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, FOR LOVE AND LIFE
By Selina Lillian Higgins.
' (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
When a stranger came-.up to Guy
Marsden at Chihuahua and in very
good English asked him for a dollar,
Le gave nilh -two.
He had never seen the man before,
but something in his face, clear, smil
ing, attractive, won the American's
sympathy. The man limped badly,
bis attire was cleanly but well worn,
he-asked for help as though he need-
Looks Considerably Like the Fellow
I Noticed Behind Me.
cd it and his bow of gratitude was
that of a courtier.
"With your card, please," he said;
"it is only a loan," and Guy favored
him. Then his pensioner drifted away
in the crowd and Guy forgot all about
There was more than an ordinary
reason for ..this. The times were
stormy and uncertain and each suc
ceeding day crowded with incidents
of grave alarm and oftentimes peril.
Two weeks previous the young com
mercial traveler had received dis
patches from the house he traveled
for, advising him to close up his busi
ness in Mexico and return home un
until affairs in that zone of fierce,
intensive strife should quiet down.
Guy was doubly willing to obey
these orders so far as lie was indi
vidually iconcerned, but there was a
lady in the case. There was no busi
ness whatever to be done at Chihua
hua, but he had lingered there until
his presence had attracted the atten
tion of the revolutionary leaders, and
dark and threatening glances had
more than once convinced him that
he was suspected of being an ally of
the contending faction or a spy.
It was at Chihuahua at a pretty
hacienda at the edge of the town that
he had met Lucetta Morse. She and
her father had come to the place to
settle up an estate of her dead moth
er, who was of Spanish descent.
They, too, were aware of the rebel
lion, but were awaiting the final clos
ing" up of their business. It would be
dangerous crossing the border, and
Guy resolved to postpone his depart
ure until he could accompany them.
Guy got away from the crowded
street bent on a call upon the fair
young girl who had grown to look
for his coming with a happy heart.
More than once in his stroll he fan
cied that his footsteps were dogged,
but that had occurred before and he
made no effort to conceal his des
tination. "We have glad news for you," said
Lucetta brightly, as she met him on
the piazza of her Mexican home.
"I am happy to hear that," said
Guy. "You mean-?"
"Father closed up his business this
afternoon. We are free to go now.
He wishes to see if you will join us
in leaving Chihuahua."
"Do you think I could linger behind
with the prospect of two days in your
company?" inquired Guy tenderly,