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"Ami your real mother \\<-n( away
WhCII j'OU were Very yoUHg)'*
"No, she ?!i< 111't go away."
"NoV" There wan a puzzled note in
the pastor's voice.
"She went out," Polly corrected,
"< ?nt!" ho echoed blankly.
"Yes; finished lights out."
"Oh, iin accident." Douglas under
stood at last.
"i ?I??11*t IlUe ti? talk nbout It." Polly
raised herself on her elbow and
looked nt hi in solemnly, as though
about to impart a i.it of forbidden fam
ily history, it was mis look in the
round eye s that had made Jim s<> often
declare that the kid Knew everything |
"Why. mother ?1 'a' been nshuincd lf(
she'd 'a' kuowed hew she wound up.'
She was the best rider of her time
?everybody says so but she cashed In
by fo Din* off jw 1)2 * dJdtVj have
no idore ginger an ;i kitten. If you
can heat that:'' She gazed at hi in
with her lips pressed tightly together,
evidently expecli"" some startling ox
"Ami vour fu.tb*rV' Douglas! tisked
rather lulilely, being at u h>s* for any I
adequate comment upon a tragedy
Which the child before htm was too
desolate even to understand.
"<>h. dad's finish was all right. 11?'
K<d llls'll In a lions" cage where lie I
Worked. There was not hin' slow til>..ut
bis end." She looked up for his ap
pro < al,
"For dc Lord's sake!" Mainly !
groaned as tile wonder of the child's
conversation grew upon her.
"Alt' now I'm down an" out," Polly
concluded, with u sigh.
"Hut this Is nothing serious," said
the pastor, trying to cheer her.
"It's serious enough with a winde 1
show tt-dependin' on v on. Maybe y ou
don i know how it feels to have to ?
kuock off w<>rl;/' ?? 5 ?JSS'i'v'r' "* J
"Oh, yes. I do," Douglas answered
quickly, "l was i:i a while ago myself, j
J had to be in bed day after day, lb lilt- J
log of dozens of things that I ought to
by, floing "
"Wasy'ou ever floored?" Polly asked .
with a touch ?#f unbelief ns she fitll^'^j
ttito Jp.u.C, ignUhy pbystqiio nj jK^siue '
of her bed. ' ty
"'Dew1'^'^as, cblle," Mandy eried.
^feidln^ t?->(t |K>I. opportunity hod now
?rrlved, "an' I ha<l the wits' time
n-keepln' him lo bed. He act Jos' like
"Did he?" Polly was delighted to
find that tue pastor had "notbin' on
her," us she would have put It.
"You ought to have heard him." 1
continued Mandy, made eloquent by
Polly's show of Interest. "'What will ;
dose poor folks do?" he kept a-sayln*. .
Mrs' yo' lay where yo' Is.' I tole him.
'Dem poor folks will he belter oiT dan ,
dcy would be n-comin' to yoah fu- i
"Poor folks;" Polly questioned. "Do
you give money to folks'- We are al
ways Itchin' to get It away from 'cm."
Before Douglas could think of words
with which to defend his disapproved
methods Mandy had continued eager
"An' den on Sunday, when he can't j
go to church .'in' pre-: h"-- She got no \
further. A sharp exclamation brought i
both Mandy und Douglas to attention. I
"I'reach!" Polly almost shouted. She j
looked at htm with genuine alarm this j
"That win do, Mandy," Douglas com
manded, feeling an unwcUcme drama
gathering about his head.
"Great Bnrnum and Bailey!" Polly
exclaimed, looking at him as though
he wire "the very last thing In the
Werid she bad ever expected to see.
"Are you a sky pilotV
"That's what lie am, chile." Mandy
slipped the words in slyly, for she
knew that they wen- against the pas
lor's wishes, but she was until.V to re
strain her mlschlovi US impulse to sow
the seeds of curiosity that WOUld so, n
bear fruit in the Inquisitive mind of
the little Invalid.
"Will you get on to me n-lnudlli' into
a rnlxup like this?" She con tinned to
study the uncomfortable man at her
side, "i never thought I'd he adnlkln'
to one of you guys. What's your
"Douglas." He Spoke shortly.
"Ain't you get m> handle to It'/"
"!f voti mean my Christian name. It's
"Well, that sounds like a sky pilot
all right. Mut you don't look like I
s'posed they did."
"Why not V"
"1 always s'posed sky pilots was old
an' grouchy-like. Von're n'most oh
good lookin' us our strong man."
"! done tole him be was too good
lookin' t<> be an unmarriii! parson.''
Mandy chuckled, more and more
amused at the pastor's discomfort.
"Looks don't pay n very Important
part in my work." Douglas answered
curtly. Mandy's confidential snickers
made him doubly anxious to get to a
less personal topic.
"Well, they count for a Whole lot
with us." She nodded her head decid
edly. "How long yotl been sltowltl' In
this town, anyhow?"
"About a year," Douglas answered,
wiih something of a sigh.
"A year!" she gasped. "In a burg
like llils! Yoti must have an awful lot
of laugbfl in your act to keep 'em
a-coniln' that long." She was wise In
i"!ie ways oT pr irosslonal success.
"N"t many, I'm afraid." IIo won
dered for (ho first Mine if Hit-; might
he iho reason for Iiis rather Indifferent
"Do you give thorn the sat no stuf)', or ?
ha v? you gol a repV"
"A repV" he repeated In surprise.
??Sure rc|K>rtory, dlft*erent acls?en
tri- s. Koine calls 'em. Uncle Toby's pot
twenty-seven entries, it makes n heap
or difference in the 1>U towns where
you have a run."
"Oh, I understand!" Douglas answer
??<l In a tone of relief. "Well, I try to
say something now euch Sunday."
"What hind <.f spiels do you glvo
'em?' she Inquired, with growing in
terest. ?!?.??> . ~ ... <4)?x: ?. .
"1 try to help my people (o gel < n
better terms with themselves and to
forgot their week day (roubles." II"
had never had occasion to dehne his ef
forts so mluiitcSv. ,
T> ? "Ii1..5*?JOS' the same ftS US, |
*v?. t?lu Ulm, with an air of con le
se' . .), '"only circuses draws more
pn< |q ?an churches."
"Yours does seem to lie a more pop
ular form of entertainment," Douglas
answered dryly. Ho was beginning to
feel that there were many tricks in the
entertainment trade which he had not
mastered. And. alter all, what was his
preaching hut an effort at entertain
ment? if he failed to hold his congre
gation by what he was saying, his lis
teners grew drowsy and his sermon
fell short of i;s desired effect. It was
true tint his position ami hers had
points of similarity. She was appar- '
Clltly successful. As for himself he
could not be sure. He knew he tried
very hard and that sometimes a tired
mother or a sad faced child looked up
at him with a smile that made the
service seem worth while.
J'olly mistook the ['aster's reverie for
envy, "anil her lender heart w as quick
to find consolation* fo?: him.
"ion ain't got all tTiO .worst of It,"
she said. "If we tried to play a flump
like this for six mouths, we d starve Co J
death. You certainly must give 'em a '
gr. at show " she added, surveying him
with grow-inj? interest. ^* *"
"if doesn't make much difference
nbout the show"? Douglas began,
but be wtis quickly interrupted.
"That's rijrht; It's Jos' the same with
a circus. One year you give 'em the
rottonest kind of n thing, an' they eat
It up; the next yonr you hand 'em a
knockout, an' It's a frost. Is that
the way It is with a church show'.-"
"Much the same." Douglas admitted,
half amusedly, half regretfully. "Very
often when I work the hardest I seem
to do the least good."
"I t-'uess our troubles is pretty much
alike," Polly nodded, with a motherly
"U'<JJ, pou take tnp tip. Jion't j/ou mrrr
[to In 1'ir rldlu'."
air of condescension, "only there ain't
so much danger in your act."
"I'm not so sure ftbout that," ho
"Well, you take my tip." Sho leaned
forward as though nbout to iinpar'
a very valuable bit of Information
"Don'l yon never go in for rldlu'.
There ain't no act on earth so hard
as a rldlu' net. The rest of the bunch
has got It easy alongside of us. Take
the fallows on the trapeze. They al
ways ?et their tackle up In Jos' the
same place. Take the balancin' acts,
i There ain't no difference In their lay
outs. Take any of 'em as depends on
regular props, and they ain't got much
chance a-goln' wrong, Hut. say, when
you have to do a rldln' net there ain't
never n<> two times alike. If your
horse is feelin' good, the ground is
stumbly; IfUhc ground ain't on the
blink, the horse Is wobbly. There's al
ways Bomotllln' wrong somewhere*,
und yotl ain't never kliOWln' how It's
goin' to end, especially when you got
to do a careful net like mine. There's
a girl. Elolse, In our bunch what does
a showy net Oil a horse what Marker
calls Jlnrbnrlnn. She goes on in my
place sometimes, and. say, them Kylies
applauds her as much as me. an' her
slants Is bahy tri' ks nlotlgsldo of mine.
It's enough to innke you sick of ttrl."
Sho shook her head dolefully, then sat
up with lenewnd Interest.
"You see, mine Is careful balancin'
I an'~oTl thai, an* you got tolinow your
hOF8C uii' your ground for that. Now,
you got wise n t I'm rt-toHill' you
and (lotl't you never go into anything
which depends on anything else."
"Thank you, Polly, I won't." Doug
las somehow felt that Iks was very
much Indebted to her,
"I seen a church show onoo," Polly
"You did?" Douglas nsked, wl?h new
"Yes," she answeerd, closing ho? Hps
and venturing no further <? nnrnent.
"Did yon like it'.-" he quest! :;? ?1 aft
er a pause.
''Couldn't make nothln' < ut of it. I
don't care much for rendln'."
-oh, it Isn't a:: rending,'' h - correct
"Well, the guy I saw read all of
hls'n. Ho gol ti:<- whole tiling right
out of n book."
'?oh, (hat was < nly his text," laughed
"Yes. And later ho tried to Interpret j
to his c< ngrogu"?
"ISosy! Kasy!" she Interrupted. I
"Come again with that, will y< nV
"lie n id them the meaning of what
"Weil, i don't know what he told I
conscious ' f lior ?it iii'i?:iiclea! ??Kead Ti
for nie, will you?"
"Certainly." Ami ho drew bis chair
nearer lo the bo.l. one Btroug Land
supported the other half of the Bible
and Ids head was very near to hers as
bis deep, full voleo pronounced the si
eiau words in which Kiifh pleaded so
tiiuny years before.
" 'l'utrcnt ino not to leave thee,'" be
road, ""or t<? return from following
after thee, for whither thou goest I will
Eo, and where ihou balgest I will lodge.
Thy people shall be my people and t'.iy
God my ?!od.' "
l le st< p| ed to |>oji !er ovi r the i cotry
A tin- lines.
"Kind of pretty, ain't ;?.':*' Polly said
softly. Shu foi.' awkward ami con
strained and n Hille overawed,
"There are far more beautiful things
than tili:!.?" Douglas assured her en
thusiastically a* TTle echo ? f many
such rang \\\ \\\ ^ ears.
"There are'''' And her < yes i posed
wide with wonder.
"Yes, Indeed," he replied, pitying
tm re and more the starvation ?r mind
and longing ti> bring to it il.is of
light and enrl ?hinont.
"I guess I'd like to hear you spiel,"
and she fell to studying him solemly.
"You would?" he asked eagerly.
" IIS THE A T ME NOT TO LEAVE THE.!:," HE HEAD.
'em, but it Uldu't mean anything to inc..
But maybe your bIiow is better'n Iiis
was." she uddcd, trying lo pacify him.
Douglas was undecided whether to
feel amused <>r grateful f<?r Polly's
ever Increasing sympathy. Before he
could trust his twitching lips to an
swer she had put another question t"
"Are yon goin' to do a stunt while I
"i pit a. !i every Sunday, if that's
what you mean, i prent h this morn
"is this Sunday;" sho asked, sitting
up with renewed energy and looking
about lite room as though everything
had changed color.
"And you got n matin?*-:" she cx
elninit d Incredulously.
"Wo have services," he corrected,
"We rest up on Sundays." she said
In a tone of deep commiseration.
"Oh, I see." he answered, feeling it
no time lo enter upon another discus
sion as to the comparative advantages
of their two professions.
"What are you goln' to spiel about
"About Ruth and Naomi."
"Ruth and who?"
"Naomi," he repeated.
"Naomi," she echoed, tlltlnrr her head
from side to side as she listened to
the soft cadences of the word. "I nev
er heard (hat name before, it 'ml look
awful swell on a billboard, wouldn't
"It's a Bible name, honey," Mandy
said, eagor to gel Into (lie conversa
tion. "Dnr's a buful picture bout her.
I seed it "
"I like to look at pictures," Polly an
swered tentatively. Mandy crossed the
room lo fetch the large Bible with Its
"We got a girl named Ruth in our
'leap of death' stunt. Si. of the
folks is kinder down on 'er, but I
She might have told Douglas more
of her forlorn little friend, but Just
then Mandy came to the bed hugging
a large, old fashioned Bible, und Doug
las helped to place (he ponderous book
before the invalid.
"Sec. honey, dar dey is." the old wo
man said, pointing to the picture of
Until and Naomi.
"Them's crnckcrjacks, ain't they?"
Polly gasped, and her eyes shone with
wonder. "Which one's RlllhV"
"Ms one," said Mandy, pointing with
"Why. they're dressed Just like our
chariot drivers. What docs It say about
"Von can read It for yourself." Doug
las answered gently. There was some
thing pathetic in the eagerness of the
starved little mind.
"Well, i ain't much on readin'?out
loud." she faltered, growing suddenly
"is there any more to that story?"
she asked, ignoring his question.
"Would you read mo a little more?"
Slif was very humble now.
"?Where thou dlesl will I die. und
then- will I lie buried. The Lord do so
to me, and more also, if aught but
death part nie and thee.' "
Their eyes met. There was n long
piltise. Suddenly the sharp, sweet
m-tos nf the church bell brought John
Douglas lu his feet with a star; of
"Have you g< t to go?" Polly asked
"Yes, I must, but I'll read Iii? rest
from the church, open the window.
Mnndy!" And ho passed out of the
door and quickly down the stall".
_ CHAPTER VI.
ty?T TI r.X .lohn Douglas' un.'lo of
I l/u fered to edueate \i'.< neptiew
||| f< r the ministry the boy was
less enthusiastic than his
mother. Ho did not remonstrate, how
ever, for it had been the custom of
generations for at least one son of each
Douglas family to preach the go-pel
of Calvinism, and his father's career
as an architect and landscape gardener
had Hot left him much capital.
Douglas senior had been recognized
Its an artist by t.o few who under
stood his talents. I tit there is small
demand for the bul'der of picturesque
houses in the little business towns of
the middle west, and ill last lie passed
away, leaving his son only the burden
of his financial failure mid an ardent
desire to succeed at the profession III
I which his father had fared so bndly.
I The hopeless, defeated look on the de
parted man's face had always haunted
1 the hoy, who was artist enough to feel
I his father's genius Intuitively and
\ human enough to re-sent the Injustice
of his fate.
I ?otiglas' mother had suffered so
much because Of the impractical ef
, forts of her busband that she discour
aged the early tendencies of the son
toward drawing mid mathematics and
tried to :.rect his thoughts toward
Crccds and Bible history. When he
went away for his collegiate course
she was less In touch with him und he
was aide to steal lime from his ath
letics to devote to his art. He Spent
his vacations lu n neighboring < ity is
fore a drawing board In the office- of a
distinguished architect, his father's
Douglas wns not a brilliant divinity
student, and he was relieved al last
when he received Ids degree In theol
ogy and found himself appointed to a
Small chnn h In the middle west.
Ills step was very bright the morning
ho List went up the path that led to
his new home. Ills artistic sense was
charmed by the picturesque approach
to the church ami parsonage. Tllfl
view toward the tree encircled spire
was Unobstructed, for the church had
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and pttxod tit Iho blue hills, with their
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clouds. Tito smell ? f Iho fre.'h cttrth
; the bursting of tli'4 bv.ds. Iho fui'juhbj
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i: ? r-'P ? pod halfway tip the ??hih
?ami considered the tidviinIngos <-r n
tu ,v fr n< to tho narrow onvotl cot
...?r witch Iii- fohl lotiohod the
firsi step i f iho vino covered porch !..
was fur moro concerned iihoul a new
pbrileoJjhmr? with any thought of his
first sermon. ?
His speculations were nbr'ipt'y cul
Short hy Mandy. Who hustled out "f
the ?1?><>r with a wide smile of welcome
< ;i her black fnce ami an unuiistilkul.de
ambition t-> take him hmt]cdlutol,v un
der lor motherly wing, she wasniucii
concerned hecnuse the church people |
had le t met the Uo\V pastor iM. tno sta- j
Iton and brought him to the iioiiso,
Upon lonrnlng that Douglas Tia<T pur?
post ly nvoided their escort, preferring
t" tome tn his new home the first time
ah ne, sin- made up her mind that she
was going; t" like hhu,
Mnndy had long been a llxtr.ro in the
parsonage. She and her worse half.
1 Tasty Jones, hail come lo knew and
discuss the weaknesses of the many i
?lergymen who had come ami gone,
the deacons and the congregation, both
Individually and et llectlvely. sin- eon
fidod t" Hasty thai sin- didn't "blame
do new parson for UOt wan; tn mi\
up wld dui nr crowd."
In Iho study thai night, v. hen she
und Hasty helped Douglas to unpack]
1ih many boxes of 1.ks. ihoy were as
eager as children nboul Hie drawings
and pictures which he showed tliotn.
Ills mind hat gone beyond the ptirson
ngo front now, and he described tn
them the advantage of adding an ex
tra ten feel |.. 11|(> church Spll'O.
Mandy fell herself almost an artist
when she and Hasty bade the paster,
good night, f u- she was siill quivering
from the contagion of Douglas' enthu
siasm. Here, at last, was a master
who could d*ksomcihing besides find
fault with her.
"1 Jos' wan* to ho on do groun' dc
f!rsT HuiC dat Mars Douglas und dal
ere I leaeou Strong clinches," she said
lo nasty as they locked Ihe doors and
turned out the hall light. "Did you
done see his jawV" she whispered,
"ih look langhin' enough now, but
Jos' yon wait t'iii he done sei dat 'ere
jaw <>? his'n, and dar ain't nobody
what's goln' tor unsot It."
rtMnybe dar ain't goln' tor he n<>
i Um hin'." paid Hasty, hoping for Mnn
dy's assurance to the contrary.
"What?" shrieked Mandy. "Wld <iat
'ere sneaktn' Widow Wlllonghby al
ready a-tellin' de deacoiiN how tor start
de now parson n-goln' proper?"
"Now. why youse always a-pickin'
on to dat 'ere widow'.-" asked Hasty, al
ready enjoying the explosion which he
knew his defense of the widow was
sure to excite.
"I don' like no woman what's nltus
brngglli' 'bout her < lean floors," an
swered Mandy shortly, she turned
out the last light and tiptoed upstairs,
trying not !?? disturb the pastor.
.lohn HougblS was busy already w ith
pencil and paper, making notes of tin
plat s f'-r the church and parsonage.
which he would perfect later on.
Alas, f<T Douglas'day dreams! it was
not many weeks before he understood
with a heavy heart that the deacons
were far loo dull and uninspired to
share his faith In beauty as an aid to
man's spiritual uplift.
"We think we've done pretty well by
this church," said Deacon strong, who
was the business head, the political
boss und tin* moral mentor of the
small town's affairs. ".Mist you worry
along with the preachin', young man.
and we'll attend 10 the btiyin' and
Douglas' mind was too active to cor?
tent Itself wholly with the writing of
sermons and the routine of formal pus
toral culls. He was n keen humani
tarian, so little by lit lo he came to
he Interested in the heart stories and
disappointments of many of the vll
lagc unfortunates, some of whom were
outside Ills congregation. The men
tally sick, '.'?o despondent, who needed
words of hope and courage more than
dry talks on theology, found 111 him
an ever ready friend and adviser, and
these came to love and depend on
him. Mut he was never popular with
the creed hound element of the
Mandy had her wish nbonl being <>n
the spot the first time thai the parson's
1 jaw squared iiseif at Deacon Strong,
The deacon had called at the parson
ago to demand that Douglas put a stop
to the boys playing baseball In the ad
joining lot on Sunday. Douglas had
Peon unable to see the deacon's point
of view He declared that baseball
, was a healthy and harmless form of
exercise, that the air was meant to be
breathed and that the boys who en
Joyed the game on Sunday were prln
Clpally those who wore kept indoors
by work Oil other days. The '-lose of
the Interview was unsatisfactory both
tO Douglas and the deacon.
"l?oy kinder made tue cold an'
prickly All lip an' down de back,"
Mandy said later when she described
their talk lo Hasty. "Dal 'ori denCOll
don' know uutlin 'bout glttln' roiIU'
de parson." She tossed her head with
a feeling of Superiority. She knew tin
way. Make him forgol himself with a
laugh. I'.xclte his sympathy with sdme
(Continued on page Six.)
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Dp n (ist
Offne in Simmons building
Phon?: Office No. 86; Residence 210