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Uncle Terry I
CHARLES CLARK MUNN
Copyright, 1000, by Ln A 8hep*rd
"I ahull dislike to go, after all," she
said at last, "but perhaps It Is best.
I Bhall be homesick for a spell, but
then I Khali have you." Then she
rose anil like a big baby crept Into
her brother's lap, and, tucking her
sunny head under his ehln, whispered:
"Oh, If you were never going to be
married, Bertie, I would lenvo .It nil
and try to be contented. I could come
up here every summer, could I not?"
Th<m she added disconsolately: "But
you will get married soon. Your beau
tiful island girl will not keep you
waiting so long."
"No Hwoothoort und no wife shall
ever lessen my lovu for you, Alice,
who have been my playmate, my com
panion and my confidant all my life."
When they had discussed the pro
posed step In all its bearings for a half
hour Albert said: "Come, now, sis,
sing a little for me. 1 am hungry to
hear you once more."
She compiled willingly, and, as the
plqunnt voice of Alice Vnge trilled
the list from "Lily Dale" to "Suwanee
River" and back to "Bonny Eloise"
and "ratter of the Ralu," Albert lari
ly puffed his pipe and lived over his
When the concert was ended he ex
claimed: "I will look around before
Christmas and seo what kind of a
Out can lie found, and then when your
school closes you must come down
and visit me and see how you like
"Oh, that will be just delightful,
only you must promise not to tell the
Nosons that 1 am coming."
"But If they find It out Blanch and
Frank would feel bitterly hurt," he
replied. "Remember, they did you the
honor of coming up here to visit you,
and Blanch has said to me several
times that she hoped you would visit
her this winter."
"I should love to," replied Alice, hes
itating, "but?well, I will tell you what
wo can do?we will wait until the dny
before 1 am to return, and then we can
call there one eveuiug. They need not
know how long I have boen ln Bos
When morning and departure came
Albert said: "I will do as you wish,
sweet sister, and unless some of the
Nasons should meet us at a theater I
imagine It will work all right, only it
is a little rough on Frank."
|IIE proposed change did not
seem to disturb Aunt Susau
much, although Alice noticed
that shu was more quiet than
ever and avoided that subject.
"I'm ready an* wlllln' to go If you
think best," she said, "an* I'll do my
best as long as I can. I hain't got
long to stay, an' if I see you two hap
py I'm content."
Two weeks before Christmas came a
cordial letter from Blanch reminding
Alice of her promise to visit her dur
ing the holidays and insisting that she
do so now. With it was Inclosed an
equally cordial but brief noto of invita
tion from Mrs. Nason. Allco replied to
both ln due form and with profuse
thanks, also stating thot she had prom
ised her brother she would visit him
during her vacation, and hoped to have
one or two evenings with them at that
Alice inclosed both notes to her broth
er and told him he had best inform
tho Nasons of her Intended visit ln a
matter of fact way. "But," sho added,
"do not let on that you know they
have invited me to visit them. We
will do Just as wo talked?go there and
spend one or two evenings, or perhaps
I may meot them at a theater, which
Would be much better."
By return mall came his assurance
of obedience and a sizable check. "Use
It all, my dear sis," he wrote, "and for
your own needs, too. I do not want
you to fool ashamed of your gowns
when you come to Boston."
"Bless his dear heart," said Aljoe
whon she read tho letter, "what aCtUo
that Island girl will got in himl"'
When Christmas came and she
kissed Aunt Susan goodby, sho was
near giving up the trip altogether. It
may have been the end face of her
aunt chat brought the irresolution, or
a feeling that moetlng Frank would
reawaken the little heartache sho hod
for five months been trying to conquer.
When she reached Boston she was met
by her brother.
"I have not told Frank," Albert ex
claimed, "and shall not let them know
you are here until wo call. - I want you
to myself for a few days, because after
Frank knows you nro here I nm sure
to be ono too many most of tho time."
"Not on his account, you'll not be,"
replied Alice with a snap.
What a gallant escort that brother
was, and what a change from the dull
monotony of her home life thoso days
were to Alice.
They visited art galleries mornings,
and devoted the afternoons and even
ings (o theaters; then usually a tets
a-tete supper at a cozy place where the
best was to he had, and a little chat in
his or her room before retiring. It
was during ono of these brief visits
that she noticed somo of the pictures
that hung in his room.
"Who painted that shipwreck
sceneV" she asked, looking at one. "It
Is a gem, and those poor sailors cling
ing to tho ice covered rigging are
enough to make one shiver. And those
awful waves, too, are simply terrify
ing. And what a pretty scene Is this
wild tangle of rocks with a girl leaning
on one and looking out on tho ocean
where the sun is setting or rising,"
she continued as she viewed the noxt
one. Then as she exomined it n llttlo
closer she added, "Who is E. T.T"
Albert, made no answer, ngd she passed
to a third ono showing n little rippled
cove with the ocean beyond and a girl
seated ln the shade of a small spruce
"Why, this Is by E. T. too," she ex
claimed. And turning to her brother
she repeated, "Who Is E. T. V"
"Well," he answered, "I will tnko
you down to the Island some time and
Introduce you to her. She will be glad
to meet my sister, you may be cer
Then the brief history of this girl,
as her brother had told It, came to her.
"So that was the wreck she floated
ashore from, was It, Bert? And con
she point like that? Why, I am as
tonished: And who Is the girl leaning
on tho rock? What an exquisitely
molded figure and what n pretty posel
Who Is she?"
"That Is your possible sister In law,"
answered Albeit, with a touch of
pride, J^tnd tho pictures were dono by
her from sketches I first made myself.
They are t rue to 11 f e so far as all de
Ulla go, only t railed to catcb her ex
pressive face In tbe one that shows n
front view of her."
"So that was the way you wooed
your Island goddess, was MY" observed
Alice, with a roguish look. "Made her
pose for a sketch while you said sweet
things to her. Have you a picture
"No, I am sorry to say I have not.
Remember, sho has been hidden on.an
island nil her lifo, and I doubt If aho
over had n picture taken." ?
"And when will you take me to seo
her? I am so anxious to meet this
fairy of the shore who has stolen my
brother's heart. Can't wo go down
there before I return home?"
"We can," ho added, "but L think
we'd better wait until spring."
The next day he informell hor he had
secured a box at a theater for that
evening and had invited the Nasons to
Join them. "I thought It would relievo
your mind a little, Alice," he added, "to
meet your bogy on neutral ground."
Mrs. Mason was a long way from be
ing tho baughty specter Alice hud con
jured up. Tbat a country schoolinn'nm
was proud enough to dlscourago her
son's attentions because of tbe differ
ence in their positions awakened her
curiosity. "I sbauld like to meet MIbb
Page," sho said to Blanch when the
latter had nsked if sho might invite her
to visit them. "A girl that shows the
spirit she does is certainly worth cul
When Alice's cool but polite note
reached Mrs. Nnson she was piqued to
even a greater degree of curiosity, and
when Albert's courteous letter invit
ing "Mrs. Nason and family to share
a box at tho theater for the purpose of
meeting my sister" was received sho
returned a cordial acceptance by bear
To Alice tho proposed meeting was
a Bource of dread, and when the car
riage called for Albert and herself she
was In an excited state of mind. They |
had barely taken their seats In the box |
when the usher knocked, and Blanch,
followed by the rest of the family, en
tered. Tliat young lady greeted Alle?
with an effusive kiss, and the next in
stant she found herself shaking hands
with a rotund and gray haired lady of
dignified bearing, but of kind and
courteous manner. An introduction to
Kdltb followed, and then Frank ac
knowledged he polite "How do you
do, Mr. Nason?" with his very best
Mrs. Nason began chatting with
Alice in the pleasantest way and with
seemingly cordial interest in all sho
Bald, while Blanch kept quiet nnd
Edith devoted herself to Albert. It
was after the second curtain when
Mrs. Nason said: "I must insist that
you divide your visit with us, Miss
Page, and allow us to return a little of
yonr hospitality. Of course I under
stand tbat your brother conies flrBt,
and rightly, too, but we must claim a
part of your time."
"I had promised myself one or two
evenings at your home," Alice an
swered quietly, "but I do not feol that
I might to desert Bertto more than
Then, for the first rime, Blanch put
in her little word: "Now, do not offer
your brother as an excuse. I have
been anticipating your promised visit
for a long time, and no brother is go
tug to rob me of lt. I shall come
around tomorrow forenoon, and if you
nro not ready to go back with me, bag
ond baggage, I will Just take your
baggage, ond then you will have to
"I do not see why you cannot seo
your brother and visit with him Just as
well nt our house," mit in Mr*. Nason.
"He is always welcome there."
Alice turned to her brother, remark
ing, "It is nice of you to Insist, and I
nm more than grateful, but it must bo
us he says." Then she added prettily,
"He In my papa and mamma now, nnd
tbe cook and captain bold and mate of
the Nancy brig as well."
"I will stir up a mutiny on tbe Nancy
brig If be does not consent," laughed
Blanch; "so there Is an end to that, and
you must be ready at 10 tomorrow."
_ CHAPTER XXXIX.
If yy'lLANCH hnd koDt hor threat
C I m I and literally taken possession
^iLrt| of her new friend and ln
I?tE^fli stalled her In the guest room
of the Nnson residence. To be taken in
hand, ns it were, by a cultured nnd
wealthy young lndy, nnd to have n liv
eried nnd obsequious conchman on duty
to convey them anywhere and every
where was n new experience. It wns
not long ere Alice began to feel her
self quite at home In tbe Nason family
and co notice that Mrs. Nason treated
her in a motherly wny.
"I see thnt you nre fond of your lit
tle charges," she said, ?fter Alice had
described her school ond some of tho
peculiarities of her pupils who wore
outgrown roundabouts or cnllco pina
fores, "nnd I suppose they grow fond
of you ns well."
"I try to make them," replied Alice,
"nnd I Ond that 1? the easiest way to
govern them. I seldom have to punish
any one. In a wny, children nre like
grown people, nnd n little tact ond n
few words said in the right Avoy are
more potent than fear of punishment."
"And do you not find life In so small
a ploee rather monotonous?" nsked
"Oh, yes," replied Alice, "It Is not
much like city life. It is delightful to
have theaters and the excitement of
social duties, as I Imagine you hove
nil the time, nnd yet I nm not sure I
should like lt. I fancy once in nwhlle
I should sigh for n shady spot In the
woods In summer where I could rend
a book or henr the birds sing. It is
only in winter that I should like to live
in the city."
Alice's stay In Boston passed rnpldly
until only two days were left, when
Blanch said to her, "I have invited n
few of my friends here to meet you to
night, nnd I want you to sing for me."
"Oh, please do not nsk that," replied
Alice hastily. "I do not sing well
"But you sing in church, nnd that is
"Thnt is nothing," answered Alice,
smiling. "Not one in ten of those
country people know one note from an
other. Here all your friends hear the
finest operatic singers, nnd I would cut
a sorry figure in contrast."
"But you will sing Just once to plonse
me, won't you?" pleaded Blanch.
"I will not promise. I will seo how
many are here and bow my courngo
When that evening came Blanch
waited until Allco had become some
what acquainted with the little gather
ing and tho reserve hnd worn away,
when she went to her and, putting one
arm around her waist, whispered,
"Come, now, dear, Just ono little song;
only one to please me." At first Alice
thought to refuse, but her pride came to
the rescue, and the feeling that sho
would show her friend tbat she wns
not a timid country girl gave her the
needed courage, and Bbe arose and
stepped across the room to the grand
piano that stood in one corner. Her
checks were flushed, and a defiant our]
was on_her Jlps^and_ then without n
moment's hesitation sho Booted, herself
and saug "Tho Last Hose of Summer."
She had sung It many, many times he
fore, and every trill and exquisite quiv
er of its pathos was an fumlUnv to her
as tho miiBlc of the brook where she
bad played In childhood. She sang as
she never had before, and to an au
dience that listened entranced. When
the last sweet note bad passed her red
lips, she nroso quickly and returned to
her sent. Two little tears stolo out of
Mrs. Nason's eyes, to bo quickly brush
ed away with a priceless bit of Ince.
Sweet Alice, tho motherless litt I?- coun
try girl, had from that moment enter
ed the heart of Mrs. Noson. When the
applause had subsided. It was Frank
that next pleaded.
"Won't you sing oue for me now,
Miss Page?" he asked. "I bought the
song I wanted today." And, going to
the plauo, ho unrolled and spread upon
the music rack?"Ben Bolt!"
"But I ouly consented to sing once
for Blanch," Alice replied, "and there
aro others here who I am suro can do
"Oome, please," ho s^ld coaxingly,
"Just this ono for me." And once more
Alice touched tho keys.
Back to a simply furnished parlor
in Sandgate, with its lamp on tho
piano and open flro burning brightly
as it hod one year ago, went two of
that company in thought, and maybe
others there, whose youth had beca
among oouutry scenes, were carrier!
back to them by the singer's voice and
sow a byway schoolhouse "and a shad
ed nook by a running brook" in fancy,
or perhaps a little white stone la some
grass grown corner, where, "obscure
and alone," lay a boyhood's sweet
heart! All the pathos of our lost youth
trilled in the volco of Alice Pago ns she
sang that old, old song. Not one lu
that little audience but was enthralled
by the winsome witchery of her volco
and for the moment was young again
in thought and feeling. When the
guests had departed Mrs. Nason turned
to Alice and, taking her face In her
hands, exclaimed, "I want to kiss tho
Hps that havo brought tears to my
The last evening of her visit she de
cided to spend with her brother, and
when sho came to bid adieu to her
hostess that much dreaded haughty
mother hod resolved herself into n
"It Is odd, Bertie," she said to her
brother that evening when they were
alone together, "how different people
seem when ono comes to know theni
From one or two things which you have
said and an admission that Frank
made a year ago 1 felt I should be suro
to hate his mother, and now I think
she is perfectly lovely."
"So sho Is to those she likes," an
swered Albert. "You carried her heart
by storm last evening as well as the
?est of the company, I never heard
you sing so well."
"I am glad I didn't break down, any
way," she replied, "for when 1 touched
Urn piano my heart seemed In my
For an hour they discussed the Na
sons, while Albert noticed his sister
avoided any mention of Trank, and
then he said: "Well, sis, which of the
laces we have looked at do you think
best engage, and when will you be
ready to move?"
Alice pursed her Hps and looked at
the shipwreck scene near her as If it
contained a revelation.
"I am not so sure," she answered
finally, "that wo should make tho
change at present. If I were certain
your beautiful waif of the sea would
adhere to her filial resolution, it would
be different. If you secure this legacy
for her that you told me about and sho
donates It to those old people,asyou say
she Intends to, the next thing will bo
an Invitation to my dear brother's wed
ding. That Is one reason why I hesi
tate to make this change. Another Is
that I do not think it would bo good
for Aunt Susan. She says she Is will
ing, but when she hns left all the as
sociations of her life behind she will
Just sit and grieve her poor old heart
away in silence."
"My dear sister, hove you consid
ered Frank in your calculations?"
Alice's blue eyes assumed an ex
pression like unto n pansy and her
face the placidity of a mill pond as
she answered, "I hod quite forgotten
|ITEN on tho morning of her
departure from Boston Alice
"stood beside the train ex
changing tho usual goodby
words with her brother, she was sur
prised at being Joined by Blanch and
Frank. The former brought her a
basket of lunch, sent with her mother's
compliments, and the latter an elabo
rote bouquet of flowers.
"I want to kiss you goodby," said
Blonch, and when the two hod em
braced, Alice kissed her brother and
took her seat. No one apparently no
ticed that Frank was not on the pint
form when the train started, and when
It was well under way Alice was as
tonished to see him enter the? cur.
"You will not object to my company
home, will you?" ho asked. "I thought
you might be lonesome, and as I have
not hod a chaneo to talk to you sinco
you come to Boston I decided to go up
with you. I can eomo bock on the
night troln, or If you prefer to rldo
nlono I can get off at the next station."
"Oh, no; I oin very glad of your
company," she replied, "and it was
good of you to think of It. It Is n long
ride, and I have hod such n nice time
I should have been disconsolate. You
did not know," sho added orchly, "that
one reason I come to Boston was to
look nt fiats. Bert wants us to coino
here and keep house for him?Aunt
Susan and mo."
"And are you going to do it? I hopo
so, for that would give mc a chance to
take you to tho theaters."
"No, the plan Is off for the present,"
she answered. "Not but that I would
like to, but we think It Is not best for
For nn hour they trundled nlong
through the snow clad country, cunt
tlng comroonplnecs, and then Alice
said, "Did you meet tho Island girl
last summer that you told mc Bert had
fallen In love with?"
"Only once. Bert invited her nnd
the old lndy on board the Gypsy nnd
Introduced them. They remained only
long enough to look the yacht over. I
left thnt day."
"Whnt did yon think of this girl?"
naked Allco hastily. "Tell mo what
she looks like."
"Sho hns n beautiful figure nnd eyes
like yours, which you know oro what
I admire, only they are not so full of
mischief. They hove n faraway look
thot mnkes you think her thoughts nro
n thousand miles away."
"How was flfio dressedV"
"Oh, I haven't the least Idco," wns
the answer. "She might havo worn
cnllco for nil I COtlld tell. The only
thing I enn remember Is that her dress
was tight fitting and very plain."
"Those faraway eyes must hnvo en
tranced you, your description Is so
lucid," ehe replied sarcastically. "How
long did Bert stay there after you onmo
ty vn y ?"
("Only a few days. I never asked
him. I told lilni to keep and use the
Gypsy as long as he wanted, and then
I cut stick for Blanch and -Sandgato."
Ho seemed to dwell upon the little
outing, and Alice, noticing this, f.mglit
shy of the subject,
"Well, how do you like my haughty
mother now," he asked, "if that is a
"I think she Is the most gracofully
charming hostess I ever met. and you
ought to be proud of her. You con
veyed a wrong Impression of hor to
me the lirst time I met you."
"I am sorry If I did," replied Krank.
"I did not mean to. Mother fell In love
with you the night you sang, and I
knew she would. That Is why I al
most begged you to slug."
When the hills of Sandgale were
visible he said, "1 have an hour before
the returning train an,' just lime
enough to see you safely home."
Alice looked at him with surprise.
"And that Is your Idea of my hospi
tality," she exclaimed, "to Id you go
away like that? The morning train Is
the earliest one you can escape on,
and 11? 1 am not good enough company
for you this evening, you can go and
call on Abby Miles."
What a surprised and glad old lady
Aunt Susan was when the two stepped
oft' the train.
"Don't mind me. Aunt Susan," Krank
said with easy familiarity. "I am not
a visitor, I am a big brother escorting
a lotto sister home."
How kindly that wrinkled face
beamed on him behind her spectacles
while he insisted that she stand by
and let him unharness and see to the
horse as she directed. And how will
ingly he carried baskets of wood In
and started the parlor lire.
"I did not know you could make
yourself so useful," Alice observed.
When supper was over he asked her
nil manner of questions about her
school, when she meant to open It
again, how the old miller was, what
had become of the boat, how the mill
pond looked In winter, and had she
been there since the day she gathered
lilies. "Always back to that spot," she
When ho asked her to sing "The
I,nst Kose of Summer*' she exclaimed
with a pretty pont: "I do not want
to slug thai, it reminds me how scared
1 was when I sang it last."
"But you brought tears Into most of
our eyes that night."
"Do you want to weep again':" she
asked archly, looking up at him and
smiling. "If you say you do, I will
"No," he answered, and then hesitat
ing a moment added: "I do not feel
that way tonight. I may when train
time conies tomorrow."
Her eyes fell, and rising quickly,
like a scared bird anxious to escape,
nut a strong hand clasped one of
hers, and then she heard him say: "Am
I to go away tomorrow happy or mis
erable? You know what I came up
here to ask. You know what 1 have
worked and Studied and waited for nil
the long year since lirst I saw you and
for whom 1 have tried to become a
Useful man In the world Instead of an
Idler. It was to win you and to ask
this that I came here today."
Then she felt an arm clasp her waist
and a voice that trembled a little say:
"Answer me, sweet A?ce, Is It yes or
And then he felt her supple form
yield a trifle, and as he gathered her
close In his arms her proud head
touched bla shoulder.
HE winter had pnflsed and
March returned when one
morning Albert received a
bulky envelope bearing the
Stockholm postmark and containing
numerous legal papers and a lengthy
letter. He did not notice Frank when
he came in or even hear his greeting,
and well might Albert bo keenly ab
sorbed In those documents, for they
made him the emissary privileged to
lay at the feet of the girl he loved?n
No more need she devote herself to
her foster parents, no more need Undo
Terry putter over lobster traps In rain
or shine, or good, patient Aunt Llssy
bake, wash and mend, year in and year
Here was more thnu they could spend
In all the years that wero left them,
and what a charming privilege It
would be to him to place in her loving
hand the means to make glad ami bless
those kindly people who had cared for
her as their own, and What a sweet
door of hope It opened for html
Then, for the first time, he noticed
Prank watching him with smiling In
"Well," remarked that cheerful young
man, "I'm glad to see you emerge from
your trance and return to earth again.
I've said good morning twice and
watched you for hnlf nn hour nnd you
didn't even know I was In the room."
When Prank had perused the most
Interesting of the documents he gave
a low whistle and said:
"Now, methtnks, somebody will bo
taking a wedding trip to the Land of
the Midnight Sun in the near future.
I congratulate you, my dear boy, and
you can have the Gypsy when you nro
ready." Then he ndded shyly, "May
be it can be arranged so there can be
four In the party."
Tho next morning Albert, bearing
the legal evidence of Telly's heritage
and with buoyant iieort, left for Kouth
port. Lato In tho afternoon the little
boat bearing him as sole passonger
halted at the head of the. Island, nnd
he saw tho smiling face and muflled
form of Uncle Terry standing on tho
"Bless yer heart, Mr. Pago," exclaim
ed Undo Terry, grasping both of Al
bert's hands In his, "but the sight o' ye
Is good fer sore eyes."
"And how are Aunt Llssy and Tel
ly?" responded Albert, smlilng Into tho
glowing face of the old man.
"Oh, they're purty mlddlin', an'
they'll be powerful glad to see ye, too.
It's been n long time sinco ye left us."
How vividly came to Albert every
detail of his last parting from Telly,
framed as she was In a background of
scarlet and brown foliage! He could
see her as he lost snw hor, standing
With bowed bead nnd tonr wet fnce,
nnd feel n tinge of the keen pnln thnt
pulled at Ids own heartstrings then.
He could almost hear the sad rustle of
the autumn winds lu tho dry leaves
that had added a pathos to their part
And now only a few miles separated
But the way was long and Uncle
Terry's old horse slow, and the road
lu tho hollows a quagmire of half
frozen mud. Qono were all tke lenves
of tho scrub onks, and beneath tho
thickets of spruce still remnined a
white pnll of snow. A hnlf gnlo wns
blowing over tho island, nnd when they
linlted in front of Undo Terry's home
tho booming of the giant billows filled
tho night air, nnd by the gleam of tho
lighthouse rnys Albert could sec the
?Rlfty tosMoVhlgh over the point rocks.
~?Go right in," said Uncle Terry, "an'
don't stop ter knock; ye'U And tho
wiimnln folks right glad tcr sco ye,
nn' I'll take koor o' the hong."
With Tolly it hnd been a long, dreary
winter. Her only consolation had been
the few lottors from the only man
who hnd ever uttered a word of love
to her, and how eagerly they had been
rcud ngaln and again.
At times, when the cold desolation of
winter wad at Its WOl'shponly maidenly
renorve hnd kept her from writing him
thnt her loneliness and heart hunger
were more than she could bear.
Sue had no inkling of his coming,
niul when Undo Terry bade him enter
tho house she wns alone in the sitting
rooni laying the table, while Aunt
Llssy was In the kitchen cooking sup
per. She heard the click of tho front
door latch and, stepping Into the little
hall us the door slowly opened, she
met the man who for live long mouths
bad never been absent from her
A glad cry escaped her, nnd then?
When Aunt Ussy came In and
greeted Albert, If she noticed Tolly's
red face and neck no one was the
When Uncle Terry came in, and
After Telly, as usual, had brought his
house coat and slippers, what n happy
little party wns seated at the table.
What If the ocean surges thundered
so near and at times tossed their angry
tears against the windows! Inside
were light, and warmth, and love, and
trust, and all that is holiest In human
After supper Uncle Terry nnd Albert
smoked and talked, nnd when tho
evening was two-thirds pnst, Albert
said: "Now, my good friends, I have
n little surprise in storo for you."
Drawing from nn inside pocket a
bulky envelope, and crossing the room
to where Telly sat, be hnnded It to her
with the remark;
"I havo the honor nnd exquisite
pleasure of presenting to you, Miss
Etelka Peterson, sole surviving heiress
and descendant of one IOrlc Peterson
of Stockholm, your paternal grandfa
ther, those legal documents certifying
to your inheritance of about $1.10,000,
beside.? various pieces of real estate as
The effect of this announcement upon
the three listeners was not exactly
what Albert had anticipated. They
seemed dazed, and Telly, holding tho
big envelope gingerly, as If it might
bite her, stnred at Albert. Aunt Llssy
wns the first to speak, and "Good Lord
a-inassy!" came from her In an awed
"Thank God. little girlie, you've got
vor dues at last!" was Undo Terry's
remark, nnd then, ns the probable end
of Tolly's life with them cast Its shad
ow athwart his vision, ho bowed his
face upon his hands nnd ndded, "I
k no wed it 'ud come nn' we'd lose ye,
soon or late."
Tor an instant Telly looked nt Undo
Terry, and then she thrust the envel
ope Into his hands and clasped his arm.
"1 won't take It, father!" she ex
claimed. "Not one penny of It! It's
all yours, nnd I'll never leave you so
long as you live!" Then she began to
"^fcnr ain't no cause fer worry In' 'bout
thnt ylt, glrllo," ho answered, placing
one band on her bowed head, "an* no
need for ye to leave us 'thout ye mind
to. We want yo nllus, long os we kin
keep ye, mnke sure." Then, noting the
dumfounded look on Albert's face, ho
ndded, "Ye mustn't mind Telly's ways,
Tiir. Pago; it's upset her a "little nil1
tunde her hlsterlky. She don't quite
understand ylt what It nil means. She
nln't i>v?iv.h used tor hnvln' n fortln
dropped In her Inp."
And then, rising, lio ndded, "We'd
best go to bed now, iilssy, nn' niebbe
Mr. Page, beln' a lawyer, enn 'splnln
matters to Telly."
When they bad left the room Albert ]
seated himself on the sofa beside Telly
nnd snld: "I am a trlllo pu/zled and a
little disappointed, Telly, at the wny
you feel about this luherltnnee. It Is
rightfully yours und will enable von
to do much for the future comfort of
those who are devoted to you. I had
hoped also it would relievo your feel
ing of obligation n Utile."
"No money enn do that." she answer
ed quickly, "nnd all this won't bo
worth to father the care he has grown
accustomed to from me."
"Hut won't this money do more for
him than you can, Telly? Is there any
need of Ills remaining here to putter
over lobster traps and drive a wagon,
rain or shineV He Is geltlhg too old
for that, anyway. Why not build a
home for them in Hosten, or, belter
still, share ours there?"
A Hush came over Telly's face.
"We haven't a home lhei'0 yet," she
answered, turning her face away.
"Hut we will have, darling, and as
soon as you consent I shall hegln to
make it ready. 1 want you, darling,
and I want a home. Life to me with
you burled hen- is only desolation, and
how much so to you the past live
mouths can only tell. 1 know how
you feel toward these good people, and
your care for them shall lie my care."
Telly hid her face behind her hands,
und as she yielded a little to his clasp
he whispered: "Do not say 'no' again,
Telly! j Do not rob yourself and me of
love and homo and happiness any
longer! Make what plans for thorn
you wish. Do as you will with your
heritage. All 1 plead for is you." AS
he paused, holding her close while he
waited for her answer, only listening
love heard It whispered.
And outside the billows that years
before tossed her ashore and had
woven their monotone of sadness Into
her life still tolled their requiem, hut
she heard them not. she had entered
the enchanted castle of illusions.
CHAP it.u xi.ii.
HEN June had again clad
ftnndgntc's hills and village
witli green and spangled its
meadows with daisies there
occurred two events of snored import
to four young people.
'I ii.' flrsl was a wedding In the \il
loge church whore the sweel voice of
Alice Page had oft been heard and
when* now as a bride she walked tim
idly to the altar.
Her pupils, aided by their parents,
had turned the church Into a bower of
green, brightened by every flower that
grew in Held or garden. Even the old
mill pond contributed its share, and
the altar was white witli lilies. Al
most every resident of I he town w as
present, ami the aged miller sat in one
corner and watched with wistful eyes.
The Nnson family, with Aunt Susan
nnd Albert, shared the front pew.
Two weeks Inter occurred the other
event, when the Oypsy steamed in?')
the Cape harbor and a select party
became the guests of honor at I'nele
Terry's home. Long tables, decked
with flowers and loaded w ith (ho best
Aunt Llssy could propure, stood under
the trees in front. The litllo porch
wit8 a bower of fern? and clusters of
red bunch berries, and every man,
woman ami child (bat dwelt on tho
island was there.
Then, after Albert and Telly hud
baited in the fern covered porcli to
uttor the simple but sacred words that
bound them for life, the gladsome
party gathered and made merry at the
The sun was low in the west ere
Telly kissed the tear wet faces of
Uncle Terry and Aunt Ussy and the
Gypsy sailed away. Kar to seaward
tho purple Hue of coming night was
slowly creeping in, and side by side on
tho little knoll where stood a low
white headstone those two sat and
watched her pass out of their lives.
When only the wide ocean was visible
and the lino of shadow bad crept up
to tho wave washed rocks beneath
them, Uncle Terry arose.
"We'd best go in, Llssy," lie said.
And she saw that she must lead him,
for he was blinded with tears.
An Ape of 17HH.
The human ape of the Hippodrome is
not without Its parallel In former days.
An eighteenth century chronicle tells
us that in 1738 "a most uncommon
creature was brought from Carol Ina.
It was a female, whoso height was
about four feet and in every part
formed like a woman except the bend,
which nearly resembled an ape. She
walked upright and sat down to her
food and fed herself as a human crea
ture. It was supposed to be the female
of the creature which is called chim
panzee, or the mock man." A charm
ing touch Is . ded In the remark, "Sho
expressed great respect for a boy who
was on board the ship with her and
seemed very unhappy at his absence."
Any "Old Laundry"
can do the linen
the * 'shiny" way
but it takes the
Laurens to give
Now that the Domestic Finish
is the most stylish the Laun
dry that does it the best
ought to be your Laundry.
Your next bundle sent us and
you'll be delighted with the
Laurens, South Carolina
Chamberlain's Stomach and Liver Tablets
Better than a Doctor's Prescription.
Mr. J. W. Turner, of Trulmrt, Va.,
says that Chamberlain's Stomach and
Liver Tablets have done him more good
than anything he could get from the
doctor. If any physician in this country
was able to compound medicine that
would produce such gratifying results
in cases of stomach trouble, biliousness
or constipation, his whole time would
be used in preparing this one medicine.
For sale by Laurens Drug Co. and Dr.
B. F. Posey. 44-4t
Wheeler & Wilson
The lightest running
machine ill the world.
Sewing Machine made.
The easiest to manage
and least liable to get
out of old"". Cannot
start ill the wrong direc
tion, and is the only lock
stitch machine so made.
The only machine that
has a needle that cannot
be set the wrong way.
Docs not oil the work.
The thread does not
come in contact with
oiled parts, which is not
true of other machines.
Our salesman shall be pleased
to call and show you more fully.
A postal card will bring him
with a machine to you at once,
CHAS. OAKLEY, Salesman
Box 91. Laurens, S. C.
45 - Lit_
N. li. Dial. a. C. Toon.
DIAL <& TODD,
Attorneys and Coun
sellors at Law.
Enterprise Hoik and Todd OHico Build
L a u It en s , S. C.
W. B. KNIQHT,
Attorney at Law.
Strict attention to all business entrusted,
Ollice hours '.) a. m. to ? p. in.
Office second floor Simmons' Block.
Simpson, Cooper & Babb,
Attorneys at Law.
Will practice in all State Courts.
Prompt attention given to all business.
THE HUB THE HUB
THE TRADE EVENT OF THE MONTH
A Ten Days Bargain Sale
We find that some of our Summer lines are a good deal larger than they ought to be and we feel that we
had better CUT Prices on them now, and sell them than hold to regular prices and keep them. Therefore
we will hold, opening
Saturday, June 24th,
and continuing for Ten Days a Rousing Reduction Sale which every lady in town and county will find it
well worth while to visit. Prices will be heavily cut in every line, the principal features offered being
Summer Fabrics of Every Kind
including all our White and CoK ed Lawns, Organdies, Batistes, Mercerized Waistings, Etc.
Millinery of Every Kind
Ready-to-wear Hats greatly reduced, and Hats made-to-order during the sale at much less than usual.
Ladies' and Childrens' Oxfords.
Our very large and complete line of Oxfords, all styles and sizes, will go in this sale at 25 per cent
reduction from regular prices. Could any offerings be more timely, or chime in better
with the needs of the Season? Visit the sale and see for yourself.
Lot Figured Batiste, all desirable patterns, ol ~
worth 10c, 12'c and 15c. This sale 0,jt.
Lot Yard-wide Percals, desirable Patterns f\ o
fast colors, worth 10c, 12Jc, yours for ?UO
Lot White Stripe Madras, lovely quality 4 f\
wort 15 cents. This sale ? I U
Lot Fancy Ginghams, worth 7 cents and f \ gr
Scents. Reduced to ?UO
White Persian Lawn, worth 20 cts. This 4 c
20 pcs Brown Dress Linen, the 15c, kind. 4 f\
This sale . ? IU
Special values in India Linon, 10 cents to # ? ?
Lot Colored Lawn, worth 6 cents. This fk a
Ladies' Blucher and Oxford Ties, Vici and
Patent Leather, regular price $2.50. 4 r%o
This sale 4>I.VO
Lot Cambric Embroideries and Insertions, the biggest values of the season 5 cents and 10 cents.
Don't forget the date sale begins, Saturday, June 24th.
The Hub. The Hub.