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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 03, 1913, Image 14

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LOVELY 'LASS ;DERELICT
By Florence Lillian Henderson.
Melvin Warrington was a lover
-vvorth'while.. Strange things Jiap
pen in .this-world'at tifnes that ie-1
call the age of chivalry. Romance
is not entirely dead, and amid a
quiet everyday existence this su
perior.young man suddenly found
himself enmeshed in a labyrinth
Sailed Away.
of daring arid adventure well
Jworthy of the knights of old.
It. .all came about in the most
natural fashion. He loved Myra
Evans he", poor and ambitious.
So did 'Rolfe Daniels "rich, sel
fish and an idler. . Jier'.father had
borrowed all the irioney he could
to fit out an expedition to Aus
tralia to, import a new breed of
sheep. tThe Lovely Lass jvas
purchased, sailed away with, her
young brother in charge, was
wrecked in a terrible storm at sea,
and Lisle Evans came home crip
pled, a pauper and his health
broken..
' The worst of it was that when
all hands were forced to. abandon
the Lovely Lass 350 miles west of
the South American coast, in the
rush and peril of the occasion
Lisle had left in a certain box in
a certain part of its cabin over
$20,000 in money to buy the ship
with, and papers representing as
much more. An abandoned dere
lict, the captain and crew gave
her up for lost. The blow crush
ed the proud spirit of old Colonel
Evans. He had mortgaged his
home to fit out the venture. In
some way Rolfe Daniels had se
cured the notes. He pressed pay
ment. Ruin stared the Evans
family in the face. It was. then
that Daniels proposed to cancel
thevobligation if Myra would be
come his wife.
A despairing father, a helpless
brother, poverty ahead, not for a.
moment did the poor girl forget
her lover, Melvin Warrington,
but drooping' daily, for the sake
of her father she consented to
riiake a great sacrifice. She spoke
a last heart-broken farewell to
Melvin. She was to knarry the
man of money in, six months.
One day1 Lisle Evans called,
upon Melvin. There were tears
in his eyes as he spoke of Myra.
He deprecated the selfishness of
his father. He sought some way
out of the sacrifice that was des
tined to bring gloom and despair

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