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lee. "Maybe it's just as well we're
something of a tight fit." "What air this is," exclaimed the lady. "What delicious air. No won der it cures people with lung trouble. Still, I'm glad mine are sound." "I'm glad to hear you say that, ma'am," said Saterlee. ."When ybu said you were bound for Carcasonne House, I thought to myself, 'Mebbe she's got it,' and I felt mighty sorry." "Do I look like a consumptive?" she asked. ."Bless" me no," said he. "But you're not stout, and, considering where you said you was going, you mustn't blame, me for putting two and two together and getting the wrong answer." "I don't blame you at all," she said, but a little stiffly. "It was per fectly natural. No," she said, "my daughter is at Carcasonne House. She had a very heavy cold and oth er troubles and two doctors agreed that her lungs were threatened. Well, perhaps they were. I sent her to Carcasonne House on the doctors' recommendation. And it seems that she's just as sound as I am."- "What a relief to you, ma'am," said Saterlee hastily. "Yes," she said, but without enthu siasm, "a great relief. But" she hesitated "you see she has made 'up her mind to marry a young man whom I scarcely know. But about him and his antecedents I know this: That his father has buried THREE wives!" The blood rushed into Saterlee's face and nearly strangled him. But the lady, who was leaning forward, elbows on knees and face between hands, did not perceive this convul sion of nature. "If blood, counts for anything," said bhe, "the son has -perhaps the same brutish instincts. A nice prospect for my girl to suffer to die and to be superseded. The man's second wife was in her grave but three weeks when he had taken a third. I am told ,iie is a great, rough, bullying 'man. The son is a tremendous great fellow, too. Oh! blood will tell every time," she exclaimed. "M. A. Saterlee, the cattle man do you know him?" "Yep!" Saterlee managed, with an effort that would have moved a ton. "I -am going to appeal to her," said the lady. "I have been a good mother to her. I have suffered for her. And she must she shall listen to me." (To Be Concluded Monday.) o o DIARY OF FATHER TIME Naturalists are forever endeavor ing to find a reason for everything In nature. For instance, they have a very sound theory to explain the ex traordinary differences in the dura tion of life of different animals. The May fly, the shortest-lived creature in existence, crowds the whole of its life into one evening, in which it finds a mate, lays its two packets of eggs and dies. The ele phant lives for two hundred years. Whales probably live longer. A horse or a cat may live thirty years. Eagles, vultures and some sea-birds live up to a hundred years or more; the small birds rarely over thirty. Lobsters may live thirty years. A sea anemone has been known to live sixty-six years. A queen bee was kept in cap tivity for fifteen years. Among all the thousands of species of insects, the individuals of a very few live more than a year, the adult life of most being a few days or weeks. It has been observed that nearly all long-lived animals produce few young at a time and these only at long intervals; while the short-lived animals produce a great many eggs and these all at one time. Thus the probability is strong that nature has ordained that each animal before ceasing to exist must do its share toward insuring the perpetuation of its species. It takes the little May fly but a single evening to pray its part, while the elephant produces com paratively few offspring in the course of two hundred years. frWWa vj-m mv'