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it his . took many.
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From this oi
all commodities. Love.
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SPEEDING UP UNCLE ANDY
Bv SEWELL FORD
?f'h'-hiili, I "
; ? . fter 1'vi
Littie jiggly i ' .
ee, I li idn'l
? ? ks, whel
;. . ..t ome
. and a
: ? that 1
In't 1" an
'-nin. ? ith her I could Uxxite
*? . Aunl on i gu< . vy <?ld ginl tl
le I couldn'l place
blix-k al I; but
I wa'n'l long in puttin' '? un into my t. ? l I
IM just gol within hailin' di lance when hangi d if they
into .. I.:.- ' u' and di ap|x ar. I
foi takin' all < h.iti.. . though; ?? it" me u;> the
lep afti r '. m, an<l I wa pu I in' righl ;
when an old guy in bra button bd *-k me i tt.
"Tii man!" aj hi .
",\h, that' all right," ..-. I. "Lefl my annual pa i
in i i ? ?? ? nin' i li >(
Ih wouldn't fall for that, th< ugh, and Us i me up to
a window where another oUI givzei is pa in'oul p;iste
i?, mi al tii:-. .1 thn ?
"Whal for.' .'? I. "What" the bill?"
"Painting ," a) he. "'I hi i the A< ademy' ? pring
L-xhibit, you know
"And ycni gol the nervc to tax me a hall ju l for thai'"
I. "Say, horo t, pa < me thnmgh anil I'll turn my
baek "ii '.in."
lt wa i ? a ?? of comin' ?? ith the coin or stayin'
out, though, "Air. rain i h< ck.'1 aj I.
"Nothing of the ort," aj he. "The e are oil ?>, nol
water i olor ."
"You ,.,i.," ays I, a I antii u plittx-an. "Gimme
uni ' .nditi" i." .ui. And did you notice which way thai
? ?-.,, ?-.. nl'"
I h . ouldn'l ay; m I nwm in, m ik< a turn al ran
tnd find mj ? li in a big h.ill with the wall ju I
tered reekli with h ind |?aint4 I work ol all kinds.
I lon'l tii. y u .- up a lol "i paint, though, the <? arti I ;?
An ! lingin* it amund careless thai way, it' a wondei
I.. me they never g< t any on the gold frame .
('..iu , , IM paid for all the l?x?k ? I wa a miml to take;
bul one "i" two glances al the nean t [xvimens -v'..i
i-nough. Maylx1 they wa all-right pietun . butnothin'
ted over. Be .i?k' , I kni w ol an ui
exhibil that wa ireally worth loukin'at, if I eould find it.
\^ there wa'n'l any gn al i ru h, il wa d< ul i n y. I
hadn'l gonedown the lim very far Ix-fore I p.-t
oM il ,1 I.,,,' gawpin' upal om ol the numbers sorl ol
mushy and entimentaf. Along ide him was Aunty, her
? ?? up critii al; and .. littie Ix-hind, lookin'
il, wa Mi V'e< hi r elf. And, ay, bc
'lon'l gel ovei it! M-ni-in-in' Sjime strawb'ry iavream
n li. r < hivk , same imte littli < ai , ame i hirkj till
to her pink chfn!
I ? ?l ..|'t thi n with my feel glued t.>
?or foi long, though Ju I then another bunch
hovin' along, and I pu he righl in with 'em.
A inmnt, more and I'm up where I can reach oul and
give one ol h< r fn e hand a qui< k qu turn ?
ni i flash, flushin'indignant, ;md thr park wa dartin'
oul ol them l.i^ . - lx*fore h< lin'lb di eo\. r,
whoitis. Atthat he lip liack and return the iqueezc.
"Why, Torehy!" be whi |x-i "How did ytxi i .'i
find u h' i.
"' '?? l m? a h di," - I "Bul I ain'l ki< kin'. lt'
??\, . ?; ? V. ? .??!?' V. ' lle's
"I fall,' i
the 'K I
"Auntv < an 1"
?m ,.! old Aunl i "Then l'd be apt to be
: lives nexl
"II::: I. ?:.-:' '
?:? ? : otlly
\ ? '
"But whci ? I.
"Stupid!" ..? \'> - "\' ' I ' I," and 1
twinkle in l
??( ,,, '" .,'. I. "Bul I wa "ti tln - '?:'? I '
\|, for I n, '? An . ! Wbal i:il line?"
"Whv, he' . . ? ?
Iii rtircc Mmin.-i I \\
of his time mooning aboul telling whal an angel his
but they're moving on .Iby, I'orchy. Quick now
Annt y's I urning o iund!"
Ci i | duck ? behind .1 fal woman, doe 1.. sudden sneak to
?^ the rear, and th< reunion wa all off. I'm left with a
wholc |..t of uncorked convcrsation, to wateh Vee go
driftin* down the gallerv. Annoyin'r Ifeltliki acaton
a tin roof. And all the helpful hinl Vee can throw out is
that Uncle An lv ln. tl ullli win n nexl door. Say,
thal wa. grand, wa'n'l il !" ? ially a - I didn'l know
him from la .t Pridav week '
??|t', cither 1 1 ;i e of breakin' and enterin'," thinks I,
"or ot ,?i hin' my luck. Anyway, I gue 1 I'll stick
around and see what happ n s.
t 'ome io thmk 1! over, ux>, I 1 '',; ay whi ther I jusl
f. II into it, or had il handed to me. Bul I wa I
vhcii ln, I.- Andy tak< il into hi 1 head to Inm
th.- proces i"ii and camj) down on a red plush
sofa, leavin the others to go on around by them
II, ? ,,,-t ,.| a friendly lookin*, goat-faced old bunch of
work . .?:.," puffj under the eycs, bul with .. ^'""1
I was 1
"Al ! \ i lil it,
in, : -'?::.< i ?: , I might
five ? . . - ' '
i hief aii'l pi
"V ell, well!" at I. "Thal
like Ih il wht :: dl< ?
'?Think of thal
leai ? ' l
liol plain Alice
i . that garden ep , I cxpecl
I),., ?> I:.' .' - Say, in
was hearin' the
saw her home from nn. tin\ down tl -
: nd singin'-sr hool peri
she lin'lly s|>ongedall theotherenl
let Andy ti; on the ring. And i
n, \< r run acros any small bul si'
ing on me ii nin' line, ? i
back for more with a sl Poi
windy when il come to throwin' in tl
-II,?:-. was thekind of lovelint .
never faded. As
woman she was charming. You shoul ' '
had painted of her when she was tw
"t ,,'" says I, drawin' in my bn ath "V
"Then you must," says he, |>attii
"You must, indeed."
C.ni you see me disputin' him? I
out how the very nexl ilav I wa
Sunda\ afternoon tea with him .
lures ot Alicia he had in stock.
"lt is unusual, I presume," saj
greal faro y to you, my boy; and n y.
tcning to a prosy old man " .
-I can stand it if you can," says 1. "Wli
"Thomas is my name," says he, "Andrea v. rboraa*,
and I live al Pelham on the Sound."
"You do!" says I, workin' up busines
"Why, there's a young lady friend of mine lii
nexl dtx>r to you Miss V. v
"Yes, yes!* savs he. "And so vou an
of Venma's? Why, my boy, she aml hei
with meonly a momenl ago. Conn . we wil ertL
"Sorry, bul I'll have to renig thi Vs '?
"Maylie you could lix il up to have I
tow, though; that is, leavin' Anntv out. 1
stnmg for Anntv," aml with thal I tips him th
"He, he!" chuckles Uncle Andy. "I undersi i W
well arrange that. You ctmie up tomoirow.
"You can gamble on that," say- I. "I' - as
Pourth oi July."
SOit'sme for Pelham, all doUedupinmynew ch.
spring .u" aml
for EasU-r. And IM do| louthowXi
sUimlfor Unele Amlv's fond re.
minuteson a stretch ..nd then thn?w i "? ll,m
Bul what .lo \o? ,-uess? Win.'
entirely, an<l instead of jusl \'ee on I
there was Anntv too. And when L'ncle Amly :
to f-reel me at the frtml door he has his hai
ln ? eyelids i - all red.
??I ),,??, mind me, my boy," savs hc "We wen
talking ot tlear Alicia. I i '!" '"" :"1'' '
"Iftt'sall thesiimetoyou," says I, "maybe I
i'l. u-p, Aunty here for th.- afternoon, is me?
"Oh, I had forgotten." ays he. "No, she will
in.- liack for her nap soon." . ?,
-Then suppose 1 jusl slide insitle easy and wail unw
ihe d".-. her iht'" saj I
Hcagrees to that, jalotsmcin where I cangel