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THE LOST BABY
By Mary P. Munson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Nora Mulcahy- bent 'over the little
bundle in the hallway. A faint cry
issued from among "the masses of fine
nlinen and wool. It was an abandoned
Noras husband, John, had just left
for the faotory. Nora glanced timid
ly about her.-Then, with resolution,
she gathered the bundle into her arms
and sped upstairs withit.to the little
four-room fiat at the top of the ten
ement A few moments later she was
crooning over the httle girl aa she
rocked her in her arms.
The Mulcahys had been married
five years and had no children. John
was the kindest and most considerate
of husbands and this was the only
cloud upon their married life. But
often Nora wept secretly over the
home of two, and in imagination felt
the httle fingers of the unborn pulling
at her gown.
That day she went about her work
happier than she had been for
months. When John came home she
whispered to him mysteriously, her
finger upon her lips.
"What!" cried her husband.
"She's a little darling," said Nora.
"Oh, John, say that we can keep her."
"Let me look at her," said the hus
band, and, entering the bedroom he
bent over the crib, which had been
improvised out of a large packing
"Nora, girl," he said, "this child
isn't for the likes of us. It's a rich
woman's child. Nora, it's" his voice
dropped "it's the Van Nest "baby.
You know, the one that was kidnaped
last, week and everybody's making
such a hullabaloo about Look at the
He turned the corner of the linen
garment and Nora saw the letter N
They went back into the living
room and argued the matter pro and
con, Nora in tears, pleading that
the child could be kept
"It isn't possible, girl," said John,
shaking his head with conviction.
The police would get wise to it and
that would means years in the peni
tentiary. The kidnapers got scared
and dropped it here that's the trutn
"Then you're going to take it back,
"I guess you'll have to, Nora. I
can't carry a baby. But listen, girl!
Whispered to Him Mysteriously '
Do you Jaiow there's a reward of
'I'd rather have the baby," Nora
"You're talking nonsense, Nor
answered the husband. "Five thoul
sand dollars is a" sight better than
somebody else's kid. Do you know
what we'd with it We'd go home to
the old country, first and foremost.
And don't I see us in a neat little cot
tage, with a j)ig and a garden and "
Nora at last asquiesced in the plans
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