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, A year went, by, a golden, happy
year for Huldah and Seth. Then the
old man called it a waste of time and
money to have Seth working for
some one else at small wages when
his services would count with all
working together on the old home
tn " "You can have the wedding soon
" as you like, Huldah," he said animat
edly one day. "I'm within a few dol
lars of the mortgage money and that
means independence, hey?
"But Seth has no idea of living on
"Who wants him to? Here's my
plan: The farm goes to you, clear.
It's agreed that I have a home for
life. Seth can be boss and manager.
All in the family, isn't it, and the
- whole problem settled as long as we
"You good, dear soul!" enthused
Huldah. "It shall be the object of
our lives to make you happy."
It was with supreme felicity that
Huldah and Seth settled down to a
peaceful, happy married life. The
second week after the wedding Mr.
Bingham started for town to draw
the $2,000 that was to pay off the
mortgage. He had enough saved up
now to liquidate the same. He had
notified a neighbor to whom he owed
the money to come for it the next
day. It was just at dusk that Huldah,
In the kitchen, caught the echo of
the cheery "Get up there!" of her
father in front of the house. She
hastened the preparation for the
evening meal. Then she failed to
hear her father as usual bustling
about the stable.
"That is "strange!" she murmured,
& as she did not see any lantern light
at the rear of the house. Then she
went out to the front The horse
and wagon were standing near the
hitching post Just then Seth came
in from the fields.
"Why, I wonder what can have be
come of father!" spoke Huldah. "Oh,
Seth! There he is lying in the road!"
The old man had fallen pxhadj
been knocked from the wagon the
latter, it seemed, for there was a
mark near the temple suggesting a,
blow from some blunt instrument
His pockets were turned inside out,
his watch and the old purse he al
ways carried were gone. They car
ried him into the house.
It became known all over the' dis
trict the next day that two thieves
had followed Mr. Bingham from
town, in some way aware that he
carried a large amount of money
around with him, and had robbed
him of the mortgage money $2,000.
Jared was dazed when he came
back to consciousness. He recalled
being assaulted by two men just as
he left the wagon to'' secure the
horse to tb5e hitching' post
"I had the money from the bank
in two one-thousand-dollar bills," he
said. "I'd put them in an old snuff
box and kept that in my coat pocket
where I could constantly feel it They
must have got it, yet yet " and he
tried to think hard "it seems to me
that theircoming at me warned me,
and I clutched the box, and and
no; it's no use, I can't remember! It's
four years more hard work to make
it up, but I'm thankful they spared
They never discovered any trace
of the thieves. It broke up the old
man considerably to realize the tre
mendous loss with which he had met
"I hope his mind is going to be all
right," gpoke Huldah anxiously to
her husband one day.
"Why should you think other
wise?" asked Seth.
"Why, every once in a while father
stops work and goes out to the spot
where he was knocked from the wag
on by those men. He will stand star
ing there for a full quarter of an hour
at the hitching post, as if it were a
sort of an oracle he was consulting."
"Well, It was a great shock, the
robbery," said Seth, "but it will wear
off with father after a time."
Seth had bought a new horse, a
great powerful animal, and he hitch-!