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WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE
By Kenneth Burgoyne
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
A mellow, mirthful laugh rang
through the old-fashioned kitchen of
the Gordon farmBbuse, and Aunt
Selma adjusted her spectacles and
surveyed the author of the merri
"What now, Milly?" she asked in
her gentle, pleasant way.
"Pretty near the bottom of the flour
barrel, auntie," replied Milly gayly.
"And you thing that is something
to jollify over?" chided Mrs. Gordon
in a reproachful tone.
"Well, not exactly, auntie," replied
Milly in pretty penitence, "only I got
thinking in my fanciful dreaming
way. I had just been reading a story
of a family like us that got poorer and
poorer, until the flour barrel was
really empty, and they were nearly
starving. Then along came a rich
prince. He recognized the aged sire
of the family as an old loyal soldier
and knighted him, and made his
brother a lord chamberlain, and it
was all so real to me I actually saw
poor dear, clumsy old Uncle Zeb at
court, bowing to the queen in his
rich ermine trimmed robe, and he
stumbled over it, and said, 'Howdy,'
and I had to laugh."
"Dear child! It is well that you see
brightness in everything," murmured
Aunt Selma, and turned her face
aside to hide the rising tears.
For they were poor, indeed. She
and her husband had arrived past the
meridian of life with no income to
depend upon. Mr. Gordon was un
able to work and they had to hire a
man to attend to what there was of
the poor little farm. There were
times when they just scraped along,
as the saying went. In addition to
their own deplorable condition they
I'Td to think and partly provide for
Mis. Gordon's widowed sister, who
f daughter, Victoria, but the latter naa
gone to the city to become a grea.
singer, and what Victoria earned as
a stenographer barely paid for her
board and expensive music.
Milly was a distant relative of the
Gordons, an orphan who had been
practically adopted by them when
she was a child. Old Uncle Zeb de
clared her as "smart as a whip," and
Aunt Selma added that she was a
girl with a heart of gold. Certainly
Milly appeared clever and brilliant in
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conversation, considering the little
education she had received. As to
kind heartedness, she was every
When Victoria had gone to the city
to try her fortune she had urged Mil
ly to go with her. For a moment
Milly was dazzled. Then she thought
of the old folks. They had done so
much for her! They were old and
lived a i-iile over beyond the range, feeble. She had become a systemat
This was Mrs. Ward. She had a lie, economical young housekeeper
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