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' "SPIDER BROWN"
By Grace Merriam Nellis
"A wedding twice postponed!"
"Then it must be three times and
out." - -.
Thus a neighborly discussion of the
affairs of Elwyn Crisby and Natalie
Bertram. Its aspect was friendly, for
everybody liked the serious-faced but
child-hearted professor, and dainty,
gentle Natalie was the pride and the
pet of the village.
The prospective marriage of the
two had been a theme of interest to
the simple-minded townspeople for
over two years. Twice, indeed, the
wedding day had been named and
each time something had come up to
postpone it. "An unexpected disap
pointment in my financial affairs,"
was the excuse the professor offered.
"I reckon Crisby will never be able
to marry unless he finds a gold mine
somewhere," observed one.
"Or someone leaves him an inher
itance," added another.
"And then you would have to have
a guardian appointed," a third person
submitted. "He's a regular baby
when it comes to money matters."
Which was specifically true. Once
the professor made nearly $500 on
some Chautauqua lectures. He was
a great archaeologist and he invested
nearly all this extra cash in cabinets
to hold his rare geological specimens.
Only a week after he had installed his
treasures in his room the college dor
mitory burned down, he had no in
surance and this first windfall result
ed in naught.
A year later he received word from
a lawyer in the city that his uncle had
died, and, as his nearest, relative, he
would like to see him. High hopes
had the professor. When he reached
the city, however, it was to learn that
his uncle had died, leaving nothing
but debts and two little boys he had
adopted, children of an old servant.
The professor with his kindly
heart, at once ottered to contribute
to the further support of the little
homeless ones, and Natalie loved him
more than ever at this new evidence
of the good soul he possessed.
So, time went on and the professor
did not accumulate much. One day
he was strolling along a country road
just beyond the village when a youth
ful, strident voice hailed him.
"Professor oh, Professor Crisby!"
"Er! What? I declare!" exclaimed
the professor, arousing from a fit of
Carelessly Prodded at the Soil About
abstracted thought and turning to
view a red-faced, panting and per
"Run after you!" uttered -the latter,
breathless. "Found something. You
know I've brought jou rare flowes
and funny pebbles and shell?"
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