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slight trace of satire in his tone.
"Most of the fellows would say that
Norman was kept away from home
last night by extra study, important
club meeting and all that. It would
be an untruth. He has got in with a
fast crowd, I am sorry to say. They
led him at one of their riotous ca
rousal suppers until I carried him to
my room this morning. If he got
away from me he would get back
with the fellows, ready to prolong
their merry bout, as they call it. I
have spent all the morning nursing
Norman into a reasonable condition.
I got out the clubroom manacles we
use in our initiation and no one can
set him free until I get back."
Elida was pale and distressed. She
had heard of the mad doings of the
rich and careless set at the college
"To explain aTittle further," said
Dale, "I am a true friend d your
"I believe that," murmured Elida.
"Tomorrow is examination day.
Norman is shy on his Greek. There
are two things I really know how to
do well, Miss Durham one is to
swim, the other to read Greek. If I
sit up all night I'm going to drill Nor
man so he will creditably pass the
Elida went into the house and re
turned with a package. Big, manly
fellow that he Was, Walter Dale
tremored like a weak woman as she
placed a soft, lovely hand upon his
"Mr. Dale," shesaid faintly, brok
enly, "you are indeed a true friend!"
"Don't you worry, MIbs Durham,"
spoke Dale in his straight-forward
homespun way. "When this is all over
you are going to be proud of Nor
man, for if he makes the Greek he
will get the. highest average of the
And that was just what Norman
Durham did. Something more as well.
"The Boob" had gained a certain in
fluence over him with his rough but
honest ways, and Elida's brother saw
the folly of wasted hours and the fast
set ceased to allure him.
Elida of course never let Norman
know what Dale had revealed to her.
The latter did not come to the house
and for a spell there came no oppor
tunity for inviting him.' Elida began
to wonder why she thought of him so
often; why in comparing him with
the empty-minded young men in her
set he shone forth not only as unique
She knew now why Walter Dale
had been called "The Boob." The stu
dents worked him out of half his
monthly allowance.. They imposed on
his rare good nature. They played all
kinds of tricks on him. But he had
come to the college to learn the ways
of the world and never flinched from
And then a sensational event tran
spired. The little college town was
located on a lake with a very lovely
island in its center. One afternoon
Elida and one-half a score of her in
timate friends took a boat and went
over to Lone Island. A group of the
college men were to join them at dusk
for a inoonlight row.
This happened: A violent storih.
It came up suddenly, 'the boat the
girls had used was driven adrift and
dark came on with the frightened
The storm kept up. The college
men went down to a spot opposite the
island, but an old. boatman warned
them to waitf until the storm was
over; that no craft could live in that
One hour two hours-' went by.
Those who had timid sisters over on
Lone, island, chilled and frightened,
began to worry over the situation.
The storm began to abate.
Dale was of the party on the main
land; He walked about restlessly,
constantly watching the sky, hoping
to see some break in the leaden pall.
None came, then he disappeared.
"Hello," spoke Norman half an
.hour later. "Look, fellows, there is a
light on Lone island.'