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"Yes, I know where he is," he an
swered. "Tell me, then. Never mind what
the truth is tell me. Is he ill?"
"He is in the penitentiary for
forging a check," said the manager.
"He was sentenced, to serve five
years. It will be at least three be
fore he is set free. But perhaps you
will be able to get a permit to see
him," he added kindly.
LQy of the Valley went back to
her farm. There she worked three
years longer. At 33 she had streaks
of gray in her hair; her beauty lin
gered, but it was no longer the wild
and elusive beauty of her youth. Life
had come home to her at last
On the day of the expiration of
Halsey's sentence the warden in
formed him that a woman was wait
ing to see, him.
Halsey, a man of thirty-eight,
shifty-eyed, gray-haired, bearing not
only the prison stamp, but also the
indelible stamp of the life that he had
previously led, looked at the warden
"No! Tell her I wont see her!" he
cried. "None of them stood by me
when I was in the toils. None of
those on whom I had lavished money
came forward with a cent to aid me."
"This woman looks different," said
the warden compassionately.
"I won't see her," said Halsey.
He strode out into the free air in
his cheap suit of blue, prison-made,
like himself. In his pocket was $30.
He had long ago made up his mind
what he was going to do when he
came out. He was going to pull off
a job with Slim Joe, a prison pal, who
had been released a week before. It
was a daring forger's game. Joe was
to meet him at a little stopping place
20 miles out along the line.
Halsey was utterly unconscious of
the woman who, having followed
him, not daring to speak, but watch
ing over him like his good angel. She
stepped aboard the car that carried
him to the place.
She got out when he did. The lit
tle settlement had become a village.
There were plenty of passengers.
There was so much change that it
was a shock as Halsey looked up and
saw the mountain down which he had
fallen, now dotted with vineyards and
Then his friend came forward and
took his arm. "Phil, old boy!" he said
Halsey stretched out his hand to
clasp his friend's. At that moment
the woman was quite near him. She
looked Into Slim Joe's eyes and saw
reflected in those shifty mirrors all
that life had taught her to fear.
It was her hand that fell between
theirs. Halsey spun round and stared
at her. He staggered back incredu
lously. "You!" he gasped. "You!
"I have come to take you home,
dear," said Lily of the Valley.
MISS NAGEL SPURNS SOCIETY
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She is the daughter of Charles
Nagel, secretary of commerce and
labor under President Taft, and she
has eschewed the pleasures of a so
ciety leader for the hard work of a
hospital nurse. Miss Nagel, who
was prominent socially in Washing
ton and St Louis, has entered a St.
Louis hospital as a firstvaid nurse,
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