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cle in. front of him. "If you're my T come my wife at Christmas, if I
double," he said, "I'm going to show
you who is the better man."
The buggy was standing at the
door of the house when Denison en
tered. The door stood open, and
Denison's ring brought no servant in
response. Denison entered and
walked toward what was evidently
the reception room. Inside he heard
the voices of a man and a woman.
Denison always regretted it after
ward, but he could not help stopping
for a few moments to listen. For the'
first words that reached his ears
comprised his name.
"Mr.Denison, I have changed my
mind," said the girL "Surely a wom
an is privileged to do that?"
"You've played fast and loose with
me, answered tne man m suriy
tones. "You say you wrote me to
give you six months. I never got
that letter. I guess, you must have
addressed it to Shanghai, China, in
stead of Shanghai, Miss. Then when
I came to see you, you agreed to
marry me at Christmas."
"I have changed my mind," re
peated the girl stubbornly.
"You have, eh? Well, let's have
this thing out. You know I've held
the mortgage on this place for years,
long before your father died. You
know you've been living on my char
ity" for months past."
"That is not true, Mr. Denison. I
tave lived on the proceeds of the
sale of my jewelry."
"Which is mine," said the man, tri
umphantly. "Everything you inher
ited from your father is mine, moral
ly, if not legally, because he was a
fraudulent bankrupt Ah, don't wince,
Miss Edith. It's true enpugh."
"My father was cheated by you in
a business deal. It broke his heart
and killed him. He was incapable of
"Well, put it that way, if you like.
The fact remains that legally' he
swindled me. I let him keep his
money on understanding you were
o marry me. -You promised to be-j
wouldn't see you until then. Yester
day was Christmas. Now are you
going to cany out your agreement?"
"Give me a month longer!" cried
the girl in. desperation. "Surely, if
I tell you I don't love you "
"I'll make you love me. What's
the matter with me? Ain't I rich?
Can't I give you the autos and the
clothes and a place in society, any
thing you want? If you don't marry
me, I'll publish your father's shame
to the world."
"He has done nothing to be
"He put his name to a fraudulent
"I'll never marry you now," said
the girl with slow conviction. "You
have shown yourself in your true col
ors today. I will marry no man. un
der a threat, not even to save my fa
ther's name. Now you have-my an
swer. Let go my wrist"
A cry came from her lips, and it
was then that George Denison,
standing outside the door, awakened
from "his stupefaction and opened it
. His double, wild with rage, was
holding the girl's wrists fiercely in
his, while she strugglfid desperately
to escape from him. As Denison ran
forward the man released the girl
and turned upon him. He saw the
look in Denison's eyes and fell back;
as he did so he suddenly whipped a
revolver from his belt and fired.
The shot grazed Denison's cheek
and he felt the bipod drip upon his
hand. The next moment his fist had
shot forward, catching the man un
der the chin and he went down like
The girl, who had drawn back in
amazement, screamed with fear. But
Denison turned to her and spoke
"He is all right, but he won't trou
ble you again. Would you like to
leave this place now?"
"Yes!" she cried. "I want to go.
I never want to see it again. I am
ready to go anywhere."