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cd. "She looked down, at the chil
dren. One had clasped her dress,
hiding her face in its folds, and
was sobbing wearily. The other
Stood staring about heryas if half
stunned by the alarming ocqur
rences of the moment
Amid her own friendlessness
Nellie's heart went out to the de
serted little ones. She sank again
to the sand, drawing them to
wards her. They folded into her
caresses like storm-tossed refu
gees. First one and then the
other of the little ones went to
sleep, their heads pillowed in her
lap as if from sheer exhaustion.
One hour two. No one ap
peared. The dews were falling
heavily and Nellie aroused the
sleepers. The yotinger one she
had to carry in her arms. Her
sister she led by the hand, sleepy
eyed and tired.
The're was nothing for Nellie to
do but take the children to her
room.. She placed them onjier
own bed. She did not sleep the
long night through. Every mo
ment she expected a visit from
the man to whom slie had given4
He did not come. In the
morning she interested her larM
lady in "looking after the children
while she was awayT" They were
chaj-ming little ones who wound
themselves about both hearts.
A week went by two o'f them.
Almost unconsciously, Nellie
grew into loving the abandoned
The mystery surrounding them
troubled herf but she found a new
interest in life. Nellie had to
make her little salary go, a long
ways now, but the children
throve, loved her, and were happyx
as the day was long. '
One evening Nellie had just put
her charges to bed when a sharp?
tap came to the door. She open-.
ed it. A stranger hurried by her."11
"Lock the door !" he said husk-r
ily. "The children they are
Thea Nellie pierced the dis
guise of the man of the beach.
He sank to a chair, breathless. A
smile of gladness and relief cross
ed his face as Nellie told, him of
the little ones.
"Oh, you brave, true. girl!" he
said fervently. "I knew from
your face J could trusj: you."
rtOpen the door!" pounded
harshlyyand witjhr-a crash the bar
rier burst in. Two men entered.
"We've caught you at last, have
we?" said one of them in triumph.
"You've ledu5 a fang chase."
"Wait," spoke the man ; 4,I wish
to make an explanation tolhis
young lady, wlio has been airiend
to my orphaned nieces. Miss,
these men are arresting me for
counterfeiting. I am: innocent."
"It looks like it, when we have
just recovered the two best coun
terfeit plates ever made," said onetf
of the men. w-
"I made them," said the pris
oner quietly, "but when you hears
my story you may cftange youro
opinion of me.' You say you haven
found the plates?" ii
"Yes." . ,H
"Then I am saved it Was allq
that I was waiting for," declareds
the prisoner. "My former busife