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tyith Wm. We heird about it
from the baker's man, who's
sweet on that girl of Mrs. Tracy,
Mr. Smith's housekeeper. His
brother died a pauper and left
John in his care. They say he's a
fine-looking young fellow, and
just out of college. Wonder
what old man Smith will do with
"Teach him to be a fencemak
er, I suppose," said Mrs. Harnack
crossly. The spite fence was be
coming more than an eyesore and
she hated Mr. Smith and wished
him at the bottom of the sea.
Young John Smith was put in
to a lawyer's office in Cosset
Town. He was a fresh-faced,
pleasant young fellow, and show
ed no symptoms of any desire to
keep up the feud. One da3r, when
Miriam had been home from
school two weeks, Mrs. Harnack,
walking with hersaw her daugh
ter bow, and John Smith raised
his hat as he passed on the oppo-
site side of the road.
- "How do you know him?" de
manded the mother.
"Oh, ,1 was. introduced,." an
swered her daughter evasively.
"Then understand, Miriam, I
forbid you to speak to him agaiir
or, notice him."
"Very well, mamma," answer
ed the daughter submissively.
But her mother had once been;
young: and in love before an un
kind fortune separated her from
her lover and married her off to
Mr. Harnack, stout, forty-five
and bald. She was resolved to
prevent any possibility of Miri
am's disobedience. That night,
she vro tea letter to her neighbor.
"I have abstained from asking
you to remove your objectionable
fence," she said, "because you
have the law on your side, if you
have no sense of neighborliness.
But I positively forbid your
nephew to speak to my daughter
The letter came back: Under
neath was scrawled:
"I have told my nephew that
I'll disinherit him unless he keeps
That, shown to Miriam, was a
clincher, the mother thought.
But on the next day carpenters
arrived at Mr. Smith's house and
they proceeded to erect a rough
scaffolding on the outside of the
fence. And the next day painters
mounted it and before nightfall
the exterior bore the sign in huge
letters of yellow and red:
"Try Pyramid Pills for That
Adelina Harnack was away
that day in town. When she got
back she saw the legend. She was
"Miriam, I am going to stop
this Jf it takes eve-y penny I
have," she said. "I am going
straight down to Mr.rCapel, the
lawyer, to instruct him to get out
"But, mamma" ", "
"Now, not a word," Miriam !"
"AH right, mamma, only John
I mean Mr. Smith is working
in Mr. Capel's office."
The name betrayed the secret
which the girl's tones concealed.
Mrs. Harnack turned on her.
"Why do you call him John?"