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THE LOST WILL
By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Mary," said Tonr 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
feVni , '
Stared 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 deceived 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 strok
He lay for a week unconscious, bu
before he died, he opened his eye
and seemed to recognize those abou
him. He looked at Mary. He triei
to speaK, out could not. A momen
later he closed his eyes and passe
out of life.
When the will was sought it coul
not be found. Reluctantly, Mary'
friends came to the conclusion thai
hke many men, Newell had postpoq
ed making his will until it was to
late. And so the property passe
by inheritance into the hands of Johi
Ames was very considerate. H
gave Mary the old-fashioned furni
ture, he let her take her time abou
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 girl1
when the rich Miss Sarah Smith look
ed with favor upon him, and would
comfortably swell the Ames for
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,
J Ames schemed to drive Halloran out