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pulsp toward confession burned
"No," he answered, "I ceased
to write before I was told. But
still, I am sure that if I had not
heard so I should some day have
"To redeem your pledge, John?
Well, I release you from it. So
let your conscience rest. My
school occupies all my life and is
my whole interest. While you
yoi are, of were, a very busy man
and a very famous one."
"Then you have heard?" he
"Of course I've heard of you,
John Bremerton," she answered.
"I we have all followed your ca
reer with the greatest interest,"
"she continued," coloring faintly.
"You know wefare all proud of
you in Framington."
"Were proud' he corrected
"Are proud, John," she replied
lqoking steadily into his eyes.
"Because you fell fighting like a
man, and never did a single dis
honorable thing. And when they
got you down it was they -who
were disgraced, not you. I am
glad you came back for this little
while, John, so that I could tell
you this that we all believe, in
Wf "o tf ony kac never gne "
ne cried. it i couia nave me
over again I would stay here and
live out my life with" you. I've
been a feol, Lizzie, and in search
ing for the pot of gold under the
rainbow I found the gold but I
guess I missed the rainbow. But
now the gold is gone and the rain
bow is still shining. Uiztt I've j
come back to stay with you."
"With me?" she repeated,
"With me, John?"
"I want you," he cried. "I have;
never known what happiness
meant since I went away. And
even though I ceased to .writs
and well, forgot you I always
had a vision of the time when I
should come back to you. But
jou see I thought I had lost the
right to come. Lizzie, dear, I
have found you again. I want to
keep you. Will you be my wife?"
"You you mean that, John?"
she stammered. "But Oh, no,
John, you are just chivalrous.
am not for you now; your place
is in the city, where you will
again make your mark while
He drew her into his arms, and
she lay there at last, happily. He
bent his face to hers.
"Tell me you love me," he
"I have always loved you,
John," she answered back. "And
somehow I always knew that you
would come. Oh 1"
She disengaged herself hastily,
looking up the lane in terror, and,
following her glance, Bremerton
perceived the reporter approach
ing toward them. He was walk
ing blithely and whistling. He
had evidently not seen them, but
now, coming upon them sudden
ly, he stopped short and began
"I was just taking a walk ''
he began. "I thought T'need no6
sit in that- station till four. I
didn't kflow "
"That's all right, son," an-