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any impression on our quarrelsome
'Ward soon- after' that found out
about "Elmer and decille. Then she
was kept practically a prisoner in the
house,, never going out except with
her father or mother, and the threat
made thatif Mmer attempted to meet
her she" - would be ' seri away to a
relative" three thousand miles across
. the continent.
Bight oh the heels of this came a
secretr a secret known only for the
time, to Air. and Mrs. Barry. At the,
rear ui lueir yaru was a auiau, unusea
barn,; It. adjoined the chicken yard.
For several, mornings. Mr. Barry had
got up early. He made hasty and
.-covert visits 'to the bam', carrying
a gasket and padlocking, the door
strongly. J. ' ' s "
' Ward had been unusually pe"5fifer
' ous. of late. His milk .of human
kindness seemed to, have become
completely loured. " "He" wrangled
daily with the. .Barry cKiTdreri. He
complained of the hose water streak
ing the Sidewalk. He would have
cometO blows with Elmer more than
once, but for the great, patience and
forbearanc6"of .'the latter;, . - '
Two evenings he sat on his, front,
porch bawling out anjndirect ac
cusation .agabist his neighbor con
. cerriing half a dozen fancy chickens
that were missing." Prom his-own
porch MrBarry heard him say:
"i've stobjf if 6ng enough. If
those chickens aren't back in, my
coop by tomorrow;Vril disgrace Bar
ry, I vow I will! I'll spririga surprise
on hini that will give hlnra startler."
Mr. parry had justleft' the dinner
table the next day when a ring came
- at the door bell. .As' he answered it
he was somewhat astbnighed to find
at the door hls'irascible neighborf and
the "town constable. '
"i'm sorry, Mr. 'Barryr'' said the
latter ".in ji tone almost of distress,
"but the duty is imposed upon me. of
serving you 'with a search Tvarrarit."
"I thinkx I understand," "rejoined
Mr. Barryj with a ijmile. "You are ;
bound to insist, that. 7 am a chicken
thief, Ml, Ward?"
"I don't know that, hut your
actions are very suspicious. You've
got something you're hiding 'in "that
barn of yours. I've watched your
mysterious movements mornings, j
want that place, searched. Aha! i&
hits you'does it?" gloated Ward.ay
Mr.. Barry changed color. t
"Mr. Ward." he said, almost agita.tj
edly, "I beg of you not to persist iq
tHis uncalled for action of yours." a
"Uncalled fOr, eli?" snarled Ward.
"We'll soon see about that!"
They made t;heir way to the barn.
"With a grave face Mr. Barry unlocked
the door. The sound of ;a rustling
in the.?wainscotted harness ' room
made Ward hasten forward.- He had
never in his heart expected to find
his missing chickens.' here, his sole
thought beingHbr cast the infamy of
a search, warrant upon his enemy.
Upon a cot', supplied with, clean,
comfortable bedding lay a thin, wan-
faced 1 young; .man. He struggled to
ms ieet weaiuyv
' It was thg'rfihaway, Bryce ;WanL
It would be impossible to depict the
amazementand then the ungovern
able wrath of the hard-hearted
father. Hafairly hissed at Mr. Barry. .
He gave, only a'"scathihg look? at-the
youth whSm hte severity thad driven
away rom. home, to become a fugi
tive -am. justice.
"Why, fifr.. Ward," exclaijned the
officer, "it is your son! He is wanted
on an old charge here "
"Then do your duty!" roared the
heartless parent. "He has 'made his
bed, now let him lijifc't-
After! that for aweek John Ward
wandered about hisTiuties a stricken
man, but refused to acknowledge if.
Mr. Barry .had induced; the consta.
ble to accept b'aiKfor his prison
sent Byrce -away' to ;a" new country
and a newife paid bis'forf eited bail
bond and Ward heardOf it. ' r j
That 'was theTfinal breakdown Soy
the inflexible old man. " When, -a
month "latesyaf ter keeping all liis. kind "