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THE WASHINGTON HESALD, SUNDAY, .llARCE 26,' 1911
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t?fe Charmed Iron Pot
cA FAIRY STORY FORj GIRLS o4ND BOYS.
f All, far away, in a country none of
. us have ever seen, there happened
once upon a time a Tery peculiar
thing. And you will know liat It
was If you read this story.
In the country of which I speak there
lived a small tribe of people who kept
themselves apart from the other tribes
about them. This especial tribe of which
I am going to write were peace-loving,
simple folk, who wished to live in har
mony. The other tribes about them were
warlike and cruel, robbing and killing
each other ruthlessly. And this peaceful
tribe had been pushed farther and farther
into the rugged mountains which formed
a great chain across the entire country
lliese mountains abounded with wild ani
mals of prey, and gave forth little in the
shape of food for the poor human beings
who were forced to seek shelter among
The chieftain of the tribe was a fine
man of sympathetic nature He had a
son who would some day take his place
as head of his people Every member of
the tribe did his part to ke,lOTe and
peace among Vbxnt"
One cold April day the tribe fled from
a rather comfortable valley lying between
two rugged mountains, for a blood thirsty
tribe was in pursuit of them. The fleeing
band of sufferers found a series of well
hidden caves, and Into them they took
refuge. The lnrgest cave, in which a man
might stand to his height without strik
ing his head against the top was set aside
for the chieftain's use His wife, son and
daughter were with him
When all were settled peacefully for the
night, camp-fires having been lighted in
the caves near to the openings where the
smoke might escape, the weary chief
whose name was Goodman threw him
self before the fire and fell asleep. His
sou, Hannon by name, and his daughter.
Sadetb by name, were holding a whls
rered conversation further within the
cae Their good mother was preparing
a fishnet that their father might go bunt
ing for a stream in the mountains on the
following morning and that be might
catch some fish therein with the net. Not
a morsel of food had auy of the tribe
tasted since the earlv morning, and not
a Landfill of food had they carried v. lth
them in their flight Everything they
owned had been left for the enemy, who,
had they found nothing worth while In
the valley, would hae followed them
even to the top of the barren mountains
So hunger was gnawing at the vitals of
each member of the homeless tribe
As Hannon and Sadetb sat whispering,
we may as well know what they were
saying to each other.
"Did you ever hear our Grandmother
tell of the fairies and sprites?" asked
"les and I have heard others tell of
the fairies," whispered Hannon in replv
"Good old Arrand who used to tend our
father's goats told me many and many a
time of the fairies He said thev kept
mostly to the top of the mountalus."
"We are almost In the top of the moun
tains," observed Sadeth. "Do you think
there are fairies about us here:"
Hannon shook his head. "I cannot tell,
my sister. But maybap they are near
to us. I have been thinking that we
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you and I might steal out after the full
darkness has fallen upon the earth and
go seeking for the fairies. Should we
find one, all our troubles would cease."
Sadeth smiled. She had always wished
to see a fairy. And now that the thing
seemed possible, she forgot her hunger
and weariness and whispered eagerly:
"Yes, my brother, we will go out in
quest of a fairy."
Soon the chieftain's wife had finished
mending the fish net and had gone to sleep
In one corner of the cave. She lay on a
bed of skins. Beside her was left room
for her daughter, anrt in the farther corner
stretched another animal skin on which
her son should repose. The chieftain would
remain on the hard floor; by the cave's
mouth He never cared fo- the comfort
of a skin or of poft, dead leaves. They
were for women and children.
"Now is our time to go." whispered
Hannon, taking his sister's hand In his'
Together the two children crept out of
the cave and walked a few paces away
from the cave's mouth. Bin there they
paused, for a little curl of steam was
rising Just in front of them. It came
from among a clump of bushes. The chil
dren stood afright, for since they could
remember they nad been running from
enemies and feared every thing they saw
which was not at the instant explainable.
But of a sudden a voiie from the bushes
spoke. "Fear not, my children. Only a
fairy has come to help you."
Hannon and Sadeth grasped each other's
hands and laughed softly for very Joy.
un. how could a fairy have known we
wanted her?" whispered Sadetb.
"I know everything that happens In
the mountain tops " said the voice "Come
here and partake of food, for you are
weak ana hungry.
i Hannon1 and badeth went Into tho
I bushes and there found a small iron rot
full of boiling vegetables and fresh fish.
Hannon unil Sadeth
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How the oys April-Fooled
T WAS rearing the first div of
April Harry McGulre and Frank
Lincoln were sitting in the former's
den They had Just come from school
and Frank was spending half an hour
with his chum before going on to bis
on n borne The subject turned upon
April Fool's Day. "Say," cried Harry,
"let's play a Joke on some one. It's
great sport. Whom shall it be? Not our
parents, for they " and Harry gave a
knowing shrug of the shoulders. He re
membered n previous April Fool's Day,
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letters each. If the right words are
guessed and written one below another,
their zigzag letters, beginning with the
upper left-hand letter and ending with
the lower left-hand letter, will spell that
which every dwelling-bouse must contain
when tenanted. The crosswords are: 1.
Persons who are stupid or simple-minded.
2. Something which boys like to have
new in the spring. 3. Song birds that
live in the meadows. 4. Something the
spring garden needs. 5, The name of a
celebrated opera singer. 6. A substance
used by glaziers. 7. To Jeer at or to
tease. 8. A path followed by the Indians
In the early days. 0. A bird that lives
'In the crags or mountain tops.
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4. Eaglet. 5. Uakert. 0. KlcAei. 7. Anllt.
LETTER EXIGMA Walnut.
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1. Photo-hot. 2. Glcam-Uo. 3. 8tao-iag
BEBEADIUQB 1. Plate-late. 2, Climp
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THIS duck when his money was lacking
Could earn not a cent by his quacking
For a method by which
He could soon become rich
His brain he was constantly racking.
The flavor of the food filled their nostrils
aud whetted their appetites. Tbcy soon
ate their fill and turned to thank the
fairy who remained invisible to them.
"Come again In the morning, my chil
dren, and bring with you all your tribe.
There will be food for each and every
one here in this iron pot."
Hannon and Sadeth dropped to their
knees and thanked the good falrj for her
merciful kindness, promlsln- to hrinir th
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cave and soon fell asleep on their beds
of animal skins.
When dawn threw her soft light over
found a small Iron pot full of bolllnc vegetable
and fresh fish.
and a certain happening. His father did
not relish Jokes when he was the victim.
And Harry found it out.
"Nope, we mustn't play Jokes on our
rarents." agreed Frank. "Nor must we
play one on our teacher. She'd prob
ably get even with us before the week
was out. Gee, Miss Jackson Is clever!"
"As clever as she is fine," said Harry.
"She's one teacher in a thousand. I
think lots of her, too much to play an
April first Joke on her."
Just then there came a tap on the
door. To Harry's call, "Come In," the
door was pushed gently open, and an old
negro woman's grinning face peeped in.
"Laws, Marser Harry, youh ma done
wants to know if you're goin to go
ridln' this evenln'. Tour roney's suah
dat restless 'at he Jes' paws an'paws in
"Sure, Aunt Hannah." replied Harry,
smiling at his mother's old and trusted
servant. She had been in the household
since Harry's advent into this life, and
she loved "dat mischievous chile" very
dearly. And Harry returned a deep and
"All right, young Marser," said Aunt
Hannah. And ahe drew the door shut.
"Say," cried Harry as soon as ber
black head had disappeared from the
doorway, "let'a get a Joke on old Aunt
"Capital Idea," said Frank. "She's a
mighty shrewd old auntie, and we'll have
to make our plans to work carefully.
What shall we do?"
"Let me think," mused Harry. Then.
head bent in hands, he began bnntlng
about In his mind for a "scheme." "I
have It," he said a few minutes later.
"Mamma's going away on April first.
She's going for a visit to Uncle Peter's
family. She'll be away several days.
Papa never comes from his office till
half-pabt six In the evening. We have
supper at that hour precisely. So Papa
and I will be supping alone on April
first. Aunt Haqnah will be busy with
the household, and will not miss me if
I don't come home from school."
"Divulge the mighty plan," laughed
Frank. "I'm In suspense."
"Sure, here It Is," replied Harry: "We'll
go to your house after school let's see,
what day does It fall on?"
"l"e on next Friday. Well, we'll go
direct from school to your house, and you
must fish out some old clothes. We'll
dress up like poor, half-starred tramps.
Then to our back door we will go and
Aunt Hannah, busily engaged In preparing
a fine hot supper for Papa and me, will
come to the door. She's a good-hearted
soul, snd -will at once feel the keenest
sympathy for us when we say In weak
TT Is quite a common slfht. to see
boys watching cattle, to keep them
from straying, bnt a watch bey whose
duty It Is to keep a leekest far a school
of fish wonld Indeed be an oddity In
this country. In Norway small beys alt
in sentry boxes built on stilts, sad watch
for flee, a castes MaraQlac la nearly
aU.ef the towns aleac she eeaat, etpeetal-
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the mountain tops the next morning Han-
non and Sadeth were wide awaku before
their parents were astir. They Jumped
up and called to thir father, then to
their mother: "Come, wakf, our father
and mother! There Is a surprise await
ing you in the bushes."
Then to their surprised parents thej
told the story of the fairy and the sup
per in the little iron pot. Their father,
the chieftain, said: "You have been
nevertheless, be followed them to tint
clump of bushes, and there beheld tho
steaming iron pot. "Food enough for the
smallest children," said the chieftain
"Tho older folks must wait till the men
can catch some fish and find some honey.'
Then he calltd for the children of the
tribe to come, and they were brought by
their parents to where the pot nan boil
ing. And after the little csrihen bowls
which they carried were tilled, the po!
was found to remain as full as before.
So the larger children aud the mothers
were called to eat. and after their bowls
had been filled, toe little Iron pot re
mained Just as full as before, refilling as
fast as a bowl of the rich bruth was
"A magic pot." declared the chieftain.
"A good fairy has taken pity on us in
our hour of need aud has furnished us
with food to bush our hunger, and to keep
us well and strong." ,
"And every day, till you have enriched
the mountain soil, will there be a boiling
pot in these bushes." So spoke the voice
from the trees Just over their heads.
And tnat day the men of the tribe set
to work to dig into the soil to enrich t,
and they plauted the seeds of vegetables
! which they found growing on the rroun-
tain and that were good for man to eat.
and when the summer cauTe the mountain
side bloomed with a garden which fur
nished the tribe with food. And the lakes
and streams held an abundance of fish.
voices: 'For sweet charity's sake, good
woman, give us a piece of pie aud a cup
Frank clapped bis hands on his knees
and roared. "Fine," he said. "We'll
make splendid 'Weary Willies.' And Dad's
got several old pairs of trousers that he's
worn while fixing his automobile. You
know he's his own chauffeur. And there Is
an old coat in the attic that one of us can
wear, and I'll find another about the
garage. Dad spoils enough clothes every
year, so Mamma says, working about the
garage and with our auto to furnish a
second hand clothing shop. So 111 con
tract to get you and myself up In good
Weary Willie' style."
So till Friday evening at 4 o'clock,
Frank and Harry were full of eager an
ticipation for their well-planned April foal
Joke, poor old Aunt Hannah being their
prospective victim. As soon as the signal
for leaving the schoolroom came they hur
ried off to Frank's home, where they took
Mrs. Lincoln Into their confidence. She
gave her assistance, and soon the boys
came forth from Frank's room looking for
all the world like two ragged, dirty
tramps. Mrs. Lincoln laughed and laughed
at their appearance. "Your own parents
wouldn't know you, boys," she declared.
"Hadn't I known about your disguise I'd
have thought you two very doubtful thar
acters. Now, it's halt past five, so run
aloug and get some of Aunt Hannah's best
pumpkin pie and a cup each of ber fine
French coffee And then come back and
tell me how the Joke went.'
The boys, full of suppressed laughttr,
soon reached the back door of Harry's
home and tapped gently on the kitchen
door. Aunt Hannah was singing an- old
darkey hymn and stopped as If listening.
"Ah do bellebes dat I done heard some
body knockin' at de doab," she said In a
"It's her way, talking to herself." whis
pered Harry. Then he tapped again.
Then Annt Hannah opened the door bilf
way, looking at them with some show of
apprehension. "Bless my heart, she said,
making a sign as If to close the door.
"Please, my good woman," said Frank
In a guttural voice, "won't you hare pity
for two half-starved men out of work7
We want something to eat which will hold
body and soul together till we can And
"Yes, we are willing to work, my good
woman," added Harry Jn a shrill, trem
bling Tolce that his own'mother would not
have recognized as belonging to ber son.
"We are not real tramps, yen know.
Only unfortunates. And we hear that yon
are kind to the down-and-outers."
"Show, Suh," admltted Annt Hannah,
opening the door a bit wider. "I alwers
Bis little sentry box Is made of weed
and perched high, 'on potts. Hera the
lad sits; castas; across the sea, usrt
his keen eyes for the beaeK ef the
fishermen, who are depending- apon him
to flTe the alarm when a school of fish
almear. Wkes tha ahrsal la e-lraa tit
ataemea, wso aswuiy wotkea tacit i,;
fams when there, are ao seaeett ef aej -J
r'st,. taw. ta Mga MM .
HIS ferry boat idea was clever;
The passengers crossing the river
Were levied a dime
For the trip each time,
And soon he was richer than ever.
and the wild vines hanzlng over the caves
1 became loaded with Juicy grapes. And
honey was found stored in every hollow
tree, and the tribe became rich and
And not till plenty smiled upon them
plenty brought about by their own thrift
did the little Iron pot cease to boll. And
In the chieftain's care which was made
more comfortable as the tribe grew in
riches was that little enchanted pot kept,
ever banging from the ceiling as a re
minder of tho time when from It an
entire people had been kept from starvation.
f r aLaLab
HIS LONG SUITE,
liother Well, doesn't my son excell in something?
Teacher Well; be makes more blunders
Old Auivt Hannah.
feed hungry folks. I'm show you alls
look hungry. What'll you have, gem
men?" Harry's eyes had roamed to the kitchen,
table, plainly visible through the open
door, and there beheld two fine steaming,
pies set there to cool. Evidently they had'
Just come from the oven. On the stove a
coffee pot steamed and sent cut fragrance. '
"Just a piece of pie, if you please, my
good woman," said Harry. My friend
and I are fond of pic."
'And a cup of your coffee to wash it
down," added Frank. "My pal and I got
so little coffee on our travels."
"Show," nodded Aunt Hannah. "But
doan you think bread an' buttah would
be bettah fur workln men? Pie's Jest
trlramln's, you all know."
"But we're fond of trimmln's," pro
tested Harry. "So, if you don't mind, my
good woman, we'll have pie and coffee."
"Show," again nodded Aunt Hannah.
"But my mastah says pussens askln' fur
victuals must work fur 'cm. Will you
alls carry in the evenln's coal, an' take
out the ashes an' pour 'em In dat ash
barrel back in de alley?"
"Your master is righj,, my good woman,
and as soon as we have partaken of the
pie and coffee we'll feel stronger, and
then we'll do the chores for you gladly.
My pal and I love work." So said Frank,
still assuming his guttural voice.
"But my mastah says work fust and
est arter," said Aunt Hannah, preparing
to close the door In their faces.
"All right. If it must be so," said
Harry, weakly, almost dropping to the
ground from fatigue. "Let us work, pal.
If It kills us."
So they set to work, carrying In two
bushels of coat and out a bushel of ashes.
The work done. Aunt Hannah Invited
them into the kitchen, where she had two
plates and cups for them on a little side
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EX3AMIN WEST was born near
the town of Springfield, Chester
county. Pa., on the 10th of October,
173S. The house in which he first
saw tie light still stands on what
Is now the campus of Swarthmore Col
lege. Swarthmore. Pa.
The Wests were Quakers, or Friends, a
sect tbat thought the drawing of pictures
a frivolous pastime, if not wicked. Know
lng this, the little Benjamin made bis
first pictures in secret. It was only by
chance that his mother happened to dis
cover the talent of her son. The follow
lng story Is quoted from a reliable biog
rapher: "What Is thee doing. Benjamin?" A
small boy turned In evident confusion
and tried to conceal some object on the
far side of the chair from his mother, who
had buddenly entered the room. Behind
her came a younger woman, and both
stood looking quletlv. but not unkindly,
down upon the child.
"Answer me. What Is thee doing. Ben
jamin?" said tbe"motber a second time.
"N-notblng." stammered the boy, color
ing a vivid red.
"Show me what Is in tbv hand," she
commanded. The lad obeyed. He expect
ed punishment, no less, for the awful
thing he had done. His mother took the
square of paper and eyed It closely. It
contained nothing more than a crude
drawing done in red and black" ink. She
handed it over to the younger woman
with the exclamation: "Look, daughter.
I declare he has made a likeness of little
Sally." The young woman looked at the
picture and then at the baby as It lay
asleep, "I believe that Is whom It Is in
tended for," she assented, smilingly.
"Of course, it is. See the mouth and
eyes, and even the dimple! Who showed
thee how to draw, Benjaminr
The boy, seeing no immediate punish
ment, plucked up courage to reply: "No
body, I Just made it up." His mother
shook her head and smiled quietly at her
daughter. "I don't know what the
Friends would say to such like," was all
When Benjamin was in his seventh
year be was sent to school in the nearby
town of Springfield. On his way to and
than any of the other pupils.
table. She poured out two cups of cof
fee and set the pie, uncut, between them,
a knife bandy with which they might cut
for themselves. "It's npple pie. Gem
men," Aunt Hannah explained. "Hopes
you all likes It."
"Sure," declared Harry and Frank In
two very peculiar voices. Then, before
cutting Into the pie, Harry raised' the cup
to his mouth and sipped. Then he made
a wry face and ran to the door to eject
the liquid. "It's sour," he cried. But
Harry' ha"d likewise tasted of the coffee,
and his "pal's" warning came too late.
He strangled and coughed. Then asked
Aunt Hannah what she meant by giving
(hem coffee with vinegar in It.
"Bless my soul, is it sour?" cried Aunt
Hannah, apparently distressed over tho
accident. "Ah remember now, de vinegar
bottle done fell offen de top shelf right
o er de coffee pot. an spilt some vinegar.
But 1 neber knowed It went into de cof
fee pot. Laws dat's too bad. What
would my young mastah. Harry, n-sald If
he'd a tasted it? But, gemmen, please
eat dat pie. I'm show It's fine as molasses
Harry took up the knife and tried to
cut through the pie, but the knife stuck
Into the filling and when he endeavored
to push it tbroogb It caught and held
something soft and stringy. Then par
ticles of the crost broke away and dis
closed an Inside of cotton-batting. Harry
and Frank sat, eyes bulging, as they
slowly took In the situation. Then' both
imoluntarily looked up at Aunt Hannah.
The old negress was holding her sides In
silent laughter. But when the "tramps"
looked at her she burst out: "I'm show
done ashamed o" mysejf, Mastah Harry
an Mastah Frank, fob. spoilln' youh April
fool trick. But I done had to do it."
The boys Jumped from the table. "Did
you know us did you know what we In-
from school he passed the corner of a
great forest, from whose shadows there
often emerged Indians who came to trade
with the settlers. The Quakers bad made
friends with the natives, and it was a
common thing to see the schoolchildren
stopping on their way dfrom school (o hold
converse with the red men. They would
show the wondering Indians their books
and slates and explain ns best they conld
their uses. One day Benjamin showed
an old red man a crude drawing be had
made on his slate. It was of a bird
among some flowers. The Indian showed
signs of great pleasure, and gave the little
artist some bits of yellow and red pig
ment which be used to color bis body
with. Benjamin ran home with beating
heart and beaming face. On showing the
colors to his mother they gave her an
idea, and from her laundry supplies she
brought to him a piece of Indigo. And
thus he was possessed of the three prime
colors red, yellow and blue.
But when attempting to lay on the
colors by wetting them ha discovered an
other need the necessity of a brush. Just
as he was figuring in his mind some war
of providing the brush the pet cat entered
the room. Immediately a thought flashed
through Benjamin's mind. And almost
as suddenly he had clipped the hair from
poor Tabby's tail, tied the soft stuff to
the end of a tiny stick and, presto, pass!
he had a brush.
It .was sometime later that a relators
of tie Wests cams from Philadelphia to
pay them a TiBit, and was shown Benja
min's attempts at painting pictures on
scraps of paper with the aid of crude
colors and a cat-hair brash. He was quick
to note the boy's genius, and on his re
turn to Philadelphia sent a full outfit of
paints, brushes and canvas to tht strug
gling little artist.
On account of the lack of space the de
tails of Benjamin West's rapid advance
ment in his art cannot be fully written
of. He first studied in Philadelphia, not
only his drawing and painting, but took
a thorough course In college as welL He
became a cultured man as well as a great
genius. When about 22 he had the good
fortune to go to Rome. There he reveled
lu the did masters, making great strides
in his own work also. Thence to London,
where be was counted one of the greatest
Benjamin West died In London In 1820,
and was burled In St. Pauls by the aids
of Sir Joshua Reynolds. England and
America Joined in mourning for the man
who had honored both.
Little Mary's Dream
LITTLE MARY fell asleep
And dreamed she was a
She dreamed that every single
She roamed about the house:
That once she smelt some yellow
Displayed inside a trap,
And when she went to nibble it
The trap went "snip-a-snap 1"
And caught her tiny, tiny head,
And held it tight just so!
And hurt her Jill she loudly cried,
"I'm fastened. Ouch ouch
Then she awoke -with quivering
And to herself she said :
"I'm glad I'm not a little mouse
With a wire round, my head."
tended to do?" asked Harry, himself, so
amused that he conld scarcely keep a
straight face. V v
"Show. I done knowed yea," sail Annt
Hannah. "An-1 wns prepared foh you.
too. I beared yon all plaania' to fool ole
Annt Hannah. It was dat ebenln I
come to youh doah, Mastah Harry, and
den,, as I wns wipin' up de flooh of he
hall In front of youh doah yon done fixed
dis whole fool-Joke on me', an' I done
heared It without Ustenin. But say,
Mastah Harry,- since I've turned dat. Joke,
here's some good coffee, and here's de
best pi Too oher set teeth In." And
Aunt Hannah cat Into the other pie and
pat large pieces upon the "tramps'"
pistes, and from the pet she poured rood
coffee. And as the boys laughed and ate
and told her she was the greatest old
Aunt Hannah In the world, to tw 'taa
tsble this way oa thesa, the etsVweasesv
still kugalBc. said: "I'm deae aad
kak 4sjJH aMaaal teiat' flVt. ftAat i6t CMl
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