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"TliniikfulnoHn?" lie repented HlowM.
From Ills newly Htlrred huiihg of te
P)o:isll)IIHy pity ami H.vinpatliy were
Krmltinlly rlHliitf. He lmd never seen
Kvo an lit miiw her now, anil Ills vision
wn all the clearer for the long ob
livion. With n poignant koiiso of com
passion and remorse, the know lee' ko
of her youth came to him-the youth
that some women preserve In the
midst of the world when elrcum- '
vtnnces have permitted them to sec
much, hut to experience little.
"Thankfulness?" ho said iitfiiln In
credulously. A slight smile touched her lips. '
"Yes," she answered softly "thank- i
fulness that my trust had hceu rightly
She spoke simply and conlldi'iitly, but I
the words ((truck I.oder more sharply '
than any iicctisnlloii. AVIth a heavy
sense of bitterness and renunciation lie
moved nlowly forward. I
"Hve," he said very gently, "you i
don't know what you say." '
She had lowered her eyes as he eanie
lownrd her. Now she lifted them In n
swift upward glance. For the first
time since ho had entered the room a ,
tillghl look of personal doubt and un-
easiness showed In her face. "Why?"
she said. "I I don't understand."
For a moment he answered nothing. !
He had found his llrst explanation over- I
whelming. Now suddenly It seemed to
him that his present dilllculty was more
Impossible to surmount. "I came here
tonight to tell you something," he be
gan at last, "hut so far I have only
Mild half"- j
"Yes, half." lie repealed the word
quickly, avoiding the question In her
eyes. Then, conscious of the need for
explanation, he plunged Into rapid
"A fraud like mine," he said, "has
only one safeguard, one Justification a
boundless audacity. Once shake that
audacity and the whole mothe power
(Tumbles'. It was to make the audacity
Impossible to tell you the truth and
make it Impossible that I came to
night. The fact that you already knew
made the telling easier, but It altered
live raised her head, but he went
"Tonight," he said. "I have seen Into
my own life, into my own mind, and
my Ideas have been very roughly shak
en Into new places.
"We never make so colossal a mis
take as when we imagine that we know
ourselves. Months ago, when your
husband llrst proposed this scheme to
nie, I was, according to my own con
ception, a solitary being vastly ill used
by fate, who, with a tine stoicism, was
leading a clean life. That was what
I believed, but there, at the very out
set, I deceived myself. I was simply
a man who shut himself up because he
cherished a grudge against life and
who lived honestly because he had a
constitutional distaste for vice. My
llrst fieellug when I saw your husband
was one of self righteous contempt,
and that has been my attitude all
along. I have often marveled at the
flood of Intolerance that has ruslie I
over me at sight of him the violent
desire that has possessed me to look
uway from his weakness and banish
the kuoit.cdgc of It -but now I under
stand. "1 know now what the IV 'ling meant.
The knowledge came to me tonight. It
meant that 1 turned away from his
weakness because deep w'nhin myself
something stirred In recognition of it.
Humanity is really much simpler than
we like to think, and human Impulses
have an extraordinary fundamental
coii.iectlun. Weakness l.s egotism, but
ho is strength. Chllcoto has followed
his vice; 1 have followed my ambition.
It will take a higher Judgment than
yours or mine to say which of us has
been the more selllsh man." lie paus
ed and looked at her.
She was watching him Intently.
Some of the meaning in his face bad
found a pained, alarmed relied ion In
her own. Hut the awe and wonder of
the morning's discovery still colored
her mind too vividly t allow of other
considerations possessing their proper
value. The thrill of exultation with
which the misgivings born of Chlleoto's
vice had dropped away from her men
tal linage of Loder was still to absorb
ing to be easily dominated. She loved,
and as if by a miracle her love had
been justlllcd! For the moment the
Justification was all sulllclng. Some
thing of contldence, something of the
Innocence that comes not from Igno
rance of evil, but from a mind singu
larly uucoutamlnated, blinded her to
the danget of her position.
Loder, waiting apprehensively for
some aid, some expression of opinion,
became gradually conscious of this
lack of realization. Moved by a fresh
Impulse, he crossed the small space
that divided them and caught her
"Kvo," he said gently, "I have been
trying to analyze myself and give you
the results, but I shan't try any more.
1 shall be quite plain with you,
"From the llrst moment I took your
husband's place I was ambitious. You
unconsciously aroused the feeling when
rou brought mo Fralde's message ou.
""t n'ghtr You ip isel It by your
vords. but more stro tln"g!i more
'; c'lre'y, by your u' r'v'ng antago-
u m. Ou that night, though I did m
know It, I took up my position; I ma.
my determination. Do you know wb..
that determination was?"
i'hc shook her head.
"It was the desire to stamp out Chll
eoto's footmarks with my own, to
prove that personality Is the great force
capable of everything. I forgot to reck
on that when we drnw largely upon
Fate she generally extorts a crushing
"First came the wish for your re
spect, then the desire to stand well
with such men as Fralde to feel the
stir of emulation and competition to
prove myself Htrong in the one career
I knew myself titled for. For n time
the second ambition overshadowed the
first, but the llrst was bound to reas
sert Itself, and In u' moment of egotism
I conceived the notion of winning your
enthusiasm as well as your respect."
Hve's face, alert and questioning,
suddenly paled as a doubt crossed her
"Then It was only only to stand well
with me?" t
"I believed it was only the desire to '
stand well with you. I believed It un
til the night of my speech If you can'
credit anything so absurd. Then on that
night, as I came up the stairs to the
gallery and saw you standing there,1
the blindness fell away, and I knew
that I loved you." As he said the last
words he released her hands and turn
ed aside, missing the quick wave of
Joy and color that crossed her face.
"I knew II. but It made no dllference.
I was only moved to u higher self glori
fication. I touched NUprcimn-that
night. Hut as we drove home I experi
enced the strangest coincidence of my
life. You remember the block In the
tralllc at Piccadilly?"
Again Eve bent her head.
"Well, when I looked out of the car
riage window to discover its muse the
first man I saw was Chllcoto."
Hvo started slightly. This swift, un
expected linking of Chlleoto's name
with the most exalted moment of her
life stirred her unpleasantly. Some
glimmering of Loder's Intention in so
linking it broke through the web of
disturbed and conllicting thoughts.
"You saw li I in on that night?"
"Yes, and the sight chilled me. It
was a big drop from supremacy to the
remembrance of everything."
Involuntarily she put nut her hand.
Hut Loder shook his head. "No." ho
said; "don't pity me! The sight of him
came Just In time. I had a reaction In
that moment, and, such as it was, I
acted on It. I went to him next morn
ing and told him that the thing must
end. Hut then even then I shirked
being honest with myself. I had meant
to tell him that It must end because I
had grown to love you, but my pride
rose up and tied my tongue. I could
not humiliate myself. I put the case
before him In another light. It was a
tussle of wills, and I won, but the vic
tory was not what It should have been.
That was proved today when he re
turned to tell me of the loss- of this
telegram. It wasn't the fear that Lady
Astrupp had found It. It wasn't to
save the position that I Jumped at the
chance of coming back. It was to feel
the Joy of living, the Joy of seeing you,
if only for a day!" For one second lie
turned toward her; then as abruptly
he turned away again.
"I was still thinking of myself," he
said. "I was still utterly self centered
when I came to this room today and al
lowed j on to talk to me. when I asked
you to see me tonight as we parted at
the club. I shan't tell you the thoughts
that unconscluosly were in my mind
when I asked that favor. You must
understand without explanation.
"I went to the theater with I.ady As
trupp ostensibly to find how the' land
lay in her direction really to heighten
my self esteem. Hut there fate or the
power we call by that name was lying
in wait for me. ready to claim the llrst
Interest In the portion of life I had
dared to borrow." He did not glnnce
toward 10 ve as he had done In his pre
vious pause. Ills whole manner seem
ed oppressed by the gravity of what ho
had still to say.
"I doubt If a man has over seen more
In half an hour than I have tonight," ho
said. "I'm speaking of mental seeing,
of course. In this play, 'Other Men's
Shoes,' two men change Identities as
Chllcoto and I have done but In doing
so they overlook one fact the fact that
one of them has a wife! That's not my
way of putting it. It's the way It was
put to mo by one of Lady Astrupp's
Again Kvo looked up. The doubt and
question In her eyes had grown unnils
takably. As he ceased to speak her
lips parted quickly.
"John," she said, with sudden con
vlctlon, "you're trying to say something
something that's terribly hard."
Without raising his head Loder an
swered her. "Yes," he answered, "the
hardest thing a man ever said"
Ills tone was short, almost brusque,
but to ears sharpened by Instinct It
was eloquent. Without a word Kvo
took a step forward and, standing quite
close to him, laid both bauds ou his
For a space they stood silent, sho
with her face lifted, hu with averted
eyes. Then very gently ho raised his
hands and tried to unclasp her lingers,
There was scarcely any color visible In
his fu.ee, and by i curious effect of
emotion It seemed thnt lines, never be
fore noticeable, had formed about his
"What Is It?" Eve nsked npprchen
nlvely. "What Is It?"
By n fiwlft lnvoluntnry movement
she had tightened the pressure of her
lingers, and, without using force, It
was Impossible for Loder to unloose
them. With his hnnds pressed Irreso
lutely over hers ho looked down Into
"Ah I snt In the theater tonight. Eve,"
he said slowly, "all the pictures I had
formed of life shifted. Without desir
ing It, without knowing It, my whole
. - -. was changed. I suddenly
th'uvs by the world's searchlight
istead of by my own miserable can
dle. I suddenly saw things for you, In
stead of for myself."
Eve's eyes widened and darkened,
but she said nothing.
"I suddenly saw the unpardonable
wrong that 1 have done you, the Im
perative duty of cutting It short." Ho
spoke very slowly In a dull, mechanical
Eve. her eyes still wide, her face
pained and alarmed, withdrew her
hands from his shoulders. "You
mean," she said, with dilllculty, "that
It Is going to end? That you are going
away? That you are giving every
thing nil? Oil, but you can't! You
can't!" she exclaimed, with sudden ex
citement, her fears suddenly overmas
tering her Incredulity. "You can't!
You mustn't! The only proof that
could liae Interfered"
"1 wasn't thinking of the proof."
"Then of what? Of what?"
Loder was silent for a moment. "Of
our loe." he said steadily.
She colored deeply. "Hut why?" she
stammered. "Why? We have done no
wrong. We need do no wrong. We
would be friends, nothing more, and
I oh, 1 so need a friend!"
For almost the llrst time in Loder's
knowledge of her her voice br the. her
control de-ei'tcd her. She sto 1 lieloro
him in all the path.j-. of her lonely girlhood-
her empty life.
The revelation touched him with sud
den poignancy. The real strength that
lay beneath his faults, the chivalry
burled under years of callousno-s, sl.r
rcd at llii' birth of n new emotion, the
icsolution preserved at such a cost, the
sacrifice that had seemed well nigh Im
possible, all at once t-ok on a different
shape. What before had been a bar
ren duty became suddenly a sacred
right. Holding out Ids arms, he drew
her to him as if she had been a child.
to nn CONTINUED.
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Odd Follows' hall, was destroyed by
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The Indianapolis Fiog and Switch
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Vice Piesident Fairbanks, was de
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