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ELL, I do declare," said
Mrs. Thorn, as she
in and took off her
r*lsun-bonnet, "I never in
life had such a time
I with Bettin' he ns—
■ never." And she shook
re I her head, and wrinkled
M up her brow.
"Now, only this morn-
I ing 1 hoard the greatest
I scratching and to-do
" w down in the parlor. I
was upstairs a-cleanln' out the spare
room closet, and, bein' it was a good
day, 1 had opened the parlor windows
to let the sun in, on that side of the
house, for it had got so damp and
mouldy-like with so much rain and all.
"So I hears this great racket, and I
dropped my dust brush, and I run
downstairs as hard as I could tear, to
see what the matter is. And when I
opened the parlor door, if there isn t
that old dunce of a buff-colored hen up
on the parlor table a-scratchln' and
"And there she was, a-gettin' ready
to lay her egg, right there on the best
felt table cover by the side of the big
glass'case with the wax flowers under it.
The wind Is very busy, He's sweeping up the leaves
He's sweeping with might and main; That littered the country lane;
He's sweeping the clouds from the And now he sweeps with delicious breatn
stormy sky The dust from my tired brain.
So that It shall not rain. MAUD M. JOHNSON.
The wind Is very busy.
He's sweeping with might and main;
He's sweeping the clouds from the
So that it shall not rain.
MERRY ENGLAND'S MAY DAY
YOU boys and girls think of May
Day, of course, as a day for chil
dren to enjoy.
But it is not so very long since the
days when everybody—men and women,
as well as children—closed up shop and
devoted all of May Day to pleasure and
BPThat was In the days of King Arthur
and his Round Table! And of Sir Wal
ter Raleigh, the gallant knight, who
6pread his velvet cloak on the ground to
shield Queen Elizabeth's daintily shod
feet from the vulgar soil! And of Rob
in Hood and his Jolly men, who made
eport in Sherwood Forest!
Long before dawn on May Day all the
young folks went to the woods and
gathered armfuls of wild flowers.
t _ m J^._^__ _.
"The First of May is 'Moving Day' "
We have a flock of chickens. Among
them are two pet bantams—a hen and
a rooster. Every time the big roosters
fight the bantam rooster struts up
proudly and immediately separates
FRANKLIN D. SAUVEUR.
Grace, aged 13 years, was ready to go
off. Her little sister, Dorothy aged 4
years, said: "Take me along.'* Grace
eaid she would not. Then Dorothy re
plied: 'You Just wait 'till I get big and
you get little. I'll never take you off,
either." JENNIE SIMON.
Charlie and Pete.
Our cat, Charlie, was 4 years old when
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And she did lay, too. In spite of me.
And now she's took that notion I know
I'll just be pestered to death with that
old hen until I get some screens In
those windows; for I daresn't open them
again till I do, for she'll only be in there
again a-tearin' everythln' to pieces.
'•But I couldn't help but laugh, for all.
Just as I opened the door, and see that
hen a-prancin' around. I looked up, and
there, on the opposite wall, was my
grandmother's picture frownln' down on
the whole proceedin's, for that was her
very best carved mahogany table, and
grandmother was a dreadful particular
woman about her furniture. Yes, she
was, and I well know that if that pic
ture could of spoke we'd all have caught
"And there's that hen that's settln* in
the big spice-box out in the entry way.
The eggs she's got under her was given
to me as a special favor, and she 11 be
hatchin' now. In about three days. And
what does that little banty hen of the
children's do, but take a notion that she
wants to set, too.
"So she hops up on the table,where the
other one is. and begins to torment the
life out of her, with pickin" and grumb
lin' and pullln' out the straw from un-
He's sweeping up the leaves
That littered the country lane;
And now he sweeps with delicious breatn
The dust from my tired brain.
MAUD M. JOHNSON.
Then they chose a King of the May
and Queen of the May, and crowned
each of them with a beautiful flower
garland. And, returning to town. Just
at sunrise, they marched two by two up
and down the lanes, presenting a bunch
of posies to every household, and sing-
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,
I wish you a happy day;
I've come to show my garland.
Because it's the first of May.
A bunch of May I have brought you.
And at your door it stands;
It Is but a spray, but It's well spread
'TlB the work of our Father's hands.
a kitten was given me. He adopted It,
shared his food with it, and took it to
bed with him. Charlie weighed fourteen
pounds, but played as penUy as a moth
er with little Pete. As they were marked
alike, passersby often remarked, "What
a handsome mother anil kitten!"
MYRTLE K. MATHIS.
Robert's Joke on Mother.
When 4-year-old Robert comes In from
play he often asks the meaning of a
new word. Mother sometimes replies:
"I do not know, dear; It's German.' "
But Robert is not fooled one bit A
few days ago he scribbled a "letter."
"Can you read It, mother?"
"Well, no, I can't, dear."
"Oh, well. It's 'German,' mother, that's
And he laughed roguishly.
Mrs. JOHN HERRON.
THE ST. jr AUli tf .LUIS JS^^b UINJJA X. A^KIL, 30. 1905
der her. and when the big hen finally
had to get off the nest to get somethin'
to eat. that little banty Just Jumped In
on those eggs, and spread herself juat
as much as she possibly could, and with,
all, she couldn't only cover ten of the
eggs, and the other five was a-stlckin'
out from under her, everywhere. And
she fought off the big hen when she
"So I lifted her off. and I said, 'Here.
I'll Just cover the big black hen up with
a piece of old oilcloth, and I'll just give
the banty two or three of her own eggs
to satisfy her.'
"And I put some soft hay in the little
old washdish that the bottom fell out
of the other day.
"And so there she sets, by the side of
the other hen, and she's Just that im
portant that she feels quite as big as the
biggest. And the youngsters go out and
stroke her and talk to her, and she
clucks away, just as gentle as can be.
"My! is that half-past 4? Is your
clock right? For if it is, I'll have to b«
travelin" along; for it's gettin' round to
supper time, and I Blipped away from
the children for a little visit: but I'll be
along again next week, if I can."
And now, I've sung my little, short song.
No longer can I stay,
God bless you all, both great and small.
And grant you a very happy May.
Many a pretty English story tells
about when Robin Hood was crowned
King of the May and Maid Marian
Queen of the May, and everybody decked
his hat with hawthorn, while every
door in London was decorated with
Do you remember Tennyson's "The
"You must wake and call me early, call
me early, mother dear;
To-morrow'll be the happiest time of
all the glad new year,
Of all the glad new year, mother, the
i maddest, merriest day.
For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother,
'. I'm to be Queen o" the May."
There was the May-pole dance with
which you are all familiar. And many
another pretty custom could be de
scribed to you to-day, if we had space
Polly Evans hopes many of you boys
and girls will observe May Day with a
picnic or flower party or something or
other. It is a day for everybody to be
happy and to make everybody else
Do you know of any sick boys or girls,
or any poor, tired, little, crippled chil
dren? Or any old people who are sick?
Then can't you carry a bunch of posies
to each of them? You can help to make
May Day a merry day for them, too.
Fine or Superfine?
OF COURSE, all of you boys and
girls know what 'tine or super
fine" means? If any of you do
not, ask somebody quick to tell you!
But we are all of us always "hard
up" for good forfeits. Bo Polly Evans
will give you a selection of forfeits that
are recommended by the Book of Indoor
and Outdoor Games:
1. Two children must "sail the ship."
Their feet are braced together, and they
must whirl rapidly around, and then
slowly come to a standstill. Then they
must try to walk. They will stagger
like people on a storm-tossed ship.
2. A bit of paper 1b pinned to a cur
tain or portiere, and then blindfolding
the culprit, he is requested to remove It.
5. One Is told to kiss himself or her
self—which may be done on the hand or
on the reflection In a glass.
4. "Walking Spanish is an old favor
ite. A cane or umbrella is given to the
person under sentence, which he rests
upon the floor, puts both hands upon Its
top and then rests his forehead upon
them. While in this position he must
turn around three times, and then, with
head erect, walk straight ahead.
6. A large bottle is placed upon its
side. The forfeit-payer is seated upon
this, with the heel of his right foot rest-
Ing upon the ground and the heel of the
left foot against the toe of the right. A
good-sized needle is then given him and
a thread, which he must endeavor to
pass through the needle's eye without
losing his balance.
Little Eleanor Is only S years old. She
says some very funny things. We have
In our parlor a picture of the "Madonna
and Child." The other day Eleanor said
to me: "Mamma, is that baby (meaning
the infant Jesus) a picture of me when
I was a little baby?" I said: "No. that
ts Jesus when He was a baby." "Well "
fhe said, "and Is the woman Mrs.
Jesus?" ELEANOR Q. WILSON.
In and out, In and
All the girls go to
ward the left.
And me boys to
Pretty Bella noda
her head when
she passes little
Bue and May smile
back again as
they trip by Joe
In and out. In and
Boys and girls with one accord
Sing with all their might.
See! the May-pole standing there
Suddenly has grown most fair!
Now It makes a fine display,
Decked In colors bright and gay.
Now begin out and in.
Unwind ytllow, pink a * blue.
Dancing Bella, May and Sue;
Untwist green and brown and red.
Laughing Ben and Joe and Ned.
In and out. In and out.
Loos'nlng ribbons bright:
Now the boys go toward the left.
And the girls to rijcht.
As the dancers lightly bound
All the streamers are unwound.
Till they leave the May-pole bare
'Neath its crown of flowers fair.
Terrible Tale in Ts
HOW many of you boys and girls
can read the following aloud with
fair rapidity and not stumble
over a single word?
Trustworthy Ted The 'Tec
Tearful Tim..". The Tramp
Tiger The Terrier
Time ' Twilight
Tearful Tim three times tries to take
the tasty treacle, tantalizingly topping
the timber table.
Thrice Tiger turns the tardy tramp.
Then Tim turns tail, throwing tooth
some, though treacherous, tripe to the
The tyke takes this, then terrific thrills
thresh turbulently through the terrier's
thorax. Torturing throes tighten that
throat. The terrier takes trip to Tar
tarus. Tearful Tim trills thrusblike tune
thus: "Tir-tirrep!" Trots toward those
tempting treacle tins, tips that treacle
through the trebly thirsting throttle,
then treks tipsy through the throng.
Trustworthy Ted, threading through
townsfolk, traces tragedy through the
true terrier's tiny tinctured teeth, tears
thence to the tenten train to Tooting.
Thick, telltale treacle threads, tempo
rarily trailing terra nrcna, tell the tal
ented tec the track the thief's taken.
There's the tiresome tramp, tarrying
to tie tape tidily through torn, tattered
trousers' thin, tangled texture.
The tec, taking time, treads tiptoe
toward Tim, then touches the tramp.
Tim turns, trembling.
"Thou traitor!" thunder Trustworthy
Ted's tangibly threatening tones. "Type
that taints the town, 'tis time to take
Taking thought, the tallow-faced tap
room tout timidly tenders talismanlc
trifles, tobacco, tepid tea, thinking there
by to test the tipstaff.
The tall tec, thoroughly tickled, terse
ly thanking the tarnished tag-rag, tact
fully thwarts these tentative take-in
tactics, then tethers tarred-line tackle
tolerably tightly to Tim's tired talons.
The taciturn tramp, thinking that
they're tied too taut, tries to hamper,
takes the tec to task.
Then Teds temper terminates through
this trifling, therefore tenaciously
thrashes the terrified tramp.
Then testily tugging the triple thongs
tighter together than theretofore, tele
graphs the tidings to town.
Triumphant, takes the tramp thither
to the Tolbooth. There they technically
tabulate Tearful Time task:
—gL^ ING-TING! I wish I were.
rClJ^^B a Primrose,
ijgJ&Ora, A bright yellow Primrose 2
JfirJiV blowing In the Spring! ••'
CJr^iCr Tne stooping boughs
Mfc ~tL above me,
The wandering bee to
The fern and moss to keep across.
And the Elm-tree for our King:
Nay— I wish I were an Elm tree,
A great lofty Elm tree, with green leave*
The winds would set them /'•VVu^ r"
The pun and moonshine tfoi£^\**?\
glance in, "T^i J^*'
The Birds would house bJiVg
..- among the boughs, .^y. "
And sweetly sing! . •'
O—no! I wish I were a Robin,
A Robin or a little "Wren, everywhere
« to go;
/L- Through forest, field or
t^r^trCvjf And a*k 'no leave or
<*£»' i^'~-» pardon,
Till Winter comes with
' i^ftyßKi Icy thumbs
\. *^»v7^ To ruffle up our wing. _
Well—tell! Where should I fly to.
Where go to sleep In the dark wood or
Before a day was over. -
Home comes the rover,
For Mother's —sweeter this
Than any other thing!
■ LMLtgJp* uu '
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Give a rapid, circular motion to this
picture, either to right or left, and the
wheels will seem to whirl rapidly In the
same direction as the motion.
A delusion of your eye, of course; but
Isn't It Interesting?
it Fell Down.
Ellen, aged 6, had some chewing gum.
but while chewing it accidentally swal
lowed it. When asked how It happened,
she replied: "1 couldn't help it; it fell
jtwiw mm 1 fc m ?ffi[J
-*F«S&»^ OROTHT had been a\g
-1 T^X Sing with all her little
lU/^ might and was beginning
IWI mtto feel tired. She had
fl W Jfadlytarted to make a deep,
c c P hole straight
* VB VJMthrough the earth to
i X wl> Australia, and it was
I /r~Flvn&rd work for one little
■ t^Mglrl to do all by herself,
'-»: - X 9V> for Elizabeth had re
* ' I *jJ?Jy fused to help.
flff Elizabeth was absorb
j*m3Lßsßp- ed in a book, a new
one" about plants, and it was called
"The Wonders of the Vegetable King
Dorothy sighed. Her arms were ach
ing, and Australia seemed oh! so far
away. She-thought she would stop dig
ging, when of a sudden her spade
touched something round, and out of
the hole hopped the queerest-looking
little gentleman she ever did see.
"Plague take you! You've made me
drop ft!" he exclaimed, angrily. "What
do you mean by Jostling a gentleman
In such fashion? Find it. and find it
quick!" And he stamped his feet and
waved the leaves on top of his head.
"Find what? What have you lost?"
asked Dorothy. In amazement. "Why,
I do believe you are only a potato!"
"Stupid child, not to know that I am
the Chief Messenger!" grumbled tho
newcomer, half to himself. "Well. I
shall have to go back, that's all there
Is about Jt. Stand right there where
you are, yon bad little girl, and keep
still till I come back." And he Jumped
Into the hole.
"I won't stand still!" cried Dorothy.
"Instead of that. I'll follow you!" and
she jumped into the hole, too.
"It's a much bigger hole than I
thought it was," thought Dorothy, as
Bhe ran after the Chief Messenger.
"And—! Where has the little man dis
appeared to? Oh. dear; I've lost him!"
Then she saw daylight and found that
she was in a sort of long tunnel.
She scrambled out. and looked about
her, and decided that she must now be
standing in Australia. Seeing some peo-
"First Bagpipe Players, Then a Tall Scotch Chieftain
pie approaching, she thought to her
self, "I believe they are potatoes, too."
Aloud, she said very politely: "It you
please, can you tell me-"
But the leader, a grand potato man, in
a Bilk hat, interrupted her:
"Excuse me, miss, but have you seen
the Chief Messenger? He has been
charged with Important business, and we
fear something has happened to him."
"Yes,"' said Dorothy. "I think he has
met with an accident."
Then all the lady potatoes who were
with the grand potato man wept and
sobbed and rolled themselves on the
'Oh. they'll spoil their hats," said
"Yes, and spoil my temper, too.
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All little girls should be able to answer
thla puzzle—and with the hint just given,
all little boys should also be clever enough
to tMwcr it
Although In part I am third of the day.
Still half of me ia half of fool;
And yet, without the rest of me.
No Bane men may write a rule.
Upon four letters I safely stand.
And I'm found in every home In the land.
What am IT
Altered Consonant Words.
One consonant la changed In the word for
the flirt blank to obtain the word for each
other blank, as: Mane maze, macie.
It ia a titter to him to out money
to her. He waa gentle aa a when he
courted her, and she thought he would
on her. but he has not bo. He look*
like an old of Venice. In a picture by
. as hi pa—TO under the of the cap*
Itol and comes home to take some drug
gist's for his cold and settle down In
Els easy chair for a .
This Is not a difficult puzzle. See If you
can solve It.
. * A consonant.
• • • A domestic animal.
• • • • • A beautiful lime formation
In the seas.
••••••• Officer who Inquires Into
cates of violent death.
• • • • • A proper name.
• • • A meadow.
* A consonant.
1. The helmet of the soldier was very
2. The cloak was drawn close around her.
t. The lash of the whip hurt him.
4. Will owed him a great deal of money.
t. Give me a pin. Ella.
t The lire burned very brightly.
7. There was a small arch over the road.
8. Such awful-looking things.
*. The baby was very plump.
KARL H. PELTZ.
A President Acrostic.
The Initials of the following five-letter
words will spell the name of a United Statea
President. Can you make It out?
A light carried on a staff; custom: soil;
regular arrangement; the friend of Jona
than; a valuable fur animal; a house-In
fect Inir Insect; a church official; an old
fashioned girl's name; a fruit with a salty
taste: frequently; odor: to go Into; to boast:
ahead of time; a door fastening: to Instruct.
Answers to Last Week's
Puzzles and Problems
1. Stork. 1 Dove. S. Swift. 4. Hawk. 5.
Chat. 6. Kingbird. 7. Pewee. 8. Swallow.
». Thrush. 10. Kinglet.
The four figures art. 888 S. which, being
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"But the Leader Interrupted Her"
grumbled the grand potato man. "Here,
ladies, pick yourselves up, and listen to
Sure enough, Dorothy heard bagpipes
In the distance, and presently there came
a procession—first bagpipe players, then
a tall Scotch chieftain, then soldiers,
then sailors, then who but the cross
Chief Messenger as a prisoner. And
after him more «oldiers. And they were
all potato men
The procession stopped. The Scotch
chieftain held up his spear and the bag
pipes stopped playing.
"We have made an arrest," said the
Just then the prisoner saw Dorothy,
"She did It! She knows all about it'"
"You mean she stole the leaf?" asked
the grand potato man. "Soldiers! seize
the wicked girl. Let her be cut up, part
of her fried, part boiled, part hash
browned and part mashed."
The soldiers started to arrest Doro
thy, but the grand potato man held them
back a minute.
"Waitl" said he. "Can you tell us,
child, the name that was written on the
divided by a line drawn through the mid
dle, become OOUO above and below the line.
2. Because without Us tall it Is nothing.
2. Against his will.
c a la
1. Heavy as lead. 2. Blue as a whetstone.
I. Quirk as a flash. 4. Gorxl as gold. S.
Long as the moral law. 6. Snug as a bug
A Revolving Serpent
HERE la a very In
genious toy that can
be constructed with
a little care.
It Is also an Interesting
experiment, for it proves
that heated air rises. The
looks dangerous, but you
will nnd It harmless and
without a sting.
To make the reptile,
take a piece of thin card
board, and on it draw a
spiral with a pencil, as
shown In the cut. Then,
with a pockctknife, cut out th? spiral,
leaving an extra point to represent the
tongue, which you may make forked, if
Now with ordinary paint—the cheap
est water colors will do—paint the spiral
in a design of diamond shapes spotted
with dark ovals. Then paint the eyes,
and a more solid effect for the head.
Use green, yellow, red and blue paints,
with an occasional dab of steel gray,
and you will have a brilliant specimen
of the dreaded reptile.
Now make a little stand of a straight,
slender piece of wood, and in the tup
or It put a needle. Fasten the tail of
the serpent to the other end of the
needle, and the spiral will open as you
see it in the picture.
Suspend tho serpent by means of
a piece of string attached to a tack. If
you now hold a candle under the top,
or hold the toy over a stove or a
lighted lamp, the heated air will causo
the serpent to revolve, making a very
If you make two serpents, cutting the
spirals in opposite directions, they will
revolve In opposite directions, their
he«ida pointing toward each other.
I* V. PICKARD.
Dorothy looked very much puzzled, a3
well as frightened.
i £^a^? 2 didn't know he had lost a
iear. Do you mean a little tree leaf that
i remember seeing near the hole? Or
do >'ou mean a payer leaf from a book?"
k i"• .a slSh ot relief went round the
•whole circle of potato people, for it was
evident that the little girl had not dis
covered their secret.
Then the prisoner explained that Dor
othy had not stolen the leaf, but had
made him drop it.
The chieftain then explained to Dor
othy that on the precious leaf was writ
ten the name of the King of the Vege
. "Oh-. tnen. Elizabeth would like to see
it. said Dorothy. "11l go find it!" And
before any one could stop her, Bhe
Jumped into the hole, and began climb
ing up. up. up. How the potato people
chased after her and snatched at her
dress and held her back! But Dorothy
shook them all off, and, after awhile,
stumbled, breathlessly, back into her
home garden. Then, Beizing her spade,
she filled up the hole, clear up to tho
By that time, she heard Elizabeth's
voice, calling: "Dorothyl Dorothy!
Come to dinner!"
Dorothy opened her eyes slowly and
rubbed them. Her spade lay on the
ground beside her. and there, too, was
an old potato, but with no face nor silk
hat, but Just an ordinary, every-day
A little confused in mind, she walked
to the house. Through the dining room
window she could see Elizabeth at the
table. As soon as she stepped into the
room Elizabeth held up her fork. There
was a nice new potato on It.
'•Oh, Elizabeth!" cried Dorothy, "let
me see your new book, please. Does It
say who is the King ot the Vegetable
"Why, is there a King?" asked Eliza
"Certainly, if there is a kingdom, there
must be a King," said Dorothy, "and,
I want to'iind out his name."
Elizabeth thought a moment. "I should
think the potato is the King o- the V's,"
"Which potato—the Scotch chieftain
or the grand one with tho silk hat?"
But Elizabeth only stared in amaze
Then Dorothy told her of her Journey
through the hole to Australia and of her
experience there. And together they
hunted the garden over for the Chief
Messenger's lost leaf, bu% they could not
Nor could they ever find it. And they
are wondering to this very day who la
the King of the Vs. M. B.
In a rug. 7. True as steel. 8. Slow as a
snail. 8. Cowardly as a cur. 10. Slippery as
an eel. 11. Quick as a wink. 12. Lively aa
a flea. 13. Straight as a string. 14. Slick as
a weasel. 15. Clean aa a whistle. 16. Smart
as a whip. 17. Free as air. 18. Wise as an
owl. 19. Helpless as a baby. 20. Fine aa
silk. 21. Mean as pussly.
1. Link-on —Lincoln.
Easter Egg Puzzle.
The words: "Easter Sunday."