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Spicer-On-Green-Lake, May 18.— Illustrated temperance lecture at the Presbyterian church of Spicer this evening. Mission meetings will be held at the Swedish Saron church at Spicer this week, commencing Tuesday evening and continuing all day Wednesday. The Great Northern operators of the Wil mar Diviison will have an outing at Green Lake next Sunday. From reports this association of railway employes plan to make a big day of it. A party pf four young ladies, Clara Orred, Alma Samuelson, Christine Peterson and Alma Swen son, of Spicer, drove up to New London Friday evening to partici pate in a surprise party given that evening at the Swedish Lutheran parsonage in honor of Rev. and Mrs. A. F. Seastrand, the occasion being their fifth wedding anniver ary. About seventy young people were present, and an enjoyable evening was spent. Christian [Siam, of Madison, Minn., a lay preacher of the Hauge Synod, has conducted services at the Green Lake church during the evenings of the past week. The Wilson touring car brot a large party from Willmar to the In terlachen hotel last Sunday. Miss Mattie Lien of Willmar spent Saturday and Sunday with friends at Spicer. Spicer will have a new restaurant in the immediate future. Mrs. S. Hanson of Renville has rented the N. Hendrickson building on Lake avenue and will convert the interior into an eating room. Mrs. Hanson has been a successful business wom an of Renville for a number of years, and all are confident that she will make a success of this under taking. Lewis Larson Jr. and Andrew Pe tei&on of New London visited with friends in Harrison last Sunday. David Holmberg left last Tues day for his home in Renville, Minn., taking his route across the country on his wheel. He will re turn in a week to take charge of a month's Swedish parochial school that will be held at Spicer, com mencing on Monday, May 25. Chris Jacobson left last week for Granville, N. D.t to visit for a few weeks with relatives. Work has commened on the new cement walks at Spicer. The work around the new post office building and bank past Peter Swenson's store was completed last week. AnJrevv Bjorsell of Willmar has the contract for the work. James McManus left on Tuesday for a few days' business trip to Paynesville, Glenwood and points in Noith Dakota. Mrs. F. 0. Swanson of Green Lake spent the fore part of the week in New London with her son Lemuel, who arrived there from St. Peter last Saturday. He will re main there a while under the care of Dr. Newman betore returning to his home at Edenwood farm. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Swanson of Mamre visited friends and relatives at Green Lake Sunday and Monday of this week. Misses Julia Hanson and Helen Campbell went to Willmar last Fri day for a few days' visit. Sivert Hanson of Green Lake Beach was taken suddenly ill last Sunday evening. Dr. Jacobs was called. The last reports say that ho is better. Mrs. Ad. Nelson from south of Green Lake is making a few days' visit with her sister, Mrs. Mattson of Svea. The Downs and Sanderson young people of Willmar made up a picnic party that spent Sunday at the lake. They also visited at the] Dan Downs home in Spicer. The Jonas Monson young people with their mother, of Ringo Lake, were the guests of N. Orred and family, of Spicer, Sunday. Knock Swenson spent Saturday and Sunday with his folks at Green Lake. Mr. Otto Manket! left for New London today, having been in the city since yesterday morning when he, together with Mr. Andrew Quam, also of New London, came down from Argyle, Minn., where they had attended the 15th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Mel gaard. Mrs. Melgaard is a sister of Mr. Mankell and an aunt of Mr. Quam. Mrs. Nels Quam of New London, sister of Mrs. Melgaard, also attended the reception, return ing today. Another guest was Dr. Hans Johnson of Kerkhoven, who accompanied the party and returned home yesterday morning. The Northwestern Elevator Co. has decided to put in an exchange department. They will handle Pillsbury flour and bran and shorts, and will sell at retail as well as supply the trade. Agent Severin son reports that there has been quite a deal of flour sold here be fore, which encourages the company to put in this addition to their business here. The Willmar Seminary Alumni Association have issued announce ments for their annual banquet, which will be held on Tuesday even ing. June 2, at the Seminary Hall. BANKERS ARE GUESTS OF CITY District Bankers Are In Session and Are Being Entertaned By the Local Bankers. The Seventh District Group of the State Bankers Association is in session in Willmar this afternoon. The convention met in the court room of the courthouse at one o'clock. An address of welcome was made by Mayor H. S. Peterson, which was responded to by Presi dent H. A. Baldwin. Congressman A. J. Volstead of Granite Falls is on for a discussion of New Cur rency Legislation. The question, "Would the Public Guaranty of Bank Deposits Be Desirable?" was taken up, the affirmative by Hon. Marcus Lauritson of Tyler and the negative by W. F. McLane of Min neapolis. The election of officers for the ensuing year resulted in the elec tion of Hon. Marcus Lauritsen of Tyler as president Andrew D. O'Brien of Graceville, vice presi dent F. R. Putnam of Morris, sec retary W. H. Gold of Renville and M. S. Carl of Clara City, members of the executive committee. There was also a discussion of Registration Tax on Mortgages by Hon. L. C. Spooner of Morris, and an address by Hon. C. T. Howard of Redwood Falls. It is the plan to take the visitors around the city and out to the Tall man farm in automobiles, if the weather permits. A banquet will be served this evening at the Bonde Hall. The banquet will be served by Ole Nickelson, the proprietor of the Commercial Hotel. Hon. A. E. Rice will act as toastmaster. Toasts will be responded to by 0. W. Lundsten of Hutchinson, F. L. Stone of Benson, Hon. M. J. Dowl ing of Olivia, Hon. Elias Rachie of Willmar, Atty. T. 0. Gilbert of Willmar and Jos. Chapman Jr. of Minneapolis. The following are the names of the visitors registered up to three o'clock this afternoon: C. D. Griffith, Sleepy Eye W. H. Gold, Redwood Falls 0. W. Wells, Herman S. S. Scott, Vesta F. E. Holton, Minneapolis J. P. Cooper, Redwood Falls A. C. Bur meitser, Redwood Falls H. L. Strand, Garvin A. 0. Gimmestad, Belview J. R. Fitch, Tracy 0. G.Olson, Porter L. Tidding, Lam berton, Thos. R. Frost, Minneapo lis M. R. Kauft, St. Paul Geo. J. Trimm, Lamberton L. 0. Thorpe, Willmar C. W. Ross, Chi cago W. 0 Willoughby, Minnea polis F. G. Handy, Willmar H. A. Baldwin, Redwood Falls Theo dore Aune, Glenwood T. 0. Ofs thun, Glenwood H. M. Hanson, Hanley Falls A. H. Lowe, Wood Lake Edwin Mead, Minneapolis J. M. Williams, St. Paul H. H. Batcheller, Minneapolis H. Jorg enson, Minneapolis H. E. Hollen beack, St. Paul Chas. V. Kennedy. Minneapolis W. M. Lane, Min neapolis J. W. True, Mankato J. C. Spencer, St. Paul J. J. Walsh, Minneapolis J. F. Millard, Will mar Ed. H. Fahey, Red Wing M. Lauritsen, Tyler L. A. Vik, Willmar J. W. Carey, Minneapo lis A. E. Rice, Willmar C. How ard, Redwood Falls F. R. Putman, Morris J. R. Orth, Raymond An drew Larson, Willmar T. 0. Orth, Raymond B. F. Kucheman, Spicer H. J. Dale, Renville F. H. Wold, Willmar 0. H. Soilien, Granite Falls F. C. Thornton, Glenwood C. W. Odell, Willmar A. N. Mick elson, New London Henry Roth schild, St. Paul 0. G. Hough, Kerkhoven E. L. Thorpe, Pennock Wesley Swenson, Pennock John Brandt, Murdock W. E. Young J. P. Johnson, Atwater 0. W. Lundsten, Hutchinson W. J. Raune, Jr., Hancock S. Bourier, Minneapolis A. Beaufort, Donnel ly S. H. Davis, Donnelly 0. H. Campbell, Litchfield T. F. Mc Clure, Litchfield J. Hewitt, Nas sua Ludvig M. Swenson, Louns burry L. 0. Johnson, Granite Falls W. C. Thompson, Maynard Mrs. Anna Abrahampon of Will- Henry Stene, Atwater Cora A. mar township leaves this week for Stene, Atwater Geo. A. Purcell, a trip to Norvay, where she will Clarkfield M. S. Carl, Clara City remain for some time. ID. N. Tallman, Willmar W. J. Pinney, Willmar J. P. Dahlquist, Tintah J. H. Skogrand, Watson F. L. Stone, Marietta Theodore Maybohm, Granite Falls J. E. Reyerson, Dawson Russell Spicer, Willmar M. J. Dowling, Olivia T. A. Vildey, Granite Falls J. S. Johnson, Granite Falls D. A. Mc Louth, Granite Falls 0. G. Dale, Madison H. L. Hayden, Madison C. G. Cotton, Minneapolis John Lundquist, Willmar N. J. Ored son, Kandiyohi N. S. Swenson, C. 0. Berg and Edwin Selvig, Will mar. Thanks to the gardening instinct of Sheriff Bonde, the flower beds in the courthouse yard are full of blooming plants. The sheriff has propogated some early varieties of flowers in his office and set them out in the beds, thus securing and early start for blooming. He has also made a number of rustic flower pots which he will set out in the beds later with other varieties of flowers. The sheriff took consider able pride in having his flowers beds in nice trim for the bankers' convention. The agents Great Northern station will have an excursion to Green Lake next Sunday eludes all the agents on mar and Watertown They will leave Willmar pulled by a switch and return in the This in- the Will divisions, on a car engine, at 8:30 evening. None but agents will be permitted to ride, as it will be in no sense a train for public tra\el. 1. Z. Newgord of Burbank was a caller in the city today. Prinsburg, May 20.—The phone line running into Raymond has been out of order since last Satur day. Efforts are being made to find out where the trouble lies. Mrs. N. Kleinhuisen came back last Tuesday from Pease, Minn., ac companied by Mrs. Fred Groenvald, who will visit for a week with her parents and other relatives here. Mr. and Mrs. K. Van der Stoep of Maurice, Iowa, who were on their way to visit with a daughter near Edmore, N. D., stopped off at Raymond and spent a day here with old time friends from Sioux county. Mr. and Mrs. W. Talen of Ray mond spent Sunday evening with N. DuBois and family here. Miss Gertie Flym, who is here spending a few weeks with her grandmother, Mrs. Van den Einde, visited with relatives in Roseland Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Garret Wiebredink spent Tuesday in Raymond as the guests of their cousins, Mr. and Mrs. G. Ruisink. The rains of last week and this week have greatly benefitted the growing grains. Crops look fine in our locality. Mrs. Henry Bruggers was on the sick list last week. Mrs. T. Kramer is expected home from her Iowa visit this week. Mrs. Hattie De Young from Fill more county and her son Elmer and baby daughter are visiting with relatives and friends here. The picnic to be held on Friday proimses to be a grand success. Many from far and near will be present if the weather is fair. Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Roeolfs spent Wednesday with the Talon family in Raymond. John Bolt and family, who moved to Chicago about a year ago, are back here and now live in Mrs. J. Phiefer's house one mile from Prinsburg. We are glad to wel come this family back. Relatives from Roseland came over to surprise Mrs. H. J. Roelofs last Saturday evening, the occasion being her 32nd birthday anniver sary. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Boersma went to Raymond Friday. Fred Poortinga from Renville is expected to be present to take pho tographs of the crowd at the picnic Friday. A number of young people went fishing at lake Waconda last Wednesday. The sad news reached us today of the death of Miss Tillie Hagen, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans E. Hagen of Lake Lillian. Death took place yesterday morning, the cause being tuberculosis, from which de eacsed had been suffering for the past six months. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Thursday). The graduating exercises of the Eighth grade will be held on Thurs day evening, May 28, and the High School commencement will take place on Friday evening, May 29. The graduating exercises of the Willmar Seminary classes will be held on Monday evening, June 1. V. E. Elfstrum of Marme left last Monday for Mora, Minn. Mr. Elfstrum contemplates investing in land in this part of the state and went there to look over the piece of land he has in view. Mrs. Ed Huffman of Sioux City came down Monday for a visit with friends here. She leaves today, ac companying Mrs. Birdie Huffman on her western trip as far as Breek enridge. Olof Brogren and family went to Kandiyohi this morning to attend the Erickson-Nystrom wedding. Lots in Ferring's Addition now for sale by Lowis Johnson. Office 214 4th Street. 14f, John G. Dahline spent Sunday in St. Paul. Nels Larson of Nest the city. t•••••••••••••••«•«••«•« Lake is in Court House Briefs County Treasurer Norin is still in Canada. Judge Nordin spent Sunday at his Green Lake cottage. John Wicklund of town of Kan diyohi called at the auditor's office today. Messrs. Decker, Minkel and Lip pert, of the town of Roseland, were in the auditor's office today to con sult with the auditor regarding county ditch No. 18. They intend to contract for 50 stations on the said ditch. Alfred Olson, a young man from the town of Lake Andrew, was up on the peittion of C. S. Solberg brought before the Probate Judge to be examined for lunacy by Drs. E. S. Frost and J. M. Rains. The young "man was adjudged insane and was taken to the hospital at Fergus Falls this afternoon Sheriff Bonde. He was about years old. The Seventh District Group Minnesota Bankers Association held their meeting in the courtroom this afternoon. The jobbing houses of Brown, Treacy & Sperry Co. and Louis F. Daw Co., of St. Paul, and the Free Press Printing Co. of Man kato were respectively represented by J. C. Spencer, J. W. Wililams and J. W. True. Marriage Licenses Issued. May 15—Eddie Norin to Bertha LaSalle. May 16—Richard M. Bomsta to Mamie J. Mathiason. May 16—John M. Christenson to Tilda Josephine Trogen. May 18—Chas. V. McDougall to Margaret J. Jones. May 18—Edwin Charles Hall strom to Anna Victoria Lundqist. May 19—Theodore W. Nystrom to Martha Alvine Erickson. The baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. John Nygaard has been very ill during the past wpek with pneu monia. Alvin Englund of Whitefield vis ited in town last Wednesday. We are selling Elgin or Waltham 18 size movements fitted in 20 year guaranteed cases at $12.00 for cash. Anderson Bros. & Co. 12f Dr. C. E. Gerretson, dentist. Office in new Ruble block, Willmar ^*»*%*%»*%»»%»%»^%%%^%%»»»»%wi Mofvtrous' Invention. By GEORGE ETHELBERT WALSH. Copyright. 1907, by George Ethelbert Walsh. ONTROUS was more seedy In appearance than usual as he listlessly dropped into the chair The day was hot. and the stuffy little restaurant made his head ache. When he looked up to give his order the new waitress smiled and in reply to his question said: "Patsy's gone, and I've taken her place. I hope I'll suit you." Montrous thought the name better than Patsy, and the face and figure fitted it admirably. Tess—Tess Bar rington! It sounded good, and the eyes were wondrously liquid and brown. The dinner hour was an oasis in the desert of work and worry. Montrous began to drop in earlier to avoid the noonday rush. Once when the table presided o\er by Tess was crowded he unwillingly took his place at another As the days and weeks passed the new waitress looked fagged, in common with the rest "When do you take your vacation?" he asked one day. "I don't think I'll take any," she said, with a sad smile "It costs too much." Monti ous understood. A vacation without «ages would be a joyless af fair. "I suppose you take yours soon?" she murmured. "No not this year," he blurted out "I can't—not nntiJ my patent comes out" This was the first time he had spoken to a stranger about his patent, and he wondered at his words. But he con tinued: "You s,ee, I'm poor and must make this patent go. It's a great one, but they don't see it that way. or want to buy it outright for a mere song. But I'll starve betore they get it that way the subtle power which had induced him to reveal this much of his inner life to Tess could not be explained He was no psychologist He had no time to take an inventory of his emotions. A week passed without further reference to his work Then one day she asked half apologetically: "Can I see the patent?" "Sure' But it may not interest you. It's all about—about making tin cans." He laughed at the crude description and then added "It's a machine that will save thou sands—millions—to manufacturers of tin cans I'll bring it around if you'll let me." Montrous made the patent an excuse for calling often. "One concern offered me five hun dred for it" be exclaimed scornfully. "Think of it! Five hundred for two years' work!" In the middle of the summer he beamed into the restaurant on a very hot day and whispered softly: "What do you think, Tess? I've got a raise. The great Consolidated Tin Can company offered me $1,500 today for the patent!" She was tired with the day's unre mitting work, and the lines on her face were drawn, but she brightened I HOPE l*XiL 8T/1T YOU." Dp at the sight of his happiness and said: "You'll take it?" He looked hurt the smile fading from his features. "Tess!" There were surprise and indignation In the single word. Tess flushed and Stammered quickly: "Oh, I didn't mean that I was so tired that the thought of $1,500 seemed like—like"— One ol the Beautiful Beaches on Green Lake which It Is claimed will be Flooded by a Two Foot Raise. For thjg. first time.he_noted herdrawn face. His own Immediately changed to sympathetic appreciation of her view point "It does seem like a good deal," he said slowly. "It would give—give you now, for Instance, a nice long vacation, and you need it" "I wasn't thinking of that" she stammered hurriedly. For a week Montrous was moody and depressed. He took no apparent Interest in his dinner. Tess gently ral lied him and even changed his orders to suit her idea of what he needed. His face grew pale and drawn. Finally Tess said sharply to him one day: "You need a rest—a change." "Do I? And you, what about you? You're all played out Tess, and yon must take a vacation." "Oh, I can stand it until"— "Until you collapse!" he blurted out angrily. Montrous did not appear at the res taurant for three days. Then on the fourth be entered, with a new, quiet determined expression on his face. "Tess, I want to see you tonight," he said briefly. "It—it's about the patent and—and—our—your vacation." When he entered her bare, plain hall room that evening, the old depression had worn off. Her eyes were aglow with a new passion. Without circum locution he plunged to the heart of his subject "Tess, I've sold the patent for a lump sum!" She glanced up hurriedly, with a frightened expression on her face. The color deserted her lips. Mistaking it for a false alarm, he went on, with a smile on his lips: "I sold it to the Consolidated Tin Can company for $2,000. I made them raise their bid $500. Isn't that glori ous?" A cry escaped her lips, and her eyes filled with anguish Montrous stared at this exhibition of emotion, unable to explain it "And the royalties?" she gasped. "There will be no royalties." "But you said there would be a for tune in royalties and that you would never sell it outright." The light in his eyes made her shiver "But Tess, little girl, don't you see, I might have to wait years for that and we needed the rest, the change—you and I. And $2,000 is a good sum. It will give us a vacation"— She placed her hands to her face and was sobbing softly. Montrous ap proached and tried to speak steadily, but his voice wavered. "Tess. dear, don't you see that I love you and that we can—can go away for a time? When we are married we"— She stepped back, still holding her hands before her eyes. The movement brought Montrous to a sudden stiff at titude. The blood left his face. His voice was very faint. "Tess, you do not love me? You can not care for me—in this way?" She made no reply, but continued her sobbing "Oh, I'm so sorry," she murmured brokenly "You must let me think— leave me alone!" Tess did not appear at the restaurant the next day nor the next. On the third Montrous could stand it no longer. He interviewed the proprietor and learned, to his chagrin, that the new waitress had left Tess was out when be called at her boarding house, but he was relieved to find that she had not changed her lodg ings and thus escaped him entirely. He was full of good news and anxiously waited her return. She came in late, less fagged than when he met her last but still with circles under her eyes. "Tess, I've good tidings,* he said im pulsively, taking her hand. "Some fairy godmother of mine has interced ed for me. The great Tin Can heart has softened. I can hardly believe the news to be true. But I have it in black and white, and I'm forced to accept it" She flushed prettily, and the return of the old happiness in her eyes trans formed her features. "You don't ask me what it is I have to tell you?" he added in disappoint ment "Have you lost all interest in the patent? If so. then my good for tune will not interest you." "No, no! Tell me!" "I've made a new contract with the Consolidated Tin Can company," he announced abruptly. "Instead of pay ing me $2,000 for the patent they will use it in all their factories and pay me royalties. And the most wonderful thing about it is that the proposition came from them. Can you believe it?" "No!" she answered faintly. "Do you know what that means to me?" he added. "Why, it will make me rich—rich enough to go on with my work and to take a vacation when I wish. It's a sure income of many thousands, and"— Then he stopped. The remembrance of their last interview flashed over him. The joy of the present suddenly lost its power. He was conscious of a loss which success could not requite. The sadness in the corners of his eyes gave him an old, wrinkled appearance. He glanced once at her, and then his resolution made him turn away. His hands strayed idly among the papers and magazines on the table. She had brought a bundle of them in with her, and they lay close to his finger tips. While his eyes roamed from one print ed word, to. another,jhe slow abstrac- tibn changed to sudden new Interest He picked a paper from the table and studied it closely. The paper was neat ly typed, and the words bad a familiar look. Increasing surprise and wonder grew in his face, transfixing him so that he was scarcely conscious of her presence. With uncomprehending eyes she watched the slow change dawning in his face. The awkward silence at tracted her attention, and her eyes fell upon the paper in his hands. There was a cry of dismay from her, and with sudden alarm she gilded toward him and snatched the fatal document With cheeks flushed and eyes lustrous with fear she glanced up, hoping fear fully that her secret was still safe. Bat in that instant she read the mean ing of his dull, baffled gaze. "Tess," he said slowly, "what does this mean?" He brushed his brow with a trem bling hand. "How did you get this?" he contin ued thickly. "It's a copy of my agree ment with the company. How— where"— She did not meet his eyes, but wa vered uncertainly, holding the paper in her hands. The light of comprehen sion was slowly dawning on him. Still he was puzzled. "Tess, you did this! You—you"— Then the absurdity of it made him hesitate. What influence could a poor, friendless waitress have with one of the wealthiest corporations of the country? Clearly it was a mere coin cidence! But it puzzled him, and he looked to her for an explanation. She stood near him with half averted face. From the clear cut profile, with its delicate outline and suggestive curves of cheek and chin, his eyes wandered back to the table from which he had picked the document There were other papers loosened from the rubber band—a memorandum, a loose sheet of some printed matter, an un opened letter and a card. The letter and card attracted his gaze. He dwelt upon them for an instant and then started as though touched by a live wire. "Tess," he murmured abstractedly, picking up the card and letter, "can "HOW DID YOV OBI THIS?" you explain how you got that paper and this—this"— His voice trailed off, and he added, leading the card: "Miss Morley." He turned it over and gazed at the back, then looked at the handwriting on the unopened letter. "Miss Morley," he read again. Tess could stand It no longer. She held out a hand for her property. He watched her, a cynical smile slowly framing itself on his lips. "You're not Tess—Tess Barrington," he went on, returning the card and let ter. "It's a little game of deceit you've been playing. Miss Morley! And old John Morley is the. president of the Consolidated Tin Can company! It is quite a coincidence!" His laugh was mirthless and harsh, something like a sneer curling his lips. She winced under it but a moment later she turned impulsively toward him and explained: "I did not intend to deceive you. I—1 was there in the restaurant for—for the experience. I wanted to see for myself how others lived. I did not want to give to charity indiscriminately, and"— He interrupted sharply: "Charity! Oh, yes, it was charity to"— She stopped him with an imperious look. The shame mounted to his fore head. "No, I didn't mean that," he apolo gized. "But I must have the contract canceled. I could not accept the royal ties on the patent in that way." She watched him with a dumb look •f pain on her face. When she held out her bands, he did not see them. His eyes were bright with a new deter mination. "You do not wish to offend me," she began slowly. "I—after all, our friend ship and what has happened, should a small thing like this stand between us?" "It is what baa happened between us that makes this impossible, Tess," he replied, smiling as he emphasized the old name which had grown so dear to him. "I knew Tess Barrington. I do not know Miss Morley." If before there had lurked any hope hi his heart it was now forever sup pressed. Tess—the girl he had loved— was no more, and in her place was— He shuddered and turned from her. "I must go," he murmured gently. There were pain and Irresolution In her face. Then suddenly she took the copy of the contract and tore it in two, casting the two pieces in the open fire place. "If this makes the difference," she said firmly, "I shall have the original destroyed like this. It is not worth the loss of such—such friendship as ours. Now I'm Tess again—simply Tess Bar rington, the obscure waitress at D.'s. I'm tired, horribly tired, and need a vacation. See the circles under my •yes! Do they not appeal to you? Think what a vacation we could take on $2,000! Wouldn't it be glorious?" The saucy eyes and smiling face were close to his. He held bis breath and cjteched,JJsJteett,. then slowly shook luThead. He repteoTwlf evident ef fort: "No, no. That does not alter it The Illusion to broken. Tess, poor Tess, la no more!" She uttered a little cry of dismay the color fading from her face. Im pulsively she stretched forth hot,, hands again. He took them and beta them passionately. "I loved Tess—loved her dearly," he exclaimed between clinched teeth. "She YBU» mono to me than my patent, more than an else la life.'' "Then I shall always be Tess to you ~4dmply Teas." [Original.] "I can't give you any answer today, Charlie." "You've been saying that for three months." "And I suppose I'll continue to say it till I make up my mind to"— "Be married." "Oh, no I've decided upon that" I "You mean you haven't decided on the man you will marry." To this the only reply was a far away, dreamy look. "How many of us are there?" "How disagreeable of you! You seem to intimate that there are a large num ber, whereas there are only two." I "That simplifies it immensely. I in fer from your putting me off rather than refusing me that I'm one of the tare. Now, how would it do to decide between the two by tossing a coin?" Again that faraway look, then "Sup pose you lose?" "I shall have to bear my disappoint ment like a man." A dissatisfied look passed over her face. She was silent "What's troubling your* "I was thinking of my own disap pointment in case the coin fell the wrong way." "But I thought there was no wrong way for you." No reply. "Does the other fellow possess an ad vantage that has nothing to do with love?" "No." "Then, if you can be happy with either of us and can't decide between us, why would you not be satisfied with the decision of a toss?" "Why, because—how stupid of you— the coin might decide the wrong way." It was his turn to pause. He was of a scientific turn of mind and had a fancy for paradoxes, but here was one that baffled him. "I have it" he said finally. "We'll toss the coin, and if it falls the wrong way you are to have the privilege of deciding the right way." She neither assented nor dissented, and, taking a quarter from his pocket he said: "I choose this eminently re spectable head with a serious face, a wreath and the motto, 'In God We Trust' I'm perfectly willing to trust in God." "You said that Just as if you had no confidence whatever in me." "You, not being able to choose be tween two lovers, are not to be relied on by either. I having chosen heads, there remains for my rival the spread eagle with an olive branch in one claw and a bundle of arrows In the other, by which he means, 'If you marry me I'll love you if you don't shoot you.' There's a ribbon in his month, which means, Ton shall al ways be dressed up mighty fine,' or, in other words, Til give you everything you want'" "Thafs just what makes me hesi tate. You coolly arrogate everything to yourself. You choose the head and the motto 'In God We Trust' leaving for—Cor the other—a spread eagle, as you call it, with your own interpreta tion of the emblems." "I'm going to put an end to your hesitation. Up she goes!". He flipped the com, and as it came down he put his hand over it "Before you know who has won," he said, "I want to know if you intend to abide by the decision." "I suppose so—that is"— She got no further. He tried in vain to get a more definite reply. At last he took away his hand and showed the com—tails up. "He has won," he said coolly, put ting the piece in his pocket "Permit me to congratulate you." "On what?" "On getting a spread eagle husband who will love you when you are good and stick arrows into you when you are bad and clothe you with silks or satins." Her eyes wandered all over the room, agbtlng nowhere. "Ten me plainly," he said, "without beating around the bush, are you satis fled or dissatisfied with the result of the toss?" "I might not be satisfied if—that UT- She paused and looked out of the window. On her fair young brow were the gentle corrugations of perplexity. "Well?" Ton seem to be satisfied." "I? What has that to do with it?' "If you had shown even a tiny bit of dissatisfaction"— "You would have been satisfied?" "You're always misinterpreting what I say. I didn't mean that at all." "Come we're making no headway. It was agreed that if the com fell the wrong way you were to have the privi lege of deciding the right way." "But I told you at first, I can't de cide, at least not just now." "Then I suppose we have spent all this time for nothing. I'm worn out with trying to bring you to a decision. I'm going away for a long while—a year, two years, five if necessary—to overcome this infatuation for a girl who doesn't know whether she wants me or doesn't want me or wants some body else or"— "There's one chance for a decision," the interrupted, "that you haven't thouglt of." "What's that?" "You might toss again* He sent the coin spinning high In the air and without waiting for it to come down took her in his arms. The next morning her little brother was munching candy. When asked where he got the money to buy It with he said he had found a quarter under the piano. IfABEL B. BIOHABDSON.