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'I believe Doris would wait until I
could get started at something."
"Do you think a girl who has lived
ten years in New York would stay
one month in a ranchman's shack
without the ordinary comforts of civ
ilization? Not on your life! Now I
like Doris and I had looked forward
to your coming into the firm, marry
ing and settling down like a decent
Jason Paine had played his trump
Card and he noted its effect in the
thoughtful face -of his son. Nothing
more was said. But about a week
after "the young man announced his
determination to go west.
"Dad," he said, "there couldn't e
but one thing on earth that could
keep me here that's you. It cuts me
to the heart to 'disappoint you. But
this would either kill me,.or drive me
mad. Some day I might go through
the window or burn up the store."
"How about Doris?"
"She has said she would wait"
"Umph! Perhaps she will."
Paine, senior, went on to say that
not a penny could xhis son expect
.from him to invest in his "fool ven
ture," but if he ever wanted to come
home he would send him his railroad
fare and a hearty welcome awaited
him. Mrs.- Paine said very little. She
did not oppose the boy and a moth
er's sympathy shone in her eyes. As
for Doris, she bade him God-speed.
"You must do the thing that calls
you," she said. "It is -not written
that in the breaking of your heart
you shall earn your bread."
"Dear, brave little girl," he said.
"I will make good. Pray thatit may
not be so very long before I can
come after you."
So Donald went. They heard from
him often from various points of the
compass. He did not seem to stay
long in one place, and the ranch
seemed as'yet a remote possibility.
"It's "just his roving nature," said
his father. "He'll never stay long
enough in one place to build a shack
or fence in a ranch."
Whpn nearly two ypars had gono
by and Donald seemed to be settled
nowhere yet, the heart of Doris grew
heavy within her. Hewitt, a clever
young lawyer, began to pay her as
siduous attentions. Jason Paine be
came aware of this and felt it his
duty to say to her: "Doris, child, I
had hoped that some day you might
in reality be my daughter, but don't
think that I shall blame you no
and mother couldn't if you can't
waste your life waiting. I'm afraid
he wasn't meant to to marry."
"I am willing to wait. I haven't lost -faith,"
she said. But when he saw
her continually in the company of
Hewitt he could not but doubt her
words. Perhaps she was unwittingly
being made to forget the wanderer.
Then came a letter saying at last
he had started his ranch, and for a
year and over there was the same ad
dress Still he did not speak to Doris
of coming for her. She began to
wonder a bit Three years is1 a long
time to wait and young Hewitt did
not give up his suit.
One day Donald Paine walked in
on the astonished girl. He was
bronzed and brawny, well dressed
and cheerful. He had his ranch and
his shack, and "would she' go back
with him?" Decidedly she wbuld. He
took herhome' with him to dinner.
There -was going to be a family coun
cil and they wanted her in it.
After dinner they assembled in the
"Now," said Paine, senior, "before
we consent, or Doris' mother con
sents, we must know something def
inite about your prospects. He looked
uncompromisingly at his son and
waited for him to begin.
"When you wondered at my fre
quent change of address," said the
young man, "I was with a surveying
expedition and was salting down all
my wages and looking for land. At
last I found a ranch, all fenced, and
with some buildings that a man
wanted to sell. The money I took
with me and the little I had added to