many little economies they plan
ned and carried out. r Marvin
tried his hand at planting vegeta
bles, and Millie raised a-brood of
chickens. Club life and good fel
low friends seemed to Marvin
now like a far away dream.
One beautiful summer evening
Marvin came bounding up the
garden walk like a person danc
ing on air, and waving a flutter
ing strip of paper in his hand.
"The last payment, Millie!" he
hurrahed. "The six hundred dol
lars is all paid off," and Millie fell
into his arms and tried to tell him
for the thousandth time what a
splendid man he was.
Papa Worthington strolled
down to the cottage in the even
ing. His broad face was rather
unusually beaming, and he sug
gested a person expecting to hear
"About" those payments," be
gan Marvin, with conscious pride
as they adjourned from the porch
to the cozy little parlor. "There's
the final note of the six hundred
"Well, well," commented Mr.
Worthington in an apparently
gratified tone, "I declare, Marvin,
I am more than pleased, proud of
you, in fact. You see, saving has
not been so hard after all."
"Hard?" echoed Marvin. "Why,
it's just delightful! I've, got a
hundred dollars in the bank in
Milly's name, and we're going to
build it up thirty dollars a month
as a nest egg for another real es
tate investment. Milly, show
your father the vegetable and
Very proudly Milly produced
a little tin box and showed and
rattled its contents.
"Forty-seven dollars and fif
teen cents, papa," she chirped.
"What do you think of that?"
"I think you are a famous pair,"
declared Mr. Worthington with
energy. "Here, Millie, add that
to your little treasure heap."
Marvin stared. He sat petri
fied. Very deliberately pretty
Milly drew from an envelope six
one hundred dollar bills and some
minor bank notes.
"I did it for your own good,
Marvin," explained Mr. Worth
ington. "There are no real pay
ments due on the cottage, I want
ed to see you study economy, and
you've done it nobly."
"Will you forgive my share in
the innocent deception, dear?"
asked Milly, wistfully.
"Say," answered Marvin,
choking up with grateful emo
tion, "when a fellow finds his life
lined up the way mine is through
the-thoughtfulness of the dearest
wife in the world and her grand
A kissi for the one, a warm
handhsake for the other, and
Marvin' Bates' faithful friends
knew that their experiment had
permanently succeeded, and that
the big-hearted husband and son-in-law
was a "good fellow," in
Among female Moors birthday
celebrations are unknown. A
Moorish woman considers it a
point of honor to be absolutely igr-
1 norant of her age.
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