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evening that two members of the
Purtelle family, mother and daughter,
arrived. Ned was away fishing at the
time, but his mother informed him
of the circumstance on his return.
"The father must be detained in
town on business," surmised Mrs.
Perkins, "for he did not come with
Ned was up bright and early. He
paced around the garden, and then
hearing a swish beyond the fence,
man high, that separated the two res
idences, moved toward it As he top
toed to look over, an eager, curious
faced girl hkewise tiptoed with tiny
feet resting on the inside stringer.
She lifted to him a rosebud vision of
"You was peeping, I was peeping,
oh, dear!" exclaimed the little maiden
breathlessly, jumping down in con
fusion. "Then we must be interested in one
another," suggested Ned.
"Oh, I knew!" fluttered Edna, "they
told me a boy lived next door."
"Boy!" began Ned resentfully, and
then audaciously, "I am the boy next
door, little girl."
Edna pouted charmingly. She was
plucking at a rambler rose vine that
covered the fence, reached over it
and drooped in fragrant clusters into
the next yard.
"Oh," she said, "I mustn't do that"
"Why not?" he inquired.
"They're your roses,"
"Not at all," declared Ned un
blushingly. "The law on partition
fences out here in the country is that
half of it belongs to each tenant and
all that hangs over it"
"Then I can pick all the roses I
"Why, certainly, and come over
and get as many more from our
"Oh, I couldn't do that without ask
ing mother," demurred Edna, and ran
into the house.
Ned was charmed More than that,
he was smitten. He managed to be at
his post in the garden immediately ,
after breakfast He observed EdnaJ"
looking wistfully towards the cherry
trees at the back of the Perkins'
"I never saw cherries grow before,"
she said wistfully. ' r
"Why don't you get' a basket and
pick some?" he insinuated, "in yourl
"Why, yes. That strip back of you
is free to you. Lot law out in the
country you know?"
Edna regarded him keenly and sus
piciously, but her face was an inno
cent blank. The audacious fellow did
not explain to Edna that it was a con
tinuation of the Perkins lot that went
around the new neighbor's domain.
She west wild with delight as he
got a stepladder, held the basket and
let her pick the ripe, bursting globes
in "her orchard." In fact up till near
ly noon they were together and Ned,
forgot all about his fishing.
Later that day a coop of chickenSj
arrived. Edna called over the fence
to know if Ned couldn't come over,
and get the new arrivals into thef
chicken house. This led to an in-j
traduction to Mrs. Purtelle, who
showed herself will pleased with the,
young man. ,
"And when will there be some;
eggs? When do the chickens lay
most?" fluttered Edna.
"Why well, night times mostly,",
reported Ned unflinchingly.
"Then there will be some freshj
eggs for breakfast in the morning!"
cried Edna delightedly. ,
There was, notwithstanding that
Ned had discovered that the imported",
brood consisted mostly of roosters. In,
the morning with a scream of wild,
Joy Edna discovered nearly two dozen
eggs, surreptitiously placed in the
nests before daylight by the obliging,
Again a day of rare companionship,
Cupid forging the chains closer and
closer as the sunny hours went by.
Then Edna was full of the theme of
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