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SOUTHERN STANDARD McMINNVILLEt TENNESSEE. S.Vi 0 K 1 X ,-JUNE 7, is9o
PRIZE STORY, CITY SCHOOLS.
How It Happened.
Destiny has shaped the lives of in
dividuals ns well as 'nations. It
whispers its commands in the ears of
all, and all must obey. It whispered
to our hero, Alfred Maringe, the
command that changed his life.
Young Alfred was the country pet,
admired by all, not, I dare say or.
account of his personal appearance
though some, who can see beauty in
genius, art and symmetry in nature,
who saw that independent smile
playing over his face, roughened and
bronzed by exposure, might have
called him handsome but cheirly on
account of his pleasant, boyish ways.
He was good-natured, genial, afh
letic, bravo. At this timg he was
about eight or nine years of age, well
acquainted with every nook and
cranny for miles around.' Alfred
was an apt student" of nature. No
' grunil height towered into the blue
ether, in vain, to arouse his admira
tion for the ItiMiiliful and sublime.
No rushing cataract failed to impress
him with its subline eloquence.
lie could see in a glorious sunrise
beau tiw far surpassing the art of
man, and In purple twilight the ce
lestial harmony of nature.
lie seemed to realize the will of
dumb animals, and no creature was
ever without a friend when in his
presence, so he practiced in his own
way the highest degree of philan
thropy. The horse that he rode
was a treacherous creature, and
everyone, save Alfred, who dared
approach her, paid well for their im
pudence. She was completely under
his control, and they were fast
With early June came a visit to
his sister, who I i veil several miles
distant. This he considered a great
treat, and the lirst days of June pass
ed away so slowly ; but like all other
events, the day to go at last rolled
around. What was that strange
feeling as he arose that morning?
Something seemed to be whispering
to him, but he knew not what it
was. 1 Ie must dismiss such thoughts
from his mind, for now the time has
come lor his departure. As the clock
strikes eight, he tells his mother
good-bye, but seems to linger before
crossing the threshhold, and as he
passed down the walk to the gate, a
tear is seen to trickle down his man
His little brother and sister, at
play, seemed the embodiment of
security. .The faithful watch dog
turned his great intelligent eyes
toward those of hit master and says
in his own dumb language: "Fare
well, my dear young master, fare
well." All this had its effect on Alfred,
young as he wa, and for awhile he
see::id completly unnerved. lie
bus almost finished his journey, he
lias only to descend Malcolm Hill,
cross the creek, go up the lane and
he is at sister's. lie smiles trium
phantly at the thought, places his
feet firmly in the stirrups, when sud
denly, his horse stops, sniffs the air,
and reluctantly responds to the
touch of her master's whip. He ur
ges heron, not knowing what is the
matter; but at the next curve of the
road he sees the object of her fear
It is a gypsy camp wagon, stopping
for supplies. Now he is even with
the wagon almost passed it, when
suddenly a big gypsy springs into
the middle of the road and says:
Like a Hash of lightning his horse
lias darted back the other way, but a
gypsy is there.- No way is left for
escape, as the sides of the road rise
for ten or fifteen feet almost perpen
It seemed now a struggle between
his childish fear and his manly na'
ture for supremacy, but finally the
latter triumphed, and he assumed a
bold front to meet the big gypsy,
who opened the conversation with a
"Good mornin', young feller, good
mornin" to which Alfred responded
by a "Howdy.'-!
Then the gypsy asked him if he
would like to go with them. "No"
said Alfred, "and I want you to
turn my horse loose," almost break
ing into a cry. The gypsy simply
smiled, but not a very assuring smile
to Alfred. After talking some time
the gypsy took him off his horse, tied
him in the wagon and, put the gypsy
bov. Carl, in his place. Bwt now his
fertile mind came to his rescue, and
lie well knew his last hope of escape.
It was not far to his sister's, and he
resolved to let the folks there know
where he was, knowing that they
would rescue him from the gypsies,
Now a smile of defiance begins to
gather on his face, when without a
moments 'varnmg an old gypsy
woman stuffs her apron into his
mouth so tightly, that it is almost
imposstble to breathe. So his first
hope of escape is gone, and the first
link that connects his welfare to that
of the gypsies has been welded.
The gypsies drive on until almost
noon, when they stop to get dinner.
This meal consists of corn-bread and
beans, which they had probably
stolen Alfred manages to make
a very good dinner off of these,
for he is quite hungry. Dinner over,
they start oii their journey. A short
time before night they stop at a little
piece of woods and pitch their tent.
As is natural, night brought with it
many pleasant recollections of home.
How dark and gloomy everything
now seems in contrast ! Sleep? No,
there is no such thing. lie was at
home ; he saw father as he returned,
tired and hungry from his work, en
joying, while yet in the lot, the rich
perfume of new mown hay, min
gled with the aroma of coffee and fry
ing meat, then as he entered the
yard, Hie evening breezes wafted to
his ears the song of the little mother.
Oh, that he could but hear It now !
How its tender melodies sounded in
his ears! Theiflj there were little
brother and sister, who had spent the
long day at play they "would play
for many a long year, until life had
become a reality. Poor little things !
Almost as soon as supper is over,
mother will put them to bed, think
ing, as she gives them their cood
night kiss, of her absent boy, and
murmurs a fervent prayer for his
fter the events of the day had all
transpired, to crown them all with
sacred security, he saw them around
the family alter, and heard his fath
er say in a husky voice : "God bless
our boy," little dreaming that at that
very moment he was under the cov
er of a gypsy wagon.
Like all unpleasant things that
night ended. A day or two later the
horse broke loose from the gypsies
and returned home. What a silent
spectator to a great drama ! Alfred's
father searched many days for traces
of his lost boy, but found none they
thought he must have been mur
Ten years have passed Alfred is
not the same boy of eight or more,
but almost nineteen, strong and ath
letic. Now my story should be en
ded but every legend has its ro
mance, every nation has its love.
There was one attraction now about
the dull gypsy camp. The "Queen
of the Jypsies" was just blooming
into womanhood she was indeed
beautiful to a gypsy admirer. She
had dark eyes whose "glances could
penetrate the deepest mystery" her
hair was black as midnight, and she
was wild and weird. In youth she
and Alfred were playmates, in later
Whether making one of that circle
around the flickering camp fire, or in
some distant grove under the pale
light of the waning moon, some sub
tile attraction bound them to each
Ten years he had lived a gypsy,
but now the old longing for home
comes over him, and he feels that he
must return. One night he bade
farewell to the Queen of the Gypsies
and started for the nearest depot
twelve miles away. Next morning
he left Podogics, Penn., for his old
home in Tenn. Two days later he
arrives at the little station he is a
stranger there no one knows him.
He slowly makes his way to the old
home. Once more his eyes behold
that blest abode-; yes he knows it,
though time has left its impress. And
there is a familiar face ; a face he can
never forget. Hut a strange dog lies
near the gate, and strange children
play beneath the catalpa.
lie stop3 at the gate until the lady
quiets the dog, then he starts up the
old pavement ; he sees the woman
look at him strangely, and when
they meet he waits no longer but ex
claims: "Mother, it is I, your long
lost boy !"
l Such a meeting ! Those only who
have witnessed a scene like this can
realize what it is, for words cannot
picture it. He tells of his life among
the gypsies, and meets the new broth
ers and sisters. Soon he has settled
down to peaceful pursuits.
Another decade passed away with
little or no change for Alfred. Gyp
sies are again in the neighborhood.
He has long since gotten over his
childish tear of these wandeiing peo
ple and goes out to see them. First
among the faces.he recognizes i the
"Queen of Gypsies." That was a
happy meeting, and a never ending
The Queen consents to leave her
wild romantic life to become the mis
tress of. Alfred's happy home, and
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she and Alfred often entertnin an at- j
tentive group with stories of their
past, loving best of all the scenes of
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