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Tlmv lid n.,1 ieem tobe lovers:
■ her much older brother
By Clinton Dangertield
The l;.i:.^ were eying the wrecked machine, and
had evidently determined to see the upshot of the
Irishman's suggestion Perhaps also. being men,
they were pleased with the rare loveliness <>i rh.
girl leaning back in the automobile She was per
fectly gowned, too, a goo<l setting for beauty, and it
seemed that she must be a fortunate young woman
Then suddenly her eyes met mine, and 1 saw there,
very plainly, an agony of desolate fright They were
theeves of some shy forest creature in the hands of
an implacable captor.
IAI.V >ST uttered an exclamation, the misery in her
blue orbs was so clear; and it should no more have
U-en there than a cloud should hang on a bank <>i
bluebells. Involuntarily J walked gently up to the
machine and .sai<l quietly:
"Are you comfortable:''
She started, then examine'! my fare, seemed re
assured, :«n<l smiled timidly at me. "I suppose I
.iin," she safil. . i i -•• l
-Doesn't one know when one is comfortable.' l
persisted following an irresistible inipul 1 was
just twenty-three that day,— "or can one only sup
!>"si.e looked at me again.— a long seeking look, the
gaze of one shipwrecked on an_island
and straining the vision after sail that
never appear. I saw her little hands
flutter under the ru^ Then she ijjhed.
"1 doubt if evei supj>os ng would
make n•• happy." she sai-1. Then she
N,ne t Em Can t Br Held
Responsible." Said the Bom.
glanced a 1 tin- boss, who was sitting 01
[>i< king his big white teeth luxuriously . at the
disposed in artless and somewhat picturesque at
titudes of interesi at th<- heavy tools, which yielded
:h<-ir sullen dominion only to the ne< essities <>i hunger
nil sleep "Are you tied to all that'r" *1h- said
[1 would seem ><>," I returned
An- you happy ' '• boldly*
■ Not since I nit tins job," I answered trutl I
"Bui I changi mj environment for >ome
thing better, I shall be all right again Al ;
I'm bol and ache all over; l>ut by the • ■ I
;. Lath and some supper life will l>e jolly again; for
v..v see I'm ■ quit to-morrow "
How .a-ilv a man says .< beautifu] word like
thai'" she ! Jly.
Wlia' beautiful word?"
Quit „ _
•]■)„. bosses don't call H beautiful, 1 said,
Ah. bui ! do! Women aren't like that. They
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Unless they're fortunate, like you
She twisted ;i.<- subjeci abruptlj 'What's tint
• thing "ii the tr
rhaf -'lr handcar It will carry -a- up t.. the
junction, where we hoard We ..!1 manage to pile
What if you met a train?"
We know the schedules. There wo:/; :.<.■ any
train for an hour
She suddenly came back t,. herself. "Why did
\ mi 1 .ill me fortunate?"
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I rathfi I ■'• rather
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Why don't ■ tell hi : 1 fry
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She swallowed her sob He « 1 ■ m id
■ .' she stammered "Th il
I here was .1 lot >1 monej ,
■ [ill it wa • ■ h to invest prop
had put his foi <o Well, 1' al!
■auk, or «
Then I had n (thing, and I had '■-- of his|
he said that if I married him it would l>e the only
rejtaration I could make him, the onl\ course that
any honorable girl could take And so, at <i.i;h;
to-night, at hi^ sister's, we're to f»e <|ui<-tl\ married,
and and—" the voice trailed into a miserable
Well, of al! the ingenious lies I ever heard," 1
gasped, "that's about the worst! It is so improb
able as to !■• ridi< ulous. "
"No, no! J';n telling you the truth." >h<- said
'!>■ I was taught tobe truthful My father
left a good name, fohti Holcombe of Atlanta,
!.i t<-ll things jusi i \a> ti\ as
t hey ..r.
"John King Holcombe of Atlanta'" I repeated
in astonishment; for Holcombe had been my own
father's partner at one time And <\.i<\ had always
tted the useless quarrel thai had caused the
i; ilution of partnership between two fine nun
My father had been very impulsive then, which, a^
■ en explained, "a- the reason he had srrn tlu
evil of unthinking acts, an<i ■.'..!> bound to tram them
OUt "f liu
i ye heard oi your father," I said slowly. "And
so thai heavy jawed, crooked nosed executor is
going 1 " marry you, thai you may console him for
the loss ot your mone) ' Thai certainly is original!
Look here, Miss Holcombe, we've talked enough
aboul disagreeable things Let's forget them Come
and see the hand< ar
Ashamed, perhaps, of her involuntary confidences,
ready to escape the thoughts of the ceremony that