A LITTLE SCHEMER
By Victor Radcliffe.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"The poor, dear little thing!" said
Miss Delevan, pityingly" --and indig
nantly. She was a child of emotions, was
Clytie Delevan, and her gentle but
forceful soul was moved to its depths.
For the moment all her thoughts and
sympathies were with a strange girl
"Eh! Where? When? How?"
she had never spoken to and had seen
but once just now.
Clytie was passing an obscure cot
tage. Three or four little children
were playing about the rear porch.
Beside it was a young girl at a wash
tub, fair and energetic. This was
Vivian Grey, the "poor, dear little
"Well?" suddenly challenged the
preoccupied Clytie, and, a handsome
young man startled her by stepping
into view from behind a tree.
"Dearf How you frightened me,"
chided Clytie chidingly, but with
"Did you find out what you want
ed?" asked Paul Sercombe, her lover.
"I have made all kinds of in
quiries," replied Clytie buoyantly. "I
have even seen her. Oh, Paul! she is
such a sweet, patient, self-sacrificing
little creature, I just love her. There
she is with an invalid mother and five
little brothers and sisters, bravely
fighting her way, and this horrid
Uncle Wyman has passed them by,
who have nothing and need so much,
for selfish me, who has everything in
"Including myself' suggested Paul
with a smile.
"I won't answer that until I see
how you will carry out your part in a
certain plot I am about to set afoot.
You know Uncle Wyman sent for me
to stay a month, and if I pleased hirn
I am to become his heiress."
"Yes, I know," nodded Paul.
"Well, I found out that he has had
nearly all his relatives on the same
basis, and has scared them all off
with his gruff tyrannical ways. I
have found out that if I don't suit he
is going to decide on the Grey fam
ily. That is as it should be, for
Vivian is his own niece and deserves
good fortune. And she is going to
have it, if my helping can bring it
"As how, now?" queried Paul.
"Whisper I'D tell you all about
my plan," said Clytie.
A precious plan it was! Paul look
ed dubious, but entered into its de
tails to please his peremptory lady
love. The program was set and start
ed in motion the following day.
Paul called at the Wyman home.
Clytie introduced him to her uncle,
who bristled up and looked sullen
and suspicious, but when Clytie sug
gested that he show her "dear friend"
from her home town around the
J place, Mr, Wyman. ungracjously ag-.
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