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saying, we saved our cows, but when
we beard Miss Abigail was starting
an agitation to have half our cottages
pulled down, because they wasn't
sanitary, we set up another holler.
Miss Abigail was fighting all Totiias
then, except Small, the builder, who
was on uer siue, ueuig uamiauj pic
We held-ft-town meeting, and a few
of us fornreda committee me, Joe
Emery, Jim Byles and Luke Thomp
son. Something had to be done to
stop Miss Abigail from, making our
lives miserable. She was here and
there and everywhere. She had some
thing to tejl the mothers about the
babies' feeding, and she wanted phys
iology taught in the school, and she
didn't think oats ought to be about
when the birds "was nesting. Well,
sir, we were in the heatpf the discus
sion when in walks hTBIIss.
"I hear yoU' boys are holding a
town meeting regarding that Perkins
woman," he says. We were so sur
prised to see him acting neighborly
that we didn't know what to say.
"Make me the chairman," says Hi,
"and I'll I'll, settle her. Twenty-six
cows, and saved by the skin of the
"We elected him to the chair unan
imously, and then he told us his plan.
There wasn't no way of getting rid of
Miss Abigail except by kidnaping her.
Hi explained, that if we'd pay the
cost of the gasoline he'd get her into
his auto, which he'd been too mean
to use ever since he bought it, the
year before, and run her out a couple
of hundred miles over the mountains
into Shaughnessy county, in the next
"Maybe she'll come back," we said.
" 'No, she won't,' says Hi, grinning.
I'm golqg" to make her tliink I'm run
ning, away with her to marry her, and:
by thunder, I'll make her think she's--escaped
me by a miracle.'
"Well, sir, Miss Abigail, like .most
old maids hadn't no use for matrl
vmony. Not that she refused to recog
nize it as a divine institution, but
she looked on it very much as- the
Apostle Paul did, and, we agreed that
Hi's scheme would most likely scare
her out of Tobias. Hi was to start
out on the follering morning and lop
for Miss Abigail along the shore.
She'd got a scheme for putting ojl
on the waters of the crick, to kill netft
year's mosquitoes, and it seemed safe
enough for Hi to reckon on finding
her there and kidnaping her before
anyone could code to help, if Any
one wanted to.
"We put up ten dollars apiece ior
gasoline and sundries, including
wear of tires. It wa -cheap at the
price, but we found afterwards hat
Hi Bliss made a good profit out of
the deal, as he usually did. The Aext
morning, "sure enough Hi came spin
ning along in his automobile.
"Til be back tomdrrow night,
boys,' he says, winking. 'Have you
"We had. She was down, to the
crick with & .watering-cart full of
kerosene. We tipped Hi dtf and sort of
waited around".' Ten minutes later we
heard the worst yelling -yovr eyer
imagined, and a minute. ..after that
Hi's automobile come whiijzlttg along
the road, cbhtaining..HLandMiss Abi
gail. She was:clinging round his neck
and shouting 'kidnaper!' in. a voice
that ought td have waked all Tobias.
But nobddy-' Offered to interfere "as
the auto went by, an presently we
see it whizzing1 Tip the 'road, tdward
the hills, and Miss Abigail Still cling
ing to ijii's neck.
"We iwaited a week, and then an
other, and at the end of that time we
sadly agreed that there must have
been some accident. We guessed the
auto had been, upset and' both, their
necks broken, and nobody grieved
very much as the third week Went
by, and the fourth came in.
"About the middle of the fourth
week Hi comes bowling into town,
and with him Miss Abigail, looking as
spruce as a new pin. Hi stops the
"'Boys,' he says, 'let me present