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he thinks of it If he agrees that it is
a possible plan I'll tell you."
Before the old lady told him Jack
had resumed his visits to Miss Djr
free. His infatuation was evident.
He had lost all that hV-had scored
that day in the street. Miss Durfree
lived in terror of the proposal that
came again at last
"May, if you'll be my wife you shall
live on in this house and I'll only
come on Sundays," said Jack. "You
shall sweep and cook and dust and
sew and "
"0 dear!" sighed May Durfree.
"Won't you ever be sensible and un
derstand, Mr. McCallum?"
He took his hat and stamped out
of the house. But on the next day
the old lady told him that the min
ister had indorsed her scheme.
"We must get her out of her house
for the day," she said. "How can it
"Tell her about the new cooking
demonstration downtown," said Jack
"The very thing," said the old lady.
'Til get her to go with me and bring
her here for lunch, and keep her till
four in the afternoon, if I have to lock
her in this room."
And she did it If little Miss Dur
free became vaguely uneasy about
her home as the old lady chatted
away, she concealed it as long as
possible. The old lady was so insist
ent She showed her one thing after
another, until at length four o'clock
came, and the suspense was over.
"And now, my dear, I've kept you
so long that I shall just walk over
with you in atonement," said the old
It seemed a queer sort of atone
ment to little Miss Durfree, but she
accepted the old lady's company. But
at the door the old lady showed no
signs of going away, and Miss Dur
free had to ask her in. The old lady
walked in with her into a trans
formed living room.
For, where the piano had been, was
an improvised altar, at which the
minister stood, and in front of him
was Jack, and on little Miss Durfree's
other side was Jack's chum, Kenneth
Gray, who had known all about the
affair, but of whom no mention has
had to be made before.
"Wilt thou have this woman for
thy wedded wife?" the minister de
manded. "I will," said Jack.
"Wilt thou have this man to be thy
wedded husband?" the minister de
Little Miss Durfree stared at him
as if she were hypnotized. Perhaps
the scene, long dormant in her brain,
as a vision unrealized, suddenly stir
red her memories. Perhaps it was
Jack at her side, recalling her love of
old. However that may be, the whis-.
pered affirmative melted Miss Dur
free's heart. Five minutes later she
and her husband sat alone together.
"It's all like a dream," she whis
pered. "You shall have your home, dearest
"0 bother the old home!" said lit
tle Miss Durfree.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"How's yoiir wife getting on?"
"I don't know how she gets on, but
I'm sure she's wise."