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words it lnfonned Clyde that here
after by wish and sanction of May,
his permanent absence from the
Worthington home was desired and
There was a line added to the let
ter that had a sting to it, as though
it was an afterthought It ran: "The
prized love letter of your hoyden ac
quaintance of the depot cannot be
returned, as it was destroyed."
' "Jealous still of that madcap girl at
the train," was first thought of Clyde.
"But the love letter what love let
ter?" he added, mystified and dis
mayed. Next day he wrote to May. Letter
returned, unopened. He tried to tele
phone her receiver hung up. Then
he heard, incidentally, that the
Worthingtons were preparing to go
to a summer resort. His hopes and
his appetite failed him. He could not
sleep. The third day he was walking
dejectedly along the Btreet when a
hand clapped him heartily on the
shoulder. Clyde turned to face Roger
Payne, the girl who had blindfolded
him at the depot hanging on his arm.
"Miss Lansing," introduced Payne.
'.'Don't look confused. She has told
me all about her mistake at the de
pot How are you? I must say you
look dejected and worried."
"Reason to be," muttered' Clyde.
"I've had nothing but bad -luck since
the day we exchanged coats."
"That so?" replied Payne. "Tell
me about it." And Clyde recited his
dolorous story. The eye3 of Miss
Lansing widened. Payne's face wore
a puzzled and then an enlightened
look. He thrust has hand feverishly
into an inside pocket of his overcoat
that Clyde had been forced to wear
for the space of about eighteen hours.
His face was blank as an apparent
Bearch brought no result.
"You careless man!" chided Miss
Lansing, her eyes twinkling, although
she waved a warning finger at him.
"Is that all you think of me?"
"S-sh! Don't mention it before our
friend Brewster, here."
"He must know," dissented Mlsa
Lansing. "Mr. Brewster, I see clearly
the cause of all your troubles. Please
give me the address of Miss Wpfth
ington." "You are going " began Clyde
"To clear up everything. Roger, I
will report at your office. Wait there
until I return. Mr. Brewster, toor I
think I shall have some happy news
for him." '
The impetuous sprite flitted away
on her mission. An hour later she
was ushered into a room in the
Worthington home, where May sat
"You you!" began May, arising
with flashing eyes as she recognized
the young lady whom she suspected
of being the cause of all her unhap
piness and grief. l
"Yes, I have come from Mr. Brew
ster," announced Miss Lansing bold
ly. "There has been a dreadful mis
take and I have come to you to ex
"None is necessary. I wish no f ur-
Lther communication with Mr. Brew
ster," said May, severely but at the
point of tears.
"I shall change your mind," de
clared Miss Lansing. "My dear May
looked positively tigerish "Mr.
Brewster is just the truest, most in
nocent of lovers and his heart is near
ly broken at the results of your fright
"Mine!" gasped May, frantically;
"Yes, dear. It Is the exchange of
those two overcoats that made all the
trouble. A week ago Mr. Payne,
whom I am to marry in two weeks,
asked me to send him a little love
note to cherish. I did so. It was in
a pocket of his overcoat and when
Mr. Brewster called on you it must
have fallen out" '
"Oh! Are you sure? Are you sure
this is really true?" besought May,
in tears now.
"Never fear, dear, it will all be
proved to you. You poor, foolish girl !
Send for this fond lover of yours tie
fore he goes wild with all his trou