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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 25, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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By Jessie Ethel Sherwin
Wilils Strong, specious 'swindling
land agent, thought he had turned
a particularly clever trick when he
induced Mrs. Salina Burgess, two
years a widow, to invest nearly all
she had, some $2,000, in 40 acres of
A great company had been formed
to develop the Pearl river district.
Numerous land speculators rushed in
to buy up what tracts they could,
. counting on the prestige of the really
reputable men behind the company
to sell anything and everything lin
ing the river at any preposterous
price they might charge.
Salina, fair, 30, venturesome, had
bought the 40 acres without seeing
it When she did see it she realized
she had been swindled and sat down
on a rock and cried. It was enough
to make angels weep! The 40 acres
was located on a barren stretch of
rock where the river turned. There
were patches of soil here and there,
but in the main it was bare as a Him
alayan plateau.
"And I sold the small but cozy
home at Riverton for this!" she
sobbed, desolately. "And I've got to
live here, for I have no other posses
sion on earth!"
"Then, too, Mr. Royd," she added.
"Why have I thrown my chance
A memory of Bernard Royd was a
tender spot with Salina. She had
been forced by a scheming mother,
now dead, to marry Robert Burgess,
when her heart longed for Bernard
Royd. After she had become a
widow the old friendly acquaintance
was resumed. Salina made no denial
to close friends that she loved her
old-time suitor. She had sold the
home because Pearl River invest
ments were reported doubling up and
she liked to anticipate a goodly dow
er she could bring to Royd, in case
he proposed. j
There was onthing to do but to
build a small house on the 40 acres
and she and an old man servant of
the family try to wrest a living from
the unfruitful soiL
Royd did not see Salina before she
moved. He was a civil engineer and,
she learned, was employed by the
development company. She took
heart of hope. He could not have
entirely forgotten her and in his
business duties would be likely to be
at times in the neighborhood and
come to see her.
Salina heard from him indirectly.
"You Are a Smart, Capable Woman."
An old neighbor visited her, who had
met Royal down the valley.
"He asked about you, Mrs. Bur
gess," the informant told her. "He
was surprised when I informed him
of your grand move. He looked se
rious. 'Robbed her, eh? and she is
quite poor. I'm going to call on her
when I work down the valley on my
surveyor's trip!' I say, Mrs. Burgess,
that would have been a -sure match
for you if you had stayed at River
ton, wouldn't it?"
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