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WORTH THE WINNING
By Walter Joseph Delaney.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Two years is a long time, Mr.
"Ifs that or nothing," pronounced
Gideon Lane, in his set, austere way.
"And then?" inquired Walter
"I hope Paula marries you, for if
you are as loyal and helpful as you
have been, whom would I welcome
more gladly than you as a son-in-law?"
"And in the meantime?"
"Not a word about this subject to
Paula. She is only 16 and I will not
have her young head filled with non
sense. When she is 18 her mind is
my mind. Be content. Earn your
That settled it, and this Walter
Brooks fully realized. The love of
his life had come into his experience
and around it centered all his waking
Old Gideon Lane had a comforta
ble farm home. There were, besides,
two smaller holdings. They had be
longed to neighbors, and he had
bought them out He had leased the
North farm, as it was called, to a
shiftless fellow with a large family,
who had let it run into the ground
so far as crops and upkeep were con
cerned. He had let the house burn
down from sheer carelessness, and
had left his donor with an 80-acre
patch good for pasturage only.
The South farm Walter had accept
ed on the same profit-sharing basis.
It, too, was 80 acres in extent and
he made it his pride and gave it his
constant attention. There was a ten
tative agreement with its owner that
he could purchase it at the end of
four years, if he deisred. He had
saved up a few hundred dollars, as
many more were in sight, and Wal
ter saw sure daylight ahead when
he asked Mr. Lane to allow him to
pay his addres&es to Paula,
"I am going to win. If I'lose time
and have to be patient as Job, 111
make her my wife or die a bachelor!"
declared Walter determniedly, and it
was a famous start of will and pur-'
Gideon Lane went home chuckling.
He considered himself a shrewd bar-'
gainer and a great business manager.
He was not the latter and several I' jl
deals he had made on which he prid
ed himself were really suggested and
Tiptoeing Out of View
put through by his humble tenant,
"Now, then, Serena," he told his
wife as he reached home and joined
her in the cozy sitting room of the
old home. "I've got a secret to tell
you, and I don't want you to disturb
Paula by letting it out."
Thereupon he proceeded to detail
his arrangement with Walter Brooks.
Mrs. Lane did not express herself
as to Jaer opinion, iix jjie. premises,