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a waster. As far as I can .make out 1
he never did very much honest work.
He lived in a rather doubtful sort of
way. He was a pirate."
"When I grow up I'm going to he a
pirate," said Ned. "No, I won't I'm
going to chase pirates."
"Much better, Ned. Well, then, this
Ulysses went off to the wars and
left Penelope behind him. When the
wars were over he came back and
that's where his real troubles began.
According to his story he got caught
in a bad wind and his ship drifted
around for ten years more before he
got home. But that's only his tale,
and lots of married men tell much.the
same sort of yarn to their wives, only
they can't lay it on as thick nowa
days. Anyway, even Ulysses admit
ted that there were some ladies con
cerned in his troubles, and he laid
them particularly to a Miss Circe. But
that won't interest you.
"Well, just about twenty years aft
er Ulysses started for the wars he,
came home. You can guess ha need
ed a Bhave and brush-up a good deal,
and nobody recognized him except
his old dog. And what do you sup
pose was worrying him, Dorothy?"
"I guess he wondered what there
was for dinner," said the little girl
Ml nodded. "No doubt," he an
swered. "But that didn't prey upon
his mind so much as the knowledge
that he hadn't acted quite-as a mar
ried man should. He was scared lest
his wife had thought him dead and
got married again,"
"Mrs. Smith's husband left her, and
she didn't get married again," said
Dorothy. "She wanted to, though."
"So back Ulysses came in the guise
of a beggar and nobody knew him,
and there was a whole gang of men
after Penelope. But Penelope was
true to Ulysses, and she kept putting
them off, and--"
"There's mamma!" shouted the lit
tle girl. "I told you I was going to
bring her to see you, Uncle Ell."
She sprang to her feet, and, with
.the little boy,raced across the green j
toward a sweet-looking lady who waf
strolling quietly in their direction un
der the shade of the hospital trees.
Ell Baynes sat rigid in his chair.
Then he looked wildly about him. He
had begged the superintendent tb get
him a propelling chair, so that he
could move from place to place, .but
as yet his desire had not beenv com
plied with. Now he felt a mad im
pulse to flee.
He sat up and gingerly put one foot
to the ground. He must escape at all
hazard. To his surprise he found that
a certain measure of flexibility ha'd
returned to his limbs; perhaps it was
the will at work on the body. He put
out his other leg, and for the firs't
time in months Eli Baynes stood
erect, without gupport, and stiaight--ened
his twisted limbs and muscles.
Absorbed in this effort, he iadvnot
seen how quickly the three were ap
proaching him again. As he was
about to attempt the walk to-the hos
pital he found himself confronted by
the mother of the two children.
One glance into hs face, a little
gasp of fear, and Lucy Baynes was
weeping on her husband's neck, her
arms about him.
!Eli," she sobbed. "Oh, my dear,
why didn't you come home to me
after all these years ? " v
"You told me never to come back
until L had made a man of myself,
Lucy,"" said EU doggedly. "I tried
I tried my hardest for ten years. I
made a little fortune in the mines. 1
sent you everything I had."
"You, Eli? That legacy was really
He nodded. "And I did mean to
ask you if you would take me back
again. But I couldn't bear thlb
thought of coming back to you a crip
ple. So I went to the hospital here.
And I thought that if If you had met
somebody whom you cared for. more1,
I had no right to stand In your -way.
I tried to find out, Lucy."
"There couldn't be," she sobbed.
"I didn't know they were my chil
dren at nrst Then I came to look