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stated the gjr, ftpnkly, "NflSfI
won't say any more. I'd kill myself
before I'd go back, and if you want to
know my name it's -Garoep'
Then she laughed, sobered down as
she saw not, only interest but pity
and sympathy in Paul Wayne's clear,
probing eyes, and added: "Please let
me go my way."
"My child," spoke Miss Alice, "have
, you had nothing to eat since you hid
in that wagon ? "
"Onlya'few cake crumbs," replied
Garnet "But I've got money to buy
" food yes, and to fide on the rail
road .when I get safe."' ,
"Come' with me,' my dear," said
Alice, and she led the way' to their
living-rooms over the office.
Garnet, fed and tidied up, looked
reanimated and happy as she came
back to the office half an hour later.
"Brother, what am I going to do
with this willful child?" inquired Miss
Alice. "She insists she is right in
leaving relatives she has no parents.
She is going to the city, she says.
Why, child, it will devour me!"
"But I want to go to work, de
clared Garnet "I have some money
and and other things."
Paul-Wayne regarded her serious
ly,. Every passing moment he, like
his sister, felt drawn closer to the
willful but attractive young girl.
""What shall we do, brother?" sub
mitted Miss, Alice solicitously. "What
does ftiat child know of the harsh,
cruel ways of the world?"
w "But I write a quick hand, I am
good at figures and I am sure I can
run a typewriter after a month's prac
tice," insisted Garnet "I can pay
my way until I learn, and further. I
ain not afraid of the city. I can "mind
my; own business and make others
mind theirs. Why, say," and she
sidled up coaxingly to Miss Alice,
,"this is a delightful place. I'd love
dearly to stay here. Can't you give
me work? You know," and a
roguish gleam came into her mis
chievous eves. "I am the overweieht.
the 120 pounds of broom straw you '
$$$'1 St... Let me.w,ork it out, wpn't
Her bright, pleasing eyes were ir
resistible. Even the face of Miss Alice
softened. The girl had placed a, con
fiding hand on the arm of Paul. De
spite himself he thrilled., ,He, had
ney.er thought much of. female soci
ety. He began at" that intense mo
ment o his life.
Vainly brother and sister tried to
draw out their guest as to her former
home and friends.
"Home?" she repealed sadly. "I
have none. Friends? ' They were my
enemies. They tried to force me to
marry a man I detest. That's why
I ran away. And I'm going to stay
away," added Garnet resolutely.
"Can't I work here? I don't care-for
the pay. I only want to please you
and be among friends."
There was no other way but her
way. She called them .friends and
such they were indeed. Garnet wound
herself about the lives and hearts of
these two lonelv DeoDle. Sh hpmmo
Jhe joy of the little household, always
burning, wining ana Dusy ana singing
like a lark.
It became a joy to brother and sis
ter to note how Garnet settled down
into a helpful, practical little wom
an, for all her mirth and girlishness.
She was happy, contented, interested
in the business and in anything that
appertained to the welfare of these
two cherished friends.
She was an earnest, thoughtful lis
tener to their business plans one
evening. Her face reflected the seri
ousness of her employer. Paul was
troubled. An 'opportunity to pur
chase a large consignment of broom
corn at a very low price was offered.
The bank had declined to advance the
$1,000 necessary and he had not the
capital personally to swing the deal.
"She has run away!" startled Paul
the next morning in his sister's ex
cited tones, and so it seemed, and his
heart sank. Garnet was eone. She
had left in the night.
Two days later she burst upon