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ly, "you can sit right down here near
the spring so as to have the water
She tried to analyze the precise in
dividuality of the old man. He was
not exactly ragged, but his clothes
were threadbare. He was clean shav
en, wore heaw. but whole shoes.
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cial status might be. -
Bub he did not enlighten her. He
munched with a' relish at the homely
fare, , meantime asking her a great
many questions about the village and
'"I am astranger in these parts,"
he volunteered, "although I have a
little business in the district. "What
is that?" he spoke, with a sharp
sudden jerk in his voice.
Sybil extended the peach. Some
how the hard fare of the old man ap
pealed to her. "You will find this
veYy appetizing," -she said. "It was
picked fresh this morning."
"You mean you wish to give it to
me, this peach?" observed the old
"If you will accept it."
A queer grimace crossed the
wrinkled face. It expressed a meas
ure of mingled surprise, gratitude
.and shyness. -Thenthe sphynx-like
features relaxed. Deliberately the
man devoured the peach. He smack-
' ed his lips with satisfaction.
"I'll keep this for a souvenir," he
said, stowing the peach Stone In his
pocket. "Might t ask your name
and where you live?" he added.
Sybil told him. He seemed both
curious and interested. He plied her
with questions. She could scarcely
resent the inquiries of a gossipy,
querulous old man and treated hini
"Live in one of the Warner hous
es," he remarked. "And got to leave
because a new owner in the city has
inherited it and going to double the
rents... Too bad, that And you're
money, because the children need an
education? 111 remember that. And
a lover in the case, too, miss? Don't
think me impertinent I'm interest
ed in you."
She told him why not? of the
lover who had given her the peach,
of their struggles and trials, their
hopes and their faith one in' the oth
er. A far-away retrospective look
softened the eyes of the old man. He
was grateful, almost courtly, as he
lifted his hat, with the words:
"Perhaps lsome day I may be able
to return your kindly favor of this
It was a week later when Sybil
was surprised to receive a letter from
the city. It was signed by "Adam
Burt," who had inherited the War
ner estate, and stated that there
would be no raise in the rent of the
house. Before thg. month was over
Elison came to her one day animated
and in high spirits.
"I don't know where the man who
has taken over thesWarner estate
everiqard of me," said Ellison, "but
through his lawyer at Dover he sent
word, that he had singled me out as
an honest, capable and deserving
young man and offers me a contract
for five years to act as agent of his
property in the district here. There
is a heap of it, the lawyers says, and
I don't need to give up my regular
employment to attend to it Sybil, it
seems incredible, but the pay is over
?1,000 a year."
"I declare! it seems as though
nothing but good is coming to us,"
murmured Sybil gratefully. "With
the rent as it is and a raise they have
given me at the office I can arrange
to let the children attend schoofTeg
"By next year," planned Elison, "I
tcan have enough to start our house
on" the fruit tract. In the meantime,
Sybil, can't you make room for one
more at the old-home?"
Yes, Sybil could, ahd a pretty little
, thinking of going to the city your- wedding was arranged for. It was a
self, where you can earn more I week before the auspicious occasion.
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