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A NOBLE FORGIVENESS
By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W".-G. Chapman.)
"I'll be glad to do it."
"And stay out!"
"I've been waiting for the chance
for a month. You are a hard, mean
taskmaster, Mr. Green, and you'll
never get another boy to stick by you
as I have. I've only one regret it's
her!" and Ned Calvert turned toward
a pale-faced, agitated girl near by,
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who stood trembling all over in fear
Ned had called himself "a boy." He
was not quite that in his stalwart ap
pearance, although he was under
twenty and Nettie Green was not
eighteen. There was boy and girl love
between them, however. She had
been to him a guiding star. Now ih
must all end, and be was reckless and
defiant .with the man in whose em
ploy he had been for over a year.
His bold, independent outbreak
fairly electrified his master. Silas
Green held a heavy whip in his hand.
He swung it and himself around fac
ing Ned, his eyes blazing.
"You miserable poorhouse brat!"
he fairly shrieked. "Her! her! the
niece I've raised and housed going
gallivanting to a circus without my
permission with you. Why, I'll crush
you! and as to her "
Zing snap! the cruel lash snip
ped the air like a writhing serpent
and enwrapt the shrinking, terrorized -girl
with brutal force.
"You coward!" shouted Ned Cal-r.
vert, and then threw himself up
on the wretched -tyrant. He was no
match for him, but in his mad-fury
he bore Green to the ground.
"Why, I'll flay you!" roared the
irate farmer. "Take that!"
Prostrate as he was he managed
to" reverse the whip. It had a bulky
whalebone-weighted handle. Thjs
landed on the wrist of Ned: The lat
ter uttered a sharp cry of pain. His ,
arm fell nerveless to his side.
"I'll go," said Ned, his face writh
ing with thcagony of the blow, "but
I'll remember you ! Nettie, don't for
get meJ I want you. I'll be back here
to take you away from the man you
ought to be ashamed to call an uncle
just as soon as I make a fortune and
I know how to make one," declared
Ned with grim emphasis.
Nettie cried her heart out all that
night. Green did not speak to her for
several days following. He was
ashamed of what he had done. At
the end of the week h'e told Nettie so.
Then later he mourned that he had
ever lost his temper and through it
the services of the best helper he had
It was when his five-acre plat of
strawberries ripened that he sorely
missed the boy who had been so fam
ously handy duringthe previous sea
son. Ned was popular With all the
juveniles of Brampton. Everything .
depended on picking the berries at