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duties. She sent back a ring, a pret
ty friendship token that Rankin had
given her. He discarded wearing a
necktie she had fashioned at his re
quest from remnants of an exquisite
ly flowered waist she wore. Then
Cecille began to wear out her soul
with longing and regret and Rankin
felt that love's bewitching dream was
Sure enough, Erma and her father
attended at the. town hall that even
ing. Erma sat in a trance of happi
ness. The blue necktie was In place.
She was glad to realize that Rankin
recognized her little gift. She was
proud to think she had been able
to show her gratitude. Erma had
expended a frugally-saved 50 cents
to secure the best tie in the village
store. Then as Erma left the town
hall after the exercises a chilling
cloud seemed to fall upon her tender
"A fine talk, that of Dr. Rankin,"
she heard a man say to his wife.
"Yes, but that horrid necktie!
Dear! dear! You men! No sense of
the artistic harmony!"
Erma wept h6t tears in her bed
that night. The next day she began
to notice men's" ties in general. She
had the wit to discern that her gift
was out of style, taboo as to color,
and, it dawned upon her, had been
worn by Rankin only to please her.
It must have been fate that sent her
over to ask Miss Marsden, whom she
knew well, to give her a few scraps
of silk or satin. This Cecille did, in
differently, in a wearied, forlorn way,
for she was not taking much interest
in anything these days. Erma se
lected the prettiest of the scraps.
Then she set at work to invent a
.model, modern four-in-hand. She
went to the doctor with her handi
work. "Dr. Rankin," she said, in her sim
ple, innocent way, "please wear this
this instead of the hideous tie I gave
Rankin humored her desire and
Erma was happy. Again he became I
the cynosure of the observant Jud
son. He naturally recited the inci
dent of his second gift It was two
days later when Judson hailed Ran
kin with the announcement:
"I've seen that little fairy of the
"Indeed?" smiled Rankin.
"Yes, and if I wasn't the worthless,
restless fellow I am, I would settle
down in life for good, with just such
a delightful girl. It was purely inci
dental. My automobile went Into the
ditch and the businesslike way with
which Miss Dole got a horse and
tackle and righted the machine, the
pretty glow in her charming eyes,
made me actually lonesome when
she faded from my view!"
"Don't dazzle the sweet woodland
creature, Judson," warned Rankin.
"It is she who has dazzled me,"
confessed Judson. "Artless, inno
cent and pretty as a picture. I tell
you honestly, Rankin, this JIttle fairy
is simply irresistible."
Then came a climax. Dr. Rankin,
turning a corner of a village street,
came upon the Marsden automobile,'
driven by Cecille. She was bending
over a collie dog, nursing the paw
of the animal.
It had been crushed under the
wheel of the machine and Cecille was
bemoaning her carelessness and cut
pability. The young doctor was hu
mane. An appeal to his skill was
made. He promptly approached:
"Let me examine- the -limb," he
said simply, and then, apparently ob
livious to past, present and future,
so far as Cecille was concerned, he
gave full attention to the injured an-
'If you would drive to my office,"
he said, "I think I can fix up our in
jured friend comfortably."
"Oh, if you would!" burst forth
Cecille impetuously. "I tried to stop;
indeed I did, but the poor creature
tried to jump into the machine and
missed and fell under the wheel."
So the ice jsvas broken. Cecille her
self carried the dog into the doctor's