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BY HOWARD YIELDING,
Some ono knocked nt Jack Willis'
floor, nui Jack yelled. "Come in!"
The door slowly opened, und n round,
ted fnce wan cautiously thrust In. It
Iqoked ns If It might be a dummy on
u.c em. oi a buck, a hock mm uoi.j
followed It. however, considerably to
my leJief. for I dislike the uncanny.
The fnce exhibited signs of surprise.
hud 1 knew why. for an Ions as I had
known .luck bin ofiteo. door hud s'tood
annly between himself nud h)8 ered-
"this is Fon Yot;." ihuoixkd thk sias.
horn. Doubtless the man with tins
round face had called often and had
teamed to expect nothing.
' "Are you Mr. Willis" said he.
"Yob," replied .lack.
"Mr. JohnhnrrlsonwilllsV continued
the visitor, tiring the name In the form dictated, "for the remainder of the nl't
of a single projectile. ernoon. anil If you will send a repre-
"1 guess ho." snld .lack. srntative of your tlrm to, me with a re-
"Then this Is lor you." rejoined the eelptjn full I will pay the amount In
man. pausing a folded paper to my cash."
friend anil Immediately escaping from "Why not send them a cheek?; I
the room. asked.
. .lack opoiwl the document and gave . "Well, tk(f.ict Is," ho replied, "tlint
It n single glance. Purely 1 saw tears I have- not tho amount In one bank, and
in his eyes.
"That's right." said hK rending my
glance of sympathy. "This cuts me
deep. I'm sued for the money that I
awe Phil Bailey. lie's heard that I am
on my feet again, and he's In a hurry
,to collect h'.s due. 1 wish ho hail wait
. ed and given me a chance to prove my
.willingness to pay my debts. The man
was my classmate at college. Billy,
and has known me ever since I was a said I.
boy." "Oil. there's no chance of that!" ho
"It Is a little rough, Jack. I'll admit," replied. "Hero he Is now, I guess."
said I. - There was a knock, but the caller
He tilted his chair back against tho proved to bo a man from the adjoining
wall and sat there staring at the legal ollice who had come to borrow a drink
paper. Ing glass with which to refresh him-
, "Billy." said ho at last, "do you know ?clf from the water cooling apparnt-is
that- this Is the last debt I have In the I" the hall. The glass was always kep
world' Ten days ago their name was In a drawer of the typewriter, nn
legion. I had not been out or debt tho man had borrowed it before.
since the first day of July. 1SS1. Jack Informed hie after he had gone.
"On that fatal day and date." lie The note to the .lawyers was dis
continued, v. 1th considerable emotion, patched, and then .Tack and I sat and
"I went to my uncle. Kranklln Willis, talked of old times. As for me, I was
and asked him for $100. 1 had Just anxMous about Beeves. If anything
come out of college without n penny went wrong with him. rncle Frank's
exactly even on the money that my fa- prophecy might yet bo fulfilled. But
tber had left to carry me through. ' Beeves was all right lie canie In
"Uncle Frank gave me the money about a quarter of an hour and paid
and with It ri lecture on debt. I wish the
you had seen him. It would help you Then Jack's sweetheart dropped In.
to understand what I am going to tell Ho had known that she was coming,
yon. I'ncle Frank was positively the Int had not been sure of the hour,
most Impressive looking mnn ever ere- That Was why. ho had written tlmt he
ated. ITo looked like one of tho major would be detained In Ida ofliee. Such a
prophets. You know there Is a New prospect would detain mo nine ennsec
England type which Is close to that utlvo years If necessary In any place
which painters use to portray the soni- that might be appointed; not that 1
ber but magnificent leaders of ancient covet Jack's sweetheart, but I wish
Israel. Uncle Frank had u patriarchal there was another girl In the world
beard and a voice like the Iiufs of a J't like her.
church organ. I h-id always re'verone- I was nbov.t to take my rtrparture
od nnd feared him. I remember how
In summer evenings when I was a
bey he used to talk to me of the stars,
calling them all by name, and I be
lieved that he could read mortal des
tiny In them.
i-'WelJ, as I was saying. Uncle Frank
tfi- Igfc mo the monoy. and be told me
?'..'tl3at ba pcsritted dolntt It on m.v ac-
..feouut. 'If you get Into debt nt this
-parted df your life.' snld he, 'you .will
4ierer get out' 1 thought of the stari
.jt)d trembled. Yet I hnd made ur.v
i plans for the payment of this money,
i nud It seemed tlmt they could not go
"Anyway. I hnd to hnve It. That's
the point. And If Uncle Frnuk bu t
been a wine an bp wni reputed to be
or on ton-thousnudth iart as wise n
be looktK) be would hare futn It. and.
'(";Ing the necessity, he would not have
t.'.ixoMen lb? heart -out-of me by any such
,-tftooiBy prophecy, if he had wild. 'All
.Wsrlit. my Ikv: here's the uioner i-nd
l ' .Dejeeme; 1 kww you'll give It bnek to
ine tv the 1st of September.' I wdnhl
L"" bUTp done- It, sure.
"lntPi!i. hp tout me mm l a tipver
, pt o-n of debt, und be convinced nif
Kkttl It. That mnnupr of his. wh'eb.
. when he nuked fop the bread at the tn
Ji!. would mttkc a alhi get right up
,rmt of the platband walk over to him.
over io mm.
1 have never
.ih'lv hynnotlned me. I have never
' lrn nliln t ant over It. nnd even now.
Bllly. with only this debt In the world
fctsd' the money ready to psj It, l. can't
4iplp feelius ns If something would Imp-
Jifti. Uncle Frnnk's prophecy has held
' sood for 10 years, and why not for -
m "Nonsense, Jack!" said I. "With all
-lljje respect to your uncle's memory
.jvhnt.you have told mo proves that he
v,;vns a pood deal of a chump. Any one
loads un n young man lust start-
feAvltli that sort ofiRloohly rot
t. .n "V. .
awtoht, isoo, iv c tr. iroo'.c.
f.i got You're abend of the fame hot,
rnyhow, so that proves that he didn't
l.-ow what he was talking about, lie
( i.l not deserve to pot his money bnek."
"Ills estate," said Jack, "got tlint
money lust Tuesday, lint, as you say,
R Mn , torgl A t0 Ul!g
of Wiley's, m write the lawyer
leifer, But as to thin inntter of debt.
Hilly.' t suppose you know why I am
t caaxlous to sot clear and why 1 feel
thYslmuutof this salt Just now?'
I know the rciirton," snld I, 'and It
i the most beautiful, ehnrtnin': anil nl
iM'tether desirable reason that over
i.n'r.mied any one. lias ttio day been
"1 swore that I wouldn't marry til! I
Jiad paid every debt," said he. "and
that's what Inspired mo to make the
j'.vn) tlint c!earel mo. Now I can pay
, the SI. -CO that I owe Bailey ns a mnlt
if that confounded magazine scheme
of his that I went into and then liuve
.T".CO In the bank with which to begin
housekeeping. And now if you'll let
me get to the typewriting machine I'll
knock out the letter to these lawyers.
Archibald. BIriko & Co."
"Dictate It to mo." said I. wheeling
around in my chair. "I can thump n
typewriter to beat tiie band."
So .lack dictated a long and some
what. absurd letter, telling these gran
ite hearted lawyers how sorry he was.
.etc.. and how circumstances had con
spired and how (flnallyi It was With
!vnt relief that he found himself nbl
to nicot.thls claim in full and at once.
"I shot) be detained In my olllce.'" he
I don't want to send two checks.
Beeves you know he's tho fellow who
Is managing my little deal for me will
be here presently with the final pay
Juutit of about ?"0 in cash, l'li-send
to the Ann Street bank for the bal
ance, and nienuwhlle.ril have a boy
carry this note over to Archibald.
Blake & Co."
"But suppose Beeves doesn't come'"
when a very doleful and formal rap
was heard, and presently there entered
a leng. thla lawyer's clerk, who looked
as If ho had just stepped oiit of a melo
drama. "This letter Is from you. I believe?"
?nld he, handing Jt to Jack.
My friend glanvd at his commtinlca-
tion. and I could see that thero dawn
ti upon turn tor ttio urst time a pcrcep-
tlou that It was somewhat effusive to
TllRnK BXTJUIKD A tm THIS LAWVXll'S
tve aouroiuwu to a law urm. it cot;-
. ..iwru W u .... vv
trnnted beautifully with the typewrit-
ten teccltit exhibited by the solemn
: Jack menuwhlle had sent to the bank
for the balance above Reevch' $7.H.
und so he was able to pny lu cash a he
' bad -promised. I rejoiced with him.
aiil1 1 could sseo a light in Millie BlaVs
eyc-3. Thirsltuatlon hod been explain:
ed to her, and sliei know that itbo man
she loved whs setting himself square
with the world. '
uno soicmn cierK couiucu me money.
ifi $ooh)y rot l'nndcCopWjie)d'ectlpt'.ind departed,
to .avo!dank'rEenJ&J aIgU2lL3iil
tlfier tlint i wns ag'tlln 'fitxAit to de
Again there was a rap on tho'dbor.
This time u Jolly looking youth, with n
little derby hat on one side of his
head, answered tho call, "Come In!"
"You Mr. Willis'" Pnld he, address
My frie'tid 'nodded.
"Then Mr. Archibald says It's no
In tber from your olllce over to his
than from hla olllce over to yours. You
better' come over there anil pay tho
"Why. 1 Just gave It to hls.clcrk!"
"Not!" said the boy. "Thero ain't
l ien r.o clork of Mr. Archibald's over
An Invisible hand poured n cup of
rold water down my spine.
"lie presented my letter," said Jack,
"and this receipt."
"We don't give receipts oil old sre-
omlhaud law blanks, said tho boy.
"This la the way we do It."
And bp exhibited a sample receipt
with the'tl-m'a name on tho top i)f It.
"Walt here!" cried Jack to us. WaJt
hero for me!"
lie selKed hlG hat and dashed away.
As hu. went by Millie he kissed her
on the end of the nose. I think. It wns
hasty work, but carried a world of
. "I'm afraid Jack has been swindled."
said 1. "That Iwjy In too original to be
anything but genuine. Bin we may be
able to help Jack out JllHt wait hero
, I made my best speed to a telephone
.in tho lower hall and called up police
hcadipuirterM. receiving a promise tlmt
n man would be sent down at once. llo
and Jack arrived at the same moment
"There's no doubt about thla thing."
said Jack. "The man to whom I paid
the money has no connection with
Archibald. I'm swindled, and. Billy,
old boy, I'm still In debt. What do
you think of my Uncle Frank now"
He dropped Into a chair nud stared
pitifully at Millie.
The detective from headquarters was
a very smooth and able person. U
took him exactly -S minutes to un
fa vol thla terrible tangle of crime.
Without attempting to make n. mys
tery of it for the reader I will state the
method by which my friend had been
robbed. Just behind him. as he sat at
Jils desk, was a door communicating
with tho next olllce. hut always lock
ed, of course. That olllce was tenant
ed by a couple of men whose records,
when investigated, proved to be near
ly as bod as possible. Indeed, our
'wait nKnr. fop. he I"
friend from headquarters knew them
both and was able by description to
Jdcntlfy tho person who had played
the clerk's part as oue of their "pals."
It was ovldent that Jack's conversa
tion with me had been overheard and
that when he began to dictate his let
ter to the lawyers oue of the swindlers
saw a chanco to do business. Listen
ing at the door, ho had takeu down
Jack's letter lu shorthand. Then he
had come lu, ostensibly for tho drink
ing glass, but really to. steal some of
Jack's paper out of tho typewriter ta
ble. This he had accomplished right
under our noses. I remembered after
ward what a bother lie had made
about finding the glass.
Then he had written tho letter on his
own typewriting machine, had concoct
ed the receipt nnd hnd sent lu his
"pal." who happened to be within call,
to do the Job. In showing the letter
to Jack he had exhibited only the first
page, thus getting mound tho dltllculty
of- the signature.
All this was verified by tho confes
sion of oue of the criminals who, was
captured within the week by the
prompt .work of the police, Keiie of
Jack's money, however, could be re
covered. Jack paid Bailey's claim, burin order
to do so he had to borrow $.'t!0 of me.
I loaned it on the condition that the
debt should not keep Jack from the
altar of matrimony.
But I, never expect to get the mon
ey. I have now too much confidence
In the prophetic power of Uncle Frank
Willis to entertain any such hope.
Charles Dickens was dogged through
out ids life by the most perplexing co
lnchlcuceM, and his death completed
oue of the mot remarkable of them
nil. On the llth day of June. lSttSi). he
osenped denth by a railroad accident
ns by n inlmele, nnd lu commenting ou
his oncn'M' he wrote:
"I can never lx much nearer parting
company with my render roievar than
I was then until there shall be written
my fe tUo tw0 Word3-'tllO
I (J(, , ..
These two words were written by
death five yearn Inter on the same-day
of the same month. San Francisco
! SloppriJ. ,
"I tell you the drink habit, the opium
hoblt and the cigarette hnblt'cau all
be stopped. It's nonsense to unydbpy
can't Look nt that boy who smoked
$5 worth oT cigarettes every week."
"Did he stonS"., 4 n .vtvuit j .
. "A'rwX rte'n ffpm1."Vla?tnnil Pln
Yos Ho'o dead."-Clsyotanii TJhln
. i:'.l..W:it..,i Alt; .
The Wwrtclicd NcTrnintcr Man.
In every city of the land the news
paper man Is an outcast lie knows
more people to be a stranger to tlian
any other lielng lu Uiu world. ITo lias
no holidays. Ills Ciirlstumw Is the rec
ord of other men's Joys. Ills Thanks
giving lfl'n restaurant Uven tho Fourth
ot July and Sunday, servants of tho
commonest man, refuse hlin their
cheer. The Fourth of July la tho day
he must bo In every place nt once, be
rauso overythlng Is happening, nnd
Sunday Is the day ho must make tilings
t:p, because nothing 'Is happening.
Ills labors are our pleasures. Ho
Vets his vacation by .doing another
man's work and earns Ids living by
watching other people live. The very
days and the nights 'turn their natural
backs upon him. Tho lamp Is his sun
by night, uud the curtain is his night
by day, and he cats his supper In tho
morning. Ills business Is the reflec
tion of life. He Is tho spirit behind
the mirror. What Is left to us Is right
to him, nnd right Is left Sometimes
right side up Is upside down.
The world Is nil awry to tho newspa
per man. It whirls across tho hours
In colunif . now lu one edition nnd
now in auoihor, but It hecd.i him never
In return. lie is a spectator. Tho
show passes before his face a shut
out, uusharlug face, no lives as' tho
years go on. a notebook under tho
stars, nud when tho notebook Is scrib
bled out lie dies. Gerald Stanley Leo
'Jtic CiticrKency Cleric.
"I tan across a clerk litre who Is
wortli ills weight In gold, or. at least.
In gold brick!!," said a guest nt ono of
tho hotels. "If I was In business In
New Orleans, I would get that man If
hnd io chloroform and abduct him.
Tho way I discovered his merits was
this: I was standing In a store down
tho street, waiting for my wife to de
cide what she didn't want, when a
tailor made girl walked up and asked
to seo some golf clubs. Tho young
man behind tho counter showed her
several, nnd lu a few moments she
found one that suited her and went
away with It under her arm.
" 'Are there many players In New
Orleans'' I a'iked after she had gone.
" 'Oh, yes; quite il .number!' replied
the clerk affably.
" 'Have you golf links here'' 1 con
tinued, getting Interested.
"A look of real pain crossed tho
young man's face. 'I nm sorry,' ho
said, 'very sorry, but the fact Is wo
sold our last golf links this morning.
However, we have ordered a new
stock.' ho ndded, brightening up, 'and
they will bo hero In a few days. Which
did you wish, tho lihiln or the or fan
"A clerk like that Is beyond price,
sir, perfectly Invaluable.. Ten years
hence I expect to llud hlu'l , a merchant
prince." Now Orleans, Timed-Democrat.
Two Vioivs ot the Satue "an.
"Why did you take that man's case'"
the fresh graduate of tho law school
asked after his father, the old attor
ney, had bowed a client out of the of
fice. "Thcru Is no possibility that you
can win It for him. One glance at his
face shows thit he Is the briber and
all around rnecal ho is accused of be
ing." "Is that so?" tho old mnn replied.
"I'm i;orry to hear It really sorry. I
wish 1 hud known it"
"Why, yon must have been ablo to
see for yourself If you are any judge of'
character at all."
"I am usually pretty .good at such
things, but I must confess tlint I didn't
notice it lu this case. In fact. I didn't
see his face at all."
J'Dldn't see his face!"'
"No. Ho had n' wallet In his hand
that took my eyo. Now you go to work
and copy oil that brief, and nfter this
If you want to Ienrn the business watch
me, not the other fellow's face." Chi
All Unwelcome VlMitor,
While camped In the Wnllapai
mountains recently there came to my
camp from off the Santa Fe Pacific an
Eugllsh overland tourist, nnd, after
passing the . usual salutations and
greetings, tho stranger proposed to join
the desert express train of burros nnd
try his luck prospecting. The first
camp was made nt Maggie Sprlugs.
whore stood an old .minor's cabin. In
the morning he proposed to help cook
brcnkfnst nnd built n rousing fire In
the old fireplace of the cabin and start
ed to fry the bacon. All nt once a
startled expression cumc from tho em
bryo cook, and, turning quickly, I dis
covered a largo king' snake sliwltug In
the frying pan. The chlrauey getting
hot had dislodged his snnkeshlp,- and
down ho camo Into the hot grease.
Yuma (A. T.) Juu.
A UeusiirUntile Dnllillnir.
The tabernacle at Suit Lake City Is,
In respect to Its acoustic properties,
tho most remnrknble place of worship
In the world. It la constructed to hold
25,000 people, yet It Is possible for a
person standing at ono end. to distinct
ly hear the sound of a pin dropped Into
a hat at the other, a test of Its curious
power to convey sound which la offered
10 every stranger who Is shown over
, Perfect Cientlenmn.
"So you proposed to Miss Do Vere!"
exclaimed Miss Cayenne.
"Yes," answered Willie Wnshlngtou,
"What did she say?"
"I don't remember. I beard her toll
n friend she was going to' seo Jiow
innny proposals she' could get this sea
son, nud I thought It wohld only .he po
lite of me to help out." Washington
star. :; ; -
Thedongest canal In tho world Is the
Erie, In New York, exteudlug rrorn Al
bany to. Buffalo, nidlstuncoof.031 tulles.
The cost ot construction was U.WOi-
w. . ... r- y
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Dontrltc nnd ritatnn. i
They used to tell h good Btoo about
Boutello In connection with Uio cam
paign of 1S3-I. Ho Idolized Blnltic, and
for years there was bad blood lietwecn
hint and Becd, because Kced acted as
though lib thought himself ns great as,
or greater than, the plumed knight
Tho story Is that Boutello accompa
nied Blnlnc on his western" tour in
1SS4. When the special pulled out of
New York, Boutello rushed over to
Blnlne's seat, hH face 5Tn"e wltn nn
per and Ills voice vlbraiT? with passion.
Holding in Ills trembling hands a copy
i f the New York Tribune, he pointed
to nn article nud exclaimed, "Was
Ihere ever such fatuous blundering ns
For half an hour ho commented ou
tho article to the half ncoro persons
t,-ho hnd gathered round. The Tribune
was Blaine's chief organ, as every ono
knew, but tho fiery Yankee of French
extraction continued to pour .hot shot
Into It Finally Blaine snJd, "Charley,
do you know who wrote tlint and pro
cured Its InseHInn In The Tribune"
"No," wiib the answer, "but I take It
tlint It .was Vhito-luw Held or some
other Infernal fool."
"You are wrong, Charley," replied
Blaine. "I wrote It and had The Trib
une print it." Washington Cor. Louis
A ISiira l'.nln.
"It rains, a great deal' In tho Puget
sound country," says a man from that
part of the Union, "and I heard a fun
ny incident not long ago about It Some
chnp had come fiom the Mississippi
valley to take up hla residence at
Whatcom, on Bollingham bay, where
there are very high tides. When tho
boat lauded him ut the cud of the long
pier extending over tho tide tints, the
water was Ibw, nnd the new man did
not notice anything but n wide stretch
of sand between the boat and the town.
It wns In1 the evening, about dark,
and was raining, nnd ho went to tho
hotel on the front street and staid
there, going to bed without having gone
out for a walk. Tho next morning
when he got up he looked out, and tho
tide was In, the water coming up close
to the hotel, no gazed nt tho wide
spread waters for an Instant, and,
throwing up hl3 hands lu astonish
ment, ho exclaimed, 'Gee whin, but It
must have rained hard last night!'
'Then he hurried down stairs to tho '
olllce to Und out If there was any dan
ger from the lloud, and the clerk smiled
four or live times nnd gave him some
much needed Information." Washing
A good story Is going the rounds nt
Harvard college concerning u last
year's graduate, a dutiful sou nnd an
Industrious student, yet withal a some
what liberal youth. At the beginning
of his concjudiitg year his father, who
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was jusl eiwu uiii iui ijmviiu, .cm
to him: i.
"Now. Harry, you get your, degree,
und I'll send for you to come over nud
travel all summer."
Hnrry was delighted. "Father," said
he, "I will." He studied faithfully all
the college year and In June wont
through with Hying colore. Then ho
cabled his father:
But tbo father, alas, hnd forgotten
his impulsive offer. Ho mused over
Olio message, wondered nnd then cabled
"Yes what?" ,
The son wijs In turn perplexed, but.
being a well trained' loA lie did not re
main long lu, tho dark .nnd. fired by du
teous zeal, cabled bock:
Letters- of explanation followed, nild
ho won the "grand tour." Atlanta
ChluvHv Pond of Snnopkraal,
With tho advent of so many Chinese
restaurants In different parts of tho
city It Is confidently, declared that
"chop suey" and other, well known Chi
nese delicacies are consumed more by
Americans than by Chinamen. A Har
lem Chinaman who hnd been down to
Molt street for a social time was on a
Third avenue "L" car and got luto
conversation with a neighbor.
"I suppose you like chop suey, oh,
John?" asked the, casual acquaintance.
"No." wns the other's answer, with
a positive shake' of the head. "Me no
llkee chop f.uey. Mo eat sparerlba and
And lu further conversation It was
revealed that this Chinaman, like many
of his fellow countrymen In New York,
who had, like himself, been here 1-1
years or so, hardly tasted traditional
Chinese dishes. One of the first direc
tions lu which a Chinaman becomes
Americanized Is In his liking for Amer
ican food.'cooked lu the American way.
New York Letter In Pittsburg Dis
patch. Coiielxu nntl HxiillcH.
Many stories, mostly fabrications,
have been told about long, dilTuse tele
graphic messages scut by women, as if
the feminine mind were Incupable of
i-xpresslng Itself concisely.
How false and slanderous such nn
Impression Is Is well showu by an In
cident reported by n contemporary. A
gentleman went to Pam on business.
As he went awny he said something to
ids wife about buying her a new dress.
Just before starting homeward he tele
graphed to his wife. "Which shall 1
bring you, a diamond ring or a silk
dress V .
The reply was concise and explicit
one word, "Both."
llow It Was,
Jock I hear you lost a lot of money
on Wall street while you were drunk.
Tom I wasn't drunk, but the stock3
I bought tiiok a drop too much. Bos
It lq nn nnon mipstlnn ns In whnllior
Indeclslou or rasliuess.lwst-asslsted'ii'j !
to make the, greater number of mis
takes, a ! .
THE BOY'S REVENGE; i
Was one that was really a 'd'low j
TO THE VICTIM. jp
Anil flhnvrfd. Moreover, Tlint
Child, Vojuik Thoimh !'e Wan, W
Well VerKoil In the tV'njx ol thn '
Avcrnile Yonnw AVonmn.
"Isn't MnttiJ rather Inclined to bo oiV
ylous?" queried the girl lit tho 'pink
"She Is, dear, nnd she rather enpour,-
ages the trait," leplletl the girl with
tho hnsicl eyes. "The meii consider It
so feminine, you 'know."
"At any rate the man who finally
marries her will not inspire envy," rq .
torted the girl In the pink waist. "I
visited Maud for a few days last
"Then 1 devoutly hope you ni-e foutl
of children, even' when their fqnd par
ents are not present That's nil. That
little nephew of hers would" . .
"Tax the vtieuce of a girl Who
wauted to marry a widower? I know"
II, dear. Well, 1 thought I was fond Of
children when I went to Maud's, but"-
"You had your doubtB When' you loff,
oh? Well, I'm euro 1 don't Maine you,
"You wonld pity me If yon knew alb
I took my trunk with nie when 1 went,
nlthough my stay was to be so short,
because I" , ,
"Because you wanted Maud, to sea
with her own eyes the foreign .labels
ou It? I fee. Well. Maud Is rather a
skeptical person, save ou .the subject
of the merits of that awful child. "But
then" " -
"She makes up for all her sUcptlcisui .
by her belief In him. dchr. Yes,, I had
told her all about my trip abroad,
"I don't doubt It. dear. 1 never dhh-
Per-perhnp3 you uvea told hei; twice,
bear me! If 1 did Hot actually know
that yon were absent only six months.
t could hardly believe that so much
could have happened in so short a
I believe it was rather a remorkable
trip. dear. I shall fool; over my diary
again and see If I can't remember more
Don't put yourself out. dear; please
don't." said the girl with the Jiazol
eyes. "I er you were speaking of
Maud, you know."
So I was. Well, she was so 'nice
about that trunk that I might have
guessed something would happen. She
she even replied niniably when I
mentioned the foreign labels. Of course
nm very careful not to put on the
airs of a traveled person, but I wnnted
her io nee thorn, so that In future she
would not seem quite so,, -surprised ',
when 1 tuentlonedn fresh place that I
"Oh! And did you enjoy your visit?"
"I enjoyed part of It. Mr. Brown-
smith tnlkpd io ino a great deal. To
be, sine,, It wits usually about Maud,
but then he could just as well have
talked to her If he had wanted, so"
"You didn't tell Maud what he said,
eh? Well, that was quite natural, I'm
sure. I shouldn't have lold her my
"It was. Tho day before I weni
homo ho sent up to nsk If ho might seo
mo just for a meuieut. Maud was
dressing to go for a walk with him,
aud, do you know, I doubt If she really
"H-m! Perhaps not. However, she
took her displeasure out on you, uot
him, I'm sure."
"She did. I -was lyhig' down with a
headache, but that horrid little nephew
had a basin of soapsuds and a pipe and
was blowing bubbles and making tho
room hideous, so 1 got up and went
dowu stairs to see Mr. Brownsmlth."
"Aud what did ho"
"Ho wanted to nsk me what, lu my
opinion, Maud had really meant when
she said she admired tall, fulri men!
I I wish now tlint I had remained up
"Why? Wns Maud" , - '
"Angry? She was so angry that she
oven loaned me her best necktie and
called me darling. I might have known
something would happen after that',
and it did!"
"She told Mr. Brownsmlth things
about you? Oh. well, that really"
'Didn't matter? Of course uot. He
Is so much in love with her that he
only linlf hears what she says. No. It
was much worse than that"
"You might tell me, since f I can't
"Oh, nothing, only when ,1 came up
stairs to tend her down that miserable
little nephew had taken his soapsuds
nnd washed every one of those lovely
foreigu labels off my trunk'! And. Ef-
l'.e, 1 only hope Maud had uothlng to
do with that. That's nil!" Philadel
phia North American.
"Now, Johnnie, tell 'em ho-v ter sneli
yer name same ns I told yer."
Johuule F-o-o-1. Johnnie. New York
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