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ble expert housewife. She helped in
, the hardest tasks. All her former
frivolity and pettishness was gone.
She made of the rudest fare a lux
Mr. Lee had sent to the nearest
bank money to be used for farm
nlilnmnt nnrt Riinnllpc hut Tint a
m dollar for sustenance and clothes.
The exiled out happy twain had to
provide for that, and right cheerily
they did it
Almost a year to a day Hiram Lee
was seated in hiB comfortable libra
ry, facing his lawyer. The latter
- hajd just read a report furnished by
an emissary in the west. It showed
that all along Uncle Hiram -had kept
very close tab on the poor cast
aways. "And you wrote Wayne to come
home, did you?" inquired Mr, Lee,
and his face showed actual expec
tancy and pleasure.
"YeB, they will be here next Mon
day." "Good!" nodded Mr. Lee with unc
tion. "And you have attended to
other details I directed.?"
"Entirely," replied the lawyer.
"Better still!" quite chirped Mr.
Lee, and he smiled all over his face.
"My system has worked, it'seems,"
he chuckled, "I'm proud of its suc
cess, for it has made a man of
Wayne and a loyal, sensible little
woman of Vera."
When Wayne and Vera arrived at
his hpme town depot an automobile
met them at the depot. Wayne was
dubiousr Vera anxious, over the
probable greeting of Uncle, Hiram,
for his impulses and mysterious
ways were likely to take any whim-
V completely at rest,, however, when
they were ushered Into the parlor of
the Lee palatial home.
The best room in the house, was
awarded them, a regal meal, smiles,
even jollity from Uncle Hiram. Then,
seated in the capacious drawing
room, he onened the ball.
', VWeHi nephew," he observed
brightly, "let's get to business. I of
fered tqbuy your crop."
"Yes, sir," promptly answered
Wayne, "and I have brought it with
"You've what?" demanded Mr.
Lee in a startled tone.
"I've brought the "crop along with
me. It's in that big carpet bag in
the halL I'll go and fetch it."
UBcle Hiram's eyes dilated at
Wayne was gone for a mpment, re
turned, and opened the carpetbag.
From it he produced a shrunken,
craqkled, diminutive squash.
"What's that7" snapped Mr. Lee.
"The crop. All there is to it, ab
solutely. I'd better evplain, I guess,'
smiled Wayne. "You see, we7plant
ed lots of. stuff. With the exception
of some' quick-growing vegetables
the sun and the alkali burned up
everything. When the season was
over all that was spared was this,
"But how did you manage" to
live?" asked Uncle Hiram in a self
"Well, I worked evenings shading
the miners down at their camp," ex
"My nephew a barber!" -growled
the shocked Mr. Lee.
"And I washed their clothes," add
ed Vera, and she showed her pretty
brown hands with pride.
"A relative of mine a washerwom
an !" groaned UncleHiram. "You
dear!" and he kissed the pretty
brown hands in question in turn. 'I'm
going to confess," he added. "Young
lady, L,have misqudged you, but, as
it has turned out, that wasn't a bad
start Just after you became engaged
to Wayne I heard a conversation you
held with a girl friend, who repeated
it. The layout you had for your high
social life after marriage was daz
zling. It' convinced me that you
were a thoughtless, extravagant "
"Here! Here!" challenged Wayne
"Wait till the last instalment,
young man, and see how it all works