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other by sight; sometimes they sat
near each other in the cheap little
restaurant where they got their meals
whenever they could afford the lux
ury. They were both too shy to speak
to each other, and-desperately alone;
but now, staring into each other's
faces in the deserted hall on the top
story of the rooming house, they
drew toward each other like aban
doned barks drawn by some current
into a vortex.
"Are you going to dinner?" asked
the boy timorously.
"Yes," she answered, looking at
him with shy approval.
"Let's go together," he said, great
They descended the stairs together.
At the street door she took his arm,
and they proceeded toward the res
taurant, without a word spoken.
That was the most wonderful meal
either of them had ever had. Their
conversation was monosyllabic, but
there was little need of words in the
happiness of this strange sympathy.
And afterward they strolled together
up and down the lit streets. They
paused at the theater door. Women
in costly furs, accompanied by men
in evening clothes, were going in.
"I'm glad Fm not among that
crowd," thought the girl, and won
dered how many young Darrows
there were among them.
And the boy, utterly abashed at the
thought of the temptation that had
come to him, and feeling himself
wholly unworthy of the girl whose
arm was still linked in his, was plan
ning to see Mr. Vincent on the next
morning at 9 and tell him of the con
spiracy. "It's great, isn't it!" said the boy.
"Just living, I mean."
"Yes, it's great," the girl answered,
and she knew then that she would
have strength to refuse young Dar
row and to remain at her post. It
was only a humble post in the out
works of civilization, but suddenly
phe felt like a soldier.
"I thought once of going home and
giving up all this," said the boy
vaguely, as they strolled homeward.
"But now I'm going to stay."
"And I'm going to stay, too," the
They reached the door and went up
the stairs together in silence. At her
door the girl turned.
"I have enjoyed it so much," she
said. "I have spent such a happy
evening." She blushed at her own
audacity. "It has meant such a lot
to me you don't know how much,"
she continued, feeling absurdly con
scious of the moisture in her eyes.
"You don't know how much to me
also," he answered. And he never
knew how it came about, but the
next minute they were in each, other's
arms and her lips met his in that first
kiss which everybody knows to'be the
"We'll fight it out altogether," said
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Mr. Henpeck Have you any
Butcher No, but I have some nice
Mr. Henpeck Don't want any; got
too much at home now!
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war possess between them 600.000
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