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THE CURATE'S CONSCIENCE
I By Harold Carter
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Rev. AloysiusBrown was very busy
as he stooped over his asters. They
had come up splendidly from seed
and he was wondering whether it
was time to transplant them when he
heard girls' voices upon the porch of
. "What a pity the new curate isn't
in!"' said one of them, Miss Margery
Bowen, daughter of the wealthiest
of his parishioners. "I did so want
to get him on the new committee this
"And I wanted to see him, too,"
said the other voice.
Rev. Aloysius was so struck by the
quality of the. tone that he peeped
around the edge of the house, which
was uncurately, but perhaps pardon
able in a young man of 25. And
when he had looked the curate did
not repent in the least, for he saw
the prettiest girl who had ever come
within the range of his vision.
"Why, I thought you just came with
me, Maud!" exclaimed Miss Bowen.
"Listen, dear," said the second girl,
in whom the curate now recognized
Miss Maud Anderson, the beauty of
the village. "Mr. Friend, the rector,
was telling mamma the other day that
Mr. Brown is a very impressionable
young man. And so I am determined
to impress him. I haven't had a pro
posal this year, Margery."
"Oh, Maud!" exclaimed the other
in awe. "You are never going to
practice on the new curate! Leave
the poor man alone!"
"It will do him good, Margery,"
answered Miss Anderson. "And I am
working on a pair of slippers for him
now, so you can see that my mind
is fully made up."
Rev. Aloysius, overcome with
shame, retreated hastily to the safe
shelter of the tool house, f i"h
he watched the girls deya. - " ue
To be forewarned is to be fore
armed, and the curate resolved to an
ticipate Miss Anderson's intentions!
Accordingly he set to work to coun
termine the enemy's approaches.
The popularity of the new curate
was soon assured. All the girls ol
Freeport vied with each other for his
company, but it was soon obvious
that Miss Anderson and the curate
were devoted to one another. In fact,
had the curate not been so obviously
simpie-nunuea, tne situation wuiuu
Watched the Girls Depart Down the
have become scandalous. They were
seen walking together, and once the
curate drove Miss Anderson to the
church committee meeting.
Rev. Aloysius, always on his
guard, felt, nevertheless, that if he
had not been warned so providential
ly he would have fallen a victim." Miss
Anderson was a girl of character and
mind, as well as of beauty. Finally,
he began to realize that he had almost
fallen into the trap that had been
laid for him,