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again. But his memory remained a
blank. He could only surmise that
he must have gone to Lorrington for
some purpose outweighing everything
else in life, and that the shock which
robbed him of recollection had been
a stunning one.
At the end of a year he realized that
he would never remember. Then he
went back to Marjorie. She was leav
ing the hospital; she had accepted an
offer of a position to superintend a
new hospital in the Philippines. The
thought of the separation was intoler
able to both of them.
Clements took her out to dinner,
and, that night, he asked her again to
be his wife. "You are mine by all
right," he said. "If there were any
other woman she would have come
forward to claim me as her husband.
My 'case was reported in all the news
papers. Will you marry me, Mar
jorie?" Marjorie agreed. They were mar
ried the following afternoon and went
away on their honeymoon.
Clements learned manv things dur
ing that period. His wife was alohel
in the world. Her only sister had died
under tragic circumstances a year be
fore. She was unhappily married, and
a man had come into her life who
seemed everything to her. Marjorie
had tried to dissuade her sister had
threatened to tell her husband of the
projected elopement. Then Caroline
had taken the bit between her teeth.
She had run away, and, on the way
to meet her lover, the train had been
wrecked. She had been killed instant
ly. Since then Marjorie had seen
nothing of her brother-in-law. She
could not bear to think of anything
connected with the circumstances of
her sister's death.
"What was the man's name?" ask
Marjorie did not know.
They returned from their honey
moon and settled in Aylmer. .Three
years passed. Two children had been
born to them. They were ideally hap
py, and, but for that period of blank-
ness in his mind, John was a normal
man. He was highly esteemed in his
city and spoken of as the next mayor.
One day when John was away a
stranger called at the house. Mar
jorie received him with an attempt at
warmth which hardly hid her real
f eelings. It was her brother-in-law.
He was no warmer than Marjorie.
"I have just learned the facts," he
said, "and I thought I would run down
and see your husband. I found his
letters in my late wife's drawer."
John Clements was the man who
had been the unwitting cause of her
"Of course I am a plain, practical
man," said the visitor, sneering. "I
am not going to shoot the scoundrel,
just to tell him wjiat I think of him."
"It will be useless," answered Mar
jorie. "Why?" -'-'"
She told him, and he listened with
"Of course, I have read about the
case," he said, "but I guess he'll know
me all right when he sees me'."
Marjorie fought a fearful" battle
during those few minutes. John's love
for her, his loyalty, showed her that
he was a good man; but the thought
that the had been the cause of her sis
ter's death, that he had made love to
the wife of another, was galling to
"Roger," she said at last, "you have
a right to meet my husband. Stay to
dinner and, if he remembers you, say
what you please. That is your right"
"I guess he'll know me," answered
the other, scowling.
It seemed an eternity before John
Clements came up the garden and
into the house. At his approach Rog
er sprang from his chair with clench
ed fists scowling at the other man.
"John, this is my brother-in-law,"
John Clements advanced with out
stretched hand. "I am happy to meet
you, sir," he said simply.
And in the pause -that followed
Roger realized that his enemy had