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go at that?" cried his sister. "Maybe
you don't know what this ineaus n.
Ethel's heart gave a big throb. She
knew what it meant to her. In the
meeting of their eyes,, the sister
"Will you ask your aunt to come
and see me?" she said.
"Oh, she never would," asserted
"Not if she could help it, of
course," rejoined Mary. "But you've
got to put your foot down and be
firm. Just say you can't tell him not
to call and you'd be likely to see him
in other places, anyway. If she
wants to shut off all communication
between you and Mr. Irvin Banks,
the only way is to come and lay the
case before his sister."
Ethel looked dubious, but prom
ised to be firm and the two conspira
Miss Crane stoutly protested she
would do nothing of the kind, but as
relations continued to be decidedly
strained she concluded it was the
only way to conclude peace.
The day she had appointed to call
on Miss Banks was cold and bluster
ing and snow began to fall heavily
while she was on the way. She had
to walk nearly a mile, and she ar
rived at the Banks cottage, chilled,
wet and bedraggled. Mary Banks
met her with such cheery cordiality
and took off her wet wraps with such
solicitude for her health, making her
sit very near the fire to dry her feet,
and talking pleasantly all the time
that her caller found it difficult to
make an opening for-her errand. At
last she got up courage to begin.
"Miss Banks, I am "
"Just a minute, Miss Crane! JLet
me get you something warm!"
Miss Crane protested she did not
need anything, but suddenly Miss
Banks regarded her with deep alarm.
"Oh!" she cried, "how badly you
look! Why, you are having a chill!
There is so much pneumonia about!
I shall get you something at once,"
Miss Crane admitted she was still
cold and allowed her to have her way.
"It's just a little hot lemonade,"
she said, handing a tall tumbler to
Miss Crane, already alarmed about
her condition, took a long draft of
the mixture. Suddenly she set It
down with a frightened look at the
other woman. "There's liquor in it!"
"Oh, only the least bit If you had
a doctor here he'd make you take it
You'll have pneumonia if you don't."
Miss Crane, now thoroughly
frightened, swallowed the whole of
it. It was really a very liberal al
lowance of "old rye," and not being
used to intoxicants, she was soon
conversing glibly and feeling very
much at home with her hostess.
Mary showed her brother's picture
and regaled her with his wonderful
achievements. Miss Crane quite for
got what she had come for and in
vited them both to call: Mary tele
phoned for a conveyance and sent
her guest home happy.
Ethel received the unexpected
news with astonishment, but the
next instant became aware that
Miss Crane had been having too
much. The next day a very miser
able, repentant woman met her at
breakfast. "I've got to resign from
the W. Q. T. U.," she said. "I'll never
be able to look any of them in the
face again. I guess I needn't have
been quite so hard on Irvin Banks. I
haven't anything more to say against
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
April 14, 1832. In U. S. house of
representatives a bill was reported
by Mr. Mercer from committee on in
ternal improvements to empower the
state of Illinois to surrender certain
lands granted by the United States
and to provide more effectually for
the construction of atanal from tho
I riyer Illinois to Lake Michigan,