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ing him with him to the next town
when he made his Saturday visits. As
he grew older, Ronald doubled his
visits. The natural sequence came
about one day he announced that
Cona and he were engaged.
We were not sorry for it, althouga
father advised a delay of a year or
two. Miss Mason died one day. This
iea to a peculiar situation, sne naa
Ipft what, littlft shft had tn Cnilsi Tt
was little, indeed, for there were a
great many debts. Miss Mason had
supported a crippled and helpless
brother in a sanitarium for years.
Coila assumed the responsibility of
of continued care of her uncle. She
went about her new duties like a
genuine business, woman. Ronald
objected to the strenuous strain, but
"I could not rest if I did not clear
up the debts of' poor, dead aunty,"
she said. "It would be a gin to neg
lect Uncle Waldron. You must be
and I shall be oh! so proud and
happy to become your wife, but I
must fulfill my duty."
"We could take your uncle with us,
Coila," suggested Ronald.
"I could not think of burdening you
with such a charge," resfeted Coila.
"No, it must b'e as I say. Everything
will come out right if I do my best,
So Ronald was content perforce
and Coila went on her steady way.
It proved to be a difficult way, and al
most cheerless at times. Business
was bad and her poor little head fair
ly ached over unfamiliar business
enfanglements. She just managed
to keep clear of new debts, but the
old ones hung about her neck like
Then one day came the strangest
happening of all in the strange link
of peculiar incidents that surround
ed Coila's young life. Ronald was
giving Djalhma some directions
about the garden, when there en
tered the yard the counterpart of
Djalhma. In an instant- Ronaldre
ahzed that- this must be Djalhma's
brother. The twain rushed into the
arms of one another a startling
greeting, for neither spoke.
Solemnly the new arrival placed
his finger on his lips. He tried ap
parently to convey some explanation
as to the cause of his appearance to
Djalhma. Ronald was intensely in
terested. He reasoned out that Ka
riza, too, had come under the ban of
silence. He realized that his mission,
making of him an exile like Djalhma,
must be an important one. Perhaps
It involved the interests of Coila.
Apparently Kariza made Djalhma
understand that he had a message or
explanation of importance to. impart.
Ronald followed them curiously, and
they were so excited and engrossed
in their present personal affairs that
his presence was unheeded.
At the rear of the garden was a ce
mented tennis court. Over near the
toolhouse were several barrels of
One of these latter Kariza proceed
ed to wheel up to one end of' the ce
mented space. He threw off his out
er surtouL He drew from some in
ner pocket a strange-appearing de
vice. It was a sort of metal funnel,
with' a short handle attached. He
dipped it in the sand, braced back
and began making "sand pictures."
Many a time Ronald had read of
persons among the denizens of India
who had" become experts in this line.
Here was? one of them, it was proved
forthwith. It was marvelous, the
accuracy, the fineness, the art with
which Kanza prosecuted his work.
Delicately, skillfully as a master
painter with his brush, Kariza out
lined and then filled in across the ce
mented space the features of a child,
a little girl.
"Coila," uttered Ronald, "it must
"Her father," he added,- wonder-
ingly, as there stood out upon the
unique canvas the portrait of a mili
Then followed the outline of a
ruined house, a temple and a casket.