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Autumn Dreamlnga. '"
t don t know what'o tho reason that alone
about this season
When the golden rod Is blazing and tho
rnQtuie'H getting brown,
hear the locu.st calling and old
brlndlo bawling, bawling
While tho apples in tho orchard ono by
ono are dropping down,
That I sort of stop my hurry let up
about my worry
As 1 loaf about tho barnyaid and en
Joy tho autumn haze,
And forgot tho locust'u droning and old
brlndle'.s loncHomo lowing
For I Homchow aoe tho faces that I
shaw In other days.
And I And myaolf reviewing wJiat for
years I've been twlolng
Cut It acetnn ay if the moat of It wns
M only childish play,
while the things moit -worth tho keep
ing and for wnlch to-day I'm weep
ing Have been lost In llfo'a blind nhuf
fla and liavo vanished clean away.
But tbia autumn air la clearer and It
brings up objects nearer,
Or perhaps It magnifier) them ns I sco
them thtough njy teara;
Maybe that may bo the reason that
alonar about this seonon
I can ooo the onoH I uood to lovo way
back in other years.
X can hear my mother singing and can
feol her hand a-cllnglng
Around my boyish neclc again and sco
her loving gazo.
And I find my troubles lighter and my
futuro growing brighter
For the dreams that I'm a-dreaming na
I loaf around thcHe tlnya. .
A GOLD PIECE
From ttio French.
"On tho pleasantly shaded slope
tbat encircles Ingonvillo and leads to
tho villa named Lob Ormes, Edward
DpnvllHorB, ono of tho passengers who
had landed that morning from the
transatlantic steamer, was reading the
following letter, which ho had just re
ceived: "Veslvct, Aug. C.
"My Dear Edward: Your aunt ami
I aro anxious that wo should ho tho
flist to welcomo you homo to our good
country of Franco. Wo had even do
elded to surprise you on tho dock,
hut alas I my rhoumatlsm had other
"Your room Is all ready and waiting
for you hero at Vcslvot, where wo
have been staying for a month. Do
hurry and como to foil us of Chicago,
tho exposition and your success. You
received a gold medal, so tho papers
told us. Naughty fellow; you left us
to find It out!
"By tho way, hurried though you aro
to take tho train for Paris, you would
do rno a real pleasure If you would
upend an hour or two In calling upon
my old friend Bujard, who lives at
Les Ormes In Ingonvllle. I havo prom
ised hlra for yoars to como and see
him, and now If my nophow goes In
my place ho will bo sure, nt least,
that I am thinking of him. Tboy tell
mo ho has a most charming daughter."
"The sarno old game," thought Dan
villlcrs, putting the letter In his pock
et "Ib tho dear old man as keon on
match-making as ever7"
He looked up Just then, to oeo an
English pony carriage containing two
persons drlyo by. Ono was an eldorly
gentleman, with broad shoulders and
white hair, and beside him sat a slen
dor young girl, In decided contrast to
the other's air of health and strength ;
sho was scarcely to bo called even
"Thoso two had the air of landed
proprietors," thought Edward, gazing
after them. "Perhaps It is M. Bujard
himself. If so, tho lady would bo tho
charming girl Oh! uncle, undo!
Never mind, thn walk will do mo good,
and If It wns M. Bujard I can loavo
my card and the deed will bo done."
12d ward Dnnvilllers was a splendid
looking follow of 25, Willi tho broad,
vigorous build of an athleto and tho
head and brow of n thinker and In
ventor. Tho villa was a beautiful house, sur
rounded by tho tall trees which had
given It its name. To tho east lay a
tetracc, looking out upon tho ocean,
and on tho land sido, a doorway of
wrought iron gave access to the house.
At tho momont this door stood wide
Tho youny man pnused on tho
threshold to ring tho bell. From tho
end of tho corridor u voice, fresh and
delicately modulated, called to him:
"Pardon mo, but como right in! I
have some syrup boiling hero and I
can't possibly leave it."
Hesitating for a second, Edward ad
vanced to tho end of the wido hall and
entering a door found himself In a
largo kitchen whoso polished pans and
kettles glistened in tho bright sun
light. Bending over tho stovo a young
girl was superintcndiMg tho boiling of
a reddish liquid in a copper kettle.
Tho polished gold of her hair was
scarcely restrained by tho ribbon at
her neck, her bluo oyos wero clear
and beautiful and tho slight upward
tilt or her nose gave a piquant touch
to her lovely face. Sho was dressed
In n dull bluo gown, with a white
apron about her waist.
At tho sight of tho stranger tho
young girl drew back In confusion.
"Excuse mo. sir," she cried. "Oh,
for the lovo of mischief, the syrup Is
In fact, the gooseberries or raspber
ries sho war, cooking wero on tho
point of overflowing tho kettle.
Tho pretty cook, her hands and
arms covered with thick gloves to tho
elbows, tried in vain to move tho
syrup away from tho fire. Sho looked
imploringly at th'o young man just as
the latter, dashing forward, raised tho
handle of tho caldron and moved it
gently further back upon tho stovo.
For a moment tho two younc people,
speechless, gazed fit each other. Then
thGy broko into a merry laugh.
"It was surely my good genius who
sent you to my aid, monsieur," cried
tho girl. "I was counting on Mari
anno's strong arms to lift tho kettle,
but sho has not yet returned. Truly,
I am very grateful to you."
"I am only too glad that I could bo
of service to you, madomoiscllo," re
plied Dnnvilllers, "but allow me to in
troduce mysolf," and ho laid his card
on tho table. "I camo to call upon
"My M. Bujard; but you must
havo met him; ho hns just gono out,"
tho girl answered.
"I was afraid so," Edward said ."Ho
was tho gentleman in the pony car
riage with n lady, his daughter, I
should judge?" and ho looked inquir
ingly at his companion.
"Yes, hi3 daughter," tho pretty cook
replied, suppressing a mischievous
smile. "They have gono to tho city
for an hour or two. May I ask you
to await thoir return?"
"Many thanks, madomoisollo, but I
leave this afternoon for Paris. Only,
I should bo extremely obliged If you
would glvo my regards to your to M.
"Say my master, for, such as I am,
I am dovoted to his sorvicc," inter
rupted tho young girl, laughing.
Then, with a gracious gesture, sho
opened a door leading out upon the
"Will you not rest for a moment?"
and, pushing forward a comfortable
wicker basket chair, she disappeared
quickly into the house.
"What a delightful creaturo!" mur
mured Edward, sinking down among
the pillows. "What grace and what
ease! It Is Impossible tbat she should
be a more servant. Still, 'devoted to
his service' Is what she said. Any
way, she is charming."
Ho had reached this conclusion
when the pretty girl reappeared.
"I hopo you will not refuse to tasto
my syrup, since it owes Its existence
to you!" sho added with a merry
Half an hour later Edward Danvil
licra returned to Havre, this time
"I am afraid I havo committed a
most tremendous break," he said to
himself, "if she is not what she ap
peared to be, a simple servant. She
was certainly charming, but perhaps
I made a mistake to do as I did."
For. ns ho left, ho had laid a shining
gold piece upon tho tray boslde his
a ft a
"Madame Danvilliers, your nophow
"Don't, call him mine, my dear, ho Is
"Very well, mine or ours, as you
prefer; he is causing my rheumatism
to mcrenso at a frightful rate.
Imagine! Ho says he cannot como to
dinner to-morrow night!"
"Impossible! And why not, pray?"
"Simply because I told him that M.
Bujard and his daughter were to bo
"What a torriblo beo in his bonnet
that boy has about not wanting to
meet that oharmiug girl. Oh! if he
had only not missed them that day
"But he saw her without knowing
it; she was driving with her father,
so tho maid at the houso said."
"And sho did not please him?"
"Not a bit."
"Extraordinary! Germaino is every
thing that is delightful. She is dis
tinguished, young, rich and beautiful.
Ho must lovo someone of whom wo
have not heard."
"Well, I won't swear to tho contra
rj'," obsorved M. Danvilliers laughing,
"tho poor boy hns changed a great
deal since his return from America,
lie has grown thin and seems always
Within sight of tho houso where
this conversation was passing thero
could bo rend over the door of a mod
est ofllco "Edward Danvilliers, Me
chanical Engineer." Inside sat tho
young man, his gaze fixed on an array
of tools and appliances, not ono of
which did ho seo. Instead, there
aroso a pair of blue eyes, a mass of
tangled hair that glittered in tho sun
sbino and a laughing, saucy mouth.
"Maid, nurse, whatovor sho Is, I
lovo her," ho was saying to himself.
"I will not marry tho other, that long
faced freak! Bather will I return to
Just thon Mine, Danvilliers, his
aunt, entered tho room.
"I trust I do not disturb you, Ed
ward," sho inquired.
"Not In tho least," replied tho young
man. "You know how delighted I al
ways am to seo you. But you do not
ofton como to my lodgings."
"This timo I havo a commission to
perform. And besides, I wanted to
speak to you of tho dinner to-morrow
"Tho dinner 1 Oh! aunt, surely that
has-been discussed enough!"
"Very well. Wo will pass on to tho
As sho spoko Mine. Danvilliers laid
a tiny parcel on tho table with a note.
Edward took tho note and read:
"Mllo. Bujard, informed of tho re
luctance felt by M. Danvllliors to dine
in her company, returns to him tho
souvenir which ho left at Les Ormes
and begs that ho will pardon tho
transformation of tho object."
Bowildered, tho young man opened
tho Jeweler's box and saw on the vel
vet cushion a golden ' louis which,
opened, showed tho lovely smiling
faco which had haunted him for so
"Mile. Bujard," ho cried, his face
alight with Joy
"Germaino herself," replied Mint.
Danvilliers, triumphantly. ,
"But tho other driving with her
father who was she?"
"Mile. Dantan, a cousin." And
Edward looked In surprise, his aunt
continued: "Germalne told me all
about it, how you took her by surprise
In the kitchen and tho little comedy
she played upon you. And now, may
1 expect to seo you at dinner to-mor-row?"
Tho next evening in Mme. Danvil
Iter's beautiful salon, two people, ap
parently oblivious of all other guosts,
took refugo In a secluded corner by
"So you loved the llttlo cook,"
Drew back In confusion.
smiled Germalno's pretty lips. "And
now how do you feel now?"
"I lovo her more than ever, sweet
heart," replied the young man, kissing
the hand of his fiancee. New York
Senator Hoar used to relato with
much gleo tho conversation that re
cently took place betweon two South
erners, tho first of whom had but late
ly returned from a trip through New
England. Said the first man from
Dixie to his friend:
"You know those little, whlto, round
"Yes," roplled tho friend, "tho kind
we feed to our horses?"
"Tho vory same. Well, do you
kuow, sir, that in Boston tho enlight
ened citizens take thoso llttlo white,
round beans, boll them for three
hours, mix them with molasses and I
know not what othor ingredlonts, bake
them, and then what do you suppose
they then do with tho beans?"
"Thoy oat 'om, sir!" interrupted the
first Southerner, impressively. 'Bles
me, sir, they eat 'em!"
A Tricky Skipper.
"Talking about rats," said a stovo
dore on a Sixth street pier, "reminds
mo of a pretty slick trick I witnessed
tho other day on the part of a down
East skippor who wished to rid thtf
ship of a number of troublesome ro
dents. His vossel was moored near to
an English froightcr and ho noticed
that sho was taking In a quantity of
cheese. So one evening ho found an
excuse for hauling out to her and
taking his own packet alongside. Tho
next step was to procuro a plank,
smear it woll with an odoriferous
preparation of red herrings and plac
it through an open port on board the
Englishman. Tho result was immi
gration of rats from tho American
ship's hold to tho cheese-laden vessel
alongsido." Now York Press.
Gunner "Yes, tho doctors put Han
kor to sleep and operated on.hlm," :.
Guyor "I guess ho was pretty sor
when he woke up."
Gunner "Yes, he was all cut up
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