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haracter that was developing both
kindliness and force. The deep
sense of obligation she had felt for
her aunt had grown into love, and
she was willing to make almost any
sacrifice rather than bring sorrow
into the life of the loaely woman.
Miss Crane had legally adopted Ethel
and she1 bore her name.
It was something of a shock to the
girl when her aunt made known to
her the aversion she felt toward Irvin
Ba'nks, and her strong desire that
she should not allow the acquain
tance to go any further,
"But why, aunty?" she urged.
"What have you against him?"
"Don't you know what there is
against him?" cried Miss Crane.
"Why, that boy took to drinking
when he wasn't more" than -18. He
vgot in with a bad set and helped to
rob a store over in Redcliffe and got
sent up for a year."
"Yes, I know about that," said
Her aunt regarded her with
speechless amazement. When she
finally found breath to speak, she
said: "You knew that? And yet you
ask me what there is against him?"
"Yes, I knew it he told me. But
that was seven years ago. He has
never touched liquor since. It was a
terrible lesson. They got him so
drunk that night he scarcely knew
what he was doing. He watched out
side, but he never entered the store.
It-was all right he should be pun
. ished. He feels that way and says -he
is glad he was pulled up in time. You
know what he has made of himself,
the people all know, and most of
them overlook what happened when
he was nothing but a boy."
"Well," protested Miss Cra.ne, "J
njust say I can't. I wouldn't lay a
straw in his way. I'd helpJiim any
way I could, but when it comes to "
She paused here as though posi
tively unable to gontemplate tho aw
ful possibility of anything like famil
. iarity with such a person.
"But just think!" cried the girL
"They have given him the position of
first assistant among all the engi-'
neers in building the big bridge. Just
imagine what they think of him in
New York, when they do that."
"Yes, that's fine. I want to see
him get along. But I don't want to
see you get to caring enough for him
to to spoil your life."
"Spoil my life?" echoed the girl
"Yes. You can never tell when a
ma who's, been a drunkard once will
take to it again. You can't trust
him. I'd. rather die than see any one
I cared for marry that sort of a
Ethel's affection for her aunt, and
her love for this man for she knew
now it was love were so nearly
crushing her in warfare that she
could say no more, and she brought
the interview to an end by making
an excuse to go 'to her room. -
Irvin Banks lived with his sister,
who had been one of the principal
factors in helping him to rise to the
position he now held. It was with his
sister that Ethel had first met him.
She was attracted by the good-look
ing young man with the high, firm
carriage of the head, the straight
gaze and the wholesome smileand
she was further held by his ability
tp say something worth while, and
saying it rather well. She had met
him in his own home by invitation
of his sister, and had asked him to
call. It was after his second visit, at
bqth of which Miss Crane had pre
tended illness as an excuse for not
appearing, that the lady had given
her emphatic reasons for not wish
ing him to call again.
Ground between the millstones of
her "divided duty," Ethel sought the
counsel of Mary Banks.
"Aunt Melissa has been to me a
second mother. I love her very dear
ly. How can I go dead against he
wishes. I I must ask him not tii
call again," Ethel said.
"And do you think Irvin will let it