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AUNJ MARY'S GIFT
By Frank "Filson.
"A present, from Aunt Mary!" said
young .Mrs. Strang as the oddly
wrapped parcel was handed to her by
the postman. "I just know that it's
something; odd, George;'.'
"It, must ' be odd, because Aunt
Mary. was odd. She. was aqueer little
old spinster,' with the kindest heart
and the crankiest manners 'that ever
"A China Vase."
went into a combination. Etut though
shejiad;quarreled'with almost all her
relatives and then made up with
them, and alternately cut. them but
of her will and theh.put their names
back-into -multitudinous codicils, she
had always Tiept the .warmest spot in
her heart for George . Strang, her
handsome artist nephew?
She had, indeed supported him
during that period which comes to
every artist, when: he.;was. struggling
for fameand existence ina large city
against the wishes and despite the
disgust of his own family. And now .
that he had married pretty Lucy
Ben twick, arid was in comfortable, if
not affluent circumstances she had
sent him a wedding gift.
"A china vase!" exclaimed George
.Strang in disgust as he eyed the
queer-looking object in his hand.
It was, indeed, the most repulsive
looking vase that he. had even seen;
It was rotund and highly decorated
with painted pink-roses, and upon it
was printed in small, black letters:
"You may break, you may shatter the
vase if you will!
"But the scent of the roses will cling
to it still H'
"Blank!" said George. It was not
"blank," that he said, but it sounded
like that, because Lucy promptly
closed his mouth with her hand.
"She mightj have sent me some
thing that we' could keep on our man
,tel," said George Strang ruefully,
loqking. upon the object with a.shud
der. - "Fancy a" thing like'that in our
living room, Lucy! Why; --itwill spoil
the entire aspect of the'place.-And I
bet," he added, "that she sVnthe
thing on purpose to get up 'a. quarrel
with me and then accuse irieTof 'quar
reling with her. She!ll dropjin onjis
unexpectedly and see. that -the thing
isn't on view." ' " ' ':
-"But it must be,Ton view, George,
..dear," said Mary "You know hiw
'quarrelsome the old dear is. If she
does drop in arid dtfesn't see it she'll
.cut.you out of her will and then--O,
George, be a little prudent!" --
.But George refused: pbirit-blarik to
have the thing in 'theiTrliving toom.
"She knows it's horrible1; "Lucyj" he
said, "and if she wants to quarrel
with me let her have her way."
Which was precisely what she did
have. For" a few days later Aunt
Mary did come up to town frOm. Bay
ard's Bridge and did drop 'in unex
pectedly, and the mantel was bare
save 'for two antique Pompeiian