and mother still believed that she
was visiting the friend at Fort
Tyson, and she would be married
long before they knew anything
Ony well, Clarence had met
some cronies on the train, mem-
hers of the company from which
he had resigned in order to be
married. Miss Dare could not
help smiling a little at that, for
the idea of an actor throwing up
his position in the middle of a
tour to be married suddenly was
quaintly amusing to her. But
when she looked at the girl's face
she laughed no longer.
Yes, Clarence had met these
friends of his, and he had told
her to sit still and not to speak
to anyone, and she knew that she
was doing very wrong to disobey
him and talk as she was talking
now. But Clarence had some im
portant business affairs to settle
in the end car, he said. And when,
after an hour's obedience, the girl
had gone timidly back to the end
car to look for Clarence, she had
found him drinking.
Yes, that was why she was
laughing and crying alternately.
Clarence had not seen her, but
she had seen him drinking, and
well, he was acting like a drunken
tramp that had once come to the
) ranch house and frightened her
during her father's abserfce.
Then Miss Dare found that
there were tears in her eyes, too.
Her mind went back for nearly
twenty years to a little farm
house- in Iowa, and an old father
and mother, and a- traveling
.troupe, and a man . . . .Well, J
Sjhe had discovered about Jiis mar
riage long afterward. And it was '
years since he had crossed heifj
life. He must be forty now. She
would know him if they were to,
meet, but thank heaven, that haa
been spared her. If she had metj
him she could not imagine whatjj
she would have done.
She took the girl's hand be
tween her own and began talking
to her. Was she sure that she
loved him and that Clarence lov
ed her? And-was she sure -that
he was a worthy man? Then, if
that were really so, why had, tfe
not gone to see her father, and
"But my father woulcf fitter
let me marny an actor," exclaim
ed the girl. "You know, we folks
have strange ideas out on the
ranches." And Clarence had
been the first to explain tp.her
the impossibility of that.
Then Miss Dare began explain
ing her views until she saw the
scared look that came in the girl's
face; then she tried to console
her. And just then, happening to
look up, she saw someboidy at the
end of the car, walking rather in
directly, and hastily she excusedl
herself and hurried toward him6
She knew him at once, and she
knew now that their meeting had
been mercifully postponed until!
she could see him under just suchrr
conditions as should lend her.
strength to face him. She took
him by the arm and swurig him
around. The end of the car was1
empty and nobody noticed.
The man looked down. "Hello !"
he said, smiling stupidly. "Hei
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