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j By Helen Crawshaw.
, (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Since Lucy Merton's marriage to
George Gray, five months before, she
had not sent any-money to Frank
Bennett, but she still went to the let
ter box at the postofflce to look for
Jiis letters. When there were none
she drew a deep breath of thanks
givjng. r Lucy Merton had lived with her
jnqther in the little old frame house
m Jouk, a flourishing city, where
Vrank Bennett wooed her. That was
I Tell You I Don't Want Any Books."
cten years ago, and she was a girl of
i twenty. She soon discovered how
e worthless he was, but she had given
her love, and clung desperately to her
i belief in him, in spite of what her
, instinct told her. But there could be
no thought of marriage. Lucy could
I never leave her mother, and as for
Frank, he could not make a home
- even for two.
He had gone West he was a trav
elinc man and came back period-I
ically, and always the engagement
was resumed. Lucy knew no other
men; she was tied down to her in
valid mother, and hardly left the
house, except for shopping. And so
Frank had no rivals.
Some women are like Lucy; when
they love, nothing can upset their
faith in their lovers' instinctive good
ness. Lucy felt that Frank had never
had a chance. About that time she
began to lend him money small
sums, pitifully scraped together out
of her scanty income.
So matters had drifted. At last
Frank had gone West He wrote
home glowing accounts of his oppor
tunities. Would Lucy scrape together
as much as she could for him to in
vest in land? It was a splendid
chance for both of them. Four, or
five times a year he wrote to her, and
every time she sent something. She
made herself believe that Frank
wrote the truth, tl was five years
since she had seen him; but when he
wrote it was always as her lover.
Then suddenly her life had chang
ed. Her mother died, and she met
George Gray, a young architect of
the town. He wooed her persistently,
In spite of her love for Frank, Lucy
felt drawn toward her new suitor.
Gradually she fell in love with him.
This change of heart suddenly re
vealed Frank Bennett in his true col
ors. Lucy now felt that she had es
caped from an intolerable slavery.
She dared not tell her husband. It
was not so much that she feared he
would be jealous. They were too fond
of each other, too trustful for that.
But she was resolved that the shadow
of the past should never darken her
The Grays moved to a distant sec
tion of the town, and. Lucy sent no
more money. But for years she had
a letter box at the postofflce, that her
mother might not know of Frank's
letters, and the lease of it had several
months to run. Whenever she passed
curiosity drew her to-the letter-box,
and whenever she saw a letter inside