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THE NEW NEIGHBOR
By Katherine Howe
1 "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 tie new country
iome 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."
. "What's queer?"
" "The goings-on oyer there. I have
seen no one about but a young girl,
a grim-looking old woman and a
scrub woman who pame 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
Mold 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 would
probably be resented."
"Do you suppose," queried- the
young man, "she has fits of insan
ity?" - "It must be either that qr 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
"I 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
phatic. She was evidently thinking j
of her own annoyance ratherlhan
the plight of the girl which had been
uppermost in her son'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 Sound 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 doctor?"