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convent was drawing near. And
meanwhile a wonderful thing had
happened, so wonderful that Helene
hardly convinced herself that it was
true. She was in love 'and she was
It had come about in the strangest
way. Helene had been gathering win-
tergreen in the great forests, and
suddenly she had come upon, a young
man, Dent on tne same errand, in tne
same path. And seeing h'e'r; he ap
proached, respectfully and asked her
to direct-him to the Point'St. Charles.
since he-was lost. If: turned out that
he was an artist from Quebec, and
was spending- the late fall there, to
recover his health. Helene showed
him, and when she had done so he
must needs walk back with her again,
to familiarize himself" with" the way.
And at the end he had begged that he
might see her again. And Heiene,
tremulous, panic-stricken and yet
overcome by the bewildering new
sensation in her heart, faltered "per
So they met again and again, Hel
ene reckless now" with her departure
at hand, and he evidently falling more
and more deeply in love with her.
And then one day he had been unable
to restrain his emotion, and, falling
upon his knees, pressed her hands to
his lips and covered them with kisses,
and begged for permission to .tell her
of the sentiments in his heart.
When she hadt timidly bidden him
arise, and he, growing more bold, had
taken her in his arms and kissed herj
Helene, falterihgly, told him her
"Why that is easy," he cried.
"Come with me and I will take thee
on my sledge to Montreal, and there
we will be married."
"But. the mother would nevercqn
sent," she faltered. "And I am watch
ed. How then can I "
Then' c he made (the proposition
which thrilled her with its.daring. On
the next Monday night he would
come noiselessly beneath her. winr j
dow and, when she heard the1 hoot
of. an owl below, let her descend by
means of a cord he would give her i
it was only two stories and they
would depart together. What ties'
bound here, he asked? Was not their
love the most precious thing in the
And suddenly, as she recalled this,
and waited, half hoping, half dread
ing, she heard1 the call. -Then sheJ
fastened the. cord, to the bed, as he
had told her, and, taking her little
bag, she flung it down on the soft
snow. A moment later, desperately f
daring, Helene found herself -wing1"
ouflnto space and down to two arms'
upstretched to her.
Then, lying in his arms, all the pasP"
became- a blank to her. His kisses
upon her lips were the sign and syiri
bol, of the happiness .to come. For a
moment she clung to him; then, hand
in hand, they crept cautiously-across
the snow and into the forest paths.
Atithe bend of the road his sleigh.
was waiting, the horse, warmly wrap-,
pea, senuing out great ciouas oi
steam, from his nostrils. Her lover
placed her in the jsleigh, made the
reins ready ahcr leaped in beside her.
And soon they were seated, warmlv
and snugly wrapped, and traveling
merrily "over the frozen ground.
Til fi fnrocl onrloH nnnr fVimr trow
eled more swiftly. A delicious drowsi
ness overcame Helene; she slept, her
head upon-her lover's shoulder, ner-
fectly content and-never. doubting tiu
tnat Jier fairy prince nad come for
her at last.
She awoke with, a start to find that
they were entering the. suburbs of a"
large city. For a moment the change"
from, the peaceful forest and snow
bound land startled her; then, con
tented, she slipped her hand Into her
lover's and waited. SheTiad not even "
aked where he was taking her until
tne sleigh stopped at the door of a
mansion, brilliantly liEhted. set in a-
large garden. Then her lover leaped
froA his seat and the bell pealed; the.