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will never give you peace. If you
love me, cherish my poor wife "
"I don't know about that, Percy,"
answered the old man thoughtfully.
"I understand that she can take pret
ty good care of the child "
"What!" shouted Percy and for the
first time a dreadful suspicion began
to show itself in Madame Ida's man
ner. "Have I a child?"
"And you have let my wife and
child starve on a dollar a day, you
infernal scoundrel'" shouted the
ghost, throwing off its trappings and
striding up to the father. "Father,
it is I Percy, in flesh and blood. I
am not a, ghost."
The old man rose stiffly out of his
"That's just like you, Percy," he
said reproachfully. "You never were
strong for veracity. First you tell me
you are a spirit and then you say you
aren't. Which am I to tielleve?"
"He is a spirit," cried Madame Ida.
"The elementals have got him and
built up a framework of flesh and
blood about him. I warned you, Mr.
Karpen. Your son is in summer
"I tell you I am a human being, you
old impostor," shouted Percy, clutch
ing his father by the arm. "Father,
surely you know me. Look at me!"
"It does look like you, Percy," ad
mitted his father. "But you know the
elementals are clever fellows. How
do I know you aren't in summerland
and that the elementals are just fool
"Of course they're footing you,"
shouted Madame Ida angrily. "You
aren't the first man that has been
fooled by an elemental. Why, Queen
Victoria once said to me "
"I'm afraid you are an elemental,
Percy" said his father, shaking his
head. "And I'm sorry, because if it
was really you I'd ask you to forget
the past and come home with me,
where your wife and baby have been
living two years past, and say, Percy,
you infernal chump, if you're ready
.to quit this folishness and come home
there's a job waiting for you and the
calf ready for the butcher."
"You bet your life!" yelled Percy,
flinging his arms about his father.
And Madame Ida, looking alter
nately at the door and at her $50,
realized that she would have to find
a new professor before the next
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
TODAY'S LENTEN DISH
By Caroline Coe
Rice Tomato Soup. Wash and
drain 1 cup of rice. Put 2 tablespoon
fuls of melted crisco in sauce pan,
add rice and stir until rice is golden:
brown. Add 1 quart if water, 2 table
spoonfuls of chopped onion, 1 of
green pepper; 1 pint of canned to
mato or 4 fresh ones. Allow to sim-i
mer slowly for 2 hours.
Salt to taste at 'the end of the cook
ing. Serve in cups with a dash of
grated pannesan cheese in each cup.
Tm preparing a little cold lunch
for your friends who are coming to
play poker with you. Do you think
I ought to serve some of my home
"Yes, you might as well serve it.
I usually lose and so I guess they
won't mind the salad.