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I Cle Mcrlads
By Margaret Vaxdegrift.
The sea was as blue as the sky.
And the sky was as blue as the sea.
And gay little ripples were hurrying by,
Fcr the west wind blew merry and free;
And two little lads were at play
On the shining white sand by the sea:
They had nothing to do for a long summer d iv,
But be happy as happy could be.
And that was the reason, perhaps.
For no other one seemed in the way. -
That bciore many hours these two bale chaps
Began to be tired of their play;
And one of them said to the other.
With a sigh and a long "Oh. dear me!"
"Just think what a tiling it would be, little brother,
If we could play under the sea !
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"I am tired of th.- flowers that ginw
In the oMtiiiioii way her? on the land:
It is very much ;r.:t;ir diwn t' cic b-.'lov.'.
VVIicrc tl'.c sca-llo-Acrs grow in the sand !
"And if we lived under the f-c;i.
Our doilies wo'ihl he s!ir? :u:d t('iii- plain;
And they never would e;dl us to n.:r in t tea,
Or to hurry in out of the rain!"
Then a stranse sound came nr from the sea,
A little voice, piping and shrill;
And what was it .saying but just "Ob. dear me !
And thtn: "Do not slop me! I will.'"
' And suddenly, there on the strand.
Washed up by an extra l.iri;e wave.
Lay a merlacl. who held out hi; 1 -;u;i.l.
t The land-boys' atvjuaii'.'.aiicc to crave.
.What lo do they at first were in doubt,
But he did look so jolly and fat!
And they laughed as !i- wiggled about
' On the beach like a small acrobat.
And the land-boys, no longer affrighted,
His face was so r-mihng and biiylu.
Made a bargain with him. much delighted,
" To exchange for a day and a night.
ITe called up his little twin brother,
, And together they wiggled away. .. ,
While gleefully then went the other
Two chaps throt'.gh the foam aud the spray.
For a moment they felt rather frightened.- y
'i A"d did not know wherj.- I hey could be:
And tb-a green roof oVr.them brightened.
' 'And thev bowed tj the 0,uc-n e-Kihc beal
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IIIFTIII'R it is from long association with
li-h anil ti-hinj; I cannot say. but Santa
Catalina is famous for its fishing dogs.
During various seasons spent on this
ishmd I have made the armiaintanre of
several of these dogs, all more or i-ss remarkable.
One evening I was sitting on the beach, watching
the fb ing-;ish, when I noticed one of thec little dogs,
a black spaniebb'kc fellow, who answered to t!c name
of D:'ndy on week-days, but on Sunday is known as
Dii.le by his fisherman owner. lie was standing at
the edge of the water, where the waves gently washed
his feet, gazing earnestly out to sea. In a moment a
Lig flying-fish came soaring in, striking the water sev
eral feet from the shore. Dandy, for it was a week
day. dashed at it and seemed vciy much disappointed
at its disappearance. Soon another fish came in.
cha-eil by an a!bicrrc. and struck the pebbles, and be
fore it could flutter back into the water Dandy hail
scicd r.ud carried it proudly up the beach to his
Dandy with his companion, l'rincc. an old long
haired poodle, sh.nvcd on a portion of hi.s body, in
variably went out with the boatman an I apparently
understood everything he said. When fishing one diy,
a huge black sea bass took a line and made so des
perate an effort to escape that the anchor had to be
taken up and the fish allowed to tow the boat about
and tire itself out. The moment the fish was hooked,
the dogs displayed the greatest excitement, barking
and rushing from one end of the boat to the other;
gazing anxiously down into the water, then at the
fisherman who was toiling with the big fish, until
finally, after half an hour of pulling and being pulled
Xf.nt morning, at dawn, by the ocean
Met the four little laddies once more;
And you haven't, I'm sure, the least notion
Of the length of the faces they wore!
Ami the land-boys at once said. " I wouldn't
Exchange any more for the world!"
And the mcrlads bo'h shouted. "We couldn't!"
As themselves in the ocean they hurled.
And the smiles straight returned to their faces;
They swam back for a little more talk.
The old?r one said: "Of all places!
Just think! You poor people must walk!
"Those, two-legged things have to do it.
And wor.-c. too. than that, for out there
1 found and had reason to rue it
That every one sits on a chair!"
Said one of the land-boys: "Well, maybe
You think we've enjoyed it down here.
But my bed was too short for a baby.
And made of wet seaweed oh. dear!
"And all of your merpeople pointed
And laughed both at me and. at him.
Just because we had h'gs iind were jointed,
Ami -didn't know .';:V way to sv, iiii!
" And one of them, while I was lying
Oh tbc .side of nn old sunken wreck.
Woke me tin. and 1 found he was trying
To lie a shark's I'm rqtind my neck.
"I couMTl stand that, you know never !
So our -do'nbiiis v.e rode to the strand.
"1 am done with the "nan frnvr:S
There's wo place K.. me like the land!"
Now. whether th'y dre.i'i'rd i:. or whether
It happened. I rraM.- c-n't -ay.
Do drcmns ever come two together?
They might, maybe, nine in a v..v .
But this I can tell von: no grrt-ilil.ng
Was evermore done by tbo-'e ho
Their bacebri!l. their swimmim.-. and tumbling
From lliat da;. were nothing but joys.
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J Fl JL V$T anl were being rowed ashore by the boatman, when
" 'fSirW '' 9& 'k : .f - -. laying down the oars he suddenly announced that the
ji ffA"- :"-$fy&-:T Nr , oar b-! given out and there was no way of getting
W'mW ht. At this the dogs became much excited, springing
rvtf $-&&h-.$&S their feet and b-.rking '.heir loudest. The poodle
5k,ff '0---'ilflS2j!& vool; his place in the bow as pilot, with fore paws
AKGUS. SATURDAY. OCTOBKIt.2.
the rish. which was over six feet in length and weighcH
over four hundred pounds, was brought to the surface,
where it lashed the water into foam deluging the oc
cupants of the boat with spray. As soon as the glist
ening brown back of the big fish appeared, flashing in
the sunlight. Dandy steadied bim?e;f for a second, then
boldly leaped upon its back, snapping at its fins and
endeavoring to seize it. Never bci'ore. I venture to
say. was a dog seen upcn a fish's back, and this was
only lor a moment, as the big fish resented the pics-
enre of the rider and with a desperate plunge threw
him off. But the little dog swam bravely at it. and
despite the blows from its tail and the waves of foam
that were thrown about, attempted to sei.e the fish
until it was forcibly taken into the boat. Dandy, I was
told, attacked a shark once in the same way.
This remarkable dog would go to any part of the
boat Hi Jiis master's commands, and was a most intel
ligent creature. One day we had been out tor a san
"eth-.g in the gunwale: while Dandy, seizing the
. 'vanKcr oi the boat, sprang overboard and began swim-
ming toward the- beach, actually towing the boat in to
' the shore. . . ; .
Not far away lived a large St. Bernard equally well'
known on the island. His point of vantage was the
v. hurl", and every steamer that came in was assisted by
this giant longshore dog that insisted upon seizing the
rope that was thrown to the dock and aiding in haul
ing it in amid much barking and excitement.
Another dojf. a grim, ferocious-looking bull terrier,
also lived on the island for several years ferocious
only in appearance, as he was a good-natured fellow
in every respect, lie was famous fcr his diving pow
ers which were very remarkable. If a fish was thrown
over he would swim out to the spot, eye the object
carefully, then dive and reach the bottom in five or
six fert of writer, and bring up the fish with the great
est case. Long practice at this had made the dog
very skillful at it; he would walk along the edge vi
the wharf and when a fish was seen in the depths be
low be would ph'.nge over and swim down while the
fish would dart sway, leaving the little dog to struggle
to the surface again.
This dog was also famous for his trick.;. lie would
leap into the air and try lo turn a somersault or at-tem-U
any feat his master called for. L poll only ore
occasion was Dick babied. He was once swimming
along the shore, following hi-, ma ter, who was walk
ing on the beach, when directly in front of him rosr
a big pointed head with a fierce bewhiskrred face,
black ryes and sharp teeth. The str.-inger gave n loud
snort or bark ac.d disappeared, while Dick beat a
hasty retreat to the beaeh p" 1 f r a long tunc could
not be induced to swim out from shore. The strange
cpos the fish.
bead belonged to a sea lion that was makmg its daily
tour along the shore of the id md in search of lood an
imusua! sight to poor Dick.
g ihe Kirtiiaay or Hie rnnccss ijj
By Alois Dtxrvs.
PKINCF.SS LILT stood on the b-o.d ;, of M,e
terrace. looking into the sea. a: the foot of the
palace garden. Her dress was white a id sili-er..
with flowers of gold woven into it. Her yellow
carls were caught into .-. -orih .-f pearls, and in
her hand was a golden mirror. ';o-'ihcr, she was like
a sun-ray on the white marble vrrr.ee.
but her Hignncss felt m .rc like a thunlcr-storm.
i in ui-;- w.-i.-. .in a i row ti as
in; grcea water,
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die leaned over the -.p!..
"I hope it's more than a mile deepf" she said hotTy,
lifting the mirror above her head; but before she could
fling it into the sea, it melted from her hands like a
"Gracious!" exclaimed the little princes, whirling
around ; for instead of the crash that should have come,
a clear, merry laugh rang in her ears. Behind her, on
the second step, sat a silvery, gauzy figure.
"No one is allowed here without my permission 1
said Princess Lib.
"I know," smiled the stranger. "But I wished so
much to sec yon, your Highness. Do you mind?"
' N-not exactly," returned the princess. So many
people want that, that I'm quite used to it. But it's
against the rules. Did vou catch my mirror when it
!" ? "
The stranger shook her head.
" I haven't anv mirror." she said.
" But who arc' you? " demanded Lili. "How lid yott
get in ? "
" I ni whoever I happen to be." was the careless reply,
"I'm Yaria. I could be you if I wanted to."
"Oh. of cour-c I don't niind your playing that you are
me." said the princess in a conscious tone. " Other
children do it. too. So sillv! Just because all the cour
tiers bow when I pass, and think what beautiful eyes
and hair I have, and how gracefully I walk, and how
charminglv I dress fhcv sunposc 1 have everything that
I want. I haven't. That mirror, for instance. My
mother, the miecn, gave me it for my birthday. I liked
it at tir t. but when other people look into it they see
them-clvcs instead of me. What's the use of being a
prince j if vou can't have a fuirror to yourself?"
" Should they have seen your face when they peeped
in?" a .bed Yaria. r ravel v.
"Of course!" said Lib, pettishly. "It's mine, isn't
it ? P. :t I don't care if I never sec it again ; it's horrid ! "
" Would you prefer to be able to see yourself without
a mirror, jour Highness? It's very easy."
"Whenever I chose?" asked Lili.
" Whenever in meeting anyone you think about
yourself, vonr Highness. That is all."
"Ye-es; 1 do that almost all the time. It would be
"Then take that birthday gift in exchange for your
mirror,'' said the stranger, throwing out a tiny hand,
with the gesture of bestowing a gift.
"Ooh!" cried the princess, as a cold spray wet her
eyes. When she opened them Y'aria was gone.
"Wondering if it was more than a jest, the prince
tripped across the green turf to where a gardener was
zt work thinking with all her might of her own beauty.
Old Diedrich raised his rough cap on seeing her, but at
her first word it was no longer be who held the wheel
barrow. There stood a little person clad in white and
gold, with a self-satisfied smile on her rosy face.
Lili was gar-ing at her double well pleased with it
appearance when a gruff voice asked suddenly:
"How can 1 serve you. Highness?"
In alarm she caught up her silken dress and ran away;
but when she glanced back, there, as at first, -stood old
Diedrich. looking after her with a puzzled air.
Princess Lili walked on. thinking very bard. Whett
she looked up. Dame Bcnedicta, her nurse, was at tha
side gate, giving something to a beggar maid.
"Benedicta! That is my old cloak. How dare yoil
give it away? I might want "
Not one. but two cross faces, under yellow curls, were
looking at her! With a frightened cry, she rushed into
the palace, up to the great audience-ball where sat King
Clarirnond and Queen Florinne in state, with all their
court, receiving the ambassadors from a neighboring
"Oil!" she cried. " I I " and in a flash the great
hall was idled with a sea of white and gold gowns,
abov e which hundreds of startled faces framed in golden
hair w;:s staring at her.
"Lili! My. child!" exclaimed the queen, and King
Clarimoiid sprang to his feet at her wail of terror. Tint
sight of two more Princess Lib's hurrying down the
throne step;, was too much. Shaking her curls over
her eyes, she turned ami fled from the palace, down
through the garden to the terrace by the sea, where she
lay on the marble step and cried like any common little
girl who wanted her mother and couldn't somehow
" You didn't enjoy my gift?" asked a silvery voice.
" 1 hated it!" sobbed Liii, with tightly closed eyes. "T
couldn't getaway from from me! I want my mother I"
"I'll take i; back then." said Varia. solerly. "But
did everybody you met look like yon?"
Lib nodded. Something what was it? made Iter very
uncomfortable. There was a long silence.
" Yon mean. then, that you were thinking every min
ute of Princess Lili?"
"Why. I forgot that!" confessed the prince5', looking
up. red and ashamed.
P.ut o-:ly a g dden nurror was beside her, h ing on tli
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s Ethel Makes Cocoa for Her Dolls
Bv Fl.OkKNlE SriEt.EI.RF.Rei.
FOU rnn'te a while l-.thel had promised to tret bef
dollies, Dorothy, Bessie and Marjorie, to a nice
hot cup of cocoa.
One rainy afternoon, she spread her little tea
table with a pretty embroidered cloth and lief
be t blue-china tea-set.
She then dressed her three dollies in their newest
party dtvcs. nutting each in a bttle chair up lo the tea
ta.de. te.hng them that if they were very good children
theyntight watch her make the cocoa.
FthcMhc'i ran downsiairs to the kitchen closet, but
s.ie con,d Iind no cocoa, nor even chocolate. The cooic
was out. so she bad to be content with two drv brown
bread-snaps, not wishing to disappoint her dollies, who
were tust longing for a cup of cocoa, and thinking thev
would not not.ee the difference, as the snaps looked
brown like cocoa.
She hurried upstairs again, and while her dollies were
not looking, she put the two drv brown ginger-snap
into the bale coffee-mill, and .piickly ground them up
like fine cocoa.
She then put tins ginger-snap coco with some sugar
:: to the tea-pot. poured boiling hot water on it, and
stirred it well. It really looked like cocoa.
I he ginger-snap cocoa tasted so good that the dollie
ami their mama label kept on sipping until it was all
Marjorie even drank two cups of cocoa and ate sev
eral pieces of cake. Soon she began to complain of a
V?"1' 1 'c.r, "1ul,lcr I-thfI Pt her to bed and sent for
i.5tCir :.'i,mo-v- IIlc doctor v.-as very busy reading a
Ked Indian story by the plavroom window, but as the
ease was urgent he very hir.dlv consented to come
hen he arrived, he looked at Marjoric's tongue and
..It ....! a . . . 1 . I f i . .
L-lt her pulse and aid " Sh m-,,-.t h . t. .
greeay anu eaien too much at tbe cocoa party.
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. r, i , , va u" nam w.iy. uer mama
- , , ".-v. j'iauii .-nuncv pourea the
castor-oil down her throat. Patting her gently on lier
io, in-i m I- a tioou little tirl and not
iii uum.i i.inei. 4IIU saw llial SliC Wutilu be
in the morning."