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fcarefully, she handed them to the
carrier for delivery. After that she
About half an hour after the deliv
ery Mr. Charles Black came into the
postofflce with a singular expression
on his face.
"Any letters for me?" he asked.
"Why, I think there was one for
you, Mr. Black," answered Miss
Plumtree, watching him narrowly.
Mr. Black looked perplexed and
walked-away. And Miss Plumtree
squinted out up the street, watching
for her victim. Surely enough, there
she was coming down.
"Good morning, Miss Plumtree,"
said Rose Usher.
"Good morning, Mrs. Usher," said
the postmistress. "I think there was
a letter for you this morning."
"Yes, I have just received it," an
swered the girl. To the disgust of the
postmistress there was not the
shadow of trouble on her face.
"Do you know, Mr. Usher is grow
ing very careless," she continued,
laughing. "What do you think he
did? He actually put a letter to my
brother into my envelope."
"Dear me!" murmured Miss Plum
tree. Then, venomously, "It isn't
that he takes anything, you suppose,
is it?" she asked.
Rose Usher turned on her with dig
nity. "My husband is the finest man
in the world, I would have you know,"
She walked out of the office. The
postmistress watched her. She saw
her go into the railway station. A
train would leave for Portstown in a
few minutes. It was an hour's run,
the county seat. Miss Plumtree
smiled to herself and nodded her
"That settles you and your man,"
she said to herself. '"I can see
through you; you're almost as deep
as he is, Mrs. Usher, but I can see
In strictest confidence she told one
of the neighbors, omitting all men
.tion of her -part In the affair. By
1 three in the afternoon half the gos
sips In the village knew. By six all
the gossips were waiting on the sta
tion platform to see Mr. and Mrs.
Usher return. They were enjoying
their anticipations. And when Char
ley Black put in an appearance, look
ing decidedly downcast, they nudged
each other and chuckled.
The train drew in. There were
only a few passengers descending at
Four Falls. Duly arriving among
them were Mr. and Mrs. Usher
radiant Charley Black ran toward
them, a word passed, and he wrung
his brother-in-law's hand warmly.
And the smiles on the three faces,
which had only been normal smiles
of happy people, broadened as the
three encountered the onlookers, un
til they became regular grins.
"This is quite a gathering," said
Andrew Usher, addressing the post
mistress. "Waiting to meet some
"Don't you dare speak to me," said
the offended woman. "I know all
about you, if you think I don't. And
let me tell you this, Four Falls is a
moral village, and we won't stand for
any of your abominations."
"Ha!" exclaimed Andrew Usher,
briskly. "Been, opening letters, eh?"
"How dare you!" cried Miss Adil
lah. "Well, all I can say is that those
two unfastened letters were in the
right envelopes when they left my
hands," answered the bad man, "be
cause I took pains to have a witness
present. You laid a little trap, Miss
Plumtree, but it was I who set the
He turned to the onlookers. "I
hope you are all satisfied," he said.
"Perhaps it Will be a little lesson to
some of you. Mrs, Usher knew all
about the matter, but she was fool
ishly afraid of the village opinion. I
told her the village opinion was that
of a lot of female rattlesnakes, due
to the fact that there is superfluity of
female rattlflfenakeB over male rattle
snakes in these parts, the men having