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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1882.
OUR YOUNG FOLKS.
Gnffttimuuna's Pearls awl the Trials
' of m Kit JLat Club.
IJlg LouUa M. Alcoll.
"My1farCk.xiaughtj;rs: Before you
go lo latt-t the little trials ami temptations of
tho con.M-j.- we t;k I want to make a proposition.
I an oiu-fashioued. ami I do not like to sco
'young, girl ju so public a place :ts the cafe of a
gmi. lair. Your mothers differ with me. aiul 1
hive to right to dissuade you. But 1 have
aeki-d leave to try and. keep the young heads
frpm hciDg quite turned and the young hearts
-frani forgetting the sweet, old virtues mod
cstv, obedience, and self-denial. So 1 writp to
.say tiwu 1 iuteud to give the set of pearls you
all so much admire to the one who behaves
best during the week. Like the fairy god
mother in the story, 1 shall know what hap
pans and which of you deserves the reward.
Laugh, if you will, but keep our little secret
and try to please Ukan'Imamsia.''
This was the letter read aloud by one cf three
young girls who sat together in the pretty, old
time dresses they were to wear while serving
as attendants in the refreshment saloon at the
fair. A very select and fashionable- fair, you
may be sure or Kitty, Kate, and Catharine St.
John would not he allowed to play waiter-girls
in these dainty costumes of muslin, silk, and
'That is just one of Grandma's queer ideas.
1 don't mind trying, but 1 know 1 shau't get
.the pearls, because 1 m always doing something
dieadful," said Kitty, the merry member of the
Kit Kat Club, as the three cousins were called.
" I'd do anything lo get them, for they are
perfectly lovely, and just what 1 want." cried
Kate, dropping the letter to give the kitten in
her lap a joy ml squeeze.
" I suppose she will find out how we spend the
gold ten-dollar pieces she gave us, if she is going
to kuow everything wc do; so we must mind
what we buv," addi-d Catharine, with a frown.
for she dearly loved to buy nice little things
and enjoy them all by herself.
"Lot us see 'modesty, obedience, and self
denial.' 1 think it wont be very hard to be
have, like angels for one week," said Kate, the
.iddestand prettiest of the three, looking again
at the letter she hail read aloud.
"Obedience is always hard to me, and I never
expect to be an angel," laughed Kitty, while
ker black eyes twinkled witn mirth and mis
chief, as she threw down her knitting.
" Seif-deuial sounds very nice, but 1 do hate to
give up things 1 want, and that is just what it
means,"' sighed Cathy, who seldom had a chance
to try this wholesome virtue in Iter luxurious
" People call me vain sometimes, because I
don't pretend to think I'm a fright, when 1
know I'm not; so perliaps Grandma meant the
.' modesty' for me," said Kate, glancing at the
long mirror before her, which reflected a charm
ing figure, all blue silk, lace rullies, and coquett
ish knots of ribbon here and there.
"Of course you can't help knowing you are a
beauty, with your blue eyes, yellow hair, and
sweet complexion. 1 should be as vain as a pea
cock ii 1 were half as pretty," answered Cathy,
who mourned over her auburn locks and the
five lrecklcs on her rosy cheeks. But she had
uever looked better than now, in her pale
greeu-and-white costume, with fan and mitts,
and the objectionable hair, hidden under a big
'cap that added several years to her age a
thing ono does not object to at sixteen.
"Nuw, I don't worry about looks, and as
Jong an 1 have a good time it dosn't matter if I
mm as iurottn as a berry and have a turncd-up
nse,'" jai.-l brunette Kitty, settling the cherry
bows on her 1'oUuced apron and surveying with
:great satisfaction her red silk hose and buckled
" Wont it Ite delicious to own a set of real
pearls necklace, earring.-, and cross all on
biack dvfcfc in a red ea&e. witli a great gold 0
on the outside. So glad our fatheis were
brothers and named us all ior Grandma; now
tii6 K-tlvr f,uits each of us. Young girls can
-. ir.-, you know. Wont the necklace
ok we.i on me?"' asked Kate, glancing again
the aum-r, as if she already saw the new
mint on her whi'c throat. , r .n-( ,. ,.
'wvfrly!' cried both the otlier who hcari-
.diaiied bonny Kate, and Ut her rule over.
ui ttecause she was a Htflo older. ' "Don't
A any one about this trial of ours, nor what
- juo at the fair, and see it Grandma really
Ies Know," said Kitty, whose pranks always
vfur found out in sonic mysterious manner.
"She will I know she will ! Grandma is a
ymy wise old lady, and J do foci sometimes as
it she really was a fairy godmother she, knows
so well what we want, and do, and think about,
without a word being said," added Cathy, in
6tich an awe-stricken tone that the others
laughed, and agreed that they must look well
to their ways if they wanted the promised
The fair began next day, and a splendid
opening it was, for neither time, taste, nor
money had been spared to make the great hall
an inviting place. The flower-table in the
middle was a lovely bower of green, with
wuging-birds, little fountains, and the attend
ant young ladies dressed as roses of different
sorts. At the art table, maidens in mediaeval
costumes made graceful pictures of themseves,
and in the aifc old-fashioned Priscillas and
neat-handed Phyllises tripped to and fro, with
all the delicacies of the season on their silver
salvers. Round the walls were the usual
booths, full of gay trifles, and behind them sat
the stately matrons who managed the affair,
with their corps of smiling assistants, to be
guile the money out of the full pockets of the
visitors. The admission fee was so high that
none but well-to-do could enter, so no common
folk mingled with the elegant crowd that soon
filled the hall and went circling around the
gay stalls with a soft rustle of silks, much nod
ding of plumed bonnets, and a lively rattling
of coin, as people bought their last Christmas
gifts at double the price asked for them in any
"Is n't it splendid?" whispered the Kit Kat
Club, as they stood with their trays waiting for
the first customers to appear.
- "I'm sure I don't see what harm Grandma
could find in this," said Kale, shaking out her
bkirts and smoothing the golden curls shining
on her temples.
"Nor I," cried Kitty, prancing a little to
enjoy the glitter of the buckles in her smart
"Nor I yet," echoed Cathy, jis sho looked
from her cousins to the nine other girls who
made up the twelve, and saw in the excited
faces of all something which dimly suggested
to her more thoughtful mind what Grandma
Jnst then a party caiue under the flag-festooned
arch, and all the young waiters flew lo
serve their guests, for now the fun began.
Nothing remarkable happened that- first day,
and our thiee were too busy learning their
duties and trying to do them well, lor any
thought of K"arls or promises. But at night
they confided to one another that they never
were so tired in all their lives, for their feet
ached, their heads were a jumble of orders, an d
sundry mistakes and breakages much disturbed
their peace of mind.
Kitty walked in her sleep that night, and
"waked her mother by rattling the candlestick,
evidently under the impression that it was her
Kate kept calling out: "Two vanilla ices!
Cup of codec! Chicken salad for three! " And
Cathy got up with a headache, which inclined
her to think, for a time at least, that Grandma
might le right about young girls at fairs.
But the pleasant bustle soon set spirits danc
ing again, and praises from various quarters
reconciled them to the work, which was not
hall so much like play as they had supposed;
so the cousins strolled about arm in arm, enjoy
ing themselves very much, till the hour for
opening the aife arrived.
They all three made a discovery this dav,
and each in a different way learned the special
temptation and trial which this scene of nov
,elty and excitement had for them.
Kate saw many eyes follow her as she came
and went, and soon foriot to blush when people
turned to look, or whispered: "Isn't that a
pretty one?" so audibly that she could not help
hearing. She was a little shy at first, but soon
learned to like it, to feel disappointed if no
notice was takon of her, and often made errands
about the hall, when off duty, that she might
Kitty found it very hard to be at the beck
and call of other people, for she loved her lib
erty and hated to be "ordered round," even by
those eke was bound to obey. Just now it was
particularly hard, for, though the presiding
ladies tried to.be angelic, the unavoidable de
lays, disorders, and mishaps at such times wor
ried them, and some were, both dictatorial and
impatient, forgetting that the little maids were
not common Biddies, but young ladies, who
resented the least disrespect.
Cathy's trial was a constant desire io eat the
good tilings she carried, for in a dainty way she
was something of a glutton, and loved to feast
ou sweets, though frequent headaches was the
penalty sho paid. Such tempting bits of cake,
half-eaten jellies, and untouched icts as she had
to yield up to the colored woman who washed
the dishes and ate "do Icavin's" with aggra
vating relish leforc her eyes? These lost tid
bits haunted her even when 'he took her own
lunch, and to atone for tho disappointment she
ate so much that her companions no longer
wondered that she was as plump as a partridge.
On the third day the novelty had worn off,
and they all felt that they would like tosif down
and rest. Kate was tired of tossing her curls
and trvine to look uuconcious; Kitty hated
the sound of the little bells, and scowled every
time she had to answer one. Cathy had a fit of
dyspepsia, which spoilt all her pleasure, and
each secretly wished tho week was over.
"Three more days of it! Do you think we
shall hold out?" asked Kate, as they were pre
paring to o home after a very hard day, for the
fair was a great success, and had been thronged
from opening to close.
" 1 wont give in as long as I have a foot to
stand on. and Mrs. Somerset may glare at me
as much as she likes when 1 smash the dishes,"
said Kilty, exulting in her naughty little soul
over one grand avalanche by which she had
distinguished herself that evening.
"1 shall if I can, but I don't want to see ice
cream nor smell coffeo again for a year. How
people can stud' as they do is a wonder to me "'
sighed Cathy, holding her hot head in her cold
" Do you suppose Grandma knows all wc
have been doing?" said Kitty, thinking of au
impertinent reply she had made to the much
euduriijg Mr.-. Somerset that day.
"I hope nut!" ejaculated Cathy, remember
ing the. salad site had gobbled behind a screen,
and the macaioons now hidden in her pocket.
"She isn't here, but perhaps some one is
watching us for her. Wouldn't that be dread
ful?" suggested Kate, devoutly hoping no one
in the secret had seen her when she stood so
long at the art table, where the sun shone on
her iirettv hair, and Miss Wilde's ugly terra
cotta costume set oil" her own delicate dress so
" We'd better be careful and not do anything
very bad. for we don't seem to have a chance to
do anything particularly good," said Kitty, re
solving to smile when called, aud to try and
keep six orders in her head at once.
"J don't believe we shall any of us get the
pearls, and 1 dare say Grandma knew it. Fail's
are stupid, and I never mean to tease to help
at another," said Cathy, dismally, for dyspepsia
dimmed even the prospi ct of unlimited dainties
on the morrow, and did Grandma a good turn,
as T dare say she expected it would.
"I shall keep on trying, for 1 do want them
very much, and I know what i can do to earn
them, but I wont tell," and Kate tucked away
her curls as if done with vanity forever, for the
dread of losing the pearls set her to thinking
Next morning she appeared with only a
glimpse of yellow Tipples under the lace of her
cap, kept in the cafe, and attended to hev work
like a well-trained waiter. The others observed
it and laughed together, but secretly followed
her good example in different, ways Kitty by
being very docile, and Cathy by heroically
lunching on bread and butter.
Kate felt better for the little effort, aud when
she was sent to carry a cup of tea to Miss Dut
ton, after the hurry was over, she skipped
around the back way, and never looked to see
if any one's eyes followed her admiringly.
Miss Dutton was a little old maid, whose
booth was near the cafe, in a quiet corner, be
cause her useful articles did not make much
show, though many were glad to buy them
after wasting money op fiuiey things.
"Here is a young friend of mine who is
longing to stir alwmt. You look very fired;
don't you .want to rest hero awhile, and let
Alice take your place, my dear?" asked Miss
Dutton as she sipped her tea, while Kate affably
chatted with a bright little girl, who looked
decidedly out of place behind the piles of knit
shirts and Shaker socks.
" Yes. indeed, if she likes. Take my cap and
apron; your dress is blue, so they match nicely.
Our busy time is over, so you will get along
without any trouble. .1 shall bo glad to rest."
As she spoke, Kate stepped Tietrin'd The table,
find, when Alice was gone, sal contentedly
down under a renvoi' piece-bags,. clysters, and
bibs, well pleased to be obljgjtig i;i such a con
venient manner. Miss Dutton chatted about
the. fair in her pleasant way, till she. was called
off, when she. lefc her money-box and booth in
the girl's care till her return.
An old lady came and bought many things,
glad to find useful articles, and praised the
pretty shop-woman for making change so well,
saying to her companion as she went away:
"A nice, well-bred girl, keeping modestly in
her place. 1 do dislike to see voting girls Haunt
ing about in public."
Kate smiled to herself, and was glad to be
vnerc sue was just men. nut a lew minute
later she longed to " flaunt about," for there
was a sudden stir; somo one said eagerly, 'The
English swells have come," and everybody
turned to look at a party of ladies and gentle
men who wero going the rounds, escorted by
the managers of the fair.
Kate stood up in a chair to watch the fine
people, but without thinking of deserting her
post till she saw them going into the cafe.
"There! I forgot that they weie coining to
day, and now I shall not have the Am of wait
ing on them. It is too bad! Alice has my
place, and doesn't know how to wait, and is n't
half so " She did not finish the sentence
aloud, for she was going to say, " pretty as I "
"She ought to come back and let me go; 1
can't have till she does. I depended on it
How provoking everything is!" and in her
vexation Kate pulled down a shower of little
flannel petticoats upon her head.
This had a soothing effect, for wheu she
turned lo put them up she saw a square hole
cut in the cambric which parted this stall from
the cafe, aud, peeping in, she could see tho
British lions feed, while a well-dressed crowd
looked on with the waul of manners for which
America is famous.
"Well, this is some comfort," thought Kate,
staring with all her eyes at the jolly red-faceel
gentlemen, who was ordering all sorts of odd
things, and the stout lady in the plain dress,
who ate with an appetite which did honor to
the English aristocracy.
"That is Lord aud Lady Clanrobert, and the
fine folks only the ppopie in waiting, I suppose.
Now, just sec Kitty laugh! I wonder what he
said to her. And there is Alice, never doing a
thing at her table, when it ought to be cleared
at once. Cathy takes good care of my lady ;
ihe knows where the nice things are, and how
to set them out. If only I were there, how I
would sail about, and show them one pretty
girl, at least."
Kate was too much excited to be ashamed of
that last speech, t hough made only to herself,
for at that moment hhe saw Miss Dutton com
ing back, and hastened to hang up the little,
petticoats and resume her seal, trying lo look
as if nothing had happened.
"Now, run if you like, my dear, I'm sorry
lo have kept you so long, for I suppose voii
want to see the grandees. (Jo, and tell Alice
to come back, if you are rested," said the old
lady, bustling in, with a sharp glance over
Kate never know what put the idea into her
head, but she followed a sudden impulse, and
turned a selfish disappointment into a little
penance for her besetting sin.
"No, thank you ; I will stay till she comes,
and not spoil her fun. I've had'my share, and
it wont hnrt me to keep quiet a little longer,"
she .said, quickly, and began to sort red mittens,
to hide the color that suddenly came into her
cheeks, as if all the forgotten blushes were
returning at once.
" Very well, dear; I am glad to keep such a
clever helper," and Miss Dutton began toscrib
'blo in a little book, as if putting down her
Presently the crowd came, streaming out
again, and, after making a few purchases, the
English party left and peace was restored.
Then Alice came flying up in great excitement.
" Oh. it was such fun! The fine folks came
to our tables and wero so nice. My lady said,
' Mo dear,' to us, and the lord said he had never
been so Avell served in his life, and he must fee
the waiters ; and after they went out, ono of
the young men came back and gave us each
one of these delicious bonbon boxes. Wasn't it
sweet of them?"
Kate bit her lips as she looked at the charm
ing httlo casket, all blue satin, lace, looking
glass, and gcd filigree on the outside, and full
of tho most delicate French confectionery; for
itwas just one of the things young girls delight
in, and she found if hard nol to gay, "I ought
to have it, for you took my place."
But Alice looked so proud and pleased, and
it was such a trifle, after all, she was ashamed
to complain :,so she called up a smile, and said
".Yes, it is lovely, and will ho just the thing
to keep trinkets in when the candy is gone.
These elegant! boxes are what grown-up young
ladies get at Christmas; so you will feel quite
grand when you show yours."
She tried to look 113 usual, but Alice saw that
something was amiss, and, suddenly thinking
what it might be, exclaimed eagerly : " I truly
didn't kuow they wero coming when I took
your place, and in the flurry 1 forgot to run to
ask if you wanted to go back. Please take tho
box; you would have had it but for me. Do
1 shall feel so much bettor if you will, and for
give my carelessness."
Kate was naturally generous, and this apolo
gy made it all right, so her smile was genuine
I as she put the pretty toy away, saying heartily
, this time:
"No, indeed; you did the work, and shall
keep the fee. I don't mind now, though I did
want to sec the fun. and felt cross for a minute.
I don't wonder you forgot."
' If you wont take the box. you must the
candy. .1 don't care for it, and you shall go
halves. There, please do, you dear, good-natured
thing," cried Alice, emptying the bonbons
into a pretty basket she had lately bought, and
giving it to Kate with a kiss.
This peace-offering was accepted with a good
grace, aud when she had resumed her cap and
apron Kate departed, carrying with her some
thing sweeter than the bon-bons in her basket,
for Iwu' pair of eyes followed her with an ex
pression far more flattering than mere admira
tion, and she felt happier than if she. had
waited on a dozen lords and ladies. She said
nothing to her cousins., and when they con
doled with her on the loss she had sustained
she only smiled, and took a sugar-plum from
ner store, as it cic termmeil Uiat no loolisn re
gret should embitter her small sacrifice.
Next day Cathy, in a most unexpected man
ner, found an opportunity for self-denial, aud
did not let it slip. She had lightened many a
weary moment by planning what she should
buy with her ten dollars. Among various de
sirable things at the fair was a certain green
and while afghan, beautifully embroidered
with rose-buds. It was just ten dollars, and
after much hesitation she had decided to buy
it, feeling sure Grandma would consider it a
useful purchase. Cathy loved cozy warmth
like a cat, and pleased herself by imagining
the delightful naps she would tako under tho
pretty blanket, which so nicely matched the
roses on her carpet and the chititz on the couch
in her charming room at home.
"I'll have it, for green suits my complexion,
as the milkmaid said, and I shall lie and read
and rest for a week after all this trotting, so it
will be nice to cover my tired feet. I'll go and
get it the minute I am off duty," she. thought,
as she sat waiting for customers during the dull
part of the afternoon. Her chair was near the
door of the temporary kitchen, and she could
hear the. colored women talk as they washed
dishes at the table nearest her.
"I told Jinny to come 'fore dark, and pjt a:
good warmin' when she fetched the clean .town
e!s. Them pore children is most perished these
cold nights, and I ain't been able to git no
blankets yet, Bcnf had to be paid, or out; wc
goes, and work is hard to find these, times; so I
most give up when tho children fell sick," said
an anxious-looking woman, glancing from the
bright scene before her to the wintry night
coming on without.
"'Pears to me things ain't give round even
like. Some of these ladies has heaps of blank
ets, 1 ain't a doubt, lying idle, and it don't occur
to 'em we might like a few. 1 wouldn't ask
for red-and-blue ones, with 'mazin' fine flowers
and things worked on 'em; I'd be mighty thank
ful for a pair of common ones for three or four
dollars, or even a cheap comfortable. My old
mammy is with me now, and suffers cruel with
her bones, poor creeter. and I can'l bear to take
my cloak oil' her bed, so I'm gittin' my death
with this old dud of a shawl." t
The other woman coughed as she gave a pull
to tho poor covering over her thin shoulders,
and cast an envious look at tho fur cloaks
hanging in the ladies' room. j
"1 hope she wont steal any of them,"
though Cathy, adding pitifully to herself, as she
heard the cough and saw tho tired faces, " 1
wonder they don't, poor things! Jt must be
dreadful to be cold all night. I'll ask mamma
to give them some blankets, for .1 know 1 shall
think about the sick children and the old
woman, in my own nice bed, if I dou't do
Here a Topsy-looking girl ' entered tho.
kitchen, and went straight to the lire, putting',
up a pair of ragged boots to dry, and shivering
till her teeth chattered, as she warmed her
hands and rolled her big eyes about what
must have seemed to her a paradise of good
" Poor child ! f don't suppose she ever saw so I
much cake in her hie. .she shall have some.
The sick ones can eat oranges 1 know, and I
can buy them all without having my work.
I'll surprise her and make her lough if 1 cajj."
l.'p got Cathy, and. going to tho great refreshment-table,
bought six fine oranges and a
plateful of good, solid cakes Armed with
these. letters of introduction, she appeared be
fore the astonished Jinny, who stared at her
as if hhe were a new sort of angel in cap and
apt on. instead of wings and crown.
" Will you have these, my dear? I heard
your mother say the babies wero sick, and 1
think you would like some of our goodies as
well as they," hc said, smiling, as she piled
her gifts in Jinny's outstretched arms.
" I31ess your kind heart, miss, she aint no
words to thank you," cried the mother, beam
ing with gratitude, while Jinny could only
show every while tooth, as she. laughed and bit
into tho first tiling that came handy. " It's
like mauny from the skies to her, poor lamb;
she don't git good vittles often, and them
baliies will jest scream when they sees them
As Mrs. Johnson gave thanks, the other wo
man smiled also, and looked so glad at her
neighbor's pleasure, that Cathy, having tasted
the sweets of charity, felt a desire to do more,
aud turning to Mrs. Smith, asked iu a friendly
" What can I send to your old mother? It
is Christinas time, and she ought not to be for
gotten when there is such a plenty here."
"A little mess of tea would beniighty wel
come, honey. My old mammy lived in one of
(he first families down South, and is used to
genteel way.-; so it comes hard on her now, for
I can't give her no luxuries, and she's ninety
year old the twenty-fust of". next Jenniwary,"
prom-gjV responded Mrs. Smith, seeing that
her hearer had a tender heart aud a generous
"She shall have some tea, and anything else
you think she would like. I'll have a little
basket made up for her, aud tell her 1 wish her
a merry Christmas."
Then, hearing several bells ringimpaliently,
Cathy hurried away, leaving behind her three
grateful hearts, and Jinny speechless still with
joy and cake. As she went to and fro, Cathy
saw the dark faces always smiling at her, and
every order she gave was attended to instantly
by the willing hands of the two women, so
that her work seemed lightened wonderfully,
and the distasteful task grew pleasant.
When the next pause came she found that
she wanted to do more, for a little food was
not much, and the cloak on old Mammy's bed
haunted her. The rosy afghan lost its charm,
for it was an unnecessary luxury, and four
blankets might be got for less than that one
small one cost.
" I wonder what they would do if I should
give them each five dollars. Grandma would
like it, and I feel as if I should sleep warmer
if I covered up those poor old bones and the
sick babies," thought Cathy, whose love of
creature comforts taught her to sympathize
with the want of lliein. A sudden glow at her
heart made her eyes fill, her hand go straight
to her pocket, aud her feet to tho desk where
the checks we handed in.
"Please change this for two fives. Gold, if
you have it money looks more in pretty,
nrigiit pieces," she said, as the lady obeyed,
wondering what the extravagant little girl was
going to buy now.
" Shall 1 ? " asked Cathy, as she walked away
with two shining coiiis in hor hand. Her eyes
went to the kitchen door, out of which Jinnv
was just going, with a great basket of soiled
towels in one hand and the precious bundle in
the other, while her mother was saying, as she
pulled the old cape closer:
"Bun along, chile, and don't forgit to lay the
pieces of carpet on the bed, when you tucks up
the babies. It's awful cold, anil 1 can't bo
homo till twelve to see lo 'em."
That settled the question in Cathy's mind at
once, and, wishing the fives were tens, she went
to tho door, held out a hand to either woman,
saying sweetly: "This is for blankets. It is
my own; pleasofake it," and vanished before
the astonished creatures could do more than
tako the welcome money and begin to pour out
lialf an hour afterwards she saw the little
Afghan going off on the arm of 7.1 i-s Dutton,
and smiled as sho thought how dcliciously
warm her old down coverlet would feel when
sho remembered her investment in blankets
Kitty's trial came on the lust night of the
fair, and seemed a very ha: d one at the time,
though afterward she was ashamed to have felt
it such an affliction. About nine o'clock her
mother came lo her, saying anxiously :
" Tho carriage is here, aud I want you to go
right home. Freddy's cold is so bad I'm afraid
of croup. Nurse is away, and Mary Ann knows
nothing about it. You do, and I can trust you
to watch and send for me if he grows worse. 1
cannot, leave yet, for all the valuable things
I on my table must first be taken care of. Now
! go, like a good girl, and then I shall feel
! "Oh, Mamma, how can I? We are to have
I a supper at eleven, and I know somethiug
J nice is to happen bouquets from the managers,
J because We have held out so well. Mary Ann
I will take care of Freddy, and we shall be home
! by twelve," cried Kitty, in dismay at losing all
j the fun.
"Now Kitty, don't be disobedient. I've no
time to argue, and you know that dear little
boy's life is of more importance than hundreds
of suppers. Before midnight is tho time to
watch, aud keep him warm, and give him his
pellets regular-! y, so that he may not have
another attack. 1 will make it up to you, dear,
but I shall not have a moment's peace unless
you go; Mary Ann is so careless, and Freddy
minds you so well. Here are your things.
Help me through to-night, aud J don't think I
will ever undertake another fair, for I'm tired
Kitty took off her little cap and put on her
hood without a word, let her mother wrap her
j cloak around her and walk with her to tiio
door of the hall, giving last directions about
draughts, spongia, wet bandages, and hot
bottles, till she was shut out in the cold with
thanks and a kiss of maternal relief. She was
so angry that she had not dared to speak, and
nothing but her love for her little brother
made it possible for her to yield without open
rebellion. All the way home she fretted in
wardly, and felt much ill used; bub when
Freddy held out his arms to her, begging her
to "Tuddle me, cause mytorpisso bad," sho
put away her anger and sang the restless child
to sleep as patiently as if no disappointment
made her choke a bit now and then.
When all was quiet and Mary Ann on guard,
Kitty had time to think of her own trials, and
kept herself awake imagining the pretty supper,
the vote of thanks, and the merry breaking up,
in which sho had no part. A clock striking
ten reminded her to see if Freddy had taken
his medicine, and stealing into the nursery, she
saw why her mother sent her home. Careless
Mary Ann was sound asleep in the easy-chair, a
door had swung open, and a draught blew over
the bed where (lie child lay, with all the clothes
kicked oil' in his restless sleep, aiul the pellets
standing untaken on the table.
" I don't wonder Mamma felt anxious, and
it's lucky I know what to do. Mary Ann, go
to bed ; you arc of no use. I have had experi
ence iu nursing, and I will take care of Master
Kitty vented her vexation in a good shake
of the girl's stout shoulders, and sent her oil'
with an air of importance funny to see. Then
she threw herself into her task with all her
heart, and made the baby so comfortable that
he slept quietly, in spite of the cough, with
his chubby hand in hers. Something in tho
touch of the clinging fingers quieted all impa
tience, the sight of tho peaceful face made her
love her labor, and the thought that any care
lesness might bring pain or danger to tho
household darling filled her heart with tender
fcarsund a glad willingness to give up any pleas
ure for his sake. Sitting so, Kitty remembered
Grandma's letter and owned thatshe was right,
for many things in the past week proved it,
and Mamma herself felt that she should beat
" i shall not get the pearls, for 1 haven't done
anything good, unless I count this," said Kitty,
kNsing the little hand she held. "Grandma
won't know it, and I didn't keep account of tho
silly things I have left undone. I wonder if
Miss Dutton could have been watching us.
She was everywhere, with her ralile-hook, and
smiled and nodded at us like a dear old man
darin every timo we met."
Kitty's mind would have been .set at rest on
that point if she could have seen Miss Dutton
at that moment, for, after a chat with Mamma,
the old lady had trotted otV to her own table,
aud was making the following singular entry in
her raillo-book :
"C. No. ."5. Ordered home; went without
complaint : great disappointment; much im
proved in do'-ihty ; evidently tried hard all tho
week to obey. Good record."
' No one else saw that book but Grandmamma,
and she read in it three neatly-kept records of
that week's success, for Miss Dutton had quick
,eyes. cars, feet and wits, and did her work well,
thanks to her peep-hole, and the careless
tongues and artless faces of girls who tell
secrets without knowing it.
, On Christina morning, each of the cousins
looked anxiously among her many gifts for the
red case with the golden Con it. None of them
found it, but Kate discovered the necklace in a
bon-bon box far liner than tho one she lost;
Cathy found the pretty afghan pinned together
with the cro-s; and on a fresher nosegay than
any the managers gave their little maids, Kitty
saw the barrings shining like drops of frozen
dew, A note went with each gift, all alike,
and all read with much contentment by the
happy girls, as they owned the justice of the
"My Di:.vn: The trial has succeeded better
than 1 thought, for each has done well; each
deserves a little prize, and each will, I think,
tako both pride and pleasure iu her share of
Grandmamma's love and Grandmamma's
pearls." St. Nicholas.
SONGS OF THE CAMP.
The Order or the Day.
The morning light is breaking, the darkness. dis
appears Away with idle sorrow, away with idle fears.
Wc are marching to the South, where we'll find or
force our way ;
For onward, right onward, is the order of the day.
Our Country's flag is o'er us, and can traitors
stand before us
While tho Hlars aud Stripes are gleaming in
summer's golden ray'.'
No; we'll bear that banner proudly where the
cannon thunders loudly ;
AVe'll bear it on in triumph through the thick
est of the fray.
The bugle's note is sounding Uih summons to the
A gallant leader guides us, and God defends the
We go to light for freedom, for the Union, for the
And never gallant soldiers fought for any nobler
With the Stars and Stripes above us, with the
prayers "of those that love us,
All ready, all steady, we aie marching on our
The foe will fly before us, and victory hover
For onward, right onward, is the order of the
Tho call, to arms! hassounded on broad Atlantic's
We catch its echo from the land that gleams with
' golden ore
From every Northern mountain, from every West
Wo conic to clear our country's flag from every
blot and stain.
The laurels that have crowned it, tho wreathes
that hang around it
Won by our noble fathers on many a battle
No traitor's band shall sever, but we'll battle now
'Till we bring the old time glory to the good
old ting again.
A Sail Disappointment.
l!y Kate Kellogg.
Across the blue sky together
Kneed three little clouds one day;
The sun they had passed at noon-time,
The west was a league away.
"Oh, he is so slow," they whispered,
"So slow, anil so far behind.
We three can be first at sunset,
If only we have a mind."
They laughed to themselves In triumph,
They took hold of hands and Hew;
But oh, what :i sad disappointment
They afterward found and knew!
For this they had quite forgotten,
As they hurried along through tho air:
There never can be a sunset
Till the sun himself ia there!
Sick and billions headache, and all derange
ments of stomach and bowels, cured bv Dr.
Pierce's "Pellets "or anti-billions granules.
2;" cents a vial. No cheap boxes to allow waste
of virtues. By druggists.
And Their Thrilling Experiences with
a Patent Burglar Alarm.
By Mark Twain.
The conversation drifted smoothly and pleas
antly along from weather to crops, from crops
to literature, from literature to scandal, from
scandal to religion; then took a random jump, i
ami landed on the subject ot burglar alarms.
And now for the first time Mr. McWilliams
showed feeling. Whenever I perceive this aigu
on this man's dial, I comprehend it, and lapse
into silence, and give him opportunity to un
load his heart. Said he, with but ill-controlled
"I do not go one single cent on burglar
alarms, Mr. Twain not a single cent and I
will tell you why. When we were finishing
our house, we found wc had a little cash left
over, on account of the plumber not knowing
it. 1 was for enlightening the heathen with it,
for 1 was always unaccountably down on the
heathen somehow ; but Mrs. McWilliams said
no, let's have a burglar alarm. I agreen to this
compromise, i will explain that whenever I
want a thing, and .Mrs. McWilliams wauts an
other thing, and we decide upon the thing that
Mrs. McWilliams wants as we always do she
calls that a compromise. Very well: the man
came up from New York and put in the alarm,
and charged three hundred and twenty-five
dollars for it, and said we could sleep without
uneasiness now. So we did for a while say a
month. Then one night we smellcd smoke,
and I was advised to get up and see what the
matter was. I ht a candle, aim started toward
the stairs, and met a burglar comiug oufc of a
loom with a basket of tinware, which he had
mistaken for solid silver in the dark. He was
smoking a pipe. I said, 'My friend-, we do not
allow smoking in this room.' He said he was
a stranger, and could not be expected to know
the rules of the house; said he had been in
many houses just as good as this one, and it
had never been objected to before. He added
that as far as his experience went, such rules
had never been considered to apply to burglars,
"I said: 'Smoke along, then, if it is tho cus
tom, though 1 think that the conceding of a
privilege to a burglar which is denied to a
bishop is a conspicuous sign of the looseness of
the times. But waving all that, what business
have you to be entering this house in this fur
tive and clandestine way, without ringing the
" He looked confused and ashamed, and said,
with embarrassment: 'I beg a thousand par
dons. 1 did not know you had a burglar alarm,
else I would have rung it. I beg you will not
mention it where my parents may hear of it,
for they are old and feeble, and such a seem
ingly wanton breach of the hallowed conven
tionalities of our Christian civilization might
all too rudely sunder the frail bridge which
hangs darkling between the pale aud evanescent
present and the solemn great deeps of the
eternities. May I trouble you for a match?'
"I said: 'Your sentiments do you honor,
but if you will allow me to say it, metaphor is
not your best hold. Sparc your thigh; this
kind light only on the box, and seldom there,
in fact, if my experience may be trusted. But
to return to business; howdid you get inhere?1
" 'Through a second-story window.'
" It was even so. I redeemed the tinware
at pawnbroker's rates, less cost of advertising.
bade the burglar good-night, closed the window
after him, and retired to headquarters to re
port. Next morning we sent for the burglar
alarm man, and he came up and explained that
the reason the alarm did not 'go off' was that
no part of the house but tho first floor was at
tached to the alarm. This was simply idiotic :
one might as well have no armor at all iu bat
tle as to have it only on his legs. The expert now
put the whole second story on the alarm, charged
three hundred dollars for it, aud went his way.
By-and-by, one night, I found a burglar in the
third story,, about to start down a ladder with
a lot of miscellaneous property. My first im
pulse was to crack his head with a billiard cue;
but my second was to refrain from this atten
tion, because he was between me and the cuo
rack. The second impulso was plainly the
soundest, so I refrained, and proceeded to com
promise. 1 redeemed the property at former
rates, after deducting ton per cent, for use ot
ladder, it being my ladder, and next day we
sent down for the expert once more, and had
the third story attached to the alarm, for three
" By this time the "annunciator' had grown
to formidable dimensions. It had forty-seven
tags ou it, marked with the names of the vari
ous rooms and chimneys, and it occupied the
space of an ordinary wardrobe. The gong was
the size of a wash-bowl, and was placed above
the head of our bed. There was a wire from
I the house to tho coachman's quarters in the
stable, and a noble gong alongside his pillow.
" We should have been comfortable now but
for one defect. Every morning at five the cook
opened the kitchen door, in the way of business,
and rip went that gong! The first timo this
happened I thought the last day was come sure.
I didn't think it in betl no, but out of it for
the first effect of that frightful gong is to hurl
you across the house, and slam you against the
wall, and then curl you up, and squirm you
like a spider on a stove lid, till somebody shuts
that kitchen door. In solid fact, there is no
clamor that is even remotely comparable to tho
dire clamor which that gong makes. Well, this I
cata -tiopue happened every morning regularly
at live o'clock, and lost us three hours' sleep;
for, mind you. when that thing wakes you, it
doesn't merely wake you in spots; it wakes
you all over, conscience aud all, and 3011 are
good for eighteen hours of wide awakedness
subsequently eighteen hours of the very most
inconceivable wide-awakedness that you ever
experienced in your life. A stranger died on
our hands one time, and wo vacated and left
him in our room over night. Did that stranger
wait for the general judgment? No, sir; ho
got up at five the next morning in the most
prompt and unostein.it ioits way. 1 knew ho
would ; 1 knew it mighty well, lie collected
his life-insurance and lived happy ever after,
for there was plenty of proof as to the perfect
squareness of his death.
"Well, wc were gradually fading away to
ward a better land, on account of our daily loss
of sleep; so wc finally had the expert up again,
and he ran a wire lo the outside of the door,
and placed a switch there, whereby Thomas,
the butler, could take off and put on the alarm;
but Thomas always made one little mistake
he switched the alarm off at night when wc
went to bed, and switched it on again at day
break in the morning, just in time for the cook
to open the kitchen door, and enable that gong
to slam us across the house, sometimes break
ing a window with one or the other of us. At
the end of a week wo rocoguized that this
switch business was a delusion aud a snare.
We also discovered that a band of burglars had
been lodging in the house the whole time not
exactly lo steal, for there wasn't much left now,
but lo hide from the police, for thty were hot
pressed, and they shrewdly judged that the
detectives would never think of a tribe of
burglars taking sanctuary in a house notori
ously protected by the most imposing and elab
orate burglar alarm in America.
" Sent down for the expert again, aud this
time he struck a most dazzling idea he fixed
the thing so that opening the kitchen door
would take oil' the alarm. It was a noble idea,
and he charged accordingly. But you already
foresee the result. 1 switched ou the alarm
every night at bed-time, no longer trusting to
Thomas's frail memory; aud as soon as the
lights wero out tho burglars walked in at tho
kitchen door, thus taking the alarm off without
waiting for the cook to do it in the morning.
You see how aggravatingly wo wero situated.
For months wo couldn't have any company.
Not a sparobeel in tho house; all occupied by
"Finally, I got up a cure of ray own. The
expert answered the call, and ran another
underground wire to the stable, and established
a switch there, so that tho coachman could put
on and tako oil' tho alarm. That worked first
rate, and a season of peace ensued, during
which wo got to inviting company ouco more
and enjoying life.
"But by-and-by tho irrepressiblo alarm in
vented a new kink. Ono winter's night wc
were flung out of bed by the sudden music of
that awful gong, and when wo hobbled to the
annunciator, turned up tho gas, and saw the
Avoid 'Nursery" exposed, Sirs. McWilliams
fainted dead away, and I camo precious near
doing tho saino thing myself. I seized my
snot-gun, and stood timing tho coachman1
whilst that appalling buzzing went on. 1
knew thafhis uonsr had. Auntr bim nnfc tnn ami
that he would be along with his gun as soon :ts
ne couiu jump into his clothes. When Ijudg-d
that the time was ripe, I crept to tho room
next the nursery, glanced through the window,
and saw tho dim outl.ine of the coachman m
the yard below, standing at a present-arms and
waiting for a chance. Then 1 hopped into t'o
nursery and fired, and in the same instant tha
coachman fired at the red flash of my gun.
Both of us were successful: I crippled anursoj
and he shot oil all my back hair. Wo turned,
up the gas. aud telephoned for a surgeon.
There was not a sign of a burglar, and no win
now nan oeen raised. Une glass was absent,
but that was where the coachman's charge had
come through. Here was a flue mystery a
burglar alarm 'going off' at midnight of its
own accord, and nob a burglar in the neighbor
" The expert answered the usual call, and
explained that it was a 'false alarm.' Said it
was easily fixed. So he overhauled the nursery
window, charged a remunerative figure for it,
" What we suffered from false alarms for the
next three years no stylographic pen cau de
scribe. During the first few months I always
flew with my gun to the room indicated, aud
the coachman always sallied forth with his
battery to support me. But there was never
anything to shoot at windows all tight and
secure. We always sent down for the expert
next day, and he fixed those particular win
dows so they would keep quiet a week or sn,
and always remembered to send us a bill about
like this :
irc. . , ,."j2 15
Mpple ................. ... TTi
Two hours' labor , 1 50
Three hours' labor
... 1 25
- 2 m
.. 7 25
"At length a perfectly natural thing camOi
aoouc alter we had answered three or iourl
hundred false alarms to wit, we stopped aii-l
swenug mem. ies, 1 simply rose up calmly!
when slammed across the house by the alarmj
ciinuiy inspected tne annunciator, took note of
the room indicated, and then calmlv disconl
necteel that room from the alarm, and went!
oacK to oca as it nothing had happened. More.
over, 1 letc tuat room oil permanently and die
not send for tho expert. Well, it noes withon
saying that in the course of time all the rooms!
were taken oil, and the entire machine was outj
"Itwas at this unprotected time that the
heaviest calamity of all happened. The bnroJ
lars walked in one nitrht and carried off th!
burglar alarm! Yes, sir, every hide and hairf
ot it; ripped it out, tooth and toe-nail ; springs,!
ueus, gongs, Dattery, anu ait ; tney took a nun
urcu aim nicy mnes 01 copper wire; they just
cleaned her out, bag and baueaae. and never
left us a vestige of her to swear at swear by
" We had a time of it to get her back ; but
we accomplished it finally, for money. Then
tho alarm firm said that what we needed now
was to have her put in right with their new
patent springs in the windows to make falsa
alarms impossible, and their new patent clock
attachment to take off and put on the alarm
morning and night without human assistance.
That seemed a good scheme. They promised
to have the whole thing finished in ten days.
They began work, and we loft for the summer.
They worked a couple of days; then they Mb
ior tne summer. Alter which tho burglars
moved in, and began their summer vacation!
When we returned iu the fall, tho house wa
as empty as a beer closet iu premises wherq
painters have been at work. We refurnished
and then sent down to hurry up the expert,
lie came up and finished the job, and said i
' Now, this clock is set to put on the alarm;
every night at 10, and take it off every morn
ing at 5:15. All you've got to do is to wind her
up every week, and then leave her alone she
will take caro of the alarm herself.'
"After that we had a most tranquil scasort
during three months. The bill was prodigious,,
of course, and I had said I would not pay itj
until the new machinery had proved itself to;
be flawless. The time stipulated was threei
mouths. So I paid tho bill, and the very next,
day the alarm went to buzzing like ten thoul
sand bee swarms at ten o'clock in the morningl
1 turned the hands around twelve hours, ac
cording to instructions, and this took off the'
alarm; hut there was another hitch at nighrj
and I had to set her ahead twelve hours oncei"
more to get her to put tho alarm on again
That sort of nonsense went on a week or two j
then the expert came up and put in a new
clock, lie came up every three months during
the next three years, and put in a new clocki
But it was always a failure. His clocks al$
had the same perverse defect: they would put;
tho alarm on in tho daytime, and they would
not put it on at night; and if you forced it om
yourself, they would take it off again the minT
ute your back was turned.
"Now there is the history of that burglar
alarm everything justas it happened; nothing
extenuated, and naught set clown in malice
Yes, sir ; and when I had slept nine years withj.
burglars, and maintained an expensive burglar1
alarm the whole time, for their protection, not?
mine, and at my sole cost for not a d d
cent could I ever get them to contribute I just!
said to Mrs. McWilliams that I had had enough,
of that kind of pie; so with her full consent t,
took the whole thing out aud traded it off for
a dog, and shot the dog. I don't know wharj
you think about it, Mr. Twain ; but think
those things are made solely in the interest o
tho bunrlars. Yes. sir, a burglar alarm com
bines "iu its person all that; is objectionable)
about a fire, a riot, and a harem, and at the
same time has none of the compensating ad-
vantages, of one sort or another, that custom
arily belong with that combination. Good-by ;
1 get off here."
So sayiug Mr. MoWilliarns gathered up ht3
satchel and umbrella, and bowed himself out of
the train. Harper's Christmas.
1 - ' i4 1 1 1 1 ' "-
Phrases of Women.
Woman is an idol that man worships nntil
he throws it down.
Women love always; when earth slips from,
them they tako refuge in Heaven.
Tho whisper of a beautiful woman can bo
heard further than the loudest call of duty.
There is no torture that a woman would not
suffer to enhance her beauty. Montaigne.
Of all things that man possesses, women alone
lake pleasure in being possessed, Malherbe.
Before promising a woman to love only her,
ono should have seen them all or should sco
only her. A. Dupuy.
We meet in society many beautiful and at
tractive women whom we think would make
excellent wives for our friends.
Wo censure the inconstancy of women when
we are the victims; we find it charming wheu
we are the objects. L. Besnoyer3.
Tho highest mark of esteem a woman can
give a man is to ask his friendship, and tho
most signal proof of indifference is to offer him
At twenty a man is less a lover of woman
than of women ; he is more in love with tho
sex than with the individual, however charm
ing she may be. Eelifde la Bretonne.
Woman among savages is a beast of burden ;
in Asia she is apiece of furniture; in Europe
she is a spoiled child. Senecde Meilhon.
A Winter Song.
By Susan Hartley.
Oh, summer has the roses
And the laughing light south wind
And the merry meadows lined
"With dewy, dancing posies;
Hut winter has tho sprites
And the witching frosty nights.
Oh, summer has the splendor
Of the corn-fields wide and deep,
Where scarlet poppies sleep,
And wary shadows wander;
But winter fields are rare
With diamonds everywhere.
Oh, summer has the wild bees,
And the ringing, singing noto
In the robin's tuneful throat,
And the leaf-talk in the trees ;
But winter had the chime
Of the merry Christmas timo.
Ob, summer lias the luster
Of the sunbeams warm anil bright,
Arid rains that fall at night
Where reeds and lilies cluster j
But deep in winter's snow
The tires of Christmas glow.
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