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great bunch of the cherry blos
soms the young engineer had ad
mired. With these in her hand
and the silk umbrella over her
shining black hair, the little Jap
anese maiden crept out to the doll
house of a boarding place where
French Pheyton lived.
Tia Sau crept along, the red
- showing through the brown of
her skin,' contrasting with the
black of her hair and eyes and
making a very lovely picture. She
was a dear, quaint little picture,
and the American boy, homesick,
was charmed when this child, as
he regarded her, came around the
corner of the house and asked
"Is his most honorable excell
ency bored again?"
Once he had told her he was
bored, as he was, now that work
was done and he was forced to
wait for further orders.
"Yes, baby, "I'm bored' he re
turned, smiling, showing his big,
white teeth that Tia Sau so ad
mired. ' "Tia Sau drive the bored away
' she announced triumphantly, ad
vancing a little and showing her
"Sure. Come right on," French
said gayly, "and I'll take your
picture again," and he went inside
for his kodak. One of his pleas
ures had been to snap" this pretty
"You l&'ve me?" Tia Sau aston
ished him by asking, but as he re
garded her as a mere child, he re
"Sure, you bet I do," then fell
into a reverie, absorbed with his 1
thoughts of Rose and their mar
riage, wftfch was to take place as
soon as he returned to God's
"I love you, Tia Sau returned,
lifting shy eyes to his face, but he
did not heed, and so she grew a
"I want that you make to me
like American mens do to their
sweet ones," and the pleading ca
dence in her voice struck him.
"What do you mean, baby?"
French asked, bending forward
and laying a gentle hand upon the
dark tresses. To his amazement
and dismay the girl caught his
hand in both of hers and laid it
against her flushed cheek. Sud
denly the young man realized
that this was no child to be laugh
ed at, in spite of her tender years,
but a woman with an aching
heart beneath the silken kimona.
With tact rare in one of his years,
he said gently:
"I love you veryjmuch, little
Tia Sau, for you have been the
good friend to me, and made me
very happy in your beautiful land.
My heart was very heavy when I
first met you for I had left be
hind me one whom I loved so
Tia Sau caught her breath.
"One girl, maybe?" she whisper
ed. "Yes, one girl, and so lovely !"
and the young man's blue eyes
"How she look?" came in a
"She has hair like the golden
sunshine, and eyes as blue as the
skies, and her skin is like milk.