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VOLUME XXXVII . LAVRENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBkR 16. 1921 NIRRI
(Continued from Last Week.)
Such, as is sometimes said, was the
first issue, complete, of the North End
Daily Oriole. Florence was not im
mediately critical of some distortions
of ineaning in the body of her poem,
due partly to Atwater & Itooter's nat
ural lack of experience in a new- and
exacting trade; partly to their enviable
unconsciousness of any necessity for
proofreading; and somewhat to their
haste In getting through the final, and
least interesting stage of their under
taking, Florence's poeni being, In fact,
go- far as the printers were concerned,
mere back work and anti-climax.
And. as.,they later declared, under
fire, anybody that could make out
more than three words in five of her
ole- handwriting was welcome to do
It. Besides, what did it imatter if a
little bit was left out at the end of
one or two of the lines? They couldn't
be e'xpected to run the lines out over
their margin, could they? -And they
m'ever knew anything crazier than,
makin' all this fuss because: What
if some of it wasn't printed just ex
actly right, who in the world was goin'
'to notice it, and what was the dif
ference of just a few words different
in her ole poem, anyhow?
For, by the time these explanations
(so to call them) took place, Florence
wao indeed makin' a fuss. Her emg
tions, at first, had'been happily stimu
lated-at sight of "By Florence At
water." . A singular tenderness had
risea In her-a tremulous sense as of
something almost sacred coming at
last into its own; and she had hurried
to distribute, gratis, among relatives
and friends, several copies of the Ori
ole, paying for them, too (though not
without injurious argument) at the
rate of two cents a copy. But upon
returning to her own home, she be
came calm enough (for a moment or
so) to look over the poem with at
tention to- details. She returned has
tily to the newspaper building, but
would have been wiser to remain
away, since all subscribers had 're
ceived their copies by the timb she got
there; and under the circumstances
little reparation was practicable.
She ended her oration-or professed
to end it-by declaring that she would
never have hndther poem in their ole
.vile newspaper as long as she lived.
"You're right about that," Henry
Rooter agreed heartily. "We wouldn't
let another one in It. Not for fifty
dollars I Just look at all the trouble
we took moiling and tolling to get
your ole poem printed as nice as we
could, so it wouldn't ruin our newspa
per, and then you comin' over here
and gein' on this way, and all this und
that, why, I wouldn't go through it
again for a hundred dollars. WVe're
makin' good money anyhow, with our
newspaper, Florence Atwatef. You
needn't think we depend on you for
"That's go," his partner declared.
"We knewv you wouldn't be satisfied
anyway, Florence. Didn't we, Henry?"
"I should say Aye did I"
"Yes, sir I" said Herb~ert. "Right
when we were havin' the worst time
tryin' to print it andl make out some
o' the words, I sa1(1 rIght then, wve
wvere just t rowing awvay our time. I
saidl, 'What's the uise? That ole girl's
bound to raise Cain anyhow, so what's
the use wailtin' a whole lot of our
good time and brains like this, just to
suit her? Whatever we do, she's cer
tain to come over here and insult us.'
Isn't that what I said, Ilenr-y?"
"Yes, it is; and I said thea you
were right,'and you are right!I"
"Cert'nly I amn," said Herbert,
"Didn't I tell you sh~e'd be just the
wvay some of the family say she is?
A good many of 'em say she'd find
fault with the undertaker at her own
funerai. That's just excactiy what I
"Oh, you dId?" Florence burlesqued
a polite interest. "How virry consid
erate of you I Then, perhape you'll
try to be a gentidmian enough for
one simple moment to allow me to tell
I've sald enough-"
"Oh, have you.?" Herboert interrupt
ed ~'with violent sarcasm. "Oh, no I
Say not so!i Florence, say not so!'"
SAt this, Henry Rooter loudly shout
* .d With applansivo hiarIty: where,
.1.11 us f f iov: y
own effectivssdi lly repeated
"Say not so, Florence I Say not
so! Say not sot"
"I'll tell you one thing 1" his lady
cous!i tried, theroughly iufuriatei.
"I wish to make Ailt one last simple
remark that I Wto1ld care to sol my.
Self with in your respects. Mister Her
I.rt Illingsworth Atwater and Mister
Ihenry Rootey t"
"Oh, say not so, Florence I" they
b)oth entreated. "Say not so! Say
not so 1.
"I'll jitst simply state the simple
truth," Florened innoullUred. "In the
first place yo'i'e golhi' to live to see
the diy when you'll dforme and beg m11e
&n your bented knees to hve tme put
lotins or anything I writ Ia on your
Ole newspaper, but I'll'jist laugh at
you ! 'Indeed '' I'll, say ! 'So you
come heggin' arop10 me, do you? Itn,
ha !' I'll say--'I guess it's a little too
h1ate for that!I Why I woulldn't
"Olt, say not so, Florence ! Say not
" 'Me allow you to have one of my
ioells?' I'll say, 'Much less than that i'
I'll say, 'hexOause even if I was wear
Ing the oldest shoes I got in the world
I wouldn't take the trouble to-'"
Iler conluslion was drowned out.
"Olh, Florence, say not so! Say not
so, Florence! . Says not so I"
Tie hateful entreaty still murinurea
in her resentful ears that ni ht' -as
she fell asleep; and she pas ed into
the beginnings of a dream with her
lips slightly dimpling the surface of
her pillow in belated repartee. And
upon waking, though it was Sunday,
her first words, half slumbrous in the
silence of the morning, Were, "Vile
things !" Her faculties became more
alert, during the preparation of a
toilet which was to serve not only for
breakfast, but with the addition of
gloves, a hat, and a blue velvet coat,
for church and Sunday school as well;
and she planined. a hundred Yen
geances. That is to say, her mind
did not occupy it'self with plots pos
siblr to make real; rather it dabbled
among those fragmentary visions that
love to overlap and displace one an
other in the shifty retina of the mind's
But in all of these pictures, where
in prevailingly she seemed some sort
of deathly powerful Queen of Poetry,
the postures assumed by the figures of
Messrs. Atwater and Rooter (both
In an extremity of rags) were miser
ably suppliant. So she soothed her
self a little-but not long. Herbert in
the next pow in church, and Henry in
the neigt beyond that, were perfect
compositions in smugness. They were
cold, contented, aristocratic; and had
an imperturbable understanding be
tween themselves-qujite. perceptible
to the sensitive Flofence-that she
was a nuisance now capably disposed
St b~y their beautiful discovery of "Say
riot so I" Florence's feelings were un
becoming to .the bilace and occasion.
But at four o'clock that afternoon
she was assuaged intosa milder con
[lition by the arrival, according to an
ugreement made in Sttday school, of
the popular Miss Patti Fairchild.
Patty wvas thirteen and a half; an
sxquislte person with gold-dusted
hair, eyes of perfect blue, andI an al
luring air of sweet self-consciousness.
[lenry Rooter and Herbert Illings
worth Atwater, Jr., out gathering
news, saw her entering Florence's
gate, and immediately forgot that
they were reporters. They become si
lent and gradually moijd toward the
house of their .newspaper's sole
poetess. ; '
Florence and Patty occupied them
selves indoors for half an hour ; then
went out into the yard to study a
rnol's tunnel that had interested Fier
ance redently. They followed It across
the lawn at the soli side of the
house, discussing the habits of moles
Imd other matters of . oology; and
ilnally lost the track near the fence,
which was here the "back fence,"
blgher than their heads. Patty looked
through a knothole to see it the tun
sel was' visible in the next yard, but
withoust reporting uponl her observa
tions shO turned, as if carelessly, and
leaned back against the fence, cover
Ing the knothole.
"Florence," she said, in a~tone soft
* nd lovelier. thaa. sig ha4 be g
using heretofore-. "Florence, do you
know what I think?"
"No. Could you. see any more tracks
"Florence." said Patty-"I was Just
going to tell you something-only may
be I better not."
"Why not?" Florence inquired. "Go
on and tell me."
"No," said Patty, gently. "You
might think it was silly."
"No, I won't."
"Yes, you might."
"I promise I won't."
"Well, then-oh. Florence, I'm sure
you'll think it's silly I"
"I promised I wouldift."
"Well-I don't think I better say
"Go on," Florence urged. "Patty,
you got to."
"Well, then, if I got to," said Patty.
"What I was going to say, Florence:
Don't you think your cousin Herbert
and Henry Rooter have got the nieest
eyes of any boy in town?"
"Who?" Florence was staggered.
"I do," Patty sald in her charming
voice. "I think Herbert and Henry've
got the nicest eyes of any boy in
"You do?" Florence cried incred.
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"Yes, I really do, Florence. I think
Herbert Atwater and Henry Rooter
have got just the nicest eyes of any
boy in town."
"Well, I never heard anything like
this before!" Florence declared.
"But don't you think they've got the
nicest eyes of any boy in town?" Pat
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"I think," said Florence, "'Their
eyes are Just horrablel"
"Herbert's eyes," continued Flor
ence ardently, "are the very worst
lookin' ole squinty eyes I ever saw,
and that nasty little Henry Rooter's
But Patty suddenly became fidgety;
she hurried away from the fence.
"Come over here, Plorence," she said.
"Let's go over to the other side of
the yard and talk."
And it was time for her to take
some such action if she wished to
show any tact. Messrs. Atwater and
Rooter, seated quietly together upon
a box on the other side of the fence
(though with their backs to the knot
hole) were beginning to show signs of
inward disturbance. Already flushed
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upon Florence's open-hearted expres
sions of opinion. Slowly they turned
their heads to look sternly -ttt the
fence, upon the other side of which
stood the maligner of the!r coes. Not
that they cared what that ole girl
thought-but she oughtn't to be al
lowed to go around talking like this
and perhaps prejudicing everybody
that had a word to say for them.
"Come on over here, Florence,"
called Patty huskily, from the other
side of the yard. "Let's talk over
Florence was puzzled, but consent
ed. "What you want to talk over hero
for?" she asked.
"Oh, I don't know," said Patty.
"Let's go out la the front yard."
She led the way around the house,
and a moment later uttered a cry of
surprise as the firm of Atwater &
Rooter, passing along the pavement,
hesitated at the gate. Their celebrat
ed eyes showed some doubt for 'a mo
ment, then a brazenness; #erbert and
Henry decided to come in'
"Isn't this the funni et ' thing?"
cried Patty. "After whak\'I just a
while ago-you know, Flortuce. Don't
you dare to tell 'em."
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