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"wrung from me a sacred promise,
and I love him!"
Miss Deane gently strokedthe fair
head of her companinon in sympathy.
"He has found Egbert," "went on
Anita, "and he -will be home tomor
row. Oh, to think of our joy. And
in a month Mr. Merriel .will return
He suffered some accident in reach
ing my brother and is in a hospital
in Oregon. When he comes," the
voice of the speaker was thrilling,
"how can we ever thank him!"
Tears were in her eyes, love in her
heart. Her brother had written her
of the grandly heroic efforts of his
rescue. Clyde Merriel had faced the
rigors of a 200-mile tramp through
the lonely wilderness. He had been
attacked by wild men and wild beasts.
Famished, weak, nearly collapsed, he
had discovered young Warden in the
hands of savages who had made him
a slave. At the risk of his life he
had rescued him, receiving a wound
from a poisoned arrow.
Egbert Warden came home two
jdays later to receive a glad, loving
welcome. He had one constant theme
the sterling courage and devotion
of Clyde Merriel. , He told of the
strangely silent yet resolute bravery
of the., stranger who had confronted
innumerable perils because because
of Anita! What else?
Anita wrote to the invalid in the
hospital. She could not wait to thank
him in person. She could not but
show her interest in the man as in
his heroic deeds. He responded by
letter modestly, unassumingly. Her
father wrote, too, asking Clyde to
come 'to them, offering him half his
fortune for what he had done.
It was real love with Anita. The
picture of the strong resolute-faced
hero was constantly before her
mind's vision. His deeds had glori
fied nim in her estimation. Then, a
few days later there came a shock
that prostrated her.
A woman, bold, vicious, deter
mined, came to the house one day.
She asked for Clyde Merriel. Her
manner disturbed Anita and she de-&
manded to know her business with,,
"He is my husband," was the grim
reply, and the woman produced a
marriage certificate evidencing a
marriage between Clyde Merriel and '
Eva Lind, two years previous.
Weary days followed, then illness.
Anita was heartbroken. She shut
herself in her room and would see no-,
body but Mary Deane. When Clyde
Merriel left the hospital and re
turned to his friends, there was a
meeting with Mr. Warden, an offer
of an unlimited reward, which was
proudly refused, and Clyde did not
see Anita. She dared not trust her
self in the presence of the man she
And Clyde all that had inspired
his intrepidity and sacrifice had been
a thought of the unspoked promise in
the eyes of Anita Warden when he
had started out on his perilous jour
ney. On his return trin from Alaska
'Clyde had come across a rich mining
claim. Hhe had sold it for a liberal
sum. He was able to care for his
friends now. They told him of the
visit of a woman, Eva Lind, during
his absence. It set him to thinking.
She had indicated her address in an
other city. Thither he went and
"You are Eva Lind," he said, "and
I am Clyde Merriel."
"You?" cried the woman. "No!
Clyde Merriel is my husband."
"You mistake," declared Clyde. "I
will tell you a story."
It was brief. He who had ever sac
rificed himself for others had learned
that a reckless friend had married
under his name. The .friend had soon
repented of his act and had left his
wife. Later he had died. Clyde con
vinced the woman of the truth of his
statement. He learned from her that
she had visited Miss Warden.
"Wrong enough has been done al
ready," said the woman. "I shall
write to this Miss Warden the truth.".