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BED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
I ' -
JOSEPH STAGG IS FILLED WITH DISMAY WHEN HE LEARNS
CAROLYN HAS BEEN LEFT TO HIS CARE.
Synopsis. Ilcr fntltor mid mother reported lost nt boh when tho
Dtmravcn, on which they hud snlluil for Kuropo, was sunk, Carolyn
May Cameron llannnh's Carolyn Ih went from New York to her bach
elor iuclo, Joseph StiiRf,', at tho Comers. The reception given her hy
her undo Is not very enthusiastic. Carolyn Is also chilled by the stern
demeanor of Aunty Hose, Uncle Joe's housekeeper.
CHAPTER II Continued.
Tho window was open and she went
to It and looked out A breath of
honeysuckle blew In. Then, below, on
the porch, she heard tho uneasy move
raenta of Prince. And he whined.
"Oh, poor Prlnceyl no doesn't
know what's become of me," thought
Downstairs, In tho great kitchen.
Aunty Dose was stepping back and
forth, from tablo to sink, from sink to
Grosser, from dresser to pantry. As
the dnyllght faded sho lit tho lamp
which swung from tho celling and
gave light to all tho room.
It would have been Impossible for
the wisest person to guess what were
the thoughts In Aunty Rose's mind.
A glad llttlo yelp from tho dog tied
to the rail of the porch sounded sud
denly. Even Aunty Roso could not
mlstako that cry of welcome and sho
knew Tory llttlo about dogs to their
credit, at lenst. Sho had heard no
other suspicious sound, but now sho
crossed tho room with firm tread and
opened tho porch door. Yes, n little
white fJguro was down thero hugging
tho whining mongrel.
Carolyn May's tenrful faco was
raised from Prince's rough neck.
"Oh, Aunty nose I Oh, Aunty Rogo I"
aho sobbed. "I Just had to say good
nlpht to somebody. Edna's mother
camo and heard our prayers and tucked
as Into my bed after my papu and
mamma went away. So It didn't seem
' "But tonight why I tonight there
Isn't anybody cares whether I go to
bed or not I But Prlncol Prince, ho
knows Just how how empty I fecll"
"Ton would better come In now and
wash your face nnd hnnds ngnln be
fore going to bed. That dog has boon
lapping them with his tongue.
Sobbing, the little girl obeyed. Then
aho would huvo gono bnck up tho
stairs without n word had not Aunty
"Come here, Carolyn May," she said
Quito as sternly as before.
The little girl approached her. The
old lady sat In one of tho etrnlghtest
of tho 6tralglit-backcd chairs, her
hands In her comfortable lap. The
wet bluo oyes were raised to her com
posed faco timidly.
"If you wish to sny your prayers
here, beforo going upstairs, you may,
Carolyn May," she snld.
, "Oh, may I?" gasped the llttlo girl.
8he dropped her hands Into Aunty
Roso's lap. Somehow they found those
larger, comforting hands and cuddled
Into them oh the little girl sank to
tier knees on the braided mat'
If tho simple "Now I lay mo" was
familiar to Aunty Rose's ear from
long ago sho guvo no sign. When tho
earnest llttlo volco added to tho for
mal supplication a desire for tho bless
ing of "Undo Joe nud Aunty Rose"
the tatter's countcnanco retained Its
Sho asked n blessing upon all her
friends, Including tho Prices, and even
Prince. But It was after that sho put
the timid question to Aunty Roso that
proved to bo nlmost too much for that
good woman's studied calm.
"Aunty Rose, do you s'poso I might
ask Cod to bless my mamma mid
pnna, oven if they uro lost at sen?
Somehow I don't think It would seem
bo loncsomo if I could keep that In
"Well She'll Be a Nuisance."
Mr. Joseph Stagg, going down to his
store, past tho home und carpentur
shop of Jedidlah Parlow, at which ho
did not even look, finally came to his
destination In n very brown study, fco
disturbed had he been by the arrival
of his little nleco that ho forgot to
question and cross-question young
Chetwood Gormley regarding tho pos
sible customers that hud been In the
etoro during his ubsence.
. "And I tell you what I think, moth
er," Chet said, with his mouth full, at
supper that evening. "I think hor
coming's going to bring about changes.
Yes, ma'am I"
Mrs. Gormley was n faded llttlo
woman n widow who went out sow
ing for hettupto-do pcoplo in Sunrise
Cove. Sho naturally thought her boy
Chetwood a great deal smarter, than
other pcoplo thought him.
"You know, mother," ho said, on
this evening of the arrival of Carolyn
May, "I never have seen any great
chnnce to rise, workln' for Mr. Joseph
caPYnrarr -1 9 1 a - xv
"But ho pnys you, diet," his mother
"Yep. I know. Don't be afraid I'll
leave him till I sec something better,"
ho reassured her. "But I might be
clerkln' for him till the cows come
home nnd never sco moro'n six or
eight dollars a week. But now It's
opt to be different"
"How different, Chet?" she asked,
"You know Mr. Stngg's as hard as
nails as hnrd as tho goods he sells,"
declared tho gawky boy. "Mind you,
ho don't do nothln' mean. That ain't
his way. But he don't seem to havo
n mite of Interest In anything but his
shop. Now, it seems to me, this llttlo
nlcco Is bound to wake him up. Ho
calls her 'Hannah's Car'lyn.'"
"Hannah Stagg was his only sister,"
said Mrs. Gormley softly. "I remem
"And she's Just died, or something,
nnd left this llttlo girl," Chet contin
ued. "Mr. Stngg's bound to think of
something now besides business. And
mebbe he'll need me more. And I'll
get a chnnco to show him I'm worth
something to him. So, by nnd by, he'll
put mo forward In tho business," said
tho boy, his homely face glowing.
"Who knows? Mobbo it'll bo Stagg &
Gormley over the door ono of theso
days. Stranger things have hap
pened." Perhnps even Chetwood's assurance
would have been quenched had he Just
then known the thoughts In the-hard-
If the Simple "Now I Lay Me" Wa Fa
miliar to Aunty Rose's Ear She Gave
wnro merchant's mind. Mr. Stngg sat
In his back offlcq poring over tho let
ter written by his brother-in-law's law
yer friend, u part of which read :
l''rom the nbovo recital of facta you will
plainly see, bclni; a man of business' your
self, that Mr. Cameron's tlnunclul affairs
woro In a much Tvorso condition when he
went away than ho himself dreamed of.
I Immediately lonknil nn lh Utnnn.
brldgo Uulldlnn ami Loan association. It
Ib even moru morlbuml Hum tim minora
stato. Tho tlfteen hundred dollarH Mr.
v-umeron iiui into it trom time to tlmo
might Just as well havo bcon dropped Into
You know ho had only his salary on
tho Mornlne lleacaii. They were rather
decent to him, when thoy Baw his health
breaking down, to offer him tho chance of
Kolng to tho Mediterranean an correspond
ent. Ho wns to furnish articles on "Tho
Dobrls of a World War" stories of the
peaceful sections of Kuropo which have to
caro for tho human wrecks from tho bat
tleflelds. It rather cramped Mr. Cameron's lm
mcdlato resources for your sister to ko
with him, nnd ho drew ahead on his ex
pense, und salary nccount. I know that
Mrs. tjameron feared to allow htm to bo
alono across tho ocean. Ho was really In
h bad way; but sho proposed to como
back Immediately on tho Uunraven If ho
Improved on tho voynKO across.
Their means really did not allow of
their taking tho child, tho steamship com
pany would not hear of a half-faro for
her. Sho U a nice llttlo girl, and my wlfo
would havo been iilml to keep her longer,
but In tho end sho would havo to go to
you, nil, I understand, thoro uro no other
Of course tho Hat Is hero, nnd tho fur
niture. If you do not euro to como nn to
attend to tho matter youraelf, I will do
the heft I can to disposo of either or both.
Mr. Cumorun had paid a year's rent in
advance rathor an unwise, thlnir, I
thoiiBht-and tho term has still ton
months to run. Ho did it to that his wlfo,
on hur return from abroad, might havo
no worry on her nh ' perhaps tho Hat
might be sublet, f . r,t to uilvnntage.
You might state . ,asuro regarding'
You will soo. by tho copy of your broth-pr-ln-law's
will thut 1 enclose, that you
have bcon loft In full and solo possession
and imiirillnnariivi nt hi. .,...,....... ...... ..
i fairs, Including Carolyn May.
uu ii .lumi.'iiitii; jtntj ftttippeu mi,,
n crocodile from tho Nile Joseph Stagg
would havo felt llttlo mora nt a loss
nn to what disposal to make of the
creature than he felt now regarding
his llttlo niece.
"Well she'll be a uulsanco; an aw
ful nulBanee," wan his final comment,
with a mountainous sigh.
Thus far, Aunty Rose Kennedy's at
tltudo towards the little stranger had
been the single pleasant disappoint
ment Mr. Stagg had experienced.
Aunty Rose was an autocrat Joseph
Stagg had never been so comfortable
in his life as since Mrs. Kennedy had
taken up the management of his home.
But ho stood in great awe of her.
He put the lawyer's letter la the
safe. For once ho was unable to re
spond to a written communication
promptly. Although ho woro thnt
band of crepe on his arm ho could not
actually realize tho fact that his Bister
Hannah was dead.
Any tlmo theso fifteen yenrs ho
might have run down to New York to
see her. First sho hud worked in
the newspaper olllco us a stenogra
pher. Then she had married John
Lewis Cameron and they had gone Im
mediately to housekeeping.
Cameron was n busy man; he held
a "desk Job" on tho paper. Vacations
had been hard to get. And before long
Hannah had written about her baby
After tho little one's nrrlvnl there
seemed less chnnco than beforo for
the city family to get up to Sunrlso
Cove. But at any time ho might have
gone to them. If Joseph Stagg had
shut up his store for a week and gone
to New York, it would not have
brought tho world to an end.
Nor wns It because he was stingy
that ho had not done this. No, he was
no miser. But he was 'fairly burled
In his business. And there was no
"look up" in that dim little office in
tho back of the hardware store.
On this evening he closed the store
later than usual and set out for The
Corners slowly. To tell the truth, Mr.
Stagg rather shrank from arriving
home. Tho strangeness of having a
child in the houso disturbed his tran
quillity. Tho kitchen only was lighted when
ho approached; therefore he was re
assured. He knew Hannnh's Car'lyn
must havo been put to bed long since.
It was dark under the trees and
only long familiarity with the walk
cnnblcd him to reach the back porch
noiselessly. Then it was that some
thing scrambled up in tho dark and
tho roar of n dog's barking mndo Jo
seph Stagg leap back In fright.
"Drat that mongrel!" he ejaculated,
The kitchen door opened, revealing
Aunty Rose's ample figure. Prince
whined sheepishly and dropped his ab
breviated tall, going to lie down again
at the extreme end of his leash and
blinking his eyes ut Mr. Stngg.
"Tho critter's us savage as n bearl"
grumbled tho hardware merchant.
"Ho is a good watchdog; you must
allow that, Joseph Stogg," Aunty Rose
The hardware dealer gasped again.
It would be hard to say which had
startled 1" n tho most the dog or
Aunty Rose's manner.
CHAPTER IV. " '
Aunty Rose Unbends.
Thero never was n lovelier place for
n little girl to say nothing of u dog
to piny In than tho yard about tho
Stagg homestead; nnd this Carolyn
May conllded to Aunty Rose ono fore
noon after her arrival nt Tho Cor
ners. Behind the houso tho yard sloped
down to n broad, calmly flowing
brook. Hero the gooso nnd duck pens
wero fenced off, for Aunty Rose would
not nllow the web-footed fowl to wan
der ut large, as did the other poultry.
It was difficult for Prlnco to learn
that none of thoso feathered folk wero
to bo molested.
Thero was n wide-branching oak
treo on a knoll overlooking tho brook.
Around Its trunk Uncle Joe had built
n seat. Carolyn May found this n
grand place to 6lt and dream, while
Prince lay at her feet.
When they saw Aunty Rose In her
sunbonnct going toward tho fenced-in
garden they both Jumped up and
bounded down the slope after her. It
was Just hero nt tho corner of the
gnrden fence that Carolyn Mny had
her first adventure.
Prince, of course, disturbed the se
renity of the poultry. Tho hens wont
shrieking one way, tho guinea fowl
lifted up their voices, in nngry clmt
ter, tho turkey hens scurried to cover,
hut tho turkey cock, General Iloli
var, a big, white Holland fowl, was
not to have his dignity disturbed and
his courage Impugned by any four
footed crenture with waggish earH and
the stump ofn tall.
Carolyn's sunny disposition
berjlns to have Its effect upon
Aunty Rose, with results that
are amazing to Uncle Joe. You
will enjoy the next Installment.
1 (TO HE CONTINUED.)
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