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HOW MOVIES CAME
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin.
When the movies came to Brook
dale Mrs. Hayden took a great inter
est in their doings. She and her qrip
pled husband lived a mile from town
'along the river. It was there that
the motion picture men made their
camp. The scenery was wild and
beautiful, just the spot to furnish the
frame for almost any vernal drama.
John Hayden had not seen her so
spry and animated 'for years. He
Pored Over Its Contents.
was glad to note her interest in
trifles and the household cares of
years wearing away from her. All
the same he did this with a suppres
sion of sadness she never penetrated.
It was with an aching heart, and that
heart beating next to a certain let
ter he had received and kept secret
from her, that the old man smiled
at her simple joyousness.
"Just think of it, John," she said,.
only two weeks more and we start
for the boy's farm! Did I show you
the photograph he sent me of the
dear place, with himself and his
wife, Laura, and the two tots on the
pretty porch? Isn't it delightful to
think of you and I passing our last
days among such lovely surround
ings, after just vegetating in this
ramshackle old ruin ready to fall to
pieces after a century's use?"
It was indeed a veritable ruin. It
had answered the needs of two gen
erations, however. A large rambling
house, it was scarcely safe now to
walk across some of the trembling
floors. Neighbors had warned the
Haydens that it would not last much
longer, that any day the venerable
relic might tumble about their ears.
"Don't worry," Sarah Hayden had
smiled brightly. "It will last our
time. Only a few days and we will
bid it good-bye; we are going to make
our home with the dear boy, David,
The small patch of ground around
the house had no value whatever,
even for average garden purposes.
As to the house, a millwright had of
fered $30, intending to tear it down
and use the old lumber to build sheds
on his own place. It was this that
the Haydens had depended on to pay
their way to "the boy's farm" out
"It will kill her when she knows
the truth," groaned John Hayden as
he moved away on his crutches from
the house. "How shall I break the
news to her? Poor mother! Poor,
Then the old man sought a seclud
ed spot near the river and for the
hundredth time took out the secret
letter and pored over its contents.
That letter contained a real heart
tragedy in its few soul-crushing
lines. It informed the distracted
father that he and his wife must
abandon all thoughts of coming out
west David Hayden had met with
dire misfortune. The year before a
scamp of a traveling swindler had in
duced him to specialize on a new