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Stuart The avenues are to be given,
pretty names, like Eulalie, Victoria,
and that, sir."
"Might have shown me a little hon
or, being a rather old resident," ob
served Martin gruffly.
"Why, don't you know, sir, they've
changed the principal street of the
town, Railroad avenue, to Martin
boulevard? Oh, they couldn't leave
a builder of the town like you out in
This quieted the old man. He still
criticized the progressive movements
of the new town manager, however.
When the latter suggested that a
park should be a feature of the vil
lage, Mr. Martin objected vigorously.
"Use up land to encourage idle
boys and girls to waste their time on
tennis and picnics and baseball!" he
criticized. "Where will that fellow
"Mr. Stuart is just captivating
every girl in town," the special chum
of Alicia, Madge Lyon, remarked to
her one afternoon as she was leav
ing the Martin home after an in
formal call. "Come down to the
band concert this evening and I'll in
troduce him, Alicia."
"I am afraid papa would not favor
that," replied Alicia, and as she
started to accompany her friend
down the steps she noticed that the
men were now putting up the ave
nue signs. She wondered what they
would label the street on which the
house fronted, when Madge suddenly
"Oh, there is Mr. Stuart coming
this way now! Look your prettiest,
Alicia, for he's a great catch. If I
wasn't engaged I would set my cap
for him myself."
"Oh, no, no I'm not dressed up a
bit!" declared Alicia and started to
run up the steps and into the house,
,but Madge with a gay laugh held
her tight Alicia, shyly, but admir
ingly, glanced at the young man
from under drooping lashes. The
ne.wspaper portrait had not flattered
He spoke of the town and its pros
pects in an enthusiastic way that
charmed her. She saw that his.-whole
heart and soul was in his, work, and
liked him for it
"Oh, say, look! look!" cried the
volatile, irrepressible Madge.
The man had finished his labor on
the standard. The -signs of -both
streets were now resplendently vis
ible, glittering in blue and gold.
"Alicia Avenue, Stuart Street,"
cried Madge. "Why, that reads Alicia
And then, aghast, impetuous and
audacious as was her natural tem
per, at the "bad break" she had made
she drew back, embarrassed quite.
Alicia flushed crimson, Mr. Stuart's
"I am a fortunate man to have my
plain 'Stuart' garnished and beauti
fied with what I have always consid
ered to be the sweetest name in the
wo-ld," he said. "Ah, there is Mr.
M in. I have come particularly to
ct 'It him on some business," and
he '"ed the tension of the occa
sic lifting hit hat courteously
and passing into the yard, where
Alicia's father was giving the gar
dener some orders.
"How dare you!" flared forth Alicia
hotly to her mirth-convulsed friend.
"I never thought," declared Madge
" and I'm glad I didn't!" she added
audaciously. "Why, you two make
the finest couple in Blairsville!"
"My father will never think so,"
murmured Alicia, and the intonation
was positively regretful.
"Alicia Stuart," whispered Madge,
as if to herself. "Oh, something is
fated to come out of this!"
Alicia was athrill with strange sen
sations as she went into the house.
She could just catch the echoes of
voices in the garden. The conference
there was lengthy. At last Mr. Mar
tin came into the house. He was rub
bing his hands together in a gleeful,
satisfied way. His eyes were bright
For a rarity he was smiling in fact,