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"LADY HARD LUCK"
By Genevieve Ulmar
(JCopyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
It was with an iron hand, but a
genial, patient heart, as was her
splendid nature, that Inez Walton
took up the distracted threads of des
tiny amid the wreck and ruin of a
"It's incredible but true," spoke
the old family lawyer, Gideon Blake.
"Your father, it seems, was the vic
tim of the most fantastic and unrea
sonable experiments and specula
tions. A Rothschild couldn't afford it
"As I understand yqu then," spoke
Inez, steadily, although her lip trem
bled, "the estate, as we have called
it, has dwindled down to the little
farm place at Bridgeton?"
"And the wet meadows a mile be
yond, a worthless waste stretch."
"But the sale of the estate Equities
will pay all the debts?"
"Just that, with possibly a few
"Then I am satisfied," said the
clear-eyed young lady. "The debts
can be honorably liquidated at least,
there is shelter and the pensioners
are sure of a home.
"I fear you will have to give up
your philanthropic ideas, Miss Wal
ton." "Never!" came the firm, simple re
ply. "When I fancied I was rich 1
adopted old Uncle and Aunt Daniels
and their two helpless, orphaned
grandchildren. They are my sacred
charges. Much or little, they shall
share what bounty I have until the
The good old lawyer viewed his
handsome client indulgently and
with a certain shade of sadness,
withal. In his estimation she was a
"splendid lady"! He respected her
force of character and admired her
beauty He wondered why, with all
her capabilities for attracting atten
tion, she had not chosen a life mate
and evaded the harsh rigors her ac-,
ceptance of four helpless charges
was certain to bring to her.
But Inez was loyal and sincere.
She was naturally disappointed to
see what had been considered a great
fortune practically fade away into
nothingness. There was one mighty
consolation, however; all the debts
were paid; within a week she and her
four pensioners were comfortably
domiciled in the old house at Bridge-
' rf yi
Boldly WadeC After Her Hat and
ton. She sold off the horses and car
riages. The lawyer saved a moiety
from the sale of the real estate and
Inez found herself the possessor of a
liquid capital of about $900.
"We're not so badly off, after all,"
she observed cheeringly to lier aunt
and uncle. "We can all do some gar
den work. There is a cow, soma