she "just came along." A new,
strange student found a wise and
.powerful chaperon e in Patty; the
homesick were petted and nursed
into content by this bright, heartsome
jcreature, who had never had a home
of her own.
When Patty chirped the robins usid
-to sit around and call back, she had
so sweet and compelling a warble.
.Should Patty whistle to a dispirited
dog, -the animal straightway plucked
up pope tuiu'cuurage ami weui uitu a.
spasm of delight, tracing an end to
its hunger in "the promising twinkle
of Patty's eye.
She was 24, but petite, and looked
16. r Patty had JJ wisdom of 46. She
had" come. to visit her 'old school
friend just" in t& nick oltime, it
seeped, for nex? morning Mrs. Tres
ham told her about the troubles of
mourning Eunice, and Patty's clever
"A naughty boy tiff hearts sun
dered joh, dear me! I'll have to- try
to mend all. that Just as soon as I
gethfough-looking over those won
derful specimens of beetles that won
derful brother' of. yours half .showed
me yesterday," I'll take' a run down to'
Brook Haven and look over the
"Why, you speak pretty fine of that
dull,tsf-centered' brother of mine, I
Patty!" smiled Mr. Treshama. .
"Walter?" replied Patty effusively.
"I dote on him! He's the most sensi
We, and therefore the most interest
ing young man J have met in a year."
"I declare!" Walter told fils sister
in his grave, matter-of-fact wayBfter
Patty had gone, "this Patty of yours
.is the most congenial and original
young lady I ever knew."
"She's original, yes." smiled Mrs.
Tresham, "and a regular driveahead.
J. always loved her, she is such a
bright, busy, helpful little mite. I love
her more than ever since she said
some nice things about you."
1 "About me!" gasped Walter, and
his face turned red as a beet, but his .
yes expressed rare content, I
"It's all right about your trouble
with Roy," the young seciety .matron
assured Eunice the foiowing day, -
"Why do you say that?" murmured
Eunice, still in the depths of suspi
cion, jealousy and despair 'over her
"Well, along comes Patty, and I
told her everything, and because she
my friend and you are mine, she is
ing to see this affair out. "She has
gone down to Brook .Haven, Oh,
trust me, Patty will straighten out
"But maybe maybe," faltered Bu
nice, "she, will fall in love with' Roy
"You odious creature!" Tailed Mrs.
Tresham "when I am wanting her
for a sister-in-law!"
"Oh, I know Roy has. completely
forgotten me," declared Eunice utter
ly crushed and wretched the next
evening, as she sat on- theporch
weeping and her friend trying to con
sole her. "I haven't had a letter .from
Roy for two days now. And a friend
at Brook Haven wrote me that he
and' this Miss Betty are together
more than ever."
- 'We shall hear from Patty soon, I
hope," soothingly spoke Mrs. Tres
ham, and then abruptly: , "There is
An automobile had chugged up to
the curb. A light form in chauffeur
garb leaped lightly-ta the pavement
and advanced jauntily up the gravel
ed garden path.
"Mrs. Tresham here?" spoke up a
bold, silvery voice. "Oh, yes!" and
Patty, irresistible, audacious, vimful,
threw up the visor of the cap she
wore, disclosing bright, smiling eyes.
"Why Patty! What are you doing
in this trim? Miss Martin, this is the
dear friend I have 'told you about"
spoke Mrs. Tresham.
"You poor, grieving dear!" and im
pulsive Patty took Eunice by-the
arms and kissed her first on one
creek and then on the other, and Eu
nice blushed at the thought of per
mitting.aJd8s.from one in. masculine.
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