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"He is working hard," she told her
self. "When he is ready he will re
turn to me."
Her faith remained steady from
' year to year. Oh every anniversary
she was up at 6 and cleaning the
cabin in order that it might be pre
sentable for his appearance. And
onlywhen sunset came did a little
despondency come into her heart
It was on the third anniversary
that Robert Lomax married a soci
ety .beauty of his native town. It
was on the fourth that he realized his
hopes of happiness were broken. His
wite was heartless, she cared only
for social life, she valued him only
-for his moriey.
When that was gone, what would
happen to him? That was the ques
tion that Robert asked himself as his
competitors, seeing the arrival of a
master among them, banded them
selves together against him. Robert
lived at the office now. For more
houts than a factory hand he strug
gled in the toils that they were weav
ing about him, and again and again
he burst them asunder.
It vas Btrange, but those hours
when he sat at his desk, telephone
at his hand, were the hours when he
began to think again of Lois Donald
son. He had not been into the woods
since that time of his accident; how
an overwhelming desire to see her
again began to creep upon him.,
But the months flew and he put
such a though resolutely from him.
His enemies had leagued themselves
for a final effort. -It was a struggle
with millions at stake on either side.
Robert was winning; but he made a
mistake which ableNmen have made.
He trusted a traitor. He was sold by
a member of his staff. He arose many
times a millionaire. He left the of
fice with hardly six months! income
ahead of him.
His hopes, his plans were shat
tered. Yet singularly, his heart was
lighter than it ever had been.
The house, which had cost a quar
ter "5f a million, was in his wife's!
name. That would provide for .her.
And for himself, he realized that the
five years' struggle had been a night
He went home and broke the news
to his wife. She was incredulous,
then she became hysterical.
"You have dragged me down to
pauperdom, Robert," she wept
"What shall I do? H6w am I going
to hold up my head among my
All her thoughts were of herself
and the wrong he had inflicted on
her. Robert listened patiently; he
did not blame her, for he had mar
ried her with a full Understanding of
When he returned home the fol
lowing evening, seeing- his name in
huge type in all the papers as that
of a ruined man, he found his wife
gone and only a letter. She was leav
ing him, she said. She Could not
endure to remain the wife of a man
notorious for his failure. She was
going to "begin suit against him.
Robert paid over all' he possessed.
Heboid the house and gave her the
money. The suit, which was brought
in a western Btate, remained uncon
tested. And the day came when he was a
free man, with hardly more to his
name than the clothes he stood in.
Arid in his heart was wild rejoicing,
for the years Beetned to have slipped
away and-r-It was just six since he
had left Lois Donaldson.
Lois, on the sixth anniversary, had
swept the cabin with more than her
usual care. The few neighbors, who
had begun to settle in the little val
ley, knew of her romance; they pitied
xthe girl, but blamed her for clinging
to a foolish hope. "He Will never
come back?' they told her.
"He will come back," said Lois.
"You do not know how busy he is in
the city. When he has made a lot of
money he Is coming back to take me
They watched her leave the clear-