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teacher- now, returning to the dear
old home to take up a district com
mission. It would be grand to be
with the family again, And there
-was her favorite, Ginger, the. horse
that was her pet! Of course, with
.his rare animal intelligence, he
would be at the depot, champing and
'bobbing Ins ears at herfn honest
Lorna alighted at Blithersdale with
eager expectancy in her face.v Then
it clouded. A team which she recog
nized as belonging to Farmer Dale, a
neighbor, was in view and Farmer
Dale himself cheerily hailed her.
' "This way, Miss Lorna. The folks
asked me to looE" out for you."
.'But -father ' began Lorna anx
. iously. , .
"Oh, he's well, o'rily busy."
"And Ginger? Why didn't he send
one of the men with Ginger?" asked
. "Ginger?" He's gone, you know.-"
"Gonje? You don't mean dead!"
"Oh, degrno! He's sold."
, "Sold! Ginger, my pet, the horse
we've had for years! Why, he's like
one of us. "Sold!"
"Yes, Miss Lorna, fora good price
and for a good pause. You see a cav
alry company for the Mexican war
was raised hereabouts and a lieuten
ant was given the job of furnishing
' hors'es. He came along and took a
fancy to Ginger,. He offered double
what he was worth. He asked your
father if he' didn't want to be loyal
and stirred up his patriotisnx After
the-animal was gone, your father be
gan to fret and wishes he had" Gin
ger back--on your account.' I would
- not worry him by noticing ft muchMf
, I were you, Mies Lorna. Your folks
feel dreadfully sorry about it, but
that lieutenant was a slicker and he
riled 'em up on duty to their native
"Oh, no, I won't complain," said
Lorna sorrowfully, "but ,1 feel as If,
some one in the family had cied."
She' cried softly all the way hqme,
but acted bright as a dollar when, the -
welcojnings came in thedear old
fashioned" parlor. Not a word did.
any one speak as to the missing pet,
Lorna included. The next day she
went out to the empty stall and wept
i lei veiit tears into the feedbox. Then
she tried to forget Ginger.
Then Lorna tried to , forget all
about Ginger, but one day she over
heard that the lieutenant who -had
bought Ginger, was "young Floyd
Warner down Essex way," and that
he and his company were at Benson
ville, Tex. Lorna immediately wrote
to Lieut. Warner.
She told him of how she valued
Ginger and that she was just start
ing in to teach sehool at $60 a
"Pleasp be very kind to Ginger and
careful to him," she pleaded. "I can
place aside $30 of my salary a month
and will pay you back with interest
if you will sell dear old Ginger when
the wai is over."
Then came in response a gallant
note; It ran: "Ginger Is so well bred
that lie sets a model of dignity and
gdfoa behavior for the entire .com
pany. Believe me, -that, even if a
battle-scarred hero, Ginger shall be
returned to you with full honors of
It was months later when.one aft
ernoon the younger sister of Lorna
rused into her room with, the excited
"Oh, 'Lorna! Ginger has, come
Down the steps Lornd Tushed. She
caught sight of her favorite at the
hitching post, sleek, proud, watch
ing his charming young mistress
with devouring eyes as she fairly
flew to his side. She threwher arms
around his, neck, she cried over him,
she laughed over him, she kissed
"This is Lieut. Warner, daughter,
just mustered out,"-spoke her father,
and Lorna turned to face the troop
er who had assisted (her at the train. .
"OH,- dear!" exclaimed Lorna.
"struck all of a. heap," and blushed.