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& QUICK CHANGE ARTIST
By George Clayton.
Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
9 As Lawrence Hale rode along
-jthe- two miles of road. which lay
between his bungalow and the
Sonora Deep Level gold mine his
'thoughts were fully occupied with
be girl who had come into his life
o recently. Whether or not he
'Sad Met the Senorita Again as
. He Rode Home.
loved her he did not know, not
z even now, when the- kiss which
'"she ha'd given him still;seemed to
rlinger upon his lips. But that epi
bsode of the preceding day had cer
btainly awakened strange emo
tions within him.
Leonora was a connection of
Don Luis Obispo, of the neigh
boring hacienda. She had not
been there when Hale had arriv
ed, six months before, to assume
charge of the engineering works.
He had not seen her, never heard
of her during many friendly visits
to the ranch, until a month before.
Then, unexpectedly, she had come
out from the house upon the ver
anda, where Hale and Don Luis
were drinking coffee together.
"Senor Hale," said the Mex
ican, "allow me to present you to
my cousin, Senorita Leonora."
But "cousin" might have meant
a'nything in the Mexican dialect,
from "niece" to "friend."
Hale had bowed and the senor
ita had smiled charmingly. He
had discovered that she had been
educated in a Paris convent; she
had just returned to Mexico, and
was spending a iew weeks with
her connection, Don Luis.
They had met frequently, and
ever Hale had fallen more and
more under the influence and
charm of the senorita's flashing
black eyes, her alluring ways.
If she had set herself to make a
conquest he knew she could have
done so. But their friendship
had been, on the surface, formal,
until a week previously, when,
calling at the hacienda, he had en
countered her alone upon the
"Senor Hale," slje said, "my
cousin, Don Luis, has gone to,
Mexico City and my aunt has ar-
rived to be my ..chaperon."
Almost upon the words a hide
ous, withered old crone came hob
bling out upon a stick