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[oney to Burn ^By- Peter B. Kyne © by Pstor . Kyn«. WNU service THE LENOX TIME-TABLE — tENOX, PAGE SE1HBW befot>e> Menn ' time the THE STORY AFTER I.—Hiram Butterworth, r\ml skinflint, decides to leave . and (ilSotten , fortune to Elmer poor yourigf nephew, who «•'nothing about his luck. But- ™rthtills Absolom Mcfceake, lawyer, ot a deal forty years i in which h« had swindled a L m,t of J40.000, and arranges Pth. payment' of' tha debt, -with treat Then Butterworth dies enlir Klmer, at hi* home In rcUos, Calif., hears of his un- deatii, but not ot hla legacy. iH Ar , ~» II.—Through a grosslp- n«lt.B-rni)h operator the town of LKHOP™ including Nellie Cath- t Elmer's sweetheart, learns of Inheritance before he does. He considered goins Into business, , could not borrow capital. To amazement, Ansel Moodr, close- banker, who had refused him loan, offers him the money he At. srlAPTER III.—Next day Nellie •heart tells Elmer his uncle has I him more than |1,000,QOO. He tk«ptlcal. L*ter he gets a tele- m from McPeake connrmlng the icy That night he confesses his to Nellie, and she In tum ad- she loves him, but refuses to him In any way for the pros- .HAPTBR IV.—News of Elmer's Id fortune Is broadcast In L.OS teles "Colorado Charley," human fi of prey, and his beautiful bru- |te partner decide that Elmer's Ttun« will be easy picking The fl It to compromise him. Nellie m- [g that Elmer see "more of the >ld" bofore their marriage. ontinued from last week) ICE OF PROBATE OF WILL OF IOWA, ) Taylor County, ) as. IN DISTRICT COURT J3672 February Term, 1931 fo All Whom It May Concern: fou Are Hereby Notified, That [instrument of writing pur- to be the last Will and tamenfc of J. M. Long, de- sed, dated February 24, 1927, {ring been this day filed, op- fed and read, the 24th day of pruary 1931 is fixed for hear: proof of same at the Court in Bedford, Iowa, before s District Court of said county (the clerk of said Court, and lien o'clock A. M. of the day Jive mentioned, all persons infested are hereby notified and |uired to appear, and show if any they have, why instrument should not be bbated and allowed as and for last Will and Testament of deceased. Dated at Bedford, Iowa, Jan- 26, 1931. Richard Campbell, Clerk of District Court. aes R. Locke, Attorney. 18-3 DMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE Notice is hereby given to all irsons interested that the Clerk the District Court of Taylor |unty, Iowa, has appointed me nistrator of the estate of (jorge H. Van Houten deceased, of said county. All persons aebted to said estate will make tient to me and those hav- ; claims against it will present kern, legally authenticated, to }id court for allowance, W C Van Houten, 1-3 Administrator. RESOLUTION [Be it resolved by the Council the Town of Lenox, Iowa. able-bodied male residents fctween the ages of twenty-one ftd forty-five, shall, between first day of February and the _3t day of October of the year pay in money, the sum of |ve Dollars ($5.00) to the clerk f poll tax for the year 1931. On "idition the poll tax is paid tore September 1, 1931, a disjoint of two dollars ($2.00) will " given and the tax collected ' be three dollars ($3.00) but all cases where the tax is not before September 1, 1931, full amount of five dollars 5.00) will be charged and col- .Jted. I Passed at a special meeting of ^ Council of the Town of t, Iowa, January 15. 1931. C. B. Cassilj, Mayor, » •* L. B. Carruthers, Clerk. big as ft headlight, and in the Interim we will not discuss the matter of our future residence; After tfe're married I'll live wherever you want to live and be quite happy If you are happy, but tf I were to be granted a preference—" "Yes, of course," he interrupted. "That's why I asked the question." "Brace yourself for a shock, dearest. I'd like to live In Pilnrdtos." "In this Jay town 1 Why, Nellie, you're, not serious—really!" "I am—really. What's wropg with Pllnrcltos?" "Everything. It's dull, quiet, provincial—nothing doing." "But It's a pretty town, Elmer. I like the rows of locust trees along the sidewalks; I like the pretty bungalows with roses and bougain- vlllea covering them; I prefer to be a householder, not n cliff dweller; I like n garden and my own 1'ttle garage, and a big kennel and run for a dog; I like a big shanghai rooster for an alarm clock and I like babies and btihy carriages and the kind of mothers who manage their own babies and baby carriages. The country hereabouts is an Eden. God made only one Santa Clam valley. You can have London In the season, but I prefer the Santa Clara in blossom time, Elmer." "Good Lord, Nellie, how you surprise mel Why, there are no social or intellectual contacts here, no—" "Haiti The dust-brown ranks will stand fast!" Nellie commanded. "Only the day before yesterday, a certain altruistic, ambitious and enthusiastic young man, by name Elmer Butterworth Clarke, was planning ways and means for transforming H. Wasservocel's defunct butcher shop into a number of profit-making enterprises to which he meant to cling while growing up with the country. Pilarcitos was a pretty nice town the day before yesterday, wasn't It? "Why, Elmer, If you lived In New York it would cost you thousands of dollars a year to support a membership In a rich man's gun club, whereas you and three other small- town sports control the best duck grounds in this county at a cost of about seventy-five dollars a year. The same Is, true of your trout fishing. You get just as good trap shooting in Pilarcitos as rich men do at Pinelinrst, and there are just as good shots here, even if most of them do wear overalls Instead of plus fours." "I'm licked. You have entirely too many reasons, Nellie." "I have more reasons, if pressed for them." "Well, I've been thinking I'd like to see the other side of the picture, Nellie." Nellie's soft, brown, firm little hand came across the table and closed on Elmer's. "Dear old adventurous boy I Of course you want to see it, and you want to go prowling alone. I don't blame you. You yearn for liberty and independence and you've never known it. Elmer, step out and see the world. When you've seen all you want of it and and find its roclis and dirty, nosey, gossipy, mean, cruel, good, tender and lovable people wherever you go, and that no spot on earth has a monopoly of life's pleasures, you might come back to me. I'll be glad to have you! On the contrary, if you've changed your mind about me —well, I'll understand. I'd rather have you change your mind before marriage than after it. Sometimes I think that young men who marry nowadays give hostages to fortune." "What a remarkable philosopher you've grown to be!" he exclaimed admiringly. "I'm a warlock, dear, I play hunches, and I have a hunch about you. . Normally, you're too big for this town, but—when pain • and anguish wring your brow, per- Muscatlne. It ran as follows: "McPenke'a estimate estate extremely conservative. Think appraisal will develop double that. Our counsel have read will and pronounced It absolutely air-tight and free from attack on any known grounds. Your customer sole legatee with exception one specified bequest of ten thousand. Will also instructs executor to pay a certain mortgage given to one Benedict Catherton together with interest as per terms of mortgage. Principal sum of mortgage forty thousand dollars. In event death Elmer Clarke before distribution estate his share goes to the state university. ^'IT'i ft.it- XTn £(.*«*.* D T_ ^ f ^r... First National Bank of tine." Nellie sighed and retired to her desk, where she figured rapidly for half an hour. As she surveyed the requesting an answer by mall; and every turn. For the same reason having thus spiked the gufls of Old i that federal Inheritance taxes do Lady Bray, as It were, she returned > not apply la this case, state inner- to Pilarcitos. When Absolom McPeake came down to his office the following Monday morning, he found on his desk a most remarkable telegram. It read as follows: "Please write me giving details of the mortgage mentioned in Hiram Butterworth'8 will as having been given by Butterworth to one Benedict Catheron. My.,,.grandfather was Benedict Catheron, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, and I find among my deceased mother's papers a mortgage for forty thousand at eight per cent payable seml- annually, on a farm In Mercer county, Illinois, to secure a promissory note of Hiram Butterworth given my grandfather. My mother wns the sole heir of my grandfather's body, and I am the sole heir of hers. She Is dead and so result of her computations a i is my grandfather. Mortgage dated gurgling little chuckle escaped her; ' then, as if overcome with shame at her levity, her sea-blue eyes filled with tears. The following flay was Saturday and the Pilarcitos Commercial Trust & Savings bank closed as usual at noon. About half past eleven Ansel P. Moody summoned haps this town will be Just right for you. At any rate, It will be not less than eleven months before your Uncle Hiram's estate can be distributed to you and—" - "How do you know, Nelllef "I'm a trust officer In a bank and trust officers have to know considerable about estates." "Oh 1" "Estates of over ten thousand dollars usually drag along through the m going probtfte courts that long." "Then by golly, Nellie, I' to hop it to Muscatlne, Iowa, and speed up the machinery of the law," , "I'd try it If I were you, but It will not get you very far." "I don't quite like your unreasonable preference for Pllarcltoj as the scene of our married life, Nellie" Arboreal Hall of Fame he American Forestry associa- e. 8ay M there are now nearly 300 ch have ^o brought *9 , and *"">«! eligible to in lts halj of tone, (a »L lal>orer labor and makes U as- ^^ndeiwe^ labor "My dear, I can take Pilarcitos or leave It alone. I merely said I preferred it to a big city." "Oh I" Nellie emiled wistfully as she noted his slight hesitation. "You ve been to the Great war and you've seen something of the world, Elmer, but really you don't know very much about it," she reminded him. "I'm ages older than you. Oue sees so much of life, even in a small- town bank." "You're certainly practical.' As Elmer walked back to the Smoke Shoppe, after parting with Nellie In front of tho bank, it occurred to him that Nellie was not only practical but the most practical girl he had ever known. While he did not toke the trouble to analyze the (slight feeling of discomfort that harassed him in the knowledge of her undoubted practicality and common sense, the fact was that, like ninety-nine and nine- tenths per cent of his sex, he yearned for a clinging vine rather than a lively upstanding wild flower, although of this be was happily unaware. After a Half Minute of This He Spoke in a Voice Trembling With Rage. Nellie to his private office; when she appeared he sat and glared at her ferociously over the tops of his square spectacles. After a half minute of this he spoke In a voice trembling with rage. "Looky here, miss, If you expect to continue to work In this bank, you got ter git out of the insurance business." Nellie sat down—uninvited. "Mr. Moody, this Is the first intimation I have had that my work as an employee of this bank has been unsatisfactory. In fact, I laid the flattering unction to my soul that I was the most efficient person on your pay roll." "You are—an' your work's all right; I'm not kickln' at that. It's your side lines that rile me." "You've known for a year that in my spare moments I have been selling all kinds of insurance. You have not hitherto objected to that, provided my work in the bank did not suffer In consequence." «• "Well, hereafter you cut It out. Hear me!" "Just why, please?" "Becuz your side lines tangle up In mine onc't in a while. For Instance, when I loaned Elmer Clarke that twenty thousand dollars yesterday on his unsecured note, you knew I did it becuz of his prospects. "Now, then, I ain't got no assurance, have I, that Elmer'll live long enough to come Into his fortune? I got to have some security for that loan, don't I? What security can I git from him now? Nothln' except life insurance. Well; I figure Elmer won't offer no objection to takln 1 out a policy to protect the bank, so I stroll up to the Smoke Shoppe this mornln' an' suggest It to him. He's right agreeable an' says he's already thought o' that, for which reason he's applied for a policy with H company represented in this town by you!" "That is quite true. It occurred to me that you had overlooked suggesting the matter to Elmer when you made the loan, so I, realizing that the bank should be protected, took Elmer out to luncheon yesterday, and between the soup and the nuts I sold him a hundred thousand dollar policy. The bonk Is a beneficiary to the extent of any approved claim against his estate am somebody else is the beneficiary of all that's left." "Yes, but does this hank git a fifty-fifty cut on the commission you earn on that policy?" "Oh, so that's where the shoo pinches, does it? Well, Mr. Moody I'm not going to give up my side line and I'm not going to continue It provided I permit you to gruf off me. Consequently I shall have to accept your alternative and re sign my position here. How mucl notice do you require?" Old Anse was mortally stricken— Impaled on both horns of a dilemma. If he accepted Nellie's resig nation, he would never, never tint another employee like her. Also he would most certainly alienat the hardly won affections of Elme Clarke—and a healthy account froi the fiedsiliug millionaire would b August 10, 1882, deficiency Judgment dated March 23, 1887. Do not telegraph, as desire to keep matter absolutely secret and telegrams to Pilarcitos are broadcast by operator. Answer. "Nellie C. Cathcart, "Pilarcitos, California." "Christopher Columbus 1" murmured Absolom McPeake. "What do you think of thnt?" He rang up his secretary. "The Butterworth file," he commanded. The girl brought It. It took Mr. McPeake less than a minute to unearth a duplicate copy of a mortgage given to Benedict Catheron, of Davenport, Iowa, by Hiram Butterworth, on a section of land In Mercer county, Illinois, to secure a promissory note for forty thousand dollars nt eight per cent Interest payable semi-annually, and If not so paid seml-annually, to be added to the principal and bear Interest at a like rate. The mortgage bore the date August 10, 1882. A minute later the lawyer had unearthed a record of a deficiency judgment against Hiram Butterworth, In favor of Benedict Catheron, .dated March 23, 1887. He sat staring at the telegram. "Nellie C. Cathcart," he murmured. "Where have I heard that name Cathcart recently? Cathcart. Cathcart. Ah, yes! N. C. Cathcart, trust officer of the bank that made that report on Elmer Clarke to old Hiram." He took the letter In question from the file and read it.agaln. "N. C. Cathcart, trust officer, Is a girl. N. O. Cathcart Is Nellie C. Cathcart. A girl, by thunder—and a smart girl! The Pilarcitos Commercial Trust and Savings bank didn't make this report. Nellie C. Cathcart made It. Oh, Lord, for a secretary with brains like Nellie I She's up to snuff. She knew all ahout Hiram Butterworth and she mode it strong — so strong it knocked old Hiram clear off his perch. She figured on doing just that—and she succeeded. She ought to be president of that bank and I'll bet she will be—after that mortgage is paid." He reread tho letter. "Between he lines I seem to see something," soliloquized. "Nellie Cathcart s-Tn love with Elmer Clarke. That's why she wants this little discovery kept a profound secret. Going to surprise Elmer on their wedding day, I suppose. Bully for you, Nellie. You're all right and I'll play ;he game with you. Now, how did she learn of this clause in the will io promptly? That's easy. Bulard, of James, Bullard and Yohn, counsel for the hank downstairs, wns In to look at the will just before I took It up to the courthouse 'to be filed. Nellie wired the hank for de- :alled Information about the will, and the bank furnished it, where- iipon Nellie cinched her case and wired me. Well, good news shouldn't be hoarded. I'm going to disobey Nellie and send her a telegram to Pilarcitos." He did. It was at the bank wait- Ing for Nellie when she got there that same morning. It read: "Dear Nellie. You win. Congratulations. May I come to the wedding? Mum's tho word. Mac." Contrary to Ansel P. Moody'B declaration that Nellie had no sense of humorosity, she wired back immediately, straight message: "Dear Ab: You're awfully fresh, but I like you, so you may come to my wedding. As you are not a banker, It probably has never occurred to you that funds at six per cent Itance cannbt apply either. "Oh Joy, dh joy, spring Is here and I ftffif fid glad. How lovely to find somebody .who can laugh, not to say sneer, at the Washingtonian wolves of finance 1 No charge for this advice.- After all, I have some sporting blood and to prove it, 1 «hnll even refrain from sending this telegram collect. Mac." "Isn't Absolom McPeake a perfect dear?" Nellie soliloquized. "He has told me everything I want to know without telling Old Lady Bray anything." She sat down . at her typewriter and rattled off a letter of thanks to Absolom McPeake. Incidentally she informed him that her mother had been dead five years and seven months and that the estate had never been probated, for two very sufficient reasons. One, because she had nothing to probate, and two, because she had taken the precaution some two years before her demise from a lingering illness formally to give, assign, transfer and set over unto her daughter, Nellie Catheron Cathcart, all of the right, title and Interest which she hod Inherited from her father in and to that certain mortgage and deficiency Judgment, et cetera. Nellie opined that the statute of limitations in her case was In perfect working order and that even the wolves at Washington could not, by any possible interpretation of the federal Income tax laws, construe a gift as an inheritance under a will. Nellie now figured the Interest at 8 per cent annually, compounded Horrible I A vacancy occurring oft the board Of trustees of the .Union high school at this time, the" Clarion came out with an editorial blast In bold brevier with artbfee- column head, suggesting the election to the board of that sterling and distinguished citizen, Elmer Butterworth Clarke. The proponents of another candidate to the office, which was without salary, promptly pointed out the Inadvlsa- blllty of shattering an ancient and well-established custom of electing to the school board only those men and women who had demonstrated their fitness to superintend the education of the young by providing the community with young to educate. In an Indefinite and roundabout way Elmer sensed a covert slam in this. At any rate It aroused all of his new-born antagonism to provincialism. Egged on by his friends, he decided to demonstrate to Pilarcitos that a young unmarried man should, and would, function on that board or know the reason why. Immediately he announced himself as a candidate for the office. Nellie was delighted, because this evidenced on Elmer's part a subconscious decision to continue to live in Pilarcitos and grow up with the town. She advised him to conduct a furious campaign against the mossbacks of the community,, to prove that he had Jts Interests at heart as truly ...as duMils opponent, Henry Tlchenor,"who was the fa- that your wife was hnvlng a. .«**- derfuJ time-Hand I'm not ready M» marry yoa yet, deaf. JteaJtJh- must not bother yourself i wltlfr wife and her trunk* ft«r1^»ng»». to mention your own*""*' , ; "Sure you can't Be»»*rsttnde*iflS<i change your mind' ftmJiimafry.viMii before I go, Nellfe?'* "Elmer Clarke, Km-.-not *ver» to you—yet. Remember t have already explained, v to., why." He surrendered 1 . "T woman, but I love* yoo, 1 a6- pose all of my life I'll be you your own way nhoutr thing. The only comfort IH» out of thnt will be the that you're wiser than- a tree of owls and probably know inwr*ss about everything than I do."" "Omit the compliments; Mis,-. Clarke, please. Are yon going that Vacation?" "Yes—after I've cleaned up Tlchenor in this school' By the way, Nellie, I've made- new resolution since tlint» McPenke, wired me I was- a* Honaire. I've decided not to- eodfc my own breakfast hereafter and *•» refrain from eating my Itancftetwufc and dinners In restaurants; Time- engaged a smart gentleman «fc Color to look after roe and the- tfogs&l His name is Jasper and he s a mean skillet; he can hnttle, a car and play the banjo." "Good I Elmer, I think you to buy yourself another nice present. You've been good' for ever compounded seml-annually practically double every twelve years. O Time, where Is thy sting at eight per cent? How about Income taxes, federal Inheritance tuxes? Who gets this last, Iowa or California or both? Am not grafting free legal advice, either. CHAPTER V to worth many thousands yearly to the a »You women mak« me sick," he growled. "You alu't got uo sense of huinoroslty. Ain't a oue of ye can take a joke." Aud ue ttouuceJ un and out of the bank, Nellie Catbcart's mellow, gurgling little laugh followed him, to give him the »e. After luneheoa she went down to Elmer Otark*'* ma l- orOer 8»rage. She found nU old plug ghooUnif do*. Noah, asleep on 80 .he unfed »«* Send your bill for the answer. Nellie." The following morning Old Lady Bray was again "knocked all of » heap" when she took the following night letter over the wire : "Nellie, you are priceless. Our revered Uncle Sam cannot get his hands on any Income earned or due prior to March 15, 1913, although he does participate In all income from Interest collected thereafter, and I do not see how we can dodge it. "Federal Inheritance tas may not apply «t all in this case because the legal heirs of Catheron's body Inherits through his daughter. Hence If granddaughter can prove that this mortgage was appraised as worthless by the appraisers of her mother's estate and mother's estate probated on that basis, the law canr.ot he retroactive and claim an Inheritance tas on an estate that has developed value long after estate has been closed. H K Cfctheroii's daughter oiefl more thwi five years ago. statue of limitations acts as further bar to coilttcUoa of Inheritance tax on her estate now. Oitheron'8 granddaughter e»uuot now ue regarded as a toatee just because a doubtful as- Mt h«a suddenly appreciated in talue, for tWa new value Jf »ot • beouest uuder decedent's will, tout U Stained because will givw *u- W W « <*<** °* bonaf Of cour** taterwl "Oh, Masterpiece of Manipulation! —Exactly $1,078,000. seml-annually, on 540,000 from August 10, 1882, to August 10, 1924. Having completed her computations, she was aware that In forty-two years her mother's gift had grown to be worth—oh, masterpiece of manipulation!—exactly $1,078,000. The author of this tale has figured his sum twice, so he knows the figures are correct. Nellie knew that her figures were not the product of a disordered Imagination; she knew that if Hiram Butterworth's estate could afford to pay her that sum, it would, under the definite terms of the will, have to pay her. There was room for neither legal quibble nor compromise. Upon completing her computation Nellie wont into the vault, ostensibly to put her cash away, but in reality to shed a few briny tears of sympathy for Elmer Butterworth Clarke. Presently she bucked up and- her practical mind leaped to the problem of ascertaining approximately the sum that « rapacious and predatory government .would bite out of Elmer's share of the estate. When she had made a fairly accurate If rough estimate of this, she wept again. Upon recovering her emotions she deducted a fur-, ther sum which might reasonably Include the funeral -expenses of Uncle Hiram, the probate fees, the appraiser's fees and executor's fee, tbe specific bequest «f ten thousand dollars, state and county taxes and ordinary debts of the estate. She waa ntlll further appalled at this total and wept a third time. "Poor Klmer 1 ." she sobbed. "To think that he was shot twice and gassed once fighting for Ills country, and now look what his country doea to him! Oh, darling, darling, your poor dear bead is going to be •11 bloody, but If you'll only keep It unbowed, how much more your •weetheart is golns to love you I" Before she emerged from the vault she remembered the joke which fate, In her case, had played on the wolves of Washington. She at least was going to get $1,078,000 out of the wreck and the howls'of the wolves would he sweet music to her ears. They couldn't touch her with a buggy whip—as Elmer would have expressed it, Let fate do its worst to Elmer Clarke! What did Nellie Oathcart care? When the tumult and the shotting died, when the smoke of battle drifted from the scene. It would reveal Lit- ! tie Faithful smiling, happy and confident, the possessor of Elmer Clarke and a bank roll that a grey- bound couldn't jump over. CHAPTER VI M BAN WHILE Elmer Clarke's final period of service at tbe Smoke Shoppe was druwiug to u Close. During that two weeks one fpcldent alone upthrust Itself in El- Wer's consciousness as a pleasant variation from the orderly proees- of morning, noon and night. On tbe third day following tbe great news, the editor of the Clarion fathered a thought truly bucolic. Remorse for the light man- Btr ID which he bad once offended JBmer Clarke in his local brevities column now overtook him. What if should take a notion to back „_ waart metropolitan Jouirnal- ia « pjw FUardtoi wpw and Clarion oat of ther of twelve children. Indeed, in the midst of her subtle blandishments she suddenly conceived the idea of making Elmer the leading citizen of the county, if not of the state. In one Illuminating instant she caught a vision that caused her to tremble. As the sole proprietor of Elmer's place, she knew her man couldn't be elected town dog catcher, but as president of the Pilar- citos Commercial Trust and Savings bank she could elect him mayor at the primary election. From mayor to the state legislature, from the state legislature to lieutenant governor, from that to governor, to congressman, to United States senator, to the Vice Presidency—to the White House! "It's a big dream," she reflected, "but only those who have the ability to dream big dreams ever amount to anything. Just as easy to dream big dreams as little ones —and Ansel P. Moody has battened on this community long enough.. Elmer Is right. He's a pawnbroker, not a banker, and a banker should be the big man in any community. He should know better than any man its needs, its aspirations and his duty toward It. When the time comes I'll tell Ansel P. Moody where he gets off. He'll sell his controlling Interest in that bank to me at n fair price, or I'll start a new bank and run him and his competitor out of business in ten years." With difficulty she repressed a cheer. "I'll open my bank with a hundred thousand dollars capital, fully paid up. I'll start with my own deposit of nt least four hundred thousand dollars and I'll become a member of the Federal Reserve bank, which no banker In this town has sense enough to become. I'll take over every loan Anse Moody has as It fulls due. I'll cut the' Interest rate on those two bloodsuckers and I'll lend money on honesty, ability and industry ; In the long run I'll consolidate the other two hanks In this town with mine—I mean Elinor's and mine. Oh, Klmer darling. you're playing Into my hand, and that means you'll wear out your life, not drag it out and rot it out! And nobody shall ever know who put up the money." At their next meeting, after Inculcating In Rimer such a sense of power as he had never known before, Nellie adroitly shifted tho i conversation r« n subject which Is never very far from pleasing to nine men out of ten, to wit, himself. "Dearie," she charged suddenly, "do you know that' suit you're wearing is beginning to look just a little bit shabby? I don't like to see my Elmer lotting himself go like this. You should be the best dressed man In town—and usually you are. I'm afraid you've been trying too hard to save money to equip Elmer's place." He squeezed her hand grate- hilly. "The Idea of that business of my own obsessed me, Nellie," he admitted. "I have been scrimping more than usual lately. I wanted to get going—to be Independent and make enough money to enable me to marry you and give you everything you desired." "But darling—I would have married you on far less. I would have been a help to you, not a source of expense." "I know It, old lovable. But you . were doing as well In your Job as I was doing In mine, and it isn't a particularly striking evidence of unselfishness when a man asks a woman to give up financial Independence to scrimp and save and sacrifice with him. I didn't want you to do that. My mother had to do that all her life and It hurt me, I swore that when I married, my wife should never have to say to me, 'Elmer, dear, may I have a dollar and a half to pay the gas bill?' or 'Elmer, I'd like eight dollars to buy a new hat.' "Nellie, that sort of thing, is dis graceful. I want you to hqve your own private checking account and I never want to know what yen do with the money." • Nellie now squeezed his band. "Never fear, Elmer, I'll have my own checking account and nobody shall ever know what I do with ~ money. I agree with you thoroughly there. But, Elmer, we're of our subject I want you to go op to. San Francisco and get yourself a complete wardrobe. Yoa oius' take a vaca|ion, Elmer." "I wW—i? WM t»*e II wM* MJ ~ " - — b* » long and you deserve it. want a new house, of course-, you Intend to remain In PlTareil«*-i long enough to complete your of office as chairman and mem of the board of trustees -off Union high school. What do- want for your bungalow and loty "Ten thousand dollars.. Got sin customer for me, Nellie?"* "Yes, but I'm afraid" rny cnstonfe-i- er cannot meet your terms; Ii knaa*r a party who might be Induced ttut buy your house if yotr will' accepfrt two thousand dollars down; wltb'fca first mortgage for two years on- tbte? remainder at seven per centJ*'" "Sold I" The word poppecTonftaft? Elmer's mouth in much tbe manner he formerly i giving orders to bin patronv' pose yoa'H want a lie," he suggested with -what Moody would har« termed cealed humorosity. "Not from you," fch'e breathlessly. They were at the time in a booth at the Palme? grill. Nelli« glanced around*, sswr- that for the moment they were? ta»— observed. "Klfls mel" she «*»- manded fiercely. Elmer dutifully obeyed. "ICw go forth and make your fight f«r- school trustee," Nellie order**-.. "See to it that you win. If defeated I'll cry." CHAPTER VIP. H AVING nothing else to do afternoon, Elmer conducted tar* kill two birds with one-stone;-.. He-resolved to go fishing-. En rootevtft-i the stream and back he-planned ttw Visit half a dozen fnrmers--anS-*a»»- licit their support crt* We- •e»arii&{S school election. He received assrmirrees • of fs\i port from every voter.-1 he called, and'four onf" rvfi.'TW-:-3fs:s expressed profound .siTri'sfJirefti'ivjafcJ this signnf evidence of BJ'mtVB i»*- tentlon. despite ll!s roconlly sw?r quired million, to ro'in^v itn tfhtt"*-' citos, lake an nclivp- riitemx'f ilte civic nffalrs and' grow nj> wflh theft county. In fact. <mo of limit went:: so far as Io hit him :v luwfi.v wwafc on the back amt sny.- "TCI'neiy. you're all right. No s>vell<»<1 fieadfc' about you. Tin for you nil ttoes.- way! You're just plain folks Uk«t- the rest of us an'your money basa'te spoiled you a mite.! 1 The accolade brought on a coug*^ Ing fit, but Elmer did not mlntf.. He was beginning to discover, !•.•> .hese piping times of peace-, tfctt- rue Inwardness of something he*- 1 ;ind gone to war to fight for, and£ ;hat was the gentle art of malnnjt: the world safe for «lenK>cracy. In; that moment he cmight a >f the class consciousness andrfa resentment, sleeping perhaps I>«fc never dead, even in a free repnblte. He knew he must be careful not t»« appear any different hereafter what he had always beenr jealous minds In back of keen would be quick to attribute to- '. now the ideals and Impulses whfrtu wonJd be their own did they bag; stand in his shoes. He was thoughtful and suodudf? as he drove Into his go rage {ate: that evening. His newly acquired person- «** color, Jasper, came out of ttw* kitchen and met. Elmer as the- tafcr- ter was locking the sewage dbora\ "Dey's a young lady waftia'' falfo you, suh, in de parlor," he conff<Jfe*L "She done call about fob an' when I told her ; fishln' she said she'd set wait twell you got back." "Who Is she, Jasper?'.' jasper handed niiui8-,cardr.wii!jaifc. read: MlBd Doris .. , Special Correspondent'' Tbe American Weekly? New York City 245 Rampart Boulevard Los Angeles. Calif* Telephone 067r97|i "Oh, Lord 1" Elmer groaned, I'm still news! What sort of eon is she, Jasper?" Jasper grinned. "Shuab i_ hard to look at, Mistab ClarkeJ" "Well, you tell the just returned and will see soon as I have bad an to clean up." Some ten minutes t&er watered bis Jittl* .„ . . no woman bad *<i *we M» Funeral, h« found Http- Doris Qatewood seated at the- mn- cifnt eqnare piano softly pt»?£>? «& Straus wa)U. At bis approsdV i tnirptd gracefully on t&< ~ stool and advanced to wttfe - - - - fte- " of K—

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