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RUTH'S LEGACY. 23 WHEN Rodney Dare came hoine from the war without his strong right arm Ruth Trevor's friends wondered if she would marry him. "Of course she will," said the friend who knew her best. "Why shouldn't she? lie's the same Rodney Dare now that he was when she promised to mar ry him, isn't he?" "Yes, but there's a difference," was the reply. "Then he had another ami to fight the battle of life wirh. Now well, I suppose it won't make any dif ference with Ruth. She always was IRHMiliar." . "Thank God for such peculiarity," said her friend. "She wouldn't be the woman I have always believed her to be if she refused to marry him because he had lost an arm. She will take Its place to him. I know Ruth Trevor too well to believe that the idea has ever occurred to her that this less need make the slightest difference in their plans." And her friend was right. When, one day, Rodney Dare said to Ruth: "I have couie to tell you that of course I do not expi-ct to hold you to your proin ísí to me, under existing circum stances., if you care to withdraw it." she rose up before him with something akin To anger in her f:ice and looked him Sfjuartly in the eyes. "llave I ever given you any reason to think I cared to withdraw it?" she asked. ."No," was the reply. "Rut when you gave it I was a man. Now I am but part of one." "I'll take that part of the man that's left." she said. "It's the part that the Rodney Dare I love lives in. Never speak of this to me again," she added. And he never did. But he would not talk of marriage until he had obtained employment of some sort, and for this he began to fit himself. It was almost like beginning life over in learning, to make one arm do the work of two, but he had a brave heart and a strong will, and love stood ready to help him in the times when he felt inclined to become discouraged. One day Ruth said to him: "I'm going away for a month or two. I've had a letter from Aunt Martha, who lives in the prettiest little country village .you ever saw, and she wants me to visit her. 1 shall enjoy a breath o? pure air so much! Only, I wish you were going with me. Rodney. I shall think of you back here in the city, and feel half ashamed of myself for hav ing such a good time that you cannot share." "I shall share - it in thinking how much good it is doing you." he said. "One does not always have to take part in the pleasures of others to be bene fited by them. There's a sort of reflex Influence, you know." "That sounds quite mataphysical," laughed Ruth, "but I think I under stand what you mean and I promise to enjoy myself to the utmost in order that you may feel this 'reflex influence' to the fullest extont." Before Ruth had been at Aunt Mar tha's two days she found that she had been invited there for a purpose. "Your cousin Hugh is coming next week," said Aunt Martha. "I wanted you to meat him. I know you'll like him at least. I hope you will, and the better you like him The better suited I'll be." Ruth looked at her quostioningly. " "You wonder what sort of a plan I have in my head, I suppose," said her aunt. "I'm not going to say anything mora about it now. but uugh knows. ! "I infer that it is some sort of matri monial plan." said Ruth. "If it is. put It aside at once! I may like my cousin very much I hope I shall but I could not marry him." "Why?" asked Aunt Martha. "Because I am to marry Rodney Dare," answered Ruth. "And who is Rodney Dare?" demand ed Aunt Martha. Then Ruth told her about her lo'-er. "A man with one arm, too!" cried Aunt Martha, "and a poor man, too! You're foolish. Ruth." "Pirhaps so," said Ruth, quietly, but with a. brave steadfastness in her voice. ' But, foplish or not, I love him. I have promised to marry him and I shall kei p my word." "You've got the stubbornness of the Trevors in you. I see," said Aupt Mar tha, grimly, of yours may make a gr.at difference with your future prospects, as well as in y plans. I have considerable prop erty that must go to the children of my two brothers. You represent one of them,. Hugh the other. I wanted you to marry each other and keep the prop erty together. If you persist in your determination to marry this Rodney Dare, Hugh may gat It all." "Let him have It," said Ruth. "All ' the wealth in the world wouldn't influ ence me in the least in this matter." "You're a Trevor, all through," said Aunt Martha, angry, yet admiring the spirit of her niece, In spite of hurself. "Well, since you've made up your mind. not mentioned in my will you needn't be surprised." "I haven't asked to be remembered in it," said Ruth. "I don't want you to think for a moment, Aunt Martha, that I care for your money. I assure you, I have never given it a thought." "Perhaps not," responded Aunt Mar tha, "but money comes handy some times, and one waots to think twice be fore throwing away such a chance as this." "I could not change my mind if I were to think a thousand times," said Ruth. "I am just old-fashioned enough to believe that there are other things more necessary to one's happiness than money." "Very well, you'll do as you choose about it, of course," said Aunt Martha, frigidly. "But I think my opinion worth considering, notwithstanding." Cousin Hugh came. Ruth liked him, but he wasn't Rodney Dare! Millions of money wouldn't have tempted her to marry him if she had had no lover. "I suppose you haven't changed your mind about matters and things?" said Aunt Martha, one day, the week before Ruth wont home. "Not in the least." replied Ruth. "You're a foolish girl," said Aunt Martha. "Maybe, but I think not," responded Ruth. When she got home she told Rodney all about Aunt Martha's, rlans. "Do you think ' I was foolish?" she asked, smiling into his face. "I think you're a noble, true-hearted little woman," he answered, and kissed her. "I hope you'll never regret giving up your share of your aunt's fortune for a man with but one arm to protect you with. I feel unworthy of such a sacrifice." "There was no sacrifice about it," said Ruth. "I didn't care, for the for tune and I do care for you." Six months later a telegram came saying that Aunit Martha was dead. Would Ruth come to the funeral? Ruth went, and after the funeral she and cousin Hugh sat down in the old fashioned parlor together, with Aunt Martha's old lawyer and one or two of Rodney took the large document froa. Ruth's lap and unfolded it and glanced over the half-written, half -printed page. "It means," he said, "that you're a wealthy little woman in spite of your self, Ruth. Your Aunt Martha had half her property deeded to you be fore she died. That which she spoke of in her will was the other half of it, which had not been deeded away, and you, of course, supposed that repre sented all. She leaves you her old home, and other property in its vicin ity, to the value of a good many thou sands of dollars, I should say." "It can't be!'' cried Ruth, excitedly. "And yet it must be so. Read her let ter, Rodney read It aloud, aud maybe it'll seem clearer to me." Rodney read: "My Dear Niece Ruth: I do not think I have very long to lige, therefore I shall so arrange matters now that there need be little trouble in disposing of what I leave behind, when I am dead. When you told me you could not fall in with my plan" about a marriage with Hugh I was indignant. If I had died then, you would have got little from me if I could have had my way about it. But by-and-by I began to think it over and I came to believe that you were right and I was wrong. I calculated from the head, you from the heart, and the heart is to be trusted most in such matters, I think. I admire you for your honesty to your woman hood, and your loyalty to your one armed lover. You did just right, my dear niece just right! and to prove to you that I bear you no ill-will for not falling in with an old woman's foolish plans, I shall have half my property deeded to yon at once, so that, at any time after my death, which I have reason to believe may happen at any time, and suddenly, all there will be for you will be to take possession. God bless you, dear Ruth, and make you very happy with the man you have chosen. He ought to be proud of so loyal-hearted a wife as you will make him. Sometimes think kindly of the woman who never got much happi ness out of life, and may this legacy bring you more enjoyment than it has ever brought me." "Dear Aunt Martha!" said Ruth, soft ly, with tears rolling swiftly down her cheeks. "I wish she could know how much I thank her for her legacy and her letter. Do you know, Rodney, I'm not sure but I value that most?" For answer he bent and kissed her. RODNEY GLANCED OVER THE HALF-WRITTEN, HALF -PRINTED PAGE. her intimate friends, to listen to the reading of her will. In it she bequeathed to Hugh Trevor "all property now in her possession, to which she had Just title and claim," with the exception of the old family Bible. That went to Ruth. "I have brought my legacy home with me," she told her mother, on her return, as she deposited a package wrapped in thick brown paper, and se curely tied up, ou the parlor table. On the wrapper was written: "Ruth Tre vor, to be given her, unopened, after my death," in Aunt Martha's prim penmanship. "You don't mean to say that you were left nothing but that?" cried Mrs. Trevor. "It's as much as I expected," answer ed Ruth. That evening Rodney Dare came in. Suddenlv Ruth bethought her of the package, which had not been opened. "I must show you my legacy," she said, bringing the package. "Cut the "But this- his olstinacy I strinKs. Uodney, please." He did so and Ruth took the old worn Bible from its wrappings. As she did so, some papers slipped from between its pages and fell to the floor. She stooped and gathered them up. One was a somewhat bulky document. The other was an envelope, on which her name was written. "Here's a letter from Aunt Martha," she said, and opened it. As she read it a tender light came into her face. Then a look of surprise and bewilderment. "I I don't understand," she said, looking from Rodney to her mother. "She says something about deeds. What does she mean by that, I won- "Your love 'and loyalty are worth a thousand legacies," he said. And Ruth threw her arms about his neck aud cried: "I'm so glad for your sake, Rod ney!" New York Ledger. Arizona Co-Operative Mercantile Inst. 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