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Custard Cup I'IX)RENCE BING LP,NGSTON more absently, her thoughts seclusion of anx- scarcely noticed the call of his , But his brief sym- her courage. She shattered items of That was one too ambitious" dollars .... new thought took promise, sent the street again, Cup. She pelted and into Num- of black curls bedroom, selzed the sleeping- again, racing along and up the balancing the plunging compensa- tree," she repeat- sobbing still. "I Oh, Peny.le, I'm Wldeawake office |and frenzied by the hope and de- Whipped across her through the dcor, the counter, past brought up at Pole wavered us- head of Mr. Ab- pencil nd Jerked reaction. through dry See--for yourself. the whole you wanter thinga dol- at the child In his eyes uneas- lnent gyrations Lettle, watching gaze and seeing no desperately apology ! people required if an apology or Scales. it was not reserve. getting mad," she beastly temper. It out, but yore-- to poundg excuse me for using had a gong, you Mr. Ab- indications of pocket of good heart failure or in my lister, and grab on see if we can find tome out of." lgh Lettle flopped having collected a sl!e launched of her model At two arcs of UPon the card. The by a wire loop, by two arms, down the handle Olrator. was crudely made. from even. and to the long stick but aa Lettle tri- pointed out, Abbott himself of tlme not rap- results. Let- t agenled saspenae. "I don't see how It might In so bill, which he slowly unfolded. It was a dollar bill. Lettle's wide eyes fast- ened on It with unwlnklng transfixion. It was the key to fairyland, the thing she had hoped for, worked for, fought for; but now that it lay before her, she was held In the awe of unreality. Her breath stopped; her body grew rigid except for the play of muscles in her throat; a mist swam before her eyes. "IIere you are, sister." He passed over he bill. Lettfe took it in a daze. She tried to speak. "Tha-a-ank" Her voice humped up and down; her thin chest heaved. In an ague of emotion she clutched the hill and stumbled out of the office. Never before had she owned a dollar; a tenth part of it was the largest sum that had ever come Into her hands, and that had bee bnmedl- ately swallowed up by the Wopple- window debt. "Oh, Penzle," she cried, as she burst into the kitchen. "I got it; I got It. Jlmlny, ain't you glad?" "Depends on what you got, dear," returned Mrs. Penfleld, grown cautious through much experience. Lettie held up her tanned fist. so tightly clenched that the bones showed white under the bloodless skin. Slow- ly, triumphantly, she opened It. "Now we can have the tree and the party and fun--and extTthlng, ean*t seT' she shouted. "Gosh, I thought I'd never pull It off." "Lettle, dear," sighed Mrs. Penfleld, "we got to do something 'bout your language." Lettle grinned. "Not 'fore Christ- mas, have weT" "I expect we wouldn't have time 'fore Christmas," smiled Mrs. Penfleld. "but we got to get at It by New Year's. " Lettle reverted to matters of more moment. "And now, Penzie. you'll do what you promised and show me how to buy a big, big Christmas? We got money 'nough now, haven't we'.," "Oh, plenty. All we got to do is to plan. and we'll get right at IL" CHAPTER XVII Dimes, Llmlted. "The reason some folks have to have so much money," explained bIrs. Pen- feld. "is, they don't know how to plan. Land, they'd be s'prlsed to know how little money they could live on if they'd only mix their brains with it." It as admitted at Number 47 that funds were ample for the project in hand, but the young Miss Penfleld was dismayed "to find her capital dtminlshed from one dollar to elghty cents, the In- tervening twenty being required to liquidate the final payment on the Wopple window. It seemed that one coulcl-fiot face a holiday In the right attitude if one were in debL and Let- tie could not be spared to earn fur- ther money before the festive day. However, Crink breught in five cents, returns from an errand, and Thad Ju- bilantly contributed one penny, gross proceedi} from two hours of chicken- fending from the Chatterbox bar(lea. Total, eighty-six cants l Mrs. Penfield knew a place in the country where a tree ctmld be had for nothing. But It would take two cat- fares and return ; also Crlnk and the family hatchet. Twenty cents was segregated for tl enterprise. The next morning an Important ex- pedition set forth from The Custard Cup. Mrs. Penfleld went along as guide, but the motive force was Let. tie, who bore the badge of authority In a mall purse containing sixty-six cents In negotiable form. She was eas- Ily the happiest child in the whole city. Her feet pressed the rainbow path of Promise ; her fingers held the wand of Possibility; her starved life was suddenly illumined with the light of Joy, dazzling by contrast, scarcely to be believed, permeating her being with a feeling of unreality. The Penflelds had a long walk. but the morning was beautiful, hright and crisp, with a bracing quality that em. phasized the cheerful spirit of the sea- son. There had been rain a few days washing the haze from the hills, giving greener life to lawns and treesL The streets were bustling with activity. Expressmen and delivery boys were busier than usual, running up steps and ringing doorbells with an agreeable appearance of rush; pie were hurrying in every dlrectlofi, carrying packages of delightful mys- tery. Mr Penfleld guided Lettle to s store that catered to shoppera whoso desires were ambitious and whose re- sources were small. Head held high, Lettle pushed her ay through the crowd that thronged the aiale The first item on her list was tree trim- mings. But she blinked in bewilder- meat at the array before her. And a dime was the limit, the absolute limit for this department. Lettie set her teeth and eliminated systematically until she reached the most for the least, which gave her three yards of thin silver tinsel for ten cents. Candles? Most emphatically! A Christmas tree without candles is an evening sky without stars. For the affluent, candles were provided  In boxes, at ten cents per; but other t might be had at the rate of six for five i cents. Six were so had bv Lettle, who then turned her mental batteries upon the subject  holders, essential tc .afety of branch and llmb. But can. die-holders were ten cents. They cam in sets of twelve clamped to a card and you were obliged to take the en- tire lot or go without. Lettle strand before the display s( long that Impatient shoppers disputed the space she occupied, so absorbe: that the Interrogations of floor-walk era failed to penetrate her c.onsclous "1 Gotta Scheme," Said Lettie. ness. Her heart pounded In a panic How could she do what couldn't b{ done? She looked around. A womat stood beside her, engaged in mentK work on candle-holders. With the In tuition of lde experience, Lettle ap praised her Instantly. "Landy graclousl" she cried. "Ain't It a fright the way they lump 'era?" The woman looked us. "Ain't it?' she agreed. '*And the six-for-fee can dles are longer'n them In boxes, too.' "I gotta scheme," said Lettle. "Whal say If we go snucks on a cardT' 'Td be glad to." ThereupoG nickels were pooled, an a card was purchased and divided, tt the infinite satisfaction of everybod3 concerned. The Penfleld plan allowed anothet dime for candy, hutJt was no eas3 mattcar to decide upon the variety. DI visibility had to be considered, as weL as bulk. Fortlmately, the lower th( price, the higher the color, so the let ter quality took care of itself. Lettle pacing up and down before the Ion counter of heaped-up candles, came t( rest before "plain mixed" and "mhlgel mixed." Undeniably they representec the best values. The midget would ySel greater numbers, but plain mlxe( would surely melt less rapidly anc therefore give longer entertainment t the consumer. Ultimately Lettleh money was on Dlnin mixed. The other purchases required llttb selection and were speedily made They consisted of a tablet of plain good paper for one dime; two paekage of enveloDe for another; a spool o white thread, five cents; and a sticl of pink-and-white candy, one cent. Th latter would help decorate the tree an alo serve as a gift for Thad. During all these transactions Mrs Penfleld had been merely an attenttv bit of backgronnd, but in the followln! fe minutes she was called upon t, take an active stand. It proved to b no simple matter to get Miss Letti out of the store. So engrossed had sh been in the purchases on her tentattw list that she had scarcely cast a com prehending glance at other commodi- ties; but now that her responsiblllt3 was over and her cash exhausted, sht turned a fascinated eye upon table and counters of alluring articles. BE CONTINUED.) Mm'e Absmtly. steps are high. U.tt "boys woutd Mr. Abbott. Imused, thinking. he began pre of her chair. aorry to--to ak now thor- I o THEY FIRMLY BEHEVE IN "SPIRITS" Odd Superstition That pevalis Among prove he has not received a message the InhbRants of the Island of Luzoa. During the life of a person In Luzon hl spirit is called Takc After death It r-elves a new nam It Is believed to go about in a body invisible to the "eye of man, Yet unchanged In appear- ance from the living person. If a man becomes tmconscinus, the natives think a vengeful spirit has lured away the 'I got a oul of the sick man and they hold the Did ceremony of "Calling Back the Soul." Then they hold a big feast, to which they invite all the spirits In order to induce them to bring back the stck man's souL One ia "insupak" when the spirits have made themselvesknown to him In n dream. He from the dead he becomes a full-fledged medium. A pronged spear is supposed to protect the people from the ever. vengeful Anita, or evil spirits, who art always waiting to trip one up on the trail, to cause him to fall and huh himself or to kill him. When a native walks alone on a muuutaln trail and feels his hair creeping on his scalp he knows of the Anita's preenee. !i ' : !) : BMRIMONY ..--..--.-. By LYDIA LION ROBERT8 (, 1923, by McC}ure Newspaper Syndloa.te.) ES, Robert, Ntna is waiting for you," welcomed placid Mrs. Drew as tall, young l)bert Marshall came in. "She ts In the parlor with the Sew- ing circle. Go right in and say a word to them all, and then you and Nine hurry off to get }'our ride In before supper." "Mercy me, I'm glad I'm free," laughed Nine Drew. in mock dismay. "Believe me, I'm going to keep away from trouble and be wise. A good pc- sitlon and kitchenette look good a cosy to me." And her gay,'teaslng laugh made Robert frown and his lips snap toget h er. "The modern girl seems to have no idea of the vleasure and partnership )f married life," rebuked Mrs. Blake, alldly. "No, she Just is thinking of her own selfish pleasure and how much money he can make, and looks with contempt on a home and a family," added Mrs. Gray, drawing her little girl near her. ''These moderngtrls forget that they will grow ohl alone, with no one to share their troubles and Joys," nodded Mrs. Gray, "and, after all, a kitchen- ette Isn't a very sympathetic compan- ion." "I dan't see what has got Into them," ,worried Mrs. Gotten. '`They "express {nothing but anmsement at our most blessed way of life. I cannot under- stand It at all." *'Well, I can'." angrily snapped Rob- err as he strode Into tbe room, and the vehemence of his voice made the la- dies Juml while Nlna looked up In surprise at his stern eyes and set 'Whenever you ladies get together your ci}lef indoor sport seems to be . criticizing your husbands," growled Robert, facing them defiantly. "You certainly do not advertise marriage as a pleasant, profitable thing to enter Into." "Robert, stop!" cried Nine, Imperi- ously, with red cheeks. "No wonder the girls don't want to get marrle" Robert hurried on re- lentlessly. "If you want them to think well of matrimony, and goodness knows you are always trying to pair off the young folks, why don't you ad- vertise It by taiklngelt up, speaking of Its good points and making It look at- tractive? Why don't you speak of your pretty houses, and smart cars, and your children, andand--" Ite stopped for breath as Nine got np quickly. "That will do, Robert," said Nine, frigidly. "I think you owe our friends an apology, and I certainly expect one, tOO." "You sit right still, Nina," suddenly interrupted Mrs. Gray. "'Your young man Is Just right. It's we who ought to be ashamed of ourselves. Udklng so much tra.h. I've got the bet h,ls.band in the world, and I'm g,,ing home t tell him so and make him an apple pie for supper." And she roiled up her sewing firmly. "Mercy, yes, It's getting late." said Mrs. Oorton, as she rose to go. "And, Nine, you needn't be alarmed about us. Robert has a rather, decisive way of speaking, but his remarks hold a big element of truth and I, for one, know that my husband Is about the best there is." "Thank you, ladles," smiled Robert. "Perhaps I was a bit strong, but I'm quite interested In the subject." and Nina's face grew rosy at the slight emile that went around the circle. The ladles began to chatter and gather their sewing up. so Nlna reluctantly turned away st Robert's compellln touch on her arm. "I haven't finished," said Robert, grimly, "so please come out here In the ear and hear me through." Nina maintained a chilling silence, but Robert drove the car to a quiet slfmt under e trees and continued, with a firmness that surprised himself as much as it awed Nlna. "Now we'll see thin thing through," he began. "I have beeu a year trem- bling at your smile or onr frown, and I want to know where I stand. Cosy kitchenette, indeed ! What I want is a big, sunny kitchen with a place for a chair and a pipe, with a cooky Jar and all that goes with It, and apple pies and s kettle singing. "I want you there to boss tt and me. too, and either you consent to the con. tract right now, or I leave town to- morrow morning for good. "I've been smolding for a long time. and trying to keep my patience while you teased and fluttered around, but I'm done. Now, Nine. you know perfectly well I love you to distrac- tion, and you've pretty near distracted me.** A tiny smile cre.'x' around Nlna'a mouth as she thrilled to the master- fulnesa of her quiet lover, "I am afraid a kitchenette wouldn't hold you ---you feel o big," she said demurely, and then she smiled Into his eyes. "Just s minute, ladle." called Rob- ert, as he led Nine into the hall where the circle were puttlg on their tfatL "YOU may talk about your husbands" all you please, now. for. thanks to Nina, I'm going to belong to that much abused, and honored fellowship, and b a husband myself. A year from now, Nlna'll be saying, 'Well, now, my hu band does thL,--'" but Nine had fled and Robert laughed and started afta her. Really Smart Man. Jud Tunklns says a man has to b smart to tell you things, hut the man who knows enough to listen and learn Is still smarter. Imagination Alway= Working. A man 'does not succeed In buslnes by the ordinary virtues catalogued hy Samuel Smiles, but by the extraor- dlnary qualities of vision and Imagine- important Points Neglected. tlon; and you can't tit imagination They who provhle much wealth for down to office hours. their children, but neglect to lmprov them in virtue, do like tiose who feed their horse high. but never train them to be manageable.--Soeratea. Fifteen per cent of the pea)pie play an If 'on call , Street Famous Literary Club. "he LRerary club, also known as "Johnson's club,  was founded by Sam- uel Johnson and Sir Joshua lteynold ha London In 1764. Boswell, Burk were President and Mrs. Coolidge and President Coolidge and Mrs. Coolltge, with theAr two sou, Calvin, Jr./ atetl on the arm of his tather's and John standing beside his mother. Average Work Week Dedine00 Cut Down 36 Minutes in Last' Two Years--Domesti0 Serv- ants Have Long H0ar, New York  The levgth of the orking week of the average Ameri- can employs has declined 86 mlnute In the last two years, aecordmg to a statement by the Na[innal Bureau of Economic Research, summarizing the reault of a atton-wide investi* l gatlo which was undertaken for the bmineas cycle committee of President Harding*a conference on unemploy- ment. Outlining the tsnlts of the in- veatlgatlon, Dr. WLllford I. Kinff, ot the staff of tha national bureau of economic research, under wlume Wri- the facts were gathered, mid: "According to some historians, our gret-grundfathers thought twelve ours a reasonable day's work. For ore than a hundred yearn, however. :he length of the Working day haz ,een declining steadlly until the av- erase American in the first quarter of 1922 was expected by h employer m work only 08 hom a week. mt a at/fie mote than tho eight hours for aL ays set forth as an Ideal by Mrmers of a gefieration or two ago. the detailed figures covering all iu- lustries in the United BUttes thow bat the length of the working week teclined 36 minutes during the two eers covered by the study." Of all datmea of employers lag, those engaged in rendering do- mestic and personal service rOrd the Iongmt full-Ume hours for those orklng under their direction, the av- being slightly more than elgbt hours daily for a seven-day week. Farmers and retail merchants each rlulre over fll-three hours of work Per week from their employees. Em- ployers in a considerable group of la- |ustrles usually call for less than forty- eight hours p weak from thel workers. This group ineindm build- tag and eolm finance, public' and profelenal eervice, paper and printing establishments, and faetorles making textiles, clothing, leather and leather good&  Immmted in the ra- port," continued Dr. King, "Indicate the man who Is anxloms to haw a SteSdy ;Job in dUll times ts well u in good times should see'g a posltion with a small employer. However, If he followed this course during the last few years, he may have discovered that he gained less than he expected ; by the choice, for the tables show that In the last quarter for which re- porte are available, he was asked to work fifty-three hours each week In the small enterprise Instead of the 47.8 that the large establishment on the average, required him to se-ve, This dlfference is partly accounted for by the fact that farmers form so large a portion of mall employers. Big FIrm, 8hoter Hours. Hewever, the farmers rare not the only one of this class that cal. for longer hour than the average, In nine out of seventeen Industries. era. Dloyers hiring fewer than twenty-one worker required their employee to CUBA'S PRIZE BEAUTY s.ta crmlta renaes namo Ioug distance operator In tl Cuban Telephone company, who has won file contest for the most beeutlfui woman ha Cub by  ov'whelmlag mltloIrlt, WOMAN EXPERT IS GIVEN.. CARE OF ZOO REP00 - = happened to visit the thief of the rep- tile department at the Sooth Kenstng- ton Natural History museum and so astonished him by her knowledge of ophiology---he had kept snake sod lizards as pets sines her tenth bWth- day--that he offered to Stain he/" in the subJecL Accordingly, as soon as she left school she became Doctor Boulenger's assistant, at the age of eighteen, and when he resigned she w appointed to his post. The young expert came into real contact with the zoological OClety at he age of nineteen when she read her rst paper, on pit snakes, before them. A year later they made her F. Z.'8. At the beginning of Ju|y she gained another dtstinctlon by being elected F. L. S., Fellow of the Linnean oelety. one of the foremost scientific organi- atlons ha the world. l Being surrounded by snakes during her attendance at the zoo apparently Miss Joan Prootor Appointed Curator In London Zoo. London.---Snakes and crocodiles are not, perhaps, the most pleasant crea- tures with which to live, but MUm Joan Proctor evidently thlnk other- This young Englishwoman has amt bee appointed curator of the reptile house at tte London logical Gardens, where she will have etira charge of the cobras, the py- thon& the alligators and all the other reptllea. Mles erector's grandfather walt a famous entomologist, so polbly her interest and aptitude in the subject am Inherited. It certainly looks as though she Is going to become as well known as he WaS, for already, abe is looked on by zoologists am oue of the greatest of snake expert& When in her very early teen= she Made $890 in Prison i Shoe Shining Pal  "Sam the I'.ootblack. " other- wise Samuel Williams, who left Sing Slng (N. Y.) prisOn after serving five years, was $8g0 richer than when he entered. '. lte earned the money by sh3nlng- the shoes of atteadant and prl. oners prosperous enough tooay for the luxury, o work over fifty.four hours per week ,, . in the first quarter of 1922. In the group employing twenty-one to 100 workers, long hours for employee proved to be even more common tha In the mailer enterprises at the sem date, for twelve out of seventeen In. dustrial groups had full time lmu of more than fifty per week, O.y in concerns employing over 100 men were shorter hours the rule. In that . group only even of the veneu hadustries expected their men to wetS- as much as fURy hours per week." Seek to EAse Rules on ' Night Life in Londo Loudon.Engiand needs a new law regulating public houses and place of entertainment, say the owners of London's hotels and dance halls, who. have banded together to obtain le stHngtmt laws In the matter of einslng their place The present law, which Is adhered to vigorously by the authorities, wa passed in the relgn of George TI ln- 175L and requires that the dane places of all classes close at the stroke of mldnlghL The hotel and care propflettor will sk the London cmmty council to draw up a new law to be presented to parlln, meat, and they have abraded the backing of the "Brighter London ' movement committee which Is seekl to make London a rival of gay Par/ , Escaped Python Becomes Hungry; Long Beach, Cal.--Alice thou, 22 feet long, whlel bet cage on the Pike, an thoroughfare, with her r, ttle Archibald. 12 feet In length, to her home after an twenty-four hours when that course was suggested by hunger. For a day she remained under a platform, lgnor. lag coaxin overtures from her keeper. Archibald was caught soon after hO ": escaped. is not enough for Mires Proctor, she keeps six Brazilian mmkee fit al : cage In her drawing room. Them were Bent her as a gift. Noted eW tlsts in South Amerlea md fleth Africa have frequently sent rare .snd deadly reptflm to England, knowing her Interest, and most of  iIe keeps at her own home. 70 Tons of 8oot Cover Loudon.London's atmospher$ seid by experts to be the smokl and most ppliuted in the world. At ten o'clock one day recently 70 tol of aot. were floating about the capital Twenty tons la an average amount for any day In 3une. THes Suicide; 8eyed by Her Toronto,Florence Smith ImJcide by throwing brldg In Romedale. But her caught ha the girders and head down. 50 feet above the unUl passersby dragged her to Certain species of hawks fly at a speed of 200 feet a second, or abo : 136 miles an hoar, .300,000 Greek Pea,ants to Get Seized Farms Nmv York.lt Is elmated that ha all some 8dO00,O00 acra will be taken tram owners and given to peanta by Greece under the new laws. The val- ue of this land Is said to be between $22,000.0(10 and $33-000,000. The number of peasants to be bene- fited Is estimated at 800,000, a large nmnber In a country wtth a population Of 5,000,000. The *humber of estates to be expropriated is about . 8ome of these embrace whole rib lage Owners who ate thus seeing their land taken from them are for the most part wealthy persons, though a few are moaertos and munlclpaUtles, ;nd some of the land is owned by the national governmenL Many monaffer- l in Greece have clung tenaciously tO large estates from the middle ages. Among the owners are many wealthy lifluentlal Grl They have they HEAVY BATTERING RAMS ON To Be Hurled From Great Heights at Hostile Planes. London.Heavtly armored, stee- powered batterhag rams, for use in the leviathan airships now being slgued, are being constructed secretly by British aircraft eperta. SaY the Dally Chrenlcle's aermutitntl eor- ndent. These new terrora of the air wUI he iatthched at an lmmele height from the mother-airships and will rush down, guided by a olltary man sitting protected wlthha their hull, ready to strike he,tile alrlp or bombing planes. -WithOUt guns or any weapon save a knifelike cutting bow," says the writer, "the pilot of the "ram' Will seek an hl quqrry the big, slow-flying troop planes or transports attack BRITISH tile battleship of the air. strikes his blow he Will power, by':operating Interior isra, of drawing In his teb with a fearful like I great projectile. not at the hull of the to cripple, but at control suace "Through these he will his way, and the great rammed, strtcken trol will reel tO destrue- tlol " The writer th says the *'air tm" " will extend 11 wLngs ItS pell-mell de-nt, The be able, after starting a terlor engtue, to bring into aetinn viouMy',blelded air-screws, and by : be will steal upward, vt  hiS mother airship nnd the