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kissed me, and I let him. That's, all."
'0, Aunt' Jessie, howt perfectly
lovely!" exclaimed her niece delight
edly. "And to think you 'kept the
secret all these years and never told
me. Go on."
"That's ajl'- answered het aunt
"But what' happened, Aunt Jessie?
Did he propose, or what?"
"Nothing happened, my dear," the
elder woman answered. "On the fol
lowing day" I received a letter from
him. He fold me how madly he
loved me and begged that I would tell
him whether I returned his love. If
I did not answer he said, he would
know that his love was hopeless. Of
course.! didn't answer."
"But didn't you love him, Aunt
Jessie?'' inquired" her niecd in aston
ishment. "My dear, I- loved hinTwith all my
heart. But he said nothing of mar
riage, and I am old-fashioned enough
to believe that a proposal should pre
cede any demonstration of affection.
AJ T V,
i! auu x it-new iic nuuiu iic v ci many a
Id" girl who had let herself be kissed.
"That's why I want to warn you,
Betty, dear. Never let any man show
any "affection for you that is not pre
ceded by an offer of marriage, or you
will wreck your life as I did mine."
"I don't see that you have wrecked
your life at all; I think you are just
old-fashioned," pouted her niece,
springing away. She halted .at the
door. "Wilfred is coming to supper
on Sunday night, aunt,"' she said
mockingly, and flew down the street.
Half an hour later Miss Minturn,
glancing through the window, saw
her. in rapt conversation with' George
She sighed, for she fearedthat ex
perience would not come until fate
had dealt somevsevere blows to her
headstrong niece. She .prayed that
this new flame of hers might be an
hpnest man. it was comforting that
he was to make the acquaintance of
Betty's mother and of herself, at any ;
l ! rate. How the name recalled that i
Wilfred of her own youth. She had
never, foteotjLen that sacred moment..
But shenad sent him way, and all -her
life she had f eft that but for her T
weakness he would have asked her j
to be his wife. . ;1
- Sunday came. The name of the'
visitor was still obstinately withheld
by Betty. But about four 6'clock she H '
came dancing upstairs. "He's here, j
aunt," she exclaimed. "You'll hear .,
the bellring in a moment. And the
bell pealed almost upon the words. .
Half an hour iater, when Miss .7
Minturn came, downstairs she saw ax
tall stranger standing, on the hearth
rug, listening with amusement to,
Betty's chatter. He raisied'his head.,
"Aunt Jessie, this 1s Mr. Garvin," t
said Betty. y '
Aunt Jessie's, cheeks, were redder x
than her niece's. As for Mr. Garvin
there was a look in hisveyes which
seemed to indicate that he had not.
been wholly unprepared fpr the meetir
' The next ten minutes wer,e miser
able ones for Jessie Minturn. To sit
there and see the lover of her youth
transformed into her niece's' beau
was an unenviable, position in which
lb find oneself. Miss Minturn siim-3
moned all her dignity to her did."' ; 1
"Well," said Betty! at last, "asyoua
two seem such uninteresting, com-J
pany this afternoon. I shall leave you 2
alone for a while." And she .stalked 1
out in dudgeon.. Miss Minturn knewo
that it would not last more than ten(
minutes. And in ten minutes shet
must appeal to him to .treat Bettyii
fairly, tell him of her impetubusnesSfe
her real goodness, implore,him by tb.es
memory of .their past love' not to mis-a
understand her. . . 41
The man went quietly over to Misss
Minturn and took her hands rf
"I'm going to tell you somethingi
now in spite of your silence," he said.
''When I met your niece by accident
in town last month and learned .that
you lived here you whom I-lost so-
many years ago I was resolved tOj j
see you .again and plead my cause0