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der Letty's skin was sufficient an
swer. Peggy suddenly leaped out of her
chair and kissed her. "Now see here,
Letty," she said. "We mustn't let this
go on. If we are really sure that we
are not suited but we aren't sure,
"Not quite," agreed Letty dolefully.
"Then I'll tell you what we must
do. We must all four come together
again and face this thing, and and
learn from our meeting each
The plan seemed a difficult one, but
both the girls agreed that it was the
only possible solution. The boys met
rather sulkily at first, and glowered
at. e.ach other. But the girls had in
sisted upon their shaking hands and
forgetting the past, except for a cer
tain necessary restraint between
John and Peggy and Harold and
The days went by and still nobody
had made a move. If John Ford was
turning toward his former love he
gave no evidence of it He was al
ways courteous to Peggy, but he
stayed at Letty's side, while Harold
could not be sufficiently attentive to
Peggy. And the four were to be mar
ried within a few weeks.
"It's no use, Peggy," said Letty,
'sobbing. "We shall have to find out
after marriage which we prefer."
"If only we could ask them!"
sighed Peggy. "Listen, dear. I have
apian. Tomorrow night, let us all go
to the movies together. In the dark
we wfll change partners, as if by ac
cident. If that doesn't inspire one or
the other to declare his real feel
ings" It did not seem a very happy idea,
but the chief difficulty had lain in the
fact that John had always stuck to
his fiancee's side and Harold to his.
If only either of the girls could have
been alone with the man she really
loved, feminine subtlety might have
induced him to speak out. But noth
ing had been accomplished, and the
wedding day looming so near fright-
ened eaph of the girls. Suppose she.
chose the wrong man, making the
discovery after marriage Instead of
before! Letty knew that she would
do something desperate unless she
could find out, while Peggy dreamed
of running away. ,
Neither knew her own mind andj
neither dared hint anything to he
The boys arrived in due course,1
and the stroll down town was a dis
mal repetition of many such strolls.
Peggy was desperately unhappy andr
to crown her woe, the boys obstin
ately refused to join in the game of
"general post" which had been de
vised. Harold sat down with Peggy
and John with Letty.
Both girls were crying silently in
vthe dark theater, not watching the
activities 01 ine ngures upon me
screen at alL It was too dreadful
Now the last chance had gone by.
Suddenly a hissing sound was
heard and then a bright white flame
shot up from the operator's box over
head. "Fire!" screamed somebody.
Instantly the theater was in panic.
Peggy felt herself knocked from her
seat A man was trampling on her.
Women were screaming. She tried to
flee, but, jammed in the crowd, she
fell to the ground in a half-swcfon.
Suddenly she felt herself lifted in
a man's arms. He raised her as light
ly as if she were a child and, holding
her before him, fought , his -way
through the happily diminishing
press. When the girl opened her eyes
she was lying outside and somebody
was bending over her.
It was John, and Peggy twined her
arms about his neck and clung to
him. His kisses were warm upon her
"Dearest! Thank God!" he was
saying over and over again.
And she returned his kisses, for
she knew at last, and with only a
faint contempt for Harold's coward
ice, she resigned herself to the sweet
ness of their love's renewal.