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THE STOLEN ELEPHANT
By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
"Be tolerant, .Ephraim, remember
youwas young yourself once."
"I do, Martha, but 'I've seen the
folly and'outcpme of selfish -pleasures
and! -want to 'instill the principle into
"Going to a circus once in awhile
Von't pervert 'the dear boy," declared
Mrs. "Woods. "I've sometimes thought
we were making him old before his
He" Recognized the Missing Animal.
time by restricting innocent pleasures
that would give variety tahis dull life.
He is getting too studious and soli
tary. For my part I am glad to see
him brighten up, as Tie has since the
excitement and glare and glitter ot
the circus came right next to us.
"Well, I'm very proud of Alan
proud and hopeful, as you know. I
have managed to pull along and give
him a fine education. Now he's be- I
gjnning to earn something writing
for the book men, I am buoyed up
with the belief that he will become a
"He won't unless he uets) a heart
interest in something," said Mrs.
"That's your woman's way," re
torted Mr. Woods, yet fondly. "That's
what I'm afraid of that he'll fall
foolishly in love and waste a couple
of years sweethearting."
"You fell in love once, Ephraim'
remarked Mrs. Woods naively. "Did
it hurt you any!"
"You dear woman!" cried her hus
band expansively, "I'm more in love
with you now than ever. You were
a minister's daughter, though, and
this girl you seem to like so is a '
"Hardly, Ephraim," contested his
wife. "She is a dear, sweet creature,
in charge of a little angel of a child -who
rides the big elephant of the
show. If you knew why both of them
are chained to that life, you iwould
feel the greatest sympathy for them.
They do not play on Sunday, they go
to church, they are treated with re
spect and friendly interest by the
common circus' people. The -true
Christianhke way Is to pity, instead
of condemn them."
This had happened to disturb the
quiet, humdrum life of the Woods
family. A circus had camped on the
vacant lot next to their house. At
first Ephraim was shocked, then re
pellant, finally neutrally indifferent
The stake men came to the pump for
water, and insisted on paying for it t
Some of their grazing horses broke '
down a fence and devoured a small
haystack. The fence was replaced"
with a new and better one and double
the value of the fodder was forced up
on Ephraim, who had to concede that
"they were very fair folks."
One day. a plain but neatly dressed'
young lady crossed over from the liv
ing tent of tile circus into the Woods
yard. Alan was trimming some vines.
He was at once struck with her mod- "
ety and beauty. - - -