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V W I' TCI
a highly remunerative and national
character. At 50 his life's interests
had closed. He did not know what
to do with himself. His eldest daugh
ter wanted him to marry again. She
brought suitable ladies to the house,
but she soon saw that her father did
not look upon the scheme with ap
Among Holmes' civic interests was
that of the Girls' home. He was sit
ting in his capacity as chairman of
the board when one of the inmates
was brought to him. She was a girl
of about 18 and apparently incorrigi
ble. He listened to the matron's
story as the girl stood sullenly, with
downcast eyes, before him.
She "was not bad, but wayward.
Her parents, poor laboring people,
'.had never been -able to control her.
She had a passion for finery and had
been caught pilfering from one of the
department stores. She had been
committed to the home and had re
fused to obey any of the rulesarfd
had defied the authorities.
The matron requested permission
to have her sent back to the court
for sentence for the theft '
"A prison sentence will stamp her
irredeemably as an outcast," suggest
"She's that now, sir," said the ma-
tron angrily. "There's no way to dis
"What is. the trouble?" Holmes
asked the girL
She began to speak without rais
ing her eyes. "They hain't treated
me fair," she blurted out "I don't
f belong to them." -
' "Belong to whom?" Holmes in
quired. "That lot down to .the East Side.
' I'm a lady. I ain't gohr to mix with
that crowd of loafers and shop girls.
I want my chance. For' God's sake,
give me my chance to go to a decent
school, instead of shutting me up
"Why don't you lopk at therchair-
man when you speak to him, you in
solent girl?" demanded the matron.
The girl raised her sullen eyes to
his, and Holmes saw Lillian's. He
saw the soul of Lillian looking at
him directly out of the eyes of this
wayward girl of the slums. He saw
the appealing gaze of Lillian, and it
seemed to say:
"She is not L She is the product
of" her environment, but I am I, and
we know each other across the bridge
The chairman spoke presently, in
a singularly self-contained and quiet
"Matron, I will be responsible for
this girl. I will have her educated,
and see what I can make of her."
The matron thought that the heat
had affected him. So did the secre
tary and the stenographer. But
Holmes and' the girl left the home
Amazement, mingled with scandal,
greeted this action on Holmes' part
His new ward excited the bitter ani
mosity of his own children. They
guessed that he was infatuated with
Laura Dean. When he spoke of send
ing her to school, they imagined it
was to fit her to take her place at
"the head of the household.
For a month he kept her in his
home, but then the mutual recrimin
ations became too strong, and he
sent her to a boarding establishment
for young ladies. During that month,
however, Holmes had satisfied him
self that Laura was by no means bad.
She was naturally 'a woman entitled
to the good things of life. The
pinched and tawdry 'environment of
her home had been impossible for a
girl of her type.
Her temper was violent, yet some
times, when they were alone togeth
er. Holmes would see the old look of '
Lillian in her eyes. And it seemed
to him that this girl was Lillian re
born on earth. Once he questioned
her,. . .