John Strangewey, living with his brother in the Cumberland Hills, was a true Hillman. Far from the world of cities and noise he lived the clean, healthy, out-of-door life. To him one day, by accident, befell his meeting Louise Maurel, popular London actress. Life no longer was quite the same to him, and in a short time he followed her to London. The coming of an unsophisticated though well educated, handsome young man into the semi-Bohemian (a hackneyed word that, but it conveys so much in polite form!) circle brings about dramatic situations which the author knows well how to handle.
unprepared for guests."
"I ask for nothing more than a roof," Louise assured him.
John threw his hat and whip upon the round table and stood in the center of the stone floor. She caught a glance which flashed between the two men--of appeal from the one, of icy resentment from the other.
"We can at least add to the roof a bed and some supper--and a welcome," John declared. "Is that not so, Stephen?"
The older man turned deliberately away. It was as if he had not heard his brother's words.
"I will go and find Jennings," he said. "He must be told about the servants."
Louise watched the disappearing figure until it was out of sight. Then she looked up into the face of the younger man, who was standing by her side.
"I am sorry," she murmured apologetically. "I am afraid that your brother is not pleased at this sudden intrusion. Really, we shall give you very little trouble."
He answered her with a sudden eager enthusiasm. He seemed far more natural then than