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Did one -stork briner iha two
babies, six weeks apart, or was it
two storks, bringing a baby each?"
That's the query the doctors are
trying to settle.
' But I'm going to tell the story that
Mrs. Nellie Pickup told me, as she sat
by the fireplace, holding her young-
J est baby in her arms: f
"It was on Feb. 24 of this year that
Herbert, the first baby, was born. He
was a fine, healthy little fellow. I
rested a couple of weeks, and then
I felt so well that I got up again and
began to watch household affairs.
"But one day the doctor told me
I would have to go to the hospital
for an operation. I told him I thought
that foolish that I knew the stork
was coming to our chimney again.
But the doctor couldn't believe it;
they said it was impossible. You see
they were working by their doctor
books and not by my condition.
"Six weeks passed. I wasn't feel
ing very well on. Jthe morning of April
4. My husband went to business and
my two sons, who are 12 and 9 years
old, went out to play before school.
I knocked on the wall that separates
our flat from our neighbor, Mrs. Col
perthwait, and she came in. An
hour later Mary Catherine was born,
and she's just as fine a baby as I ever
saw. Look how she laughs!"
And Mary answered a chuck un
der the chin, with a happy little
"Are they twins?" I asked.
"Indeed they are not. The national
insurance board is puzzling over the
matter. After Herbert was born and
before Mary came, they gave us the
maternity benefits of 30 shillings.
You see, it wasn't one stork that
brought the two babies, but it was
two storks, six weeks apart. We've
applied for another benefit for Mary,
but we haven't gpt it yet."
Mrs. Pickup then showed me a
statement signed by Dr. T. T. Mack
lin of Whalley, England, who at
tnded the case, asserting that the
hole puzzling thing was a mixup,
between two -distinct storks, wh6, in
some way or other, got their engage
And I talked to the happy father,
"Strangest thing that ever hap
pened," he said. "I always wanted a
girl. We have had three boys, and I
admit I was a little disappointed
when Herbert came last February. I
was at business on the -morning of
April 4, when I got.a call to come
straight home. I was afraid my wife
had been taken ill and so I rushed
down the street toward the house.
A neighbor woman stopped me and
" 'Well, you've got your wish!'
" 'What wish?' I asked.
" 'A daughter,' she said.
" 'Can't be,' I said. 'Baby was
born only six weeks ago.'
" 'You go home and look,' said the
"I ran into the house like a storm,
I guess, and sure enough, there was
little Mary Catherine in her mother's
arms. You could have knocked me
over with a feather. I think I
laughed for five minutes. Happy!
Here I was thinking that my wife
would have to go to a hospital and,
instead of that, I found that my great
wish for a daughter had come true."
Herbert weighs -nine pounds and
Mary eight, and the doctors say
there is every reason to believe that
both of them will live.
"The way of the transgressor
Is not always hard," Yegg said,
As he fell from a second story
Plump into a flower bed.