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IfSSISSTpj -. The Custard Cup 8y FLORENCE BINGHAM LIVINGSTON P,.opyrt by ne H. Dot Com CHAPTER XXl---Contlnued. --26--- "No, surely not," agreed Mrs. Pen- field, genially. Mrs. "Wopple turned to go. "Well. I'll run in just as soon's you get your apple b6xes moved I'll want to see : how you're gettin' on. And say. Mis' Penfield, even if your stock goes up. you won't never forget what close neighbors we been, will youT' "No, Mrs. Wopple, never," promised 'Mrs. Pentield warmly. Amusedly she admitted to herself that Mrs. Wopple had not been far wrong about the apple boxes, which had served the family for multifarious purpose during, the months that were past. It was different n,)w---or would be tomorrow. Mrs. Penfield had de- cided to purchase a few pieces of fur- Iflture, to be paid for' in Installments and to for,n the nucleus of a real home, real in appearance as well as spirit. i She was about to set forth on this errand when a man tn livery turned the crank In the erstwhile barn-door at Number 47 and delivered a letter to Mrs. Penfield. She opened the * letter wonderingly and read it twice before she could comprehend its mean- Lg. It was written on heavy white "paper, with Mrs. Weatherstone's ad- dress engraved. "Dear Mrs. Penfield:" it ran. "Will you do me the honor to accept a few articles which I have gathered up around the house in the course of our refurnishing and shall send to you to- mb(row? Think of them. please, as the co-operation of one mother 'lth another for those who have no nmther. If at" any time you shouhi hear of any- one else who Is doing for forlorn chil- dren a service similar to your own, Will you kindly let me know? "Sincerely yours. "ANNETTE WEATH ERSTONE." Penfield dropped the letter and for a long time. thinking. "Mrs. got real feelings," was the thought uppermost In her mind. "She knows I wouldn't accept any- thing for myself, and she knows I can't things for clIidren that ain't own. Between tile two, I don't can do anyttdngexcept to her best I know how." Mrs. Penfleld would never forget the lean days between Christmas and New Year's. As never before she had realized by how frail a shiehi she was proteet[ng three chlidren from want ILBd suffering. A sligiit disturbance in tim established routine could reduce thesn to immediate distress, and as rapldly as feasible she must accumu- late an emergency fund which would make a recurrence of those (lays-'lm - possible. She was realizing too..that with every year now, tim children would le- githnatoly require a greater outlay, if they were to have the equlpmem to whtcb they were entitled--the ordl- leery advantages, the lrnlning for stone particular work, the clothing which could not always be lmmemade. Both in her own home nd here In The Cus. tard Cup she had dealt wltll young ; she had not by experience : ggled with the increasing demands increases in years. :Mrs. Penfield gave up her shopping took off her hat. She must the nature of the "few arti- cles WS disclosed before she could Beleet the things which would be most taken the letter Its literally that sie was wholly un- ' Dr(pared for the arrival of a smelt .yma the folh,wing morning. It was evi- dent that Mrs. Weatherstone's usa(te- ens eye had taken in the outfit of aPlale boxes as thorougbly as had the moFe critical gaze of Mrs. Wopple. It was also evident that she had made her selections with more discrimina- tion than had occurred with the as- signments previously bestowed upon NimbPa- 47. The four beds and the bedding-- abm the four matlresses, so comte(t- able that they logically necessitated the alarm clock which was founa tick- Jag In a areal! box--were susplciousl new, but everything else bore evidence. Of having been used, a tact which made th e gift the pleasamer. It was astonishing tlow quickly and " /adequately these furnishings were ;fitted late the flat which had been Mrs, Sanders," Tile two large plain rugs  an the living-room and dining-room, the small rugs in the bedrooms, the beds, a stall dining tahle, plain elLL' rockrng elmira, to say nothing set of blue dishes and a box of lver! There were curtains changed o fit; dresses could ne remade. There pictures in plain frames. Penfletd had unwrapped stood hack with lmr finger smile on her lips. she acknowledged un- "As Lettle would say, I iVeath'stone." The pictures went up, and the tin- can labels went down together with the lifelike bananas and the vigorous old man who advocated cigarettes. The installation of Bonnie Gerald- r "I ain't so bowled over," declared Lettie, with an assumption of great carelessness. "it's dandy, but we been living line ever since I fl-oze on to tills family." "Children," said Mrs. Penfield brisk- ly, "you're riz in the world a step or two. and tbere's responsibilities con- nected with it. Higher up the ladder you go, the more you got to stretch your alora] nature. Now there's one thing you ldumb sure got to do from now on. You got to give up prowl- ing." "Oh," scoffed Crink, vastly relieved, "I 'bout gave that up when I got a steady job a coupla hours a day." "I don't prowl," contributed Thad, his soft eyelashes raying out from his widened eyes. Lettle was silent. "I mean you, too, Lettie," continued Mrs. Penfield. "From now on, you can't prowl; you can't be dragging in StllJl' ; you can't scranlble over dumps." "Why, Penzie," cried tim child in dismay, "all my life--I've ha(] to-- and I got the habit--and--." "You've got to give it up," repeated Mrs. Penfleld firmly. "You'll have lots of other things to do--study and read and sew and cook. You must re- member that you got fl fine home now, and a bed to sleep in, and graml clo'es to wear, anti heaps to cat--and you got to live up to tt." Lettie stared at lmr solemnly out of whle black eyes. It was evident that the wreckage of the worhl was calling to her, with the allure of infnite va- riety, with the promise of endless po- "'Oh, Uncle Jerry," She Called. tentiallty. Her thin chest heaved. She threw out her arm in a gesture o; utter remmciation. "All right," she gulped. "I'll do it if it kills me. I "gotta stay with you, Penzle." It was while Mrs. Penfleld was ex- ulting with Crlnk over the possession of a trout wtndo, which gave a charming view of the driveway and the pepper tree, that she saw Uncle Jerry coming ,'aphily into The Custard Cup, in his arms an enormous sheaf of long-stemmed rose, glowing red through the tidn paper covering. She lifted the window. "Oh, Uncle Jerry," she called, "come right in and see ev'rythlng. It's Just--" "Well--ohwel], Car'llne," stam- mered Uncle Jerry, "I'm in kind of a hurry. I--rll come in later. I--I got olue nevt's for you. ' She looked into his genial face, ruddy with embarrassed color trader the tan. "Oh, I know,,, she sale softly. "You've fixed It np with with--" He nodded happily. "[gay, ain't I lucky? "Cause she2 the real thing--- and so--so fine! I dldn't scureely b'lieve she'd take a rough old Inm- berman llke me." "I'm delihted she did." responded Mrs. Penflehl warmly. "I'll he glad to see both of you having s home." She watched hhn go on np Miss Hapgood's steps, carrying his shotl- ders proudly, hear:ng flowers hi the gentle lady who had put aside her dreams to live the life of the I)resent. Then she closed the window and went back to her work. There was tn be a supper that in Itself would be a house-warming. "With her usual forethought Mrs. Penfield had tohl the members of her family that it w-uhl be a fine spread this thne with supplementary details that added overwlelmingly to the weight of her SIatenlent, There were to be nmflins m t boney for the first course ; and for tim second, a tapioca pudding. St was only tile middle of the after- noon. but l)relmratlons were alreqdy under way. Crink had been dis- patched re the store to get the htmey. Mrs. Pentield was setting the tai)le in tlle dialng-roonl. From tlle window she could catch a glimpse of the hills, kissed green by the recent rains. Last week ii had been winter; today It was spring. With the charm- ing caprice that is California's, Janu- ary had said: "I was trying to give you some winter, but I couldn't hold to it." Mrs. Penfleld's heart was full of thankfulness as she set out the dishes and placed the silver. She even ar- ranged a centerpiece, a small vase eontalaing a tea rose from a bush that Mrs. Sanders had raised. At last the children were to have the surround- ings that help to nurture the home feeling, a feeling which persists if It is incorporated in one's chihlhood, but which is never built up in exactly the same way if that childhood passes without It. Thoughts of other days, thoughts of the other home that this one called up, knocked persistently against Mrs. Penfield's brain, but she refused to let them enter. Like Miss Hapgood, she would live in the present. The puddin was made. Lettle was beating the white of the egg for the frosting. "Jimlny, aln't this fun I'' she ex- claimed. "I've ahvays wondered how it felt to beat an egg. I could keep at it till kingdom come." Crlnk burst in at the kitchen door. "Oh, Penzie," he cried, "ev'rybody's so excited down to the store! I got to go right back. but I had to bring the-- here's the honey--and tell you quick." Mrs. Penfleld took down the can of sugar from the shel above the sink. "What Is it, Crink? What's hap- pened ?" He stood In front of her,. breathing hard, his eyes shining with eagerness. "Oh, there's been a turrible accident, and the father nnd mother were killed, hut the baby wasn't and--" "Crink, what are you talking about?" demanded Mrs. Penfield In dismay. "$Vhy, Penzie, the lmby. Ev'ry. body's talking 'bout It to the store. It haln't got nobody left--not nobody. Its folks wasn't rebated to any other folks. And ev'rybo(ly that comes in is talkinff 'bout it." Crink sped for breath, but Jerked out his statements with wlht gesticulations. "Ev'rybody's saying what'll become of tile baby, and it'll lmve to go to a 'stution, and st) I thought mebbe---" Lettle reluctantly relinquished the eggbeater, but zealously advocated the infant. "0 Penal(. let's , It'd be such fun! Golly. I'd love to have a--" Mrs. Penfleld stirred sugar into the beaten whit and spread the frosting over the pudding. "What's your idea, CrinkT" she asked, as she slid the dish into the oven for the final browning. "Well, I thought mebbe we could take it. You see, we hain't got any baby now--Thad's growing up so fast. And I'd like---" "Oh, can't we have it, please, Pen- zle," begged Lettie. "A baby's just what we need. There'd be a heap more variety if--" "Yes, it'd be a good way to get earle y, agreed Mrs. Penfleld, look- ing from one eager face to the other. "I expect )ou're right. Fact is, I heen kind o' worried all the afternoon, thlnklng how fine we got ev'rTthing, and how much we got to do with, and how easy It's going to be. Why, I hain't got a thing to do now but keep the house and do the washings and look after you three children; I don't have to watch The Custard Cup 't all any more. I know I ain't going to feel right if ev'rything's so easy." "Oh, then you will-- Oh, Penzte. won't you hurry and get there 'fore anybody else wants it?" "Land, Crink, there ain't never such a rush as that. But I'll change my dress right now and we'll go down wherever it i My goodness, I can't wait myself to get hold of that blessed baby." "Ev'rybody says it's a fine one," put in Crink enthuslastleally. "It's healthy, you know--and ev'rything." "Oh. we'll have such fun raising it :" said Mrs. Penfleld briskly, "1 Just know it's going to work out grand." [THE END] XOX.oXCXo:oX.:*X.Xo.XOX4.X.:.XCXCXCXOXXCX.X.XCXoXOXXXcXCZ.} was tree of the first ceremonies to any book Is on the trflin. One is com- oCake phtce. She and.her wnter quar- parattvely safe from Interruption. one ters were iransferreo in tot0, and so cannot be annoyed by the telephone. illfully th't she seemed know one ahnost always ha. a good light had moved at all, which is both by day and by night. trllmte any hen can Pay Two suggestions will be found prat- e.change of abode. It was far tlcal: In general sit on the right shle se with the young Fillbus- of the train; then you will usuall ,ld. lie was wild with have no track outside your window. had to be forcibly de- On the left side freight trains, running the new back yard until he n the same direction keep intervening a mner, less active view between you and the'lght, and it ust of luxury about to unfold ally 'mems as if every freight train four miles long: when we've MOST AGREEABLE PLACE TO READ Train Declared to Be Best Place fOr lenoug h to permit the entire freight This Pastime, Adhering to Cer- tain Precautton train to pass. hen once more you he- gin the tedious process of overhaul. lug it. Th most agreeable place to read Therefore. sit on the right side of the train. Secondly, ride backward, If you can. It is easier on the eye In this att'.tude, the trees, posts and landscape fade gently and gracefully away, whereas sitting forward, they r(,Ish flwlously and dlrectly Into your defenseless face. -- William Lyon Phelps In Scrlbner's Magazine. It iS "To Be." When an eligible man proposes to a maid of thirty summers there Isn't apt to be any Hamiet' soliloquy buslne got him, ear has finally passed It on her part.Dxc.ange. "I oom'da snort of In a the maddened be. Mother-ln-law and daughter.ln-la, haunt orm.--ltallaa Freak Band at American Legion Convention e,% (./ Music from Jug8 may be the big feature of the national convention or the American Legion urSan Francisco where thls hand will compete for honors. The only regulatbm Instrument is the banjo, played by the leader, Wlll Ryan. The others extract weird rhythm from Jugs, fin cant, clgar boxes, tin whistles and kazoos. The band was organized at Bloomington, Ill., by soldiers of the late war. Flag Placed in Coolidge's Office Mrs. Frank Stearns, Wife of the close friend and backer of President Coolidge, on vislting the White House recently perceived that there was not flag in the executive ottice. In B few days Mrs. Stearns herself saw to It that n beautiful silk flag was placed in the office. Photograph shows the President's desk Just as he left the nation's business to eat hmchem with Mrs. Coolidge i Mysterious Art in Oregon Forest ! CHAMPION COWBOY Yaklma CanutL shown here with his trophies, is now king of the cowboys. having won chief honors at the round- up at Pendleton. Ore. He has the Police Gazette belt. the Union Facifl saddle and the Roosevelt trophy, cnn- tested for both at Pendleton and Cheyenne n a point basis. RULERS OF SPAIN This photograph, Just received from Madrid. shows King Atfonso (left) an t Captain General Prima Rivera, the new dictator of Spain. FAMOUS BELL MISSING q?his woman's figure, an(st((fully tashit,ned [n 1 soiL! rt.K. as dscoveed recently by Southern Pacific engineers while surveying e new railroad fine near ('rater lake in Oregon. tulptors, artists and arehe)loglsts are deeply puzzled. Some declare it to be the work cf nature, otters say It is the work of a master who went out In the woods to do hls stuff. The surface is so badly eroded that the means of carving cannot be determlned. INTERESTING ITEMS Columbus found cavemen In CuLa. Locomotives recently sent to Brutal had to be unloaded by foating crane:L The sheep returns of New Zealand for April shows an increase of 706,605 sheep over 1922. An electric wrench designed for nse with automobiles can exert pressure up to 60 pounds and can be used as a power grinder or buffer. Frogs have been discovered whteh bark like dogs. When they say a poet seems to lack omethlng, it's a safe bet that It's mainly money. With the feet hollowed to form sound chambers a bridge Invented In England for stringed instruments Is claimed to produce a greater reso- nance and fuller tones. An expert of the United States De- partment of Agriculture has develol=d a method for quickly analyzing baled hay to determine A golf stroke counter worn like a wrist watch has heen invented. Dartmouth college has determined not re accept more titan 2,000 students. Dancing WOuld be awfully hard work if It Wasn't such fun. Girl entertainers in the public dance hulls of Seattle have formed a mutual lrotectlve organization. An inventor has given a combination padlock a radium dial to enable It to be opened in the dark. Ultimate of conscientiousness is reading through a boughten novel that bores yon. Heavy oil Is being adopted for fuel by many manufacturers in the Pled- Imont provinces of Ital Every time a man gets It in the I neck he realizes how llttle he amounts l to. Probably many more inteilactual " 'l, omen i " woutd marry if they were asked. were Patriotic societies of the Unlte States are searching for this lost liberty bell of the World's fair at Chicago. It weighs more tha a ton. but has disappeared. It was cast In 1893 of precious metals and priceless relics of the Revolutionary and other wars and was meant to be a duplh, at anti companion piece of the origtna' Liberty bell of Independence hall. Forced to It. "Young Gayleight has turned over a new leaf. He says hereafter he's going to work with a will." "He's got to. He was left out of hi rich uncle's."--l,,sto Transcript. Sleep's the Thin. An insomniac lu desperation might wish for somnunhulism If he couldn'l get sleep any ther way. M eeknes=. Only kind of meekness that Counts is a combination of patience and r strained anger. ] A Vacatinn "Wheeze," Jud Tllnkins tya It's a htoky IllP recent, who a vaeatiol! wit1 her ,,n I, wliell I, rW . g .... TALKS 'ABOUT 8he Found This Well.KnoWn' Women Beneficial in Her ( and Recommends It to Hopewell, Vs.--This gunpowder town, that up and gave employment during the World War Md in April. Most of ame in war (.trees have bought homes and the first arrivals were Walter L. Trevatan, of bought property here and pleasant home in Battle In a recently-given Trevathan said : "At such severe pains in my know what to do. I am a by profession, and mursed rled. I was on my feet this seemed to "One day I read paper at my home in bottle and tried it. It has great deal of good... side used to take the by th it helped me rite grew very poor. I anything to eat, but when doses (of Cardui) my up. I wouldn't be Mrs. Trevathan said mended Cardui to whom she had with heneflcial results." g{vo this statemenL" she other women may wonderful benefits of druggists'. Perpet ua I "We are never the ready-made "No." replied Miss some new style of daace in games coming out J. FOR Especially Prepared and Children of ..__...- Mother : Fletcher's been in use for over 30 babies and children F'latulency, Wind Colic allaying Feverishness from. and, by and Bowels. aids the 'Mod ; giving natural oplates. The genuine Gs From Utilizing wood waste ing gas Is claimed by mill operator to save the fuel used when dust are burned boiler. Added to thiS large prodnctlon of uets, including tar. Children's hopeless when they dry. Wash with water blued with "--Advertisement" !11 at "Beg pardon, but ler?" "No, I'm Just the you for the Courler-Journal- FOR L 25 AND 75 5