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THE STORY OF A LAD WHO BECAME A MAN IN
SPITE OF DAD'S MONEY
Behind a recent wedding in the quaint town of Hingham, Mass., lies a
romance and a lesson of universal interest.
Three years ago the groom, a rich man's son, met the lady and tum
bled head over heels in love. Wanted her to marry him right off; felt he
couldn't wait. If he hadn't been, at bottom, a good deal of a fellow, and she
a girl with a level head, there might have been an elopement, some family
bitterness and perhaps a quick follow-up in the divorce courts such things
have happened, you know.
But the girl said "wait;" and what is more the lad's "old man," a two
fisted, practical-minded chap, who had been through the world's rough and
tumble, said it, too, with rather more emphasis.
He told son he Eked the girl and would be glad to have her for a
daughter-in-law; but he'd be switched if he'd let a son of his run so fine a
girl into the noose of matrimony until the aforesaid son had shown ability
to paddle a canoe built for two.
He had had to work like blazes for what he had got, and son would
have to do likewise if he expected to get anything from dad.
Kind of rough, unfeeling talk to hand out to a youngster palpitating
with love's young dream.
But, as we have said, the lad had real stuff in him. He winced and
flared up and shed a boast or two; but after a heart-to-heart confab with
HER, he lit out and that was the last dad heard from him for quite a while.
One day a bronzed and sturdy young man entered father's office. It
wasn't a case of the prodigal son. No siree! He'd been in a southern lum
ber camp, had begun on the ground floor and had' worked up until he was
boss of the patch. He had money, nerve, self-respect and bright prospects
and he incidentally called to invite dad to the wedding.
Dad went And took a check and a heart replete with gladness. For
he had helped to make a man of a boy who, if dad had been easy and ten
der, might and probably would have been spoiled.
It's a big risk a young man runs who has a father with a million. But
there are fellows who can survive it.
SHE CAME BACK
c A schoolmaster in the country de
livered an address to the scholars, of
which the following passage is an ex
ample: "You boys.ought to be kind to your
.little sisters. I once knew a bad boy
who struck his little sister a blow
.over the eye. Although she didn't
fade and die in the early summer--time,
when the June roses were
"blooming, with the sweet words of
forgiveness on her pallid lips, she rose
and hit him over the head with a rolling-pin,
so that he couldn't go to
school for more than a nionth, on ac
count of not being able to put his hat
SHE WENT .
A minister in a small country vil
lage, who was noted for his absents
mindedness, was once observed to
stop suddenly in the middle of his
sermon and heard to mutter:
"I knew she would I knew she
After the service was over some
one asked him the reason.
"Dear me," said he,, "did I? Well,
you know, from the pulpit I can Just
see old Mrs. Rogers' garden, and jthis
morning she was out pulling up a
cabbage, and I thought to myself,
'Now, if that cabbage comes up- sud
denly she'll go over;' and just then it
come up and over she went," -
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