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By George C. Hamilton.
"I guess that good-for-nothing
Walter Jameson wiirbegoming home
soon, now that the old nlSh has cash
ed in." was the gossips' verdict in
And when, a few weeks later, Wal
ter did a: rive from the West', to take
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bhe Laughed in His Face.
care of his widowed mother, the gos
sips winked and nodded' to one an
other as much as to say, "I told you
Walter had been the unsuccessful
one of the family. His sister married
a rich la svyer an New York ; his elder
brother was a, successful lawyer in
the same cit y But Walter had never
sueeeeued. At last his father had
bought nun a ticket to Nevada it
was in the days of the gold boom J
and told him not to let him see his.
Walter did not feel any particular
regret at leaving a father who had
never shown him any affection. But
his mother had cried, an.d that made
him feel badly also leaving Nancy
Dayton. They had been sweethearts
once. But that was when they were
twenty-one before Walter had
shown himself as a ne'er-do-well.
Nobody had believed in him, and
Nancy least of all. She grew up to
be a flirt. When he told her he loved
her the second time he came home
penniless- she laughed in his face.
"I'll win you yet, Nancy," he an
swered, and went away.
Yes, there was one person besides
his mother who believed in Walter,
but he did not know- it. That was
Elizabeth, Nancy's little sister. She
had all the faith that a child has in
one whom she instirictively recog
nizes to be misjudged: But a man in
love with a young woman of twenty
three pays scant attention to her sis
ter of fifteen.
And now Walter was back. And, to
his mother, he was still the boy who
was going to make so much of his
life, though he was almost thirty. He
had been gone for six years that time.
"You are going to stay home with
me, dear," she said. "It will be hard
to keep things going, and your father
left only two thousand in insurance,
but we will do our best together."
But she looked wistfully after him
the morning after his arrival, as he
walked over to the Dayton house. She
had seen Nancy Dayton grow into a
sullen, "discontented girl of twenty
nine. Nancy had never married. She
had refused several good chances, be
cause she wanted to begin life where
her parents had left off with a com
When Walter reached the door hev
was astonished at the vision that he
saw before him. It looked like Nancy
but it was an idealized Nancy, the
Nancy of wliom he had" dreamed dur
ing those lonely years in Nevada.