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October 34, 1912.
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Copyright, 1909, by DoubUday,
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It was in the woods that the
girl of the Limbcrlost found her
education, her love, her happi
ness and other good things, so,
rightly, the air of the trees is in
this story of her life. Here is a
tale for lovers of the woods and
for othcrswho like a simple story
well told by one who knows the
forest, can tell about "homo
folks" and can find the interest
in everyday lives. Through these
pages flutter the brilliant butter
fly of tangled romance, the more
sober butterfly, no less beautiful,
of noble, quiet lives, well lived,
and the gray moth of sorrow
borne needlessly for many years.
And if you listen closely you
may hear the buzz of the little,
busy existence of Billy, a young
eter worth your knowing.
Althougn a good scholar, Elnora Corn
stock, entering high chool. la abashed by
her country dress. She needs JM for
books and tuition fees. Her mother Is
unsympathetic, itnd Elnora tella her trou
bles to Wesley Slnton, an old neighbor.
When Elnora was bom her father was
drowned In a swamp, embittering- her
mother's life. Elnora determlnea to raise
money by gathering forest specimens.
The Sin tons buy clothes for her.
Elnora, getting her booka cheaply, finds
market with tha Dlrd Woman for but
terflies, Indian relics, etc.
Mrs. Comstock'a devotion to her hus
band's memory will not permit her to
ell treea or have oil wells dug; on her
land. The Blntona bring Elnora new
'After school closed Elnora, seated by
the Bird Woman, drove to Freckles'
old room In the Llmberlost One at a
time the beautiful big moths were tak
en from the Interior of the old black
case. Not a fourth of them could be
moved that night, and It was almost
dark when the last box was closed, the
list figured and Into Elnora's trembling
fingers were paid $59.10. Elnora clasp
ed the money closely.
"Oh. you beautiful stuff!" she cried.
"You nre going to buy the books, pay
the tuition and lake me to fligh school!"
Then because she was a woman she
cat on a log and looked at her shoes.
Long after the Dlrd Woman drove
Away Elnora remained. She had ber
problem, and It was a big one. If she
told her mother would she take the
money to pay the taxes? If she did
not tell her how could she account for
the books and things for which she
would spend It? At last she counted
out what she needed for the next day,
placed tbe rest In the farthest corner
of tbe case aud locked the door. She
then filled the front of her skirt from
a heap of arrow points beneath the
caso and started homo.
With tho first streak of red above the
Llmberlost Margaret Slnton was busy
with the gingham and the Intricate pa
per pattern sho had purchased. Wesley
cooked the breakfast and worked until
ho thought Elnora would be gone, then
he started to bring her mother,
"Now you be mlglity careful," cau
tioned Margaret. "1 don't know bow
she will take It"
"1 dou't either." said Wesley philoso
phically, "but she's got to take It some
way. That dress lias to be finished by
school tlmo In tho morning."
Wesley had not slept well that night.
By tho time ho reached tho front gnto
and started dawn the walk between
tho rows of niters and lady slippers ho
was porsplrlug, and every plauslblo
and convincing speech had tied Ills
brain. Mm. Coiustoek helped hlm,
Sho met hlm at the door.
"Good luornlUK." she Mid. "Did Mar
go rot wnU jou for something?''
"Too," wild Wesley, "title sont mo
for you, Hue's got a Job that's too big
for her, ami she wants you to help."
"Of couro 1 will," said Mrs. Com
stock. It was no one's affair how lone- '
ly the previous ilej bad been, or how ,
tbQ endless kmitt cf,tUcorcent would
drug. "What Is sho doing In 6uch a
Now was his chance.
"She's making n dress for Elnora,"
answered Wesley. Ho saw Mrs. Com
stock's form straighten, and her faco
harden, so ho continued hastily. "You
see Elnora tins been helping us nt
harvest time, butchering, and with un
expected visitors for years. Wo'vo
made out that she's saved us a con
siderable sum, and as she wouldn't ever
touch nny pay for anything wo Just
went to town and got n few clothes
wo thought would fix her up a llttlo
for tho high school. Wo want to get
a dress done today mighty bad, but
Mnrgarct Is slow about sewing, and
sho never can finish alone, so 1 camo
, for you."
I "And It's such n simple llttlo matter.
so dead easy; and all so between old
friends like, that you can't look above
your boots while you explain It." sneer- That quieted Margaret's apprchen
ed Mrs. Comstock. "Wesley Slnton. 1 slon n little, though sho had somo
what put the Idea Into your head that doubts. Wesley prepared tho lunch,
Elnora would take things bought with and by 4 o'clock tho pretty dress was
money when sho wouldn't tako tho finished ns far as It possibly could be
money?" ' until It was fitted on Elnora.
Then Slnton's eyes enmo up straight-.
ly. ' CHAPTER V.
"Finding her on the trail last night
sobbing ns hard as I ever saw any ono
I at n funeral. Sbo wasn't complaining
j at all, but she's como to mo all ber life
i with ber little hurts, and she couldn't
hide how she'd been laughed at, twit
ted and run face to faco against tho
fact that thero was books and tuition
unexpected, and nothing will ever
make me believe you didn't know that
"If any doubts aro troubling you on
that subject, sure I knew ltl Sho was
so anxious to try the world I thought
I'd Just let her take a few knocks and
see how she liked It"
"As If she'd ever taken anything but
knocks nil her lifer cried Wesley Sln
ton. "Knte Comstock, you are a heart
less, selfish woman. Y'ou'vo never al
lowed Elnora any real love In her life.
If ever she finds out that thing you'll
lose her, and It will serve you right"
"She knows It now," said Mrs. Com
stock Icily, "and she'll be home tonight
Just as usual."
"Well, you nre a brave woman If you
dared put a girl of Elnorn's mako
through what she suffered yesterday j
and will suffer again today and let her
know you did It on purposo. I admire
your nervo. But I'vo watched this Mrs. Comstock.
slnco Elnora was born, and I got I "If sho can stand what sho did yes
enough. Things have como to a pass I Icrday and will today sbo can bear
where they go better for ber or I In-
"As If you'd over dono anything but
interfere nil her life! Think I haven't
watched you? Think I, with my heart
raw in my breast nnd too numb to ro-
sent It openly, hnven't seen you and
siag sinton trying to turn Elnora
against me day nfter day? When did
you ever tell ber what ber father
meant to me? When did you ever try i
to mako her seo the wreck of my llfo I
nnd what I've suffered? No. Indeed!"
"Kato Comstock, that's unjust!" cried
Slnton. "Only last night I tried to
show her tho plcturo I saw tbo day she
was born. I begged ber to como to
you and tell you pleasant what sbo I
needed nnd uk you for what I happen
to know you can well nfford to glvo
"I can't!" cried Mrs. Comstock. "Y'ou
know 1 can't!"
"Then get so you can!" said Wesley
Slnlon. "Any day you say tho word
you can sell $0,000 worth of rare
timber off this plnco easy. I'll seo to
clearing and working tho fields cheap
as dirt, for Elnora's sake. I'll buv vou
more enttle to fatten. All voti'vo L-t
to do Is sign n leaso to pull thousands
from ih ground in oil. as the rest of
us nre dolug all arouud you."
"Cut ihiwn Uolrt'n tree!" hhrleked
Mr. Coinaioik "Tear up his land!
Cover everything with horrid, greasy
oil! I'll die flratl"
"You uiMiH you'll let Elnorn go llko
n bKiwr and hurt and ittortlfy Iwr tuut
bNtiiM(. l'e k4 to the ptaeo where I
tell you 4alu what I hhi wuk tu do.
ilawrW nnd I went to tuwn last nlcJit,
uud wo got wlwt thing Itluom need.i
most urgent to mako-her look n little
like the rent of the high school girl.
Now here It Is In plain English. You
can help get these things ready and
let us give them to her as we want"
"She won't louch the ml" cried Mrs.
"Then you can pay us, and sho can
take them ns her right"
"Then I will tell Elnont Just what
you nro worth, what you can afford
and how much of this she owns. I'll
loan her the money to buy books nnd
decent clothes, mid when sho Is of nge
sho can sell her share nnd pay mo,
Mrs. Comstock grit
and opened her
I "And," Slnton continued, "If she Is so
much llko you that she won't do that
I'll go to the county seat nnd lay com- 1
plaint against you as her guardian be-
j foro tho Judge. I'll swear to what you
are worth nnd bow you nre raising her
j and have you discharged or hnvo tho
Judge npK)Int some .mnn who will seo
that sbo Is comfortable, educated nnd
' decent looking!"
, "You you wouldn'tl" gasped Mrs.
I "1 won't need to, Kntcl" said Slnton,
his heart softening the Instant tho hard
words were said. "You won't show It,
but you do lovo Elnornl Y'ou can't
help It! Y'ou must sec how sho needs
things. Come, help us fix them nnd
bo friends. Maggie nnd I couldn't llvo
without her, nnd you couldn't either.
Y'ou'ro got to lovo such a Otio girl as
sho N. Let It show n little!"
"Y'ou can hardly expect mo to lovo
her," said .Mrs. Comstock coldly. "Hut
for her n man would stnud back of mo
now who would bent the breath out of
' your sneaking body for the cowardly
thing with which you threaten mo.
After nil I've suffered you'd drag me
to court nnd compel mo to tear up
Itobort's proerty. If I ever go they
carry me. If they touch one treo or
put down one greasy old oil well It
will be over all I can shoot before
they begin. Now, see bow quick you
cnu clear out of here!"
"You won't come and help Magglo
For answer Mrs. Comstock looked
about swiftly for some object on which
to lay her hands. Knowing her tem
per. Wesley Slnton left with nil tho
' haste consistent with dignity. Hut
ho did not go home. He crossed a field
and In nn hour brought another neigh- '
bor who wns skillful with her needle.
With sinking heart Mnrgaret saw tbem
"Kate is too busy to help today. She
can't sew before tomorrow," said Wes-
ley cheerfully as they entered.
; Wherein Mrs. Comstock Laugh th
First Tim In Sixteen Years.
HE neighbor left and Margaret
, : ., . . , - .
big market basket Wesley took
tbo hat umbrella and raincoat
and tbey went down to Mrs. Com
stock's. As tbey reached tbe step Mar
garet spoke pleasantly to Mrs. Com
stock, who sat reading Just Inside the
door, but sbo did not answer.
Wesley Slnton opened the door and
.went In, followed by Margaret
Kate," ho said, "you needn't tako
out your mad oyer our little racket on I
Maggie. I alnt told her a word I !
said to you or you said to me. She's
not so very strong, and she's sewed
since. 4 o'clock this morning to get this
dress ready for tomorrow. It's dono
and we came down to try It on Elnora."
"Is that the truth, Mjtg Slnton?"
demanded Mrs. Comstock.
You beard Wesley say so," proudly
nuinncu airs, eiuton. -
"I want to make rou a proposition."
said Wesley. "Walt till Elnora comes.
Then we'll show her the things nnd seo I
what sho says." j
"Dow would It do to seo what she .
says without bribing her?" sneered
i'most anything," said Wesley,
away tho clothes If jou want to till we
"Well, you' don't tako this waist I'm
working ou," said Marguret, "for I ,
havo to baste In tbo sleeves and set I
"io collar. I'ut tuo rest out of sight
" Jou "e.
Mrs- Comstock picked up the basket
nnJ bundles, placed them lnsldo her
room nnd closed the door.
Margaret threaded her needle nnd
ocean to sow. Mrs. comstock return-
cd to her book, whllo Wesley fidgeted ;
Butl Inwardly. Ho could seo j
U"1' Margaret wna nervous nnd nlmost I
,n tcars- but ,llu "n-! ln Mrs- Com' '
stock's .Impnsslvo faco wero set uud
c0,tl - Ko llluy sat nnJ tuo cIocI licked ,
" llle i"o-oo Hour, two, uusk, nuu
no Elnora. Marguret long bIiico hnd ,
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taken the lust stitch she could. Occn-1 "from tUein least of all," cried El
slonally she and Wesley exchanged n 1 norn stoutly. "1'roni n stranger sooner
few words. .Mrs, Comstock regularly than froui them, to whom I owo mi
turned u lenf and onco uroso and mov niueli more than 1 ever l-nn imy'nowV'
ed nearer n window. Just when Mar- "Well, you don't have to." sajd Mrs.
gnret nnd Wesley wero discussing Comstock. "Magglo Just selected these
whether ho had not best go to town
mwt ''. "ey Heard tier coming
up the walk. Wesley dropped hla tilt
cd cualr nml 'lared himself Murgu-
ret gripped her sewing uud turued
plodding eyes to tho door. Mm. Com
block closed her book uud grimly smil
ed. ".Mother, please open the door!" cull
Mrs. Comstoek arose aud swung op on
tho seretiu'. ICIhoih stetfHd In beaide
ber. bent half double, the whole front
of her droits gathtMed Into n sort of bag
filled with a huNvy load hw oho arm
.tasked high with ImmjUm. In the dim
light sho did not eo thu Hlutous.
"Please band mo (lie empty bucket la
Ihe kitchen, mother," sho said. "I Jnst
had to bring these arrow points home,
but I'm scared for fear I've soiled my
dress and will have to wash It. I'm to
clean them nnd take them to tho bank
er In the morning, and oh, mother, I've
sold enough stuff to pay for my books,
my tuition nnd maybe a dress and
some lighter shoes besides. Oh, moth
er, I'm so happy! Tako the books and
bring tho bucket"'
incn sno saw .Margaret ami nesicy.
"Oil, glory!" She OXUlted. "I was Just
n.i -hnEVk ' ,vom,er,nK, ,,ow 1,1 "r TV"1 ,0 ,c" I Wesley and Margaret scarcely
? 1 t . . , ' J0"'. nnd. hT, yU nr! 118 l0 Pr rctlicO for a long time. Then Wes
s, but no words foctly splendid to be truer lcy Wont ,0 do ll.o feeding. Elnorn
"Tell us, Elnorn," unld Slntou.
"Well, sir," snld Elnora, doubling
down on the floor and spreading out
her skirt, "set the bucket here, mother.
These points nre brlltlo nnd have to
be put In one at n time. If they nro
chipped I can't sell them." Aud she
told all that had happened.
Elnorn laid the last arrow point In
tho pall nnd nroje. slinking leaves aud
"Pleat hand m the empty bucket In
the kitchen, mother," she said.
bits of baked earth from her dress.
Sho reached Into her pocket and pro
duced her money nnd waved It beforo
their wondering eyes.
"And that's the Joy parti" sbo exult
ed. 'Tut It up In tho clock till morn
ing, mother. That pays for tho books
nnd tuition nnd" Elnorn hesitated,
, for she saw the nervous grasp with
which her mother's fingers closed on
tho bills. Then sbo went on, but more
slowly nnd thinking beforo she soko.
I i iiiii i fci'i luuiuiivn I'iiH lur uiuru
"J ". uJ 8 few'
'What 1 get tomorrow pays for more
Just a few, things to wear. These
shoes aro so dreadfully heavy and hot,
and tbey mako such a' noise on the
floor. Thero Isn't another cnllco dress
In the whole building, not among hun
dreds of us. Why, what Is that? Aunt
Margaret, what are you hiding in your
Sho snatched tho waist and shook It
out. nnd her face was beaming. "Have
,kcn ,0 wnIst8 f and buU
t0ned in the back? I bet you this Is
"I bet you so, too," said Margaret
Slnton. "Y'ou undress right away and
try It on, and if It fits It will bo done
for morning. There nre some low shoes
Elnora began to dance. "Oh, you
dear people!"' she cried. "I can pay
for them tomorrow nlghtl Isn't It too
Uniomidii i ttnii 1itt (hlnlrltif nn ilia
way home that I certainly would bo
compiled to havo cooler shoes until
,a(er nnd j WM wondcrinK ,vllat Vil
do when the fail rnlns berln."
"I meant to get you somo heavy
dress skirts aud a coat then," said Mrs.
"I know you said sol" cried Elnorn.
"Hut you needn't now. I can get every
single stitch I need myself. I'll bo
helping with the tax next, mother."
Elnora waved tho wnlst nnd started
for the bedroom. When alio opened
tho door she gave n little cry.
"What havo you people been doing?'
Hhe demanded. "I neer saw so many
Interesting bundles In nil my life. I'm
skecred to death for fear I can't pay
for nil of them and will have to glvo
"Wouldn't you tako them If you
could not pay for them. Elnorn?" asked
,cr mother Instantly
"Why. not unless you did." nnswered
Elnora. "People hnve no right to wear
things they can't nfford. have they?"
"Hut from such old friends as Mag-
K0 unci Wesley!" Mrs. Conutock's
volco was ollv with trlumnli,
. .. ...
things becauo sho Is more In tourh
with the world nml Jiiih got stirh good
taste. You can wiy as long ns your
money liohh out. nnd If there's more
uccoNwiry maybe I can sell the butcher
a eulf. or If there's things too ctutly
for iw, of coure. they can take them
back. Anything that ain't uimh can lie
returned They were only brought here
The girl Install npoulug tho package.
The hnt earoe Brut
"MothorP cried Hluorn. "Mother, of
course, you lutvo seen this, but you
Iwven't seen It on me. I niuU try It
"Dou't you daro put tbnt on your
head until your bnlr Is washed and
properly combed," said Margaret
"Whllo It dries you can cat your sup- "Yes, but you seemed willing for me
per, and this dress will bo finished, to havo It, nnd you said you would help
Then you can put on your new ribbon mo If I couldn't pay all," Insisted El
and your hat. That llttlo round bundlo nora.
on tho (op of tho basket Is your ntock- "Maybe I did," said Mrs. Comstock.
lags." "Maybo I did. I meant to get you
Margaret sat down and began sewing somo heavy dress skirts nbout Thanks-
swiftly nnd n llttlo Inter opened tho giving, nnd I still can get them. Qo to
machlno nnd rnn several long seams, j bod nnd for mercy's sako don't begin
Elnorn wns back In n few minutes,
holding p icr sUlrts and stepping
.lntnlllr In Hin l.nnnllfnl now ahnpa.
set tho table. When tho water was
hot Margaret pinned a big towel
around Elnorn's shoulders and washed
and dried tho lovely hair according to
tbe Instructions sho had been given (ho
previous night. As tho hair began to
dry It billowed out in a sparkling sheen
that caught tho light and gleamed nnd
"Now. tho Idea Is to let It stand nat
urally, Just ns tho curl will mako It.
, I I 1 1 1 ritnrlt
snarling. Elnora." cautioned Margaret
"Wash It this wny every two weeks
whllo you arc In school, slinko It out
and dry It. Then part It In the inlddlo
nnd turn n front quarter oil each sldo
from your face. Y'ou tlo the back nt
your neck with n string so, and tho 1
ribbon goes In a big, loose bow. I'll
show you." Ono nfter another Mar
garet Slnton tied tho ribbons, creasing
each of them so they could not bo re
turned, ns she explained that sho was
trying to see which wns most becom
ing. Then sho produced tho raincoat,
. which carried Etnorn Into transports.
I To Wesley nnd to, Mnrgaret tho
, bright young faco of Elnorn, with Its
pink tints. Its henry dark browns, Us
j bright littio gray eyes nnd Its frame
of curling reddish brown hair was tho
sweetest sight ou earth, nnd nt that
' lnstnnt Elnora wns radiant
Sho set the hnt on her head. It was
Just a wide tan strnw with thrco ex-
qulslto peacock quills at ono side. Mar
j gnrct Slnton cried out, Wesley slapped
' his knee nnd sighed like n blast and
Mrs. Comstock stood speechless for n
j "I wish you had nsked tho prlco bo
I fore you put that on," sho snld Impa
tiently, ho never can nuoru iu
"It's not so much ns you think," said
Mnrgarct "Don't you seo what I did?
I hnd them tako off the quills and I put
on somo of those Phocbo Slmnis gnvo
roo from her peacocks. Tho hat will
only cost you n doltnr and n half."
She avoided Wesley's eyes and look
ed straight nt Mrs. Comstock. Elnorn
removed the hnt to cxamlno it
"VJIiy. they aro thoso reddish tan
quills of yours!'' she cried. "Mother.
, look how beautifully they aro set onl
I think they nro fine. I'd much rather
have them than those from tho store."
"So would I." said Mrs. Comstock.
"ii Jiargnrci wnuts to sparo incin, inni
win mnke you a beautiful hat, dirt
cheap, tool Y'ou must go past Mrs.
i Blmms and show her. She would bo
i BimiM anu snow uer.
Phased to see them'
Elnora sauk Into a chair because she
couldn't stand any longer nnd coutem-
plated ber toe. "Landy, alnt I a
queen?' she murmured. "What else
have I got?"
"Just n belt, some handkerchiefs and
a pair of top shoes for rainy days and
colder weather," said Margaret, hand
ing over parcels.
"About thoso high shoes, that was
my Idea," said Wesley. "Soon as It
rains low shoes won't do, and by tak
ing two pairs at onco I could get them
some cheaper. The low ones flro two
and tbo high ones two-fifty, together
three seventy-flvo. Ain't that cheap?'
"That's a real bargain," said Mrs.
Comstock, "If they are good shoes,
and they look It"
"This,", said Wesley, producing the
Inst package, "Is your Christmas pres
ent from your Aunt Maggie. I got
mine, too. but It's at tbo bouse. I'll
bring It up In the morning."
He banded Margaret tho umbrella,
and she passed It over to Elnorn, who
opened it nnd sat laughing under Its
shelter. Then bIio kissed both of them.
She got a pencil and a slip of paper
nnd set down tho prices they gavo her
of everything they had brought except
tho umbrella, added tho sum and said
laughingly: "Will you please wait till
tomorrow for tho money? I will have
It then, euro."
"Elnora," said Wesley Slnton,
"Elnora, hustlo hero n minute!" call
ed Mrs. Comstock from tho kitchen.
"I need youl"
"One second, mother," nnswered El
norn, throwing off tho coat and bat
nnd closing tho umbrella ns sho run.
Thero wero several errands to do ln a
hurry, nnd then supper. Elnorn chat
tered Incessantly, Wesley and Mar
garet talked nil tliey could, whllo Mrs.
Comstock said n word now nnd then,
which wns nil sho ever drtl. Hut Wes
Icy Slnton was watching her; mid tlmo
nnd ii pi In ho kiiw n peculiar llttlo
Iwlst around her luuuth. Ho knew
that for tho first tlmo In sixteen years
alio really was laughing over some
thing. Sho had all alio could do to
preserve her usually isober face. Wes
ley know what bhe was thinking.
After supper tho druw was IIiiIhIioiI,
tho plans for tho next ono dlscusii'd,
nnd then tho Slutons went home. El
norn gnthored her treasures.
As she started for (he btalrs she stop
ped "May I bias you good night,
mother)" b'io asked lightly.
"Never mind any slobbering," said
Mrs. C'osjiHluek. "I should think you'd
lived with hu long enough to know
that 1 dou't euro for It."
"Well, I'd love to show you In some
wny liuw happy I nm and how I IIihhU
"I wonder what for?" said Mrs.
CoiU8locl(. "Mag Slnton 'pinked that
stuff and brought It here, and yon pay
mooning lioforo a mirror ana niflKo a
dunce of yourself."
Whsraln tha Heart of Pat Corson la
Touched by a Qirl,
Its. COMSTOCK picked up sev
eral papers nnd blew out tho
kitchen light. Sho stood In tha
middle of the sitting room floor
time and then went Into her
room and closed tho door.
tho edge of tho bed, sho thought for
n f.'iv intniiti'i nnd thiMi HlliMi'lilv liur-
I led her faco In tho pillow nnd again
: lien ml wllli laughter.
Down the road plodded Margaret and
, Wesley filnlon. Neither of them had
' . ,,... ,,,.
words to utter their united thought
"Donul" hlsied Wesley nt last. "Dono
brown 1 Did you ever feel llko a bloom
In', confounded donkey? How did th
woman do It?"
"She didn't do Id" gulped Margaret
through her tears. "She didn't do nny-
thing. Sho Just trusted to Elnora's
great blg'soul to bring her out rfght,
nnd really sho was right, nnd so It had
to bring her. 8he's n darling, Wesley.
Hut elm's got n tlmo before her. Did
you sec Knto Comstock grab that mon
ey? lleforo six months she'll bo out
combing tho Llmberlost for bugs nnd
arrow points to help pay tho tax. I
"Well, I don't!" oxclnlmed Slnton.
"She's too many for me. Hut there Is
n laugh left In her yet I didn't s'ikiho
, there was. Met you n dollar If wo
could seo her this mlntito she'd bo
chuckling over tho wny we got left."
i Doth of them stopped In the road and
"There's I'.lnorn's light In her room,"
said Margaret. "The oor child will
, feel those clothes and"orc over her
books till morning, but she'll look de
' cent to go to school, nnyway. Nothing
Is too big n price to pay for that."
f "Y'es. If Kato lets her wenr them.
' Ten to one sho makes her finish tho
week with that old stuff."
1 "No, she won't," snld Mnrgaret "Sho
dou't dare. Kato made some conces
, slons all right, big ones for her If alio
did get her wny In thu main. Sho bent
some, nnd If Elnorn proves that sho
can wnlk out barehanded In the morn-
1 l ..-.l ...1(1. tt.n, mnnli
m , lu.r IKK.kpt nn nrInf, of
nm, h tl,n)mlt Illi0 lat ,10
mt sIl0 , of omo conslJorn.
tIon nm, ,Cntc.,, smart ,.ll0UKh, SUc'n
lnlnk tWco Moto she'll do that El-
nora wou.t wcar coUfo ,,rM!1 ,0 Mf.u
school ngalu. Y'ou watch and seo If
she does. She may have got tbo best
clothes she'll get for a time for tbo
least money, but sho won't know It un.
i til she tries to bur roods herself at
, th0 same rates. Wesley, what about
, tnoso prices? Didn't they shrink con-
"You began It." said Wesley. 'Thoso
prices were all right Wo didn't say
whnt the goods cost us; wo said what
they would cost ber. Surely she's mis
taken nbout being ablo to pay all that
Can sho pick up stuff of that valoe
around the Llinbcrlost? Didn't tbo
Hlrd Woman seo her troublo and Just
give ber the money?"
"I don't think so," snld Margaret
"Seemt to me I'vo heard of her pay
ing or offering to pay them that would
tako the money for bugs and butter
flies, nnd I've known coplo who sold
that banker Indian stuff. Once I
heard that bis pipe collection beat that
of the government at tho Philadelphia
centennial. Those things have como
to have a value."
"Well, there's nbout a bushel of that
kind of valuables piled up In tho wood
idled that belongs to Elnora. At least
I picked them up becauso sho said alio
wnntcd them. Mnggle, how tbo uatlon
did Kate Comstock do that?"
"Y'ou will keep on harping. Wesley.
I told you she didn't do It Elnorn
did It! She walked In aud took things
right out of our hnnds. S'poso wo'd
got Elnora, when she was n baby, nnd
we'd heaped on her all the lovo wo
can't on our own, and we'd coddled,
petted and shielded her, would sho
hnvo made the woman that living .
alone, learning to think for herself
aud taking nil tbo knocks Kate Corn
stock could give have mado of her?"
"Y'ou bet your life!" cried Wesley
warmly. "Loving nnybody dou't hurt
them. Wo wouldn't have done any
thing but love ber. You cnu't hurt n
child loving It. She'd hnve learned to
work, be sensible, study, and grown
Into n womiin with us, without suffer
ing llko n poor homeless dog." '
"Hut you dou't get the point, Wes
ley. Hhe would bavu grown Into a lino
woman with us; Jim m-ciiis ns If El
norn wns bum to bo lllie, but as we
uould have raised her, would her
heart ever have known tho world ns It.
Joes uuwl Where's the nngulNh, Wei
ley, that child can't comprehend? See
lug what Hhe's won of her mother
hasn't hardened her. ' I guow we'd
better keep out. Maybo Knto Com
stoek knows what hhe's doing. Suro
as yuu live, Elnorn hns grown bigger
en kiioeks than alio would on love."
(Continued next week.)
OlvIiiK an enemy kooiI ami whole,
somo food In the rlht spirit will
kill hlm qulaker tlmn poMu.
He In uhom tho levy of truth pre
dominates wilt kp hiiiMtelt aloof
from nil moor In u nnd nfluaU-.Hinur-Bon.