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KNOWN AS “BIDDY” M'REE
By MAURICE SMILEY. About the only reason for calling him ‘ Biddy’’ waa that he was such a “mother boy,” M most of the folks in the neighborhood called him. Not that they looked down on him for being so devoted to his mother. That is. those whose opinion really amounted to anything. Of course some of the light-heads made fun of a man of twenty-five still “tied to his mother’s apron strings.” as they rang the change* on the old cheap witticism. Tom didn’t care for that. Perhaps, however, he really did care after Millie Lee took the district school. He didn’t want her to make fun of him. After Tom’s father had worn him self out on the old place and had been gathered to his fathers, Tom’s two brothers and sisters had “married off” one by one. But he stayed on, wringing by unremitting industry a scanty living from the rocky soil. If Tom had ever given any thought to setting up a home of his own. he had resolutely banished it. ' “It’s a shame, Tom.” said his moth er. wistfully, “that you should be tied down here on this old place to an old woman, when you ought to be setting up a home of your own.” “All right, then,” he replied, with a smile. “I’ll bundle you off to the poor house and strike out for the city.” Then he caught his mother up in his arms and said, tenderly: “Never you mind, mother. I’m not worrying about It and why need you?" But all the same Tom did a good deal of worrying. For one thing. Mil lie Lee. while she seemed to like him more than any of the other young men in the neighborhood, was yet a little too fond, apparently, of Bud Brighton to preserve Toms enure peace of mind. Then there was the matter of that black streak down in the pasture Tom hardly dared to hope that there was coal down there. Secretly hf was sinking a rude shaft, though he told his mother he was only digging a well to Increase the supply of water for the stock. Then came the day when he “struck It." He could hardly realise all that It meant when his drill hit the hard, black substance which proved to he an excellent quality of eoel. When he went home that night two surprises awaited him. His mother was seriously 111 and Millie Lee was waiting on her. For reasons of his own, he did not say anything about finding coal In paying quantities. He would stake his chance with Millie on the merits of the case and If she cared for him at all. she would accept a hard-work ing. poor man. He watched her as she prepared the evening meal and a sudden re solve took possession of him. “It looks awful homelike to see you around the old place, Millie." he said. “I've got something on my mind that I have had there for a long time." She paused In the act of taking the biscuits from the oven and possibly the heat from the stove made her face flush. “I know I ain’t good enough for you.” he went on, bluntly. “I haven’t had any education. I’ve just been taking care of mother ever since I was a boy and I halnt had the chance that lots of young men have had You know what the old place is. There ain’t much to be made out of It. It wouldn’t support three people very well, specially when one of ’em has been used to better things.” Millie was nervously setting the table by this time. She nodded as he paused but neither of them noticed the disheveled figure peering in the doorway, the eyes wild with fever. “I don’t mind telling yon. Tom. that I would marry you if it was not for your mother. There Isn't enough for us all. You will have to do something about her.” Perhaps she put the test badly, for Tom thought she really meant that he must give up his mother and let her shift for herself. The thought cut him like a knife and he stared out Into the night too pained to say any thing for a time. “I can’t do that, Millie,” he said slowly. “I can’t leave my old mother —not even for yon. I didn’t think you was that kind. 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