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PageEi THE GUARDIAN t CHARITY HOME ! By Cecilia Notwithstanding that death had re- cently claimed his beautiful young wife, people declared that Paul Mayne, despite his bereavement, was a very fortunate man; for he was handsome and clever and he had just succeeded to a large fortune and" the ownership of Mayne Manor. Three weeks ago, accompanied by his wid- owed sister, he had taken up residencc at the Manor, the possession of which pleased him greatly. But owing to unexpected domestic troubles, he now felt dull and irritable in the grand old place. Surrounded in dazzling sunlight he sat on the lawn pondering his woes while a spirit of discontent and rebel- lion struggled within him. "One would almost imagine," he muttered svagely, "that the entire property belonged to Martha, consid- ering the way she domineers over ev- erybody in the place. I wish to good- ness I'd never brought her here! Does she suppose the place is infected with plague germs, I wonder, .that she must insist on all this scrub- bing and unecessary cleaning ? Really things are getting beyond endurance." Nnhappy Paul! In truth he had lit- tle affection for his sister. It was only from a sense of duty towards her that he had invited her to superin- e tend hm domestm affairs at Mayne Manor, an invitation which Martha had eagerly accepted. With all the zeal of a soul devoted to cleanliness, she had attacked the somewhat neg- lected Manor, scouring it from end to nd. Nothing escaped. Even the Roche. "No offense intended," said the doc- tor:in a geave tone. "I ant fully aware that the late Mrs. Mayne was a sweet soul. and that yotr loved her dealy. No doubt she is now praying for you, for your spiritual and tempor- al welfare. At any rate, you yoself can pray for peace and happiness-Ask the Sacred Heart to bless your home; that's the surest way, believe me." The doctor then abruptly turned and hurried away, well pleased with himself for having offered two good suggestions and little dreaming that the idea of contracting a second mar- riagc had been in Paul's mind for weeks past. It was "not that he had forgotten Moira; the thought of her beautiful face coulci never leave his memory. But keenly he felt the need of a companion who might blot out the loneliness that had come into his life. And strangely enough--today," just when he was pondering the dif- ference between his home two years ago and nowunder Moira's gentle smiling rule, and the awful dominion of Martha--a good and clever medical man had advid him to take a second wife. "But I can't advertise for one,", he mused. "If indeed I ant to marry again, the lady herself must win my affection and esteem by her own per- sonal charms; however, Martha must return to the city, I'll provide gener- ously for her; but it is better that we should part. To engage a strange housekeeper will be my best plan at present, and yet--I'll advertise for one without delay. way's residence, Paul Mayne had ax- ranged to interview the applicant who had answered his advertisement, the woman who had signed herself "Lone- ly Widow," in the letter which had come addressed to Box 4096 Lioyds. He had written to her at the news- paper office, briefly stating that he had private reasons for arranging the meeting thus, reasons which he would explain on their better acquaintance, he promised. Truly a queer arrangement. Paul realised. But to interview the appli- cant at Mayne Manor was out of the question, while Martha reigned su- preme. So there had been nothing for it but to take the kind-hearted Doctor into his confidence, and beg the use of the waiting-room for an hour or so. Paul was twenty minutes too early. Seating himself opposite the door he took a letter from his pocket and be- gan to study it carefully. The hand- writing was disguised, he felt sure. "Dear Sir." the letter ran. "In an- swer to your advertisement for capa- ble housekeeper with good reference, I earnestly beg the favor of your kind est consideration. It is on account of great sorrow that I am compelled to sk employment, thorough hard,york poving the only way in which I can drown the loneliness that now sur- rounds me. I am a widow. My hus- band was killed in the great war, and I have recently lost my only child. I am very lonely. In truth I need both friend and protector. Having acquired through my own domestic experience considerable knowledge of household affairs, I think I may venture to prom- ise ydu satisfaction, if you will kindly give me a trial." "Sensible but gloomy," mttered Paul. "Hope she's not another Mar- tha. Otherwise-" Suddenly his heart seemed to stop shrine of the Madonna, erected in an alcove of the Old-World garden nbw gave forth an odor of carbolic soap- suds, Every hole and corner through- out the establishment was being ex- amined by the new mistress. "Clean- liness" is next to Godliness," she im- pressed on the maids as she Super- vised their daily routine of duties. And indeed, everybody in Mayne Manor knew well her favorite motto. On this particular occasion the li- brary was receiving her attention, and Paul, forcing down the rage that was struggling within him, had come out on to the lawn to indulge in hard and hitter thoughts. Suddenly he was aroused from his gloomy reverie by the approach of Doctor Conway, tho neighboring medical man. "Still looking glum," smiled the physician, gazing intentl into Pul's set face. "What's the trouble today, eh?" "It's the library," groaned Mayne. "The library!" "Yes; invaded by brooms, pails and dusters, and goodness only knows how long the invasion will last. Doctor," he added savagely, "you should thank your lucky stars that :you're blessed with an easy-going wife instead of a widowed sister," The doctor gave a short laugh. "I reckon you are out of sorts," he said lightly.."Everybody knows Mrs. Desmond in an excellent woman. With all my heart I .wish people would im- itate her method of cleanliness, then perhaps we should have less disease to contend with. But--pray pardon the suggestionsince you envy me my own good lady, why then do you not take a wife? Your position requires that you should re-marry. Think the matter over, my boy. There are girls hereabouts quite worthy of your con- sideration, or you might advertise in 'Chimes.' For instance," with a merry twinkle in his eye, "how would this iio? 'A distinguished wealthy genle- man, blessed with a charming and amiable disposition, would like to meet a Catholic lady of good birth, with a view to matrimony.'" * * * * * * * beating, his hands trembled. A lady In the waitingroom of, Doctor Con- clad in deep mourningvas at thedoor. ULi_i_i.aaBn i n i n i i N m N i in i m i iu  M_i -:HUil MONEY, SAVED l=" .. [] J n i n l i i [] n n u mu -, mm_ !:ON EVERy PURCHASE!{ ulU n "Pay, Cash and Pav. Yess" n n' ' Wen Yu need feed' grain9 iay' fur' sugar' lard  I .1 ]] and other such groceries, you can save money oy l lm m']l buying from us. Our policy is aPay Cash and Pay ll n m - Less." WlL save money and therefore save you Ul =l money' You can note the difference on every |[ n purchase l l Remembor, too, that we deliver--yes, even in small = quantities, from a peck or a sack to a carload! I I ',1 0ptlma FI our"' " | . , | You'll Be An Optimist if You Use Optima Flour ! O  When We learned that there was such a high-'grade mr" i[ flour on the market, we sought its sale. We pro- =i m] cured it and are now selling this famous flour-- Hi.=  OPTIMA, by name--in huge quantities. The popu- | larity of it'is remarkable, and, due to its fineness, . i ' our customers are reorde!ng, which proves its merit. it- You, too, will like it. iry it at our risk. If you n  are not satisfied, your nmney back. For sale at your H- i grocer, or phone order direct to us. =It l I " CA, H STORES (Successors to Brown & Og esby) Pimne orders to 4-0675; North Little Rock orders to 4-8200 IF HnmiiNlinlininlnini lURBUNUBNRRNBNiURBURRU ni i m l i m m i m m m i m THIRD and SCOTT STREET LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS MANUFACTURERS SASH, DOORS, MILL WORK u n i i m m N m I ,! ! i m JOBBERS PLATE GLASS00 WINDOW GLASS MIRRORS We o.nera our own Beveling. rlading and Polishing PimR, and Resilver Mirrors Paints, Oils, Lead, Varnishes, Wall Board, Prepared Roofing, Yale Builders' Hardware QUALITY SERVICE i m m m m m m M E m m n Illllllllflllllllllllllllllllllllllllllflfllllllllllllllllllllllflllllllllll00 But instead of coming towards him she appeared utterly confused and stood fumbling with her hand-bag as though seeking something. In that brief moment ot hesitation Paul found himself gazing into the sad set feat- ures of his sister. She turned away sharply, her action suggesting she was seeking a lost ar- ticle. Through the window the aston- ished brother watched her as she hur- ried down/the street that led to the Church of the Sacred Heart. For several moments he moodily pondered the matter. Then slowly and clearly he understood it all. His sis- ter had answered his adver6isement; she had appealed to him for friendship and employment. "Poor soul," he murmurea with a sob of remorse, for clearly he then realized his want of consideration to- wards her. "But with God's help, I'll be her friend in future, aye, friend and brother in every respect. She shall never feel lonely any more." And humbly bowing his head he walked into the street. knew But one thing is certain/con- secrated to the Sacred Heart, a new life began for Martha and Paul. And when a year later, the master of Myne Manor married pretty Teresa Cloyne, a devout member of the Apostleship of Prayer, no one was better pleased with the union than Mrs. Desmond. For having by prayers and patience won the love of her brother, she now desired nothing nmre than his happi- ness, while he in turn did all in his power to make up to lmr for his past indifference. So kind-hearted Doctor Conway, a frequent guest at the Man- or, had the great joy of knowing that his own earnest prayers on behalf of brother and sister had done much to- wards securing this golden peace, the peace that reigns When one's dwelling is consecrated to the Sacred Heart and charity is practised at home. ODD MINUTES the worker whose free are not likely to use of their time. If we' inspiration of a minute, likely to discover that like doing the things best You mean to do reading in your odd you sit down in the newspaper at your elbow lar magazine with lying in full view, it is decide that you will row before starting on Civilization." But if you an arrangement with a friends to meet once a some solid reading, when ed evening comes, you gagement and do the get something We need variety. tion.. But by et better results than if or-miss. Most of Some young people have too many odd minutes, too odd minutes. Our day should be for nothing in planned so carefully that we shall not have too much leisure on our hands. Whether either had recognized the The student who has four or five Fear is often other, only their Heavenly Father' hours a day to fill as he pleases, or danger. l Sanders & Ginoechio Architects IIIIUlItHFT$$11tI[IllUlIHHIIHIfl$1II$tItlflHI$1I$HIHfllIIIIIlt$11$11I URQUHART BUILDING LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Capacity 7.5 Tons Daily Storage Capacity 2000 Tons LITTLE ROCK BREWING AND ICE COMPANY Manufacturers and Wholesale Dealers in HIGH GRADE DISTILLED WATER ICE Phone 4-0970 Second and Byrd Streets Little Rock, Arkansas Third and Cumberland Streets Little Rock, ArkanSas Ad. Hamberg & Son Cotton Co. 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