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THE HONOR OF TED
By Rose Carrington.
'(Copyright, hy "W. G. Chapman.)
"If you really loved me, you'd
'explain," and the girl tossed her
"Once more, Helen, I will not."
' '"Then, Ted, there is nothing
-more for me to do but to give you
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He Offered Her No Explanation.
back this," and Helen drew off the
ring he had placed on her finger
with such professions of devoted
Jove that it made her heart ache
to remember them.
"Helen, don't," he whispered,
but she did not flinch.
"Can you bear to break it off?"
he asked softly, all the anger dy
ing out of his boyish face.
"Yes, I can when there is a se
cret between us. If you have one
n6w, you'd have a dozen after we
were married." But her own
face was relaxing; and the tears
lay near the surface.
"Remember, Nell, that picture
we saw last winter at the art ex
hibit?" She did not need to be fold
which one, for there had been
only that which 4jad lingered in
"You know, the one where the
girl is trying to get Jier, sweet
heart to wear a white handker
chief so that he will be taken for
a member of the other side, and
not be killed?"
"And you know what was un
der it? Something about loving
her less if he did not love honor
"Well, that's my case, girlie
honest. I can't tell you because
I promised not to, and I can't go
back on Thy honor, for if I did I'd
not be worthy of you. See?"
And there was strength of pun
pose in his dark eyes that ap
pealed to her and made her eyes
dim, although, woman like, she
"Would you rather give me up
than go back on your promise?"
Ted swallowed hard. "If you'd
want me to, Nell, I don't believe
I could care for you as much as I
do. You see, I'd feel that some
thing was wrong. Now kiss me,
dear, and just wait until tonight,
and I'll prove to you thafl'm just
what I've said I am, not so awful
ly bad after all," and without
waiting for permission, he drew;