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was able to grasp him. After'being dragged, it seemed hours, I
felt that the horse stopped, then a blank.
“When I regained consciousness some five days later, the
original of that photograph stood above me. She was a person
such as I had never seen before. She seemed an angel indeed,
sent from heaven specially for me. Seeing me stating at her like
an owl in the light, she quickly colored up, and to hide her con
fusion said: ‘Oh! I am glad to see that you have recovered con-
“I did not grasp her meaning at once, but her voice was so soft
and musical that it thrilled me.
“Take some of this broth,’ she added, and began feeding me.
“Well, I will not tire you with the details of my convalescence,
but I shall never forget our companionship in those days. Then
far sweeter were the days in the fall when we walked over the
“One day she told me that her parents had written her to come
home the next week. She seemed sorry, but that could not equal
the storm of rebellion 1 that swept through me. Why should this
come to mar our happiness? I told her then and there of my
love, and that she must be mine.
“She did not answer yes or no, but sorrowfully shook her head
and said, ‘lt cannot be.’
“I never again mentioned the subject, but resolved to work for
an improvement in my life without letting her know my purpose.
I worked at various places for three years, and saved all the
money possible. With this and more obtained during these four
years I have obtained a college education.
“About her I have heard nothing directly since that time, but
something tells me she is as true to me as I am to her.”
“What is her name?” I inquired.
“Nellie Van Rennsaelar,” he replied.
“What is it ?” anxiously.