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?? w nat s tn.it (o you?"
"She isn't illv*" Douglas domonded
anxiously, oblivious t<> Ibo gruffness
in tlio big fellow's voice.
"She's :i!l right," .lim answered
shortly as lie shifted uneasily from
one foot to the Other and avoided the
pastor s burning gaze.
"Alld she's happy, she's content?"
"I'm glad." said Douglns dully. lie
tried to think of some way to prolong
their talk. "I've never heard from
ber. you knew."
"Us folks don't get much time to
write." Jim turned away and began
tinkering with one of the wagons.
Douglas had walked up and down In
front of the tents again and again,
fighting against a desire to do the very
thing that lie was doing, but to no
purpose, and now that he was hero It
seemed Impossible that he should go
away so unsatisfied. He crossed to Jim
and came determinedly to the point.
"< intl't I sec her. .Tim?"
"It's agin the rules." I [e did not turn.
There was ntiotlierpause; then Doug
las started slowly out of the lot.
"Walt a minute." called Jim, as
though the words had been w rung from
ldm. The |>iistor came back with a
question In Ills eyes.
"I lied to yett."
"She's not woll, then''"
"Oh. yes, she's well enough. It ain't
that; It's about her being happy."
"She isn't'.-" There was a note of
unconscious exultation in his voice.
"No. She nln't happy here, an' she
was happy with you."
"Then why did she leave me?"
"1 don't know. She wasn't goln' to
do It at first. Sotnethln' must 'a' hap
pened afterwards, somethln' that you
an* me didn't know about."
"We w ill know about it, Jim. Where
is she?" Ills quick eye searched the
lot His voice had regained Its old
command. He felt that he could con
"You can't do no good that w ay." an
swered .Urn. "She don't want to see
"1 don't know, but she told me she'd
run away If 1 over even talked to you
"You needn't talk. Jim. IT. talk for
myself. Where Is she'.'"
"She'll be Cumin* out soon. You can
wait around out here with me. I'll let
you know hi time." He led the way
through a narrow passage between the
Jim and Douglns had barely left the
lot when Deacon Mvcrson's small,
round head slipped cautiously around
the corner of the dressing tent. The
little deacon glanced exultantly about
him. He \v:is monarch of nil he sur
veyed. It was very thrilling to stand
hero on this forbidden ground smelling
the sawdust, gazing a; the big red wag
ons, studying the uuprotected cirdus
properties tutd listening to tue lichten
lug tempo of the l and.
"Diil you sei- him." shouted Strong,
Who had fallowed closely upon Id\er
The little deacon started. Strong was
certainly a disturbing facto;- at times.
"Yes. I l saw hltu."
"lie it,, didn't see her."
"What did he doV" Strong was be
Side himself w ith Impatience.
"He he just talked to the leg un 1
and went out Hint way." Kherson !
nodded townrd the Wagons.
"I uuess he nln't gone far." sneered
Strong. "He come over to this |,>t to
see her, nlid he ain't goln' to glvo up .
till he (IOCS It. YOU WOlt here. I'll
take a look round." He went quickly
in the direction of (ho wagons.
Kherson needed no second Invitation |
to wait. He was congratulating him
self upon his good fortune when he all
but collided with a living apparition,
vanishing In the direction of the main
tet.t. Sophisticated eyes would have
scon only ;i rat her stout acrobat clnd
in pink lights, hut Klversofi was not
Sophisticated, and h toetorod after the
flitting angel, even tint.) the forbidden
portals of the big top.
lie was peeping through the curtains
which had fallen behind her and was
getting hi:i first glimpse of the groat
Sawdust world beyond when cue of
the ClOWnS dashed from the dressing
tent on his way to the ring.
The down was Into, He saw the
limp COattdlls of the deacon, who was
three-quarters in the tent. Here was
a chance 10 make a funny entrance,
lie grabbed the unsuspecting little man
from the rear. The terrified deacon
struck out blindly In all directions, his
black arms Und legs moving like a cea
tiped's, hut the clown hold him firmly
by the bark and thrust him headfore
most Into the tent.
Strong returned nlinost Immediately
from his unsuccessful search for the
pastor. He looked about the lot for
"Hey, there. Klverson!" be cnlled
lustily. There was no response.
"Now, wliere's he got to?" grumbled
Strong. He disappeared qttickly around
the corner of the dressing tent, re
BOlved to keep a sharp lookout for
Kherson vras thrust from the tent
soon after, spitting sawdust and much
discomfited, by the laughing perform
?f?'B who followed blm, 11 Is knees al
must i'ivo way beneath him when "Bar
ker on nie OUt of the ring, snapping his
1 >ng blltfk whip.
"Got out <>f here, you bloke!" round
Barker, and Klverson "got."
No one hntl remembered to toll (be
groom Itint Telly was not to ride t<>
night, so BlllgO was I .4.;; a. ? ms
usual wlien their "turn" nppr* . '.'iJcVl.
"Tnkc lilm back, Tom," Polly cnlleti
from the entrance wben she learned
"Why, no, of course not," she ?ald
"And you'll he quite frank when 1
usk you something?"
"YeH, of course." She was growing
more and more uneasy. She glanced
about for a way of escape.
"Why did you leave mo as you did?" |
"I told you then." She tried to cross
He seized her small wrists and forced
tier to loo!; at him.
"Ami 1 am not happy without you.
and I never, never can be." The flood
gates were < pea. His eyes wore aglow,
lie bent toward her eagerly.
"Oh, you mustn't!" aim begged.
"You've grown so close," ho cried,
"so close!" She struggled t" be free.
He did not heed b< r. "You know, you
must know, what I moan." He drew
her toward him und forced lo r Into
bis anna. "You're more precious to
nie than all oho on this earth."
1'ir the t:i-;( lime be saw the ox
treme pallor on her face. He felt her
growing limp and lifeless In his arms.
A doubt crossed his mind. "If I am
wrong in tbiuklug you feel as I tl<>,
toward the dresslug tent.
"YOU TALK ABOUT YOUIl MOTH Kit! WHY, >///;?/* Hi: ASHAMED
TO OWN YOU."
Hingt) was wailing, "ami bring Burba* .
rlail. "I'm not going t>n tonight. Klolso
la going to ride in my place."
ThlH w as die second Urne today that
Rlngo bad boon led away without go- 1
lug ini>> (ho ring. Something in his
big, wondering eyes made I'olly follow
him und apologize, lie was very
proud, was Hin go, ami very conscien
tious, lie fell uneasy when he saw
i!.Iber horses going (?> iliolr work
"Never mind, Bingo," she said, pat
ilng his groat, arched neck: "we'll
i how 'em tomorrow." lie rubbed hi
ruiiny nose against her check, "We'll
lllilke them sit up again. Barker says
>ur art's no good that I've let down.
Hut it's not your fault. Rlngo. I've
not been fair to you. i ll give you a ,
chance tomorrow. Von wait. He'll
never say ll again. Bingo, never
I'olly had nothing more to do to
night except to get into her street
clothes, The wagons would soon ho
moving away. For a moment she
glanced at the dark church steeple;
then she turned to go inside the tent.
A deep, familiar voice stopped her.
She turned (piiekly. She could not
answer. Douglas tame toward her.
Ho gazed nt<her in nmnr.eiucnt. She
drew her capo about her slightly chid
figure. She seemed older to him. IUOI'0
unapproachable with her hair heaped
high and sparkling with jewels.
she found strength at hi si to open
her lips, but Still no sound canio from
them. She II 11(1 the pasior looked at
each other strangely, like spirits new
ly met from far apart worlds, She,
too, thought her companion changed,
lie was older; the circles beneath his
eyes were deeper, the look In their
dept hs more gr.i \ o.
"We were such close neighbors to
day 1 1 rather thought you'd call."
he stammered, lie was uncertain
what be was saying. It did not matter
- be was there w Ith her.
"When you're In a circus there isn't
much time for culling."
"That's why I've cotno to call on
you." They might hoJ'0 been sbep
belli and shepherdess on u May day
wooing for the balling way in which
their words came.
"You're all right?" be went on.
"Yes, very." she said. Her eyes
He did not believe her. The effort in
her voice, her drawn, white face, belied
her wolds. How could be get the
truth from her'/
"Jim suhl you might not want to see
"Hnfl .Mm bOOtl talking to you?"
"Yes, bUt 1 didn't let him stop me,
for you told me the day you left that
you'd never change toward me. Have
you, I'olly?" He studied her QnXlOUSlV
If you honestly cilTO for nil this." ho
glanced it bout tit the tents, "more than
for ttny life Hint I Will give you, I
'.Yi err mint!, Hlnno."
your way in tin
by nhd <;? ?1 hies
enre for mo, I**<>!
he going OU
I'll Pity good*
but If you do
was pi ending
now, "if you're tiot htippy hero, won't
you OoniO bUelt to me': W'. ti't J'Olt,
Sho Oil red hol moot his eyes nor yet
f.> solid lllni ft way. She stood Irreso
lute The Volt.'o of Doncolt Strong an
swered for her.
"So you're Inf.*. are yotl?"
"Yon, Don colt Strong, I'm here," an
swered the pastor as he turned to
meet the aeenslng eyes of the deacon.
' As for you, miss,"continued strong,
with an Insolent nod toward Dolly, "I
might have known how you'd keep
your part of the bargain."
"Bargain!" echoed Douglas. "What
"Oll, piepse, Demon Strong, please. I
didn't mean to see hint I didn't, tru
ly." She hardly knew what she was
"What bargain?" dotnnnded Douglas.
"She told me that you ami her'
wasn't ever golll' lo see each other
Og'ln!" roared Strong. "If I'd knowed
she \\:ih goln' to keep on with this
kind of thing you wouldn't have got
OU so easy."
"So that's It!" erled Douglas. It
was all clear to him now. He recalled
everything her hysterical behavior,
her laughter, her tears. "It was yotl
who drove that child hack to this." He
glanced at Polly, The narrow shoul
ders wore bent forward. The nervous
little fingers were clasping and nnchisp
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