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i WHY SHE COULDNT
He was barely sixteen, A
youthful Romeo indeed, yet he
loved her to distraction o at
least, he thought he dfd. It waB
said, for she was nearly twice his
age. They were seated in a she.
terea part 01 tne garden wnen ne
made his first proposal.
"Be mine, dearest!" he whis
pered softly in her shell-like ear,
as he knelt on the ground at hef
feet. Then he remembered that
he was spoiling the crease in his
trousers, so he sat down beside
her and took hef hand.
1fbh, Jim," she answered
"Jim, I cannot!"
"Heartless erirl. you will re
gret your words!" he groaned.
"Why oh, why cahnot you mar
"I cannot be youf s, Jim," sKe
gasped tearfully. "I cannot even
be a sister to you. put Fm go
ing to be a mother to you, Instead.
You see, your father "
But Jim stayed to hear no m6re.
He vanished over the garden
wall into the stillness of the night.
To be strictly accurate it ws
not a smoking compartment at
all but' the youth was puffing
away at a chubby briar despite
the pained expression oh, the old
By-and-by the eld lady, Who
was the only other occupant of
the carriage, began to gerexcit
ed. "Young man," she barked so
far as" her cqughimr would permit
S VOT YOU VAHT
TO TUAVfr WMY VOU ' l V'j
t , .
in .m i. i i ii. ii t ibui -
W, "do you knowthet it's wrong
to smoke ?" "
"W11," replied the lad, as hej
wreath of pungent smoke, "I usg
"Health!" ejaculated the vic
tim, in spluttering tones. "Non
sense 1 You never heard of any
one being cured .by smoking1 -.
."Yesr I have," declared the.
youth still puffing away like ;$
furnace -dhimney. "That's thj
way they cure pigs." J
"Ttin jjriinke awAV?" r.ried the
heroine of the story. "There mayU
be hope tor you yetr v
riQ o i- x
The powers are already figur
ing on how to whittle down -the
spoils- that Bulgaria has won
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