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The mother was afraid that all
would be discovered. She could not
bear the thought of asking charity of
her nephew. But the work was
sorely needed andthis checked her
impulse to fly and fake Ruth with
her. As it happened, nothing more
was said about the housekeeping.
Then he began to engage in little
chats with Ruth, always with Ruth,
as the mother picked near by.
It was impossible now for the girl
not to see that he admired her. In
fact, Lathrop never pretenedd to
hide his feelings. The mother
watched the growing intimacy with
Then the days came when Ruth
grew less communicative. And at
last or the last day of the berry
picking, Mildred Kearney, watching
the young couple from a distance,
saw Lathrop take Ruth in his arms
and kiss her. And the girl offered
"I'll have to tell him now," she
thought with a sinking heart. "He
doesn't dream that it is his own flesh
and blood he is dishonoring."
And she went boldly up to the
house. Squire Lathrop was waiting
with Ruth in front of the old-fashioned
porch. He had seen her com
ing and neither attempted to evade
"I've something to say to you,"
said Mildred Kearney.
"Come inside, please," answered
Lathrop, and led the way into the liv
ing room. It was as it had always
been within her memory. The same
writing desk stood in the window,
the same old chair in the corner, un
der the bookshelf, where her father
had sat And all this should have
been hers. Tears flooded her face
and streamed down her cheeks at
the thought that they were beggars,
that her nephew proposed to take ad
vantage of a girl whom he considered
miles beneath him in station.
"I saw you kiss my daughter!" she
"Well?" drawled the young man.
"You don't know who she is. You
think because we aren't dressed well
that we are common berry pickers
and you have a right to insult her."
"Mother!" exclaimed the girl, with
"I tell you she is as well born as
you are. We shall leave tonight
and " . $)
"Hold on, Aunt Mildred," said the
young squire. And, as the woman
stared at him incredulously, he came
quietly toward her, placed his arm
around her and brazenly kissed her
"Haven't I the right to kiss my
own cousin?" he inquired. "You see,
Aunt Milly, I knew all about it from
the first In fact, I had a lawyer
busy tracing you and learned you
had come east a few days before I
recognized you from your photo
graph. Then I wanted to speak right
away, but I knew Aunt Milly had
been the proudest woman in Connec
ticut and would simply have run
away, so so forgive me and come
home, Aunt Milly."
With that the pride of years was
broken. The tears that dimmed her
eyes spoke eloquently of the haven
found at last, after all those years.
And those in Ruth's eyes told also of
dreams that might come true.
And to think that William Farnum
was at one time a boy cornetist of a
Wallace Reed and Cleo Ridgely are
being featured in a new Lasky pro
duction, "Under the Mask."
William Collier is shortly to appear
in a Tom Ince production similar to
"Peggy," Billie Burke's film vehicle.
And still, again, Virginia Pearson
was a librarian in Louisville, Ky., and
Claire Whitney was a model of a
Fifth avenue shop!
Howard Hickman and Edith
Reeves are featured in a new Tom
Ince production, called "The Moral
Fabric," an unusual play dealing with
the usual triangle,