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i By Genevieve Ulmar
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"What a contrast! She iff all fire
and animation; he, quiet, philosoph
ical, almost sedate."
"Opposites, yes, 'in temperament,
fcut the most devoted of lovers, and
Minna Lee will make a good "wife to
an equally good, husband."
Everybody liked and respected
Booth Wardell and the whole town
doted on his sweetheart. She de
served it If ever a good little Samar
itan lived, it was Minna. Weeping
children with stubbed toes, workmen
with cinders in their eyes, the poor,
the troubled, the sick, all looked to
busy, bustling Minna as the good an
gel always ready to minister to their
Booth and Minna were engaged,
but an untoward occurrence had in
terfered with their nuptial plans.
Booth lived with a half uncle, a
crabbed old cripple, to whom he had
come two years since when the sis
ter of Jarvis Hope had died. She had
left some property to Booth, who
had always been a favorite with her.
When Booth arrived at the old ram
shackly home Hope had explained to
- him that the property was in a com
plicated condition and it would take
some time to .realize upon it
Booth took up his quarter with
Hope and secured work in the" vil
lage. His environment was anything
but cheerful, but he got acquainted
with pretty Minna and after that
would not have left Woodville for
Hope was the executor of the es
tate and Booth trusted him. He was
content to allow the old man to
weave out affairs in his own way. At
the end of nearly two years Hope
announced that he was getting af
fairs cleared up. Later he told Booth
.that he had a chance to dispose of
the property for $6,000.
. "Just go ahead." directed Booth in
his quiet, trustful way. "You know I
am anxious to get what's coming to
me invested in a home for Minna and
Hope grunted and looked sullen.
Booth was paying him $5 a week for
board and lodging and he would re
gret losing such a profitable boarder,
for the table fare provided was pret
ty sparse. f
"I ought to have something for my 7
services as trustee," observed Hope.
"Certainly," acquiesced Booffl"
x "You've What!" '2
cheerfully. "We won't quarrel when ?jf
we come to a final settlement." .
The sale of the property was made. J
Booth was'away in the next town for '
two days when the same was com- tb''4
pleted. When he came back it was to W !, ,
be greeted with a pretty ado. Hope '
had received $6,000 in money. He
had taken it home. About midnight
loud cries alarmed his neighbors.
They proceeded to the Hope dom
icile. They rushed thither to find the r