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THE LOVE TEST
By Miriam Lee Sanborn
"Do you dare to make the test?"
Myrtle Parsonsspoke the words to
ker nearest and dearest friend, Win
aie Thomas. The latter looked star
Jed, then thoughtful.
"It all comes of what mother thinks
md what you say, Myrtle," she spoke,
hi a subdued but earnest tone. "You
know how I regard Elwyn Moss. I
believe him to be a true man."
"It is you who have made him so."
"I hope that it would be the joy
Df my life to believe it," declared Win
nie tumultously. "He himself says
that my friendship has won him from
his wild, careless ways, but mother
is dubious of his entire reformation
and you say he would 'go all to pieces'
if I refused him, should he propose
"Then, as I say the test"
"Is it not almost cruel?" inquired
Winnie in a low voice.
"Would it not be better to make
the matter clear now than to marry
him and have him go back to his old
ways when you are settled in life,"
intimated Myrtle. "Try him, Winnie.
See if he is sterling true to himself.
He is going back to the city in a day
or two. Before he does he will surely
confess his love for you. Defer a def
inite engagement. In the meantime,
enforce your indifferent attitude by
mildly flirting with my brother Will."
"I don't like your suggestion one
bit," said Winnie, dubiously, but Myr
tle was persistent in her plan. "It
might be the making of Elwyn to try
him out," and then circumstances
aided the precious project, the heed
less Myrtle not reckoning the manner
in which it might affect the emotion
of a really worthy young man.
For such Elwyn Moss was, in man
ner and thought. Winnie had awak
ened a new soul in the reckless young
fellow, who had checked the "sow
ing of wM oats" under the influence
of her helpful, sympathizing gentle
ness. Twice during the next few days
Elwyn sought and found an opportu
nity to get Winnie alone, ready to
tell her his love. On both occasions,
however, she managed to flit away
before the avowal materialized. He
felt repelled and hurt. In the mean
time Ned Parsons was a good deal
in Winnie's company. Myrtle, harm
less but scheming, managed it so that
when Elwyn left the village it was
"Is It Not Almost Cruel?"
with the conviction that Winnie
Thomas had taken up seriously with
Ned, and that she regarded himself
only as a friend.
More than this, an old chum in
formed Elwyn that he had it on preU
ty good authority that Winnie and
Ned had become engaged.
A few days after Elwyn went back
to work in the city he wrote in his
diary: "Any true man who has been
under the sweet influence of such a
girl as Winnie has an ideal to cher
ish, a guardian angeL the memory of