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A SIGNAL DEFEAT
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Ina Ringold stood gazing from the
doorway of her home after the reced
ing figure of Paul Newcbmbe with ar
dent, longing eyes. Handsome, well
dressed, erect and manly looking he
would have made an impression on
nine out of ten feminine admirers.
To Ina he was a last hope. She had
reached the borders of womanhood
"Got Word From Newcombe Today,
and a spinster life seemed to menace
"A rising young man," spoke the
unctious voice of her father in her
ear so unexpectedly that she started,
blushed consciously and in some con
fusion evaded his keen, insinuating
eyes. "Is he rising to the occasion
of matrimony, Ina?"
"How should I know?" fluttered
the girl. "He comes here occasion
ally, but divides his attention with
"I have fancied that he rather fa
vored you," proceeded Squire Ring
old bluntly "Ought to. As to
money and position, he could make
a better match, eh, Ina?"
"Father," spoke Ina suddenly, plac
ing a pleading hand on Ms arm, "will
you do something for me?"
"Why, surely always," acceded
Mr. Ringold, fairly surprised at her
strange manner. "What is it?'
"The trustee school board are de
ciding on a new teacher."
"Why, yes, but that doesn't usual
ly interest you much."
"It does this time," confessed Ina
hurriedly. "I understand that the
board have selected two to choose
from a Miss Zelda Bertram of Fair
view, and a Miss Lucy Dodge jot
"You're, pretty well posted," said
the Squire. "That's right."
"Mr. Newcombe favors Miss Dodge.
It seems some friend of his recom
mends her. She is young and pret
ty, I learn."
"We usually give Newcombe his
way," said the Squire.
"You mustn't this time," insisted
Ina. "This Miss Bertram, I have
heard, is a Vassar graduate. She
must be older than the other one.
Besides, it would be quite a card for
us to have a Vassar graduate as a
teacher, don't you see, pap?"
The Squire "saw" very well, in
deed, and said so and departed with
a chuckle. What Ina was inspired
with was the fear of beauty and
youth coming upon-the scene to add
a new rival in her determined onset
to appropriate young Newcombe as
"I'm wise," meditated the Squire.
"As I have said, Newcome is a rising
man in the community and I wouldn't
object to him as a son-in-law."
Although Ina did not know it Paul
Newcombe was perfectly free from
any interest in Miss Dodge outside
of wishing to oblige-a friend. He
had learned that the young lady in
question was entirely eligible for the