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old home takiy horrified -her. She
vowed she would never leave Graf
ton. "She went into .hysterics, and
Jessie came to me later and begged
me with' tears in her 'eyes not to
break her mother's heart by taking
her away from the home she loved.
"Poor Jessie!'.' murmured 'Martin
"Yes, I know how .you feel about
her," 'observed the judge. "Well, I
came on here because this Mr. Mor
gan was here today, I offered him
back his money. I doubled it. Npuse.
He said it was the ideal place he had
been looking after for years and his
wife and vchildren"v were equally
pleased with it They're coming here
tomorrow to look it over to plan pome
improvements. In a week they're go
ing to move in."
"And you will have to move out,"
"Don't you see I will!" demanded
the judge desperately. "Martin, I
don't want to go back on. a just
agreement, T)ut it will kill my wife."
Martin reflected. He was silent for
some moments. Abruptly his face
lightened. A slight, whimsical smile
played about his lips,,
"Judge'," he said, "I'd do a good
deal for you."' ,
"Yes, I believe that," agreed the
"More for your wife affd anything
"I guess there's no doubt of that"
"I see a way out of ttfis."
"You do!" cried the judge eagerly.
"Martin,", he added,, "there is not
much I wouldn't do for you if you
help me out of this awful dilemma,"
and he grasped the hand of the youngs
"Judge, leave it all to me," said
Martin grandly. "Justo about your
business in the regular way, come
back here In a week;and. I'll have
'these Morgan people on the run. I
shall want to get in touch with your
lawyer, though maybe."
"Ill fix- that all right,?' said the
Judge. wi ju -j ,1 xu; v.;a
That af t err ""On Martin set at work
on the scheme -which he hoped would
result in the winning of -a wife. He
visited first an old colored mah of
numerous family at the edge of the
town. "He called lipon the town plum
ber and at the village drug store. .He
had a long confab with two mis
chievous urchins. Each of these con
spirators were coached thoroughly as
to the part they were to play in an
effort' to scare the Morgan 'family
J away from Grafton.
When, the next morning, tne. new
prospective residenters arrivedt they
found Martin-bustling about assum
ing the role of a person who had been
deputized to overhaul the place
"I declarer What is that horrible
odor?" exclaimed Mrs. Morgan, as
she entered the house.
Martin pointed to' the "plumber
hammeringvafrsome pipes, mumbled
something about "hunting, for sewer
gas," and hustled outside after whis
pering to the plumber "to us sorn
more of that chemical.""
A series of frightened screams"soon
issued rffom the cellar. Up the stairs
came flying one of the missed of the
family. J " -
She was f airlyliysterical, she near
ly fainted away. Two snakes,, a toad
and some frogs had crossed her path
in thecellar! Solemnly Martin de
plored the attraction damp cellars
had for reptiles :which het had paid
two -juveniles one-half a dollar to
provide. i' '
Next door to the"txrant place was
a small house that had been vacant
for years. Hwas temporarily occu
pied that day, however. In fact, the
plotful Martin "had especially hired
Mr. Bphraim Browh, whitewasher,
and his numerous family to take pos
session of the domicile.
Mrs. Morgan, inspecting the gar
den, came to halt as an open space
in the shrubbery showed the dividing
fence. Beyond it a great washing
flaunted from the clothes line. A fat
mammy-was bustling about", with one
halt dozen pickaninnies afcbejMieete.