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the man's hands and kissed his cheek.
"Shure, God wouldn't let me die till
fc rft seen you once again- 'Now let
W Thy servant" depart in peace, ac
cording to Thy Word,' " he added.
Then after an instant, he said: ' t
me break it to her to your motL ,
Terry. Oh, God be praised! 'Tis just
in time you've come, for you'll set
things right Terry, Terry."
But the quick ears of love had
heard; the ears that had listened so
long had grown acute beyond all us
ual measure. They heard the voice
of the old woman calling from the
"Terry, my son oh, my son, my
A moment later her arms were
round him, for thus much had Norah
and Nolan done.
"There was a piece in a newspaper
I got it down in New Orleans," he
said at last "Lifted out of a sermon
preached at Askatoon it was, and I
came as quick as I could. I ought
to have come before, but "
He paused, for some one was en
tering the room the ghost of a man,
as frail" and worn as one that has
come back from the desert, its famine
and its thirst.
"Oh, 'tis you 'tis you and in
good time!" he said feebly, and in a
voice husky with weakness. "You can
i take my place, Terry, for I'm not feel
in' so well as I might; but 'twill be
all right in a day or two if you'll take
the shift Turn and turn'll do it"
- "She'll need good care yet," Nolan
said. "They'll both need watchin', but
the worst is over, and they're steppin'
out into tne sun out into the sun.
"But I've earned me bed and bread
this past year and more. Shure, I
can say that, Terry. 'Tis all I can
say, I owe thim for the rest"
"Owe them God's love, owe them!
I tell you what, man, I owe you two
lives as dear to me as my own, and I
mean to pay you for them, one way "My mirror tells me I am getting
or another' more heautif ul every day.
"How d'ye mean to be doin' that?" "Well, after all, that's no reflec-
"Well, first III bf wttia' yotf trt tios."
in any business that you like when
you're filled out again, and look like a
man and not-a disembodied spirit"
"Norah's a fine woman oh, the
finest and finest! To think that I've
come into such a family! Put yere
hand behind yere ear, Terry, and hear
the news I've for ye. Norah's to be
marryin' of me when we can lay
hands on a priest if ye think I'm n'ot
too old for her," he added innocently.
"Well, of all the blasted" But
Terry turned away to choke back his.
A week later Nolan sat in the sun
on the maple stump in front of the
house, singing to himself:
"Did ye see her with her hand In mine,
the day that Clancy married?
I Ah, drlin', how we footed it the
' grass it was so green!
And when the neighbors wandered
home, I was the guest that tar
ried. . . ."
"What's that you're singin', No
lan?" said Norah's voice behind him.
"Oh, just a little anthimf the hap
piness that's comin' to us, Norah,
dear." But he winked slyly to him
self. (THE END)
DID HE MEAN THAT? "
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