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Nellie Merrill' suddenly spoke
out the old fellow, "You see, I
know you. You are the young
lady they sent for yesterday to
teach the new school here. They
pointed you out to me as you
went to see the school trustees
this morning. You'll make a good
teacher, I can see that, and I'm
going to tell the trustees so."
Miss Nellie's bright face cloud
ed; again those gentle eyes were
close to tears.
"I am afraid it will do no good,
Mr. Wilson,", she said mourn
fully. "Why, what do you mean?"
asked the old, man. " .
"They tiave given me my ex
penses .and a tifle more for com
ing down here," 6aid Nellie.
"They were a little premature,
you see. Under the law they can
. not begin school until there are
50 possible scholars between the
ages of six and eighteen in the
"And you mean to say there
aren't more than that in the town
ship?" cried old Wilson. "Why,
I fancy I could count more than
that in boys alone who have
stoned my windows, robbed my,
orchards, and made themselves
"The count is official," ex
plained Nellie. "There-are three
scholars short, and the trustees
. have put off opening the school
until the winter term."
Gabriel Wilson had been soft
ly brushing his cherished hat all
this time. Between whiles he
stole keepglances at the modest,
jvomanly girl before him;
"I suppose you've just been
studying yourself to death to.
qualify for the wretched $20 a
month and board you were to get)
here?" he inquired with manifest
"I am an orphan, and have nf
family dependence," said Nellie.'
"I feel pretty bad at missing this7
splendid position." f
"An orphan, eh?" repeated olcf
Gabriel thoughtfully.1- "So is my
boy-that isj -my adopted -$bn,
Sidney. He's away atl college
how, studying to be a lawyer. I
I'm rniseriy,- it's for him, dear boy.
So,MJss," and the old man see'm
ed sirred by a strong and sudden
resolution, "you were to board
with -Miss Briggs, if everything
weritmopfhj' weren't you ?'
".Why; yes'l belieye that is the
name of "the lady."" , -
"Well, I'm going to itake' you
there now. I want ybiffo promise
not to go back to the- city for a
day or two. I've takeii a -sort of
interest in you becausVvjel, I
had a little girl who"diejJi She'd
just about, be your 3ge-ii she had
livedrtill now. I tliiri&T "tan fix
thisT'scfiooUquestion. Will you
let me try?"
Nella freitated, Jbut. not for
long. She went to Miss Griggs.
It was the next afternoon wheri
old Gabriel appeared." He was
sprightly and smiling.
"I guess there must be- gen
uine warm spot somewhere in this
hard old heart of mine," he said,
for old Wilson the .miser feels
about as happy as you will when
I tell you that the full fifty quota.