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Thursday, September 18, lr!7.
and ber brother will be obliged to econ
omize somewhat in their manner of
living. But with care and economy
their income should be quite sufficient
without touching the principal to"—
"Hold on again! The income, you
say. What is that income?"
"Roughly speaking, a mere estimate,
about $20,000 to $25,000 yearly."
"Mr. Graves—Mr. Graves, are you
era— No I asked you that before
But—but $20,000 a—a year! For mer-1
cy sakes, what's the principal?"
"In the neighborhood of $500,000, I
believe. Of course we had no authori
ty to investigate thoroughly. That
Will be a part of your duties, but"—
"S-sh! Let me soak this into my
brains a little at a time. Bije leaves
bis children $500,000, balf a million,
and—and they've got to economize.'
And I'm— would you mind
readin' me that will?"
The attorney drew a long envelope
from bis pocket, extracted therefrom a
folded document, doniled a pair of
gold mounted eyeglasses and began to
'First, I direct my executor here
inafter named to pay my Just debts
and funeral expenses as soon as may
be convenient after my decease.'"
"Did he owe much, think likely?"
asked Captain Ellsha.
"Apparently not—very little beyond
the usual bills of a household."
'Second, I give, devise and bequeath
all my estate, both real and personal,
to my brother, Ellsha Warren, If he
survive me, In trust nevertheless for
the following purpose—to wit, to In
vest the same and to use the Income
thereof for the education and mainte
nance of my two children, Caroline
"Edgecombe? Names for some of
his wife's folks, I presume likely. Ex
cuse me for puttln' my oar In again.
'and Stephen Cole Warren*
"That's bis wife, sartln. She was a
Cole. I swan, I beg your pardon."
—1" "until the elder, Caroline Edge
combe Warren, shall have reached ber
twenty-first birthday, when one-half
of the principal of said estate, together
with one-half of the accumulated Inter
est, shall be given to her and the trust
continued for the education and main
tenance of my son, Stephen Cole War
ren, until he shall have reached his
twenty-first birthday, when I direct
that the remainder be given to him.
Third, I appoint as testamentary
guardian of my said children my said
brother, Ellsha Warren.
'Fourth, I appoint as sole executor
of this my last will and testament my
said brother, Ellsha Warren.
"'Fifth, imposing Implicit trust and
confidence in Elisha Warren, my broth
er, I direct that be be not required to
give bond for the performance of any
of the affairs or trusts to which he has
been herein appointed.'
"The remainder," concluded Graves,
refolding the will, "is purely formal.
It Is dated May 15 three years ago. 1
come to acquaint you with your broth
er's last wishes and to ascertain wheth.
er or not you are willing to accept
the trust and responsibility he has laid
upon you. As you doubtless know, the
state provides a legal rate of reim
bursement for such services as yours
will or may be. Ahem!"
"Maybe? You mean 1 ain't got to
do this thing unless I want to?"
"Certainly. You have the right to
renounce the various appointments, In
which case another executor, trustee
and guardian will be appointed. I
realize, and I'm sure that your broth
er's children will realize, your besi
tance In assuming such a responsibil
ity over persons whom you bave never
"Yes, 1 guess we'll all realize It. You
needn't worry about that Look here!
Do tbe children know I'm elected?"
"Yes. Of course the will has been
read to them."
"Hum! I s'pose likely they was over
come with Joy, wa'n't they?"
Graves bit his lip. Remembering tbe
comments of Miss Caroline and ber
brother when they learned of their un
cle's appointment, be bad difficulty in
repressing a smile.
"Well, what would you advise my
doln'?" aaked tbe captain.
"I'm afraid that most be answered
by yourself alone. Captain Warren. Of
coarse tbe acceptance of tbe trust win
necessarily Involve much trouble and
inconvenience, especially to one of
—I judge merely from what you bave
•aid—your conservative habits. The
estate Is large, the Investments are,
doubtless, many and varied, and the
labor of looking Into and Investigat
ing them may require some technical
•kill and knowledge of finance. Tea."
"Um-m! Well, I Judge that that
kind of skill and knowledge could be
hired If a feller felt like payln' fair
"Oh, yes, yes! Any good lawyer
could attend to that under tbe super
vision of the executor, certainly. But_
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there are~ other lxiconveniences to
"Country Jay like me. I understand
"1 mean that you would probably be
required to spend much or all of the
next two or three years In New York."
"Would, hey? I didn't know but
bein' as a guardian has entire charge
of the children and their money and
all—I understand that's what he does
have—he could direct the children
fetched down to where he lived if he
wanted to. Am I wrong?"
"No"—the lawyer's hesitancy and an
noyance were plainly evident—"no-o.
Of course that might be done. Still
"You think that wouldn't cause no
more rejolcin' than some other things
have? Yes, yes I cal'late I under
stand, Mr. Graves. Well, I guess you'll
have to give me tonight to chew over
this. The whole house is yours. Help
yourself to it But when I'm caught
in a clove hitch I Just have to set
down and think myself out of It. I
have to. I was built and launched
that way, I guess, and maybe you'll
It was after 2 the next morning be
fore Captain Ellsha rose from his chair
by the fire and entered bis bedcham
ber. Yet when Atwood Graves came
down to breakfast be found his host
In the sitting room awaiting him.
"Afore we tackle Abble's pancakes
and flshballs, Mr. Graves," said the
captain, "let me ask you one more
question. This—er—er—Caroline and
8tephen they're used to Uvin' pretty
well—fashionable society and the like
of that, hey?"
"Yes. Their home was on Fifth ave
nue, and the family moved In the best
"Hum! I should imagine life on
twenty odd thousand a year must be
pretty much all circles, one everlastin'
'turn your partners.' Well, Mr. Graves,
my circles down bere are considerable
smaller, but they suit me. I'm worth
twenty odd thousand myself, not in a
year, but in a lifetime. I'm selectman
and director in tbe bank and trustee
of the church. When I holler 'Boo!'
the South Denboro folks—some of
them, anyhow—set up and take notice.
I can lead the grand march down In
this neighborhood once In awhile, and
I cal'late I'm prettier leadin' it than
I would be doln' a solitaire Jig for two
years on the outside edge of New
York's best circles. And I'm mighty
sure I'm more welcome. Now my eye
sight's strong enough to see through a
two foot bole after the plug's out, and
I can see that you and Bije's children
won't shed tears if I say no to that
will. No offense meant, you know
Just common sense, that's all."
This was. plain speaking. Mr. Graves
colored, though he didn't mean to, and
for once could not answer offhand.
"So," continued the captain, "I'll
ease your and their minds by sayln'
that, the way I feel now, I probably
sha'n't accept the trust. I probably
sha'n't But I won't say sure I won't,
because—well, because Bije was my
brother he was that no matter wbat
our dilTrences may bave been. And
I know—I know that there must be
some reason bigger than 'implicit trust*
and the other May baskets for bis ap
polntin' me in his will. What that rea
son is I don't know—yet. But for a
beginnin' I cal'late to run down to
New York some time durin' the next
week, take a cruise round and sort of
look things over."
Tha New York Warrens.
"TTS a box of a place, though. Isn't
It?" declared Mr. Stephen Warren,
contemptuously glancing about the
library of the apartment "A box, by
George! I think it's a blooming shame
that we hare to put up with It, sis."
Mr. Warren sprawled in the most
comfortable chair in the room, was
looking out through the window, across
the wind swept width of Central Park
West, over the knolls and valleys of tbe
park Itself, now bare of foliage and
sprinkled with patches of snow.
His sister, Caroline, sat opposite to
him, also looking out at tbe December
landscape. Sbe, too, was discontented
and unhappy, though she tried not to
"I maintain that we don't hare to
live like this," Steve went on. "We
aren't paupers, even though tether
wasn't so well fixed as every one
thought With management and care
we could have stayed in the old house,
I believe, and kept up appearances, at
least What's the use of advertising
that we're broke?"
"But, Steve, you know Mr. Graves
"Oh, yea, I know! You swallowed
every word Graves said, Caro, as If he
was the whole book of Proverbs. By
George, I don't I'm from Missouri."
Mr. Warren, being in tbe sophomore
class at Yale, was of tbe age when one
Is constitutionally "from Missouri."
Probably Kin& Solomon at sixty had
doubts concerning tbe scope and'depTb
of his wisdom at eighteen be would
have admitted its all embracing infalli
bility without a blush.
"I tell you," continued Stephen,
"there's no sense in it, sis. You and I
know plenty of people whose Incomes
are no larger than ours. Do they 'econ
omize,' as Graves is continually preach
ing? They do not publicly at least"
"Yes, but every one knows they ar^
blufflnsr. as you call It"
"What of It? They don't really know
they only suspect. And I met Jim
Blaisdell yesterday, and he shook my
hand after I had held it hi front of
his eyes where he couldn't help seeing
It and had the nerve to tell me he
hoped things weren't as bad with us
as he had heard."
"What's the us* of advertising that we
"I never liked the Blalsdells," de
clared Caroline indignantly. "Mrs.
Corcoran Dunn told me that every one
was talking about them and wonder
ing bow long they could keep it up.
And the newspapers have been print
ing all sorts of things and hinting that
young Mr. Blaisdell's appointment as
director after his father wrecked the
bank was a scandal. At least we
haven't that to bear up under. Fa
ther was honest, if he wasn't rich."
"What makes me feel the worst
about all this is that Stock Exchange
seat of father's. If I were only of age,
so that I could go down there on the
floor, I tell you it wouldn't be long be
fore you and I were back where we
belong, sis. But, no I'm a kid. so
Graves thinks, In charge of a guardian
—a guardian, by gad!"
He snorted In manly Indignation.
Caroline, ber pretty face troubled, rose
and walked slowly across the room.
"Oh, dear," sighed the girl "I do
hope Mr. Graves will be well enough
to call today. He expected to. Except
for tbe telephone message telling us
that that man at Denboro"—
"Our dear Uncle Ellsha," put in
Stephen, with sarcasm. "Uncle 'Llsb!'
Heavens, what a name!"
"Hush! He can't help his name.
And father's was worse yet—Abijab.
Think of it!"
"I don't want to think of It Neither
did the governor. That's why he drop
ped It, I suppose. Just wbat did Graves
say? Give me his exact words."'
"His partner, Mr. Kuhn, telephoned
that everything was satisfactory. Thfc
Captain Warren—a ship captain, I sup
pose be is—would In all probability re
fuse to accept the guardianship and
the rest of it"—
"Refuse? I should think so. I'm
Just as certain father was Insane when
he made that will as I am that I'tn
alive. If he wasn't, do you suppose
he would have put us and the estate
in the care of a down east Jay? It's
Inconceivable! It's ridiculous! Think
of It! Suppose this uncle of ours had
accepted. Suppose he had come to
town here and any of our friends had
met him. 'This is our guardian. Cap
tain Warren of Punkin Centre.'
'Pleased to meet ye,' says Uncle Lish.
'IIow's taters?" Horrors! Say, Caro,
you haven't told any one, Malcolm or
his mother or any one, have you?"
"Of course not. Steve. You know I
"Well, don't. They needn't know it,
now or at any other time., Graves will
probaby get himself appointed, and
he's respectable if he is an old fogy.
We'll worry along till I'm twenty-one,
and then—well, then I'll handle our
He was on his way to the telephone
when tbe doorbell buzzed.
"Gad, there's Graves now!" he ex
claimed. "Now I suppose I'll bave to
stay. We'll bear about dear Uncle
Lish, won't we? Oh. Joy!"
But tbe staid butler when be en
tered tbe library did not announce tbe
"Mrs. Corcoran Dunn and Mr. Mal
colm," be said. "W1U you see them.
Tbe young lady's face lit up.
"Certainly, Edwards," sbe said.
"Show them—oh, Mrs. Dunn, I'm so
glad to see you! It was ever so good
of you to come. And Malcolm"
"My dear child," she cried, "how
could I stay away? We hare spoken
of you and Stephen so often this morn
ing. We know how lonely you must
be, and Malcolm and I decided we
must run In on you after lunch. Didn't
Malcolm Corcoran Dunn, ber son.
was a blond young man with a rather
mater!" he said calmly.
"How d'ye do, Caroline? 'Lo, Steve!"
The quartet shook bands. Mrs.
Dunn sank creakingly Into a chair and
gased about tbe room.
"My dear," said Mrs. Dunn, address
ing Caroline, "bow are you getting on?
How_ are your nerves? Is all the
dreadful 'settling' over?"
"Very nearly, thank goodness!"
"That's a mercy. 1 should certainly
have been here yesterday to help you
in superintending and arranging and
so on, but I was suffering from oue of
iny 'hearts,' and yon know what they
Her son turned from the window.
"I say. mother." he declared wearily.
•'I do wish you wouldn't speak of your
vital organs in the plural. Any one
would imagine you were a sort of
freak, like the two headed boy at the
circus. It's positively distressing."
Stephen laughed. He admired young
Dunn immensely. Mrs. Dunn sighed.
"Don't, Malcolm, dear." she pleaded
"You sound so unfeeling. One not ac
quainted with your real kindness of
"Oh, drop it." interrupted Malcolm
"Let's omit the heart interest. This
Isn't a clinic. I say. Steve, how do you
like the new flat? It is a flat, isn't It?"
Stephen turned red. His sister col
ored and bit her lip. Mrs. Dunn hasten
ed to the rescue.
"Horrors!" she exclaimed. "Mal
rolm. you really are insufferable. Flat!
Caroline, dear, you mustn't mind him.
He wiir^.tve his joke. Malcolm, apolo
The command was sharp, and ber
on obeyed it.
"Caroline is tired out, I'm sure," said
Mrs. Dunn. "A little fresh air will do
lier good. I was going to suggest that
Malcolm and she and Stephen go for a
•diort ride. Our car is at the door, it's
not at all a had afternoon and the out
ing will be just what you need."
"Thank yon, Mrs. Dunn," said Caro
line gratefully. "I should like to. In
deed. I should. But we have been ex
pecting a business call from Mr. Graves,
father's lawyer, and"—
"Oh. come on, sis!" interrupted Ste
phen. "I'm dying to get out of this
jail. Let old Graves wait if he comes.
We won't be long, and, besides, it's not
certain that he is coming today. Come
"I'm afraid I ought not, Steve. Mr.
Graves may come and—and it seems
too bad to trouble our friends"—
"It's not trouble, it's pleasure," urged
Mrs. Dunn. "Malcolm will be delight
ed. It was his idea."
When Caroline and her brother had
gone for their wraps Mrs. Dunn laid a
hand on her son's arm.
"Now mind," she whispered, "see If
you can And out anything during tbe
ride. Something more explicit about
tbe size of their estate and who the
guardian is to be. There are all sorts
of stories, you know, and we must learn
the truth very soon. Don't appear cu
rious, but merely friendly. You un
"Sure, mater," was the careless reply.
Tbe two departed, leaving their lady
visitor ensconced In the comfortable
chair. She remained In it for perhaps
five minutes. Then she rose and saun
tered about the room.
Her reverie was interrupted by
voices In the passage. Sbe listened,
but could hear nothing understandable.
Evidently the butler was baving an
argument with some one. It could
not be Graves.
Edwards reappeared, looking trou
"It's a—a gentleman to see Miss Car
oline," be said. "He won't give bis
name, ma'am, but says she's expecting
"What sort of a person Is be, Ed
The butler's face twitched for an in
stant with a troubled smile then It re
sumed Its customary respectful calm.
"I hardly know, ma'am. He's an
oldish man. He—I think he's from the
From behind him came a quiet
"You're right, commodore," said a
man's voice "I'm from the country.
You guessed It."
Edwards Jumped, startled out of his
respectable wits. Mrs. Dunn rose in
dignantly from her chair.
"I beg your pardon, ma'am," said
the Intruder, appearing in the door
way. "You mustn't think I'm forein*
my way where I ain't wanted. But
it seemed to take so long to make tbe
"What do you mean by this?* demand
erf the lady. "Who are you?"
admiral bere understand that I was
goln' to wait until Caroline came back
that I thought I'd save time and
breath by provln' It to him. I didn't
know there was any company. Ex
cuse me, ma'am. I won't bother you.
I'll Just come to anchor out bere in
the entry. Don't mind me."
"Why," Mrs. Dunn exclaimed in an
alarmed whisper—"why, I never heard
of such brazes impertinence in my life.
She strode majestically to the door.
The visitor was seated in the ball,
calmly reading a newspaper. Hat and
suit case were on the floor beside him.
"Wbat do you mean by tbls?" de
manded the lady. "Who are you?' If
you bave any business bere state It at
Tbe man glanced at ber over bis
spectacles, rose and
Mrs. Duuu regarded him with indig
nation. "You are," she said coldly.
"Tbe family of the late Mr. Rodgers
Warren lives here. I presume the
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He" must be insane. He is a lunatic.
Isn't he, Edwards?"
The butler shook bis head. "I—I
don't know, ma'am," he stammered.
"I believe he Is." Mrs. Dunn's pres
ence of mind was returning and with
it ber courage. Her florid cheeks
flamed a more vivid red, and her eyes
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and be was remarkably cool.
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be glad to tell you who I am if you'd
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mistakei, have I? understood your
steward—the feller with the brass but
tons—to say that ,Abljab Warren's
children lived here. That's so, ain't it'
If not, then I am mistaken."
you. Edwards, atoew gntleman
(Continued next week)
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NOTICK \M» CITATION, HEARING
OF FINAL ACCOUNT AND DIS
TRIBUTION OF BSTATB
State of North Dakota, County of
In County Court, Before Hon. A. I*
In the Matter of the Estate of Wll
mer Eckert, Deceased.
Clarence R. Eckert, Petitioner,
Lennora Eckert, Respondent.
Notice aad Cltatloa, HearIa* of Flaal
Account aad OlitHkatloa of Estate
The State of North Dakota to the
Above Named Respondent:
You the said Lennora Eckert, are
hereby notified that the final account
of the administrator of the estate of
Wilmer Eckert, late of the vicinity of
Williston, In the County of Wiliams,
and State of North Dakota, deceased,
has been rendered to this Court, there
in showing that the estate of said de
ceased is ready for final settlement and
distribution, and petitioning that bis
account be allowed, the residue of said
estate be distributed to the persons
thereunto entitled: his administration
closed, and he be dlschrged that
Thursday, the Eleventh day of Octo
ber, A. D. 1917, at 10 o'clock in the
forenoon of that day, at the Court
Rooms of this Court, In the Court
House, in the City of Williston, Coun
ty of Wlliama, and State of North Da
kota, has been duly appointed by thla
Court for the settlement thereof, at
which time and place any person in
terested In said estate may appearand
Hie his exceptions in writing to said
account and petition and contest the
And you, the above named respon
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cited and rtQiiret then and there to
be and appear before this Court, aad
show cause, if any you have why said
account shall not be allowed, the res
idue of said estate distributed, the ad
ministration of said estate closed, and
the said administrator discharged.
Dated the 11th day of September, A.
By the Court.
(County Court Seal) A. Butler.
Judge of tha County Court.
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published la the City of Williston, N.
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