want to see how his bride looks and dresses and if
she carries herself as prominent as she ought to, con-
sidering she has the saving of that man in her hand.
However, it is God's truth that some men can't be
savedi not if an angel was helping them. The
THE WINNING OF LUCIA
Colonel knows I and many a poor woman knows I"
In an hour the men had talked their loneliness
away, and began to look at the bright side of
thingsвАФ of Lucia's happiness in particular. They
grew gradually cheerful in such conversation, and
cheerfulness is the essential joy and strength for the
present hour. "And the faculty of making the best
of now is the victorious element in the every-day
affairs of life/* said the Doctor, and the Colonel
nodded and smiled, and one way or another the day
went by much happier than they had thought it
likely to go.
In the meantime Lucia and Geoffrey were speed-
ing towards the Happy Isles that those who love
are sure to reach. Nobody knows where they are,
for they are not laid down on any map, but once at
least in his life, every man who does not defraud his
own soul is sure to find them. And we have not yet
discovered or invented a language able to describe
the joy of the Lover and the Beloved. They them-
selves can only use the sweet but childish patois
which everyone not in love thinks so foolish. Happy
are they who find in its simple terms a living voice.
They have learnt the language old as creation, and
fresh as if bom every moment of Time. The secret
of life is hid In it, and Geoffrey and Lucia knew it
in all its joyful and affectionate terms. They were
perfectly happy. And there is no need to tell of
LOVE'S EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE
their long sweet life, their success and honors, their
splendid homes, and their handsome sons and daugh-
ters. Coimt up all the good fortune of this world
and all its ideal felicities, and then say:
A happy bridal b I know,
The best of earth's romances.