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As he finished speaking the girl
came. She was dressed as a woman
now, and she blushed shyly when Bob
looked at her. The officer had never
thought of her in that way. His
"Think it over, Bob," said old An
drew when they parted. "There's
plenty of time. Let me know when
you come back next year. I won't be
dead by then."
When Bob had gone Andrew asked
"How 'would you like to marry
The girl looked at him drearily. "I
never thought of marrying, father,"
"But you won't always have me,
child," he answered, as gently as he
could. "And you can't live alone
She began to cry, and Andrew said
no more. But the next day she came
to 'him and consented.
The following spring Bob came
back. With him was a young man of
twenty-two, whom he introduced to
the old trapper. He did not think it
necessary to introduce him to Marie.
"This is Mr. Milvaine, an English
man," he said. "He takes the fac
tor's place at the Fort next month.
I'm showing him the country."
Old Andrew grunted and nodded.
"I've been thinking over that prop
osition of yours all winter, Renfrew,
and it suits me. I guess I can make
her happy, and forty-one isn't too
He did not say he had thought over
the proposition until his whole heart
had gone out toward the girL He
wanted her more than anything on
earth. But he did not think it neces
sary to say that, either to Andrew or
to the girl.
When Marie came in Andrew took
her hand and gave it to 'Bob.
"You'll suit each other," he said.
"I'll get you to bring the Reverend
Spears along with you when you
come for her. I'll be glad to see her
off my hands. I won't last through,
the year." ,
He did not last through the month.,
A stroke during the night left him,
unconscious, and MacFarlane found
himself tied to the place, waiting for
old Andrew to breathe his last before7
taking the girl South to the priest at '
Fort Barry. Days passed, and An-'
drew, sinking daily, still continued
alive. During that time the girl and
Milvaine found themselves constant
He could not take his eyes from'
her. It seemed to him that he had
never seen a woman so beautiful be
fore. And she, vaguely disturbed, al
lowed herself the happiness of his
company without understanding
what it portended.
They had been spearing fish to
gether for the night meal when he
found himself unable to control what
was in his heart.
"Your father will not live long,
Marie," he said. "Next week should
see the end of everything."
"Yes," she said monotonously,
"The end of all." '
"The 'end of our companionship."
She nodded, and two tears stole
down her cheeks.
"Do you love MacFarlane, Marie?"
asked the young man, taking her
hand in his.
"No," she whispered.
"Then why are you going to be his
"My father wishes it."
Swiftly he caught her in his arms.
"But I love you," he cried. "Do you
love me? You do, I can see it in your
Their lips me't in their fitst kiss.
And the world, which had always
been so drab, became suddenly heav
en to the girl. At once he pressed his
plans upon her. As soon as her fa
ther was dead they would take the
two horses and ride to Fort Barry,
to be married there.
The sweetness of their secret filled
their lives. They dared not look at
each other in the cabin, they hardly
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