denoting the center of the diamond
It was the intrepid PolsW who in
sisted on being lowered over the cliff.
It was he who brought aloft a dozen
radiant gems by a freak of nature
planted far out of ordinary human
A fortune for each of the three ad
venturers lay in the precious. jewels.
"See," cried Brazelton, as he held
the largest of them in his fingers, "a
king's ransom. Oh, it is the most
beautiful thing in the world!"
"Except Ethel!" breathed Bruce
Beresford fervently, "and Ethel
means home, friends, happiness and
And Vaclav Polski kissed the hand
of his almoner and friend, tears of
joy in his faithful eyes, and asked
only to go back, to civilization and
hope with him.
'(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
Sir Walter Scott had the misfor
tune to be born in the age of high
postage. Scott's bill for letters was
over $600 a year and as to coach
parcels they were a perfect ruination.
On one occasion a mighty package
came by post from the United States,
for which he had (to pay $20. It con
tained a MSS. play called "The Cher
okee Lovers," by a young lady of
New York, who Pegged Scott to read
and correct it, write a prologue-and
epilogue, get it put on the stage at
Drury Lane and negotiate for the
About two weeks later another
packet not less formidable arrived,
charged with a similar postage,
which Scott, not' grown cautious
through experience, recklessly open
ed. Out jumped a duplicate copy of
"The Cherokee Lovers," with a sec
ond letter from the authoress, stating
that, as the weather had been stormy,
and she feared that something might
have happened to her MSS., she had
thought it prudent to send him a
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