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THE PREMIUM BRIDE
B.y Frank Fjlson
(Copyriglit by W. G. Chapman.)
"Yes, Mister, Coyote-'spespair sure
is a bit slow, and I don't blame' you
for thinking so. You see, this town
.hasn't quite recovered from the
shock we had last month. It cleaned
us out, too, especially Abe Finkel and
Sam Corbett, and all through the
scheming of Cy Holmes, a Yankee
trader who happened to be born
'about an hour before the rest of us.
"You see, it was this way. When
Cy Holmes opened his store on Main
They Stood Glaring at Each Other.
street nobody thought he would last
long. There was Abe Finkel and Sam
Corbett holding the trade, and
nobody kicking at their goods. So Cy
Holmes just languished.
"That is, until Miss Mabel come in
to the game. Miss Mabel got down
off the stage about five o'clock one
afternoon. The word had been pass-
ed, and she hasn't "hardly descended
before there was a respectful and
admiring group around her.
"'Can any gentleman tell me
where I can get accommodations fn
Coyote's Despair?' she asked, turn
ing up her innocent blue eyes.
" Tfes, miss,' answered a hundred
voices, and two hundred legs forms in
procession and escorts her to Bill
"It wasn't long before we learned
her story. She had been a school
marm back East, and the doctor had
ordered her to Arizona for her health.
She'd had enough money to get to
Coyote's Despair, and there she had
"If Abe Finkel and Sam Corbett
had had an ounce of sense bjit
what's the use of talking? Inside o.f
a week Miss Mabel was the pride of
Holmes' store and the envy of them
two. Cy Holmes found trade was
booming. As for Coyote's Despair,
there wasn't a man between the age
of eight and ninety that wasn't in
love with Miss Mabel.
"I guess three-quarters of the town
proposed marriage to her during the
first two weeks. And Miss Mabel was
a kind-hearted girl; she didn't want
to hurt the feelings of the rest by
making her choice.
" 'I tell you what we'll do, boys,'
she said one evening, blushing pret
tily. 'I love you all, and when Mr.
Holmes goes back East next month
rd like to get married. But I can't
choose. That wouldn't be fair, when
you're all so good to me.' And then
she outlined her plan, which was
nothing less than this: Mr. Holmes
was to give coupons with all his sales,
and the purchaser that had bought
the most by six o'clock on the night
before he closed up and left town,
which would be in just a month, was
to have Miss Mabel.
"You can guess what a sensation
this made in Coyote's Despair. Old
Jim Weatherbee, eighty-nine last
birthday, packed his kit on his old
mule andJhiked out to find the lost
gold mine that everybody's been