ber how he used to 'give it iron,'
as he called it, to make it bear
fruit? Look," and with a reminis
cent smile Mark pointed to great
holes in the tree, where his ec
centric relative had deposited old
files, horseshoes and broken bits
Mark tried not to think hard of
dead Uncle Peter. Still, he had
reason to expect a better share in
the estate than he had received.
More than once that relative had
shown him a small tin box filled
with a great heap of stored-up
banknotes, with his own name
scratched upon the box.
"I'm thinkig of you, lad," the
old man had said. "My first duty
is to Tom, according to a promise
given, but I shan't neglect you."
Then, too, when the will was
opened it contained a slip of
paper, reading: "Give this letter
to Mark Dawson," but no letter
had been found.
"The snow is too deep to work
in the woods today," said Mark to
Leila one bleak wintry morning.
"I believe I'll' tackle the old apple
"Yes, the fuel supply is some
what low,' 'answered Leila.
She sang and smiled amid the
feal comfort of the little home
kitchen, keeping time to the
strong echoing stroke of the axe
in the hands of her husband out
side. Finally there was a crash.
Then a shout such a shout!
Almost in alarm, fearing that
something dreadful had happen
ed, Leila rushed to the door just
as Mark came tearing into the
"Oh, Leila!" he gasped. "Seel.
The box the tin box. My name
scratched on the cover. Exactly
the one Uncle Peter showed me
so many times!"
In suspense and wonder Leilia
stared as the box was placed on
the table. Inside was a letter tell
ing all about it, and banknotes !
banknotes ! banknotes !
Uncle Peter had selected a
queer hiding place for the little
fortune he had put by in ready
cash for his younger nephew.
The enclosed letter settled all
question as to legal ownership.
"Why, we, are rich !" breathed
"I always was rich with such a
treasure as you; and now," said
Mark tenderly, "with the money
to give you luxury as well as
comfort, I wouldn't trade with a
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Chinese Tea Cakes.
Work one-fourth cupful of
shortening until creamy. Add
gradually, while beating con
stantly, one cupful of brown
sugar. Dissolve one-eighth tea
spoonful of soda in one table
spoonful of cold water, and add to
first mixture. Then add one-half
teaspoonful of vanilla and one
cupful of flour. Make into balls,
place on buttered tin sheet,, one
and one-half inches apart and
bake in hot oven. This recipe
will make fortv cakes.
In Japan the fashions have re
mained practically unchanged for
1 2)500 years,.
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