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Senator Slopshire has as his political opponent one Brother Wilkle. minister, whose pulitlcll campaign is furthered by seven "unspeakable brats" who sit on the rostrum with him while he makes speeches. CHAPTER ll--Continued --3--- "Then all we have to do is wear black and white and white and black and sit on the platform and wave lo]lypops?" asked Limpy, quite fas- cinated at the prospect. "And especially, you must be very, very affectionate toward the Senator," said Aunt Olympia thoughtfully, already mapping the campaign. "But--what will the Senator think? ejaculated Helen, appalled at the idea of showing affection to- ward a senatorial uncle by mar- riage she had never even seen. Aunt Olympia smiled disarming- ly. "He'll probably think times have improved no end," she said. "And you must not call him Senator. Nev- er call him Senator. It's so stiff, so formal." "How about Just plain 'Unc'?" suggested Limpy. "No. That's not fond enough. It must be something very, very fond." "What do you call him, Auntie?" "Oh, I call him Del. But that won't do. It's too flippant, in the first place, and it comes from Dela- porte, his middle name, which, though not as bad as Alenoon, is almost aristocratic, too. Alencon Delaporte Slopshire. Uncle Del--no, it won't do! Uncle--Uncle Lancy!" she cried, in a bellow of triumph. "Uncle--Lancy?" "Yes. Kind of an offshoot from Alenoon. Very clubby. Lancy! That's good. That's fine2" "But--wiil he like that?" "He will--when the votes are counted," said Aunt Olympia grim- ly. Bed-time near, Aunt Olympia, panting pleasurably, tiptoed noise- ]essly down the hall. A low mur- mur of voices from one closed door assured her that Helen and Adele were talking things over.. But she passed on and tapped softly at Lim- py's door, opening it immediately to a very narrow crack. "Limpy?" she whispered. "Yes, come in. Oh, it's you, Auntie I" Limpy was sitting erect in the middle of her bed, her arms clasped about her upraised knees: slim, tragic youth, making a show of bra- very in scarlet pajamas--a bravery belied by the tears that clung to her lashes. She did not move as Aunt Olympia tiptoed softly in, fingers to her lips enjoining silence, and sat down on the foot of the bed. But it was Limpy who opened the conversation. "Aunt Olympia, isn't it--terrible-- and terrifying--that things change so quickly? Oh, so quicklyl It gives you such an--unsure--feeling. To think ~hat just last week our life was so settled, so taken care of~ We knew just what we were going to do for--oh, any number of yearsl And now--a week later--the whole world is just reeling and rocking." Aunt Olympia fished in the volu- minous folds of marabou for a hand- kerchief to mop her eyes. Some- thing about Limpy moved her swift- ly to emotion: tears, now; but in normal times, it would be laughter. "No, Limpy," she said, trying to quench the quivering of her under- chin with a rough finger, "it isn't terrifying. You mustn't let it be terrifying. Y011 must think it is kind and beautiful and rather inspir- ing; that changes come so quickly, without warning. Just suppose you had all known, you girls and your parents, that this terrible thing would happen and could not be pre- vented. Think what a heart-break- ing week that would have been l No, you must just feel that however set- tied life is today, tomorrow it may all be changed. If today is bad, probably tomorrow will be better." Her own philosophy brightened her. "Take the Senator for instance. A week ago, I was pretty st__~e the Senator was licked. Now I can hardly wait for the campaign to open, I'm so anxious to show them my new bag of tricks." "I doubt if Helen will go," said IAmpy wisely. "She's more settled than Adele and I. She feels that home is here. And Adele won't go without Helen and I won't go with- out both of them." "Good! Now I want to make a deal with you. You're seventeen, minus. A year here or there, one place or another, doesn't mean a thing to you. You've got time ahead of you for everything and every place. But this is the last chance that Helen, and probably Adele, will have to get out and go places and meet people and see things. When she settles-down here to teach school, Helen'll end up by marrying some grocery boy or farm-hand and there's an end of her. As for Adele, that g/rl--we]l, that girl--Well, you've got imagination! You can see what a year in Washington can do for her--with her looks--and the Senator's contacts." "And the deal?" Limpy reminded her drily. "I'm coming to that. It won't mean so much to you, Limpy; I realize that. You're still a school- girl. But if, for their sakes, you'll work with me and try to put this thing across and help me out for a year--and keep yourself sort of in the background until I get them set- tied--for you're smarter than both of them put together--well, if you'll do that, Limpy, when the year is up, I'll stand by you and back you up in anything you want to do, and I'll pay the bills. You can travel, or go to college, or go into society." "l think you've got something there," said Limpy thoughtfully. "But how can we swing it?" "By pretending that it is for your sake and yours alone; and that you won't go a step without them, for a year, at least. Talk up the educa- tional advantages of good schools, eastern experience, political con- tacts--all for your own exclusive good. They'll fall for it." "But, Auntie, suppose we make this deal~and they go--and then are unhappy there?" Aunt Olympia lapsed immediately into tears. "Limpy, they can leave in a minute if we can't make them "So it's a deal, Helen." happy. They can go and I won't say a word. It--it would just break me all up to see them--unhappy-- again, after this." "Yes, I know, Auntie," said Lim- py kindly. "Okay! Will do!" "Shake[" said Aunt Olympia tri- umphantly. But instead of shaking hands she drew the slim, red-garbed little figure into her arms and held her very close. "You'd think I could have had--one--just one, Lim- py, wouldn't you?" she said, broken- ly. "Well, by the time you get the three of us off your hands, you may decide you're pretty lucky after all," said Limpy, philosophically. Still, Aunt Olympia was not satis- fied. A three-cornered deal, though highly dangerous, often insured suc- cess where a mere double pact fell short. Aunt Olympia wanted abso- lute insurance on this, complete cov- erage. She closed Limpy's door softly behind her and, panting with ap- proval of her own devious methods, tiptoed to that other door that showed a slit of light at the sill. The girls' murmurs were still faintly au- dible. She opened the door. "Girls?" she said, softly. "May I come in?" The girls, older, more thoughtful perhaps than Limpy, bounded out of bed to receive her. They brought a chair for her and drew up a foot- stool. Helen turned the light so it would not reflect in her eyes. "Girls," she said, "excuse me for intruding like this, but I want to make a deal with you and I don't want Limpy to know about it. I've set my heart on giving Limpy a chance in life, a big chance, and I'm not going to mince words. That child has character; she has personality; she has what it takes. I want her to go to the best schools, to travel, to meet people. There's something in her and I want to have a hand in developing it. But right now, Limpy, so young, so sad, will never leave you. That's why I ask you, for her sake, to make this sacrifice for a year, to help her adjust berseif to her future life of independence. I know that coming to Washington doesn't mean much to you two. You are older. Your plans are made. But Limpy is still at sea and I want to see her heading for the right port. Now, if you girls will make this sacrifice, for her sake, just for this one year to let her try it out, I promise to do everything m my power to make you as happy as can be and give you good and valuable experience. The Senator-- Uncle Lancy, I mean -- is well enough off; he can afford anything in reason. You can see the life in Washington, you can learn about politics and government--and mod- ern women ought to know about those things. If you will come with me for this one year, you can do absolutely whatever you please aft- er that." '~here won't be any argument about the future?" asked Helen in her soft voice. "There will be no ill feeling about it--if, after this one year--we come back and take up life as we want to?" "Absolutely and irrevocably. But after one year, I think, I hope, may- be I can keep Limpy. And the Sen- ator will make her his heir, you know--that's something. I would certainly like to see Len Hardesty's face when he hears about my or- phans I" "Len Hardesty?" The girls had difficulty keeping pace with Aunt Olympia's swift flights. "A snake-in-the.grass if ever lived one. He used to be our publicity man and the Senator out of the big- ness of his heart, like the fool he is, turned him over to Brother Wiikie-- the Governor--for his first cam- paign and now he's signed him up to a contract and we can't get him back. He has to go on working for the Governor and against us--the Governor and the brats and the trumpeter--and bites the hand that would be glad to feed him." "Why doesn't Uncle Lancy hire him back?" "Because Brother Wilkie, as soon as he decided to run, signed Len to a contract to work for him all this year . . . Well, I just wanted to be frank with you, girls. I want you to know just where I stand. I know it doesn't mean much to you, per- sonally, but it may mean the world to Limpy." Aunt Olympia returned to her own room and retired to bed in such a glow of contentment that she did not feel the cold. She would have been surprised, perhaps a little discon- certed, if she had known that, al- most before her door was closed upon her, Helen was saying briskly: "Well, we may as well settle this right now and then maybe we can get a little sleep. Let's have it out with Limpy." Limpy still sat cross-legged and erect on her bed. She was smiling mistily. "Girls," Helen began abruptly, "I want to make a deal with you." "Helen!" cried Adele, with soft laughter in her voice. "Be careful! You're catching it! You're getting political !" "We'll have to be political, every one of us, to hold our own with Aunt Olympia even halfway . . Now you realize, of course, that for pure. ly personal and selfish reasons I do not want to go away from here at all. I hate terribly to leave Brick this year, when he's going to be all messed up in his first campaign and will most certainly want me near him. But I do realize it is a magnifi- cent opportunity for both of you. I will go with you, with Aunt Olym- pia, on one condition." "Aha! The deal~ I smell a rat." "Yes, the deal. You can see that absolutely without reason she has taken a violent dislike to Brick, If she knew he was running for Con- gress from this district--and going to be elected, tool--she would al- ways be against him and make fun of him and call him a delivery boy. Even when he gets to Washington she will look down on him. But she has hardly so much as caught a glimpse of him and she doesn't even know his name. If he is elected-- and he will be!--she will meet him as a new Member from Iowa and she'll forget the grocery store. I want you to promise not even to mention his name to her. Don't tell her a thing about him. And don't in any circumstances let her find out that we are engaged." "But Brick's so swell, Helen," protested Limpy. "All the more reason for not in- citing her prejudice. She can't help liking him if she meets him under different circumstances. Our Aunt Olympia is going to teach me the political racket from the ground up. I'm going to make a business of learning everything she knows--and she knows plenty. Then when we are married, I can be a real help to Brick. And she won't object to my marrying him when he's a congress- man. Is it a deal?" "Okay by me," said Limpy cheer- fully. And added more soberly, "It would seem very strange to keep on living here--outside the parsonage." "Yes, I feel that way, too," said Adele. "So it's a deal, Helen." Aunt Olympia received the girls' quiet announcement of their accept- ance of her offer with a rush of hap- py tears and immediately put in a call for the Senator to inform him of the good news. It was no news to the Senator. As soon as Aunt Olympia had said she wanted to bring them, the Senator had consid- ered the fact already accomplished. Immediately after breakfast on that happy day of Aunt Olympia's great triumph, Helen quietly pre. pared to hurry off to town. But she did not escape the watchfulness of Aunt Olympia's pale blue eyes. "Going out, Helen~" she inquired crisply. "For a while. To do a little shop. ping and a few errands." "Well, you might tell that deliv- ery boy to put on his gloves and his new necktie and bring me a nickel's worth of gumdrops," said Aunt Olympia. Helen laughed good-naturedly. "You could save four cents by get- ting a peppermint stick instead," was her reply. Aunt Olympia liked that. Sense of humor. It was a great asset. With youth and good looks, Aunt Olympia considered the combination unbeat. able. CHAPTER III Senator Slopshire did not wait for the return of Aunt Olympia to begin getting ready for the children. Im- mediately after hanging up the re- ceiver, and hardly waiting long enough to wipe the moisture from his glasses, he called the servants' quarters on the first floor and asked their maid, Hilda, to come up right away. "What's the matter, Senator? You sick?" she asked dourly. "No, I'm not sick. I cannot dis- cuss the matter over the telephone. Come immediately." Hilda dressed hastily, with con- siderable show of irritation, and went up. Hilda was a tall, angu- lar, unhappy-looking Scandinavian. Aunt Olympia described her as a "sour Swede." Next to being an al- most superlative housekeeper and cook, disapproval was Hilda's out- standing characteristic. They could hardly have got along without Hilda. She took entire charge of their apartment in Wash- ington during their residence there and assumed the same responsibili- ty for the household when they were at home. She cooked, she cleaned, she marketed, she sewed. She found the Senator standing distractedly in the center of the floor rubbing his glasses. He put them on at sight of her and began to give orders. "Now, we'll have to get beds made up for them and we'll have to have in breakfast cereals and nourishing food and order more milk." Hilda did not show surprise; she had always considered him mildly crazy anyhow. "For the children," he explained belatedly. "Our poor dear children are coming to live with us." "What time they getting in?" asked Hilda. "I don't know yet. Two or three days, I suppose. She said some- thing about a week but there's no use waiting." "I'll attend to the beds and I'll order oatmeal Good night, Sena- tor," said Hilda coldly and with- drew. The Senator dressed nervously and went downstairs to talk things over with the management. It was only eleven o'clock and certainly no time should be lost. The manager was a more sympa- thetic auditor than Hilda. He agreed with the Senator that the children's place was certainly right there in the Shoreham with the Senator and suggested fixing up a nice nursery adjoining their apartment. The Senator's enthusiasm did not wane overnight. He was on the sub- ject again before breakfast the next morning. "I'm not sure we get enough sun here for children," he complained to Hilda. "I'll speak to the manage- ment about it . . . We'd better get our fresh eggs from the country hereafter... Remind me, Hilda, to ask the Health Department to send me their books on bringing up chil- dren." He arrived early at his office in the Senate Office Building and in- formed his secretaries and clerks that he wanted things straightened up around there and put in good order without delay. "The children will be down here with me a good deal," he said, "and I want them to get the habit of or- derliness at an early age. And you'd better order in some good magazines and books so if they get tired they'll have something on hand to amuse them. And call the custo- dian right away and tell him I need more chairs, and I want good chairs and comfortable chairs. Some of these government chairs would give a young back curvature of the spine. They almost give me curvature of the spine." He suggested to his fellow com- mittee members that he would like them to hurry along and clear up the calendar as fast as they could, as he would have to spend a great deal of time with his children from this on. He went shopping, too, and had a great many things sent up, most of which Hilda returned without com- ment. On the whole it was a relief to him when Olympia returned home and he could turn things over to her. Olympia was ready. Having pon- dered certain matters deeply in her innermost consciousness all the way home by train, she was ripe for action. "Del, I want to ask your advice about something. About those poor dear children. Do you think we should take a larger apartment or should we move into a house?" The Senator beamed at her. "I thought of that very thing," he said. "Ask Hilda if I didn't. I think we should take a house, though it will be a great disappointment to the management for they can hardly wait till the children get here . . . Still, I think we should take a house. Children should l~ave a home and only a house is a home." cTO BE CONTINUED~ Brighten Your Room With Applique Quilt / Pattern 228Z These patches are so easy to apply you'll be surprised to sea your bed of pansies grow so quick Iv. Pattern 2282 contains a Dia- gram of Block; accurate pattern pieces; directions for making quilt; illustrations; yardages. 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