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ONB WOMAN'S UFA
Thre mn, who iron cood and front,
FaroreO by fortune u3 fat.
I oveil ono woman; but shs
Iovel none ol the three
f hrr wvrv lrlnK and ttioy loved fneh other
At (rU'U'1 leva Irirml, or brother brultior,
Hut no out? ever Hpoke
Ihe Btmc nl heart svrolfS.
The Crt hU tove to the woman toM,
lu jjaMluii 't wnrtli, by hope mmlu bold.
IWtirr limn turn, or weallu,
VI ore than my Ilia ilwlf.
I leva tou 1 love you." hr m.
the lisk'niil, but Oic linok her I1M11I,
rid sqmiimviI. low end tine,
"1 lot not love uuljou."
Tli wnnil mid, "I lore you well,
Vloro limn throiiL-h life my Mm aux Loll;
Living, 111 love luit you,
111 dt'.ntli to you Ihi trim,"
Wlir, ulirdld not iiinli'ifunl,
Dut the luld In liii her hand;
And throuKliont nil her lift
feliC lived hl fallhtul Mlto.
Ofhlilorf forhor, tlietlilrj
tltAe never tncle word:
Yet wit. 111 love' d''2rea
1 lie lliltllt'lt id t lie limit.
Te wntclied her live mid viw h.:r die,
but hli henrl never volivl ery.
Homeiiow. when her llto win pint,
tic kiKU klic win lil ut lM.
1, iruile iiiim.on. In Dra$.
Trottolitio c.imo singtnii lliroiiRh tlio
lanes; it as A diiy in I'lirly summer, with
light (riirnut witiits which blew llio rib
bon liku leaves of tlio canes to niil fro,
nj ruflled Into pcntlo i ipla the green
waters of the stream by which tlivy grew.
Troltolino had received many muro uames
from holy church; but none of tlioin was
ever used. Ho wax Trotlolino to all the
world, though bo now oi twenty-ouo
roars of Ago,
Ho was very pretty lud, small but ad
inirubly tnn'le, and lit Ho as adcer. llo bad
t rounJ fare, with lunching eyes, Auburn
curl, n luoulli liko a toiucgraiato flower,
ml shining mow while teeth. Ho was
always g.iy nnd merry.
lit) was a baker's boy, ami went nbout
tlio country with the Vig mooniiko lunvea
piled in a mall blue covered mrt with a
while ah n i iik, draw n by a donkey, which
.u very small, tun, but Aturdy And swift,
and on tho bent of terms with Its master.
What business w.i it of Any onn'a If Trui-
toliuo and his donkey took a nnp on the
roadside grass, or loitered w hero tho fish
wero leaping In the river, or plucked
wild pencil or two from a wayside tree, or
trayrd now ntid then Into the jr.iy path
Dttder tho vine? Tlio customers wailed
for their bread, Indeed, but then when
Trotlolino ilid arrive ft In laiiih wan so Irre
sistible a ho murmured "J'.i.icur. i!"
that none could ever flu. I In their licntta
to wold or to report him. Truttoliuo could
ill); very cheerily, too, mi l ho hud an old
tnnndulino tuilu.' iu tho bottom of the
cart, wliich, when be Invented lonely
Lines or bill of solitary moorland, ho
Would take out, an I with therein e.ilcly
tucked away ou his arm, would waken tho
echoes with its cords, w hilo lie wing with
a full gay tenor voico tho longs of tho
Many a lonely cnttngo and waterside,
mill bad it il.torwuy tilled by women and
children an tlieao echoes Halted lo Ihciu.
"Tliere lit TiiitU'lip.i,'- they ruid ti ono
uolher, and would la i;li uti I rail out and
Ak hi in in; nn. I thon.'li the delivery of tliu
loave wan ;.lv hiiulcrcd br rxinii.
luniy nn. I but inclixl.rK, hie il.a wcro
lunch the biiliicr .r both.
Not very many year npi Tuvtn people
II tuu.lo ilii tr o'ii .. a. I, mid Would no
nmru bavo tlUid.-ltX of ''eiiiitig baker.'
bread Until of ikoru tio miiooili, wloto
it'iiiin (d the river led; but njjfiopt iu
f:iri,llwiiM-e, no boliie-mnd ...1 i tii.
.lid every one g to the' buker'a, lo tho
injury nf ihi-ir iliy-lioi,"M' I
f their tliy-lio' M'j I tin. in. v, in
nil ini'teHwt c ' "iovidenttt nn.l
, Vblclt i ' ," 'cial HI411 of all
prooien.4 -'I1-'- "y., I rottolinu'
too t iiiiuui
rouudawi-ie lor". " IH'U halting place
ninnv in the U- niiMiikefii,, to,llry gj,0
wl.it It be inland wa.
lVfi.tr. Hi Ualtlioiiirhl t...... -i
lie evcrll '"-"yrr,irt. and would
v . .iy iiiHirnuv limro
In to a ilrmu'lil ol
lue driver ,wim likelv to bu
l.iiiimtiiid by a wbii
f inlul ol liran tor bi'tiM'll
ol taret or an
Imttolino cin. lover di more linnt
than lnit, and loii'UNivi- wrru noil I aud
of fair wiiht; Immu a big brawny iiinu,
Who ipclit Hunt of tint tiny oil In Hire
bold, tripiied to tho wait in warm
weather, and wearing a red conical cap.
Hi aharo of the bunner wu lo dinpiny
bimw ll tliu. The bread wa made and
baked indoora by Ms women ami Inn ap
prentice. Irottolino did littlo with oicti
or trough; hi merrier mirn'on watlo nour
the country with tho little blue cart,
111 rn-opU were poor, liii father wn a
brukla)er and Li brother a iua.n.
Thero wero lhre. unirry- pretty, Mucy
tirU-youtn.fr than be, who wt-tit alwv
"Aying l out the na. with ktriw plait
ina an eicuw for U nig Idle, 'lli. y hud
a btlie coltu.t' at llio angle of a Wood, a
mile from the village, w here the bakerr
wa. It wa old and luiuhle-down, but
the iwect-kuieiling lira toM rutin. I, and
above it aud tn-ar it tho httl" green river
purled over it iloni, irvin. trout and
IX'Mll In i'l clear rifplea, and being ofteu
bruMied by the b.w-llilng winge id
Irrali-watt r bird. Tho tinitht r and gi.ui.l
rttollier ill. I the bntiM-w.irk, itK.ked, w wed.
p"n ud kept the family logctln-r. Tln v
were nappy . iliecrfill, aVti tloltatO eoplt.,
and U whi the ri.le of ll.cir bean to m-
Irottolino in the bhtn cart winding up the
atxly path itlt.t tor. pinew.Kid, or dlwip.
rnig Ubtud the lad i-nnrbtake by ttio
llwa fiiyotlte with hi employer.
JIinntl wit-kly waim wot a van Li-lit to
In Utuily, and t,e ,ak,.r a daughter, who
woAiixtern, Im kul with luvontig ei i on
hi auburn cinla. Ib ra..'. aprelty hi le,
hew a AlwainuiWd llioudina, o that
'h. ni.-n,tinat Cn-ie ti
i lo Ivti , ma a iiau rid '
often thontrJ ,v him in tho paMoral
ohtude. while the i,.j!tif IVopmn Went
tdt-pAt, tic-lne on tho Mil l i f tho ioK U.
It wu a high yaitliini aiiihitii.tt, imdoitlit.
todn'mol evir welding loon.li'ii and
a.K-ceeding lo tho b.-liety. put PM
thing bad lmpcncd, niid , l,ker wn
known to look on witit nit In lul nt m.le
w brn I rottolino, fniil rii d im,,, .c, broii 'ht
the girl on r-tindny A bun. Ii id t atnalioim
or a few I limn ro- from lua o u u ip ol
grrden, and liioinliiid, who a n,,cy
child and A Cixjuelte, put them Iu the ,,,u't
of Iter IkvIico or in Iter WiiiMbulid ami went
with them lliui honored to ma or to
' Ilow canyon tirnttrago It!" anld the
baker' wiln, "the a-m of a bracviuute,
lad who dilvc your a?"
And tl.n b.ikcr lau;-lied and answered
with good humor "Lh! ho might I n
biin-li; Unit would I worm). Trot
Uilina haa atuir in bun, Ihnti.'li ho ia nl
wrayi laughing and ringing; htilnut doubled
the cuatom, and never la llieto centlmo
wronj. Theae are (ptiiUtn, toy woiuan,
thee att (jnal.tlc thul nru not picked up
tvery day. U t ibiuga wgatliry will;
Uiey arg childica a yet, but if they keep
in the same mind whon he baa served hli
timo I am not euro that I shall say no.
lie is small, you nay? Yes; bo la not
giant. Dut bee i a very littlo thing,
and whoro will you find anything that
bents a beo for work?"
This complacency In his master was
more or less known to the lad and mado
him feo) secure as to his futuro; ho was in
lovo with liioudiiiA, but ia a simple, inno
cent, youthful way, with a touch of aelf
inlcreat in bis adoration which nindo him
gny and minguino. Alwnys in tho open
air and living with tho utmost frugality,
tho fumes of piuwion wero unknown to
him, and bis courtship was a playtime
Ho would talk a groat tleul about llion
din.i to the donkey, who moved hU sod
curs nt her iinmo beciuiio ho oltc.11 got a
sour npplu to munch from her hand; and
Iiioiiduia wtw always in bis head as he
fang of lilies ami rocs and Mara and
doves and fountains and all the other
goms of tho Hiornelht. Hut it wits a boy
lovo, sweet, nut eager, conUdit to wait,
into wliich neither impulieneo nor bitter
news entered. Truttolino,-too, ulwaysaaw
eveiything or. ho wished it to, be, to livo
in tho Hume, pluce all his life, and go his
daily round and laugh and aing nud
chatter and dunce in tlio farmhouse at
vintage time nud carnival tituo. This wan
pnradicn to him; ho could coneeiva no
other lifo that could poibly bo better.
Kvervbody wn his fuend and ovjry door
slood open to him.
Ho wns startled in his happy, uncon
scious opliuitHin whon ono day 11 inillur, to
whom bo bad gouii for auiuu llour for his
miiHter, nai.1 middouly to iiiui:
"lo you know that they will take nl
tn.mt nil the hnU of your. years next flu
tuiuii? They want so many tnon for Af
rica; tho bight bt.m.l.ir.i ha been lowered
again, And tliu numbers ulso."
Troltolino's fresh f.ico lost its ruddy
"l)o you mean no you don't mean"
"Yes; 1 mean very likoly you will have
to serve, tny poor boy," said the miller,
who wan an authority In the neighbor
hood, being a rich man and onn w ho road
tho newKpapem, and hud evonbeon kuowu
to eoulrailict tliu viear.- .
"All tho luds go Into the regiments; all
gills enmo to the mill; anybody in good
enough to bo almt by tlio blacks or killu I
of thirst; that is what we pay taxes for. to
low our lad and bury good money in for
eign Ian K It is all wrong, Trottu'lino; all
duinnulily wrong; tho boys and the money
arc tho strength of tho country, ami they
throw them both a ay us ii they wero
mildewed hurley. "
'J'rottuliiu, caritij nothing for gcnorali
ration, aUircd at tho speaker with dii
li'nded, ho'rrilK'd eyoa.
"1 lumloaure, wu mado aure," ho mut
tered; "they always ul. thero was no sort
of fear for uio, bovdma 1 w.is under tho
'Times chnng..."s.ild tho miller. "Who
could tell they Would go And Ul.lktt fuobi
of thftiiKidvcs'iii Africa? You iiro short,
to bo aure, but lliey have lowered tho
mc.iHiiro nud you ro very well made.
Mark my word,omu fSepteiuber they will
The lint tears (hit ho bad ever shed
In hia lifo ruahod inloTrottoliii't' eyes ami
he hid litem oil tlio short, thick inauo of
"I could null I could not!" hosnidtiit-
'll.o miller, who wai not nn unkind mm.
vet who liked t. llit oat ttiiiveleiimn truths
hoiti.' to other people, putted liii hlioiil.lor.
Hon Ire la ol lliein a iy t'l:;'., lull llit-y
go. ton will .) it win ni I av. Ion
won t get out ol it. And it won't ho 1. lay
ing the lute And getting tint donkey and
ogling 1.0111 i iu all day loii-thcro my
IV. , . .
The mill stood 011 tin river, some littlo
iliKlimco from 'I rot til I no' lioiuo. It win a
lovely, laughing day in April, with the
furrows id tint grt-en roru starred with
liyacintha, and iI.iIIo-IiIh and roots of
piiinroHU Iilonoiiiuig all nloii (iio gr.i.aoy
I.-iiiki. Hut all tho ghidnoai of it na
clouded over for the bov, tin I Ihn bluo
lieaveua eateil to wear a kindly aiuiln fur
him. 1Ij let repp iin niiiblo on his own
pace u:. bullied, aud tru;t inoutlifiiU licro
ami thero at pli-anure, mid bo went p.ut
111010 man one om ii iioor, not even hear
ing I he eric (10111 wilbiii id "Trolto'.ino!
oh, Tr lUolnm!" Tin tires I terror of tlio
rotix'iiplioii b id laid its cold hau l oil him
ami Iron mi llie lait.-h 0:1 lilsiipmnd Intihed
the iiiuaii' in bia apul.
it waa bito and when his round made
bini lato bo wait allowed lo Uliht hi don
Ley in 11 abed nt home, on condition that
be prvwiitcd hiiiim-ll nt the bakery at day
bleak. IU wa met some y.irdi from home
by hi siatera, w lot, Inugliitig and full of
glee, climbed up Into) llio cart un I acii-M
llio rem, and chattered liko no iiiany par
row in an acre of gu-eii pi i. Hut Ttotto
linn bad lin heart nor heed nr I licit).
When he reached hi father's eoltago bo
dado lliein aco to l't ppino, whu li they
often did, and hit bliion.ll walked up tho
garden path of hing!e.
"t.r.iuny- tniilher," ho sal I. in low,
tllitdcady Voice, In llio wmiieii nCinglo the
evening hu low in tho kicIi, "they iy
Ihey have lowered the stand. irl; when
autuyin conic they will take luc; cwry
body i going Ij Africa."
"Africa!" hnek.-d the women tiigethvr,
whilo the girl li lt IVppino at llieeutranee
and ran in, tcriilie.l, to tin en. "I Hi, 11. il
The Madoiius fottiid! Never, never! Tko
you, Trotttilino-you, our ono ctiadort, our
one treasure, our brvaJ-winnor, our tiir,
our darling -never, never' Tho tler
mother in heaven will never pt unit it."
"tiur mother In heaven never moves a
linger for a cnni-ripi," .n I I rottolino
.olly. "l.N'lio not let all the lad Iki
taken till ball llio land lie liiilillcd ,' They
nlway said I wa too abort; but it ihi'ui
tltey have lowered (ho stnmbiril. They
want soldier. n luui li for Aim a,"
" hero i A ft It a?" fail the eldeat girl,
whilo the mother And giaiidinntlicr rent
the air with I heir nntrnca and supplir.i
tion lo Holy Maty, who had been mother
and ought lo know what ii-o a hi were,
"Afiica i-i-" mutt. red Trnttolmo.
"I don t know what II ia. It i plaen
wheru Ihev bury men nud money vvery
1l.1v-a aorl of oven, I think, far away be'
yon I the -n. It i a pit, a furnace; 1
tl in'l know what exactly, tint they keep
on Irving In lid it and it I never III led."
A aliii'ldi rluf horror tu-in'd llio women,
and rliecked In swe for a motuuut their
"Hut w hnt have you n do with It?"
aaled Koaa, who was ol a clear and logical
"1 don't know. It has to U wt," said
Trottohnn, with thai aciinevneo in In
iH'tiit.ible mid iindi-piilcl auliiorily whicli
1 1 iiiihcdded iu IK liatimi.il clou aeler,
and I a iiwuo and as supiuo the fa
tahin of the (ileutal.
"Jliit I i iinnot g .! ' bu cried loud. "I
cstinot go! h, granny! (Hi, mother! 1
cannot go! I tli.iil tho if they take me
away fioni I'.iond.iu aud I'cjtpiuo and tho
cait and nil nl you."
Thou be tlittiw himself down on the
tlircMiold and sobbed and wn'.bod and
moaned. H wn indeed tho end of all
tiling lor him, poor imy.
A 1 mm later his lather nd brother
I'.u l . came In, tir-d and hot, thnir bar
I'.lWvl with d.'W, their beiuM'U shirts
wet wnli N'rpir.ni.in. They hud been
o'.'- li tieiii he to l.lallt Voting Vine.
ihtybcat their .rciit ud tore their
h-iir 111 il.-, ration when they heard.
1 ml! 1 ill in 1 1 .1 1 1.. I .,
; -. iiiaiiumy in 1110 iiiiuiiy.
I '', uivir wu tho boy be taken,"
they shrieked. "The skies will fall before
the powors la heaven shall let such
But no help enmo from heaven or earth,
and tho miller hud boon right in his foro
boding; and Trotlolino, with other lads of
tho district born in the same year with
himself, was forced to go in due courso to
tho neighboring town, and bo stripped
Ana examined, ana draw ins nuinlHir tike
tho rent, Tho Oovernmont wanted men,
and tho standard of bight was lowered,
nud even many youths far from healthy
or well shaped wcro accepted.
Tiottolino, who wiw of low stature, hut
ns healthy as a two-yenr-old pony, and as
admirably shaped 11s tho Faun slaluo, had
no possible physical chanco of oscape. llo
drow a fatal number and wan doomed to
Hcrvo. All hia agony was of uo avail, llo
had to go.
In vnin tho women at homo wept, nud
knew that their chief mitiiiNltty was to bo
torn from them, for tho hither wrw weak
of health and tho elder lad n drunkard. If
tho w heels of conscription couht bo slopped
by women's tears, it would rojt inaclivu
forever nil over liuropo. In due course ho
had to go,
"You will wait for mo, Biomlina?" said
tho boy to his sweothedit, imploringly.
"Oil, who known?" said tho girl, lightly
mid unkindly. "1 could not promise that.
Trotlolino. Who cm sav what 0110 will
do tomorrow, or next year?"
"iittt. if yon lovo mo you will wait,"
stiimnierod j'rottollnn, nghaHt nn I timid.
"Kti!" said tho littlo maiden, with a
ahrug of tho shoulders. "I liko you now
you nru hero; when you aro gone chi sa?"
Trotlolino did mil proles!. His spirit
cowed. All his sunny, merrv, carolens
lifo was killed iu him, ns a bluo lupin
grow ing In tho gnu Is cttl down by a
mower's scythe, liiomliuii wa cruel, but
so was fate." It seemed tint lira I, Inevitable
that ono calamity should coiuo oil tho top
of ono Another, It itlways was so. Tho
King, or tho Virgin, or tho Saint, pr somo
boly, was nngry with him, and would
have it so. Trotlolino was wretched, tin
sjM'akubly wretched, but bo ilid not rebel.
The lamb bln.it, but goui meekly t j tho
slaughter. So did ho.
And ill a littlo whilo tho villngoknow
him no more. Tho linker-bought the
donkey fur a quarter of its value and sent
a man out with tho loaves, a suily, silent,
unintcrt'Htcd person, who delivered tho
bread us a machine might do; tho mando
lin bung on a rusty nail for awhile nud
then was sold, too, by the eldest gb that
sliu might buv a necklace of colored beads
for herself. The mother and grandmother
sighod mid grumbh'd and wept for the liwt
help and the vacant chair. Tlio weeds
grew thick in the little garden nud tho
soun pot rarely saw a piece of in"nt.
"W hat a lad ho wai to work! I never
siiw bl liko, and so merry with it nil, us if
it wero so much p ay!" Maid the baker now
ami then, when angry wilh otheri, and
l.iondinn cried a littlo when alio heard her
fallier say tliie, nud looked wistfully at tho
palm with its knot of rilibou and ipng of
olive and everhetling Mower whicli Trotlo
lino had given her at K.iMcr, nnd wliich
hung over her littlo narrow bed. Hut 110
one can borrow forever, nnd IJOn.llna wiut
a littlo girl soon consoled, andbeforo long
alio coated to give the donkey iili npplu nn
fount day for old reiiii'iubraiiou soke, and
began to aiuilo on 0110 ol h r an. turn,
tiiniii Moronc, or llig lihtck John, a in oi
ler furrier, who had A forgy utjliu other
end of the h.iinict, and wait han Uoui.' mi l
impudent an. I well lodo, mi l who helpet
lo tlraw closer tho veil of oblivion which
iiImciicii had uiit-ady galhcrvd over tho
on at'.rv of the nh-eiit.
r.atr Trottoliii,,:" il,f,ugl,t Jtiotiditti,
S inietiuies pl.iurivi'ly; but ho had been
only a boy, and bad bad nothing, nud bo
w ns fur away - lar away. Who could euro
for a (ithoii gone right away into remote,
Invisible, ituiuiagiiiablii Kceiies? Ilia
mother might do that, but 1'iioiuliiia coul I
not. Then liiiui, tlio lariier, had In. nicy
and n tine bonne next his forge, nil velloiv
miicco ami green itiimis, a 11 it won a
Iioiiwi 111 loan; nud alio would wear 11 limi
ne! Mild A silk frock if she married lion,
mid have n charwoman lo do lint dirty
work, nnd eat Ine I liver every day, and
Ih- Hie envy of fl her companion. '
What eli incti had a 111 to- lii'Mitorv
ng iinat nil th.8? Or tho luuto, path-lie,
small-leaved tepro.ieli of lil t bii'icli ol
palm and olivo hung nbovo lur bd.'
Mean w bitn Trrttfnlittd f tpitw-iii- l-,itn.l nn.l
wealed and auilered mi l broni hi benil
under llio heavy 1. ink and mttiket and llrj
biut il order' nl tho banai k. nud 1.1
pretty, thick, Idomj coil i.iru, In limb
selling, his lung pautinr. In ImiIv starv
ing, and all hi rami ait ketiiug, liaifor tie
b(e ho bud loved and the Allectious hu hud
1'iior littlo Trotlolino! Ono Among tbou
Atnl of counlry l.l, loin fiom llieir
It'ail'f 111 lull dlld vale lli.'ir .1011,1 i,i...l.
i'l Slid their gtaloiiio viuevuid, toawell
1110 rutin 01 111 c;u i. III led, III tr itedcoii
aeritda, kemi' lled III lill'l, pmhe I In uild
fro in cattle triii k, weighted wi ll load
liko punting pack muk-a; forced down un
der llio brut.iliing itiucbine nf military
hlo, which preme out nature from the
very veins and U.n.-s of is victims and
s mp from tho war in, living II. h a pup
K't, A I.hiI, thing, cnituitp willioiit
1 ye, or car, cr seiiaet, or will of it owu, a
pl.iyll.itig fur death, a iiiimiIo iu tho uter-cili-ui
blind ol llio Mate.
I'oor littlo Trotlolino!
They sent hun far away to sotne south
cm low 11 of which be had iieer heard
the name. Ho was miaerable, and oil
lime mi the match big tears would falter
on hi curling la-he and roll down In
checks, otn o rny as the ro bdoro lil
rot lag j thnir at home.
llo wa pcr'tnally at fault, and por't.
nnlly puiiihnl, he wa agile a goal,
lithe a a stptirrel, and bad once been gay
n slaik. He did m l w iU In dieola-y, but
i.lK'dien.o was iinixmaihle lo him -such
blind, stupid, dull obrdienco Against ail
the laws ol n.ituro as was now cxii. ted
from him. Al home, never iu all hi lifo
had be diaoU'Veil h.a mother or hi tint
ter; bo bad run to do their bidding like A
docile dog. II11I here iu the barrack they
Initialised, bewildered, atlllilied, UH-Iie.,
maddened him; hn was ulwav iu faull.
often ho knew not why or wherefore, an i
puniabmeiil mint d iix'ui him n blow will
ruin iiimiii a willing horae front crm I hand,
until his luit.py and buoyant spirit wu
bioken snd Ifntcn into a sullen silence,
which wa aa unnatural in blm a it is to
the rippling and murmuring river ).) grow
till uu l lotid and at.iguanl under the
pn uro of factory wheel and the burden
ol factory rtfui. 'Ihey kept hun there
hi the ugly city of the .Smth.
with it buked slid dimt strewn plains, it
blinding, stony atrctu, Ita scorching
drouth, dragging hi feet In seemingly
unending marches, lying dared w ith laligci'.t
and buiik'ry on the Undies of the barrack
nrl, alwnv iin-d. slwnys footsore, always
sching from head to f.tot, longing with s
dim pu lonatit longing, bkn a chained
dug'A. for hi (amilinr road, hi grrnwy hill
side In merry, simple bio, his joplo, and
And Itiondins? Ho wondered.
lliondina mul I wn. a very ginvl, stifT,
school tuught huinlw tiling, but she never
sent him a hue nor etc 11 a tneaaago, Tho
rare letter ho got w, re from his mother
and grandmother, written for thutn by tho
village priest. They were short snd sad;
there was Always aouio had new in them.
Onco hli lather bad thiven the pitchfork
through his instep and was tieeloss for
month; another time the eldvst brother
had tho (over, gut iu luakiug iliUuo; aud
yet another, the big trray sow bad died
and the hens had chicken cho'ora. Of
liiondma there was never s word.
In tho rudo scrawl which ho bad lonmcd
to writo, that ho might keep account of the
urunu buivb, uo answeroa tuetr lotiers laitn
fully, though ho had to go without to
bacco to find money for the postage, and
ho asked always, "What of dear Biondina?
Toll me something of lliondina. Ask llion
dina, for the pity of heaven, to send me
llttt biondina never sont htm any word.
Onco in his ni.it hor's lottew, which came
to him aliou. .. t.-o in three or four months,
thero never was any hint concerning her.
And so tho time wont on; ono heavy, hot
season passed into a muddv, chilly w intor,
nnd thou again drifted into another burn
ing, arid summer, for it seemed lo him
thnt thoro wits neither spring nor autumn,
nor wns there anything sweet or fresh, but
only blinding heut nnd piercing cold in
theso hideous bnrrneksjof u slui.lo!e.i city;
and then, when four Beasona had thus gone
by, Trottolino, who was only ono of the
rank and lllo of an iufautry regiment, was
drafted oil" and sent to Naples wilh his
battalion on otud a transport ship. Thoy
wore going to Africa.
He heard the fools- in tho streots shout
ing and cheering them ns thoy tramped to
tho docks; Iu heard tho still greater fools
around him on the deck shoutii. hack,
poor lads! ninl telling one another all tho
fables narrated to them by tho ollicers
fable of tho ruby mines, mid tlio rivers of
wine, und tho King's palaces, and the
Idacic suivo girls, nnd the ropes of pearls
that they would all havo a loot when they
should touch the African shores. Trotto
lino could not seo tho shores ho left for the
great tears that blinded hi eyes, and nil
that bo did nee was w hat ho never would
see again a little cottagn in a green gar
den of herbs and rosus, grusy roads w ind
ing between thickets ol cane, a littlo don
key trotting merrily along the margin of a
Mtivitm, A fair faced maiden, with blue,
smiling eyes and braided hair tho color of
ripo wheat, coming coyly out with an Ap
plu in her hand. That was all ho saw as
the crowded tramport ship, under its
cloud of foul smoke, steamed nut of
tho hiulior, beuritig its living freight to
sullor and pine, and sicken, imd swoltcr
aud ptii-.li under. tho brazen kkice of
Africa, lie was not Irottolino. He had
ItingTinco ceased to ho Trottolino. He
wu only a private in a marching regiment
laitind for Massaua; only one of tho many
torn pieces of throbbing llesh witli w hicli
war buihU up its arch of triumph. And
his place knew him no more, and no ono
remembered him except now and then his
mother mid grandmother, who, ns they
sat shivering over a littlo pot of clwrcoul
in long winter evening, when tho girls
wcro away dancing nt fu.-mhouHcs, shook
their heads together and fcuid to 0110 an
other: "How warm nnd well it wns when tho
hid was here! What big hranchct ho used
lo bring down from tlio woods, and always
a merry toiigoo, aud always a useful
When the next Kdctcrlide came round
there was a lino wvdd.ng in the village un
der the hill, (.inn el Moron.! espoused
lliondina, and fo splendid 11 bridal hud no
bc.'li seen iu th.1-0 itarts for many a day.
J loth the fallier nud tlio bridegroom wero
men who com. I spend when they choo lo
open their pnrae strain:. Huch eating aud
dnuULu.'. such dancing and tinging, such
uproar and g.ively Iiiivj never Ihj.-ii us wero
heard ill tho baker's boiisu iu honor of his
littlo daughter. It wns mid-April, nnd all
it ilnre seemed to rejoice w ith the rod tu
bps 11 1 1 the bluo b.iray, tho wild rusts mi
the whitu may in Iho iie lgi's all b''ttvjm
ing nil over' i!i v. 'dj ti.liis. Only tho
toii!.ey was left f-utigry iu In stnble while
tho lu. 11 feasted. And two Women who
bad not h"ftl bidden In tho feint thought
sa lly ,il Uiey tin tip lla':r pit ell ol Vcgo
l.ibl.i ground in trolit ol the hut.
"My p-M.r lad! N.tl a thought of It 1 11s.
thinigli unco he v.a b.i'f prouimed I hut ho
should have the bridcguaiui's place! Not
n flight llion;;ii nf linn, and thu little blue
eye I doll U :iii king nud bluihing and
kth-titig 1111. 1 niukiu.' a fml of I'.iack John,
uu l Honking herself a tiiiu lady with tho
atringtif H'arl round Iter nock, mid ail
tho village wilting her jy."
ll was hnl. It s.i-iaiiI very hard to
Tiultohno' 1110. her and grandmother as
Ihev ptoiilu ly lined Ihe heavy black earth
und weeded the speed null and vctcli out
Iroin (hi) row i of pe.M. ll wa tho way of
the world, no doubt; but the way of 'llio
world is apt to sec in hard to niinp.'o folks.
Inter, w licit
'ii bad long been gathered und sold, and
the heal of the summer had been heavy
nit the earth, though tho vines loved It
mid ll .111 iched in it atilirvdiinl, the miller
who lived at the water null und who wns
a kiuilly man, though rough and aareunlic
in sp.'ech, walked tlown by the stream
0110 evening, when his wheel wa at a
stun. Mill Uhmiuo llio water was o low,
and and to tho two women working to-
geiiier a usual, hanging out hncu on
lines under the pear live;
.-'ay, wife, tt.i you ever hear from vour
hid hi Aliou?"
Ihe wo n ohook their lie.nl. They
ba I bcaid iinlhitig sineo .ilarch; then ho
hud only written a few line that said it
was hot as in ihoae foreign iinrui nud
111111 no 11a 1 itccn ill wun lever, r.ver suico
I ben never had count A Word. II only tho
King would ploa-o send him back! His
hit her had been bedridden ever sineeth.it
AiTltlelit lo Ins fiatt, it was thought
it would end in pmgrvne; and
Ihe girl wero giddy paced wetithea,
good for naught, nd I Undo spent
nil ho got nn wnio and tobacco at Ihe vil
lage drinking place, snd Ihe lird only
knew how things would end; two women
could not keep tho naif over their headl
on J liud hrcid (or everylaaly. Was there
Any way in which Trottolitio could begot
iai kr no liinl been away nigh on two
years, snd what would ho way when he
heard (hat Hiombna had got married Aud
wa aWil to becomo a mother?
Die miller shook his head. lie some
liiiieA laniglit newpiitcr. He had
l-otigbl one in the town tho previous day,
mid he hud seen story of Africa, of a
forced match, of men goiio mad from best
snd thirtd, nf young soldiers shot by their
ollicers, of other shot by their own baud
t get nut of their torture. There had
Uvii no names given except those of two
captain and s.imo subaltern who were
dea l, but eighty-live privates wore said to
bo killed or miming, and what he had
read had made him Hunk of tho hid he
had ut'd lo know ' I come down
through the l.iu.-a to ak if thore had been
of Into siiynew of llieir bov. He said
nothing i what ho had rend to the two
women, but went m lly to his homa where
lh mill wheel was siaiidiug still in the
blue evening shadow, tho swallows Ami
tho bats wheeling above Its water. All
the evening lung hu saw in memory the
pretty, merry brown face of 'trotlolino,
with its blowing curia, and it laughing
lif t, and it grsy eye, so wide open lo the
sunshine. All llieeveniag long hcaoeiiicd
to bear the miles of Ihe eld tiiiiiidonn as it
hud lined lo sound shove the tnuttoring of
tho mill water and the trot of tho little
"A good lad. a happy Ind, a useful lad,"
thought the old man as he m n tlf)
porch, snioking his lust pl be (ore bed
timo. "And Ihe fools (Kind him to Kf)
end rot, like spoiled fruit, At the other end
of the world. Tsx, taxv tax! slaughter,
slaughter, slaughter! That is the only tune
they play to us, aud we are such besotted
lUut wo tura our purses iu,jj uut
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AGENT for EARLY BREAKFAST
and Kivo our bivs to feod the carrion birds
to pleiue Iheui!"
And a few months later on. when tho
olive were bein L'.itbered and tlie child
of I'.inndiiia was bi'itii! rnrried lo tho font
lo bo baptlz".) iu all its finery nn.l the old
mil) who had died of raii)rcno in the font
wa bpin shulMed into a nainelets bole
under the rank jims where tiio poor wero
imr.c'i, 1 1 ley n.'urJ al lul that Iroltoliuu
was ilead. llo had been dead, many
months dead as tho palm which llion
dina had thrown out upon the dust btupa
On that aw ful dsy of which tho miller
bad rend, under thu hrn. ui kies of Allien,
in the mil and tlio sand, and the thirt,
and tho plague of slin.n.' innecl life, nnd
thu a my of bliii.li.il, lehtcrnirf eyt-s, ho
ba-l ilrnpfi.'il d twntis the p-it ietit camel
drop w :ic:i his last breath of life ii .ns
iittt and one of his ulliivr had yelled at
him nnd riire. him ns a kitlkim; cur, and
when he bad failed to oltey ntid ri; had
ahot him, the vulture, already e.irit'.'d by
blood, heai ily llnatiii ubitiii liiin, thou
Kvtllinjr ! thi'ir work.
Hi villaj,0 tallied of him a littlo while,
not oii!t, not much; ho h.i I Ueu only a
Hut a simple, happy, iim ful lifo was
iriiiie forever, and by it los tho world was
ao much poorer, lie h.nl been blithe and
harmlcNia n swallow iu Ihn April sir, aa
a leveri't in tho llelds of June, and tho
Mate bad taken him nnd jammed him
under it iron heel and had crushed him
into not hi ni: lie., body and soul.
And it i f.ir this f.ito that women brlnj
f.u th main children, to this end thai llio
IKM.pIo strain aud aro slnpjied of their
iiard won earnings.
"War balh litres daughter," ald a
irrcat king once, "Fire, and I'.iood, and
raiuine." And these threo devour le
nations, and yet tho nations crawl in Ihe
dust and kiss their feet! Ut'ltiv.
An ltlir-a f:rleiee.
MnJ. Kidney llerla-rt, a well-known
jiiuriiiili-t In agricultural circles, writes.
April IS, lssifc Nimo live years ntto I
wrote a letter stalitiK that .Vwiit's Specific
had ciinsl mo of severe rbciiiiiHiism.
huiio that timo I have bad it return of
tho rheumatic troubles, lilt li'iu-ti fre
quently exHied to the inllueiictii that
iindni'i'i former Attacks. N'veral of my
friend had a similar exx'rienee, and aro
firm in tin Ir conviction that H. 8. K.
btouht a iMTinanent cure. The scnrchlnK
poser of this medicine is shown in the fact
that it ileveluKila scrofulous limit that was
coupiciinus in my IjIcmhI over thirty ye irs
ugo, and has removttl the butt trace of It,
1 havo Also tented H. H. H. as a tonic after
a severe Attack of malarial fever, which
kept mo In tied for three months, and am
convinced that ita cunilivo And strength-eniiif-
pmerliia insured my recovery Irmn
that illness, as I was iu a very low condi
tion of health.
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