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THE CITIZEN, WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1912.
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They Saved Her
By CLARISSA MACKIE
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In April Miss Alberta Ely looked at
tbo snowy bloom of licr bit' cherry tree
nnd sighed anxiously.
"It looks ns If there was going to bo
a sight of fruit this year If tlio pesky
birds dont eat 'ein all up," slie said to
herself. Then aloud sho suddenly
shrieked, "Here, you, boy; don't you
dare touch them blossoms."
"I was only nicking a few flowers,
ma'am," he aiwloglzed. "I wanted
them for my mamma."
"The;; are not flowers," returned
Miss Alberta severely. "TuotJo would
have been cherries In July if yon bml
left them nkjne. One, two, three urn
nine cherries you've picked off my troe.
The Iwy looked from her llnod and
careworn face to the fragrant snow of
blooms over his head. "There's plenty
more flowers, ma'am," lio said wist
fully, extending the crushed nvigs bo
held, "but I suppose you twtter take
these. They're yours."
Miss Alberta snatched the blossoms
from his hand and tosood them toward
a little mound of -wilted dandelion
roots she had been digging out of tho
turf. "Hasn't your mother taught you
It's wicked to steal?" she demanded.
The boy winced, but bo squared his
shoulders and answered sturdily: "Of
course she's told me that, ma'am. It's
me mynelf tliat did it Bbo -wouldn't
'prove of me doing it."
"Well, I should hope not," ejaculated
Alberta, with a fleeting glance toward,
the roof of tho little brown houso next
door. "When did you move in, boy?"
"Yesterday," he answered, "and my
mamma's dreffle tired today."
"What is your name?"
"Duncan Pearly Bartlett. That's my
papa's name too."
April passed into May May Into
June and then came, July, sultry and
hot, with the rich odor of overripe
fruits in Alberta's shrubby garden.
Faster than sho could convert tlio ber
ries Into cans of amber and ruby tint
ed pronerves they ripened on the
bushes, and pirn to robins swooped to
enatch titbits for tho gaping mouths
that crowded the nests.
"Scat!" Alberta would cry, waving
her glnghani apron nt the feathered
"Oh, tweo woe weeeooe!" the robins
would answer saucily as they dashed
away, only to return later and repeat
"Drat 'emf and Alberta would
whisk indoors to rescue tlio scorching
sugar from tlie Are.
"If the cherries had only waited a
llttVe longer!" she groaned one hot day
as she looked from tho kitchen win
dow into the branches of the cherry
tree, where tlio rich red fruit hung
In thick clusters. "If I can only got
this currant jell off my hnnda"
"Do you want a boy to -pick cher
ries?" nsked Duncan Bartlett from tho
doorway, where ho stood hat in hand.
"My mamma says I can pick on shares
If you want mo to and I'm careful not
Alberta looked at him suspiciously.
Ileiwas soven years old and small for
his age, but ho was strong and wiry
and had an open, chubby countenance
that made him look still younger. lie
wore a clean suit of overalls, and his
brown foot were bare.
"I don't Hko to havo my fruit picked
on shares," she said sharply, "but I'll
tell you wliat you can try. You can
pick 'em on quarter shares. Out of
every four quarts you can havo one for
"All right, ma'am," ho said, with
some dlsatipolntmont In his tone. "If
you'll give mo a pall and a ropo I'll bo
Alberta provided a pail and a rope
and a long ladder and watched the
small cherry picker carefully climb tho
rounds until ho disappeared among the
Just before noon Duncan nppetired nt
tho door staggering under a pull of
luscious cherries. Perspiration stream
ed down Ills sunburned nose and clier
rles stained his lips.
"How many you got there eight
quarts? Well, you get two quarts out
of that." Alberta measured a scant
two quarts from the brimming pull
and dumped them in a paper bag.
"You coming back after dinner?"
"If you wunt me to."
"Come along. Somebody's got to pick
em. Well, I declare, you've been eat
ing some!" She pointed au accusing
finger at his reddened Hps.
Duncan Hushed proudly. "I only ate
some the birds had pecked," ho con
fessed. "DTo's gritty," sho murmured ns she
emptied tho cherries Into a basket and
set the pail outside the door.
By C o'clock Duncan had picked fifty
qutfrta of cherries, and Alberta reluc
tantly panted from twelve quarts.
It ww irfter supper that Ellen Rnlvo
ly's fneo appeared at Alberta's kitch
en door. "You all through your sup
per?" alio asked na sho stepped within
and pushed tho suubounet back from
her sliarp face.
"Sea. Sit down." Alberta pushed tkts
Boston xicker forward and lwna her
dish towel on tho lino, nt flw burtl door,
"lim (load bent Itoen canning frutt ull
day and got my cherries lo do tomor
row." She sank breathlessly InW a
"That Bnrtlctt boy's making a good
thing out of you," remarked Ellon
complacently. "I bought twelve quarts
of cherries from him, nnd the llttlo
rascal charged mo IB cents a quart for
"KlfUcn cents a quart!" echoed Al
berta In dismay. "Thoy told rao down
to the store they'd take all I could
epn.ro for 8 cents. That boy must
have made $1.S0 off my tree. That's
man's wages." Alberta was becoming
"Miss Green only paid 2 cents a
qtinrt to have hers picked," said Mrs.
Snlvcly significantly, "and she sold
'em for IK, making l!l cents a quart.
I thought it was too bad ho should be
making all the money off you, and so
I ran In to tell you. I got to run
along and got ready for prayer meet
ing now. You coming?"
"By and by," groaned Alberta weari
ly. "I got to think this cherry busi
ness out first. I feel's If that lwy had
cheated me. I've a good mind to go
over there and make him give mo
some of thnt money back. I didn't
know that cherries was selling so high
or I wouldn't have let Urn pick on
"Even shares?" demanded Ellen
"Quarter shares. And thaf s enough."
"IMenty enough," agreed Ellen.
"I don't know as I can get down to
meeting, Ellen, but you might as well
tako along my contribution to that
missionary vacation fund. I promised
$5," said Alberta with conscious gen
erosity. Sho brought the money nnd
plaoed it In a small envelope. "I ex
port its hard work for them mission
aries to convert tlw heathen to tho
Golden- Hule," sho sighed.
"Hiram says he should think the
heathen would want a vacation in
stead of be missionaries," giggled El
len Snlvcly frivolously as she pocket
ed the money.
"I'm sorry Hiram alnt a professing
Christian It's a great comfort" ob
served Miss Ely primly as Ellen dis
appeared around tho corner of the
Half an hour later she returned from
a trip to the little brown house. Sho
had recovered SO cents of Duncan's
money and had amended her bargain
by paying blm 2 cents a quart for tho
cherries ho had picked and thus re
duced his earnings to ?1. Slie felt very
uncomfortable over the matter also,
for once Inside the modest brown cot
tage sho found herself in refined sur
roundings. Mrs. Bartlett was a charm
ing woman and had introduced her
husband, Dr. Bartlett, a whole eouled,
genial man, who Inwardly chuckled at
his llttlo son's business venture, but
outwardly treated It with great seri
ousness and consideration, much to
Alberta Ely surmised that her new
neighbors were far from being in
straitened circumstanocs and had mere
ly sought the little cottage for a
summer's recreation In tlio valley.
Their simple courteey put Alberta's
niggardly errand to shame, and her
cheeks flushed hotly as she tossed the
money down on her kitchen table. "I
wish Ellen Snivoly had stayed at
home," she said Impatiently. "I've
got to get all that fruit down cellar,
and It's dark now."
Sho lighted a lamp and set It down
In the cellar; then whllo the darkness
closed in and the air grew more hot
and sultryevery moment she toiled up
and down tho stairs, carrying basket
after basket of the canned fruit she
had worked so hard to preserve. At
last sho carried the txuskot of cherries,
and halfway down the steep stairs sho
etcpiRMl on her skirt, tottered and then,
overbalanced by the basket of fruit,
she fell down the remaining steps,
twisting her ankle badly as she did so.
For many dreadful moments Alberta
Ely lay there on her cellar floor unable
to move her foot. Pangs of exquisite
pain stabbed her ankle to be succeeded
by hot burnings. She felt it swelling
within her shoo, and at last she extri
cated herself from the mass of crushed
cherries and assumed a sitting posture,
but it was Impossible to move farther.
Thunder roared nnd shook the house
to Its foundations. The fermenting
Jars of 1907 cherries yielded to the
heat and exploded with astounding re
ports. At last there came a hissing,
sizzling flash of white light outside tho
cellar windows, followed by a deafen
ing crash, succeeded by another crash
of splintering glass. Alberta Ely faint
ed from pain nud fright.
When she regained consciousness she
was in her own sitting room, sur
rounded by tho entire Bartlett family.
Tho doctor had skillfully bound her
injured auklo, nnd his wife was hold
ing wet cloths to All)ertn's brow, while
Duncan pressed strong smelling salts
to her thin nose.
"Your preservo shelves camo down
last night, nnd it looks as though you'd
lost all your fruit," explained Mrs.
Bartlett after nwhlle. "I'm afraid
that's not tho worst of It, Miss Ely.
Tho lightning struck your cherry tree
and split it In two halves. Wo saw It
audi camo over. Wo wero afraid tho
bolt might havo entered the house."
Alberta Ely looked through tear filled
eyes at tho three who wero so cheer
fully ministering to her In spito of her
meanucss regarding tho cherries Dun
can had picked. Something hard loos
ened from about her heart, and it must
havo been tlio covering of stinginess,
for It never appeared! again. She
reached out nnfl caught Duucnu'a chub
by baud and kissed it with trembling
lips, and tho Bnrtietts understood they
had made a new friend nnd smiled nt
Kono of tliem hoard. Alberta Ely
wliis pcrtng to iterae If. "No- nilsijionary
ought to take a vocation so lqng tP
Eflen Snivety and mo can net fio iftV
Christian," sho tlioufeht bitterly. "Why,
God Just had to8end a boK of -lightning
to faa't cherry treo to make m&-artder-itaud
I A STRANGE
With a Singular
By JULIUS WILSON-
John Dexter nnd I were schoolmates,
chums In college nnd nlwnys Intimate
friends. John, who inherited n fortune,
went abroad for awhile after graduat
ing, and 1 went into the law. As soon
ns I was ready for business John
turned over to me tho care of his es
tate. John was in every sense a bachelor.
He was devoted to bachelor life nnd
showed no disposition to become a hus
band. "Whnt tie myself up to a wom
an!" he would say. "Do you realize
what that means? Slavery absolute
slavery. And, more, you are mixed up
with another family that you have no
interest hi whatever. The first time
you meet them after your marriage
they call you by your first name, and
you are expected to do the same by
them, a familiarity that doesn't exist
between you and soino of your life
long friends. How can a man endure
to bo caged with one woman and no
"way of getting away from her?
There's nine chancos in ten against his
ever having any comfort after he's
Then he quoted some doggerel on the
"There's many a man when tha key has
In tho wedlock for which ho has ardently
Would eivo all tbo wealth In his bank
and his rochet
And borrow besides, for a key to unlock
Now, this aversion to matrimony on
John's part was unfortunate. I hap
pened to have a client, a young lady,
Margaret Storms, whose property was
very much tangled up -with the estate
of John Dexter, and I could see no
such advantageous way of straighten
ing it out except by their uniting their
interests in marriage. There was a
double reason why this was extremely
difficult. Miss Storms was or pretend
ed to be as adverse to marriage ns
Dexter. But I haw never had any
faith in this antagonism between the
sexea except in special cases, and in this
case the two had never seen each
I resolved to beard the lion and
the lioness In their respective dons and
make one supreme effort to unite them
and their estates.
Woman, notwithstanding her bitter
ness when prejudiced, may be more
easHy handled In a matrimonial mat
ter than man. She naturally seeks her
sphere the home and childrenearlier
than man. I therefore resolved to be
gin my attack on Miss Storms. I went
to see her and opened up tho object
of my visit by telling her of tho diffi
culties In the way of making her estate
pay the Income it should because of
the antagonistic Interests In tlio prop
erty of another person. Then I went
on to say that $20,000 a year income
might be more desirable with a hus
band than nothing a year without one.
"Not In my case," was her quick re
ply. "I am satisfied that I couldn't
be tied up with any man for a mouth
without ha ting him."
This was not -encouraging, but I pur
sued tho argument, whllo she, though
sho said nothing, sniffed the air like
a war horse hearing the boom of dis
tant cannon. When I camo .to a pause
she asked tho name of tho man I pro
posed she should wed. I told her, and
her Ire burst forth.
"Oh, yes. I know all about him.
no's tho man who hates women so
and goes about spouting those satirical
lines be has either composed though
I don't bellevo he's smart enough or
And she spouted tlio rimes John hnd
given mo on the subject of marriage.
"You go back," sho continued, "and
give him tills nnswer to his borrowed
"Thero'a many a girl when embarked on
Of life's ocean with him who has sworn
he's her slave
Will find to her cost when nothing can
That tho captain's a brute- and the vessel's
"That's unfortunato," I said. "John's
very unwise to bo getting off such
stuff. But lie doesnt mean It any
more than you mean your rimes. Nev
ertheless I exiect I liad better stick to
tho law without trying to do outside
work. But If your estate eventually
passes Into tlio hands of this man Dex
ter don't blamo me."
"Oh, bring him along. I'm not afraid
of him. If ho bllen mo I am stick a
pin In him."
I 6aid nothing to Dexter about my
unfortunate opening of the subject of
his mnKiago, but when I saw him
again I told him thnb the probabilities
wero his estate would oon be ubsorbed
by that of MIbu Storms. Had it not
teen for this card that I played to both
of tbo parties concerned I nltgbt liavo
watted till they were both hi their
dotage before producing any pcrcejitl
bio -effect: When. I tad jrsul it with
Mkss Storms ehchda shki, "Oh, bring
hip riJong." When Lused It vlth Dor
Jcr lie- nsked, "What kml of a kooklug
thins la she 7"
"Very pretty' I replied, "and re
"n'm! Heaven eavo mo from a smart
Bv dint of hammering It Into each of
thom that tho other would eventually
got both estates I Anally got them to
consider n union. John wns willing to
meet Margaret and look her over. Mar
garet, when I took her up on her invi
tation to "bring blm along," backed
out, saying that sho didn't propose to
bo trotted out like a horse for sale.
But she failed to suggest any other
method, nnd I began to think tho mat
ter was entirely off when she made
the following remarkable proposition:
"Since you think 1 must either loso
my fortune or marry this womnn hater
I will marry him. But I won't live
with him. Will thnt serve tho pur
pose?" "It would help mnttcrs, and you
might learn to love him."
"Love him? Nonsense!"
"Well, I'll send him to call on you."
"I don't wish to meet him."
"Then how will you mnrry him by
"On the day appointed for the wed
ding bring him hero n few minutes bo
fore tlie ceremony. I will come down
stairs, and the service must begin ns
soon as I enter tho room. When It Is
concluded let him go nt once. I don't
wish to hnve n word with him."
"Phew! Talk about woman haters!
Man haters are a hundredfold worse.
However, a marriage, even like this,
will straighten out some legal points
of great Importance In these ostates.
nnd when you have met Dexter, who,
I have often told you, is a bang up
good fellow, you may relent One thing
I fear If you treat your husband as
your propose ho will never consent to
meet you after tlio marriage."
"H'm! I haven't said I would con
sent to meet him, havo I?'
Having accomplished in a measure
what I had set out to do, I felt very
much like backing out and telling
both tho parties that after all such a
union as the lady proposed would be
of no great advantage to their Inter
ests and woukl only chain together
two persons who would consider their
bonds a burden. But, with a distaste
for marriage on tho part of both, what
difference could such a wedlock make
since neither wished to marry any one
at all? They would be married under
the law, which would mean nothing
except In their property affairs. On
the whole, I decided to lot the matter
go on and take tho consequences,
whatever they might be.
The marriage ceremony occurred nt
12 o'clock noon. I reached the house
with Dexter, who leaned on me for
moral support In what ho called the
most dreadful moment of bis life, at
Ave minutes of 12. Ho wore an ordi
nary business suit, but if ho had been
dressed in a carter's suit the gentle
man to tho manner born would have
been none the less apparent
When tho clocks began to strike
12 a door opened, ond Margaret, be
comingly dressed, but not In bridal
costume, entered. I saw tlie two
glance nt each other, a little pale, but
after tho first sight a natural color
came into the checks of both. During
tho sen-lee they made the responses
in a reasonably clear and firm tone.
When they were required to join hands
I saw a slight flush como over John's
face. I wondered If It came from tho
human current coursing tlirough their
arms or if Margaret had by tho slight
est possible pressure conveyed some
thing to blm.
There wero no congratulations, the
bride leaving tho room as soon na the
ceremony had been finished. The
bride's mother advanced to John and
engaged him In conversation. I had
promised him that as soon as the cere
mony was over I would go with him
to his club and join hhn in something
to steady his nerves. But Mrs. Storms
seemed to be making it difficult for
hhn to get away, so I passed out, say
ing to him as I did so:
Too will find mo at tho club."
I went to the club and waited for
him an hour, no did not put In an
appearance. Having at my office matters-needing
my attention, I went there
and began an afternoon's work, expect
ing the while to see John come in. He
didn't come. At 5 o'clock I rotumed to
tho club, asked If ho had been there
and learned that ho had not
I had promised to dine with him, he
assuring mo that If I failed him in his
extremity it would be a cause of war
between us. Nevertheless tho dinner
hour camo nud passed and no John.
Nor did be appear during the evening.
John did not turn up for a month,
at the end of which timo ho telephoned
rao to dino with him and his wife the
same evening at her home. I gasped
for breath. Did I hear aright? nad I
"W-h-a-tr I asked.
"At Mrs. Storms'. Wo haven't got
any other place to live yet You know,
none was provided."
Apparently John didn't wish to go
Into explanation, for I heard a click
and know that tlio receiver had been
At tho appointed hour I appeared at
Mrs. Storms' and found my chum and
his wlfo living togetlier Hko two Uirtlo
doves. "By Jove, Billy," said John, "It's
fine! Go get married right off."
No explanation was ever given of
what occurred after I left John to fol
low mo to tho club. That is a part of
the story that must Ik. loft out but I
havo always Cclicvcd that wlicn tho
couple Joined hands during tho wed
ding ceremoiy a very Important com
munication passed from tho brIUo by
means of-a very small prossuro-of Ww
hand. I havo further believed that
when Bho loft tbo room a look Instruct
ed her mother to retain tlio newly
modo husband. Tho root Is a sealed
I am muoh relieved as to my part In
the match, for tha couple aro devoted
in aph other.
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