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Pa Re Six.
January 16, 1913.
The Heroine of the Forest
""VTITy" not 7 No one can comfort n
hurt heart like a tender woman: and.
EIiiihaviPiiiiicr toured to .uunk
thnryou 1hajTiave"n Uut in ttio I.iin
berlost If you aro free? She mlgfft
care to Fee you. You can soon tell."
A longtime Philip Ammon satin deep
thought. At last he raised bis head.
"Well, why not?" lie said. "Years
could make me no surer than 1 am
now, and life' Is short. Please ask
Banks to Ret me some coffee and toast,
and 1 will bathe and dress so 1 can
take the early train."
"Go to your bath. 1 will attend to
your packing and everything. Aud
Phil, If I were you 1 would leave no
"Not an address!" said Amnion
"Not even for Polly."
When the train pulled out the elder
Ammon went homo to find Hart Hen
"Where Is Phil 7" ho demanded.
"Ho did not feel like facing hi
friends at present, and I am just back
from driving him to the station. He
said be might go to Slam or Patagonia.
He would leave no address."
Henderson almost staggered. "He's
not gone and left no address? You
don't mean It: He'll never forgive
"Never Is a long time. Hart," said
Mr. Ammon. "And It seems even long
er to tboso of us who arc well ac
quainted with PUU. Last night was
not the last straw. It was the whole
traw stack.'' It crushed Phil so far as
she Is concerned."
Twice Hendcron opened bis Hps to
peak of Kdltli Carr's despair. Twice
he looked Into the stern. Inflexible face
of Mr. Ammon and could not betray
ber. He held out the ring.
"I have no Instructions ns to that,"
aid the elder Amnion, drawing back.
Tossibly Miss Cnrr would have It as
"1 am sure not." bald Henderson
"TJimi Riippfcsp jou return It to Pea
cock. I will 'phone him. He will give
you the price of It. nnd you might odd
It to the children's fresh air fund."
"As you choose." said Henderson.
Then he went to his home, but ho
could not think of sleep. lie ordered
breakfast, but he could not eat. Ho
paced the library for a time, but It was
too small, doing out on the streets
bo walked until exhausted, then ho
called a hunsom und was driven to hU
club. As lie bciuntered Into the room
an atteudHiit hurried to him.
"You aru wuutcd most urgently at
tbo 'phone. .Mr. Henderson," he said.
"You have had threo calls from Main
Henderson bblvered as ho picked
down the receiver und gavo the call.
"Is that yott, Hurt?" catuo Edith's
"Did you find Phil?"
"No; ho bos bceu home and gone
i The cry tore Henderson's heart
, "Shall I come nnd tell you. Edith?"
"No. Tell me now."
, "When 1 got to the. bouse Hanks
said Mr. Amnion nnd Phil were out In
the motor, so I waited. Mr. Ammou
came back soon. Edith, are you
"Yes. Go on "
"Call your maid. I can't tell you un
til some one Is with you."
"Tell me Instantly!"
"Edith, he said he had been to the
station. He s.ild Phil had started to
Slam or Patagonia, he didn't know
which, and left no address. He said"
Distinctly Henderson heard ber fall.
He set the buzzer ringing and In n few
seconds beard voices, so he knew she
had been found. Then be crept Into a
private, den and shook with a bard,
The next day Edith Carr started on
her trip to Europe. H"uderson felt
certnln she hoped to meet Philip there.
He was sure she would be disappoint
ed. though he had no Idea where Am
mon could have gouu. Uut after much
' thought he decided he would see Edith
, soonest by remaining at home, so be
spent the summer lu Chicago.
"Elnora," said Mrs. Comstock,
"there's some one coming down thii
"Coming here, do you thluk?"
"Yes; coming here. 1 suspect."
Elnora glanced quickly at ber moth
er und then turned to the road ns Phil
, Ip Ammon reached the gqte.
"Careful, mother," the girl Instantly
warned. "If you change your treat
ment of blm a hair's breadth bo wilt
suspect. Come with me to meet him."
She dropped her work and sprang up.
"Well, of nil the delightful sur
prises!" she cried.
She wns n trifle thinner than during
the previous summer Ou ber face
there was a more mature, patleut look.
He caught both hands where she of
fered hut one.
"Eluora," he cried, "If you were en
gaged to me and we wero at a ball
among hundreds where I offended you
very much nnd didn't even know I had
dune anything nnd If I asked you be
fore nil of them to allow tue to explain,
to forgive me. to wait, would your
fnco grow distorted und unfamlllnr
with nnger? Would you drop my ring
on the tloor and liixult ui repeatedly''
Uli. Elnoru. would jou?"
Eluora's big ejus t-eeined to leap,
while her face grew very white. She
wrenched away bur hnnds
"Hush, Phil, hush!" sliu protected.
"That fever has you ngnln! You aru
iroudfully 111. Yuu don't know what
ton uru saying."
"I am sleepless und exhausted; I'm
beurtslck, but I a in well as I ever was
Answer me, Elnoru, would you?"
"Answer nothing!" cried Mrs. Cum
itock. "Hung your coat there on your
nail, Phil, and come split some kin
dling. Elnora, clean iiwuy that stuff
and vet the table, C'uu't you see the
boy. lssturved and tired He's como
home to re t and get a decent meal
Come on. Phil "
Mrs. Comstock m.-irehcil nvay. and
Ammon hung hi --".it in n old place
and followed out .f sight nnd hear
ing she turned mi linn
"Do you en 1 1 joursclf n man or a
hound?" she ti lled
"Mrs. Count. nk. I came here to ask
Elnora to marry tno."
I "0 - I
'Mrs. Comstock, I cams here to ask El
nora to marry me."
, "The more fool you, thenl" cried
. Mrs. Comstock. This time yesterday
1 you wero engaged to another woman,
no doubt. Now. for some llttlo tlnreup
you come racing here to use Elnora as
a tool to spite the other girl. A week
of sane living nnd jou will bo sorry
and ready to go. lurk to Chicago or,
If you really are mail enough to bo
sure of yourclf. she will come to claim
you. When you patch up jour nffulrs
.and go sailing nwuy together, whero
I does my girl come In?"
"1 nm a Inwyer. Mrs. Comstock," said
Amnion. "It appeals to me an beneuth
your ordinary tense of Justice to deeldo
a case wlt'iout hearing the evidence.
It Is due in- that you hear me lirst."
"Hear your side?" Unshed Mrs. Coin.
I stock. "I'd u heap sight rather bear
"I wish to my soul that you had
beard und seen her last night. Mrs.
Comstock," said Ammon. "Then my
wuy would be clear."
He gave his version of the previous
"Do you bellevo me?" be finished.
"Yes," said Mrs. Comstock.
"Oh; It loolis nil right for you, but
what about her?"
"Nothing so far ns I am concerned,
nor plnns were all made to stnrt to
Europe today, I suspect she Is on tho
Tray by this time. Elnora Is very
sensible, Mrs. Couistmk. Hadn't you
better let her decide this?"
"Tho final decision rests with her, of
1 coure." admitted Mrs. Comstock. "Uut
, look you one thing! She's all I have
Bo far ns I know you'vo always been
a man nnd you may stay. Hut If yoi
bring tears and heartache to her don't
have the assurance to think I'll near li
' tamely. I'll get right up nnd tight llko
a catamount If things go wrong for El
"1 have no doubt but you will," re
plied Ammon. "nnd I don't blame you
In the least If you do, I hare the tit
1 most devotlou to offer Elnora. a good
home, fair social position, nnd tny fam
ily will love her dearly Think It over,
I know It Is sudden, but my father ad
They prepared and nte supper. Aft
erward they sat In the arbor and talk
ed, or Elnoru played until time for Am
mon to go.
"Will you walk to tho gate with mo?"
he naked Elnora ns he arose.
"Not tonight," she answered lightly
"Come early In the morning if you
like, nnd we will go over to Sleepy
Snake creek nnd hunt moths nud gnth
er dandelions for dinner."
Amnion leaned toward her. "May I
tell you tomorrow why I came?" he
"I think not." replied Elnora. "The
fact Is I don't care why you cnuu. It
Is ciiougJi for me that we nreyour very
good friends and (hut 111 trouble you
have found us a refuge. I fancy we
hud better live n week or two before
you say uti.vthlng There is a possibili
ty what you have to say may cliaugc
lu that length or time."
"It will not change one lotnl" cried
"Then It will lime the graeo of that
much age to give It onu small touch
of flavor." slid the girl "Come early
lu the morning "
She lifted the violin and began to
phi) n dsllil) fairy (In in t.'.
"WHI, bless ill) soul!" softly ejacu
1sl the Hstoiimled Mrs Countock.
! 'Iiltik I wn worrying for fear you
'iihln't take rare of yourself!"
Klooni hunched as she played.
The month which followed was n rep
etition of the previous Jut' . with moth
I : Is. specimen Fathering mid perfect
i khts lilli-d with iini-lr. snve that Phil
l was now Elnora's avowed suitor
l.tliih Carr. lek at heart, sailed for
Europe. At the end of a month Philip
i!,ed Eluora to be his wife, tint she
I ! deil for more time, saying she uiut
oe -.lisoiutely sureof herself and of blm
l fote she rould say yes Uut she con--oiitcd
to wear a beautiful emerald
ring which be had had sent from Chi-
Wherein Chicago Comes to the Limber
last. ONE. honk, honk! Hart Hen
JL4 del-son set the alarm of the big
i I aiitoinoiiile filing as It bhot
M ffuui i.i n, M trees lining
the liru.hvt ihkI n,:i,l The picture of
ui vine covered iiiiiiu. a great drooping
tree, a green ciml t-lrl and a man bend
lug over her er elmeiv flashed Into
new Edlto Carr n light her breath
with a snap Pll Xinuion'gnve Tom
Levering ii ipilcl; lunch and wickedly
w iuktsl at tutu
Scleral dajs in-fore Edith had re
turned froi'i EiirNpe suddenly. Sho
and Henderson n ul - ailed at the Am
nion resilience. snMiig that they wero
going to motor iIoimi to the l.lmberlost
1 to ee Philip a lew hours and urged
that Polly and Tom iii-coiupauy them.
Mi's A mux i n thought It better to havo
I'ollv alonr: to supNrt Philip than to
al'jw him to confront Edith iinoipoct
ihII.v nud ulone I'.'llv was full of
spirit She did not like Edith and did
not relish the tlMtii-iit of tier ns n, sis
ter Two dujs in-fore her father had
extracted a projiiSe of secrecy, given
ier Philip's address and told her tn
send blm the finest emerald ring sh
timid se'ect I'ollv knew how that
ring Would be usisl What she did not
know was Hint the girl who accompa
nied her went luck to the store after
ward, made an excuse to the clerk that
she had tieon seat to lie absolutely
sure that the address was right and so
i-erurri It for Edith 'arr.
Tto days laiei Edith bad Induced
fl.it i Henderson io take her to Onn
lusliii ISy Hie old of iiliips they lo
cn'eil the Coiiisit'cli laud and passed
It meiely to see Hie ulaco Henderson
hittcd t'l-it trip uad implored Kdltli not
n iko It. but he innde no elTnrt to
conceal from him what sho suffered,
and It wus more than he could endure.
The Kuullght tftihed with distinct
ness thu scene nt tho west end of tho
chalu Instinctively, to savo Edith,
Henderson bet the whistle blowing.
Ho had thought to go on to tho city,
hut I'olly Amnion blood, crying. "Phil,
Phil!" Tom Levering was on hU feel
shouting and waving, while Edith lit
her most Imperial manner ordered him
to turn into the lane leading through
the woods hobble the cabin.
"I'lx it some way that I get n mill
uto ulouo with her," shu commanded
us he stopped thu cur.
"That la my sMer i'olly, her llanco
Tom U'veriiig. a friend of mluo nam
ed HetidcrKun und"- began Ammou.
"Edith Carr." volunteered Elnora.
"And Edith Cnrr," repealed Philip
Amnion. "Eluora, bo bravo for my
sake, Their coming cnu make no dif
ference In nuy way. I wou't let them
1 stay but u few minutes. Come
i with me!"
"Do I looked scared?" Inquired El
nora serenely "This is why you have
not. had your unswor. I havo been
. waiting Just six weeks for that motor.
I You may bring them to mo nt (lie
Sho could seo (tint Miss Cnrr was
splendidly beautiful, while sho moved
with tho bnutcnr und grnco supposed
to bo tho prerogatives of royalty. And
sho bad Instantly taken possession of
Philip Amnion. Hut Amnion nlso hnd
a brnln which was working with rapid
ity. Ho knew Elnora wns wntclilng
so tic swung around to tho others.
"Give tier up. Torn!" ho cried, "I
didn't know I wanted to seo I ho little
nuisance so badly, but I do. How nro
father nnd mother? Polly, bo good to
Elnora," lie whispered.
"Urn httb."nssented I'olly. And nloud,
"I never saw such n Itenuty. Thomas
Asriulth Levering, you como straight
hero and take my li.mdl"
Edith's movo to compel Ammon to
approach Etnorn bcolde tier had born
easy to see; nlso Its failure. Hender
son stepped Into Amnion's place ns tic
turned to his sister. Instead of Inking
Polly's hand Levering rnn to open tho
gate. Edith passed through first, but
Polly darted In front of her on the
run. with Phil holding her arm. and
swept up to Klnorn. Polly looked for
the ring nnd saw It. That settled mat
ters with her.
"You lovely, lovely, darling girl!"
she cried, throning her nrtns n round
Elnora and kissing her 'Villi her lips
near Eluorn'H ear. I'olly whispered
"Sister-dear, dear sister!"
Elnora diew back, staring nt Polly
In confuses! itrunzcui'Mit. She wns n
beautiful girl, dressed lii'soine wonder
ful way Her eyes were sparkling
nnd dancing, and us she turned tn
make way for the others slu kept one
of Eluora's hands lu hers Edith bow
ed low, muttered som-tiling and touch
ed Elnoru's fingers In that Instant
only pity was in Elnoru's breast for the
Hashing tlnrk beauty.
"Come Into tse shade." she rirged
"You mtift have found It warm on
theo country roads. Won't you lay
aside your dust coiits nud have n cool
drink? Philip, would you ask mother
to come and bring that pitcher In tho
They entered the nrlior. exclaiming
nt the dim. green coolness. Mrs. Com
stock came dellls'rstely. talking to Am
nion ns she approached Minora gave
her one searching look, lint could ills
cover only sn s-xtreme hrtchtness of
eye to denote sny iitumml feeling
Polly Instantly went to ber and held
up her fare to .e klssisl Mrs. Com
stock's ejes twinkled, und she made
the greeting hearty
Soon the pitcher was empty, and Kl
norn picked It op nud went to refill It
While stie was gone Henderson nsked
Philip about some trouble ho wns hav
ing with bis car They went to the
woods and began n mluuto cinmlna
tlon to find n defect which did not ex
ist Polly nnd Levering wero hnvlng
nn animated conversation with Mrs.
Coinsiock. 'lenderson saw Edith arise,
follow the garden path next the woods
nnd stand waiting under the willow
which Elnora would pass on her re
turn. It wns for that meeting he bud
made tho trip. He got down on tho
ground, tore up tho car. worked, nsked
for help and kept Philip busy screwing
bolts nnd applying the oil can. All the
time Henderson kept an eyo on Edith
nnd Elnora under the willow. Hut ho
took pains to lay the work ho asked
Philip to do where that scene would
tie out of his sight. When Elnoru
came nrniiud the corner with the pitch
er she found herself facing Edith Cnrr
"I want a minute with you." said
"Very well." replied Elnora, walk
"Soi the iilli'her on tho bench there."
louiinaudei Kdltli Carr hs If speaking
to a servant
"I prefel not to offer my guests ii
warm drink." said Elnora. "I'll como
back If wui really wish to speak with
"I came solely for that." said Edith
"It would bo n pity to travel so far In
this dust nud heat for nothing. I'llouly
be gone ii second "
, Elnora set the pitcher before her
inol her "Pleuse servo this." she said.
Miss Carr wishes to peak with me."
The gin slowly nnd gravely walked
back to the willow.
"Will you bo beutcd?" she nsked no
( Edith Carr glanced ut thu bench,
while n shudder shook her.
I "No. i prefer to stnfid," alio saltl
"DJd Mr Amnion give you the ring
you are wearing, nnd do you consider
yourself eegaged t him?"
' "Hy what right do you ask such per
sonai onestlous as those?" Inquired El
noru "Hy the right of a betrothed wife. I
bnve been promlstsl to Philip Amnion
ever slnco 1 wpro short skirts. All our
lives we have expected to marry. Au
ngreement of years cannot bu broken
in one Insane moment. Always tie bad
loved me devotully Give mu ten min
utes with him mid he will bo initio for
"I berloiisly doubt that." said Elnora.
"Hut I nm perfectly willing that you
bhould iiinku the test I will cull hlui."
"Stop!" (Otiiiiinnded Edith Carr. "I
told you that It wns you I came to
"I remember." said Minora.
"Mr Ammon Is my betrothed." con
tinued Edith Carr "I expect lo tako
him back to Chicago with me."
"Then It Is untrue that you twlco
rejected bis ting, repeatedly Insulted
blm nml publicly renounced hlinV"
"That was through you!" cried Edith
Carr. "I realize (he spell of this
place for u summer season. 1 can so
Just how you havo worked to ensnaro
"Men would cull tint lying." said El
noru calmly, "Tho becond time I met
Philip. Aiiiinouho Jold jue jyl hlscn-
"I want a minute with you," said M i
pafeemi'tn to you. ilnn I respected
When he left me I did not hope or
pect to see ti t ut agulu.'' KInuni s vo
fell soft nud low "And. behold, you
sent hlin-niid free:"
"You exult In tliatr cried Edith Carr
"Let hip tell you he Is not free: It lie
married jou before a month yuu would
read heart hunger for me lu his eyes
He could not love mo us he has done
and give inu up for a llttlo seenu llko
"You killed lits love cverlnstlngly
when you disgraced hlm lu public,''
said Eluora. "Killed It so completely
he does nut oven feel resentment to
Edith Carr stood truly regal and
filled with scorn. "Sou are misu ken:
Nothing on earth could kill that!" she
cried, .toil Elnoru saw thst the girl
really believed wltot she said.
"You ure very sure of joursolf!" said
"I have reason to be sure." nuswered
Edith Cnrr "AVe hate lived und loved
too long I havo had years witn turn
to mutch against your days. He is
mine! Ills work, his ambitions, his
friends, his place in boclety are with
me You iniiy have n Miinnicr rhnrin
for a sick uiiiu in the country. It lm
tried placing jou in hoclety you would
put him to stinme in n week '
"I haidl) think I should follow your
example hi fur." said Elnuru dryly.
"I have a feeling for Philip that would
prevent my hurting hlm purHseiy
either lu public ur private. As for
managing a serial enreer for blm ho
never mentioned that he desired such
n thing. What he asked of mu wus
that I should ! his wife I under
tood that to mean thnt ho desired um
to keep hlm a clean house, serve film
digestible food, mother bis children
and give lit m loving sympathy und
"Such vulgarity!" panted Edith Cnrr.
"How- can n man llko Amnion endure.
It? You know perfectly that If your
puny hold on hlm were broken. If he
were buck tn his home among LU
friends mid where he wns meeting inc.
lu one little week he would be mint)
ngnln as he ulwnys has been."
"That will do!" said Elnora. "I shall
not uct until I know there will be nuth
lug lo i egret. I have decided ou my
course. You may return to your
"What do you mean?" demanded
"That Is my affair," replied Elnora.
"Only this: When your opportunity
comes, seize It! Any tlmo you are In
Philip Amnion's presence, exert tho
charms of which you boast and tako
hlm Take hlm to Onnbasha und to
Chicago with jou t'se every art you
possess, If tho old charm can be ro
vhed t will be the first to wish both
of you well. Now. I must return to
my guests. Kindly excuse me."
Elnurn turned and went back to sS?
nrbor Edith Cnrr followed the fenco
und passed through the gate Into tho
west wood whero she nsked Hender
son If the car was ready As she
Mood near hlm she whispered. "Tako
Phil hack to Ouabasha with us."
"I say. Amnion, can't you go to tbo
city with us ami lie'p me find n shop
where I can get this pinion Hied?"
asked Henderson "We wnnt 'o lunch
nnd start Nick by fi . That will gst us
home by uildnlcht "
Philip went Into the urhor
"Kliiorn." be said. "Henderson Is In
trouble with his uutomublle. Ho wants
mo tn go "to Onabashu with hlm to
show hlm whero the doctor lives nnd
help hlm get fixed so he can start back
this c cnlng. It will take about two
hours. May I go'"
"Of iouie jou must go," sho said,
laughing lightly. "You ciin't leuvo
your MMer Why don t you go back
lo Chk-ago with them? There Is plenty
of room, and you could have u lino
"I'll be buck In Jiikt two hours," said
Amnion. "While 1 nm gone you bo
thinking over wimt we were tnlklug of
when the folks came."
Klnorn offered her hand to ull of
them, nud when sho enmc to Aunnoti
sho gavo hlm ouo long steady look in
tho eyes, then shook bunds with blm
(Continued noxt week.)
To foul amid tho clty'a Jar
That thcro abides n penco of tlilno
Man did not tiinko nnd cannot mar.