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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 02, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 20

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THE ORDEAL
By Genevieve Ulmar
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
"He asked me to marry him,"
spoke Greta Wilder, and drearily her
cousin, Madge' Boyce, regarded her
with mingled mystery and surprise.
"And you told him, 'no'?"
"Yes," voiced Greta, half audibly.
"And you meant 'yes'?" softly in
timated Madge.
"Yes, I did, and I'm sorry for it!"
burst forth Greta unrestrainedly.
"And I love him, oh Madge! so dear
ly, and always have."
"Then why "
But Greta had broken down utter
ly. She had buried her face on the
shoulder of her confidante and was
sobbing as though her heart would
break.
"Well, I declare!" murmured Miss
Boyce, older and, therefore, wiser
than Greta and half guessing at the
truth.
This came out in detail, as Greta
partially recovered her composure.
She had a friend, girl chum, as her
visiting friend knew Norma Earle.
Well then, she had confessed her
preference to Norma in a letter and
had told her that she was sure that
Wade Griscom was on the verge of
a proposal. Norma had written her
in reply, giving advice. It was to the
effect that no girl should let a man
think she was to be easily won.
Therefore, "keep him on the string
and try him out."
"And so, I followed her advice,"
mourned Greta, "and the strange
way that Mr. Griscom acts haunts
me. We were interrupted by brother
Ned coming on the schene, but Mr.
Griscom just chuckled. He looked
at me so strangely! Do you suppose,"
questioned Greta anxiously, "that
my refusal has driven him mad? He
went right away so queerly. Maybe
it was a blow he could not bear. I
may have broken his heart and driv
en him to despair and suicide," ,
"Don't be foolish, Greta," soothed
her sensible cousin. "Only, I am
surprised to see you following the
advice of the most heartless coquette
and flirt in all your list of acquain
tances." Greta seemed the better for some
sound, practical counsel from her
cousin, but toward dusk she coaxed
her to take a stroll. Madge did not
reveal the fact that she was sure
Greta was hoping to meet' Wade
Lost in Sad and Dreary Reflection.
Griscom. vWhich was true. Madge
had never seen Griscom, nor did she
know that as they cut across a va
cant space it was near a house where
Griscom lived. An upper window
was open and the apartment was
flooded with light. Greta uttered a
subdued cry and Madge had to quite
catch her in her arms to support her.
"Why, Greta!" she exclaimed, and.
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