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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 29, 1912, Image 19

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pouring all blessings and happi
ness. The girl smiled sadly. Hap
piness foi" her I
Yet when they lauched their
boats and lit their candle freight
she, too, " murmured a name
Frank for a strange fantasy had
possessed her. Frank Was dead,
yes but his ghost might come
to her that night., Her cheeks
were scarjet with, excitement.
Cousin Edith would have smiled
approvingly if she had seen the
girl's face'as she watched Jhe sail
Jng of the mimic craft. Again
the fates were kind to her, for her
- taper biirned the longest so to
her should come the granting of
her wish. She trembled and" yet
., there was a wild exhilaration at
the thought. The girls in turn
x were trying their luck in the
darkened room with the magic
mirror, when a distracted young
t man sought out Cousin Edith.
"Miss Merton," he1 gasped, "I
, must have some brandy quick.
Jt's for Alice"
Then as he became aware of
her mute astonishment, he whis
pered moie coherently: "It's
Mjss Maitland. She fainted in
the mirrdr room and! can't make
her open her eyes. Oh, won't
you come quickly?"
Then Cousin Edith became her
'customary quick-witted self and
followed him with her remedies
so silently and expeditiously that
. none of the company Was aware
of the catastrophe. Yet even in
' herbewilderment she had ndtic-
" ed one thing. Frank Ellis had
called. her cousin Alice. Also, as
she watched him feverishly chaf
ing' the girl's inert fingers, she
learned something else. He lov
ed her and there was a rpmance
here, the mystery of which was as
yet known to only the parties
concerned. ' ,
"I wasn't aware that you were
acquainted with Alice Mr.. El
lis," she said quietly.
The man's eyes never left the
white face as he answered wildly
"Yes, I knew her I used to
know her. It's my fault 'that I
don't know her now. I never
thought I would frighten her so
if I looked over her shoulder into
the mirror. Oh, do you think she
will open her eyes?"
Even as .he spoke there was a
faint flutter of sthe lids and Alice
saw the pale face and. white fu
neral garments bending over her.
Her eyes closed again. "The
ghost, the ghost!" she moaned in
terror. Her lips were growing
blue again when Edith seized the
chill, trembling hands in her
warm ones.
"Alice, dear, you are dreaming,"
she said in tender tones. "There
re no ghosts here only I
Cousin Edita and one other. You
know him. Alice. It is an old
vfriend of yours. Open your eyes
and tell him you are glad to see
him." ' .
The clear, incisive tones of
Edith's calm voice restored cour
age to her haif-fainting cousin.
Alice opened her eyes and gazed,
still half fearfully, into the anje
ious face of her long lost lover.
"Frank," she whispered, "is it
really you, are you really alive?"
Ellis caught her in his arms,
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