f By Elizabeth Schoen Cobb.
It was a strange wooing, if it could
be called such. . On the one hand was
Bryce Wharton, with strong, earnest
love. On the other, trustful, sympa
thetic Milly DoverWhat she thought,
what sweet words of encouragement
she might have had in mind to speak
to .the ingenious, impetuous young
man whose handsome face would ap
"You Give Me a -Shocki
peal to any girlish imagination in a
vivid way, she. was not allowed to ex
press. "I have told you just what my heart
dictated," Bryce had spoken. "I must
not ask you to tell me what you think
of it, for it would be unfair to your
self and to your family. I only ask
you to allow me to hope you will once
in awhile remember that I am going
to work at an ideal, to come back and
tell you of it when I have reached the
"You will be regretted now, and
surely welcome then," murmured
Milly, and with a brief handshakehe
was gone. She was almost at the
point of tears. "Oh, why didh¬
did he not see that I am interested in
him, and all he may do, and and "
and then pr.etty Milly hid her blush
ing, longing face in her hands, and
only the mellow moonlight and the
cooing nightingales saw and pitied.
Headstrong and resolute, set upon
an idea and determined to carry it
out, Bryce strode down the lonely
country road in the direction of
home. It had been a new home to
him for the past month. It had been
as well a new home to his cousin,
Evan Gray. Both, were orphans.
Both had been summoned home from
different colleges for an interview
with wealthy John Gvay, their uncle.
He was a generous-hearted, indul
gent old fellow, but he had some
practical ideas in that active mind of
his. The Elms was a royal home of
its kind. He had been a builder of
note in his day, and the stately man
sion was a sample of his own archi
tecture. He was going on a long trip
to Europe. His .nephewB had gradu
ated. They were welcome to remain,
young masters of the house, until his
"Then to decide on what you in
tend to do in the world for a living,"
was the ultimatum of the old man.
"Enjoy yourself for the present, let
your minds fallow through a year of
ease and enjoyment. They will all
the more clearly respond, to the call
for duty when you start out on the
real business o(f life."
The cousins found comfort, luxury
and ease indeed in their new life.
They had cultured social' surround
ings and the Dovers were their near
est neighbors. The first time the
young men met the fair daughter of
the house, Milly, the peerless, they
mutually decided they had found the
fairest thing on earth.
Bryce found Evan lying in a ham
mock, dozing, when he reached the
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