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FOUR FALLS' BAD MAN
By John Cheble.
(Copyright by Vt GvChapman.)
Miss Adilah Plumtree, the post
mistress of Four Falls, sat staring at
a letter in her hand The letter was
not addressed to her, but it had come
unfastened in the post, and so she
had exercised the prerogative which
She Told One of the Neighbors.
is generally ascribed to postmis
tresses. It was addressed to Mr. Charles
Black, and was signed by Andrew
Usher. The sentence which was
burning itself into Miss Plumtree's
brain was as follows:
"I have told my wife that I have
been called away on business tin
Monday, which is true in a certain
sense. I have brought Lily down here
for a couple of days. She is the
smartest little thing you can imagine,
Charley, and as fast as they make
them. For heaven's sake throw
Rose off the scent in case she sus
Miss Adilah read and re-read this
epistle, and then she folded her
hands and uttered a calm, benignant,
"I told you so."
Everybody in Four Falls had pro
phesied what would happen when
pretty Rose Black married a traveling
man. Charles, her brother, had
brought him to the house, and he had
fallen violently in love with Rose.
They had been married nearly a year
now. Nobody knew for what firm
Andrew Usher traveled, except
Charles, and he seemed completely
under the spell of his friend. Charles
was the black sheep of the village,
and it was often said that his brother-in-law
would complete his ruin.
Commiserating glances were often
thrown at the pretty wife as she pass
ed by. She seemed so devoted to her
husband. How long would it be be
fore her eyes were opened? Could
she not read her husband's character
in the flashy attire, the money that
he spent so lavishly, the ever-ready
smile so different from the sour
visages of Four Falls?
And then, everybody knew that it
was no legitimate business which
took him away. He was not travel
ing for any firm.
Miss Plumtree sat in a daze for a
long time. She must tell Mrs. Usher.
But how could she without betray
ing her own breach of trust? She
looked at the heading of the letter
again. It was Portstown, of all
places, where all the flashiest
"sports" went about that time for
the county fair.
Suddenly a brilliant ? Jea came to
her. She knew there was another
letter in the mail addressed to Mrs.
Usher by her husband. She found it
and looked at it. It was mailed from
another city, and, like its predeces
sor, it was unfastened. Mr. Usher
was careless with his mail.
The postmistress quickly exchang
ed the envelopes. Then, sealing them