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garity. All the veneer of 20 years
had vanished and she was again
well the type of woman that she had
been when McLaughlin, fascinated
with her bold beauty, had married,
"Yes, it's true, admitted Jim, with
a smile, "But don't take.lt to heart,
Mrs. McLaughlin. Of course this will
mean the postponement of our mar
riage and I shall have to scrape' to
gether another fortune in Alaska.
"Postponement!" shrilled the wom
an, coarsely. "Do you suppose Ag
gie is going to marry you now?"
"Why, of course I do," answered
Jim, looking at the woman in bewil
derment. "A penniless.pauper!" she sneered.
"Of course it is hard on her," ad
mitted Jim. "But surely, Mrs- Mc
Laughlin, there were xio monetary
considerations involved -in our en
gagement." Mrs. McLaughlin "actually snapped
her fingers under Jim's nose.
"See here, young-manrm going
to talk straight to you' she said, "I
don't know whether you're 'bluffing
or just a fopl, but I mean Aggie to
marry a man with a wad. Qf money.
What do you think ahetdofc jou for?
For your good looks? Are jrou a
fool or what's the matter with .you?"
Jim felt as helpless before thig out
burst of rage as a wikl tieast in a
"If your daughetr releases me of
court I Shall accept the decision,"
he answered quietiyj .
"Well, well soon see about that!"
screamed the woman. She' touched
the bell and the putler appeared.
Upon his face was a sneer hardly
disgufsed. It was evident that he had
been listening to the conversation at
the door. "Tell Miss Agnes to come
here at once," she said.
rAgnes McLaughlin xjame in and
her mother, turned to her with a furi
".This man is a pauper, Aggie," she
said. "And he thinks he is going to
marry you.- He won't take the truth
from -he. Tell him what you have
just told me, Aggie."
The girl turned to Halsey,. "I an
not .marry you," she said. "Please
understand that finally. I never
".Then you -you only wanted my
money?" demanded Jim.
"Not for myself," cried the girl
with a sudden vehement outburst.
"For my mother. I have been on
sale three years. Everybody has
known it but you."
"Aggie! What are you talking
about?" cried her mother in amaze-,
"I wQPBpeak now," answered the
girl. "I have been taken around the
matrimonial showrooms of Europe
and America for three years. My
mother has spent- nearly a million
dollars on me in the expectation of
getting it back and more. You were
the last chance, for our money is
nearly gone "
"How dare you speak like that?"
cried Mrs. McLaughlin furiously.
"Because it is the truth," replied
the daughter. "Did I loye you,. Jim?
I .never thought of love. I only
thought of doing my duty and repay
ing the money that bad been 'ad
vanced on me. We don't love, we of
the fashionably rich class. We marry
to sell ourselves to the men we can
infatuate. That was why I accepted
"The girl has gone mad!" ex
claimed Mrs. McLaughlin, with up
raised hands. "TImmons!"
But ifJTimmons was listening dis
creetly at the door, he evidently
judged this an unpropitious moment
to enter in answer to the call.
"That was why I became engaged.
)to you, Jim," continued Agnes Mc
Laughlin. "And I thought I was do
ing my duty. .Ah. but-2-" her voice
softened involuntarily -"it was only
when I found that you were differ
ent, Jim, that I realized that I.began
to realize my wrong. I was readyjo
break the heart of an bonest man
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