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day it came at times with a little
JBert brought to see her an old
friend, a college chum, Jack Fisher
by name. He had lately entered the
law firm that was administering the
will of which she was one of the
heirs. He became interested in the
girl and called occasionally on a pre
text of business. On one of these oc
casions Grace told him what she had
overheard at the tea. She wondered
the next moment why she had made
a confidante 'of this man. But she
was beginning to be overwrought,
well-nigh obsessed with the idea
that Fleming might me influenced by
the little legacy, and she must have
some proof of his real devotion. It
was so easy to make protestations.
Fisher stood up stoutly for his
"Bert isn't that s'ort' he protested.
"I'd bank on him any time. Why, he
just thinks you're the only one in the
world. You're some girl to him."
She give him a little pleased, grate
"I couldn't believe there was any
thing that wasn't strong, fine and
sincere about him," she said. "But,
you see, I can't believe I'm the least
bit of a wonderful girl, or that any
one could see "
' "There!" he broke in. "You're get
ting morbid. That cat of a woman
has got you wuzzy. Cut it out!"
The advice, if slangy, was good,
and Grace tried to follow it, but Jack
Fisher, being an observant person,
could see, as he expressed it, "that "it
got in on her." He was also becom
ing aware of a fact which promised
some rather painful complications.
He could not disguise from himself
that he was beginning to care more
for Grace than was compatible with
loyalty to his friend. Then com
menced the struggle between desire
and renunciatidn, reason and sophis
try, the angel and the devil which is
in every human creature.
One evening Fisher came in on the
two in Grace's homef. He looked trou
bled, and seemed to try to cover it
by rattling on in a superficial way.
Finally he said: "It's not exactly
pleasant to to have to tell you why
I came, but you see I'm right there
in the office, and get things before
outsiders, clients or others, and I
thought it was up to me to to "
"For heaven's sake, out with it!
Don't keep us guessing!" cried Flem
ing. "Well, the case has gone against
you, Miss Perry. It doesn't look as
though they would allow you a cent."
She looked blankly at him, then
she said quietly: "Wei, I suppose I
shall go on living."
"I guess so," said Fleming.
"Please don't let on to any one I've
told you," he added. "It wouldn't do
to have them know I had spoken be
fore you were notified from the of
fice; but I thought I ought to tell
you." And making an excuse of an
engagement, he took his departure.
Two days after this, Fisher called
Grace on the telephone and asked if
she would see him. On receiving an
affirmative answer he lost no time In
"Well," he asked, coming directly
to the point, "how are things be
tween you and Ber,t? How did he
take the news? You have confided
in me and I have a right to know."
"Yes," she answered, "you have.
You were right about Bert. You can
'bank on him' every time. I am hu
miliated, ashamed, to think I har
bored those ideas for a minute. Oh,
he was so dear about it. What do
you think ? He insisted on the wed
ding taking place right away at
least in about a week. He says he
wants to take me away somewhere to
get the disappointment off my mind "
"That's like him," said the man. "I
would always have thought that. But,
to tell the honest truth, when it came
to this affair when you began to
have doubts perhaps they some
how lodged in my mind I began to
have them, too. And well, I might
as well make a clean breast of it I