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If it is necessary," and she opened
-the door wide and Serena followed
her down a broad hallway and into a
pretty reception room.
"What is it, please?" spoke a young
lady writing at a table.
In her excitement Serena forgot
all about her unaccustomed attire.
She drew aside her veil. She extend
ed the package and excitedly told her
"You lovely dear!" spoke Miss Ma
pleton graciously. "I don't under
stand what it all means, but you
have been very thoughtful to take all
this trouble. You must leave your
name and address. This may be im
portant and my brother may find it
necessary to see you.
Serena gave her name and address
The young lady accompanied her to
the door and Serena went away- daz
zled with the handsome appoint
ments of the house. She did hot hear
from the Mapletons, as she half ex
pected, but about noon a florist B -wa
gon drove up to the door and de
livered a beautiful bouquet of rare
The next day another bouquet ar
rived and the one following. Serena
suspected the source from which the
flowers came. Sheaake.d the florist
in regard to the sender.
"A young-lady who did not give
her 'name," he explained. "She or
dered a bouquet daily for two weeks
and paid for them in advance."
" "Of course it is Miss Mapleton,"
decided Serena. She was somewhat
disappointed. During that brief visit
to the'Mapleton home she had no
ticed the portrait of a handsome
young man hanging on the wall. The
resemblance to Miss Mapleton had
convinced Serena that this was her
brother. She wondered if her restor
ation of the packet had signified any
thing of importance to him.
Meantime Clement Mapleton had
left the city. He had done so speed
ily the evening Serena had returned
the packet It was with a startled
face that he had received It from his I
sister and listened gravely to her
, "Youvwill send this Miss Hoyt a
bouquet every day that I am gone,'
he directed, "and I shall go to her
personally and acknowledge the"
great service she has ddne when I
"What are the papers, brother?"
inquired Miss Mapleton.
"They are documents compromls
ing a, son of my invalid partner in
Colorado," replied her brother, "To
have th'em made public would kill
Mr. Daggett He left them with me
for safe-keeping. They must be de
stroyed, but not without his sanction
and I must go to him at once."
"6ut who stole them?" inquired
"It must have been a young man
ve discharged last week, who placed
them in the hands of professional
criminals to blackmail Mr. Daggett.
They mistook this Miss Hoyt in her
exigency outfit for some accom
plice." Serena fluttered and her ,c01or
came rosy and' swift as one-day she
was informed that a Mr. Mapleton
awaited her In the parlor. His clear,
frank eyes scanned her with anima
tion as she entered the room.
"I have"called to bring you a slight
souvenir irom a dying man, Miss
fibyt," he spoke, "whose last days
you have made peaceful by restoring
to us certain stolen papers."
He - extended a beautiful -jeweled
brooch. Serena drew back in consternation.
"My friend has insisted that you
accept this slight token of his deep,
gratitude," proceeded Mapletoq,
"and you must not cause him disap
pointment by refusing."
Not a word m explanation of the
mystery was vouchsafed. A few
evenings later Mapleton called again,
this time accompanied by his sister.
There grew up a speedy friendship
between the three. Then it came
about that Mapleton called alone sev