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$, Fifty,eight T H E G U A imm RDIAN LUCY'S FRIEND OF THE PARK live in another part of the city, and some time ago I moved here. That is ? Lucy Dunstan had a very tender why I walk in this park instead of the heart. She could not bear to see any one near which I formerly lived," one suffer, .and her pity extended to "Do you like it as well?" inquired every kind 'of living thing. When she Lucy. first learned that meat was made "Much better; I had no friends be- from the cows and sheep she had seen fore, and now I have a very dear lit- ' grazing in the field, she refused to tie friend." eat any for a long time afterward. In- "Why didn't you have any before " ::2 deed, it was only when, after a rio- "Well, perhaps it may have been lent attack of measles, the doctor in- through my own fault. I am me- sisted upon her eating broiled steak thing of a cynic. Do you know what and chicken that she would consent to that means?" take them. She was such a  sensitive "No, sir, I do not." child, though uniformly sweet and "Well, forget it, and may you never amiable, that her parents feared the know the meaning." World might go very hard with her Mrs. Dunstan often walked to the should Providence take them from park with Lucy and gradually became her. quite interested in Lucy's friend, who One day she was walking with her she now felt certain was by no means mother in the park, when they met an as poor as they had at first conjec- ] old man with a wooden leg. His tared, but probably an old soldier, lie- clothes were shabby, his hail" and living on his pension, frugally, of beard unkempt, and his general ap- course, but quite comfortable. pearance that of one accustomed to Not far from the Dunstan residence, poverty. Lucy gazed upon him with the corner of the square, a very large compassion, even turning her head for but gloomy-looking house was situat- another glance after they had passed ed in the midst of a once-beautiful but him. now neglected garden, which had long "Do not look back at the poor man, been an eyesore to the prosperous Lucy," said her mother. "He will neighborhood. It belonged to the ec- think you very curious and his feel- centric gentleman, who, it was believ- ings may be wounded." ed, had gone abroad several years be- "But, mamma, I am not curious, fore and who had obstinately refused only sorry for him," replied the little to sell the property or keep it in re- girl. "He is old, and has a wooden pair. leg. He must be very poor. Would One morning as Lucy was passing you give me a dime to put in his the corner she saw her friend of the hand ?" park ascend the steps of the mansion, Mrs. Dunstan glanced around. The put a key in the door and enter. When man was standing near a bench, on she related the circumstances to her which he evidently intended to sit, and . ,. mother,' Mrs. Dunstan said: "Now, the his eyes were on Lucy. They had a mystery is solved. I could not imagine , kindly, almost imploring expression, ] where the old man lived in this neigh- as though he would have liked tel speak to the child. She did not know I boyhood. But I think I can explain it. ,No doubt he is a caretaker of the ' eactly I'Lucy,"whatshetsaid,d'"the man does ntlt Ralph house and has a room in the seem to be a beggar. He is not holding back part near the old vegetable gar- out his hand, or his hat. I do not like den." "Yes," said her husband, "I remem- to offer him money." 'I believe that is Because he is not ber having seen a couple of windows really a beggar, but he is poor. I opened there lately." know," hejoined the child. "I will ask Christmas with its manifold pleas- him," and before her mother could ares came and went most joyfully. A Stop her she was standing in front oi few days later, as Lucy was trund- him, her beautiful, innocent eyes and ling her hoop in the park, she saw her lovely face upturned to his. friend advancing to meet her. Her "Are you very poor?" she inquired, eyes spoke the joy in her affectionate without a particle of embarrassment, heart. "Oh, I am so very glad to see The man sat down on the bench and you," she said. "We thought you had hook her hand. gone away forever, and I was a little "Why do you ask '' he replied. "Be- . i " :--:--:--:--:--:--:--:--:-- $im mmoo DamDmmmm Rom nmaqml ause you are sorry for me ?" "Yes, sir," replied Lucy. "If you are ............ ,,,..-. r.t, loor We would like to help you a lit ........ ,: .... ...L:.....,. ' .., and you are not, we are sorry THE LAST WORD for you just the same, becausebe- cause--" In Modern Equipment and Up-to-date "Of my wooden leg?" "Yes, that is the reason," answered Facilities for the Efficient Handling of the child. "Well, then," she continued, Your Every Need in Banking. I shall ask mamma to help you. Her mother, who had heard all that WE PAY 4% INTEREST ON had passed, now stepped forward. ' TIME DEPOSITS Opening her purse she tool from it a bright, new, silver quarter which she THE SECURITY BANK placed in Lucy's hand. The little gilJ "The bank that makes you feel at home" laid it tnthe now outsretched palm otI the cripple, who received it in a pecu. I ...... Hot Springs, Ark. liar manner. First he kissed the coin,/ placed it in his vest pocket, and the   e, lifting Lucy's hand to his lips, kissed / !: it reverently. "Thank you, my good child," he said, "and God bless you. I hope I may see you again." Lucy smiled and turned to her moth- oz. In a moment they had passed out New Imperial ' * The next morning, after Lucy had recited her lessons, Mrs. Dunstan said !i to her: "If you like', you may play in the park until luacheon time. But do Bath House not go far ecway." Lucy put on her hat and took her '.., , basket in which she intended to gather ::; some wild flowers, and ran merrily HOT SPRINGS, ARK. , across the mtreet to the park which faced her own house. ; She had not been there long, when : the "clump, clump," of a wooden leg The FAMOUS HOT WATER BATHS our attrted her attention. Turning, she caw her acquaintance of the day be- special offering. The Hot Water from the fore. He .smiled and extended his springs used for these baths is cooled by nd. evaporating the heat from the water and "I am very glad to see, you again, held in AIR TIGHT TANKS and is NEVER my child," he said. "I have been won- whether you lived in the neigh- exposed TO THE AIR until it reaches the were only a little stranger tub. By this cooling process ALL GASES in :the city whose path would never ross my own again." and RADIO-ACTIVITY (dissolved Radium "Oh, no," replied Lucy. "We live gas) IS CONFINED in the WATER and ! over yonder. My father is Doctor the bather thus gets THE FULL CURA- Dunstan." "I have heard of ldm," rejoined the TIVE BENEFIT. ;old man. "He is a very good man." "indeed, he is," replied Lucy, Vapor Bath Rooms. Private dressing to hear her dear father rooms for all. Absolute sanitation and "I hope you do not feel hun- gr today," she eontinuod. "I know hygienic conditions. Operated under direc- It quarter does not go very far, but it tion of U. S. Medical Inspector. Inquiries will buy some leaves of bread." solicited. 'VetT small loaves these days," enid her friend. "But that question ; me what is better than  looked a little mystified, but H.L. DISHER00N, Manager' 'lt, me' f question, After a few worat mere the old man pused on and CHAS. N. RIX, Owner !dld returned her play. Odx s/W sked him: "How is it ' Ikmt ! newt uw you until that day of rely?" relay the , "I us! to ,, , , .....  worried, too, for I imagined you might have been sick and alone in that big house you take care of." "Precious little care I take of it," he rejoined. "But I live there true enough." "Yes," said Lucy, "I even went around to the back of the garden to see if you were there. But the win- dows were shut, so I fancied yot must have gone away." "I was called east very suddenly," replied her friend. "But now I am back again and glad to be here." "Did you have a nice Christmas?" inquired Lucy. "We did, a splendid one." "l spent )nine on the trah," replied the old man. "As good a place as any for a homeless man like me." He looked so sad as he spoke and his voice was so sorrowful that Lucy felt sad also. A sudden thought came to her, and a resolve, which as soon as she returnt ed home she lost no time in putting into effect. After relating to her parents what had occurred, she con- tinued: "Papa and mamma, I want you to do something for me; will you ?" "What is it, Lucy?" answered both parents at once. "Invite my friend to spend the even- ing on New Year's day. He is so lone- ly. I know he is." The Dunstans looked at each other. They could not refuse the request of the kind-hearted child. So it was set- tled that Lucy should ask her friend to come to them on New Year's eve. When she gave him the invitation] the next day he at once replied that I he would come. Lucy was delighted] and named seven as the hour. She vs I at the door to welcome him. Taking] his hand, she led him to her father t and introduced him as "my friend," I for she knew him by no other name. He at once entered into the spirit of the occasion, made himself entirely at home, examined and praised the Christmas tree, which was lighted once more before being dismantled, 'and at length taking a box from his pocket, he said to Doctor Dunstan. "I have a little gift here which I should llke to present to this darling child. It once belonged to another child whom I dearly loved. Will you allow her to wear it?" "Certainly," replied Doctor Dun- stan, and the stranger opened the box. did not. I trust God will forget the Within was one of faded velvet. I past and illumine the future with His ouching a spring, the visitor reveal-] blessed joy and peace." ed a locket, framed in pearls, with[ four fine diamonds in the center in the I Two years from that night, the Dunstans were once more reassem- form of a cross. It was attached to a l delicate gold chain of the finest work-I bled in the drawing-room of their manship. I beautiful home. But the old )nan was Placing and fastening it around] not there. He had died six months be- Lucy's neck, he said: "My darling I fore, leaving a letter to Lucy which child, I give you this as a memento of I was not to be opened until New Year's the dearest thing I ever owned' night, and now the time had come. in this world. Keel) it, wear it, Lucy and her mother seated them- and treasure it. 'You are very like my sister--whose nature was akir to yours--gentle, loving, generous, and pure. The day I saw you first I was reminded of her, and the long-sealed fountains of my crusty old heart once more began to flow. I am a changed nmn. This child has accomplished a miracle," he continued, turning to Doctor Dunstan. Then, putting his arm around Lucy, he drew her to his breast. "My dear," he said, "you have transformed a hardened old man into a real human being. Blessed are the parents that call you their own." The child nestled closely to her friend, gazing up into his eyes as he spoke, while her delicate fingers clasped the locket he had fastened about her slender white throat. "She is a dear child," said the mother, "but we must not make her proud." [ "You could not make her proud," replied the old man. "Pride is and will always be a stranger to her soul. And now," he continued, "I will tell you who I am. My name is Chetwynn Ralph, of whom, of course, you have often heard. I am the owner of the dilapidated place quite close to you. From this time forward I intend to live as a human being, not as a cyni- cal recluse. "My story would not interest you, nor would my excuses hold in the minds of any reasonable beings,] of whom I have not until now, been one. But in whatever of the future is left to me, I shall try to redeem the past. 1 have suffered injustice, the treach- ery of friends, and many other things. I should have risen above them, but I selves on either sade of Doctor Dun- I stan. This is what the Doctor read: I "My dear Little Girl: "You have been my guardian angel and my salvation. My sole regret in leaving this world is in leaving you and the good, kind parents whose care and solicitude will keep you always as you are. If, after 1 have atoned dise. May He always have keeping. Your Friend of Accompanying this note was quest of $20,000 in trust for Dunstan until she had age of 21 years, after which to be placed in her own hen d' And that is how Lucy became heiress--because of the kindness of a loving, unselfish Mary E. Mannix. HAND OF SOLACE Last night I held a little hasd So'dainty and so neat; I thought my heart would joy So wildly did it beat. No other hand unto my soul for my sins in God's blessed purga- Could greater solace bring, tory, it is permitted me to do so, I Than that fair hand I held las shall watch over you from His para- --Four aces and a king. , ROCKAFELLOW BATH HOUSE Hot Springs, Ark. CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK Hot Springs, Ark. [CRAIGHEAD] The Craighead Laundry HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS "Washes Everything But Baby" TELEPHONE 87 J. H. KLYN D. F. Gaines, President W. E. Chester, V.-P. and Genl. Mgr. Arlington & Eastman Hotels Hot Springs National Park,Arkansas European Plan Only European Plan 0nly