THE MmiMFfa Oil u ANP COMFANX 'Copyright by U.APPLETON "YOU POOR THING!" SYNOPSIS. General factotum In the house of her sister Ina, wife of Herbert Deacon, In the small town of Warbleton. Lulu Bett leads a dull, cramped existence, with which she Is constantly at enmity, though apparently satisfied with her lot. Bobby larkin, recently graduated enyouth. Is amored of Deacon's elder daughter, Is over The excited Diana, family the news of an approaching visit from Deacon's brother Ninian, wliem he had not seen for many years. Unexpectedly, Ninian arrives. Thus he becomes acquainted with Lulu first and understands her position in the house. To Lulu, man of Ninian is a the world, and even the slight InIn terest which he takes her Is appreciated, because It Is something new In her life. At an outing which the family takes, Ninian and Lulu become confidential. He exof her presses his disapproval treatment as a sort of dependent In the Deacon home. Diana and Bobby, In the course of "soft nothings," discuss the possibility of eloping and "surprising the whole school." Lulu has awakened to pleasant possibilities concerning Nlnlan's Intentions toward herself. Ninian takes the family for a "good time" In the adjacent city. At supper, after the theater, as part of a Joke Lulu repeats the words of the civil marriage cereHerbert remony, with Ninian. members that a civil wedding Is binding In the state, and Inasmuch as he Is a magistrate. Ninian and Lulu are legally married. They go honeymooning. high-scho- f ol much-travel- V Continued. 9 Mrs. Rett sat on the porch restored pleasant when the family turned. Dl and Bobby had walked home with Jenny. "Look here," said Dwlght Herbert, "who is It sits home and has Ice cream pnt In her lap tike a queen?" chocolate?" Mrs. Bett "Vanllly;or ' demanded. "Chocolate, mamma !" Ina cried, with the breeze In her voice. "Vanllly sets better," Mrs. Bett said. They snt with her on the porch while she ate. Ina rocked on a creaking board. Dwlght swung a leg over the railing. Monona snt pulling her kirt over her feet, and humming nil on one note. There was no moon, but the warm dusk had a quality of transparency as If it were lit In all Its particles. The gate opened, and some one came up the walk. They looked, and It was Lulu. "Well, If It ain't Miss Lulu Bettl" Dwlght cried Involuntarily, and Ina cried out something. "How did you know?" Lulu asked. "Know I Know what?" That H ain't Lulu Deacon. Hello, mamma." She passed the others and kissed her mother. "Say," said Mrs. Bert placidly. "And I jtist ate cv the lust spooniui v cream.". "Ain't Lolu Deacon !" Ina's voice rose and swelled richly. "What you talking?" "Didn't he write to you?" Lulu asked. "Not a word." Dwlght answered this. "All we've had we had from you the last from Savannah, Georgia." "Savannah. Georgia," said Lulu, and laughed. They could see that she was dressed wnll. In dark red cloth, with a little tilting hat and a drooping veil. She did not seem In any wise upset, nor, lave for that nervous laughter, did she show her excitement. "Well, but he's here with you. Isn't he?" Dwlght demanded. "Isn't be here? Where Is he?" "MuRt be 'most to Oregon by this time," Ltiln said. "Oregon !" "Yon see." anld Lulu, "he hod another wife." "Why, be had not!" exclaimed Dwlght absurdly. "Tea. lie hnsn't seen her for fifteen years and he thinks she's dead, lint he Isn't sure." "Nonsense," Mid Dwlght. "Why. of course she's dead If he thinks so." "I had ! be sure," an Id I.ulu. Al first dumb before this. Ins now cried out: "Monona I Go upstairs to ie Ktf- - Lulu spoke in a monotone, with her old manner of hesitation : "We were going to Oregon. First down to New Orleans and then out to California and up the coast." On this she paused and sighed. "Well, then" at Savannah, Georgia, he said he thought I better know, first. So he told me." "Yes well, what did he say?' Dwlght demanded Irritably. "Cora Waters," said Lulu. "Cora Waters. She married him down In San Diego, eighteen years ago. She went to South America with him." "Well, he never let us know of It, if she did," said Dwiglit. "No. She married him Just before he went. Then In South America, after two years, she ran away again. That's all he knows." "Thnt's a pretty story," said Dwlght contemptuously. "He says If she'd been alive, she'd been after him for a divorce. And she never has been, so he thinks she must be dead. The trouble Is," Lulu said again, "he wasn't sure. And had to be sure." "Well, but mercy," said Ina, "couldn't he find out now?" "It might take a long time," said Lulu simply, "and I didn't want to , stay and not know." "Well, then, why didn't he say so here?" Ina's Indignation mounted. "He would have. But you know how sudden everything was. He said he thought about telling us right there In the restaurant, but of course that'd been hard wouldn't It? And then he felt so sure she was dead." "Why did he tell you at all, then?' demanded Inn, whose processes were simple. "Yes. Well! Why Indeed Dwlght Herbert brought out these words with a curious emphasis. "I thought that, just at first," Lulu said, "but only Just at first. Of course r iiSwK- Mk - ifp TIMES-NEW- S. "I do not see the necessity." Dwlght's voice was on edge. Then too he said "do not," always with Dwlght betokening the flnalliles. "Why, what would they think?" Lulu asked, troubled. What difference does It make what they think?" "I slowly. Why," said Lulu shouldn't like you see the? might why, Dwlght, I think we'll have to tell them." "You do! You think the disgrace of bigamy in this family Is something the whole town will have to know about ?" Lulu looked at him with parted lips. "Say." she said, "I never thought about it being that. "What do you Dwlght laughed. think It was? And whose disgrace is It, pray?" Nlnlan's," said Lulu. "Nlnlan's! But Well, he's gone. you're here. And Bra here, Follts'll feel sorry for you. But the disgrace that'd reflect on me. See?" "But if we don't tell, what'U they think then?" Said Dwlght: "They'll think what they always think when a wife leaves her husband. They'll think you couldn't get along. That's all." "I should hate that," said Lulu. "Well, I should hate the other, let me tell you.". "Dwlght, Dwlght," said Ina. "Let's I'm afraid they'll go In the house. hear " As they rose, Mrs. Bett plucked at her returned daughter's sleeve. "Luiie," she said, "was his other wife was she there?" "No. no, mother. She wasn't there." Mrs. Betts' lips moved, repeating the words. "Then that ain't so bad." she said. "I was afraid maybe she turned you out." "No," Lulu said, "It wasn't that bad, mother." Mrs. Bett brightened. In little matters, she quarreled and resented, but the large Issues left her blank. Through some Indeterminate sense of the Importance due this crisis, the Deacons entered their parlor. Dwiglit lighted that high, central burner and faced about, saying: "In fact, I simply will not have It, Lulu I You expect, I take it, to make your home with us In the future, on the old terms." "Well" "I mean, did Ninian give you any money?" "No. He didn't give me any money-o- nly enough to get home on. And I kept my suit why!" she flung her head back, "I wouln't have taken any money !" "That means," said Dwlght, "that you will have to continue to live here on the old terms, and of course I'm quite willing that you should. Let me tell you. however, that this Is on condition on condition that this dis graceful business is kept to our selves." She made no attempt to combat him now. She looked hack at him, quivering, and In a great surprise, but she snld nothing. Truly, Lulu," said Ina, "wouldn't that be best? They'll talk anyway. But this way they'll only talk about you, and the other way lt'd be about all of us." Lulu said only : "But the other way would be the truth." Dwlght's eyes narrowed: "My. dear Lulu." be said, "are you sure of thatr "Sure?" h t.i. . m mm "Well, If It Ain't Miss Lulu Bettl" Dwlght Cried, Involuntarily. that wouldn't have been right. And then, you see, he gave me my choice." "(lave you your choice?" Dwlght echoed. "Yes. About going on and taking the chances. He gave me my choice when he told me, there In Savannah, Georgln." "What made Mm conclude, by then, that you ought to be told?" Dwlght asked. "Why, he'd gnl to thinking about It," she answered A silence fell, t.nla sat looking out toward the street. "The only thins" she said, "as long as It happened. I kind of wish he hsdn't told me till we got out to Oregon." "Lulu !" said In Ina began to cry. "You poor thing I" she snld. Her tears were a signal to Mrs. Wed at once." Bett, who had been striving to under "It's only quarter to," said Monona, stand all. Now she to wept, tossing with assurance. up her hands and rocking her body. Her saucer and spoon fluttered on "Do as mamma tells you." her knee. "But " "He felt bad. loo," Lulu said, "Monona !" "He!" said Dwlght. "He must She went, kissing them ill goodsight and taking her time about It. have." "It's you," Ina sobbed. "It's you. Flverythlng was suspended while she Hawed them snd departed, walking My sister!" "Well." snld Lulu, "but I never lowly backward. "Married?" Mid Mrs. Bett with thought of It making you bot.l feel tardy apprehension, "Lulle, was your had. or t wouldn't hsve come lome. I knew." she added, "It'd make Dwlght babnd married?" "Ye," Lulu said, "my husband was feel bad. I mean. It was his brother" "Thank goodness." Ina broko In snarrted, mother." c "Merry," an 1.1 Ins. "Think of "nobody need know about It." Lola regarded her. without change. like that In onr family.' "Well, go on are oa I" Dwlghl cried. "Oh, yes," she said In her moo about IL" TH1 "People wlU bav to know." any-Otls- :, "Yes. Did he give yon any proofs?" "Proofs?" "Letters documents of any sort? Any sort of assurance that he was speaking the truth?" "Broofs Why. no," said Lulu. no. He told me." "He told your "Why that was hard enough to have to do. It was terrible for him to have to do. What proofs " She stopped, puzzled. "Didn't It occur to you," said Dwlght. "that he might have told you that because he din't want to have to go on with It?" As she met his look some power seemed to go from Lulu. She sat down, looked wenkly at them, and with-I- n her closed Hps her Jnw was slightly fallen. She said nothing. And seeing on her skirt a spot of dust she began to rub at that. "Why, Dwlght!" Ina cried, and moved to her sister's side. "I mny as well tell you," he snld, "that I myself have no Idea that Ninian told you the truth. He was always Imagining things you saw that. I know Mm pretty well have been more or less In touch with him the whole time. In short, I haven't the least Idea he was ever married before." Lulu continued to rub at her skirt. "I never thought of that." she said, here," Dwlght went on persuasively, "hadn't you and he had some little tiff when he told your "No no! Why. not once. Why, we weren't a bit like you and Ina." She spoke simply and from her heart and without rulle. "Evidently not." Dwlght said dryly. NEPHI. UTAn DROPPED (TO Ha CONTINUED. The Urge of Success. Once the task of success gets yon, there Is bom nn eternal urge unsatisfied with Inferior things. It compels success. The problems thst discourage) weaklings put fire Into tlia blood snd make men lrreststlM- - The neighbors wonder how It all happen. It doesn't happen. It's Just nature sorting herself and worthy youta vu-to- g Into bis own Exchange, scours Conducted by NattonM Council of th Snouts of America.) SCUT THE Boy HANDBOOK Since the foundation of tho st'out movement the Handbook of the Boy Scouts of America bus been the commore panion and guide of boys tlmu any other book In the English language. The book has proved fo attractive to boys tliut schools have adopted It as a textbook because of its appeal, as well as Its literary merit pet-Imp- and fund of Information. A boy, so the story goes, once started out to memorize Its 500 pages. It can be said It Is found in the pocket of the scout, on the bookshelf of the naturalist, with the greenhorn In camp, with the explorer in thQ out lands, sometimes in the nine-year-ol- d dim kMT tXH IS Liib Christophers G. Hazai , VwTUlM NCVVAJtt UNION OHN WILSON'S boy could have whatever be wanted, but bis father had forgotten something. When Mr. Wilson was a boy himself U1 txftan llnramrl hv fJ& th bilker's wondow on his way to school and resolved that when he had become made bis fortune a nan and d he would "cut out the baker and have ad the pie be wanted; but now, with all his money and all bis manhood be had lost hl.s taste for pie and could pass the baker's shop without noticing the tempting display. Mr. Wilson bad forgotten that. It was plain that be had forgotten It, for he had taken John Junior down to the great store on Pearl street and had told htm that he could have for bis Christmas celebration anything or everything that he saw there, and, when his son had looked things over rather carelessly without wanting anything, he bad been surprised. The fact was, however, that Junior, like his father, had already had too much to desire anything further. Junior had never known what it is to be hungry without supply. lie had never even had to cry for things. He had lived under an outpouring cornucopia from his first gold spoon all the way on, cart out without the Joy of making of two wheels, an axle and a board, or a henhouse with the remains of a variety of old packing boxes. So that It was very difficult, indeed, to devise a new sensation for young Wilson or kindle a new desire. With the posturing group of enterd tainers performing on the lawn before the house, however. It was different. They struck attitudes, formed figures, chased each other about, and gave their whole program of tableau with an eye on the following collection and under the Inspiration of the hope that It would be a large one. They'd never outgrown a wish or known the full satisfaction of one, their appetites were always keen. m h-.- snow-covere- k "If everything is over between you, why should you?" SBOY FROTH SATITA'S PACK Lingered by the Baker's Window. and their enjoyment of thetr small portion ef fortune's favors was greater than all the fun that Jehn Wilson and hi son together could get out of life. The entertainment did bring one aew thing Into the rich monotony of tho VII son household, however that of giving a Christmas party to some ho would appreciate It and of thus obtaining a new experience for them- elvea. The table performers were the 9nt to recetv Invitations, and they were antkorlsed to each Invite five of I heir friends, so that the company (hat gt timed at tho Wllsoa rsrty was t?k housewife's kitchen table drawer, and once It was placed with a dead hero In his grave, left lying In Ills con Just as it was when he was lifted from the trenches. The chapters on Woodlore, Fir Pie Badlo, ventlon, Health, Signaling, a large, as well as a motley one. The selection of the presents had given Junior a sudden and new Interest and pleasure at the big store, for the choosing of gifts for otheis was a novelty to him, and anticipation of their happy surprises had filled his mind with gladness. It was with a real welcome and a hearty handshake that he greeted his guests. At first the company was rather overwhelmed by the splendors of tht Wilson house. Its rich furnishing and dazzling lights made such contrasts that the boys and girls felt out of place and conspicuous. But lifter the unwinding of the cobweb, the strands of which led each one to a hidden gift, and when the games had made them forgetful of themselves. the Joy of It all got Into their feet and made them dance, the delight of It nil made them sing, and they gathered about the big Christmas tree that beamed and twinkled In a corner of the parlor with an eager expectancy that made Junior a very happy Santa Claus, as he distributed his favors, cleared Then, when the table had been of its dainty refreshments; --the- learler sold that they wanted to give some Patriotism, Tracking and other subjects were written by experts who not only know their subject profound ly, but can present the Information In a fascinating way to boys. Perhaps no other book has ever been published with so large a number of editors as the Handbook of the Boy Scouts. When the movement was started in this country, the national council sent a proof of the work to 500 college presidents, and 4,500 men engaged In active boys' work, with the request that they share In the responsibility of planning this great movement. Many valuable suggestions were received and acted on. James E. West, chief scout executive, says: "We had In mind that we must build our foundations with great care, so that they would stand the strain of the coming years, and those who have been In touch with the work of the movement know how well they We hoped have stood that strain. then, 11 years ago, as we built, to reach the goal that we have now attained: the largest organized nctlvlty for character building and citizenship training." TO TEACH SCOUTMASTERS 4 ""Columbia university, which for several years past has conducted train- for the scout leaders of the metropolitan district, has further recognized flhe Importance of the boy scout movement by announcing a home study course In scoutmnstershlp. Scouting is thereby added to the list oi subjects taught by the extension division of the university through Its boms study department. This courso will make It possible foi, scoutmasters in any part of the United' States to secure Individual help and Instruction In the conduct of their troops from experts In recreational leadership of the staff of the university. The course Is founded on the ofllcinl handbooks for boys and for scoutmasters and Includes 12 new : booklets, covering the following "Essential Factors." "How Scouting Works." "Hoys and Boj Lenders," "Troop and Patrol Organizn ano tlon," "Scoutcraft," "Programs Activities," "Troop Meetings." "Hikes ind Camps," "Physical Welfare and Special Events," "Progress Into "Ilelatlonshlps and Policies," "Scouting and the Community." sub-jecls- A Little Girl Rosponoea. 'ndoor tahleaaz for their hosts biore they went. So he called first for Madame Mel-hand a little girt respoaded with all the aplomb of a prima donna. Then Slgnor Caruso assumed a kingly attitude and looked upon the assembly with ns much as ha could assume of dignity. He was followed f Sir Harry Lauder, who added to his posture a verse of "It's Nice to Oct Up In the Morning." This seemed to suggest the Idea of going to bed first, and there was whispering about returning home, but one of the guests snld they must have a song from San ta Claus before they went. This rather alarmed Junior at first, bnt he rose to It with a lino or two from "Old King Cole Was a Merry Old Soul," which satisfied the demand. Then they oil Joined hands In a ring and sang the Christmas carol, "Away la a Monger," and ao eaded the Wilson party. As the happy shouts lingered on the Christmas wind the Wilson family presented a tableau themselves. Mr. Wilson stood by the window, looking after the departing children. Junior seemed arrested la the act of glvlag awny the Joy of the Christmas tree, while his mother pansed by the tnhlo that gleamed with ailver, seeming to feel agala a forgotten gladaess. The party left such an Imprint upon the Wilsons' hearts that they have never since tried to kavo a Christinas to themselves. a, ." STICKS TO HIS JOB scout of Tneoma. Wash., Troop declined an offer to go to cam for the reasons stated In the followln Jjk't-ler- : "Dear Scout Executive: I rcS to say that I cannot accept your oimr, although I would like to do so uMtt ordinary clrrumstsnces. I have s faithful promise on my honor to harfp an old widow woman, I told hor I'd tick to my Job and pick all the, berries I could for her becnuae Its her living for this wlulor. I doulit If she will make enough to tide her over. If not, our troop will tide her over, remember, 'a scout Is loyaL so I must stick with bef." A U), m. SILVER MEDAL FOR SCOUT Scout Norman Gratton of Troop No. L North Heading, Mass., has been awarded a silver mednl for by .he national court of honor. Scout Cratton, who is bugler and patrol leader of his troop, was swinuulng in a river near his hums one day lust when he heard cries from t group of chlldivn and noticed a bo) and a girl caught In the deeper water. Gratton iwura to the spot and after conslde'ble efTort pulled both Scot .master Orrla II. Saxhy HNfiore. recommended him to the national life-savin- g AO-gus-t, court of lionr. GIVE PHOTOGRAPHS T"OJTT wind what your look- tells yea I She VI Ing-glas- s prejudiced la your favor and she'll cherish your photograph and tell you It doesn't really -Am. nil. C V... It tnkea and give It to her for ?j Christmas. Tbe camera baa A atom many a shock and will doubtless stand saaiiy mora to cone. LORD R08EBERY ON SCOUflNQ - Lord Uoaebery, prominent Iirltish and warm supporter ol pMiion coming. In sieaklng on scout train ing says: "If 1 ware to form the highest Ideal for my country. It would be this: that II should be a niwlon ot which the manhood wss exclusively compiled of men aim hsd le-- n oi who were hoy scouts and who weri trained Id tho boy scout theory. Sue it nation would be the honor of man. klrd. It would be the greatest moral fnrrs tha world haa ever ktus-a,- "