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CHAPTER I-John Valiant, a rich so
"iety favorite. sudtidenly discovers that the
Valiant corporation, which his father
iounded and which was the prioipal
source of his wealth, has failed.
CHAPTER II-Ile volunterily turns
ovr his private fortune to the receiver
for the corporation.
CHAPTER III-His entire remaining
possessions consist of an old motor car,
@ whito bull dog and Damory court. a
neglectcd estate in Virginia.
CIAPrIR TV-Ho learns that this es
toto eatino lito the faintly b1y. royal gratit
.id has been In the possession of the
Vallants ever since.
CHAPTER V--On the way to Damory
court he meets Siiirley Dandrkh:e, an n-it
'-urn-haired beauty, and deeldes that he
is going to liko Virginia immetisely.
C1lAI1'IR VI-An old negro tells Shir
.y'n forttne and ;redicts great trouble
:or her vi accour t of a mani.
CTIAPTEn. VIT-Uncle Jefferson, an old
negro. takes Valiant to Daniory court.
CIAPTIARt VIIT--Shirley's inother. Mrs.
tanldkel. tai M-1jor Bristow exch:ango
nlIini~senes dclurinx wllieih it is reveaed
that the nmijor. Vallant's father. and a
ian named Sa-soon. wvere rivnts for the
anti or Nlrs. l)n.ndrldgo in her youth.
!assoon and V'aliant folight a duel on hor
vaccount in which the foranor was killed.
CHAPTER TX-Valtant finds Damory
court overgrown with weels and creep
,re and the bimildings in a very ilmuch
oglected cond ition. Uncle Jefferson and
Is wife, Aunt Daplino, are engaged as
CHAPrER X-Valiant explores lia an
-estral honme. Ile is surprised by i. fVx
*unting party which invades his estate.
te recognizes Slirley at the head of the
CIAPTEIt XI-Ile rives sanctuttiry to
the cornered fox. (lossips (ieseuss ilt ad
'ent of the new owner and recall tho
*ragedy in which the older Valiant took
. TAPTER XIT-Vallant deciiles to re
ha ilitate Damory court atid mako the
land prohlnce a living for hini.
CHAIPFHll XIIT-Ile meets Shirley. who
ias been gathering flowers on the Valiant
Istate, and reveals his identity to her.
CITA PT 1-m XIV-Valiant saves Shirley
roin the bitI of a snake. whieh bites limit.
Cmowinig the deadliness of the bitn, Shir
lIy suclis the poisoi from the wound rnid
oaves his life.
CIIAl"Pi'ER XV--Shirley tells lier mother
(of (lie incialent unI the latter is stralngely
mnoved at hearing that ia Valiant is agalin
'iving at Damory court.
CHAPTER XVI-Valiant learns soie
of the history of his famitly from T ictor
Southall and Major Bristow.
CHAPTER XVII-Ile learns for the
Virst tine that his fatier left Virginia otr
:.ccount of a duel iI which Doctor South
"ll and Major Bristow acted as his fath
Beyond the Box-Hedge.
Am he greeted her, his gaze rolun-i
*)eep 'nto hers. She had recoiled a
step, ctairoill, to recognize hLim a.
fnost i:: -t lly. H noted the shrink.
.ug and t'.mught it due to a stabbing
-emnory of t hat forvt-horror. Hi s Ihrv'
-dords werc, prosaic cimaigh:
"I'm an unconscionable trespasser,"
ho said. "It must seem awfully prow
ly, but I didn't realize I was onl pri
vate property till I passed the hedge
As her hand lay in his, a strange
fancy stirred in him: in that wood
meeting she had seemed something
witch-like, the wilful spirit of the pas
alonate sp~ring herself, mixed of her
aerial essences and jungle wilder
nesses; in this scented dim-lit clese she
was grave-eyed, subdued, a paler pen
sive woman of ulnder h~alf-guessed sad
niesses and haunting moods. With her
answer, however, this gravity seemed
to Bll) from her like a garment. She
"I love to lprowl myself. I think
sometimes I like the night better than
the day. I believe in one of my in
carnations I must have been a pan
They both laughed. "I'm growing
superstitious about flower's," lie said.
"You know a rose figured in our first
meeting. And in our last-"
She shrank mlomentarily'. "The cape
jossamines! I shall always think of
that when I see them!"
"Alh, forgive me!" he begged. "But
when I remember what you did-for
me! Oh, I know! Dut for y'ou, I must
"11ut for me you woldn't have
been bitten. Butt don't let's talk of it."
She shivered suddenly.
"You al-e cold,(" he saidl. "isn't that
gown too thin for this night nir'?"
"No, I often walk her-e tIll quito
Tile bird sonig had broken forth
again, to be answered this time by a
rival's in a (distant thicket. "My
nightingale is in good voice."
"I never heard L. nighitinigalo before
I came to Virginia. I wond~er why It
sings only at night."
"What an odd lidea! Why, it sings
in the daytime, too."
"Really ? But I suppose05 it escapes
notice In the general chorus. Is it a
large bird ?"
"No; smaller than a thrush. Only a
little bigger than a robin. Its nest is
over there in that hedge-a tiny loose
cup of dried oak-leaves, lined with
hair, andl the eggs are olive color.
1iow pretty the hedge looks now, all
tangledl with firefly sparks!"
"Doesn't It! Uncle Jefferson calls
!TheC name is much more pie.
4.uresque. But all the darky sayings
are. Do you find him and Aunt
"le has been a godsend," he said
fervently; "and her cooking has
.:aught me to treat her with passion
ate respect. IIe's teaching me now
about flowers--it's surprising how
many kinds he knows. He's a ivalking
"Come and' teo mine," she said.
"Roses are our specialty-we have to
live up to the Rosewood name. But
beyond the arbors, are beds and beds
of other flowers. See-by this big
tree are speed-well and delphinium.
'rhe tree is a black-walnut. It's a
dreadful thing to have one as big as
that. When you want something that
costs a lot of money you go and look
at it and wonder which you want
most, that particular luxury or the
tree. I know a girl who had two in
her yard only a little bigger than this,
and she wvent to 10Europe on thein. 1ut
so far I've always voted for the tree.
How does your garden come on?"
"Famously. Uncle Jefferson has
shanghaied a half-dozen negro gar
dolners-froi where I can't imagine
andl he's having the timo of is life
hectoring over thetn. le refers4 to the
upper and lowcr teTrCs as 'up-ad
down-stairs.' I've got seeds, but it
will bo a long time before they
"Oh, would you like some slips?"
she cried. "Or, bettcr still, I can
give you the roses already rooted
Mad Charles and Marechal Neil and
Cloth of Gold and cabbage and ram
blers. Wo have geraniunms and
fuesias, too, and the coral honey
suckle. That's different from the wild
on1e, you know."
"You Are too good! If you would
only advise me where to set them!
But I (are say you think me presim
She turned her full face to him.
"'Presuming!' You're punislhig mao
now for the dreadful way I talked to
you about Damory Court-before I
know who you were. Oh, it was un
pardonable! And after the splendid
thing you had donc-l read about it
that same evening-with your money,
"No, no!" he protested. "There
was nothing splendid about it. It was
only pride. You see the corporation
was my father's great Idea-the thing
he created and put his soul into-and
It was foundering. I know that would
have hurt him. One thing I've wanted
to say to you, ever since the day we
talked together-about the duel. I
want to nay that whatever lay behind
it, my f.ather's whole life was darkened
t)y that event. Now that I can put
two and two together, I know that it
was the cause of his sadness."
"Al, I can believe that," she re
"I think he had only two interests
myself and the corporation. So you
see why I'd rather save that and be a
beggar the rest of my natural life.
But I'm not a beggar. Damory Court
Pione is worth-i know it now-a hun
dred tines what I left."
"You are so utterly different from
what I imagined you!"
"I could never have imagined you,"
be said, "never."
"I must be terribly outre."
"You are so many w-omen in one.
When I listened to your harp playing
I could hardly believe it was the same
you I saw galloping across the filds
that morning. lNow you are a different
wolman from hioth of those.''
As she lookedt at him. her lips curled
we~ner'-wise. her ioot sli ma'o ont the
sheer eodge of the turf. She swayed
towardI him and he caught her, feel
ing for a sharp instant the adorable
nearneMa of her body. It ridyged all his
skin withi a creeping delight, She re
covero:1 Mt footing with an exclama
tion. ae4 turned back somewhat ab
ruptly to the porch where she seated
hern.'! oa the step, dlrawifug her filmy
skirt aside to make a place for him.
Thero was a moment of silence which
1%ait e7niIisite serenadle you1 were
playing! You know the words, of
"They are more lovely, if possible.
than the score. Do you care for
"lye alwuays loved it," he said. "I've
been renading sonme lately-a little old
fashioned book I found at Damory
Court It's 'Lucile.' Do0 you know it?"
"Tos. it's my mother's favorite.''
Hie drewv it from his pocket. "See,
I've got it here. It's marked, too."
Hfe opened it, to close it instantly
not, however, before she had p~ut out
her hand and laid it, palm down, on
the page. "That rose! Oh, let me
"Never!" he protested. "Look here.
When I putt it betwveen the leaves, I
did so at random. I dlidn't see till
now that I had opened it at a marked
"Let us read it," she said.
Hie leaned and held the leaf to the
light from the (loot-way andi the two
heads bent together over the text.
A sound fell behind them andl both
turned A slight figure, in a soft gray
gown with old1 lace at the threat, stood
in the doorway behind thoem. John
Valiant sprang to his feet.
"Alh, Shirley, I thought I heard
voices. Is that you, Chilly?"
"It's not Mr. Lusmk, mother," said
Bhirley. "It's our newv neighbor, Mr.
As he bent over the frail hand, mur
muring the conventional wordls that
presentations are believed to require,
Mrs. Dandridge sank into a deep
tt;hioned chair. "Won't you sit
mdown?" she said.l Ie noftine1 that she
did not look directly at him, and tb
her face was as pallid as her hair.
"Thank you," said John Valiant, al
resumed his place on the lower step
Shirley, who had again seated hq
self, suddenly laughed, and pointed
the book which lay between the:
"Imagine what we are doing, deareE
We were reading 'Lucile' together."
She saw the other wince, and t'
deep dark eyes lifted, as if under co
pulsion, from the book-cover to Ve
ant's face. ie was startled by S8
ley's cry and the sudden limp unet
scious settling-back into the cushio
of the fragile form.
A quicker breeze was stirring
John Valiant went back along the R
Road. He had waited in the gard,
at Rosewood till Shirley, aided
Emmallne and with lanston's anxio
face hove1ug in the background, hi
Ing performed those gentle oflic
which a woman's fainting spell i
quires. had conio to reassure him a:
to say good night.
As lie threw off his coat in t
bedroom he had chosen for his om
he felt the hard corner of the "latueil
in the pocket, and drawing it out, la
it on the table by the bedside. I
seemed to feel again the tingle
his cheek where a curling strand
her copery hair had sprung against
when her head had bent beside 1
own to read the marked lines.
Vheni he had undresredl he sat:
hour in the candle-blaze, a dressit
gown thrown over his shoulders, sar
ing vainly to recreate that eveni
call. to remeinber her every word a
look and movement. For a brea
her face would flush suddenly befu
him, like a live thing; then it wot
mysteriously fade and elude hi
though he clenched his hands on t
arms of his chair in the flerce meni
Shirley, Who Had Again Seated H
self, Suddenly Laughed, and Pol
ed to the Book.
effort to recall it. Only the interi
blue of her eyes, the tawny sweep
her hair-these and the touch of h
the consciousness of her warm a
vivid fragrance, remained to wra.p
his senses in a mist woven of g4
* * * * * * *
Shirley, meanwhile, had sat sol
time beside her mother's bed, leani
fromr a white chintz-covered chair, t
anxiety only partially allayed by re
suraices, now and then stooping to I
her young ('heck against the delic
arm in its lacy sleeve or to pasa 1
hand lovingly upl and down its outlii
notlng with a recurrent passion of ti
dlerness the transparency of the si
with its violet veining and t.he shb
own beneath the closed eyes. Eii
linc, moving on soft worsted-shod fi
about the dim room, at length I
"You go tub bald, honey. I si
with Mis' Judith till she go tub slec
"Yes, go, Shirley," said her moth
"'Haven't I any privileges at all? Ca
'i even faint when I feel like It, with'
icalling out the fire-brigade? Yel
pamper me to death and heaven knoe
I don't needl It."
"You won't let mue telephone for D
"And you are sure it was nothi
pbut the r'oses?"
"Why, what else should It be?" si
her mother almost peevishly. "I ml
really hav'e the arbors thinned out.
heavy nights it's positively overpow
ing. Go along now, and we'll ti
about it tomorrow. I can ring 11
In her room Shirley undresi
thoughtfully. There was between I
andl her mother a fine tenuous bc
of sympathy and feeling as rare, p
haps, as it was lovely. She could
remembiler when the other had
beetn a semni-lnvalidI, and her earli,
childlhood recollections were pune
ated with the tap of the little ca:
Tonight's sudden indisposition I
shocked and disturb~ed her; to fa
at a rush of perfuue seemed to si
gest a growing weakness that v
alarming, Tomorrow, she told hers<
she would send Ranston with a wag<
load of the roses to the hospital
She slipped on a pink shell-shad
dressing-gown of slinky silk with
riot of azaleas scattered in the wvea
and then, dragging her chair beft
the open1 windcow, (drew aside the hig
curtain and began to brush her hr
All at once her gaze fell upon
floor, and she shlrank( backward fron
twisting thread-like thing whose brit
saiffron-yellow glowed sharply agalh
the dark carpet, She saw in an
stant, howvever, that it was noti
more clangorous than a fragment
love-vine from the garden, which hi
clung to her skirt, She pick~ed
the tiny mass of tendlrils and with
at shoulder through the window. "If Iti
takes root," she said aloud, "rny sweet
id heart loves me." She leanel from the
sill to peer down Into the misty gar
)r- den, but could not follow Its fall.
to Long ago her visitor would have
n. reached Damory Court. She had a
t! vision of hin wandering, candle in
hand, through the empty echoing
ie rooms, looking at the voiceless por
n- traits on the walls, thinking perhaps
lie of his father, of the fatal duel of which
ir- he had never known. She liked the
n- way he had spoken of his father!
[i As she leaned, out of the stillness
there came to her car a mellow sound.
It was the bell of the courthouse in:
the village. She counted the strokes
falling clearly or faintly as the slug
gish breeze ebbed or swelled. It was
ed She drew back, dropped the curtain
MI to shut out the wan glimmer, and in
by the darkness crept into the soft bed
uS as if into a hiding-place.
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A warm sun and an air mildly mel
low. A faint gold-shadowed mist over
id the valley and a soft lilac haze blend
Ing the rounded outlines of the hills.
4e Through the shrubbery at 'Damory
H- Court a cardinal darted like a crim
o' son shuttle, to rock impudently from
id a filcering limb, and here and there
10 on the bluisli-ivory sky, motionless as
of a pasted wafer, hung a hawk; from
of time to time one of these wavered and
it slanted swiftly down, to climb once
1 more In a huge spiral to Its high tower
Perhaps it wondere(l, as its tele
g9 scopic eye looked down. That had
Lv- been its choicest covert, that dishev
"S eled tangle wlut.e the birds held per
id petual carnival, the weasel lurked in
th the underbrush and the rabbit lined
re his windfall. Now the wildness was
Id gone. A pergola, glistening white, now
ni, upheld the runaway vines, making a
sickle-like path from the upper ter
al race to the lake. In the barn loft the
pigeons still quarrelled over their new
cotes of fresh pinc, and under a clump
of locust trees at a little distance from
the house, a half-dozen dolls' cabins
on stilts stood waiting the honey-stor
age of the black and gold bees.
There were new denizens, also.
These had arrived i int dozen zinc
tanku and willow hampers, to the
amaze of a sleepy express clerk at the
railrodt stition: two swans now sailed
majestically over the lily-ponds of the
lake, along its gravel rim and a pair
of bronze-colored ducks waddled and
preened, and its placid surface rippled
and broke to the sluggish backs of
goldilsh and the flirting fins of red
The house itself wore another air.
Its look of unkemptness had largely
vanished. The soft gray tone of age
ramained, but the bleakness and for
lornness were gone; there was about
all now a warmth and genial bearing
r that hinted at mellowed beauty, fire
light and cheerful voices within.
Valiant heaved a long sigh of satis
faction as he stood in the sunlight gaz
of Ing at the results of his labors. He
Dr, was not now the flippant boulevardier
nd to whom money was the sine qua non
all of existence. He had learned a sover
ild eign lesson-one gained not through
the push and fight of crowds, but in
* the simple peace of a countryside, un
no vexed by the clamor of gold and the
II complex problems of a competitive ex
Istence-that he had inherited a need
of activity, of achievement that lie had
ay been born to do.
te "Chum," he saId, to the dog rolling
er on his back in the grass, "what do
Syou think of It all, anyway?" He
mn- reached down, seized a hind leg and
to~ whirling him around like a teetotum,
sent him flying into the bushes,
a whence Chum launched again upon
et him, like a catapult. He caught the
ad white shoulders antI held him vise-like.
"Just .about right, eh? But wait tIll
we get those ramblers!"
a, (Continued Next Week.)
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