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Leigh, smiled, he thrilled, too "Un
mistakably the novice oratrix imi
tated the sentiment of a commenda
v tory announcement. Miss Lewis ap
proved of him, that was sure. So
much gained, the ice 'broken. He
"And she said. Yes, that's so'?"
A proceeded the juvenile passenger.
wno to: vvnat ior: projected
Heigh, feeling guilty at thus leading
on the innocent chatterer, yet im
mensely delighted withal.
"Why, one of .the other teachers
had said, 'What a handsome man'!"
"And you are, because my ma says
my pa" is the very handsomest man
in the world and he's got eyes and a
smile just like you."
x Gordon Leigh's life and thoughts
now began to center about the young
lady in blue. He learned casually
that her given name was Vera and
fancied it the sweetest name in the
world. He found out further that
her folks lived ten miles f,rom the vil
lage, whom she visited from Friday
night until Monday morning.
The garage where he kept his auto
was also the -town livery. He Throve
into it late one Friday afternoon to
be immediately interested in a con
versation going on between the pro
' prietor and one of his employes.
"We'll have to disappoint Miss
Lewis this time she'll have to wait
till morning," the latter was saying.
"The old rig we take her home in
broke down five miles from town.
All the other rigs are out till mid
night, up at the harvest festiva'l at
"We must arrange it some way.
, Miss Lewis is a weekly customer and
'9 we shouldn't disappoint her. I'll tele
phone her and you can make the run
with the first machine that comes
"That may not be for five hours,"
explained the hostler and Leigh,
obeying a speedy impulse, stepped
forward. He was well acquainted
with, the proprietor of the garage. 1
He had no difficulty iri securing "his
assent to a daring proposition. Thus
the garage man telephoned:
"Sorry, Miss Lewis, but the regular
rig has broken down. I will send a
machine to take you over home. Call
for you in fifteen minutes." He smil
ed as Leigh, insisting that it was
going to rain, enveloped himself in a
great storm coat and with a cap
coming -well down over his eyes re
sembled the conventional chauffeur.
Leigh drove up to the house in the
village where -Miss Lewis boarded.
His heart gave a bound as she came
out, so pretty and dainty that he
wished he could claim her for his
own on the spot and fly with her to
some sunny clime!
"Please stop at the office of Mr.
Byram," she directed. This was the
leading attorney and real estate man
of the town. His office fronted on
the street and through a broad plate
glass window Leigh could see him
go to a safe, take outa large. enve
lope and hand it toMiss Lewis. She
pinned it carefully inside of her coat,
came 'out and the journey -was re
It had grown dark and a steady
drizzle of rain had begun, but Leigh
wished the ten-mile spurt was a' cen
tury run. Even after Miss Lewis had
thanked htm in her pleasant gracious
way and had gone into the house,
Leigh feigned necessary adjustment
of themachine to delay and watch
through the windows the cheery pic
ture of father and mother and daugh
ter in a nest of rare comfort iand
Half way back to the village Leigh
halted at a cross-road station to ad
just the carburetor. As he did so,
for the first time he noticed lying in
the seat which had held his fair pas
senger an envelope the envelope
that Miss Lewis had brought from
the town. A glance beyond its un
sealed flap showed bank notes of
large denomination, a goodly heap of
It flashed across him that Miss
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