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I TheGolden f
By Victor Redcliffe
(Copyright, 1317, by W. G. Chapman.)
"I am speaking from my heart,
Elva. Can you give me any hope?"
Youth and love were enshrined in
the mellow golden sunlight which ir
radiated Elva Parsons and Maurice
Houghton, seated on a mossy bank st
It was the critical, ecstatic or
despairing moment in the fate of Mau
rice Houghton which he had antici
pated for many months. He was a
small farmer in the district, laboring
mightily from dawn to dark to wrest
a living from the little twenty-acre
farm patch his father had left him
badly encumbered with debt. At last
be faced the unequal struggle in a
manly, practical way. It would take
ten years to lift the interest-devour
ing mortgage, but by close, calculating
and persistent effort he could feed the
consuming monster, finally extinguish
it and meantime live comfortably, at
least. With Elva Parsons by his side
Maurice was sure of hopeful counsel
and co-operation and happiness.
So he had come to the little home,
had decoyed her Into a stroll which
she regarded as merely casual, and
now Elva sat blushing divinely, her
eyes averted, but her heart throbbing
.with responsive love for her suitor of
a year, whose brave, loyal spirit had
long since appealed to her.
Alas ! the words of reply that would
make Maurice Houghton a happy mun
were flattering on her honey sweet
lips, when, suddenly
The startling sound aroused both
from their dream of bliss. They arose
to their feet.
"Oh, Maurice, a man in the water!
He will drown. No! no! do not im
peril your own life !"
But Maurice was gone. In a flash
be had taken in the picture of an old
Helpless in the Strong Current.
man -.vho, crossing the old bridge span
ning the stream, had sunk with yield
ing, rotten timbers. Now he was in
mid-stream, his arms waving wildly,
whirled round and round helplessly
in the strong central current.
A natural born athlete, a superb
6wimmer, Maurice soon had the in
sensible victim of the bridge accident
in his grasp after a plunge into the
water and a few speedy swinging
strokes. He got the man ashore and
laid him on the bank, kneeling to chafe
bis cold hands and pressing his chest
to exude the water from his lungs.
"Oh, I know him!" cried the pale
and trembling Elva. "He is the strange
old man who came early in the sum
mer and who lives like a hermit in
the old Percy cottage near the edge of
?the town. He never speaks to any
one. They call him mis-mis-"
"Miser?" supplied Maurice.
"No-misanthrope, that's lt He
lives poorly, but they say he has
money and had some business or fam
ily disappointment, and burles himself
lhere to get away from all his-old
?friends and associates,"
"We had better get him home," sug
gested Maurice. "See, he is recover
ing. Courage, sir," spoke Maurice in
his hearty, helpful way. "We got you
lout of your trouble just In time."
The old man was still half dazed.
!He shivered with cold and shock. Be
tween them Elva and Maurice assisted
ihlra to the wretched home where he
?lived. He was so weak when he
ireached it that they had to almost car
ary him Into the house. They placed
[him on a bed in a miserably furnished
"I win make a fire and get him nn
fdressed and comfortable," Maurice ad
"But yon will stop on your way
?home and .ell me how Mr. Trask is
.getting along?" pleaded Elva and her
.?yes fell and she flushed consciously,
?for while she was truly sympathetic
iand humane, she longed to have Mau
irlce take up the thread of that wel
come lore discourse where the Ind
dent of the broken bridge had rudely
"I will, Elva," promised Maui ice,
and an hour later, true to his word, he
joined Elva at the gate of her lowly
home. Elva lived with an old maiden
auut and they were even poorer than
Maurice. She greeted her lover eager
ly. Old Mr. Trask was all right. It
might be well, however, Maurice sug
gested, to have Elva or her aunt visit
the cottage the next day and see that
he was keeping so. Then Maurice
leaned closer to his fair companion.
"As I was saying when that splash
startled us," he spoke, low-voiced and i
smiling, and lower went the blushing
face of Elva, and his utterance faded
down to a tender whisper, and lier's
was responsive, and the soft, balmy
air quivered with the echo of their
first love kiss.
Elva went to see Mr. Trask the next
day. She found him dressed anti seat
ed in a chair near to the open door
way. He was wrapped up and his face
looked pinched and troubled. It bright
ened as Elva came into view.
"I was too stricken to even thank
you and your brave, good friend yes
terday," spoke Mr. Trask, and in a
very few minutes Elva felt easy and
friendly with the old recluse. She
detected that it was with difficulty
that he got around. Playfully and then
insistently she declared he must let
her tidy up tilings and started at work
forthwith. Elva was truly appalled
at the disorder and barrenness of the (
three little rooms the cottage con
tained. When she came to the larder
her pretty face took on a pitying ex
Some dry bread was all that she
found. Without saying a word to Mr.
Trask, she hurried away by the rear
door, reached home and went around
to the barn of the place.
Elva had a rare docile pet in Whitey,
the one hen she had raised and owned.
In the feed box were a dozen eggs
she had accumulated to make a set
ting for Whitey. Resolutely Elva gath
ered them up in her sun bonnet. Then
she hastened back to the cottage.
The old recluse devoured the toast,
coffee and four fresh eggs with an
avidity that showed he had been neg
ligent of his eating in the past. For
several days Elva continued to go
down to the cottage and act the help
ful housekeeper. Her presence seemed
to have a humanizing influence on its
inmate. Mr. Trask came out of his
shell. He had money, Elva learned,
and she induced him to order house
hold necessities from the village.
Maurice came to call upon ner one
evening to find his lady-love in a state
of great excitement.
"Suppose we stroll down to the cot
tage and see how Mr. Trask ls get
ing along?" he suggested.
"Why, Maurice, he is gone!" said
"Gone?" repeated Maurice vaguely.
"Yes, only two hours since. Oh,
Maurice! it is like a story book, lt
seems that he had quarreled with his
wife and had isolated himself here,
and what do you think !-she traced
him and came to see aunty and me
this morning, and I took a message to
Mr. Trask, and they are reconciled,
and I am glad that we have all been
able to so happily mend two broken
It was a month later, and Maurice
and Elva were seated in the garden dis
cussing details of their approaching
marriage, when the parcels post man
drove up in his delivery gig.
For "Miss Elva Parsons" there was
a small boxlike package.
"What can it be?" murmured Elva,
ns her eager fingers undid the cover
"Why! an egg, golden egg!" ex
claimed Maurice, as such, lying in a
soft nest of wool, was disclosed.
"It opens !" said Elva. "See the lit
tle card! From Robert Trask as a
grateful acknowledgmen; of the care
and kindness of true, unselfish
And Inside the quaint treasure case,
suggestive of "Whitey" and her prod
uct, was a new, crisp one thousand
dollar bill, and the worries of the
future were past for the happy pair.
Dimensions in Language.
Perhaps there are states of mind per
fectly expressible in language ; but any
reader with a love for something be
yond cleverness will value a passage
not so much for a content small enough
to be exactly adjusted to its form as
for a content which is felt to have ex
panded the form, to overflow lt, to cir
cle beyond it, writes George Soule In
the New Republic. This is, for instance,
the charm of Henry James* style; he
did not take language as It was given
him and busy himself with the game of
finding meanings which neatly and
gracefully would flt into It; he kept
stretching it and using it for new pur
poses until he made of this one-dimen
sional medium an Imitation of three
dimensions, something In which recur
ring variations of suggestion lead out
ward and back again until lt conveys
not a simplified procession of Ideas,
but a rich mind as it exists to Itself.
The Only Way.
Theodore Dreiser, the New York
novelist, helped himself to some tiny
rice-birds at a luncheon at Sherry's.
"What little things rice-birds are!"
said a poet. "Here are nine on this
one piece of toast. How do you kill
enough rice-birds for a meal, anyhow?"
"Why, with insect powder, of
course," said Mr. Dreiser, taking np
a brace of birds on his fork.
"Your mother was talking abont
some women of moods and tense mo
"I'll bet lt was our grammar
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