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eagerly pleased at an opportunity to
make his friendly acquaintance. Fin ally she said:" "I have often wondered what be came of the young man who seemed so intimate with you when I first came to the boarding house here." "You mean Robert Burton?" spoke Mr. Darrow, a shade first gloomy, then sorrowful coming into his ex pressive face. "Yes, I I think that was his name. In fact, I am sure of it I I knew him slightly," and Eva flushed deeply. "I thought him my best friend," ex plained Abel, and something like a sob choked clear utterance. "I was grossly deceived. I loved him as a father and helped him to his feet when he was penniless and friend less, and he sold me out." "Oh, Mr Darrow!" exclaimed Eva, growing deathly pale. "It cannot be!" s s Abel stared in wonderment at his companion at this revelation of fervid' and unexpected emotion. "Did he also deceive you?" he ask ed bluntly. "Oh, no that is I knew him, we were friends. I learned to esteem him and he went away bo abruptly I I have often thought of him," fluttered Eva. "He is unworthy of your thought," persisted Abel. "I'm sorry to say it, but it is true. As you must know, three years ago I lost a lhrib In a ma chine while in the service of William Lane & Co. Lane witnessed the ac cident and knew that it was due to the carelessness of the firm. He of fered me a trifle to settle, which I re fused. I brought my suit for $10,000. It is now pending. One evening he came to my room here- with a new offer. I laughed at it. Robert Bur ton heard him. In a trial his evidence might help me. A week later Robert disappeared." , "And you have not heard from him tsince?" asked Eva anxiously. ' "Only once a mere line from a distant city. "What-what did it say?" pressed Eva eagerly. "Only these words. 'Stick to the ship! " "And that is all?" murmured Eva vaguely. "No, I must tell you the worst. I positively know that Mr. Lane went West for his health, .young Burton went with him as an attendant Can't you see how it is the boy 1 50-loved has gone over to the enemy! They have bribed him to remain out of the field as a witness in my behalf." "I can't Understand it at all," sigh ed Eva. "He was so grateful to you, he was so kind to everybody." , Three evenings later Bva,met Abel at the door of the parlor. She drew him within the room. Her eyes were red with weeping, her face colorless and traversed with anguish. "Read," she said sadly, and handed S a newspaper to Abel, pointing to an item on one of its pages. . According to that, William Lane and Robert Burton, traveling in the Far West had started to cross an arid desert stfetch and had not been seen,-since. They were supposed to have miserably perished in a sudden sandstorm that had come up. "Poor, misguided boy!" sobbed Abel. "If he had only been true' to me!" And in his grief he spoke tender forgiving words that showed that his heart was not hardened. And Eva mingled her tears with his, and Abel knew that this fair young girl had loved Robert Burton. The blow postrated Abel. He was not eaual to going to work the next day. 'liJva that evening hastened up to his room with some dainties for the invalid. The trry nJy fell from her hand as entering the apartment she saw Robert Burton! Abel was seated in an easy chairj wreathed in smiles. Never had Eva seen him look so bright and happy. Robert, bronzed, brisk, sturdy, inter rupted the embarrassed visitor as she tried, to retreat '