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with her, if you wish to know it And
if I hadn't found you I think she
would have married me."
"Then why did you find me?" mut
The other choked down an exple
tive. "If you're reacly," he said
coldly, "we'll start right away."
Jim went out with him. And now,
surveyed by the curious inhabitants
of the little settlement, the target of
their sneering glances, Jim felt sud
denly more ashamed than he had
ever felt before in all his life. And
for the first time he really understood
the depths of his degradation.
He had been a worthless beach
comber, while she had waited for
him, believed in him. He was utterly
worthless. He could not degrade that
pure life to the level of his own. He
had thought of nothing but the Dale
millions, nothing at all of the love
that had been true to him.
Unconsciously he held his head
higher and flung back the scornful
gestures, the looks, the thinly veiled
jeers. They should learn some day
that there was that spark of man
hood in him which would kindle the
He knew that his past was utterly
dead. And so, walking at the side of
his companion, he boarded the boat
There was a delay, a brief delay.
The young man turned and said:
"Remember, Bennett, my lips are
sealed forever. You have your own
future and hers to make or mar. I
know her love for you and that is
why I shall remain silent Can you
honor it? Promise me that from this
day forward you will strive with
might and main to be worthy of her."
"I promise," answered Jim hum
bly, and the man at his side looked at
him strangely. This seemed to be a
new man he had known nothing of
Along the deck came a white-robed
figure, tripping gladly. Jim knew her
at once. All his heart went out to
her. Elsie had not changed a bit dur
ing those three years, except that,
there was more of the woman in her
poise, her thoughtful eyes, and just
as much of the happy girl in her smil
"John!" she exclaimed. "Where
where is Jim, then? And who is this
Suddenly Jim realized that she had
not recognized him. His tan, his
beard, the ineffaceable marks of
those three years on his face
He turned a little away.
"Jim died last week," he said qui
etly. "We didn't dare to break the
news to you at once. He died I was
his friend he wanted me to tell
you." . ;
He turned and walked with steady
steps to the ship's gangway and
along the wharf.
HERE'S A SAD AND FORLORN
. . 'twx-atftza.v.M.ftH
This is the picture of a sad and
forlorn prisoner in the French camp.
He's a German "'war doe."