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* PAUL AND PAULINA OR *
* WHICH WAS WHICH. *
* By Ethel Thomas. *
"Twins! Great Scott! Exactly
\ alike, too!" groaned John Dalton as
iA he stood by his wife's bed and gazed
in awe at the two little bundles of
pink and white, nestling in the cradle.
| No father was ever more agreeably
surprised and his assumed look of
gravity and dismay was comical to
say the least. Mary saw the twinkle
in her husband's eyes and smiled.
The good doctor laughed.
"Ha, ha! Well, two babies are not
so many for a couple who have been
married five years. Now, there's
Sam Brown and wife been married
six years and have six!" "Sam
Brown to the dickens! Doctor don't
mention that drunken brute's babies
in the same breath with mine!"
"Poor Sam!" mused the doctor, "lie
was only a moderate drinker at first,
John, just, like other and better men
have been. I remember so well when
the first baby came to his house. A
few nights before, he had gone home
beastly drunk for the first time. He
was a noble young man and thoroughly
ashamed of himself, and when he
looked on his blue-eyed baby boy, a
perfect miniature of himself, the tears
flowed freely down his checks and
kneeling to kiss the little one, he
whispered to his wife that he would
never get drunk again. For a long
time, Sam kept his word, but his domestic
life was such that he was driven
to (he wine cup again and seemed
to be in a desperate hurry to drink
himself to death. Now, he is a miserable
wreck beyond all hope of redemption.
And, John, 1 am more
* sorry for Sam Brown than T could be
for a man who had always had peace
and happiness around his fireside and
had deliberately chosen an intemperate
life and indulged in habits that
brought desolation, misery and despair.
A guilty flush suffused John Dalton
's face as he glanced at. the doctor.
wondering if "that sermon" was
I meant for him. He had never been
drunk?never expected to be?and if
he chose to take an occasional drink
it was no one's business. There was
nothing in the doctor's face to wai>
rant the suspicion and with a sigh of
relief John exclaimed: "Geewilikins!
doctor, of course Sam has mv profound
sympathy?but I'll be perfectly
honest and confess that at present
I'm more interested in these?these?
here" pointing to the babies. "How
are we ever to tell 'im apart 1 Zounds
man! there aint a particle of difference?they're
precisely alike!" stammered
John in confusion.
The doctor was enjoying poor
John's ehbarassment and always on
the lookout for an opportunity to
tease, would have had some fun at
John's expense, had not Mary caught
her husband's hand, drew him toward
her and whispered:
"Thore's a difference in the sex,
"Thank the Lord! I never thought
of that," fervently ejaculated the father,
wiping imaginary drops of perspiration
from his brow.
"And I'll bet a quarter there's not
an ounce of difference in their weight,
which is almost seven j>ounds each,"
said tho doctor.
"Which is the boy doctor?" asked
John, a quizical expression in his blue
eyes. The old fellow came and looked
down on the little darlings and
frowned, "Blessed if know, man!
Aunt Dilsic?" "Yas sir?dis un am
de boy?I dressed him fust yo' know
to keep 'em frnm git tin mixed up,
'se gwine ter keep day boy chile at
one end ov de cradle, an de gal at
de 'udder end. I ain't nebber had no
'sperunse wid twins, an' de' Lawd
only knows how T'se gwine ter man- i
age 'em. Jake?he out in de kitchen
dis minit cuttin de pigeon wing kase
dar's two twins, savin' he gwine to
take dat bov chile clean out ten Miss
Mary's ban's an' 'lieve her ov all de
trubble soon as hit kin sot up. Keckin
it's a good think dar am one apiece
fur me an' Jake to spile?kase if dar
wus only one we'd shortly have it
mint teetotle," said the black nurse,
who with her husband, Unkle Jake
lived in a cozy log-cabin a short dis"
tance from the Dalton's, and on the
same "place." They were old "slave
niggers," honest and true, and refused
to leave the old plantation when
freedom was declared. "The old
home" was not what it used to be.
> The old folks?"Marse an' old Miss"
were dead, and only 200 acres of
land were left for John, the only
child, the balance having been sold to
pay debts contracted during the war.
We will jump over the space of five
years. The mother and babies did
well, and still exactly alike, the little
ones went by the names of Paul and jj
Pauline. There had been no change I
as yet, in the way they were dressed, 1
but now it became necessary to put i
Paul in knickerbockers. Tho blue- i
eged curley-headed tots had learned I
to play many jokes on thoir parents 4
by swapping identity, Pauline wore '
a tiny gold chain around her neck as '
a mark of distinction, but these mis- i
chievous imps rose equal to the occa- c
sion and often on dressing them, tho
mother found with consternation that I
Paul was wearing the chain, and had 11
for perhaps a whole day, answered i
to the name of Paulina. \
"But now," laughed John when c
he brought home some pretty knick- i
erbocker suits "now, young man, I <
guess you can't be a girl any more! j
No, siree! the chain wont' be needed I
now to tell which fronTtother! Come
Paul?now isn't this a pretty suit?? t
all blue and white; and here's a prct- t
ty white dress and blue sasli for your j
"Oh! John!" exclaimed his wife, i
"how sweet they will look. But I do ^
hate to put Paul in pants. I almost
wish they had both been girls?or (
both boys. They are so exactly alike j
and so devoted to each other, it seems ^
a pity that such a severe line of distinction
must be drawn between j
"Nonsense Mary. I'm glad of it. -]
T'tn tired being puzzled to death try- <
ing to tell them apart." j
"John, can't you?" laughed Mary. t
"No. Can you?" "Yes. certainly. A ^
mother isn't easily fooled." "Well, ;
try some of these things on the boy, ^
my dear, and see if they are nil
right," said John. Mary looked at j
the twins, took one and led it to the
next room and proceeded to dress
him. The other crawled on John's ^
knee and whispered: "Mania's fooled
now, any how, 'cause she's got Paulina!
T has wore Ihe chain all day
and been Paulina!" kissing him. (
"Papa, if T wuz you T wouldn't chew
that old 'hacco?il stinks." Hastily
rising and with flushed faco, John r
threw nn imaginary chew of tobacco
from the window.
"My son, T will try to quit it, for
your sake," lie said humbly. "So
you have been Paulina all day. Ila!
ha! ha! Mary?" he called. "Yes,
John," she answered, "I'll admit it "
?T was fooled. Send that naughty
boy to me at once. I'll dress him in
pants gladly. Oh! dear, did any one
ever have such a time, I do wonder?"
"Mary," he laughed. "I'll bet no
one else ever had such a wonder!"
The little rogues were never punished
for their jokes?in fact they were
rather encouraged by seeing their father
and mother laugh so heartily
over them. But now the curly heads
were puzzled. Those awful pants
would spoil all their fun. "Papa, I
don't want to wear breeches, if Paulina
can't," pleaded Paul.
"Papa, can't T have breeches too"
teased Paulina, as she skipped back
into the room. Paul's eyes danced
and he whispered something in his
little sister's ear which made the
smiles play over her dimpled face.
Then he went to his mother and soon
came out arrayed in tho new blue and
white knickerbockers. John caught
him up in delight, throw him high in
the air then round and round the
room with Paul astride his neck, ho
trotted, galloped and romped till hot
and tired. Then noticing Paulina
who stood looking on, her blue eyes
swimming in tears, one prettj7 finger
poked between pouting lips, her little
face a curious study of jealousy, defiance
and grief, he caught her up
and treated her to the same rough '
handling, thereby causing a speedy
return of the smiles and dimples,
i Mary looked on with just a little
anxiety, wondering if John really
1 could be so boisterously happy naturally,
and if the unusual flush on his 1
face was due entirely to the romping
"Now, little girlie, put on your
white dress and new sash and we'll
take mama to ride in tho new carriage.
You can go can't you, Mary?"
"Yes, dear, of course. I'll enjoy
il too," was the smiling answer.
"And John, I'd like to go to town to
see the doctor's wife if you don't
mind the three miles drive. Would
like to carry her basket of our nice (
strawberries." "All right," he answered,
"T have some business in
town and will leave you and the twins
at the doctor's still I see after it."
Tlfr doctor and wife had several
small children, all boys, with whom
the twins were great favorites. It
was a happy two hours spent in romping
on the lawn and playing in the
nursery which contained loads of toys
and picture books, the delight of tho
country twins, who could boast of
but few such coveted treasuries.
Paulina was growing to be a terrible
"tomboy" and her mother had already
begun to teach her it was very I
i improper and unlady-likc for little!
;irls to ride astride sticks aiul play
oap-froug. When John returned for
lis wife and ehildron Paulina was deuurely
seated on tho door-step rueully
watching Paul and tho doctor's
loys play leapfrog on the lawn.
'Why, hello, Puss!" ho called,
'Why aren't you playing too?"
'Mama says girls musn't play leap-l'og,
an' as I'm a girl, 'course I
"Oh! botheration, baby, that's too
>ad," he said, looking down in pity
md love on tho one who must he punshod
so by tho "proprieties," and
vondering that Paul could bs indueid
to play a game from which 'die was
lebarred. On arriving homo and unlrossing
the children imagine I lie
)oor mother's dismay on finding the
inicknrbockors on PauPna!
"Oil! John," she groaned, "wiiativor
shall we do? Paulina is wearing
he breeches and Paul the dress! This
'oolishness must stop right hero and
iow, Oil, dear! you naughty children.
iVhen did you change and how did
on do it?"
John laughed till ho cried. "Mary,
Ion't scold 'cm." ho pleaded. "Now
labics, toll us all about it," ho coninued,
between bursts of laughter.
"Well, Mama," commenced Paulna,
"you said little girls musn't play
eap-f'og an' course I couldn't 'loss
I wu/. a boy." Then Paul chimed in,
'An' I wuz sorry' cause she couldn't
lave any fun. You know, Mama,
hero wu/, no girls for her to pla>
virii, an' lioys can't play with dolls
in' wear brooches too,' I rold her to
akc my place an' play awhile. We
ilaved hide an' seek an' mo an' Paulna
hid together in I lie nnrsey and
hanged clothes; an' we got 'em fix'd
up before the others found us 1
oo," proudly. (
"Well, by George! Paul, was it you J
sitting on the door stop?'' "Yes, pa-,
>a. I. wu/., a girl, you know." "Mary
Ion t you soo what :i sweet unselfish
latino our boy has? Now wasn't that
rood of him?" "John, T don't like it
?they have both boon very, very
laughty and really should ho punish'd.'
"Now Mama, Paulina wasn't >
lad a bit, she wouldn't take near half
ime; an' don't scold her?blame it
ill to mo," pleaded Paul with one
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arm thrown protecting around his lit- I
tie sister. Dear little innocents!?
they were irresistible. There was a
ternler note in the mother's voice
when she spoke again: "Well, children,
this won't do. If Paulina must
grow to be a tom-boy sho certainly
must wear her own clothes. I guess
it is rather early to be so careful,
anyway! Perhaps when she gets older
she will he less rude and boisterous."
Paul's arms were around her
neck. "An' can she ride sticks an'
play leap frog an' climb trees an'?"
"Oh! yes, anything I guess, just
so yon don't change clothes again,"
helplessly. And the children ran out
in the yard, mount'/l their stickhorses
and went in a mad gallop to 'visit
Uncle Jake and Aunt Dilsie. Half
an hour later they returned, Paul
politely helped Paulina to dismount
and took charge of her horse while
the sett ins: sun glorified their golden
curls with a good night caress.
Tn the meantime Johu and Mary
had a serious talk. "Mary, this is
the richest yet," John exclaimed
delightedly as soon as the twins
left the room. "John, it's awful, they
are growing up to be perfect in the
art of deception. And, dearest, you
do so. unintentionally, T know?but
you encourage them in these pranks.
You only see the funny side now; but
if they should always be so alike and
continue to change places it would be
"Mary, T just can't help laughing
at them?bless the darlings, how
bright they are! Let 'em be babies
ns long as possible, dear?childhood
is so sweet and innocent," John
"Perhaps you are right, dear; but
the Bible says, "train a child in the
way it should go and when it is old
it will not depart from it.' Tsn't it
reasonable to suppose that if trained
in the wnmg direction it will continue
to walk that way?"
"Oh, wife, don't worry. When our
lit lie Paulina grows older she'll be
sure to pattern after her mother and
will grow to perfection."
(To be continued.)
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