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"May I intrude?" she spoke in, a
pleasant but half embarrassed way,
as she glanced about the apartment
and found it untenanted except for
"You are very welcome," he an
swered heartily, and drew up the best
chair in the room for her and saw her
seated. Then he stood before her,
the courteous gentleman complete.
"I expected to find others here,"
began. Mabel lamely.
"Indeed?" he smiled encouragingly.
"In fact, quite an onslaught was
meditated upon you by our little
"Tell me all' about it," he invited,
expansively, and seated "himself so
near to her and looked into her eyes
with his deep blue own so interested
that her color rose slightly.
Mabel explained the philanthropic
work of her friends and herself the
founding of a vacation home for
tired mothers and ailing babies from
the city during the pestilent summer
season. He kept her talking, her
sweet voiqe seemed to charm him.
As the true nobility of her lifework
was realized in his impetuous mind he
forgot wealthy Miss Winston. He
leaned toward Mabel, the words upon
his ardent tongue that would have
made her his life helpmeet, when
there was an interruption. Three
chattering ladies entered the room.
The momentary spell of better im
pulses was broken.
Perhaps it was because of Mabel,
perhaps the way of his profligate na
ture, but he seemed pleased at the
opportunity of doing some good. As
the other ladies repeated the story
Mabel had already told, Talcott had a
vast surprise of an answer to the ap
"Ladies," he said quietly, "it will be
a pleasure to meet your wishes. I
will head your ticket with a thousand
All were astonished, more, thrilled.
Mabel lifted her shining, thankful
eyes with a look that fully, repaid
Lysle Talcott for his generosity.
"In addition," he added quite as unj;
ostentatiously. "I will deed the old
Ransom homestead to your society
as a home for your proteges. I find
it difficult to sell it and I wish to get
it off my hands."
The generous donations of the
good-hearted Talcott was the talk of
the town. .His own interest in the
humanitarian plan was awakened.
He might have lingered, but a tele
gram from the city, inspired by the
scheming siren who had set her wiles
to snare him, lured him again into
the vortex of "the only life."
The seed of charity planted by the
little charity circle at Rushton grew
and throve. The life of the spend
thrift began and expended forLyse
Talcott For five years he was led
blindly, recklessly, on by the ambi
tious siren who had won him as her
husband. Like cormorants her re
tinue of relatives fawned upon the
lavish benefactor, who in his honest,
open way never suspected their sel
r A creature of expensive whim, his
wife led him from one extravagance
to another. There was a palatial city
home and a country palace. There
were trips abroad, social functions al
most rivaling royalty. One baleful
day a terrible piece of news was
brought to Talcott His wife, her
sister and a brother had perished in
a fire at sea. When the first shock
was partly subdued, he went to seek
her surviving brother. To this man
,Ee had entrusted all his business on
account of relationship.
A second shock faced him. A spec
ulator and a coward, his brother-in-law
had lost his entire fortune In a
swindling stock concern and had fled
the country. Lysle Talcott was a
He was crushed. It was only by
voluntarily surrendering all he had
that he was able to escape the stigma
of dishonor. His health broke. Life
had become unambitious. He faced
the future, a dumb despair, at his