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wakes up and finds it was all a de
"He'll have just one-third as much
money as he had before," I answered.
"Well, you spoke the truth there,"
snapped Cousin Jenny tartly, and
walked off in the rudest way.
When Henry came home for lunch
he told me that James had been into
the store and was trying to get him
not to take Uncle Zeke's money. So
then I knew that Cousin James had
something in his mind, too.
"Well, my dear," said Henry to me,
"the best thing we can do is to ge to
Uncle Zeke and try to persuade him
to let us take care of his money for
him in case he's made a mistake."
Which he did, and I never saw Un
cle Zeke so angry in my life.
"You're the third," he says to me.
"What with James and Jenny and you
all trying to get hold of my property,
you're debasing my faith in human
nature. Not that it makes the least
bit of difference, because after half
past seven on Wednesday morning
come three weeks money won't be of
no use at all. Why, you poor, silly
creatures, the very sidewalk we walk
on will be made of gdld. And the
house-fronts will be of rubles and
diamonds. "It's all there," he says,
slapping the Good Book.
He was so emphatic that he couldn't
argue with him any more, and reluct
antly Henry agreed to accept the
third of his -capital, which came to
seven thousand dollars. He had
drawn everything out of the bank and
sold out his holdings at a loss, and I
tell you it made me gape to see Henry
coolly pocketing seven thousand dol
lars in bills. Cousin James and Cous
in Jennie had already had theirs.
"The poor old fellow will have an
Income of just six dollars a week
when we hand this back to him," said
Henry to me, as we walked home
ward. We put the money in the stocking
in the chimney, and after that there
was nothing to do but wait Three
weks went by, and then, we all got
invitations to be at Uncle Zeke's
house on Tuesday night at ten.
When we got there we found James
and Jenny waiting in a sort of grim
silence in the parlor, with Uncle Zeke
holding out to them about Revela
tions. "I've made a mistake, children," he'
says to us. "I wasn't allowing for the1
difference between American and ori
ental time. The millennium will be
gin exactly at three minutes before"
midnight tonight" a
And he showed us a chart of the
sky with which he had figured out his
There was a dollar and nine cents
on the table for the milkman, which
Uncle Zeke had set there because he
said that, though gold and silver
wouldn't be anything but dress, it was
a man's duty to pay his debts.
"Suppose the millennium doesn't
come?" suggested Cousin James,
about eleven o'clock. His words re
lieved me, because I had been get
ting a queer sort of creepy feeling,
sitting there and waiting for the end
6t the -world.
I thought Uncle eke would get
mad, but to my surprise he looked
"Children," he says, "I don't mind
telling you now that I've had my
doubts all along. That was what
made me seem so sure. I wanted to
show my faith, but somehow I've mis
trusted whether it wouldn't be in nine
hundred years more insteal of to
night. You see, there's a passage in
Daniel which seems open to two
meanings. But, anyway;" he says,
"it'll either be tonight or in exactly
nine hundred years, if you add on an
other 'times.' "
I tell you, when it was five minutes
before midnight I felt all shivery. And
the hand went round to the three,
"It's coming now!" says Uncle
But it didn't come, and when mid"
night struck Uncle Zeke banged down
his hand on the table.
"Gabriel can't be late," he says,