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THE OLD UNIFORM
.By Charles Fraser Ross
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
The great-pride in life of Jed Rob
inson was thatiis uncle Abner had
been a soldier and a brave one. it
was at Pea Ridge that the now old
man had saved the colors of his com
pany through an act of unusual hero
Bin and had won distinguished notice.
Shortly after Uncle Abner came
home at the cessation of hostilities,
the widowed mothsr of Jed died. Un
cle Abner was a confirmed bachelor.
His brother had left nothing. Abner
himself owned a little 40-acre plot of
ground along the river just outside
the town. He ran up .a shack, made
its interior as comfortable as his lim
ited means would allow and adopted
It proved a poor possession, and
with the exception of about one
twentieth of its area the land was
barren as a 'gravel pit. It seemed as
though in some original glacial con
vulsion nature .had made a dumping
ground of this convenient and select
ed spot to pile up all the mongrel tail
ings of heterogeneous mineral veins.
Dig where you would, the pick or
shovel was sure to strike coal or py
rites or asbestos in masses that sug
gested the ground-off product of
enormous rocks that had passed over
the district in remote centuries of
the world's geological travail.
Uncle Abner did his lull duty by Jed
and kept him at school until he was
eighteen. By that time the old man
had become incapacitated for work.
Jed gladly took up the burden of car
ing for the little patch of ground. The
vegetable garden, a few cattle and the
sale of gravel and sand to district
contractors and the railroad compa
nies brought in a steady, though mea
ger income, barely enough to subsist
on. To make matters worse, in order
that Jed might have an education his
uncle had mortgaged the little place.
It was only by exercising the strictest;!
economy that Jed could manage to
make accounts even up.
Finally Uncle Abner took a whim
into his head. Fifty miles away there
was a soldiers' home. He startled Jed
one day by announcing that he was
"I'm welcome there. I have a right
to go there," he told his sorrowful
nephew. "Here's the point, lad: It's
easier to feed one mouth than two.
Let me have about a year or two with
"I'm Welcome There."
my old comrades, meantime -reaching"
out for the new pension increase. You
work hard and between us we'll get
the place free and clear and I'll come
A lonely life began for Jed. It b,ad
one bright spot. Once a week he went
to the village church, once a month
to the church social, and on each oc
casion he met Nettie Wilder. It'went
,no further 'than a mutually pleasant
acquaintanceship, but Jed cherished