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: Grandmother | By ANNE O’HAGAN (Copyright, The Frank A. Munsey Oft.) Old Mrs. Doherty’s eyes had look*s3 on sorrow, but always dauntlessiy. Thus It happened that their hum«Sf was as undimmed, their friendllnew as unquenehed, at seventy as half O century earlier. Out of a network wrinkles they sparkled their blue luster heightened by tfa® parchment lyiownness of her w 7 eatfe®f*> beaten skin. And whenever they dwcts upon her grandson, Larry Doherty, they took a new depth of kindness aaO brightness. She accounted herself a very lccfisf woman, she was wont to tell toes’ neighbors. To be sure, her husband, when they had been married only ffi little over a year, had been killed iffi an explosion in the old country; but hT> had left her Larry, her own sea Larry, the baby in arms, who had grown to be the best and most stal wart of sons. She dwelt upon Larry’s memory with great tenderness, for h© was only a memory these many year*) now. The ship that was bearing hiifl to America with his mother, his pretty wife, and their rosy children, had been wrecked on the Banks, Only on© of the lifeboats had ever been heard of again. That one a schooner from Falmouth Cape had sighted and saved; and on it was old Mrs. Doherty with her youngest grandchild, the baby Larry, in her arms. To some the chronicle would not have seemed one of good fortune; but Mrs. Doherty translated calamity to blessing in her own fashion. She was a busy creature even after the dreadful struggle of her early rears in the new country was past. Her cabin on the bill slione with a cleanliness matching that of her New England neighbors. She was a dairy woman of note, albeit but two cov/ffl iomposed her stock. She had a chick in yard screened from her small vege table patch and flower bed. Larry, of course, bad no conception* »f the fact that she was a miracle iinong grandmothers, but he loved her and depended upon her and itoposetSl upon her and took her as an ©very lay matter—until the Downing© came to Falmouth Cape. Then his eyes were opened to the fact that liis relative was not as other women are. Myrtle Down ing, blonde, given to giggling, and ad mitting twenty-three years, enlightened aim. “My!” she said, when their acquaint ance had progressed to the point of personalities, “ain’t your grandma funny?” “What’s funny about her?” demand id Larry, startled as if it had been suggested to him that some fact of nature was out of the natural order. “Now 7 , who did you ever see dress like that?” retorted Myrtle unanswer ably. Whereupon Larry, recalling the dif ference between the customary dress jf the community and the neat peas ant garb which his grandmother hud lever discarded, blushed for her. Later le sought with gifts to beguile her into i fashion which Miss Downing assured bim was correct Mrs. Doherty was outwardly grate ful, though unbeguiled. To herself she said shrewdly and sadly: “He niver found out for himself vhat I was wearin’. No! An’ it’s lit tle he’d have cared for annywan’s jellin’ him, unless —unless” —she sighed leavily. “Well, I could have wished It another!” And the more Larry’s grandmother jaw of Miss Myrtle Downing, the more, jhe wished that it might have been an other. She was much alone in her cabin luring tlie days of Larry’s wooing; and the light went out of her eyes as It had never gone in ail the year® ©I Per labor and sorrow. “It’s not his leavin’ me for another," 1 she tised to assure some inward ac cuser. “Lord save us, didn’t I see me own do that, an’ have joy wid Mm? But this girl—this baggage—what does she know 7 about carin’ ? He’ll niver to© happy wid her —her an’ her curls F* It was Myrtle’s obviously artificial ringlets to which the old woman took the most violent objection, making them the scapegoat, as it were, for all the girl’s shallowness and shujua. Once, in a desperate moment, tt© made the mistake that wiser ones than she have made. She spoke contemptu ously of her grandson’s sweetheart; she besought him to give Myrtle Ufi. And she accomplished nothing hut tfw erecting of a wall of silence and an tagonism between herself and the toss for whom she lived. And so it finally came about that all© heard from the neighbors and not from himself of his contemplated marriage. Mrs. Downing, it was reported, had be wailed the approaching nuptials. “Tke Dohertys were no match for the Down ings,” she had lamented. Now, though she knew that love would do strange things to the young - , blinding them to the beauty of old ways and bidding them shut the win dows upon peaceful old outlooks, still, the stricken grandmother never doubt ed Larry’s intentions toward herself. Never, she knew 7 , would it occur t<? him to turn her adrift in her old age. But she herself, could she stay where alien eyes looked coldly upon'her? . “But if I go an’ live by inesilf,” sit* said, “they’ll say he turned me out, they’ll misjudge the poor, foolish boy. An’ If I go, who’s to take care of him' —for that baggage hasn’t It in her. ’Deed, an’ she doesn’t make him happy even now”—w 7 hich was true enough, as the most casual could observe. Myrtle, aiming at the witcheries of coquetry, achieved pertness and a habit of nagging, and kept her lover in a state of irritation far enough re moved both from the blissful uncer tainty which she intended and the comfortable assurance which he re garded as his right. By and by the March gales began to heat along the coast. The waters of the hay rose and lashed themselves with oceanic fury. The winds threat ened the houses, the piers, the railroad. One morning there came a telephone report to the station that the trains from the region w 7 est of Falmouth Cape would he unable to reach the cape sta tion and to go on to Falmouth Town on the other side of the bay. Floods had washed away bridges and road beds in the interior, and for 48 hours, at least, there w ; ould be no traffic. Fal mouth Cape settled itself to the ex cited security of a mere watcher of calamities; but in two hours it ceased even to watch, for the storm had wrought havoc with the telephone wires, and it was cut off from the world. Two things drove Larry stubbornly so town that morning. One was a boy ish pride in the fact that he had never missed a day’s work since he ob tained a position; the other was that Myrtle had been uncommonly trying the night before with her weak co quetries and her bad temper, and he wished to escape her neighborhood for a while. He harnessed the old horse, wrapped himself well, and drove across the road bridge that paralleled the railroad bridge across the bay and Into Falmouth Town. In the afternoon the section of the road bridge next to Falmouth Cape succumbed to the strain of the winds and the rising billows. Crackling and crashing, it was swept away, and the flooring of the structure terminated abruptly over the seething, tar-black waters an eighth of a mile from the cape shore. The arch still stood, and the wooden girders on which the floor ing had been laid. All that afternoon Mrs, Doherty cushed about beseeching some one to ?o and save her boy. Every one an swered that her boy would not at tempt to make the journey home that evening. In the morning, perhaps, the wires would be working again, and the town end of the bridge could be warned of the damage at the cape end. A.ny way, they said, there was no practicable way of reaching her grand son. Myrtle, to whom the old woman went in final appeal, scoffed at the no ;ion of Larry’s attempting to return n the evening. “He wouldn’t be such a fool!” she said conclusively. “Fool?” cried his grandmother, in mguish and exasperation. ’Tis us that snows the bridge is broke, not him. Ml was safe an’ well whin he went aver this mornin’. Why wouldn’t he je cornin’ home tonight? He’ll start, ill in the dark an’ the wind, an’ he’ll Irive, an’ there’ll be no seein’ the end, in’ —are ye goin’ to do nothin’ at all, it alir “What could I do?” demanded Myrtle, sullen, but sufficiently reason ible. “If It was the man I was goin’ to marry,” declared the old woman, with red spots In the wrinkled hollows of tier cheeks, and glittering points In tier eyes, ‘Td crawl along the broken wood, over the pillars there, till I "ould reach the boarded part of the bridge. An’ thin I’d walk an’ run, an’ run an’ walk, till I came to Falmouth Town, an’ there I’d stand to wait an’ warn him!” “La, Mrs. Doherty, yon certainly do make me tired,” retorted Myrtle. “I ain’t so dead set on keepln’ a beau as you’d be, if you had one!” Something in the brutal egotism | which she had uncovered silenced Mrs. Doherty. She started and shook her head in dumb uncomprehension, then turned and walked back to the cabin. “Maybe I was meant for the say, fifther all,” she said, as she moved about putting the cabin to rights. Then she went out, a quaint and sturdy fig ure with her tight, white cap, her short, quilted skirt, and her red shawl crossed on her bosom aDd tied at her waist in the back. Down to the place where the bridge had been she trudged. f| Later, one of the cape children came 1 home screaming that old Mrs. Doherty | was crawling along the girders that ? remained on the demolished section of ij the bridge — he had seen her red shawl. jj '»*•*• * • 1 “A nice notion of lovin’ you’ve got,” | stormed Myrtle, angry tears in her I eyes. “Throwin’ me over for an old woman —an old scarecrow 1 Some girls wouldn’t put up with it! They’d make Iyou suffer, you an’ her, too. But I won’t. I don’t believe I could have brought myself to marry you, any way. ; Don’t talk to me! I don’t want to hear j any more about the wind an’ the i blackness an’ the water, an’ how the voice was like a ghost’s or a banshee’s 1 ■ She’s been savin’ your life ever since I you were a baby, an’ you’re goin’ to | make her happy as long as she lives? ] Well, she’ll live forever, an’ get more | an’ more unreasonable every minute, 1 an’ I hope—” j She broke off. Down the road a cheerful old laugh was sounding in the j spring sunshine. Larry turned from ■ her to listen to it, his eyes alight. A mellow old voice spoke. “Ah, there was small danger afther iill, ma’am! Thirn that’s born for hangm’ ye can’t drown, ye know l t Sure 1 was safe enough; but Larry— l ue migha’t have beea 1” •ROAD 7 BUILDIMG FACTORS IN ROAD BUILDING A' Necessity Emphasized in Giving Great est Consideration to Aii Local Conditions. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) Theory is simply the sign post that points the way in road building, while judgment is the vehicle on which the journey is dependent, says a pub lication on “The Design of Public Roads” by the United States depart ment of agriculture. The publication emphasizes the necessity of giving the greatest con sideration to all local factors in road construction. In order to furnish the kind of roads that a community wants and to furnish them with the least possible drain on the public treasury, the person who designs them must he thoroughly familiar with local condi tions and must possess the judgment • necessary to weigh the importance of all considerations. The publication makes no attempt to state definite and exact rules for designing roads to suit every locality but takes up sep arately the important features of the problem with a view to showing the variations in current practice and the Influence of some special conditions with regard to each feature. In order to select the type of sur face best adapted to the need of a particular road, it is necessary to con sider first, the class of traffic to W’hlch the road will be subjected, and second, to compare the estimated ulti mate cost of the different surface types which would be capable of sat isfactorily caring for that particular class of traffic. The number of roads for which accurate traffic and effi ciency records have been kept Is said to be Insufficient to warrant definite conclusions as to the best type for any particular class of traffic, but the following summary is said to contain about as definite information on this point as can be drawn from available records. (a) Earth roads, when properly maintained, are satisfactory in dry weather for a light volume of all kinds of highway traffic. (b) Sand-clay roads are the 'same as earth roads, except that the sur facing material has been selected care fully with a view to increasing the stability of the surface in both wet and dry weather. They are satisfac tory for a moderate traffic of horse drawn vehicles and a light traffic of automobiles. They seldom are satis factory for even a light traffic of heavy trucks unless the roadbed ma terial Is very stable. (c) Gravel roads, when well built, are satisfactory for a heavy traffic of Brick or Concrete Roads Are Econom ical if There Is Considerable Heavy Traffic. horse-drawn vehicles, a light traffic of automobiles, and a light traffic of heavy trucks. (d) Water-bound macadam roads are adapted to the same general char acter of traffic as gravel roads. (e) Surface-treated macadam roads are adapted especially for a heavy traffic of automobiles. They also are satisfactory for a light traffic of horse-drawn vehicles and heavy trucks. In all cases they require con stant maintenance. (f) Bituminous roads are suitable for a heavy traffic of both automobiles and horse-drawn vehicles and a mod erate traffic of heavy trucks. (g) Concrete roads are adapted to the same general class of traffic as bituminous roads, and generally are capable of withstanding the traffic of somewhat heavier vehicles without in jury. (h) Brick roads are adapted to the same general class of traffic as con crete roads. Either brick or concrete roads, however, may he economical for only moderate traffic where other road-building materials are scarce. COSTS LITTLE TO FIX ROADS Expense of Beautifying Highway in Front of Farm Buildings Is Com paratively Small. It costs comparatively little to fix up, or even beautify the road in front of the farm buildings—and how much it helps the looks and general appear ance of the place! 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