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to Ina, and to Blanche, too. In fact,
to half the girls in the village."
"Yes, but lately he has about
equally divided his attentions be
tween Ina and Blanche," explained
her husband. "And I think he has
favored Ina. Of course, that's all ov
er and done with now."
"What do you mean?" questioned
"It's thg way of the world. Jna
poor, Blanche rich. He's a likely chap
and can take his pick. It will be
Blanche and the fortune, naturally."
However, twice during the ensuing
week young Telford called at the
Ritchie home, as was his wont He
was courteous as usual, but Ina fan
cied there was a new, .subdued air
about him. She learned that he also
visited her cousin, Blanche. Telford
seemed to be studying her. She could
not fathom him. No word of love had
passed between them. She wondered
if, in his generous-hearted way, he
was not making an effort to break off
their close friendship gracefully.
She heard great news of her for
tunate cousin, the heiress. Blanche
had started out to make a great
spread. She was arranging to sell all
the property which she had ihherit
C ed. She was talking of building a
mansion home. She had entered on a
career of reckless extravagance. One
day she invited Ina to come down to
the old home. Ina's heart saddened as
she entered the place, to find it dis
mantled. Blanche was selling off ev
erything. She offered Ina some of
the old relics of the family. In tears
Ina selected only a framed, faded pic
ture of her dead uncle, which hung
in the room where he had died.
A month went by. Blanche was
urging the closing up of the estate as
speedily as possible. One day Mr.
Ritchie came home with a serious,
"There are some pretty heartless
people in the world," he remarked,
"What now?" questioned his wife.
, "Blanche. What do you think? Her
lawyer notified me today that we .
must pay up the mortgage on the j
place here, now owned by her."
A dull blow fell upon all the hearts
within the room. It had meant pov
erty before. It was sheer destitution
now. The selfish avarice of Blanche
was apparent The family decided to
move to another town. Then came
a vast surprise. There came by mail
one day a week later a package. It
contained the mortgage, the notes
and a release deed. The dear old
homestead was free of debt!
"Blanche has relented!" cried Mrs.
"No," dissented her husband. "I
have learned positively that Blanche
had no hand in this blessed deed. It
is some benefactor friend who does
not wish his name known," but the
next day he found out who it was
What did it mean? Should Ina feel
humiliated or glad? She could not
analyze the situation, yet she felt it
needed an explanation. She went to
the Telford home. It was to learn
that Albert had gone to the city to
fill a new and better position.
"Oh, my dear," said his mother,
"don't you understand? It was love
that prompted him to give air he had
for your sake."
Then it was not the rich Balnche,
but the poor Ina whom he loved!
What could Ina do but feel happy!
And then a second wonderful thing
came to lighWunheard of, extraordi
nary. In cleaning the old picture of
her uncle, Ina noticed a sheet of
paper folded in its back. She In
There was the latest will of Uncle
Ralph. Practically a prisoner of
Blanche and her friends, he had seiz
ed a favored moment to make this
latter will, just before he died. It had
been witnessed secretly by two old
servants, whom Blanche had later
There was a great commotion in
the town when the news came out In
shame and chagrin Blanche Morton
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