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"Little lady," he observed in. his
hopeful sanguine way, 'all right ! If I
can't see you, I can keep on loving
you, can't I?"
"Yes, yes," murmured Hetty bro
kenly, ."but I shanft hear those lov
ing words ! Why, not to have you tell
me how you think of me every
"But you shall," announced Ned
definitely. "You have agreed nof to
write to ine. Don't. You have prom
ised not to meet me. Keep your
word. I'll arrange all that, but trust
me to break down thjs.wall of, preju
dice. Oceans shan't part us. In the
meantime, until things settle dofan
this." . ' v
New drew from hls'coat pocket one
of the tools he juseoS la, .cutting in
wires. He, waved "it buoyantly.
"Yonder, he said, pointing to the
barb wire fence, "is a conductor fight
at hand'. Ill conned up half aimile
down the road with I?armer Moore's
house line. The' feeder -will go up
her hands in ecstacy; 'yoir you
don't mean "
"That I am going to ,putja tele
phone especially for yojrup.in that
tree. Why, every eveimig we can talk
over the line for hours; if we want
to." - :.- ,-
"You darling!" exuberated? Hetty
breathlessly, "Oh, how fortunate 'it
is that you know .all ,about tele
"I'll be at my task bright and early
tomorrow before your uncle is up and
about," planned Ned. ''Come here to
morrow evening, climb up In the tree.'
There's, a comfortable seat on the
secondftbranch. Take down the re
ceiver, dall up 'XX.' I'll arrange with
the switch-board girls as to what that,
means. Then last kiss.here, but 111
send you a dozen over-the wires every
evening!" - ....
Oh, the delight of it! That blissful
twilight hour! . The deft hand of the
wires so that only -a suspicious, t
searching person could haverguessed
(he mission of the double wire loop
running from the fence up into the
old apple tree. v , ,
Vnv thrift rnncoroifitrp ovonlncrn
Hetty sauntrede carelessly 'down the tf;i-j
wu. uu uuuc ouppuacu duo noq gu '- -ly;
ing to visit the daughter of the farm- 3
er just next b them. Hetty had no
ticed him, standing at the door of. the s
house the last evening, of the three, m
watching her till she was out of sight.
She made a cautious detour to reach
the old tree. , j. - 53
The fourth evening Hetty .did no$ ,tj
start away until she saw Mr. BarcleyiV
busy in -what he called his little of
fice, looking over his business, papers, ag.
It was Quite dusk by the time she,
reached jher destination. ' . y-c
She had climbed into the. tree and
had herself comfortably .disposed,
when she was startled by a low quick (t
thistle. A man came over the. fence,
rough looking and Sinister, He stood jj.
oirecuy Deneatn ner leaiy sneiter. jp.
there," and he pointed among the
branches of the old apple tree. K , r It was he who had uttered the r
Oh, Ned!" cried Hetty, clasping. whlBtle andina.fewmomentffa com-&f
master workman, had arranged the-lmade; .. "Ob ed!jcome, quicks with
rade of the.'same type slouched into '
view. . . ,.
,"Well,.now's the outlook ?" querieda
the first comer. nT
Capital." , '
"Girl gone?" t .
"Half an hour ago." a
"And the old man?" .
"In the room where his Bafe is, allj
alone. There's a rich haul, partner.
"Mercy!" gasped the startled Hetty, ia
as the .two strangers disappeared in
the direction 'of the. farm house. 4
'They are going to rob uncle!" &
Her wits worked quick. She wasii
aware that the men folks on the next ji
farm were not at home. Then ai
bright idea occurred to her. Shdq
snatched freethe recefver.of the tele
phone. - ,b
"X-Xi'-oh, quick, please! please!" -3
she breathed frantically. v
And .then as the connection was
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