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"ONE OF THE FAMILY"
By John Elkins
"Billy, I'm proposing to-.you!" said
June with a saucy grin. "Don't you
seem to recognize it when you see
"Well, hardly. It's so sudden,"
."Sudden? Why leap year is two
months old. It seems to me that's
old enough to begin to take notice."
i "But I hadn't," answered Billy in
"Well, I must say this is some
thing of a 'jolt' I thought you'd jump
at it or rather at me."
"I repeat," observed Billy. "It is
Billy, although a bit over 30, had
retained such an evergreen youth
that no one, even in the cement
works where he was a partner, ever
thought of calling him William. He
would probably always be Billy to the
end of the chapter, though he was
five feet nine and strongly built He
never laid any claims to beauty, but
had a good, wholesome countenance
that looked capable and honest.
June Barry had been taken by Mrs.
Hunt, Billy's mother, when she was
only 8 years' old. She was distantly
related by marriage, but so remotely
that when you began to try to en
tangle it, it ended in not being re
lated. But June was left an orphan
with a small inheritance, and Mrs.
Hunt brought her home and she be
came one of the family. That was
ten years ago, and she had romped
through her childhood with Billy,
and it had not apparently occurred to
him that she had grown up. Evident
ly it was occurring to him now, for
the quizzical smile on his hps was
but a transparent mask to cover
ais perplexed surprise.
"Look here, Toodles," expostulat
ed Billy, "why use me for a buffer to
bring that Thurston fellow to time.
I'll do anything for you in that line,
but why do this?."
"Don't trouble yourself to take the-
good Samaritan pose, you don't have
to. I refused Tommy lnursion aay
"You did?" Bill was plainly sur
prised. "Yes. Had you any idea I could
care for such a silly creasure?" 2
"He has oodles of money." '
"Well, do you think that's all I
want? You that's been living in the
"Where k That Scoundrel?" He
same house with me for the last ten
"That's it," musingly rejoined the
man. "Sometimes we don't know the
people of our own family as well as
we do outsiders. Perhaps because we
don't take notice."
"We don't take notice," echoed
"And you know," laughed Billy
tryinc to dismiss the matter as a