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"Qh, you know!" laughed Barnes,
and swung on his way.
Yes, with a sinking heart Richard
fancied he did, indeed, know. He was
about to turn baclc,-.when he noticed
Nettie seated in a lawn chair under
the new apple tree.
"Oh, Mr. Lane," she cried out
brightly, "you must come in and let
me thank you for this delicious
treat," and she waved a spray of bud
ding floral beauty.
She led him into a chat in her pret
ty, entertaining way. She told him
how she appreciated his wonderful
thoughtfulness, his arduous work to
give her pleasure. Nettie looked so
appealing in her helpless invalidism,
so interesting in the confiding, friend
ly way in which she treated him ! Oh,
so much grace and dainty beauty was
not for him his heart sank, then he
became grave of face and voice.
Nettie stared at Richard' in puzzled
wonder and he began to tell what a
splendid fellow Levi Barnes was. He
was honest and earnest in his praise,
but.his heart seemed breaking all the
time. Then a sudden light illumined
her mind. Her glance softened, she
gazed at this noble, self-sacrificing
man with an expression in her eyes
that thrilled him.
"It is about his asking Constance to
marry him?" she said. "Oh, that is
settled. He needs no pleader with
"Constance!" gasped Richard, and
he turned white and trembled.
He did not finish the sentence. A
vast heart of hope overwhelmed him.
They were interrupted by Mrs. Gor
don. "Come again soon, won't you?"
spoke Nettie. Her eyes flashed the
earnest welcome of that invitation.
"The best, the truest, the noblest
man I ever knew!" cried Nettie as
Richard Lane pased through the gar
She threw herself into her mothers
arms. Her happy tears gushed forth.
"Oh, mother, dear mother!" she
whispered fervently "I love him! .T
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
FAME HASN'T SPOILED GIRL
WHO ONCE SANG IN CHOIR
Plppyir , nH., .
Kansas City, Mo. Felice Lyne, fa
vorite of Covent Garden, sometimes
called Patti's successor, might have
spent her spring vacation on the Ri
viera or in Paris, but she preferred to
come back to the "home folks" for
her holiday. Before Covent Garden
and Paris knew her Felice Lyne was a
choir singer in the little church at
Slater, Mo. She's still in her 20's, but
when she returns to the stage next
fall it will be as star of the Boston
Grand Opera company, and she'll be
in a class with Melba and TetrazzinL
' SIGNS OF SPRING
Mr. Brown Neighbor Jones tells
me he's going to raise a pergola in his
yard this spring.
Mrs. Brown If tins rainy weather
keeps up I fear it will begin to bud
befoie he gets-It set out,
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