UNDER THE STARS
By S. E. Riser. .
'. (Copyright, by W. G. Chapman.)
t ' For ,three hours Helen Sibley
fihad been waiting- at Northport
'Junction. Luckily- the evening
t was pleasant, so that she was not
r compelled to sit in the .stuffy, din-
gy little station. There was ju.s"!
one pretty thing" about North
port Junction, and that "was
8bo Was Thinking of Tom Harlow.
Helen. If the train for which she
was waiting ever came and ever
departed again, Northport Junc
" tion would resume its habit of be
ting about as unlovely a spot as
one might find within the temper
ate "zone, ,x
While Helen remained the place
would possess one attraction that
would have lent distinction tQ a
far more important and a far
mqre splendid center of activity
than the Junction was ever likely
The operator in the bay win
dow that jutted out into the point
of land between the branching
tracks evidently had an eye Tor
beauty as well an ear for Morse.
As Helen walked up and down
the platform iie watched her and
became thoughtful. He wonder
ed why it was that nature be
stowed her gifts sa lavishly upon
some girls arid treated others so
shabbily. The beauty that Helen
possessed might have made a
dozen plain girls fair if it-had
been distributed among e them.
Such was -the 6perator's reasoning.-
The operator at Northport
Junction was a philosopher.
But Helen was not thinking of
philosophy, and if she had noticed
that the operator was eagerly
watching her the fact neither
added to her pleasure nor caused
her annoyance. For some reason
she was thinking of Tom Harlow.
Perhaps it was because of the
loneliness of her surroundings. It
was nearly a year since she had
refused to listen when Tom has
said that he could "explain every
thing in good ' time," and for
months she had thought that she
was never goingto have any in
terest in him again.'
' Thinking of Tom naturally
caused her to think of Mrs. Dan
forth, the pretty, young grass
widow who had come between
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