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By Morton Lee Danforth ,
"What did you get, Luke was it
worth the journey?""" -
Luke Maydwell looked ruffled and
iisappointed at his reception. He had
been away from home for a week,
lust returned, those were the first
words his fiance, (dark, flashing Vera
Through his mind ran the thought:
"She thinks a good deal more of what
I've got than welcoming me with a
kiss or caress, as a real loving wife-to-be
should do." However, he tried
to be satisfied with the pressure of
her hand as she led him into the
"Now tell me everything," she con
tinued rapidly. "Did your uncle re
member you in his will??"
"He did," answered Luke briefly.
"How much?" pressed Vera in glad
"Five hundred dollars."
The bride-elect clapped her hands
in gleesome joy.
"Oh, Luke! Then we can have a
big, grand wedding!"
"Not on that money," dissented
"Why, what do you mean?"
"It's spent that is, invested. Fact
is, Vera, I did a humane deed and
was glad of the privilege."
"Oh, Luke!" cried Vera, "I hope
you haven't 'parted with the price of
our whole future happiness?"
"Vera," spoke her lover gravely, "if
you measure love and happiness with
dollars, I am afraid you will never
find much in life. My uncle left me
five hundred dollars. There was a
poor consumptive cousin who had
come to the reading of the well ex
pecting a legacy. He was left noth
ing. His doctor had told him that
only a change to another climate
would save his life. Vera, if you'd
seen the tears run down his cheeks at
his disappointment, you'd feel sorry,
as I did."
Vera tossed her head angrily. She
pursed her lips to hide a heartless,
"Anyhow, I got talking with him.
He was an honest, truthful man. It
seems that he had been for years liv
ing on a small ten-acre place in a
town called Benham. It had a pretty
good cottage on it, but he said that
his ill health and lack of capital had
prevented him from working the
1! . l:f,t-f-
! liSil lii
Vera Tossed Her Head Angrily.
place. He eked out a mere existence
working as a flagman for a railroad.
He told me frankly that the place was
scarcely salable at any price, as it was
located near an old abandoned col
liery. Well, I bought it. That's all."
"And I suppose," flared up Vera,
"you expect me to go and live in that
"Or rent it," replied Luke quietly.
He left the house of Ms sweetheart
. . $ .