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MYSTEnY OF THE EXPECTED ROBBER
BOUT 5 o'clock in the follow
ing afternoon Donald came to
me as I sat alone in my work
room at the office.
"Uncle John," said he, "I have de
ided to make a startling and terrible
ool of myself once and for all and
ae it over with. If I do, you'll for
ive me, won't you? I wish you'd give
ne permission to do any Idiotic thing
:hat comes into my mind. It's better
hon getting drunk, as some fellows at
:llege do, and running around with
ill kinds of people, but their parents
I told him that it would indeed be a
;tartling and terrible thing which could
nake him any less my boy than he had
"Then it's all settled," said he, "and
Ile strode up to a safe that was in
:he room, a small safe compared to
:hose in the outer office, yet of a new
tyle and very strong.
"In that safe," said he, "there are
:wo packages of money. They are in
>rown paper, with rubber bands around
hen. One of them is not quite so
hick as a pack of cards, and the other
s thicker than two packs. The larger
mne is on top."
"The larger one is on top?" I repeat
<d. "How do you know that?"
"I know it, uncle," he replied. "That's
ill I can say."
"It is important in such matters as
:his," said I, "to distinguish between
he knowledge that can come from
eading another person's mind and that
xhich proceeds directly from the heart
)f nature. It is the latter class which!
s deepest down in this realm of mys
ery. Now, I know that there are two
uch packages as you describe in that
afe, but if you know which of them is
n top you must have got your infor
nation direct, without the interposi
ion of another mind, for only one hu
nan being besides yourself ever knew,
nd he has forgotten. In-fact, I'm not
ure that I could have told you the
ext instant after I had put them there.
don't believe that my mind took any
ognizance of the relative position."
"Let's have a look at them," said he
?agerly. "If I should be wrong"
He did not finish the sentence, but I
-ould see that he felt the invariable joy
f the true psychic in any suggestion or
rospect of failure. Meanwhile I was
pening the safe. It contained noth
ng except a few documents of mine
.d the money. We had intended to
se It for some books of the Tunbridge
ranch, a little independent railroad
rhich connects our town with the
runk line, but an unexpected and
~omewhat mysterious opposition had
risen among the executive officers of~
:his insignificant cor-poration, and so
e headquarters remained at the June
ion. In the forthcoming annual meet
g this would all be rectified, as we
entrolled a majority of the stock.
I swung open the outer doors and
hen unlocked the inner ones and my
rivate drawer, in which lay the pack
ges, the larger of them on top. I rais
d them with my finger'effliciently for
)onald to see and then dropped them
ack. He nodded many times in a
ow and rather solemn fashion.
"Does anybody else know they're
here?" he asked.
"Your father," said I, adding, with a
mile: "But he didn't know how they
ay or even that they were in my pri
ate drawer. He had the combination
f the safe, but I have all the keys of
he drawers and of the inner doors."
"The larger package," said Donald
a monotonous tone, as if he were re
eating a lesson, "contains $32,000; the
maller contains $8,000. The bills are
f many denominations. I don't know
"The money came from several
ources," said I. "It is to be used in
ayment for part of what is known as
he Hackett interest. Mr. Hackett was
ny partner, who died many years ago.
e left a considerable part of his inter
st to an aunt, whose children have
;ince inherited it. It is her oldest son
-hom we are going to buy out. Of
:ourse, we can pay him by check, but
or certain reasons we wanted to have
good supply of legal tender on hand."
'That's Mr. William Hackett, isn't
t?" asked Donald. "I remember see
ng him here last winteri when I was at
ome. IIe's the man with the red face,
ed whiskers, red hair-ecvcrything red,
ven his ne(ktie, as I recall him."
"That's the man," said I.
'Well, uncle," he returned, "I hope
fr. Hackett may get the money, if
ha t's your intention, but there's an
)ther man after it."
I peeived that we had got down to
he root of the matter.
"Another man?" I queried.
"There is a pale, hard featured man,
vith prominent ears and a brutal look
bout the mouth," said the boy. '-He
as lips that are as stiff and hard as
ron. Ils chin has a little peaked point
vith a queer dimple that looks like a
mhot hole. The left side of his mouth
s lower than the right. He is coming
ere for this money. lie is about a
eet 9 inches tall and of medium
r-eight, a trifle thin perhaps. I can't
y how old he is, but his hair is griz
led though I wouldn't wish to speak
lefinitely about that, for I never saw
im with his hat off."
"You've seen him?" I exclaimed.
Donald smiled at me, an'd, extending
is hand, he tap~ped upon the drawer
)f the safe. I understood immediately
:hat he had not seen the individual in
he ordinary way of mortal vision.
"You think that he is coming here for!
;his money ?" said I.
"Uncle, I know it," reptied Donald.
'I know that he intends to get this
aaoney and that he feels perfectly sure
bout it, and, the worst of it is, that
keep having the impression of his
~etting it unless something very un
sual, something quite out of the or
linary, happens to prevent. I don't
seem to - have any confidence in the
5tregth of the safe or in our watch
nan and I don't know whether iti
vould do any good to take the money!
nd put it somewhere else."
"What do you want us to do?" I ask
d. "Set a special watch?"
"The thing that would please me;
est," he replied, "would be to have
:his matter a secret between you and
ne. Can't we do that, Uncle John?
Don't tell my father or mother or any
-oy Just le+tm me wnder down her
a True Record and txplanation of the Seven
(steries Now Associated With Iis Nrae In
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Which Is the Key of the Seven
ON, JR. I
By HOWARD FIlDiN6 I
mvrv evenin-g-nd sleep 011 tnat couch:
Nootly need know, and if nothing hap
.you won't laugh at me."
1 answered that I could not allow
him to take the risk, and I held to this
pinion although he protested that
there was no ground for alarm.
"This man wouldn't make a luncheon
for me, uncle," said he, squaring his
broad shoulders. "I'd be positively
ashamed to lay a hand upon him In
violence. Besides, I'll bring down my
hotgun if you'd feel any safer."
We discussed the matter for a few
minutes. with the result that I tele
honed to New York for a detective
whom I have occasionally consulted.
HIe is at the head of dne of the best
private bureaus and prides himself
upon a personal acquaintance with ev
ry criminal of consequence in the
That evening after dinner Donald
and I -went out for a walk, and in a
secluded place which had been desig
nated in advance we met Mr. Graves
Reedy, the detective. When the case
was unfolded to this astute and expe
rienced man, he confessed that he not
ed in it some slight flavor of the un
"I ain't exactly accustomed to hav
ing descriptions come in this way,"
said he, "but I'll tell you one thing
right off the griddle-I know the man.
I ain't seen him in some time and
thought he was out of business. It
was said that he'd gone to Australia,
and then I was told that he was dead.
But, dead or alive, David Creel, alias
Williams, alias Carney, is the man."
"You recognize him?" said I.
He spread out his hands as one who
dismisses a matter that is all settled.
"Perfect," said he. "There's only
:ne Scotch Davy-that's his nickname.
He's a safe blower, and a good one.
He must be sixty years old by this
"He didn't look it," said Donald.
"He's a well preserved man," re
joined the detective, "or was the last
time I saw him. He's always lived
right; never dissipated or had any bad
habits. He was a good man in his
way and kind to his family. Did you
notice how he was dressed?"
"A sort of dark sack suit, as I re
member," replied Donald.
"Kind of a reddish brown?"
"Yes, with a faint red stripe."
"You mean what they call an invisi
ble check," said the detective-"stripes
up and down and crossways?"
Reedy rubbed his head.
"That's the suit he was wearing nine
years ago when I saw him last," said
be. "Can't have it yet. Be worn out
before this time. By gee! It begins
to look as if he was dead."
He laughed softly and then became
"My advice to you, Mr. Harrington,"
said he, "is just this: Leave the whole
business to me. If there's anything in
this, we'll nip the man right here. If
there isn't anything in it, you don't
want a word said. Am I right?"
I assented, but ventured to Inquire
what steps he intended to take.
"I'll hang around," said he. "If
Scotch Davy is going to do this job,
Lie's been in town to look the ground
ver. If he was going to do it tonight,
de'd come gently walking in from one
f the neighboring towns about 10
'clock or so and lay around behind a
ence till it was time to operate. That's
ais way on a job like this. I know
aim. I'll bet a hat that I can go lay
lown in a place where Davy will fall
ver me if he's our man. I know him
is ell as that."
"Where would it be?" I inquired with
.nterst, for I like these men of fine
nstinctive perception who can foresee
:he acts of their natural enemies.
"There's a path comes up across lots
~rom the railroad station," he .replited.
It splits in a field, and one half of it
runs up to your' odice, as you call It,
while the other goes to Elm street just
at the junction wvith your private way.
Davy will loaf along that path because
that's where nobody ever goes at
It struck me as a distinct probability.
asked whether Reedy thought that
there was any chance of Mr. Creel's
"operating'' immediately, and he re
plied that he saw no reason for delay.
"If he knows the stuff's there," said
be. tonight's as good as any other. I
dvise you to sit up pretty lite, so that
if any message comes from me you
won't have to stop to dress. Maybe
'll get him on his first round. With a
efellow like that there's no use of wait
Lg till he actually breaks in. Consid
ring his record, ive can send him up
anyhow, whether he does anything or
aot. The judge'll know that Scotch
Davy wasn't out here for the scenery.
So you can't tell when you may hear
Donald suggested that we might get
nto the office secretly and wait there
without a light. It would be handier
than going to the house. This was
pronounced too risky by Reedy. We
ight frighten Mr. Creel away. It
would be easy, however, to get into
:he main factory building and wait in
certain little room in the end nearest
the oice. We might stay there as
ate as would be possible without ex
iting alarm at the house and then go
This plan was adopted, and we ef
ectd an entrance into the factory
uilding without the knowledge of my
watchman, a detail upon which Reedy
nsisted. While this project was In
process of execution the detective se
:-ured a private word with me.
"This ain't any trance," said he, re
crring to Donald's disclosure. "If it
was. I'd say, 'Nothing doing!' I don't
believe in that sort of thing. But your
roung friend's got some kind of a dead
straight tip. Ie knows what he's talk
Lg about. Hie don't know as much as
e pretends to. Take that business
about the suit of clothes as an exam
ple. I~e merely followed my lead. But
what he does know for certain is that
somebody's after that money, and he
wants to make sure that they don't get
it. And that description is no dream.
ou can gamble on that."
So long as Mr. Reedy's view did not
>revent. him from exerting his best eD
leavors in the case I had no desire to
Iuarrel with him, but he did not dis
:urb, in the slightest degree, iny faith
.n Donald. The matter of the position
)f the packages had settled that, not to
nention Donald's accurate knowledge
>f the amounts contained in them. I
a ave hoo~bn able to remember 'Whly
I divded tie money In that way, Dul
there was no reason why I should have
mentioned the circumstance to any one,
My opinion at that time was that Don
aldson might know about it, though I
could not positively recall having told
him. We knew the total amount, and
so did Carl Archer and Jim Bunn, bu
it was a certainty that none of these
persons had given Donald his Informa
It was about 9 o'clock when we gol
Into the factory, and during an hour's
time nothing of importance occurred
The night was windy and dark. WE
could get a very imperfect view from
our window, for the lamp in the street
was dim and very much blown about
Once we thought we saw the figure of
Reedy crouching beside the office and
occasionally our watchman appeared iri
the roadway between the two build
This utter monotony of waiting set
our nerves on edge, and when the whis
tie of the 10 o'clock train blew we
jumped as if it had been an unusual
sound. It seemed very loud and star
A fine rain had begun to fall, but we
did not know of it until we saw the
top of a covered carriage that passed
along the roadway glitter with the
moisture. It was a carriage that I did
not remember to have seen in Tun
bridge, and I communicated this fact
to Donald in a whisper, though I fancy
we might have spoken aloud without
doing any harm.
The carriage passed rapidly Just as
the train whistled, and I thought there
must be somebody in it who was hur
rying to the station, but I could see no
one at all. Half a minute later our
.watchman paused directly in front of
the window. He lighted his pipe, and
the match made a great flare in the
dark. Then, after he had smoked a
bit, he suddenly thrust his pipe into
his pocket and ran toward the office.
Curiosity got the better of me, and I
softly raised the window. The sound
of angry voices came from beyond the
smaller building. The words were in
distinguishable at first, and then I
heard Reedy say with precision and
"You're Scotch Davy; that's who you
are. I've been looking for you."
Again there was a tangled jargon,
ending, as before, in the supremacy of
Reedy's cold tones.
"You're the watchman, eh?" said he.
"Well, you're a nice kind of a watch
man, you are! There's two men in the
factory building at this minute, and
you don't know anything about it.
Who am I? Mr. Harrington will intro
duce me. Catch hold of the other wing
of this old jailbird, and we'll go and
find your boss."
Donald and I dropped out of the win
dow and ran into the street, where we
encountered the trio, who were all
talking at once.
"Bring him into the office," I called,
and he led the way.
As I struck a light I heard Donald
at my elbow. He seemed to be greatly
agitated, and he was muttering: "This
is dreadful! This is dreadful!"
Immediately Reedy and the watch
man stalked in with their prisoner.
Each of the officers had a revolver in
his disengaged hand, and they were
using these weapons in emphatic ges
ticulation. I. had a strong temptation
to dodge behind my desk in the face
of this recklessness.
The prisoner at the first glance
seemed to answer Donald's description
wondrfully well except in the matter
of attire. lie was dressed in a black
suit of expensive material, and he car
ried a gold headed umbrella. I marked
the cold brutalit., ot the face, the cru
ety of the thin and rigid lips, and I
made up my mind that I was In the
presence of a very desperate charac
"This is an outr-age:" lie protestcd in
a voice that matched his iron counte
"Uncle," whispered Donald, "they've
made a mistake. This is not the man.'
"Not the man?" echoed Reedy, who
had caught the words.
"Certainly not," said Donald. "Didn't
I tell you that he had a dimple in his
chin, a little, round hole that looked
as if it -had been made with a brad
"This ain't much of a night to look
for dimples," said Reedy, "but I think
this is the feller."
The prisoner, released, began to
dance with rage.
"I'll show you who I am!" he cried.
"I'll make you answer for this false
"You ain't under arrest," said Reedy,
"and you never have been, but you've
"This is not the man."
got a right to tell w hat you were do
ing prowling airound behind this build
The man reached into his breast
pocket and threw down a handful of
letters and documents upon the table.
"My name's Kelvin," said he, speak.
ing in gasps because of his wrath
"Samuel Kelvin is my name. I'm nc
unknown man. You'll all smart for
"Are you the Mr. Kelvin who has
just bought the old Stoughton place?"
said I. "If so, I am sure that we deep
ly regret this error."
Kelvin extended a trembling finger
You're John Ha rrington," he said.
"You're the r'esponsible man here.
What have you got to say?"
I told the best story I could without
giving any color of the miraculous tc
this adventure. I said that we had
had reason to fear a burglary and had
taken precautions. Our detective had
received a description of the expected
robber and had made an error, in the
darkness of the evening.
Mr. Kelvin fumed and raged, but we
got an explanation from him at last.
His family had been occupying the
Stoughton mansion for several days
as I already knew-but he himself had
not yet spent a night in Tunbridge. He
had telegraphed to have a carriage
ee him at +he stntion-thnt was his
whichl1 haa seen. It had -COMe t6a
late, and he had tried to find his way
home afoot and across lots because of
the increasing rain, which suggested
hurry. He had gone astray in the two
paths that ran through the field.
I offered my best apologies to Mr.
Kelvin, but he refused to be satisfied.
He berated us all, and the last words
that I heard from him as he burst out
of the door were these, addressed to
the unfortunate Reedy:
"I'll teach you to call me an old jail
"Ii'll be hanged if he doesn't look like
one," said the detective after Kelvin
had gone, "and as for false arrest, for
get it. He was trespassing on your
property, and I had a right to ask him
what he was up to."
I may add that this view of the case
seemed to be sustained by Kelvin's
lawyers, whom he consulted on the fol
But meanwhile what bad become of
Donald's burglar? It was a mystery
which did not solve itself tUat night,
and I have rarely seen a human crea
ture so distressed as my poor boy was.
He derived no comfort from the
thought that all the mistakes, so far as
we might venture to decide, were
Reedy's. Mr. Kelvin really did not an
swer fully to Donald's description.
Certainly he was not Scotch Davy,
with whom, according to our detective,
the description tallied exactly.
"Any other man in my place would
have done the same thing," said Reedy.
"That feller looks enough like Scotch
Davy to be a ringer for him anywhere."
He was perfectly satisfied with him
self, and he had the true detective's
power of being satisfied with his em
ployer and undisturbed by any error or
sin of the latter. It was Reedy's hon
est boast that he never forgot whose
money he was taking and that he was
strictly on the level.
"Don't you worry," said he to Don.
ald. "This man Kelvin can't do any
thing. If we all tell the same story,
where'll he be? He's got no witnesses.
Besides, I know him, now that I come
to think of it. He's old Sam Kelvin,
the trust magnate. ie'd be all right
in a civil suit for a million -dollars, but
in a little case like this that would
have to be tried before a jury of farm
ers that sort of a feller wouldn't stand
as much show as one chicken among
twelve colored gentlemen."
"I've met his daughter socially," said
Donald in a weak voice. "She's been
visiting some people in Cambridge.
She's a very nice girl."
It was obvious that the hand of ca
lamity had arranged the pieces on oul
little chessboard. However, there was
nothing that could be done about it
Donald and I went home, where we
had considerable trouble In evading
questions, and Reedy remained on
guard, being still convinced that a real
robber was coming. He did not appeal
that night, however, nor the next
which was Friday, but on Saturday
about noon Reedy came swiftly inta
my office and tapped me on the shoul
"Our man's in town for sure," he
whispered. "There's no mistake this
time. He ain't Scotch Davy, though.
I don't know him."
I sent a man running after Donald,
who had been with me a few minutes
before. The boy came back ahead of
the messenger, however, and he looked
very much excited.
"I've seen him," said he. "You knoil
whom I mean. He's down by the sta
"What shall we do?" said I.
Reedy expressed a general conviction
that everything was all right. It was
a somewhat long winded opinion, and
while he was in the midst of it the
door was pushed open, and a pale,
hard featured, smooth shaven man en
tered the room. He was clothed in a
reddish brown suit, with an "invisible
check." He produced upon us very
much the effect of a ghost. For my
own part I~ found myself with my
shoulders planted squarely against the
"Good morning, Mr. Harrington,"
said the intruder. "What seems to be
"You?" I cried. "You? Why, what's
happened ? Where - where's your
Mr. William Hackett grinned in a
melancholy fashion and passed his
hand over his chin and then stroked
the hair which had grown gray over
his ears in the few months since I had
"I've been very sick," said he. "I
wrote you about It."
"But you didn't say you'd shaved."
"Well." he cried, flushing angrily,
"what if I have shaved? Whose whisk
ers were they, I'd like to know? Do I
have to ask you every time I use a
"I beg you pardon, William," said I.
"We have had an extraordinary expe
rience which I will describe to you
He heard the story with interest and
wonder, and as I told It I began to see
the full value of the psychic phenome
non involved. Every item of Donald's
information had been absolutely cor
rect. It was only through error in the
interpretation that any difficulty had
arisen. No additional explanation
could be extorted from Donald. Al
most his only contribution to the con
versation was the gloomy and oft re
"Please don't say anything about it,
Finally we veered around to the sub
ject of business, and Hackett produced
the documents necessary to the trans
fer. Donaldson and Archer were sum
moned, and I opened the safe, produc
ing the two packages and my check
book. Then came the real surprise of
this most strange affair. The pack
ages when opened proved to contain
sheets of thin brown paper cut to the
size of bank notes. The $40,000 had
I will confess that this was the black
est mystery that had ever darkened my
understanding. No one but Donald
son (than whom no man could be more
trustwortLhy) had known the combina
ion of the safe, and he had had no
key of the inner doors nor of the draw
er. Yet the locks upon these had not
been tampered with. After an exam
ination of them Reedy declared that
"the trick hadn't been turned in the
safe." and we all at last agreed in the
conclusion that the theft had been
committed days ago, during the time
when the packages had lain upon my
desk- They had been there only a few
hours, but unfortunately my memory
was vecry weak as to the cire'"nstanWces.
I seemed to recall having 1u .ed them
up in the desk while I went across to
the factory, but under Reedy's ques
tioning I admitted that I might have
left the keys in the desk's lock.
"This puts it on to everybody," said
the detective. "We don't know noth
ing about who might have come into
this room. We've got to make a gen
Mr. Reedy was immediately directed
to assume charge of the case, and for
the next two or three weeks he worked
with exemplary diligence, but without
,esuts. n attemnt was made to keeD
the story from circulating, but some
how it got about, even that portion
which related to Donald's foreknowl
edge of the robbery.
It came to Kelvin's ears, and he took
pleasure in referring to my boy as "the
mind reader." lie had conceived a
violent dislike of Donald, and the boy
seemed to be deeply afflicted In conse
quence thereof, no doubt for pretty
Amy Kelvin's sake. From certain
things which I observed I formed a
firm judgment that the daughter of
my amiable neighbor did not agree
with her father in regard to Donald,
and considering the youth of the par
ties this parental opposition could not
be taken too seriously. However, as
Donald suffered and I loved him, my
heart was warmly on his side, and I
began to hate Kelvin cordially and
with a fervor that may have been
THE MYSTERY OF THE COLLAR OF DIA
HERE are those who detect a
sense of humor in the fates.
The old Greeks called them
the eumenides (well wishers),
which was an obvious attempt to make
them smile. I do not wish to decide
whether such a-view of the matter is
justified by the facts, but I will ven
ture to assert upon my own observa
tion that if the fates care at all for a
jest they prefer a man like old Sam
Kelvin for the subject of it. Already
he had figured once in this role, and it
was not enough.
Kelvin Is a pawn in the game who
fancies himself the player. He is such
a man as is fond of saying: "If I were
poor tomorrow, I should be rich again
in a year. You cannot keep a good
man down." Or this, "If you ask me
for the secret of my success in the
world," etc., when you haven't asked
him and have no interest in the process
by which an unsuccessful man became
a successful hog. I am convinced that
the fates do relish an occasional prank
with such a man, and the affair of the
collar of diamonds which I am about
to lay before the reader is a case in
It was in the middle of July, nearly
a month after the advent of the Kel
vins in Tunbridge. Upon an especially
beautiful morning I was taking my
usual walk before breakfast and had
gone up to the cemetery on the hill.
There, from the grave of my wife, that
is covered with flowers at this season,
arise both my sorrow and the strength
to bear it. I am not a somber mnn I
always come away from that spot with
the drumbeat of courage and of striv
ing in my heart, after the excellent
My way hoine led me past the Stough
ton plade, now called "Kelvin Elms."
Those - fine old elms wefe quite well
grown, I judge, when Kelvin's grand
father was building a sawmill in Penn
sylvania. He was a carpenter and
built the mill for another man and then
got it away from him by some sort of
hocus pocus. I looked the matter up
out of curiosity. Sam Kelvin's father
inherited the sawmill, but not the ca
pacity for hocus pocus. The latter
skipped a generation, so the sawmill
passed out of the family with other ill
gotten goods, and the present propri
etor of The Elms was born poor.
is first success wvas a rather shady
transaction in coal lands, and after
ward he associated himself with pow
erful men and rose with them.
The present Mrs. Kelvin comes of a
good family, but is herself a sharp,
shrewd, selfish woman. She has little
beauty of character or person, and her
husband has none, but from that union
has sprung as fair and lovable a 'girl
as ever gladdened the eyes and the
heart of a man. Nature performs these
miracles once in awhile. In the cem
etery where I had just been walking
the very sweetest rosebush grows from
the dust of the sourest rascal ever laid
away to rest there. I refer to Ezra
Walmsley, the miser, and I shall have
occasion to speak of him later, for the
claim that he made to the Stoughton
estate during his life Is an essential
feature of the presernt narrative. There
he lies, at any rate, and there is the
rosebush to prove that his dust is as
good as any man's for rose culture, and
this despite the well founded legend
that he sold his right hand to Satan
and paid the forfeit.
While skirting the east wall of The
Elms I caught a glimpse of Donald
near the south gate. It was no sur
prise to see him abroad at such an
hour, for Donald Is an early riser. I
like that habit. The world looks best
in the morning, and early rising argues
appreciation. Moreover, It shows cour
age and a healthy view. I have heard
a cynic claim to prove that life is not
worth living by the fact that a vast
majority of all humanity put off living
as long as they can every morning,
lying abed to the last minute and coax
ing sleep, which the Latins called "the
Image of death." If the cynic had
possessed a logical mind and had lim
ited his conclusion to the scope of his
evidence, I would have been willing to
agree with him in the proposition
which he really had established-name
ly, that the life of the sluggard Is not
worth living. That sort of person nev
er wants to get up and begin the day.
Donald is n'o sluggard. He often
joins me in my morning walks, but he
has not shown a fondness for the vi
ojinty of The Elms, and I was sur
prised to see him loitering by Kelvin's
gate. When I turned the corner of
the wall, I saw that Donald was talk
ing with Amy Kelvin, and this was an
explanation of his presence which was
harder to credit than the original phe
nomenon, unexplained, as often hap
I was not prepared to believe that
they had met there 'by accident, still
less that they had met there by design,
but It must have been one or the other,
for there they were. Little Miss Kel
vin was sitting on a rock about the
size of a bushel basket, and her back
was supported by the wall. Donald
leaned against a tall stone pillar of
the gate and looked down into the
girl's face. Their manner Indicated
that they were busily blowing the soap
bubbles of youthful sentiment, fragile,
beautiful, floating away on the air,
not meant to be handled like the toys
of later years nor even to be remem
bered except in the aggregate.
Neither of these enviable young crea
tures was so placed as to be readily
visible from the house, and yet I
would not wish to say that their posi
ions were taken with the definite Idea
of avoiding observation. It was cer
tain, however, that both of them knew
well enough what Mr. Kelvin would
think of their meeting.
I was quite near them before they
noticed me. Then Donald looked up
and saw me, but he showed no sur
prise. Indeed, surprise was the rarest
of his emodions. He gave me a cheery
good morning, and Amy greeted me
very prettily. She has something of
the old fashioned shyness and a defer
nce toward her elders such as I do
not see too much of nowadays. The
modern young woman seems to me to
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