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The odd, the new, the unknown
life attracted him.
He awoke with a headache the
next morning. The reaction had
come. By noon he had a fever, by
nightfall he was delirious.
For him the next twenty days
were a blank. He awoke to find
himself, weak and emaciated, ly
ing on a bed in the boys' end of
the wagon. He glanced from the
window. As far as his eyes could
reach was a level emerald stretch
grass, flowers, trees every
where. Outside two of the boys were
carrying a pail of water. They
passed out of sight around to the
other side of the wagon. From
that direction came the clang,
clang of metal sounds. Talcott
tried to. arise. He sank back
weakly with a groan. Instantly
from the wagon living room a
light form came into view. It was
Wonder-eyed and grate ful,
Talcott learned how the brave lit
tle woman had nursed him, had
carried out the plan of the jour
ney to "the farm." Here they
were, the children industrious and
happy, and oh ! such grand for
tune, and her eyes dahced as she
told him of it.
"A railroad is building right
through your section," she ex
plained, "ao.d the wagon stands
on the new town site. A man has
been here daily to see you about
selling him some of the property."
The man appeared next day.
He looked Talcott over shrewdly.
Then he said :
"I see you are a keen business
man, so I'll talk sense. I am
land speculator. I'll give you ten
thousand dollars for a quarter
section, and fifty per cent of what
I make on another quarter section
selling town lots."
"You mean," replied the brok
er, gently, "twenty thousand dol
lars and seventy-five per cent."
"I guess I've figured wrong,"
said the speculator. "You're up to
snuff. Well, I'm ready to trade."
"And what is your plan now,
Mr. Talcott?" asked the motherly
guardian of the little coterie of
children a few days later. "You
are almost rich again."
"I shall build a nice roomy
home," answered Talcott, "and
we will all grow up with the coun
try. My dear, good nurse and
true friend, I have found hope and
ambition where I thought there
was nothing but despair. I have
found love, too. Will you share
the new home, as my wife?"
And when the blushing, lovable
Audrey Gregory answered "Yes,"
Warren Talcott felt that he stood
at the portal of a veritable Eden.
These doughnuts are quickly
made. The ingredients are three
eggs, one cupful of sugar, a pint
of sweet milk, salt, nutmeg and
flour enough to permit the spoon
to stand upright in the mixture.
Add two heaping teaspoonfuls of
baking powder to the flour. Beat
all until very light. Drop by the
dessert spoonful into boiling
lard. These will not absorb a bit
of fat and are not at all rich.