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eagerly pleased at an opportunity to
make his friendly acquaintance. Fin
ally she said: "
"I have often wondered what be
came of the young man who seemed
so intimate with you when I first
came to the hoarding house here."
a "You mean Robert Burton? " spoke
t& Mr. Darrow, a shade first gloomy,
then sorrowful coming into his ex
. "Yes, I I think that was his name.
In fact, I am sure of it. I I knew
-him slightly," and Eva flushed deeply.
'I thought him my best friend," ex
plained Abel, and something like a
' sob choked clear utterance. "I was
grossly deceived. I loved him as a
father and helped him to his feet
when he was penniless and friend
less, and he sold me out"
"Oh, Mr. Darrow!" exclaimed Eva,
growing deathly pale. "It cannot
Abel stared in wonderment at his
companion at this revelation, of fervid
and unexpected emotion.
"Did he also deceive you?" he ask
"Oh, no that is I knew him, we
were friends. I learned to esteem him
and he went away so abruptly I I
have often thought of him," fluttered
"He is unworthy of your thought,"
persisted Abel. "I'm sorry to say it,
but it is true. As you must know,
three years ago I lost a limb in a ma
chine while in the service of William
Lane & Co. Lane witnessed the ac
cident and knew that it was due to
the carelessness of the firm. He of-
fered me a trine to settle, wnicn I re
V& f lifted. T hrniierht mv suit for SlO.flno
Itis now pending. One evening -he
came to my room here with a new"
offer. .I-4aughed at it. Robert "But
ton heardhim. In a trial his evidence
might help me. A week later Robert
"And you have not heard from him
since?" asked Eva anxiously.
"Only once a mere line from a
distant city. 1
"What what did it eay?" pressed
"Only these word's. 'Stick to the
"And that is all?" murmured Eva
"No, I must tell you the worst. I
positively know that Mr. Lane went
West for his health, young Burton
went with him as an attendant Can't
you see how it is the boy I so loved
has gone over to the enemy! They
have bribed him to remain out of the
field as a witness in my behalf."
"I can't understand it at all," sigh-ed-Eva.
"He was so grateful to you,
he was so kind to everybody."
Three evenings later Eva met Abel
at the door of the parlor. She drew
him within the room. Her eyes were
red with weeping, her face colorless
and traversed with anguish.
"Read," she said sadly, and handed
a newspaper to Abel, pointing to an
item on one of its pages.
According to that, William Lane
and Robert Burton, traveling in the
Far West had started to cross an
arid desert stretch and had hot been
seen since. They were supposed to
have miserably perished in a sudden
sandstorm that had come up.
"Poor, misguided boy!" sobbed
Abel. "If he had only been true to
And in his grief he spoke tender
forgiving words that showed that his
heart was not hardened. And Eva,
mingled her tears with his, and Abel
knew that this fair young girl had
loved Robert Burton.
The blow postrated Abel. He was
not equal to going to work the next
day. Eva that evening hastened up
to his room with some dainties for
the invalid. The trry r-ly fell from
her hand as entering the apartment
she saw Robert Burton!
Abel was seated in an easy chair,
wreathed in smiles. Never"had Eva
seen him look so bright and happy,
Robert, bronzed, brisk, sturdy, inter
rupted the embarrassed visitor as she
tried to retreat