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. JIM'S RETURN
By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
-I suppose it is human nature to be
interested in the misfortunes of our
f ellow-beingsT" and that excuses the
interest that everybody in Merivale'
took in Jeiiny Walsh. It was not ani-
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mated by any spirit of unkindness
but .we all wanted to see how Jenny
would take it.
Frank Stockleigh and his bride
were coming back to Merivale.
Jenny .had been pretty once. That
was ten years before. She wasn't
much to look at now, though some
thought that she had charm. But
charm doesn't last much beyond thirty-five.
At least, I'll qualify that by
relating what our mayor, Doc Wil
liams, said. After thirty-five, he said,
a woman must have matronly charm,
because the girlish charm has grown
stale. That bore out, his reputation,
as the village wiseacre. And Jenny
was still slim and girlish, but she was
growing into a middle-aged woman.
Yet it didn't seem so long since
Frank had been madly in love with
her. She was a light-hearted girl in
those days. She had known Frank
since they were children but she re
jected him. Nobody exactly knew
why, some thought she was in love
with ne'er-do-well Jim Furber. Any
way, Frank Stockleigh went West,
and now he was returning, the owner
of a Montana copper mine and a
millionaire several times over. He
had bought Squire Gray's house, and
announced that he and his wife were
coming back to make Merivale their
He and his wife! He had married
a Montana girl, and that ws one of
the things we wanted to know how
Jenny would take. It does need
courage for a maiden lady of thirty
five, in not very flourishing circum
stances, to look her rejected lover in
the face when he comes home with a
wife and several millions of dollars
Especially when people thought
she had been in love with Jim Fur
ber, who was serving a ten years'
sentence in the penitentiary for steal
ing fifty thousand dollars from the
bank that had employed him. No
body knew for certain that Jenny had
cared for Jim but anyway, there he
was, shut up behind prison walls for
a goodish pail of his working life.
Would Jenny go to the train? We
were frankly curious. We wanted to
be there when Jenny met Frank.
There was to be a town welcome, and
a spread for the homecomer and his
wife in Doc Williams' house.
Yes, Jennjr was going to the sta
tion. The whole of Merivale's inhab
itants had gone trooping down, and
all the offices were closed. You see,
it isn't often a millionaire comes to
Merivale to settle down. And we had
never had a millionaire before who
went out of the- village 'a penniless