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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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chickens, and the 20 acres ought to
provide for us with a little drawn
from the ready capital. The children
must go to school, Aunt Huldah can
knit and I can sew, and we shall get
along charmingly."
"Yes, indeed," readily chirped in
her uncle, "and I am not so old that
I cannot do a little work now and
then for the neighboring farmers."
It depressed Inez when for the first
time she went to look at the "wet
meadows." They covered a few acres
and were a foot deep with swamp
grass and water. There seemed to
be a spring in the center which bub
bled up irrepressibly, the waste water
having made a sort of river bed and
draining into the creek half a mile
away. Surrounding it was a noble
stretch of landscape woods, valleys,
a little lake, arid quite recently most
of this land had been taken over by
a city syndicate. Inez heard that the
enterprising speculator controlling it
was planning to buy up all the land
available and start an up-to-date
summer resort
"It's ideal, that is sure," reflected
Inez "all but my poor, little, damp
patch of bog. Oh, dear!"
The exclamation was caused by a
sudden gust of wind taking her new
hat flying. It was a dainty creation
and it skimmed the long, waving
grass and gently sailed down across
the top of a stunted bush.
Inez glanced at her low slippers
and the treacherous glint of water
under the grasses knee deep in some
plac'es. She was about to turn from
the spot and find some barefooted
farmer's boy Ho help her out of her
predicament, when she noticed, ap
pearing from behind some bushes
near the spring, a young man. He
wore high boots, liting his cap to
her, boldly waded after her hat and
restored it. In the interim Inez had
noticed that a second man directly
at the spring was filling some bottles
with the water.
She thanked the stranger very
much impressed with his -courteous,
T mannerly ways, and left the spot-
wondering who he might be, but sur
mising that he was one of the group '
who were visiting the site of the new
summer resort regularly.
It was about 'a week later that, as
Inez came in from the garden, her
aunt announced a visitor waiting for
her in the little parlor. She was sur
prised to find that this was the young
man who had rescued her runaway
hat
"I represent the new syndicate
which is to operate the summer re
sort here, Miss Walton," he stated.
"We have been looking over your
spring property. The truth is, we
find that its water is of rare medic
inal value. To add a spring equal in
its virtues to the famous spas abroad
is to have a very valuable feature in
our general equipment. We wish to
secure the right to use it and to build
a pagoda, park the surroundings and
establish drinking fountains and
baths. The negotiations have been
left entirely in my hands. I have de
cided .to off er you $5,000."
"Oh, what a blessing!" cried the
delighted Inez. "With that I can bet
ter provide for my dear ones."
"Five thousand a year on a ten
year lease," concluded the young
man, and Inez sat fairly stunned with
amazement
"You cannot mean it!" she gasped.
"Why, I offered the land for $1,000
outright when I first came here."
"That may be true," spoke Alvin
Hughes, "but it's value was not then
known. I might have bargained if I
had been dealing with a man, but
you "
He paused. He did not go on to tell
of all the good he had heard of this
sterling young woman and the chiv
alrous and noble in his nature that
bade him protect her interests.
And so Inez was no longer "Lady
Hard Luck." And later she became
Lady Thoughtful and Lady Interest
ed, when she learned that the syn
dicate managers, when they found
that their representative had acted
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