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Bruce blushed with both embar
rassment and pleasure. It was grat
ifying to consider that, after all
there years, a lady should recall his
past services and even remember his
"It seems," proceeded his employ
er, "that the general is dead. Of
tvLat course, his daughter is his heiress.
'TV Shn in a littlp Tins- Hrlhnnri' as vnn
know, a young lady more given to
study and a quiet life than social fol
lies. Very commendable, that The
estate.I learn, has shrunken consid
erably in latter years. She has sold
off most of it, favors Warrenton and
designs making it more habitable
and her permanent home."
"I see," nodded Bruce.
"She wants the work done on the
spot Inclines to the old Moorish
technique, I fancy, from her former
selections. Take a couple of port
folios in that line and you can send
for re-enforcements as needed."
John Bruce felt like a person go
ing forth .alone into the world as he
prepared for a months sojourn in an
unfamiliar country. Somehow now
he was fluttered at the thought of
dealing with a young lady. He'en-
gaged quarters at the town hotel and
- sent word to Warrenton that he was
ready to place himself at the service
of its mistress. A servant appeared
with -the abatement that apartments
had been prepared for him at the
hall and thither his traps were re
moved and himself installed.
It was the next morning when he
met Miss Warren. She was more
beautiful than ever. She was in
mourning, and this lent a subdued,
tone to the alwa'ys intelligent eyes.
She greeted Bruce as she would have
done an old, respected "friend. She"
Recalled the work they had mutually
.done in the city, and anticipated
great interest and pleasure in the
projected improvements upon the
The library had been cleared and
n rrneed for the worit design ert.
Bruce was surprised and charmed at 1
the elaborate thought and work his
hostess had already put upon the
plans. He regarded her with overt
admiration his genuine nature couJd
not conceal as she outlined her ideas. .
"I see that my services will be3
purely superficial and subsidiary
Miss Warren," he observed. ShOj
bowed at the compliment, but added
"My ideas are merely a prelude, Mr.5
Bruce. You must discern something
lacking. It is good, expert skill I,
need for the deeper detail." ,
That phrase covered the situation
in a bewildering way from then for-
ward. It prevailed all through cher-t
ished halcyon days. It was discus-j
sion, suggestion, direction, rather?
than any great volume of active)
work, and diversified by automobile,
trips to mansions at a distance, some!
facade or ornament of which had at
How much this ever-agreeable and!
intelligent quest had become neafisj
sary to her life, Heloise Warren did
not realize until the four weeks hacK
passed by. "The deeper detail" had
been -worked out to her satisfaction
It had comprised a free moderniza-
tion of old Castilian dome features'
and Arabian fretwork. Heloise was,
almost jubilant as Bruce handed her
the finished plans.4 s
"We have another week to go overj
everything and be sure there are nor
necessary modifications," she said.?
She glanced inquiringly and rather
disappointedly at the face of hen
guest as she spoke. For a week pastr
he had somehow changed. He-was
graver, deeply thoughtful. "The'
work has tired you, I fear," she added
"Oh, never!" he, burst forth,'
borne out of himself by sheer emo-
tion. "I icould stay in this paradise
forever!" and then he drew back,
"Then " she began. Her voice1
faltered. A delicate flush crossed'
her velvet cheek. v
"There is a deeper detail you