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Hermxne's Neighbors, i
' {Copyright. 1318, by the McClure
jf* ' Newspaper Syndicate.)
'J *HE good neighbor rocked back
iri" " 1 and forth slowly before the crackling
bank of embers on Hermine
V; "Whipple's hearth, and from time to
' - time sipped the cup of steaming choco\
lata that Eermine had set beside her
i on little teawood stand.
Jf . "It really does seem a shame, Heri
mine,** she said, rocking back, "that
youv should hare no one to share it
. with," rocking forward and looking
through spectacles into Hermine's face.
Then a sip of the chocolate. "My hus.
band said only this morning. 'What a
shame that there are no -nice bachleors
about here?you musn't mind,
- Hermine, that is Just his way?"what
a shame there isn't someone to share
^ " that nice warm house these cold days,
and really, I must say Hermine. this
f. i? tbe wannest place I've been in for
days. With coal so short and the wind
' so nippingM'm sure I don't see how
i. you do it. Why. this fire here makes
. ,'2c the room perfect, and it's not a bit
iiea.cn water nyxnpxx w uu ua^ ivuuu **
rubber bathing cap near to her
heart's desire. It is a jaunty turban
ot sea green rubber, bound tightly 1
over the hair and heaped in bccom- I
ing -wave-like folds a-top her head, i
warmer. The cold weather always
stiffened Mosses's arms just that way.
"Please tell Mocc3 to-morrow." said
Hermine, with a confidential tcsc to
good woman, "that he can't have
any more wood. Tell him?but not as
if I suggested it?that you think if they
want more wood Mr. Gray had better
ask me for it. And then. Rachel, you
might order two nice chickens to-n:orT-?w
nnn for that soui> von make,with
the gumbo and another to react: and J
see that you have a good fire in the
range: and you might make cruisers
to-morrow?and if Moses begs any crullers
for Mr. Gray you tell him he can't
have them."*
The colored -woman looked her surprise,
but only rocked back and forth
"Too, Miss Kermine," she said: "I always
did think you were tco pood?it s
a long time I've had to hand crullers
and things over the fence en account
of Mr. Gray, t certainly think you
are showing good ronse. Miss Ilermine..
I reckon Mr. Gray wiil be pretty cold!
*1 ? Ki,t if ,'iro ilnnfif
VilllUtK Uir IWMU, wuw
serve Sim right."
The nest day Moses begged for tvoou
in vain. ar.d at 10 o'clock the morning
3 OF A WIFE :-= |
as that, you know."
Donna turned quickly and confronted
the sister. "U'hen can I have
him?" she demanded. "I am Mrs.
Donna Tcancy. My attorney is John
Stein, whom of course you know. My
bank is the City National and as soon,
as he is legally mine 1 will make a
will leaving to Billy everything I have
in the world. You know I am a widow,
sister, and singularly alone.'
i \:JZ . close, either."
Herxnino leaned over in her rocker
J,:and refilled the neighbor's chocolate
J?.-. cup from the chocolate pot tnat she
jjv's kept watna by the side or the hearth
? / "The caps are vary small." she urged.
and then: "Oh. it's just the way these
S:'- 'f grates are built. Then, you know, my
' Y grandfather made quite a hobby of
laying fires, and old Rachel and I
,, learned from him. But I'm sorry." she
. . smiled, "that no one can share it. Do
come often, if you find it comfortable,
and I'll try to get some of the factory
girls to come up for supper. There
are some who 3re really quite in dis-|
J tress this winter. They mast be cold.'';
"Oh, it isn't tho-poor only who suffer.:
V. "Why. no one can get coai, and most
V'Tolk haven't the knack you have with
.wood fires. "Why. Mrs. Darymyle has
had any coal for a week, and real- j
fe~-. iysh'e has to stay in hed to keep warm.
toils nonnle she's ill: hut she told!
' . me In confidence that it was siopiy j
35 , that sho hated to get tip in th.c cold.;
- And there is Mr. Denslow Gray, nest
'y door"?here the neighbor looked upj
fC. from her chocolate cup and T0tkcu:
. forward at the same time, to study
Heroine's face. "Mr. Gray, you know.
^ hasn't any coal at all. and they say
that he has all sorts of money, in spite
of the way ho lives?alone in that big
house, with Jnst his man Moses. I'm
' really afraid hell take pneumonia.
Poor Mr. Gray! It seems so strange
he never married. Still, ho isn't old?
1 . only forty, and I suppose there are a
good many women who would be glad
have him. Still, he must be* very cold
, there" And then, rising to go. the
aeighhor munnnred on: "I'm so glad
that you are warm enough. Hermine
?>Teg. I'll ccitp again real scon, yen are
?s_ , so comfortable"?then draining her
K-y . :up?r"scch delicious chocolate!" .
Hermine saw her god neighbor to
the door, and then calling through a)
door that led to the kitchen she aim-1
rooned her woman of all work and sole j
_ ' companion. Rachel. The phimp old]
?V\ . colored woman hobbled in and. taking?
i. the chair iho good neighbor had va-j
csted. answered Hermine's questions, j
Yes. old Mosses Had neen oessjnj a :n-,
tie wood from their plentiful pile every;
morning. fie said the master had no;
coal, and Moses's rheumatic tx; soi
bad he could cut no wood til! it got
- -
Finally Donna gravely handed the
S- girl baby she had held in her arms
so long ot<v to one of the attendants.
I wondered what she was going to do.
She walked straight over to that carrotty
headed boy baby and I followed.
J, "This boy." said tho good sister.i
"will probably have to make its own
way in the world. He will never
know any heme but this place until he
is able to get out and do for himself.
Yon see. Bill?"
... . "Ishis name Bill?" interrupted Donna.
"Yes. You see Bill." the good sis
. .. Jter continued, "not being a pretty
?-nr to win the attention of
prospective parents who come to the]
orphanage with the idea of adopting]
children. But Bill is a very bright!
baby?perhaps the smartest little fcl
low v?e have la the home. So many I
people want girl babies?you would
V be surprised how much more rapidly
oar girl babies are taken than the
boys. And then a red-headed boy!"
. the good sister threw up her hands.
"And more, than that. Billie is not a
~ very strong baby. He will have to
y .' have a great deal of care in order to
C raise hfm and make him a strong, ro.
host youth."
- ' titcf little snmethinc in
x - :-f- . Donna's face must have attracted that
y~'Z- ' Messed baby, for he put out his hands
slid made a struggle toward Donna,
[ giving that indescribable little jump
tJts? a baby makes when it wants to reach
'C;- something?as though space were
nothing to its little mind.
' A-smile widened the already large
^.itaouth. and as ho smiled he began a
'Cong conversation of the oh's and ah's
' 4md goo's by which a baby expresses
< satisfaction.
- Donna fairly snatched that baby out
' . bf his cart.
<. "This is my baby," she said.
r-rj'^imadame," said the sister. "I
thought yon said yon -wanted a gin.
There was surprise in her tone, little
hook, and I thought I detected a hit
of regret also. That red-headed home..^T
lylittle chap had at least one friend
7--- 5. In that home of the friendless, apparfc
, -**yes," I said, turning to Donna,
"Ton said you wanted a girl, that you
iwere sure you did not want a hoy.
fr'-S. . and here you are taking a fancy to a
toy. and a red-headed little tike at
rve changed my mind," said
, / ' Donna. "I want a boy now and this
SgjgT is the hoy I want, and unless the ort>b3U>ege
people say there is some good
reason why I should not have him.
this- is- the boy rm going to have."
kV? . she started oC with the boy in
said the sister, 'yon
*?_ ?r*\riV i?VT.?
j>y JOU>X/JI juii-. |
NEW YORK. ? Here's a Palm I
M . . X 1- V. _ t.n- ?> {
Then happened a peculiar imng. inc
eyes of the good sister filled -with '
"You love baby Bill?** said Donna
simply to the sister.
"Yes. very much. He is such a good t
child. I did not think we would ever!
have to give him up until he was old j
enough to be put in one of our;
The baby had gone to sleep with j
his head close up under Donna's chin.
She pulled him down softly and banded
him with a sigh to the sister. Then
we lert to go to Donna's attorney's^office
to make the arrangements for
Bill's legal adoption.
"I'll have that blessed baby boy in
my arms tomorrow night. Margie."
she said to me happily, "and hell be
mine, too."
I wonder just what the difference is
in the love a mother gives to the children
of her adoption and the ones
that are horn of her own flesh, littlo
book?I wonder.
helew,i TRCUGHTVOu(V,b
SAlO "THAT Soo HAO |?i*
joiuet> a knittwff "us
CLUB- \<JO D$tf*T M , 5
much headway
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A green rnbbersea gull?guaranteed
to "shed -water like a duck"
perches- just above the sea nymph's
brows. f
This clever creation is the newest
idea in the season's new bath
caps. Would it not also be an appropriate
hat for "a woman hydroplane
after Mr. Gray himself called and
asked to see ?I!ss Kermine. It was a
most unusual o ecu ranee. There was
not. as some of the neighbors supposed.
any feud between the bouses
of Whipple and Gray, but for ten years
the bachelor had never calied on his
spinster neighbor. Then Hermlne. recently
left alone in her rambling old
house, was twenty-five and Dcnsiow
Gray was thirty. He had called often
then, till gossiping tongues had cut
his calls short. He had heard through i
-nolirhhrvrs -were exnectinsr I
an engagement between himself and' j
his neighbor, and so annoyed was he ii
at the interference that the calls had.
ceased. He left the neighborhood and
lived in the city for several years; nnd
it was only within the last few vears.
when apparently all gossip had ceased,
that he returned.
On this momentous morning he called
tnrmnlW and reanested his
neighbor. with great formality, to sell
him a little wood. He regretted having
to annoy her. but he had heard..
from Moses that she had plenty, and.
owing to the coal shortage, he was actually
suffering from the cold. A3 he
cpo'.ce Hermine led hita to the corner
of the living room nearest to the crackling
embers on the hearth. The only
chair available for him was the comfortable
one the good nieghbor had
found so inviting. The fire was nnusnaiiy
inviting, and the rows of Temple
lilies that bloomed on a stand near
a sunny window at one side of the|
room gave a suggestion of warmth and
cheer that captivated the neighbor. He
rose to go. and then resumed his seat
when Hcrmir.o went to the kitchen
door and called to Rachel to ask her
whether she could spare a little wood.
At the door .she whispered: "Hurry in
with a pot of chocolate and nice buttered
toast. Look surprised when you
see Mr. Gray and make a move to take
the chocolate away. Hurry Rachel."
Hermine walked slowly "back to the
fireplace. "My woman is looking to
see whether we have any wood chop- .
ped." she was saying, and then the
old woman entered with the tray. She
started at the sight of the caller and
pretended to return to the kitchen.
"That's all right. Rachel: you may
bring it in." said Hermine. And then,
turning to Mr. Gray, she went on:
You see. I usually have chocolate at
this time on cold mornings. Rachel
AV.t nlaeea \Tr
nil V LUC I Uf yicaoc. vu>
Gray, let me jive yon a little?It is
so warming."'
A half boar later, -when the caller
rose to go for the third time, he asked
Hermine -whether he might send Moses
over at once with a basket for a little
wood: they actually had no fuel to
cook dinner. Hermine looked puzzled.
She said the wood was In a shed at
the end of the garden, and that the
man who came to carry the wood had
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key. She to sorry, then;
" Wont you share my cma. rery simple
? T jg roasting a
chicken. K Is beefless day. you b?*r
and Rachel Is very patriotic. She has
made crullers?I cant otter you ??J
rrnz-h Please stay, and Rachel will
/-?n to your man Hoses to have Ma
get a bite -with her to the kitchen.
Mr. Gray accepted the invitation,
though as he did so something that he
mistook lor his conscience pricked
Mm. He felt that he was breaking
down a barrier that It had taken him
ten years to build up.
At six afternoon Mr. Gray sO"
lingered. He was playing eribbage
with his spinster neighbor before the
Ore. with the light of a 8k0fnlly arranged
bracket-lamp that threw just
the right shadows on the hoard and _a
mellow, becoming glow on Hermine s
lace In the kitchen Rachel was making
savory coffee. A pan of Johnny
cake was browning beautifully to the
oven, and ft broiler -of bacon was spit
?1.A T>?e%a1 wos lanpftine
to herself?or rather to old Moses, who
sat watching in admiration, with a
growing appetite, at one side of the
Hermiac did not even ask her neighbor
to stay'to tea?It seemed to be
such a matter of coure for him to remain
there in the glow of her lire
rather to go home to his own barnlike
abode to feed npon cold meat and
damp, chilled bread.
When Rachel had" cleared away the
hing Mr. Cray drew his chair closer
to that of Hennine. "Tour a wonderful
woman, Hermine." he said. "1
made up my mind once that you were
cold; but you've been thawing out my
heart to-day?my heart and incidentally
my fingers. I know it is only
charity on your part. Tou are doing
it in the same spirit that you had the
factory girls here last night. The
worst part of going home sn't the fact
that it is as cold as a barn?it's because
I'd have to leave you."
Hermine's expression showed complete
amazement. She told Mr. Gray
that never in the world had she imagined
that he might want to marry
her?the feet was that Mr. Gray bad
not expressed bis sentiment in just
those words?but she did hate to have
"O bomn in the cold. Her guest
room was very warm: Rachel kept a
fire there. -She -wondered -whether it
might not be arranged for him to stay.
' And that is how It happened that
about- S o'clock .that night Denslow
Gray and Hermine Whipple roused the
minister from where he huddled bp
his own megre grate fire. "We've
been intending to be married for some
years." Denslow explained, "and now
we want to spring a surprise on the
neighbors. Yes. it is rather cold." he
answered, "but an old bachelor doesn't
have time to think of the temperature
on his wedding day."
? ? s
At Etkins.
A son was born Wednesday to Mr.
and Mrs. Forrest D. button at the
hospital' at EI kins. Mrs. Hutton's
mother. Mrs. A. J. Bora field who has
spent the past few months in Fairmont
wsnt to Ekins Thursdaiy to see
her daughter.
Home from Hospital.
Mrs. Fiord Jeffries -who has been
a patient at Cook hospital has about
recovered is now at'her home near
the Speedway.
On FurlotishOscar
Harr o* Camp Lee Is spendIsibT
if mm
They Liven Your Liver and Bowels
ancfrCTcar Your Complexion.
Don't Stay Headachy, Bilious With
Breath Bad and Stomach Sour.
Get a 10-cent box now.
To night sure! Take Cascarets and
enjoy the nicest, gentlest liver and
bowel cleansing you ever experienced."
Cascarets will liven your liver and
clean your thirty feet of bowels without
griping. You will wake up feeling
grand. Your head will be clear, breath
right, tongue clean, stomach sweet,
eyes bright, step elastic and complexion
rosy?they're wonderful. Get a 10cent
box now at aoy drug store. Mothers
can safely give a whole Cascaret
to children any time when cross, feverish.
bilious, tongue coated or constipat
ed?they are harmless.
fetfhave. jm
a special practical- dom*t
OoMtH meanejqi
we voo put rrou r?
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[Sac s short inrioegh to this city among
relatives ahd Meads.
VJsttfno Friends at Weston.
Mrs. Clarence Fisher of Colombia,
street went to Weston yeeterday where
she trill he the gnest of Mr. end Mrs.
Arthur Goe and Mr. and Mr*. JUtm
Turner. . ."
1? '
Marshall Prunty is very 111 at the '
home of his sister Mrs. John A. Long
near TXairsnd street.
Mrs. A. J. Vincent Is visiting friends
at Benton's Ferry this week.
Mrs. J. S. Fleming of MiltersvOle
has heen quite sick the past few
Mrs. J. D. Radford of Market street
who has heen sick Is much better.
Lennie MeniHeld is ill at his home
an Columbia, street.
E. D. HoMen of 209 Council Place
went to Morgantown today on a business
Mrs. George Cox has retained from
Parker*burg where she visited, her
daughter, Mrs. James Kiddle. A new
son was born recently to Mr. and
Mrs. Riddle. /
we*. ??
Meats at Federer's, 111 Fairmont
Ave. Phone 11S-R.?Adv.
Every Particle of Dandruff Disappears
and Hair Stops Coming Out.
Draw a Moist Cloth Through Hair and j
Double Its Beauty at Once.
Your hair becomes light, wavy, fluffy,
amucdant and appears as soft, lustrous
and beautiful as a young girl's
after a "Danderine hair cleanse." Just i
try this?molten a cloth with .a f
Danderine and carefully draw it '
through your hair, taking one small ,
strand at a time. This will cleanse
the hair of dust, dirt and excessive
oil and in just a few moments you ;
have doubled the beauty of your hair.
Besides beautifying the hair at once. :
Danderine dissolves every particle of
dandruff; cleanses, purifies and <nvis- "
Urates the scalp, forever stopping itch- !
. falling hair. ?
But what will please you most will 3
- .--hi ?
be after a f$w weeits use wacu juu ?.*** actually
see new hair?fine and
downy "at first?yes?but really few 1
hair growing all over'the scalp- If you
care tor pretty, soft hair and lots of it,
surely invest a few cents in a bottle J?
of Knowlton's Danderine at any drug ,
store or toilet counter, and just try it- i
Save your hair! Beautify it! You ,
will say "this wa? the best money you "
ever spent.
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Wash the
makes bo
; g saves fror
I. I cents wort
1 Fels-Naptha:
1 bing and save
It saves hours
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ICAL AsorrTHisra^wTC
WHE^ HC?*VE fi] feature
To be sure't
But many are
who want son;
which has not
Then again,
beauty of the s
We cordially 11
Set at the Real Qnise?Take Dr.
Edwards' Olive Tablets
That's what thousands o| stoTTim*h
Ieflecers are doing now. Instead of
airfng tonics, or trying to patch up a
xx>r digestion, they ere axcac*iEg roe
roril of thC rilTT"^^llVCT
cd disordered bowels.
Dr. Edwards' Olive Tablets aroosetfce
iver in a seething, healing way. Vto
he liver and bowels are penorming their
istnral functions, away goes
md stomach troubles.
If you have a bad taste _ in your
north, tongue coated, appetite^ poor,
asv, don't-care feeling up ambition or
mercy. troubled wife ^digested foods,
roa should taie Olive Tablets, the subititrte
for calosseL _ .. .
Dr. Edwards* Olive Tablets are a
rarely vegetable compound mixed with
^yoiL itoa^taow thorn by^rr
,i^? Thw da tnc VTOTS'witaoui
reHef. so yoa can eat wto^yoa jflec.
S 10c and 25c per box. All drnggota.
Meets at Federor's, 111 Fairmont
Ive. Phone 118-R.?Adv.
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j||[|g3S?Il. ^
: F els-Naptha
iling unnecesss
a fifteen, to tw
h of fuel each
soap does away wit]
swear and tear on th
> of time for you.
i Fels-Naptha way is th
rour ?
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And think at the discomfort and embarrassment
it oases 700 even now.
Isn't it better to get Mattbc tsssbls
by using Resinot OliitnamtsnrtTsrinol
Soap? Doctors have prescribed the
koltxte to me it. JCew^ae^k**<W6NtiKtiyBl
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