will think me. as uitsettled as
Alice. But I am not sorry any
more than she gave me back the
ring, and broke the engagement.
. I have just found out now, this
minute, that I am glad it is at an
end. For Elizabeth, I see now
'that it is nofcAlice I need, but
you, dear. You are my good
angel. . I never went to her with
any of my worries. I talked to
her only of trifles that touched
my real life and interests not at
all. It is you who have been a
good comrade and helper and ad
viser to me all my 'life. And I
have been a blind fool, running
after will-o-the-wisps, and turn
ing'my back to thesteady shining
of my guiding light. Your love
is what I needr dearest my heart
calls for you as it never did for
any one else. Tell me, Eliza
beth " and even as he held out
his hands pleadingly to her the
interruption came. It was a mes
sage for Jimmie, The messenger
had been to his own home, learn--ed
that he was calling on 'Eliza
beth, andV sought him there. He
methe servant in the hall, and
heard by word of mouth the mes
sage that was too urgent to wait
for written words.
"Please, sir, will you come to
-Jordham's at once? It's Miss
Alice she was drivjng and the
horses bolted and threw her out.
She isterribly hurt the doctol
says he can't tell if she will live,
And she keeps asking for you all
the time. He said you should
come at once, that it might give
her a bit more or a chance, sir."
Jimmie turned back to the rooni
he had justjeft, to face Elizabeth'.
They were both Very -white; but
he found voice first.
"You mtfst go and do your part.
You will not fail her now nor
my ideal of yoti, Jimmie." And
that last word decided it. He
turned away that he might not
look' into her brave, white face,
and answered huskily:
"I will go, and try to do what
is right. But oh, Elizabeth"
and he stood helplessly. She laid
a gentle hand on his arm.' -
f'Hurry and be brave. Come'
back to" me when you can I
would like to hear " and he in
"I will come at the first pos
sible moment," and hurried away
after the departed messehger.
An hour later he came back.
Elizabeth met him eagerly, drew
him into the old seat, and de
manded the news, with carefully
modulated tones of sympathy.
"She is better improving
every minute. I might have
came away half an hour ago, if I
had not stayed so as not to seem
heartless over i. But I was so
happy that I could not stay an
other minute longer, and ran
"I am very glad to hear it, Jim
mie, And you showed the proper
feeling in the matter, I am sure.
So she is out of danger, you are
"Oh, yes, no question of it. She
was not hurt half sabadly as they
thought, you know. I tell you I
was glad to hear that she had
come out of the hysterical condi
tion that made her seem so bad.
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