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ONE SNOWY NIGHT
By Frances Elizabeth Lanyon.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Norman Bliss had-come to River
dale with a happy, hopeful heart He
left it gloomy, disappointed and dis
couraged. Ringing in his ears were
words it seemed he never would for
get: "I would not marry this country
lout, if he were the last man in the
And Viola Tascott had spoke that
fatal sentence peerless, beautiful
Viola, whom he had come to River
dale to see, to woo, to wed, if she
would but say the word.
And now, driving his farm team
back to his lonely, lowly prairie
home, the brave stalwart young fel
low flinched as he thought over the
vivid heart history of the past week.
He had lived in Plainfield, 50 miles
across country from Riverdale,
where his father died. At the former
town Viola had come to visit a cous
in, and he had met her. They were
quite companionable, when old Mr.
Bliss died suddenly. The family home
and some other property had been
owned by Mr. Bliss and, of course,
Norman would inherit it. When the
estate came to be settled up, how
ever, one James Monks, a lawyer,
seized the same under a mortgage.
Norman was amazed. Time and
igain he remembered his father had
told him that the old mortgage on
the property had all been paid up.
The records, however, did not show
any release deed. Monks foreclosed
on the old trust deed and seized the
On the bleak Dakota prairie, half
vay between the two towns, Mr.
31iss owned a small farm. This was
not included in the mortgage, and
'was inherited by Norman, free of in
cumbrance. It was a solitary, deso
late spot, but his only possession.
With manly spirit and a hopeful
heart, he took UP his abode in the lit-
tie one story house, and started in to
get a profit out of the land.
It proved to be a phenomenal sea
son for wheat, and he was proud and
joyful when he had disposed of the
crop and figured up his gains. That
winter Viola was again at Plainfield,
visiting her relatives. Norman
brought his only live stock, his sturdy
farm team, to Plainfield, stabled it at
a livery and remained a month in the
During those blissful four weeks
he was almost a constant companion
Dimly He Made put a Shadowy Mass
of Viola. Not a word of love passed
between them, but he had every rea
son to believe that Viola took some
thing more than a friendly interest
in himself and his fortunes. When
he had bade her good-by her broth
er invited him to their house in River
dale in the early spring, and there
was a positive echo of the invitation
in the expressive eyes of his pretty
So, all through the rest of the win
ter, Norman lived on the encourage-