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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 22, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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AUNT JENNY
, By Frank Filson.
Neither Claude nor Agnes nor
folly nor I liked Aunt Jenny. Leila
hated her, and Peter, the baby, used
to make faces toTiimself and cry
whenever she came into the room.
She was a crabbed old thing. I sup-
Tm Going to Take One of Them and
Bring Her Up."
pose it was because she had never
been able to get married.
"But she has her use in the world,
my dear," said father to mother.
"Heaven knows she has been kind
enough to me."
"Just because she lets us occupy
this house rent-free, Arthur!" ex
claimed mother. "With her million
or so she ought to do a great deal
more for you than that."
Father is a struggling lawyer. Old
Mr. Grimes, the coal dealer, told him
they were the only two honest men
in town. That is why they are so
poor. Father never takes crooked
cases and Mr. Grimes always gives
the exact measure and then throws
on a chunk in case his scales are
wrong.
However, to resume. Leila is eigh
teen, and Lester Bythe has been
crazy over her since they were at
school together. Lester is twenty-two
and clerks for Mr. Grimes. Some day
he thinks Mr. Grimes will take him
into partnership. I asked Mr. Grimes
about it, and he said Lester had nerve
enough to expect anything.
However, to resume again. Aunt '
Jenny, who is sixty-nine, let fall a
bombshell in our humble home the
other night. It came abput in this
wise: We had just finished dinner
when she popped in. Aunt Jenny
lives down the street in the big white
house. A man left her a million I
think they were engaged once; any
way, he died and left her a fortune
and she couldn't get another man
even with that, she is so crabbed.
But to resume. In pops Aunt Jen
ny and in her abrupt way, which
mother says comes from the True
fitts, not from her side of the family,
she says:
"Arthur, you have too many chil
dren for a poor man. How many
have you?"
Father counts us. "Six," he an
swers. "Then I'm going to take one of
them and bring her up to inherit my
money," she says. She looked round
the room, and, of course, her eye fell
on Leila, who was trying to make
herself invisible against the wall
paper. "Ill take this one," she said.
"Come along!"
Peter, the baby, burst into tears,
and Leila was so geared that she fol
lowed Aunt Jenny without a word.
And none of us recovered our wits
to say anything until they were half
way down the street
Then father and mother went after
them, and they did not get back till
late. Mother had been crying,' and
father looked very serious.
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