nearly wrenched a cry from him.
He turned away from Elizabeth.
"What in thunder led you to this,
"None of your business!" the
culprit replied, sullenly.
"Don't talk that way to me!"
George retorted, recovering from
the first shock and keenly feeling
A cynical smile prayed on his
brother's lips as he sneered:
"If you're going to do anything
about it, do it!"
In astonishment George moved
a step backward. He wanted to
remove all suspicions of holding
any physical restraint over his
brother, or any threat. "You
ought to thank your stars
that it was I who nailed you at
yourgame. Anyone else would
march you off without a mo
"I don't care.",
"It's mighty fortunate that no
one is in the house to report this
incident. You ve disgraced your
self, but I want to act like your
brother. Swear to me that this
is the last piece of crooked work
that you'll ever attempt andI'll
say nothing about it."
His brother made no reply. Di
rectly, however, he looked to
ward Elizabeth. George, for the
moment, had forgotten her pres
ence, but. now understood the si
lence, and so added: "I will use
my influence with this lady, for
my sake, not to prosecute you."
His brother winced under this
fire and shifted his eyes uneasily.
"All right," he finally mumbled.
Following him to the parlor
door,- George was astounded to
see him reach toward the hat
"Your hat and gloves!" he
cried, catching the movement,
even though his brother had
quickly withdrawn his arm. He
intercepted a quick glance that
passed between the burglar and
Elizabeth. The blush that rose
to her cheeks was-unmistakable.
"Well, I'll be hanged !" he gasoed,
the real situation flashing on him.
Quickly it all came i to a cleajr
focus. "I see! I see!"
Trembling, Elizabeth approach
ed him. "You are right, George;
John isn't a thief!" Her eyes
glistened and every motion of her
body displayed proud defiance.
"I was not expected tonight?'
he asked, caustically.
' "I've deceived you for a year 1"
"What a spirit she has!" he,
muttered to himself. "I never
thought it was in her." He knew
her eyes had never burned like
this for him. Confessing her de
ception ! That demonstrated love
the real article for the, other
Seeing his brother standing ir-resolute-at
the door, he laughed:
"Leave your hat and gloves here;
I want to apologize for calling
you names. It must have hurt
your feeling to hear me telling
Elizabeth that I loved her. No
wonder you played 'bull in the
china closet!' Anything'to break
it up, eh?"
"You don't notice me being
afraid of you, do you?"
George stretched out his hand.
"Look here, I don't blame either.
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