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A WAY OUT
By Victor Radcliffe
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"You understand what's expected
of you, Grimes?"
"Perfectly, Mr. Walworth."
"Ycrti are to keep my daughter and
Mr. Adrian Bolton in sight constant
ly for the new two hours. Don't be
obtrusive, but don't for a moment al
low them out of your sight. Poor
soul," sighed Geoffrey Walworth,
"It's hard. I was young myself once,
but the madam will have her own
"As 1 understand it," observed
Grimes, "they are to have the free
dom of the grounds, but, if they try
to leave, stop them?"
"I'll do my duty, sir."
"Poor souls!" Mr. Walworth had
said, and the words well applied to
two tender souls going through a bit
Adrian Bolton, just struggling up
from the ranks into a promising legal
practice, loved Irene Walworth as he
loved his own life. Irene returned
his affection. Adrian had received
a devastating check to his plans and,
hopes when he told Mr. and Mrs.
Walworth of his desire to marry their
The father had hemmed and
hawed, for Irene was- the idol of his
heart. Mrs. Walworth, compelling
and drastic, soon definitely settled
the matter, however. .
"Incredible and impossible!" she
said in her aggressive and domineer
ing way. "Irene has been promised
to the son of my dearest friend, Mrs.
Herbert Grey, for the last two
"But I do not loveJMr. Grey, mam
ma! cried tne distracted Irene, and
never will" '
"You will obey your parents in this
matter or forget all future claim on
us. Sir," added Mrs. Walworth se
verely to Adrian, "we desire and in-
tend our only child to marry within
her station, and this will be final, if
you are a gentleman."
That settled it, apparently. Adrian
was banished from the house. Prac
tically Irene became a prisoner with
in. Fair, gentle Irene did not sulk,
but she mourned. Her heart nearly
broke when she received a letter
from Adrian telling her that he had
"We Desire Our Child to Marry With
in Her Station."
arranged to leave the country for
ever and wished to bid her goodby.
It had not been easy for Mrs. Wal
worth to agree that the twain should
see each other once more. It was
not until her husband had pledged
his word that they should be the cy
nosure of watchful eyes until this
last love vigil was over that Mrs,
Walworth consented to "the outrag
eous and unheard-of proposition.
And now, eagerly awaiting the com-