir,” said Gillian, and went to his cab. He gave the driver the address of his late uncle’s home.
Miss Hayden was writing letters in the library. The small, thin woman wore black clothes. But you would have noticed her eyes.
Gillian entered the room as if the world were unimportant.
“I have just come from old Tolman’s,” he explained. “They have been going over the papers down there. They found a …”
Gillian searched his memory for a legal term. “They found an amendment or a post-script or something to the will.
It seemed that my uncle had second thoughts and willed you $1,000. Tolman asked me to bring you the money. Here it is.”
Gillian laid the money beside her hand on the desk.
Miss Hayden turned white. “Oh!” she said. And again, “Oh!”
Gillian half turned and looked out the window. In a low voice he said, “I suppose, of course, that you know I love you.”
“I am sorry,” said Miss Hayden, as she picked up her money.
“There is no use?” asked Gillian, almost light-heartedly.
“I am sorry,” she said again.
“May I write a note?” asked Gillian, with a smile.
Miss Hayden supplied him with paper and pen, and then went back to her writing table.
Gillian wrote a report of how he spent the $1,000:
“Paid by Robert Gillian, $1,000 on account of the eternal happiness, owed by Heaven to the best and dearest woman on Earth.”
Gillian put the note into an envelope. He bowed to Miss Hayden and left.
His cab stopped again at the offices of Tolman and Sharp.