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You don't want to miss your share of these home outfitting bargains we are offering the furniture buying
public of the tri-cities. You'll find splendid savings throughout this big store in every department. Remember,
make your selections before Saturday night, August 31,for after that date no more August sale prices. Our
regular prices will prevail. If you desire we will hold any goods you may select for future delivery and give
you the benefit of our lay away plan, granting you our discount prices upon a small deposit,' on goods held for
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t Your last chance at this price to buy best makes of
body brussels rugs, full room size, Szl2 in handsome
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'Alexander Smith's Axm. Rugs $
These rugs are the very best values we hive ever of
fered in moderate priced domestic Axminster, This is
only one of the many rug values now being offered in
our rug and carpet department at unmatchable values
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sold with a guarantee to
save you 25 on gas bill.
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BY WILL SEAT.
HE closed the barn
door, then turned
with on. band upon
tb. blip to gaze
l-tV about her. From
T"yil within tb. barn
rauifi a comfortable
ound of munrblng
tbe old gray horte
ate bis supper. He
did not know that
his mltri! had
scraped tb. bin wltb ber bands to g.t
liliu that lakt small measure of grain
iund tbat there was no money with
wblcb to bujr another panful.
It was sundown tbat dlabeartea
ra' time of tb. mountains.
Cricket were beginning to clatter in
the fleldu. birds to call from the
woodland. Wherever Hester looked
desolation met her despairing eyes.
It bad been a dry, hot summer,
and the scanty crops she bad put In
bad failed her utterly. The buck
wheat was Just coming to blow; the
corn was hardly worth tbe cutting;
the potatoes would not yield a hand
ful to a hill.
Yet vagrant things flourished.
Brush bad. grown ajjd; fresh patches
tf brakes had appeared. The upper
field, which. In her father's day, bad
been a fa:r meadow, was growing up
Mng back to Its primal condition.
How her father would have hated
to fee It! He bad given his life to
wrest tbes few poor acres from tbe
foreet and bad d;ed before the task
he had set for tlmself was accom
plished liohlnd Hester tfc. tarn loomed
rray ad gaunt, with warped siding
ihowlng day light through tbe roof,
linking weakly in tbe middle.
The bouse was not much better.
It. too. was un painted. Window
Ixhts were broken; the chimney In
rjins; the underpinning scarcely
oie to support the timbers. About
it the f.owers which she bad set In
he awaker hope of springtime
ere adlnr r the stalk.
The leav '- nped softly from the
aple beforp U.f d or t: was fall
'a'-I fcooa It would be wUtcr. AcJ
She drew a long breath and the
lines of hardship and heartache deep
ened on ber face, making ber look
almost old. She bad made a good
fight for naught. After all, she
was but a woman to treat with soil
that begrudged and nature tbat
would not aid.
Her bands showed to what use she
had put them; ber slim figure bad
not an ounce of flesh to spare. She
had worked herself down to mere
bone and muscle and now bone and
muscle were rebelling. She was giv
ing out; she could not work through
another year like last. And all she
bad to show for her brave toil was
the prospect of a winter of privation.
In tbat moment of desperation the
girl's heart failed ber and she cring
ed before the future. This farm was
her all. and it had refused to sup
port ber. As for selling It. who
would buy? Tbe land was not mar
ketable. A hundred things came to ber
mind tbe loneliness of long nights:
the terror of some, with only ber dog
for companion; tbe days of toil; tbe
eager endeavor; her watch cry, "I
will not be beaten!" hope springing
anew each spring and eaxb fall. Ah,
It was all bitter, but not one half
so bitter as tb. future!
"Stay on tbe farm," her father
bad bidden ber with almost his last
breath. And she had staid. But now
the time had come when. If she would
live, she must stay no longer.
Where could she go? What could
she do? She dreaded contact with
the unknown world. Work did not
daunt ber. but humanity did. After
all. she bad but a woman's heart.
and a timid one. Aa she realized howl
iimia sae lurnea ner race 10 me gray
boards of tbe barn door and broke
Into passionate weeping.
A sound of furious bark '.a- aroused
her. Her dog. hunting bis own meat
at a woodchuck bole on the side bill,
bad become aware of something un
UFual and was racing houseward.
As she lifted ber head she saw him
and the atsturt lnfr o-je"t a iaa :
climbing tv.e orchard fe;ue. He J
c&rrid a can ufrcn Lis tbouider. I
When the dog was almost upon him,
bristling with threat or he was an
UKly brute where strangers were con
cerned the man spoke to tlai reas
suringly. The dog ceased to bristle,
wagged his tall and fell into step at
the man's heels.
As the man approached Hester he
lifted his cap, and with keen, kind
eyes swept her forlorn, tear-wet face.
"Are you Miss Craig?" he asked.
way. "Where's your lower line?
"It runs past that little hemlock
tree," she explained.
"I see. It joined onto Hardy's
land. That's Just what I thought. Do
you farm it alone?"
"I hire when I can."
"Farming's too bard for a woman
alone," be mused, scanning the
as It stands."
Sixteen hundred dollars! Was she
crazy?. Hester turned deadly white.
"But but It Isn't worth that much."
she stammered, faintly.
"It Is to me. I can turn my young
stock on It. My place won't carry
all I want to keep. While I was out
hurrting I thought I'd come over here
and look at your land. My name Is
King. I bought the Leeds' place
TTTT" THE HOUSE WASN'T MUCH BETTER THAN THB. BJkflX,
lea." Hester answered. .poor fields, the brake, desolate paa-
Do you own this farm?" tures emnty of cattle. 'Wonirt tnn
es." gli ff anvhoriv tnaria vnn an tff
Hester jumped and choked, and
the color sprang to her face. Then
she laughed, piteously. Incredulous
ly, "who would make me an offer?"
' I xould I do." he rpoke firmly.
"I cucr iou SL60v.2ah fur this place
"That's your upper line. Isn't It?"
He pointed toward a row of posts
that ciimbed a northern slope.
"Yes." Hester replied for the third
time. She was wondering why he
asked her so many questions and who
Lie latbed and 1oj-- U other
maybe .you know."
place like tbia. He bad beautiful
borses. She thought of old Tom and
opened tbe barn door.
"I've got a hone," aba aaid. He
isn't good for much. I don't suppose
I could sell him. But If you would
Hester remembered. She bad heard
of Mr. King, who had bought the
Leeds' farm tbe finest farm to the
J.Poa,?-fcj said fa waa rich...
must be to want to give $1,600 for a
take him with the place "
Tbe man peered In at the old white
horse. There was a smile on bis
"You look as if you would be kind
to horses," Hester said, wiatfully.
"I've got some pretty nice ones of
my own," he said. "I'll bring one
tomorrow and take you to town to
see about drawing up the writings
that Is, if you consent to sell."
"It's a godsend to me," Hester
said, wltb a sob.
He stooped -and patted Rover's
magnificent bead. For an Instant be
did not seem to know what to say.
"You've got a fine dog here," he
aid. "I'll buy him If you'll name
a price." He looked at ber. "De
cide what you want for him, will
you? And tell me tomorrow. I'll be
here at 2 o'clock. Now I must go.
It's a good ways around the, bill.
Qoodby. Miss Craig."
He lifted his cap. settled his gun
upon bis shoulder and walked quick
Rover followed him across the pas
ture, while Hester stood watching
blm bewildered !y.
Tbat night Hester awoke with a
start to remember. Sixteen hundred
dollars bis kind eyes. too. Next
morning she wondered If she bad
dreamed It all. She did not feel sure
that she bad not, even after she had
dressed In ber best and sat waiting
There waa color In ber cheeks and
light In bee eyes, which showed that
under favorable conditions she would
have been pretty. At 2 o'clock she
heard wagon wheels. When she ran
out she found blm waiting la a light
buggy drawn by a splrittd bay horse
Hla eyes glanced In surprise at
tbe sweet face under tbe shabby hat
brim. But he only gave her defer
ential greeting and helped her into
the buggy. The bay horse went like
the wind. The banks were gay with
aster and goldenrod. A smell of rip
ening leaves was in the air. That
afternoon Hester rode In fsiryland.
The writings were drawn, the mon
7 Pt la Hester's hands and then
JUi laswtted, by., hex at the bank. - Then
she was in the buggy again with htm.
They drove back through the dim
ming sunlight rather silently.
"Of course you can take your own
time for leaving the place," Mr. Kln
said at last. You need not hurryv
You will need to look 'round a bit.
You have no Idea what you shall
"No," said Hester. "That's the
trouble. You soe I dou't know any
thing but fanning. And I've falird
at that." Her voice broke.
He did not speak to her again un
til they came In sight of tbe old
house. Then be looked at her.
"Sorry?" he queried gently.
"Hester shook her head. "Sorry
for being aved! O, you don't know
how grateful I am to you!"
He laid his hand suddenly over
hers, clasped hard In her lap.
"Never mind that," he said. As
she met his look with startled eyei
he went on quickly:
"I want to tell you something.
Miss Hester. I dTdn't see you for the
first time yesterday, when I found
you crying Into the barn door. I've
known about you ever since I camo
into 'this section. I've known Just
how brave and determined you've
been. I've looked on at your grit and
pluck and admired it. Yesterday I
made up my mind to know you bet
ter. "I'm middle a?etl. I've never mar
ried. Until yesterday I thought I
never would. But my motner is get
ting feeble and while I can manage
outdoors I'm no good at managing
indoors. I need a wife. I need Just
the wqyian you are. You won't have
to work hard and I'll be gcod to you.
"I'm not poor and I'm not etlngy.
But I was cut out for a farmer and
I 'mean to be a successful one. I
want you to help me, lf you will. I
want you to marry me, Hester."
She turned and looked at him diz
zily. She knew that be was offering
all and offering it In tbe manliest
way. She knew that his eyes and
smile meant sweet, strange, undreamed-of
happiness to her. She knew.
Without a word she lifted his hand
to ber lips and kissed It. But h.JULs