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John felt that the time had come
for an understanding. If Stella pre
ferred this man to him he must know
it He came in his usual straight
forward way and asked her if she
was engaged to Brent.
Stella looked a bit conscious, then
she laughingly-asked: "What makes
you think so?"
"Well, you're going about with him
a great deal, and "
"And what?" she smiled. '
'Most any one would think so?'
Some vanity and a good deal of
deviltry, natural to almost all young
things, came to the surface.
"Let them -think so if they like,"
, "Do you wish me to think so?"
"Why, John," she parried. "Does it
really make much difference to
" " "Does it make much difference to
me?" he repeated in slow amaze
ment "Why you know it does."
"I don't know how I was to know
it," she again parried. "And anyway
1 suppose I did. What is the harm in
having a good time?"
"No harm," said John. "But with
him I don't see how you can.''
"What have you to say against Mr.
Brent?" she asked indignantly.
"He doesn't ring true, he is not
what he seems."
"Oh!" she answered with pointed
sarcasm. "Is that your acute detec
tive talent, or just simple, unadul
"Neither one. Ordinary common
"In which I must be woefully
lacking," she added.
It was in vain that John tried to
convince her there were good
grounds for his assertion. She main-
tained it was nothing but miserable
P jealousy, and declared she would not
be dictated to, while John, feeling
that Brent had entirely supplanted
him, left with a desperate resolve not
to see her again unless she asked
him to come.
, Stella realized after -he had cone
that she had not meant to really send
Ihim away for good and all, but Cecil
Brent s attentions becoming more
persistent they were engaged, and
she became the proud possessor of a
John, in his efforts to forget hie
heartbreak, applied himself more
steadily to business than ever. One
day at police headquarters he was
introduced to a young lady and was
told she had become a valuable as
sistant in the detective service.
"Miss Remson," said the chief,
"thinks she has a clue to those coun
terfeit tens and fifties."
"One of the men I have my eye on
is an elderlyi man masquerading as a
clergyman," said the girl detective.
John Lawlor and Miss Remson
were detailed to work together. They
found where the. "elderly clergyman"
lived, and kept a close account of his
going and coming. One day John
saw him leave the house with a dress
suit case. He followed him -to the
station and took the same train, not
meaning to lose sight of his man for
one instant Had he only been aware
that "an' automobile was leading the
train a close race, and had seen the
occupants, he might possibly have
lost sight .of the man in clerical
As the train slowed into the first
station, the automobile whizzed past
If John had not been so intent on
watching his man he might have seen
the people in the car. The reverend
gentleman walked to a small hotel,
with John closely in his wake. He
saw him assigned to a room, and, as
soon as he went up with the bellboy, x
contrived to get a roonb for himself
quite near the other. He read on the
register the name of "Rev. Jos. Ba
ker" and concluded he had not come
to this little town for nothing. John
intended to find out what that er
He had been in bis room about
half an hour, the short winter day
had drawn to a close, he had lighted
the gas and was reading a paper.