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"ALL IN THE FAMILY"
By Victor Redcliffe.
"One foot in the grave and the oth
er on a bananapeel that's Jabez
Thorpe, to my way of thinking."
"Exactly my opinion. A man of his
age crossing the ocean! Never was a
hundred miles away from his own
hearthstone before. It's a terrible
risk he is taking!"
Thus gossiped the neighbors of
the reputed wealthy proprietor of
Thorpe Farm. It was an echo of the
current chatter of the village When
Asleep With His Feet on the Table.
hard-fisted, miserly old Jabez Thorpe
announced that he was going to Eng
land to settle the estate of a distant
relative, it had been a nine days' won
der. It had been reported that the in
terest of old Jabez in the estate was
uncertain. He was a fighter, however,
and strenuously declared that he was
going to see to it that he got his
Thorpe Farm was not the pleasant-
est place in the world. It had a pretty
faii house on it, but poorly furnished.
As Thorpe grew olderhe had enclosed
three acres near the house, and;
rented out the rest of his land.
Ten years previous he had adopted
the child of a second cousin, Nellie
Thorpe. She had grown into his
life more of a comfort, guide and
support than he realized. It was
when he came to give up to Nellie
the entire charge of his business dur
ing his absence, that he began to un
derstand how much he depended on
her. If Nellie felt that he was load
ing down upon her a vast responsi
bility, she reflected upon the grati
tude she owed him. Jabez Thorpe .
had given her a shelter when she was
homeless, and she took up her new
duties seriously, but with her bright
little heart full of confidence and
"It is not so hard as I fancied,"
Nellie wrote to Evan Pearson, her
lover, who was filling a clerkship in
another town. "A sister of the man
who rents the west farm is seeking,
to restore her broken health through
sunshine, garden work and good
food. She helps me with the milking
and chickens daytimes, and sta'yB at
the lonely old homestead nights.
Uncle Jabez does not know that I am
keeping right on with my little busi-
ness. I want to prove to him what a
busy housekeeper I am when he re
turns. Besides that, I must fit my
self for our own home long, long
ahead, dear, but sure to come if you
long for it as I do."
Nellie's "business" was selling
milk and eggs. Her exacting relative
had cut down to a minimum as to
household expenses, but the eco-,
nomical little housekeeper had man-;
aged to save something even out of.
that. As to the eggs and milk, at
the end of a month, Nellie's book-,
keeping showed such splendid re--suits
that she worked with added r
pleasure and interest.
Then there was an interruption
sad, sudden and overwhelming. The .
steamer in which Abner Thorpe had
sailed on his hpmeward trip was. re-'