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A NOBLE SACRIFICE
By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Yes, sir, there goes a prodigal
son," declared Seth Ramsey.
"With the fatted calf sort of left
out, though, eh, Seth?" and Ethan
Bannister, the village gossip, poked
his crony in the ribs with a sly wink
and a gleesome chuckle.
"Oh, he's being treated all right,
for I've tamed down some of his
"I Have Seen Her Tonight, Secretly."
notions," declared Ramsey. "I tell
you, a feed of the real husks of life
does some of these smart fellows
good once in awhile."
"Tell about it, Seth," urged the
"Well, as you know, Paul and Ver
non are my stepsons. Their mother
left them something substantial, but
I an guardian and trustee for ten
"Yes, I know about that," nodded
'Well,1 they have a yearly allow
ance. Ybung Paul thought it wasn'.
enough and went to the city a few
months since. I refused to advance
him a penny and I reckon he hates
me for it. Last month I had to send
Vernon to the city to collect a claim
of his mother's estate. I knew he
hankered to see that shiftless brother
of his, so I let him go. Instead of
coming back in two days as planned
with the $500, he was gone a week
and came back without a cent"
"Why, where was the money?"
"Collected and spent He faced me
squarely. He confessed that most of
it had gone in 'a fling at city life,' as
he called it. Automobiles, six dollars
a day hotel, a little gambling. Sorry,
but the only thing to do was to cut
out his year's allowance. That squar
ed it. Vernon has been meek and
industrious ever since. Glad' to get
home and going to behave himself."
It took Ethan Bannister just twenty-four
hours to spread the news all
.over Clif den, garnished with all the
frills his lively fancy could add to
it. The serious ones of the commun
ity shook their heads at the appalling
break of a model young man. The
lively youth of the village rather ad
mired this exponent of a finished edu
cation in the traps and glories of a
Vernon had indeed quieted down.
He acted as though he had something
on his mind, but he carried himself
as erect as ever, as handsome and
manly as ever and looked everybody
squarely in the eye. When he went
one evening to call upon Eva Cross
he was a trifle embarrassed at the
rather cool reception of her mother,
but that soon wore away as he sat in
the rose bower with the daughter.
"Eva," he said after a time, "I have .
brought a letter to you from my
His lips twitched as he-notsd the
expression of glad delight that came
into her beautiful face. In fact she
reached so eagerly for the proffered
missive that it slipped from her hand.
In stooping to recover it a rose fell