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THE UNSPOKEN PROMISE
By Robert Dewitt Marston
A beautiful younggirl formed the
(central figure in a cozy drawing room
scene. She had sketching material
om a small stand in front of her, and
the evident result of her own labor
shd was studiously and thoughtfully
surveying a pen-and-ink portrait.
It was a strong face that she had
built up from memory solely a face
more of intelligence and character
than real masculine beauty. Its pos
sessor was no ordinary individual.
The lineaments showed strength,
pride. The eyes were clear, almost
stern, yet a kindly light showed in
Anita Warden had fancied she was
alone, but a mirthful, mischievous
face was all unaware peering over
her shoulder. It was that of Mary
Deane, her best girl friend, who had
stolen upon her sohtude on tiptoe.
"At last?" she cried, half interrog
atively. Anita started and blushed, hid the
portrait under a folder and faced her
friend now with less of embarrass
ment than a species of sadness.
"You know who it is?" she inquired
"Your hero, of course!" smiled the
"He is a hero, yes," replied Anita
seriously. "It is Clyde Merriel, a
man, a stranger who has done for us
what money and friends and kin
could not do. When brother Egbert
was lost in the wilds of Alaska we
learned that Mr. Merriel had been
over all that territory. We sought
him out to find him a careless, reck
less Bohemian, a poet, a writer and
wanderer. He was in pawn "
"In pawn!" repeated the aston
"Yes It seemed to be a failing of
his to care for the unfortunate. At
the poor cheap rooms he called home
we found a crippled artist and two
penniless newspaper men. Mr. Merriel
had given them refuge. To pay rent
and secure food for them lie -bad
.gone to a money loaner who provided
the needed cash, but insisted that the
borrower remain a prisoner with him
until he had turned out some travel
sketches that were readily salable."
"An original character, surely!"
commented Miss Deane.
"He was grim, unresponsive, when
father offered' him any amount pro-
She Was Studiously and Thought
fully Surveying a Portrait"
vided he would undertake the search
for Egbert I feared-he would refuse
I took both his hands in mine, plead
ing for his aid. I felt him tremble.
Just once his eyes were lifted to mine
when I told him a lifetime of grati
tude, yes, of love, should be his. Then,
gallant as some courtier, he kissed
my hand. It seemed to me that he
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