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LOVE BY TELEPHONE
By Lucy Gorton Barrows
(Copyright by1 W. G. Chapman)
"No!" shouted SimonBarclay in a
thunderous tone, crushing .out the
fondest of human hopes, immovable
as a rock.
His pretty niece, Hetty, covered her
face writh her hands and broke down
utterly in a storm of tears.
"Cruel cruel!" she sobbed.
"And a last meeting with this gay
gallivanting young man under
stand?" pursued jier callous-souled
"You are breaking my heart!"
moaned Hetty, and really believing it
"It isn't because Ned Monroe is
after your little fortune, as most
young fellows are nowadays."
"What what is it, then?" afltered
"It's because he's an electrical
maniac. Huh-telephone! Who heard
of such a thing in my young days?
Gossip-breeders, I call 'em! Worse
than that catering to laziness. Tried
to get me to put one in my house.
I'd like to see 'eai! "Now I've said my
say. Drop this beau, or I'll send you
otC a thousand miles to my sister,
where you can't see him."
Antiquated,' narrow-minded Simon
Barcley had invented a new name for
the most estimable young man in
Redfern. He hated all innovations,
especially a telephone. There was a
reason. Simon had bargained too
slowly in the purchase of a piece of
property he coveted, a shrewd 'neigh
bor had got to a telephone and out
bid him. He hated telephones after
that, and Ned Monroe in the bargain,
for was not that energetic young man
Jthe head linesman of the district tele
Hetty moped around the house all
day. She was disconsolate. If ever a
girl loved a bright intelligent young
fellow, it was she. As to Ned, she
knew that she was to him as the
jtpple of his eye. She dreaded meet-I
ing him, bmVshe-wJis loyal to a prom
ise she thad r made to her uncle that
therewouTd"be"no "exchange of notes,
no clandestine meetings. Hetty knew
that promptly tat.:3ft,Ned would pass
the old. orchartLroad near the farm.
Fifteett"miniies earlier she repaired
Jto the old tree.that had been to them
a favorite trysting place.
Ned. came spinning, along on his
bicycle, -not a' moment late, a fine
specimen of a healthy, buoyant
"It's Because He's an Electrical -'
young man interested and happy in
ils work. He swung a" coil of wire
and his tool bag to the road and was
over the fence in a joyous leap.'
"Dear" girl!" he-sald fondly, and
then started at Hetty in alarm,- for
she was weeping
Bit by bit the miserable story came
out He consoled her he reiterated
his love. - He said nothing of 'revenge,
elopement or -dlscouragementf