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LEWIS DENTON ttrtchd him
lf with ft weary tigb and
iu hl hand through hi
curly brown hair. H looked with
tired atlsfactIon at the pil of paper
on hi desk. In hi gray aye tha con
tented light of work well dona.
"II a been a hard week." he mut
tered," but I'v rMiifiht up aaain no.
Wall, it's Saturday afternoon and I
guess I'll taka a holiday. I told Bella
I'd aura be horns early today and fake
tha children out. hut t guess t il rail it
Ha reached for tha telephone and
called his home number.
"Hello, Bella, mind It I UkC In ft
how today? Ml ba hom to shpper
with mr usual appetite. Tha children
exporting ma? Wall. I need ft chant
from thla Hernal grind at the office.
That a ft food old aptirt. All right,
H haaitatad ft moment after ha hung
op. for hi wife voice had aounded
witfuL though aha had gallantly told
him to run away and piay aa ahe knew
ba worked hard.
"A man baa to get a war and rest his
brain." h assured himself, to silence
tha puilty voire in his heart.
In tb pretty suburban homa Bella
turned tloWly twty from the 'phone
and faced tha eager, amioua glancea
of the T-retr-old twin.
IT wa a teorch!n hot day in July
and the thought of a cool bath in
the Ocesft. was tht pleasantest
thing in tha world to Janet. She took
the key of the bathhouse from the man
at the desk and hurried to the stuffy
little cubbyhole to change her clothes.
She took down her hair and wound It
Into a tight little knot and slipped on
her smart green cap. Then, aba open
ed heT bundle and took out her lovely
new bath ng suit or at least, what she
thought was her suit.
"Oh: Oh::" exclaimed J:.net In u
ter ama.ement. as p!ie gazed at the
ugly bla k garment in her hands.
"This is a man's suit!"
She was almost in tears but her nat
ural good sense asserted iuelf and the
tried to think collectedly. She remem
bered in the car. a man had slipped
his bundle tii.dcr the aeat next to hers,
and m her haste to get out of the car
she must have picked up his instead
of bei own s'lit It was too awful!
Janet fixed her hair again, and gath
ering up the black suit, hurried out to
Uis pavilion to see If aha could dis
cover enyone who looked as if he had
loat something She almost smiled as
she thought of what a surprise her suit
must have given some unsuspecting
There was no one ft! sight who seem
ed to be looking for anything and after
ALBERT WOOD leaned back in
bis worn office chair wearily
but with satisfaction, men
tally reviewing the happenings of tht
prosperous day. Then he swung ope (I
the door of the heavy safe and drew
out a single paper, which be carefully
placed in his vent pewket. He locked
th office door cheerfully and boarded
a crowded street car.
Almost before he knew it the noisy
hum of the busy city was replaced by
beautiful fields and country hornet.
He watched the road ahead expectant
ly for aa ftceustotaed tight and when
he taw it ft pleasant trhil spread over
bis face. It waa ft little, curley-halred
boy sitting OB th curbstone, with hi
chubby aim thrown around the neck
of a huge ft. Bernard.
The car stopped with a jerk and he
sprang off. The Impatient waiter
rushed to meet him, nearly throwing
him over III their enthusiasm, and a
email voice cried happily. "Daddy!"
"Hello, Sonny," be greeted, twing
ing the little boy up on his shoulder,
"now for our home. Are yon ready?"
Sonny nodded his assent vigorously
and they started up the Bill.
Pinecroft located at the top of the
hill, was ft beautiful old, colonial house
ELEANOR was very young and
Otherwise ahe would cer
tainly net have expressed such gen
uine delight that morning 'when tht
opened the big florist's box Just de
livered and found It to contain carna
tions. Carnations as a birthday gift
from one's fiance! How could any
one expert less than orchids, or roses,
at least? But, strange to say, Eleanor
was delighted with th carnations.
"How lovely of Ralph!" she mur
mured, caressing one of the pink beau
ties, "sly favorite flower! I must
thank him right twsy."
She wa noon carrying on an ani
mated roaveiMtion at th phone and
summoning th most delighted term
possible to express her undying grati
tude for hi gift, "I (hall keep them
always." she asseited, "la memory of
niy Jlst blrthdy."
"All of therar
"All. I shall not throw one away."
"Wall, I'll be around tonight. Good
"If th Isn't lb most adtirah!," b
thought, "to promls to keep loose
tewara ferevtr. My dear, twtK gtr'l"
"No, daddy la not coming home
early after all,"' aha said sorrowfully.
"Let'i put away his dinner and save
the eurprtae for ijext time."
"He alway coming next time."
walled Bessie, while Bob gulped and
rjjbbed his eyes.
"We have such good times when he
comet, but he dont cme," sniffed the
"Daddy works very hard and need
a change,'' explained their mother,
"hut we'll have a good time by our
selves. We'll take a little walk. No,
I'm not too tired to go as far as the
park. We'll com home early and have
a tea party.'
Bella smiled brightly and the little
downcast fares lightened In response.
She sighed aa the children seamiicred
away for their coats, for it had been a
hill week and the position of house
keeper and mother, wife and nurse
maid kept her busy every minute. She
had looked forward to the afternoon
holiday for the companionship of her
husband and the rest he brought by
sharing tha care of the children.
wandering around aimlessly for a few
minutes Janet decided to forego her
bath, and sat down on the sand to rest.
In a few minutes she was acund
She must have tlept for over an
hour, for when fcho opened her eyes
the sun had sunk much lower in the
sky and the waves had crept a great
deal farther up the bead. She did
not notice a young man who was sit
ting a little behind her on the sand.
"It's all my fault," he began at
once. "I was in such a hurry to get
in the water that I must have taken
your suit by mistake I'm dreadfully
sorry 1" He handed her the missing
"It wasnt your fault any more than
mine." returned Janet promptly, "And
it was much worse for me to go to
sleep and make it too late for you to
go in. You should hare grabbed your
suit away from me and run!"
"I couldn't I hadnt the courage."
"You don't look so very timid," he
which seemed to nestle down a.i..;.
tht towering pines which surrounded
it . Old-fashioned roses climbed
around the targe front door, which
opened into quaint spacious rooms.
For many year happy people had
wandered through the large garden
and around the rustic old spring
which just teemed to breathe romance.
Thi wa the home of the Woods,
and their little boy, who Was known
to everyone aa "Sonny '
"Hello, mother,' Sonny called joy
ously a he taw her waiting fur them
at the gate, "here we are."
"tea, little wllle. here we are," an
other voice added, and a strong ami
slipped lovingly around a slender
waist as the happy family entered the
After the pleasant meal, Albert
slowly drew the paper from bis vest
pocket and triumphantly paased it to
"Wt are rich, Pauline." be spoke
mat evening Eleanor waj s'jiniiiug
ou th piazza waiting for Ka'ph. Nest
ling In her brown curl ai carna
tion selected form the big va."e,'til on
the palor table, and its color aic'ied
that of her cheeks and her beruffled
organdie dres. A gentle breeze was
blowing and as she was gazing down
the street for a sight of Ralph a curl
wa wafted into her face. She pushed
It bark impatiently, unconsciously dis
composing the flower in ber hair.
Again a breeze came and blew the
lock into ber face. Again she puiihed
it back and this time the carnation
fell to the ground.
But Eleanor did not notice this. Far
down tbe atreet sb saw the brovi
boulder of Ralph turning the corner.
In a flash she had left th piazza and
iu la th pajlor. fine anaxched ft
"Silly woman," she scolded herself
a he put on her hat; "you're lucky
to have a dear, good husband anyway.
There's lota jjorse things he might do
than go to the movies cn a Saturday
In the theater, crowded with people
enjoying their half-holiday, Lewis
watched and laughed and forgot his
"That's a pretty thing." he mur
mured as a quartet of flower-laden
girls tripped on to the stage.
"They can sing." he thought as their
sweet young voices sang the old-time
melodies, while tha quaint hoopskirts
festooned with flowers swayed back
and forth in sedate minuets and grace
At the hearty encore they smilingly
returned, bringing large flower-filled
baskets on their arms, tossing roses
on the atiijje as they sang a tender lit
tle love song:
The rose will tell that you love her
The violets that you love sincerely,
"Well, I really am. Right now I'm
dying to ask you something, but I'm
simply trembling with fear."
"Try and see what happens do I
look like a dragon?"
"No, but It's such a nervy thing to
ask without any guarantee of respec
tability or anything. Could you go
to dinner with me on faith!"
"I'd Hke2 to, but I'm afraid I
shouldn't My mother has always lec
tured me about speaking to strange
young men, from the cradle nip; you
don't look like a villain, though."
"I'm hot, really ; and under the cir
cumstances t think any mother would
trust her daughter to my tender care.
Won't you take pity on me?"
"All right, I will," said Janet, de
ciding to be reckless for once in her
life. And of course it really was all
her fault about the suit.
"This la a relief after the hot city,"
she told him when they were seated at
a little table overlooking the water a
few minutes later. "Jutt see tow the
The Home of
4'Mekiy, "nui stock sailed sky high
and I sold it!"
She scanned the document in bewil
derment, speechless with joy. But
finally she cried, "Oh Albert, how fine!
We are really rlrh at last! We will
hiote to the city at once and sell
It seemed too good to be true, and
yet the d'icument lay before them con
firming MTry doubt.
Albert spent all of his spare mo
ments the following day "house hunt
ing," and returned home at night in
high spirits. No houses were to be
had. but he had by luck found a fash
ionable apartment There was only
one thing that worried him he knew
that Sonny could not take bis dog.
In a few weeks they were ready to
vacate Pinecroft. and a "For Sale"
sign was already nailed on the house.
Sonny sat diaconsolately on the front
steps with hi dog.
"I Just can't leave Jack, I can't," he
A Pink Carnation
nook from the table, arranged herself
carefully in the chair by the window,
and began to read industriously.
"Now, he'll think he's caught me
napping." waa ber thought.
The steps rang as they came up the
walk, but stopped suddenly as they
reached the piazza. Eleanor kept her
eyes fixed on the page while the color
crept more deeply into her cheeks. If
be thought that just by staring at her
he was going to make her look up, he
w as mistaken. A bit of a smile played
Rhout ber lips.
Then tbe steps began again, but
they were receding.' Surprine held
Eleanor in ber chair. When she at
last Jumped up and ran to the door
only Ralph's back was visible as she
turned the corner.
"He must hav forgotten U candy,"
The lily speaks of devotion
With love as deep an the ocean
Each ltttle flower will tell that you
Over and over, as the quartet glided
away, came the chorus, first loudly and
thett softly and haunt I ugly:
"Say it with flowers, the fairest that
"Jiey'll bear a message from you.
Say It with (towers -Tulips,
carnations and violets, too
Say it with flowers."
The lights and people faded away
and suddenly Lew is saw again the
square hall of the big, old church In
the little town of his boyhood, on a
drowsy Sunday morning. He saw
himself standing at the foot of the
stairs waiting for Delia. She came
down slowly, her fair hair shining in
the noontime sun, her blue eyes sweet
ly serius as she listened to the white
haired lady at her side.
When they reached Lewis the little
lid Is coming op now."
"If the full moon that does It I
always like to watch an extreme tide
like this. I've lived nea the water all
my life. Whenever anything worries
me I always seem to be able to think
It out better when I'm down by the
"Was that why you came tonight?"
"No; I Was looking for inspiration
only. You are giving it to me."
They were really having a beautiful
time, and Janet waa thanking her
lucky stars that tomorrow was Sun
day and she wouldn't have to stifle In
that hot office again, when ber eye
fell on a rather stout lady coming
down the room toward them. It was
ber cousin, Anna Forbush and she
had seen them! Janet did not even
know the name of tho man with whom
she was dining and she wouldn't ask
him now. What a frightful situation
to be passed around to all the aunts
In the family by Anna's loving hand!
Janet wished that she had taken her
nother'a early advice.
tried lor the hundredth time that day.
"Don't feel bad, Sonny," his mother
comforted, "we will leave him with the
caretaker and we will come back
The new home was well situated in
the city and beautifully furnished. The
Woods, were Immediately invited
into all of the leading social activities
and entered Into a busy world. No day
Went by when they were not enter
tained somewhere. It was not long
before they . became smothered by a
whirl of dinner parties and theaters.
Often Sonny had to eat alone and be
put to bed by an unlovable maid. He
would softly cry hlnislf to sleep wish
ing for his old home and playfellow.
0"adually Albert grew tired of the
constant hurrying to dinner parties,
arrayed in an uncomfortable dress
suit, and longed for a quiet evening at
home. However, he did not complain
or voice his sentiments, because he
thought that his wife was happy. To
said Eleanor after a moment's thought,
"though he never has before."
Tho nearest candy store was three
minutes away. Eleanor waited 'M.
Then she strolled out into the silting
room where the rest of the family
'Didn't Ralph cotne?" askjd her
"Detained at business at the last
minute," said Eleanor, feigning a
yawn. "Guess I'll get my embroid
ery." The following afternoon Eleanor
went out on the piazza to feel the cool
breeze on her hot, aching forehead. Ak
she stood there a faint odor was waft
ed up to her, and looking down she
saw a wilted carnation lying at hr
"Why, the flower I had on last
old lady shook a playful finger at him
as she twinkled, "Did you hear that
sermon, young man? Don't watt until
people are dead to bring them flowers.
Your sweetheart will need thorn all
her life; flowers of tenderness and
kindness as well as roses that match
her cheeks and forget-me-nots (o
match her eyes." Then ahe had
chuckled at the young man's embar
rassed face and the young girl's
blushes as she walked away.
"Say It with flowers." How long had
it been since he had brought Bella any
of hor beloved carnations? How long
since he had heard her delighted cries
as the buried her face In heart-refreshing
Lewis sighed and came back to the
present. He had lost his taste for the
show and glanced idly around him. He
saw women in furs with big bunches
of violets, girls in silk with arbutus
tucked in their coata, women with
white hands and flashing jewels, girls
with sparkling eyes and rosy cheeks.
"Bella is as pretty as any of them,"
he thought with pride. "In Hplte of
"How delightful!" cried Mrs. For
bush "how absolutely delightful to
meet you here. Ward Franklin! Apd
with Janet, too. I had no idea you
two knew each other!"
"Why, I've known Janet for ages."
fabricated Franklin, looking straight
Into her eyes and praying that they
would be spared further questions.
Janet felt that the waa sinking
never in her life bad ah been In inch
a position; it was dreadful!
"I suppose you met at the magazine
office where Janet works," put In the
silent Mr. Forbush. "Didnt they run
your last novel in a serial before it
come out In book form?"
"Yes, that was it exactly," put in
Janet, feeling that things were steadi
ly getting worse.
"When is your new book coming
out?" asked Mrs. Forbush.
"In the Fall, I hope. It's so hot In
town, though, no one can do much
work. Janet and I Just came down for
a little swim to see If we could get
him she seemed to excel all of the
other women in beauty and loveliness,
but somehow he wondered If, In all
this new dazzle and bustle, her old
love were slipping away from him or
If he only imagined it. But somehow
he did not feel satisfied. And then he
missed his old comradeship with fton
ny. Yes, he was tired of It and wished
that his stock bad gone down with a
He did not kttow that Pauline wa
tired, too, and longed for her old life
at Pinecroft. But she did not want to
complain either, only to mar the pleas
ure which she felt confident her hus
band was enjoying. She was proud of
his fine appearance and popularity, but
somehow she felt, too, that he was just
a little different She wondered un
easily if this life of excitement and
pleasure was turning hit bead, and she
The weeks quickly slipped by with
their busy routine. No one seemed to
night!" she marvelled, and then mm
came a great light.
Ralph had not felt very well that
morning. His pride was deeply
wounded. That "she" should promise
to do something and then deliberately
not do It! An awful realization his
loved one fHlse. In the afternoon
ram a telephone call.
"Is that you, Ralph?"
Those honeyed tones were only too
familiar. "Yes," he said, Icily.
"You didn't come last night."
Silence. Then, finally "Why not "
"Business at the la. ;t minute," said
There was something like a gasp at
the other end of the wire, and then
the answer: "Oh, Ralph. 1 know that
wasn't Itl Tell m why you went
By Elsie Endicott
her hard work tha hat Irept her hands
white and her hair lovely and when
he'a dressed up she looks good enough
to go anywhere."
"Say it with flowers." Lewis stirred
restlessly as he thought of his deser
tion that afternoon, tho many, nights
that business had kept him working
late and the Sundays he bad been
called away, leaving lonely hours for
his wife and the children.
"Say it with flowers."
"Tea, I will," he said half aloud as
he rose and left the building. Straight
to his former favorite florist he hur
ried, his quick, decided step ringing
on the pavement as If he was going to
meet his sweetheart. Ha picked nut
a dozen carnations, pure white and
rose-pink, her old favorite as he re
He ran up the stepa whistling cheer
ily and let himself in, calling his wlfe't
"Oh, you're home nice and early,"
cried Bella In pleased surprise as she
hurried to greet him.
Lewis waited until she was almost
By Joclla Johnson
"How wa the water?"
"Fine!" declared Franklin and
Janet In the same breath, without
looking at each other.
"Well, we're awfully glad we ran In
to you. Can't you both come down to
dinner some night next week we'd
love to hav you."
Janet blushed and mumbled tome
thing, but Mrs. Forbush Insisted, and
Franklin accepted with pleasure, So It
wa easily settled. When they had
gone, Janet groaned.
"Oh, It's dreadfuljust see what
I've got you Into now!'
"I'm glad," aaid Franklin. "Forbush
and I are old friends we went to col
lege together. You musn't Worry
about it they hadn't an Idea that we
had Just met"
"And I nevaY knew you were Ward
Franklin, the author or anything!
And only think, you dont even know
my last name!"
"I don't care very much I like the
first one so well. Do I have to use the
rest of Itr
htve time now to bother very much
with Sonny. He did not seem to fit In
very well in this new life and wa left
more each day with the maids. Some
times his daily walks in the neighbor
ing park were forgotten, but he did not
care for the city and the things that
Interested hi parent did not appeal
But one morning be did not get up.
Pauline frantically phoned for the doc
tor and Albert came rushing home
from the office. The doctor stayed
long time and looked doubtful. "City
life doesn't agree with him," ha Said
slowly, "but perhaps"
Pauline and Albert rested their
hopes on the "perhaps," as they sor
rowfully watched over Sonny for the
next few weeks. Now they wondered
If they had realized their real happi
ness too la.
Then one day the little boy opened
his eyes and whispered softly, "Moth
er, tan we go borne now?"
aniti you nftd come as far as the
"1 can not explain fully here."
"Then come out here now. Never
mind your work."
Ralph was entranced by her words.
Thoughtless creature that she was to
think of hlii dropping his work! Sud
denly possessed with a mad desire to
see Eleanor again after 24 hour' ab
sence, he answered, (he coldness al
most gone from his voice: "All right
I'll come out at once."
Ralph resolved on the way out to
Eleanor's to be very stern and cold
after 411. , For a moment a strong
emotion had almost prevailed upon
him to forgive and forget her unfaith
fulness. Now his pride had again
gained the upper hand. To throw
away oue of hit fluwert on the very
In front of him and than brought the
flower from behind hit back.
"Lewi, dear!" Bell eiclaimad with
ahlnlng eye and radiant fa.
"What treat 1 I haven't teen any tiling
to lovely for year."
The tear earn to her eyet 14 ah
thraw her arm around bar husband'
neck, and he began to fealli bow
starved tor tht little wayt of lot ah
"They are coming home with m ev
ery week after this, dour," he said
gently. "I've been a selfish old grind
and haven't half shown you how I'v
appreciated your work and sacrifices.
We're going out together too; thing
don't have the right flavor when t go
alone. We'll take the kiddies oft for
good times every little while, and have
some parties at borne and be ft regular
family from now em."
"Oh, Lewis!" said Bella half laugh
ing and half crying as she burled her
face In the cool sweet blossoms, "I'm
the most fortunate woman to have
"Humph!" said Lewis as ha swung
the children up to hi shoulders where
they shrieked and giggled with glee.
"I'm not so aura about that, but I
know what It mean to m to have you.
t don't know how to tell you, to ' I
guest '1 11 hav to 'ay It with
"I think we'd better he going," be
gan Janet, nervously, picking Up her
purs and glores. "it's a long way to
my liltl flat and I don't want to get
Franklin took her home, and when
he said good night at her door ha
thanked ber for the pleai antes! even
ing he had had in years.
"Will you go for ride with m to
morrow afternoon?" he added hope
fully. "It too soon, Isn't It?"
"Not for me It It for your
"1 don't know what time?"
"About 5 we can hav dinner some
where In the country. Would your
mother like to Come?"
"Oh, she'd lov It how sweet of
"Good night, Janet" He held her
hand so long thai she withdrew It at
"I've bad the nicest time I've had in
years, too," she told him before h
finally shut the door.
Then she went to her ronre and de
cided to hang up her neglected bath
ing suit before going to bed, And
when she opened the poor battered
bundle she took out. for tht tecond
time- Franklin's suit. The tht sat
down and burst out laughing.
"I'll give It to hira tomorrow," the
Pauline's eyes filled with tears and
ber heart thumped rapidly, but tome
bow ahe managed to say firmly. "Y,
Sonny, as soon as ypu can go."
A contented smllt spread over th
pale race and as he settled down Into
a peaceful slumber he said toftly
Albert pulled hi tired but thankful
wife away from the bedside, leaving
the nurse in charge. Down th wide
steps they went out Into tht clear
night air. Taulln did not cart where
he led her. They wandered silently
along until they came to tht bank of
the dark silent river. A few light
from th opposite short glimmered
across the water and mingled lit with
tho thousands of city light reflected
"Pinecroft Is over there," raullnt
"And I have splendid chance to
sell It tomorrow -hall If Ha asked
"Oh.no," and her voice was wistful.
"I want to go back; will you jot"
Their met and their old lov
was rekindled ft h took her In his
arms and whispered toftly in bar ear,
"Yes, we will go."
day that hi had given them to her
and that she had promised to keep
them always Impossible to fotgiv.
He would explain to her hi attltud
and say good-by forever.
Eleanor, dressed aa sha had been tbe
night before, wa quietly waiting for
him. "Look," she (aid, ai.d showed
him a wilted, stemlee flower which
she held In her hand. "See. I bad It In
my hair last night, like this," the In
dicated a fresh flower resting In her
hair. "It fell out a I waa watching
for you. t found it this afternoon. I
aid that I shouldn't throw any away,
I shan't I shall keep thlt one, and
this in my hair, and all th Other
which yon see in th rat there. I
always keep my word," tht added, and
"Eleanor," cried Ralph, feht It oca
with a new light in his eyt. She waa
true, she was faithful. "Eleanor, I
I have wronged you. Will you forgive
A minute later he held her In hi
arms and she did not resist him.
"Eleanor," said Ralph, softly, "left
never let a pink carnation com be
tween us again."