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"Yes," nodded the blushing girl.
"That's the way Hiram-has always
1 made Jove."
Th young man looked troubled. He
stood musing, finally he observed:
"I've offered our young friend here
" $1,000 to 'let jne catch a good rural
movie, winding up by burning down
this worthless old rattle-trap of a
mill. That s all right, I can make the
fire scene thrilling enough, but I've
got to have half a reel of genuine
sentiment preceding the sensational
denouement. Wish I had one of the
regular troupe here. You won't do
at all. The audience would simply
'"There's Lem Powers," observed
the girl shyly. "He knows how to
"How do you know?" roared the.
"He studied in an, elocution
"Yes, I'd like to see Lem making
love to you. Oh, yes," snorted Hiram.
"Can I help you out?" abruptly in
quired Arnold, coming into view".
All hands stared at his pleasant,
smiling face,, the girl- partipularly,
the' movie man with interest, Hiram
dubiously. Said the Jatter:
"Just play kisses,. mind you!"
"Oh, surely," agreed Arnold ac
commodatingly. "I've got a little
time to spare. What's the program,
The young man addressed outlined
two scenes. Arnold acted them out
to perfection and Miss 'Nellie Bliss
was cute and original, i a trifle awk
ward. There was a final scene where
Arnold jumped from a window in the
blading mill. The movie man settled
wjjh Hiram the latter-and Nellie, in
vited Arnold to dinner and the epi
sode passed pleasantly. Hiram got
Arnold's city address.
' "Going to call on you when Nejlie
and I" go on our wedding tower," he
declared. "It's just like picking that
;Lhousand dollars outv of the road,
selling that wreck or a mill.
all about the incident Three months
later Mrs. Wardell invited a lady
friend to a new movieadvertised as
Mrs. Wardell gasped, her frien
stared in grim silence as the fiftn pro
gressed. It was the mill comedy that
Arnold had played in, 'now off the
verge of being turned into a positive
Arnold Wardell reached home that
evening ta find Ruby with her hat
aild wraps' on, her trunk in the hall
way and no supper ready.
"Why, what does this mean?" he
asked in wonderment.
"It means that'I have been to see
'Rural Love' and that you are a vil
lain!" "W-what?" fairly shouted Arnold.
"And I'm going home to mother.
A nice scandal you've mad& Oh-oh-oh!"
and the hysterical Ruby
flounced out through the oyen front
Arnold snatched up his hat to fol-,
low her. As he' stepped upon the
porch he caught a hint of a new ele-
mentrf)! mystery in tne scene under
upfcy- . . - : .. .
"Yoa danng nussy! On, tnis is too
"I'm not a hussy. I'm Mrs. Hiram
Briggs and I've come tasee our good,
kind friend who helped us make a
thousand dollars, and since then Un-t
cle Jared has given us a farm and
we are the happiest people in the
world. Oh, Mr. Wardell, we told you
we -would call, but maybe you don't
want to see us."
"And, say, what do you think
they've got the whole business in the
movies. We saw it today," added
"And- you look just as nice and
handsome as you did the day you
helped us out!" cried Nellie.
"Oh!" exclaimed Arnold suddenly
enlightened. "And you saw the mo
vie, Ruby, and fancied I was a villain?"
You?" cried Nellie., "Oh, no, in-
. Arnold returned home and forgot! deed! You are the best gentleman in