had lived in the house. Then he
dozed, to awake with a great
A squeak, clear and distinct,
sounded through the j house.
Noisejessly" the old man arosfe
from his bed and reached the sit--ting
room. In the one beyond,
where he had flung the doll, was
a light. He seized a gun he kept
always loaded, crept to the open
doorway, and made out two
masked men ransacking- a desk-
that had not been 'opened since
Bang! John Marsh fired
promptly There were cries "of
alarm, the dark lantern was kick
ed over, "there was a' crash of glass
and the burglars disappeared.
The report of the- gun had
aroused the nearest neighbors,
and soon the old man -had com
pany. He found a bag left be
hind by the burglars filled with
money, and papers secured from
his own wardrobe. Then, as he
began to pick up the papers
strewn about from the desk Eu
nice had owned, he made a start
lifigdiscovery. What had estranged "him from
Nellie was a letter apparently in
her handwriting, shown him by
the. plotting Eunice. Addressed
to her lover, it referred to her
uncle in sneering terms, telling
how she 'cared only for the for
tune he might leave her. Now,
among the scattered papers. John"
Marsh found; evidence of Eunice
having laboriously practiced to
counterfeit Nellie's handwriting.
Towards the end" of 'the week,
fCs Elsie was. .sitting in the gar
den, an old man opened the gate.
Carefully repacked, he carried the
parcels post package.
"Why," shouted the little miss,
.all smiles and dimples "I know
who.you are grandpa cause
that's the box I sent, and oh, I
must tell mamma !"
It was a tearful, yet happy in
terview, that which followed be
tween uncle and niece. All was
explained, and when Mr.' Dan
vers came home thakevening, he
learned that all the family were
to return to Rushville, where he
.'was to have a free, gladsome life
caring for the old man's property.
"Dear little child," said -John
Marsh, fondly stroking the golden-haired
fairy who had brought
all this about "my fortune sav
ed, my old-time happiness back to
me all through you and that
blessed parcels post."
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Make a simple batter, as you
would for, a batter pudding. Then'
add 2 heaping teaspoons of bak
ing powder for each quart of flour
used Add 2 cups of very fine
chopped apple for each quart of
flour used, pook as for ordinary
Lucille I hear that proposal
parties will be. all the rage next
year. The girls will do. the pro
posing, and the one who proposes
the best will get the prize. Will"
you go to any? Ethel No." Y6u
see, a proposing party came to me
the other evening. How do you
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