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THE BLENDED STRAWBERRY .
( Copyright "by -W. G., Chapman.)
John Hilton stooped down and
raised a small, speckled) object out of
the mud of his garden. His friend ad
justed his spectacles mpon his nose,
"What!" Yelled Both Men in Chorus.
stooped down also and began exam
"John," he said solemnly, arising,
"you are a lucky man."
"Then " began John Hilton, with
"It is just what you thought," an
swered the other. "It is the blended
"A plant like that would be worth
about two thousand dollars," said
Price. "But you must take care of it,
John. How in the world "
John Hilton told him. The blended
strawberry, which would bear fruit J
all the summer, had already been
created, six years before, by Berg
back. But the plant died, and fifty
thousand crossings had failed to de
velop it again. It was, in fact, a
"sport," a cross between two species
that would not produce fruit, though
it was a simple matter to induce a
luxurious growth of leaves. John had
seen the possibilities of strawberry
culture. And he, only a commuter,
toiling all day in a stuffy insurance
office, had grown this wonder.
The seeds of the strawberry would
be fertile. There was no doubt, of that.
But the plant had borne only one
fruit, just as Bergback's had done.
Bergback's had died in a nipping frost
that swept down upon his plantations.
But this was June, and there waa no
fear of frost any more.
"Minna!" called John Hilton excit
edly, as he saw the lilac ribbons of a
sunbonnet appear at the back, porch.
"Minna, come here! Come at once!"
A pretty little woman made her way
toward the excited pair. Minna Hilton
was a bride of eight months. She was
still as much in love with John as
when they had been married, and he
with her. She was not of the intel
lectual type; but she was pretty and
dainty, and the face upturned under
the sunbonnet was marvelously sweet
. "Well! Have you two old fogies
found something remarkable?" she
Henry Price was an old bachelor,
and reputed to be a woman-hater. His
affection for John, whom he had
known a good many years, had man
aged to survive John's marriage. In
time he even brought himself to the
point of feeling at home when he
called. But his distrust and fear of
womankind had never left Mm; and
then, too, he had never overcome his
feeling of jealousy toward the woman
who had come to share John's life.
"Don't tell her, -John," he whisper
ed, covertly. "If she .knew that straw
berry was worth' a fortune "
"I toow what yon want to show.