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TWO OF THE WORLD'S WONDERS, AS SEEN BY A-
LITTLE URCHIN OF THE STREET ,
Gayly the happy bride ran
down the stone steps of her
father's house. As she reached
the open carriage door she turn
ed and tossed her boquet of roses
straight into the extended arms
of her maid of honor.
The old superstition is that
whoever catches the bunch of
flowers that the bride has car
ried to the nuptjal altar will be
the next bride. It was natural
that the young wife desired the
same great happiness for her
dearest friend. The well-directed
aim was greeted with a derisive
cry by the other bridesmaids.
' "You cheated! You cheated!"
"It was not fair!"
"You didn't give us a chance !"
The carriage sped down the
street. Then the bridal guests
returned to the house to take
their formal leave.
When the last one had depart
ed those humble people who had
aided in making the marriage
feast a success began their work
of clearing away. A group of
men removed the canvas covering
which had protected the arriving
and departing guests from the
vulgar, inquisitive gaze. The
long red carpet was, carefully
rolled. An under groom swept
away the rice.
The loitering crowd that a
wedding always attracts wander
ed on, seeking fresh entertain
ment. Only one small boy remained.
He was a child of about 8, his
small, ill-noutished body seeming
younger. But his pale face hd i
the aged look of a man. His
clothes .were worn and ragged
and his" boots were filled with "
holes. His brown eyes were
wistfully fixed upon the big gray, t
stone house as though somej
further interest might issue.
After a while a woman came
from the, lower door. Her plain -z
black dress bespoke the costume i
of a lady's maid. She looked up
the street "and down, and, at the- I
next corner, spyirig a cab, she "
bec&oned, and then gave an im- ;
patient exclamation at her inef
fectual effort ' to attract the
driver's attention. -
"I'll get him for you," the boy
called out, and ran toward the t
hansom. When the cabman
whirled about, the youngster re- -
turned to his former position
near the gate.
The serving woman, with
scarcely a look of thanks at the
boy, gave the driver directions
and then returned to the house.
A few moments later she came
out, her arms filled with flowers.
She was followed by a maid and
footman, each bearing huge floral
burdens, which' were stowed
away in the cab at the feet of the
lady's maid. f
"Where to?" asked the cabby.
"The city hospital first," re- -plied
the maid. "We'll go to