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gularly for a week, and then got
down to a system of coming alter
nate mornings. Darrell ascertained
that the days he missed were those
when Dunbar stayed at home to re
cover from the carouse of the even
Always the pennies were the con
tribution of their visitor, and Uncle
Zekiel used to get a card and pencil
and figure out what two cents would
amount to in twenty-one years. Then
he would slap .his thigh and chuckle
"Oh, there'll be quite enough to
educate Rossmore, if I live long
enough and Dunbar lets me keep
it up," he would add with a grim look
of mystery, and, at times, malice pn
his face. v
Thus nearly two years passed
away and one morning news came to
the Mason home that Uncle Zekiel
was dead. After the funeral a will
was read that left the home to Dun
bar. "And nothing left for you, dear!"
"I hear the farm was all there was
-left," advised Darrell. "Well, Uncle
Zekiel had two years of pleasure in
the company of Rossmore, and I
think he really loved the dear little
In 5,bout a month Luke Duhbar
had left the village, a disgusted, dis
appointed man. The farm was a poor
one. He might have secured a liv
ing fronit and with" care and work
could have made it valuable, but he
was a sluggard. He left town rail
ing at "that old skinflint for spending
all his ready cash and leaving him a
barren old waste!"
It certainly was a mystery what
had become of quite a sum Uncle Ze
kiel had once kept at the bank. The
extravagant habits of Dunbar were
blamed for this, however. He put
the farm in the hands of an agent to
sell'f or what it would bring, boasting
"one royal good time when he got
hold of the ready cash!"
It was a year later when Nellie and
Darrell came into the- house from
weeding the garden.
"That precious child! Whatever
has he got hold of now?" exclaimed
Nellie, as a banging, hammering
sound echoed from the living roohi.
"The irreverant little rogue!" cried
Darrell, as they came upon the
young hopeful, little Rossmore, on
the floorvthe old bank before him, a
hammer in his hand.
Old Uncle Zekiel's handwork was
a mass of splinters. Scattered on
the carpet were pennies by the tens
and hundreds, but also ' numerous
bits of closely-folded paper. Darrell
picked up one. He unfolded it.
"A $100 bill!" he announced.
"Five hundred!" cried Nellie,, as
she unfolded another bank note.
"How much?" she questioned, as
Darrell had smoothed out nearly a
hundred of those closely-folded bits
"Over $4,000 not counting the
pennies," announced Darrell.
"Baby's fortune!" cried Nellie.
"Oh, Darrell! Don't you s6e? Dear,
lovable old Uncle Zekiel made a pre
tense of the pennies and bit by bit,
without texciting suspicions of that
spendthrift Dunbar, put all his
rconey in the baby's bank!"
They employed the money judi
ciously by purchasing the property
Luke Dunbar was sacrificing and
made a real farm and a happy home
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Feb. 13, 1823. Gov. Coles in a
communication to the senate -nominated
the following for county re
corders: John CL Lofton to be re
corder for Fulton county, Rufus
Ricker to be recorder for the county
of Marion, and Dennis Rockwell to
be recorder for the county of Mor
Sweet butter is preserved without
a particle of salt inside a gourdlike
container made of cheese. The whole
remains fresh and edible for years.