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from her bosom. Unnoticed by her
Vernon secured the flower and con
cealed it in his pocket
Then in a few minutes he went
away. Once alone he pressed the
prized flower to his lips, then care
fully placed it between two leaves
of his memorandum book.
"And now to forget," he said grim
ly as he returned to his cheerless
home "for Paul's sake."
It was a humdrum life with miser
ly, mean spirited old Seth Ramsey,
but Vernon shared it without a mur
mur. He gave up all social pleasures
and Clifton viewed his penitent be
havior of the restored outcast ap
provingly. One night, dark and stormy, Ver
non sat reading in his room when
there came a sudden rat-tat-tat at
the window. At first he fancied it was
the wind blowing the tree branches
against the panes. Then peering out
he discovered a beckoning form near
"It is Paul," he said, and was
quickly down in the yard to greet his
brother. "Come into the house," he
"No," responded Paul definitely, "I
will never cross the threshold of the
miserly old man who refused me help
when I needed it so sorely. You good,
dear brother!" and the speaker pass
ed an affectionate arm through that
of Vernon, "only for you who have
been so good, so loyal to me, I would
not even have come to Clifden. Ver
non, I have something to tell you
vital, serious. Let me get under shel
ter, somewhere, will you?"
Vernon led the way to a roofed
summer house in the garden. They
sat down on one. of its side benches.
"Vernon," said Paul, "you know
how dearly I love Eva."
"Yes," said his brother in a low
tne of constraint.
"I. have seen her tonight, secretly.
J am to see her later. She is all
the world to me. I want you to let
me tell her the whole story of my
trouble in the city."
"No!" spoke Vernon, and his tones
were incisive and mandatory.
"I feel like a cad, a craven, to think
that you should be blamed for what
I did. I was reckless, wicked when
I took that $500 from your pocket,
and spent it, claiming that our step '
father owed it to me, which morally
he did. Then your kindness, your -sacrifice.
Since then, oh, believe me! :
I have not touched a card or tasted
wine. I am offered a splendid position '
in the West. The firm has even ad
vanced me $200. Vernon, brother,
release me from my promise not to
reveal my blame about that money."
"You are telling me the truth about
your prospects, your reform?"
"Then I glory in the joy it would
have given poor, dead mother. My
boy, I am working out your salvation.
Thank God for the privilege!"
At seven o'clock the next morning
with a batter and bang on his bed
room door Seth Ramsey shouted out
"Get up, Vernon. Here's great
news! Your brother Paul eloped with
Eva Cross last night. They have gone
out West and left a note asking for
giveness and all that pother. What
do you think of that?"
"Are you sure of this?" asked Ver
non in a husky tone.
"Oh, yes. They drove to Virden
and were married by the minister
The old man went down the stairs
chuckling and talking to himself.'
With his stepson at a distance he
could hold on to the trust money.
Vernon arose, dressed himself,
went down the stairs and into the lit
tle front parlor of the house.
He paused before a picture, that of
his dead mother. He looked up into
her sweet, patient face and thought
of all the kind deeds she had done,
and then with an affectionate glance
at the portrait of Paul, ah"d smiled.
Then, his shoulders strengthened
for the burden he had chosen to hear,
Vernon took from his meinorandum.