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By George Elmer Cobb.
' (Copyright by W- G. Chapman.)
Z "You're not afraid, Lizzie?'1
5 "Not a bit of it, father."
v "All this talk about maraudin'
f bands and the like over in the next
township ia probably a scare. I'll have
f mother and the girls back home by
ten o'clock. And say, Lizzie, that
c . Fired a Shot in the Air.
e thing you've set your heart on an
'"Yes, father," murmured Lizzie, a
c faint little pucker at her lips,
f "I'm going to look at one up at
f Norwich tonight. If it's reasonable,
I may think it over."
i Old Daniel Bangs drove off in the
viicketty family surrey with a slow,
c patient Dobbin attached. Lizzie waved
r her hand after him in a forlorn sort
of a way. That word "automobile"
e had touched a sore spot in Lizzie's
There was only one young man inf
the district whom Lizzie loved and an
automobile had parted them. Nc"
Darrow had been keeping compan-"
with her for a year. His folks livet
on the next farm one-half a mile di
tant and he worked in a garage t
Norwich. The charm of Lizzie's con -pany
brought him home regulail
every evening. There was a con
stant companionship and consequent
Then the Bellows family did wlat
nearly all the progressive farmers
in the district were doing bought an
automobile. And then for three even
ings Ned dd not put in an appear
ance at the Bangs home. A gossipy
neighbor dropped m in to tell Mrs.
Bangs of "the scand'lous doings
ddwn at the Bellows farm." Three
afternoons in succession "that young
Darrow had come there to take out
Miss Olive in the new automobile!"
"If it was anybody but Olive Bel
lows!" Lizzie had said to herself re
sentfully, as she recalled that a year
previous Ned had been very friendly
with the young lady in question.
The fourth evening Ned came to
the Bangs home. Mrs. Bangs treated
him arther coldly and Lizzie went up
to her room wthout seeing him, re
porting a sick headache.
The next day Tvhen Miss Bellows
drove by alone proudly exhibiting
her skill as an expert chauffeur, Liz
zie went straight to her father.
"We must get an auto, papa," she
insisted. Everybody Ise is and we
don't want to be back numbers."
Mr. Bangs was indulgent and the
result was that several salesmen from
the town brought up their machines.
Lizzie had several rides. The prices
charged staggered the 'thrifty, care
ful farmer, however, and no bargain
So that evening, left alone to wait
for the return of the family from a
relative's, Lizzie had some rather bit
ter reflections. She was really spite
ful because Miss Bellows could pa
rade -around in a new shiny f our-cyl-