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A SIREN SCHEMER
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Plain, honest John Edgerly drove
the plow steadily.and cheerily. It was
not much of a farm plat his parents
had left him, but it brought him a
More than once he had been tempt
ed to sell out and invest in some small
business in the brisk, promising city.
He had become cured of that, how
ever, during the last month. Several
venturesome young fellows like him
self had tried metropolitan ambition
and had returned home seedy, dis
consolate and sick of an experience
that had turned out hollow and un
friendly. Then, too, just that bright, lovely
morning John had made up his mind
to something. He had been keeping
company with Vera Brooke for some
time back. Vera was modest and
humble as himself, but he believed
she liked him.
"I'll settle down," ruminated John
contentedly. "Yes, that's the best
It looked so to him. Vera would
make an ideal wife. Her folks were
poor, she would appreciate a good
home. Small as the little homestead
was, it was comfortable and fairly
furnished. Love would beautify it.
They would work together and save,
and some day they might own a bet
ter place in the town, like Judge Grin
nell and his haughty empress of a
'Til ask Vera this very evening,"
resolved John, and was happy in the
John, just finishing a furrow,
looked up to discover a buggy halted
just beyond the fenqe. In it sat the
very object of his-recent thoughts
the judge and his - daughter. The
former leaped from the vehicle as if
John was his greatest friend in the
world- Miss GrinusH smiled at him 1
a thing she had never done before.
"Hello!" muttered John, "whatfs
The judge hurried through tie
fo-nno tii1q Wo lnnVorl vnltprt tne
bearer of gr&t news. He graspjd
John's hand and shook it feverishly.
"John," he said, "I'm going to star
"About what?" innuired the vou is .
'Mr nx i
'rSJfru wr It , i i
Overheard the Judge and His Daugh
ter Conversing. 1
"You had an uncle, Josiah WhitW , j
in the city?" UJ
"Mv mother's brother, 'vea.?? noB-J ll
"He's dead and he has left you. at
fortune of twenty thousand dollsss
in money, or as good as money."
"Why," observed John, quite
calmly and thoughtfully, "what abort:
his son, Randal?"
"Dead two years ago."