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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 22, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 20

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a minute afterward, to his astonish
ment, Kemble found himself upon the
street again.
"That fall he went to Cornell and
for three years he worked like a.slave.
He stood first in his ciasses; his in
domitable will carried him "over all
obstacles. Meanwhile Lathrop had
taken his daughter abroad and plac
ed her under the care of an aunt in
Rome, and, a year later, her engage
ment was announced to an -Italian
nobleman."
The man on the porch who had
been maligning women snorted. "He
' might have known it," he said. "Poor
fool! Poor, miserable fool!"
The teller of the story turned to
him .quietly. "What would you have
done if you had been Kemble?" he
asked.
"If I had been Kemble," snorted the.
man on the porch. "I should never
have been such a fool as to have had.
faith in a woman's word. But if I had
made such a mule of myself I should
immediately have left.college, gone to
old Lathrop's office and administered
a sound thrashing to him, and then
gone back to my, riding master's job,
a sadder and a wiser mam"
"Kemble did none of those things,"
replied the teiler of the story. "Don't
forget that I mentioned 1 certain
Puritan disposition of .character as
being a factor in .his ' composition.
The agreement into which he had en
tered was merely that he should fit
himself to be Muriel Lathrop's" hus
band. He stayed on at Cornell., Wien,
two months later, the societypapers
were filled with reports of "Muriel La
throp's marriage to the Count of
Pirenze, Kemble stayed away from
his studies exactly two days. He spent
those two days in his room. How he
spent them only he could tell. It was
the trial of his soul by fire. But when
he emerged, just as cool outwardly,
as ever, perhaps a little grimmer, a
little 'more silent and self -contained,
there was no trace of what he had
been through visible upon his feat
ures. He, stayed on at Cornell.
"Old Lathrop,, who had a represen
tative in. the college, was amazed. He
had expected that the lad would
throw up his studies and come to him
threatening physical violence. think
he admired Lathrop more than any
man he had ever met before. But he
sent him no communication and as.
for Muriel, we (may take it Jor grant
ed that shehad long, ago forgotten,
the little summer flirtation with the
groom."
He turned suddenly upon the scof
fer and his voice was filled with emo
tion. ".No more of that, please," hevex
claimed. "I.know what you are going,
to say; that she was essentially dis
loyal as women are, that she had
played with and wrecked the fe.df
her lover. But you ,do her wrong. She.
was a young girl, unused to atteiiT
tions; she had thought that she loved
Kemble. If anyone was to blame, it
waslhe. How should a girl of twenty
retain her love when she"was restored
to "her natural surroundings? ' In.Bu
rope the memory of the man. became
only a dream, as Lathrop had wisely
intended that it should. I blame none
of them, gentlemen. Lathrop' gave
Kemble his chance. But; what he .fail
ed to foresee was that 'Kemble would
take it.
"Kemble, finished his.pourse at Cor
nell. He had fulfilled his part of the
pact as he interpreted it Now he was
free to do. as He wished. He" knew
nothing, of Muriel. But he lhad read
in the society papers that shelwas vis
iting, America without, her husband.
Being a man of honor and principle x
he did not go. to New York. In fact,
he accepteia professorship in a small
western university. But he was not
destined tctake it. He received a
curt letter.from Lathrop in which tie
magnate. offered him a lucrative posi
tion as" scientific expert in an experi
mental bureau in Seattle. The pay
ment would be $2,500 a year, wrote
Lathrop, and'Keinble could.repay him
the cost of .his tuitionjn four years: ''
"Kemble "paid it:in two and then
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