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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 01, 1912, Image 18

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A PROSPEROUS PRODIGAL
By Madeline Ada Leighton.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
"We have been friends for a
good many years, Lydia."
"And let us continue the same,
Daniel.".
The 'scene was in the neat par-
i
i
.Somehow the People ofthe Town
Found Out What the Strange
Procession Meant.
or of the village home of Miss
xLydia Parker, spinster. Her
caller and suitor was Daniel
iBrackett, ten years a widower.
They were a well-matched cou
ple, she in the matchless perfec
tion of mature loveliness of face,
figure and mind; he in the
1 strength of a really noble man-
hood.
"I have waited a long time to
ask you the question nearest to
my heart," Ire went on. "I am
disappointed, Lydia and a trifle
hurt."
"Daniel," said Mrs. Lydia, "we
can be straightforward with each
other, I was the school girl
friend of your dear wife. I am
the friend of her lonely, wan
dering boy. You have asked me
if I would marry you. I will not
answer that question till you hve
taken Wilfred back where he be
longs to 3'our home and your
love"."
Daniel Brackett took up his
hat and left the house. He was
not only troubled, but sad. Wil
frid, his boy, had been a wild,
reckless lad, impulsive, always in
difficulties, but whole-hearted
and generous to a fault. One or
two boyish scrapes the indulgent
father had overlooked. Then one
night the son was a member of a
Hallowe'en party which wound
up in an .accidental- blaze. A
farmer's barn was burned down.
Mr. Brackett paid fifty dollars to
prevent 'trouble for Wilfrid, and
banished him from the house.
"When you have earned that
fifty doHars and repaid it," said
the father, sternly, "ybu may
come back to your home. Not
before.
That was six months since.
From that day until this no word
had come from the homeless lad.
Forty miles away from Brandon,
however, at the very hour when
that important interview was in

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