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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 04, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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By Mary Ruhl.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
It seemed like-adream to Arthur
Lessing to be back again at Squire
Brenner's house that afternoon in
early May.
The placid New England country,
green with young grass, the apple
trees in blossom, the well-remem-
She Looked Worn and Haggard.
bered scenes came back so vividly to
his remembrance. It was- four years
since he had left Wakefield to make
his way in the world, and now, at the
age of 26, he was back, Brenner's
guest, and already with an estab
lished position in the city.
It was an open secret that he had
come back to ask Madge to be his
wife. They were old friends. She
had written to him sometimes, and
there, was always a note of intimacy 1
in her letters. It had been an idyllic
love affair, though no word had been
And they received him like an old
frierid. When Madge shook hands
with him he felt the same subtle
touch of sympathy. And Edith, her
sister, smiled as she greeted him.
She seemed to know everybody
knew the purpose of his return during
that week that he was to be the
guest of his father's oldest friend.
Squire Brenner alluded tactfully to
the impending engagement as they
strolled under the big chestnut trees
"The man who gets Madge will be
a lucky fellow," he said. "She is a
girl of sterling merit And she will
inherit a good deal of money." Then
he turned suddenly and shook hands
with the young fellow.
In the old days he and Leslie Carter
had been rivals for Madge. Leslie
had borne no malice when his suit
was gently declined. Lessing had
hardly expected to see Carter there,
but he seemed to be on intimate
terms with the family. He, too, was
a week-end guest at the Brenner
During dinner Lessing noticed with
a touch of the old jealousy that Car
ter seemed to have established a
brotherly relationship with the girls.
And this was needed to kindle the
young man's determination. He
would ask Madge that night
The opportunity was easily ar
rived at, for the squire retired to his
library, and Mrs. Brenner nodded
over her sewing. The girls and Car
ter had gone out into the garden, ,
Lessing lingering behind to settle
Mrs. Brenner in her chair and put
the knitting needles in her lap. Then
he hurried out
Madge was waiting for him! That
was a blunt way of putting it, and
yet he knew that the same instinct of
understanding wihch had always
bound them together had sent her
alone to that arbor beneath the chest
nuts. The night'was dark he could,

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