Scene is laid in Macon, Kentucky, where John Glenning comes to begin practising after a dissastrous experience in the neighboring town of Jericho. He befriends Major Dudley and his daughter whose fortunes all depend on a valuable race horse that Devil Marston, their bitter enemy, is trying to disable. How the doctor defeats Marston and wins Julia Dudley make up the story.
he said, finally.
"Little girls, indeed!" she exclaimed, almost petulantly. "Won't you ever realize that I'm a woman, though a young one, and can't you trust your only daughter with a family secret, daddy dear?"
It was quite evident that her feelings were on the verge of being wounded, for her lips were a little unsteady, and her eyes were reproachful.
The reply came in a soft, reminiscent voice.
"'Twas yesterday you were in pinafores, chasing butterflies by day and fire-flies by night, out yonder on the lawn. Are you really twenty?"
"Yes, sir; and I demand it as my right to share your burdens. They will be lighter so, for us both."
The Major sighed, and lifted his hand to his forehead.
"You are right, and I promise that you shall know. But not now--not now."
"In a day or two, then?"
"Yes, in a day or two. Run along now and gather some flowers."
He bent to receive her kiss, and stood watching her as she moved with a free, swift st