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her girl friends as "a love of a
chum," and there was not an
adult man or woman in Brandon
who did not pretty nearly wor
ship her. Her bright ways cap
tivated everybody, and the vic
tims of her mischief felt honored,
rather than offended.
There was the pure gold of a
noble manhood in Doctor Irwin,
and Vera recognized it. She had
liked him the better because he
had accepted a piece of real in
justice without a murmur. When
his granduncle, old Simeon Dunn,
had died, Rolfe was one of six-
minor heirs. They were each to
receive $10,000, but it was con
tingent on the will and caprice of
Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Dawson.
"Simeon Dunn had willed all his
real estate to them. They also
were given a life interest in his
investments. However, if mu
tuary agreed, they could distrib
utthese latter, pay off the minor
heirs, and take a third for them
selves. This was the original intention
of the husband and wife, and the
lesser heirs had confidently ex
pected their legacies. Then a ter
rific quarrel came up between
them. It was regarding the old
Dunn homestead. Egbert Daw
son wanted this so that he might
give it to a crippled brother.
Sarah Dawson insisted on having
it to present to a superannuated
spinster relative. They could not
agree ; bitter feelings arose. They
separated. The husband lived
alone at one end of the village.
The wife lived alone by herself at
the other end of the village.
Egbert Dawson vowed ' he
would never address his wife
again until she spoke first. Sarah
Dawson obstinately declared that
not a word should escape her lips
until her husband spoke. This
action tied up the estate, and the
minor heirs expectant considered
it a far look ahead before they
would enjoy the goodly heritage
they had anticipated.
Egbert Dawson had become a
crusty, unhappy hermit. His wife
shut herself up like a recluse.
There was no heart that wilful,
springtly Vera could not reach,
however. Mr. Dawson doted on
her, and she swayed him as if he
were a child. With the same
sunny influence, she was almost
idolized by the lonely Mrs. Daw
son. More than once Vera had
tried to bring about a reconcilia
tion between the unhappy pair,
but neither would "speak first."
"Oh, what a splendid ideal"
cried Vera, an hour after the visit
of her suitor. "If it is only for
the sake of dear old Rolfe, I am
going to try it."
Her eyes danced and her face
showed eagerness and delight.
Vera told her mother she was go
ing down to-see Mr. Dawson. She
was soon at his home.
"I have come to ask a great
favor," she told him. "You
know there is going to be a mask
party at the library hall next
week. It is for the benefit of the
old folks' home want you to buy
"Two of them, -if you like,"
readily announced Mr. Dawson
to his favorite.