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The Little Gray House.
V fCopTTigbt, 1?17, bjr the MoClure
Newspaper Syndicate i
[ "T"' HE bou?e was a very email one,
f.inrlfna' IrtTiftlv nnrt Honortnil at
[ the turn of the country road
r Mildred came upon it early one morn
Ij lng In June when she was searching
If for a quiet place to read and dream.
[/ Mildred was a teacher, and she had
came to spend her long eummer vacal
tlon at Willow Lake Hotel. She was
/ a slim girl, pale and pretty, with a
soft charm that needed only rest and
i. fresh air to make It bloom Into real
\ beauty. 8he was tired, however, desJ
perately tired and lonely. The hotel
' promised to be less pleasant than she
( had expected There were no young
people, only old ladles who sat on the
verandas with thler knitting and embroidery.
discussing Ills and operai
Hons. Mildred wanted youth and jol'
llty, or failing that, at least solitude
for dreams. So armed with plenty of
books and magazines she left the hotel
every morning directly after breakfast.
The little gray house looked like a
I heaven peaceful enough for anyone.
' It was shaded by a huge oak tree, and
1 the patch of lawn before it was green
and smooth as velvet. A large "For
Rent"slgn decorated Its front window.
Mildred cllmed the steps and peer\
ed In at the window, she saw a clean/
swept room with painted white wood'
work and an old white wooden man
tel. There was a glimpse of a blue
walled kitchen beyond.
i "Oh!" the girl exclaimed to hersell
, 'T do want to see the rest of tit. I
' wonder?"
8he turned the knob softly and
found that the Soor was unlocked, so
she explored the quaint interior, grow1
lng ore onomored of the place at
every step. it was an oia nouse, ana
) Its worn door sills seemed to speak
of years of comfortable family life.
, The whole house was In immaculate
order, as though just swept arid gar,
nished for a homecoming. It was the
1 most peaceful house thnt Mildred had
ever been In, It fitted her mood exact
ly, and she made a sudden firm deter
minatlon to rent it.
It was not hard to find the man who
had charge of it?he lived a half mile
farther down the road.
"That's the Gordons' house," he explained.
"They're all dead now ex_
cej>|t one young feller that's moved to
| the city. Ho wants it took care of,
' and hij'll rent it cheap to nnybndy'il
, do that."
"Oh, I wll take good care of it,"
Mildred assured him assured him, 5x
even paper some of the walls."
So she got the house for the absorb
rental of $7 a month?less than half
the sum she paid for her stuffy room
in the hotel.
Mildred had a little furniture, from
the wreck of her own dead and gone
home, in storage in the city. She
sent for this, and set about the pro'
cess of redecorating the sunny rooms,
j First, she papered them with the
help* of a boy from the villlage. For
1 the living room with its white fire
place she choose an old fnshloned papered
with a dim pattern of creamy
gray, and the two bedrooms she made
Vinto cossy nests of rose and blue. She
Iirepanucu tne niue kitchen wails stainx
IT 1 ?- "His
story is told," remarked Dick
at this point of the letter.
"That would he a good climax,
Dick, for the end of a story, but this
is real life and that is why it is so
interesting," I answered. "Why, any
man who could not convince a woman
that he would not give the earth,
the sun and the moon or even heaven
itself for her does not deserve
"We were still riding across the
great American desert on our way
east, and you know, little book, I
was reading these letters to Dick to
Interest hhn and break the monotony
ot the ride. Dick's interruptions to
the story had been very interesting
to me as they showed me a new Dick
r I had not known hefore. They also
gave me a new light on the complex
entity of man.
You see, little book, Dick had never
tried to make me think 1 was
I worth everything else in the world
to him. Perhaps It was because I
. was so glad he even told me he loved
I tne even asked me to be his wife
' that he did not need to make any
'other protestations.
But, little book, you can see that
I a man thinks he can convince a wo[man
of anything. He can. little book,
lit she wishes to he convinced, but
[even then sometimes she has to come
kto the conclusion that he himself does
not believe in the things he most
wishes her to believe.
R I was thinking this and looking out
f>of the window across the red and
^mpurpie sands or the desert when I
saw an Indian in s gray blanket rid
^Ving a horse while bark of him walked
^Lhis squaw. "Of what do you suppose
^Hthat male has convinced the female
behind him?" I asked, as we watched
^^the picturesque figures.
"Just what every man has convene,
^kd every woman who has loved him
HKice Eve."
"And what may that be, pray?"
^^ "That he Is the' lord of crention and
do his will is an honor '
^BV"The man in the story l have been
Breading did not succeed in doing this.
^^ Dick," I remarked.
"Read the rest of his tale. Margie,
am rather interested in hint He
^Keems to me to he the same kind of
blame fool that most men ar\"
I "If that is the case, dear, you will
H<e surprised to know that he strikes
Ml as being somewhat different?in
Bact. I am sure most women cannot
Bonceive of a man doing the things
BU did while loving another woman
^^ s he says he did and living in comMigrative
happiness or at least peace
^Bvllii his wife."
B "Xw lon't mean to tell me thai
ert the floor*, and moved In ber old
By the time tbe living room ?u
complete, witb It* chinti curtains,
braided rugs and gate-legged table, !t
was a* delightful a room as any wont,
an conld wlib. Mildred tang over ber
work, growing prettier each day. At
nlgbt abe eat on tbe varanda watch
tbe fireflies and drinking In tbe silent j
heauty of the place, or. If it was coo!, j
she built a Are In the fireplace and I
saw picture* In Its embers She tried I
to imagine how it would feel to live I
there with a family about her. to have!
i other things than dreams for com
pany. But she was quite conten' us I
she was, and the country air was put-1
ting fresh color In her cheeks, round I
ing delicate contour of her face, so]
she no longer looked like a frail and
very tired teacher.
There came a gusty August davj
with a bint of thunder and rain In the i
the air. There came also a letter?'
a most unwelcome letter to Mildred in
her little house. It was from the principal
of the private school where she
was teacher. It said that she was expected
to return to her post on the
15th of September. Mildred had been
trying to forget about the school; the
thought of leaving her little home was
most depressing. She planned to keep
it through the winter and come there
for vacations, hut vacations were so
few! And she was tired of teachinc
anyway, and September 15th was only
three weeks off.
She lit a fire?It was really cool for I
August, and she was always ready to ]
light a fire at the slightest excuse be-1
cause It looked so cozy. That was the
one reason she longed to spend the!
winter there?she did not have open
fires in her furnished room at Mrs.
Green'B boarding house.
Mildred sat before the fire, trying!
her very best to think of some plan
by which she could escape her year at
the school. If only she could paint or
write or do some clever thing to earn
a living at home! Or If she only had
a rich uncle or a father or a husband.
She blushed at this thought, and rose
to pull down the windows. The threat
of rain had become a reality. It began
to fall in sudden torrents. As Mildred
stood at the window she saw a man
come down the road running. He
turned suddenly, and sought shelter!
under the big oak tree before heri
house. At that moment a glimmer of
lightning flashed out Mildred rushed '
to the door.
"Please come in!" she called. "You
might get struck under that tree. It
isn't safe."
"All right," he called back in a
I pleasant voice, and in two or three
t hounds he was on the veranda, shak
ing mmseir line a mg Newfoundland.
"I'm pretty wet." he Bmiled. "I
But Mildred interrupted him with a
sudden exclamation.
"David Gordon." she cried. "However
did you come to be?here?"
"I came to see my house." he replied,
"and you. Didn't you know, Mildred
that 1 was your landlord?"
"Xo!" she said. "I didn't. Whatever
do you live at Mrs. Green's for when
you have a place like this?"
"Why I couldn't live here alcno," he
said, "and make it look like this!
Goodnes. Mildred what have you done
to the old place? It hasn't been so
i homelike?since mother died."
Mildred laughed, a little ruefully.
"1 know it's homelike," she said.
"And tho worst of it is that I've got to
leave it and go hack to work very
soon. I?hate to give it up."
David nodded, a little absently. He
was looking at the brown-haired girl
<; nr a \y/itti7 .
u V-X i i x tY 11 1?1
there wan a third?" asked Dick with
a grin. "Well, I'll -be darned. He
certainly Is some man."
"Let me read to you what he says
"I believe at that moment, Mrs.
Margie, when the only woman I have
ever loved told me that If I could
make her think that 1 disinterestedly
loved her, she would go with me anywhere
1 wished, I was perfectly happy,
for it seemed to mo a very little
matter to convince her of something
tliet 1 believed so implicitly myself.
"For Mrs. Margie, I did love her.
I do still love her and I cannot understand
yet why she who had always
been so hig and fine should not have
realized the complex soul of man hotter
than she did.
"You see. Mrs. Margie, after that
night at the restaurant where she
gave mo that wonderful promise, I
i did not see her for three weeks for
I she went to another city.
"1 was like a man adrift on an
ocean without compass. 1 drifted
i about here and there, but, ob, Mrs.
Margie, I can't tell you how I missed
her, and then one afternodn something
happened?why do 1 call it
something? It was the most tragle,
experience of my whole life, but for
intervals I thought it tiie most beautiful."
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I m I '
A pleasant war job would bo the
The picture shows General Gareau d<
for her Red Cross se rvices on the Fren
In the blue gown and thinking how
lovely she was, how well she fitted
Into the cozy little room. He had
missed her at the boarding-house;
there had been no ono smile at him
across the dinner table or to play tor
hlin evenings in the dingy parlor. He
was a selfish fellow and ho couldn't
help but be very glad thut she was
coming back.
"Why don't you move In yourself?"
Mildred was saying. "You don't have
to be in the city. There's a splendid
light room upstairs you could use for
a studio for your illustrations?or you
could even commute if you chose. The
trains are rather regular."
"I couldn't?now," he said. "It's
rented. It's your house. There's just
one condition under which 1 might
live here. That Ie?"
She waited, wondering, her heart
curiously a-flutter lie fore his tender
"That you will stay h"ro with me,
Could you marry me, .Mildred, even
though I offered you nothing better
than this little house, anil love?"
"Oh, David!" she whispered. "I
could. And nobody in all the
world could wish any more."
!l hf.ai thTiints!
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Direct infection from sick to well
is chifly responsible for the spread
of most infectious disease.
Some, however, are contracted
through water, food, milk and Hie.
and articles handled by the victims
of disease. Ofttimes by coughing
sneezing, or spitting patients alsc
spread disease.
The hands of patients and attend
ant are of utmost importance for tlicy
come in touch with the secretions giv
en off by the body and most readily
transmit any germs they may con
tain. It is most important that they
be thoroughly washed frequently.
Control of infectious disease means
the careful isolation of the sick from
tho well. Scrupulous care should lie
taken in the disinfection of tho dis
charge from the body of tho patient
It is necessary to have tho sicli
tfumstead's Worm Syrup
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Stood tho test for 50 yenrs. XT NEVEJ1
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the rest and quiet which is needed.
There is a period at the beginnlnt
of infectious diseases which appear!
to ho especially dungerous. durinf
the time the disease is developing. 11
is Important at this time also tha
the ailing child be kept from wel
Too often the child who is ailing
' Is sent to school, either because ht
wants to go, or because It Is mort
convenient for the family. Sucl
children may complain of cold in the
head, upset stomach, headache, son
throat and a general feeling of tired
ncss. Such symptoms often are more
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Droved from actual experience that
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<j OCTOBER 16,1917.
mother*. They may be the begin,
nlng of measles, whooping cough,
j scarlet fever, grip, diphtheria or Infantile
Mrs. F. G.: "Am warned that my
feeling of 111 heart is caused by Indigestion
and yet my stomach seems to
give me little trouble. Can you advise
Often Indigestion Is not recognized
as such. It may result In headache,
detective sight, heart burn, dizziness
It may only manifest itself by a general
feeling of discomfort.
Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Lynch and little
daughter. Valera. spent the week end
with Earl C. Lynch at I.auraiee.
There is little or no improvement
In the local coal s'tuation. Some of
the mines are Idle. The manufacturing
Institutions are suffering.?
Moundsvtlle Journal.
There will be an exceptional demand
this winter for coil and Parkersburg
is liable to realize this.?I'arkcrsburg
The afflictions of the coal barons
have completely eclipsed the woes of
I the Ire man Montgomery News.
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Fairmont, W. Va.
r.V.. by WILLIS J. ABBOT //
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