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? I KATHLEEN I I NORRIS j OwrrWM kv Kathi*** Nanto fretted to herself, in a certain burn 4 lng noontime, toward the middle of August. Martin, who hod been play ing poker the ulght before, was sleep ing late this morning. Coming home at three o'clock duzed with close air and cigar smoke, he had awakened ? his wife to tell her that he would be W \ "dead" In the morning, and Cherry had accordingly crept about ber dress ing noiselessly, had darkened the bed room and eaten her own breakfast without the clatter of a dish. Now she was sitting by the window, pant ? lng In the noon bent. She was think p lng, ns lt chanced, of the big forest ~\ ut homO and of a certain day-Just one of their happy days!-only a year ago, when she had lain for a dreamy hour on the soft forest floor, storing up idly through the laced fanllkc brunches, and she thought of ber fa ther, with bis mild voice and ready lt ?iludi?; and some emotion,'almost like Sj / fear, came (?vcr her. For the first time ( I sile asked herself, in honest bewilder y<. mont, why she had married. I The herd deepened and strengthened and Increased ns the burning day ".wore on. Martin waked up, bot uud headachy, and having further o?s . tressed himself with strong coffee und \ eggs, departed Into the dusty, motion less furnace out-of-doors. The fat brown bills shimmered and swam, tito "Emmy Younger" ' looked Its barest, its ugliest, Its least attractive self. There' was a shadow In the door $ . woy ; she looked up surprised. For a minute the tall figure In striped linen and'thc smiling face under the flow ery hat seemed those of a stranger * Then Cherry cried out and laughed and In another Instant was crying Ic Allx's arms. Allx cried, too, but It was with ? ^ great rush of pity and tenderness^foi Cherry. Allx had not young lov <-vm; novelty to soften the outlines of thc "Emmy Younger" and she felt, as sin frankly wrote later to her father, "ai last convinced that there ls a hell I' The heat and bareness nnd ugliness \ of the mine might have beeu over looked, but this poor littlo house ol ?Cherry's, this wood stove dralnlnf , yt ^whlte^ ashes, this tin sink with Itt "'pump^and t?t?'h'athro??i with neltbei faucets nor druin, almost bewllderei Alix with their discomfort. Even more bewildering was tin change In Cherry, There was a cer tobi hardening that impressed Allx u once. There was a weary sort of pa tlence, a disillusioned concession t< the drnbness of married life. But she allowed the younger $lstei to see nothing of this. Indeed, Cherri so brightened under the stimulus o: Allx's companionship that Martin tolt her thut she was more like ber old sci than she bad been for months. Joy ously she divided her responsibility with Allx, explaining the dlfllcultle of marketing und housekeeping, am Joyously Allx assumed them. Her vi tellly infected the whole household. She gave them spirited accounts o Anne's affair. "Ho's a nice little nen demie fellow," she said of Justin Lit tie. "If he had a flatiron In ead hand he'd probably weigh close to i hundred pounds I Ho's a-well, n sor of damp-looking youth, If you kno\ what I mean 1 I always want to tak a crash towel and dry him off!" "Fancy Anno with a shrimp ilk that !" Cherry said, with a proud loo at her own man's flue height. "II sounds awful to me." "He's not, really. Only lt seems thu he belongs to the oldest family I America, or something, and ls til only descendant-" "Money?" Cherry asked, Interes ed ly. "No, I don't think morey, exnetl; At least I know be ls getting n but tired a month In his uncle's law olllci and Dad thinks they ought to wa until they have a little more. She' have something, you know," All added, after a moment's thought. "Your cousin?" Martin asked. "Well, ber father went Into the Mn extinguisher thing with I>ad," All elucidated, "and evidently she an Justin have had deep, soulful thought about lt. Anyway, tho other day si: said-you know her way, Cherry Tell me, Uncle, frankly and honest) may Justin and I draw out my shin for that lilllo homo that ls going I mean so much to us-' " "I can hear herl" giggled Cherry. "Dud Immediately said that si could, of course," Allx went on. "I was adorable about lt. He said, ' will do more than build you n litt home, my dear I* " "We'll get a slice of that some time Cherry snid thoughtfully, glancing i her luisband. "I don't mean wh< Dad dies, either," she added, In quit affection. "I mean that ho might bul us a little home soibe day in Ml Valley." "Gee, how he'd love lt I" Allx sal enthusiastically. "I married Cherry for her money Martin confessed. "As a matter of fact," Cherry co tradlctcd him, vivaciously, anbuati even by tho thought of a change ar ? born?, "wo have never eren spoken of tt before, hay? we, Ma rt r* "I never heard of lt before," he* ad milted, smiling, as he knocked the ashes from hts pipe. "Bat lt's pleasant to know that Cherry will come IA for a nest-egg some dayl" Presently the visitor boldly sug gested that she and Cherry should both go home together for the wedding, and Martin agreed good-naturedly. "But, Mart, how'll you get along r bis wife asked anxiously. She had fumed and fussed and puttered and tolled over the care of these four rooms for so long that lt seemed un believable that her place might be vacated even for a day. "Oh, I'll get along fine I" ho an swered Indifferently. So, on the last day of August, In the cream-colored silk and the expensive hat again, yet looking, Allx thought, strangely un like the bride that had been Cherry, she and her sister happily departed for cooler regions. Martin took them to the train, kissed his sister-in-law gaily and then his wife affectionately. "Bo a good little girl, Babe," he said, "and write mel" . "Oh, I will-I will 1" Cherry looked ofter him smilingly from the car win dow. "He reully ls an old dour I" she told Allx. CHAPTER VI. But when nt the end of the long day they reached the valley, und when her father came Innocently Into the garden and stood sluring vaguely at her for a moment-for her visit and the day of Alix's return had been kepi a secret-her first act was to burst into tears. She clung to the fatherly shoulders ns If she were a storm I heaton bird safely home again, and although she immediately laughed nt herself r.vid told the sympathetically watching Peter and Allx that she. dian't know wt>at was the matter with her, it was only to Interrupt the words willi fresh tears. Tears of joy, she told them, Puigh Ing ut the moisture In her father's eyes. She bad n special Joyous word for Hong; she laughed and tensed and questioned Anne, when Anne and Justin came back from an ufternoon concert In the city, with nn Interest and enthusiasm most gratifying to 6oth. After dinner she had hc-r old place on the arm of her father's porch chair; Allx, with Buck's smooth head In her lap, sat on the porch step beside Pe lter, and the? lovers murmured from the darkness of the hammock under th? shadow of the rose vine. It was happy talk In the sweet evening cool ness; evorybody seemed harmonious and In sympathy tonight. "Bedtime 1" said her father present ly and she laughed In sheer pleasure. "Daddy-that sounds so nice again I" "But you do look fagged and pale, little girl," he told her. "You're to stay tn bed In the morning." "Oh, Til be down 1" she assured him. But she did not come tn the morning, none the less. She was tired in soul and body and glad to let them spoil her again, glad to rest and sleep In the heavenly peuce and quiet of the old home. Late In the afternoon, rested, fresh, and her old sweet self In tho white ruffles, she canje down to Join them. Tliey had settled themselves under Late In the Afternoon Sh? Came Down to Join Them. the redwoods. Anne mid .1 list in, Peter and Alix and Ruck, the dog, all Jut. ped up to greet ber. Cherry very quit tly subsided Into n wicker chair, listened rallier than talked, moved her lovely eyes affectionately from ono to an other. Peter hardly moved lils eyes from her, although he did not of len ad dress ber directly; Justin was quite obviously overcome by the unexpected beauty of Amie's cousin ; Anne her self, wdtb an undefined pang, admit ted In ber soul that Cherry was pret tier than ever; and even Allx was af fected. With the lovely background - of the forest, the shnde of her thin ^ wide hut lightly shadowing her face, with the dew of ber long sleep and recent bath enhancing the childish purity of ber skin, and with her blue I eyes full of content, Cherry was a c picture of exquisite youth and grace 8 snd charm. .' The evening was pooler, with sud- J den wind and a promise of storm. They grouped themselves about a fire j In the old way; Anne and Justin sit- fl ting close together on the settle, ns ] Martin and Cherry bad done a year c .go. Cherry sat next her father, with v ber hand linked tn hts; neither hand moved for a long, long time. Allx, sitting on the floor, with her lean cheeks painted by the fire, played with the dog and rallied Peter about some love affair, the details of which made him laugh vexedly In spite of himself. Cherry watched them, a lit tle puzzled at tho familiarity of Peter, beside this fire; had he been so en tirely one of the family' a year ago? She could almost envy him. feeling herself removed by so long and strange a twelvemonth. "Be that as it may, my dear," satd Allx, "the fact remains that you taught this Peuton woman to drive your car, didn't you? And you told her that she was the best woman driver you ever knew, a better driver even than Miss Strickland ; didn't you?" "I did not," Peter said, unmovedly smoking and watching the fire. "Why, Peter, you didi She said you didi" "Well, then, she said what ls not true I" "She distinctly told me," Allx re marked, "that dear Mr. Joyce had said that she was the best woman driver he ever saw." "Well, I may have said something like that." Peter growled, Hushing. Allx laughed exultingly. "I tell you I loathe her 1" he added. "Daddy, we have a lovely home!" Cherry said softly, her eyes moving from the shabby books and the shab by rugs to Allx's plano shining in tho gloom of the far corner. It was all homelike and pleasant, and somehow the atmosphere was newly Inspiring to her; she had felt thal the (all; at dinner, the old eager controversy about hooks and singers and politics and science, was-well, liol brilliant, perhaps, hilt worth while. She was begi:?:ilr^ to think Peter extremely clever and only Allx's quid; tongue n match for bim, and to feel tbut her ?miier knew every hook and had seen every worthwhile piny In the world. ******* Martin, whose deep dissatisfaction with conditions at the "Emmy Young* er Mine" Cherry well knew, had en tered into a correspondence some mouths before relutive to a position at another mine Hint seemed better to him, und instead of coming down for a doy or two at the time of Anne's wedding, as Cherry had hoped he might, wrote her that the authorities at the Red Creek plant had "Jumped at him," and that ho was closing up all his affairs at the "Emmy Younger" and had arranged to ship all their household effects direct to the. new home. Martin told his wife generous ly that he hoped she would stay with her father until the move was accom plished, and Cherry, with a clear con science, established herself lu her old room. She wrote constantly to her husband and often spoke apprecia tively of Mnrt's kindness. Anne's marriage took place In mid-1! September. It was a much more fdr1"' mal and elaborate affair than Cherry's had been, because, as Anno explained, "Frcnny's people hnve been so gen erous about giving him up, you know. After nil, he's the last of tho Littles; The Last of the Littles. all the others nre Folsoms and Ran dalls. And I want them to realize that he ls marrying a gentlewoman I' Cherry anti Allx went upstairs after the ceremony, as Alix and Anne had done n year ago, but there was deep relief and amusement In their mood today, and it was with real pleasure In the closer Intimacy that the little group gathered about the fire that night. Atter that, life went on serenely, and lt was only occasionally that the girls were reminded that Cherry was a married woman with a husband ex pecting hoc shortly to return to him. November passed, and Christmas came, and there was some talk of Mar tin's Joining them for Christmas. Hut he did not come ; be was extremely busy nt the new mine and comfortable In a village boarding house. SHU'S! LEMON JUICE BLEACHES FRECKLES. Squeeze tho Juico of two lemons tito a bottle containing three ounces if Orchard White, which any drug doro will supply for a few cents, hake well, and you have a quarter ?int of tho best freckle and tan lo lon and complexion whltonor. Massage this sweetly fragrant emon lotion into tho face, neck, irms and hands each day, and see low freckles and blemishes bleach ?ut, and hovf clear, soft and ro9y vhlte tho skin becomes.-adv. 'It waa" In early March that Allx spoke to her father about lt; spoke In her casual and vague fashion, but gave him food tor serious thought, nevertheless. ' "Dad." said Allx suddenly at the lunch table one day when Cherry hap pened to be ahopplng In the city, "w?re you and mother ever separated when you were marriedT" "No-M the doctor, remembering, shook his hoad. "Your mother never was happy away from her home I" "Not even to visit her own familyV persisted Allx. "Not ever," he answered. "We al ways planned a long visit In the East -but she never would go without mo. She went to your Uncle Vincent's house in Palo Alto once, but sbo came home the next day-didn't feel com fortable away from home I" .'How long do you suppose Martin will let us have Cherry?" Allx asked. Her father looked quickly at her and a troubled expression crossed his face. "The circumstances seem to make lt wiso to keep her here until he ls sure tbnt this new position ls the right ono I" he said. "If I knew anything about Martin," Allx said, "no position ls ever going to be the right one for him. I mean," sbo added ns her father gave her an alarmed look. "1 simply mean that ho ls that sort of a mun. And it seems to me-odd the way he and Cherry take their marriage! She doesn't seem like other married women. And tho thing ls, will she ever want to go back, If she Isn't-rather coerced? Martin ls odd, you know; he has a kind of stolid, stupid pride. Ile wrote ber weeks ago ami asked her to come, and she wrote back that If ho would find ber a cottage, she would; she couldn't go to bis boarding bouse, she bated bearding ! Martin answered that he would, some day, and she said to me, 'Oh, now he's cross !' Now, mind you," Allx bioko off vehemently, "I'd change the entire institution of marriage, if it was me ! I'd end all this-" "Well, we won't go into that !" her father Interrupted ber, hastily, for Allx had aired these views before and he was not In sympathy with them. "Abd I guess you're right: the child ls a woman now, with a woman's re sponsibilities," he nddod. "And her place ls with her husband. They'll have to solv: life together, to learn to gether, i'll tpenk to Cherryl" Allx, watching him; walk away, .thought that she had never seen Dod look old before She saw the shadow on bis kind face all the rest of that day, It was only the next morning when he Opened the question with Cherry. It was a brilliant morning, with spring already hi the air. Cherry, on tl if: porch steps, was reading a letter fr??p Martin. Her father ?at down be side her. Sile had on ono\of her old gjfijfms und, bathed In Sp|fa sunlight, .lo^j?ed* eighteen* -again. ThWalr was sweet and pungent and damp and fresh, tho sky high and blue, and across the granito face of Tamalpais a last scarf of mist was floating. "Well, what has Martin to say?" asked tho doctor. "Oh, he doesn't like lt much !" Cher ry said, making a little face. "He de scribes the village as perfectly hope less. He's moved Into the little house In E street, nnd gotten two stoves up." "And when does be \ynut lila glrl?" her father pursued. "Ile doesn't say," Cherry answered, Innocently. "I think he ls really hap pier to have me here, where he knows I am well off!" she said. "I know I am," she ended after a moment's thought. Her father was conscious of n pang( he had not even formed the thought in bis own mind thut Cherry was un happy. Tho child, be told himself, had a good husband, a homo and health, and undeveloped resources within herself. It was puzzling and painful to bim to realize tbnt there was need ed something more-and that that something was lacking. He felt a sud den anger at Martin : why wasn't Mar tin managing this affair? "Mart doesn't mention any tlmol" he mused. "Thanks to youl" Cherry said, dimpling mischievously. "He wrote quite firmly, Just before Christmas," she added, "but I told bim that Dad had beeii such an nngel and liked so much to have me here-" And Cher ry's smile was full of childish triumph. "My dear," her father said, spurred to sudden courage by a realization tbnt tho matter might easily become serious, "you mustn't abuse his gen erosity. Suppose you write thnt you'll Join him-this ls March-sup pose you say the first of April?" Cherry flushed and looked down. Her lips trembled. There was a mo ment of unhappy silence. "Very well, Dud," she said In a low voice. A second later she had Jumped to her feet and vanished In the house. Her father roamed the woods in wretched misgivings, coining in at lunch time to lind ber in ber place, smiling, but traces of tears about her lovely eyes. Nothing more was said for a day or two, and then Cherry read aloud to tho family an affectionate letter In which Martin said that everything would be ready for ber whenever she came now. (To be Cont inned ) Mexican BuJuKt* hilt American. El Paso, Aug. 22.--Bennett Boyd. 18 years old, of El Paso, was am bushed and murdered by bandits in Mexico on Aug. 18, according to mes sages received In El Paso by his father to-day. TH H NRW GERMAN PEACE PACT:' Considered Complete Victory for tho >(Irroconcllabl?e''-Ita Features. Washington, Aug. 25.-The .'Ir reconcilable" group lu the United States, original foos of the Versailles treaty, havo won a complete victory. Ofllcinl announcements at the White House that a separate peace with Gormany had boon negotiated, con ferences between President Harding and Republican mombors of tro Son ate Eoretgn' Relations Coma lttoe, yielded thc information that at last a substitute for the poaco troaty ne gotiated by President Wilson had been agrood upon between Germany and the United Stales. The new treaty ls brlof and ingen iously worded. Gormany concodod practically every point. She gave tho United States all tho rights which wore given to other countrlos under the Versailles treaty, in effect tho new treaty does the folowlng things: 1. lt ostabllshos peace between the United States and Germany as soon as the pact ls ratified hy the United States Senate and thc German Reich stag. 2. lt grants to tho United States all the rights which were given otho:' powers under tho Versailles t 'caty, 3. lt makes possible the negotia tion lu the future of now commercial Iren tica. .I. lt contemplates the resumption of diplomatic relations as soon as the ra tilica I ions eve exchanged. 5. lt makes possible the issuance of a peace proclamation terminating all wai" legislation in which the phrases "duration of Hie war" or "until after peace shall have been proclaimed" were used. Those laws have boon a source of much discus sion and legal dispute. Tho "Irreconcilables" are happy, for they have brought to their ranks not only a majority of tho Senate, hut the executive branch of the gov ernment, including alike Secretary Hughes, who originally favored the Versailles treaty with reservations. Senator Lodge, who drew up a sot of reservations to tho Versailles troaty, bas agreod to tho abandon ment of that document and is now lu favor of the now peace treaty. Senator Knox, who wrote the peace resolution of Congross, ls pleased be cause the new treaty follows almost exactly the purposes of that r?solu- ? ; lion. The "Irreconcilables" set out j to defeat tho League of Nations, to'? see to it that the United States as- i sumed no political obligations in any ' ' treaty, to makb a separate peace j j with Germany, and to see that Amer ica's economic rights growing out of j the European war wore safeguarded, j I All these points In tho program of , tho "irreconcilables" have been ab-, solutely won by them. The new troa- 1 ty ignores the League of Nations. It. | ? does not Involve the United States In any assumption of political obliga tions or responsibilities in European affairs, lt confirms tho Congressional resolution declaring peace. It safe guards American economic rights <n all the territory given oitlier through j mandates or concessions to tho vic-' torious powers In the European war. j It affords tho basis for claims of oqunl commercial opportunity in oil j regions and in other areas whore j valuable resources may bo found. I The next time you buy calomel ask for The purified and refined calomel tablets that are nausealess, safe and sure. Medicinal virtues retain ed and improved. Sold only in sealed packages* Price 35 c. Was Doubtful in tho Premises. Parson (meeting neighbor bring ing home a load of hay on tho Sab- j bath): "Jenkins, wouldn't lt bo bot-j ter If you attended services instead of working this way?" Jenkins: "Mr. Dawkins, I don't know whether lt would bo best to lit on the load of hay and think of rollgion or sit in tho church and Lhink of the hay." The first law school in tho United t States was established at Litchfield, t Conn., In 1784. i OX^HPOItATIONS MUST NOW F1LW Amended Returns Supplemental to Those Made In 1018. ' ' * Columbia, AUK. 26.-Special: The otnce of Internal revenue service bega to quote, for tho Information of all concerned, tho following, received from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Washington, D. C., in re gard to contributions to Red Cross and other recognized war organiza tions, deducted in returns ot corpo rations for the year 191$. This In formation ls of intorost to taxpayers throughout the State: "Treasury Department, Omeo of Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Washington, D. C.-In order to ob viate tho necessity of filing amended returns on tho proscribed forms for tho year 1918, corporations which, prior to tho issuance of Treasury De cision 2847, Hied their completed re turns and erroneously clalmod there in deductions on account of contri butions to the Red Cross and other recognized war organizations, ave re quired to (Ile with the collector of Internal revenue, within 30 days of dato of Ibis decision, a supplemental return In the form of a statement, under onlh, showing tho amount of such deductions claimed, tho amount, of net income ns reported and as cor rected, and tho amount of additional tax due. Payment of the total amount of additional tax shown to he duo hy stich supplemental return must also ho made within thirty divs. "Ill cases where this procedure is followed formal amended returns will not be required, sind tho supplemen tal returns referred lo, when receiv ed hy Ibis ellice I brough the collec tor's olllee, will be bled with the orig inal returns. "Where, in connection willi any return for tho year 1918, an audit of the books of the corporation bas been made by the department and tho amount of such contributions is disclosed, the statement herein pro vided for nood not bo made, "Failure by a corporation to filo a supplemental return as required will subject lt to tho penalties pro vided by Sec. 3170. U. S. R. S." Your? truly, W. W. Bradley. Acting Collector. ? J To Stop a Cough Quick take * HAYES* HEALING HONEY, a cough medicine which stops the cough by healing the inflamed and irritated tissues. A box of GROVE'S O-PEN-TRATE SALVE for Chest Colds. Head Colds and Croup is enclosed with every bottle of HAYES' HEALING HONEY. Tho salve mould be rubbed on the chest and throat of children suffering from a Cold or Croup. Tho h cadna effect Of Hoy es1 IIcaUuK H?ne? lu- . tide the throat combined with the h ca ling effect of Urove's O-Pen-Trate Salve through the pores of the skin soon stops a cough. Doth remedies aro packed ID one carton and the cost of the combined treatment ls 35c. Just ask your druggist for HAYES* HEALING HONEY. THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLITERACY. Winning: in South Carolina-Declino from ?5.7 to 18.1 In Ton Years. Washington, Aug.20. - Illiteracy lias shown a decrease in South Caro lina In tho last ton years, the census bureau announced to-day. Tbero were 220,067 illiterate persons in South Carolina, ten years of ago and over, In 1920. That is 18.1 per cont of tho total population, while in 1910 tho percentage was 25.7. The larger per Sent of the illiterates were negroes, they numbering 181,422, or 29.3 por ::ent of tho negro population, com pared with 38.7 per cent In 1010. Illiteracy among the white popula tion ls only 6.6 per cent of the total white population, having decroasod from 10.5 per cent In 1910. In tho 315,009 children of school age, from seven to thirteen years, 27 4,129, or S7.1 per cent, were attending school. In 1910 tho percentage was 07.6. Of the white children 9,1 per cent wcro attending school, compared with 78 per cent len years ago. Of tho negro children 82.3 per cent were attend ing, compared with 60.4 per cent In 1910. Illiteracy in the various cities was shown to be ns follows: Charleston-9.2 per cent, com pared with 15.3 per cent in 1910. Columbia-11.4 per cent, com pared wit li 17.4 per cent In 1910. Greenville-9.5 per cent, compared with 13.7 per cent In 1910. Spnrtanburg-0.5 per cent, com pared with 15.7 per cent in 1910. Anderson-9.2 per cent, compared With I 1.6 per cent in 191 0. OOO has moro imite than any ?thor Fever Tonic on tue market but no ono wants Imitations.-adv. Chicken-Eating Hogs. (From Clemson Notes.) Please advlso about cblckon-oatlng logs.-W. D. M., Walhalla. Chicken-eating in hogs ls often taused by lack of having a balanced .atlon for hogs. After they once ac Htlro tho habit it ls almost lmpossi )lo to break them. It ls much better o prevent this by feeding a propor otion and by.keeping a good minorai nixturo before them.