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Life is a count of losses,
For the weak are heavier crosses
Lost springs with sobs replying
Unto weary autumn's sighing.
While those we love are dying,
There come new cares and sorrows,
Sark days and darker morrows,
The ghosts of dead loves haunt us,
The ghosts of changed friends taunt us,
And disappointments daunt us,
To the past go more dead faces
As the loved leave vacant places,
Everywhere the sad eyes meet us,
In the evening's dusk they greet us,
And to come to them entreat us,
"You are growing old," they tell us,
You can win no new affection,
You have only recollection,
Deeper sorrow and dejection,
Too true! Life's shores are shifting
And we are seaward drifting
Old places changing, fret us,
Th j living more forget us,
There are fewer to regret us,
But the truer life draws nigher
And its morning star climbs higher,
Earth's hold on us grows slighter,
And the heavy burden lighter,
And the dawn of mortal brighter,
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Collier, Friday Jan. 17.
Red Hill. Saturday Jan. 18.
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Cleora, Monday Jan. 27.
Pleasant Lane, Tuesday Jan. 28.
Meeting Street, Wednesday Jan. 29.
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Trenton, Satu?day Feb. 1.
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THE GIRL WHO WON
A MATRIMONIAL PRIZE
"You can never tell," said the old
lady who was visiting from the small
town. "About girls, that la. Take
Rosina Murr, for example. For one
thing, she was prettier than that Miss
McElroy you were all raving about
last night so madly."
"Impossible!" said the chorus.
"There couldn't be any one prettier
than Kate McElrc-y! Why, she's a
perfect, natural blonde!"
"Well, Rosina was ten times moro
natural!" declared the old lady firm
ly. "She was the kind that looks as
though she had been made out of
roses and cream and peaches. And
she had heaps of hair that was so ca
nary yellow that all her life her lit
tle brother had to lick all the boys in
town who said that their sisters said
she touched it up and blondined it.
It really was unfortunate hair, be
cause it looked so gloriously impos
sible. She had the figure of an ad
vertisement lady and a cheerful dispo
sition and a father with money. In
short, Rosina was calculated to drive
every other woman to hopeless, voice
less rage because lt just wasn't pos
sible to equal her at all.
"It seemed that she had every
thing-every advantage as to material
things as well as to looks. No other
girl had a bit of chance when Rosina
Murr was around-but as she waa a
generous, good-natured girl, ehe work
ed hard trying to distribute her ador
ers among the wall-flowers. The cat
ty ones said that she did lt only
because she didn't want them herself,
but I think Rosina ought to have the
credit for going to all the trouble, any
how. There wasn't a man in town
she couldn't have married, if she had
wanted to, so naturally she stayed sin
"Nearly all the other girls of her
age got married eventually to the
man who tired of walting for Rosina
to change her mind. She outgrew the
fluffy stage, where all a girl demands
of a man is that he be good looking
and happen along at the time. She
was witty, too, and it took a smart
man to keep up with her. We decided
lt would not be any ordinary man
that Rosina Murr would make up her
mind to marry.
'The summer that Judge Wagner's
brother came to recover from typhoid
we thought she had met her fate. Mr.
Wagner was tall and distinguished
looking and a lawyer and had traveled
abroad and just to look at him you
knew he would be perfectly at home
If the toastmaster called on him un
expectedly for a speech.
"Judge Wagner's brother took to
Rosina immediately and seemed to
think that she was the right medicine
for a typhoid patient. Anyway, you
rarely saw her when he wasn't along.
And she seemed to enjoy it, too. I
never saw her look prettier or laugh
more or put herself out more to be
charming than she did when with
"We had the wedding all planned
and the girls who knew they'd surely
be asked to act as bridesmaids had
decided on the color of their gowns
and then Mr. Wagner went away
rather abruptly and Rosina smiled on.
One of the girls asked her if she
didn't like him and Rosina said he*
was perfectly fine and she had so en
Joyed her summer. She didn't seem
to realize how mad and disappointed
we all were with her.
"It waa just the same when James
Miller came to visit his sister for a
week and stayed a month. He was
something In stocks In Chicago and
one of those dark, clever men who
scare you, but he didn't scare Rosina.
She sparkled at him and he became
instantly a groveling worm. He was
her slave and not only did he not care
who knew it, but he wanted to shake
In the public's face the chains that
"He had heaps of money and we
thought how fine it would be for Ro
sina to be able to go in the best city
Boclety and have a limousine. She al
ways did have beautiful clothes, but
now no doubt she'd have whole er
mine wraps and never wear the same
dress twice. But Mr. Miller also de
parted abruptly-and Rosina smiled
"People scolded awfully about it
She waa getting older each year and
even her beauty would not last for
ever-and what on earth did the girl
want? She had had chances that
most girls never come within reaching
distance of and each one she tossed
overboard. We said she would end
by picking out some one who was no
account and that it would serve her
right. There's the old proverb about
going through the woods and picking
up a crooked stick at last, and we
harped on it strong. No doubt she
would end her days over the washtub
supporting a worthless husband and
regretting that she hadn't acted sen
sibly when she had the chance. It
always turns out that way."
"Well, what did she do finally?"
asked one of the girls. "Marry the
town drunkard or elope with a carpet
beater agent who deserted her at the
The old lady smiled. "No," she
said. "When she waa 29 Rosina went
away on a visit and met the man she
married the next summer. He waa
JuBt aa good looking in his way aa she
waa In her3, had a fortune of several |
millions and I forget which foreign
country he is mlnlater to now. So you
see. aa I mid, you never can tell.
The general rule falls sometimes!"
"Well, we are perfectly disappoint
ed!" chorused her listeners. "She
didn't deserve it!'.'
Little minds are tamed and subdued
by misfortune; but great minda rise
above lt.-Washington Irving.
BILLY ADMITS THERE IS
AN ELEMENT OF LUCK
By LE8LIE W. QUIRK.
Billy Winslow did net believe ta
Now, as any gray-haired philo
sopher who lives and loves by rule
of-thumb will admit, there really is
no such thing as luck.- Perhaps there
Isn't. But Billy Winslow was not old
enough to be gray-haired, and he did
not live nor love by rule-of-thumb.
Hence his constant observations on
the subject v/ere tiresome.
Today his dissertation on luck had
been particularly positive and pro
longed. So long had he denied the
possibility of chance, indeed, that not
once in the whole afternoon had he
found time to propose to Helen
Thurlow. The oversight carried its
sting. Any girl finds pleasure in lis
tening to a proposal, even when, as
In this case, the man proposes some
two or three times a day on an aver
age, only to be politely but dlmpllng
ly rejected. Down in her heart Helen
Thurlow loved Billy Winslow, and
meant in the fullness of time to say
"But don't you think. Billy," she
asked finally, "that sometimes luck,
or chance, or fate-"
"Ah, fate," interrupted Billy, "is
quite another thing. If lt ls ordained
that a thing ls to be, some power
works for that end. But the act,
while lt may seem the veriest dip of
luck, Is really nothing of the kind.
Now, if we go back into the hlBtory
of the ancients-"
"Please," pouted two pretty lips,
"please let's keep to the present.
Now, Billy, what were you about to
And Billy, being neither gray
haired nor guided by rule-of-thumb
in his loving, forgot ancients and
luck, and proposed again.
"I-I don't know what to answer,"
said Helen, looking a little startled,
as if this were the first time. "I am
not sure I love you enough to marry
you. But, Billy"-and her face light
ed roguishly-"If you are certain
that we are merely the playthings of
fate, I am willing to leave my answer
This was striking in a wholly un
fair and poignant manner.
"Well," said Helen, "tonight I
shall go to my desk and write you
two notes. One will be an acceptance
of your proposal and one a rejection.
I shall inclose both in similar en
velopes, with nothing to indicate
which is which. Then I shall shuffle
them fairly-oh, quite fairly, Billy,
that no telepathy of mine shall in
terfere with that which is to be-and
one I shall stamp and mail to you,
and. one I shall toss into the fireplace,
without opening to know which has
gone to you, and-"
"Helen! You're insane! You'll do
nothing of the kind! Love Js>^?co
sacred to trifle with in this fashion;
I won't allow it."
"But, Billy, some power -will work
for the proper end that has been or
dained. You have just said so your
self. You know, Billy, there is no4
such thing as luck. Now, not a word.
Here's your hat. Tomorrow morn
ing, when your mail comes, you will
find my note. Good-bye and"-she
could not resist the final boon of the
last taunt-"good luck!"
For a man who had not been ac
cepted-yet-the hour of Billy'B call
the next morning was little short of
scandalous. But early as he was,
Helen was walting for him. She met
him at the door, and after he had
.ruing it to, that the curious world
outside might not share in his happi
ness, he took her in his arms without
a word. For a long minute neither
of them spoke. Then Billy lifted the
girl's face to his.
"It's yes," he declared, not as a
question, but as the repeating of a
"Ifs fate, Billy," whispered the girl.
Her whole face was wreathed in a
smile of contentment.
After they had talked of many other
things, the girl said abruptly:
"I think, Billy, I must have been
mad yesterday to leave the decision
to luck-that 1B, fate. After you had
gone, and I had written the notes, 1
began to grow afraid. But I was
stubborn enough not to give up the
silly plan, and I burned one and
mailed the other. Then, Billy, I be
gan tc* wonder what you would think
of me, and whether you mightn't stop
loving me altogether; and I lay on
the bed and cried myself to sleep.
I-you'll forgive me, won't you,
"Forgive you! It was my fault,
Helen. I suspect I've been a babbling
fool with my theories. I am the one
who was to blame, because I goaded
you Into making the test to open my
eyes. I-well, girlie, after this I am
going to admit there is an element
of luck in what we do. Shall we for
get the whole wretched business ?"
But she seemed not to have heard
"I was Jesting, Billy; you know
that. After I had mailed the note to
you, I thought of the horrible possi
bility of your takrng lt seriously, of
your considering it as my final an
"You mean you were afraid you
had sent the wrong note?"
"I was jesting, I tell you. But,
Billy, I was afraid you mightn't un
derstand. I was mocking you for
your belief in fate. I-Billy, I hardly
dare confess lt now for fear you won't
want me, but I wrote both of the
notes exactly alike."
"I think," said Billy Winslow,
soothingly, holding her close, "that
I am the luckiest man on earth."
(Copyright, 1912, by Associated Literary
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