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"Oh, Mr. Bowen, I didn't go out
after all. I had a headache," she said.
"What was it you wanted to see me
I reached her in four strides.
"Lucy," I said, making no bones
about it, "I have found out that I
love you. Will you many me and let
Uncle Jabez go to to the deuce?"
I was so keyed up that I didn't
know what I was saying, But Lucy
gauged me my darling Lucy, who
has never failed me in anything from
that day to this, She put her arms
round my nedk and laid her head
down on my shoulder and Cried:
"Oh, Arthur," she said, two min
utes later, "do you know I have loved
you all the time?"
"How long?" t asked jealously.
"Always, Arthur. Tell me, when
did you begin to love me?"
"Always," I replied. "And as for
Uncle Jabez "
"We'll let his money go," she said.
"I don't care, so long as I have you,
So we were engaged, and we took
the train back to town next day to
see Mr. Coleworth. I had my last
and first installment of the income
ready for him. Lucy had spent most
of here, but I was determined to
make it good, even if it meant delay
ing our marriage for a few months
longer. Mr. Coleworth came out of
his office at once and led us back into
a cozy corner beside a real, old-fashioned
"So you two young people have
found out that you are in love with
each other?" he asked quizzically.
"Yes, and we are going to get mar
ried," I answered, and planked down
the interest upon the table. "There
is my share and Miss Stokes will pay
"Oh, pshaw!" said Mr. Coleworth.
"You don't have to pay that back. It
just has reference to the future, you
know. I'm afraid I'm very much
afraid that the capital must go to
the third party now." , .
"Who teNthe third party?'' I Ie
manded savagely. 'Td like tp know
just out of curiosity, because I'm sure
the old scoundrel's money won't do
him any good either."
Mr. Coleworth turned round. "I
cannot allow you to refer to the late
Mr. Stokes in that way," he said. "To
be frank with you, it was with my
connivance that he put that clause in
his will He wanted you to get mar
ried and thought that was the best
way to bring it abouf."
"Well, he's had his wish," I an
swered angrily. "Who gets the money
He pulled the will out of a drawer
" 'If the said parties shall marry,
then I bequeath the said property.to
the first-born issue of the said'mar
riage, or be shared among aU the
issue of the said parties, the principal
to be held in trust for the aforemen
That was the time Lucy looked
very hard at the wall-paper.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
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