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enough to pay their rent, or whether
they, too, would soon be thrown out
on the world.
When she reached her flat it was
lighted up, and, as she opened the
door, she saw through into the dining-room
where the table was ready
and the savory odor of cooking float
ed to her nostrils.
The little old lady was bending
- over the gas stove.
"My, but this is fine," Katie said,
in her cheery way. "I never expected
to have my dinner ready for me. This
is a treat."
The little old lady looked at her
shyly, while a flush of color mounted
to her wrinkled cheeks.
"I used to keep house for my
daughter and I just played at keeping
it for you. I mended all the stock
ings and two of your shirtwaists. I
couldn't find any more, so I saw what
you had for dinner and I cooked it."
Still there was something troubling
the nttie old lady and Katie noticed
it, but wisely said nothing.
She insisted that they share the
meal, and she drew the little old lady
out to tell her of her daughter and
how she had died two years ago, leav
ing just a little insurance, and how
the little old lady had been trying to
make it stretch until maybe she
wouldn't need any more money, and
then suddenly her head went down
on the table and she began to sob, in
that choked, hard way of the old.
"I'm so ashamed," she was con
fessing. "I couldn't help it I was so
- Katie went around the table, and,
with a queer little feeling that she
was doing a strange thing, put her
arm about the shaking shoulders.
"What did you do?" she asked,
wishing vaguely that she knew how
to say pet things to little old ladies.
"I took that can of chicken soup
and ate it at noon because I didn't
have anything to eat since yesterday
morning. But I didn't mean to steal.
I was so hungry."
Hot tears came uninvited into
Katie's eyes and then scorched their
way down her cheeks.
"Why, that isn't stealing, you silly
little thing," she said, shaking the old
lady gently. "You were entitled to
your lunch when you were working
for me. Everybody who works for
me cooks themselves a lunch."
Then a great idea came to Katie.
"We sure are a pair of idiots," she
said. "If my boss ever saw me crying
like this he, would fire me on the spot.
I'm going to punish you for stealing
that chicken soup after all, and your
punishment shall be that you are my
prisoner as long as you live that
you have got to stay right here and
cook my meals and keep my flat
clean and mend my stockings, and all
I shall pay you will be well, I shall
call you mother..
"Come, now, drink your tea, and
don't be silly."
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
When General Grant visited Ham
burg he attended a banquet in hi
honor, and was spoken of as having
saved hiB country.' Grant replied:
"I must dissent upon one remark in
that I saved the country during the
recent war. If our country could be
saved or ruined by any one man we
should not have a country and we
should not now be celebrating the
Fourth of July.
"If I had never held command if
I had fallen if all our generals had
fallen, there were ten thousand be
hind us who would have done our
work just as well. What saved the
Union was the coming forward of the
young men. So long as our young
men are animated by this spirit there
will be no fear for. the Union."
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