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mal,-but it started the boy's will
"Aw, I'm all right," he said.
"I've never been sick-except when
I had the mumps and the measles
and the whooping cough and the
scarlet fever. But sister, she's
not very' well. She didn't come
down to breakfast 'this mining,
and I heard her crying when I
woke up last night."
"You're a, good boy, Johnny,"
said Corey, as he gave theboy a
half dollar. "Buy some candy
"Can I buy a base ball, too?"
called Johnny after the young
man, who had ' turned and was
hurrying back with" throbbing
heart toward the girl's house. Re
ceiving no answer, Johnny hur
ried on to school, clutching hi
shining treasure in his fist.
When Johnny came home
from school at noon his sister
called him into the parlor.
"Johnny, did yousay anything
to Mr. Corey this morning?" she
"Yeh, see what he gimme?" re
plied Johnny ,producing the half
dollar. "What did Ke give you that
for?" demanded his sister, clutch
ing his arm anxiously.
"Aw, fer candy and a base ball
and bat," replied the veracious
"No, I mean what did you say
to make him give you the
money?" persisted Miss Livin
good, very much in earnest. "Tell-
me, Johnny, right away if you
said anything. Oh, I can't forgive
you if you did."
"Aw, I didn't say anything ""
.'cept just to tell him I hadn't ever
been sick and that you were sick
and couldn't eat any breakfast."
"O, Johnny, how could you?"
exclaimed the girl. "What will
he think of me?" and she hidher
face in her hands.
Johnny watched this astonish
ing exhibition m silence for a "
time. He could discover no good
reason for it.
He was startled to feel himself
suddenly gathered into his sis-
ter's arms and hugged very tight.
"Johnny, you're an angel and
the best little brother a girl ever"
had," she cried. "And here's a
half-dollar for you, dear."
Johnny was much bewildered
at this sudden change of aspect. ,
But he was very sure of the sec
ond shining piece of money in
"Gee," he cried, hurrying from
the room, "now I can get a mask
and breas' pertector, too."
And whil Johnny purchased
these necessities his sister looked
happily .at a diamond ring which
glistened on her finger and young
Fred Corey went whistling about
his work in a manner that caused
his friends to smile knowingly.
OVER THE TELEPHONE !
Hello Good morning, Mabel!
This is Ethel. I do hope you feel I
I'm so glad. But it's such a pity.
you missed the picnic.
Oh Ted. Why, yes; letme -see,
Ted WAS along.