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A LESSON IN LOVE
By Eva Taylor.
"(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"George," said Leslie, "you have
heard me speak about my friend
EuniceVane? I 'have just had a let
ter from her; she is coming to pay
me a visit for a couple of days, Tvith
her two children, while her husband
is away in New York. I haven't seen
her for nearly six years. You know
we were at college together."
"Then I guess 111 have to spruce up
tomorrow night," answered Leslie's
"Why?" Asked Leslie.
fiance, as he rose to take his leave
of her. He kissed her and put on his
hat. As he went down, the steps Les
lie looked after him with a vague dis
satisfaction which she could not quite
"Lucky Eunice!" she soliloquized, a
little bitterly. "Here we are, both
verging on thirty, and both engaged
in the same month. And you have
a rich husband and two babies, while
I " she shrugged her shoulders and
went back into the parlor.
George and Leslie had been engag
ed lor nearly six years. She was a
school teacher and George a lawyer
in the same town. But Leslie earned
more than George and he would not
marry her nor did she desire it
until he was earning enough to sup
port her at home. They had meant
to be married many years before, but
first George's firm had failed and he
had had to set up for himself, this in
volving the expenditure of all the lit
tle hoard that hsd been accumulated
so carefully. Thon had come a period
of sickness, when all Leslie's savings
had gone on hospital and physicians'
fees. Finally, just when they had be
gun to put something aside for fur
niture, a nation-wide panic had cut
down George's earnings to the bare
minimum of subsistence, and he was
only just beginning to earn a living
"Happy Eunice!" sighed Leslie.
And then she began to understand
why she was miserable that evening.
It was not altogether envy of her
friend. The fact was she felt that
George and she were drifting apart.
There was no longer the sense of ro
mance, of rapture, in their meetings.
And George was growing careless. He
never asked her permission before
pulling out that old pipe of his in the
parlor. And he had said that he
would have to "spruce up" for Eunice
had said it brazenly, as though ad
mitting that it was not necessary to
take such a measure for her!
Leslie spent a miserable night. In
the morning Eunice arrived with the
Leslie was astonished at Eunice's
appearance. She had always thought
of her as the young, immature, rather
sedate young girl with whom she had
roomed at college. Instead of which,
she saw before her a matronly young
woman, calm, self-possessed, with
two children, a boy and a girl, who
made Leslie's heart ache as she kiss
ed them. '
They found a certain-sense of.em-
i barrassment in their meeting. They