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The beautiful grounds lay neglect
ed and overgrown with weeds. They
had but one attraction for Eustace.
The two trees beneath which he and
Elaine, boy and girl, had plighted
their troth, had thrived and grown.
The spot became a mecca to Eustace.
Under the spreading branches he
would sit for hours, dreaming of his
absent sweetheart, wondering if she
had changed, himself so true to her
f$ memory that no other woman had
ever won him to a smile of fondness.
He doubted if he would ever see
Elaine again. He wondered if she had
forgotten him and had married. It
was like her dictatori'U father, with
his world worship and money pride,
to esteem an alliance with some titled
foreigner, and Elaine was beautiful
as a houri, and what more natural?
Then Eustace sought to banish the
suggestion and ease the pain of his
longing by work, hard work. To the
town and the district a great many
wealthy people had come to build
summer homes. His ability as an
.architect brought him in more work
than he could attend to. His iorce
of assistants grew. He made money,
but did not change his modest mode
of living. Wealth, comfort, luxury
without Elaine were-as naught.
Eustace had been away for a week,
superintending the construction of a
clubhouse at a distance, and showed
up at his office to be greeted with a
good business welcome from his man
ager. "Quite an order, Mr. Lee," he said,
briskly. "They are going to build on
the old Marsh lot."
"Who are 'they'?" inquired Eustace,
his pulses ever quickening at any al
lusion to the spot where he had first
! A "Bless me if I know! A city law
yer has the matter in charge. He has
carte blanche as to expenditure, he
represents. He was a hard customer
"How so?" inquired Eustace with
suppressed but vital interest.
"Made me go over all our plans.
Just by chance I happened to unroll
that special one you always said'
would be the kind of a place,. you
would build if you ever got that far.'
I told him about it He seemed to
take it as an evidence that it must be
ideal if it represented your artistic
ideas, lugged it away to the city to
show his client and was back prompt
ly. 'Build it,' was his simple orders
"Let Mr. Lee give it special attention
from start to finish,' and went to the.
bank and deposited the entire amount
of the cost estimate."
Many a time in a task that went
on, as in a dream life, Eustace Lee
wondered if coincidence, fate, were
at work that the home he had block
ed out in fancy, always with Elaine
as its queen, should have been order
ed for the beloved spot so dear to
him. Could it be that any of the
Marsh family designed to return to
the town? He dreamed, he marvel
ed, he hoped.
A great deep longing was in his
heart as one evening'he stood before
the new structure, all finished. Even
Lthe grounds had been renovated.
There, too, were tne two trees, sur
.rounded by a pretty parterre of flow
ers. Almost the tears came to his
eyes, for all this appeared as the ful
fillment of the fondest dream of his
The lawyer in the city was notified
of the completion of the house. Then
there came a telegram to the office.
The owner of new home would be
down on the evening train and would
meet Mr. Lee on the grounds to take
It was a beautiful moonlit evening
as Eustace walked from his home in
the direction of the new villa. His
thoughts were sad, for the work had
occupied his mind, it so reminded him
of his lost love. The beautiful struc
ture and lovely grounds were irradi
ated with a liquid light that lent a
dreamy effect to the scene. Eustace
expected that the lawyer atld his
client would be about the porch, but
, found them not.