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By BERNICE CONE.
Maida Lane, teacher at Primary No.
5, shrugged into her yellow sweater
and went out, locking the door of the
empty school house after her. She had
always loved yellow. It was. she said,
the color of spring sunshine and daffo
dils. Unfortunately it was also the col
or of a slip of paper that rustled hate
fully In the sweater pocket as she
walked-a telegram from Phil Drew.
"Due in New York Monday. 10 a. m.
Bride with me," it announced cheer
"Bride with rae" had resolved Itself
Into a maddening refrain. Everything
that she did kept time to lt.
The road from the schoolhouse to her
home was an unfrequented one. A
little way down It stood a great red
oak tree. Bob was waiting there as
usual. Quite suddenly Maida threw
her arms around his neck and sur
prised herself by sobbing her heart out
against his tan coat. "Woof!" said
thc'collie huskily; "Woof!"
.The worst of it is. Bob." said the
girl, sitting np at length. "I haven't
the right to feel this way. even. Just
because you've pone with a fellow all
through high school doesn't make you
engaged to him. And if he enlists and
goes ac.oss the water, and you knit
for him, and pray for him. and write
to him. and he writes to you, and you
send him candy and cigarettes and ?
things, and he sends you souvenirs,
and-and-why, you haven't any call
to resent It if he gets married, have
yon? And there's no reason at all why
you should get bitter over it."
"And, Bob," continued the dog's mis
tress earnestly, "if you've so far for
gotten your human nature as to he too
frankly happy when the letters came,
and too openly puffed up over the. sou
venirs, why. then, you must expect
Brookville to smile a little, and pry a
little, and pity you some when you
receive a telegram like this.
"So we'll be awfully nice to Mr. and
Mrs. Philip Drew, but not too nice, or
Brookville will kr. ow how we feel-and
that's one thins. Bob: Brookville may
guess that we feel badly, but it's never
going to know absolutely certain, sure. '
Come on, boy; let's be happy! Race
you !" .-.
With a brave little attempt at laugh
ter from Maida and a joyous bark from
Bob they were off.
On Monday afternoon, as the teacher
of No. 5 again reached for her yellow
sweater, a shadow fell across the
schoolhouse floor. She looked np
quickly. Phil Drew's six feet filled the
door frame. The sunlight back of him
gave to his figure the illusion of a
statue done in bronze. Maida's heart
began to beat a glad welcome that was
as quickly drowned in the refrain,
"Bride with me."
She held out her hand formally.
"Phil Drew!" she exclaimed, with a
smile and what she considered the ?
proper amount of polite interest. "I'm (
so glad to see you hack again !"
: The bronze statue blinked in amazpd
chagrin. "Didn't you get my telegram?" |
It demanded. >
"Of course. It was so thoughtful .
of you to let me know just when you '
were coming. I want to congratulate t
you," she continued sweetly. "It will (
give me a great deal of pleasure to (
meet Mrs. Drew."
"Huh?" inquired the bronze one, too (
dazed for elegance of speech.
"I'm looking forward to meeting Mrs. j
Drew," Maida repeated, slightly puz- }
zled in her turn. "Your-your telegram (
"That we were due at ten." Inter- j
rupted Phil. "I hoped you'd meet me."
"Why-" she faltered. "I-I didn't ,
think you would want me to." t
Phil frowned. "Look here. Maida," j
h> protested. "I don't know what you're j
driving at, but you don't seem over- j
joyed to see me, that's sure. If there's j
someone else, why don't you say so, ,
J'No," said Maida with the tragic j
finality of eighteen, "there will never j
be anyone else for rae."
Lieutenant Phillp Drew seized hun- <
grlly upon this assurance, and would ?
have seized hungrily upon Maithr, but !
that lady Indignantly pushed him l
away. Her eyes blazed angrily, but (
there was a hint of tears In her voice. \
"I think you're the f-funny one," she j
said, thrusting the telegram Into his ?
hands, "to send me this, and then come J
here and pretend-"
v "Ha, ha!" vociferated Lieutenant i
Phil, when he read the message. "That's ;
Tich-'Bride with-'. Say, girlie, did
you honestly think-why that's Tom
Pride--you k?ow. I wrote you about I
him, my buddy-he's over at the house
now; came home with me-best fellow
that ever lived. Just a little mistake
In capital, that's all. 'Bride with-'
no, sweetheart, I had to come home to
get one of those."
(Copyright, 1919, McClure Newspaper Syn
Sad Is Sad.
A mother, who was rather fond of
the cheaper 10. 20. 30-cent melo
dramas, one afternoon took her young
daughter, who had grown to consider
herself above that sort of thing.
The daughter was bored, but the
mother was greatly interested, and.
finally, when the heroine had got into
a seemingly inextricable position,
broke down and sobbed heartily.
"Mother, I wouldn't cry here." whis
pered th?? daughter significantly, ac
centing the last word.
"Let me alone," replied the other,
hysterically. "If a thing is sad. lt's
sad ; I can't cry according to priced
j I Prompt Suitor!
?|| By CECILLE LANGDON J
(Copyright. 1919. by the WeiUrn Now,
"This Is no place for you, Miss Df
sil," said Walter Richards, and Ed:
Denzil regarded film askance. "If y
will allow nie to call upon you tl
evening I will tell you why."
Young Richards spoke In a lo
impressive tone and as Edna nodd
as if In assent, went Into the fro
office of Moore & Allen, drew wh
salary was coming to him and left tl
place. Edna followed him with h
eyes. She confessed to a slight pai
of jealousy as Richards met a flash
bold-faced girl of her own age wi
hnd been of late quite a frequent vi
Itor to the office. On several of the:
occasions Miss Martine made it
point to parade her fancied beau
and fascinations for the benefit of tl
young clerk and student.
There was some mystery about th
Miss Martine that neither Edna ni
Richards had fathomed. When'eitli
of the partners consulted with her
was beiiind closed doors. She wore
certain air of audacious superiorit
indicating that her visits to the fir
were of great importance.
Edna puzzled her mind all the re
of that afternoon as to the reasc
why Walter Richards had given t
his position. She has liked him fro
the first moment she met him. B
was courteous to the point of ga
lantry. He had walked home wll
her on several occasions and Ede
was attracted and pleased by h
quiet, gentlemanly ways. She wc
glad that she had assented to his cal
lng upon her. for he was about th
only friend she had made since con
lng to the city. -**-.
It was seven o'clock when Richard
appeared at the home where Edn
boarded. "If you don't mind," h
said, "suppose we take a stroll to th
park, where we can find a quiet spf
to talk over things," and Edna wu
She went up to her room and rf
appeared dressed for outdoors, th
handbag she usually carried In evl
dence. Richards insisted on relied
lng her of this. He selected a re
mote bench when they reached th?
"You have probably been surprise?
and mystified as to my leaving Moon
& Allen so abruptly," he spoke. "Yoi
also perhaps wonder at what I sale
about the office being no place for you
I am going to explain. I have a long
hard road ahead of me before I be
come a full-fledged lawyer, and T ma3
not readily find another place, but 1
have learned enough concerning the
devious and tricky ways of my fonnei
employers to know that every boor 1
remain I am imperiling ray reputa
tion for the future."
"You amaze mei" murmured Edna.
"Last week they asked me to assist
In deluding a client whom they were
willing to sell out for a money con
sideration. This Miss Martine who
romes sn often to the office is, I am
issured, a mere adventuress whom
they intend to use In some plot, the
Jetnils of which I have not yet
earned. But I shall learn," conclud
ed Richards, with determination. "As
:o yourself, I hope "you will betteve
:hat I am deeply concerned Jn your
?vell-being, and if I can find you aa
)ther position, with more honorable
nen, I trust you will resign from your
Edna murmured a vague assent. He
vas so earnest, so sincere, somehow
:he fervor of his apparently unselfish
nterest In her touched and influenced
1er. Then at the door of her home
Richards handed her back her hand
jag and asked permission to call ?fain
it the end of the week.
Edna had pleasant dreams that
light. She decided to trust to Rich
inls as to changing her position.
lust as she was ready to start tor the
)ffice next morning she made a dis
covery that annoyed and worried her.
3he had carried in her handbag with
lier other belongings, a key to the
iffice door and one to a metal cabinet
where Moore & Allen kept their pri
mate papers. They were both Kissing.
She had left the house about a thuara
Dehind when Richards met her.
"I hope I have not made you
anxious," he said, "but did you. miss
your office keys?"
"Why, yes," assented Edna.
"Here they are," said Richards ex
tending the missing articles.
She awaited him expectantly th?
following Saturday evening. There
was a noticeable vivacity In his man
ner as she greeted him. "i have a
Strange story to tell you, Miss Denzil!
-rather Edna. Now do not become
offended, because I hope soon the
right to call you that I took your!
??Oh, Mr. Richards !" cried Edna in
a tone of dismay.
"Yes, to visit the office and pry Into
the private papers of Moore & Allen.
I found what I suspected. A wealthy
man named Richard Tate had em
ployed them to look up a half niece.
They found that she had died years
ago. but plotted to have Miss Martino
assume her Identity, benefit by the
claim and i.hare her m-gotten gains
with them. When I revealed all this
to Mr. Tpte he became grateful for
our interest in him. He has offered
me a position at two thousand a year,
and oh, Edna ! don't you think that
enough to marry on and settle down
In a dear little hame of our own?"
STATEMENT OF THE CONDITION OK THE
Bank of Western
Located at Johnston, S. C., at the
close of business November 17, 1919.
Loans and Discounts.$362,970.28
Due from Banks and Bank
Silver and Other Minor Coin 675.42
Checks and Cash Items. 26,190.16
Undivided Profits, less Cur-.
rent Expenses ar'' Taxes
Subject to Check.$142,589.75
Savings Deposits. 38,294.28
of Deposit. 55,624.25
Certified Checks. 113.40
Cashier's Checks. 181.46
Due Head Office, Aiken, S. C. 155.270.09
State of South Carolina, ) ce
County of Edgefield. \
Before me came G. H. Ballentine,
Manager of the above named bank,
who, being duly sworn, gays that the
above and foregoing statement is a true
condition of said bank, as shown by the
books of said bank.
G. H. BALLENTINE.
Sworn to and subscribed before rae
this 25th day of November, 1919.
W. W. RHODEN,
J. W. Hardy,
H. G. Eidsotf,
CONDENSED STATEMENT OF
Bank of Western Carolina
At Close Business, Nov. 17, 1919.
Bond and Stocks._. 352,207.00
Banking Houses, Furni
ture and Fixtures._. 125,623.53
Cash on Hand and in Banks. 1.071.366.66
Undivided Profits. 106,496,08
tual Insurance Asso
Property Insured $4,268,300.
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STATE. OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
County of Edgefield.
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