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Ured, la Uvtne with hta family at
Mill Valley, Just out of Ban Fran
cltco. Anne, the doctor's niece, la
twenty-four. Allx, the doctor's
daughter, Is twenty-one. Cherry
the other daughter. Is eighteen.
Their closest friend la Petor Joyce,
an odd, lovable sort of recluse. He
Is secretly In love with beautiful
Cherry. Martin Lloyd, a visiting
mining engineer, pays court to
Cherry and wins her promise to
marry him. While the family are
speculating about Cherry and Mar
tin Peter realizes his love for
(CHAPTER II Continued.)
Presently he selected the sapling
redwood, and brought it down vlth
two blows of his ax. The girl seated
herself beside him, helped him strip
the trunk, their hands constantly
touching, the man once or twice delay
ing her for one more snatched and
laughing kiss. And Martin said that
he was going to make her the happiest
wife a man ever had.
Dragging the stripped tree, they ran
down the sharp hill to the house Just
as Anne came out to announce lunch
eon. Peter was wandering oft In the
woods nearby, but came at Allx's
shrill yell of summons, and looked re
lieved when he saw Cherry and Mar
tin not even talking to each other.
They had been gone only ten minutes.
It was a happy meal for everyone,
and after It they had attacked the rose
bush again, with aching muscles now,
and in the first real summer heat. It
was three o'clock before, with a great
crackling, and the scream of a twist
ed branch, and a general panting and
heaving on the part of the workers,
at last the feathery mass had risen a
foot two feet Into the air, had
stood tottering like a wall of bloom,
and finally, with a downward rush,
had settled to Its old place on the
roof. Hong was pressed Into service
now, and with Martin, was on the
roof, grappling with a rope, shotting
There was a rending, slipping noise
on the roof, a scream from Martin,
and shouts from the doctor and Peter.
With a great sliding and rushing of
the refractory sprays, and with a hor
rifying stumbling and falling, down
came Martin, caught In a great rope
of the creeper, almost at Cherry's feot.
A time of great running and calling
ensued. Cherry dropped on her knees
beside him, and bad his head on her
arm for a moment; then her father
took her place, and Allx, with an as
tonished look at the younger girl's
wet eyes, drew her sister away. Im
mediately afterward Martin sat up,
looked bewllderedly about from one
face to another, looked at his scratched
wrist and said "Geo!" In a thoughtful
"You scared Cherry out of ten
years' growth I" Alix reproached Mar-
I "I I thought he might have hurt
1 himself!" Cherry said, lu the softest
I of llttle-glrl voices, and with her shy
1 little head hanging. Anne decided
, that It was becoming her clear duty
to talk to Cherry.
A few minutes later Allx, Peter and
Martin left for the dally ceremony of
walking Into the village for the mall.
The house was very still, early sum
mer sweetness was drifting through
wide-opened windows and doors; the
long day was slowly declining. Anne
peeped into the deserted living room,
softened through all Its pleasant
shabblness Into real beauty by the
shafts of sunset red that came in
through the casement windows; and
was deliberating between various be
coming occupations for Martin
might walk back with the girls
when her uncle called her.
"Anne you wereu't there when that
young chap tumbled. But I've been
worrying about It a little. There's no
Question there's no question that she
that Cherry called him by his
name. 'Martin,' she called him."
Anne had crossed to Uie shadowy
doorway; she stood still.
"Vou'vo not noticed anything be
tween him and Cherry ?" pursued the
doctor. "A girl might call a man by
I his name, I suppose "
j "I don't think there has been any
thing to notice," Anne stated, in a level
"Well, It must be stopped, If it has
begun," decided her uncle. "I can't
permit It I'd forgotten how tho little
witch grows I"
Again Anno was silent. . Hbe was
not in love with Martin Lloyd; she
was not as susceptible as the much
younger Cherry, and sho had not had
his urging to help her to a quick sur
render. But for the first time In her
life she had seen an absolutely suit
able msn, a man whose work, position
looks, .name and character fitted her
rather exacting standard, and for the
first time she had let herself think
, confidently of being -wooed and won.
And, standing In the doorway, she
tasted the last bitter dregs of the
dream. It was all over. Anne was
at the age that sets twenty-five years
as the definite boundary of spinster
hood. She would be twenty-five In
Allx came In from her walk glow
ing, and full of a great discovery.
"Dad," she said eagerly, taking her
place at the supper table, "what do
you think I I'll bet you a dollar that
man Is falling In love with our
Anne, nt the head of the table,
looked pained, but there was genuine
apprehension In the doctor's fuce.
"Where Is your sister?" he asked.
"Down there by the gate," Allx an
swered. "They're gazing soulfully Into
each other's eyes, nnd all that I Peter
went home. But Cherry with a beau!
Isn't that the ultimate extension of
the limit! I'm crazy nbout It I think
It's great. I love weddings 1 Thls'll
be the third I've been to!"
"All this seems to hnve come up
very suddenly," the doctor said, dazed
ly, rumpling his gray hair with n fine
old hand. "I don't Imagine your sister
Is taking It as seriously as you and
Anne seem Inclined to "
"Oh, does Anne think so!" Allx ex-
"I think Cherry Is one of the for
tunate girls destined to drift along
the surface of life," Anne said, "and
to nccept wifehood quite simply, I
only wish I were that type "
She was Interrupted by Cherry her
self. The girl came to the porch door,
and as she hcsltnted there a minute,
with her smiling eyes seeking her fa-
"Dadl" Said Cherry, "I've Brouaht
Martin to Supper."
titer's face, they saw that by one firm,
small hand she drew her lover beside
her. Martin Lloyd's smiling face
showed above hers In the lamplight.
"Dadl" said Cherry, with a childish
breath. "Dad! I've brought Martin
The three at tho table did not move
for perhaps twenty slow seconds. Dr.
Strickland, who had pushed back his
chair, and whose hands were resting
on the table before him, stared at them
steadily. Anne, with a quick little
hiss of surprise, smiled faintly. Allx,
the unstllted, widened her eyes, and
opened her mouth in unaffected as
tonishment. For there was no mis
taking Cherry's tone.
"Doctor," said Martin, coming in,
"this little girl of yours nnd I have
something to tell you!"
The old man looked at him sharply,
almost sternly, looked about at the
girls' faces, and was silent.
"Are you surprised, Daddy?" Cherry
laughed, with all a child's Innocent
exultation. The next Instant Anne
and Murtln were shaking hands, and
Allx hud enveloped Cherry In nn en
"Surprised!" exclaimed Allx. "Why,
aren't you surprised yourself?"
Her sister flushed exquisitely, and
"We're Just about knocked silly!"
he confessed,1 nnd all the girls laughed
A place was made for Martin, and
biscuits and omelet and honey and
tea were put Into brisk circulation.
Cherry took her chalrK all dimples,
flushes, smiles, und shy confidence.
"And what are your plans?" Anne
Her uncle, who had been silent dur
ing the excitement, mildly Interposed:
"I think we needn't go too fast,
young peoiJe, Vou'vo only known
each other a few weeks, after all ; you
must bo pretty Hiiro of yourselves be
fore taking anything like s decisive
step. Plenty of time plenty of tlme.
Mr. Lloyd here nnd I must have some
talks about his plans"
"I know exactly how you feel, Doc
tor," Martin said, sensibly and sym
pathetically. "I realize that I should
have come to you first, and asked to
pay my respects to your daughter. Ex
cept that it nil came over me with
such a rush. A week ngo Cherry was
only a most attrnctlvo child, to me.
I'd spoken to my aunt nbout her nnd
had said that I envied the man that
was some day to win her, and that
was nil ! Then tho time came for mo
to get back to work and I found I
couldn't go I And then came last
night, when I began to say good-byes,
and It hnppcncdl I know that you
nil hardly know me, and I know that
Cherry is pretty young to settle down,
hut I think I can satisfy you, Doctor,
that you give her Into safe hands, and
I believe she'll never regret trusting
He had gotten to his feet as he spoke
and was holding the back of his chair,
looking anxiously nnd eagerly into the
old man's eyes.
"Well" said the doctor, touched,
lu his gentlest tone, "well I It had
to come, perhaps. I can't promise hei
to you very soon, Mr. Lloyd. But If
you both are willing to wait, nnd If
time proves this to be the real feel
ing, I don't believe you'll find me hard
on you I"
"That's all I ask, sir I" Martin said,
resuming his scat and his dlnner.And
for the rest of the meal lmnnony and
After dinner Cherry nnd Martin, In
all the ecstatic first delight of recog
nized love, went out to the wide front
porch, where there were wicker chairs,
under the rose vines. Allx alone
laughed nt them as they went. Anne,
with a storm In her heart, played nois
ily on tho plnno, nnd the doctor, after
giving the doorway where Cherry had
disappeared a wistful look, restlessly
tool; to his armchair and his book, In
such desolation of spirit ns he hnd not
known since the dark day of her moth
The next day Allx and the engaged
pair walked up to Invite Peter to a
tennis foursome on the old BUthedale
court. It was a Saturday, and as he
usually dined with them, or asked them
to dine with him on Saturday, they
were not surprised to find him busy
with a charcoal burner, under the
trees, compounding n marvelous dish
of chicken, tomatoes, cream and mush
rooms. "Stop your messing one second I"
Allx said, catching him by the arm.
"Congratulate these creatures they
they're going to be married! Why
don't you congratulate them?"
Peter gave one long look at Mar
tin and Cherry, who stood laughing,
but a little confused and self-conscious,
too, In the grassy path. With a
shock llko death In his heart, he real
ized that It was all over. Their pro
tection of her, their suspicions, had
come too late. Blind child that she
was, she was committed to this fasci
nating and mysterious adventure.
His fnce grew dark with a sudden
rush of blood. But he went to them
quickly and shook hands with Martin,
and was presently reproaching Cherry
for her sccretlvencs In his old, or
almost his old, way.
He arranged that they were to play
the tennis here on his own courts, and
later dine with him, hut under his
hospitality and under the golden beau
ty of the day It was all pain pain
pain. It was agony to see her with
him, beginning to taste the rapture of
love given and returned ; It was agony
to nave the conversation return al
ways to Martin and Cherry, to the
first love affair. Peter felt that he
could have killed this newcomer, this
thief, this usurper of the place that he
himself might have filled.
"Dad's always said he disapproved
of long engagements," Allx commented.
amusedly, "but you ought to hear him
now! This thing he won't even cnl
It an engagement It's an understand
ing, or a preference Is to be a pro
found secret, and Cherry's to be twen
ty-one before any one else but our
selves knows "
Peter did not hear her. There was
beginning a little hope In his heart.
Girls did not always fulfill their first
engagements; did not often do so, In
fact. The thing was a secret ; it might
well come to nothing, after all.
That was the beginning, nnd after
It, although It was arranged between
them all that nothing should be
changed, and that nobody but them
selves should share the secret, some
how life seemed different. Two or
three days after the momentous day
or tne raising of the rose tree, Martin
Lloyd went to his mine at El Nldo.
and the Interrupted current of life In
the brown bungalow supposedly found
Its old groove.
But nothing was the Same. The doc
tor, In the first place, was more silent
and thoughtful than the girls had ever
seen him before. Anne and Allx knew
that he was not hnppy about Cherry's
plans, ir tne younger girl did not. With
Allx qnly he talked of tho engage
ment, and she knew from his com
mentR, his doubtful manner, that he
felt it to be a mistake. The ten years'
difference between Cherry and Martin
distressed him; he spoke of It ugaln
Cherry wis changed, too, nnd not
only In the expected and natural wnvs,
Allx thought. Her dally letter from
xlartln, Her new prospects, not onlv
liicreused her Importance In the other
girls' eyes, but Innocently Inflated her
own self-confidence. She had prom
Ised to keep the engagement "or un
derstandlng, or preference," a pro
round secret, hut this was Impossible
Klrst one Intimate friend nnd then an
other was allowed to gasp and ex
claim over the news. 'Die time rame
when Anne decided that It was not
"decentV not to let Martin's st know
of It, when mil these other peqpls
knew. Finally came a dinner to tbs
Norths', when Cherry's health was
drunk, and then the engagement pre
cuts began to come in.
Her father only looked tenderly In
to the blup eyes and tightened his
big arm protectlngly about tho slender
young shoulders. But he was deeply
depressed. There was nothing to be
said against young Lloyd. It was only
mused the doctor, aghast only
what was being done in tho world
every day. But he was staggered by
the bright readiness with which all
of them Cherry, Martin, the other
girls accepted the stupendous fact
that Cherry was to be married.
She was quite frankly and delight
edly discussing trousseau now, too en
tirely absorbed In her own happiness
to sec that the other girls had lives to
live as well as she.
"I got my cards yesterday," she
said one day. "I was passing the shop
and I thought I might as well I The
woman looked at me so queerly; she
said: 'Mrs. John Martin Lloyd. Are
these for your mother? 'No,' I said.
They're for me!' I wish you could
have seen her look. Mnrtln says In
today's letter that he thinks people
She Was Delightedly Discussing Trous
will say I'm his daughter, and Allx
he says that you are to come up to
visit us, and we're going to find you
a fine husband 1 Won't It be funny to
think- of your visiting me! Oh, and
Anne did you see what Mrs. Fairfax
sent me? A great big glorious fur
coat! She said I would need It up
there, and I guess I will I It's not
new, you know; she says it Isn't the
real present, but It can be cut down
and It will look like new."
And so on and on. The other girls
listened, sympathized and rejoiced, but
It was not always easy.
August brought Martin. Ho was
delighted with his work In the El Nldo
mine, the "Emmy Younger," and every
thing he had to say about It was
amusing and Interesting. It was still
In a rather chaotic condition, he re
ported, but the "stuff" was there, and
he anticipated a busy winter. He
was to have a cottage, a pretty crude
affair, In a few weeks, right at the
"How does that listen to you?" he
nsked Cherry. She gave her father a
demure and Interrogative glance.
Mnrtln, following It, Immediately sob
"Just what Is your position there?"
the doctor asked, pleasantly.
"A lltle bit of everything, now,"
Martin answered, readily and respect
fully. "Later, of course, I shall have
my own special work. At present I'm
doing some of the nssaylng and hnve
charge of the sluice-gang. They wnnt
me to make myself generally useful,
make suggestions, take hold in every
"That's the way to get on," the old
er man said, approvingly. Cherry
looked admiringly, with all her heart
In her eyes, at her husband-to-be; the
other girls were Impressed, too. Mar
tin Had not been with them more than
a few hours before the engagement
was openly discussed, and there were
constant references to Cherry's mar
riage. Somehow, a few days later, wedding
plans were In the nlr, and they were
all taking It for granted that Cherry
and Martin were to bo married almost
Immediately ; In October, in fact. Tho
doctor nt first persisted that tlie event
must wait until April, but Martin's
reasonable Impatience nnd Cherry's
plaintive "But why, Daddy?" were too
much for him. Why, Indeed? Cher
ry's mother had been married at eight,
eon, when that mother's husband was
more thun ten years older thun Martin
Lloyd was now,
"Would ye let It go on, eh?" the
doctor asked, somewhat embarrassed
one evening when he and Peter were
walking from the train in the late
"Thia ia the pl.c., Baby
Girl) El Nldo, and not much of
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