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ONE SNOWY NIGHT
By Genevieve Ulmar
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
Hayden Lee knew that the face
upon which his hand rested was that
of a woman, for it was soft and deli
cately profiled. He knew that she
must be young, for, though she was
utterly unconscious, her slight
breathing was quick and even. There
he was, in total darkness, and had
nearly stumbled over the recumbent
form at the bottom of the stairs.
She had fainted or fallen and had
not been long in her present position,
for the snow and damp still clung to
"Heaven help her! A wild, wintry
night like this!" he murmured, "and
she must be poor and wretched, in
deed, to have wandered to this poor
neighborhood and driven to seek
shelter in this forlorn old rookery!"
For such his habitation for the past
ix months was, in fact and verity.
The remaining wing of a dilapidated
old building, it had presented the
welcome feature of the merest nom
inal rent in the world to his sister
Prue and himself. He had lost his j)o
sition as draughtsman at a critical
time. Illness had ensued, then spas
modic piece work done at home.
They had brightened up the smoke
stained rooms as best they might
and had secured some second-hand
furniture at a nominal price. As for
the rest, Prue's diligence had brought
what comfort the poor outfit could
Lee lifted the limp form in his arms
and called up tire dark stairway:
"Prue a lamp, quick!"
A dodr opened, light flooded the
scene and his sister stared in a star
tled way down the stairs.
"What has happened?" she voiced
flutteringly. "A woman?"
"Yes, I found her out here. Faint
ed or overcome with the cold. She
.needs instant attention."
His tones were vibrant for the
flickering lamplight had revealed the
fairest face he had ever seen. He
was a lover of beauty end the lovely
features presented to his vision
stirred all of sympathy and interest
in his readily impressed nature,
He bore his burden up the stairs
and into the little sitting room and
laid it on the couch. His sister stood
holding the lamp aloft and peering,
fascinated, with parted lips and mar
veling eyes. The stranger could "not
have been more than 20 years of age.
Tore Off the Rings.
Her garments were bedraggled, but
were of the richest material. On one
hand was a brilliant diamond circlet
and a wedding ring. Then she was a
wife? A widow? Lee was ashamed
at the disappointment the discovery
had caused him.
Prue roused to her normal, prac
tical bustling self. She had their in
voluntary guest removed to her own
room. Then Prue began expert min
istrations. After the laDse of an hou2