Cloverdale courier. (Cloverdale, Tillamook County, Or.) 190?-19??, December 24, 1915, Image 4

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    “ Mirundy,” «aid her aunt. Miss
Quackenbos. "1 don't see any reason
why you und Dan L’erklns shouldn’t
be married at once instead o' waitin’
for me to git out o' the way and—and
leuve you what 1 got. 1 tell you what
I ’ll do. I ’ m an old woman and not
likely to live the year out. Dr. Bald­
win says there isn’t u sound organ in
my shriveled old body. If you und
Dan ure certain you're golu’ to get my
property you’ll feel more like gettin'
married than if you're not. A bird In
the bund is worth two in the bush.
“ I ’ll leave you property worth $10,-
000 on condition that you take care o’
me for the few mouths 1 have to live.
You bind yourselves to give me $7)00
a yeur. The money is Invested at that,
so you’ ll not be out a cent, and when
I ’m buried you'll have the whole
Di n had u salary o f $1,200 a year,
but with nothing laid tip he had de­
clined to marry Miranda, who lmd
nothing, until he should make some uc
cumulation. This offer of the uunt
gave him courage, and the pair, hav­
ing taken over the property and signed
a bond to pay Mrs. Quackcubos $.'.00 a
year so long us she lived, were mar-
ried. A part of the estate was the
dwelling in which the old woman lived.
Being too large for her, she moved out
to spend the rest o f her days with a
sister, and the bridal couple moved in
Now. this was an excellent arrange
incut. II gave the young couple a con
fldence they would not otherwise have
felt. But they were prevented from
making any use of the property until
it was unencumbered by the annuity
Dan was disposed to refrain from en­
croaching upon the estate, but Miran­
da needed this and needed that, and
when her husband objected she would
say that her aunt was getting worse
every day and surely couldn't live the
month out. Then Dan would yield,
and the desired articles would bo
But the old Indy didn't die. After
lying supposedly at the point of death
for a long while' she suddenly got out
of bed and seemed more chipper than
ever. Indeed, she announced that she
was disinclined to mope and was go­
ing to start u chicken farm. This she
did in n small way, and the interest
she took in it improved her health
Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. I ’erkins
were having a hard time to get on.
The Quackenbos property gave them
no lneomo anti had t>eeu an induce
inent to spend money that «lid not
come In, ns had been expected. Chil­
dren came to them, nnd it seemed the
more children am) the older and more
experlen« ed they grew the more vigor­
ous the old lady Itccnme. O f course
they could not object to her remaining
alive, but she spoke to them on the
subject thus:
•’Iteckon you two think I ’ m goin' to
live forever.
It ain’t my fault.
don’t want to hang on any longer. I'm
ready to go any time. A fte r nil, it
won't do you any harm.
You're econ­
omizin' at a time when you ought to
economise, and you'll reap the benefit
«if It all after I'm gone.”
Then the couple would look at each
other ami sigh, knowing that their
debts had already nearly eaten up the
whole expet-ted property.
The old lady huug «in till the Per­
kins’ debt exactly balanced the $10.-
000 they had taken In exchange for the j
annuity. Then she died. They paid
the funeral expenses—$300—which left j
them iu debt by that amount.
Considering bow unfortunate they
had been in the old lady’s living so j
long, they behaved very well. Indeed,
tfiey did not blame her. They blamed j
themselves for having drawn upon the
property before they possessed i t |
They not only refrained from accus- |
ing Miss Quackenbos from designedly
drawing them into a trap, but spoke
kindly o f her l>oth in the domestic cir­
cle and to others.
Having buried the old lady, they put
the property they had taken from her
in the market to sell to pay their debts.
Then one day they went to her quar­
ters to remove to their house the few
belongings she had left. Among these
articles they brought away a tin
box. It was locked, and they did not
find the key. but since there seemed
to be something in It Dan pried it
open. Within they found a bundle oi
papers and pass liooks. Miranda open­
ed one o f the books and found that it
showed a credit at a savings bank of
$937.fill. Then she opened another, and
It showed a credit o f $2,742.18. A third
more than doubled these two together.
Dan unfolded a document, which
proved to be a deed to a dwelling and
Coyotes, Muskrat, Foxes, White Weasel and other
Fur bearers collected in your section
another to a business block. All this
S H I P Y O U R F U R S D I R E C T <o “ S H U B E R T ” the largest
property was In Miss Quackenbos’
house in the World dealing exclusively in NORTH AMERICAN RAW FURS
name. The Perkins couple began to
a reliable—responsible—safe Fur House with an unblemished rep­
utation existing for “ more than a third of a century.” a long suc­
open tliolr eyes. The old lady had evi­
cessful record of sending Fur Shippers prom pt,SATIS F A C T O R Y
dently possessed more property than
A N D P R O F IT A B L E returns. W rite for "®fjt Ahufaett jfehipptr.”
the only reliab’e. accurate market report and price list published.
she had conveyed to them. But who
W r i t e l o r i t - N O W —i t ' s F R E E
had Inherited what these vouchers
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inC. 25-27
Dept 1082CH1CAGO,U.S.A.
stood fo ri
They begun to empty the box in a
search for a will. Pass books, deeds,
certificates of stock and bonds were hands, she cried:
“ To my beloved niece, Miranda
picked out and strewed the lloor. Then
Miranda, running over the Indorse­
ments on a bundle o f papers, exclaimed:
“ Here it Is.
Last will nud testa-
He has no hope who never had a
Unfolding the paper with trembliug I fear.—William Oowper
Notary Public
Cloverdale, Ore.
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