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me a bonus and agree to furnish a
detached house in a row he owns at
the other end of the town."
Within a few days the Pages also
moved their household goods and
chattels. Within a few hours after
getting installed in their new quar
ters, Hector made an appalling dis
covery. He came rushing into the
house bristling with the important in
formation he had to divulge.
'What do you think?" he voiced
explosively "who do you think we
are neighbor to?"
Mr. Page looked inquisitive, Mrs.
"Miss Narcissa Wentworth!" de
clared Hector. "It's true,"-he assert
ed. "I don't suppose our landlord
knew of our old harmonious career,
but here we are poor Tige!"
Miss Wentworth nearly fainted
away when she discovered the situa
tion. After that she glared at the
Pages whenever she chanced t5 spy
them. Then she had her own new
troubles. Her lively nephews, Ned
and Tom Barrett, and her lovely
niece, Elida, had been away at school
for a year. They had come home,
Ned sprouting-a mustache and sport
ing a hideous , bulldog. Pretty Elida
brought a pet, too a bright mis
chievous little fox terrier.
Once Hector caught sight of the
dainty little miss across the fence,
he had frequent glances for the house
next door.- The second day bulldog
and fox terrier were-no longer in evi
dence. Miss Wentworth had banish
ed them. The following morning as
he left the house, Hector saw the
young lady at her gate patting Tige
affectionately with one hand and wip
ing the tears from her eyes with the
other, probably lamenting the ab
sence of her own especial pet.
. Miss Wentworth came into view
just them.- She spoke sharply to her
niece, gave Hector a devastating
glance and marched .back into the
house slamming the door after her.
Then .the same afternoon He'ctor
met Miss Barrett as he came home j
from the office. She smiled in a
friendly neighborly way and he paus
ed to address her by name.
"Then you know who we are?"
spoke the little miss archly. "Have
your folks set the ban upon you as
Aunt Narcissa has upon us?"
"The ban?" repeated Hector,
flushing consciously, for he knew ex
actly what the young lady meant.
"Yes, that poor, dear dog of yours.
And she has sent away my pet, too,"
and Elida looked as though on the
Verge of tears.
They met more than once, but
never under the eyes of Miss Nar
cissa. Then came the climax that
straightened out everything and re
formed the prejudiced spinster.
Tige had uprooted some sprouts in
the garden next door in a wild dash
one morning, and had been put' in
durance vile in the old woodshed.
The same evening about 'nine
o'clock the -Pages, seated on their
porch, were startled by the echoes of
a ringing scream. Other excited
voices joined in. Then there was a
shot. Hector ran around ;o the side
of the house.
The spinster and her little family
were in vivid action. The two Bar
rett boys were in advance. One. of
them held a still smoking pistol. Both
were looking all about as though in
search of somebody. Pretty Elida,
pale and distracted, was supporting
her aunt a little distance away. Miss
Wentworth was wringing her hands
and shrieking hysterically.
"Which way did he go the bur
glar, the bold wicked thief!" she cried
out. "He climbed in at the upper
window, I saw him, and he has taken
my diamonds the family dia
monds.!" "Did you see him?" inquired Hec
tor, unceremoniously and boldly run
ning up to the fence and hailing the
young men. All of enmity and pro
priety alike were momentarily" re
moved. "He dodged in near those bushes,"
explained Ned Barrett, breathlessly