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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 16, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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certainty that the work would bring
him numerous commissions from
personal friends .of Merivale and oth
ers. -When Loring left the offic,e he had
accepted the comission. He heard
the banker's words ringing in his
ears.
"I'm not going to hamper you with
any instructions, my boy. Just build
the house as if it was your own, and
as if it was for your own honey
moon." m
Loring decided that the chances' of
his meeting Elsie again were very
slight. Undoubtedly, long before the
foundations had begun to be dug
Merivale would have mentioned his
name to his future bride. But the
ghastly irony of the situation mocked
him. It was certainly a dreadful sit
uation. And because of its,biting irony he
set to work to buifdtfust such a house
as he and Elsie had often planned, in
the days when he looked forward to
the success which had now arrived.
The time came at last when he had
the contractor at work. ,
"I don't want to see it until it's fin
ished," said Merivale to him. "Never
mind worrying about my opinions,
young man. Just you get busy and
build a house that's weatherproof and
Has some stairs in it, and a kitchen
and parlor, and YH let you do it in
your oyrD0faj"
A little more than a ,year after the
plans bad been completed the house
was ready. Not ready for occupation,
but ready without the plumbing and
other "fixings." And then Loring
told "Merivale and asked him to come
and see it
"You've finished it just fh time, be
cause we are to be married next
month," answered the banker. "And
what do, you think, Mr. Loring? I
haven't told my future Vwife a word
about It! My! Won't she be pleased
with it?"
He looked critically at the photo
graph which Loring had just handed
'It's a dandy honeymoon house,"
he said. "Now, Mr. Loring, I can't ',
make a definite engagement to go out ,
and look at it, but m call you up -S
when I have a morning to spare and
arrange to meet you there."
It was some five days later that 2
Loring received his telephone calLiJ
Merivale was to motor out to the sub
urb and meet Loring, and he would 1
take him back in his machine.
Loring found that the banker had
.not arrived when he reached the
place. As he stood looking at the1
house the bitter thought would in-ty
trade Itself upon his mind that it',
would have made just the place for
Elsie and himself. He had been $
thinking of her a -good deal lately.
Then it was that he saw her.
She came round the house and for '
the first time in all those years they
stood face to face He gasped. It j
was the same Elsie, but more worn-
anly, more matronly, and with a look s
of maturity upon the beautiful face. '
"Robert!" she cried. J
"Elsie!" jr
And in that instant all the past was '-?
forgotten and -they stood clasped hv
each other's arms. Merivale was as
completely forgotten as though he J
had never existed, never come into
their lives. LJ
It was not for several minutes that
they remembered. And Robert, re
leasing her, looked into her face in ,
doubt and terror. v
"You are to be married again!"
he whispered. T
"I hate him, Robert" t
Robert Lorlng's eyes suddenlyper-
ceived the banker standing in thej
doorway of the new house. There
,was a look on his face that startled
Loring. It was the expression of a
man who was amused!
He came down the wide steps
briskly and planted himself la fronts
of them,
"So you've made up again, have
you, young peate?" he asked, laugh
ing as thojttgh it were the. .greater

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