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ed us, too, of dear mamma's old
home. They are not the kind that
town folks sell. Do you think you
could find some, papa?"'
"I shall certainly try to," but Mr.
Whitman visited four fiqrists in suc
cession on his way to the office to be
informed that there was little call for
. "wild" flowers and that only occa
sionally a few came Into tie market.
At length, however, Mr. Whitman
.chanced into a neat, well-kept little
shop presided over by a handsome,
clear-eyed young man, who looked as
if living-with the flowers had refined
his whole nature He smiled in a
pleased way at the request of Mr.
"I can make up one 'bouquet," he
said, "and my brother, I think, can
provide another. You see, we each
run a business. About Love in the-
Mist we nave my mouier aown in
the country ship us a box right
through the season. They don't al
ways sell, but we like to have them
as reminders of the homestead. They
seem to keep us clean and fresh from
the grime and -rush of the big city."
"I declare!" ejaculated Mr. Whit
man, secretly-wondering at' the coin
cidental preferences of his two girls
and these two 'boys.
"I'll telephone Bob at his store and
make up my bouquet. Where shall we
deliver them, sir?" inquired Ned Al
ton. Mr. Whitman handed the young
florist his card and went on his way.
Somehow- the meeting with a nat
ural,, unspoiled child ' of nature had
given his heart a warm, wholesome
Ned Alton telephoned his brother.
Then he made up skbouquet of Love
in, the Mist in stock and started on
his mission to deliver them. He
reachedthe Whitman home, an iso
lated, old-fashioned mansion, sur
rounded by shrubbery. As he as
cended the front Bteps and reached,
out to Ting the bell, the front door
was pulled open violently from the
inside and a vision of two pale and
terrified, but beautiful faces bewild
ered nay, dazzled him.
"Oh, sir!" gasned Mvra, "call the
"Yes," panted Lucile, "two men
are in the -house burglars! They
climbed in over the kitchen roof and
the servants are all away."
"And they have got into papa's
room where he keeps his valuable
collection of coins," added Myra.
"Run for help, "one of you," direct
ed Ned, acting quickly, and casting
his bouquet on the doorstep. Then
he dashed past them. He was up the
stairs in a flash. A sound in the near
room attracted his attention. He
rushed in to find two rough looking
men prying open a cabinet.
One of them Ned grappled and
floored. The other with a cry of
alarm ran to the open "window and
At just that juncture Bob .Alton ar
rived with his bciuquet'lf his brother
Ned had been inspired to- reckless
valor at the sight of Myra's lovely
face, the soft pleading eyes of her
sister made Bob her instant cham
pion. Behold, then, a. climax Ned
marching burglar one 'down the
stairs. Bob staunchly blocking the
flight of burglar two.
The police were summoned by
telephone and the robbers disposed
of. Then the timid sisters insisted
nana must be sent for. Would their
brave knights errant remain until Mr.
Ned .explained their mission. Two
gasps of delight greeted lhe two bou
quets. There were as much alike as
the twin brothers, as the twin sisters.
Lucile glanced At Myra. with Ned by
her side, an expression of rare com
placency -crossed her face. There
seemed tobe a general pairing .all
around, harmonious and pleasing.
"Why, I say!" Mr. Whitman paus
ed as he appeared upon the scene.
He simply stared. It was like a. pic
ture the smiling girls, the radiant
young men, the dazzling bouquets:
He . extended a cordial hand to the