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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 10, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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cheerful and patient, and that always
wins in the end." '
"Oh, Mr. Moore," pleaded Nell, im
petuously, "please, please let me go
with you! I will work for you; slave
for you!"
A quiver of deep emotion swept the
face of David.
"That would be impossible, my dear
child," he said, speaking calmly with
an effort "Why, I have no home; I
do not know even where to look for
the work I must find in order to
live." '
"But you will soon have!" cried
Nell confidently. "You are so smart,
so good to everybody! And when you
do, oh! may I come to you?"
"We shall see, Nell," said David,
and his heart fluttered as he read the
unutterable devotion expressed in
that sweet face.
There were wry and sullen faces
among the four step-children who
had fattened on the unselfish bounty
of David for so long a time. Bruce,
however, before David went away,
managed to borrow his best suit and
spoil it in a disgraceful village de
bauch, and when David came to pack
up his few belongings he found shirts,
collars and ties few in number, hav
ing been appropriated by Earle.
David went on his way. He re
solved to strike out down Buda val
ley, w,here settlements were sparse;
where there were many small farms
and presumably a lack of neigh
borhood workers. It was a peaceful,
enjoyable tramp for four days in the
midst of a beautiful country, and
free from cares that had hitherto
weighted down his spirit. Only
memory was sentient, and he could
not forget the fair, confiding face of
NelL
He had lain down in the sweet,
crisp grass one evening, removed hat,
shoes and outer garments and in
dulged in a rest Jn the open air that
bound him in invigorating slumber
till daylight When he awoke it was
to find his shoes and outer garments
gone. He was dismayed for a mo
ment, surmising that some thieving
tramp was the culprit
"Well," soliloquized David, resign
edly, and with a tinge of humor, "my
step-brothers confiscated most of my
outfit and a stranger now finishes up
the job ! I fear circumstance is grad
ually restoring me to the normal con
dition of aboriginal man, out here in
the primeval wilderness!"
There was no chance of meeting
anyone, so David proceeded down the
road, or rather trail. A wagon came
into view. David stepped aside, but
the driver halted his horses, stared,
and then began laughing immoder
ately. "Why the bathing costume?" he
challenged, and David told his story.
The man looked him over kindly. He
got to questioning mm.
"You come with me and I'll see to
better duds," he said, finally; "and
I'll give you a grand good job."
He did. The man had a small apri
cot orchard. He took David in as
an employe; then as a partner. Nev
er was there a more industrious,
companionable fellow.
And then a remarkable fortune
came David's way. A large estate
was left to his employer. The latter,
out of sheer liking for his partner,
turned the farm entirely over to
David.
One morning as David was start
ing from the little vine-embowered
house to the orchard, he started,
stared and then a wondering and as
Veil glad expression came into his
face. Approaching was Nell with a
carpet sack on her arm, flushed, em
barrassed, eager.
"Oh, Mr. Moore!" Bhe cried; "I
heard where you were at last and
I've come to be your housekeeper."
"My dear child!" remonstrated
David; "and why have you left the
old home?"
"Why, Bruce married that maiden
lady, and she's a tartar! She makes
them all work and scrimp and is a
regular tyrant Oh, this wonderful
place! I can stay, can't I?"

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