THE LOST KISS
By Alvah Jordan Garth.
"You are noblest man I ever
Her fair soul in hereyes, Evelyn
Snow stood before theman who at
the risk of his life had saved her
brother frerai a terrible death in a
runaway. She wae trembling all
over. In her eyes was the warm
"You Will Not Send Me Away, Will
ardor of more than gratitude, and
Bertram Morse read what it was and
his heart seemed bursting.
Evelyn swayed toward him. Closer
came the cherry lips, bent on bestow
ing upon him the kiss of utter thank
fulness, the reward for his courage
"No!" he said, and his voice was
- se and restrained and he held her
'- length. She deemed that
ion conveyed a charge of
unwomanliness. She tried to break
from him and hide her face for
shame, but he held those struggling
hands imprisoned. "Wait!" he said,
sharp pain in every accent of his
voice, but tenderness and decision,
too. "You and I need not misunder
stand. Your troth is plighted to
Amory Kendall. He is my best friend.
I dare not be treacherous to him.
You must not. My love!" and his
great frame was shaken "oh, my
love! This shall be the supreme mo
ment of my life until I claim the kiss
I only defer."
"What do you mean?" she flutter
ed, and longingly.
"That I am going away, that I
hope you will be happy with the man
whose glory is in claiming you as his
wife. But through all the lonely
future I wish to feel that you owe me
that kiss. It may be years, but some
time, some place I shall ask what
honor bids me now postpone. When
I ask, will I have that kiss?"
"Yes, yes oh, you are breaking
my heart!" and Evelyn ran from the
room in sobbing distraction.
Bertram Morse hurried from the
house and its vicinity. He thought
only of reaching the outskirts of the
town, of being alone in some seclud
ed woodland spot where he could
think out and wear out the great
grief that was consuming him. He
tried to slip down a side lane as he
saw coming toward him Amory Ken
dall. But the latter had espied him.
He ran up to Bertram, affectionately
entwining the arm of the loyal friend
he loved next best to Evelyn.
"You big, brave fellow!" cried Ken
dall, "I've heard all about. The whole
town is talking of the fearful risk
you took, and well they may. Oh,
how grateful Evelyn will be! You
must come at once and see .her."
"I have just left her," said Bertram
as steadily as he could. "Amory, she
is a rare jewel. Cherish her as the
apple of your eye!"
"Why, how grave and strange you
act!" commented Amory.
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