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WOULDN'T IT JAR YOU?
Being the tale of a New Ex-
f-i.n-m,iiig ui xviaaiiig.
. I had been whipping; the little
v stream from Crescent lake half
y way'down to Gig Harbor, drop-
ping my baited hook into aiNhe
fX little'hOjes andjin fronofall the
submerged logs I could find; but
' 1: hadn't landed a single trout.
- More than half the day was spent.
I was hungry and Wet and tired.
But I, pushed ajong'thfough the
j entanglements of salmon berry
bushes, devils club and young
elders which lined the- creek and
atcertajrfpoints" made it well njgh
I was parting the brush from
right to left as, I slowly made my
way down stream, when - all at
once I-came out into a clear spot
u no brush-of any kind, and the
gurgling stream all open" to the
view as it made it's way between
f " widened banks along' the side of
T was abdut to stealthily ap
N proach the stream with a view ot
carefully dropping in.next to the
X underlying bank, when, from the
other side of a huge fir'tree, the
head of a woman suddenly emerg
ed and rooted me to the spot.
I was speechless not only be
cause of the unexpected, but
mader so by the remarkable b'eau-
ty dftheiace. Brown hair and
browner eyes; straight nose and
a'mouth thai; would putto shade
a'lusciouifred strawberry in win-'
.terhef ks-like the peacn,vithout
the velvet rubhed off.
I stood 'and Ipoked at her in
open-mouthed wonder until she
broke the spell' with a merry
laugh which rippled and fechoed
through the treesand thrilled me
"to tKe very tip of every nerve
branch. ' ,
"Am I so frjghtfuHh appear
ance?" queried tle 'lady. '"Who
are you? andby what right do you
enter a lady's secluded domain
without invitation ? Cojne around,
here and give an account of your
intrusion, sir!" "
I moved mechanically afound
to the side of the tree, where s'he
had a comfortable seat on an old
log. Suspended over the creek
werevtwo' lines fastened Wpoles
which had been cut in the "woods-,
the ends of which Vere loosely,
placed under the projecting log
on which sfie'Ws ensconced.
At her feet were more than a
dozen fine trout, and th$se-cn
barrassedme the more in the fact
that niy baske was void of fish.
And I vas accredited to be a good
"fisherman, too. J
But embarrassment ?oon pass
ed away and, in Half an hour, I
was on sUch terms of intimacy
and banter that it might be
thought we were lifelong friends.
But she would tell me naught of
who s-he was. qr whence she came
ur i.OvV she came there.1
AftT s'he had asl-ed me if f was
jwirried and 1 had insured her
that J was not, she finally snid:
"Oo ou know I like you'
Yes, -ir, I dd.- Remember just
like nothing reIscT And I am
cingtoaska.favorof jou. yWl