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By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
'(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
A lonely hour, a lonely spot,
and the loneliest girl in the world
looking out over the fast darken
ing lake in a dreamy, desolate
way. Nellie Danvers had come
to the beach of the great city's
Lock the Door.'
bathing spot after a hard day's
She had wandered purposely
away from the crowds. A sense
of utter friendlessness overcame
her. A sad, far-away look was
in her eyes. Life seemed very
hard to the young girl. An or
phan, leaving distant relatives in
ai country village a year previous,
she-had come to the city to find
herself disillusioned, -lost in a
She had learned how to operate
a typewriter and had secured a
subordinate situation -at six dol
lars a week, humdrum, dragging
labor. She felt that it was only
a step to the sweat shop or the
sales counter if she lost her pres
"Perhaps I am worked out,"
she thought. "A week in the
country might influence me to
face the dreary winter with a
brighter spirit. It is useless to
consider that, so I'll try and be
content. There are the books and
my painting oh, dear !"
Nellie drew back with a timid
start. A man had come rushing
from a line of bushes, two little
children -with him. In the moon
light glow his face showed pale,
delicate and refined, but his eyes
shone like living sparks of fire.
"Quick!" he satd, his glance
burning full into the face of the
shrinking girl. "These two chil
dren take them. Where do you
Some influence Nellie could not
resist compelled her to reply in a
"Twenty-two Borden place."
The man pushed the children
towards her and then dashed
down the beach. A second man
came into view on a swift run.
He approached the bewildered
"The man who had these chil
dren" he spoke rapidly "which
way did he go?"
Mutely Nellie pointed. The
man ran on. He, too," disappear-