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Before nightfall the fashionable co
terie at the hotel knew of the failure
of the old millionaire. Before night
fall Vane had set the stamp of truth
upon the rumor by retiring to the
cheap little hotel in the village.
"What a narrow escape!" shudder
ed Miss Ransom, recalling her efforts
to capture the young man.
"There will probably be a change
inthe sentiments of that scheming
school mistress now!" sneered Miss
There was certainly a change in
the shallow natures of the tuft hunt
ers who had praised and petted and
sponged upon the generous young
Cold shoulders were turned to him,
distant glances and supercilious nods
awarded him. Mr. Paul Durand made
a point to evade his former friend,
and forgetting to repay his borrow
ings. There came one bright spot in
Vane's experience. The young clergy
man who had charge of the strug
gling church on "The Flats," where a
poor working community predomi
nated, came to Vane in his new quar
ters. "I hear you have met with some
distress in your expectations, Mr.
Walton," he remarked.
"I fear it is true," replied Vane
"I wish to offer my personal as
sistance, then. You were more than
lib'eral in donating to my life work. I
have some small cash I can spare for
a time. If you are temporarily em
"You are a good man as I always
thought you to be," interrupted Vane
hastily and in a choking voice. "Your
sympathy, is a rare boon just at this
time. I can pull through, thank you.
I can suggest one way you can help
"I am certainly at your service,"
declared the good-hearted young
"Then find me some work to da"
"You mean here, in the village?"
"Just v"t, I am going to stay. My
grandfather will probably have to'
throw me on my own resources. A
certain pride influences me to remain
away from my former circle of busi
"And Miss Tyrell?"
"She has consented to become my
"A true, noble young lady," com
mented the clergyman warmly.
So Miss Ransom and Miss Bradner
found themselves in error as to the
motives and fealty of the loyal little
schoolmistress. It really seemed as
though Lois was not sorry that
wealth had dropped away from Jhe
man she loved it placed them more
on an equality of social position, it
put to rout the ill natured implication
that her motives were sordid.
The kind hearted clergyman found
a really good position for Vane with
a firm in the town controlling several
grain elevators m the district Lois,
who was alone in the world, was
about to be transferred to a new
school district. The problem of a
separation was solved by Vane insist
ing that they be married at once.
To Lois the little cottage that they
called home was a palace of comfort
and delight. Often, however, she
would wonder if Vane missed the old
time luxury, often she reproached
herself for beconiing a Tsurden to a
man just learning to make his own
business way in the workL
Then Vane would divine her
thoughts. There was no false note to
the steadfast joy and supreme con
tentment the new life had brought to
his loyal soul!
Lois was alone one day in the
house when the whir of a halting
automobile outside called her to the
porch. The chauffeur of the machine
helped a dignified old gentleman
alight. He came directly up the
gravel path to Lois. y
"Mrs. Wilton?" he inquired.
Nellie bowed assentingly.
"Then my granddaughter," jtfent
on her visitor. .. -