By Eva Hewlitt Vane
(Copyright, 1916, W., G. Chapman.)
"It is the only way, John, dear, and
you must not rebel. Only four
months why it will "pass before we
know it!" '
The man addressed bowed his head
and was silent. Pride and manliness
. were sorely wounded. He had come
squarely 'up against a situation that
neither had apprehended, indecision,
actual poverty, shut them in com
pletely. But'Rhoda, brave, hopeful,
industrious, suggested the way out.
They had been married in a quiet
way. only three months agone. Then
John Bascom had what he consid
ered a life job with the furniture fac
tory people, where he had been em
ployed for two years. He had saved
a little, but this had gone to furnish
the humble little home they had rent
ed. Then had come disaster. The
, factory had burned down one night.
All work was suspended until it could
"You see, John, we must not give
up," Rhoda had said. "We owe near
ly seventy dollars, that we counted
on paying out of next month's sal
"And there is no next month's sal
ary!" submitted John desolately.
"Unless I earn it!" cried Rhoda
cheerily and that I can do. I will
simply go back to Bellville and take
my old position in the millinery store."
You know I got good pay. There is
no such chance for me here in Taun
ton. In the meantime you must look
after the house here."
"And have it said that I am living
on, my wife?" resented John.
But Rhoda had finally prevailed.
They must not break up, she insisted.
And then John asked' a pertinent
"And what about Teddy?"
For a moment Rhoda's fair brow
wrinkled with perplexity and concern.
Teddy was a -waif, an orphan who
had limped into Taunton just after
the wedding, ragged hungry, with no
past worth remembering, and no
The forlorn little tramp had comev
asking for food at the door. He had
been welcome to" it and more. He
was ongnt, accommodating, grateiUL
They had practically adopted mm,
nad sent mm. to scnooi, ana nis
laughing ways had made him quite
an institution in the little home.
"You must try to keep him with
you, John. We should miss him
"Why Do You Ask?"
dreadfully in the better days to come
if we sent him away now. There he
is now," and the gay, ringing voice
of their protege echoed outside, hail
ing some playmates.
"Hey, was the circus good?" he
was calling out.
"Dandy!" came the prompt ' re
spqnse. "Such a clown and say the
animals! There, was an elephant as
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