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U Oh, there s where you are: well,
yr you've given me a prety hunt! I did
P' not know whether vou were lost.
strayed or stolen."
"I'm sorry " began Charlotte, but
the young man rose, interrupting
her. ' - .
"It's all my fault, Mrs. 'Twombly. I
hope I haven't lamed her for life."
Aunt Maude looked questioningly
at the man, scrutinizing him with
near-sighted . eyes.
'Well, I declare!" she exclaimed.
"I haven't seen 'you since you were
in knee pants!"
"1 guess you mean Arthur; I was
at college when you left"
"Oh, yes, youre Dan. But there
' is such" a strong likeness between
"Purcells!" gasped Charlotte.
"Well, what's the matter?" asked
- Mrs. Twombly.' "Has Mr. Purcell
been sailing under an assumed
"I think," he stammered rather
shamefacedly, "it was no name at
all." Then he added: "Will you ask
your niece if I may call and fry to
make it all right?"
"You may call," put in Charlotte,
with flushed face arid eyes turned
away, "but I don't think I'll be at
"I'm not easily discouraged,-" he
laughed, as Aunt Maude with a reas
suring smile took the dazed and em
barrassed young lady to the cloak
room. "I believe,"1 whispered Aunt Maude
triumphantly, "you've made a con
quest." "I believe)" answered her niece,
"I've made a fool of myself."
When three weeks had passed and
Purcell had not called Aunt Maude
expressed her mystification to "Char
"Oh, he never intended to," re
torted the girl. "He saw me standing
there alone and he thought it his
duty to ask me to dance. Then he
thought because he stepped on my
foot so I couldn't dance he ought to
entertain me and he was being
amused. Well, I don't care whether
I ever see him again," .
WhlnVi Inof tmo nnf ctrirtlv trim.
But when a girl's heart has been
touched and forgotten she is really
quite excusable for covering up that
"hurt Shortly after this when cross
ing the street the sudden toot of a
motor' almost startled her so that in
her hurry to get out of the way she
tripped and fell. Some one lifted her
up and asked if she was hurt. It was
Dan Purcell. -
"My car is liere; Let me take you
home," he urged.
"Thank you, I'm not hurt," was
the very icy- reply, and she turned
and walked quickly away. .
Thalt evening Purcell called. Aunt
Maude ( undertook to arbitrate, and
knocked on her niece's door. ' . '
"You see," she began, "he had to
leave tfown unexpectedly on busi
ness; he didn't think he had any
right to explain by letter, and he only
got back today,."
Charlotte consented to appear.
Mr. Purcell certainly made "up for
lost time after that, and Aunt Maude
seemed no longer necessary in the
scheme of things. , One evening he
said to Charlotte: ''You know, I did
agree with you that a big ballroom
wasn't nc'essary to happiness, and
you can have any kind of a home
you wanLif you'll let me have it with
The answer was rather indistinct,
but entirely satisfactory to Mr. Dan
TODAY IN ILLINOis HISTORY
Dec. 28, 1802. A convention -at
Vincennes petitioned congress to
suspend for ten years the article of
the ordinance of 1787 which prohib
ited slavery in the Northwest terri
toryj Congr'ess acted unfavorably
upon this memorial.
Wool 13 inches long has been
shorn from a Merino sheep lost for'
four years, in the "wilds' of Australia