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"Why, uncle, she never exactly
seemed to care for him, did she?"
He alluded diplomatically to his
cousin's aversion for the bird,
which had often distressed the
"She loves him now' answered
his uncle solemnly. "Yes, she
can't bear to have him out of the
room nowadays. And do you
know what that means, Frank?
It means that she's m the old
maids' hurdle handicap, uriless
Oh, pshaw, Frank, try it again !"
When he was left alone Frank
lifted the cover from the cage and
regarded the parrot intently. It
stood watching him, its head on
one side, its claw poised, its beak
half open. Arid then from the
throat proceeded a most remark
able sentence, and one which
Frank Lessing had never heard it
"O Polly," it croaked, "can't
'you tell Frank "
I "Yes. Go on,'" said the young
man encouragingly. But the par
rot only blinked'and repeated the
words over and over again.
"Go on, confound you," shout
ed the young man. "Tell Frank
"O, Polly, can't you tell Frank
O, Polly, can't you tell Frank
10, Polly, can't you tell Frank,"
the parrot croaked.
Frank Lessing turned away in
disgust and flung the cover over
"O Polly, can't you tell Frank
that I do really love n-fm?" the
parrot squawked in shrill pro
test. Frank "Lessing turned as a light
footfall sounded in the hall.- He
strode toward the door. Doro
thy came in, stopped, looked at
him, and suddenly found herself
in his arms.
"Dorothy, can you can't
you ?" Frank began, then
stopped, for there was no need to
say anything more. In fact five
whole minutes had passed before
a heavy, gouty footstep near
them suddenly recalled them t6
the conscience of externals.
They sprang apart, looking at
the old gentleman guiltily and
then Dorothy perceived Eph
""Why, uncle, whatever made
you put Ephraim in my room?"
"Only a-whim, my dear," re
sponded the old gentleman. "I
thought perhaps he might give
Frank a message from me. There,
never mind! I'll take him back
again. But I wish you'd learn
to like Ephraim a little better,
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one cup of grated chocolate, y2
cup of milk, cup of molasses.
Boil, stirring often, until a little
hardens in cold water. Remove
from the fire, beat in a teaspoon
of vanila. Stir for a minute and
turn into a butteredpan.
Separate and clean the water
cress thoroughly. Serve with a?
French dressing which has beeir
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