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he donned tennis flannels and undertook to “After all, the girls we really like are defeat the cock-sure Bridget Loveland just the girls who are like our mothers," said to show her. She might win a game or Ewing, his eye resting on the feminine two till he got his hand in and acquired vision at the wheel. It might have been a the trick of the borrowed racket; then distaff, so demurely Grace held herself, so let her take her woman's place and keep it. unostentatiously she exerted her control. Grace motored him to the courts, where

"Our mothers never drove a car," she Bridget met them, her hair tidily con- observed, steering dexterously between fined with a black velvet ribbon. Frankly trolley-tracks, and slipping along the she approved his tennis togs, while the dogs boulevard leading out of town. leaped on him, and were kept off Grace's “It is not what you do, but how," he white suit.

decided comfortably, already feeling a re"You look as comfy as an Airedale," turn to the philosophic mind, "a bromide she said, “and you have just their steady and unashamed." dog-look in your eyes.

Hasn't he. “But I am so old-fashioned !” Grace Grace?"

softly repined. "Compared with the modThey played till Bridget's cheeks were ern superwoman, I 'm an uncertain, deaflame and her hair escaped, tousled by pendent creature. I am running away the wind; till her chin was smudged by a with you now to the woods just to have dusty ball, and her breath came fast, though her eyes were still confident. The strange racket twisted in Ewing's grip, and a blistered palm made him feel a novice. He tried old tricks of placing, only to find her here and there like quicksilver, himself, lead-footed, missing her return.

Bridget won three straight sets, then magnanimously praised his form and blamed the racket, and Grace, cool and palliating on her judge's bench, accused him of gallantry in giving Biddikins, the victory.

But Ewing, resentful of such excuses, would none of them. Miss Loveland had put up a splendid game, he declared, and punctiliously he stayed to shake hands, and hope he might be beaten by her again some day, not quite so badly. The defeat was not the less galling that Bridget took it so casually "Get in training," she advised. "Why

A.L rust out? You are n’t old, really not over fifty?" she hazarded.

“Not forty,” he corrected stiffy, and thought he detected a wicked gleam in her eye, as if she had got what she wanted.

With rather a ceremonious bow, returning Bridget's cheerful nod of fare- my mind made up for me. There 's a well, he went to Grace and the car, while confession. May I hope to be shriven?” Bridget swung off with the delighted dogs His smile reassured her if that was needed. on the two-mile walk to the farm and "Thank you," she said as if he had spoken. her piglets.

They were silent till the road branched had to foreclose, how they would both "You are looking 'frightfully fit, as hate him!

Biddy warned me." She smiled a gentle But surely it could not come to that; flattery which the incongruous words withshe would be able to assign the mortgage. held. “It takes me back to the old days Her other friends would be glad to do when-” what he had been privileged to be the first "When I shuffled the leaves and made to offer. The Vandeleers or this doctor

you dusty ?" who "made up the party" would jump at "Was I such a prig?" she demurred. the chance which he must forego, the "No, but always the pink of daintiness," chance to serve her. Some one would take he said, defending her against herself, even it unless she could pay it off herself and so while his mind was on the next thing. avert foreclosure.

Should he rush full tilt upon her tent of It had come to that, so far as he was peace or put off the tidings with an idea concerned, by the date of her homecoming of “breaking it"? With Bridget one in golden September. Again her gently would have it over, the worst at once; summoning note had brought him to cross that would be her way. But Bridget was the common, and though the leaves were a strong young oak standing alone. One dry, he had no wish to shuffle them. He could not tear away the support from a plunged through the dusk, his mind wisteria, pendent and clinging. He began agloom with the unchivalrous part for to wish he had written; a series of letters which fate had cast him.

had been kinder, a process of loosening the Rehearse it as he might, leading up to tendrils one by one. it or stating the bald, sordid facts, nothing “The journey was tiresome from Wincould make it more tolerable. She had nipeg east, the trippers rampant. I 've come home to dear associations, the dread had a wonderful time, and I 'm glad to trolley-track deflected, her spirit at peace, be home," she lightly summarized. "You and instead of talking poetry, or their made it all possible for me by attending to shared aversion to vers libre, he must say, that mortgage-placing. Just when I "Your money or

He needed a man most you so beautifully mounted the severe stone steps and rang, filled the breach, and I felt so safe about following his first ineffectual push with Biddy with you here. It gave me the peace one firm and long, thereby pulling him- of mind to get well. ,

of mind to get well. I can never thank self together.

you." As on that proud occasion a year ago, “And now I 've got to undo it all, the when Grace had asked his help, all was little that I did !" He had throttled the welcoming; for Biddy had eagerly got impulse to change the subject and poke the things in running order, though she could fire, and he gripped the arms of his chair n't fix flowers like her Grace. She had and blurted out the words that tore him, wisely consulted him as to the advisability his lean face looking haggardly toward the of a furnace fire a week beforehand, and fire, to avoid the expected distress of her had been extravagant in the matter of new

bewildered eyes. copper screens, because "her Grace abhors "But what do you mean?" Her tone dust, you know."

was startled, yet not raised a note. "How Again as on that occasion, Grace can you undo your kindness? That is greeted him with the look that seemed to accomplished, a fact." yield both hands, with the pretty reserve

With bitter brevity he explained his that held out only one. Her soft air of mother's crisis and his own embarrassappeal was etherealized by a dress of ment, ending with desperate hopefulness: delicate heliotrope; her figure against the "But surely, if not convenient to pay it gray-green of the high-backed chair had off, you can assign it. Any of your friends all the grace of a wisteria cluster offset would --" He broke off for her assent. by its leaves.

It did not come, and he forced himself to

your hearth!”

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had to foreclose, how they would both "You are looking 'frightfully fit,' as hate him!

Biddy warned me.” She smiled a gentle But surely it could not come to that; fattery which the incongruous words withshe would be able to assign the mortgage. held. “It takes me back to the old days Her other friends would be glad to do when what he had been privileged to be the first “When I shuffled the leaves and made to offer. The Vandeleers or this doctor

you dusty?" who "made up the party" would jump at "Was I such a prig?" she demurred. the chance which he must forego, the "No, but always the pink of daintiness," chance to serve her. Some one would take he said, defending her against herself, even it unless she could pay it off herself and so while his mind was on the next thing. avert foreclosure.

Should he rush full tilt upon her tent of It had come to that, so far as he was peace or put off the tidings with an idea concerned, by the date of her homecoming of "breaking it"? With Bridgetone in golden September. Again her gently would have it over, the worst at once; summoning note had brought him to cross that would be her way. But Bridget was the common, and though the leaves were a strong young oak standing alone. One dry, he had no wish to shuffle them. He could not tear away the support from a plunged through the dusk, his mind wisteria, pendent and clinging. He began agloom with the unchivalrous part for to wish he had written; a series of letters which fate had cast him.

had been kinder, a process of loosening the Rehearse it as he might, leading up to

tendrils one by one. it or stating the bald, sordid facts, nothing "The journey was tiresome from Wincould make it more tolerable. She had nipeg east, the trippers rampant. I 've come home to dear associations, the dread had a wonderful time, and I 'm glad to trolley-track deflected, her spirit at peace, be home,” she lightly summarized. “You and instead of talking poetry, or their made it all possible for me by attending to shared aversion to vers libre, he must say, that mortgage-placing. Just when I

"Your money or your hearth!" He needed a man most you so beautifully mounted the severe stone steps and rang, filled the breach, and I felt so safe about following his first ineffectual push with Biddy with you here. It gave me the peace one firm and long, thereby pulling him- of mind to get well. I can never thank self together.

As on that proud occasion a year ago, “And now I 've got to undo it all, the when Grace had asked his help, all was little that I did !” He had throttled the welcoming; for Biddy had eagerly got impulse to change the subject and poke the things in running order, though she could fire, and he gripped the arms of his chair n't fix flowers like her Grace. She had and blurted out the words that tore him, wisely consulted him as to the advisability his lean face looking haggardly toward the of a furnace fire a week beforehand, and fire, to avoid the expected distress of her had been extravagant in the matter of new

bewildered eyes. copper screens, because "her Grace abhors "But what do you mean?" Her tone dust, you know."

was startled, yet not raised a note. "How Again as that occasion, Grace

can you undo your kindness?

That is greeted him with the look that seemed to accomplished, a fact." yield both hands, with the pretty reserve

With bitter brevity he explained his that held out only one. Her soft air of mother's crisis and his own embarrassappeal was etherealized by a dress of ment, ending with desperate hopefulness : delicate heliotrope ; her figure against the “But surely, if not convenient to pay it gray-green of the high-backed chair had off, you can assign it. Any of your friends all the grace of a wisteria cluster offset would-" He broke off for her assent. by its leaves.

It did not come, and he forced himself to

you."

on

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"ON TOP OF THE WALL SAT BRIDGET-BRIDGET IN HER GREEN SPORT-COAT"

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