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October 10, 19 u.
Copyright, 1909, by Doubladay,
Pag A Company.
It was in tho woods that the
girl of the Limbcrlost found her
education, her tovc, her happi
ness and other good things, so,
rightly, the air of the trees is in
this story of her life. Here is a
tale for lovers of the woods and
for othcrswho like a simple story
welt told by one who knows the
forest, can tell about "home
folks" and can find the interest
in everyday lives. Through these
pages flutter the brilliant butter
fly of tangled romance, the more
sober butterfly, no less beautiful,
of noble, quiet lives, well lived,
and the gray moth of sorrow
borne needlessly for many years.
And if you listen closely you
may hear the buzz of the little,
busy existence of Billy, a young
ster worth your knowing.
Wharain Elnora Goaa to High School.
ILNOUA COMSTOCK. have you
lost your senses?" demanded
the angry voice of Katharluo
Comstock as she glared at
"Why, mother?" faltered the girl.
"Don't you 'why mother' met" cried
Mrs. Comstock. "You know very well
What I mean. You've given me no
peace until you'vo had your way
about thta going to school business.
1're fixed you good enough, and you'ro
ready to start. But no child of mlno
walks the streets of Onabnsha looking
like a play actress woman. You wet
your hair and comb It down, modest
acd decent and then be oft or you'll
have no time to find where you be
long." Elnora gave one despairing glance
at the white face, framed In a most
becoming riot of reddish brown hair,
which sho -saw In the little kitchen
mirror. Then she untied the narrow
black ribbon, wet the comb and plas
tered tho waving curls closo to her
head, bound them fast, pinned on tho
Bklmpy black hat and started for tho
Mrs. Comstock watched tho girl
down the long walk to the gate and
out of sight on the road In the bright
fiunshlno of tho first Monday of Sep
tember. "I bet a dollar she gets enough of It
by night!" Mrs. Comstock said posi
tively. Elnora walked by Instinct, for her
eyes were blinded with tears. She left
the road where it turned south at the
corner of tho Llmberlost, climbed a
snake fence and entered a path worn
by her own feet. Dodging under wil
low and scrub oak branches, she at
last came to the faint outline of an
old trull made in the days when the
precious timber of tho swamp was
guarded by armed men. This path she
followed uutll she reached a thick
clump of bushes. From the debris In
the end of a hollow log she took a key
that unlocked the padlock of a large
.weather beaten old box, Inside of which
lay several books, a butterfly appara
tus and an old cracked mirror. The
walls wero lined thickly with gaudy
butterflies, dragon flies and moths. She
Bet up the mirror, nud, onco more pull
ing the ribbon from her hair, she shook
tho bright mass over her s'joulders.
tossing It dry in the sunshine, Theu
she straightened It, ' bound It loosely
and replaced her bat. Sho tugged vain
ly at tho tow browu calico collar and
gazed despairingly at tho generous
length of the narrow skirt. She lifted
It as she would have liked It to bo cut
if possible. That disclosed the heavy
leather high shoes, at sight of which
he looked positively HI and hastily
dropped the skirt. Locking the case
agalu, she bid the key and hurried
down the trail.
She followed It around the north end
ef the swamp and then struck Into a
footpath crossing a farm in the direc
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tion of tho spires of tho city to the
northeast. Again she climbed n fenco
and was on the open road. Tor an In
stant she leaned ngalnst the fence, star
ing before her. then turned and looked
back. Behind her lay tho laud on
which she had been born to drudgery
and n mother who made no pretense
of loving her. Before her lay the city,
through whose schools she hoped to
find means of escape and the way to
reach the things for which sho cared.
When she thought of how she looked
she leaued more heavily against the
fence nnd groaned. - When she thought
of turning back and wearing such
clothing lu Ignorance all tho days of
her life she set her teeth firmly nud
went hastily toward Onabashn.
She approached the great stone high
school building, entered bravely nud
Inquired her way to the office of the
superintendent. There she learned that
she should have come the week before
and arraugeil for her classes.
"I finished last spring at Brushwood
school, district No. 0." said Elnora.
"I have been studying all summer. I
am quite sure I can do thT first year
work If I havo a few days to get
"Of course, of course," assented tho
superintendent. "Almost Invariably
country pupils do good work. You
may enter first year, and if you don't
fit we will find It out speedily. Your
teachers will .tell you the list of books
you must have, and If you will come
with me I will show you the way to
the auditorium. It Is now tlmo for
opening exercises. Take any seat you
find vacant." Ho was gone.
Elnora stood before tho entrance
and stared Into tho largest room sho
ever had seen. The Door sloped down
to a yawning stage, on which a band
of musicians, grouped around a graud
piano, wero tuning their Instruments.
Every one else was seated, but no one
paid any attention to the whlto faced
girl stumbling half bllndlj down the
nlslo next the farthest wall. So sho
went on to tho very end facing the
stage. No one moved, and she could
not summon courage to crowd past
others to several empty seats sho saw.
At the end of tho aisle she paused In
desperation as sho stared back at tho
wholo forest of faces, most of which
wero now turned upon her.
In one burning flash camo tho' full
realization of her scanty dress, her
pitiful little hat and ribbon, her big,
heavy shoes, her Ignorance of whero
to go or what to do, and from a sick
ening wave which crept over her she
felt she was going to becomo very HI.
Then out of tho mass she saw a pair
of big brown boy eyes threo seats
from her, and there was a message in
them. 'Without moving his body he
reached forward and with a pencil
touched the back of the scat before
him.- Instantly Elnora took another
step, which brought her to a row of
vacant front seats.
She heard tho giggle behind her.
The knowledge that she wore the only
hat in tbo room burned her. Every
matter of moment and somo of none
at all cut and stung. Sho bad no
books. Whero should sho go when
this was over? What would she give
to be on the trail going hornet
Before she realized what was com
ing every ono had risen and tho room
was emptying rapidly. Elnora hurried
after the nearest girl and In tho press
at tho door touched her sleeve timidly.
"Will you please tell mo where tho
frhmen go?" sho asked huskily.
) The girl gavo her one surprised
glance and drew away,
j "Samo placo as the fresh women,"
sho answered', and those nearest her
I Elnora stopped praying suddenly, and
.the color swept Into her face. "I'll
wager you are the first person I meet
when I find It," she said and stopped
short. "Not that I Oh, I must not do
that!" she thought In dlimay. "Mako
an enemy the first thing I do oh, not
She followed with her eyes as the
young people separated In the hall,
Borne -climbing stairs, somo disappear
ing down side balls, some entering
doors near by. She snw tho girl over
take tho brqwn eyed boy nnd speak to
blm, and be glanced back at Elnora,
and now there wns a scowl on his face.
Then sho stood alone In the Imll.
Presently n door opened nnd n young
woman came out nnd entered nnothcr
room. Elnora waited until sho relum
ed and hurried to her. "Would you
!tell mo where tho freshmen nro?" sho
"Straight down the hall, threo doors
to your left," wns tho answer as tho
"One minute, please oh, please!" bog
ged Elnora. "Do I knock or just opcu
"Go In and take a seat," replied tbo
"What If there aren't nny seats?"
"Classrooms are never half filled.
Thero will bo plenty," was the on
Bwcr. Elnora removed her hat. There wns
no place to put It, so she carried It In
her hand. " Sho looked Infinitely bet
ter without It. After several efforts
bo at Inst ocned tho door and, step
ping Inside, fared a smaller nnd more
concentrated battery of eyes.
"Be seated," said the professor In
charge ofthe class, and then, becauso
he saw Elnora wns desperately em
barrassed, he proceeded to lend tier a
book and to nsk her If she Inul studied
algebra. She said she had n little, but
not the same book they were using.
He nsked her if bIio felt that sho could
do the work they were beginning, nnd
she said she did.
That wns how it happened that threo
minutes after entering the room sho
was compelled to take her placo at the
blackboard beside the girl of the hnll,
whose flushed fnco and angry eyes
avoided meeting Elnorn's. Being com
pelled to concentrate on her proposi
tion, she forgot herself. When the pro
fessor nsked that all pupils slgu their
work she (Irmly wroto "Eluorn Com
stock" under her demonstration. Then
she took her sent nnd wnlted with
white Hps nnd trembling limbs as one
after nnotlier the professor called tho
names 011 the board, while their own
ers arose nud explained their proiosl
lions or flunked If they had not found
a correct solution. She w:is so eager
to catch their forms of expression and
prepare herself for her recitation thnt
sho never took her eyes from the work
on the, board until clearly nnd distinct
ly 'Elnora Comstock" called the pro
fessor. The dnzed girl stared nt the board.
One tiny curl added to the top of the
first curve of the "tu" In her name nnd
transformed It from n good old Eng
lish patronymic thnt any girl might
benr proudly to Comstock. Elnora
stared speechless. When and how did
It happen? She cou'.d feel the wavo of
smothered laughter in the air around
her. A rush of nnger turned, her fnco
scarlet and her soul sick. A hot an
swer was on her Hps. The voice of the
professor addressed her strnlghtly.
"Tills proposition seems to be beauti
fully demonstrated, Mls Cornstalk,"
he snld. "Surely you can tell us how
you did it."
That word of prnNe saved her. She
was tall, straight and hnndsomo as she
"Of course I can explain my work,"
she snld lu natural tones. "What I
enn't explnlu is how I happened to be
so stupid ns to make a mistake Id
"Did you raally lat that gawky piaca of
calico gat ahaad of you?"
writing my awn name. I must have
been a little nervous. Please excuso
She weut to Jhe bflhrd, swept off the
signature with one stroke, then, with
out tremor, rewrote It clearly. "My
namo Is Comstock," sho snld distinct
ly. Sho turned to her seat nnd, follow
ing the formula used by tho others,
made her first high school recitation.
The faco of Professor Henley was a
study. As Eluorn took her scat be
looked at her steadily. "It puzzles
me," he said deliberately, "how you
can wrlto as beautiful a demonstra
tion and explain It as clearly as ever
has been done In any of my classes
and still be so disturbed as to mako a
mistake In your own name. Are you
very sure you did that' yourself. Miss
I "It Is Impossible that any one else
should have done It," answered Elnora
"I am rcry glad you think so." said
the professor. "Being freshmen, all of
you arc strangers to me. I should
. bate to begin the year with you feel
Ing there was one among you small
enough to do a trick llko thnt. The
I si a fvirsaltlsin IttnAsiA
When the hour wns gone the class
filed back to tho study room, nnd El
nora followed In descrntlon becnuso
sho did not know where elso to go.
She could not study ns she hnd no
twvVa ami nhnn tlin inm flf-nltl left
j tho room to go to nnotlier professor
lUr IIIU UU1 I WlUllll'll BIIU ..ink fiirr.
' At lenst they could put her out If sho
did not belong there. Noon came nt
I last, nnd she kept with the others un-
4 til they dispersed on tho sidewalk.
1 Sho was so nbnormnlly self conscious
alio fnncled all the hundreds of thnt
Inughlng throng snw nnd Jested nt
her. When sho passed the brown eyed
boy walking with tho girl of her en
counter sho knew, for she henrd lilm
' any, "Did you renlly let thnt gnwky
' pleco of cnllco get nhend of you?" Tho
answer wns Indistinct.
After noon she returned to the high
school, followed somo other pupils to
the controom, hung her lint nnd found
her wny to the study where she had
Itecn In the morning. Twice that after
' noon with nchlng bond sho fnced
strange professors In different branch
es. Once she escnin-d notice, the sec
ond time tho worst hnpicncd. Sho
wns nsked n question she could not
"Unve you not decided on your
couino nnd secured your books?" In
quired the professor.
"I hnve decided on my course." re
plied Elnora; "I do not know who to
ask for my books."
"Ask?" (lie professor wns bewildered.
' "1 understood the books wero fur
nished," faltered Elnorn.
"Only to those brluglug an order
from the township trustee," replied the
"No! Oh, no!" cried Elnorn. "I will
get them tomorrow," and gripped her
desk for support, for she knew Hint
was not true. Tour books, rouging
perhaps nt 11 dollar nnd n half nplcce!
Would her mother get them? Of
course she would not, could not.
Did not Klnora kuow the story by
heart? There was enough Inud, but no
one to do clearing uiul farm. Tax ou
nil those acre, recently the new gravel
road tax added, the expense of living
nnd only the work of two women to
meet nit of it. She was insane to think
she could come to the city to school.
Her mother hnd been right. The girl
decided thnt If only she lived to get
home she would stay there uud lend
nny sort of life tu nrold more of this
torture. Hnd ns what she wished to
escape had been, It wns nothing like
thh. She never could live down tho
movement that weut through the class
when she Inadvertently revealed the
fact that she hnd expected her book
to bo furnished. Her mother would
not get them. Thnt settled the ques
tion. But tho end of misery Is never In n
, hurry to come, for before the day was
over the superintendent entered the
roctn and explained Hint pupils front
th country were charged a tuition of
$'20 a year. Thnt really wns the end.
Previously Eluorn had canvassed a
1 dozen wild plans for securing the mon
ey for books ranging nil the wuy from
j offering to wash (ho superintendent's
! dishes to freaking Into the bank. This
Imhlltlonal expense made (he thing so
t wildly Impossible there wns nothing to
. do but hold up her head until bIio was
j out of sight.
Wharoln la Told Something of Elnora'a
rrriOWN the long
I I ll nuJb"K buudre
I III long street aloti
' 1 sands, out Jnto I
dreds, down tho
lone among thou-
the country "ho
come at last. She sat on n log nnd
began to sob In spKe of her efforts at
velf coutrol. At first It was physical
breakdown. Inter thought camo crowd
ing. Sho must go home to feed chick
ens, calres aud pigs, wear cnllco and
coarse shoes nud pass a library with
averted head all her life. She nobbed
'Tor pity's sake, honey, what's the
matter?"- nsked the volco of tho near
est neighbor, Wesley Slnton, as he
seated himself by Elnora. "There,
there," he continued, smearing tears
nil over her fnco In an effort to dry
them. "Wns It so bad as thnt, now?
Mugglo hns been Just about wild ever
you all day. She's got uervouser ever'
minute. She said we were foolish to
let you go. She said your clothes were
not right and thnt they would laugh at
you. Wero your things right, Elnora?"
Tbo girl broko Into hysterical laugh
ter, "night!" she cried. "Itlght! Uncle
Wesley, you should have seen mo
among them! I was a picture! They'll
never forget me. No, they won't get
the chance, for they'll see the samo
"Now, that Is what I call spunk, El
nora. Downright grit," said Wesley
Bliiton. "Don't you let them laugh you
ut. You'vo helped Margaret aud mo
for years nt harvest and busy times.
What you've eurned must amount to
quite a sum. You can get yourself u
good many clothes with it."
"Don't mention clothes. Uncle Wes
ley." nobbed Elnora. "I don't care now
how I look. If I don't go bnck nil of
them will know it's becnuso I nm so
poor I can't buy my books."
"Oh, I don't know as you are so
'poor." said Slnton meditatively.
"Thero aro 300 acres of good lnnd, with
fine timber as ever grew on it."
"It takes all wo can earn to pay the
tax, and mother wouldn't cut a tree
for ber life."
"Well, then, maybe I'll bo compelled
to cut one for her," suggested Slnton.
"Anyway, stop (earing yourself to
pieces and tell me. If It Uu't clothes,
what Is Itr
"It's books and tuition. Over $20 lu
"Humphl First time I ever knew
you to bo stumped by $20, Elnora,"
said Slnton, patting ber hand.
"It's tho first tlmo you ever knew me
10 wnm money, nunwi'iuu ..muia,
"This Is different from anything thnt
ever happened to me. Oh, how enn I
get it, Uncle Wesley?"
"Drlvo to town with mo In the morn
ing nnd I'll drnw It from tho bnnk for
you. I owo you every cent of It."
"You know you don't owo mo a pen
ny, and I wouldn't touch ono from you
unless 1 renlly could enrn It. For nny.
thing Hint's past I owo you nnd Aunt
Mnrgnret for nil tho homo llfo nnd lovo
Pro ever known. I know how you
work, nnd I'll not tnke your money."
"Just a lonn, Elnorn; Just a loan for
a llttlo whlto until you enn enrn It.
You enn bo proud wl(h all tho rest of
tho world, but there's no secrets bo
tween us. Is there, Elnorn?"
I "No," said Elnorn, "there aro none.
You nnd Aunt Margaret have given mo
all tho love thero hns been In my life.
That Is (he ono reason nbovo nil others
why you shall not glvo mo charity. I
won't touch your money, but I'll win
somo wny. First I'm going homo nnd
try mother. It's Just possible I could
find secondhand books, nnd perhaps
nil the tuition need not be paid nt once.
Mnybo they would nccept It qunrtcrly.
But, oh, Undo Wesley, you nnd Aunt
Mnrgnret keep on loving me. I'm so
lonely, nud no one else enres."
Wesley Sluton's Jnws met with a
click. Ho swallowed hnrd on bitter t
words nnd changed tho thing ho wonld i
havo snld three times before It became
"Elnorn," he snld nt Inst, "If It hndn't '
been for ono thing I'd hnve (rled (0
take legal steps' to make you ours when S
you were three years old. Magglo snld
then It wasn't any use, but I've always
held on. You see, I was tho first man
there, honey, nnd there are thlugs, you
see, that you can't ever mnke anybody
elso understand. Sho loved him, El
nora. Sho Just mndo nn Idol of blm.
There wns thnt oozy green hole, with
tho thick scum broke nnd two or three
big bubbles slowly rising thnt wero tho
breath of his body. Thero she wns in
spasms of ngony and Iesldo her tho
great heavy log' she'd tried to throw
him. I can't ever forgive her for turn
ing agnlnst you nnd spoiling your child
hood ns sho hns, but I couldn't forglvo
anybody else for abusing her. Magglo
hns got no mercy on her, but Mnggle
didn't see whnt I did, nnd Pvo never 1
tried to mnke It very clear to her. You
bo a patient girl nnd wnlt n llttlo long
er. After nil, she's your mother, nnd
you're nil she's got but a memory, out!
It might do her good to let her know
thnt sho wns fooled In thnt." '
"It would kill her!" cried the girl
swiftly. "Undo Wesley, It would kill
her! Whnt do you tnenn?"
"Nothing," snld Wesley Slnton sooth
Ingly. "Nothing, honey. Thnt wns
Just one of them fool things a mnn
snys when In Is trying his best to be
wise. You nee sho loved him mightily,
and they'd been married only a yenr,
and whnt sho was loving was what she
thought he wns. She hadn't really got
acquainted with tho man yet. If It
hnd been even one more yenr she could
havo borne It and you'd have got Jus
tice. Having been n tencher, sho wns
better educated and smarter than tho
rest of ui, nnd so sho wns more sensi
tive llko. She can't understand she
was loving n dream. So 1 say It might
do her good If somtfbody that knew 1
could tell her, but I swear to gracious
I never could. Pvo heard her out at
the edge of that quagmire calling In
them wild spells of hers off nnd on for
tho last sixteen years and Imploring
tho swamp to give him back to her,
nnd I've got out of bed when I was
pretty tired and come down to see she
didn't go In herself or barm you. What
sho feels Is too deep for me. I've got
to rcspectln' her grief, and I can't get I
over It. Go home and tell your mn,
honey, nnd nsk her nlco and kind to
help you. If ahe won't, then you got
to swallow thnt llttlo lump of pride lu
your neck and come to Aunt Maggie,
llko you been a-comlng nil your life." ,
"I'll ask mother, but I can't take
your money, Undo Wesley, indeed I
can't I'll watt a year and earn somo I
and enter next year." ,
"There's one thing you don't conald-
er, Elnora," said the man earnestly.
"And that's what you aro to Maggie.
She's a little llko your ma. Sho hasn't
given up to It, and she's struggling on
brave, but when we burled our second
llttlo girl tho light went out of Mag
gle'a eyes, and It's not come back. The
only tlmo I ever see a hint of It Is
when she thinks she's done something
thnt makes you hnppy, Elnora. Now,
you go easy about refusing her any- 1
thing sho wants to do for you."
"Uncle Wesley, you aro a dear," said
Elnora "Just a denrl If I enn't pos- ,
Ibly get that money any way elso on ,
earth I'll como and borrow It of you, 1
and then I'll pay It back If I dig ferns
from tho swamp and sell them from ,
door to door In the city. I'll even ,
plant them, so that they will bo sure
to como up In tbo spring. I have been
sort of panic stricken all day and
couldn't think. I can gather nuts and
sell them. Freckles sold moths and
butterflies, and I've a lot collected.
Of course I am going back tomorrow.
I can find a way to get tho books.
Don't you worry about mo. I am all
As Elnora neared ber own door her
"What kept you so? I expected you
an hour ago."
Elnora looked Into her mother's face
and smiled. It was a queer sort of a
little smile and would have reached
tho depths with any normal mother.
"I aeo you'vo been bawling," said
Mrs. Comstock. "I thought you'd get
your fill In a hurry. That's why I
wouldn't go to any expense. If wo
keep out of tho poorbouso we have to
tut the corners close. It's likely this
Brushwood ml tax will eat up all
wo'vo saved In years. Whoro the land
tax Is to como from I don't know. It
gets bigger every year. It they aro
going to d red go tho swamp ditch
agalu they'll Just havo to tnko tho
land to pay for It. I enn't, that's all."
Elnorn again smiled that pitiful
"Do you think I didn't know that I
wns funny nnd would bo Inughod nt?"
she nsked. ,
"Funnyr cried Mrs. Comstock hotly.
"Yes, funny a regulnr cnrlcnturo,"
answered Elnorn. "But (hero's al
ways two sides. Tho professor snld
In tho nlgcbrn clnss (lint ho never hnd
n lietlcr solution nnd explnnntlon than
mlno of the proposition ho gnvo me,
which scored ono for mo In splto of
"Well, I wouldn't brng on myself."
Thnt wns poor Inste," admitted El
norn; "but, you see, It Is a enso of
whistling to keep up' my courage. I
honestly could seo (lint I would hnvo
"I havan't a cant, and can't gtt onal"
looked Just ns well ns tho rest of
them If I hnd liecn dressed as they
were. Wo can't nffurd thn(, so I hnvo
to Hud something else (o brace me.
it wns preUy bad, mother."
"Well. I'm glad you got enough of
"Oh, but I haven't!" hurried on El
nora. "I Just got n stnrt. Tho hnrd
est Is over. Tomorrow they won't bo
surprised. They will 'know whnt to
exix-et. I n III sorry to benr aliout tho
dredge. Is It renlly going through?"
"Yes. I got my notification today.
The tax will bo something enormous.
I don't know ns I can tqmrv you, even
If you nre willing (o be n laughing
stock for the tnwn."
"I hnvo hnd (wo startling pieces of
news today," snld Elnora. "I did not
know I would tieed any money. I
thought tho city furnished the books,
and there Is nil out of town tuition
also. I need $10 in the morning. Will
you please let me have It?"
"Ten dollars!" cried Mrs. Comstock.
"Ten dollars! Why don't you say n
hundred nnd be done with It? I could
get 0110 ns ensy ns tho other. I knew
whnt you would run Into! But you aro
so bulldog stubborn and set In your
wny I thought' I would Just let you
try the world n llttlo aud see how you
Elnorn pushed back her chair and
looked nt her mother.
"Do you menu to say," sho demand
ed, "thnt you knew, when you let m
go Into n city classroom nnd reveal
the fact before all of them, that I ex
pected (o havo my books banded out
to me? Do you mean to say that you
knew I had to pay for them?"
Mrs. Comstock evaded tbo direct
"Anybody but nn Idiot mooning OTr
a book or wasting tlmo prowling th
woods would havo known you had
pay. Of course, I knew you wou!
como home blubbering! But you don't
get n penny! I hnven't a cent, and
can't get one! Havo your way If yea
are determined, but I think you will
find tho road pretty rocky."
"Swampy, you mean, mother," cor
rected Elnora. Sho nroso whlto and
trembling. "Perhaps somo day God
will teach me how to understand you.
Ho knows I do not now. You can't
possibly realize Just what you let mo
go through todny, or how you let mo
go, but I'll tell you this. You under
stand enough that If you had the mon
ey and would offer It to me I wouldn't
touch It now. And I'll tell you this
much more. I'll get It myself. I'll
raise It nnd do It somo honest wny. I
nm going bnck tomorrow, the next
day and (ho next. You need not como
out. I'll do tho night work and boo
It was 10 o'clock when tho chickens,
pigs and cattlo wero fed, tho turnips
hoed and a heap of bean vines was
stacked by tho back door.
(Continued next week.)
"Tho boy who by addition grows,
And Buffers no subtraction,
Who multiplies tho thing ho knows,
And carries every fraction,
Who well divides his precious time,
Tho duo proportions giving,
To sura success aloft will climb.
Interest compound receiving.''
"Sow a thought, reap an act.
Sow an act, reap a habit;
Sow a habit, reap a character;
Sow a character, reap a destiny."