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A. AS TOLD BY AUNT GERTIE
i Enally the great day arrived!
The merchant's son, who was mak
ing believe to be a Turkish prophet,
dressed up in a new dressing gown
and started out again for the castle.
..This time, as before, he rode through
the air in his trusty - Flying Trunk.
When 'he reached the palace the king
and the queen and the princess, with
all the court attendants, were sitting
awaiting him. The first thing the
queen did, after introductions were
over, was to ask the merchant's son
to tell a story.
"Yes, do," added the king, "and
be sure to make it funny."
"Certainly I will," replied the mer
chant's son. And he commenced
"This is the .story of a bundle of
matches who thought themselves ex
tremely fine. Because they descend
ed from a tree trunk in a big forest,
they had this high and mighty notion
of themselves. But now, at the time
of this story, they were reclining in
a safe place on the shelf in a kitchen.
Near them was an iron saucepan.
'My history,' said the saucepan, 'is
very different from yours, Mr. Match
family. I have always held a lowly
position. I have always been scrubbed
hard and boiled and burned. But I
tbtnk I am a very important person
in the house, because all the real
good things that need lots of cook
ing are boiled in me. Of course, my
life is very quiet. But then so is the
life of all of us folks who live on the
" 'To be sure, the water pail gets
to go outdoors and see strange faces
and things once in a while. And the
turf -basket oh, well, he is a regular
news-gatherer. He says such queer
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things it really shocks me. Why, one
day he said such an awful thing that
the poor old jar that has stood high
up in the pantry for so long fell to the
floor in a thousand pieces. She was
shocked to death.'
" 'Oh, you talk too much,' piped up '
the tinder-box. "Let's have a nice,
pleasant evening and not have one
person do all the talking.'
"'Oh, surely,' said the matches,
"but let's first decide who is of the
" 'Oh, no,' said the earthen pitcher.
T don't care to talk about myself.
Let's have an entertainment instead.
Let's tell a story. I will begin it' "
(To be continued.)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
This famous pleasure-ground of
Uncle Sam's contains 3,575 square
miles, or 2,228,000 acres, and has an
average altitude of 6,000 feet above
the sea. There are between 5,000
and 10,000 hot springs of every va
riety of beautiful color in active oper
ation, and many geysers that throw
columns of boiling water from 50 to
300 feet in height Game of every
description can.be seen daily, hut
local laws forbid the hunting of ani
mals or the shooting of birds within
the limits of the park,