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By HAROLD MacGRATH
WkrltHw tf t'JhL,0r fT0.000mni m beautiful girl', tout by
rairtiir "The Man an the Bem," Lwk af the t'l.h," .re.
CessrlsM. lift, tv Baroli lac(7rafh
maw n bis "- - -
n (inner in mi
world like a child
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atk Thsntht LeM te Nancy
AN'CnOrTnew regretted that he had
I,v ... .. .-4 i li anil
iitm Bn '"":: -llmn. , ,i,e
At even uave " - -
" : u an.nrt'a conduct ill
KMrnriJed Instead be had warned
ffS ?. Had he, llnnereft, been
ft ffi wanted te be honest with
raJ HC W.fl were nfral.1 of (Stewart
itmstii. ....i,...! knew. Hut
TW"? ."c .,: ...1, !i rmilrt find no
umentef fear back et his action. IaV
''P ill iHmn.l nt the first thought
V'.'S'intBM.l Mb head and . missed
HI " " ir.i . . Mtuu-nrK
1a nr mnuun" :
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n tHO SUUtirn ;!
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hand .?' "t' ,i.,i i thn nnntr.v : iiml
rt'ef the fun would hove been te wit-
.. umu'ari i'aiiiiiivi --'-
h a ludlcrem situation ; and in lift
u or chagrin tbe man might have ex
.'. 1.1,1 ..r two. Toe Krecn, tee
Erwn Bancroft sighed ; hU bruins were
Km 'se much lumber. Htcwurt was
'te the alley rumpus bad been chance
Inrffcyi geed-by te hi- tlellrfr watch,
Te.nVrahK.aml I.N several i"""".
And he nugiu novo .-,,:.. v .
CrtVi ThanksgUing turkey!
Om thing, heweven was believable:
k. would be the recipient of no mero
Sitnn. That phase of the game was
Blwed out; nnd Stewart would rccog rcceg
nUe the fact readily from the cheerful
iBTlttttlen ,te enter. But if only lm
hid thought te let the man in and then
tarned ea the light! Funny hew the
llflt thing came inie one iii-uu nnui
(Mi tee late. But If one always
thought the right tiling te up nt mc
ifht time uumnii ueingi weiim uu i-. -;ect
anil there wouldn't be a laugh left
la tht world.
Bit thought leaped bni'k te Nuney;
It would always be leaping buck te her
then any ether thought began te lese
i. nlmulnnt. It was the most com-
selling thought he had. Whenever he
encountered resistance In tlih queer
kittle In the dark he turned buck te thu
thought of her. Itather n melancholy
rtfuge, te bp Kiue. but (citified, nunc-
empanted ey iimiei''-. iu luvi-u ner. nut
r nerer thought, of her In the itx
rtwlre tense : loveil her ok he luwil tlic
i!iwn, the sunset, the ntnrf, the linpes-
ubility of peescibing them or her lie lie
He had read of the maddening nt-
traction of the theatre, nm Nancy
Hreuld always be en the stage or pre
Mring for it. Iu n jcar or m-r-ac-
trdln te Jenny Naney would become
bewolef the town that lm te say, the
Idel of the continent nnd CollingKweod
Immlah Bauereft (It wax his habit
nt naming liimnelf in full when he was
twltal) would become te her recullcu recullcu
Hen an inconsiderable mete.
Aiall true men me, lie was skeptical
ibeut hid newers of attructiun. Ah.
Bcnbllng Iiih feature, he had a face,
sd that wns all he could sec in the
nlrrer. Even. nose, mouth nnd chin.
locked In with flesh; none of that dis-
fneue uiclauchely which drew wom
an's glances toward Craig ! Hang him !
ne mere nancreit thought it ever the
lore he became convinced that his face
W8 merely a sketch nnd that the Artist
had net cared te develop it.
.Ind yet Nancy and Jenny could
hare tnld him that he pesmw.,1 wint
many vieuun neuld have offered theit
wills for an utter complexion, a benr-
, nne n under wUich the clean
loed eame flood und vhh in m nn.n.
tlens. II could still blush. He could
even blush In the dark; ns he did when
Nancy called te hltu through the deer,
after midnight. He had slent Atfullv.
fW teundlyj se when she knocked
shoes. She was gene. Hhe had been
hating fun with lilm: null no doubt,
from new en, she would be giving him
sly digs regarding that harmless klfm.
All nt ence the colossal mistake of his
confession enme home te him. He hed
told the woman he leed that he had
deliberately kissed another t Oh, the
double-dyed ass that he was!
On thu contrary, rate had played him
n kindly stroke. The naive confession
hed caused the evanlsnment of all doubt
relating te the kiss from Nancy's mind.
Jenny had told the truth, that ha
hadn't meant It. He hadn't, or he
wouldn't have jested about it. (Net
that It mattered!)
The little .comedy had made away
with much of her depression ; nnd there
was new apathy rather than misery in
her heart as she constructed tomor
row's defense of what she considered
her abominable conduct. Craig was te
call at 4 the coming afternoon.
Precisely at 4 Nancy opened the deer
for him. With terror in his heart and
n stnllc en his face he entered nnd
laid his hnt nnd coat en a chair ; then
he offered his hand.
"I ought net te tnke it," she said
arnvely, "I have done n beastly thing."
"Ne. I should say that you were n
young lady who hed been thinking tee
much of late." He sat down.
He knew exactly what this interview
signified the. wreck of his dreams. He
had had n premonition of this hour im
mediately after he had left her at the
stage entrance and returned for his
aunt. Why? Because all his life he had
been unlucky; nnd It did net seem pos
sible that fate should relent se unex
pectedly. The girl's manner at his
house, the artificiality of her laughteri
the unchanging pallor en her face, had
put this premonition into his conscious
no. Ah he picked up her telephone
calls nnd later saw Mannheim, this
premonition became absolute. convictien:
Nuncy wanted te get out of it, te break
her premise. Never in nil hU life had
he known tueh hurt; and never would
the future held anything like It.
But the thing uppermost in his mind
just new was te let her get out of it
with all the honors, subtly te draw the
onus upon his own shoulders. He re
called the exact wording of his pro
posal. Fortunately he had net actually
spoken of love. He, then, te lie cheer
fully but adroitly. He could net held
her ; se why waste his breath in trying?
But, nh. dear Oed, hew it was going te
hurt ! Strange, but he knew this child
better thtm any ether man would ever
knew her. She wan made up of all
uctals, and the geld was constantly
working its way out through the baser
in the melting pet of her conscience.
"Well?" he said.
"It was all base and vile of me,"
she began, her fingers locked. "I want
ed the thinRt you could etve. nor veu.
I I have debased nnself. 1 shall never he
clean again. I could hate written you
nnd ended it that way; but that would
hu(! been cowardly. I am going te
hurt you, but I'm going te hurt nixself,
"Then ou didn't mean it?"
"Ne. I was full of fury against the
world, against myself. 1 thought, if
.Miti cnuip here, I could mnke you un
derstand better the basis of my mad
ness." She rose from the lounge,
crossed te the window, and beckoned te
him. Shn pointed te the dingy back
jnrds and the cluttered clotheslines.
"Wherever them was n window, that
was the vista. tSe long ns I had inv am
bition these inta1 only vaguely op
pressed me. But new I haven't any
nmbitien. Honest folk have told me
that I whs wasting my time, that I
could never reach any but subordinate
heights ns a singer. Se new I see all
that yonder the ash cuns, the sodden
clothes, the hodge-pedge with a clear
eye. It ii n part of my life, and niuy
"De you love any one else?"
"Nenvcnse! Your success "
But she interrupted him. "Oh, yes ! I
mere was a
am u bem cemcdlennc-
''Who is It?" nt called.
ai.. p.. "VS. ".'untg. xeu want
r?ft.V Th? ty?"1 ' "necked. Open
M, JIM and I'll drop him te the
IfiZ? nJib!. buf,',neM WM ccempllahed
ftney asked: "Hew nre yen?"
'gLth?Bh:m a11 W.. Head nch"' bt
VHlDl te speak of."
''the b?.ndn"!0 n11 right?"
aTaV,v.r.i',. ' . "r swereu, eag
wrtantlally afraid she inlult effe
iaji-, se they all say
touch of fmy in her gesture. "Hut
what if I haled tin. stiieeV thn toenail
'grade of it? Supposing you weren't
quite gteut enough te plnv in concert,
and Mippesiv en were offered u pinnu
in a mevlug picture theater, would viii
accept it that Is. if you didn't depend
upon your rnlent for bread nnd butter?
ou would laugh nnd shake your head.
Wait!" Hhe ran te (he wall stand nnd
fetched the Jaipur enameled brass box,
opening It. "Here H a little box of
brass; inside, a little geld chain. Ah,
dear Ged, If these could speak I But
they can't. I am a foundling, Mr.
Craig. I don't knew where I came
from or te whom I beleng. They
might be terrible people; I may have
inherited dreadful things."
Craig forced n laugh. "Neve- !n this
world ! The .trouble Is, you are wiper
sensitive; mountains out of molehills.
But 1 understand."
"Because you nre a geed man. But
en Thanksgiving day, recollecting all
these things, a bitter madness laid held
of me. and I went te veur home. Iienlne
te I eu'd say the very words jeii did. Oh.
ueaven knows! "Oot the
But your deer ought te he
A n... . ...
Urn i!.. . ul mecKing reckless-
i Wiled ever him. "I tni,Lu
inr..i. "."'. ,!,1!W ev" be bandage: lit was diMiicable! I never thought of
sr- "nil hit minerI initei-iii ul,..,, , i, i. ;,i-.. i ,,,:i,. i. .i.,i , ,. i, ..,..,
eiil, after the perieimnncc that the
-liecl; of what I had iletiu came te me.
Yeu will i'orxive me?"
"De you levp an) body else?"
"Oh, no!" She was perfectly honest.
"If 1 had loved any one should never
Iinvtt known this shame."
"And you wnnt me te release you
from your premise?"
Craig began te tramp about, making
a pretense of luhpectln,; the pictures en
the wulls, mostly photographs of fa
mous comtiesers end opera stars.
Isn't she? 1 ' finally he Housed at the window, out of
men can resist klsilmr which he stated for it moment or two.
Mill jeu lersfivu me:
He turned, offering a klndlr smile.
"Why net, you peer child? I'm glad
you heiit for me, that jeu did net write.
I can understand new. I 'onfesbieu in
geed for the soul; se I'll mnke mine,
rni u lonely man, something of a self
made etttcnbt. 1 dtank some. I hud
no anchor. Then I bnw jeu and you
caught my fancy. Yeu were dif
ferent; ou hud charm and manner;
jour omlrennunt irked ou. My heuss
was empty; you would have gruced it;
I bnw mjM'If no longer a kind of
Ancient Milliner. IVrhupi there was
tome utility, tee. Yeu nie beautiful,
nnd veu ime talent, and the town
beginning te talk ubeut vm."
"Then it isn't going te hurt."
"Net half se much as It urU you
te tell me these facts. Besides, I nm
almost twic. ns old. Just a little flaw
In the nshes thnt would probably have
died out in n week or mi."
"I want te cry!" she suid, sitting
down and covering her face.
''Yeu mustn't de that, ' hn cried,
alarmed. He might spoil it all it he
uw her in teats, "undeistiind, I de
net held ou te jour premise. Yeu ur
free upon ene lotidltien."
That brought her fuoe up. "And
whnt ia that?" Oh. if It wcra only his
Aenlty that she had hurl !
"Well, that 1 may drop In enee In n
while for lea nnd thnt jeu will tnhe
tea with me some afternoons."
"Oh, ni thing Hk'1 that!" she rilul
eagerlv. "Just friends I hum se
, Medy will bother me."
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