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By H. M. Egbert '
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"I'm glad you are going to marry
Norma, Harry," said Norma's father
7 to her fiance. "Shelsthe best and
sweetest girl m the world, and I have
always hoped that she would marry a
" good man. I think you are the best
suited to Norma of any man I know."
And Harry Maclntyre had gone
away from the dreaded interview
feeling as if he were treading on air.
He counted the months that lay be
tween him and the goal of his de
sires. Norma, with her sweetness,
her radiant goodness, her simplicity
of heart, was always in his thoughts.
And Norma was not "temperamen
tal" Like many, perhaps most literary
men, Harry was "temperamental." A
rising writer, already earning a com
fortable income, Harry had created
heroines innumerable, blondes and
brunettes, piquant heroines, stately
ones, demure and dainty ones. Some
times he had wished that he could
turn some of these ideals into flesh
and blood. But alas! The ideal hero
ine is a figment of the brain, an airy
And Norma was not Harry's ideal.
She was simply a sweet girl, admir
ably suited to him. Harry felt a re
freshment of the spirit, when, turn
ing away from his latest creation, he
encountered the blue eyes of Norma,
sane, healthy and always bringing
him back tof his proper appreciation
There was only one flaw in their
happiness. May Arbuckle, Norma's
best friend, was "temperamental."
And she did not like Harry.
Harry was conscious of this un
spoken hostility. He knew that if
ever the dreadful day dawned when
misunderstanding arose between
him and his fiancee, he would have to
reckon with the implacable hostility
of Miss Arbuckle. He sensed that
through all the frigid courtesy or
Harry had gone into the country
for a brief vacation. He did not 'want
to leave Norma, but circumstances
made it necessary. Norma was go
ing to Baltimore to spend a week
with an aunt there, and Harry, grow
ing anaemic in the hot city, decided
to run up to the mountains for a brief
And there he met Miriam Bendish.
And the moment he saw her he re-
They Walked Together
alized that his latest heroine had
come into incarnation. She stood be
fore him, bronze-haired, demure and
piquant by turns; he knew every turn
and twist of her complex soul.
Even at the first interchange of
glances he knew that Miriam under
stood. He watched her through the din
ner like a man in a dream. They werq
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