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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 26, 1912, Image 19

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had been flattered and courted?
then, at forty-three he had fallen
in lov&, for the first tirne in his
life. He had met Estelle's father
at his country club, and the old
admiral, captivated by the bjuff
sincerity of the man, had invited
him to visit him at his home on
Fifty-fifth street. There he had
met Estelle, just back from school
in France, to take her dead
mother's place in the household';
and by sheer force of personality
he had swept her off her feet with
his impassioned pleading.
So simple was the"nature of the
man, for all his power, that the
idea that the Lamberts, impover
ished and proud, saw' in him a
means of restoring the ancient
prestige of their family had never
entered his- mind. He knew that
Estelle, had never wholly loved
him." But he was resolved to
make her love him; and, Just as
he had always bent men to his
will, so he believed that he could
mold her nature to his.
Gradually, however, the uneasi
ness and restraint which he be
gan to feel in the presence of Est
telle's friends sapped his resolu
tion. Then there had come whis
pers of a former sweetheart of his
fiancee who had been selected as
Estelle's future husband by her
mother in the days when the
Lamberts and the Fanfngs occu
pied adjacent estates in Mary
land, before reverses had come
upon the old admiral. And, meet
ing this man, twelve years his
junior, affable, easy-going, con
descending, ever a welcome guest
at the Lambert house, Hewlett
came to feel as though he were
strangling in the invisibly fine
meshes of a net that was ever
drawn tighter around hjm. He
would sooner have disbelieved in
Estelle for him the model of all
honor than in his capapty t
hold her. And yet he had Josf
confidence in the wisdom of. hip
choice. He was a middle-aged,
man forty-three. The years
were slipping away. Was he,
then, justified, in tying to himself
through life this' girV ivyenty
years his junior, ii taking, her, ig
norant of life, from her own en
vironment to share hat alien one
of his own which was' all he could
offer her?
He had almost resolved to see
Estelle privately, to speak with
her, to put the' circumstances be
fore her, gravely; dispassionately,
and self-forgetfuily, as a problem
to be met, as he would have pro
pounded a business matter to an
acquaintance- And yet he feared
to break the silence whiclrhis con
straint had jvjoven around them.
Although engaged, thei;e had
never been confidence - between
them- j .
And nowliwas ruinedand his
duty Ya.yJviZa.1 before, him, John
Hewlett had never flinched from
duty when he was boss of the
foundry gang. Hard-hitting, in
flexible, he- had gone straight to
the point and always earned it.
Now his course was clearly de-
fined. He could not give her"
anything to compensate for what
he was taking from her. He must
release her frofh the engagement.
Three-quarters of an hour later
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