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, UNCLE JABEZ' JOKER
' By George Munson
' (Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"I leave the remainder " of my
. wnrldlv sroods to my only nephew,
Edward Lewis, with the proviso that
unless he shall marry my nouseKeep-
er, Miss Lucinda Burt, within three
calendar months it shall revert to the
said Home for Incurable Horses at
The lawver folded ud the wilL
' 'iThe remaining clauses I am not at
"( liberty to divulge,"' he remarked.
"They deal with other legacies and
have no reference either to Mr. Lew
is or to Miss Burt"
Ned listened in disgust and horror.
He had had a serious quarrel with
his uncle a . month before the old
. man's sudden death, and had left the
. house where he had spent the better
part of his life since his father died.
, And crabbed old Uncle Jabez had hu
miliated and taunted him in this, his
, last document.
For Miss Lucinda Burt was 50 if
she was a day, and not pretty at that.
' She had been his uncle's faithful
." housekeeper for 20 years, and she
made wonderful apple pies. In fact,
Ned's uncle had advised him to mar-
, ry her on the strength of this ac
complishment alone. But Ned had
, not taken Uncle Jabez seriously.
,' Who would? '
To add to the young man's trou-
, bles, he was desperately in love with
prety Nellie Gray, the stenographer
of his., uncle's business partner. He
had hardly a penny saved, though he
t now had a good position. And his
uncle's $20,000 meant a lot to him.
? As for Miss Burt, she sniffed con
temptuously she was a strong
minded woman and came over to
"I'm willing to many you," she
said, "to please Mr. Jabez. He al
. ways wanted it. He said my apple
nioa -ronnM TnnTrA a man of vmi. and
v if it's humanly possible for. any. wom
an to make a man of you I'm willing
to try. But don't talk of love to me."
With which she gathered up her
skirts and flounced out of the room.
Ned was not likely to talk of love to
her. They had never got on to
gether. Miss Burt's temper was what
is customary in strong-minded wom
en and is politely labeled "uncer
tain." The thought of marrying Miss
Burt, 20 years his senior, was the
most repulsive one that had ever
"The Remaining Clauses I Am Not at
Liberty to Divulge..'
come into the young man's head.
The thought of Nellie was always
with him. Now Nellie was not in the
least strong-minded. She was as
charming and feminine as she could
be and they loved each other to dis
traction. But even at 30 Ned had not whol
ly gauged the ways of women. Nel
lie learned of the will almost as soon
as it was read, and Ned, calling to
Lbreak jthfl .news juuL announce hfo