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But Salina only blushed and looked
embarrassed and tried to latfgh away
the matter. All the same from that
day forward she set about making
the rude and humble home as pre
sentable as possible.
One day Royd came to the place.
He found Salina neat and trim of
garb, sweet and glad of spirit The
house was neat as a pin. She
cooked him a meal that made him
long for more. .Barren as the land
was, she had raised some vegetables
and had four cows and sold the milk
at a large profit to laborers working
ajong the river, and chickens galore.
"You are a smart, capable wom
an," declared Royd with sincerity.
"It is a shame they sould you this
wretched piece of desert land, when
there are desirable sites further up
And then a thoughtful, calculating
expression came into the face of
Royd. He took a scientific survey of
the barren 40 acres. Hecrossed it
to where at its inner edge the ground
depressed to the bed of a purtling
stream that wound in and out and
ten miles farther on joined- the Pearl
"She's got it!" he cried abruptly,
and his eyes sparkled at the sugges
- tlon, of a mighty idea.
"Mrs. Burgess," he said as he bade
her adieu late that afternoon, "you
would never have tumbled into this
awkward land ownership if I had
been by to advise you."
"I know that," sighed Salina, con
vincedly. "There is a way out Will you
help me find it?"
Salina fluttered. She half fan
cied he was going to propose then
and there, but he did not. He was
a slow-going, methodical man and
the time was not ripe for matrimony
yet, he wisely decided. "I want you
to promise not to sell this land with
out consulting me."
"That isn't difficult," smiled Sa
lina, "who would buy it?"
"You don't know, others may see
value in its for some specific pur
pose. "Will you make that promise?"
"Why, certainly," agreed Salina.
"And if any one asks you your,
price, say $10,000."
"Oh, Bernard!" cried Salina in
amaze. Then in consternation she
added: "I mean; Mr. Royd; yes, yes,
I'll do it, but no danger of any one
asking!" - ' t
"Wait and see." And with those
mysterious words Royd went his
way. Salina watched him until he
was out of sight.
"Dear, honest soul!" she mur
mured. "I am afraid I love him."
"A sweet, smart homebody," mur
mured Royd. '"Some day, maybe, J,
Three businesslike men announc
ing themselves as commissioners of
the company tramped all over the
40 acres one day a month, later.
After looking at its environment crit
ically they came to the house.
"You are the owner of this pla
teau land?" inquired one of the gen
"Yes, sir," bowed Salina.
"We can use this location in our
engineering operation, we find. It is
not worth much as a farm. You
have your price?"
"Ten thousand dollars," replied
The gentleman stared. Then their
"I see you have been advised," he
observed. "Very well, we will con
sider the offer."
A few days later Salina received a
letter from the office of the develop
ment company. The $10,000 was
ready for her. In the course of a
week the money was paii She mart
veled but held her counsel, returned
to Riverton, placed the money in a
bank and went to stay with a lady
friend until she coukl decide what to
do with all this suddenly acquired
wealth. She wondered why Mr. Royd
had not come to see herv She knew,
He made an explanation. Tha