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, A STOLEN LOVER
' By Margaret Smeaton.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Oh, Millie, I am so glad," said
Lucy Wainwright. "I hope the same
happiness .will come to me some
day," she added wistfully.
"Why, you little goose, any girl can
get a man if she wants him," answer
ed her cousin Millie. "And Mr. Law-
"It's Fortunate You're Only a Poor
.son is as rich as Croesus at least,
' his father is."
"But you love him, Millie?" inquir
ed Lucy anxiously.
"Quite well enough," answered
Lucy's cousin. "Of course 'vyhen a
girl gets to be twenty-five she has
acquired a little common sense. How
old are you, Lucy?" Millie continued.
"Just twenty," Lucy answered.
"Then you have five years to wait,
my dear," said Millie. "Corhe, let us
go downstairs. Tom will be here in
a few minutes and I want you to meet
Lucy was visiting her cousins in
Virginia. This was the day of her
arrival, and Millie had just confided
to her the news of her engagement.
Tom Lawson was the son of old
Peter Lawson, whose speculations in
Mexican oil fields were reported to
have netted him a fabulous amount
of money. And when Tom qame in
Lucy had to admit that he looked a
rich man's son. The high-power au
tomobile, his faultless clothes, his
university manner made him a splen
did catch for any girl. But what
Lucy liked most about Tom Lawson
was just himself.
How she envied Millie that night
as she lay awake, her mind busy with
the memories of the day. The
Wainwrights came of a good old fam
ily, but Millie's family seemed to ac
quire all the money, while Lucy's re
mained poor. The magnificence of
her cousin's home was life a wonder
world to Lucy.
She did not know that they
were living upon their capital, and
that Millie's shrewd mother had
staked her fortunes upon her daugh
ter's making a brilliant match.
Millie had certainly done her
credit. It was to be a marriage of
youth and health and plenty of cash
As the days wore away Lucy began
to feel less and less comfortable in
her new surroundings. There was an
atmosphere of worldliness and insin
cerity which almost terrified her at
times. The ways of her cousins were
so different from those in her father's
Her mother had died two years bq
fore and her father had been called
west on an important business mat
ter. Lucy could hardly go home to
an empty house. For this reason she
tried hard to adjust herself until the
end of her visit should 'arrive.
Another thing which troubled her
was Tom Lawson's evident liking for
her society, and her own growing
predilection for the young manj
Money had not spoiled him, at any