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A Young Girl Shows the Way
to a College Spoiled
Claude Morrisey" tramped the
floor from the door to the win
dow and back again. He was just
as sadly off as a scapegrace can
be, disinherited and in love.
The latter was the most dis
couraging of all, considering
pretty Grace Collum knew all the
bad things about him ; Claude had
been a reckless gambler in' col
lege, and Grace, just in long
dresses, sided with his father and
promptly turned -her. back on the
luckless young man.
Claude, poor wretch, at the
wrong moment showed spunk,
and his father, sent -him packing.
New York swallo.wed him, his
misdemeanors and loose change.
He hunted for work; Allan Perry,
a college chum, got him a small
jod on a.big paper.
Presently Claude 'threw him
self on his bed and picked up the
morning's paper. The first item
his glance. found waff this an
nouncement:. "Mrs. Collum,
Miss Grace Cpllum at home 'to
day frpm two till five."
Morrissey stared at the words
with brea'thless interest.
"It is Grace ; her auhtHives in
New York, and Grace is staying
here for the season."
Suddenly he sprang up and fe
gan'pacin'g the floor again.
"I must see her," he moaned.
"Oh, girlie! If you only knew
how. sorry I .have been-r-3iather
could know " Then, hVstruck'
his "hand fiercely across wet
But a smile came 'immediately
afterwards, and the lad looked rso
handsome with the mirth inhjs
gray eyes, that his good angel,
taking pity, popped ,the idea of an
escapade into his" head which ,he
at once seized upon. n -.,.,,,,'
At 2:30, dressed .in.afternoon
togs, he stood on the-steps, of the
Collum house and "rang with" 6u't-
ward calm. , r ..
The butler -who , opened, the
door, .stared stolidly ov.er.his
head while , Claude reached iqr
his card case." and bi"oke.',into a
cold perspiration on riot. -finding
it. Just when. despair swooped
down upon him, Perry came up
They greeted, and as the,h.utler
still stood aridstared indifferent
ly, Perry said. ' , , r'
"I was sent-tow'rite-this v up-;
coming in?", . - ...
With, a, gulp Claude assented
In a short time they were shak
ing, hands with their hostess.
Claude, following Allan, pressed
Mrs. Collum'shand, then the vib
rant fingers of Gjace'
Her conversational greeting
sank to a whisper,, and. he clung
to, her hand till her low, distress
ed voice reached him: 'ClaudeW
please Jet my hand .go-!"
. He did so, but stood-whexe lie.
could watch her till suddenly .she
was gQne. Then he began .a
search for her, finding, her -attest
pouring tea, and looking-white
'and distrait- '" '"' -