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LIGHTS AND SHADOWS.
n the Moon Flowers Bloomed.
tle, white cloudlets flew eas1
. the sky, the bee with his
sack scurried on with his stol
asures, en route to his hive,
he gold of roses caught round
t. From over the d'stant, da-k
eadows drifted the faint tin
cow bells, and the .tramp of
ame nearer and then died out
kine wended their way home.
The tall, spear-like tedars held
mysterious shadows in their feathery
depths of green, casting wierd shafts
of darkness on the grass, and float
ing up from the negro quarters came,
in rythmic cadence, a voice of pe
culiar sweetness singing, "The
moon got his eye on you-" jusi
as ;that subject rose, like a huge
ball of silver above the silent pines.
A bar or two of the song was sung
and then the singer ceased abruptly.
All was still, with that in:tense
stillness that visits the earth at
sundown on a sammer evening.
Around the corner of the great.
white house came a squatty, bent fig
ure, crouching and darting here and
there as if in search of . something.
Finally it straightened itself and the
clear, yellowish whites of Black
Jane's eyes could be plainly seen in
the faint 'moonlight.
For a moment she stood with her
arms akimbo, and -then shaking her
head from side to side she ejacula
- "Hi-ti, dey ain't come yit. 'Dem
vil'ious, no'count things. But wen
dey does com', I tell yer, dey ain't
gwin' be no foolin'.
Ske seemed to be addressingY her
self to a vine that clambered up
against a big, white pillar, and
.waved its graceful leaves in the gen
tle Summer winds. What possible
conneetion this vine could have with
h& murinurings, we will doubtless
Each- suecessive 'night Black Jane,
black as the deuce-the deuce of
spades-made her way around the
corner of the house and stood - con
templating the harmless, pretty vine,
and at eaebi time she' went a y mut
terng imprecations, and predicting
all sorts, of ill ,tdiat would befall the
pace and its inhabitants. No one
~dared miolest her in these evening
devotions, 'and- often times one could
see a host of kinky heads and yel
low-soled feet flying pell-mell aeross
he yard seeking a hiding place in
the kindly shadows, lest Black Jane
should catch them watching ~her.
Former experience with Black Jane's
muscul.ar arm ~had taught them dis
cretion, - and though, each evening
she hiad an audienee, while she knelt,
metaphorically, at her temple, she
firmly believed herself alone. And
all through the day' Black Jane's us
aBy kindly face wore an elongated
expression, and she moved about
with an air of being in possession of
more than usual knowledge. Evei-y
darey in .the negro quarters remem
bered the cuff that was administered
to Dad Ben, the old coachma-1's, ears
when he asserted that "Jane ain't.
bin wore no sieh orful face sence de
*day wen she got 'ligion,'' and every
dusky inhabitant of the quarters
*prodted by Dad Ben's experience and
let Black Jane don whatever express
ion she wished to wear.
"There's evidently something
very wrong with Black Jane,'' said
Missie to Little Missie, and Little
Missie could probably have se. her
mind' at rest by saying, "there is,
*an I can tell you what it is,', but
Little Missie had a devou,t respect
for Black Jane's confidences whiah
she had had whispered in her ear
sine early days of lullabys, and tales
of the Sand Man, and. she kept si
'lent, like the rest of Nature's beau
tiful children, for she 'was beauiifd1,
this wee slip of a child, with eyes as
blue as larkspurs, and a mass of toss
iig curis. Little Missie could curve
her red lips until they dimpled at the
corners, and still at the same time,
Why We Are Stronger.
The old Greeks and Romans were
great admirers of health and strength;
their pictures and statuary made the
muscles of the men stand out like
As a matter of fact we have ath
letes and strong men-men fed on
fine strength making food such as
Quaker Oats-that would win in any
contest with the old Roman or Greek
SIt's a matter of food. The finest food
for making strength of bone, muscle
and nerve is fine oatmeal. Quaker
SOats is the best because it is pure, no
husks or stems or black specks. Farm
ers' wives are finding that by feeding
the farm hands plentifully on Quaker
Oats they get the best results in work
and economy. If you live in a hot cli
rate buy Quaker Oats in hermetically
her tender eyes could drean t
dream, and tell you of sad, beautiful
things, and no one would ever sus
pect the merry lips of the same wee
person of such an unheard of thing
as smiling. And this she was doing
now. The pensive eyes saw all .the
gruesome things that would have
terrified any other ehild, but which
only amused her, and the dimpling
lips knew of the funny. -rolling eyes
of Black Jane as she told, in hushed
tones, of all the grotesquely inpish
gnomes that ihabit another plane,
and sometimes insinuate themselves
into this world riding on >the petals of
ill-fated flowers as they come out of
The whip-poor-wills called to each
other in a sweet, plaintive note, and
the dragon flies sported across the
bosom of reflecting waters and
darted like a flash, hi among the
Little Missie's eyes were dreaming
this summer afternoon, but her poppy
crafts were bringing her dreams from
far-away lands, as she tossed in fe
verish delirium. Faithful Black Jane
sat by the bedside, keeping -the air
cool with a big palm-leaf fan, froit
time to time crooning soothing words
of endearment, and sympathetic as
surances that "ain't gwin' be long,
now, honey, 'fore yer is gwin' git up
an' 'go lake yer usen t.er, an' all dis
ole feber hits er gwin' flaps hits ole
urgly wings an' fly way from mam
my's hile. Jest er lit'le wile, sweet
erbuss; an' yer.'s gwin' be all right."
And then as the long lashes would
droop over the shining eyes, with a
savage shake of her turbaned head,
Black Jane would hish, "wat I tole
'em erbout havin' all dem useless
;things hangin' roan' ober de -hous.
Dey jest orter chop dat crazy vine
offen de piazza, an' awen hi.t .bloxs,
oh,. Lordy! ",!and she raised her -hands
over her head as if to ward 3ff some
blow. Little Missie was sleeping
now, and Black Jane - crept to the
window to peer cautiously around
the corner of the house. What she
saw, to make her mouth fly open, and
I her eyes roll back, it,was difficult -to
ascertain, for anyone else, had he
looked from the same window, would
only have seen a big, full bud push
ing its head up from amongst the
flat leaves on the moon-flower vine,
just. waiting for a first beam of moon
lighbt to woo it from its green house,
when it would shake its teviler, round~
white face, and live its life in one.
glorious, fragrant, mm-'ee
'Little Missie 's illness was a long
period of burning fever, with mo
ments of consciousness, anid at these
times she would open her pretity
eyes and ask if her fairy-flowers had
come down from the skies, because
it seemed that the moon-flower
vine reached that 'high -to her, and
she had always said the fairies would
send her beautiful white flowers
from the skies. Andl when they
would tell lier that no flowers had
come, she would shut ~her eyes '(vith
a tired sigh and slip off again to the
* * *
,The crisis was at hand now and*
Missie would leave the bedside only
for her meals; no,t even to rest, and
Black Jane was not allowed in the
room for fear that her presence!
might disturb the little patienat. In
their solicitude for the recovery of
Little Missie no one noted the en-!
trance of the moon-flower vine
through a window that was always
kept open. But .there it was, simply
loaded down with buds that, in their
bursting, would transform the vine
into trailing drapery of w1hite. Black
Jane .could not he induce-l to even'
look in the direction of the pillar
which held the swaying vine, and
which was now nearly .covered with'
the big, round flowers that shone in
the moo'nlight like some gigantie'
"Dey amn't no good to foller ater
dem urgly things. Ole Death kinder
hang round dat vine, and jest go
right on up an' set on de bosom of
som' poo' pusson,'' she was heard to
mutter over and over to therself dur
n the illness of Little~ Missie. And
the firm belief she had in her super
sti:ion, infested the other negroes of
the quarter, producing something
like a panie every time a window
squeaked, or a door hMev open as if
some unseen hand had pushed it.
* * *
Black Jane 's overwrought nerves
aid vivid imagination received a
severe shock when she was summoned
to Little Missie 's room, and she pre
pared herself -to take a last long,
loving look into the pale face of her
devoted little charge and hoped for
.just one word to take with her after
ther had taken her child away from
her and laid her in the last resting
face of Little Missic. but- i,,ev fell
upon a tall, whiie draped form,
standing erect by the bed with one
long arm extended upwards. Awe
stricken, and shaking from head to
foot, with eyes protruding, ,stood
Black Jane, too terrified to scream or
even move, until a shivering, hissing
noise filled the room. and then with
a long groaning wail. Biack Jane slid
to -he floor, burying her turbaned
Iheid in the bed clothes by her Little
Missie, as the gentle breeze waved
the vine to and fro, scraping the
leaves against the wall, and pushing
the blossoms together with a soft,
crushing souad. Not even the lisp
ing tones of Little Missie's voice
could arouse her, as delightedly the
-emaciated little :band pointed toward
the white, stationary figure and the
Ilips curved into dimples for the first
time since her illness, as she cried
gleefully, in a %weak voice:
"Oh, there they axe, my beautiful,
big fairy-flowers, I knew they'd
come to me. Look mammy, look!
Tomorrow I am going to cross the
room and pick a bu-nch of them."
After a long .time of persuasion
and by lighting the room with sev
eral lamps,, Missie at last convinced
Black Jane that the spectre she saw
was only the moon-flower vine in
full bloom inside zhe room, ind then
could her firm belief' in the su
perstition that had made life
miserable for her for so long a time,
be shaken by Missie telling ilger that
Little Missie was on -the road to re
covery and soon would be -able to sit
up. ,.So at last Black ' Jane relin
quished her hold on the belief she
had entertained of death,coming into
the room with the moon-flowers, to
the extent that she even went to the
vihe and plucked a handful of the
flowers, putting ,them in the* blue
veined hands of Little Missie.
* * *
And so Black Jane became recon
ciled to the moon-flowers, but no
orie of the negroes in the, quarters
dared mention-t.he episode to.'Black
Jane, and she has never sufficiently
forgotten it herself to look at the
sheen of the white flowers without
something like a shiver.
Texts From Brother Dickey.
De rich man thinks dat de golden
stairs ter Glory wuz made 'specially
fer him 'to climb..
De Bible say you lends ter de Lawd
w 'en you gives ter de poor, but -too
many people worries 'bout how much'
interest is comin' ter 'urn.
' Even ef you don't git ter de 'hill
top, you kin do some fine risin' in de
won' by ketchin' de sun in bed ever'
Hopin' fer de best don't git no
whars, but'w 'en a man goes ten work
fer it, de best rises up an' comes, ter
Don't worry 'bout Jonah an' de
whale, an' don''t think dat you is sich
a.big fish dat you kin swaller de rest
en de worl'.
''Nothing lost here ,but the squeal,''
declared the' pork packer. ''Are you
as economical in icondueting .your
''Just about,'' answered the visi
tor. ''I'm a lumber manufacturer.
Nothing wasted but the bark. ''
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