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'Tin glad you never havepilfer
ed from, those machines," said
Marjorie, as they turned hope
ward. "Because could lifver
lo -I mean think anything of you
if I , thought you could."
Frank-left heiat the dpor of
thepartment in-which she lived
witfi her mother, feeling utterly
crushed. Marjorie had been
strangely silent all -during the re
turn journey. He was quite sure
he had offended her; he almost.
eared that in some manner he
, had betrayed himself and that sh.e
had .guessed his secret. If she
had well, he knew that meant
the end of all further acquaint
ance. He did not know that Marjorie
was crying her heart out in the.
bathroom, of the tiny flat.
A week of gloom ensued. "By
Tuesday Frank Meath had re
signed himself to the inevitable.
On Wednesday the years did not
not seem quite so lonely after all.)
Perhaps Marjorie would go with'
him to the Island once in a while?
and there, when they were old
jeople, .he w,ould some day telL
her the story of his hopclorss,
love. N .-
On Thursday he had recovered,
sufficiently to invite her to ac
company him on the Saturday.
On Friday he bought anew straw
hat and. a tie. On Saturday her
answer sent him into a transport
of rapture. This time he would
put his courage to the test.
Saturday came Marjorie wore'
a pink dress with chiffon which,
made her seem quite ethereal. His
heart went down to the tops dfj
fhis shoes again." Again hefelii
the ojd terror obsess him.
Mother thinks Coney mucK
quieter this year," said Marjoricv
"She wouldn't go for years, you
know, but now. that she's seen
She stopped, tongue-tied. A
few' word$ more and she would
have betrayed the fact that she
had been there during the weekC
And for very definite reasons she
did not want Frank to know that
as will be seen.
They walked by the sad waves
-r-tongtie-tied ; they ate "h5t
dogs" tongue-rled; .they -shot
the chutes and went on the aerial
flight more tongue-tied than
ever. And at last, toward night
fall, they found themselves, by
some accident, standing in front
of-the identical machine. Then
Frank's tongue broke loose.
"I wonder " he stammered
"Yes?" .-inquired Marjorie.
"Did you ever put a penrty in.
any of these machines? I mean
just for amusement, MarJQrie."
"NoT but I'll try," she answer
ed, and placed a penny in the
ladies's side. The machine
promptly delivered a photograph
of a .young man with a curled
mustache, staring dark eyes and a '
tie, from its intensity of shadow
ing, must have been very con
spicuous in the original. And he
did not look in "the least like
"You try," she said.
Frank Meath obeyed, put in his
coin, turned the cranky and found