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Miss Rose, and we didn't like that.
"Now I tell you how it is, boys,",
says Tom Bullen. "What he wants iB
to prove himself. He's like a young
i horse that hasn't been broke. He's
like a soldier going into battle, who
thinks he's a hero and has to learn
that it will take all his heroism to
keep from running away. If once he
gets up against what he's looking for
he'll sing pretty small and possibly
turn out to be a good feller."
And then we outlined his plan to us.
We were to stage an attempted ab
duction. Jim and Tom were to put on
slouch hats and kidnap" one of the
girls near the parsonage o" a dark
night. She'd squeal and the par
son'd come 'out. There'd be a few
hard knocks given, and then the hoys
would find out what sort of chap Mr.
Cunningham was. Nobody'd hurt
him, but the general expectation was
he'd sing so small afterward Nugget
would have a little peace.
"He'll run," says Jim. "He'll run,
and, though nobody won't say a word,
he'lkunderstand. There won't be any
more of this Comstockery in Nug
get." "Which of the girls will do it?"
asks Mike Saunders, who ran the
"You can count me in," ,says Miss
Rose, looking up from her books. "I'll
That sounded good to us, and espe
cially to Jim. He wasn't-quite sure of
Miss Rose yet, but he calculated that
she wouldn't have much more use for
the parson after he'd shown the white
feather. "Only you got to holler like
mad," he explains.
"I will, sure," promises Miss Rose,
and so we settled the details.
It was three nights later, before the
moon come up, that we carried out
the plan. Jim and Tom lay in wait at
the parsonage corner, about the time
when Miss Rose used to walk home
from the store. We knew the parson
would be waiting for her, to say good
evening and to offer to escort her, '
and the rest of us was hiding in Eph-
raim's store across the street, to see
Just as Miss Rose was passing the
parsonage Jim and Tom leaps out i
and grabs her. "Scream? I never.,
heard a girl holler like it Jim said (
afterward it scared him into thinking i
he was really trying to abduct her.
"Help! Help!" she cried at the topjj
of her oice. r
Suddenly the parsonage door open-
ed and Mr. Cunningham came out.
"Wh-we-what's the matter?" he
It was so dark some of, us had tak- .
en the opportunity to creep up close
and I tell you it fairly Beared me stiff
to think a man could be such a cow
ard. The parson was positively shak-
ing with fright, and he looked as if v
he was going to turn tail any instant.
"You leave that young lady alone,"
he mumbled; and then he caught 7
sight of Miss Rose's face. j
Next instant he had landed like a
catapult right into the pair of them..
Before he knew it, Jim was lying in ,
the road with a cut lip and Tom was
leaning against the wall with a bruis
ed eye. But the parson was at them
again, and there wasn't nothing to do
but to turn tail. We ran, the lot of
us, and we was afraid every instant 1
the -parson would land one of us
blows across our necks. But he tail
ed off and went back to Miss Rosc,i
and that was the last we saw, except r
that we heard he took her home and
told her she wasn't never to go out
alone after dark in such a vicious
Miss Rose wasn't at the store next
day, and by nightfall everybody knew
she was to marry the parson when
the banns had been read. He got
perkier than ever afterwards, and Jim
agreed we'd make a bad mistake in
not accounting for the power of love
bver a man. Anyhow, we've got a
hew parson in Nugget now, and Jim's
trying to interest him in lizards.
(Copyright by W. G, Chapman) ',