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', THE NORTON LEGACY
By Peter Rothenberg.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Lily Norton, seated in the big arm-
chair, faced Charles Tremont calmly.
f "You mean to say, then, that I own
. nothing of my grandfather's estate?"
she inquired quietly.
"The use of this house and garden,
I and the income from his lands for a
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"N6 Doubt Your Grandfather Left
Everything to Your Cousin."
year and a day," replied the young
lawyer. Then, hesitating, he added:
"No doubt your grandfather left ev
erything to your cousin, Mervyn Fer
rand, in the belief that you would
The young lawyer felt uncomfort
able as he said this, for it is hard to
speak of her.forthcoming marriage to
a pretty girl, whom you yourself se
cretly adore. And Tremont and Lily
had become very good friends of late.
" Everybody had expected that Lily
and Mervyn would marry soon. Their
engagement was believed to exist.
And Tremont had other qualms on
this subject, knowing, as he did, that
Ferrand had been mixed up in some
shady deals at college, and had not
led an exemplary life even after his
"He inherits it unconditionally, I
believe?" asked the girl.
"No," replied Tremont. "It is sub
ject to a condition, but not even I
know what that is. The sealed, paper
is not to be opened for a year after
your grandfather's death."
"Thank you," replied the girl, and
the lawyer, having no excuse for re
maining longer, took his departure.
When he was gone Lily Norton
sank back in her chair and gave way
to passionate grief. Everyone who
knew the quiet, self-restrained girl
would have been amazed at the vio
lence of her grief.
She knew that Mervyn Ferrand
meant to play false with her, now
that he had obtained the legacy. He
had deceived her into thinking he
cared, with his soft-spoken ways and
elegant manners. She had found out
that it was her prospective money
he wanted; but before she could en
lighten her grandfather old Mr. Nor
ton had died suddenly, and the will
was found to be based upon the belief
that Lily and Mervyn were to be mar
ried. The chivalrous old man was sup
posed to have feared that Mervyn
would hesitate to ask a rich girl to
marry him, when he himself was pen
niless. As a matter of fact, old Mr. Norton
had been slowly reading into Mervyn
Ferrand's character. But the old man
had hesitated to credit the stories
that had come to his ears and then
he had died.
Lily, disillusioned, had ceased to
care for her cousin, but she shrank
from the gossip of the little town that
she knew would follow that breach of
iheir engagement. She knew that