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"That's it," said Walt "I canM; di
vorce her. I'd feel that I'd thrown a
challenge into the teeth of God him
self. And I can't give Lida up now
not after -she 'says she'll stand by
"It's a hard situation," said Capt.
Eli. "But my belief iB this: Do the
right thing and never mind the cost."
The door opened anl the girl came
in. She had evidently overheard the
discussion, for she came up ttf her
lover and put ' her arm about his
neck. "I am not afraid to have the
, world spit on me," she said, "if Walt
"It isn't that, my girl,' said Capt.
ElK "It's having your own heart con
There was a long pauBe in the""
room. The rising wind blew freshly
through the open window. Outside
the wind was moaning wildly.
"This Stella Blythe, now how
long since you heard of her?" asked
the captain presently. - - ,
"Seven years since we met. But
I've heard of her, of course. She's
touring the country with a theatrical
"Not very. Why do you ask?"
"She might get tired."
. "She'll never tire of that life,"
said Walt with conviction.
"Now see here, my lad," said Cap
tain Eli. "You've got two things to
do. i Either do right or wrong. But-
jf you're going to do what .your
neart tells you God forbids, why not
offend him by getting a divorce, in
stead of wronging him and my gal
as well by what you proposed do
ing?" There was a long silence. Pres
" ently Lida broke it.
"I hayei been thinkjn'g," "she said,
"and I have-made up my mind. I
am going to. say nothing. I am going
to let Walt decide. I know that I
shall never love anybody but Walt,
and if he chooses God instead of me,
I shall love him the rest of my life
just as I do now." ,
Captain Eli paced tHe floor in agi
tation. "Walt," he said, "you 'did a
manly thing in coming J.o me. It
aint the soft of situation a man
reckons to find himBelf up against
and I ain't going to drive ydu to Unj
dechanded acts by saying more than
this: D6 your duty, Walt; and never
mind the consequences." J
Walt looked from one to another?
It was; actually, one of those human
situations that are never written
about, because it was so dramatical
a.mpie. tie recognized the fearj
ful decision that had been thrush
upon him. - s
"Give me five minutes," he said
The wind had risen to a gale. The
dust was whirljng along the- road
(juiside. It had nearly grown dark)
and lights had sprung up in the coti
tage windows. j
A fragment of newspaper blown;
along by the wind fluttered upo the
window sill and dropped almost
within reach of Walt's fingers. He
picked 4t up absently and remained
silent. Gradually the ticking of the
clock- came to dominate the 'room.
At last WaH Med up. a haggard
face. "I've made my choice, now
he said. "I'm going to sell out; I'm
going north 'again. And i shal
never see you again," he said to
She hid her face in her hands
without answering, but Captain Eli
stretched out his great hand and
crushed that of the other.
"Light the lamp before he goes,"
Whispered the girl. "I want to loo:
at his face again-o that I Shall rer
member him for always."
The spurt of the blue flame illum
inated the little ' room. Then thji
flame of the lamp shot upward. la
silence Lida and Walt looked at each
Walt's eyes dropped upon the
piece of newspaper which he held in
his hand. Mechanically he read it. 3
"San Antonio, Teas," he read.
"A inquest will be held tomorrow re-