body there was barring egress.
"The money my wife left. Give it
to me, here, now, or I'll put you
asleep and get the child and put her
where you'll never see her again!"
uttered the hoarse, savage voce.
"No!" came quiveringly, but firm
ly, in feminine tones. "What I have,
take. Go, leave me in peace! You
have' no- wife your neglect killed
her, my poor sister! And the law has
given me the rightful charge of the
child. The money is for her educa
tion. You are an escaped convict. I
will betray you rather than you
should darken Irma's young life."
There was a savage growl, a rush.
Merrill burst open the door. He
pinned the ruffian by the throat to
"This man is annoying you?"
spoke Merrill quietly.
"Oh, drive him away, save me!
Protect me!" .sobbed Miss Thirty
one, and sank fainting to a couch,
while the little one, just waking up,
stared wonderingly about her.
"Go!" spoke Merrill sternly, giving
the intruder a swing through the
open - doorway. "I have heard
enough to know that if I speak one
word to the police you will be out of
this lady's way effectually," and the
fellow made a swift retirement
"Won't you be my uncle, just as
dear Aunty Audrey is my aunt?"
chirped little Lois Devere, as Miss
Thirty-one, otherwise Audrey Clax
ton, told Merrill her mournful story
of a sister who had married a brutal
husband and had left the little one
to the care of her faithful sister.
"You need a protector, and care
and love," spoke Chester Merrill soft
ly during a call a week later, and
Dick piped a glorious strain and as
Miss Thirty-one drew closer to his
waiting embrace, little Lois cried out
gleefully: "Oh, I've got a dear uncle
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
A $100,000 knitting mill in Florida
is owned by negroes.
ONE-PIECE FROcks FOR SPRING
This is the month the judicious
mother takes advantage of the bar
gain counter sales of chambrey or
gingham to make daughter's crisp,
fresh school frocks for the firstf
A charming little dress is this one
piece model with box pleated skirt
and high belt Art green, pink or
brown chambrey with white pique
makes up very effectively in this
style. The stitching on cuffs and col
lar matches the frock.
THE BEST SOLUTION
"Bridget you have broken as much
china this month as your wages
amount to. Now, how can you pre
vent this occurring again?"
"Oi don't "know, mum," said Brid
get, "unless ye raise mevwges,"
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