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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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things that mean nothing. You have
become enslaved to them. They do
not represent-anything. There ought
to be more humanity in your life."
Miss Durfree rose. "I know you
mean well," she said, icily, "but I have
chosen my life."
He rose also. He took her by the
hands. "May," he cried, "don't you
see that I love you still? I have al
0 ways hoped some day to return and
d ask you to be my wife. I felt I had no
right to continue writing to you when
I had no prospects. May "
She took her hands from his. "No,
it is impossible, Jack," she said, with
a touch of tenderness nevertheless.
"But why?"
"I am what I have made myself. I
loved you once and I will admit that I
like you now as much as any man
alive. But well, am cut out to be
an old maid, I think. I couldn't face
theprospect of beginning a new life.
If any man married me it would be
by force."
"I will carry you away captive," he
began, half seriously.
She smiled. "I hope we shall always
be mends, she said. There was
finality in her tone.
Jack went away. He saw her sev
eral times afterward. But it was true,
what he had realized: Miss Durfree's
heart seemed to have been frozen
years before. She was really an old
maid by instinct. Jack McCallum had
this view confirmed by the old lady.
"It's a great pity," she said, "but
some women are like that I don't
know that there is any cure except
marriage."
"Is that a cure?" asked Jack1, be
wildered. s
"A certain cure," said the old lady
m decisively. "Never known to fail"
"But you have got to marry them
ito cure them, and if they refuse to
be married?"
"That's the point," said the old lady
t reflectively. "How are-you going to
make them?"
v i "And you think there's no chance
fforme?"
"I think," said the old lady, "that
May Durfree cares for you as much
as she is capable of caring for any
body. But she doesn't love you. She
couldn't love now. What in the
world did you do to her, Jack, before
you went away? Broke her heart?"
"If I had thought that," he answer
ed, "I would have married her, money
or no money."
"It's the safest way," said the old
lady.
In spite of the old lady's warning
Jack tried his luck again. He declared
his loye, Little Miss Durfree stopped
him promptly.
"Now, Mr. McCallum, if we are to
remain friends," she said, "you must
realize that this cannot be. Won't
you try? You know, I am fond of
you, as a friend."
Jack told her it was impossible.. He
stayed away a whole week. At the
end of that period, meeting her in the
street, he fancied that - she looked a
little worried.
"I was expecting you to call last
night," she said, and the pout made
little Miss Durfree look uncommonly
pretty. Jack McCallum was more
madly in love with her than ever.
"I meant to come," he answered
penitently, "but I had an engagement
I had promised to call (on the Du
ponts." "0, those girls!" said little Miss
Durfree acidly. "I hope you enjoyed
your visit, Mr. McCallum."
With every nerve urging Mm to
shout that he hadn't, that he hated
them, Jack managed, by a superhu
man effort, to maintain silence.. He
had scored his point, he had piqued
little Miss Durfree. '
v You're clever," said the old lady,
patting him on the shoulder. "But
you won't win out that way, my dear
boy. There's only one chance for you,
and even then it's a hundred to- one
against And if you lose you'll be the
ridicule of the town."
"Ill take it" said Jack decisively.
"I don't know," said the old lady.
"I shall have to ask thejmlnlster what
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