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PIES AND DOUGHNUTS ,
By Selina Elizabeth Higgins. .
(Copyright by W. G, Chapman.)
"I can't take them, Mrs.. Smith
please do not ask me. I know
you-are.just the fi.nest;copk in the
world, and I know your g.ood,
kind heart, too, but they so re-:
mind me remind me" and the
speaker;, burst into tears, and
bowed her "head, upon -the plain
Approached His Lonely Horned
but showy clean kitchen table, as
if her heart.would' break.
Her neighbor reluctantly took
up the rbiirid, pyramidal package
she had just brought oyer. Where
its.pinned'newspap'er- coyer was
half "open, , the white, tempting,
crust of a pumpkin )ie showed,
crowned .with a dozen, or more
rich, brown, flaky doughnuts.
"Don't'niisunderstand me, Mrs.
Smith," said Sarah Ritchie, xy-
ing her tears. you only-'
.knew " v , f
"I know all about it, .dear," an?
swered the. kind Samaritan, ten-,
derh'. "Doh't speak of it again' . I'
dp wish, though,-that you would
come aver this evening. We are
going to have a.r little company.
It is just the season for chee'rinjg
up, you know!' ;
"I have some very .-important
business tonight,." said Sarah. "It
is about, the property, and I -have
to ,see Lawyer Jones.",
"Well, dear, don't fret too
much," urged Mrs. Smith in a sisr
terly way. "I know your cross is
a hard one, but you must always
count on us as true, willing
Sarah Ritchie, left to .herself,
satjopking mournfully out of the
window at the snowy landscape.,
"Pumpkin, pies and doughnut's"
were prosaic themes. AH. the,
same they opened afresh old-time,
wounds. There had been a time
when Sarah, queen of .a tome,
had, been famous for thriftiness.
and excellency in her domestic
life. Then there had come a jar
ring, break,, and the golden, cord
of mutual love had snapped in
Brjefly told,- this was the trag
edy of-her life: She had married
Alfred Ritchie, the bookkeeper in
the small hardware business Jiet
father conducted.. There was , a,
happy year. Then, one.day,. her
husband disappeared. It .was
known that he went away with
the. young lady clerk tea; distant
city. A.deficitof five hundred dolr
lars was found. Sarah's, father.