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( AS TOLD BY AUNT GERTIE
A long time ago there lived a mer
chant in an eastern -city who knew
the secret of making money. He
made so much he didn't know what
to do with it. But "one day he died
and all his wondrous fortune fell into
the hands of his young and foolish
Now, this son didn't know any
thing about the value of money. So
he just spent it as fast and as fool
ishly as he could. He really threw it
Though there was much of it, he
finally got rid of all his gold and sil
ver. He hadn't a thing left except a
flowered dressing gown and a pair
of carpet slippers. His friends turned
away from him and laughed at him
because he had been so silly.
One day two or three of his friends
decided to send him AN OLD TRUNK
with this .note attached: "Pack up
and be off."
It was a hint for him to get out of
the neighborhood. He didn't mind
the idea at all. ; In fact, he was rather
glad of the suggestion. The only
trouble was that he had jiot a thing
"I know what 111 do," he said to
himself. "Ill get into that trunk."
He was just climbing in when he no
ticed a peculiar looking lock on the
trunk. He pushed it just a wee bit
and he was almost sure the trunk
tilted up on one. end as if itwere
about to fly:
'Twonder what kind of a trunk this
is,", he sad, softly; "I believe ,1(11
press-the lock close and see what
happens. I haven't anything to live
for now and I don't care much what
happensto Tne." '
The Trunk Sails Skyward.
He pressed the lock close and the
trunk bounded up into the air high
into the clouds. Up and up it went!
On and on!
Just when he was "beginning to
think he was bound for a sky home
the lower part of thewonderful trunk
cracked. The .poor merchant's son
grawvery pale and frightened. His
teeth, chattered and his Tegs shook.
What if the trunk should break in
two parts. Oh, what a long way down
he -would have to fall.
Bufu; awt brealc It flew and