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at Doris, who was delirious.
"Molly, is this going to keep us
apart?" he asked.
"Oh, I can't leave her now," Molly
"But whyjiot?" the man persisted.
"You can doicj'good and you are only
wearing yourself out. Your step
mother will take care of the child,
and after she is well she can come on
Molly looked, dully at him. Her
heart was torn between love of the
child, newly awakened in her, and
Sayles. She did not think at all of
the man who just then came into the
He sat down at the bedside and
took Doris' hand in his. The child
knew him, she smiled at him. Pres
ently she was fast asleep. For hours
John Garrett sat at her side, holding
the hot little hand in his and never
stirred. His presence seemed to in
fuse a new atmosphere into the room.
Sayles had gone long ago. Molly
sat upon the other side of the bed.
The presence of John always awak
ened in her heart sentiments that she
was incapable of analyzing. Dimly
she felt that John was a good man,
-in spite of his vulgarity, in spite of
his noisiness. She was thinking now
as she had never thought before.
She saw herself again, with the
tyrannous stepmother who had taken
the place of her own mother, now
only a dim figure in the mists of her
childhood. She saw how the two
women had always tyrannized over
her, how she had been a pliant tool
in their supple hands. She remem
bered her courtship, how John had
taken her away, their honeymoon to
gether, the long years before her
stepmother had forgiven her. Would
John have acted as Sayles had done?
Molly felt instinctively that she could
not picture John in such a role, and
her heart went out to him in a sud
den outpouring of love.
Presently John looked up.
, "Molly," he said,
"Pretty tired of this sort of life,
aren't you ? Say, I wanted totell you
some time ago, but I was waiting un
til things seemed more sure. Do you
remember that little place down by
Easton, you always wished you could
live in? Well, I've bought it. I'm off
thet road for good now got a posi
tion in Easton at $75 that looks like
a sticker. We'll have a home togeth
er after all, and it's all ready and fur
nished with that style of furniture
you liked, as soon as Doris gets
"John!" cried his wife. "But but
the doctor said she "
"She wasn't going to get well?
Why, of course she'll get well. She's
better already. Say, do you supposa
I came all the way from Kansas City
to let her die?"
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
SUFFRAGE LEADER IN STATE
Mrs. Dora Phelps Buell, recently
elected president of the Colorado
Equal Suffrage ass-'n, and one of the
women political leaders of her-stats, .