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A Woman Who Took Ad-
vantage of a Lover's Trust.
"Lhave escaped from that den
of horrors. Tonight, at 12 o'clock
I will see you to say goodbye. I
am risking all to see you once
more. If the Fates are kind. I
will be far from pursuit before
tomorrow's sun has set.
With a fierce feeling of resent
ment the woman flung the note
from her, and stamped her foot in
impotent rage. Discarded "by the
woman for whom he had robbed a
trusting employer, and for whom
he had spent many weary years
behind the- shameful prison bars,
he had returned to her. And he
thought, fool 'that he was, that
she had forgotten and forgiven
all. As the memory of her
wrongs floated through her mind,
tears of humiliation and rage
filled her eyes.
He was thrusting his liberty in
to the hands of the woman he
had scorned, an,'d he seemed to
feel no fear of her loyalty.
Through all he thought that she
still loved him with the old love.
n expression of fierce resolu
tion crept into the flashing eyes.
Hastily composing a note7 she
dispatched it to the police sta
tion by the trusty hand of a ser
vant, and was soon in earnest
converse with the wondering
chief. As he listened to her story,
his face brightened, and he rub-
bed his hands in delighted antici
pation of recapturing the noted
convict, who had only that day
made a daring escape from the
guards of the prison.
When the chief had gone, the
evening was advanced, and the
woman sat in gloomy meditation.
Again she seemed to feel the kfss
of her lover on her virgin lips, and
the songs of the birds mingled
with his low vows of constancy.
Again she felt the thrill of sick
ening horror that had seized her,
when the world told her pitiless
ly of the treachery of him she had
deemed more than man. And
her heart hardened within her.
With a thrill of triumph she
answered the ring at the back
door and admitted the chief and
two plain clothes men with words
The hands of the gilded clock
ticking softly on the mantel
pointed near the midnight hour
and the occupants of the silent
room awaited his comingwith ill
concealed eagerness. Suddenly a
gende tap sounded at the door.
With unfaltering hands she un
fastened the door and threw it
open. And as he advanced confi
dently into the room with out
stretched hands the officers leap
ed upon him and slipped a brace
of glittering handcups upon his
unresisting wrists. Taken whol
ly by surprise he submitted with
out a struggle.
His feverish .gaze was fastened
upon the face of the woman who
had loved him once the woman
he had fondly imagined had loved