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' .As." he stood there he heard Ballan
tyne's dog-cart come up behind him
swiftly. Ballantyne saw the ap
proaching horse and leaped to the.
ground. He sprang in front of it,
whirling his armsjike flails, but made
no effort to stop i
It was Johnson who, at the last in
stant, clutched at the rein. He had a
vision of the rearing steed, he felt
himself being dragged along the
ground, and then a weight seemed to
descend upon his breast and he lost
When he opened his eyes he was
in the gatekeeper's lodge. The room
was darkened. A woman sat beside
him. Johnson looked into the face
of Lady Elinor.
"How long have I been here?" he
muttered, .'trying to rise.
She restrained him with her cool
hand on his forehead. "Three days,"
she whispered.,' ''"Mr. Johnson, it was
to save me that you risked your life
when he he "
Johnson saw her eyes fill with tears
as she turned -away. He slept from
weariness. It was, not until the next
dav that old Lord Claverine came in
to thank him in broken words for
saving his daughter's life.
"You have repaid us too well," he
said. "I shall never forget what we
owe you. And now, Mr. Johnson,
we are going to make amends by
Going away! Johnson suddenly
burst into wild laughter.
"Why," he said, "I have arranged
to sell the castle."
They stared at him in dismay. "No,
you must stay." said Lord Clavering.
"Time will bring things in your favor.
You are a young man and did not un
derstand. And I was uncharitable in
Johnson said nothing, but later he
questioned Lady Elinor. She had
been with him throughout his ill
ness, and the thought of losing her
forever was intolerable to him.
''Do you know who the purchaser
is ta be?" he asked,
She shook her head, and"he told
"I thought," he explained humbly,
"that that you cared for him, and
that it was I who stood in the way.
I was an interloper, Lady Elinor, and
I was ruining three lives; yours, your
father's, and his."
She shook her head dumbly.
"Forgive me, but don't you care for
him?" he asked.
"I did," she answered gravely. "Un
til the other day, when you took his
place in the road and saved my life.
I understood then his worth; and I
learned afterward that it was he who
was trying to drive you from the
castle. Mr. Johnson; we want you to
stay father and L"
Johnson thought. "On one. condi
tion," he answered.
"What is it?" asked the girlletting
her eyes fail. But Johnson sw from
the blush that mantled her cheek that
she had guessed.
o o ' V
Blobbs I am mad at my wife and
to anger her I've decided to flirt with
some other woman.
Hobbs If you want a better way
than that, ask some other woman to
I sew on a button for you.