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Mr. McClosky with submissive hesitation, "That—
she—was—so to speak—quite unsurted to the
marriage relation in its holiest aspeck."
" Confound it! why didn't------" burst out John
Ashe, erect and furious.
" At the end of two year," continued Mr.
Mc Closky, still intent on the valise, " I allowed I'd
get a diworce. Et about thet time, however.
Providence sends a circus into thet town, and a
feller as rode three horses to onct. Hevin allez a
taste for athletic sports, she left town with this
feller, leavin' me and Jinny behind. I sent word to
her thet, if she would give Jinny to me, we'd call
it quits. And she did."
" Tell me," gasped Ashe, " did you ask your
daughter to keep this from me, or did she do it of
her own accord ?"
" She doesn't know it," said Mr. Mc Closky.
" She thinks I'm her fathei", and that her mother's
" Then, sir, this is your------"
" I don't know," said Air. Mc Closk}', slowly, "ez
I've asked anyone to marry my Jinny. I don't
know ez I've persood that ez a business, or even
taken it up as a healthful recreation."
John Ashe paced the room furiously. Mr. Mc
Closky's eyes left the valise, and followed him
curiously. " Where is this woman ?" demanded