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course was the one to which uncom
plaining Alice was assigned. Esther
had placed her legacy in her broth
er's neglected den. The Winsted
girls openly boasted that their's had
found storage in an unoccupied serv
ant's room. TheA there came along
one Worth Davenal,( and the com
plexion of the four yqjjung girlish lives
was vitally affected by the occur
rence. He was a bright, manly young fel
low. What pleased the Winsted girls
was that he was reputed rich. He
was the favored nephew of a prosper
ous city stockbroker. Esther set her
cap for him at once. This cause a
bitter break in her relation with Mary
and Nettie, and the harmony of the
little coterie of cousins was broken
Esther was pretty, but bold-as well.
She simply started out to appropriate
the distinguished visitor to the town
all to herself. Young Davenal was
however, no more attentive to her
than to the others.' Alice greatly ad
mired the manly, free-hearted fellow,
and from the first he seemed to en
joy her company. Twice, however,
once because of necessary attention
to some pupils, and again when Mrs.
Dalton fell ill and wished some one
to keep her company, Alice disap
pointed Mr. Davenal in engagements
and this seemed to nettle' him. It
was possible that Esther created
some false impression in his mind as
to the true facts of the case. At all
events, he-became quite a regular es
cort to Esther, and the Winsteds gave
up the contest.
Not so Alice She felt that she had
stood aside too often to please Es
ther and the others. She had time
and again sacrificed her pleasure for
their benefit She had been more or
less a drudge in their service. Now
jealousy and petty scheming she
was certain were discrediting her
with a man whose friendship .she
valued. She wished to stand well jn
his eyes. The opportunity to vindi-
xate herself came one evening when,
at a lawn party, she found herself
alone on a rustic garden bench with
She felt it her dutyto tell him the
truth regarding the reasons why she
had broken her engagements with
him. She was surprised to see the
deep shadows that crossed his face
as she' spoke.
"I was informed wrongly," he said,
his voice unsteady with some deep
emotion suddenly revealed. "I I was
piqued at your indifference. I and
now it is too late!"
They were interrupted at that mo
ment "Too late" for what? The
words rang in Alice's ears for hours.
Could it be possible tha the had cared
for her, that he had been cajoled into
engaging himself to Esther, that now
his eyes were opened to the truth?
Before Alice could fathom the
depths of the complication there
came strange and disturbing news.
The rich relative of Worth Davenal
had plunged too deeply in his stock
exchange speculations, bad lost his
entire fortune and both he and his
prospective heirs were beggars.
The came the climax. Esther
turned against Worth in disdain. One
day he met Alice. He found her the
loyal friend she had proved to be.
She advised him, she encouraged him
when he spught work like the man
he was. Then true love shone forth.
They became engaged. At the end of
the year, in a modest but happy home
they set up housekeeping amid the
sneers Of Alice's three cousins con
cerning "those paupers."
One day there came to the humble
cottage the executor of Uncle Rob
"Mrs. Davenal," he said, pleas
antly, with a glance at the portrait
of her dead relative occupying xa
prominent place on the wall and well
cared for, "Isee you still remember
"I shall never forget him," declared
Alice. "He was very good to me and
I loved him dearly."
"You are not like ydur cousins,