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AN ERROR OF JUDGMENT.
By Mary Ruhl.
(Copyright-by JW. G. Chapman.)
It seemed like a dream to Arthur
Lessing to be back again at Squire
Brenrier's house that afternoon in
The placid New England country,
green with young grass, the apple
trees in blossom, the well-remem-
She Looked Worn and Haggard.
bered scenes came back so vividly to
his remembrance. It was four years
since he had left Wakefield to make
his way in the world, and now, at the
age of 26, he was back, Brenner's
guest, and already with an estab
lished position in the city.
It was an open secret that he had
come back to ask Madge to be his
wife. They were old friends. She
had written to him sometimes, and
ihere was always a note of-intimacy
in her letters. It had been an idyllic
love affair, though no word had been
And they received him like an old
friend. When Madge shook hands
with him he felt the same subtle
touch of sympathy. And Edith, .her
sister, smiled as she greeted him.
She seemed to know everybody
knew the purpose of his return during
that week that he was to be the
guest of his father's oldest friend.
Squire Brenner alluded tactfully to
the impending engagement as they
strolled under the big chestnut trees
"The man who gets Madge will be
a lucky fellow," he said. "She is a
girl of sterling merit. And she will
inherit a good deal of money"" Then
he turned suddenly and1 shook hands
with t,e young-fellow.
In the old days he and Leslie Carter
had been rivals for Madge. Leslie
had borne no malice when his suit
was gently declined. Lessing had
hardly expected to see Carter there,
but he seemed, to be on intimate
terms with the family. He, too, was
a week-end guest at the Brenner
During dinner Lessing noticed with
a touch of the old jealousy that Car
ter seemed to have established a
brotherly relationship, with the girls.
And this was needed to kindle the
young man's determination. He
would ask Madge that night.
The opportunity was easily ar
rived at, for the squire retired to his
library, and Mrs. Brenner nodded
over her sewing. The girls and Car
ter had gone out into the garden,
Lessing lingering behind to settle
Mrs. Brenner in her chair and put
the knitting needles in her lap. Then
he hurried out
Madge was waiting for him! That
was a blunt way of putting it, and
yet he knew that the same instinct of
understanding wihch had always
bound them together had sent her
alone to that arbor beneath the chest
nuts. cThe night,was darJc he could
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