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(lent gazer catne into his eyes as
he thought she had never looked
so beautiful. She had taken up
the rose in mingled surprise and
"Who brought them, mamma,
and why?" asked little Ruth. "Oh,
"It must have been some neigh
bory dearie," said her mother in
a dreamy tone, "some neighbor
"Who knew what, mamma?"
pressed the curious little one.
"It is just two years tonight
since your dear father was lost to
us," said the mother, and her
voice died away in a low sob.
"Won't he ever come back
again, mamma?" asked Ruth.
"We will hope and pray for it,
my child," answered Ethel. "Al
ways his place shall be ready for
him. Oh, my lost one, my cher
ished one!" she cried out, unable
to stem the wild, surging long
ing in her heart. "Where are you
Ethel had broken down utter
ly. In her pretty way the child
was trying to comfort her. Thus
distracted, it was the opportunity
for the weary soul at the
threshold. John Dunbar stole into
the room and seated himself at
"Ethel my child!" he said,
like one in a daze. "I am here. I
have come back empty-handed.
Only the rose, the poor little pic
ture book "
Loving arms were about him,
tiny hands holding his bronzed
own and kissing them, and a
voice of rare tenderness was say
ing: "You have brought your
self it is all we ask, all we need.
My husband, oh, my husband !"
When John Dunbar learned
later on that the little cottage was
called "Heart's Content," he did
not marvel. When his loving wife
told him a most wonderful story,
he only smiled. No riches could
4nake his cup of joy the more
complete, yet a competence, al
most wealth, had been waiting
The patent had been placed in
practical hands by Ethel after her
father died. She was now receiv
ing a liberal royalty upon it. The
factory employing it needed just
such a man as the inventor,
So "The Coward," who had
shrunk from his fellows like a
wounded bird, came into his own.
Such' gentle souls are for the
world to cherish. Fortune came
and fame, but not to warp that
noble nature. In deeds of friend
ly kindness, in sacrifice and
thoughtfulness for others, hand
in hand, husband and wife trod a
path of roses, made so because
their gentle deeds glorified the
lives of all about them in an at
mosphere of perfect love. ,
t o o
Coppers; Not Gold.
An Irishman hadjust come
over from Ireland to New York
to seek his fortune; when, as he
was walking along Broadway he
saw a batch of policemen going
"Begorra !" he exclaimed, "they
tould me the strates of New York
were paved with gold, but I find
J they's paved with 'coppers'."
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