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FAIR PLAY. STE. GENEVIEVE. MISSOURI.
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
Synopsis Doctor Strickland, re
tired, is living In Mill Valley, near
ban Francisco. Ills family consists
of his daughters. Allx. 21. and
Cherry, 13, and Anne, his niece, 24.
Their closest friend Is Peter Joyce,
a luvablo sort of recluse. Martin
LJoyd, a visiting mining engineer,
wins Cherry, marries her and car
ries her off to 121 NUlo. a mine
town. Peter realizes that ho loves
Cherry. Justin Utile woos Anne.
Cherry comes home for Anno's
wedding. Cherry realizes her mar
riage is a failure Peter tells Cher
ry of his "grand passion," without
naming tho girl. Martin comes for
Cherry. Martin and Cherry drift
In January, however, he came homo
one noon to find her hutted mid
wrapped to go.
"Oh, Mnrt It's Daddy!" she snld.
"lie's 111 I've got to see him! lie's
"Telegram?" asked Martin, not par
ticularly pleased, but not unsympa
For answer she gave 1dm the yellow
paper that was wet with her tears.
"Dad 111," he rend. "Don't worry.
Come If you can. Allx."
"I'll bet It's it put-up job between
you and Allx " Martin said In Indul
Her Indignant glance sobered him ;
he hastily arranged money matters and
that night she got oft the train in the
dark wetness of the valJey, and was
met by a rush of cool and fragrant
air. Cherry got a driver, rattled and
Jerked up to the house In a surrey,
and Jumped out, her heart almost suf
Allx came flying to the door; the
old lamplight and tho odor of wood
smoke poured through. There was
no need for words; they burst Into
tears and clung together.
An hour later Cherry, feeling as If
she was not tho same woman who
waked In lied Creek this same morn
ing and got Martin's eggs and coffee
ready, crept Into her father's room.
Allx had warned her to be quiet, but
at the sight of tho majestic old gray
head and the fine old hands clasped
together on the sheet, her self-control
forsook her entirely and she fell to
her knees and began to cry again.
The nurse looked at her disapprov
ingly, but after all, It made little dif
ference. Dr. Strickland roused only
once again and that was many hours
later. Cherry and Allx were still
keeping their vigil; Cherry, worn out,
had been dozing; the nurse was rest
ing on a couch In the next room.
Suddenly both daughters were wide
awake at the souud of the hoarse yet
familiar voice. Allx fell on her knees
and caught the cold and wandering
"What Is It, darling?" The old. half
Joking maternal manner was all In
"Peter?" he said thickly.
"Peter's In China, dear. You remem
ber that Peter was to go around the
world? You remember thnt, Dad?"
"No " he said musingly. They
thought he slept again, but he present
ly added : "Somewhere In Matthew
no, In Mark Mark Is the human one
Mark was as human as his Mas
ter" "Shall I read you from Mark?" Allx
asked, as his voice sank again. A
shabby old Bible always stood at her
father's bedside; she reached for It,
and making a desperate effort to
steady her voice, began to read. The
place was marked by an old letter,
and opened at the chapter he seemed
to desire, for as she read he seemed
to be drinking in the words. Once
they heard him whisper, "Wonderful I"
Cherry got up on tho bed and took
the splendid dying head In her arms ;
the murky winter dawn crept In and
the lamp burned sickly In the daylight.
Hong could be heard stirring. Allx
closed the book and extinguished the
.'vnp. Cherry did not move.
"Charity !" the old man said pros
itly, In n simple, childish tone. Later,
with bursts of tears, In ell the utter
desolation of the days that followed,
Cherry loved to remember that his
last utterance was her name. Hut
Allx knew, though she never said It,
that It was to another Charity he
Subdued, looking younger and thin
ner In their new black, the sisters
came downstairs, ten days Inter, for
n business tnlk. Peter hud been named
as one executor; but Peter was far
away, and It was a pleasant family
friend, u kindly old surgeon of Dr.
Strickland's own age, or near It, and
the lawyer, Oeorge Sewull, the other
' executor, who told them about their
affairs. Anne, as co-hclress, was pros
ent at this tnlk, with Justin sitting
close beside her. Martin, too, who
had come down for the funeral, was
The house went to the daughters;
there were books nnd portraits for
Anne, a box or two In storage for
Anne, and Anne was mentioned In the
only will as equally Inheriting with
Alexandra and Charity. For some
legal reason thut the lawyer nnd Dr,
Younger mads clear, Anno could not
fully Inherit, but her share would be
only a trifle less than her cousins'.
Things had reached this point when
Justin Little cnlmly and confidently
claimed thnt Anne's share was to be
bused upon an old loan of Anno's fa
ther to his brother, a loan of three
thousand dollars to float Lee Strick
land's Invention, with the understand
ing that Vincent Strickland be subse
quently entitled to one-third of the re
turns. As tho patent had been sold
for nenrly one hundred and fifty thou
sand dollars, one-third of It, yMth ac
cumulative Interest for ten years, of
which no payment had ever been made
Anne, was n large proportion of the
entire estate, nnd the development of
this, claim, In Justin Little's assured,
woodeny voice, caused every one to
Tho estate was not worth one hun
dred nnd fifty thousand dollars now,
by nny means; It had been reduced to
little more thnn two-thirds of that
sum, nnd Anne's bright concern that
every one should be satisfied with
wiint was right, and her Ingenuous
pleasure In Justin's cleverness In
thinking of this possibility, were met
with noticeable coldness.
If Anne was wrong, and the paper
she held In her bund worthless, each
girl would Inherit a comfortable little
fortune, but If Anne was right, Cherry
nnd Allx would have only a few thou
sand dollars apiece, and the old home.
The business talk was over before
any of them renllzed the enormity of
Anne's contention, und Anne nnd Jus
tin hnd departed. Hut both the old
doctor and tho lawyer agreed with
Martin that It looked as If Anno was
right, and when tho family was alone
again, and hnd had the time to digest
the matter, they felt as If n thunder
bolt had fallen across their lives.
"That Anne could do It 1" Allx said,
over nnd over. Cherry seemed (lazed,
spoke not at nil, and Martin hnd said
"People will do anything for mon
ey I" he observed once drily. He had
met Justin sternly. "I'm not thinking
of my wife's share I didn't marry her
for her money; never knew she had
any! Hut I'm thinking of Allx."
"Yes we must think of darling
Allx!" Anne had sutd, nervously eager
that there should be no quarrel. "If
Uncle Lee Intended me to have all this
money, then I suppose I must tnke It,
but I shan't be happy unless things nre
arranged so that Allx shall be com
fortable!" "G-but the worst of It Is, Alixl"
Cherry stammered, suddenly, on the
day before she and Martin were to
return to Hod Creek, "I I counted on
having enough enough to live my own
Iff I '!?,
For Answer She Gave Him the Yellow
Paper That Was Wet With Tears.
life! Allx, I can't I can't go back!"
"Why, my darling " Allx exclaimed,
as Cherry began to cry in her arms,
".My darling, It Is ns bad as all that?"
"Oh, Allx," whispered the little sis
ter, trembling, "I enn't bear It. You
don't know how I feel. You and Dnd
were always hero; now thut's ull gone
you're going to rent the house nnd
try to teach singing and I've nothing
to look forward to I've nobody I"
"Listen, dear," Allx soothed her. "If
they advise It, and especially If Peter
advises It when he gets back, we'll fight
Anne. And then If we win our flght,
I'll always keep the valley house open.
And If we don't, why I'm going to visit
you and Martin every yeur, und per
haps I'll have a little apartment some
day I don't Intend to board always "
Hut she was crying, too. Everything
seemed changed, cold and strange; she
had suspected that Cherry's was not a
successful marriage; she knew It now
and to resign the adored little slbter
to the unsympathetic atmosphere of
Hed Creek, and to miss all tho old
life und the old associations, mude her
"There's there's nothing, special,
Cherry?" she asked after a while.
"With Martin? Oh, no," Cherry an
swered, her eyes dried, and her pack'
Ing going on compoaedly, although her
voice trembled now and then. "No,
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It's Just that I get bad moods," she
said, bravely. "I was pretty young to
marry at nil, I guess."
"Martin loves you," Allx suggested
"He takes mo for granted," Cherry
said, after a pause. "There doesn't
seem to be nnythlug alive In tho feel
ing between us," she ndded, slowly. "If
he says something to me, I mnko an
effort to get his point of view before
I answer. If I tell him some plan of
mine, I can see that ho thinks It sounds
crazy! I don't seem very domestic
that's all. I I try. llenlly, I do!
Hut and Cherry seemed to brace
herself In soul and body "but that's
marriage. I'll try again!"
She gnve Allx a long kiss In parting,
tho next day, and clung to her.
"I'll write you about the case, and
wire you If you're needed, and see you
soon I" Allx said, cheerfully. Then she
turned nnd went back Into the empty
house, keeping back her tears until the
sound of the surrey had quite died
Alexnndra Strickland, coming down
tho stairway of the valley house on an
April evening, glanced curiously at the
door. Only eight o'clock, but the day
hud been so long and so quiet that she
had fancied that the hour was much
later, and had wondered who knocked
She crossed to the door and opened
it to darkness nnd rain, and to a man
In a raincoat who whipped off a spat
tered cap and stood smiling In the
light of the lamp she held. Instantly,
with a sort of gasp of surprise and
pleasure and some deeper emotion, she
set down the lamp, and held out her
hands gropingly nnd went Into his
nrms. He laughed Joyously as he
kissed her, and for a minute they
"Peter I" she said. "You angel
when did you arrive nnd what nre you
doing, nnd tell mo all about Itl"
"Hut Alls you're thin I" Peter said,
holding her at arm's length. "And
and " He gently touched tho black
she wore, and fixed puzzled and
troubled eyes upon her face. "Allx "
ho asked, upprehenslvely.
For answer she tried to smile at
him, but her lips trembled and her
eyes brimmed. She hnd led the way
Into the old sitting room.
"You heard about Dnd?" Allx fal
tered, turning to face him at the man
tel. "Your father!" Peter said, shocked.
"Rut hadn't you heard, Peter?"
"My dear my dearest child, I'm
just off the steamer. I got In at six
o'clock. I'd been thinking of you all
the time, and I suddenly decided to
cross the bay nnd come straight on to
the valley, before I even went to the
club or got my mall! Tell int. your
She hnd knelt before the cold
hearth, and ho knelt beside her, and
they busied themselves with logs and
kindling In the old way. A blaze
crept up about the logs and Allx ac
cepted Peter's handkerchief and
wiped a streak of soot from her wrist,
quite as If she was a child again, as
she settled herself In her chair.
Peter took the doctor's chair, keep
ing his concerned nnd sympathetic
eyes upon her.
"He was well one day," she said,
simply, "and the next the next, ho
didn't come downstairs, and Hong
waited nnd wnlted nnd nbout nine
o'clock I went up and he had fallen
he had fallen"
She was In tears again and Peter
put his hand out and covered hers and
'He must have been going to call
some one," said Allx, after a while,
"they said he never suffered av all.
This was January, the last day, and
Cherry got here the same night. He
knew us both toward morning. And
that that was all. Cherry was here
for two weeks. Martin enmo and
"Where Is Cherry now?" Peter In
"Back nt Ked Creek." Allx wiped
her eyes. "She hates It, but Martin
had a good position there. Poor
Cherry, It made her 111,"
"Anne nnd Justin, of course." Peter
could not understand Allx's expres
sion. She fell silent, still holding his
hand and looking at the fire.
Ho looked at her with a great rush
of admiration and affection. She was
not only a pretty nnd a clever wouv
an; but, In her plain black, with this
new aspect of gravity and dignity, aud
with new notes of pathos and appeal
In her exquisite voice, he realized that
she was an extremely charming worn
Itefore he said good-hy to her, he
had asked her to marry him. Ho well
remembered her look of bright nnd In
"D'you moan to tell mo you have
forgotten your lady love of the hoop-
skirts and ringlets?" she had de
"No," Peter had told her, frankly
"i snau always love uer, in a way,
But she la married; she never thinks
of me. And I like you so much, Allx
I like our mualc and cooking and
tramni inn rnadlnff toolbar. lOt
that a pretty gooa basla for mar
riage?" "No!" Allx had axswered, decidedly.
"Perhaps If I were madly In love with
you I should say yes, nnd trust to
little fingers to lend you gently, and
so on "
Ho remembered ending the conver
sation In ono of his quick moods of
Irritation against her. If sho couldn't
take anybody or anything seriously
ho hnd said.
Poor Allx he was taking life seri
ously enough tonight, Peter thought,
us he watched her.
"Tell me about Cherry," he said.
"Cherry Is well, but Just a llttlo thlr,
and heartbroken now, of course. Mue
tin never seems to stny nt nny oue
place very long, so I keep hoping"
"Doesn't make good I" Peter said,
shaking bis head.
"Doesn't seem to 1 It's partly Cher
ry, I think," Alls said honestly. "She
was too young, really. She never
quite settles down, or takes life In
earnest. Hut he's got 11 contract now
for three years, und so she seems to
bo resigning herself, aud sho has u
maid? I believe."
"She must love him," Peter submit
ted. Allx looked surprised.
"Why not?" she smiled. "I suppose
when you've had ups and downs with
n man, nnd been rich and poor, nnd
sick and well, nnd have lived In half-n-dozen
different places, you rather
take him for granted!" she ndded.
"Oh, you think It works thnt way?"
Peter asked, with a keen look.
"Well, don't you think so? Aren't
lots of marriages like that?"
"You false alarm. You quitter!" he
answered. Allx laughed, a trllle guilt
ily. Also she flushed, with u great
wave of splendid young color that
made her face look seventeen again.
"Your father left you something,
Allx?" Peter asked presently, with
"Thnt," she answered frankly, "Is
where Anne comes In I"
"Anne nnd Justin came straight
over," Allx went on, "und they wore
really lovely. Doctor Younger and
Oeorge Sewall were here every day;
you aud George were named us execu
tors, I was so mixed up In policies
and deeds and overdue taxes and In
terest and bonds "
"Poor old Allx, If I had only been
here to hell) youl" the man said. And
for a moment they looked a little con
sciously at each other.
"Well, anyway," the gill resumed
hastily, "when It came to reading the
will, Anno and Justin sprung a mine
under us I It seems that ten years
ago, when the Strlcklund patent lire
extinguisher was put upon the mar
ket, my adorable father didn't have
nuch money he never did have,
somehow. So Anne's father, my Un
cle Vincent, went Into It with him to
the extent of nbout three thousand
Three thousand I" Peter, who had
been leaning forward, earnestly at
tentlvc, echoed In relief.
"That was all. Dad had about
three hundred. Dad did nil the work,
und put In his three hundred, and Un
cle Vincent put In three thousund
nnd the funny thing Is," Allx broke
off to say, musingly, "Uncle Vincent
was perfectly splendid about It; I my
self remember him saying, 'Don't
worry, Leo. I'm speculating on my
own responsibility, not yours.' "
"Well?" Peter prompted, us she lies
"Well. They had a written agree
ment then, giving Uncle Vincent a
third Interest In the patent, should it
be sold or put on tho market "
"Hal" Peter ejaculated, struck.
"Which, of course, was only a little
while before Uncle Vincent died," Allx
went on, with a grave nod. "Tho
reement lay In Dad's desk all those
years fancy how easily be might
have burned It ninny's tho time! Hut
he didn't. George Sewall says that
Anne Is right. They've broken tho
Peter, In the silence, whistled ex
Gee-rusnlem I" he exclaimed. "What
does it come to?" .
At this Allx looked very sober,
gazed down at the lire and shook her
"All he had I" she answered, briefly.
Peter was silent, looking at her In
"Almost, thnt Is," Allx amended
more cheerfully. "As It was we
should have had more than thirty
thousand apiece. As It Is, Anno gets
It nil, or If not quite all, nearly all."
"Gets!" he echoed, hotly. "How do
"It seems to be perfectly Just," the
girl answered, rnther lifelessly. Hut
Immediately she laughed. "Don't look
so awful, Peter. In the first place,
Cherry and I still have tho house. In
the second place, I am singing at St.
Itaphael's for five hundred a year, ant!
singing other places now and thou.
Anyway, I'm glad you're homo again,
Peter 1" she ndded.
"Home again," he answered, half
nrrgrlly. "I should hope I am and
high time, tool Has this this money
been turned over to Anno?"
"Not yet. Nobody gets anything
until the estate Is cleared a year or
more from now. There are some
things to be thankful for," Allx .ndded,
dashing the sudden tears from her
eyes, "nnd one Is that Dad never knew
"Dear old Alixl" ho aid, put
ting h! arm about her.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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