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RING OR RIVER?
By Jessie Ethel Sherwin
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapntan.J
; "We are very glad you have come
and you are truly welcome, Mr. War
den, or shall I call you Albert? You
know your mother is the dearest
friend of mine. Yours brought my
i father and mother together years
ago and if it hadn't been for that you
;j would not be here today, nor I
j The young man gazed studiously
into the friendly, intelligent eyes of
j the speaker. She was not pretty, in
i fact any of the girls scattered about
the lawn excelled her in loveliness,
' but there was something genuine
! and charming in all that she said and
I "As I understand," went on Mary
Hope, "I am to be-your guide, guard
ian and chaperon. When we speak
.of you it is always as if you were al
most a relative, so I can be right out
sisterly with you, can't I, Albert?"
"You set me at ease, you make me
very happy," spoke Albert Warden in
his usual honest, blunt fashion. "You
see, I. have been a bookworm. I don't
know what tennis is. As to the girls,
I am afraid they will think me rather
crude, for I have never had much ex
perience with them."
"Indeed!" responded Mary with
dancing eyes. "Now we can sit on
this rustic bench for a few minutes
until the game begins and I will post
Thereupon she proceeded to desig
nate, individually and specifically,
the members of the merry quartet
on the lawn.
"That one," said Mary, after expa
tiating on the merits of the others
and indicating a young girl prome
nading with an overdressed fellow of
'j her own age, is taboo. Remember
i that, Albert."
j "And what does 'taboo' mean in
' this instance?" inquired Albert.
? "Just this: She is engaged."
"To the fellow with her?"
"Oh, dear, no! You don't like his
looks, I see. Well, to be frank with
you, neither do I. He is Gregory
Milne and an old discarded lover of
the girl with him, Etta Vincent Her
fiapce is away for two months and
Milne has haunted her ever since.
Her fiance is a jealous man and it
has seemed to me all along that
Milne is pressing his unwelcome at
tentions on Etta just to make trou
ble. When Gordon Massey returns "
She Sat for a Moment Dumbly
"Who?" challenged Albert, with a
"Mr. Massey, Etta's fiance. Why,
do you know him?"
"He was my closest chum at col
lege," explained Albert, and he sur
veyed the rival lover thoughtfully.
He was admiring, grateful and at
tracted by the trouble Mary took to
make him at home at tennis. She.
was older than most of the girls, and