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She was half afraid of arousing her
cousin's jealousy, hut Millie, who had
not failed to notice Lucy's friendship
for Tom, laughed at it
"It's fortunate you're only a poor
country mouse," she said, "and not
likely to attract Tom, or else I should
be jealous of you. Tom positively
seems anxious to start a flirtation
Lucy resolved to keep away from
Tom. But one afternoon he came in
unexpectedly, when Millie and her
mother were out driving. They did
not often take Lucy with them.
"My cousin is out," said Lucy, as
she opened the door, anticipating the
servant. Lucy did not know lhat that
was not considered good manners.
Her idea of hospitality was to wel
come her guest in person.
"I'm glad of it," said Tom brusque
ly. "I didn't come to see Millie; I
came to see you."
"Mr. Lawson!" stammered Lucy
He came in and sat down in a
"My father's lost every penny," he
said bluntly. "The house is going to
be sold and Fm. going to work. I
wanted to tell you."
"Me?" asked Lucy, feeling her
heart "throb unpleasantly, and con
scious that she was looking extreme
ly foolish.,. "Why me?"
"Because " began Torn,' and sud
denly caught her in his arms and
Poor Lucy! It was her first ex
perience of love. She Wed bo hard
to think what she would do. And all
the while she was debating whether
to box Ms ears or to reprove him in
dignantly she was lying passively in
his arms. ' And then she found that
she was crying.
"Theije!' Forgive me!" said Tom.
"Fm a cad, I know. Lucy, do you
know I have loved you every .minute
since I saw you? Haven't you cared
for me a little bit?"
r "Yes," answered Lucy truthfully.
"But Millie" v
The thought maddened her; she
sprang out of his arms and hurried
from the room. -
She began to pack her trunk. She
could not remain there any longer.
Why, she was no better than a thief!
Her eyes were still red when she
came down to dinner, but nobody no
ticed it, because Millie's mother was
half hysterical herself. . " '
"I don't know what we shall do!"
she burst out petulantly. "Do you
know the "Lawsoris are beggars?
Positively beggars. And Tom lias
written to Millie asking to be releas
ed from his engagement because he
can't support her. The impudence of
the man, to have won my daughter's
heart under false pretenses like
"Bur you aren't going to let him
go, Millie!" exclaimed Lucy in
amazement "Dont you love him?"
"Don't talk nonsense, child," said
Mrs. Wainwright with asperity. "How
can one love a pauper? Why, I hear
he's going to work for twenty-five
dollars a week!"
"I wish .he'd taken to you, Lucy,"
sobbed her cousin. "Now FvS'been
engaged once, and it isn't so easy to
be engaged again 'when you've had an
Lucy went Home next day, .for a
telegram from her father arrived, an
nouncing that he had returned
Everything was greatly changed, she
found. Mr. Wainwright had accepted
a profitable position which "would
render them fairly prosperous.'-There
would be no more scraping to make
their income last from week to week.
"By the way, my dear," said Lucy's
father that evening, "I have a piece of
news for you. My assistant in tb.e
adjusting departmc"t Is to be a young
fellow named Lawson, who comes
from the -same town as your aunt
I've asked him' to dinner tomorrow
evening and I want you to like him,
because he seems a thorough gentle
man and we're lively to make a
profitable thing out of our new con
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