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By Harold Carter
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Jim Frayne entered the little gar
den and stood still, hat in hand, mop
ping his brow. All around him were
pansies and hollyhocks, roses and
geraniums and everything was as
clean as a new pin.
"Seems tp me Letty's garden is
looking better than ever this year,"
Inside the house Letty watched
him from the corner of the blind. She
was considered an old maid; at 32
one is apt to have that reputation in
a country village, especially is one is
a little prim and old-fashioned.
Though nobody could have consid
ered Letty prim if they could have
seen the happiness in her eyes just
"Mother!" she called. "Here's
Mr. Frayne from the electric works
come to see about our lights."
"It seems to me the lights get out
of order a good deal more than they
ought," answered her mother, an el
derly woman, whose steel-rimmed
spectacles concealed a good deal of
Mr. Frayne's knock at the door
made Letty's reply unnecessary. In
a minute the lights were adjusted and
Mr. Frayne, a stout, midle-aged man
with a red face and twinkling eyes,
was enjoying a cup of Mrs. Bnnis'
"Your garden looks better than
ever, Miss Letty," said Jim.
"Letty takes good care of her flow
ers," answered the old lady. "I wish
she was as good on hens."
"Hens aren't my specialty," an
"Pshaw! That's too bad!" said
Jim. "You ought to be making some
good man's fortune with your your
garden talent, Miss Letty."
"Not for me!" answered Letty,
laughing and trying to prevent the
color from flooding her cheeks.
"Honest," said Jim, "when I look
at that little garden of yours I feel
I wouldn't like anything better than
to hav-a little house and a garden
just like it."
"Well, I guess there's one or two
girls left in these parts," said Letty.
"Nothing more was said. Jim rose.
"Well, I guess I'll be getting back to
the works," said Jim. "I guess I've
fixed the lights so they won't trouble
you no more, Mrs. Ennis."
"I hope so," answered the old lady.
"If I'd known what a trouble elec-
"I Guessed Taking Out the Wires
Would Bring 'Em to the Point"
tricity was going to be I wouldn't
have had it put in."
Jim Frayne shook hands with
Letty and took his departure. But
he lingered thoughtfully in the little,"
"Now, if I wasn't 40," he said, "and
nothing but a rough sort of chap,
there isn't anybody I'd marry if I
couldn't have Miss Letty."