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"Don't you call what lie has been
writing, doing anything?"
"Well, it isn't steady. It's too much
in the air."
"Yes," thought Marjorie svith
something tugging very hard at her
heart. "It is too much in the air, too
high, too fine for you ever to see."
But she said no more. She feared she
might betray herself. She would have
w given all, everything", for the love this
girl valued so little.
Marjorie was an orphan and might
have been on the charity of relatives
but for the $10 a week she earned as
a stenographer in the big city. When
her only brother, all she had in the
.world, died from injuries in a foot
ball "rush," she had first met Jerry
vWade. He was heibrother's college,
chum and he tried to comfort the "for
lorn little sister. It was something
besides comfort that came to Mar
jorie, but he went back to college and
she did not let Kim know. -Through,
the dishonesty of a relative she lost
what liy.le money had been left her,
and Wade, about the same time, by
his father's failure, found himself
thrown on his own resources. He
had always hoped to write something
worth, while. It had been for many
years his dream, and he meant to re
alize it. But Helen gave him to un
derstand he must "do something." In
fact, she put him on probation.
Wade called occasionally on Mar
jorie and talked "most of the time
about Helen. For the sake of seeing
him for a little while she could bear
to hear the praises of this other girl,
who she was sure did not understand
or care for him as she did. Some
times he brought his last story to
read to her. She was so apprecia
tive, and he began more and more to
P value her criticisms. Several times
he made changes she suggested.
Marjorie had been a real student and
was a constant reader of the best au
thors. She was beginning to put her
knowledge to some use in thinking
and judging values.
One evening, in speaking of Helenr
Wade rather jokingly said she had
put him on his mettle, she was mak
ing him wait.
"I wonder," he said suddenly, "if
she thinks I will ever win out"
"If she really loved you she would
know you would win."
The pent-up dam had burst its
bounds. She could stand the repres
sion of herself no longer, She went
on with a vehemence of which he
had neyer "believed her capable.
"I iell you the woman who under
stands a nian as she ought to if she
really loves him will know what he
can do. She will be sure he will
He looked at her wonderingly.
"What an inspiration you would be
t a man," he said. "I think you
would make him do it"
He went away- without another
word. She would not have' thought
it strange if he had not come" again.
A man4n love does not care' to hear
priticisms of his. fiancee. But he did
come, and she carefully refrained
from any further outbursts. Almost
always he brought new stories to
read to her, and things went on much
as they had done before. One even
ing he told her some great, good
news. Two stories had been accept
ed. One of the editors had sent for
him. He had been asked for more
and he was going to put up his price.
Marjorie rejoiced witn him and they
went out and had a little supper. The
next news he brought was that he
liad been offered a reader's position
at one of the publishing houses.
Marjorie advised him not to take it,
as it would, take all his time from his
"But Helen has advised me to take
it," he answered.
She said nothing, but looked unut
Sbe did not see him again for two
weeks. He seemed to have, a good
deal on his, mind. ' Then he told her
-he had released Helen from the en