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as' refusal to make his home with
her seemed, a quixotic action. She
was more concerned about her rela
tives' refusal to help 'the old man.
Not only did they never go near him
but they scoffed at him openly. She
.spoke to Willis Carter about it. Car
ter was a young architect; they had
been secretly engaged for a long time
and hoped soon to marry.
"If wp could make him come to us,
Millie, dear, I should like nothing bet
ter,!' said Willis. "Perhaps he'll
change hiB mind."
Millie did a momentous thing. She
went to see Uncle Thomas and took
him into her confidence. She told him
that they hoped to be married the
following year.. WilliB was getting on
well in his profession. The old man
"Maytoe I'll tnink it over, ne con
ceded at last.
Millie went away more hopeful.
'And then something happened which
created a three .days' scandal in the
little place. Thursday afternoon was
the day when all the Inmates of the
poorhouse were at liberty to go out
and, visit their friends. It was Cousin
Sadie who told Martha what she had
"There was Uncle Thomas, walk
ing along as bold as brass, with that
creature upon his arm," she said.
"WJao?" exclaimed the other.
"That Myrtle Shaw that was Myr
tle Sears. You know they say,
'Change the name and not the letter;
change for worse and not for better.'
I guess that what she did all right
when she married Albert Shaw. But
the idea of letting.them two paupers
go strolling down the lane together
.like that It's a scandal. It ought to
be stopped. And it would be if I iad
"It's contemptible," said Cousin
'Martha. "It's immoral. It's a shame
to Piketown. I always said Uncle
Thomas was an old rascal. By the
wav that, nlaca of his the fiitv ps-
,tate man took it back when Uncle I
T gage payments, didn't he? I wonder m
who s going to buy it. '
"I suppose some city folks will take
it over,v' said her cousin. "It's a nice
sort of place. Lord, what a fool Un
cle .Thomas was supposing Cousin
Smith would lend him the money, to
make that payment Uncle Thomas
.always was. a grafter. If he'd only
die, so that people couldn't throw it
In our faces that we've got a relative
in the poorhouse."
"Anyway, something's got to be
done about Cousin Thomas walking
out with that Shaw woman." replied ' i
Cousin Martha. r ..
It was about three weeks later that
the sign 'To Rent' wastaken- out of
the windows of the old farmhouse. All
Piketown was agog to learn who was
the lessee. The estate agent lived ten
miles away; otherwise, no doubt, ie
would have been Jorced to fender up
" do hope they'll 'be neighborly
folks," said Cousin Sadie. "Not too
humble and not too stuck up, you
ow; not the kind that mind other
people s business ana yet not too
much of the sort that keeps to .them
selves." "They're coming Friday," said
'Cousin Martha.' "I heard that .there's
a lot of swell furniture coming. The
station agent told me it was waiting
at Crowbury Junction.
"It will be nice to have somebody
near that one can respect instead of
Uncle Thomas," replied her cousin.
Millie was heartbroken, to think
that the old place was to have other
occupants. It was the last straw. It
was far worse even than Uncle Thom-
,as' eviction to see the farmhouse 'in
the hands of strangers. She told Wil
"Why, my dear, I had a talk with
Uncle Thomas at the jioorhousefyes
terday and he seemed pretty'comf orj
able," he said. "I don't think he was
very much concerned."
Millie looked at him reproachfully.
Uncle Thomas nides nis reelings,"
Thomas couldn't keep up t the mort-1 she answered. 'You don't understand
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