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difficult tor me to ask you. I must go to Willow Brook I must go now,
tonight! And I I have no money."
"Do you mean Willow Brook in Westchester?" he asked, astonished.
--'There is no train at this hour of the morning!"
"Then then what am I to do?" she faltered. "I cannot stay another
moment in that house." , ,-,"-
After a silence he said: "Are you afraid of anybody in that house?"
"There is nobody in the house," she said with a shudder; "my-mother
is in Westchester; all the household are there. I I came back a few
moments ago unexpectedly one
stammered under hh scrutiny; the
pallor of utter despair, came into her
cheeks, and she hid her white face
in her hands.
Hetherford watched her for a mo
ment. "I don't exactly understand," he
said gently, "but I'll do anything I
can for you.
She dropped her artoB with a hope
"But you say there is no train!"
Tou could drive' to the house of
some of yourfriends "
. "No, no! Oh, my friends must
never know of this!"
"I see," he said gravely,
v "No, you don't see," she said un
steadily. "The truth is that I am al
most frightened to death."
"-Can you not tell me what has
frightened you so?"
"If I tried to tell you, you would
think me mad you would, indeed'"
"Try," he said soothingly.
"Why why, it startled me to fina
myself In this bouse," Bhe began.
You see, I didn't expect to conie
here; I didn't really want to come
here," she addedpiteously. "Oh, it is
simply dreadful to come like this!"
"Tell me," he said in a quiet voice.
"Yes I'll tell you. At first it was
dark but I must have known I was
in my awn room, for I felt around
Oh the dresser for matches. Ana
when I saw that it was truly my own
room and when I caught sight of my
own face in the mirror, it terrified
m.e " She pressed her fingers to
her cheeks with a shudder, "Then I ,
ran -downstairs and lighted the lamp i
- HL-tke Hall aad.$wrad lata tke. mji
ror; and Fsaw a face there-a face
'like my own"
Pale, .voiceless, she leaned on the
balustrade, fair head drooping,- lids
Presently, eyes still closed, she
said: "You will not leave me alone
here will you "" Her voice died to
"No of course not," he replied
"You see," she murmured, "I dare
rfofr be alone; I dare not lose touch
with , the living. I suppose you think
me mad, but I am not; I am only
stunned. Please stay with me."
"6 course," he said in-a soothing
voice. "Everything will come out all
"Are; you sure?"
"Perfectly. I don't quite know
what to say how to reassure you
and offer you .my help"
He fell silent, worrying 5iis short
must&che. The situation was a new
one to bim.
"Suppose," he suggested, "that you
try to take a little rest. Ill Bit down
on the steps "
She looked at him in wide-eyed
alarm. "Do you mean that I should
go into that house alone!"
"Well you oughtn't to stand on
the steps all night. It is nearly three
o'clock. You are frightened and
nervous. Really you must go in
"Then you must coma, too," she
said desperately. "This nightmare is
more than I can endure alone. I'm
not a coward; none of my race is.
But I need a living being near me.
Will yoti come?" .
He bowed. Sh Mounted the shad-!