The girl had been an orphan from childhood, and Rowland Trowbridge had been almost as a father to her. Avice loved him and watched over him as a daughter; at least, that had been the case until lately. A few weeks since, Mr. Trowbridge had succumbed to the rather florid charms of Mrs. Black, his housekeeper, and told Avice he would marry her in a month.
Though greatly surprised and not greatly pleased, Avice had accepted the situation and treated the housekeeper with the same pleasant courtesy she had always shown her. The two ?got along? as the phrase is, though their natures were not in many ways congenial.
Avice remained at the window till she saw at last Leslie Hoyt?s tall form approaching. She ran to open the door herself.
?Oh, Judge Hoyt,? she cried, ?Uncle hasn?t come yet! There must be something wrong! What can we do??
THE MARK OF CAIN
BY CAROLYN WELLS
AUTHOR OF ?A CHAIN OF EVIDENCE,? ?THE GOLD BAG,?
?THE WHITE ALLEY,? ETC.
WITH A FRONTISPIECE IN COLOR
BY GAYLE HOSKINS