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scapegrace, then the measured af
fection of a mature man, and neither
fulfilled the demand that her nature
"But Harry loved, me," she
thought, and felt tht that atoned for
all. The future looked black and dis
mal. Her heart felt very tender to
ward Harry at that moment
She murmured hfe name as she
sat by the window. And, even as
she invoked it a man stepped through
the shadows of the maples. He came
toward her and stqod beneath her
window, resting his arms upon the
sill. Esther clutched at the window
frame. It was Harry! He had come
back on her wedding eve.
"Esther, it is I!" he whispered. "I
have come back to you."
She stared at him incredulously
and then recoiled.
"You are too late," she muttered.
"Don't you know what evening this
is?" Then, with rising passion, "Why
did you not come before?" she cried.
"I couldn't come before," -he an
swered. "You made the conditions.
I must have five hundred dollars."
"What did I care for five hundred
dollars, except as a proof that you
were able to make some sacrifice for
me!1! she cried.
"But I have it now. and in my
pecket," he answered. ''Come, dear.
We can start housekeeping on that"
"Housekeeping!" she repeated the
commonplace word with something
of mockery. "You are. mad, Harry.
Do you think I would break my en
gagement with Senator Pryce at this
eleventh hour and steal away like a
thief? Why" she laughed hysteric
ally "the wedding arrangements are
all made; the dinner is-ordered; the
guests have received their invita
She burst into hysterical sobs and
when he took her in his arms she
felt that she had not the strength to
resist longer. His love had meant
more to her than she had let even
her .own soul know.
"Harry, I will come with you," she
said, raising her head. "Anywhere!"
She stepped out through' the win
dow and they faced each oth'er in the
garden outside. Nobody was stirring .
in the street Sh'e looked back at the
'house, fearful, and still uncertain. i.
"Why couldn't you come before?"
she whispered. ' ;
Harry Goddard threw back his";
head and laughed. -.
"Because," he answered, "Senator r
Pryce gave me five hundred dollars
to stay away until his wedding day." t
"What! He paid you money?"
"Yes." And the joke is that; the old
man outwitted, himself. This is his
wedding day, because it is past mid-
night. He thought the joke was on
me, but that's where he fell down."
Esther laid her hand on his arm.
"Harry, you did this dsatardly
thing?-" she asked
"Well, hasn't he money to spare?
And wasn't he just as bad,. with all
his m'oney, bribing a poor .man?"
"it wasn't tne bribe, she muttered.
It was the making her the subject
of the bribe. She linew that the link
whicE bound her to Harry was brok
en forever. Quietly she stenned back
through the window.
"Iwin," said a low voice in her
ear. Senator Pryce was standing be
fore her, in her room, smiling.
"What does this mean?" asked Es
ther. "It means," answered the senator,
"that I have tested you and found
you true; just as I found him false.
Oh, Esther, forgive me, but I-couldn't
marry you until I had given, you the
chance to see what you have es
"No, what I have found," she an- '
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Wooster. O.. iudere savs he wnulrl
like to issue an order 'T-nmnplHtitr
'brides who expect to keep house to,
bring a sample of their cooking when
they apply for a marriage license.
One wouldn't know if he was in &
cafeteria or a license bureau. .