AFTER MANY YEARS
By Florence L. Henderson
Because John Davis was hungry
and had to work, and becanse a big
wind storm had. "blown down some
barns and fences and nearly-half the
trees in Glenville, thereby offering
that individual an opportunity to
labor, sunshine came suddenly into
the life of pretty, patient 'Ethel
She needed it, poor girl, and more
than' deserved it, if ever a loving,
Droveerto Her Feet With a Shock.
helpful daughter and a true and
earnest sweetheart did. Ever, since
her mother had died Ethel had led
a hard, slave-like existence. They
had not always lived at Glenville.
It was the lure of change and a for
tune that had induced William
Moore, her father, to abandon a fair
ly prosperous store business in a city
fifty miles distant, to fill out, as he
anticipated, the glowing dream of his
life. He had always longed for a -
farm, and when he was wired urgent
ly to the bedside of his dying brother,
Robert, he felt certain that at last
the coveted acme of his ambition was
Robert Moore, reputed a rich man,
died before his brother reached him.
In his will he left William everything.
When "everything" was materialized,
into coherency, to the surprise of Jiis
neighbors and the bitter disappoint- ,
ment of the legatee, the estate com--;
prised only the old home, with its
weather-beaten porch and boarded
up cupola, dreary and gloomy in the-
"The place will do to live int" '
moodily decided William Moore, 'Hut
what has ever become of the stocks ;
and bonds and money everybody
knew my brother had six months be- .;
fore he died?"
. That was still a question unsettled M
two years after the Moores had taken ,
up their abode at the great, rambling
house, whose original owner had
built it as a mansion nest for a lady
who on the bridal eve had run away -and
married another suitor. William
Moore's wife died, he sold out his.
business and then lost his cash in
an unwise speculation. '
(Then the shoe began to pinch. He
had a small house in the city which
brought in a certain income, but not
enough to cover living expenses.
Ethel learned to do dressmaking and'
how to trim hats in season at the vil
lage millinery store, and her little
earnings helped to keep the wolf
from the door.
It was when Archie Winston came
into her life that the. days seemed
worth while and the nights were filled
with sweet dreams. He held a clerical
position, where any pretentious sal
ary income was in the future, and.
when they talked of the wedding day
they referred to it as very far ahead
Ethel was loyal to the comfort and
interests of her father and Archie
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