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Then Nellie waited, expecting an
explosion every day. Having se
cured their deed the schemers were
taking their leisure. One day Mr.
"By the way, Miss Ward," he
spoke, after a warm, friendly greet
ing, "I notice in the weekly paper a
transfer of the swamp tract."
"Yes, sir," replied Nellie, her
breath coming quick, "I spld it to
those clients, Marvin & Sharp."
"But they were to have the upland
"They think they have got them."
explained Nellie. "They are swin
dlers, for they intercepted a letter of
fering you a large amount. Oh, Mr.
Merceri I have tried to protect you.
I hope I have not done wrong," and
bursting, into tears, Nellie told all.
''You are going to blame me!" she
sobbed, as she looked up to find his
.eyes fixed upon her. .
"I am lost in admiration!" cried
Jarvis Mercer. "I need a guardian, as
you have proved. Miss Ward Nel
lie, could it be possible that you would
accept such a responsibility per
manently?' "I love you so I love you so!" was
all Nellie could whisper, sheltered in
those strong, protecting arms.
"Don't -you consider my views on
the question sound?"
"Well, yes; mostly sound."
By Berton Braley.
When I am old I shall be through with
With romps and gallops of my
I shall not joy in a maiden's roguish
Which now will set my .youthful
The music of the players will not
stir me, v
Who now am full of tunes and gay
The weight of jrears from action will
When I am old.
When I am old I shall not seek for
I shall not trail Adventure to. its
But sit, with nodding head and locks
Dozing and mumbling in my easy
I shall not care for fun- or fight or
Or any of youths's fqjlies mani
fold I shall sit quiet by the hearthside,
When I am old.
When I am old I shall not care for
Or dreams-of fame or honors, great
But now Life Qffers me a brimming
And I would know the savor of
Of work and fight and love so that
When age comes on and all the songs
I shall recall" how life was full of
When I was young!
The volume of water estimated to
be contained in the oceans and the
inland seas connected with them is
323,800,000- cube mles.
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