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By Florence L. Henderson
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Nobody in the world- was good
enough for Ina Reeves, in the opin
ion of Jasper Grantham. That was
why, the first time he saw her, he
shut himself up in his library and
spent a serious hour, in calm and
somewhat bitter reflection.
"Kill it off, you plain-looking old
fossil," he spoke, shaking his fist at
himself in the mirror. "Seventeen
and twenty-seven it won't do.
Moreover, aside from your appalling
homeliness, you are in a rut of old
fogy ideas. You must never think of
leading a bright young spirit like Ina
Reeves into it no, no, your duty is
plain. Find for her a life partner in
her own class, bright, sprightly and
Grantham had unexpectedly found
himself in a position which gravely
disturbed the even system of his ca
reer. He lived with his married sis
ter, Bertha Marshal, and he fancied
he had found the ideal environment
of bachelor life. He was a good deal
disturbed when Bertha came to him
to announce that the widowed moth
er of Ina, her girlhood's dearest
friend, dying, had left him as guard
ian and protectress of her only child,
an artless, lovely girl of 17.
Ina snuggled into their hearts from
the first moment that her affection
ate way and ;radiant beauty burst
upon them bewitchingly in their
charming fullness. She was all love
and tenderness toward Mrs. Marshall
and treated her as a second mother.
With Grantham there was a marked
contraint from the first. He was ten
years the senior of Ina. She was tim
id in his presence, awed at times
when the rare intellectuality of his
mind was displayed. Ina seemed to
regard him as "the smartest man in
the world." She told Mrs. Marshall so
confidentially. When Ina learned
that the estate was loaded down. with. .
difficult complication and debt she
actually wept with gratitude toward
the-unselfish man who was shoulder
ing this new burden.
Every day Grantham felt that' this
lovely girl was winning her way clos
er and closer to his innermost heart.
Numberless little courtesies, evincing
thoughtfulness and interest, dazzled
him, even thrilled him. He attribut
ed it to an undeveloped sense, as of a
child to a father or brother. He saw
You Plain-Looking Old Fossil."
the danger line, made an iron resolu
tion and preparedto execute it. From
that time on he spoke less frequent
ly to Ina: At' times he actually
avoided her. Mrs. Marshall was one
day deeply distressed when Ina
rushed into her room, where she was
sewing -and threw hesrelf on her
knees and, burying her face- in her
lap, burst into a torrent of tears.
"Why, my darling'!" spoke 'Mrs.
Marshall, deeply distressed. "What is