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The moon was at its full and the
old-fashioned garden at Ellerslie was
very beautiful this late September
The Shelleys were entertaining the
young people of the neighborhood. It
was not a dance, merely a supper par
ty and after that the wonderful gar
den and the tree shadows and the
scent of late roses and sentiment.
And it was sentiment indeed. Some
of It was very earnest. A good deal
of it was play, but so well played that
more frequently than not it ended in
a game of cross purposes that threat
ened serious consequences.
It was in such a play that Warren
Addison f.nd Nell Iglehart were the
principal actors. The other boy and
girl were only accessories. They did
not know it.
Warren had come from Baltimore to
meet her here. She was late in arriv
ing. When she did appear it was with
a man he did not know. The man and
her lateness-in Warren's mind an in
tentional thing-made him turn to the
first pretty girl in that garden of
If they had known a little more of
life the two foolish things would not
have had an unhappy moment, but
she was seventeen and Warren not
quite twenty-one. She cried herself
to sleep that night and Warren took
the early train for Baltimore. Neither
had spoken ten words to the other.
Uncle Charles was a matchmaker.
He would have resented this if any
one had had the assurance to declare
it, for his matchmaking extended no
further than his favorite niece and
"that boy," as he called Warren Addi
son. He had done everything in his
power to further a marriage that was
violently opposed by the girl's father; I
hf::l even promised to help them when
they were ready to set up housekeep
This nome looked farther away than
ever after that evening at Ellerslie.
Warren had not been in the country
since then and Uncle Charles could
not understand this. He questioned
Nell, but could get nothing from her
save a shrug and a toss of her head.
If Warren didn't care to come and
was tired of writing, she wasn't goiug
to worry herself about it, she declared.
Ile had not suspected the trouble
had prone so far as that. He must do
something to circumvent a ruthless
fate. But what?
He talked the matter over with
Aunt Mary. She was interested, but
advised not to meddle. That was ex
actly what he had made up his mind
to do, however, and the best way to do
it. he decided, was to have a house
party of his own.
Very much pleased with himself, he
went to church the next morning and
after service called two or three of
the young men to him. Telling thom
of his intention, he was soon the cen
ter of a fluttering group of femininity
-all delighted with the prospect of a
week of gayety.
And Uncle Charles did not make
them wait for their pleasure The
next evening found ?ihe gay crowd in
Nell and Warren were to all appear
ances the gayest of the company, but
those wiio knew them well felt there
was something wrong oetwecn them,
possibly revealed by the extreme po
liteness of the one to the other.
When two days had passed, and
then a week. and?Uncle Charles saw I
no prospect of a settlement of their i
quarrel, he decided upon his final
scheme, a ride to Annapolis-twenty
seven miles away-dinner there and a j
return home by moonlight. He thought
Nell a horsewoman. She was not.
She was c coward about horses, but
stronger than her cowardice was her
prid", and she started with the others,
her heart in her throat and clutching
at the pommel whenever she thought
the action wmld pass unnoticed. Her
escort was on a newly-broken colt that
claimed all his attention and whose
antics, at last, made every horse in
the party restive. There was no sur
prise felt when he bolted and started
a stampede down the narrow country
Nell was the only one incapable of
managing her horse. She tried, but
fright overcame her and the reins
dropped. As they fell from her hand
the horse shied and she lay-a crum
pled little heap by the roadside.
A year later, the scene was again
laid in the garden at Ellerslie. Under
one of the trees sat a boy and a girl.
They had been very quiet and the
thought of that other night was in the
minds of both. Presently Warren
"Nell, Nell, to think how near we
came to missing this."
She leaned a little toward him and
her voice was low as she answered :
"I do not think we would have
missed it, dear. I could have stood it
no longer. I hoped you would speak.
If not, love was more to me than pride
and I would have told you on that ride
He laughed a little. "And I? Well,
I was waiting my opportunity when
your horse shied. After that nothing
He gave a quick glance backward.
No one was in sight and he leaned
over and touched her Hps.
Which goes to show that Uncle
Charles had keener insight into the
ways of lovel s than had been credited
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