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Here is a circus romance red'
olent of the fresh sawdust oj
the ring, vibrant With the inces
sant cl(inif>r of Ihe band, pano
ramie in its ever moving display
of clowns, acrobats, horses und
captive wild animals. Vo:i will
read of Polly, tins daughter <>/
the circus, and of Bingo, on
whose broad hack she rode ; of
the "leup of death" girl; oj
"Muvver Jim," Ihe boss canvas
man, and Toby, Ihe clown, who
loved t/ic circus orphan and
cared for her like father and
mother; of Deacon Strong, who
haled a circus, and of Rev. John
Douglas, who grew to love a cir
cus girl. You will read of gos
sip that threatened to divide a
pastor and his Jlock, of Ruth
and Naomi, of a show girl's re- j
nundation and of Polly's Jirst
and last ride on Barbarian, the
T"~^ hi: hand of ilie "iIreut American
i Irons" was playing noisily. |
Tin' p< rf< nuance was in full:
l ies hie a shabby hunk In Die wo*
men's dressing leu I sal a young, wist
ful fa i (1 girl, chin In haiul, unheeding
I ho chatter of the women ahout her
. r I ho i itui'-ipie <U -array of (he ijui
rounding object;*. Her eyes Had boon,
so long accustomed (<? tlic gllltor rtiid
tinsel of clrctiH llnerlos Hull she saw
nothing UnU! mil In a picture thai
udghl have held n palitler spellbound,
Circling ii<- Inside ijf Ihe lent and
forming a double lino down tin- center
were paitially unpacked trunks belch
ing fdrth Itupud' nl masses Of statins,
laces, urtllh I ii hair, paper flowers nud
paste Jewels. The kcouI of moist
earth mingled oddly with the perfumed
odors of Hie garments heaped on the
crass. Here and there high circles of
lights threw a strong, steady glare
upon ihe half elnd figure of a robust
acrobal > r (he thin, drooping shoulders
if a loss stalwart slslor. Temporary
ropes strotoln d from one polo t<> an
other were lud n with bright colored
blockings, gaudy, spangled gowns or
dusty street clothes discarded by I ho
performers hofi r.? slipping into their
circus nttlre There wi re no nails or
hooks, f?b bats and veils wer.- pinned
in t ho i niiViis walls.
The furuliuro was limited t-> One
camp oliiilr Iii front of erieii true);, the
till of wlihdi served as a iriiy for Iho
paint-, piuil. r. nud oilier essentials
i f mal? up.
A pail of water Stood by the side of
each ehnlr, f ? that the performers
might wash ihe delicately shaded
lights, hntidkoi'i iileffl ttnd other; small
nrtlcles uoi t-> bo Intrusted lo tho
slow, careless process <f the village
laundry, fitolne of these hud been
washed tonight and hung to dry on tho
linos between the dusly street par
Women whoso 'Turns" came Info sal
about, half clothed, feuding, crochet luft
or suwhig, tVhllO 01 Inis added pen*
died eyebrow:?, i- y ? v ur rouge to
Hieb already oxngi < rated makeup i,
Hero nud there a child WftS putting
her sawdust baby i ? sloi p hi the till
of hot' trunk before beginning her part
in the evening's cnieitnlnnioiit, Von:,.:
and old went nb >ul Iholr dutlc ? with a
systematic, buslnossll! o air. ipid even
the llttlo Unol of oxcltcd women nea;
Poll;'- I: Boomed Hint <>ne of til
hat! iiju elr< us tradition -kept a
sharp lookout for 111 ? -11- turns.
??What ?1?. you think ubout it. Polly?"
asked a handsome brunette us sbo sur
Vcycd herself In tbc costume of a
I toman chui lotoer.
"About what?" asked Polly vacantly.
"I.ouve I'oll alone! She's In one of
her trances!" called a motherly, pood
natured woman whose trunk stood
next ?<? Polly's abd whose business
was t<? support a son ami three daugh
ters upon stalwart shoulders, both Og
Ul'Utlvely and literally.
"Well, I ain't In any trance," answer
id the dark girl, "and I think it's pret
ty tough for him to take up with a
rank outsider and export us to warm
up to her as though lio'd married one
of our own folks." She tossed her
head, the pride of class distinction
Welling hie!, In her ample bOSOIU.
"Ho ain't nskill' US t<> warm up to
her.'' contradicted Mile. P.l?>isc. a pale,
light haired sprite, who had arrived
late and was making Undignified ef
forts to get out <>f her clothes by way
of her head. She was Polly's under
study and next In line for the star
phico In the bill.
"Well, Barker has put her Into the
'hap of death' StUUt, ain't hoV" con
tinued the brunette. "Course that
ain't a regular circus act," she added,
s .Yiicwhnt mollified, "and so far she's
had to dress with the freaks, but the
next thing we know Uo'll be ringln'
her In on a regular stunt and be put
tin" her in to dress with us."
"No danger of that," sneered the
blond. "Parker Is t-..i old a stager to
mis u;> bis sheep nnd his goats."
Polly bad a:..(in lest the thread of
I he conversation. Her mied had gone
roving to the night when tlio fright
ened girl about whom they were laik
lug had made her first appearanco In
tlx- ?Ileus h>t. clinging timidly to the
hand of the man who hid just made
l>r his wife. Her eyes had met Pol
ly's with a I",ok of appeal that hid
gone straight to the child's simple
A few nights later the newcomer
had allowed herself to he strapped
into the cumbersome "leap of death"
mnchluo which hurled Itself through
space at each performance ami Hung
Itself down with force enough to break
the tuck ef any unskilled rider. Cour
age and steady nerve were the requi
sites for tl;>' jop, so t!i" manager had
s i!d. I nt any physician would h ive
told him that only a trained acrobat
could long endure tlio nervous strain,
(he muscniai tension nnd the physical
rack ef such nil ? ideal.
What mit'er? Tho few dollars
earned in this way would menu a
great deal to the mother whom tin
girl's marriage had lefi dosokUe.
Polly had looked on hungrily the
nlghf thai the mother had Iii ken Hie
daughter In her arms to say farewell
in (ho Iii'!?' country town where tin
< Irons had played hefi re her mnrrlnge.
She could reihehilier no womnn's arms
nbout hci', for It whs fourteen years
since tender hands had carried her
nioth.r from ihe performers' tent Into
the moonlit lot to die. The baby was
so um d to seeing "inumslo" throw her
self Wearily on the mound after com
lllg ? at of the "big top" exhausted
thai she crept to the woman's side, as
usual, that night and gazed laughingly
Into the sightless eye??, gurgling ami
prattling ami stroking Ihe Ulll'Cspon
sivo face. There wen? tears from
lie e who watched, but no word was
Clown Toby and the big "Poss can
vasman" .lllll bad always taken turns
mousing and gunrdlng little Polly
while her mother rode In the fing. So
Toby now carried tin* babe lo hnotlier
side of the lot, and .lim bore I lie life
less body of the mother to tho distant
tiei,et wagon, now el >sed for (honight,
rid in Id it upon the seller's cot.
"IPs nlius like thfs hi (ho ?ltet**' he
! iiir nun l ns in- drew a plo<.f eriii
\ i ; over Ihe white face and (iifncd
away to give orders to the men who
were 1 egluulng I" load tin- "props"
used earlier In the performance,
Wheii the show moved oh that nlghl
the mitt) of a Polly Close lo his fdlll
v.art heart and climbed with her to
the high steal on the head wugoit, Pu
ch Toiiy wh Intrusted with the brown
Brti hei In v. hl b ihe mother bad nl
v.ay carried Polly's scanty wardrobe.
It seemed I.? these two itldll that Ihe
eye . of the we.uan were fixed steadily
Itarkef, the malinger; a large, noisy,
gm d nalured fellow, at first mumbled
something about till kid being "excess
bnggago," but bis objections were only
half hearted, for, like the olhors, he
was already under (he hypnotic spell
?.f (he baby's round, confiding eyes,
und be eventually contented himself
with an ocew lonnl reprimand to Toby,
who was I10W sometimes late on his
CU?H. Polly wondered at tin so limes
w hy (ho "Id man's Stories were so sud
denly < til BllOl'l Just :i i sho was so
"Comfy" In I ho s..f I gm*S at-Ids feet.
The boys win used t<? look sharp
i,d mi ? ?.f their boss nt loading time
now learned that they might loiter so
long at "Muvver .Ilm'' \vn ; "blkin" It
fotl d for the kid." It WO? Polly who
htld (lllbbcd big} .Ilm "Muwer." nod
the sohrhjm i had slin k to him lu sj.iie
Of his six foot two and shoulders that
Hii athlete might have envied. I.idle
by little Toby grew more stooped, and
flinnll lines of anxiety crept Into the
brownish circlet) beneath Jim's eyes,
the Hps that had ?.me shut so Ql'tnty
been mo tender and tremulous, but nei
ther of the men would willingly have
gone back to the <<Ul emptiness.
it was a red letter day in the cir
cus when Polly lirst managed to climb
t:p on the polo of an unhitched wagon
and from there to the back of a friend
"I always Aald she'd do It!" cried
Barker, who now took upon himself
the credit of Tolly's triumph.
Aad what a triumph It was!
Polly darned as serenely on Bingo's
baCK as she might have? done on the
concert hoards. She swayed grace
fully with the music. Her tiny san
dals twinkled as she stood first upon
one foot and then upon the other.
Uncle Toby forgot to use many of
his tricks that night, and Jim left the
loading of the WUgOUS to take care of
l nl I.Y DASCElt SRHK.XELY OS niXCIO'S HACK.
Jy Shell;:ml pony. Jim itml Toby had
hern "neglect in" her eddlentloil," Iboy
declared, and from that time on the
blood of Polly's ancestors was given
Llurker was quick to grasp the ad
vantage of adding the kid to the daily
parade, she made lier first appear
nuco in the streets upon something
very liko a Newfoundland d >g, guard
ed from the rear by Jim and from the
fore by a white faced clown who was
thought to he all the fuunici because
he ivTlsted his neck so mucli.
Prom the street parade to Polly's
first appearance in tho big t >p had
s'-emed a short while to Jim and Toby.
They wer.- proud to 800 her CP'clIllg
tin; lint,' In bright colors and to bear
the Cheers of the people, but a sense
of loss was upon tla.ni.
itself while he hovered near the en
trance, noxious and breathless. The
pet formers crowded arouud the girl
with outstretched bands and cougrat
ulutious as she came out of the ring
to cheers and applause.
But "Big Jim" stood apart, lie was
thinking of the buttons that hi, clum
sy lingers used to force Into the stiff,
starchy holes too small foi them ami
of the pigtails SO Stubborn lit the ends,
and Toby was remembering tho little
shoes that had once needed to be
laced in the cold, dark mornings and
the strings that were always snapping.
Something bad gone.
They were not philosophers to rea
son, like Kniorson, that for everything
we lose we gain something. They wore
simple souls, these two; 11 >y could
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