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THE MAN SHE LOVED.
By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
(Copyrightby W. G. Chapman.)
"What in the world is Cleora up to
now, I wonder?"
"From her mysterious secrecy, with
any other girl I would suspect a tryst
with some romantic lover."
"That doesn't fit Cleora at all,"
dissented May Delmar. "Her practical
Off on One of Her Wild Philanthropic
independent means do not at all suit
the young men of the neighborhood
and their idle, purposeless lives do not
appeal to her. No, although she would
give us no inkling of her purpose in
speeding to parts unknown in her
father's automobile and she dressed
in her very oldest duds, we may count
on it, I think, that she is off on one of
her wild philanthropic expeditions.'
Cleora Maiden had jost flashed by I
in the machine. She was indeed ar
rayed as if bound for a working bee,
rather than any social pleasure func
tion. The machine had seen its best
days. It reminded thoughtful, earnest
Cleora of the old home and its de
cayed condition. Her father owned
land, but most of it in litigation.
Ready money was at present a rarity
with the old judge.
Once he had hinted to his mother
less daughter that her girl friends
were one after the other making what
he called "good matches." There
were many young men scions of very
wealthy families in the district.
Cleora had shaken her head soberly
at this allusion.
"Father, we do not need wealth to
be happy," she declared. "I am go
ing to love you and you only as long
as you are here to care for."
The judge sighed, considering that
the world's richest gifts were all too
poor for his cherished darling, but he
recognized the true nobleness of her
nature in devoting her life to kindly
deeds in behalf of the poor in the
He had seen her start out that
morning with a full basket. The judge
asked no questions, but knew that
some worthy family was on her list.
When he noticed her attire, rough
and careless, and she informed him
that she might not return until dark,
he wondered, but did not seek to
closely "questipn her.
Judge Maiden opened his eyes to
their widest when at dusk that even
ing the automobile drove into the
yard, and he looked it over and then
turned a critical, challenging glance
upon his daughter.
Her hair was disordered, her
clothes dusty and torn in places. The
machine had its leather seat covering
scraped and jagged in places, until it
looked as though it had been used
for a moving van.
"I'm tired and hungry," announced
Cleora, as she drove the machine to
the garage. "I've been working hard .
all day long."