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By Walter Joseph Delaney
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Extravagance !"-groaned Caleb
Stone, "and that means ruin. I'm go
ing to get out before the crash comes.
"Old and old-fashioned," described
the speaker with his neighbor, but a
hard sensible head was his. When he
came to live with his brother William
he had bought him the little farm.
It was understood that this was to
entitle him to board and keep for
the rest of his natural life. Old Caleb
made a clean sweep of all his earthly
possessions except old Bill old Bill,
the family horse. The others were
welcome to his use, but Caleb owned
him, attended to him and cherished
him as a faithful, valued link to the
His niece, Millie, had come to full
maidenhood with some grand ideas.
This had troubled her uncle for some
time. All but engaged to a great fa
vorite of Uncle Caleb, one Reuben
Ashley, she got in with the fashion
able set in the village, where she did
not belong, for they all had to work
at the farm and William Stone had
little money to spare on luxury ana
fine feathers. However, Nellie coaxed
and wheedled him into supplying the
money for some stylish clothes, and,
poor, foolish child' flattered and in a
new whirl of excitement, Began to
look down on her more humble
Mends, including plod'dlng faithful
Then came the climax. One day a
pry, spruce chauffeur whirled up to
..he farmouse in a styhsh touring car.
He held a long confab with William
and his daughter and was fully an
hour showing them the mechanical
details of the machine.
Old Caleb, seated in his favorite
arm chair on the porch, marveled
when he saw the chauffeur go away,
leaving the car behind him. Caleb
fancied he detected a certain unusual
sneakiness xn the manner of his,
brother, who got out of the way as
Caleb approached the auto, which
had been driven into the yard.
'I say, Millie," he observed, "what
is your father keeping out of my
"Oh, he's planning to see where we
will build the garage," explained the
young lady pertly.
"The garage! Surely he hasn't been
Caleb Traveled All That Night. '
foolish enough to buy that expensive
"Yes, he has," pouted Millie. "All
the best families in town have a car.
You aren't living these times unless
you follow the procession."
"You'll follow it to' a great deep
ruination rut!" groaned Caleb and
turned sadly away.
He did not upbraid William, but
Caleb felt sad when he learned that a
mortgage had been put on the farm
to pay half down on the new machine.
Millie cut a great figure with her new