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A BORNEO APPLE
By Esther Deane Walworth
r (Copyright by W. G .Chapman.)
f "I hope you're all satified," spoke
'Uncle Ben Leistherwise "Sailor
Ben," and he beamed on his sister's
' grown-up family benignantly.
"Oh, Brother Ben, you've simply
' done too much for us!" declared Mrs.
Waters, his sister, effusively. "You
1 surely know how to scatter sun
"It does my old heart good to hear
you say so," declared Uncle Ben.
The room was a babel of confusion
1 and excitement. After his fortieth or
c fiftieth voyage, "circumnavigatin' the
- globe," as he termed it, the bluff old
salt had come to his home town to
' make a permanent port of it,
In the center of the room was a
. big wooden chest that had weathered
- both storm and shipwreck on many a
distant main. It was nearly empty
now, for the good-hearted old mar-
- Iner had been distributing the pres
ents he had brought from faraway
There were genuine cashmere
shawls, Russian sable furs, a string
I of pearls, toys for the children. Hor-
tense, the young lady of the Waters
" family, was admiring In the mirror
. a jeweled breastpin that Ben bluntly
admitted had cost him $2,000.
"And, Jane," spoke Ben to his sis-
ter, "where is the little girl you
"Oh, Mary?" replied Mrs. Waters.
1 "She isn't a little girl any longer.
f Call her, Hortense."
To the kitchen the haughty daugh-
f ter of the house proceeded. Her face
wore a frown. In the first place she
was intensely selfish and did not see
I "what Uncle Ben wanted to lavish
gifts on a stranger for." Next, with
in her breast rankled resentment
i r gainst Mary Edgerton because Dale
( -i, the best-looking young man
i 'llage, had lately shown a
t!c'v.v. v. for the company of the,
dainty little Mary as against her
Ungraciously she, arraved In par
lor attire, apprized the modest house
hold drqdge in gingham that she
"was waited by Mr.. Lewis,"
AH smiles, and genuine ones, Mary
hastened from her work. Then she
stood, flushed and embarrassed,- in
side the parlor. Uncle BeiJ's grizzled
face brightened. He kisSd'her on
"Do You Know What That Is?" 1
both cheeks and stroked her hair
"Mary has been my faithful cor
respondent, Sister Jane," he said.
"The rest of you haven't written me
much, but every mpnth there was a
page or two from this faithful little
friend. I've not forgotten you,.
Mary," he went on, diving into his
chest. "Do you know what that is?"
and he produced an oblong-appearing
Mary shook her head in doubt and