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"1 should cherish any reminder of
the pleasant hours we have spent to
gether," she said frankly.
"Then I am going to leave Juno
Aldis removed both doves from the
cage. Venus cooed in a melancholy
way as her partner was carried into
the house by Marie. The bird would
have flown frantically to the com
pany of its mate if Aldis had not re
"Some day," said Aldis softly, as he
arose to take leave of Marie, "I am
going to send Venus with a message,
I have, every reason to believe that
within a month the great family law
suit, which involves a large fortune,
will be decided in my favor. Should
that come about, as I say, I shall send
Venus with a message to you under
Marie fluttered, herself, like some
frightened dove. She hung her head,
understanding, but mute.
"When I do, Miss Powers," pro
ceeded Aldis in an intense tone, "will
you send Juno back with a reply?"
"Yes!"whispered Marie, and he
was gone with a tender pressure of
her hand, carrying away her heart
with him and leaving his own behind.
One month, two months no word,
no glad visit for Juno from her absent
mate. That evening, however, as-every
evening, Marie sat by the open
window, thinking, hoping that the
flutter of welcome wings might break
the long vigil. '
Then the; clouds came up, rain was
presaged, and with a sigh Marie re
clined on her bed, dreaming once
more of the golden week in her fair
young life when she had met Love,
and welcomed him to an abiding
place in her heart.
Marie had closed the window as
the rain began to fall. Suddenly there
seemed to bea louder sound than the
splatter of the drops. It was like a
tap-tap-tap. Then some heavy object
beat against the pane. 'Marie went to
tSe window, opened it. With rain
splotched wings, draggled and storm-
beaten, tTie carrier, .dove, Venus,
flapped into the room.
One hour later Marie was speeding
down the road leading southwards,
mounted on a bicycle. She had found
under the wing of the carrier, dove
a card in the writing of Aldis.
Blake. "I am a prisoner at the Cas-3
cade mill," it read, "near Riverton.a
Marie had heard Aldis speak of des- 1
perate enemies more than once.- Shea
did not dare to wake up her aunt.s
There was no telephone in the dis-4-trict.
If she telegraphed to Riverton,
would her strange message be under
stood and heeded?
Her cousin and herselfhad been
regular bicyclists in the past. Her
suit was. in the garret, her machine
in the stable'.loft. Her dauntless mind
was soon made up, and now Marie
was 'dashing down the country high
way. It must have been li o'clock when
she saw the cross-roads lights a mile
away, and the city glow beyond.
Then, nearer, towards the riverside
a spark of radiance recalled some
thing. "The Cascade -mill," exclaimed
Marie, in a sudden "flash of memory.
"Why, that lonely building where the
light is must be it. Cousin and I
made this run more .than once, and
I remember now!"
Marie approached the old rookery.
A light guided her. She traced it to
a room on the lower floor. She saw
a ruffianly-faced man trying a lock
ed door. Then he took up a bottle
from a table, put otf his hat and start
ed apparently for the tavern at ther
Marie was in the lighted room as.
soon as the man was out of sight. She t
noticed the padlocked door beyond,
found a heavy iron bar, burst in the
door, and, extending the lantern, saw
her lover, handcuffed, lying on a
heap of straw. ,
"You!" shouted Aldis in amaze. ;
"Yes," fluttefed Marie "your '
message the dove."