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being courteous. In fact, they were,
well on tne "way to a cneeriul mutual
humor when a lodge pore button
holed Ellis and the chance forja re
union passed by.
After that neither ever referred to
the other, bowed when they met,
drifted apart, and each went the way
dictated by a grieved spirit Ellis set
tled down into a grim and unsocial
sybarite. Beulah became an "old
The designation was a misnomer.
Health, frame and features belied the
appellation. She was a woman in the
most radiant perfection of loveliness.
Suitors came, but were promptly dis
missed. She counted her one love ad
venture as her share in the experi
ence of life. Her home and her house
hold duties became her world.
She had a few choice pets: Canary
birds, a faithful slumberous old tab
by, a young collie that went wild
when allowed to run free. Withal
Beulah was lonely, however, and she
took a new interest in life when a
friend came in one day with the con
ventional: "What do you think?"
Beulah looked ready for any news
that might rouse her out of humdrum
"The house next door, vacant for
two years, is taken."
"I shall be glad of neighbors,"
spoke Beulah truthfully, and long
ingly. One week later, howeyjer, Beulah
changed her mind. The 'family that
had moved in nextrdoqr had proven
a sore disappointment. The father'
and mother were eminently respect
able, but the boys there were three
of them, and such ladg!
Mischief had been born in them.
They were never still, they disturbed
her afternoon nap and they played all
kinds of tricks on her.
When Beulah found her prime
roosters carefully attired in cocked
hats and trousers, she only clicked
her teeth and looked mad at her frol
icsome 'tormentors. When, however,
Tabby came into the house with wal
nut shells on her tender' fee, she"
made a voluble complaint
For about a week the boys sub
sided. Then one day they coaxed
Laddie, the dog, out of the house.
The delighted canine had one whole
day of free roving with his new loVi
able friends-education, also. In fact;
after" Beulah had got the burrs) t
grime and mud. off from him, "carry
and fetch," she discovered, had been
engrafted Jnto him. 'i
Whereas, "Laddie had heretofore
been a peaceful, contented, well-behaved
animal, he suddenly developed
a constant impulse to seize any ob
ject near at band and run away with
it between his teeth. '
And one afternoon, vhile she was
busy with a lady caller In the parlor,
Laddie heard his fellow-arch onspiri
ators -whistling in the next yard?
seized a little blank book lying on
the desk and bolted through1 the
kitchen screen- door.
"Crackey!" exploded Ned Ransom,
efder of the brothers, as he glance
over the written volume, "here's a
"What is it?" piped his juniors in
"Miss Arnold's diary. Um-mJ 'This
day missed Ellis dreadfully.' Aha!
'Another gloomy week,' Oh,, why
was I cold and proud with Ellis!'
Fellows I've heard the story. I've,
got my cue. Say, I've a scheme that'
beats the world!"
Whatever it was, befpre 'nightfall
astounded Ellis Truman found on his
office desk a volume.mysteriously left
there. As he read the secret repin
ings of the. woman he toyed, he mar
yelled. To arrive at conclusion" he
was speedy, however.
"She loves m"e, 'has loved me all
along," he cogitated "the proofs'
here are also irresistible. Say,. I'll
make the venture 111 return the
He was glad that it was pitch, dark,'
as, dressed in, his bes, he started t6t'
the.Arnold cottage. He stole up pie