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- LOVE'S LABYRINTH
I By George Elmer Cobb.
Lucius Borden was the most mod
est and bashful young man in Cres
ton. He had never been seen in his
Bhirt sleeves, and whenever he was
Introduced, to a young lady he either
stared at her in a sort of shy adora
tion or acted so frightened and em
barassed, that it was an unpleasant
experience all around.
He had only one confidant in the
world his old Aunt Phoebe. They
had lived a quiet, uneventful life for
many years and she had come to
-understand his ways thoroughly.
"Aunt Phoebe," announced Lucius,
"I have caught it"
His relative glanced over her
glasses at his hands, expecting to' see
a fish danging thence.
"Caught what?" she inquired with
"The fever the fever "
"Blessed boy!" cried Aunt Phoebe
in a startled way "send at once for
"Oh. I don't mean that kind," dis
claimed Lucius confusedly. "It's the
fever the fever of love I'm talking
Thereupon Lucius began to blush
furiously. Purposely Aunt Phoebe
evaded staring him into still deeper
embarrassment. She simply said:
"Well, nephew, if the object of
your esteem is worthy I am very glad
"You are?" exclaimed Lucius,
greatly encouraged. "You know the
"Very well, indeed, and they are a
"With two daughters," proceeded
Lucius quite animately "Bertha and
Nannie. It's Nannie."
"Oh, it is? She's a bright, sweet
girl and would make any home
"Thank you," said Lucius grate
fully. "I'm going down to propose
for her hand tonight.
He spent fully two hours prepar
ing his toliet, for he was a man al
ways particular about his personal
appearance. More than once he
opened a small case and glanced at
a neat little ring inside of it. "Lucius
to Nannie" was the inscription it
Now Lucius had done no distinct
courting. He had known the Wilsons
for many years and had been a reg
ular weekly visitor at their hospitable
home for over six months. The Wil
son girls were great for company and
the quiet, well-behaved young man
had been welcomed.
The elder, Bertha, was a kind, good
natured girl. She had pitied the ex
treme shyness of their visitor and had
paid him a good deal of attention.
She was a true, helpful friend and
Lucius esteemed her as such.
About all he did was to hover under
the comforting shelter of her pres
ence while devouring with ardent
glances the lively, winsome Nannie at