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MY LADY'S MONEY
An Episode in the Life of a Young Girl By Wilkie Collins (Installment No. 22 ) "I oughtn't to have wanted re minding; but I have so many things to think of at the farm. And I am afraid I must be getting old; my memory isn't as good as it was. I am so glad to have ,seen you, Miss Isabel. You and your aunt must come and look at my horses. Do you like horses? Are you fond of riding? I have a quiet roan mare that is used to carrying ladies; she would be just the thing for you. Did I beg you to give my best compliments to your aunt? Yes? How well you are looking! our air here agrees with you. I hope I haven't kept you standing too long? I didn't think of it in the pleasure of meet ing you. Good-bye, Miss Isabel— good-bye till tomorrow." He took off his hat to Isabel, nod ded to Moody, and pursued his way to the farm. Isabel looked at her companion. His eÿes were still on the ground. Pale, silent, motionless, he waited by her like a dog, until she gave the signal of walking on again to wards the house. "You are not like yourself, Rob ert," she said. "Why is it? What are you thinking of?" He was thinking of the bright blush that overspread her face when Hardyman first spoke to her; he was thinking of the Invitation to her to see the stud farm, and to ride the roan mare; he was thinking of the utterly powerless position in which he stood towards Isabel and towards the highly born gentleman who admired here. But he kept his train won't wait for me." he said, and held out his hand once more. "Don't quite forget me," he said, in low, faltering tones, and left her. Miss Pink met Isabel in the hall. Refreshed by unbroken repose, the ex-schoolmistress was in the happiest frame of mind for the reception of her niece's news. t CHAPTER XVI. Paying his court to the ex-school mlstress on the next day, Hardyman made such excellent use of his op portunities that the visit to the stud farm took place on the day after. His own carriage was placed at the disposal of Isabel and her aunt, and his own sister was present to confer special distinction on the reception of Miss Pink. Miss Pink held forth on education to Mrs. Drumblade in the parlor, while Hardyman and Isabel were on their way to a paddock at the farth est limits of the property "I am afraid you are getting a lit tle tired," said Hardyman. "Won you take my arm?" Isabel was on her guard; she had not forgotten what Lady Lydiard had said to her. "No thank you, Mr. Hardyman; I am a better walker than you think." Hardyman continued the conversa tion in his blunt resolute way. "I wonder whether you will believe me," he asked, "if I tell you that this is one of thé happiest days of my life?" "I should think you were always happy," Isabel cautiously replied, "having such a pretty place to live in as this." Hardyman met that answer with one of his quietly positive denials. "A man is never happy by himself," he said. "He is happy with a com panion. For instance, I am happy with you." Isabel stopped and looked back. Hardyman's language was becoming a little too explicit. "Surely we have lost Mrs. Drumblade and my aunt?" she said. "I don't see them any where.'* "You will see them directly; they are only a long way behind." With this assurance, he returned, in his own obstinate way, to his one object in view. "Miss Isabel, I want to ask you a question. I'm not a ladies' I speak my mind plainly to man. everybody—women included. Do you like being here today?" Isabel's gravity was not proof against this very downright question. "I should be hard to please," she said, laughing, "if I didn't enjoy my visit to the farm." Hardyman pushed steadily forward through the obstacle of the farm to the question of the farm's ter. "You like being here," peated. "Do you like me?" This back a little and looked at him. He mas he re was serious. Isabel drew waited with the most Impenetrable gravity for her reply. "I think you can hardy expect me to answer that question," she said. "Why not?" "Our acquaintance has been a very short one, Mr. Hardyman. And if you are so good as to forget the difference between us, I think I ought to remember it." "What difference?" "The difference in rank." Hardyman suddenly stood still, and emphasized his next words by dig ging his stick into the grass. "If anything I have said has vexed you," he began,- "tell me so plainly, Miss Isabel, and I'll ask your par don. But don't throw my rank in my face. I cut adrift from all that non sence when I took my farm and got ray living out of the horses. What has a man's rank to do with a man's feelings?" he went on, with another emphatic dig of his stick "I am quite serious in asking if you like me, for this good reason, that I like you. Yes, I do. You remember that day when I bled the old lady's dog. Well, I have found out since then that there's a sort of incom pleteness in my life which I never suspected before. It's you who have pub that idea into my head. You didn't mean it, I dare say, but you nave done it all the same. I sat alone here yesterday evening smok ing my pipe—and I didn't enjoy it. I breakfast alone this morning—and I didn't enjoy that. I said to myself, She's coming to lunch, that's one comfort—I shall enjoy lunch. That's what I feel, roughly described. I together without thinking of you, now in one way and now in another, since the day when I first saw you. When a man comes to my time of life, and has had my experience, he knows what that means. It means, in plain English, that his heart is set on a woman. You're that wo man." Isabel had thus far made several attempts to interrupt him, without success. But when Hardyman's con fession attained its culminating point, she insisted on being heard. "If you will excuse me, sir," she interposed, gravely, I think I had better go back to the cottage. My aunt is a stranger here, and she doesn't know where to look for us." "We don't want your aunt." Hardy man remarked, in his most positive manner. "We do want here," Isabel re joined. "I don't venture to say it's wrong in you, Mr. Hardyman, to talk to me as you have just done, but I am quite sure it's wrong in me to listen." "What can you possibly be think ing of?" he asked. She gave him no answer; she only looked at him reproachfully, and tried to release herself. • Hardyman held her hand faster than ever. "I believe you think me an infernal scoundrel," he said. "I can stand a good deal. Miss Isabel, but I can't stand that. How have I failed in respect towards you, if you please? have told you you're the woman my heart is set on. Well? Isn't it plain what I want of you when I say that? Isabel Miller, I want you to be my wife!" Isabel's only reply to this extra ordinary proposal of marriage was a f aint cry of astonishment, followed by a sudden trembling that shook her from head to foot. Hardyman put his arm around her with a gentleness which his oldest friend would have been surprised to see in him. Isabel looked up at him timidly. "In my position, sir," she asked, "have I any right to like you? What would your relations and friends think if I said Yes?" Hardyman gave her waist a little admonitory squeeze with his arm. "What! You're at it again? A nice way to answer a man, to call him 'sir,' and to get behind, his rank as if it were a place of refuge from him! I hate talking of myself, but you force me to it. Here is my po sition in the world: I have got an elder brother; he is married and he has a son to succeed him In the title and the property. You under stand, so far? Very well! Years ago I shifted my share of the rank (whatever it may be) on to my brother's shoulders. He's a thorough good fellow, and he has carried my dignity for me, without once drop ping it, ever since. As for what peo ple may say, they have said It ready, from my father and mother downward, in the time when I took to the horses and the farm, they're the wise people I take them for, they won't be at the trouble of saying it all over again. No, no. Twist it how you may, Miss Isabel, whether I'm single or whether I'm married, I'm plain Alfred Hardyman; and everybody who knows me knows that I go on my own way, and please myself. If you don't like me, it will be the bitterest disappointment ever had in my life; but say so hon estly, all the same." Where is the woman in Isabel's place who capacity for resistance would not have yielded a little to such an appeal as this? "I should be an insensible wretch," she replied, warmly, "if I didn't feel the honor you have done me, and feel it gratefully." "Does that mean you will have me for a husband?" asked downright Hardyman. , (To Be Continued) HAVE A CARE WHEN YOU HANDLE FIRE IN WOODS Like poison ivy, talk of a coal strike and other "annual events," the "forest fire season" is with us again and a statement by the American Tree Association says that the best way to stop forest fires, with their millions of dollars of loss every year, is to prevent them. Campers and tourists as well as hikers are given these suggestions to remember when in the woods: Be sure your match is out. Break it in two before you throw it away. Throw pipe ashes and cigar or cigarette stubs in the dust of the road and stamp or pinch out the fire before leaving them. Don't throw them into the brush, leaves, or needles. Build a small campfire. Build it in the open, not against a tree or log, or near brush. Scrape away the trash from all around it. Never leave a campfire, even for a short time, without quenching it with water or earth. Be sure it is out. Never build bonfires in windy weather or where there is the slight est danger of their escaping from control. Don't make them larger than you need. If you find a fire, try to put it out. If you can't, get word to the nearest United States forest ranger or state forest warden at once. Everbody is loser when the forests burn, and from five thousand to six thousand fires occur each year in the national forests alone. Lightning causes from 25 to 30 per cent of the fires. The remaining 70 or 75 p er cen (- are c j asse( j as "man-caused" fires, by campers, smokers, railroads, brush burners, sawmills, and incendiaries, according to Charles Lathrop Pack m his "School Book of Forestry." The annual loss from forest fires in the Federal forests varies from f ew hundred thousands of dollars in favorable years to several million In particularly bad fire seasons. During the last few years, due to effective fire-fighting methods, the losses have been steadily reduced. The best way of fighting forest fires is to prevent them. The forest officers do their best to reduce the chances for fire outbreak in the Government woodlands. away much dead timber that either Forest Fires Are Costly to Nation which are set a annual They give has fallen or still is standing. Lum bermen who hold contracts to cut timber in the rational forests required to pile and burn all the slashings, D ry grass is a serious fire menace That is Whv grazing is encouraged ^ the forests. Rangers patrol the principal automobile roads to that careless campers and tourists have not left burning campfires Railroads are required their locomotives with spark arrest ers. They also are obliged to kdep their rights-of-way free of material which burns rapidly, ers are required also on logging gines. But the individual has the great responsibility, as the figures in Mr Pack's book easily show. Every and woman who loves the out of doors should make it their personal business to use the greatest when in that out of doors they love are see to equip Spark arrest en man care Texas, with its hundreds of miles distances, during the past years has laid down 1,667 miles of highway, and has 1,691 additional miles in various stages of comple tion. Of this total, 1,089 miles is The estimated cost in excess of $48,000,000. This does not take into consideration projects financed by counties. two a to hard surfaced. large PACIFIC COAST TO SEE FAMOUS ENSIGN ÿ Î m y-***# fx 4 iH y s> y-i w ' ; w /1 * i i/ l '■ t. 1 (i m Oldest American Steamship Flag in the Atlantic, to be Flown by Panama Pacific Line Ships OUSE flag» are valued by shipping companies as sym bols of business identity, and also for their sentimental associa tions. Some of the house flags flown by the clippor ships in the days of '49 are now treasured in Eastern homes or museums as souvenirs of an American shipping era now passed. Flags of steamship lines have taken their place. One of the most famous steam ship house flags is that of the American Line, pictured here. It was first flown on the original steamers of that line when they be gan operations between Philadelphia and Liverpool in 1871, and is the only house flag of an American steamship line that has been con tinuously in transatlantic service-for more than half a century. In a few weeks this famous sign of trade and travel will be in the Pacific, on the ships of the Panama Pacific Line, which in No vember reopens a service between California ports and New York, by way of the Panama Canal, winch was interrupted by the great war. H en seen Better Health Service PUBLIC HEALTH IS PUBLIC WEALTH These Articles Compiled by the Public Health League of Washington THE TONSIL QUESTION Shall my child who has had an occasional sore throat have the ton sils and adenoids removed? This question should be met by every par ent truly interested in the future health of his children. To bring the subject to a point, the dogmatic statement is made that every one over the age of five who has had two attacks of sore throat such as to put him in bed should have the tonsils and adenoids re moved. By "removed" is meant completely removed, not merely clipped or burned. The above statement holds good, no matter how small or how pink and normal the surface of the ton sils may look during the period fol lowing the attacks of sore throat. Very often only a very small amount of the surface of the tonsil is seen on examining the throat, the major portion of the tonsils being hidden under the other throat tissues. Original Function Uncertain Consider first the nature and structure of the tonsils and adenoids and see wherein their danger lies. Their original function is They may have been Intended to act as filters of disease germs. At any rate they do pick up a lot of disease germs. Continuing the com parison with a filter, you know that a filter becomes dirty and has to be cleansed or its usefulness is lost and it serves no longer to purify but to contaminate further, nately, we cannot take cleanse and replace when they become clogged with dis ease germs they lead to a formidable array of diseases which cannot be cured until the tonsils are removed because the tonsils are the source of the poison pouring into the blood. These poisons are carried by the blood to distant parts of the body and lead to a great variety of plaints. toxic results. Unfortu out and our tonsils; com These are known as the They are many and varied and frequently hard to ognlze as due to disease of the tonsils. rec Among these complaints, acute and chronic rheumatism and "heart trouble are probably most common. should be generally known that diseased tonsils are responsible for large proportion of the cases of rheumatism and of heart disease. This knowledge is gradually getting the life insurance companies that the more progressive will accept a person who has had rheum so not Three large ocean liners—the Man churia, Kroonland and Finland — have been assigned to the new ser vice by the International Mercantile Marine Company, which operates the Panama Pacific Line, and also sev eral transatlantic lines. As the Manchuria has flown the American Line house flag in trans atlantic passenger service since the war, it has been decided to adopt that flag for the Panama Pacific Line. Its roughly outlined blue spread eagle on a white ground, familiar to hosts of Atlantic travel ers, will fly over all three of the line's passenger ships, and also its freighters, the Montauk and Montana. All five ships are of American build, and are worthy of the honored flag they will bring into the Pacific. The first sailing of the new vice from San Francisco will be that of the Kroonland November 5. The Finland will sail November 19, and the Manchuria December 10. First, second, intermediate and third class passengers will be carried, and all three ships have large freight capacity for California products. over ser atism until he has his tonsils re moved. The reason for this is that as long as the diseased tonsils re main the person may have further attacks of the rheumatism. Each at tack of rheumatism is likely to cause heart disease. Heart disease causes death. Insurance Problem It is a business proposition with the insurance companies. They wait until one has had rheumatism to have the tonsils removed. Why wait that long? Why shouldn't they be removed after showing their ten dency to disease by two attacks of sore throat? Among the other toxic symptoms should just be mentioned the intense ly painful neuralgic and cases of neuritis which, if not of too long standing, may be benefitted by moval of the tonsils. Goitre symptoms, such as nervous ness, tremor and palpitation, are at times due to infection of the tonsils. Removal of the tonsils is frequently practiced in such cases and In certain cases results in such Improvement that the more serious operation on the goitre can be avoided or If still re necessary can be done with much less hazard. Hinders Breathing Now, consider the mechanical or pressure symptoms of enlarged ton sils and adenoids, from massive adenoid growth have become quite well recognized. When the adenoids enlarge they tend to close off the nose from the throat. This leads to mouth breathing, with associated Further enlargement leads to pres sure upon the eustachian tube, with •more or less difficulty in hearing, hence the inattention of these chil dren a further mark of their stu pidity. Those resulting its stupid expression. Small wonder they are con sidered backward in mental develop ment and fail to keep up with their classmates. There is great pleasure for parent, doctor and teacher In noting the rapid mental and physical development in such a child follow ing the removal of the adenoids. The mouth no longer open. hangs stupidly With the improvement in hearing the former dullness changes to interest and as a result progress school and in social activities rapidly returns to normal. Average rise of wages over the country is 94 per cent, according to computations made by the Associat General Contractors of America.