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THE NEW NEIGHBOR
By Katherine Howe
"Have you called on the new neigh
bors yet, mother?" - ..
"No," answered Mrs. Kirk. "And I
don't think I shall be in a hurry to
Ogden Kirk looked up in a mysti
fied, questioning way. It was his first
week-end visit to the new country
home where he and his mother ex
pected to spend the summer. He
had hoped that their nearest neigh
bor in the small house, whose lawn
adjoined theirs, would prove com
panionable to his mother, .as she had
no acquaintances in the neighbor
hood. "What's the matter?"
"Well, I haven't (quite made out
myself. All I can say, it's queer."
"The goings-on over there. I have
seen no one about but n young girl,
a grim-looking old woman and a
scrub woman who came in to clean.
Yesterday the shrieks and moans and
maniacal ' laughter were enough to
curdle your blood. I was" almost on
the point of going over to see what
was the matter, when I, noticed the
old woman ouside, calmly weeding
a flower bed, so I thought if she was
so unconcerned over it, I would bet
ter stay home. My solicitude wuld
probably be resented."
"Do you suppose," queried the
young man, "she has fits of insan
"It must be either that or hyster
ics. At any rate, it's uncomfortable
and creepy. If I had known I was
moving next door to a private asy-
lum I would have gone somewhere
"1 suppose the old woman is an
attendant or some sort of keeper for
the young lady.' Too bad, isn't it?"
"I should think so."
Mrs. Kirk's tone was sharply em
Dhaiic. She was evidently thinking !
of her own annoyance rather than
the plight of the girl which had been
uppermost in her n's mind.
. "Perhaps," he soothed, "it is only
temporary and won't go on long."
"Perhaps," she assented, "But if
it does "
"Well, we will see," he said.
The next Saturday when young
Kirk arrived he jerked a significant
There Was No Souid of Human
finger toward their neighbor and
asked: "What about it?"
"She's had two or three attacks
this week; goes on just about the
"I wonder if she is insane."
"Well, a doctor has been there
twice this week."
"How do you know it was a doc