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thi rtains, magazine,
; ... never
ration, bul I'm le
v is now an I then a brcaks in.
"II;:' ' ' ' ? about
?\\ i: protests. "I?I
w what yi ?
n 1*111 ?. . n ippin' it off
"l><. you Andi w, just how
ring I ' five years you have been
de? And how many I
y pt on me? Whv, you have sobbe ! "ii my
i ? ??';'?. : ? ? ?: po itively damp from it! Its
reak in. "I oughl
She wa a
, and she i lade you a good wife; but
vain, and in loli nt, and a
r anything el e on earth, and
i I g., nifHing and
-\ ?'? un li ??'.'. '. il. proti ? Unclc
loncly, wi '1 man without
? you foui Aunty.
rah!" ga p ? L*n< le Ai
"I ? Au '' the matter
kv'ifi . | :., ided thai ometime
last month l've been giving you a
? oul for youi ? If. Whv el e do you
? ting you around and introducing
Come, now, haven'l you mel al leasl
tivc women al my house during the
T4 ? I never drcamed, Sarah," ay L'nclc Andy,
ows what a ninny you are, then,"
"Now tell me
I 'ni l<, fidgel in' soi hair and
pinkin' | guilty, "that young Mi i Dickin on
? ? bai k Aunty. "And you al
'.. hi r grandfathcr! What about
"The. hooltcacher?" ays Uncle Andy.
n -Tl maid?" demand i Aunty. "'I hal
? took ? are of an invalid mother for
?oruany -. p :i under forty-five, and she
bl< woman. An nol merely
i prm. ipalofa girl ' high .. hool.
trip abroad. She ha ju I fnherited
t**n thoi ? , | , !,-. no ?!' an di pendent.
Ihal ? - mjnut Dncle Andy. "Splendid
w.. But do vou think,
***". ' dr] er that is "
Aunty. "l've talked
hi ti jni you havea lovely home
"'r';. ;'t- th me that vou need a wife very
JW- Al u n ,,]?;, that. you an- an intere ting
|'k,'r- V ,,-, had 'I. !i .. do e "t Alii ia a .
hav''- Bul th. onl .- to i' dly find oul i toa k h.-r
Hl". he( holdin' up both his hand
h>>1 '?'?'??? i . given her a thought."
"Y. . ? ' "
|*v< had her visitii . and I
"What, now?" g ; I'n le Andy.
"Why noi ?" . Aunty.
di-n. Vou see, I ; r I'd send you o '
Veroi . I ? isl have my nap."
Ai . ' >ugh it had been a matt. r of !.. ???
a cup f>l ugar that he'd ettl. d, Aunt)
sail down ? . leavin' Un. le Andy ittin'
open and hi eyt . buggt d. As
the window, I pu he ba. k the curtain and
give '.' r the h ul i i
"Y< ?' he. "How did you manag.
??'!, II you : tt. r," ay I. "And, iy, n'l there room
for ai n thal ganlt n t'
"Sili'.: he. "Try for your elf," and a he fol
|ow A throw ba. k ov. r her houldt r one ol
IT'S a K'""l three minutc , though, before Uncle An
dn w con* oul of hi tran. e and troll in. "I Nd you
"Sure," ... I- "And, ay, Aunty ha got the Bunty
i,". ine down '?? a i i. n. > , ain'l he?"
"Bul what ..m I to do," ay he, "with Mi i Lcavitl
? there in tht; earrlen.''
??!),,- I. "Why, go to it. She suil s, don I
??I | upp. - he tloe ," ay he. "In t. t,
ng woman. Bul l I hardly know wh.,t to
, how to begin."
??Ah, piffl. !" ay f. "When the> g. ' |?i I lorty with
never a nibble you i an hy the preliminarie . Ju t t ud
dle up and h?*>t off the Romeo stufl impromptu. It'll
gi ? over."
"I)oyou think ??'" ays he. "But howd?> I look?
"Fine and dandy," ays I. "Thal i , barrin' the slop
py hit, h to your nccktie. II- rc, lemme haul il up o the
,,',llar ni.'.t in front. There! Thal". Ix'tter. And
a little dandnlff on your coat. (lot a whisk
handy? Now, if you hift those bunion lippers
for your be t patenl leather s, and Lt me smooth the najj
on your silky ky piece while you hunl up a walkin'
stick and some yellow gloves, I'l! back you IxjUi ways.
Tliat's the tulT! Why you look like odds-on now!
Throw your houlders back, stqi springy, and remem
l?r that n' been sometime sim e Annieevcn sorted over
,i:i '!l , ii.
Some diff'renl Sunday afternoon prc^jram than what
we'd laid out, wa'n'l it? But il uil me ju I a well;
and you should have scen the wa} Uncle Andy bnices
Up to it. I l.av. ? him to go round and cnter proper by
thr fronl gatc, while I hin overthe ide fen. .
IT'S .-, perfectly k'""'1 K'ri,rI1 ?"r''"' kil"'. w,rh ;i'"' "f
windin* iKithsand shrubb'ry, and a rate little sum
merhou sc balancetl on a rock in the irnddle. And sure
enough, there's Annie in itle, rockin away plaad in ..
m tie chair, und lettin'on tobereadin aliook. Rather
aplump, styli h lookin'party, Annie set-ms to be; with
afew treaksof gray in hcrhairanda ort ol coml table,
rly air al.oitt h.r.
I wa iround al a afe distamv, one eye on
her and the other on the path, when I h<
from behind a big yringia bu h.
"Oh.you Vee!" says I. Tve tagge.1 you. But
, ,, h and a TOtle. aric! awav ani-jpiea.
Well. J sprints after her, followin the ound; but its
,,??, ome time before I corner her al the end ol a
^:;f:,r:?i. -Thought y-.-i'- -?t '-?'?-? -<*
"";.?,,,?,,,.- ,ilV j,,.. "i didn'l meantolel youcatchrae
? |L i j ? ? ? I'ncle At
"la '' . I "Ain't it i Whv,
lump <j| lh.it i
; . nd thal
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II\- that I i
r and I
II ol ? I
nol ;? nfccl
"WY.k'i iVV" he nap oul liki
? "Wh Lt
And fi t a uddi n bl
the ni onl,
"\\ hy, A .- n \'i i . '"??? wei
"Exhibition pcrformam i, that' all," I i
the benefit (A Un< le Andj and 1
- la ti h. ju t givin' '? m a lin on how il oughi to '..
done, you know, Wait! I'll iv if it 1 nd I
down the ikiI "i ?h, sjiy!" I sing
oul cautiou , I". komn" i -. it? d with bo
?a ? nd 1
It wa a tough di. i i"ii to put up to Aunl
? i. mark on tap for \ Bul
she didn't wanl to mi oul on any < rui ial mi i
t-itht-r. And .-.it< i ..ti. look an.tm.l he iimi. trnttin'
along, with Yec afti r Iu i I In'l I. pringin' am
ial.. bulli 'in. 'I he ? ? iu in tl ? ?as
worth viewin'. Th il i lim h "t ours wa i at< hin', all
right. I'm l<- And\ might havi Ixvn ome <?ut of prac
nd maylx- Annii wa new to the game; bul they
was cuddled up onu cozy, and they acted like they
wa'n'l in anv hurry to 1.1 go.
"Well, I fnu I irk Aunty. "Andrew ap
pear to h led."
?All oi th it, I. "Bul don'l m< ntion it. Vee
and I only did il to olilige, you know," with which I
doe a quick exil towanl tlie fnml gate.
Maybe that don'l gel by.eithi r; for Auntj'
old girl. But, ay, I gu< i al thai I'm ome olitl with
Uncle Andy, who live nexl door.
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