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Hope at social functions and was
friendly towards him in a politic way.
The latter, however, saw the trend
of affairs. JHewas poor, all his artistic
efforts were in their incipiency. He
had painted a picture of which Elida
was a model. It was called "Sym
t pathy," and was indeed a tribute to
'the warm helpful encouragement of
.Elida herself. He had great hopes of
the picture securing recognition at a
coming public art exhibition.
"I rather like Mr. Bellew," Mrs.
Tresham remarked tocher daughter
"He is very gentlemanly anchcon
siderate," said Elida, but she evinced
no ardor in the reply.
For all that, she was fully interested
and quite proud when in one of -the
local papers an article appeared bear
ing the signature of Duke Bellew.
It -was a masterly effort, covering the
art of war in Europe.- In another
paper two days later there was pub
lished an exquisite little poem by the
Everybody was enchanted except
-Alden Hope. The increased adula-r
tion of Bellew made him feel humble
and discouraged. He had loved Elida
from the first moment he saw her.
Now he realized how hopeless was
that attachment. He went no more
to the Tresham, social functions.
With a longing pain at heart he
later read a.published poem inscribed
to Elida by initials. Bellew. wasjay
ing close siege to the heart of the
' Elida missed Alden more than she
had fancied could be the case. There
was some sentiment naturally har
monious' between them. Despite her
admiration of the literary abilities of
Bellew there seemed always some
vague barrier between 'them.
Alden Hope never forgot one wet
I chill evening when he passed lp front
of the Tresham home, hungry at
. heart yet torturing himself with the'
ardent longing to catch a glimpse of
, the beloved face of Elida.
r ; -The house was ablaze with light. 1
A grand reception was on. An En
glish diplomat .and .literateur,. one
Norman 'Eccles, was to be "presented
by a iocal 'society ruler at the Tres
Shielding his face by drawing
down his hat and muffling" it in ,bis
coat collar, Alden gazed past the iron
gates of the garden. He saw Elida
whirling in the giddy waltz, saw her
with Bellew, and, like a 'forlorn waif
shut out of paradise, he stole away to
his lowly studio.
Alden-was little aware of the. grand
climar to all the hopes of Bellew that
transpired within the" following h6ur.
A stray-remark concerning .thg,. writ
ings of, Mr. EccleS had Jed'to.rElida
referring with some anpjfeciajtidn to
Home' talent. : . ;v :".',
"Wo have also a pefc andi&dthor
within our mbdes't "circles,-Mt..s Ec
cles,'' she remarked.' fc
"Indeed," spokp.' Mr. Eccles.
"I haYe .sc!irbqpKwithltrfs fu
gitive pieces in the! libraryAeplained
Elida, and" they; strolled thkhers
Mr. Eccle3' gaye'a start of
surprise asjhe lookefd oyerthes'Idzen
or more poems arid "articles which
Elida had pfaudly preserved.
She noted'his emotipntand regard
ed him queitioningly,-huf. he was too
courteous1 ta explain then and there.
He smiled as he.said: 5
"Misi -Tresham, mavI have the
pleasure of sending. yofji my own lit
tle volumie of1 desultory' writings?"
'"Oh," surely," she , replied, and the
book arrived by messenger next
morning. . . , r.y
At 11 o'clock Duke-Bellew called to
inquire after the lady of his choice.
He was not admitted. Instead, the
servant handed him the Eccles vol
ume, and looking it over he realized
that his imposture was ended..
By some strange coincidence the
tool of Roy Borden had copied his
literary selections from a volume
comparatively unknown In America.
Word for word they tallied with the
original work of the. visiting for
eigner. -. - f