frightened; he had never dared
address Mary in such tones be
fore. But he had produced exact
ly the effect that he anticipated.
Her gentle nature, unused to such
language, was terrified almost
"This house is not my aunt's?"
"No, Miss Mary, it's mine,"
Hall answered. "But if you'll
throw Blaine over and marry me
I'll settle it on Miss Travers for
life." He advanced closer. For
once in his life his passion for" her
carried him off his feet. "Come,
be sensible," he pleaded, and pull
ed her to him and caught her in
his arms. "Give me a kiss and
then I'll make you love me. I J'
Vincent Blainenvas at the door.
He had entered the house quietly
and now, seeing the sudden light
in Mary's eyes, hearing the cry
suddenly suppressed into a low
appeal, Hall turned, to see Blaine
advancing upon him with clench
"What's the matter with you?"
Hall shouted. "Don't you lay a
finger on me. I've as much right
to go courting as you have," He
caught up a chair and placed him
self in an attitude of defense,
Blaine did not strike him, for
Hall was a much smaller man. In
stead, he quietly wrenched -the
chair from his grasp and, taking
his shoulders in a firm grasp,
shookhim backward and forward
till the man's head wagged fool
ishly upon his shoulders. Then
he released him and sent him
spinning across the room. All
Jhe while he did not utter a Word.
Hamilton Hall fell down, rose
up, and-edged toward the door:
There he halted. He shook his
fist, -began stammering and sud
denly, inarticulate with fury,
turned and hurried out of the
"There goes Travers House'
murmured Mary, as she nestled
into her lover's arms.' "
"What do you ..mean?" asked
Blaine, grimly. And Mary told
"Vincent, dear," she said pres
ently, "we have a hard fight be
fore us. Whether he has the
power or not to take our home
away, he has money enough to
make things nard for us. Vin
cent," she added, softly, "do you
remember saying that you would
not marry me and come to live
here because it was your task to
make a home for me? And as I
couldn't leave my aunt that has
meant an indefinite separation.
But now that we must fight
shoulder to shoulder help me
He pressed her in his arms.
"When?" he asked, kissing her.
"Next month," she whispered
But long before the date set for
their marriage arrived Hamilton
Hall had begun his legal tattle.'
And though it is no easy matter
to prove such a claim, though
Blaine fought him tooth andnail,
while old Miss Travers, in bliss
ful ignorance, sat -in her room
preparing the wedding garments,
before the month was ended Hall
seemed to be the victor. Only
.one thing was inexplicable; hi$
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