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"The Exchange is open wel
come." A fashionable dressed young
man pressed his way through the
throng, about the first of those to
enter the Exchange. He was at
Edna's side as she passed into the
"The sweetest of all flowers for
the belle of the occasion," he said
Edna received the bouquet of
redolent lilies of the valley with
a happy smile and secured them
in her corsage.
"A handsome couple look as
if they were mated for one an
other," said an observant visitor
to his companion. "Who is he?
Stranger, I see."
"Yes," was the reply. "Been
here only a few days. Chicago
stock broker, they say, taking a
little vacation. Calls himself Eu
"Rich, I suppose?"
"Pretends to be. Acts a pret
ty active figure automobiles and
all that. Taken quite a shine to
Edna was very busy, as were
all her assistants, for the next
hour. There was a great throng,
and the affair was certainly a
wonderful success. More than
once Edna stole a hurried, disap
pointed look about the room.
"Why did Robert not come?"
she asked herself, and her rose
bud lips pouted slightly. She
had been flattered at the graceful
attentions of Allen, but why had
not Robert Dean been on hand, as
she had anticipated, as she had a
right to expect?
They were lovers, almost en
gaged. They were neighbors,
their homes near together. Mary
Dean was Edna's closest friend.
And then as Edna at last saw
Robert enter the room, a hand
some brunette, a stranger to her,
on his arm, her face drew down
and she turned her back deliber
ately upon Robert as he smiled .
Purposely she evaded him after
that. When the bank struck up
and the dancing began upstairs,
she allowed the handsome
stranger, Mr. Allen, to take most
of the dances on her card. .
"I want to introduce some
body to you, Edna," Robert man
aged to say to her in a crush at
"Some other time," retorted
Edna pettishly, and when the
dance was over she again evaded
Robert, seeking for her with a
hurt, mystified look on his face.
Edna allowed Mr. Allen to see
her home and to carry the hand
bag containing the proceeds of
the sales. She listened to his
handsome compliments. and
spitefully compared his elegant
ways with those of the plain buf
honest Robert. When she got
home, however, and reached her
room, she sat down with a sigh
and a dull pain at her heart.
Her parents were away visit-
ing a relative in another town.
Only deaf old Aunt Jane was in
the house. The place seemed'
dreadfully silent and lonesome.'
It was the more so, because of
the sentiment that she and Rob
ert had become estranged. Be-