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"Excuse me," llO said "I .lust
brought Rome of her little tilings, she'd
better put on her eont when bIic goes
out. It's get tin' kinder chilly."
lie looked again into the blnnk
fnees. sun no one spoke, lie stepped
forward, trembling with anxiety. A
Kudden fear clutched at tils heart, the
mUHClCS of Ids face worked pitifully,
the red painted lips began to quiver.
"it ain't- It ain't that, is it';" he fal
tered, unable to utter the word that
tilled him with horror.
Even -Miss Perle lug was momentarily
touched by the anguish 111 the old
men's voice. "I guess you will Und
the person you are looking for up
The pointed clot/ n n(ood tilonc
stairs." she answered tartly ntul
flounced out of the house, catling to
Julia and the others to follow her and
declaring that she would soon let folks
know how the parson Imil brought 0
"circus rldin' girl" into the parsonage.
The painted clown stood alone, look
big from one wall ti> the other, then
crossed the room and placed the alli
gator Blltchcl ami the little coat und
hat on the study table, He was care
ful not to wrinkle the coat, for this
was Polly's birthday gift, .lim and he
laid planned to have sandwiches nud
soda pop on the top <'f the Idg WOgOll
when they offered their treasures to
night. Itut now the wagons would
soon he leaving, and where was Pol
ly? He turned to usU i his question as
Mnndy came down the stairs.
"Weil, if dar ain't nnudder one!" she
"Never mind. Mnndy." said Douglas,
who was just behind her, carrying a
small water pitcher ami searching for
a Pottle of brandy which had been
placed in the medicine ehest for emer
"You can take these upstairs," he
told her when he hail tilled the pitcher
with water anil found the liquor. Man
tly looked threateningly at Toby, then
reluctantly went on her way.
Douglas turned to the old man pleas
antly. His was the first greeting that
Toby bad received, and he at last
found voice to ask whether Polly was
"Tbc doctor hasn't told ns yet,"
"rm her Uncle Toby?not her
uncle." the old uuiii explained.
calls me. 1 couldn't
away because I'm on
Could 1 see her now.
that's what she
come out right
in the concert,
?'Here's (Ik1 doctor," said Douglas ftfl
Hartley came down tho stairs, follow
ed by Jim. "Wei!, doctor, not bad, I
"Yes, rather bad." said the doctor,
adding quickly as be saw the suffering
In Toby's face, "but don't be alarmed.
She's golllg to get well."
"How long will It be before we can
have her bach before she < an ride
again':" asked ,11m grullly as tie stood
apart, twisting his brown, worn hat
In his hands.
"1'robably several months." said the
doctor. "No iMities are broken, but the
ligaments of one ankle an? torn, hixI
she received a bad blow on (he bead,
It will lie some time before she recov
"What are we grrhi' to <k>. Jlrt>9w
risked Toby helplessly.
"You needn't worry. We'll take
good care of her here," fwild DOMgUlO,
".eelug desperation written OU their
"Here?" They loofccil st him to
credurously, And this wan a parson!
"Whi-re are her purontfiV the doCtOT
OBked. looking at Jim ami Toby.
"She ain't got no parents 'cept Toby
an* me." replied Jim "Wo'V* took
care of her ever siiK^o she was a
"Oh. I see:" said the doctor. "Well,
one of yon'q l etter stay here until she
ran be moved."
"Tlint'8 the trouble. Wo can't." said
Toby, hanging hi* head. "You sec, sir.
clrcug folks is like soldiers. No mat
ter what happens, the show has to go
on, an' we got to be In our places."
"Well. well, she'll he safe enough
here," said the doctor. "It Is a fortu
nate thing that Mr. Douglas can man
age this, our t>>w:i hospital burned
down a few months ago, and we've
been rather puzzled as to what to do
with Blich cases." He took his leave,
with a cheery "Good night" und n
promise to look In upon the little pa
tient later. .Tim shuffled awkwardly
toward the pastor.
"It's mighty good of you to do this."
he mumbled, "but she ain't goln' to be
no charity patient. Me an' Toby .
goln' to look after her keep."
"Her wants will be very few," Doug
las answered kindly. "You needn't
trouble much about that."
"I mean It," said .Mm savagely. Tie
met Douglas' glance of surprise with a
determined look, for he feared that his
chance of being useful to Polly might
bo slipping out of his life.
"You mustn't mind .Mm." the clown
pleaded at the paster's elbow. "You
see, pain gets seme folks different
from others, an' It always kinder
makes him savnire."
"Oh. that's all right," Douglas an
swered quickly. His own life had
been so lonely that he could under
stand the selfish yearning in the big
man's heart. "You must do what you
think best about these things. Mnndy
and I will look after the rest."
Jim hung his head, feeling somehow
that the pastor had seen straight into
his heart ami discovered his petty
weakness. Ho v\as about to turn to
ward the door when it was thrown
open by Barker.
"Where Is she'" shouted the mana
ger, looking from one to the other.
"She can't come." said Jim In a low.
steady voice, for lie knew the storm of
opposition with which Rnrker would
meet the announcement.
"Cnn't come?" shrieked Barker. "Of
course she'll come. I can't get along
without her. She's got to come." lie
looked at Jim. who remained silent
and firm. "Why ain't she eomin'?" he
asked, feeding himself already defeat*
"She's hurt bad." was Jim's laconic
"The devil she Is"' said Barker,
looking at Douglas for confirmation.
"Is that right;"
"She won't be able to travel for some
time." said Douglas.
"Mr. Barker Is our manager." Toby
explained as he edged his way to the
"Some time!" Barker looked at.
Douglas as though he were to Ida me
for their misfortune. "Well, you .lust
bet she will." he declared menacingly.
"See here. Darker, don't you talk to
him like that." said Jim. facing the
manager. "lie's darned square, even
If he is a parson." Barker turned
away. lie was not a bad hearted man,
but he was Irritated and upset at los
ing the star feature of his bill.
"Ain't this my dodgasted luck?" ho
muttered to himself ns his eye again
traveled to the boss ennvasman. "You
get out of here. Jim," he shouted, "an"
start them wagons. The show's got to
go on. Doll or no Poll!"
lie turned with his hand on the
doorknob and Jerked out a grudging
thanks to the pastor. "It's all llred
good of you to take her In." lie said,
"but It's tough to lose her. Good
night!" lie banged the door and clat
tered down the steps.
Jim waited. He was trying to find
WOrdfl In which to tell his gratitude.
None came, and he turned to go. with
a short "< loodby."
"Good night, Jim." said the pastor.
ITe crossed the room and took the big
"Much < bilged," Jim answered gruff
ly. It Was his only polite phrase, and
he had taught Dolly to say It. Doug
las waited until Jim had passed down
the steps, then turned to Toby, who
still lingered near the table.
"You'll tell her how It was me an'
.Tim had to leave l.er Without sayln'
goodby, won't you. sir'.'" Toby pleaded,
"Yes. Indeed." Douglas promised.
"I'll J08" pUt this little bit of money
Into her satchel." lie picked up the
little brown bag that was to have been
Polly'fl birthday gift. "Me an' Jim
will be Send 111' her more sum."
"You're going to miss her. I'm
afraid." Douglas said, feeling an ir
resistible desire to gain the old man's
"Lord blow J'OH, yes. sir!" Toby an
swered, turning Upon him eagerly.
"Mo an' Jim has been father an' moth
er un' Je*?' ftbont overything to that
little one, Hts* wttMift much biggor'u
ti tuiixlful of p^otiHitx when wo begun
u-worrylu' nhout her."
"Well, Mondy will do the worrying
now." I KMlglaa htogltod. "Sou's 1hm?o
dying for a clmnco to mot bor sour
body all along. Why, oven triml
U Oll IIH-."
"I noticed as Ixnr swim* Of flx>so
church people Boomed to look kinder
queer st me." said Toby, "an' 1 Ix?en
(i-wondorin' if mebbo they might feel
the same about her."
J "<?!??. the:'rj ;'U jVjht!" Douche.; a*
Mired film. "They'll be her friends in
"She's fit for 'em, sir.'* Toby plead*
od. "She's good, clean Into the mid
dle of her heart."
"I'm sure of it." Douglas answered.
"A'o matter what tutppens, the show lias
to go on."
"I've beard how some church folks
feels towards us circus people, sir,
an' I jes' wj^'eil you to know that
then- ain't i.uer families or better
:notbers or fathers or'grandfathers or
grandmothers anywhere than among
us. Why, that girl's mother rode the
horses afore her. an" her mother afore
that, an' her grandmother an" grand
father afore that, an' there ain't no
body what's eared more for their good
name an' their children's good name
'an her people has. You see, sir, cir
cus folks 1< all like that. Thoy's Jes'
like one big family. They tends to
their business an' lakes good care of
t licit-selves. They ha-- to or they
couldn't (b? their work. It's "cause I'm
leavln' her with you thai I'm savin'
all this." the old man apologized,
"I'm glad you fold me, Toby." Hong- |
las answered kindly. "I've never
known much about circus folks."
"I guess I'd better l e g- in ." Toby
faltend as bis eyes toved hungrily to
ward the stairway.
"i ll send von our route, nT mebbe
you'll be lettln' us know In w she is."
"Indeed, 1 will," Douglas assured
"You might tell her we'll write ever'
day or so." he added.
"I'll tell her," Douglas promised enr
"Good night!" The old man hesitat
ed, unwilling to go. hut tin? bio ?<? find
further [tretest for staying.
"c.oid night, Toby." Douglas ex
tended his band toward the bent figure
that was about to shuffle fast hill).
The withered hand of the white faced
clown rested In the strong grasp of the
pastor, ami his pale little eyes sought
the face of the stalwart man before
him, A u 11 tub desolation was growing
In bis hear:. The object for which he
had gone on day by day was being left
behind, and he must stumble forth
Into the night alone.
"it's bird to leave her." ho mum
bled, "but the show has got to go on."
The door shut out the bent, old tig
uro. Douglas stood for some lime
whore Toby had left him. still think
ing of his prophetic words. Ills rev
erie was broken by the sounds of the
departing wagons, the low muttered
curses of the drivers, the shrieking
and roaring of the animals, as the ' Ir
ons train moved Up the distant hill.
"The show has got to go on." he re
peated US be crossed to his study table
am', seated himself for work In the
dim light of the old fashioned lamp.
He put out one hand to draw the
sheets of his Interrupted sermon to
ward him. but Ins-tend it fell upon a
Small sailor hat. He twisted the hat
absently In his lingers, not yet realiz
ing the new order of things that was
coming Into his life. Mnndy tiptoed
softly down the stairs. She placed one
pudgy forefinger on her lips and rolled
her large eyes skyward. "Hat sure
am an angel chile straight from heb
beil," she whispered, "She done got a
face Jes- like a little flower."
"Straight from heaven." Douglas re
pented as she crossed softly to the ta
ble and picked tip the satchel and coat.
??You can leave the lamp, Mnndy, I
must finish tomorrow's sermon."
She turned at the threshold ami
shook her head rather sadly as she
saw the Imprint of the day's cares on
the young pastor's face.
"Yo' IlltlS' be pOW'ful tired," she
"So, no; not at all. Hood night,
She closed the door behind her. and
Douglas was alone, lb- gazed absent
ly at the pages of his llllfllshcd ser
mon as he tai>pcd his idle pell on the
desk. "The show has got to go on,"
he repeated, and far up the hillside
with the ?slow moving wagons ,11m ami
Toby io.?ked with unseeing eyos Into
the dim. starlit distance and echoed
the thought, "Tin- show has got to go
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