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It was Roy Elston, to whom the
would-be lovers had alluded. His face
was, indeed, scarred on one side. He
was athletic. There was too much
manhood in the clear, open counte
nance, however, to suggest the
"So, Mr. Warren has taken an an
tipathy to me?" mused Roy. "I must
disabuse the impression," and going
home he wrote to a certain Gen. Re
vere as follows:
"Dear Old Friend Mr. Robert
Warren, whose daughter I know, and
who seems to be an old acquaintance
of yours, has formed a prejudice
against me. Wont you write him as
suring him as to my intentions as a
peaceable, .respectable individual?"
Then Roy took a photograph from
his pocket,, smiled upon it, pressed it
to his lips and murmured softly:
"Dear, sweet Nellie."
For Roy, in his quiet, earnest way,
had weeks since outstripped Albion
and Ned in the estimation of Miss
Warren. In fact, there was a clear
understanding between them. Mr.
Warren treated Roy with scant cour
tesy, but Roy hoped to soon remove
this unfounded prejudice.
That evening Roy called at the
Warren home. Its dignified proprietor
bestowed a rather cool nod upon him
as he passed him walking in the gar
den with his daughter. Then, the
lovers once alone, Nellie indignantly
told her favored suitor some things
he had not heard of.
It seems there was no danger of
Roy fearing his rivals, at least for
some time to come. Both were laid
up at home, badly battered and dis
figured. "The idea of tossing a penny to see
which should call upon me first!"
fluttered Nellie. "The idea of it."
"Why, where did you hear of that?"
voiced the discreet and astonished
"It is all over town," and Nellie
gavd the facts of the case. It seemed
that Merkle after leaving Dallas had
boasted of his two "trick coins, load
ed to come up heads of tails, as he ,
chose." Of this the duped Dallas had o
heard. He sought out his rival Re-
suit, a fist fight bitter and to a finish,
and neither would be presentable for
some time to come.
Some girl friends had come to
spend a week with Nellie and a grand
program for outing and pleasure had.Q
been formulated. In their beds the,
wounded rivals groaned and writhed
as they heard of the great doings of
the happy group, where modest, un-ft
pretentious Roy Elston was the prized.,,
chevalier of the occasion. .
Mr. Warren did not welcome his
daughter's suitor with any warmth at
any time. In fact, his chilliness wasw
constantly on the increase.
He had acted several times as l
though inclined to call Roy to an in-u
terview, probably to ask him to dis-B
continue his attentions to his daugh
ter. This rather depressed Roy, and one v
afternoon as he and Nellie sat resting
I rather covertly watched Mr. Warren,
wno was pacing up ana uown a near
path in a manifest state of uneasiness
"It's coming," murmured Roy ap
prehensively, as Mr. Warren, after &
thoughtful pause, advanced directly
toward the spot where he and Nellie
"Ahem!" observed her father
"Young man, I hope to be considered
a fair-dealing and truthful Individ-0
"I have never heard that disputed,"
averred Roy promptly, wondering,
what his unusual and mystifying dec-'1
laration might preface.
"Just so just so," floundered Mr.
Warren. "Well, as you know I am a
man of peace. I don't see how I got
the impression, perhaps the influence,
of an idle remark, but somehow I fan
cied you were of a belligerent dispo-
"Why, papa!" piped in the indlg-j!
nant Nellie, "he is a a perfect dove."
"At all events I was unjustly preju-