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45 A THIEF AT NIGHT
By H.'M. Egbert.
Lindsay's mentality was not devoid
of an elemenjt of humor in its compo
sition, and the incongruity of his mis
sion appealed to this latent sense as
Jie stepped quietly out oiMris.house at
night and looked back into the well
lit parlor; He saw his wife seated in
her chair, -reading calmlyas though
he had goh'e out upon the most ordi
nary visit to some friend. She hardly
Walked As Though He Trod on Air.
raised her eyes when he said good-by
to her, yet there had been an emo
tional scene only thatmorning, and it
was- this that had nerved. Lindsay to
( He could endure liis wife's com
plaints no longer. He was resolved to
put an end tp them forever. And he
was going like a thief by night to
steal the most precious jewel of
He had fought down the impulse
toward dishonor for many Tyeeks.'But
now the time had come when he
could resist no longer. Life without
Lucille would have no jest. His home
had grown to be no home to him.
His very food had lost its savor. He
thought of Lucille constantly, grind
ing.his teeth as he pictured her with
Markham, busy about' her simple
Markham had brought her back to
America after his last visit to Prance.
When she arrived she was a simple
country girl, innocent, ignorant of
the language other-adopted country.
She had met few men; she had never
even been engaged before. And once
in Markham's power he- watched her
jealously. He would hardly permit
her to leave his home. He could not
bear that his acquaintances should
have speech,'witbherl lestsomebody
steal her from him!"'; v
Strangely enough, it was Mrs.
Lindsey who had first met her, and it
was she who had introduced Lindsay
on one of the rare 'occasions when
Lucille had snatched a short respite
from Markham's tyranny. .It was at a
friend's house. Mrs. Lindsay was
taken at once with the pale, beautiful
French girl. But it was Lindsay who
had pursued the acquaintance.
Markham and he were not on
friendly terms. He! knew enough of
the man's cowardly nature to be
aware that, once Lucille and he were
together, there would, be no pursuit.
At last the time had arrived when he
was able to propose his plan.
She looked, at him. with veiled ter
ror, and yet with a joy that she could
hardly conceal. Yet her fear was
paramount, and, .singularly enougjb,
its origin was essentially a feminine
one, psychologically. She was. anx
ious about her little treasures. Mark
ham would keep them; she knew his
vindictive nature. But Lindsay only
"I will give you more than Mark
ham can ever give you," he said gaily.
And then outlined his plan. Markham
was not always home before night
fall. Let her appoint some day wtien.