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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 06, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright by W-J3. Chapman.)
Wedding bells were Ringing real
wedding bells, for Springville was a
primitive place and everybody loved
the bride who had been Clare With
erell, and wished her welL They were
proud, too, of the handsome, manly
appearing bridegroom Clyde Wal
ton. The honest, simple-hearted
townspeople shared the general joy
and spared not a mellow clangor of
the chimes as the carriage drove
There were old shoes and rice in
showers. A village wit had tacked
to the back of the vehicle a flaring
"Just Married" card. At the depot
the village band played the wedding
march eight times in succession, and
at last the train disappeared around
a curve and the grand excitement
was over.
In a room at the village hotel a
young girl sat near a window crying
as if her heart would break. She had
arrived early that morning to learn
the identity of the bridegroom for the
first time. She did not go to her
originally intended destination, but
had come to the hotel instead.
"Why did I come and why do I
tay!" sobbed Nella Drury, heart
brokenly. "Clyde Walton! Oh, what
a cruel blow of fate! Clyde Walton
false! false!"
Destiny had, indeed, played her a
strange trick. Here were the facts.
A year previously, orphaned, she had
secured a position as teacher in a
children's home. She had met the
man she loved, Clyde Walton. He
had left her one evening to go to
his home in another city, and, he
avowed, to inform his relatives of his
intention to marry. From that day
to this she had received no word from
him. The children's home had
burned down a few days after his de
parture, for she had remained in the
town for two weeks, expecting the
word from him that never came.
Then, bidding farewell to the hope
and joy of life, she had gone to an
other place to teach and had tried to
forget the man whom she believed
had basely deceived her.
It was vacation now and she had
been glad when one of her new fel
low teachers, a Miss Neltnor, had
written her from Springville. The
latter told her that her cousin, Clare
Witherell, was to be married. During
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her honeymoon Miss Neltnor had
agreed to take care of the family
home. She not only invited Nella
to the wedding, but arranged to have
her remain her own guest for a
month. This meant friendly com
panionship, and, besides, Nella was
glad to have the opportunity to save
boarding expense for a full month.
She had arrived at Springville to
learn that the bridegroom was Clyde
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