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ttVKKINM nUI.I.KTIN, HONOI.Ut.tl. T II , SATl'ItlUV. JAN 12 1007.
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Tommy's And Myrtle's Automobile Ride
(Il Maud Walker )
Tommv and Myrllo were yctj happy.
Inilcml Their papa had tiruught homu
a wonderful automobile all painted a
rich dark red nnd Inning tlio rniwt lux
urious Beats one cer sit upon And
how the Rr;at monsterllkc clilcle did
"elm, chu nnd cIiiik. clmji. chug.' j l
started to go And liovv londl) the
loin did "toot, tool, toot" nnd "honk,
honk, lionk." ux they (anie near n coi
ner or Btarted round a i in m- Tbli. was
lo warn nil persons vvlihln ItB trnrk
that It was coming
Uu the vrr) tlrst day I lint Hit y had
the nutoiuolille Tomni) nnd Mrllc
went with their papa and mamma (or
n long ride Into the country The sun
nhone bright and warm ono of those
fall sutishliiis which makes ono drowsy
iiml a hit lazy and n hoft wind waa
stirring the loallcs8 trees along the
midway llcforu tln had gone ten
miles Myrtle and Toninj were nod
ding, their cyC8 seeming delcrinlned to
close In Bplto of their mutlier'n olce
lelllng them to lt up nnd enJo the
keener) along the beautiful lilgbna).
Hut Tiimni) nnd M)rtlo could no long
ir hold their own agaliut the stain!
M in, who kept blowing Kimd Into their
i)ea to make them go shut And nf.ci
one's ejes ale shut one ml.Jit na well
go to sleep, for what tan one hee with
out o.'ien c)en So Tomni) nnd Myrilu
Bluing together in the back Mat
di elded to take n nap hi fore reaching
the town, xome ten miles further on.
liro the) wire to Mop for luncheon
rhin ho rested his lie id agilhst Hi"
nu.liitu .1 IiaiiI titnl tirntmriil til full
nulecp again Mjrtle una still mioor-
lug nwni lieBlde win After sleeping'
what seemed a long time to the chil
dren the awoke lo And their parents
still .lment from the automobile, vvhlih
a( e,avlng "chu, chu, elm," ns though
about to stnrt Thin to the children's
amazement, they nw silting In tho
chauffeur's place the scat that their
papa occuple 1 u ijueer Utile old man
with n long beard and sparkling ejes.
lie had turned round and was looking
at them with n merr twinkle In hln
eyes, while n smile broadenid his
loothliss mouth He was so hiiiMI
that oul Ills head showed nhoo the
hick of the r,at he ociupled. S the
i-hildrui loiilu not sie what sort of a
bod) he hud. If. Indiul, he had nil) at
Well, how would )ou like a ride to
the moon'' asked Hie strange Individ
tml still smiling In the chlhliins
lares We inn get thcio before ihrk
II we go at a good Bpeed It's all lion
sumo, for people to think the) iau't go
to the moon or an) other plana they
chooae to lslL So, If 0u nay so we'll
go to the moon "
"Hut our pupa and mumma." faltcied
Tommy, while Myrtle secniul on the
point of crjlng oat with feur I
' Vmir papa and mamma he hangid,
luughed the funii) old man "1 he f
dun I know aiDlhlng about ill IvltiK uiii
uutoinohlle l'e been ihlef chauffeur
lo the King of Mars and the Man lul
the Moon mid I know what speed
means So uvea) we'll go nnd sup with
fc Wf $Kb? ' -5 JDJi aft. "'' '' '
"So away we'll go and sup with the man In the moon tonight."
Hut hardly had Tomni) uud Myrtloj Ho Man In the Muou tunlght, going
lost themselves In the land of Noli tomorrow to .iars in iimo uir tinnier,
when of a midden the automobile, tamo. )" M,,y so.
to a stop, their papa jumped out nu I
assisted their mamma to the ground
Then he said to Tommy and Myrtle
"You little ones Just kcip )our teats,
for mamma nnd I ate Just going down
over this bank to gather some autumn
Tommy, still very drowsy, nodded
llcfore either of the children could
speak the automobile was going down
the road at a terrific Bpced, tho dust
it) lug in a cloud about it. At n sharp
turve the machine, almost went ovci,
which mudc tho uld man cry out uud
laugh vv IMI Then he roso nnd stood
on his knees on tho seat, uud the
his head and said "Yes, papa, wo II frightincd ihlldieii could see that he
kit perfectly still while ou urn gone vv.ui a hunchback, und nlmosl u dwarf
Ills clothing was smeared with mud
and grime1, and showed that ho lied
bieu walking through bad roads.
Scraps of grass nnd dead leaves clung
to his bach, und Tommy thought ho
must have been tdeeplug on tho ground
Hut It was little the two frightened
children thought nbout the appearance
of their it range chaulfeur, for their
lives were In danger they knew Tho
automobile was running nt n speed
that look their breath ut times, audi
Tommy clung to tho sldo of the Beat
to keep from being thrown out, while
Myrtle clung to him
"Oh, oh," walled M)rtle, when nhei
could get breath to articulate, "I'm'
Euro we'll bo killed; I'm sure wo'll bo
killed! Oh, why did papa and mumma
get out of horc nnd liavo us "
Hut the wind took her breath, and
she did not finish her sior little wall.
Tommy, pilo nud too scaled to try to,
speak, sat holding onto the scat for
dear life, his heart beating wildly In
"Ono thoiisnnd mites morn and wo'll
he on the moon's great highway, lead
ing Htmlght to the pahuo of the Old
Man In tho Moon," shrieked the ruaiif
four, turning round to let the children
catch his words "Holy Smoko und
burning cinders! hut wo are going
fcome," he went on, again cackling nun
fccieamlng with delight.
Tl cy were now In n road which led
tip n long and very steep hill, and the
automibllu panted furiously nt Ihu
otin work It had to accomplish. Ihin
tho little, old man became more tall.
tithe, turning In his beat so that ho
might face the children. "Ilnve )ou
mi) thing In hcie to eat?" he asked,
smiling still tl'l.l his (oothless gums
were exposed In a most hideous wny.
Then n thought enmc to Tommy, one
which he immediately used.
"Yes, we have n lino luncheon of
chicken nnd cake, but it Is In it basket
tied nuclei tho niachli" If )ou git1
nut und look underneath, you'll find It
Then we'll all hove a nlco little feast
out hero on tho road."
"I'll do that, my friends," said the
old man. "I'm hungry enough to eat
n paid of bake(1 children. If nothing
else was to be had" And ha laughed
In n must diabolical manner us ho salil
this. Then, lust us they reached tho
top of tho hill he brought tho inuchlnol
to a slunustlil, jumping out to get me
basket of luncheon, "lllght back
under tho machine," directed Tommy,
rising as ho spol.o a" lid point lug to.
ward tho rear end of the automobile.
The old man went down on ull fours,
hunting for the basket, nnd the mo
ment he did so Tommy leaped over,
tho hack of the front sent nnd took
,1i,irna nf (tin m-i,1ilnn Tlila urts lllrf
first rldo In their own machine, but
, often he had ridden with his uncle.
who taught him the wa) lo start and Tommy nnd M)rtlo saw him sjop and
stop the automobile In rnso he should take the lunntlc against his w II Into
iver need to know, So, before Myrtle his wiigon nnd drive on townid tnv.ii
could ask what ho Intended doing, or. with him
the old mnn could get up from hls "Well, I guess If 1 could cone this
stooping posture. Tommy had tho onto- fur without nccltlenl 1 enn take tho pia
mobile spinning down the slow grade ihlno back to where wo left pnpi nn I
or tho opposite side of the hill, and wns mamma," said Tommy, turiilig lb"
keeping It pretty well steered In tho automobile around
middle of the road. Never onto did ho About half nn hour later, ns they
look behind him In see w lint their lalo! went sailing around a curve In the
chauffeur was doing, but M)rtlo road, they saw, to their grent luippl
glanced hack fiom time to time to see, iickh, tin Ir parents coining us fait us
the poor old cripple tunning feebly they could In u small top buggy, vvhh h
niter them, frantically waving his they explained they borrowed til n
urms for them lo slop, his mouth opcn larmhotiso that they might, overt ike
nud hln beard and hair blowing about their children, for they hud seen fiom
his face wheic they were gathering the autumn
Wlhln n few minutes, however, Tom- leaves the llllle hunchback nppioaih
my saw 'coming toward them n farm- thu uutomoblle and Jump In, mid before
cr's wagon, mid knowing they wero they loulil illmli ilia steep bank, which
now so far nwny from the old man' led to the find they saw to their con
that he could not overtake them bii-'slcrrallon the machine needing unci
lore tho farmer should come up, he ly nwu). ,
slowed clown tho mnclilnc. fearing. "Well-Mils Is all the aiitciji-lde I want
some accident should lie go on nt his today," Rild the ilillilren'siumiua, a
present speed with tho wagon co'iilng',,1,,; glt in ,10 uaci( Rci 0f the midline
toward them. j ictween the children, her nrms cue In-
As the farmer drove up opposite the Hug both "I never spent such an hour
automobile 'loniiny brought It to ant Eucpense in my llfu us this past hour
slup; und, holding ui his hand to I ho has been '
man, said. "Excuse me. Mister, hut "Will, what do )ou suppose we ft I
will jou give ine a little nsslstniue lul behind n cinz) man, who had his h hi
a matter of great Jmportanic'7 Ion the lever If mi weio so unease
The farmer drew In the tcltis of his laughed Tommy
slow-going horses uud looked nt thol "We felt that we were lo sup "hh
occupants of the great louring milnjthe old Man In the .Moon," said M)Mle
with much surprise. Without nnswer- dr)l), suppressing u smile. "And to
lug Tomni) "s question, he usked ono morrow we were to dine on Mara lust
for himself. "Waal, I'll be darned ' think of tho disappointment tt oir
What )Oii little (haps doln' In that In-i thaulTcur when he has to return to hi.
fernnl thing by )ourselvcsT" j room In thn asylum und po.it pone his
The man's question was Just the engagements with people of othei
thing Tomni) needed, and Tommy very worlds! It's really too hud" Vint
glibly told nil about the cuuso nf their ever) body laughed, now Ihut the d. ng
prcsent predicament. Then, to tho er was over; and, tying the hor-
children's honor, tho mnn said "Why, hind tho unto, they proceeded meirllv
that little old man cscuped from tho homewurd, all thankful that 'loin
Insane asylum two das ago, nud the and Myi tie's auto ride had ended mi
whole country is being scoured for l:lt. well.
I'll Just tlrlvo along nnd get hln uinl.
let him hnvo a free rldo to town." o, In cuso San Kranilrco bus to wear
saying, tho farmer started his horje sackcloth nud ntdits it need only pin-
at a trot, andwlthln a few mlnuteb vide tho sackcloth.
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