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IN THE WAR ZONE
By Jessie Cobb Sherwin
"If father were only here! If I
only knew that he were alive and
well!" sighed Viola Bliss.
"We can only hope, dear. If he is,
I fear it will be a sad home-coming.
He was caught in the direct war zone
in Belgium, as we know. He wrote
that he had made a large investment.
If so, it must have been a loss, for
the section he was in has been total
Her loyal fiance, Julian Morse,
strove to comfort her and partially
succeeded. His manner was grave
and thoughtful, however, as he left
the Bliss home. He did not impart
to Viola all that he thought To his
mind, Dr. Bliss had not only lost his
fortune, but his life, in the mad whirl
Once only since the letter arrived,
announcing a great investment and
an intention to return home, had
they heard from him and then indi
rectly. A box had been received
bearing many foreign transit tags.
No letter arrived to explain why it
was sent- When Viola came to open
it sh,e found six framed oil paintings.
They were mere daubs, and she won
dered why her father, a connoisseur
in matters of art, had sent them.
They were stored in the garret and
a letter expected explaining their
shipment, but none such appeared.
Then there had arisen another
complication. Dr. Bliss was a virtu
oso in certain lines. He went abroad
regularly, being a man of comforta
ble means, and took considerable
money with him, usually returning
with antiquities which he resold to
museums and individuals at a good
profit. This last trip he had mort
gaged his .home for a large amount,
informing ViQla that he had a prom
ising speculation in view which re
quired a large cash outlay. The mort
gage had been made out in favor of
une Andrew Bayne. a money loaner. 1
When the first interest came due
Bayne visited the Bliss home. He
met Viola there and was at once
smitten. He was old, penurious and
crafty, and Viola disliked him in
tensely. It was only after several vis
its that Viola realized that his smirk
ings and attentions were the advance
couriers of a proposal of marriage.
"Your father is dead, perhaps," he
safe. i- j-' os--
"Haven't You Suspected , That I Am
in Love With You."
told her one day. "I must have my
money or you."
"Me!" cried Viola Jn amazement
"Haven't you suspected that I am
in love with you?" grinned the old
"You you speak of what is im
possible!" faltered Viola, and after
that, whenever he called,, she had her
aunt, who was the family house
keeper, meet Mm.