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TENDER AND TRUE
By Eleanor Von Alstyne
Four picture slides seemed to drift
through the brain of Perkins Rossi
ter, acute and sharply drawn as a
vivid portraiture of "the movies."
A lonely wooded spot. Himself and
his brother Ethan, shirt-sleeved,
bareheaded. He mopping the blood
from his face. Ethan, that brother,
with cut Up and bulging chin. They
had just fought to decide which
should claim the girl they both loved,
"I've won," announced Ethan. "It
was a fair fight."
"You always win," cried Perkins
bitterly "fortune, popularity, love.
She loves you take her!"
, "Never you have the triumph.
You can do without brotherly affec
tion," and he sneered.
A second picture a wedding, hus
band and wife bound for a foreign
country. No relenting on the part of
Perkins. He felt he had been robbed.
A third, after five years, 'word from
abroad. A wave of fever and both
husband and wife reported dead.
There was a little child left Danny.
He was sent to his grandfather, but
old Mr. Rossiter had died a year
When Ethan went abroad his fa
ther had handed him half his fortune.
It was his share. He had given Per
kins to understand that he should
have the rest, but he had died sud
denly leaving no will. So, at any
time Ethan might return and claim
his half of it. Now, with the death
of Ethan proven, Perkins might re
ceive it all.
As to the child at first Perkins
hated him. A reminder of the only
woman he had ever loved 'or ever
would love. Gradually, however, the
little fellow gained his love. He be
came as an adopted son. It was not
in the nature of Perkins Rossiter to
show tenderness or affection. To the
boy and others he conveyed the idea
of a hard, embittered man, stern, ex
acting and unsympathetic.
Perkins Rossiter moved to a col
lege town and set to work to make
a scholar of Danny. The latter did
not disappoint him. He was obedient,
studious, truthful. The lack of con
genial companionship at home, how
ever, made his crave a friendly at
tachment. He became the close chum
of Rob Cleaver.
The latter was the exact opposite
of Danny reckless, daring, full of
"You Know the Crowd Would Have
a Time of It."
mischief. His high courage, original
ity and loyal friendship captivated
Danny. He came hastening towards
the house where Danny lived early
one afternoon. The. academy had
closed for the regular vacation two
days before. He was to leave that
Danny was startled as he noted his
pale, distracted-looking face. Rob
hurried Danny out of the load into a