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flag was guarded jealously in its sane-1
tuary at the -Boype home. The little
room where it was draped and cher
ished was a temple of memory of
i&rdent deVQtion to. a lost ideal
There began a social rivalry with
Sail now on the part of Captain
Boyce. He emulated the society life
of the Balls. They had a piano. He
immediately- purchased one, too.
Boyce had lost his left arm In the
war. BaU had lost his right arm.
"Father," said the captain's son
one day, "I hear that Mr. B&ll has
learned to play a tune on the piano."
"H'm! "Why, he's only got bne
"Well, he's learned to play 'March
ing Through Georgia with it T)iey
say he did it splendidly at the Grand
Army Hall last night."
"That so?" muttered .the old "war
veteran. "Then I'm going, to learn to
play 'Dixie' with my left 1iand."
This he did. "Whenever he passed
the Boyce homestead and caught the
echoes of Ball's favorite fune, he'hur
ried home, opened wide the windows
and pounded out 'Dixie till the wel
One day Edgar Ball came home
from a distant college. At a social
, gathering .Eunice Boyce met the
young man. Later he did her some
service in finding for her her pet can
ary that had escaped from its cage.
They became more than friends in oc-
casional meetings on the street and
later delightful desultory ramblings
through the beautiful woods sur
rounding the little-village.
Captain Boyce stormed' angrily to
his wife when he learned of the at
tachment He said nothing to his
"We will simply move to a new
town," he told his patient helpmeet
"That will put this audacious young
lover at a distance and break up the
affair. I'm sick and tired, anyhow.
of staying In a town where I have sh
many enemies." c
"Don't you Imagine most of that
William? " Intimated his wife gently.
"No, I don't" insisted the captain
stubbornly. ''That Ball hates me and
Is probably demeaning me to the
neighbors whenever he can."
A few days later the Boyces whirled
away in an automobile to inspect a -
house in a neighboring town. No one f
was left at home. Mr. Ball was pass- g
ing the house that afternoon. He -shook
his head sorrowfully. He had
heard of the unjust attitude xA a maa
he had never wronged and of his de- J
termination to leave the village.
"It's "too- bad," he mused. "I wish
he would give me a chance to find out
why he so -detests me."
"Fire!" Suddenly rang out hehind
him and a man rushed by him and
dashed Into the yard of his enemy.
The front, upper part .of the struc
ture, was smoking. Suddenly one end
burst into flames. Edgar Ball came
up at that moment
"Hurry for the fire department"
ordered his father, and he himself
hurried to the front door of the im
periled house, broke in the door and
rushed up the stairs.
He had heard allabout the treas
ured flag 'of his neighbor and where
it was kept A, thoyght heroic had
come Into his mind. He dashed into a
room where it was festooned on the
wall, almost overcame by smoke and
Gently he removed It, -carefully he
carried it to his own home and re
turned to the fire to help in saving
the greater part of the building.
The Boyce family -came home to
find a part of the house made hahjt
able through the kindly help of neighr .
bors. They, had just settled down for
the night, when there was a ring at
the doorbelL Captain Boyce went
thither to face the enemy. '
"Neighbor," spoke Mr. -BaU gently. '
extending the old war flag, "I saved
this for you." - s
Captain Boyce stared, marveled'
"And suppose you tell me why you'
have always disliked me." K
The story came out B&H laughed;