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whom "will never leave him. ' 'Tis bet
ter to have loved and lost than never
to have loved at all. "
If he suffered disappointment and
heartbreak he kept it to himself. He
felt strong in his ability to fight lone
liness and keep to the right course.
Then a new element entered his life.
Ned, too, came to work in the city.
By this time Elwyn had become
pretty well satisfied from what he
heard that the brother of the close
friend and familiar of Winnie was
accepted suitor of the latter. It
seemed so natural that this should be
so on account of the close connection
between the two girls.
Mwyn recalled the evident evasion
of Winnie to give him an opportunity
to tell her of his love. Their parting
had been simply that of friends. She
had given him no encouragement.
Now in his daily tasks and evening
leisure fate seemed to throw him in
the way of Ned.
The latter "was enjoying life to the
full" as he termed it Little did his
friends at home imagine the drift his
follies were leading him into, Elwyn
saw and deplored. Rival or not, the
person who had snatched the cupful
of happiness from his lips in a meas
ure appealed to his sense of duty and
For the sake of the one he might
wed, Elwyn felt he must do all "he
could to win this reckless young man
from the path of wayfardness. He
became his constant adviser. He was,
in fact, his guardian. -
Once at a great sacrifice of time
and money he got Ned out of a seri
ous gambling scrape, exposure of
which would have lost him his posi
tion. At another time he took blame upon
his own shoulders in behalf of Ned
It led to his losing a month's salary
and an advance in business promo
tion. Day after day, however, Elwyn
watched, encouraged, reformed the
object of his solicitude.
Reward came. It was with a thrill
of gladness that Elwyn realized that
he had not labored in vain, when Nedt
said to him one day, grasping his,
hand fervently, tears in his eyes.
"You have saved me, old boy. It
all came over me what a true, self
sacrificing friend you have been. I
felt it my,duty to straighten put with
the house here their misconception
regarding mistakes I made and not
you. I have written the folks home.
I am through with all the old folly
and I owe it all to you. Then there
is a dear little girl even the folks do
not know about Flora Day. She'll
bless you for your good work and
you'll have to be the best man "
"Flora Day!" repeated Elwyn in be
wilderment "Why, yes, we have been secretly
engaged for six months."
"Then then, oh, yes!" stumbled
Elwyn in an uncertain tone. "I am
Glad! He was suddenly roused to
emotions that swayed his soul in an
indefinable whirl. Ned read ,some
hidden mystery under his. strange
manner. He got the truth out of
"Thought I was favored by Win
nie?" he laughed. "Why, man, I'm a
hopeless scapegrace in her estima
tion. I see it all oh, you noble, no
ble fellow! For Winnie's sake you
tried to make a better man of me so
I would be worthy of her!"
Winnie crie'd like a child when
Myrtle read to her a letter written by
her brother. She reproached herself,
she declared herself unworthy of the
brave hearted man whom she had put
to a cruel, crucial test.
"I shall never dare to face him
again," she sobbed. "Oh, Myrtle, it
"It was grand!" cried Myrtle. "Tell
your mother all about it, while I tell
mine of her boy, the new brother and
son we are going to have after this
and all through Elwyn Moss."
When Elwyn got off the train at his
home town a week later it was Myr
tle who met him at the depot She
told him the whole story.