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BY CARL WALTER.
leaned bark In unac
customed Idleness and
lot tlio cnnoo float
down ntrnnni. Tim
sense of having noth
ing to do, nothing to
worry nbout, on tills
glorious Juno morn
ing, filled him with n
Ho was on tho first
, vacation ho had takon slnco collcgo
' days. Tho Inst few years had ibeon
i strenuous ones; mind and body had
' boon workdd hard. His wonderful
: mccess had como as tho result of
j grinding toll. But now youth de
, manded rest nnd tho pleasures that
; ro Its right.
' "But I'll lmvo my pood tlmo now,"
ho declared to hlmsolf, his oyes on
the cool rippling water ahead of tho
I Ilttlo boat. "And tho romance too,
, porhnps," ho added, with n smllo.
As ho looked far down tho wlllow-
I arched stroam whoro tho morning sun
' shone- through tho trees nnd touched
J. to brightness a whimsical thought
cwno Into his mind.
"When I turn that bond down there
something will happen. I shnll have
, nn adventure Foto Is waiting for
, n.f. jTut beyond thnt bend."
,Ko laughed at himself, but tho IdAt
oo fl.'m ItoJO- on his mind. Ho was
, ip '. mood for such fancies, not that
-D.-!n8 strain, on ovory faculty had
i r'xljxc'l. This was his wonderful va-
IfpWio knows?" ho cried gayly, and
sop; up tlm paddle "I'll toon find
dfa At Auy.rnto."
, "Sis imagination pictured a dozen
" rfHEs3 -'"Mt.ono Imago porslsted,
att'J'fltWil drove tho othors' away.
.Iwurdi's ronth was asserting itself.
!Ho hotel ho might find Her sitting
i on the bank or wnlklng bonoath tho
, wl.i.Vb, n. dream girl with tho gray
eyo nnd tho sweet mouth of tho
BY AGNES AONEW.
ILLY BOY sat on tho
garden stops nnd
en-denvor to dig out
Tlmo was whan
Billy would hnvo sec
onded Bolshazzar's ef
forts but to-day ho
Would scarco havo
turned bin linnri tn
watch a circus pnrado. Tho sombor
black pall of utter desolation hnd
settled over him nnd llfo, which onco
.nd seemed so fnlr, mocked him with
For Hilly was In lovo, and his lovo
vas scorned, flaunted, dorldod nnd
infused. Tho Iron had struck deep
Into his soul and broken off, nnd tho
mrbn still rankled.
Thnt ho hnd ronchod tho epochal
ago of 10 beforo attaining tho grand
passion shows at lenst that ho did
not wear his heart upon his sloove
Provlously ho hnd snuntorod Idly
along tho prlmroso path of dalliance,
Indulging In tentntlvo fllrtatons with
his nurso, his klndorgarton teacher
and tho plnk-chceked fairy with tho
flnxon curls who waved him gonorous
kisses with her chubby hands from
tho ndjotnlng lnwn.
Once, across tho Intervening hodgo,
ho hnd shared "with hor a Btlck of
r-xceodlngly sticky candy; nt another
,Urao ho had graciously nllowcd her
to Inspect tho burned flngor thnt vls-
; 'My attested his patriotic obsorvanco
of tho glorious Fourth Inwardly
'elated by hor gasp of fomlnlno horror
when ho undid tho wrappings of tho
Thon had intervened a period dur-
'ihg which ho viewed tho advances of
I'lho gentler box with calm disdain,
'merging nt times on distinct disfavor
jv-n-ns, tor Instance when effusive vls-
.ltors of uncertain ago, alluding to
BY WILL SEAT.
HE was always olttlng
thoro when Soreno
went by, loaning
back in tho wicker
Somotlmes a book or
magazine lny open
In hor lap, but moro
often It bad slipped
unheeded to the floor.
Sorono's first im
pression of her was
that sho was tho loveliest woman she
, had over seen; her next that she was
'.the wenrloBt-laoklng. Every lino of
'her long, slim flguro and tho looso
v knot of her clasped hands Indicated
,8upiehie inertia and ludlfforoiice
r Her eyes nppenred always to ho
staring at nothing nnd hor mouth fell
at tho corners In n Ilttlo, sad, de
spairing droop that seemed meaning
ful of somo serious soul dlsordor. Sho
was always tastefully drossod,
Soreno was vory young. It wab
hot in tho central tolophouo office
whoro sho worked nnd tho hours woro
long and the pay meagre. Soreno had
woiked thoro since she loft school.
Sho lived with nn old aunt who
did dressmaking nnd had always act
ed the part of mother to her. Their
homo-making was carried op in four
Bmall upstairs rooms, moro comfoU
nblo In winter than In summer.
Soreno loved pretty things ns much
. nn any ulrl could, but eho did not
tCS)ijrjf ' . tfor -f '" ' " fry? A-- " Vw-Y tS57
woman ho could lovo.
As ho ncarcd tho turn In tho stream
his odd imagining becamo almost real
to him. Ho could even seo tho gown
sho would wedr, blue, soft, with per
haps somo whltjo fluffy stuff on It
llko clouds on a Juno sky.
A fow moro vigorous strokes .and
tho canoo swung dizzily around tho
curvo nnd glided Into tho unknpwn
part of tho stream. Tho trees wore
fowor hero. Thcro woro flowers hoar
tho bnnkB. No ono was In sight.
All was peaceful and desertod. A
deop disappointment camo over him,
n reoiiiig stronger thnn tho cnusoi
seemed to wnrrant. Ho tried to
laugh It oft. "Hero I am mooning
llko an Idlott" ho oxclalmcd disgust
edly. "I Imnglno n thing and then
complain hecnUBo it Is not ronl." But
tho disappointment and tho eager
Ho steadied tho canoo nnd looked
around onco more. A whlto pntch on
tho left bank attracted his attention.
Ho could not seo what it wob, and
idly paddled to tho shore.
It was n Ilttlo whlto silk glovo,
long and small in his hand, tho fin
gers still curled naturally as if rosy
living fingers woro wlthn them. Ho
smoothed It out on his palm. Tho
tips woro soiled a trifle. Evldontly
tho wearer had boon picking owors
near tho wntor's edge.
"I'll find tho owner for you HttleJ
glovo," ho said, putting it Into hlsl
Far up n whlto road, to tho left, hoJ
caugnt siao of a moving patch of
hluo a hluo dress, a whlto hat! im
mediately ho ran up tho bnnk and
Started along tho road.
Ho stopped with a Jerk. "Well,
Ralph I urlbut, you Idiot," ho
sneered. "This vacation has turned
your brain." Certnlnly ho wns'Wt
nctlng llko tho practical business man
ho had been only yestordny.
Ho took a dozon steps In tho direc
tion of his canoe. . Then ho turned
and started down tho whlto road.
him ns tho "Ilttlo dear," drew hlra,
Inwardly raging ngnlnst his fate
within their detested embrace and
klsBcd his freckled fn?o.
On tho evening of bis tenth birth
day ho had had a party such a par
ty! with oceans of pink lomonndo
and continents of nngcl enke, moun
tain rnnges of lco cream, isthmuses
of lady-fingers, tho iBlnnds of cookies,
principalities of pound enko nnd king
doms of enndy sufficient to nlluro tho
gloating gazo of tho oxpectaut gucstn
and cnuso a legion of Ilttlo "tum
mlos" to ncho In concert.
At tho party sho appeared pink
cheeked, ndorably dimpled, domuro,
looking for nil tho world ns though
sho might have wandered, Jtist nwnk
oncd, from somo hugo gilt frnmo in
tho picture gallery tho typo of Ilttlo
girl that ono Instinctively longs t6
pinch to convlnco one's self of hor
ronltty; also sho llspod onchantlngly,
nnd at her advent Bill bohold his
preconceived ideas of fomlnlnlty take
"But you must danco with tho oth
or lltlo girls, nlso," protestod his
mother, gently guiding his roluctunt
Btops whoro duty pointed, "and I'm
afraid BcbbIo's mamma would not llko
to havo her cat moro than four dishes
ofilco cream In ono ovenlng,
BosbIo dlvlno namo!
After a month's dovotlon on his
pnrt, BobsIo had passed him on tho
avonuo that foronoon, seated In tho
donkoy cart of tho snub-nosed boy
across tho streot, haughtily unefcu
sclous of hlB existence, while, ho of
tho snub noso hnd grinned nt him
offensively ns thoy passed.
True Billy had sauntered casually
across tho street lator in tho day and
gravely pummoled tho snub-nosed ono
In the socluslon of tho coach houso
till ho howled for mercy, but this
consummation of righteous vongeanco
was nt best vicarious punishment for
tho flcklo Bessie.
So now, when Bolahazzar cocked an
havo many. And whon sho saw the
lady In the hour-glass chair dressed
llko a princess It made her angry to
seo so much ldloncss and luxury
whllo hor own poor Ilttlo head was
a confusion of holla nnd numbors and
tbo voices of Impatient persons.
No ono whom Sorono know could
toll hor anything nbout tho lady. Sho
had como and thoro sho was. That
Ono Sunday nftornoon when Sorono
wont by sho had Dave with hor. Davo
had . boon dovoted to Sorono all
through hor school dayB and since.
Ho wns a big, gontlo follow, all nm
bltlon nnd vim nnd sound purpose,
who meant whon ho learnod his
trado to mnko a Ilttlo homo for Se
rene. Sorono suspoctod this intontion,
though ho had not montloned It to
her yot. Sho was vory proud of him
nnd sho cared a great deal for htm
In hor girlish way.
Sho woro a Ilttlo ring with a rod
stono which ho had given hor. It wob
tho only protty bit of Jowolry alio
had. Sho was so happy thnt sho for
got to fool nngry toward tho veranJa
lady for Just sitting thoro In hor good
Serono had on her host frock; It
was whlto and becoming. Sho was
going out on the rlvor In Dave's new
boat which ho had mado atld paint
ed hlmsolf, Just to give hor pleasure
It. una il liHiintlfitl riiiv ninl tlm
of it lingered, wUl Hflrouo durlug J.ho
"Oh, woli, I'd boh'er return tho glove
to her, anyway," vip decided,, a Ilttlo
shamefaced. Ho walked raplVlly, his
eyes on tho patch uY blue. '
Befofo ho rould reach hlor tho
wenror of tho blue drevs turnnil Into a
nnrrow path leading to irm only
housb in sight. When'italph irrlvud
at the path ho could seo l.cr knocking
at a side door Hor back was (turned
to him as she pounded hfgcrrously.
Tho blue dress ovldontly Jad a'dotor
mlncd owner. Ralph thvouglit alio
Would novcr ccaso knocking.
Ho had his first mlsglvfng when
sho shook tho door. Finally, when
sho began to kick Btronuously: at the
panels, lie began to sco thnt Fclto had,
perhaps, been misleading hirn.t
At this moment tho woman) mndo
up her mind thnt no ono was nrhomo.
Sho turned away and enmo down tho
path toward Ralph, wnlklng with lm-
Inquiring car in his (direction and
whined eagerly, Billy Vgloomlly dlB
dnincd his Invitation tov assist In ex
cavating tho molo, and with hands
thrust deeply in his pockets viewed
llfo darkly through disillusioned eyes.
Appeared prcsoiitly around tho
corner of tho houso Billy's big undo
Jack,, llkowlso ongulfod Hi gloom,
with hands In pockets and unlTghtcd
pipe despondently nslnnt who seated
hlmsolf bcsldo Billy upon tho stops
and wntched Bolshnzznx's efforts Uo
Jcctcdly. An Undo Jack unsociable untalk
atlvo nnd downenst-of mien .was no
distinctively now to Billyhs oxporlcnco
that ho viewed tho phenounonon with
wondortnont. Could It tbo posslblo
thnt tho barbed shafts of ioalousy had
llkowlso ontorcd his souimvith chin
in bund, Billy pondorcd,upoii tho
problom In silence
Ah! ho hnd It. Tho causatof Undo
Jack's woo waB plain to htm. Around
tho fickle tho Inconstant Bosslo re
volved an attondant satolllto yclept
Aunt Agatha, uftor whom Billy had
lately observed his Unclo Jack dang
ling, qulto disgracefully, though why
Billy could not understand, for cor
talnly sho wns not protty that Is,
from Billy's Btnndpolnt lncklng tin)
adorablo Bcsslo's pink checks nnd
lnfantllo plumpness, llkowlso hor be
Thon, too, sho blushed If ispokon to
suddonly, which Billy rogtsrdod as a
foolish habit; and onco In .tho oarlt
stages of her acqualntanco whon ho
had shqwn hor a Ilttlo green snake
no longer than that, sho had shud
dered with horror and beggod h'lm to
tnko tho horrid thing away, whoro
upon, ho had stuffed tho o'ffondlng
roptllq back- Into his pocot, togothor
with his handkerchief, tlireo chlnn
marbles, and stalked disdainfully
Still, if Unclo Jack Hkod that sort
of a girl all right. Thoro was no
accounting for tnstes.
Bolshazzar, despnlrlng at last of
Boforo another Sunday arrlvod n
now girl camo Into tho office Sho
was a showy, hondsomo girl, who al
ways had nn answer or n port Ilttlo
laugh roady. Sorono shrank from
association with hor and tho girl per
Consequently when Davo enmo that
Saturday afternoon to, watt for So
reno and to nccompany hor homo,
having finished his day'H work boforo
sho had flnlshod hers, tho now girl
tried to discomfit Sorono by flirting
wltlt him. Sho asked hlra to rend tho
numbers whllo sho "plugged" at her
switchboard, and Dnvo, unconscious
of any wrong-doing complied.
Sorono was angry nnd wont homo
alono nB fast as hor foet would car3
ry hor, a vory much disturbed Ilttlo
girl. Next day whon Davocalled her
up sho gave him over tho 'phono n
spirited reply nnd hung up tho re
ceiver. Whon ho camo to cull sho
would not seo him.
Davo wrote to her pud sho would
not answer, ami sho would not Bpenk
to him whon sho mot him. If no
wanted to go with that horrid Ethel
Slator ho could, Sho would havo
nothing more to do with him.
She was so nitsorablo that on a
certain nftornoon when rnln men
aced sho walked tq work without hor
umbrolla, Thero wns none at the
offlco sho could borrow, so sho had
to .walk hack through tho drizzle.
A basket ihung on
' Slid looked nlwiut r,0 (years old nx-
ironiny gnuui ,na remarkably bad-
tOIllllcVcd. Ollf clllnpn. .mil tlm fimlj
thnti lie i had fr flowed 'this person m
,aN-ommip iroid rariylng hor gloWj
over JiVn hwin tnnp(i itnlph to u lit
laugh tor. Wild' shp walked toward
.him, sn'rlng nrrv u roekodjfo
nnd frdlln n.ir i v nisilof mirth
WITH J MRS. THURSTON TO COME HERD
Tho wwmnn camo almost un in
him and wns about to say something
In no goittletono to Judgo by -'her
expression wltnn sho suddenly trip
ped on n sono naul, catching nt IUilpn
nippori, lei ner Heavy basket fall on
Ills feet. ,HIs cott wns- torn with a
long rcndRng sound and tho woman
Bit down heavily fin a crumpled henp.
Tho crcnin, In a.glnss bottlo In tho
haakot splnshed Jlglitly over Ralph
nnd eggs covered his shoos with n
cnpturlng tho molo, cocked tan oar
lnqulrlnglyyit earh of his audlonco In
turn, and, nolthcr offering further
dlVerSOmClll. .CUI'Jed lllmnnlf mi rnni.
fortably betoveenillllly's feetnnd wont
Billy cogltnted .furthor. Unclo Jnck
had opoly ovlnced a pronounced fond
ness for tho society of Besslo'H nunt..
nnd now wJwn by all prcccdont ho
should havcibcon playing golf with
hor, ho wns1! sitting on tho gnrden
rTnT ,-,.,-, , --
'I'D PUNCH HIM." REFLECTED BILLY ALOUD.
stops, staring gloomily nt nothing.
or ims biuio or nnnira incro coulu
bo but ono plauslblo explanation.
Bosslo's aunt had deceived Unclo Jock
oven ns Besslo had decolvcd him. Girls
wcro nil nllko.
Then suddonly ho romombored hav
ing soon her whizzing down tho nve
nuo oarller In tho day In Mr. Stnu
hopo'B auto with Mr. Stanhopo at thq
steering whool. That luckless Indi
vidual had once patronizingly nd
drossed him as "my'llttlo man" and
which suddenly becamo a downpour.
Just ns sho reached tho voranda lady's
Sho hod startod to. run In dismay
at getting drenohod, whon a volco
called coolly, commnndlngly: "Como
here I wnnt to seo you."
Tho voranda lady had como to
llfo and had spoken, Bereno ran
with all her might to tho profforod
shelter nnd sank lntrfrn nhnlr. Tho
veranda lady plckod" up an afghan
una iossou n pver uor Bnouiaors.
"So that you won't get cold," sho
snld, "You nro damp."
Thoy sat a moment watohlng tho
"J Tuivo neon you go by ovgry day
As he noted enrh new phase of Mi
cntnstrophe ho burst Into another
roar of lifughter. His companion at
In the road nnd logardcd him stonily,
l'lnnlly Ralph snw thnt her face was
growing very pale, and at tho Idea
that sho might ronlly bo heart his
Ho gently tried to holp hor up.
Sho struck nt him awkwardly, hor
eyes flnshlng. but snld nothing. Ralph
wns really alarmed, for by this time
her faco was very white.
"Are you hurt, madam?" ho asked
No answer. Ho bognn to talk,
hoping thnt slip would broak hor
"I hope you will forgivo mo lor
Inughlng. You see I thought jmi
woro er. sonioono olso. And I was
so surprised I could not holp laugh
ing. Toll mo whothor you nro hurt.
Lot mo holp you."
"Well, tho least you can do Is to
help mo homo," she said gruffly. 'U'm
all shook up."
Sho evidently blamed him for her
fall. Ho rnlsod hor up, nnd sho
Icnned on b in, grunting nnd groan
ing As they hobbled down tho road
Ralph restrained his mirth with dif
ficulty nt this contrast to his dronms
his torn nnd spattered cont, his
yellow shoos, and tho woman leaning
henvlly on his arm.
Ho glanced nt hor from tlmo to
time, and saw thnt hor normal color
had returned nnd Oinf tlm rr.ii
seemed to have dono hor vory Ilttlo
Thoy wnlkcd on. She said nothing,
Finally ho began to bo unnlensnnMv
awaro of hor weight. His arm
scorned almost paralyzed and drops of
irurMinruiion camo oui on ills foro
hend. "Would VOii ml ml rlinniflnr. in 1,
othor side? I could support you with
my riKiu arm. i nis ono is gottlng a
Tho lone litis set Intn n trim n.i
"Can't," responded tho womnn. "My
Billy detested him accordingly.
"I'd punch him," reflected Billy
"Who what?" asked Unclo Jack,
"Mr. Stanhope," oxplalned Billy.
"I saw Bessie's aunt out riding with
him In his auto."
, Unclo jack stared. Thon ho Inugh
,"Woll, you nro an observant, Ilttlo
neggar, no conceded admiringly
'Though that Isn't tho root of tho
difficulty. Billy, boy. Mr. Stanhopo
Is moroly an accessory nftor tho fact
non pnrtlcops, crlmlnls, ns it
This being too deop for Billy's com
prehension, ho Ignored It nnd opened
up -n now lino of InvcstJgntion.
"What Is tho mattor thon?" ho de
i(Wo quarreled," confessed Undo
"What about?" Bllly.'a inquisitorial
slnco I havo boon hero," snld tho vor
anda Jady In hor alow," sweet, tlrod
way, "I'm glad this rain camo so
that wo could got acquainted. You
seo," sho smiled faintly. "I'm Just
boglnnlng to realize that lt'n lonely
Bitting hero day In and day out alono.
I'vo beon 111, I'vo had a groat sorrow."
Tho voranda lady's volco fell.
"At first I couldn't renllzo any
thing but thnt. By and by perhaps,
I Bhall forgot it a Ilttlo. Until then
I can only count off tho dayH. Thoy'ro
such long dnys." Sho slghod. 'I
wish I hnd the strength to work. You
work, don't you?" .
Sorono told hor how and "whoro
sho workod. And sho told n groat
deal moro than her words convoyod,
for tho lady was reading tho moan
ing of hor iwnn Ilttlo faco nnd mis
"I onvy you," Sorono onded. In a
Ilttlo outburst of contldonco.
"0, don't I" said tho voranda lady,
nlmoat sharply. "I'm not to bo en
vied. Lot mo toll you, dear, it'B very
nico to bo young, with all your
dronms undreamed nnd your futuro
In one beautiful big piece. When
you got my ago you've mostly only
memories and eomo rogrots. And a
wholo lot of your futuro Is used, up
to mako a pnat out of. O, I know!
"Somo day you'll bo marrying a
nlco young fellow I saw you golug
by with ono Sunday You did look so
radiant, it cheered mo to Beo you.
Hg u, i ,i.
I other nrm's hurt too bnd."
1 Ho wondered vnguoiy how her arm
could possibly ho hurt, but said noth
ing. Tho woman urged him on. Tlu-y
l mado sovoral turns to tho left, to
mo rignt, men on nntl on, It Beomed
to Ralph interminably. Hor weight
seemed greater each momont. Ho hnd
practically carried hor tho wholo dis
tance Sho did not speak oxcept to urge
him to walk faster. Finally thoy made
ono last turn nnd camo within sight
of a smnll gray houso sot woll back
from tho road In a garden of rosos.
Rod ramblers climbed over fonco and
As tho two drew nenr a young cM
nroo from tho stops nnd hurried
toward tho gate. "Oh. are you hurt?
Are you hurt?" sho oxclalmcd breath
lessly to tho woman.
Tho latter put out her Injured
"nrm" nnd opened tho gato with a
bang. "No! i foil down, but I
wa'n't hurt a mite Would ha' boon
homo nn hour ago only I wanted to
tench somo smart fool a losson." She
strodo up tho walk and Into tho
houso, lotting tho scrcon door slnm
Again tho helpless nt of laughter
camo upon Ralph. Ho loaned ngalnut
tho gate, rubbing his numb nrm and
shouting with mirth. This tlmo he
hnd a sweet echo nnd looked Into n
rosy fnco dimpled with fun, for nftcr
ono blnnk momont nnd a glnnco st
tho stato of his nttlro tho girl had"
seemed to dlvlno nil In a flnsh.
Tho young man looked down some
what ruefull at his coat and shoos.
"I seem to lmvn rnenlvnil tlm '
of It," ho said.
Tho girl looked up nt him with n
traeo of shyness. "You could como
In and clean nn. nn nnt mimi w.
she's peculiar but " '
Ho uroko In a with a question.
"Any relation?" ho nsked. What if
she should be tho mothor?
"No. oh, no' Wo nro boarding hero
f my mother nnd I. Mrs. Thurston
turn of mind wns recognized nnd
feared on occasion by all tho family.
Undo Jack shrugged his shoul
ders. "You can search mo," ho in
swerod oxprcsBlvely. "I don't know
what about. Tho fact remains thnt
wo did quarrel, nnd now sho won't
speak to mo. so I can't toll her I'm
sorry and ask her to make up."
"Arb you sorry?" domanded Billy.
"0, yes, I'm sorry nil right," nd
mltted Unclo Jack with a rueful
laugh. . "Howovor, thnt doqsn'. mond
mnttors nny, so don't bothor jour
curly head nbout It. Billy boy. You'll
havo troubles of your own somo day."
Billy thought of tho Inconstant
Bessie and wlaoly remained sllont.
Belslinzznr. WUklne. strntrhml lilm.
self lazily and wandered nut of sight
arounu tno cornor of tho houso. Billy,
nbsorbed In thought followed. ' If
Undo jnck really wanted to mnko
Informed of tho fnct.
"I'll go toll her," decided Billy
Behold thon prosontly Billy trudg-
lntr Sturdily nn tlm ntrnnt tvltli llal-
Bnazzar tngging Happily at his hcols.
When ho had turned tho first cor
ner ho spied Bosslo's nunt, book In
hand, comfortnbly onsconced in n
hammock in tho shelter of a tiny
summer house Making tholr way
directly across tho lawn, Billy nnd
Bdshnzzar nppenred hoforo hor with
"Well, how do you do. Billy boy?"
said Bcsslo's aunt, a Ilttlo uncertain
ly. It was hard to presago what
a visit from Billy might portond.
"How do yoiifdo?" responded Billy
with .owl-llko grnvlty; thon wrink
ling his forehead thoughtfully, no
regarded hor with unwinking gaze
for an npproclablo space of tlmo.
"I don't think vnii'rn nrnlii-" lm
stated at last Judicially.
Bosslo's aunt laughed dollclously.
"To tell you tho truth, Billy," iho
admitted ennfldrmtlnllr T Jnn'
think so elthor."
For you soo, doar, I'vo learnod that
tho next best thing to being happy
oneself la to see somebody olso hap
py." "But I'm not hnppy," blurted out
Serono. "I'm" And then eho told
tho voranda lady tho wholo story.
"O my dear!" said tho oldor wom
an. And aho put up hor whlto hand
and brushed back hor hair. Thero
waa gray In hor hnlr. Soreno saw.
And on hor flngor was a great red
stono llko a bit of fire An engage
"O, my dearl You woro Jealous
Joaloua! of that doar boy! You seo,
I can toll ho la a dear boy. And you
uro a dear Ilttlo girl. But you will
wreck your llfo If you nron't caroful.
It a vory lucky for you that you can
still mako up. And when you havo
mado up stay bo. EIbo "
Splashing through tho rnln, ladon
with raincoat and umbrolla enmo a
tnll young figure. It wns Davo ami
ho was coming straight from hor
house Serono know, looking for her,
Sho onught hor breath.
"Why, thero ho Is now!" said the
voranda lary clieorfully. "Coming
to bring you an umbrolla. Tho dear
hoy! Call to him call to him,
Sornnn rnlloil And Tlnvn Imnnl
His face was vory bright as ho camo
iu mo voranaa, ana tuougn tno lady
u mo nourginss cnuir was wonder
ful to seo, ho had oyes only for So,
takes boarders every summer.
She started toward tho houso, an5
Ralph followed Mrs Thurston met
them nt tho door She led tho voiliiK
man to a room, suppllpd him' with
water and clean towels In. grim si
But ns sho was leaving she pauaid.
"GItnmo that coat." Ralph handed It
to hor nnd sho disappeared.
Prcsontly sho brought back th
cont. Tho long rip was neatly mend
ed. "Ouess thls'll do till you ran
seo a tailor. Dinner ready In hnlf
Thnt dinner wns n memorable
oont. It was a well cooked meal,
sened In the long bay window. wh?ro
tho inmblers climbed In over the silt.
Mrs. Thurston lost somo of her grlm
iipsb nnd even smiled once or twlre
Mrs. Farrand, tho girl's mother, was
And tho girl hersolf? Sho sat by
tho open window, not In the blue
dress he hnd pictured, but snowy
white. In hor oyos were tho lights
and shadows, tho expressions he tmd
scon In tho oyes of tho Dream dirt
nro-ind tlio bond In tho stream. Is
wondeiful vacation had Indeed begun.
A'terward ho saw her alono for a
moment on tho porch. Tho glovo Inv
In his pocket. Ho was afraid to ask
her about It. Supposo It should not
Ho drew It out slowly. ThoMlght
from the window shono upon It. Th9
girl reached up and took It from his
"Why. you found my glove!" sho
exclaimed In surprise.
"It Is yours, then?"
"Yes. I'm so glad! It Is not vry
pleasant for ono not to have n mate"
"I'm finding that out, too," he muV
Ho moved a step nearer.
"Good night." Ho pressed the l'Uu
soft hand In bbth his own fo?.'.
moment. "I'll seo you to-rnoMw
morning." ho said. "I've nnaifed
with Mrs Thurston to come tiTo ta
"But t guess in,, undo jack do-V
continued Hilly, whuroi IHss.a
nunt forgot to laugn ?:d blusrf&
Instead. "And ln don't know wait
you nnd him quarroJod'ttMit," Weal
uu miiy gravely, "but he . orry aiiit
way, and It wan t. about Mr. Start
uopo. because he sayo Sir tanhopa
Is n non non sotnn'ring '. t for
get, but If l wm undo ."ad : pundi
him." Bald Billy, doulilirar ip us fi3t3
bellgorently. "Anywsy, I nmk Un
do Jack Is lots nicer tlmr .Mr rtnii
hope," ho added. -"--"v'v
"So do I," admitted ."esrlo'a unt
after thoughtful consideration ".Wirt
did you say ho was sorry," nho --Ked.
Billy nodded cinplmticali.
"Woll If he's Bony " UesSI6rs
nunt was visibly improssed.
"Why thero's Unclo Jack nowV
nnnouncod Billy, pointing ir. accu.-
lllg finger. "Uncla TncL-l ilinfa
Jnck!" ho called shrilly.
Undo Jack turned his head, I ut f
wns not nt Billy thnt ho looked. II
must hnvo read forglvonness in itxo
clnnco Of Bnaatn'n mint. nn,l n . n.
mont later ho was crossing tLe lawif.
"I'm nfrald niv nmnll noi.Vin... r.
been disturbing you." ho apologize,
picking up the bpok that Bes.o'i
nunt had conveniently dropped, and
carofully rostorlng It to hor.
"Not In tho least," smiled Bes
slo'a aunt. "We've been exchanges
confidences on 0, lots of personal
mnttors." Sho hunted diligently !C7
the plnco sho hnd lost when shs
dropped tho book. "Ho says you nr
"I am abjectly repentant," ho aj
sUred her. gravely. '
Appeared, Bessto, plnk-cheekei
adorably dimpled, demure At sight
of Billy sho chewed reflectively 'on
ono chubby finger and smiled nt his .
"Loth go thoo my white wabblts,
Billy," sho cooed alluringly. s
reno, whom ho helped vory proudly
into tho raincoat. A vory contrite,
humblo little Serene she wns, too. '
"You must como and see me tc-f
gether somo ovonlng," said the ver
anda lady, ns they were going away.,1
"I want to know you both better. I'll,
mako you something nice in the chaf-,
Ing dish nnd elng for you somo songs
I know you'll llko."
"0, we'll como," cried Berene
"And thank you n million times!"
Next dav as Soreno was nnmlno- Vm
ran up to tho voranda ratling to speak
to her now friend. , ,
"We'vo mndo up," sho said rt-dl-anly.
"And I'm novor going 'to bo
a bit Jealous of him again as long is '
I live. Ho didn't caro for that Ethel
Slator. I should have known. It
wns horrled of me not to trust hint.
And VOII did It nil. vnn rlnni. iinu.l .
beautiful thing, you!" Sho plfked up
iiiuy u uuuu nnu Kisseu it.
Thoro woro tenrs In tho veranda,
lady's eyes. Sho smiled, hut so sadly
that Serono felt she would rather
have seen her cry. .
"I'm so glad you mado Up," en'ov,
said. "Wo didn't, you see ho and'j,
I was toaloUs. tOO. And whnn T xnmn .
to my senses It was too late So '
luuKHii away. .
"He had got over caring?" hroathed
irene tragically. ,
"O. no " The Vorandu Inriv riiirk
-" " V
hor broath. "Ho Just died," tftun
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