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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 15, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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man, duty escorted to the station by
all of us, though only I wanted to see
lilm made comfortable. The rest were
just after his money. I bought him
. -the magazines, because I knew he
liked them, and if that wretch Sarah
didn't produce an embroidered pillow
marked "For Grandpa" in red silk. It
was just like her ways. And he put
jfe it under his head and smiled cynical
ly, as much as to say, "I know you,
Sarah Reynolds, and you can't fool
And "the next thing we heard,
grandpa was married.
The blow staggered us all. It ap
peaerd that he had found his old
flame, the landlady's daughter, with
. whom he must have .carried on
something awful while poor, long
suffering grandma was alive, and
married her after a week's courtship,
We were so shocked by the riews
that we held a little meeting at Jim
Simpson's house.
"Now, friends and relations, and
relations that aren't friends," says
Jim and I thought that smart of
Wm ''we've got to keep the money
in the family. He'll leave a cool two
hundred thousand to that designing
minx, who has simply been playing
on the feelings of the old dotard "
"Grandpa isnt a dotard," I iriter
rupted hotly.
"Jane, are you one of us or ain't
you?" he asked sarcastically.
"I suppose I've got to be," I
And then he outlined his plan. We
were to have the marriage declared
invalid on account of grandpa being
in a state of senile decay, and the
estate put into court and equally dis-
W tributed. Jim had a lawyer friend
who would arrange the details, and
as soon as granapa came nome a
doctor whom Jim knew was to dog
his footsteps and try to trap him into
an exhibition of lunacy, so that we
could make out a case. We didn't
dare have grandp" arrested without
any evidence, becaUb.. e were afraid
he would be freed, anu then what
ever little hopes we had would be
It sounded good to me. I was sorry
for grandpa, because I liked the old
gentleman, but it wasn't right that
we should lose our inheritance just
because a designing minx had taken
advantage of his weakness. And so I
took it hard when Fred said to me, on
the way home:
"Jane, you're as bad as the worst
of them."
We had quite a quarrel, but IA
brought Fred round to reason by ask
ing how Johnny was to go to college.
He hadn't thought of that you
know what men are.
Well, we all assembled at the sta
tion to meet grandpa. We felt it -was
our duty to do that; besides, we
wanted to see the minx. "I bet she
has red hair," says Sarah to me; she
had got to quite friendly since our
scheme for grandpa's benefit
The train puffed into the - station,
and you can imagine we were all
aflutter with expectation. And there
wasn't any red-haired minx on the
train. In fact, we couldn't see grand
pa either for a long time, until a silvery-haired
lady of about seventy
years assisted him out of. his car
riage. And then grandpa saw us and
set up a whoop of delight.
"These are my dear nephews and
nieces, Minna;" he Said, "whom I
havebeen telling you about. Whoop
it up girls and boys, I'm as fit as a
two-year-old, except for this plaguey
foot of mine. All come to dinner."
And, would you believe it, this was
the landlady's daughter. You see, we
had somehow not thought that
grandpa's adventures at Atlantic
City had occurred nearly fifty years
before. And her hair was reddish un
der the silver after all.
It appeared that she had inherited
the hotel and had made a fortune out
of it She had been planning, to sell
it when grandpa came along, and
they recognized each other at once;
and the long and short of it was that
they were married.

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