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be convinced in the case of such
young people without actual vio
lence. Of course you could go west."
"But I cant!" exclaimed the girl
dismally. "The publicity would kill
the plan. My father would Intervene.
He's an old man -and I couldn't fly
against his wishes inthat way. You
see, although he was opposed to my
marriage, he is more opposed to di
vorce. And it must be carried
through quietly at least, the pro
ceedings must be well started before
the news, becomes public or I will be
tied to that brute for life!"
When she left him the lawyer had
promised to take the case. Secretly
he was doubtful of its success. And
her reasons had not appeared very
convincing ones. To go west would
have been the best thing, in his judg
ment. He had a vivid impression of
the girl's smile of gratitude as she
bade him good-by.
''By George, I'll win that case for
her!" he said to himself.
Two days later he was astonished
to receive a visit from the girl's hus
band. John Raymond Was not in the
least what he had expected from the''
girl's description of-him. A frank,,
good-looking, well-set-up young fel
low, he dropped easily into a chair
and poured out his heart to the young
"Yes, I know it isn't professional to
come to you," he began, "but I'm very
much troubled. You see, I love Elise,
and I believe she loves me,in spite of
our troubles. She has a hot temper,
and when a little dispute arises she
thinks it's the end of everything. I
wish with all my heart she could be
brought to see things differently."
He jleaded hard with Ellis to in
duce the girl to reconsider her de
cision. "I only want a chance to show
what I can do," he said. "I do love
Elise with all my heart"
Before he went away he had per
suaded the young lawyer to present
his side of the case seriously to his
He did so on the occasion of Mrs.
Raymond's next visit At first the girl
was as hard as flint, but in the end
she softened. "And all the -while he
pleaded with her Elise knew that he
was pleading his own hopes away.
He loved this girl with all his heart,
even at the second sight of- her. She
was his dream, his IdeaL
"Tell me why you are- so anxious
not to take my case?" she inquired
curiously, before she left
"I don't think there is adequate
cause,'' he answered.
"Are lawyere generally so scrupu
lous?" "Mrs. Raymond," said Ellis, rising!
"you are two young people upon the
verge of life. You must try to live
that life for a while. I cannot con
sciously be instrumental in separat
ing you until I am convinced that
there is due cause."
"Thank you!" she said In a chok
ing voice and left him.
For weeks he heard no more of the
girl. And all the while lie cursed his
folly, and yet was glad. The love
that had only increased during this
time was too high to be won by any
ignoble means. He tried to put Elise
Raymond out of his mind.
One day, about a couple of months
later, he was astonished to receive a
visit from the girl's step-mother, Mrs.
"I have only just heard of what you
did for Elise," she said. "I cannot
tell you how grateful I am. Elise is
grateiui too. one ana ner ausDana
seem to have entered upon a new
life together. They are the happiest
couple that I have even known. And
we want to know you. We want you
to dine with us tomorrow night You
must meet my youngest daughter
Mary my step-daughter, of course,
but she has always been a daughter
Nothing would suffice but that Ellis
should accept the invitation. The" De
latours were staying in the same
town at the hotel for a few days. On
the following evening Ellis called