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THE LOST WILL
By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Mary," said. Tom Halloran, "Mr.
'Ames is going to" foreclose the mort
gage on that five acre field."
Mary Halloran, comely in spite of
her four and forty years, looked up
from her darning. When three sturdy
children are putting on weight and
Scared at It In Terror.
muscle every day of their lives,
mother is apt to be fairy busy.
"It isn't that I care so much about
the old field," said Tom. "We're do
ing well enough, and the fact is, that
mortgage was a nuisance. Now' with
out it we can have more money to put
into the dairy. But it wasn't exact
ly neighborly of Mr. Ames, seeing
how long he's known you "
The acquaintance dated back twenty-five
years and more, to the" time
when Mary Newell was the adopted
daughter of old Simon Newell, John
Ames' half brother, but nearly forty
years his senior. Simon Newell was
the squire of the town, and it was
understood that all his possessions
were to go to Mary. He wanted to
see her married to John Ames, who,
at the age of twenty, was already
gifted with that shrewd, calculating
nature miscalled hardheadedness in
John's wooing had been conduct
ed with consummate skill. Mary was
completely deceiyed by his protesta
tions, so much so that when John
asked her to marry him she thought
herself the happiest girl alive. One
month before the date set for the
wedding the old squire had a stroke.
He lay for a week unconscious, but,
before he died, he opened his eyes
and seemed to recognize those about
him. He looked at Mary. He tried
to speak, but could not. A moment,
later he closed his eyes and passed
out of life.
When the will was sought it could
not be found. JReluctantly, Mary's
friends came to the conclusion that,
like many men, Newell had postpon
ed making his will until it was too
late. And so the property passed
by inheritance into the hands of John
Ames was very considerate. He
gave Mary the old-fashioned furni
ture, he let her take her time about
moving after breaking off the en
gagement. For that was what he did,
.within a month after Newell's death.
Why should he marry a penniless girl
when the rich Miss Sarah Smith look
ed with favor upon him, and would
comfortably swell the Ames for
tunes? Five years later Mary married Tom
Halloran, a man. a little below her
station in life. They were very hap
py. After some years the first of
their three children were born.
Ames and Mary never spoke, ex
cept when it was unavoidable. Con
scious that he had acted wretchedly,
Ames schemed to drive Halloran -out