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"I don't know whether to go or not."
Clera Rockwood was washing his face
and hands on the bark porch ami hi" moth
er was busy Jn the kitchen.
"Whv, Clem. I thought vou liked that
Miss Harrison so much'" exclaimed Mr?.
Itockwcod. turning to the Me jounc man.
w ho now ptood in the dnorwaj
"Of course I do. motl-er. hut I don't
know about going over there Just now."
"You can get off well enough," paid his
mother. reassuringly. "Jim and I can look
nfter things on the firm while you are
Clement Uockwood mil sounding his
mother for htr views on the ibject as
much as ho nas voicing his own doubts,
nnd. now that she was o cordial about It.
he decided to go.
When Florence Harrison, from the nd
Jninlnc county. hid visited his third cnu
!n. Mildred Carbury. that summer, the
young folks had planned a r.uttiig party in
the fall, and n"w It was time to say
whether he could leave )il farm long
erongh to make one of the cimpers.
"Clement wants to go." Mrs Knckwood
paid to hemelf that evening n she Fat at
the cupper table, and a virion rose swiftly
before her mind's eye She aw her son
bringing home a wife and predentin; her
tr his mother, that mother who had b-en
first with him all his life There was a tit
tle catch in her throat nt the thought, but
helng a fenslbel woman she resolved to face
the Inevitable and welcome the bride-to
le. If there were one. Florence Harrison
was a nice girl; yes. she was a nice girl,
end the mother sighed softly.
Early one fine Wednesday morning the
Carbury-!. with Clem Rockwood' accompany
ing them, drove across the prairies and
wooded country to the Harrison home,
where, was tho rendezvous of the party.
There were Mlldrod and Jack Carbury.
Clem nockwood. Bent Wilson, norenc
Harrison and her mother, who went along
to rlay propriety. Clara Andrews, Will
Spedden and Charley Hoot. They were go
ing down to tho Missouri Bottom to camp
until Monday or Tuesday, do a little fish
ing, a little) rowing, a little huntlnc, and
Incidentally a little nuttinc if any nuts
It was lata In the afternoon when they
approached the camping ground.
"Some one must go for Mary Virginia."
announced Mrs. Harrison, as toon as tho
tents were up.
"T& go, but I don't know the young
lady," said Clem Rockwood Quickly. He
had attached himself to the Harrison part-.
Florence was flirting with him already, to
By Archibald R. Colquhoun,
THK CHINESE PEOPLE.
The -two facta which make the Chinese at
once the most extraordinary people of
whom -we have any knowledge are their
enormous cumber and their antiquity.
Thee added to their Isolated position have
combined' to form a national character so
complex, obitlnate, and unlike that of any
other nation that the Chinese almost seem
to occupy a different planet to ourselves.
We can eee his outward shape, but of the
true Chinaman, the thinking, scheming bo
lcg. the luring soul w hlch lies behind the Im
passive face, and dark. Inscrutable eyes, we
can form bat a very hazy idea. At tha best
any estimate of the Chinese character Is
bound to be full of mistakes.
The history of the Chtnese people emerges
partially, at all events, from the mists of
mythology more than a thousand years be
fore Christ. Ethnologlcally they belong to
the Mongolian family, and throughout
China proper, the tyre varies only In the
same degree as; for Instance, In the differ
ent counties of England. There are still
left In the southwest Provinces remnants of
races who were the aborigines of the
country, and who preserve their dres and
certain customs which are entirely distinct
from the Chinese. They are far more like
the Caucasian than the Mongolian type. The
Manchus belong to the same family cthno
logically, but are differentiated by an Infu
sion of Turkic and Tunguslc blood, belnst
one of tho races which, under Genghiz
Khan became known as the Tartars. The
Manchu language originally borrowed its
written form from the Mongols, but Is en
tirely different when spoken, belonging to
the Turanian group, of which Turkish i"
tho most prominent, while the Chinese is a
purely Mongollc language, monos liable,
and. In Its written form, hierogbphic or
Literature plays an extremely Important
part In tho life of the Chinese, and they
possess a literature which is unrivaled In
Asia, not only for its antiquity, but for Its
comprehensiveness. Confucius, their great
teacher, lived no leas than IO oars before
Christ, and the basis of all education Is the
learning by heart of his works and other
Government Appointment anil Chi
All Government arpolntmcnts aro reached
through the portals of competitive literary
examination, and tho entrance examination
takes place every three xears in the capital
of each department. The successful candi
date may hold olllce, but is called on again
nnd again to go up for examination, until,
on reaching the highest grade, he passes
the final at Pekln for a doctor's degree, of
which only 1)0 are given every jear, and Is
thereupon entitled to Immediate promotion.
It Is no uncommon sight to see three gen
erations competing. In different grades, in
the examination hall, and an ldi of the
competition may be gained from tho num
bers at one of the triennial sittings, when
10,000 bachelors contended for 1.0W vacan
cies, out of whom 300 only could reach the
highest and final stage of doctor. There if,
however, a back door to Government office,
and a system Is not unknown by which a
substitute Is paid who passes the examina
tion In the name of the desirous candidate.
The Government examining officials aro
bribed to wink at such evasions, and many
ate the stories current in China on this
The effect of an education, at the same
time severe and narrow, on the Chinese
character Is wlf-evddent. The chains of
superstition and custom which have been
growing stronger and stronger for so many
thousand years are riveted on the mind of
the youthful Chinese by an education wjilch
insists eolely on memorizing the classics.
Etrings of maxims, many wise and Eentcn-
the amusement of Bent Wilson, but to the
Feirct chagrin of Jack C.-irlmrv. who felt
that he lnd a prior right to her -smiles
"Oh. I'll Introduce ou'" voliintecr.il
Florence nlrilj "I'll tell my big Mstcr that
jou came because vou have the best
horses." ami she imlntnl to Ned and Nell
Now this team was the pride of Clem':,
he.irt and to proi-o Ned and Nelly a sure
road to his affections Surely Florrle Har
rison was. a nil? girl and no mistake,
The) drove a couple of miles across the
country to the little white district school
house ' where Mary Vlrglnti taught She
was to spend the nights with her mother's
Bunnlnt nartv Instead of going to her
boarding place for the rest of the week.
"There's Pis waiting for us." s.ild Flor
ence as they approached the achoolhouse.
It was awelI-pol-'d figure that came to
meet them. As Clem Rockwood'.s eyes met
thoso calm, blue onts he was conscious of
a sudden thrill.
"Sis. this is Mr. Rockwood. of whom you
have hard me speak." said Florence; "Mr.
Rockwood. my sister. Mar Virginia." The
Introduction was over
On the way back to camp Florence chat
tered gal. and told hr sister about the
plans for the week's fun. plans In which,
as Clem could see. Mnrj Yi'ginla had s-m-ill
share. She would be In the schoolroom all
da from 9 to 4. and the d.iv's outing would
be practically over bv tho time .she could
reach camp. Clem made a mental vow that
she should come from school as fast as Ned
and Nell could trot every ifternoon. As
for the mornings. If would see about that.
Thej told fortunes as they sat around the
camp tire that night, nnd. of course, the
j-ouiik people grew- a little confidential.
"I can read our fortune right there In
that rile of ashe." paid Bent Wilson, lean
ing over to Clem. "I can read it two
"Ah. a fortune to order!" exclaimed Jack
"As you please. Which do you prefer.
Clem, dark or light ej esT"
"Blue," said Clem, thinking of Mary Vir
ginia's clear eyes and entirely forgetting
that Florence's were a beautiful gray.
"You mean gnj, don't you?" put in Char
ley Root, with a sly little laugh.
"Blue he .said, blue it snail be. said licnt.
"She conus about to jour shoulder: I really
can't till about that, and she has wavy
brown hair. and,sh-'s rather quiet, but bie
his plent of character, plent." and Bent
subsided." having described Mary Virginia
Harrison to n T.
"You've rnade a mistake. Bent." jeered
Will Spedden "I can read ashes better than
that. "I se a gray-eed girl, who most ile
cidedly does not come to Clem's shoulder,
nnd her hair's yellow, not brown, and sh
Isn't a bit quiet." Young Spedden had Flor
ence Harrison In mind.
"He said blue eyes, anyway," said Jack
Carbury to himself, trjlng to extract a ray
of comfort from Clem's preference. Jacit
was Jealous of his old friend. Clem was a I
good catch; he owned a fine form, quantl- I
ties of blooded stock, nnd his home was f
handsome ajid beautifully furnished, for J
Author of 'China in Transformation,"
tlous, others merely the outcome of gross r
nnd Ignorant superstition; long and fabu
lous histories, dating from n period when
everything was expressed In the language
of symbols, train the Chlnee mind to a
habit of thought both Inelastic and tortu
ous. He it accustomed to double entendre,
to subtle meanings nnd twists of rhetoric;
at the same time he gains no knowledge of
the modern world, of recent science, or of
contemporary history. He Is both highly
educated and extremely Ignorant, a child
and a servant, and this system explains to
a great extent the ab')lute crystallization
of Chinese knowledge which makes her,
once In the forefront of civilization,
now many centuries behind the Western
world To explain the causes which led to
the adoption of such a system and shut off
China from outside Influence after she had
by herself attained a high pitch of knowl
edge and rs-finement. would Involve an ex
amination of geographical and historical
conditions outside the scope of this article.
Itulliiu Instiiirt of the Clilnninnn.
vvc are, therefore, concerned with a peo
ple of unparalleled proportions, whose tra
ditions have gathered force and intensity
for thousands of enrs and give a perma
nence -to their national character against
which v.e inn dash in vain our own su
perior qtiali-ies of mind and heart. It will
take centuries even to modify this national
character which to us appears at once so
childish and enlgmatlcnl. Meanwhile let us
take the Chinaman as he Is, and discover, if
poss.ble. Eome modus vivendt with him The
great point which the Britisher and China
man have In common Is the commercial In
stinct. The Chinaman is seldom a poli
tician, save In a local sense, never from
choice a soldier, the military profession be
ing held in contempt and being entirely sub
ordinated to the civil officials; even the
priesthood Is looked upon as a low grade
of life, and outside oilielal ranks, the mer
chanteven the jetty trader Is h-Id In the
greate-st repute. In a provincial town the
leading banker ranks next to the pref
Hard working. Ingenious. eeonntnIc.it. vh
genius of the Chinese is prc-cmin-ntlj tt
trade. Th- ver games of the chlldre:. ur
all about buing and selling, and the first
words a baby Is taught to lisp are the
names of coins. A Chinaman, to quote
"China in Transformation," "thinks In
money." llh first idea on being shown any
object Is how much It cost, nnd his intimate
conversation is almost entirely connected
with the commercial side of affairs. Re
ligion pliys a very small part In his inner
I life, though superstition governs his light
est action. Commercial integrity is both
high and universal in China, although hon
esty is not counted as a virtue in private
dealing, affording an Instance of the curi
ous parndoxeK so common in this country
of topse-turvcdom. The Chinese, par ex
cellence, is a shopkeeper, and no better
description of him can be found than thit
given by the Abbe Hue. who describes him
sitting behind his counter, waiting patiently
for customers, and beguiling the time with
calculations of possible pronts on his little
When tho customer comes the merchant
accepts eagerly the opportunity of I he
slightest profit, and drives the best possible
bargain, while In the evening his great Jjy,
when he has barricaded his shop, is to count
up his earnings and calcu'ate the dav's.
profits. It Is not mere greed which Inspires
this passion for commerce; it is the fasci
nation of the actual sport, the harard, the
give and take of commercial life and the
opportunities for Individual skill in tho
actual bargaining. Even wealthy men, like
the Viceroys, have the same Instinct, and
aro therefore open to bribes, which. Indeed,
play a most Important part In official Me.
The system of bribing Is so general and
Mrs Rockwood had money of her own.
The next mornlm; Ned nnd Nelly were
hitched to the light wagon and ("Tern an
nounod that he whs read to t ikt Miss
.Mar VirgiuU to school
"Oil, I can walk." exclaimed Mar V r
gtnla. "I know a short cut through the
"Uon't deprive me of the pleasure." plead
ed Clem, a little anxiousl. and 1 eh nd
him Florence tossed her head and turned
toward Jack Carbur. vvho was icver fir
awa. Flushing a little. Vlrgnla movtd to
ward the wagon, and I'Um drove 'iwa with
lur in triumph The had a frank Mid
friendly talk on the way to school, and
somehow Ned and Nelly got over the ground
nt a very slow gait.
That afternoon Clem Rockwood ('esci-ted
the party of hunters, who, after all, were rot
doing much hunting because the girls weru
with them, and again drove Ned and Nelly
to the schoolhoue. He was Just in time,
for Miss Mar Virginia, expctln rurli an
encounter, had dismissed school promp.ly,
ani was at the door read to pliris-e into
the wood path which led to the camp.
"Walt, Mls-s Virgin! i!" lie called. He had
dropped the Mary that morning unrepr.ntd.
He nlunjb had liked the name Virginia,
"But, mother." said Virginia that evening
in expostulation, aa she and her mother
walked down the path a little apart from
"I don't see why. daughter, jou shouldn't
allow him to take you to m'Iioo! and bring
you back if he wants to "
".Now, mother. ou know he's Florrlc's
"Mary Virginia. ou know that Florence
has beaux and beaux, and ,? how yhe
treats them. She's lllrtlng with every man
in this camp, and jou know it. You
shouldn't allow ours-elf to le put in the
background. If she is joungvr. she Is no
better than jou, dear, and she oughtn't to
have all the fun." Mis. Harrlivm was
speaking half to herself, nnd Virginia did
not reply The mother was regretting for
the thousandth time that her husband made
a favorite of gaj, golden-haired Florence.
He would never allow her to be a teacher,
that she knew, but Mary Kllzabetn might
make many sacrifices. Again lie sighed
Ned and Nelly were ready next morning
to take Virginia to school, but the con
scientious older sister had l!nnd nunv
down the iiat h. and Clem missed her At 4
o'clock that afternoon, as he stopped at the
schoolhouse door, one of the children came
with a message that "Miss Virginia had to
stay In to look ov er some compositions, and
for him not to wait."
Clem dtil wait, however. He would not
be rebuffed so easily. Virginia was not cor
dial when she came out at last and found
That evening she Fccmed to find Charley
Hoot very Interesting, and talked nnd
laughed with him In unusual gayety.
Charley Root, the bore of the party! Clem
looked on with dlssust. Florence tried all
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widespread as to have attained a certain
respectability. It Is a regular source of In
come to a large number whoe pay lrom the
Government Is wholly Inadequate. The Chi
nese love for money gives Impetus to this
system of corruption, ami It Is difficult to
Imagine anything that a Chinaman would
not do short of dishonoring his ancestors'
for a sufficiently large bribe. He Is not,
however, mean. He Is generous, almost to
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not hold it. and J.u k Carbury was glad
t" console her. Vanity had a linn hold on i
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be so Ignored. Stolng her Interest In Clem
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In manner toward lilm all the rest of the ,
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Camping pirties come to an end. as all
good things do. Clem went home and told
his mother about Virginia Harrison. "She ,
is the girl for me. motln r." he announced. '
"That Is. if I ran get her." he added, a j
little ruefully. I
"I thought It wr norence," said the
"No. It's her older sister"
Far! In Iiecember Mrs. Rockwood made
a visit over In the nexi county. She went
ostenslbl to see her fr!"nd. Rent Wilson's
mother, hut re illy to have Mary Virgin! i
Harrison lolnted out to her that Sunday at
"How pretty the Harrison girls are," sho
remarked at dinner that day.
"Yes, Florence is the prettiest, and Mary
Virginia the best," and Mrs. Wilson looked
around for the famll assent, which was
Satisfied with her visit. Mrs. Rockwood
went home. Just beforo Christmas she
askfd her Fon if he were not going to send
presents to the Harrison girls.
"I've been thinking of it. but I don't know
whether to or not." he said, a little doubt
fully. "Oh. es, I would." nsferted his mother!
Clem made up and chanced his mind a
dozen times on the way to town a few days
later, but he finally bought two books, a
popular novel for Florence, and Kmers ill's
"Fs.says" for Virginia. He hail heard her
quote a bit of Fmerson. Anjwiy, she was
the kind of a girl to read Kmerson, he
thought, with a thrill of pride, and just
thn he admired her more th in ever.
On New Year's Day he ventured to pre
sent himself nt the Harrison home. He had
a warm welcome from Mrs. Harrison, who
called "the girls," and watched their greet
ings with much interest. Flore-nce received
the liook without enthusiasm, but Mary Vir
ginia was delighted with her Cmer.son. Sho
was gracious to him. but she still refused to
go driving v Ith him to the Wllons, though '
her mother added her entreaties to his.
"I'd rather lnve Jack Carbury pick out
a present f r me," declared Florence that
evening, as she took out of its bos a hand
some f,.n, with a gold chain attached, and
laid It beside the book.
Jack Carbury was very attentive to Flor
ence all that win'er, and in the spring Mil
dred hinted to Clem that there was to be
a wedding in the family soon. She was to
have a golden-hatreJ pister-ln-law, Jie
Clun wis a happy man when he drove
Ned and Nelly over into tho next county
one day early in June. Virginia had come
home from the city, whither she hail gono
Immediately after her school closed In order
to help Florence do her shopping. She vva3
at home now. Rent Wilson told him
"Why, Clem. Mary Virginia's coming over
n fault, when the mood takes him. lends
freely, with little cxoectatlcn of return,
takes small account of trifles In settling a
bill, and seldom sues for a debt.
The Japanese, who nre often, by reason
of their more picturesque qualities, com
pared favorably with the Chinese, are
wholly lacking In ,lh!s distinctive feature
of commercial morality, nnd whereas the
spoken agreement is everywhere Hndlng be
tween traders in China, the smallest trans
action In Japan must bo reduced to writing.
The Two Spirit of the Ilnro.
While on the subject of Chinese virtues. It
must bo said that the estimate ot their
character which makes them out barbarians
devoid of softer feelings Is totally inaccu
rate. The Chinese have several Ideals which
are not unworthy of the highest civiliza
tion. Their self-control, to which they aro
trained from earliest Infancy. Is akin to thP
stoicism of Sparta, or to the conventional
Impassibility cultivated by the jouth of our
MISS ELMAR SPEAR,
Spear of Gteca County, Arkansas, is 5J
weighinE 200 pounds and carry him across a room. Mfas Srear b a heartv eater, is i
fond of company. Her mental development is
s ssvO WiMMKJkil-4M,-mka
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here to supptr this cvenlrg," he exclaimed,
suddenly remembering. "She said she
wanted to get sIs'b new yoke pattern. If
jou go down this way and cross the bridge
there, jou'll meet her; she always come
own country. Like ourselves, only In a far
greater degre-e. tho open display of emotion
Is considered Ill-bred, and the Chinese have
carried this principle to a po'nt where
ppeech Itself Is made literally to "conceal
This is the outside. Within lies dormant
the soul of an Ignorant child, half savage.
The courtliness of the mandarin, who Is
master of an etiquette rigorous and elab
omte beyond that of any other people, does
not proceed from nny Inner consciousness
of the meaning or worth of such ceremonial,
but from long usage, and from an accretion
of customes. Sometimes the slumbering
volcano, fed during the meetings of the sec
ret societies to which every Chinaman be
longs, and by the press, whose Influence
Is strong. Is roused by some act which af
fects his private or communal rights, nnd
bursts Into a flame. Then rebellion stalks
through the land, and. once he has given
the reign to his passion, the peaceable.order-
fitrvfi rsvfir f&A -mjJ. J C -. t
unusual for a child of her a2el
'Virginia," lie said, tenderly.
that way." As Clem moved off, he called
out: "She has blue eyes, too!"
They met on tho bridge and Clem blocked
ly Chinese Is a veritable fiend. It Is tl
same In domestic life". Ordinarily a good
husband despite the Improper position of
woman, which makes the wife merely her
husband's servant a loving father, a de
voted son, a slrgle moment's passion may
rouse a man to deeds of cruelty unworthy of
a savage. The domestic tie, as has been
shown in another paper. Is, however, the
strongest factor In Chinese life, and, as a
rule. It Is seldom outraged.
There are two spIrltB, as It were. Inhabit
ing each Chinese body. The one makes
for peace and Industry. Servants are not
only hard working and skillful, but faithful
and devoted. They are clever at expedi
ents, quick to devise, and on the whole,
dependable. If your cook takes a etoy off
without leave he will nevertheless provide
an efficient subntltute from his numerous
relations, and If jour dinner has gone
wrong he will be able to borrow something
quite as good from a friend. This model
servant, "childlike and bland," to whom
ou feel such conscious superiority In every
way. Is at the same time capable of turning
In one moment Into an unreasoning, un
thinking creature, mad with passion, thirst
ing only for blood. It is the "Doctor Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde" phase of character, and can
only be worked on by a steady course of
conduct which will convince the man of
your real desfro for his welfare.
The Chinese are, notwithstanding much
I assertion to the eKintrary, capable of this
conviction, and once their confidence Is
gained there is little chance that their evil
genius will turn them against those whom,
from a commercial as well as a social point
J of view, they regard as friends. This pos
sibility Is not only personal but national,
and lr. It lies the great hope for China In
How to IJ?nl AVlth the Chinese.
Unfortunately their dealings hitherto with
European Powers have not led them to a
belief In the dlslntercste'dncss, or even the
good will, of tho Powers.
Whatever the outcome of tho present
crisis may be, there can bo no permanent
settlement of the Chinese question which
disregards these salient features of the
national, character, and, treating them as
savaget-tak!ng them at their lowest level
punishes their treachery nnd Ignorance
with nre and sword and the Iron heel. Were
they really savages this might be an effec
tive. If hardly a Christian, method of reduc
ing them to order. But they are a nation, a
gigantic nnd by no means effete nation.
We cannot dispose of them summarily.
Enough has been said, even In this brief
sketch, to show that the Chinese nation Is
not a barbarian horde, but a people of dis
tinct anil powerful characteristics, ca
piil.le not only of evil, but. with
the virtues ot commercial morality.
ot endurance and of industry, cf
much good. It e-ompoHcs one-fifth of
the world's population, and possesses un
equaled resources. Whether It Is to be
portioned out among the Fo-vers. or main
tained as an independent omplre does not
atfect the fact fiat this reat mass of peo
ple have Ideas and theories of life quite op
posed to thoe of .he nations who are
squabbling for the erlor right to direct an
attack on them.
Next and !ast article: "The Creak Up ot
the Chine,: Kmpire."
(Copj right In the United &tat of America by
l. T. I'lsrce.)
AIAISY ANN'S STAGE CAREER.
And How It Terminated in a Very
Clara Morris In the Critic.
It was before I came to New York that I '
one night saw a really flno performance al
most ruined by a single Interruption. It was
a domestic tragedy ot English rural life,
and one act began with a tableau copied
exactly from a popular painting called
"Waiting for the Verdict," which was also
the title of the play.
The scene gave an exterior view of the
building within which the husband and
father was being tried for his life on a
charge of murder. The trembling old grand
sire leaned heavily on his staff, the de
voted wife sat wearily by tho closed iron
"Virginia." he said tenderly.
Words were not needed Just then. They :
were happy to be alone together. M. 1 D.
gate, with a babe on. her breast, tired, but
vigilant, a faithful dog stretched himself
at her feet, while his snaggy shoulders pil
lowed the head of tho sleeping child, who
was the accused man's darling.
The curtain rose on this picture, which
was always heartily greeted, and often, so
well It told Its pathetic story: & second and
third round of applause greeted It before the
dialogue began. The manager's little
daughter, who did the sleeping child, con
tracted a cold and was advised not to ven
ture out of the house for a fortnight, so a
substitute had to be found nd a fine lot ot
trouble tiie stage manager had. He de
clared half the children of Columbus had
been through the eleve and there was the
trouble, they all went through there ill -no
one left to act as substitute. But at but
he found two promising little girls sisters
they were and very poor but the mother
vowed her children must he In bed at '
theater or no theater; yes, she would llk
to have the money, but she'd do without lt
rather than have a child out of bed at all'
hours. At first she held out for o'clock,-'
but at last yielded the additional half hour:. !
and to the great disappointment of th i
younger child the elder one was accepted j
for the odd reason that she looked so muck
younger than her sister.
The company had come down from Cler
land, and there were the usual slight if
lays attendant on a first night, but tl
"house" was good, tha "star" (Mr. Buchia-
an) was making a fine Impression and th
play was evidently a "go." The big p!
ture was looked forward to eagerly, aat ;
when It was arranged we had to admit that
the pale, pinched, little face of the Strang fl
child was more effective as It rested oh ti
dog's shoulder than bad been the pIumR1
smiling face of the manager's little on
Tho curtain went up, applause followri
thoso bohlnd the scenes crowded to th
"wings" to look on no one noted that tl ',
hands of the clock stood nt9:0, nor heart
through the second burst of applause tU
slam of the stage door behind the ray
small person who entered, and.sllently peer-
Ing this way nnd that, found her strra,
avenglrfg way to the stage and that too
favored lister basking In the sunlight & '
The grandslre had Just lifted his he
and ns about to deliver his b-autlOt M
speech of trust and hope, when he
stricken helpless by the entrance upon to.;
stage of a boldly, advancing small dW
of most amazing appearance. Her thin )&4j
tl legs emerced from the shortest of skina j
whn- her small body was well nlnned opi
a grdt blanket shawl, the point of wide
trailed fully a quarter of a yard on the 1
behind her. She wore a. woman's hood '
her head, and from Its cavernous deptS, J
where there gleamed a pale, malign!" ,
small face, a ve!ce Issued the high. fa M
reaching voice of a child that triumphaaCT
"You. Mary Ann. yure ter get up oat of, M
thai an' com' home straightaway an y'jlj
ter go to beil. too mother says so. iu
the small nemesis turned on her heel n
tnlleil ot the stage, followed by laughter
that seemed fairly to shake the bullou
Nor was that all. No sooner IrKd JrJ
Ann grasped the full meaning of this drea
message than she turned over on her face,
and scrambling up bv- all fours, she elude
the restraining hinels of the actress moth '1
and made a hasty exit to perfect eftne
of laughter and storms of applause, wbil
the climax was only reached when the do. .
trained to Ho still so Ions a the pressor
of the child's head was upon his shoulder,
tinding himself free, roie. shook himself
violently, anil trotted off. waving his uO
pleasantly as he went.
That finished It the curtain had to fall
a short overture was played and the cor-"
tain rose again without the complete t&
leau, and the action of the nlav was W-
rumed but several times the laughter w ,'l
renewed. It was only necessary for 0Bi,"i
one person to titter over the ludicrous rec vi
ollectlon and Instantly the house wa
laughing with that person. The next nl&-l
the managers chl d. su.itli.il in flaano
with a mouth full of cough drops, held ta
wel.-tralr.cd dos In his rl.iee until the Drop"
er moment fur him to rise, and the pl15y
went on Its way re1olelnir i
And Just to show how lone-lasting ltMt
association of Ideas. I will state that ye!-!
many years, afterward. I met a gentlW -who
had been In the auditorium that nil"
tmu iw him me ne naa never since w-mj
blanket shawl, whether In n. store for "rj
or on some broad back, thnt h had not !-
stantly laughed outright, always seelc" :j
poor iary Ann s obedient exit "
that -vengeful small sister with t-1"';
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