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molasses cake and those flapjacks
take me back 30 years and make
life worth living."
On one side of the resort was
a high brick wall. Strolling near
it one day Thomas caught a ten
nis ball that came over its top.
There were feminine cries of dis
tress. Then a ladder top appear
ed. Peering over it was a fair,
mischevious face, half hidden in
a quaint childish sunbonnet.
"Do you see the ball, Mattie?"
asked a voice below.
"Here, you, boy," called out the
roguish Mattie to the astonished
Thomas "toss that lost ball
over here, will you?"
Then Thomas found out that
the brick wall enclosed the do
main of Mrs. Prof. Gregg, who
superintended the "girls' depart
ment" of the juvenile rejuvena
tion system. He got to thinking
constantly of Mattie. One day
he climbed a tree to view over the
fence half a dozen "girls" attired
in tasteful tennis dress, with flow
ing headgear, skipping rope and
playing with dolls.
Thomas hovered many a time
outside the walls of that feminine
paradise. He got to writing
poetry. Once he saw "his Mat
tie" through a barred gate. He
flushed like a conscious school
boy. She smiled bewitchingly
and waved her pretty, slender
hand at him in a girlish, tantaliz
"They have a regular party
here once a month," a "boy"
friend told Thomas next day.
"There is music, dancing and a
"Uvdies, too?" inquired Thom
"Yes, Mrs. Professor Gregg
and her flock. The old life togs
for tonight, you know. Very
formal and dignified."
Thomas never enjoyed himself
as he did at the function announc
ed. There were friendly intro
ductions and a pleasant time all
around. Despite the convention
alities, however, ruddy cheeks,
the glow of health, gay boy and
girl laughter made the affair de
lightful. .Of course Thomas met Mattie.
She was a city stenographer who
had taken the cure, to come out
bright and vivacious and restored
When Thomas returned to the
city he sought her out. He called
on her twice, but only had he to
tell her his love to win her com
plete acceptance of his suit.
Returned from a year's tour of
Europe, one day Dr. Philetus
Derringer chanced to meet
Thomas. The latter, smiling,
brisk and happy, hailed him with
a healthy handshake that made
the physician wince.
"It is plain to see that you took
the juvenile cure," said the doctor.
"Yes, and won a splendid wife
and a comfortable home through
it all," declared Thomas. "We
live next door to a glorious fam
ily with 11 children, and we're
all just like kids. Going home
now to fly kites for them."
"You have certainly solved the
great problem of health and hap
piness," proclaimed the delighted