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CHAPTER I. DOROTHY ARRIVES. "You may see her tonight," said Mrs. Sterling to her son Gilbert. "When does she arrive" "At six-twenty this afternoon. They say, son, she is beautiful." "From what point of the compass does the lovely paragon come" asked Sterling with a smile. "She has just graduated from some college in the North. Her father and mother went to be wNith her in the closing exercises and will bring her home today." The subject of this conversation was Dorothy Page, whose palatial home was next door to the home of the Sterlings. The two families had become friends as well as neighbors. "Come over this evening, Sterling, and help re to celebrate the arrival of the family," called out Roland Page from his porch. Sterling agreed. At half past eight o'clock, as he entered the library of the Page home, he looked upon what seemed to hirm the most beautiful girl his imagination had ever pictured. He knew in a moment that he was a cap-