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CONDENSED
CLASSICS
40
:
OUR MUTUAL
FRIEND
40
By CHARLES DICKERS
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Condensation by
. Alfred 8. Clark
A
SINISTER bird of prey seemed
Jesse Hexam, crouched in the
stem of a dirty rowboat, his
eyes fixed upon the broad waters of
the Thames, his arms bare, his hair
matted, his clothes mud-begriraed.
Twilight deepened the shadows cast
by the huddled buildings of London,
but his gaze did not swerve. His
daughter, a girl of twenty, rowing in
obedience to his nods, regarded him
with a fascinated dread. Suddenly he
stiffened ; the bird of prey bad sighted
the quarry. A few minutes later be
hind the boat a body bobbed and
lunged. Hexam had found another
corpse, the pockets of another drowned
soul to rifle. It was this grisly liveli
hood that was reflected In the fright
ened eyes of Lizzie Hexam.
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the dust-mounds that had created the
Hannon fortune. For the body was
identified as that of John Har
mon, returned to England to claim
a fortune of $i»00,000, left him by an
eccentric father upon condition that !
he wed a girl whom he had never j
seen. j
the fortune came to Nicodemus Boffin, j
He remained the same unaffected and j
lovable man he had been in the past !
when he was foreman in charge of the j '
dust heaps. They were singularly
happy, were Mr. and Mrs. Boffin. Men
and women laughed at their oddities
but never with malice. Commonplace
as they were, there was * sterling
worth to them.
The story of that find was to be
talked about in drawing rooms ; in
dingy homes along the waterside and
in the comfortable bar of the Six Jolly
Fellowship-Porters; in the musty shop
of Mr. Venus where skeletons leaped
out of comers as the fire brightened ;
in Boffin's Bower behind which rose
John Harmon was decreed dead and
Eager to atone for his lack of school
ing, Mr. Boffin hired Silas Wegg,
wooden-legged vendor of sweets and
ballads, to read aloud Gibbon's story
of Rome. His eyes popped with
astonislftnent as Wegg plowed stolidly
ahead, making havoc of Roman names.
"I didn't think there was half so many
Scarers in print," Mr. Boffin muttered,
sagely.
He acquired, too, a ward and a sec
retary. Bella Wilfer had been named
in the Harmon will as the son's future
bride. Her blighted hopes so troubled
Mr. Boffin that he installed her in his !
home, treating her like a beloved
daughter. And soon after John Har
mon disappeared there came into Lon
don a mysterious John Rokesmith, who
obtained the position of secretary. A
secretive man was John Rokesmith,
unwilling to speak of his past.
Rogue Riderhood, former partner
and now sworn enemy to Jesse Haxam.
set afoot suspicions that Hexam had
murdered John Harmon and the law
trailed the vulture of the Thames. It
found Jesse dangling behind his boat
as so many had dangled there before,
swept overboard and caught in his
rope. Eugene Wrayburn was one of
the trailers, and again he looked into
the clear eyes of Lizzie Hexam.
Lizzie found refuge with Fanny
Cleaver, better known as the Doll's
Dressmaker, • fantastic little creature
with a tongue as sharp as the needle
she so incessantly plied. Intruding
into Lizzie's life came the love of
Bradley Headstone, a morose man, and
of Eugene Wrayburn, conscious that
she was too far below him for mar
riage, unwilling to do her harm, and
yet unable to resist his longing to be
near her.
Rejected, Bradley Headstone vowed
vengeance upon the man whom he be
lieved responsible. In the Boffin
home, too, unhappiness was brooding.
Bella Wilfer, her head turned by
wealth, remembering poverty at home,
■et her heart upon wedding a rich
man and discouraged John Roke
smith. The secretary had other trou
bles. He was trying to put together
the past. He recalled a voyage, a
ship upon which he was known as
John Harmon. He remembered com
ing ashsre and going with a mate to
the house of Rogue Riderhood. Some
where was a room where he drank cof
fee. Then stupefaction, with gleams
of memory concerned with a fight, a
slide, cold water swirling about him.
n rescue and a decision to test Bella
b.v taking another name. After that
the dtscovery of the mate's body, mis
taken for that of John Harmon.
Suddenly Mr. Boffin seemed to lose
his amiability. He was gruff With his
secretary; he turned to stories about
misers, "The more I save, the more
you shall have." he said to Bella, but
she did not like the cunning look in
his eyes,
from the lust for money. He cast cov
etous eyes upon the mounds that had
made Mr. Boffin "the Golden Dust
man." Up explored their lowlands
and their sum, ■*>■*». poking about for
treasure, Perb-,J* there might be an
other will, ne did find a later Hue
mon win and cherished It as n weapon
wherewith he would bleed his bene
factor.
Nor was Silas Wegg aloof
Lizzie Hexam, frightened by her !
lovers, disappeared. Neither Head- !
stone nor Eugene could trace her. But
Headstone fancied that Eugene would !
find her and for weeks he trailed his
rival.
Eugene was aware of this i
morose figure that wag never far be- 1
hind him, and he took an Impish de
ÜRht in roaming after nightfall through
all the four quarters of London.
At the same time, matters were ap
proaching a climax with the Boffins.
Silas Wegg was preparing his trap ;
Mr. Boffin was dally growing more
surly. At last he blazed forth and ;
discharged John Itokesmith for aspir
ing to the hand of Bella to secure the
Hannon fortune,
part of the dismissed secretary and
cried bitterly as she recalled the lov
able Mr. Boffin now transformed into
this terrible monster of greed,
sought again the poverty of her child
hood home. It did not take John Roke
smlth long to find her and the cherubic
Mr. Wilfer felt happily faint when he
saw his Bella's head find what seemed
a natural resting-place npon John's
breast.
But Bella took the
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zie s hiding place, near Plashwater I to
Weir Mill Lock. Eugene rowed ur> the !
river to the hamlet, but did not notice 1 tW
the interested lock-keeper who swung
open the gates for him. Nor did he i
know that a man dressed like the lock- :
keeper was near, watching him with ;
The latter was Bradley j
gate-keeper was
Rogue Riderhood, who was known to j
hate Eugene. Riderhood puzzled more
than a little when he saw Headstone, j
with murder in his eyes, in clothes pre- j
cisely like his own. !
Eugene walked at nightfall with Liz- :
zie by the banks of the river. Head
stone could not know that Lizzie i
begged Eugene to go away, but he saw
their lips meet. A shadowy figure kept j
close to Eugene after that until some- j
thing seemed suddenly to crash in his \
head and the stars and moon reeled ;
in his sight. He closed with his as- !
sailant, there was a scuffle and a
splash. Lizzie, tormented by her talk,
had not gone to her room. She heard
the splash and rushed to the river
When she saw a face in the ls
river she hurriedly leaped into a boat.
No man could have been more skillful
with oars,
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Meanwhile Eugene had found Liz
baleful eyes.
Headstone ; the
bank.
She reached the floating
body, caught it by the hair, secured it
and screamed for help. Help did not
come before she had bound and kissed
that* face that was so dear to her.
Scarred and marred as he was, Eu
gene struggled back from the border
of death.
He did not expect to re
cover when he asked Lizzie to marry
him, but she was as proud of him
when she was made his wife as though
he had been standing in full strength
by her side instead of lying helplessly
in bed.
Riderhood at his heels. He stepped
"ut Upon the bridge that held back
the Thames and then suddenly caught ;
his tormentor with a grip that could
not be shaken. They wrestled back ;
and forth on the brink, steadily near- i
ing the edge. Riderhood tried in vain j
to draw a knife. He fought, he tried j
to squirm free from that relentless em
brace. At last he went over backward
with Headstone gripping him. They ■
found the bodies locked together.
In the meantime Silas Wegg tight- i
ened his screws upon the hapless Bof- ,
fin. But the dramatic scene that he
Rogue Riderhood remembered that
Headstone had intended him to suffer
for the crime. So he announced that
he would dog Headstone until he was J
paid handsomely,
that the scoundrel would trail him for
Headstone knew
He
ever, as he had trailed Eugene,
walked away without a word, with
had planned did not work out, for
there was a later will than the one he
had found, giving everything to Mr.
Boifin.
So Mr. Wegg was suddenly
swung ont of the house and into a
passing scavenger's cart. His wooden
leg waved a gyrating farewell as he
passed out of the Boffin house.
Bella Wilfer had become Bella Roke
smith, and there was a wonderful, tiny
Bella before she understood Mr. Bof
fin's strange miserliness. Not till
then did she learn'that her name was ;
Bella Harmon and that Mr. Boffin had ;
been troubled by her hardness of
heart. So he had decided to try her.
It was for that reason that he had
been so gruff and miserly. He was
glad he had done it, for it had proved
Bella's worth and given her the man j
who loved her.
the Harmon fortune had been left by
the last will to Mr. Boffin, he reso
lutely refused to take it. He kept
only money enough to live comfortably
for the rest of his happy days.
The magnificence of the new home 1
where Bella was to live impressed even
her impressive mother, and the cheru-1
hie father was made John's score- Î
tary and released from the numbing j
life that had been his for many years, j
But perhaps John and Bella and the
Boffins too who were living with them'
made happiest by the long visit
And now, although 1
were
that they had from Mr. and Mrs. Eu
gene Wrayburn. Eugene was slowly
winning his way back to health and
affected cynicism had depart- 1
the old
ed He was prouder of his wife from
the slums than he was of his own dis
Anguished family and the place in sev
ciefv that had been his.
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C c«' r , The Bcimn polo. Spri^t Ä i
United Kingdom, the Dominions, its Coi- |
ontes and dependencies, under the copy
right act, by the Post Pnhjlskt ng Co.
Boston. Mass.. U. S. A. All rights re- j
served.
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Caroline Herschel. the discoverer
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Its Simplicity, Quaintness and
Comfort Are irresistible.
NEVER LOSES ITS APPEAL
Fundamentally It Embodies All That
Goes to Make the Home the Cen
ter of Life—Can Be Built at
a Cost Within Reason.
By WILLIAM A. RADFORD.
Mr. William A. Radford will answer
questions and give advlc. TTREK OF
COST on all subjects pertaining to the
subject of building, for the readers of this
paper. On account of his wide experience
as Editor, Author and Manufacturer, he I
is, without doubt, the highest authority
on all these subjects. Address all inquiries 1
to William a. Radfoid, No. iszr Prairie
avenu «- Chicago, Hi., and only inclose
tW °'" nt ,tamp for r * p,y
western continent they had certain |
ideas on homebuilding which they had j
brought from Europe. In England j
the predominating type of arcbi.ec- j
ture was known as Georgian. It called j
j for simplicity and dignity and a cer- j
tain quaintness that made hospitality
j the cornerstone of the home. Once
j established in this country the settlers
! began to carry out this same scheme j
: with some modifications. This devel- j
opment led to what is known as co- !
i taniai architecture. The
home Is as popular today, if not more f
j *>, than a century ago, and there is :
j De reason to believe that it will Jose
\ its bold upon the people in the years
; to come. For fundamentally it eni
! bodies ail that goes to make the home
the center of life. Its delightful s m- ;
pUcity, quaintness and comfort are ir- I
resistible. . j
In the colonial home the entrance
ls one °f 010 dominating features of j
tlie exterior treatment. It is the ci-st !
When the early settlers came to the |
colonial
important element in the faeade. Usu- j
ally it consists of a white door with
old-fashioned knocker and narrow side i
panels. If covered, the hood Is sup- j
ported by white pillars such as those 1
shown in the picture. This house is
an excellent example of colonial treat
ment and expresses very eloquently
the hospitalhy and comfort which are
found in a home of this type. There
is something alluring about the white
clapboard siding (white seems to be
the standard color of colonial bouses,
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very successfully), green shutters, reg- !
ular windows, well spaced and sn: Il i
panes. Àn extra decorative touch can
very easily be added in the form of
lattice work about the entrance or
around the house.
Tliere are seven rooms in this house,
three on the lower floor and four
above. The three first-floor rooms are
large and the living room is ideal. The
old Idea of a large room where the
family can lounge and entertain has
come back with a vengeance. No
more the small ornate parlor, now it
is the living room and this room Is the
center of all home activity. Other
rooms such as the dining room and
kitchen have been made smaller and
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In the colonial- house this room
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room.
Is the outstanding feature.
ohl-fasldoned open fireplace «rMch s |
™w considered quite modern In this
house the living room js 13 feet 6
Inches by 20 feet 6 inches.
At the rear end of the living room
s „ p„j r 0 f French doors opening out
a sun p Hr l or , 14 by 11 feet. The
parlor is an essential addition to
home and should be provided
The comfort it
sun
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whenever possible.
affords easily offsets the extra cost
An attractive
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the house is the dining room, smaller
In size than the living room, but ample
for Its purpose. It is lighted from
two sides. A swinging door leads the
way to the kitchen, 16 by 10 feet.
On the second floer are three bed-1
rooms—sn alcove and bathroom. The w
large bedroom is 13 feet 6 inches by <
17 feet, and the other two smaller «»1
ones are 11 by 13 feet 6 inches. If * n
four bedrooms are needed this second
floor plan can be easily jianged to [ the
accommodate that number.
This Is the kind of home that is be- of
ing built in ail sections of the country
regardless of climate or location. It ,
is ideal for the suburb, the small town,
or even the farm. It is surprising how '
many farm homes of the coionia! type !
are being built.
Another feature of the colonial
house that recommends it very strong
ly is its economy in cost. Because
I there are no frills or unusual addi
tions, there is no extra expense for
millwork. The design is more or less
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: «»use of this simplicity eca be built
at a cost within reason.
*°°** *f ,e colonial design,
; £ ' ie maximum amount of comfort, ;
I ' :hann - a!ltl convenience. There l? no :
j possibility of it growing old and out
of riate - it has survived gener
j ati '-' DS an ^ is more popular today than
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"ROOM OF THE LAST SUPPER"
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j Rightful Pcsr-ssEor of Holy Place in
Jerusalem Has Not Been Finally
Decided.
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The question of the right of Italy tv
the "Cenacoio," or Room of the Last
Supper, in Jerusalem, is still unset
tied, reports the Rome correspondent
of the London Observer. It may be re
ruembered that after the armistice
the sultan renounced ail etaiirs to the
"Oenacoio" In favor of the king of
Italy, as being the rightful heir of
the kings of Naples, the old possess
ers of the holy place. Representations
were made to the British government
by the Italian with a view to obtain
ing a confirmation of the cession. The
foreign office referred the matter to
the high commissioner for Palestine.
Sir Herbert Samuel, who decided that
it must come up for decision by the
mixed religions commission created
by the treaty of Sevres to decide on
the disposition of contested holy
places.
The Italian claim is based on the
grant of the holy place in the year
1333 to Robert of Anjou and his con
sort Sancta by the saltan of Egypt and
Damascus.
I went into a department store to
buy a pair of hose, writes a corre
spondent of the Chicago Tribune. Af
ter selecting the pair I wanted, the
saleslady sent them up in the wire
basket Co have them wrapped. I wait
ed quite a while for them and became
impatient. Going up to the saleslady
I said in quite a loud voice ; "Are my
stockings down yet?" People around
me stopped and stared,
smiled, then they tittered, and finally
laughed outright.
was doing ali she could to keep from
laughing herself.
what I had said until I recalled my
words. I hurried out of the store as
1 fast as I could go without my stock- [
First they
The saleswoman
I did not real'xe
| tags.
Just What Did He Mean?
They were etigaged. and in one coaj
armchair they were discussing, when
they were not busy with ether things,
arrangements for the future.
After a long period of s*tuce. ^h*
said:
"Supposing you lost your position
after we were married, how would yon
keep the wolf from the door?"
''Darling." he exclaimed, "no wolf
will come to our door. The mere sight
of your face would keep the wolf
away !"
•iproe."
Phonetic Englirh.
"Evo ni>ebi Minnie semus sta h .me
Translate that, patient reader, and
«wiiltf as a linguist extraordinary. It
w * 8 the task set before Dr. George P.
Parth, head of the public school medi
«»1 work, by one of the pnpils. It is
* n excuse for the girls' absence from
school. After ail the wise linguists tn
the department had headaches Dr.
of the note said:
"It's as plain as the nose oc your
face. Can't you read? Here's what it
says:
" 1 got new baby. Minnie, she must
stay home and help me.' "—Milwaukee- j
Barth went to the home. The writer
Enriching the Language. j
"No doubt" says the Lnray Herald,
referring to the French brought back
b, our *>1dta », -«„ I«w wm
keep such expressions as bean tote, ;
bone Jar. billy do lingery. auntra noo,
fox paws, Jenny s pa. silver plate. j
three beans and toot sweet."—Boston t
Transcript
Journal.
YOU CAN WALK IN COMFORT
If yon Shake lato Y oar Shoe« iom« ALLEY'S
FOOT*=EASE. the Antiseptic, Healinc pow- i
der for sboee that pinch
It take« the friction
relief to corns and tranlon*. hot. tired,
sweating, swollen feet.
Woman, Lovely Woman.
j t tokes a woman longer to make up
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CMt lint ache.
Cro m tat wnt aad
Ladle* can wear
«hoe* one *fcx* smaller by shaking Alien's
'oot=Ea*e in each shoe.—Adr.
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Important to Mothorr
Examine carefully every bottle of
CASTORIA, that famous old remedy
for infants and children, and see that it
p
SISMtore
In Use for Over 30 Years.
Children Cry for Fletcher's Castoria
her mind than it does to make up her,
face, but wi h either she turaaily gets
what she is aiming at.—Florida Times- ;
i Union.
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STRIKE
IGARI
A new size package!
Ten for 10c.
Very convenient.
Dealers carry both;
10 for 10c; 20 for 20c.
It's toasted.
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MORE THAN HE COULD STAND
Mr. Cityman Changed His Mind When
Business Partner Began to
Brag About His Garden.
What He Said to His Wife—If yon
want a garden this year you had better
hire somebody to make it. I'm not go
j in g to try it again. I've figured it out;
and if I would spend on my business
the time I put In on that garden I
would make enough money to keep us
in vegetables for fifty years. I am off
it for life.
What He Said to His Neighbor—I
don't think TU bother with a garden
this year. It doesn't pay ; I may do a
littie ; but the digging and the tabor—
Fm off that for life.
What He Said to His Partner—Well,
how's the garden coming along? I'm
not doing much with mine this year.
What? How high did you say? Al
ready? What seed did you use?
What He Said to His Wife When He
Got Home An Hour Early That Day—
Call me when dinner's ready. I've got
to get the garden started today or Til
never raise a thing.—Life.
Clever.
Correspondent thinks that the per
son who invented the phrase "Say it
with flowers" probably noticed that
"floral" ls largely "oraL"—Boston
Transcript.
Much talk is usually an indication of
little thought.
Let This Food
Helplfou to Health
Sound nourishment for body and brain
with no overloading and no tax upon the
digestion, is secured from
Grape=Nuts
It embodies the nutrition of the field
grains, and it makes for better health
and bodily efficiency
Ready to serve—an ideal break
fast or lunch. "There's a Reason
BEFORE » Af iE«
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CHILDBIRTH
Mr*. William* Tell* How
Lydia E. Pinkham'*Vegetable
Compound Kept Her
in Health
ad helped me both
before and after my
baby was b .rn. 1
Buffered with back
ache, headache, waa
generally run down
and weak. I saw
Lydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Com
pound advertised ia
the newspapers and
decided to try it.
1 Now I feel fine, taka
I care of my two boy»
j w ■
I recommend your medicine to anyone
who is ailing. You may publish my terti
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y^eibta Compel haa
j bem restoring women to health wfa»
t suffered from irregularities, displace
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men ta. backaches, headacb
down pains, nervousness or *
Today there ia hardly a town or hamlet
in the United State« Wherein some
does not reside who has bee»
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made well by it. That is why Ljow K.
Pinkham's Vegetable Compound is now
" C °***' " "*
woman
such ailments.
No Soap Better
-For Your Skin
Than Cuticura
Soap 25c, Oklaat 25 —J 50c, Trio» 25c.
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As One Raised
From Dead
STOMACH PAINS GONE
I
Estonia Made Him Woii
"After suffering ten long months
with stomach pains, I have take»
Eatonic and am now without any pal»
whatever. Am as one raised from ths
dead," writes A. Perdfleld.
Thousands of stomach sufferers re
port wonderful relief. Their troubla
is too much acidity and gas which
Eatonic quickly takes up and carries
out. restoring the stomach to a
healthy, active condition. Always car
ry a few Eatonics, take one after eat
ing, food will digest well—yon win
feel fine. Big box costs only a trill«
with your druggist's guarantee.
I PARKER'S
HAIR BALSAM
jfi to G„r *»d Hail
' me.ndtL<mrnt Drsrçtec*.
S? A mæex Cfcem. W *;*. PxscäojgT». S. T
HINDERCORNS
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viitac «Mr. He. hr b*: i o» mx Dc*r
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left.
TWO THINGS NOT LOOKED FOR
Even Stolid Englishman Saw the H»>
mor in One of Josh Billings'
Famous Jokes.
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Andrew Carnegie told a good story
at the expense of Matthew Arnold 1»
his "Autobiography.'' It seems that
the English critic was not successfut
in his lectures in the United States,
but he was anxious to learn, and ha
asked how Josh Billings held bis au
dience. The American humorist re
plied "Well, you mustn't keep theat
laughing too long, or they will think
you are laughing at them. After giv
ing the audience amusement you must
become earnest and play the serious
role. For instance, "There are twe
things in this life for which no man
is ever prepared. Who will tell in»
what these are 7 Finally someone
cries out, 'Death.' 'Well,' who give»
me the otberT
wealth, happinesa, strength, marriage,
taxes. At last Josh begins solemly :
■None of you haa given the second
There are two things on earth ft»
which no man is ever prepared, and
them's twins,* and the house shaken"
Mr. Arnold did also.
Many respond-—
it
From the Daily Sandpaper.
A New York wife, discovering bet
husband philandering with a plane
student seeks separation, blaming, ac
cording to the headline writer, musk;
in suit Accordion plaited?—Cartoons
Magazine.
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