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THE OLO LOVE
By Victor Radcliffe
(Copyright hy, W G. Chapman)
Face to face f oithe first time in. fif
teen years with his almost forgotten
early love, Mr. Archibald Newton
raised his hat politely and his face be
came pleasant. The lady shook hands
with him and smiled with a genuine
greeting for an old-time friend.
"A happy surprise," remarked Arch
ibald. "Some changes since you arid
I last' met. Married, of course ? "
"With two children," and the lady's
faqe saddened as she murmured soft
ly "widow "
"Widower," explained Archibald.
"Two childreil-also girls."
"And I have two boys," supple
mented Mrs. Burton. "You do not
live here, surely?"
"But I do," replied he, with a rath
er proud wave of his hand, including
within its scope fair acres enclosed
by the fence against which he had
"How strange V observed Mrs. Bur
ton, with a slight flutter in her voice
"1 have just bought the place ad-
,. ''You don't say so!" exclaimed Mr.
Newton. "Then we shall be neigh
"And friends, I hope, as we always
were," added his companion. "Those
dear old days!" and she lowered her
eyes and he sighed
,1 declare! Mary has made a fine'
looking woman," commented Archi
bald as they parted for the time be
ing. "I always thought Archibald hand
some," Mrs. Burton communed with
herself. "He's more so than ever
And Archibald smiled with warmth
and Mrs. Burton simpered, and it
brightened the moment for both in a
'-asing happy way.
Tr -ijout a week the Burtons moved
-ew home Mrs. Burton ex-
, iu t t she had seen it adver
tised and had purchased it on the rec
ommendation of a lawyer friend- She
had never dreamed Df the godd for
tune of setting next door to a helpful
accommodating old frieniL
It was when for tke first time
Archibald go,t sigh of the two boys
that he s'eemed to get a, new life im
pulse. 'They were bright, lively, up-to-date
urchins, eight and ten years
old respectively. Such lads! It made
Archibald chuckle over his own early
"How Strange!" Observed Mrs. Bur
boyhood as he witched them, up to all
kinds 6f fun. and mischief.
They climbed trees tot the topmost
branch. They hitched up the cow to
a dog cart and ran a runaway. They
slid down the barn roof with Indian
like 'jells that set their mother in a
"I decJareJtfary." exuberated Arch
ibald, ""I never saw. smarted, lads!