Life begins with the fairest promise, and ends in darkness. It is the unexpected that stuns us. Heredity, environment and temperament lead us into easy calculations of assured repose and strength, and permanency of mental and moral equilibrium. The act of a moment makes sardonic mockery of all our predictions. The whole mentality is not computable. Look searchingly at happiness, and note with sadness that a tear stains her cheek. A dark, sinister thread runs through the web of life.
"My own dear Minnie!" He caught her to his breast, and kissed her sweet mouth, her cheek, her hands and hair. He took off her summer hat, and smoothed her golden tresses; he pressed his lips to her white forehead, and called her his darling, his sweet Minnie.
Minnie lay in his arms sobbing, and trembling violently. The restraint she had imposed on herself was now broken down, and she gave way to the natural feelings of her heart. She had received the first kisses of love. She was thrilled with delight and vague alarm.
"Don't tremble, darling," he said, after a long silence.
"Oh, Donald, I can't help it. What is this feeling? What does it mean?"
"SUCH PARTINGS AS CRUSH THE LIFE OUT OF YOUNG HEARTS."
Donald had made up his mind to go West In vain his parents dissuaded him.
Young love is hopeful, and Donald had pictured reunion in such attract