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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 17, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta EXPEDIENT I lie door or Hit smull dining llifoiiKli nl'KT licr. room for liov ami imsslng Al four o'cloi'l; 11)111: il riornonti nio SIUIsIikiii [ili.'ic-t..ii. bciirliiK till' I'l-n-ylli'lil fii^t^^v, or t'liil iuirt of it. roiiiMliK'il Ititiii-i. drove down t liu vill;i(j;i- direct Loivnrd K|f"'lr:i ."M WTV.IGh't (JHfffHl Bfi-OM tho Ijfflls as olrt Dr. T!l(.'lic) raiJIe out of tjls house and went down Into Ihe vlllfiKO. A tawii.v. uprliiB .swollni stream slippojj wlili a gurgllnlin* sound bp iieiitli the worn boards of llic Jillitt bridge. This dnst Iny in jwcliers from a rccpnt rain. Mluglci) rouiurj odors filled llio air, Tbo physician pnssi.vl thr general store lluU hnd b''-Iouc�cl (o JoseplJ ftdtonlioiist'. Ho lookod in and waved a friendly jfr'rtptintt If Joey Rllfalioii.^o. tlio (lead 3�tPri^'s i-nn and tlio storu's present proprietor loey was wpnrtng a blue scriie coat and a pair of wlilte dlirlc trotigers. The eombiviaLIon was nnw to ;lf,'nln. ?!hn bad a lap" jiH'a.snre abmii her n�^'k. "I'j-ond ereiiin;:, p;iei;tra," the [rhysirlan ea'lod froui the door gte^. "Wliy, ilj'.^ yiTft: � It. (loetoy?" she exclaimed. "Come r.'i.'-h; ill. f'Rof.,'>ny-'l�p fn.'l of vivfT. .�o i woji-l (iet ' If yon'll excn.te my iiiiuiner.^. down ilicrt; in jiHppy's ilialr." She tbnipr the chair fonvard with her f(.i>i- aii.l. �with her foot: also, drew toward her one of those pneumatic' forms oi or. wlilc[] woinr. Richci stretched his old legs out befort; him �iiil-. tipping- his head'^atijzficaliy, regarded (he. graecfvil "iNo. f'm afraid S don't," he ndiii:::rd wiili .-ui fiuitiwd look. >"Jfii Mrs, I'd":' -Rlectra MrK'nIlum gave tl)'e,vl^�(i.dVf":* fu, ui> ao -pu-i'. phatir pat and sliiel; � tentative p'ln lii here and (here, "It's I bo imasse of her. It's her io the In?! fraction  f � eiirre," '' "My aectiiaiiiiaiiue with Mrs, Pere^ifield' ts not fnil-mate," the old plj.v.siejjin ^'ravely obserred, M-iss MeOtf.Ilniii's iip-i set thiidy. Her faded bine ^yet twlnltJcd benrrath th'�lf sandy brow?, "jktlDc J*." (jbe said �n'',-|ij(?l 1}, Br. Birbel looked over nt. her i.pieirioiiIngij, RIs l�Ilv(",-, "I'reitier than .Minnie Beston, for (nstanceV" "Prettier, aecordiiii; to die ordinary man'.o ide.n of heaiity. A painter or a .'�oiil|itor wonUl choose MIn." t'i was jwif, thinkins: of Unt paintff or the scniptor," he mtised, ']l ' , "fia," said .she (|iiiekly, "yon ivs� ihlnkliisr of ,Iopy J!ltienbon�e." A lIMIe isiionce fell. She broke It' liy flinging a sudden. .* . She swtrng the figure about again with a oVatteriug pf iron roMer?. She touched the fJowered folds si^ nificantlj'. '�S'oij ki--i5W what tbi'.� dress hi for. don't yon? ""�J'hey haven't gone as far a.s Ihiit, have they'.'" he gasped. She langlkt'd. Her laughter hnd a fresh, ric.'i:' sevind. "'XaUit the wedding dress. The Slulsuiims ure going t� giro a big puny 'or her. A lawn fd-te. where *vorylx�d,T dre.'ses In fancy dress. Not masked, yoit nndsratand: just fajjt,'y costumes. She's golag Io be a I'/reidcn shepberrtcss," She paii��d, in the rhyllimii-ifT�l�( of tbe needle and looked at liitit with pregntiiiL txn. "Sbe'U land her lamb, all rigid!" Ajiothsr slloiice fell. Silences were eornnion lie-t\v�e�i tLiocn. It was the dislincL uucuraforlHbk'Uos.s of lbi� one that mad^ It iinnsnal. "iinaglDS J-iny witn a �nife ten .leni's oider tlmo bilB�elf-�lie'� t'hirty-riwo If she's a day-and too chll dren:'' ihe lnushed tral sharply- "But yon couldn't make hiuj siec It like it is, not if you (allied Io hliu tilt yon dropped over. Mnybe If his mother was at home fiht could iBdiience him. But nobody else enn." The pbytricJaD'ii gewtlc /ace was ful of serious Hiiiiely. "U'ii bir�ftk MJn Hastous heart." Mis* McCHilmii roatlBued, "Tbat Is. If hearts really break nowadays, Kbe'B to shy and, pcaud she won't think of figiiting for her right*. She'll just stay home end shut hergelf tn, Afld tbU-this Paiuela In her shepherd's garb, Bhe'M"-- She g�ve the Innocent Image of the ab-jient Mr* Percyfield a i liforons punch and unt dnji. "Elect.'a," he inquired, "a little deceit is excusable if it's for love, isn'* it?" candy that bad come as a sample by the moriiing'n''' uinll. 1'ho boy, who was llii� older, grabbed It ami ^tuR'Atl -It iiilo Ills mouth till, his cheeks stock out. He wout off a mile way and bet'iin to stamp In tlio dust, kicklaK up clouds of It as he made what be called a circuit rlii;-. Hut the girl threw herself full length U{aiii tll# talk, spat out tbe offending candy, wiped away thu fasK; of it on tlio gravel and lay there howling in lief disgust. "Oh, kiddlljliis: Ulddiklus; What will Mr. Illtleii' house think of mother's darlings?" Jfrs. rercyUtld cried In charmthf doapair. Slic lifted sweet, appealing .eyes to .loo.v. "Jl Is so dlfUcult, so Impossible to ba harsh with t)iem when life ha.s be�n so harsh with me," she whispered brokenly. "I must keep unhitRpl-iiess from tUeiu as lonif as I caij." She stendled bef tremiiling lips Into a smile of bravery. It was her best trick-a trIcWthat never failed to work with men of .loey Rlttenhoiise's a�e. Ho saw her through a quick mist of feeling. A moment later, after pleading instnictions to her ctiildreu, she lot Joey lake Ibeni -ft'lth liim to the store, while she tripiicd up ttie path for her last litltug. Joey Rittenhouse. l)r. Rlohcl appeared In the store door not more tliaa five minutes later and beckoned to the young proprietor. Tiie children were half burled In a fancy cracker box a'nd ho signalled Joey to let tiicm stay there. "C'ome .Tcross to McCulluno's with me a minute,'' tie said briefly. As they approached the house they heard i\n. Percyfleld's voice. It was excited. It was high idiehed. But for certain iinailstakabl* tones of it they would not have known it. It cut the air like a loo.^e wire that hvlsts and hisses, ft threw itself oHt stinglngly. theu colled up with a Jangle. It was not nl"e to hear. , The two men paused at (he doorstep. "Vou'vo mined iny gowu: Vou've ruined It?" shrilled Mrs. PercyBeld trotn Elcctra'.s inner room.- "But I will make you another." Klcctta said appias-iiigly. "I'll buy the material tiiid you shall have, it tot lo-uiwrrow night. I promise." "And what will it be like. the.Imperious voice demanded. '"A Ijorrid, clieap thing tb'at I wouldn't wear. 1 won't have it. Your impudence In making aucli a susgcslion is amaxtair. What shall I do'/ What shai: I do? Si\ch curct�Bsuess. Such Inexcusable igiio rii lice"--- she can itoeks and wear pink Icr in'cd.i:. 'Wlicii .i woman wonts to bring a man to Ihe proposal point, and nothing rise will do It. slio Hl-n-ays gets ui> a fancy tlress affair wlitn powder her buir and paint her i'osebnds. K^er notice';" i'>r. Richel arose wiih a sigh. "I'm sorry .\ou regard the sltiiHtl"ii ."is really i;rii\c, KiecH'a," lie said. "Manta'.* been worrying, but i ihuiiKhl her overanxloiis." F'.li'Clra .\lc^lie's (hat kind nil right, for all her poking as being so brave and sorene," Klectra lloddPO. "She had an a-wfiil tit of 'em one day bocatise srie couldn't Hnd any lavender sewing silk in town. ImnsrIne that kind of a woman as Mrs. Rltteubouae'.-r daughter-in-law: (>h. It's awful. l.Hx'tor. Poor, foollNh .loeyT' The idiysiciaii smiled ills indescribably moving smile-tjiat half merry, half gentle smile that was as familiar to the village as his sturdy old ligiire Itself. "Tlon'l be too hard on him. Bleclra. He didn't invent that special kind of weakness, you knnvi." A.s he passed t^ie Ulttenhouse store ho saw tbiif ,Ioey bad left it in charge of a clerk, and when be came to I lie Rittr. fiichel, "I giie.ss you know Mrs l'ercyfii,l. don r you?'' .looy irKjnired. with an adnilriibh; show of offhauded-ness. "She's pretty fine. It does ii feiiow gwd see a woman bear tblugs like she liciirs erii." ".M-iiK How's that, Joey?" "Wc 1, si-e, she's goiii> !)iroufrl: .: ' Her husband must have been a bnitc. Site hiid to i,.;ive him. Hut she never complains. She's ..jauie. iili rigiit. The Shitsmaiis s;iy tlio vv,ny she met it was >;|p|cndifl " 1 )r. Hh'hel did not comment. He wn-^ thinking of the lavender sewing silk. "It's to be hoped somel)ady v,ill Ijc ahi^ � make up to her ioinc day for all she's ^ofrored," the hoy said as he went .off. Tlic pliysi.'inii coiiliiiticd loi hi- \ reminded him of Ihe faces vd' i,'re'-di-ii !ie|.iii.rdesses,' he said The Expedient. Be was doing up pn-nders for fdzzy Wilson when he had ht^ idea: It c;iiiii' to bliii like a flash, and ho eve:ilvoiK' Sht raged, she berated, she importuned. ta\ e .loey l;itti.'iilioii.ie rie sat down, p.iii do not go ii|i J) lull withont I'iM'liii.i; ;t "I've thought "f II If you'll helji iiie." lie s;ini "I'll do aii.yihiug. ' -n.d >lie. "but doiii. you try t-i tell nie atioiit ii f"r i niiMiite. 1 goi j.inie of tliK '.'iierry shruli yoi !;::.d .> ncll Inst ,\c:ii'. I'll gel li " She wlilslted oiii nf il;e r-i'iiii and iiilo n agiiln niili ,i tall. Ihlii glass on .i \:n\. "lake it," siie coiiimiiiided. 0..: el lef ller. 'TWieit do jull MjiV ii'.i. Idling iHiii4!i � ;i ret u I .^t tC'ltc- iiiol she -^11' ii the l.cd..'e oi er t he rini r'f i he f irs for Io'--'. j'-ii't I' i.i ."i|i'i'111; iim. Willi 1 ;o;tivr> ll'Jille.' "l--. e:, IH--, thin -;ilp:e "and If Maina harm." He ImoI^ ii wi:li dow n and t'cgi'ii to -i-: of I he llower.s si'li i -i .e "Electra, " he iiKioin -I I!: th,' deceiI is c\'.'ii^:i' ",-\ii,\ thint;." --.'lid 1. � sh.lii:y Iroui the tduir-liui. iintiod Hie hitch sir;ip fi'"!!! tiic horse's bridii'. looked jtt the jtost. (hen o: the sir.'iji, .'iiiii ilicii .'It .biey If It teiiboiise. wIhou she iitTeeted !-> see for the tii'.-t ,.!ue. � She threw out her IcKids 111 ii pre'.'.y ge->iUve of h'!l ;es-.io>ss ni d invailed liiin. 'rt'l.'Ul sii.iiild I (I.I w'ilKoii y.,ii? I'm siKli ii :e^> jicrs.'!.:" sill' miirnnir' I as he ;d ilie horse . ,f led om I tc .slllie 1 '.-r. V ie i:iug sometbiu.j- ha.f .�nnipiug. half patlieii,-'. ill iloii Moiiderful x.iice of hers, aud In-didti I w.'ini, to : si- II iv.-:ii of it. lie sujilcl a detaiheil siijiie nt ;lic . i-.i-drc!: Tiieu li-. l.ci iKni.ulr. iiini .-..nietliing s. ,;, Uicir deniands nii.l (heir pullliif .11.d be bi'.iiiglii .1 fi.rili iiiuiii|ihaiiti.� sliiiiiiig i.ew "1 Wiis very tired. I'd worked on it half tbe night. My bands were not quite KteHd.i'.'' "W'luit is It to 1110 how long you had worked?" Mra. l-'crcylieki .screamed, "It's your business, isn't it? VVheu 1 hire a seamstress to sew for me I o.i�peet her to .lo It without ivhinliig about how long it take,*. I pay ber for her lime. I)on'l try to ".xeuse yourself. It's unforgiv .-tliie. It's sheer cirelessuess, I tell you. Its [uorc than I can boar.'" Slie liisi'ilie last slipping hold on .leriiclf. She let herself go roiuiiletely. She rageil. She berated. She impiirtimed She commanded. She laughed. She cried. She Itad. in short, tlie worst ca.se of li.v.steria thill '.be doctor had ever. In all the long yciirs of his cciierieiice. encountered. He looked at Jcey Rittenlio-lse. The hoys face waa white "1 heard her as I cauie al.nig.'' the d.ictor wiiis-percd, "iiiid 1 thought you o\i^:hl to I.now. .)oe\. I;iil." . "i'.Miug Rittenhouse did not s|ic;il,. Il.j inrncd iii.d htirrlcd back to his store When Mrs. l^ercyHeld ciune ..iii of Hlectru McCullum s wltli mo;lied elii'cks Mint b'li'/.ing eyes and twitching lips the ''lerk led her �liii..lreii over tu hvr and untied her hoi-io for her. That i^'i'Uius, in Ihe proteciic.g dnsk. Dr. Biohel wcrii agiiiu t" i;:c. iri McCullum'^. K.c: tr.-i ;oo:.eil iinip aid tired, but triumphaur. "Vou s.eeii .Joey slii'c'; " she a.sked. J ijc uocior sejiied softly, sniiseedly. ".b.ey's gone to the city for a fe-w days," Ue jaid. �lie u.ci t be HI llie I'arly ;