chuckled as he told him that he had had an
indirect offer from Wickersham for his land,
much larger than he had expected. It had
only confirmed him in his determination to
"If it's worth that to him," he said, "it's
worth that to me. We'll hold on awhile, and let
him open a track for us. You look up the lines
and keep your eye on 'em. Draw me some pic-
tures of the lands. I reckon Phrony will have
a pretty good patrimony before I'm through."
He gave Keith a shrewd glance which, however,
that young man did not see.
Not long afterwards Gordon received an in-
vitation to Norman's wedding. He was to
marry Miss Caldwell.
When Gordon read the account of the wed-
ding, with the church "banked with flowers,"
and the bridal couple preceded by choristers,
chanting, he was as interested as if it had been
his brother's marriage. He tried to picture
Alice Yorke in her bridesmaid's dress, "with
the old lace draped over it and the rosebuds
festooned about her."
He glanced around his little room with grim
amusement as he thought of the difference it
might make to him if he had what Mrs. Yorke