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lather thought more of me than of
you he had the English idea of chil
dren's duty to subordinate themselves
to their parents."
"And we have spgnt ?"
"All but $1,500, Walter. As I told
you, prices are much higher than
when I was a girl. Your father reck
oned on our living mocestly upon a
thousand a year. It costs us twelve
hundred and fifty. That is the rea
son why you went into the bank and
not to college."
And suddenly she threw her arms
around his neck and kissed him im
pulsively. "O, don't you think I know, dear
est?" she cried. "Don't you suppose
your mother can read your heart?
And you haven't said a word to her
yet and there is no need for you to
say that word, Walter.
"Let me tell you something. Dur
ing the South African war your fa
tier longed to go to the front. He
was one of the cleverest strategists
in England. He would have come
home a peer, with a pension large
enough to give us everything we
wanted. But because of his ability
he had to stay at home and help
direct the others, who were less skill
ful than he. He bore it bravely. You
know his motto: 'They also serve
who only watch and wait.' "
The boy looked up at her and in
the tragedy of his face she saw that
all his youthful dreams were shat
tered. But she knew that a Main
waring would not prove false to the
duty which lay immediately to hand.
She saw what he was suffering;
knew that his father's instincts were
strong in the son. She saw the quiet
life in the village, without even the
consolation of marriage for years to
come. Perhaps she guessed that he
had already told Agnes of his inten
tion, and pictured the smiles at his
enthusiasm, the commendation of his
"common sense" which would prove
more galling than the criticism of
, She saw all this, and how he re-,
ceived the blow just as sils father had
done in England, ten years before.
The boy rose up.
"God bless .you, mother," he said.
"I believe Til rmroverto the bank
after supper to help, because Mr.
White is balancing the accounts."
$10 FOR BEST PHOTO OF COUPLE
Wilton Lackaye has received per
mission to stage the big scene in
"The Pit" on the floor of the Chicago
Board of Trade and he is going to
be notified the night before a big
flurry on the floor of the board is
Lackaye is offering a prize of $10
for the best photograph of a couple
kssing, but he surely cannot be do
ing this to serve as a nexample for
himself, for. he performs the opera
tion very well in "The. Pit"
'TWAS EVER THUS
"Who are those people who are
cheering?0 asked the recruit as-the
soldier marched to the train,
"Those," replied the veteran, "are
the people who are not goin." ,
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