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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1912.
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BY ELSIE EXDICOTT.
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HEY are Just lovely!
O. I should think
tbey wou'.d m:.e ber
The girl poised
herself against the
edge of the counter,
and held up a tiara
of diamonds for the
Inspection of ber cus
tomer, as they spar-
, kled against the
smooth white skin of her hand. Toe,
uistomer shook his head doubtfully.
"She Is one of thoe women who
have been surfeited with such things
as theso," he said, "and it isn't easy
to make her happy that way.
"You see." he weut on. leaning
against the other side of the counter,
and dropping into a confidential tons,
"she is my fiancee one of those old
standing engagements and since 1
have been out in this big western
country, I haven't peen much of her.
I am going on there tomorrow, and
want to take something and fx mat
torn up. one way or the other.
"These are first water, every stone,
you nay? And the design well I'll
take your word for that. Would you
n.lnd sticking it up there in your
tair. for a second, so that I can
set the effect?" he asked, hesitating
ly. The girl lifted the sparkling orna
ment with a little ambarrassed flush,
and fastened it In her shiny puff of
Rold brown hair. The man turned
his head to one side, and took a crit
ical glance at the trim little figure
pretty fare and soft, large eyes, and
forgot to look at the diamonds.
The girl blushed scarlet, and lifted
it off. as she said in a hurt tone:
"Of course you can't judge this
way I am not dressed to show It
off; it will look quite differently 6n
i your fiantee:
! "She will I t dressed to show it off.
In its neatly-i.t'.ins L:s.ck rowu. the ' all runt." he tiisweicd abie.t!y
"and yes, she is handsome," he add
ed. "But I don' like furbelows and
laces, and. diamonds either, for that
matter; and would you mind my tell
ing you that I waB admiring that lit
tle black frock you have on, with the
white band in the neck, so much,
that I forgot about the diamonds?"
The girl blushed again, but some- j
now mere was a straigntiorwara sin
cerity In the compliment that made
her know her customer meant no im
pertinence, and she answered mod
estly: '"Laces and furbelows are not ex
actly to my taste, either, but I
shouldn't object to something a little
Then she grew confidential, too,
and told him that the black gown she
wore was mourning for her father,
who had died and left her all alone
in the world with an invalid mother
to support. Sbe had little time to
think of dress or anything of that
kind, as she had to work hard to give
her mother the comforts she needed,
and spent most cf her spare time
trying to cheer and make her happy.
She was afraid she would not have
her long, and she would be quite
alone in the world. Then she brush-
i ed away the tears and began to talk
j of the merits of the diamonds.
A short time after, the man went
j out of the store with the handsome
' ornament done In a neat little pack
age, and the girl went on waiting
upon ber other customers. But some
bow, she thought many times of the
man who bad bought the tiara, and
i found herself wondering if his fian
; ceo were pleased with the gift, and
i if he Lad fixed up matters with ber.
' She thought the girl must be hard
to please if she didn't allow him to
fix matters up in her favor; but
somehow, although he said she was
handsome, she didn't believe he was
altogether pleased with her. Ho
made arrangements to return the
tiara if it didn't suit, and she won
dered if he would bring it back, and
for some unaccountable reason, she
hoped he would.
A week had passed, and he had not
come, and then something -happened
to put everything else out of her
heart for the time. i
The manager called her to bis
desk one morning and told her be
would not need her after that day.
She had done nothing to displease
him. he said, but they had to reduce
their force, and a member of bis own
family was to take her place. As she
was about to leave the desk, he called
her back, and handing her an extra
check, said hurriedly:
"Here is a check for $10, Miss Al
len; we are In the habit of paying the
clerks a percent on such large sales
as the tiara you sold last week, and
I think this will about cover your
She thanked him and took the
check, but suddenly remembering
something, turned and handed it back
"The gentleman arranged to trine
tee tiara back if it didn't suit, and I
can't take this!" she said with a lit
tle sob, and leaving him before be
had time to reply, she went back to
her place and began to arrange the
Jewel-cases behind her counter.
Her whole month's wages would
haeto o fcr the doitor's bills for
ber sick' mother. "And the (10 would
pay the rent until I can get another
She sobbed, and just then a little
cough attracted her attention, and
she hurriedly dried her eyes and
turned to wait.on a customer. It was
the man who bought the tiara. He
smiled and laid down a little package
on the counter.
"You see, I have brought it back,
as it didn't suit ber," he announced,
not looking in the least downcast
about it. .
"O, I am sorry that is. I wouldn't
have been a little while ago, but
now The girl hesitated, and look
ed up In tearful confusion at the man
who bent his eyes questioningly upon
her until she attempted to explain. .
"I didn't mean to tell you, but now
it has slipped out. I will have to say
I am sorry you brought the tiara back
because I have just lost my place,
and tbey were to give me a percent
age on this sale which I need very
much, until I cad get something else
The man made a little gesture of
relief, and smiled good-humoredly. ,
"1 am sorry you are to lose your
place," he said, "but I can't help be-,
lng glad the tJara didn't suit', because
nothing else aid. As to your place
I have been thinking a great deal
about you lately, and I came here to
offer you another place. All you will
have to do is to say that you will
The girl flushed with sudden hap
piness. . "O, how kind you are! Of
course 1 will take It. for I believe I
can trust you and know that you
J. will do the right thing by me!" Sbe
looked up into his eyes.
"Well, you.tiaven't heard what
kind of place it is you will have to
fill, yet," he answered, leaning over
"You see." he went on, "I happen
to want a young woman myself, just
answering your description, and if
you consent to come with me you will
have to make a solemn vow never to
leave me for anybody else under the
shining stars, and you will have to
put up with all my crankiness, and
wear that little black frock and white
neckband all the time, and ever to
He stopped and looked across the
counter at the girl who dropped her
eyes as a sudden wild suspicion sent
the color over her face and neck into
the very roots of her hair. -
"But I. will try to make the place
easy for you," he said, leaning near
er her, and speaking vary tenderly.
"I have made a good deal of money,
and I have a great big house and
lots of servants, and a comfortabla
nook for your sik mother. All I
need Is a good, sensible little woman
like you to make it cheerful and
bright for me, and help me enjoy the.
things I have worked for.
"I went to New York for the wom
an I told you about, but I saw she
wasn't the kind I wanted and I
didn't suit her, so we agreed to give
each other up. And then I began to
think of the little girl who sold ma
the tiara and I believed she would
be just the kind of a woman I have
always wanted. ' i came to ask her
to be my wife!"
The girl could not speak for a few
minutes, then with a little impulsive
gesture, she exclaimed:
"O, I have read beautiful novels,
where such things as this have hap
pened, but it was always that the
rich hero was old and ugly, and the
heroine would take him because she
was poor, and not because " She
"She loved him?" he ventured
questioning her with a tender, smil
ing countenance. "Well, I am not
old or very ugly," he went on, "and
I am not exactly a hero, but some
how there is only one thing I have
been afraid of -in my little heroine, is
she different from the book-kind in
"I ieiieve she Is, and I think he
is a hero, too, even if be is not old
and ugly!" she added with a rap
XrT C cn co .
BY ETHEL ANGERT..
OINO down to Cran-
i dell's Dick?" Ricn-
ard Durnam oo-
his spK and span
Yes. sir," young
Dick colored uncom
fortably. "Well Dick. I
can't help thinking
you mlrht better
There was a seriousness about his
uncle's manner that impressed the
"Don't you believe In a fellow
teing in love and marrying?" he
"I've no particular objection to
your being in love If it Is any espe
cial enjoyment but marrying Is an
other matter. Thai Is a serious
"Do you think a man ought to bj
Lfrald to meet life?" The young
fellow lifted his head proudly. j
"Not afraid to meet It. but afraid
to complicate it. Sit down, Dick; I
want to tell you something." - I
Dick Durham dropped resignedly j
Into a chair. ,
"You're Just like your father, al
ways letting your heart run away I
with your head. I love you for it.
Just as I loved him. but I do not
want you to go through with what
"When he met your mother he
hardly waited for the introduction to
get over before he proposed and she
accepted. Tbey were married and
bought the Soper place across here.
"Your mother was a town girl and
pretty as a picture, but she knew no
more about work than a child. There
wasn't much money and it worried
her because the did not know how
to save and work like her neighbors.
Your father knew she was unhappy
and that worried him. And finally
! when you came she couldn't seem to
hold on to life any longer.
"Then bills kept piling in and your
father kept working harder until he
took a fever and died, too. a broken
hearted man when be wasn't much
older than you are. lad.
"I've been watching this girl of
yours, DicK. She is a nice, lovable
sort of girl, but she is as incompetent
as a baby. If it were her sister, now.
I'd have more hopes of ber.
"If you ever get married I'll help
you all I can but I can't, be having
you bring a city girl in here with
her newfangled notions. I'm tco ac
customed to old Barbara's -ways."
Richard Durham sat in silence long
after his nephew had gone his way.
. "I suppose It won't do a bit of
goo4 to talk to him."- he mused
"Still, if I could get him oVer this
foolish age he'd be likely to have
some sense. Get a man past 30 and
he will keep his bead no matter what
I prank bis heart may play him."
f The old housekeeper bustling in to
! light the lamp and bring the even
Jing paper, observed:
I "There going to be a dance down
la Bailey new taxa tomorrow nlxht.
It does beat all how uneasy folks are
to have some excitement going on."
That. then, was the reason for
Dick's unaccustomed Thursday even
ing call! Richard Durham smiled
I to himself.
"I'll get the start of the rascal,"
j he thought with a laugh. "I'll go
f to that dance myself and watch pro-
I ceedings. If things go too far I shall
speak to the girl, since the young
! man refuses to listen to reason. If
j I can but get them to wait five years
I I will save them both a lot of trouble,
j whether they give me credit for it or
When Dick Durham proudly escort
ed Lora Gaines and her sister Mil-
l dred into the gaily decorated im
1 provised ballroom on the following
j evening he was disconcerted to find
I his Uncle Richard there before him.
"Confound him," he growled under
i his breath as he observed the older
j man coming smilingly forward, "If
he sets out tomake himself agree
i able I may as well go home for all
the show 1 11 jet."
Lora Gaines greeted him pleasant
ly. There was something undeniably
attractive about the soft dark hair,
the laughing eyes sbe raised to him,
the pretty round arms under her lace
Durham realized how a young fel
low like Dick must feel about her.
But the quiet little sister with whom
Dick was Bitting glumly In the cor
ner was worth two of her!
"Suppose I can dance, Dick?" said
Durham genially, as the music start
ed. "I haven't had much practice
lately, but I used to get along pretty
"Miss Mildred might get' through
safely," answered, Dick with a forced
smile. "She is the best dancer . I
ever knew." , .
"But Miss Gaines has been eo kind
as to venture it with me." smiled
Richard, leading the girl forth with
j a show of pride. - - '
Hours later, as .tbey came out Into
1 the starlit night, Durham's heart
I smote him at sight of his nephew's
face. After all. he had gone about
far enough for once; it undoubtedly
would be bard to be deprived of such
a girl. Too much opposition is as
bad as not enough.
"Miss Mildred," he said in his gen
tle manner, "are you going to be
kind enough to let an old fellow like
me walk home with you?"
When Richard Durham at last
sought bis comfortable pillow sleep
refused to visit him. ' He eaw only
the bewitching face, of the little
"Poor Dick." he thought, uneasily.
"It Is certainly bard lines for him.
I hate to Interfere In this, and yet I
must, not let him make a mistake!"
Morning found Dick still morose
and gloomy. For the first time In
their life together he and his uncle
spent a silent, unsympathetic day.
' "I'll go down and see the girl,"
thought tha uncomfortable arbitrator
of. fate, "and if this has got to be I
6han have to make the hest of It." :
ML&s Gaines was busy with some
books in the deserted school room.
She wore a frivolous little pink frock
that met with the disapproving ad
miration of her caller.
"Er you like the country. Mia
"I love It." said the girl simply.
Durham groaned in spirit. .
"Child," he placed his hands on
her shoulders and turned her toward
him, tenderness tugging at his heart,
"child, will you let me take care ot
you? Will you marry me, Lora?"
"But 1 am not capable like-Mildred."
"You are something more, dear,'
with growing conviction. "I do no
expect you to love a man fifteen year.1
older than you. but I promise 7ou I
will do rny le;t to make you happ."
"Soinetimes," murmured the eirl
softly, "the unexpected happens!!'
"Sweetheart!" cried the man who
bed lived safely past the age of fool
ishness, "can that really be true?"
"Great Caesar!" Dick's shocked"
voice sounded at the door. "Mildred, .
come here and see my uncle and ?out