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could slip out of the house and meet
I told father I could, and I prom
ised faithfully not to say a word
about it But it was hard work not
letting mother know, especially as
she. looked so kind when she kissed
Mr. Griggs was there as usual, and
I heard him say, when I was out of
J the room: "Thank heaven the kid's
gone, Minna. Now you and I -can
"You mustn't take too much for
granted, Lionel," I heard mother an
swer. . "How about a little moonlight
ride? I can get my auto here in "a
jiffy," said Mr. Griggs.
I thought mother said no, but that
was all I heard. I waited hours, un
til I thought mother was gone to
bed, and Mr. Griggs away, and then
I slipped out It was a bright moon
'light night, and I walked hurriedly
up the lane. And there stood father,
waiting for me, with his little car in
tne roadway, it wasn t nau as Dig
" as Mr. Griggs', but somehow it seem
ed much nicer to me.
Father took me m nis arms and
kissed me again, and then I hopped
in. And father got down to crank.
Just then a big car came along in
the other direction, and, as it slowed
down to pass us, I caught sight of
Mr. Griggs, and mother at his" side.
They would have passed without
recognizing me, I think, because they
seemed to be whispering to each oth
er, but I was so overcome I couldn't
help shouting to mother. She knew
my voice, and the car slowed down
and came back toward us, and I heard
"Mother! Here's father!" I shout
ed. You see, I was a kid then, and I
hadn't been told not to tell that And
I thought how nice it would be to
have father home again in place of
that horrid Mr. Griggs.
Mother screamed at the top of her 4
voice, and just then father got the
car cranked and jumped, in. And all
he said to me was, "You've went and
bust the show, kid. However, we'll
see what my own little jitney can
We were off in a moment, with the
little car going licketysplit, and the
big car going rackery-rack behind
us, and mother screaming; and then
it began to dawn on me that mother
was angry. And somehow I saw that
father was taking me away from
mother, because, just as the judge
had said, they couldn't both have me,
and so I had to go to the injured
party. Though I am sure father
never injured mother in his life.
"They've got us," said father, and
just then we came to a bend in the
road, and father wheeled the little
car sidewise and stopped and jumped
out And the big car came snorting
up to us and crashed into it just as
father pulled me to the ground.
"Give me back my boy, Charlie!"
screamed mother. ' Then, as father
pushed me behind him toward the
wrecked car, she cried to Mr. Griggs.
"Knock him down, LioneL Take the
Mr. Griggs looked so funny. He
came up to father in a weak sort of
way, and rather doubled his fists, and
then Mr. Griggs suddenly turned and
bolted like a deer.
Father went after him, and moth
er caught me and began kissing me
and crying over me. And I think she
would have run away with me, but
just then father came back, dragging
Mr. Griggs by the scruff of the neck.
It looked so peculiar, because Mr.
Griggs was quite as big as father,
and fatter, and there he was crying
like a baby. "I'll have you arrested
for assault. Let me go. Let me
Father marched Mr. Grigs straight
up to mother.
"Here's your new beau, Minna,"
he said. "A fine sort of chap you're
going to take for the boy's second
father. I guess this deal's mine."
Mother's face was perfectly white;