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A TINY AMBASSADRESS
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin
"School Drive Slow," read signs
500 feet from the structure in ques
tion in every direction, and, nearing
one of these, Gordon Leigh shut
down his high-powered automobile
to second speed.
The friend with him bestowed a
commending glance on his thought
ful and even-minded companion and
nodded slightly to a group of our
teachers, who joined in his approba
tion, recognizing the delicate cour
tesy paid the painted suggestion.
Then he thought no more of it, as
they passed the slow belt-and the
machine sped up to normal, until
Leigh remarked with a half laugh:
"Don't think me the overobliging
and considerate friend to humanity
and township restrictions altogether.
There's a pah" of bright eyes among
that quartet for a glance from which
I'd make the auto crawl. The young
lady in blue. Do you know her?"
"I don't, Leigh. One of the new
term teachers, I fancy."
"Well, I am going to know her,"
declared Leigh persistently.
"Vitally. She is the most charm
ing girl I have ever seen."
The friend shrugged his shoulders,
thus dismissing what he considered a
passing fancy. Leigh said no more.
However, he thought. The next
morning, just approaching school
call, he started again over the route
of the day previous.
"Hoity-toity, little one!" he hailed,
halting the car as he noticed a tiny
miss sobbing and in tears and wiping
the dust from books and slate. "What
is the trouble?"
"I fell down and mussed every
thing and I'm afraid I'll be late at
school, and my apron got torn and I
stubbed my toe, and "
"There! We'll get you to school in
plenty of time, little lady," declarea
Leigh with heartiness, and he lifted
the child into the rear seat and with
his handkerchief flecked the dust
from books and dress.
"Oh, I know who you are!" she sur
prised him by saying, as her tears
"Do you, indeed?"
"Yes, sir; you're the gentleman
Miss Lewis likes," prattled the little
"And who is Miss Lewis, may I
ask?" interrogated Leigh.
"She's my teacher the pretty
lady in blue, and when she saw you
At the Door Was a Second Ruffian.
go by so slow and so careful of the
little ones and going way around to
the curb for fear you'd disturb the
ring full of marbles in the road, she
said, 'There's a man.' "
"Why, of course I am a man. You
wouldn't call me a boy, would you,
"Oh, it wasn't that way she said
it," objected the child. "This is the
way she said it: 'There's a man'!"