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tion of fitting him out and taking him
on board ship, it was a matter of bed
and medical attention and nursing.
The girl stared at Lord Ridforth
with frowning, puzzled eyes. She still
failed to understand, but she began
to be afraid.
"I nursed this wreck of a man for
ten days, ten very terrible days.
heard horrors which will haunt me as
s long as I live as they haunted my poor
friend before he died."
Miss Lindon hid her face with a
little exclamation of horror, but Lord
Ridforth faced her sternly.
"Perhaps you would like to know,'
said he, "w.hy this poor lad left civil
ization and suffered and died so ter
ribly. It was, so please you, to find
a pearl for a lady who had told him
she loved him."
The girl's hands slipped down from
her face as if the strength had gone
suddenly out of them, and for a long
silent instant she stared across at
Lord Ridforth. Then she gave a loud
sharp cry that was well-night a
"Jerry Castlel It was Jerry Castle!
"I know," she said in a swift whis
per. "The Harvest Moon! I saw it
this morning in that .window. I saw
it. Jerry found it he really found
it somehow and you brought it
He put' one hand into his waist
coat pocket and, between thumb and
forefinger, withdrew a small object.
It was the Harvest MoQn.
A deep flush swept MissvLihdon's
face, and her hands twitched and
moved toward the pearl, but with
drew themselves, and lay, as it were,
half encircling it.
Abruptly she folded her arms to
gether, and laid her face upon them,
and begah-'to weep with terrible and
rending sobs. Lord Ridforth watch
ed her without a tremor.
But after a long time the girl sat
up onqe more, and her face was still,
but grief had ravished it incredibly.
' "And so," said she, "I have killed j
him. I have brought- him to. his j
death." She said:
"No, I didn't even love him. If I
"You told him you loved him," said
Lord Ridforth. "You kissed him, I
understand, and promised to wait."
"Did I?" she asked dully. "Did I
do that? I dar.e say. It's rather like .
me." She gave an exceedingly bit
"You see," she explained patiently,
"I wanted to marry well to have
position and influence and beautiful
things jewelry all that. It has been
a passion with me. On that cruise, a
few weeks ago, when I met you, I de
liberately did everything in my power
to attract you to me. I saw myself
making a great marriage. I'd have
given my body and soul for it. You
knew, I suppose? You saw me at it?"
"I did," said Lord Ridforth.
"Well, I failed at that, and so I
took the Soames man instead. I let
him propose the very evening before
we landed at Suva. And Jerry saw
us saw me let Soames kiss Oh!"
She covered her eyes, writhing.
"So now you know what I am
"Have been?" the man demanded.
"Yes," said she, "have been. It
may seem a little odd but, you see,
I love him now. Now that he is
dead I know that I love him; I wish
I could crawl on hands and knees to ,
where he lies and tell him so. I wish
I were dead and lying with him in
his grave. ---
"Perhaps, you know," she said
"perhaps deep down in me, under
the other things, I've been loving him
all the while. I wonder."
"Love," observed Lord Ridforth,
or something rather like It has often
before been purchased by some such
trifles as lies there before you."
"Oh," she said, "you mean the
pearl? You mean the Harvest Moon?
Yes, of course. What shall we do
with it, I wonder?"
"Do with it?" cried he. "Wear it,
pf course. Wear It at your wedding
and -ever after.- ItTl make you f a-