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i Copyright by The Century Co. 13 CHAPTER XVIII-Continued. "Ah, yew young rascal!” cried Sam uel. “Yew're the feller that eat up all my winter cabbages.” At this uncanny reading of his nilnd Mr. Cottontail darted off into the woods again to seek out his mate and Inform her that their guilt had been discovered. Finally, Samuel came to the break In the woodland, an open field of rye. green as springtime grass, and his own exquisitely neat abode beckon ing across the gray rail fence to him. llow pretty Hlossy's geraniums looked In the eltting-room windows! Even at this distance, too, he could see that she had not forgotten to wa ter his pet abutilon and begonias. How welcome in the midst or tills flurry of snow—how welcome to his eye was that smoke coming out of the chim neys! All the distress of his trip away from home seemed worth while now for the Joy of coming back. Refore he had taken down the fenco ratl and turned into the path which led to his back door, he was straluing his oars for the sound of Hlossy’s voice gossiping with Angy. Not hearing it. he hurried the faeter. me Kiicnen door was locked. The key was not under the mat; it was not in the Bafe on the porch, behind the stone pickle-pot. He tried the door again, and then peered in at the win dow. Not even the cat could be discerned. The kitchen was set in order, the breakfast dishes put away, and there was no sign of any baking or prepara tions for dinner. He knocked, knocked loudly. No answer. He went to a side door, to the front entrance, and found the whole house locked, and no key to be discovered. It was still early in the morning, earlier than Itlossy would ■have been likely to Bet out upon an errand or to spend the day; and then, too. she was not one to risk her health in such chilly, damp weather, with every sign of a heavy storm. Samuel became alarmed. He called sharply, “Blossy!” No answer. "Mis' Rose!” No answer. "Ezra!” And still uo sound in reply. His alarm increased. He went to the barn; that was locked and £!zra nowhere in sight. By standing on tip toe. however, and peeping through a crack in the boards, he found that his horse and the two-seated surrey were missing. “Waal. I never," grumbled Snmuel. conscious once more of all his physical discomforts. "The minute my back's turned, they go a-galllvantin’. I bet > er, he added after a moment's thought. "I bet yer it's that air Angy Rose. She's got ter git an' gad every second same as Abe. an' my poor wife .has been drug along with her.” There was nothing left for him to do but seek refuge in his shop and uwait their return. Hike nearly everv other baytnan. he had a one-room I shanty, which ho called the "shop,” and where he played at building boats, and weaving nets, and making oar« and tongs. I his structure stood to the north of the house, and fortunately had an old. discarded kitchen stove in it. There. I if the wanderers had not taken that ' key also, he could build a fire, and j stretch out before it on a bundle of I sail-cloth He gave a start of surprise, how- j ever, as he approached the place; for surely that was smoke coming out of the chimney! Ezra must have gone out with the I horse, and Blossy must be entertaining • Angy in some outlandish way de manded by the idiosyncrasies of the i Rose temperament Hamuel flung open the door, and , strode in; but only to pause on the ; threshold, struck dumb. Blossy was not there, Angy was not there, nor anyone belonging to the household. But sitting on that very bundle of (.anvas, stretching his lean hands over the stove, with .Samuel's cal on his lap. was the "Old Hobs”—Abraham Rose! CHAPTER XIX Exchanging the Olive Branch. The cat jumped off Abe's lap, run ning to Samuel with a mew of recog nltlon. Abe turned hie head, and made a startled ejaculation "Sam’l Darby." he aaid stubbornly, of yew’ve come tew drag ine back to that air beach, yewTc wantin’ time I ! won’t go!” Samuel closed the door and hung his -damp coat and cap over a suit of old oilskins He earn*- to the lire, taking off his mittenn and blowing on Ms fin gers, the simp.clous and condemnatory tall of his eye on Abraham. "Hnow d yew git here?" he burst forth Whet yew bin an' done with my wife an my horse, sn' my man. | an' my kerrldge? Haow’d yew *tt here? What’d yew come fer? When’d yew git here?” “What’d yew come fer?” retorted Abe with some spirit. "Haow’d yew git here?” “None o’ yer durn’ business.” A glimmer of the old twinkle came back Into Abe's eye, and he began to chuckle. "I guess we might as waal tell the truth. Sam'l. We both tried to be so ull-flred young yesterday that we got played out, an’ concluded uuanermous that the best place fer a A No. 1 spree was ter hum.” Samuel gave a weak smile, and drawing up a stool took the cat upon his knee. “Yes,” ho confessed grudgingly, "I found out for one that 1 haln't no spring lamb.” "Ner me, nuther,” Abe’s old lips trembled. "I had eyester-stew an’ drunk coffee in the middle o’ the night; then the four-o’clock patrol wakes me up ag'ln. ‘Here, be a sport,’ they says, an' sticks a piece o’ hot mince pie un der my nose. Then 1 was so oncasy I couldn't sleep. Daybreak 1 got up, an’ went fer a walk ter limber up my belt, an’ 1 sorter wandered over ter the hay side, an’ not u mile out I eee tew men with one o’ them big fishin’scoot ers a haulin’ in their net. An’ I walked a ways out on the Ice, a-slgnalln' with my bandana han’kercher; an' arter a time they seen me. ’T was Cap'n ETJ»y from Injun Head u»’ his boy. Haow them young 'uns dew grow! Das' Uvjie I see that kid, he wa’n’t knee-high tew a grasshopper. Waal, 1 says tew ’em. I says: ‘Want ter drop a passenger at Twin Coves’ ’Yes, yes,’ they says. 'J.imp in.' Ad’ so, Sam’l, I gradooated from yer school o’ hardenin’ on top a ton o’ squirmin (Ish, more or less. I thought I'd come an’ git Angy,” he ended with a sigh, an' yer hired man'd drive us back ter Slioreville; but thar wa’n’t nobody hum but a mewin’ cat, an’ the only place 1 could git inter was this here shop. Wonder whar the gals has gone?" No mention of the alarm that he must by this time have caused ut the station. No consciousness of having committed any breach against the Irwb of hospitality. But there was that in the old man’s face, in his worn and wistful look, which curbed Samuel's tongue and made him understand that as a little child misses his mother so Abe had missed Angy, and as a little homesick child comes running back to the place he knows best so Abe was hastening back to the shelter he had scorned. So, with an effort, Samuel held his peace, merely resolving that as soon as he could get to«« telephone he would inform their late hosts of Abe’s safety. There was no direct way of tele phoning; but a message could be sent to the Quogue station, and from there forwarded to Bleak Hill. ‘‘I’ve had my lesson.” said Abe. "The place fer old folks is with old folks " "But"—Samuel recovered his au thoritative manner—"the place fer an old man ain’t with old hens. Naow. Abe, ef yew think yew kin behave yer self an’ not climb the flagpole or juhip over the roof, I want yer to stay right here, yew an’ Angy both, an' spend yer week out. Yes, yes," as Abe would have thanked him. "I take it,” plung ing his hand into his pocket, "yew ain’t stowed away nothin’ since that mince pie; hut I can’t offer yer nothin' to eat till Blossy gits back an’ opens up the house, 'cept these here pepp’mintB. They’re fine; try ’em." With one of those freakish turns of the weather tiiat takes the conceit out of all weather prophets, the snow had now ceased to fa!!, the sun was strug gling out of tile clouds, and the wind was swinging around to the west. Neither of the old men could longer fret about their wives being caught in a heavy snow; but, nevertheless, their anxiety concerning the whereabouts of the women did not cease, and the homesickness which Abe felt for Angy, and Samuel for Blossy. rather In creased than diminished as one sat on the roll of canvas and the other crouched on his stool, and both hugged the fire, and both felt very old, and very lame, and very tired and sore. Toward noontime they heard the welcome sound of wheels, and on rush ing to the door Baw Ezra driving alone to the barn. He did not note their ap pearance in the doorway or the shop; but they could see from the look on his face that nothing had gone amiss Samuel heard the shutting of the kitchen door, and knew' that Blossy was at home, nnd a strange shyness submerged of a sudden his eagerness to see her What would she say to this unex pected return? Would she laugh at him. or be disappointed’ "Yew go fust," he urged Abe. "an1 fell my wife that I’ve got the chilblain* an’ lumbago so bad I can't hardly git few fhe house, an’ I had ter come hum fer my 'St. Jerushy lie' an' her receipt fer frosted feet." CHAPTER XX. The Fatted Calf. Ab« had no such qualms as Samuel, i He wanted to so* Angy that minute, and he did not rare If she did know why h<- had returned He fairly ran to the back door un | der the frrape arbor, so that Samuel, observing his gait, was seized with a : f*ar that he might be that young Abe 1 of the Reach, during his visit after all. Abraham rushed Into the kitchen ' without stopping to knock. "I'm back mother," he cried, oe If that were all I the Joyful explanation needed. She was struggling with the strings of her bonnet before the looking glass j which fdomed Rlossy’e rarlor kitchen. ! She turned to him with a little cry, and he saw that her face had changed marvelously—grown young, grown glad, grown soft and fresh with a new excited spirit of jubilant thanksgiving. "Oh, father! Were n’t yew s’prised tew git the telephone? 1 knowed yew’d come a-flytn’ back.’’ BlosBy appeared from the room be yond, and slipped past them, knowing intuitively where she would find her lord and master; but neither of them observed her entrance or her exit. Angy clung to Abe, and Abe held her close. What had happened to her, the undemonstrative old wife? W’hat made her so happy, and yet tremble so? W’hy did she cry, wetting his cheek with her tears, when she was so palpably glad? Why 'had she tele phoned for him, unless she, too. had mlsBed him as he had missed her? Recalling his memories of last night, the memories of that long-ago honey moon-time, he murmured into ids gray beard, "Dearest!” She did not seem to think he was growing childish. She was not even surprised. At last she said, half be tween sobbing and laughing: "Oh, Abe. ain’t God been good to us? Ain’t it jlst bewtiful to be rich? Rich!" she cried. “Rich!” Abo sat down suddenly, and covered his face with his hands. In a flash he understood, and ho could not let even Angy see him in the light of the reve lation. "The minin’ stock!” he muttered; and then low to himself, in aji u .ved whisper: "Tenafly Gold! The in :iin’ stock!” After a while he recovered hlmjielf sufficiently to explain that he had not received the telephone message, and therefore knew nothing. 'Diu i git a offer, mother?" “A offer of fifteen dollars a share. The letter come last night for yew, an’ r ifteen dollars a share!" He was astounded. "An’ we've got five thou eund shares! Fifteen dollars, an’ I paid ninety c§nts! Angy. ef ever I ketch yew flshin' yer winter bunnlt out of a charity barrel a gin, I’ll— Fif teen dollurs!’’ “Hut that ain’t the best of It," inter rupted Angy. "I couldn't sleep a wink, an’ Hlossy says not ter send word tew yew, 'cuz mebbe ’t was a joke, an’ to wait till mornln’ an’ go see Sam’l’s lawyer down ter Injun Head. That’s whar we’ve jest come from, an’ we telephoned ter Quogue station from thar. An’ the lawyer at fust he didn’t ’pear tew think very much of it; but Hlossy, ehe got hiru ter call up some broker feller in ’York, an’ ‘Gee whizz!’ he says, turnin’ ’round all excited from the phone. ‘Tenafly Gold is Bellin’ fer twenty dollars on the curb right this minute!’ An’ he says, says he: ’Yew git yer husband, an’ bring that air stock over this nrtemoon; an’,’ says he, I 11 realize on it fer yer termorrer mornln’.’ ’’ Abe stared at his wife, at her ehin ing silk dress with its darns and care ful patches, at her rough, worn hands, and at the much mended lace over her slender wrists. “That mine was closed down 18 years ago; they must ’a’ opened It up ag’ln; he spoke dully, as one stunned. I hen with a eudden burst of energy, his eyes still on his wife’s figure: "Mother, that dress o’ yourn is a dis grace fer the wife of a financlerer Yew better git a new silk fer yefsell an’ Miss Abigail, tew, fust thing. Hei Sunday one hain’t nothin’ extry." “Hut yer old beaver, Abe!’’ Angy protested. ‘ It looks as ef it come out o’ the ark!" ’’Last Sunday yew said it looked splendid;’’ his tone was absent-minded again He seemed almost to ramble in his speech. "We must see that Ish mael gits fixed up comfortable in the Old Men’s home; yew remember haoiv he offered us all his pennies that day we broke up housekeepin’. An’ wfe must do somethin’ handsome fer the Darbys, tew. Ef it hadn’t been fer Sam 1. I might be dead naow, an* never know nothin’ erbout this here streak o’ luck. Tenafly Gold," he con tinued to mutter. “They must ’a’ struck a new lead. An' folks said 1 was a fool tew invest.” (TO UK CONTINUED.) Bad Art. John Sloan, the famous etcher and pnlnter, condemned at tho Bellevue Stratford In Philadelphia a lascivious painting, on the ground that such paintings create Ignoble thoughts "It Is called The Temptation of St. Anthony,' " said Mr. Sloan "Its cre ator henrd the other day that Slash, the erltlc, had been to see It. So he hurried to the gallery and asked: “ What did Slash say when he saw my picture, 'The Temptation of St Anthony." boys?’ " He said.' the attendants chorused amid roars of vulgar laughter—he Bald that It was the first time he ever wished ho was a saint.' ” Wronged. Representative Henry told at a tea In Warn an International alliance story "The fair young daughter of tBe billionaire”—such was Mr. Henry's sneering beginning "had accepted the earl of Lacland; but her father still seemed 111 at eftse T don t believe,- the old man com plained, ‘I don't believe that boy ha* sound Ideas of finance.' " You are wrong, papa, the young girl answered Why. he stopped right In the middle of his proposal to ask how many Interlocking directorate.* you held.’ " The Supreme One. He's never made any effort to sup port himself." "Oh, yes. he has To my certain knowledge he's proposed to <jre/y gJM with money ho ku#w» ” OPTIMISM IN SOUTH Heavy Financial Depression Gradually Being Relieved. COTTON GROWERS GET MONEY National Banka Are Reaching Out Helping Hand and Extending Fi nancial Aid to Farmers—Loans on Warehouse Receipts. The hearts of the people of the South have been gladdened and a feel ing of optimism is permeating the at mosphere. The heavy financial de pression wiiich gripped the cotton states during the early part of Sep tember is gradually being relieved and money is becoming freer. The bank ing institutions of the southern Btates are coming to the aid of the cotton growers with cash, advancing loans on cotton warehouse receipts. A!'hough It will take some time for the effect of the money being put Into circulation to be felt to any great ex tent, the assurance that something is being done to relieve the situation ha.i lent courage to the business man as well as to the farmer. Because of the fact that the cotton must be hauled to town and properly ware housed before loans will be made on the staple the work of advancing loans has been necessarily slow. According to dispatches from vari ous portions of the cotton belt there have been thousands of bales retired from the open market and money ad vanced to the growers at the rate of six cents a pound, or approximately $30 a bale. This money is represented principally by the Aldrich-Vreeland currency furnished the national banks ! by the United States treasury depart ment. Under the provisions of this currency measure the cotton must be properly warehoused before loans can be made upon it. Absence of Cash Felt. It has been the absence of cash that has most greatly affected the South. There never has been a time since the European war began when there was not a demand for the wares of the merchant, but no one had money to pay for them. This condition was most seriously felt !u the cities. In the country towns the merchants ral lied to the aid of the farmers and sup plied their immediate wants by accept ing cotton in payment of their pur chase*. Old accounts were also set tled with cotton. Rut soon the average country merchaut had more cotton on hand than he knew what to do with. He also found It difficult to pur chase from the wholesale houses and the jobber# as they were not prepared to take cotton from the merchant. The prospects are now that this condition of affairs will Boon undergo a change. Instead of trading his cot ton to the merchant for the necessi ties of life the farmer i« placing his bales in the nearest warehouse. The receipts he receives from the ware house he takes to the hank he has been in the habit of carrying on hi3 financial transactions with, using them as a collateral for borrowing money. In this manner real money is being put into circulation. In (leorgia and a portion of Tennes see this condition of affairs is especial ly true. The national banks are reach ing out a helping hand and extending aid to the distressed farmer. Follow ing a recent meeting of the currency association of (Jeorgla an announce ment was made that the national banks of this state and a pnrt of Ten nessee arc making loans on cotton warehouse receipts. These loans are being made on the basis of six cents a pound Cotton Must Be Stored. The only provision that has been stipulated by these banks is that the warehouse in which the cotton is stored must be aceptable to the bank. A great number of these loans are being made through the agency banks of the national institutions which gives it a much wider scope of operation. While it is true that thie work has been going on for some weeks, the fact did not become generally known until the announcement made recently by the currency a*so< iation. It has been estimated that the na tional banks have loaned something like $50,000,000 on cotton within the past few weeks. There is still a large amount of available currency on hand In the banks that can he loaned on Cotton. According to the figure's re cently issued by the United States de partment of agriculture this years crop Is estimated at approximately $750,000,000. figuring on a basis of ten cents a pound. An Atlanta state bank was one of the first to offer any real financial aid to the cotton farmers of the South. The activities of this hank, however, was confined to its customers In Georgia alone. Thie bank Is loaning money on cotton at six cents a pound and storing the cotton in Its own ware houses in Atlanta. The bank officials sav they will loan as much as SfO.OtiO, 000 to the cotton growers of Georgia Who are members of this hank. According to the offer of this bank It will lend money to the grower at six cents a pound The current rates of interest will be charged on the notes which will mature July 1, UM&. At the expiration of that time the bor rower will hare the option of extend ing the note to a longer period. The borrower will have the privilege of •Hling his cotton at any time he de sires, providing he can get enough for hla coHos to pay off the note and the Interest The bank also offer* to »ell cotton for any of the borrowers with out additional charge. Festus J. Wade Plan. The Festus J. Wade plan for reliev ing the financial situation in the South is receiving universal attention at the present time. It has received the In dorsement of President Wilson, Secre tary of the Treasury McAdoo and the members of the federal reserve board. The plan has also been enthusiastical ly received by bankers in various cities throughout the cotton territory and bids fair to be a success. According to the plan of Festus J. " ade, the St. Louis banker, a pool will be raised by subscription from the banks of the South and the other sec tions of the country. This pool is to be represented by agency banks in all parts of the cotton territory. These agency hanks will, according to this plan, make loans on cotton warehouse receipts. The agency banks will then forward the warehouse receipts to gether with insurance papers to the headquarters of the pool and be reim bursed for the money advanced to the farmer. WOMEN BOOST COTTON GOODS Merchant* of Cities Join Movement to Popularize Wearing of Cotton Made Garments. The wearing of more cotton-made apparel Is a movement that was start ed by the southern women In W'ash ington, and which has been taken up i enthusiastically by the women in all sections of the country. Hand In hand with this movement was one insti gated by the dry-goods merchants in ail of the large cities and in a great number of the smaller cities to popu larize the wearing of cotton-made garments. A cotton styles show was recently held in Washington. The gowns dis played at this show, held in one of the hotels in Washington, will be worn by the official women of that city nt a cotton ball to be held during Decem ber. Washingtonians thronged the styles show and gazed in wonder at the many dainty creations made ex clusively from cotton materials by the modistes. In other cities cotton balls have been the leading social func tions, and the popularizing of cotton made garments has become a national movement. The department stores in the large cities Joined heartily in the movement. Some of the stores set aside a week when special sales of cotton goods and cotton-made garments were held. Much space was used In their show wlndows for the display of the great variety of garments made from cotton goods. Though general In character, both of these movements have had a wholesome efTect in stimulating the demand for cotton-made goods, which, of course, will mean the consumption of thousands of additional bales by American mills. In New York City the Federation of Women's clubs with a membership of about lOO.Ono have taken up the movement to encourage buying more cotton goods and the wearing of more garments made from cotton cloth. The officers of this organization have sent an urgent appeal to the members ask ing them to aid their southern sisters by using cotton goods whenever pos sible. The American Association of Cotton Manufacturers have been awake to the opportunities which the inability of the European countries to use Ameri can cotton has afforded them, and are making preparations for a greater out put of cotton.cloth than has ever been produced by American mills. During a recent mepting of the national asso ciation at Lenox, Mass., the question of the manufacture of more cotton cloth and the providing of markets for their output was taken into con sideration. Plan for Salvation. When the cotton situation became critical In South Carolina and aid from the federal government seemed hope less, flovernor Cole Rleese called a special session of the legislature. Al most every senator and representa tive came to the capital with some great plan for the salvation or the state from the disaster which threat ened It by the demoralization of the cotton market. From among the great mass of bills that were presented, two became the most prominent One provided n state bond Issue to valorize the 1914 crop, and the other to make It a misdemean or to plant rotton during 1915. While the legislators appeared in favor of the reduction of the cotton acreage the fact that they killed the bill showed that they were not in favor of doing away with the cotton crop entirely In 1915 Egypt Also Affected The southern cotton growers have not been the only ones to suffer from the failure of the rotton market, for word has been received that Egypt ah'o has been seriously affected. This country in the far East grows a con siderable quantity of the fleecy staple which is disposed of almost entirely through the I/ondon exchange. h-sypt his not only suffered from the failure to sell their product, but the pink boll worm played havoc with the crop. It is reported that the growers of Egypt made only about one-half of their normal crop When the Egyptians realized rhe cotton sit uation, the ministry of agriculture at once issued a proclamation to the cot ton grower calling upon them to cut their acreage 60 per cent, and the cul tivators were instructed V> plant rice, corn, beans, and other grains and food oroducla. THE CHARM OF MOTHERHOOD Enhanced By Perfect Physi cal Health. The experience of Motherhood is a try ing one to most women and marks dis tinctly an epoch in their lives. Not ons woman in a hundred is prepared or un derstands how to properly care for her self. Of course nearly every woman nowadays has medical treatment at such times, but many approach the experi ence with an organism unfitted for the trial of strength, and when it is over ber system has received a shock from which it is hard to recover. Following right upon this comes the nervous strain of caring for the child, and a distinct change in the mother results. 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