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end!" as the writer chucklingly put it.
"It's like the taste of blood to a
tiger!" declared Peter. "Ha, for a
new victim. Ah, I have it! I have it!
I have it! A most glorious revenge!
Pitting the occasion! I have never
catered to the feminine set, but now
I will break a woman's heart! Ah!
the glorious satisfaction of the act!
And the victim John Jarvis' sister.
She ias always seemed to be inter
ested in me. I will lead her on. I
will propose,! will awaken all her am
bition and love if any human being
can really love. Then I will deride
her, crush her, humiliate her, desert
her! A fit act of vengeance against
her renegade brother! And the joy,
the glory of plunging a woman into
distress and heartbreak!"
The amazed and puzzled nephew
called up his uncle that same day on
the telephone, urging an explanation,
but received the stern reply: "I'm
through with you. Don't come near
me." Then that evening the old
schemer secured the expert services
of barber, haberdasher and tailor and
appeared at the Tiome of Miss Eva
Jarvis in quite youthful trim.
She was a lovely woman at forty.
What Peter must have been at na
tural and benevolent normal, her
sweet, sympathetic face reflected.
Her deep eyes skarkled at his appar
ent increase of interest in her.
With a glum, grim look Peter lis-!
tened to her rhapsodies over "Broth
er John." He made no comment as
she told of his being away, "making
a quick fortune." " t
"Which I pay for!" muttered Peter, I
but he soon drifted into a pleasanter
frame of mind. Somehow, never be
fore had this gentle, earnest woman
seemed so superior to all her sex.
His soul was drifting, seeking solace, I
and in the winning way of Miss Jar-
vis he found an indescribable peace
from the wild turmoil of his riotous
emotions. And because this lonely
woman had always respected and ad
mired him and something more
her ways had a new fluttering beauty
about them, captivating her visitor
more than ever.
"A charming woman, truly," re
flected Peter, as he left her. "What a
life of peace I could live with her,
but No! to crush! to destroy! I
have set out on a career of wild
All the next day Peter kept out of
the way of his former friends. He
was cross to his old office bookkeep
er, he was ungracious to his stenog
rapher. He brought both to the-point
of tears. Then the old tyro grinned,
and fancied he jubilated over the mis
ery he was causing. (
Again that evening what Peter was
sure was in the pursuance of hs
heartbreaking scheme, influenced
him to visit Miss Jarvis. He was
greeted with surprise.
"I have had a strange letter from
Brother John," she told Peter. "Ie
says he is going abroad to enjoy his
new fortune. If I wish to go, I am to
start at once for Denver to get a new
Peter's mind was on the boil. To
think of it: The arch-villain, his
tfeacherous partner, was about to
wrench from him his fond revenge!
Jarvis idolized his sister. With money,
with her, he would escape the deadly
And aha! a new thought, a
fierce, devastating thought, the
thought of all thoughts! He would
propose at once to Eva. He would
really marry her. He would torture
the base John Jarvis by robbing him
of the sister's company on his tour!
Peter Martin proposed to Miss Jar
vis. He was accepted. He left the
house jubilant. He would center his
wicked malignity in thus disturbing
the cherished plans of that scoundrel,
Somehow, though, all his heart
softened. The next morning he
doubled the salary of his bookkeeper
and his stenographer. He wrote to
his nephew, saying: "Things as they
were. Had a whim didn't mean it."
He caught himself humming a