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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 16, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE DECOY
By Walter Joseph Delaney
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
.Thoughtless Roger Bellamy roused
up, aflame with the fires of rivalry, as
he entered the home of his betrothed
wife. He was too free and welcome
a visitor to stand on formality and
he did not ring nor wait for a servant
to announce him. He was very hap
py, for the wedding day was only a
month distant He had won the belle
of the town and was proud of it He
loved Ruth Trescott with true, deep
fervor, so his heart was singing all
the time, those happy, happy days.
"Good-by and may heaven bless
you!"
He had entered the front parlor
and the words halted him. It was
then, seeking their source, that his
brow corrugated, his breath came
quick. In the rear room stood Jus
tin Dacre, and near him Lois.
Her face was sympathetic, but sor
rowful. She put out a detaining
hand. She drew her departing visitor
nearer to her. She removed a rose
from her bosom; she tendered it to
her companion. She spoke some
words to him. Then she lifted her
face to his own and kissed him ten
derly, with tears in her eyes, and
Justin Dacre dashed away and a sob
was wrung from his lips as he hur
ried from the home.
Lois had sunk to a chair. Her face
was buried in her handkerchief. Bel
lamy, on fire with jealousy and re
sentment, came to her side, throb
bing with emotion.
"Lois!" he spoke, and she looked
up startled and shrank slightly at the
harshness of his tone.
"That man kissed you!" continued
Bellamy hoarsely.
"I asked him to and I told him that
he might," replied Lois frankly. Then
she burst into tears afresh. "Oh,
Roger," she said. "I feel so sorry for
him, for he loved me," ,
"And told you so!" muttered
Roger darkly.
"For the first, the last, the only
time. He had not known of your
of our engagement. He was crushed
when I told him. Then, the noble,
manly fellow that he is, he wished
me happiness. He spoke of you, oh!
so grandly, so reverently. Roger, he
is a good man, and next to you but
oh! there is only you. Don't frown
He Was Unable to Resist
so dreadfully, dear. I never loved
any one but you, I never can."
Roger was mollified, but he did not
entirely share the esteem of Lois for
his unfortunate rival. He rather pit
ied Dacre, when, a day or two later,
he learned that he had abandoned a
law practice built up slowly and with
painstaking application through the.
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