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Aunt Jane's Nieces

He first outlined the picture in pencil, and

then filled it in with water color. They all expressed admiration for

the drawing; but the color effect was so horrible that even Patsy

found no words to praise it, and the boy in a fit of sudden anger tore

the thing to shreds and so destroyed it.

"But I must have my picture, anyhow," said the girl. "Make it in pen

and ink or pencil, Ken. and I'm sure it will be beautiful."

"You need instruction, to do water color properly," suggested Louise.

"Then I can never do it," he replied, bitterly. But he adopted Patsy's

suggestion and sketched the garden very prettily in pen and ink.

By the time the second picture was completed Patsy had received

permission to leave her room, which she did in Aunt Jane's second-best

wheel chair.

Her first trip was to Aunt Jane's own private garden, where the

invalid, who had not seen her niece since the accident, had asked her

to come.

Patsy wanted Kenneth to wheel her, but the boy, with a touch of his

old surly demeanor, promptly refused to meet Jane Merrick face to

face. So Beth wheeled the chair and Louise walked by Patsy's side, and

soon the three nieces reached their aunt's retreat.

Aunt Jane was not in an especially amiable mood.

"Well, girl, how do you like being a fool?" she demanded, as Patsy's

chair came to a stand just opposite her own.

"It feels so natural that I don't mind it," replied Patsy, laughing.

"You might have killed yourself, and all for nothing," continued the

old woman, querulously.

Patsy looked at her pityingly. Her aunt's face had aged greatly in the

two weeks, and the thin gray hair seemed now almost white.

"Are you feeling better, dear?" asked the girl.

"I shall never be better," said Jane Merrick, sternly. "The end is not

far off now."

"Oh, I'm sorry to hear you say that!" said Patsy; "but I hope it is

not true. Why, here are we four newly found relations all beginning to

get acquainted, and to love one another, and we can't have our little

party broken up, auntie dear.

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