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for you would have ,found me out
after marriage, Jim. I was ready to
do you the greatest wrong a woman
tan do a man. I realized that when
I saw that yours was not the veneer
of courtesy, to-which I have grown
accumstomed, butthe love of a good
man. And many and many a time I
was half tempted to confess to you
and refrained. Now you know all,
and there is no more to say."
i She turned toward the door, and
Jim, ignoring the mother, who stood
apparently paralyzed besides the ta
ble, followed her and caught her by
"And now you will sell yourself
to some other man?" he demanded
"Oh, I suppose so," she answered,
wearily. "That is, if the money "
she gave a hysterical little laugh
"if the money does not give out be
fore mother can find one."
' Jim Halsey suddenly laughed, and
it was at that moment that he
showed best the qualities which had
given him success. For in his laugh
ter there was the challenge of a
strong man who refuses to accept
the buffet of fate and rises supreme
to dominate it. '
"You poor child!" he said tenderly.
' "Do you suppose that I am going to
let this happen to you? I am going
to marry you do you understand
that, Agnes? I am going to marry
you and I am going to save you
"I came here tonight with the in
tention of offering to release you.
And, not believing that your love, in
which I believed, was a fair weather
love, I planned to tell you that in two
Or three years I could come back to
New York with another fortune. I
was going to ask you to wait two
years. Now I am going to take you
away with me, if '
"Timmons! Timmons!" exclaimed
the mother feebly, as she clung to
the table. But Timmons did not
come. t In fact, he was not even at
the door. The discreet butler 'Was,
instead, recounting the incident in
the servants' apartments.
"If what?" whispered the girl,
raising her eyes to his with an ex
pression that-Jim had never seen in
them since he met her.
"If you think that you can learn
to love me some day," said Jim. "If
you think you can do that, trusting
to time. Don't i know what you have
gone through? Why, many and
many a man sells himself, too, body
and soul, in the struggle of life. But
if you can love me, dear "
"Oh, I can," cried the girl impul
sively. "I loye you, Jim, I think I
have always loved you. But I didn't
know what love was until you
taught me, Jim."
And that was Jim Halsey's great
est of all triumphs, which he remem
bered afterward, when his name was
upon all lips as that of the man who
had "come back."
"Pall is the only man I 'know of
whose business hasn't been set back
by the war."
- "What's his business?"
The seat of war has been booted it
the pants so hard that it must be
wearing a cushion by this time.
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