for a few days," he said. "It might
be companionable and then, when
you get word of the sender we can
have him shipped back again."
With many directions from good
hearted Mrs. Smith as to the care of
the child, Johnson took him into the
card and drove away. And as the fat,
chubby hand stole into his own John
son felt a curious softening of the
heart and a sense of a strange happi
ness. He did not return for several days,
and when he did apear at the post
office, Mr. Smith was amazed to hear
the child calling him daddy.
"Well, you see," explained John
sonrsheepishly, "I came, to the con
clusion that I was a sort of selfish
cuss, living all alone, and I might as
well do a uttle good in the world. So
Johnnyand I have sort of struck up a
partnership. He's going to run the
home and I'm going to run the farm,
aren't we, Johnny?"
"Yeth, daddy," said Johnny, cling
ing to his new fathers coat.
Ed Smith turned to his wife when
the cart had Tolled away.
t' hate to think of Mr. Johnson's
feelings when the real father turns
up,' he said.
'' Terhaps he won't turn up," an
swered his wife. "Do you suppose "
"No, no, my dear; it isn't his," her
husband answered. "But it's a mighty
The problem was solved a few days
later by the arrival at -the postmas
ter's office of a, pretty and highly ex
cited young woman, who inquired
breathlessly for tha boy.
' "I got word at Alliance, Ark., she
explained. "My dead sister's boy,
sent from Scotland. She was my only
relative, you have him here?"
- ''Well, "not here," the postmaster
admitted, rubbing his chin reflective
ly. "Might your name be Johnson,
"Yes, Clarice Johnson." .
"Well, it'B odd; but the' boy was
addressed to C. Johnson that stands
fopi-Gharles; nd as-'there's-onlyone
C. Johnson around here, I gave himf;
to' him." " n
"Then you must take him away .at
once," answered Miss Johnson.
"Well, I'll try," the postmaster sakD
"But Mr. Johnson kinder took a ban-
kering after him." "
"But he can't have him," cried theT
young woman indignantly. "How can
a stranger take a child away from his
"He can't," admitted Mr. Smith.
"Only he's sort of done it. However,
you wait here, miss", and I'll get Mr.
Johnson down by telephone inside of
a qouple of hours." '
Two hours later Johnson, looking
very uncomfortable, arrived with the
boy. But .Johnny absolutely refused
to go with his -new-found relative.
"I guess you'd better spend a.day
or twa here, miss," suggested Mrs.
Smith. "Then hell grow sort ofvused
to you, and it wont be eo hard on
them-" - .
On them! Miss Johnson suddenly
perceived that Johnson was really, the
mostmiserable person present
She, accepted JMrs, Smith's hospi
tality. And soon" the situation was
self-evident. -The child had evidently,
destroyed the original tag, and in re
writing it, the prefix Miss had some
how got placed at the end, where it
read Mississippi.? '
But Johnny proved so reluctant.to
leave his new-found father that, long
before the "day or two5' was up John
son, having ascertained that Miss
Johnson had no ties at Alliance, Ark.,
made a proposition embracing i
But what other sort of proposition
would one expect at a town named
(Copyright byW. G. Chapman.) .
Floods in the East, floods in the
South, and all Southern, California,
as one man, 1b out shaking its fists
at the sky and daring it to rain. , -
Electric magnets are being in- x
stalled by treasure hunting ships to.
recover submerged metals.
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