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BEGIN HERE T'H>AY
I’EI ER LYSTKR has lost his
memory from shell shock in
France. Fpon his return to 1,on
don he fails to recognize
NAN MARRABY. to whom he
became engaged before he went
away. Nan, heart-broken, has
returne home to rare for her
three motherless stepbrothers.
She has been in (i nstant com
munication with her friend.
JOAN ENDK'OTT, in London
Joan insists that Nan ought Jo
forget I’etcr and marry his
friend and fellow officer.
JOHN ARNOTT. with whom
Peter has been spending his
leave at the home of Vrnotl's
widowed sister, near tb. M irv;
by estate. Nan, howev -. driv ”1
to desperation by her fathers
financial difficulties and Peter's
maddening ailment, has agreed to
HARLEY KEFTON, money
lender, who has fold her that
Peter is also his debtor.
Peter goes to London w Ik re
he meets Joan and lor th1 tlrst
time learns that he is the man
for whom Nan is grieving. She
-ds on her wav to see Nan and
Peter decides to join her and get
the details of the whole affair.
Joan asks Peter whether if
Nan were not engaged to an
other man he would go back to
NOW GO ON WITH FHF, STORY
‘‘That is a question which I have
been asking myself ever since 1 met
you," he said. “Arid It is a question
which I cannot answer. After all"-—
he laughed mirthlessly—“ t is for
her to say isn't it?"
“I don’t think there is much need
to worry about what she will say.’’
‘‘And, at any rate, you won't tell
her that you met me," Lyster went
on presently. “Or, that we spoke
or that you know anything- or that
I do.” '
“I promise 1 won’t say a word,"
said Joan eagerly; "I wont even
know you when we meet. But how
can I see you again—to tell you if
Nan tells me anything?’
“I’ll come over l do rail some
times—it won’t look at all strange.
I think we are nearly in."
He rose and let down the window
He looked eagerly out along the
platform as the train came to a
"Supposing Nan is here to meet
me?" Joan said in a panic.
"She is not here," Peter answered,
“But perhaps you had better-get out
first in ease she should he anywhere
He b M his hand to her.
i “Th.. k you so much,” he said.
Joan’s eyes filled suddenly with
“You haven’t anything to thank
me for," she said with unusual hu
mility. “I only hope you’ll he happy
—both of you.'
Nan was not altogether pleased to
receive Joan's wire announcing her
arrival. She rather dreaded seeing
anybody associated with the ‘past,
• and she did not want to be subjected
• to Joan’s volley of questioning.
Sefton had been to the house eqn
• tinuouslv. She had arranged to go
out in the car with him when Joan’s
Sefton was furious.
“You put me off for anybody and
everybody," he said, "and 1 won’t
have it. Who is this Joan Endicott ?
You’ve never told trie about hr: b -
• “I’ve never told you about any" of
mv friends,". Nan said with dignity.
“You forget thnt Ive known you
•such a little while. She is a very old
friend of mine—1 lived with her in
..-London t'll I came down here."
“Then she knows about Lyster?’
“Yes,” said Nan.
“Have you told her that you are
engaged to me?"
He flew into a rage. He would not
have people coming down and taking
■ up all her time.
The tra.n was in before thev
reached the station and she met
Joan just outside.
Joan flung herself at Nan with a
rapturous cry. She looked up at
Nan’s pale face,
“Have you been ill?” she asked.
“Oh. Nan, you have got thin."
Nan tried to laugh.
“My dear, I have to work now 1
am at home,” she said. •
“You look as if you’ve been really
ill," Joan insisted. “I dare say it’s
worry, though—worry makes one
look ill sooner than anything.”
“I haven’t worried," said Nan in
& hard voice; Joan was getting on
her nerves already. After a moment
she said: “I may as well tell you—
as you’ll hear it sooner or later-— I
am going to be married.”
She kept her faee averted—she
waited for the scream of amazement1
which she thought would come, but
Joan was not much good at acting—
she just gasped once, and then said
“Oh, good gracious!”
“You don’t seem very surprised,"
said Nan; “I thought you would ho."
“So 1 am—of course I am—after ;
all you’ve said about never marrying
anyone except—” she broke off in a
panic. “Oh, I’m so sorry, dear—I’m
gfraid I’m very clumsy.’
"It doesn’t matter at all, said
Nan. “Mr Lyster is staying down
here, and i often see him; at least
—he has been, but-die went away to- I
arc quite (food
day. Wo arc wo
fronds,'’ she added.
"I am engaged to a man named
Harley Sefton," she went on, after
a moment. “He isn't young or
good-looking hut he's rich and lie's
trot a town house, and a place down
I ere- and a motor oar, and lie’s
Riven me a diamond ring that must
have- cost hundreds of pounds, I
She spoke with a sort of monot
“Oh. Nan!" aid Joan. There was
a world of reproach and sorrow in
"i never thought you would marry
anyone lor money," she added.
"I'm not,” said Nan sharply. “At
least " She pulled herself up
nuickiy and tried to laugh. “Don!
let's talk about it. any more. You’ll
see him for yourself soon. He
haunts the house from morning till
night," she added.
“And and Peter Lystov?
“After I'd seen Peter down here
once or twice I knew it was all up."
Nan looked away.
“Oli, he used to come round some
times. The boys love him.”
‘‘And so do you, my poor soul,"
Joan though pityingly.
It was not until they went to bed
and Nan came to Joan’s room for a
few moments that Nun herself
broached the subject.
“1 suppose you've been .thinking
what a heartless brute 1 am.” she
said with an attempt at lightness.
”1 mean—about being engaged.
After all I’ve said, too. Do you re
member the way we used to argue
about what we would do if—if any
thing happened to Tim—or—or
"it’s unlucky to talk about it."
Nan made nn impatient gesture.
“Nothing ran change any luck
now,” she said. “But we won’t talk
about it unless you wish. i just I
wanted to ay tmu -that it’s not be-!
cause I've forgotten that I'm mar
rying Mr. Heft on. I shall never for-;
get a long as i live.”
Her cheeks were fiery, her eyes
“It wasn't any use waiting—and
struggling on—and hoping,” she
said, in a strangled voice. “After
I'd •seen 1’cler down here once
or twice I knew it was all up. Be
sides ." She stopped, and
there was a long silence which Joan
did not dare to break.
Nan went on:
“Then Mr. SeftOn came. He’s rich
and father owes him money. I’m
only telling you this, Joan, because
you are my friend, and I know you’ll
never tell anyone. And so as I—
I knew I couldn't he happy any
more. I thought I might as. well do
the .best T could for—for the family
. . ,” She laughed drearily. “There
are the boys to think of, you see,”
she added. “And I love them .
especially Claudio. . .”
, “Is Claudic the little one?’’ Joan
“Yes. . . . and so—that’s why.
1 had to tell you; but you won’t tell
anyone, will you, Joan—promise.”
"You know 1 won’t,” Joan said.
She got up, stood on tip-toe and
kissed Nan more warmly than she j
had ever don" before. “Youre a
tir/p-e darling,” she said shakily.
“I'm got brave at all.” Nan said,
“if you only knew. Good-night . .
lm glad you come,” she added.
4 ' t! * * *
The hoys made friends with Jean
“How long are yon going-to stay ?”
they asked in a Chorus when she
apoeared at breakfast.
"I'm not going to stay at all—at
least, 1 don't think so*—.Nan has
enough td do to look after you with
out. me as well.”
They did not agree with this, and
she received prompt invitations to
stav as long as she liked.
“We’ll take you in the wood,” Jim
“And find you birds eggs,” Buster
“Mr. I,ystor’s gone away,” said
“No, he hasn't,” shrilled Buster
again. “I saw h.m this morning be
fore breakfast—he came down the
I road when I was out in the garden
—he said he'd meet us in the wood
when we’d had our breakfast.”
lean looked quickly ai Nan.
“I think you’ve made a mistake,”
Nan said evenly. “We saw him driv
ing to the station yesterday with
Mr Arnolt, you know."
“Ho.'s gofcie back,”* Buster insisted.
■ muf changed the subject hur
l ater, Joan followed the boys out
into the garden. The - weather had
taken a turn for the better—it was
as ..warm and sunny as a May morn
ing. She sniffed the country air de
liciously as she went.
“To find Mr. Lyster,” came hack
to her in a chorus. “You can come
too. if you like—”
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Joan hesitated—she looked back
at the house. Nan had come to the
tyor and was calling to her.
“I’m coming—in a minute,’* Joan
caught hold of Claudie and detained
“Can you keep n secret?” she
asked, in a wh.sper, Claudie's eyes
“Yes,” lie said, with an emphatic
Joan produced a letter from her
no ket—she folded it and crushed it
into his fat little hand.
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