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thought out I'm courting a modest,
demure young lassie who lives in
Newton. She'll help us out. Look
here, next week there's the town car
nival. Instead of moping, be gay.
Hire an automobile, trim it up and
get into the night parade with my
accomplice by your side. Miss Bor
telle will be in evidence at the public
square. I'll arrange everything and
post you as to the details. Will you
"Think it will work?"
'Must try and see."
"All right," acquiesced Victor, but
in the lost tone of a despairing mor
tal. Meantime, a circumstance of which
Victor was totally 'ignorant had pro
vided new food for the flames of Ar
line's already aroused jealousy. It
came about through Arline's learning
that Victor was visiting someone in
a neighboring village three times a
week, and had been seen driven to
and from the depot by Mrs. Deleyan,
whose husband was an invalid. ' Ar
line was in torture. She was driven
to visit this Mrs. Delevan. Unex
pected intelligence was the outcome.
For the lady in question received
her as she would an own daughter,
quickly gleaned from Arline precise
ly what was in her mind and told her
she bpd never met Mr. Martin except
incidentally, and had driven to the
depot in the family automobile be
cause their chaufeur was absent on
a vacation.. .
"My dear child," she saidy "Mr.
Martin is an architect, as you know,
and" my husband is a contractor. He
was taken ill and needed someone to
look after his outside affairs, and this
Mr. Martin has been doing it for him.
And you have allowed causeless
jealousy to separate you and rack
your fond heart. Ah me! we must
mend that, little one."
And it was after comforting Ar
line in the kindest, most motherly
way in the workfc that Mrs. Delevan
proceeded to whisper in her ear some
intelligence that lifted Arline to the
clouds in ecstacy, for the informa
tion indubitably proved that Victor
Martin was as true as steel and long
ed for a reconciliation.
"I am going to tell you that Mr.
Martin has made a confidant of my
husband," said Mrs. Delevan. "I over
heard them talking about something
that will Interest you, and you must
act about It just as you feel inclined."
Forthwith, the lady proceeded to
outline the plot 6f Victor to arouse
her jealousy. Victor had given names,
dates, details of the plan his friend
had suggested to him. Arline left
the Delevan house with the happiest
gleam in her eyes that had been there
for many days.
The night of the carnival arrived.
Victor Martin drove his automobile
to the depot to meet a certain Miss
Dolly Brock, the fiancee of his friend,
who was to parade herself with him
to arouse the jealousy or Arline. He
was to know her by the color of her
dress. A tall graceful young lady
alighted from the train. She was
veiled, the hue of her apparel ac
corded wijth the directions given to
Victor. He bowed courteously and
"You are doing me an unusual fa
vor," was all that Victor said, as she
got into the machine, and she only
Victojr joined in the parade. Then
he several times lined the curb where
the crowds were. He did not catch
sight of Arline anywhere amidst the
throng, but of course, she was there,
he reasoned. . He felt rather asham
ed as he reflected over his paltry ex
pedient. "I will take you to the train," he
advised his silent companion as the
parade was over and past "We have
an hour before the trajn leaves, how
ever, and you mayenjoy a spin
around the lake."
Ten minutes later, just after they
had passed the beach hotel, the ma
chine broke down. Victor went to
the hotel to telephone the garage.
Soon the relief .auto arrived. "I