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By Alvah Jordan Garth
(Copyright by Wfr. Chapman.)
"A dreary prospect,,rbbserved Rob
!rt Bliss gravely.
I "But, peaceful, dear, you must ad
pit that, and a desert may be made
i paradise with love, you know."
They had been married nearly a
juarter of a contury, but as Mrs.
Bliss wound her arms around him
ind looked into his eyes, loyal, con
fiding and affectionate, he drew her
closer to him and his heart went out
toward her with a new thrill, as in
ihose far days when she was a bonny,
"It's worth the fighting for, the fu
ture, with such a wife as you!" he
cried, his eyes brightening magically.
"One blessed thing Winnie does not
"Sweet dear, no," replied Mrs.
Bliss, a dim mist in her eyes. "I hope
she will not know until her future is
It was a dreary prospect, indeed,
that upon which husband and wife
gazed. They had just come into pos
session of an eight-acre hillside farm.
The house was well enough at least
quaint, roomy and comfortable,
but the soil was somewhat sterile,
the outbuildings were dilapidated,
the fences broken and down in plac
es. At the best the rambling ex
panse suggested disuse and poverty.
Mr. and Mrs. Bliss stood at the
threshold of a new life. The old one
had ended disastrously. The hus
band's business had become involved.
He gave up to his creditors all he
had except the legacy of an aunt,
which was to be used to educate the
daughter of the house, Winnie. When
the last debt had been paid the cred
itors had deeded over to Mr. Bliss
the little abandoned farm, at which
they had just arrived, with their two
younger children, Artie and Will.
When the parents spoke of Winnie
there was an undercurrent of min
gled anxiety and interest in the sit
uation. They had carefully kept the
truth from her. The college she was
attending was over 1,500 miles away
and she came home only once a year.
She would finish her education the
present fall and they did not wish to
break upon that program. They
knew that if Winnie learned of their
distress and impoverishment she
would at once hasten to their side.
They were aware, too, that Winnie
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was engaged to a wealthy young
man in the college town named Er
nest Vaile. More than ever, there
fore, they did not wish to disturb
Winnie's plans and hopes. They led
her to believe that on account of
health they had removed to a new
Thus they had taken up a new bur-
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