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that Nellie, -with her gentle, thought
ful ways, was becoming a growing at
traction for him.
Upon the day that he felt that
money would cure a great proportion
of his ills, Hall was realizing how
slow was the process in his present
environment towards attaining a
competence. Unknowingly, the vague
thought of being able to ask Nellie
to become his life partner had a certain-
place in his aspirations.
"If the farm were only free of
debt," he reflected "if that money
had only materialized!"
He was greeted at the farm by
Nellie in her usual bright sympathetic
mood. He stayed to supper. As
usual he gave to little big-eyed, wist
ful Lois, the few pennies he never be
"You mustn't do that, Mr. Sturgis,"
chided Nellie gently, as the little one
"Why not?" challenged Hal pleas
antly. "Because she seems to lose them
all. It is strange, but she never asks J
to go to the village and buy sweet
meats, like ordinary children. The
pennies always disappear mysterious
ly and she never tells where they go
"Perhaps she has a secret hoarding
place?" suggested Hal, with a smile.
The allusion caused Nellie to be
come thoughtful and serious. It sug
gested some of the miserly ways of
Mr. Eastman towards the last years
of his life. The old man had once
had a visit from burglars. They got
nothing, but the circumstance had
made him fearful and suspicious.
After that event he had hidden money
in all kinds of out-of-the-way places.
Nellie had found a few coins in an old
tin pot In the garret, after his death.
Some bank notes, too, had come to
light folded among pages of a fa
vorite book of Mr. Eastman. The
amount represented was insignifi
cant, however. Nellie wondered, as
everybody else did, what had become
pi tiie money the old man was popu-.
larly supposed to have saved up.
According to the lawyer of the es
tate, because, of the documents Hal
had received from his father, what
ever Eastman had left would first be
applied toward tha payment of the
Nellie could not but hope that this
unselfish new friend of hers would
finally receive some benefit from the
estate. She now even spoke of divid
ing with him her little earnings from
the farm produce.
"Nota cent of it!' cried Halreso
lutely. "Where has little Lois gone
to? I must find her and say good
bye." He left Nellie and strolled through
the orchard, in quest of the truant
child. Kinally-he caught sight of her
blue frock over near a fence corner.
"What in-the world " began Hal,
and as he got nearer to the little one
he came to an astonished halt Seat
ed on the ground gravely patting a
smooth spot with a smaJL- garden
trowel, was Lois. J-
"Why, what arey5u up to, little
one?" propoundeaHaU ;
Lois looked up "with" a'. little an
"Not very nice, being 'peek-a-boo
on a young lady!" she chided, child
ishly. "If you want to know, though,
I'm planting pennies!"
"Planting pennies!" ejaculated the
"Yes, sir. All you give me in
here," and she patted the ground.
"When they grows, I'se going to pick
whole basketfuls off' n the bushes."
"Whatever Dut that in your head,
child?" demanded Hal.
"Gran'p;" so she had been taught
to designate Mr. Eastman.
"How is that?" pressed HaL T
"Saw him do it, watched him," was
the blunt explanation. "Bags and
they clinked. And jewlry, and papers.
He didn't know I was watching him.
Never growed, though. Guess spot
was too shady."
" "Where was the spot, Lois?" press
ed Hal eagerly,