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"What!" yelled Jim, quite forget
ting where lie was.
"A regular case of Miles Standish
over again, Jim. I told her you were
languishing with love for her, and
hadn't the grit to ask her to he your
wife. She's accepted you, my boy."
"You blithering ass!" said Jim.
"You'll make a splendid pair,"
said Harry. "I meant to pretend to
be you and propose in your name,
but I guess we don't look enough
alike for that. Good luck, old boy!"
Jim's hand fell on Harry's collar.
"Is that straight, Harry?" his broth
"I'll never loan you another cent.
And I'll go tell her at once that you
were playing the fool."
Harry grinned as he twisted him
self out bt his brother's grasp. "You
ought to have lent me that thou
sand," he Baid. "Goxand tell her by
aw means, see, nere sne comes.
They were a little away from the
other guest, hidden from their view
by a bank of flowers. Jim, standing
in a daze, saw Ethel Fisher approach
him with a happy face. She came
quickly up to him and and kissed
"Dear," she said, "Lam the happi
est woman in the world."
And Jim, looking wretchedly from
Ethel's happy face to the grinning
one of his brother, realized that it
was not so easy to tell her as he had
thought it would be.
He arrived home in Harry's wake,
raging. Nothing would satisfy him
tyit that Harry should go to Ethel
and at once confess the prank he
had played. But Harry was adaman
tine. "Jim, old man, it's for your own
good," he said. "It's time you were
married; you like Ethel, you "know,
and" one day you'll come to me and
thank me for what I have done."
"Get out of my housej" stormed
Jim. "From this moment'you are no
.brother of mine. Confound you! It's
another girl I was thinking of," he
It was, for now Nora Doyle began
to assume a very diff :erent aspect in
his imagination. He knew that if he
had any sense he would have pro
posed to Nora long before. ,J
But he could not tell Ethel. She8
looked so happy, her manner was so
loving, her greeting so affectionate.7
And sadly Jim came to the conclu-8
sion that he would have to marry
Nora Doyle and he seemed always
to be meeting now. Ethel asked Jim'
that their engagement should remain
secret for the present; consequently1
Nora suspected nothing. And Jim
found it Impossible to avoid telling'
her of his love and of his tragic mis'-J
take. - J
He avoided her, but still they metr
He would go for long country tramps'
and he would encounter Nora on the1
wav. TTp. went to town once, and
Nora happened to be on the same
train. And at last, utterly worn out,
he resolved to ask Ethel to marry3
hinr'at'once. The sooner it was over1
the sooner he could learn resigna-'
Ethel's manner had been a little'
ceremonious of late. Jim had not
seen her for two days. As he en-1
tered the garden of her house he1
heard her voice, then a man's, and to
his astonishment it sounded like
Harry's. The next moment he had
turned the corner of the hedge and?
come upon Harry holding Ethel id
He stood still, struck speechless,11
with a mixture of wild relief and al
most ungovernable fury. .The pair,?
surprised, started apart; then Ethers'
ringing laughter broke upon Jim's'
"You tell him, Harry," she said. '
"We're engaged, old man," said
Harry, approaching his brother a lit-'
"What do you mean?" shouted?
"Now don't get mad, my boy. I
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