and as inevitably go unanswered.
Who was."Gerome?" Sbmepo
Irtal. refugee? The captain of a
mutinous crew? A pirate chief,
deposed and cast out by a more
powerful rival? Or merely a
common sailor, accidentally, crip
pled, and cruelly marooned to get
him out f the. way?
In 1861 the American civil war
was "beginning; the war of Gari
baldi was in progress in Italy and
the islands; the Austrians, the
Italians and the French were
quarrelling over the Italian
states. Did these events have anV
bearing on the strange fate of the
legless man? -
Is there today in the port of
Trieste, on the Austrian Riviera,
somebody, aged wife or son or
daughter, who looks out over the
Adriatic hoping against hope for
the return of "GeremV?"
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"Funny thing about miracles'. . None of them ever happens in
our-time. They all occurred in biblical days," observes the agriostic.
Btttisbeqnite right? Are not miracles happening all the time?
"Lets taike look abeut us right now in this bright May weather.
"Come, says'Spring, talking to the little blind roots snuggling"
down in thc-brown earth, "Come, wake up sleepy-heads! Get to
But we areold," say -fhe'roojs.
'TH send you my golden sunshine," says Spring.
""But we are thirsty!" objects the roots.
"FH send yotf my silver rains," says the gentle task-mistress.
And what wrfh the warmth and the moisture and' the balmy
airs, die miracle is wrought. Down there under the earth those
wonderful alchemists, die roots begin work. Laboring with the
same materials, each picks and chooses those things that it needs.
Atti one accomplishes the miracle vof a Triplet's blue. And another
he sweet miracle of a rose's grace and a flush and fragrance. And
another the jaunty yellow of a jonquil.
H5ades? In what-man-made dye-vats are we achieving such
colors? In w&at laboratories are we creating such wonderful per
fkmes? Thexe-aie mixades-afl-the-tnne if we have eyes to sec and
girls are-awfully 1 "We live in an age of won
ders, said the inventor,
"Yes' answered bis wife,
"'wondering where the money
went and where it's comitig
-She Why? '
Efe They'll brag about mak
ing a fool -of a man that was never
anybin'gelsc. . v v
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