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i By George Pmer Cobb.
(Copyright byW. G.'.Chapman.)
Johii'3tasli Was goiftgtojthe .city,
and hjs friends, at xthe. village' store
were apprised of thefact. They Were
quaint, dld-fashioned tellows, in the
main, and they hpok -rtheir heads
dubiously when.jQhn tdldjairilyof iis
; ' "It's a Real Corot."
determination "to see the sights."
He laughedattheir-serious warnings.
"Oh. I've got my eye teeth cut!"
boasteV. John. . "
"You didn't have, last time, when
Sou bough that 'gold' watch for fifty
dollars," submitted Old Abel Grimes.
"That was the usual entrance fee,
you see," explained John, but color
ing. . VThey won't catch me the sec
.erng time. I reckon Im as .smart as
the best of theni. You all got "wild
.when j"bought;tbat stock withe Qol-
conda gold mine for a dollar a share.
Now it's two, and paying a big divi
dend. Besides, Lucy will be with me
most of the tifne, so I shall have a
John Marsh was very proud of
Lucy. Well he might be. His only
child, she was his idol. Also .that of
every marriageable young man in the
town, especially Vincent Darrow
but of that later.
She had taught school for two
years, for her father was by no means'r
a wealthy man. In fact, outside' of
some two tnousana aoiiars, mvesieu
safely, as he supposed, he had only
the snall farm where he lived, at the
edge of the village. With hired help
he njana'ged to make -t produce a
bare living, but nothing" more.
He had' high hopes of Lucy, how
ever. For a year 'she had been at
tending a city art school. He was
going after her now, to bring -her
home for vacation.. One more year,"
she had told him, and she would be
able to 'produce something that peo
ple would pay for.
John had a very neat idea in his
mind, he fancied, as he reached the
city, early the next morning. He had
a part of the dividends from his min
ing stock investment in his pocket,,
and he planned to make Lucy a hand
some present. To make it a surprise
and a pleasure for her, he determined
to get her something in. the art line.
"Real high art," he explained to' a
man he met just outside of an auc
tion store to which he had' been di
rected. "You'll find it here," declared his
chance acquaintance, with en
thusiasm, and his friendly, obliging
way made John forget all about the
man with the "gold" watch. "They
,are selling some famous . pictures.
Dirt cheap, too. We'll watch the sale
for a spell, and when I see a real fine
bargain, 111 post you."
"I shall feel mightily obliged if you
will," replied John.
. Some really valuable pictures' were.
being offered for sale, but onlya, fewt