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Impetuous, innocent girl, thoroughly
ignorant of the ways of the" world.
She had met a summer boarder at
the lake resort hotel, and he Had daz
zled har. To Nellie, for the time be
ing at least, Burlingame was the
pink of perfection among men. He
flattered her and paid her expensive
attention. John began looking him
up. He did not tell Nellie all he had
' Learned. He hoped to be able to ban-
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clOBures that would humiliate 'her.
It had been of no avail. Her father
- was old, had always let his children
grow up in their own way. She had
no mother, and her married sister
was engrossed in bringing up her
own family. 'John felt called upon to
act He had done so. A covert
threat of exposure had sent the per-
sistent Burlingame adrift, but he had
aroused a perverse and stubborn
spirit in Nellie that caused him anxiety.
y Burlingame aid not venture near
the Otley home during the next
, week. Nellie pouted and moped like
a peevish, spoiled child. She did not
speak to-John w,hen he appeared
about the place, although he sat at
the same table at dinner time, being
engaged 4n some work for Mr. Otley.
Every evening John watched the Ot
ley home. Nellie apparently saw no
visitors, and did not go any. place
"where she was likely to meet Bur
lingame. One afternoon, however, an inci
dent transpired that aroused the at
tention of John. He saw Nellie meet
the postman at the gate, receive- a
letter, thrust it hastily into her
pocket and hurry to a part of the
house lot where the shrubbery was
thickest. John was resting beyond
b , the hedge where he could view her
plainly. Nellie read the letter eager
ly. Her face brightened and then, as
if bent on answering it at once, she
' hurried toward the house to go to
her room. A white object flitted from
her pocket as-She brushed by some I
bushes, j John was at the spot as I
soon as Nellie reached the house. He
I, rapidly read the missive and then, aa
weme reappearea irom xne nouses
dropped the letter and hastened to
Nellie recovered the letter with a
glad smile and once more disap
peared. Pacing up and down beyondi
the hedge, John wore a grave, per4
plexed look upon his face.
The letter, as he had suspected?
was from Burlingame. Others ,had
passed between that individual and
Nellie and this orie was the result off
the secret correspondence. Bur-f
Ungame wrote that the only course;
open was an elopement. At a certain?
hour, near a certain place, an auto-;
mobile would be waiting for Nellier
the next evening. It would speed
with her to the city and land her at
a hotel, where Burlingame would be
awaiting her. A hasty marriage, a
brief honeymoon and they would re
turn home "to be forgiven."
"The scoundrel!" commented John'
hotly. "What had I better do?"
It was in his power through com
plete exposure of Burlingame to pre
vent the elopement; but he feared a
woman's willful temper. No,v he
would unmask the villain in a way
that would drive, Nellie forever from
the man whose false pretensions, had
Nellie arrived atthe rendezvous, in
a lonely country lane, and the muf-fled-up
chauffeur simply nodded as if
to indicate that he had explicit or
ders. There was a rapid spin. An
hour later the machine entered a
dark street in the great city. The
chauffeur hurried Nellie into a dimly
Jit building, up a flight of stairs,
pushed open a door and she stood,
puzzled and trembling, in' the pres
ence of a poorly dressed woman. The
apartment bore signs of abject pov
erty, a little babe slept in a broken
down cradle. The woman fixed wear
ied, almost indifferent eyes upon her.
"Where is I donf understand "
began Nellie, shrinking back.
"That you meet Mrs. Burlingame