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"Oh, some mudlark of the
crew, I suppose," responded Ran
dal. "He doesn't look like a mud
lark," said Dorothy, "See him
guide that big- frame thing. He
must be pretty smart and brave.'
There, it's in place. That was
just grand! What a fine-looking
fellow he is, too."
The irritated Randal man
aged to draw his interested com
panion away from the scene. He
escorted his charge to her friends.
Randal called at the Delcombes'
home nekt morning, primed for
that vaunted proposal.
Mrs. Delcombe informed him
that Miss Vance had started
away for a walk along the river.
She might have added that her
guest had asked a good many
questions about the Burtons the
evening previous. Dorothy had
learned that Randal was not the
ambitious striving idol she had
made of him. She learned of the
noble sacrifice of his cousin.1 She
discovered, too, the meanness of
Randal in disowning his own kin
the day before. , '
"The deuce!" exclaimed Ran
dal Burton, as he arrived at the
bank of the river.
There was the truant' lady. She
was conversing with David. The
latter was neatly attired, as he
was always when mere supervis
ory work was going on. David
was explaining to his interested
companion the great engineering
work in progress.
Randal came up, brash and
braggart as ever. He tried to
.take Miss Dorothy under his own
especial wing, whilst trying to
impress his cousin that she right
fully belonged there. Somehow,
it did not work. The wilful lit
tle miss continued interested over
the wonderful river proje'ct. She
was cool and distant J when she
walked homewith'RandaH '
"I suppose I can call thfs'even
ing," submitted Randal in rather
a grumbling tone.
"Oh, certainly," smiled the fas
cinating little miss;"only be sure
to bring your cousin, Mr. Pres
cott, with you. He is the most
delightful young man-1 have ever
met. I could listen all day to his -stories
of how he and those brave
fellows with him are fighting the
quicksands and the bog holes, and
just forcing that stubborn old
river to go the way they want it
There is an end to everything,
and the end of Randal Burton's
careless ambition was a position
in a city office as a second-rate
stenographer. At least he was
independent now. And that in a
way gratified old Seth Burton.
The end of David's acquaint
ance with pretty Dorothy was a
wooing. The wooing ended in a
wedding, and David Prescott's
noble sacrifice for others led to
the winning of a loving wife and
a sure start in the wprld as one
of its future great engineers.
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To clean lamp glasses hold
them over a jug of boiling water
until well steamed. It is far less
trouble than washing, and the,
glasses very; rarejy break.