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Hepsey Burke :sc; sx-d y G---x rf-k flxvtW S-f sw iw jTX UWHJI -V M.JIa. JLJLM.I M.ff jjjj By F. N. Weatcott """SQunron polled oat his handkcr l&stj, and mado an abortive offort to 8s Us fao clean. How la It now Danny?'' "Ob, It alnt nearly as thick In any mco place; lt'a mostly all oror yonr fee noTr." Then Danny laughed lrreT erontly ajaln. "Suro, an' you certain ly do look like tho real thing now." Maxwell waa raking grnrel whon th tuenta for tho afternoon tea were (sains; nd though ho did not look ay, he folly realized that they had rec ognized him, from tho butz t talk and tho turning of heads. Danny returned from his eater din knee whon ha aaw the coast was altar. Maxwell had a shrewd suspic ion that the boy had taken himself oft HHerlng It might embarrass Maxwell Ibm If any of tho ladies should speak to him, "Did none of 'em know you, thenT I asked, "None of them spoke; I guess my Atagulse Is pretty complete.'' "Thank hlTenl" Danny exclaimed. Then the crisis Is passed for today t least, and your reputation Is saved; tort If you dont got out of this they'll b comln' out again, and then nobody knows whatll happen. Better smear some more oil over the other cheek to cover the last bit of decency left to. yon." At tho end of tho day's work, Max well threw hla shovel Into Dolan wagon and Jumped np on tho scat with Urn and drove back to town. "Well," said Maxwell's friend, de lightedly, "you done a mighty good day's work for a tenderfoot; but you done more with that old Bascom than In all tho rest of the day put together. Uyl but I thought I'd split my sides to see you puttln' him where ho be longed, and you lookln' like a coal beavor. But lt'a a howlin' staamo yon didn't speak to them women, goln all rigged up for tho party. That would've been the flnlshln' touch." wT5e swayed about on his seat laugh ing heartily, until they drow up before the rectory, where Mrs. Betty was waiting to greet Maxwell. Danny touched his cap shyly but Betty came down to the wacon and gave him a cheery greting. "Well you'vo brought him back alive, Mr. Donlan, anyway." "Yes ma'am! And I reckon ho'll keep you busy puttin' tho food to him, U he cats like ho works: he's a glut ton for work, la Mr. Maxwell." B :Cj i .1 CHAPTER XXI t . Uninvited Guests A few nights later when Maxwell returned from his work he found Mrs. Burke sitting on the platform of the tent with Mrs. Betty; and having washed, and changed his clothes, he persuaded their visitor to stay to sup per. After supper was over they sat out doors, chatting of Maxwell's amus ing experiences. They had not been sitting long when tneir attention was attracted oy a nolso up. tho street, and going to tho fenco they saw a horse, over which the driver evidently had lost control, galloping towards them, with a buggy which was swerving from side to side under the momentum of its terrific peed. Maxwell rushed Into tho middle of the street to see If ho could bo of any assistance In stopping the horse and preventing a catastrophe; but before be could got near enough to be of nny service the animal suddenly shied, the buggy gave a final lurch, overturned, and was .thrown .violently against a telegraph, polo. Tho horse, freed, dash rd on.dragging the shafts and part if the, harness. The occupant of the buggy 'had been thrown out against the telegraph polo with considerable force, knocked senseless, and lay In the gutter, stained with blood and dirt. Mrs. Burke and Betty lifted the body pf tho buggy, while Maxwell pulled out from under It tho sensoles3 form Of a man; and when they had turned him over and wiped the blood from his face, they discovered, to their ut ter amazement, that tho victim was no less a personage than tho Senior War den, Sylvaster Bascom. Of course there was nothing to be dono but carry him qs best they could into the tent, andlay him on a lounge. Maxwell ran hastily for a doctor, whllo Hepsey and Mrs. Botty applied restoratives, washed tho faco of the Injured man, and bound up as. UcbI they could what appeared to be a ser ious wound on one wrist, and another en tho side of hla head. Tho doctor responded promptly, and after a thor rugh examination announced that Bas com was seriously hurt, and that at present it would bo dangerous to re move h(m. So Mrs. Betty and her jeuest removed iMax well's personal be longings, and improvised a bed in the front room of the tent, into which Bas com wub lifted with the greatest care. Having dono what he could, ,ho docloi departed promising to return soon. In about twenty minutes there wer rlgns of returning consciousness, and for (Bomo-Mlmo. Bascom looked about him In n dazed way, and groaned with pain. Mrs. Burke decided at once to remain, ujl, night with Mrs.,Jetty, and assist In caring for tho warden until Virginia could axrlro and osBumo charge of the oase. After about an hour, Bascom seemed to be fully con scious as ho tazod from ono faco to anothor, and looked wonderlngly at tho canvas tent In which ho found himself. Mrs. Burke bent ovor him and Inquired: "Are you in much pain, Mr, Bas com!" For a moment tho Senior Warden mado no answer; then in a hoarse whisper ho Inquired: "Where am IT What has happen ed?" "Well, you see, something frighten ed your horse, and your buggy was overturned, and you were thrown i. gainst a telegraph pole an injured more or loss. We picked you up nnd brought you in here, cleaned you up, tnd tried to make you as comfortablo as possible. The doctor has been Lore and looked you over, and will re turn In a few minutes,' "Am I seriously Injured?" "You have two bad wounds and have evidently lost a good deal ct blood; but don't worry. Mrs. Botty and I rnd the rest of us will tako good care of you and do all wo can until Virginia is ablo to take you home again." "Whero am I?" A curious expression of mild tri umph and amusement played across Mrs. Burke's face aa sho replied: "You are in Donald MaxwelPs tent. This wa3 tho nearest place where we could bring you at tho time of tho ac cident.'' For a moment a vestige of color ap peared In Bascom's face, and he whis pered hoarsely: "Why didn't you take mo home?" "Well, wo were afraid to move you until tho doctor had examined you thoroughly." The patient closed his eyes wearjly. It was evident that he was growing weaker, and Just as the doctor return ed, he again lapsed Into unconscious ness. The doctor felt of Bascom's pulse, and sent Maxwell hastily for Doctor Field for consultation. For fif teen minutes the doctors were alone in Bascom's room, and then Doctor Field called Maxwell in and quietly informed Maxwell that the warden had lost so much blood from the wound in tho wrist that there was danger of immediate collapse unless they resort ed to extremo measures, and bled some one to supply the patient. To this Maxwell instantly replied: "I am strong and well. There Is no reason why you should hesitate for a moment. Send for your instruments nt once; but my wife must know noth ing of it until it is all over with. Tell Mrs. Burke to tako her over to Thun der Cliff for an hour or two, on the pretext of getting some bedding. Yes, I insist on having my own way, and as you say, there Is no time to bo lost." Doctor Field took Mrs. Burke aside, nnd tho women immediately departed for Thunder Cliff. Tho necessary in struments were brought, and then the three men entered the sick room. In about twenty minutes Maxwell came out of the invalid's room, assist ed by Doctor Field, and stretched him self on the bed. Bascom's color began slowly to re turn; his pulse quickened, and Dr. Field remarked to his colleague: "Well, I think the old chap is going to pull through after all; but it was a mighty close 6queak." Meanwhile the messenger who had been sent out to Willow Bluff to ap- prlso Virginia of her father's accldont returned with tho Information that Virginia had loft tho day boforo, to stay with friends, nnd could not pos sibly get homo till noxt day. It was decided to telegraph for her; and in tho mcantlmo tho doctors advised that Mr. Bascom bo left quietly In his bed at tho new "rectory," nnd bo moved homo next day, after having recovered somo of his lost strength. Mrs. Betty end Mrs. Burko took turns in watching by tho invnlid thnt night, nnd It might have been observed that his eyes ro malned closed, oven when ho did not sleep, whllo Mrs. Burko was in attend ance, but thnt ho watched Mrs. Botty with keen curiosity and wonder, from between half closed lids, as sho sat at tho foot of his bed sewing, or moved about noiselessly preparing tho nour ishment prescribed for him by tho doctors, and which tho old gentleman took from her with unusual gentle ness and patience. It was Mrs. Burke who having learn ed of tho timo when Virginia was ex pected to return homo, drove out to Willow Bluff with Mr. Bascom, and assisted in making him comfortablo thoro before his daughter's arrival. Ho volunteered no word on their way thilher, but lay back among his cush ions nnd pillows with closed eyes, pale and exhausted though the doctors assured tho Maxwells that there was no cause for anxiety on the score of his removal, when they urged that ho be left In their caro until he had re gained more strength. It was a whlto and scared Virginia who listened to Hepsey's account of all that had happened an account which neither over stated tho Bascoms debt to the Maxwells nor spared Vir ginia's guilty conscience. x When sho found that her father had been the guest of the Maxwells and that they had played the part of good Samaritans to him in tho tent in which the Senior Warden had obliged them to take refuge, sho was thor oughly mortified, and there was a struggle between false pride and prop er gratitude. "It is very awkward, Is It not, Mrs. Burke?'' she said. "I ought certainly to call on Mrs. Maxwell and thank hex but under tho circumstances " "What circumstances?" asked Hep sey. "Well, you know, it will be very em barrassing for me to go to Mr. Max well's tent after what has happened between him and my father." "I'm not sure that I catch on, Vir ginia. Which happenin' do you mean? Your father's cold blooded ejoction of tho Maxwells from their house, or Mr. Maxwell's warm blooded sacrifice to save your father's life? Perhaps it is a bit embarrassing, as you call it, to thank a man for givin' his blood to save your father." "It is a more personal matter than that," replied Virginia, gazing dra matically out of the window. "You don't quite seem to appreciate the del icacy of the situation, Mrs. Burke." "No, I'm blessed If I do. But then you know I'm very stupid about somo things, Virginia. Fact is, I'm just stu pid enough to imagine no, I mean think that it would be the most nat ural thing In tho world to go straight to the Maxwells and thank 'em for all they've done for your father in takin' him in and givin him the kind of care that money can't buy. There's spec ial reasons that I needn't mention why you should say thank you and say it right." Virginia examined the toe of hoi toot for somo time in silence and then began: "But you don't understand the sit uation Mrs. Burke." "Virginia if you don't stop thnt kind of thing, I shall certainly send for tho police. Are you lookin' for a situation? If you have got anything to say, say It." "Well to bo frank with you, Mrs. Burke, I must confess that at one lime Mr. Maxwell and I were supposed to oo very good friends." "Naturally. You ought to be good friends with your rector. I don't see Northwestern Ohio's Fashionable Stout Store Announces These Wonderful Specials tout Salts, Coats and Skirts SUITS COATS Sizes 42J4 to 50 Sizes 42& to 50& $22-95 to $65.00 $11.95 to $39.00 High grade tailored suits "Fashionable Stouts," perfect in fit, materials and workmanship, made of serge, poplin, gabar dine and tdlk poplin, iack nuvy und coloi-H. 'Perfect fitting Etout coats of men's wear serge, wool poplin, gabardine und Bilk poplin, lined nnd unlined models. 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But you could look wiso nnd foolish nt tha cftmo timo whon Maxwell's name was mentioned, with a coy nnd kittenish lr which would suggest mora than fen volumes of Mary Jane Holmes." "You nro not very sympathetic, Mrs. Burke, when I am in deep trouble. I want your help, not ridlculo and abuse.'' "Well, I am sorry for you, Virginia, in more ways than one. But really I'd like to know what reason you have to think that Donald Maxwell was over in love with you; I supposo that's what you mean." Virginia blushed deeply, as became a gcntlo maiden of her tender yeara, and replied: "Oh, it is not a question of things which ono can easily define. Love Is a vocal without words you know." "Hml You don't mean that he mado lovo to you and proposed to you through a phonograph? You know 1 had somo sort of idea that lovo that wbb all wool, and a yard wide, and meant business, usually got vocal at times." "But Mr. Maxwell and I were thrown together in such an intlmato way in parish work, you know.'' "Which did tho throwing?" "You don't for ono moment supposo that I would intrude myself, or press myself on his attention, do jou?" "Oh, gracious no! He is net the kind of a man to be easily impressed. Ho may have seen a girl or two before he met you; of course I mean just inci dentally, as it were. Now, Virginia Bascom, allow me to ask you ono or two plain questions. Did ho ever ask you to marry him?" "No, not in so many words." "Did ho ever give you any plain in dication that ho wanted to marry you? Did he ever play the mandolin under jour window at midnight? Did he ever steal one of your gloves, or beg for a rose out of your bouquet, or turn tho gas out when he called?'' "No, but one night ho sat on the sofa with me and told me that I was n great assistance to him in his parish work, and that he felt greatly indebt ed to me." (To be continued.) Not all floorwalkers are to bo found in department stores, as any young father can inform you. 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