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By Carol South,
(Copyright by W. G. Cliapman.)
"Your lordship,, this gentleman is
Mr. Johnson," announced the agent.
Lord Clavering rose slowly from his
chair and bowed. Johnson noticed
that it did not occur to him to ex
tend his hand. The old man, with
his white, flowing beard and flashing
eyes, his bowed shoulders and sense
of being one with the historic past
of Tiis race, presented a pitiful spec
tacle. "Sit down, sir," said Lord Claver
ing. "Mr. Jones," he added to the
agent, "will you please call Lady Eli
nor?" But it was not necessary for the
agent to stir, lor at that moment
there came into the room the most
beautiful girl that Johnson had ever
"This gentleman is Mr. Johnson,"
said Lord Clavering to his daughter,
and Lady Elinor bowed. Again John
son noticed that it did not occur to
her to extend her hand.
The agent cleared his throat.
"Hum! This is a little painful, your
lordship," he said. "I am making this
statement by your wish."
"It is the only condition upon
which I will consent to sell Mr. John
son my estate," answered Lord Clav
eringering. The agent cleared his throat again.
"Mr. Johnson," he began, "when you
announced your desire to purchase
his lordship's Scottish estate, then in
the.market, you understood that Lord
Clavering was only disposing of it
under strong necessity."
"His lordship has lived here all his
life. He has no other home. His
lordship sells only on the understand
ing that you permit him and. his
daughter to occupy the lodge at your
Johnson stared at the agent and
felt the blood dye his face. He had
not understood that Lord- Clavering
was so poor, though he "knew that his
debts were heavy enough to eat up
the price of the sale. He half re
gretted having been incllntet'$or pur
chase. It is one thing for a young Chicago
man of 27 to decide to buy a Scotch
estate with the money left by his
Scotch father, always eager tot return sA
to the land of his ancestors and dv- Ml
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The Most Beautiful Girl That John
son Had Ever Seen
ing before the wish could be realized.
But it is another matter to discover
that the dream can be achieved only
by causing sorrow to others.
"I would make a suggestion," fal
tered Johnson. "If Lord Clavering
and Lady Elinor will remain here as
my guests until until " he went on
vaguely, and came to a standstill.
How long? Was he intending to in
vite them to be his-guests forever?
"Quite impossible," broke in Loni