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DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND
By Florence L. Henderson. (Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.) "Dead center, every time. .She is an expert sportswoman." "With human hearts as well as with the target inanimate, yes!" ob served Rolfe Dexter. There was a somewhat nettled and bitter intonation to the words and" Dexter's friend directed a quick, searching look at his face. Dexter, however, pursued the theme no fur ther. They parted and he went his way, his chin on his breast, his eyes glooming, his whole presentment that of a man having a grievance and nursing it He and his friend had just passed the home of Eleanor Tyng. Where ' the lawn ran down to a clear, wide, long expanse stood Eleanor and some girl friends. They were su perbly equipped with bows and ar rows, archery outfit, target and high spirits were all in accord with eager contests of skill. Eleanor had noted the two pass ersby. She never looked at Rolfe and bestowed a mere crisp nod upon his friend. The latter had admiring ly commented on two center shots Eleanor had compassed before they got out of sight of the fair garden spot "She won't have another opportu nity to ostracize me," soliloquized Rolfe determinedly. "It seems that she has decided to blot me out of her life. All well and good. I will go back to the dull old city law office and forget her" Forthwith on his arrival at home Rolfe sat down promptly and wrote his young law partner, Bert Havens, that he might expect him back next Monday morning for good. In a way, up to a week previous Rolfe had de cided to marry Eleanor, locate in Springfield and give up his old am bition to metropolitan fame and .wealth. j It was no wonder, for Eleanor had been a loving fiancee. Everything had gone smoothly until at a lawn party one evening Rolfe had made a good deal of a certain Daisy Worden. It was because Daisy was an old flame of Rolfe's that Eleanor took offense. In turn Eleanor immediate ly accepted as an escort Ross Evans. If there was. anybody in Springfield whom Rolfe disliked it was this shal low, presumptlous fop. Rolfe es corted Miss Worden to her home and Swish! Past the Head of. the Amazed Rolfe. the last Rolfe saw of Ross the latter was languishing about Eleanor wih all the airs of a successful rival. They met the next day, Eleanor and Rolfe. It was fatal to the true soul fulness of both that each was head strong and resentful. A chance im putation of disloyalty from Rolfe was a spark to the tinder of Eleanor's quick temper. Her snappinsh retort made him say more bitter things. .The next morning. Jye xeceixed. hv.