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riint. He discharged me out of
sheer meanness, and all the girls
despise him. One good thing
he won't be here long."
"Why not?" asked Hilda.
"I shan't tell you, but you'll
see. I do hope you are not falling
ing love with him."
Hilda protested indignantly
She evaded Armitage, and twice
when he called managed to be
out of the way. Hence her step
A new interest came into the
life of Hilda one day. Armitage
passed through the sample de
partment, accompanied by a
bright-faced, athletic young man.
The latter seemed interested in
everything he saw. Something
about the neat, graceful Hilda
held his glance. She noticed it
and flushed, but his look was so
pleasant she could not feel of
fended. "He is Mr. Harold Macy," a
companion told Hilda. "He has
come well recommended to Mr.
Armitage, and is going to be a
kind of overseer."
Armitage was absent for sev
eral days inspecting another mill.
It was a happy week for Hilda.
The new employe passed through
her department frequently. From
the first he had a pleasant word
for her. Then he began to ques
tion her about her work and its
details. One evening he was
strolling past her home when he
met her. There was a band con
cert going on in the public square.
The young man asked for her
company there. Both enjoyed
Mrs. Mason gave Hilda a great
lecture when she got home. ,
"Spoiling her chances," "out of
respect for Mr. Armitage," were
some of the pointed phrases she
used. But Hilda could not help
thinking of the manly young fel-,
low whose bright natural ways
had opened a new chapter in the
books of her young life.
A few evenings later young
Macy called at the Mason home.
But for the glum looks of Mrs.
Mason, it was a second happy oc
casion for Hilda. It made her
happier still when she fancied
she noted something in his "eyes,
that told he was thinking of her
with a warmer sentiment than of
Armitage, returned, came into
the room where she sat at work
next morning. He was pale and
stem looking. He forced a smile,
as ifasking a welcome. Hilda re
luctantly touched the hand he ex
tended. He tried to retain it, but
she arose to her feet.
"I heard of your having quite
a social time during my absence,"
insinuated the manager. "Hilda,"
and he came a step nearer, and his
eyes had an eager, sinister glow,
"the time has come when cir
cumstances force me to reveal
my feelings towards you. I have
spoken to your mother; I wish
you to become my wife."
"Oh, Mr. Armitage!" breathed
Hilda tremulously. "You must
not that is, I cannot cannot
ever marry you."
"Because, I suppose," sneered;
the manager with a dark scowl,