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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 06, 1913, Image 19

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conventional silence that is laid
upon women, she revealed the lit
tle secret that the younger wo
man had confided to her. Kane
was deeply touched. The day
after the funeral he asked Evelyn
to marry him. And when she
laid her .head Upon his shoulder
and began to cry softly, from
sheer happiness, Kane suddenly
discovered the world of love in his
own heart.
"I thought you loved Mars
tori," he said.
"I never cared for Marston'
she answered, looking at him
with a wonderful light in her
eyed.
So the gossips had wronged
her, then, when they had an
nounced her approaching engage
mert to his fellow clerk, the man
who now came forward so
snyxthly to congratulate him
upon his forthcoming rharriage
to the woman whom he hiriiselt
had courted unsuccessfully for
three years.
She had been all but in love
with Marston, though : so much
Karle learned from little Benny,
the small brother whom Evelyn
adored and petted and scolded
and played with and instructed
during her evenings. Yes, and
Marston had loved her desperate
ly. Kane, felt an insensate jeal
ousy of this fellow, whose char
acter he knew, and who had the
effrontery to continue his visits
under the plea of old acquaint
ance. Then came the fatal evening
vhen Kane, approaching Eve
lyn's house later than usual,
after the shades were drawri,
stopped suddenly as he saw
Marston's face upon the blind,')
and Evelyn's. They drew near to
each other and their lips met.-j
Then the shadows danced away ,
and the lamplight illuminated the
blind again.
Kane turned round. He went
home and sat motionless in hisrf
room for a long time. The mar-'
riage was to have taken place in
about three weeks, and since he
had nearly four hundred dollars
and his prospects in the bank
were small, it.iiad been agreed
that they should go west in the
hope of achieving success-. At
that moment Kane had two tick
ets for Denver in his pocket. He
wrote a brief letter to Evelyn,
explaining that he had unexpect
edly discovered the proof of her
faithlessness, and took the train
west next morning. In five years
he had made a comfortable for
tune. Now he had come back.
He meant to spend only a day
in the town, to learn of Evelyn
and Marston. to rejoice- in their
happiness and then depart quiet
ly as he had come. But when he
learned that Evelyn was still un
married, and that Marston had,
left the town, the old love surg
ed up in his heart again and ther
old impulse drew him against hisj
will toward the little house where
Evelyn still lived.
As he stood by the gate a tall
boy suddenly came in from the
street, saw him, stopped short.
and accosted him.
"Mr. Kane!" he exclaimed.
Kane turned. "Why, Benny 1'

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