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They said you could send any
thing"you likfed, just like you do
a letter. You put a postage stamp
on it, and it goes to the person
you want to send it to right
"That is true," answered Miss
Hyde. Have you something you
wish to send, Elsie?
"Yes. ma'am. I have," said El
sie in a prompt, business-like way
"I heard . mamma crying the
other day while she was telling
the ministers wife about my
grandfather. I lyever knew I had
one before. He hasn't been very
good to mamma, but maybe he
doesn't know how she loves him,
' and how she puts some flowers
on his picture whenever his birth
day comes around. On my birth
day two friends gave me the same
present thase little speaking
dolls, you knowj, Well, I ra send
ing one of them as a present to
"grandpa in this box, and I've
written him a little note in it tell
ing him about poor papa and all
of us, and I want you to direct it
I've got his name and every
thing: 'Mr. John Marsh,1 Rush-,
ville' and send it for me through
the parcels post."
A strange shade passed over
Miss Hyde's face. It was intense
ly pathetic, all this, entirely out-
side of the child's realization.
T,he tears rushed to her eyes.
"I will do just as , you say,
dear," she said unsteadily, "and
nobody shall know about it ex-.
Apt you and I.'
Elsie parted with her precious
package with suprefrie confidence
took it down to the postoffice and -mailed
it. She did some think'-,
ing on the way. She had heard
of stern, hard-hearjd old John
Marsh. Mrs. Nellie Danvers, the
orphan . child of a' brother, had
been adopted by the old man.
Later-he also took charge of Eu
nice Ross, a distant relative, v Mr.
Marsh did not seen to disap
prove of his ward's marriasre to
Albert Danvers". Yet, while they
rr . t i i
were orr on tneir noneymoon ne
had written to them, forbidding
them to ever approach him again
in any way. y
Nellie had written, pleading for
an explanation. It was coldly re
fused. The next thing she heard
was that her uncle was arrang- .
ing to will his fortune to Eunice.
Then she was shocked to hear of
the. death of the latter. Since then
old John Marsh had shut himself
in to a miserly, cheerless exist
ence. "John-Marsh, Rushvjille;" re
ceived the parcels post package
two day plater. He carried it into
thchouse, opened it and read the
tiny childish note it contained.
His eyes glared. He gritted his
teeth as he gave the squeaky doll
fling through" a doorway, info
the room Eunice had once oc
cupied. He rarely enteredsit,
ahd as the toy rolled -across the'
carpet he turned his back upon it.
"Pah!" he jeered, ?a jaltry K
trick to try to. catch me and my
dollars through the child;""
All the same, he did not sleep
very well that night. Somehow,
he could not keep from thinking
i of the sunnVdays when Nellie.
in her good' friend: Miss Hyde'