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chance, or I'll I'll really quit Yes.
Marion, I mean just that. Isn't there
any chance at all?"
"I don't know, Tommy," said Ma
rion candidly. "You see," she went
on, "I like you well, awfully. But
somehow you're always the same.
There isn't any romance about you.
Couldn't you do something desper
ate for my sake, Tommy?''
She had fallen back into her ban
tering mood. She looked Up at him
"I'll do anything if you'll give me
a dog's chance," said Tommy im
pulsively. "Then get me an edelweiss from
the top of Grundelwald," said Ma
rion. The rare Swiss edelweiss grows
only in a few almost inaccessible
places. Of these the treacherous top
of Grundelwald is one. The moun
tain is never ascended except with
an experienced guide. The accent
seems easy, but the crevasses are al
most hidden from sight under the
heavy snowfalls. A false step and
one falls clear of the needlellke sum
mit sheer down to the fangs of the
rocks below. Neither Marion who
had almost forgotten her jesting
words nor Tommy knew that
Tommy had found the edelweiss
early in the afternoon. He had had
fool's luck to guide him and he had
been within a few inches of death
without the least suspicion of that
fact Marion did not even know that
he had gone. She was. engaged in a
flirtation with Count Skopianu on
the hotel balcony when the talk turn
ed to Tommy.
"I like him, that young American,"
said the count "But why does he
scowl at me as if I were his bitterest
"I guess he's a little jealous," said
"He loves you, then? He knew
you, perhaps, in America?"
"Yes, Tommy's a dear boy," said
Marion, penitently. "J. believe he's
going up to Grundelwald to get me
an edelweiss as a proof of his devo-
The count stared at her. "That is
not the young man who ascended
Grundelwald this morning and re
fused a guide?" he asked.
"I don't know; it would be just
like him," said Marion, shrugging herf
The count got up abruptly and left,
her. Marion, looking after him in
astonishment and indignation, pres-'
ently saw him talking with Hofer,'
the head guide, and pointing up the'
mountain side. Presently the two'
men set off with ropes. The sun was!
already half way down the western
It was not until 10 at night, under
a brilliant moon, that the three re
turned. Tommy, in a state of ex
haustion and frostbite, was wrapped
in blankets and put to bed. All the
hotel was talking about his fool
hardy exploit But in one hand he
clutched the edelweiss.
The count, at his bedside, opened
his heart in indignation.
"It is monstrous, Mr. Griswold,"
he exclaimed indignantly. "Had I
known why, I should have told you
the dangers. Love does not set tasks
like that She is worthless."
Tommy opened his eyes feebly.
"Much obliged to you for saving
my life, count," he said in a weak
voice, "but I'll say good-by to you
The count, whose temper had been
soured by the receipt of an adverse
deceision from the court that after
noon, on his return, looked at Tom
my for a few moments. "Poor fool!"
he 'thought Then he shrugged his
shoulders and left him. Perhaps he
had never cared for Marion. At any
rate, he passed out of her life in that
Tommy lay silent until Marion
came in. Then he looked up to see
her standing beside his bed.
"Tommy," she whispered, kneel
ing down, "I didn't know. I didn't
know the dangers. I was wicked