' EXCESS BAGGAGE
By Alice E. Ives
1 (Copyright, 1916, W. G.-Chapman.)
When Joe Fendrick toot young
Crosset with him up to Northwest
Canada on a mine prospecting tour
he did it under protest Crosset was
'not the man for that sort of expedi
. tion. It needed strength of limb,
' hardened muscle and capacity for
endurance. A man must tramp many
miles a day through the wildest
, country and sleep rolled up in a blan
: ket on the ground in all kinds of
,( weather. Fendrick, who was sea
soned to this kind of thing, drew the
picture in no alluring colors to the
young man, but he waset on going.
.t Fendrick would have refused point
' blank, but Lyman Crosset was Jennie
Crosset's younger brother, and Fen
. drick had cherished the beautiful
hope for over two years of making
Jennie his wife when he found the
time to stay within the bounds of
civilization long enough for such an
important event in his life.
He was now some years over 40,
and Jennie would never again see 35.
Just before he started off on his ex
' pedition he said to her:
"I haven't any right to think of
getting married. I'm such a rover
maybe 111 never be able to settle
down decently like a married man
ought to, though I've always thought
; "I guess, Joe, I can wait.' I've
never been in any hurry to get mar
ried and I'm not going to begin now
especially as I don't see any one
else that would exactly take your
She said it all in such a quiet way,
, with a humorous twinkle in her eye,
that Joe Fendrick would have been
' less of the big whole-souled fellow
that he was if he had not then and
1 there resolved to hold fast to the
dear, genuine little woman he loved.
So when she begged him to take her
rather troublesome, useless brother,
with him, since he was so bent on
going, what else was there for him
"Yes, I know he hasn't been used
to such a life," she said in answer to
his protests, "but it will be good for
him to get hardened. He hasn't made
good in the office or at his profession
and I don't know what he can do."
The discouraged tone and the pa-
Clearing Off the Dishes With Neat
ness and Dispatch.
thetic appeal in her face decided
Fendrick to consent
"I know I can trust him with you
and you will take care Nof him," she
said with a grateful smile.
Fendrick promised, but he did not
regard the prospect with any degree
of pleasure. '
His misgivings were more than re
alized after they had left the railways
and plunged into the 'Wild country.
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