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_By HOWARD FIELDING ,
COPYRIGHT 1911 BY AMERICAN PRESS ASSOCIATION i
IWAS one of tho Marshall heirs, ex
pecting a fortune and weakly
waiting for the contest of the
will to ho compromised. Mean
while I was a species of errand hoy
for Oliver Garland, who seemed to bo
some sort of capitalist. I never had
the faintest comprehension of his busi
I met him first at the Harvard club
one evening, and wo took a fancy to
(KLIA ni.INO USUALLY THE T,AST.
encji other, though he was very much
older. That evening, ns he Informed
me, was tho twentieth anniversary of
Iiis wedding. His wife Was long in her
grave. In return for this confidence
I told him that I had spent all my
money and 'must go to work. The
result was that I became his errand
boy, though he treated me like a friend.
This relation continued for mouths.
One day toward the middle of Decem
ber he told ine n queer tale about hav
ing sent money to some poor relations
on the Maine const for u year and a
half. They were his cousin's widow
and her son and daughter. Recently
he hail received n letter from the son
which led him to believe that nono of
this money had been received, where
upon he had sent a check?the other
remittances having boon In currency?
which also seemed to have gone astray,
lie showed me (be stub marked "Cella
K. Garland, Nov. 27. '07, $2r?0."
I could not understand this story- in
fact. I never expected to understand
any story of his. for ho always omit
ted all the essential particulars?but I
agreed to go to Easterly Harbor and
see what was the matter. It was ar
ranged that on the next day after my
depurture he should mall another letfer
in a pink envelope of unusual shape
and I should watch for lt. I was to
say nothing to anybody and conceal
the fact that I came from him. Hut at
the last I was to play Santa Claus for
this family In munificent fashion, for
which purpose lie gave me some checks
signed in blank and a letter to a bank
er named Manning in Belfast, an old
friend of Gnrlnn l.
On Saturday, Dee. t l, I arrived at
Easterly Harbor and found my way to
the Garland bouse, where it was be
Moved that I could secure board. I
was, in fact, welcomed with the most
And here I received a surprise quite
characteristic of Garland and his er
rands. The household consisted of
- the mother, whose lift nie was Lucy; a
cousin of about her own age. who was
^ called Aunt Kate; the boy, 1'r.iTIk. and
the most beautiful blue eyed, golden
haired girl who ever existed. Ami she
Surely nobody but Garland would
hove failed to tell me that he had sent
his benefactions to the daughter and
not the mother and why be had done
* It was possible, of course, that at
the time when he began to send the
money Mrs. Garland may have been
proslrated by her recent bereavement,
in which case Oolia would have been
the natural bead of the family, for
Aunt Kate seemed not quite of sound
mind, her great afflict ion tempered by
God's mercy and her own lovely na
ture Into a gentle, dreamlike detach
ment from tho world's realities.
It required no detective skill to dis
cover that this family was In very
narrow circumstances and that Gar
land's remlttonccs had gone astray.
I waited with great interest, there
fore, for the test letter, or. rather, for
tbe dn/ ?et for its arrival. The truth
art that I had no expectation of seeing
It, having made tip my mind that the
whole merles of letters bad been stolen
Id the Easterly Harbor postofflce.
tint the letter came. I saw Frank
take It from the box at the poatofflce.
Right at the foot of tbe steps he
met his alster.
"Nothing for you. sis," sold he.
?5?his wait dire. I had not tot- an
Instant dreamed of theft by a member
?f the family. What should X do?
After some bard thinking I decided to
state the facts to Garland In the mild
est possible manner, not condemning
the boy unheard, but merely asking
tor authority to question him. a re
ply by mall could not be expected bo
fore the fifth day, nnd meanwhile I
might observe Frank nnd try to solve
the riddle of bis conduct.
He seemed a good boy. but some
what secretive and mysterious. lie
bad built a little house for himself
at the rear edge of the garden, and
though he lacked any direct/instruction
in carpentry the work had a distinct
professional Mulsh. There ho spent
most of his leisure, working with tools
and often making salable articles, but
Chiefly occupied with some invention,
his sister told me.
Frank would admit me to tlds house,
biyj. not to its secrets. An end of its
single room was always screened olT.
I became more and more (irmly con
vinced that the solution of the whole
mystery lay behind that screen.
'There was no way to get into the
little house unobserved In the daytime,
and at last I resolved upon a burglari
ous midnight entry.
Upon the evening which I had select
ed for my amateur burglary Colin and
I sat a little later than usual by the
fire, and it was some while past VI
When I crept out of the silent honst;
and across the bad; garden and broke
Into Frank's den.
The first object that met my eye
when I bad removed the screen com
pletely staggered me. It was an up
right piano covered In the usual way
for shipment, but absolutely unmis
takable. A placard was attached, ami.
bending forward with my candle, I
read the words, "Cella, from Uncle
There were several sm.iller objects
whose shape did not disclose their
nature, and I saw that Frank'k own
name was upon one of them. The boy
must have played Santa Claus with
his uncle's money. Hut how had he
managed to buy the things and to
1 head tub woiu> 'CKUA.'"
have them carted to that house with
out his mother's knowledge?
"May I Inquire," said a voice, "what
you are doing here?"
1 turned like a Hash, and there was
Colin. Before I could answer her she
bad seen the outlines of the piano.
"What is that," she cried, "und who
uro you? Have you come from Mr.
There was no help for It now. 1 had
to tell the story, dealing with Frank's
unbelievable conduct in the most gen
erous nnd light hearted spirit as a
mere freak of youthful folly.
"Hut these things can't have cost all
that money!" exclaimed (Vila, horrified
and heartbroken. "He must have
stolen the rest."
"Pianos are expensive." sr.ld I. "and
we don't yet know what the other
things are. Let's have a peep at this,
which seems to be Intended for your
It looked like some sort of chair,
and so it was?the most dilapidated,
the most pathetic, the most laughable
wreck of a chair that ever was seen.
A card fastened upon it bore this let
GENUINE ANTIQUE. GUARANTEED
BY COUSIN OLIVER.
"That chair has been in our attic for
forty years," said Cella.
I turned to the piano nnd lifted an
end. It came up like a balloon. The
thing was a framework of wood,
cleverly built and protected by a cover
borrowed from a citizen of tho Ilarbor
who had recently received a real
"These merry Jests," said I, "acquit
your brother. If he had touched that
money he certainly would not Joke
We stood dumb with utter perplexity.
"You are sure the money was sent
to me?" said Cella at last. "I can't
understand. Oh," she cried suddenly,
"was It Cella K. Garland?*
"Yes. Isn't that you?"
"No; It's Aunt Kate. Tier first nnme
is Cella. No doubt Mr. Garland used
to call her by that name."
"They were friends in youth?" I
"I suppose so," she replied. "Aunt
Knie, of course, was not always us
she is now."
"She lives in a gentle dream." said
I. "What was it that disturbed her
"1 never knew." answered Cella,
and after a moment's pause. "Let us
go back to the house."
Cella lighted the sitting room lamp
and bade mo wait. She was gone only
a few minutes and returned with an
enameled box, which she placed on the
"1 took this from her roam while she
slept," said she. "Is it right?"
"Yes." said I. "It seems right to
She opened the box, which contained
only some rilling keepsakes und a
package of letters tied with n faded
blue ribbon. At the top was the pink
envelope, at tho bottom a letter post
marked more than twenty years ago.
upon the day of Oliver Garland's wed
ding. The others hud been received
within 11 year and a half, pol'hupy a
dozen i:i all. None bad been opened.
II was the wedding date which
I solved the riddle for me, revealing the
I old. long hidden, sad romance. Gar
j hind had broken this woman's heart
! and dethroned her mind. I already
] knew that the man had married an
His attempt to make Aunt Kate his
almoner was n clumsy effort to as
suage his conscience. Upon her side
the gap of years was nothing. She had
laid the new letters with the old. un
I sat down that night and wrote to
Garland the mere facts, without my
explanation. Next day I began the
execution of a counter joke upon Master
Prank. I went across to Belfast, cashed
a check, bought a piano and some other
things as near as possible to tho lim?
of the boy's Christmas jests and had
them shipped across to mo at the Har
1 o.-, but not sent to the house. I wrote
an account of this matter to Garland,
from whom I had h:vl no word.
The days slipped by. (hi Dec. 2J1
I received notification from the local
telephone ofilco that some one wished
to speak with me. It proved to be
Manning, the Belfast banker.
"That cheek has com?? back no g ?od."
"For heaven's sake, why?" I do
"It cost mo 918 In telephone tolls to
find out," sai l he. "but I know now.
Garland has gone to smash and has
skipped. Present whereabouts un
known. I look to you to make good."
"All right." said I. "I'll see you to
I returned at once to the houso and
told Cella the whole truth. The girl
I was nglittst.
"They can put you i:i prison." she
"No, they can't," said I. "Nobody can
do any tricks with me any more. It is
my turn. 1 came here as Oliver Oar
land's errand boy to help you, ami this
Is the end of it. (live me the right to
;lo it in my own proper character. Cella,
if you will put your hand in mine and
trust in me if you <: i do it. if your
heart prompts you?1 will be a weak
man no longer* I will light this world
to Its knees."
It seemed a long time that we s! ?od
quite still, looking into each other's
eyes. Then I felt her hand in mim?.
The resi was easy. I saw Manning
next^day and made him take my note.
I crammed It down his throat.
Then I went to New Vork, and for
about a week I raged aroiind among
"X TOOK THIS VHOU HUB BOOK.
the Marshall heirs like a mad bull
until thoy were all so frightened that
thoy didn't dare to stay alone in the
dark. Then the strongest of us got
together and forced an equitable settle
ment over tho heads of tho luwyers. In
February I returned to Easterly Har
bor a rich man, with a reasonable self
respect under my waistcoat.
Oliver Garland's letters still lie In
the enameled box. So tbey shall lie
until Aunt Kate Is gone. Then Cells
shall open them, bestow tho money In
charity and burn the letters unread.
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J. L. MEAD CYCLE et^FMW, SHICACO, ILL.
Notice of Election.
State of South Carolina,
County of Laurent*.
Whereas, petitions signed by a le
gal number of tho qualified electors
and freehoulders residing In Laurens
School District No. 3, Laurens County
South Carolina, asking for an election
upon the question of voting an addi
tional 3 mill tax upon the property
in said school district to be used for
school purposes have been filed with
the county hoard of education, an elec
tion is hereby ordered upon said ques
tion, said election to he held on the
19th day of December, 1911 at. Uraiub
lets Store, under the management of
the trustees of said school district.
Only such electors as return real
or personal property for taxation and
who exhibit their tax receipts and
registration certificates as required
In general elections shall bo allowed
Those favoring the !? mill addition
al tax shall vote a ballot containing
the word "YES" written or printed
thereon. Those against the tax shall
vote a ballot containing the word
"NO" written or printed thereon. Polls
shall open at the honr of 8 o'clock In
tin* forenoon and shall remain open
until the hour of I o'clock in the af
ternoon when they shall closed and
the ballots be counted.
The trustees shall report tho re
sults of the election to the county
auditor and to the county superinten
dent of education within ton days
Ceo. L. PlttB,
County Supt. of Education.
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