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A SPARK FROM ASHES
By Gerald Taylor.
Kitty Benson had gone away to
Europe. Kitty Benson had returned.
She had goneaway a prodigy, but
she had returned to" be the pride of
Lester Davis and Kitty had been
sweethearts until her father made his
sensational sale of farm land to the
oil company. Then the Bensons had
built the great house on the hill
A.Rush of Memories Swept Over Him
which dwarfed the friendly, homely
cottages of the village. And Kitty's
mother had discovered that she had.
She was sent to a finishing school
and she returned for a brief holiday
and to make the announcement that
she was to go to Italy to study under
a creat master. And Lester had re
belled, wildly but impotently, against
her" parents' dictum.
"I love you, 'Kitty," he urged.
JWhat is the use. of becoming a sin
ger, even if you can touch the hearts
of thousands? The only happiness
in life is in the home. Kitty, marry
me this evening and let us face the
Kitty was very fond of Lester Had
she consulted only her own inclina
tion she might have yielded. But she
was only twenty-two, and life is al
luring at that age. And Lester, with
a half promise of consent if her par
ents agreed, went into the study o
When he told him that he wanted
to marry his daughter the rich man
placed his hand kindly upon the boy's
"Success in life," he said senten1
tiously, "consists in the ability to rec
ognize conditions. A year .ago I
should not have opposed your wish.
But now it is preposterous. My
daughter is to find her mate among
the leaders of society, here or in Eu
rope, not in a penniless lawyer. No, v
my boy, stay awhile and have dinner
with us and put those foolish ideas
out of your head."
It was a very mournful dinner for
both Kitty and Lester. Eager as the
girl was to travel, she could not but
feel the wrench at parting from her
home ties, her town, and her lover.
Mr. Benson understood this situation
too; only the eager, selfish mother
failed to realize anything.
And after dinner Kitty sang for
them. She sang many arias, canta
tas from famous composers, render
ing them with little thrills and
tremolos which her teachers had
taught her, thereby making her
naturally sincere voice artificial and
stilted. But at the end Lester al
ways remembered that she sang
"Home Sweet Home."
"Au.revoir, Lester," she whispered,
when the time came to say good-bye.
"I shall be back in two years, and.
you will find my heart whole and
yours for the keeping."
Now she was back; but things had
changed greatly during .the .two
years. The Bensons still lived in the