r, Mr. Stafford strolled out with his pipe and Hall to keep him company, and sat down under the trees near the spot where Kate had been upset.
They were hardly seated before Hall said:
"Mr. Stafford, I don't exactly know how you look upon that compact between yourself and my father, but I promised my father when only a child to keep my part. When I grew older, and realized its full significance, I must confess I looked upon it as nonsensical, and I came as much from curiosity as anything else, but now--now----"
"Proceed, Mr. Hall."
"Well, now--if you have no objection I should be only too happy to make your daughter my wife."
"None whatever--provided Kate is willing. Have you spoken to her?"
"No, but with your consent I will now."
Kate was coming toward them, and Hall went to meet her. He led her away to a seat nearer the river, and as Mr. Stafford returned to the house he saw Hall bending over Kate, who appeared to be paying great attention to what he was sayi