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to say that if they were not engaged
they ought to he.
They were engaged, but what de
termined Millicent to have it an
nounced was the behavior of Arthur
Royce. He was calling on her by
this time, and one evening he seemed
different from what he usually was.
j- Millicent said to herself with a laugh
that he was falling in love with her.
But she was not prepared for his sud
den proposal, nor for the tragic way
in which he took her refusal.
"I always told you I'd marry arich
man and a college man, and you are
neither, Arthmy" said Millicent.
"And I told you I would marry you
and I will," answered the boy.
"Maybe you will," replied the girl,
"but I'm goipg to marry Mr. Bennett
first, anyway. "She stretched out a
slim, white hand. "This is my en
gagement ring," she said. "Isn't it
Arthur ran from the house. A
week later the engagement was an
nounced. Somehow there lurked
the rudiments of a heart in Millicent
She was sorry for Arthur -and she
said nothing about his proposal to
But that was what was at the back
of her request that the announce
ment should be made. Nobody was
greatly surprised, and everyone said
that she was a lucky giri, and maybe
Jim Bennett would steady down a
bit with her hand on the checkrein.
They were married in the Presby
terian church and the wedding was
the event of the week. There were
columns in the papers about it. Ar
thur read them in his hall bedroom.
His gripjay, packed, on the bed. He
had resolved to run away, anywhere,
without notice, but when he had fin
ished -reading them he suddenly sat
up and squared his shoulders.
"I'll stay," he said, "and I'll get her.
Somehow in heaven if - not on
Which ' expression, though far-,
fetched, might be pardonable in a
young fellow of 23. J
Jim Bennett had made things hum
when he returned from college, as he
had said he would, and he kept up
the process after his return from the
honeymoon. During the next two'
years Jim Bennett and his wife made
the money fly. They inhabited the
finest house in the town and life was
for them a succession of. entertain
ments and pleasures. Arthur Royce
was how getting $20 a week. Ben
nett never saw him and seemed' to
have forgotten him. But Millicent
bowed. There is something about a
rejected lover that makes a woman
feel tenderly toward him.
Two years passed and Bennett be
came a financial leader in the place.
A few who watched knew that his af
fairs. wer6, unstable. Arthur was
amOng'these. And for Millicent's
sake he df eadd the crash that must
come. But Bennett plunged more
wildly, until the banks were, totter
ing upon the verge of the precipice,
while Bennett juggled with his mil
lions and refused to look the facts
in the face.
He treated his wife badly, too, ev
ery one knew. There were reports
of his infatuation for several women
successively. Arthur saw Millicent
rarely, but he noted the progressive
look of unhappiness upon her face.
Bennett began to notice Royce'
again. He promoted him to $25,
chiefly because another bank, an old,
conservative institution, wanted to
get held of him. Arthur would glad
ly have left,; but he had an instinct
against leaving his present bank
when it was in difficulties.
One day the truth came out Ar
thur had been sent 'to Bennett's
house on an important ewand. He
found Bennett out, but as he was
about to leave Millicent came in,
"What did he send you for?" she
"The manager sent me, Mrs. Ben
nett It was about a private matter."
"A banking matter?"
She burst into tears. "I thought