Even Tom Cameron's pride in her pictures only made the girl glad that she succeeded in delighting him.
For Ruth and Tom were closer friends now than ever before--and for years they had been "chummy." The adventures which had thrown them so much together in France while Tom was a captain in the American Expeditionary Forces and Ruth was working with the American Red Cross, had welded their confidence in and liking for each other until it seemed that nothing but their youth and Tom's duties in the army kept them from announcing their engagement.
"Do finish the war quickly, Tom," she had said to him whimsically, not long before Tom had gone back to France. "I do not feel as though I could return to college, or write another scenario, or do another single solitary thing until peace is declared."
"And then?" Tom had asked significantly, and Ruth had given him an understanding smile.
The uncertainty of that time--the whole nation waited and listened breathlessly for news from a