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her hand well loaded with the product'
of her labor.
VI thought maybe you would be
obliging enough to test my first at
tempt at doughnuts," she sai'l
"I am hungry enough," admitted
Ned, in love with that bonny face
twice as much as before.
She stood nearby as he devoured
the first of her kindly offerings with
a bright, satisfied smile.
"Well, what is the verdict," she
challenged with teasing eyes.
"More!" answered Ned gallantly.
"This must be the original land of
milk and honey."
"I was a-flustered, I feared I might
have spoiled them," said Eva Dodge
with a sigh of relief.
"They will be spoiled quick enough
if you are as liberal with others as
myself," he responded- and then Miss
Dodge told of a prospective barn
dance with the accompaniments of
doughnuts, cider and chicken sand
wiches. She pouted anon as she
looked at the sun and told of how her
brother Alan should have reported
two hours agone to help trim up the
."Suppose I try to earn the most
famous meal I have enjoyed in a year
by "acting as his substitute," suggest
They were like old acquaintances
within an hour, she directing', he nail
ing up wreaths and festoons shrubs
and flowers. And just as she had
clapped her pretty pink palms in de
light at the general effect, brother
Nothing would do but that the
stranger must stay for the evening
and for the night. When they learned
that Ned played the violin they were
more insistent than ever.
Ned "felt as if he was leaving para
dise as he departed from the Dodge
home the next afternoon. He carried
with him a -memory of his charming
hostess that he knew would be abiding.
It was probably an hour later when J,
he passed down a lane to notice a
large barn building with smoke pour
ing from its lower story. In a thrice
the business instinct assailed him.
Any odd or picturesque scene was
worth the money in the "movies." He
ran within the right focus and set his
machine going. Absorbed in getting
it in correct operation, he looked less
at the burning building than to the
details of operation.
"It will work in well in some good
'movies' story," he told himself, and
ran a full reel, taking in the gather
ing crowd and the varied incidents of
excitement of the episode.
A month later when the film was
produced, Ned chanced to see it. Then
for the first time' he ob'served that its
first scene showed a man in full view
leaping from a window near the door,
a burning piece of paper in his hand.
"There was an incendiary, then,"
he reflected," just as I heard it hinted.
Ah, me! how all this brings back that
beautiful day in my life pshaw! I
must forget that."
But Ned could not forget Eva the
name was on his lips in his dreams.
That sweet face floated constantly
through his mind. He bad secured
new and better work. He could af
ford a week's vacation. He resolved
to see Eva, at least once more.
Ned reached the Dodge home to
find it in a state of great commotion.
All hands were anxious and troubled.
Alan, the brother of Eva, had been
accused of burning the barn Ned had.
caught with his camera.
r His pocket knife, it seemed, had
been found near the structure. Then,
too, its owner had quarreled with him
and did not like him.
Alan claimed he had loaned his
knife jto a young fellow .who worked
for the owner of the barn, who had
disappeared and who had been beaten
by the farmer in a quarrel.
Ned felt that he was going to be
some use when he got a description
of the missing man. It tallied to the
one shown in the fire film. Ned sent
to the city for a duplicate. Half the
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