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PHINEAS KELLY'S FORTUNE
By George Munson.
(Copyright by W. G .Chapman.)
Phineas Kelly was accustomed to
gee "a look in th' olcT woman's eye,"
as he phrased it, when he c me home
to his tea after eight hours of peace
ful employment as a bricklayer. Years
of practice had enabled him to inter
pret it accurately. It meant, "lie low,
J II wm r
"Phineas! We Haven't Got Any
Money at AH."
cPhineas, for things have been at sixes
and sevens all day."
- On such occasions Phineas, good,
-honest man that he was, would slip
out quietly after tea to the corner
i-saloon, where he would sit talking
politics and domestics with his cron-
ies over a glass or two, till the time
came to retire home, strictly sober,
' 1 prepared to find that the odd and
umerals had straightened
s out during his absence.
On this occasion there was an alto
gether different look in Mary's eye.
"What is it, woman?" he exclaim
ed, sensing that something quite dif
ferent from anything in his experi
ence had happened. 'Speak out, Mary,
girl! Is it the measles? If Tim's got
thim I'll whale the life out of him!"
"No, it isn't!" snapped his better
half. "Uncle Jim's dead and has left
me all his money. The lawyer thinks
it will come to five thousand dollars."
While Phineas sat, exhausted from
emotion, in- his chair, Mary read him
the letter from Ireland.
"What'll I do wid it?" ejaculated
"You're going to be a contractor,
Phineas, as you have always wanted
to be," answered Mary. "And at the
end of the month we leave."
Phineas uttered various exclama
tions, but he was as straw in his
wife's hands. Before he went to bed
it was understood that he and Mr.
Hogan, with whom the subject had
been Broached at times of day-dreaming,
should go into the contracting
business. Hogan had saved up a tidy
sum, and with this legacy their
dreams could be realized. During the
twenty-eight days remaining before
June Phineas was to continue lay
ing bricks. '
The days that followed were not of
unalloyed bliss. Phineas wanted to
remain in the little fiat, even if he was
to be a contractor. But Mary had the
"social bee" and she did not fail to
impress it upon her husband that, for
Tim's sake, they must move to a lo
cality more suited to their new sta
tion in life. And, as the days went
by, and the whole neighborhood as
sumed a more cordial friendship than
ever before, Phineas found that he
was no longer free of Rafferty's sa
loon. "We can't afford to be too friendly
with that sort, Phineas," explained
his wife. "Flaherty and his wife are
good enough people, but just com
"We've shook dice together each