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HER LOVING HEART
By Florence Lillian Hendarson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"It's a sinful shame!" declared
prim, straight-laced Miss Tabitha
"Aunt Lucia must have taken leave
'of her senses!" chorused Bart Dun
'can, her nephew.
The criticisms were not generous.
Both were pensioners on the bounty
of Miss Lucia Warden, age thirty
five, looking ten years younger, and,
m n n-
"It's Just Terrible, Bart!"
'although missing most of the joys of
life, by no means soured, and still
-hoping and longing that some day
:Love would come along and help fill
out her lonely life.
She had given Miss Duncan a
home, she had educated Bart. She
owned some property, and those two
coveted it at least counted on get
ting their share of it if it was ever
For this reason any deviation from
personal or household rules was
"viewed with concern by the twain Of 1
selfish time-servers. What had arous
ed their present consternation was
the fact that Lucia had not only al
lowed a traveling circus to show on
a lot she owned, but had visited it
"I don't see what you find so ob
jectionable in a clean, harmless en
tertainment," Lucia told her sister-in-law.
"The clown is simply funny,
the others do some wonderful acts,
and they have two little children who
give a pretty exhibition with some
trained ponies who are perfectly en
trancing." ' Wisely Miss Duncan kept her re
sentment to herself. It burst out
afresh, however, the day the circus
took down its tent. What occurred
so stirred up Miss Tabitha that she
hastened to the office of her nephew
and the twain held an active indigna
tion meeting at once.
"It's just terrible, Bart!" pronounc
ed the agitated Tabitha. "It seems
as if the glare and glitter of that
horrid show has just set Lucia wild.
When I tried to talk to her, she said
that she was tired of the humdrum
life she was leading, and wanted
variety and human sympathy. Well,
she's found it!"
"What do you mean?"
"Bart, I believe that Lucia has fall
en in love!"
If Bart had been a woman he
would have shrieked; as it was he
"Incredible!" he gasped.
"It's true. It seems that those two
little acting girls are under the
charge of a man calling himself Hen
ry Morton. He Used to be a balloon
acrobat, but had a bad fall. His
brother, now dead, was also an actor,
and had trained the children. Mdrton
is traveling with them as their guar
dian. I won't say that he is not a po
lite, dignified gentleman, hut he has
fascinated Lucia, and I liate him.
Well, that isn't the worst of it."
"Why, somehow the two children
have caught the measles and can't