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watched him, wishing she had held her tongue, for his eyes looked angry, though his lips still smiled as if at her warnings.

"Are you going to deliver lectures all the way home?" he asked, presently.

" Of course not ; why? "

'* Because if you are, I'll take a 'bus ; if you are not, I'd like to walk with you, and tell you something very interesting."

" I won't preach any more, and I'd like to hear the news immensely."

" Very well, then ; come on. It's a secret, and if I tell you, you must tell me yours."

"I haven't got any," began Jo, but stopped sud- denly, remembering that she had.

" You know you have ; you can't hide anything, so up and 'fess, or I won't tell," cried Laurie.

"Is your secret a nice one?"

"Oh, isn't it ! all about people you know, and such fun ! You ought to hear it, and I've been aching to tell this long time. Come ! you begin."

"You'll not say anything about it at home, will you ? "

" Not a word."

" And you won't tease me in private?"

" I never tease."

" Yes, you do ; you get everything you want out of people. I don't know how you do it, but you are a born wheedler."

" Thank you ; fire away ! "

" Well, I've left two stories with a newspaper man,