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iTHEIR FIRST QUARREL
By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"We'll be as happy as birds in their
nest," said Alice joyfully, as she and
her husband returned from their hon
eymoon and surveyed the old colonial
farmhouse, standing in its two acres
of ground. It was the ideal of a
.country home such a home as Alice
Alice Had Hit Upon His Own Design
and Jim had always dreamed of, now
come to 'fulfillment.
"And we'll grow our own vege
tables," said Jim blithely.
"And flowers, dear," said Alice,
"But who'll take care of them?"
"Why, that's easy," Alice answer
ed. "I'll take charge of the flowers,
Jim, and you can mind the vege
tables. And listen, Jim! Let's each
raise our own plots secretly, and
mind, the other is not to come into
that part of the garden or look at it
until everything is blooming. Then
the one that has' the finest display
gets the prize."
"A kiss," said Alice, smiling.
"I'll take mine now," said Jim and
he did. 1 .
They had only been married a
month and their experience of home
making was delightful. Their gardens
were their pride, and each rigorously
observed the conditions. Jim did, in
deed, grumble a little at not being
allowed to have any flowers in his
part of the territory assigned, and
Alice relented so far as to permit him
to grow just a few. "Only round the
edges, though, dearest," she said.
"You know, we must have as much
space as possible for those old vege
tables. Just think, next fall I'm going
to put up tomatoes and onions and
well, all sorts of things!"
And all sorts of things were planted
and actually began to sprout Neither
of them considered it anything but
magic when the first green sprouts
appeared. And after a while a tiny
bloom made its appearance in the
"Now, Jim, no looking," said Alice
"But harig it, Alice, you're not go
ing to keep me out of the garden the
whole summer, are you?" he asked.
"But, Jim, you can look from afar.
And you can walk on the lawn. .Only
you must not come up to the flower
beds. Because I have a big surprise
for you in preparation."
It must be confessed that Jim did
look. And, as the flowers bloomed and
the whole garden became one riotous
mass of blossoms, he began impor
tuning Alice more and more frequent
ly to be allowed to see his surprise. At
last she fixed upon the following Sat
urday. Meanwhile Jim had not been idle.
He, too, had prepared a little surprise
for Alice. He had taken advantage of
her permission to plant flowers, and,
with great dexterity, had placed a bed
of sweet alyssum, as a compliment to
her, setting in out in such a way that