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found in Walter's coat and it asks
your husband to call upon her at 3
o'clock tomorrow afternoon."
"Oh why do you resort to these
underhanded methpds?" wailed poor
Nellie, "and what good does it do for
me to know all this?"-
"Well, if you have any womanly
spirit," retorted Mrs. Leeds tartly, "it
will lead to your ,nding out who this
minx is. Now don't go to wearing a
long face so that 'young husband of
yours suspects that we are advised
as to his misdoings. Tomorrow both
you and I will see this artful temp
tress'." Nellie was nearly crushed. She
mourned and wept. She could scarce
ly keep from utterly breaking down
before Walter. He received his let
ter, read it quietly, coolly pocketed it,
looked a trifle sad, the watchful Nel
lie fancied, but he said nothing what
ever as to its contents-
"He's done it we've got him!"
rather imperiously proclaimed Mrs.
Leeds an hour later.
"What do you mean?" wearily
"The letter and the photograph. I
searched his old coat. They are gone.
Now then, you pluck up nerve and
let me work out this problem."
In her masterful way Mrs. Leeds
directed all details. She was in her
element, meddling and muddling in
the affairs of others. With a quiver
of vague pain Nellie noticed that her
husband was more particular than
usual the next morning as to his at
At two o'clock that afternoon she
and her mother left the house for
the vicinity of the address given in
the note to Mr. Brierly. Both were
deeply veiled. They found safe co
vert in the doorway of an unoccupied
house and watched the one where
the writer of the note resided.
"Don't squirm or get hysterical,"
. directed Mrs. Leeds, as Nellie shrank
back with a pitiful whimper.
'Her husband was coming down the
Street Hs ascended the steps of the 1
house opposite. He was admitted by,
a servant. In a few moments he came;
forth; accompanied by a beautiful but,
sad-faced girl whose general ap
pearance indicated the invalid.
He was the courteous gentleman
complete as he offered the girl his
arm. They walked slowly along.
Walter seemed to do most of the'
talking. His companion listened
with bowed head and more than once
applied her handkerchief "to her eyes,
as thought the tears were there.
"For mercy's sake!" exclaimed
Mrs. Leeds, at the end of half an1
hour's cautious pursuit of the pair.
"Why, they are going into a ceme
tery!" marvelled the bewildered Nel
lie. "Strange placexfor a rendezvous!"1
pronounced Mrs. Leeds. "This is
getting beyond me, I must admit"
Walter and his charge wandered.1
on until they reached a secluded part1
of thecemetery. There was a rustic
seat and there they sat down. From
some sheltering toliage concealing
them jfeaf by, Nellie and her mother
saw Walter hand the girl something.
They saw, too, that it was the ribbon,
secured photograph and letter. '
The girl cried over them, kissed
them. Then, as Walter pointed to aj
little mound near by, she proceeded
alone over to this, knelt beside it andt
was lost in deep grief.
In a little while the girl, looking
subdued and heartbroken, rejoined
Walter. They returned the course to.
her home. As he left the girL she,
clasped his hand and -seemed to be
brokenly telling of some overwhelm-,
ing grief. Then gravely Walter lift-''
ed his hat and -with somber mien left
"H'm!" observed Mrs. Leeds, pal
pably puzzled and disappointed.
"Here's a mystery I can't fathom." '
"Don't try to," murmured -Nellie.J
"I feel sure we are misjudging Wal
"He shall confess the truth this
very night or I shall take you backj
home with .met" declared Mrs., Leed&j
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