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& A FREAK OF FATE
By Victor Redcliffe
(Copyright byW. G. Chapman.)
- "I will never speahsto Kuth Blinn
tagain, never!" resolutely, almost
tspitefully declared pretty but impetu
ous Avis Morton. "I don't care if she
has been my best friend. She scan
dalized me when she spread the news
iihat I was trying to catch Nelson
Wade for a beau. I'll write her a few
t stinging words that will settle her!"
t- So Avis Morton hastily dashed off
- justone line. It read: "You need nev
er come to see me again."
i Just then the postman came. There
was a letter for Avis. She opened it.
' lHer eyes brightened, her fair face
.flushed with pleasure. It was from
the self-same Nelson Wade of whom
Avis was in fact thinking a good deal
l-most of the time. It read: "I have
something of great importance to say
to you. May I call tomorrow even
ing?" and Avis flutteringly guessed
whatthe "something of great impor
tance" might be and with little thrills
i permeating even the tips of her slim
.taper fingers, wrote the single line:
"I shall be very glad to see you."
Just then from the kitchen her
mother's voice called her. Avis was
too hurried and happy to think of
revision or even a glance at her infor-
mal notes, not even of signatures.
She hastily bundled the brief missives
into envelopes, sealed them, ad
dressed them. Her sister came into
''Here, Alice," she called out, "just
mail there, will you, dear?. And buy
yourself some bonbons with the
' change," and she gave the letters and
a twenty-five cent piece to her spoiled
, younger sister and hurried to join her
mother, singing to herself.
"I wish I hadn't sent the letter to
Ruth," she reflected a few minutes
later. "I've gotten all over my tiff. I
suppose it's it's because I feel so
friendly toward Nelson I mean Mr.
Wade," and Avis hid hepace in .her
hands for a moment, as the overpow
ering truth rushed into her heart that
she truly loved Nelson Wade.
He was worthy of her in every
sense of the word. Only recently he
had started in business. His father
had left him a vacant building on the
main street of the town. There was
room for another scarcely directly
"I Will Never Speak to Ruth Blinn
there, for one Winsted had one two
doors east. Nelson, however, could
not afford to let his own property
stand idle, so he started up.
Now Winsted had been 'shining
around" Avis, or rather trying to for
a long time. He was of a mean, jeal
ous, disposition .and'he hated Nelson
the first time-hesaw him.inrtlieconr