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YOURS TRULY. a
BY MRS., M. L. RAYNE.
'Amazing Grace,' said Mrs Pils- v
bury, as she sat with her daughter a
at their afternoon sewing, 'be yew e
goin' to piece a quilt?'
'What fur, mother?'. D
'Why ain't Mr. Van Vleet been s
to see you twice't runnin' lately ? t
He's, axed ye, I s'pose, to hev s
hi Mn?, 11
'An' I gav him the mitten.' 1:
'Sho! You wouldn't be half so 9
silly I Why, he's wuth a dozen or- r
dinary men. You mought go fu- e
ther rnd fare wuss.'
'Jest what I'm goin' to dew.' c
'Did yew tell him so?'
'No, I writ; now, mothier, let me (
be ; I ain't a goin' to marry no man t
thet thinks I'm jumpin' et tlie 11
chance. I'd a heap rtuther be an 1
There was nothing said for some,
time; then the widow asked: a
'When did yew write, Mazin?' 1
'A day or so past.' 0
'Where did you git a pen?' 1
'I borrowed one. Mebbe you'd e
like to know what I said tew him.' c
'You've guessed rite,' said the a
widow eagerly. 1
'It ain't nuthin to nobody but us,
mother, s'long es I didnt have him,' C
said the girl curtly, and no more '
was sai(d, but the Widow sighe I h
heavily and held her hand to her
left side t
Amazin knew that, it meant her (
heart, for she had been brought up f
to res)ect that organ as an intimi.c
dating power. This time she did
not relent, but wondered why she c
could not like that big, goodlookingW
VnVleet well enough tomarry (
him, for they were poor,% poor as I
that historic church mouse, and hej
w as well off. I
But they were not mercenary- 9
P'eople called them simple folks;
p.erhaps because they lacked edui
cation, and they b~elieved1 every
thing that was told them. But It
they were good as gold. The wid
ow's face and form, lank and un- I
gainly were famnilar in every sick e
room. They rendlered1 unto Coisar 1
the things that were Cosar's. r
They owed no0 man11 anything, !
though they worked early and Iath i
to accomplish it. They were good
to everybody and everything, and
Amazin Grace--her mother had e
named her after the hymn begin-v
ning, 'Amazing Grace, howseti
the sound'-was really pretty. So d
thought big, hu tlking, shama faced 'i
Van Vieet, when he came a court- ii
ing her, with his trousers tuckediJ
ap tied down over his ears. She
ras the only girl he wasifiald 6f,
nd he wasn' afraid of her, to come
ight down to it.
le was an honest, decent chap,
rith a fist like a sledge hami'ner
nd a heart like a child's. le wanti
d Amazin Grace, and he couldn't
nagine any reason why he shiould
ot have her. When he got her
imgle little letter of refusal, writ
en out with infinito difficulty and
pelled on a new plan of phonetics,
e read it over and over, smoked
is cob. pipe, read the letter again,
rinned a good bit, then folded it
everently, and put it in the pock
t nearest his heart.
'That's all rite, my girl,' he
A couple of months passed away.
)ne peculiarity of time is that it
reats all - people alike. It does
ot fly from some -ind stand still
rith others. It was spring at the
ran Vleet farm, which was one
1ass of apple and cherry blossoms,
ed it was spring at the Widow
'ilsbury's little lean to house, with
ut shrub.or blossom. The widow
>oked out of the window and sigh
d. Sne had never hear(d the 'Soug
f the Shirt,' but she had sung it
11 her life. It was her bread and
'There's Van Vleet !' she exelaim
d, looking up from her lap-hoard
Well, I declare! What brings him
'P'r-aps he's commi' Io ask yew
hev him, mother,' said Aiazin
,race, liaughing, while a sweet
ush of pink stained her round
'I wish he should !' said the wid
w, devoutly ; 'I should consider
wus f1 in' in the face of Provi
lee not to marry such a man-if
Le asked me,'
But Mr. Van Vleet stalked in
vit~h a brief 'good day,' threw an
.rmful of blossoms into the lap of
'I'm readly for a wedding.'
'Did you git my letter?' asked
'Yep ! It warn't, to say lovin,'
~ut I Look yer meanin.' I've fenc
d in the hull north lot, and fur
ushed the house up, so yor would
Ot know it, an' I kalculate ef we
in git married next week, it wont
treewith my spring work
A a zin G1 race se t back and look
d the pictu e of surprise. The
idow thought she beard the cat
the pantry and discreetly with
rew. As the door closed Farmr
'an Vleet took two little red hands
m his, and bending forward gave
Lmazin an awful smnack.
'That seals the bargain, he said,
but the indignant girl jtunped up
and ordered him out of the house.
To her astonishment he did not
budge a step.
'Not much I reokin I've a right
to kiss' yer now,' lie said boldly
then he stepped to the door and
called loudly: 'Mother! kum
The widow must have been con
veniently near, for she almost fell
into the room at his first word, and
he bestowed another sounding
smack on her.
'It's all rite,' he said, 'me-an'
Amazin Grace is goin' to. be mar
ried, and you kin dance at the wed
'But-but the letter,' gasped the
girl. You ain't understood a word
'The fact is.' said Van Vleet. 'I
ain't had no education to speak of;
been too busy grubbin' land all my
life. I didn't raly read the letter
to sense it, but when I see how you
signed it that was euff for me. I
knowed you wouldn't hev writ that
way to a feller ye weren't goin' to
marry. I dont know much about
bals, but I know that?'
W:ien it was all settled that they
were to be married the next week,
.Sunday, Farmer Van Vleet rode off
iand the two women put away the
hy-board, and resigued the univer
sal shirt making business forever.
'I'd give the world to know what
I writ to him,' said Amazin.
'The world aint you rn to give,'
corrected her mother, piously.
Iin sarclin sure I told him no,
said the girl, 'but I reckon lie was
bound to hev me, and I dunno e2
1I Sorry, either, now.'
When they were married and A
mazin and her mother had gone out
to the new home in the smart new
sj ringwagon, the bride returnedI tc
the subject of the letter.
'I hev a burnin't cur'osity tc
know what I writ,' she said, cause
(blushing) 'I thought I riffused
'O-ho, I guess not,' said the tri
uimphant lover. 'Look-a here, Mrs
Van \ 'eet, here's the letter. Taint
but a fe~w words. There ain't nc
tieular meanin' in them, but its the
sighning of them. Do you see that ?
Them two words would stand iu
law to mean plain yes; there's nc
gittin around them!'
Amnazin and her mother 'both
'Mr. Van Vleet:
'DEER SIR : I am sorry to inforni
you that your attenshuns are in
'AMAzIN GRACE~ PILeBURY.'
'That fetched me,' said Mr. Van
Vleet, looking admniringly at h is new
possession. 'I doan't kno much,
but I rokin I kin tell what a girl
means when she writes to a feller
and signs herself 'Yures trewly.'
R. M. MAcDONALD, PropYK.
an,(di nufiacturer of all kinds of Ma
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to order- ..
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