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: WELL AND STRONG By Lydia E Pinkham's Vegetable Compound Bardstown, Ky. "I Buffered from ulceration and otherfemaletroublesfor a Ion? time. Doc tors bad failed to help me. Lydia E. l'mkham s Vegeta ble Compound was recommended, and I decided to try it. It cured my trouble and made me well and strong, bo that lean do all my own work." Mrs. Jos F.rn Hall, Bards town. Ky. Another Woman Cured Christiana, Tenru " I suffered from the worst form of female trouble bo that at times I thought I could not llye, and my nerves were in a dreadful condition. Lydia E. rinkham's Vefre table Compound cured me, and made me feel like a different woman. Lydia E. rinkham's Vegetable Compound is worth its weight in gold to Buffering women." Mrs. Mary Wood.R.F.D.8. j If you belong to that countless army of women who suffer from some form of female ills, don't hesitate to try Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com pound, made from roots and herbs. For thirty years this famous remedy has been the standard for all forms of female ills, and has cured thousands of women who have been troubled with such ailments as displacements, fibroid tumors, ulceration, inflammation, ir regularities, backache, and nervoui prostration. If you want special advice writ forlttoMrs.IinkhamjL.yTin,BIas9, It Is free and always helpful. Tlic rabbit seen belli ud as well as la trout If Yon Hit Common Sore EM, If lines blur or run together, you need PETTITS EYE SALVE, 25c. All drug gists or Howard Broa., Buffalo, N. Y. Man; doctors agree tliat lawn tennis (s Uic most healthful form of recreation. Mrs. Wlnslow's Bootblnf Strap for chll. rq teething, softest tlis kuui. reduces Id fiaaimatlon. allays salu. cures wind cotle. Soo s bottle. A camel is able to carry a load three times greater than the horse is capable f. Mur a Dif la Spoiled By a rough which cannot be broken by ordinary remedies; But why not try a medicine that will cure any cough that any medicine can cure? That Is Kemp's Balsam. It is recommended by doctors and nurses, and It costs only 25 cents at any druggist's or dealer's. Keep a bottle always in the house and you will always be prepared to treat a cold or cough before it causes any suf fering at all. Honor Everywhere. "Oh, yes," Senator LaFollette reluct antly admitted of a corrupt politician, "I suppose the man has some sense of honor. Where won't you flud some scuso of honor, though? You know the story of Judson, of Madison. "Judsott, of Madison, was showing his country ceusln the sights of the dry. "'But there are crooks and black legs here, Joe,' he said. 'You must look out for them.' And half by way of a Joke, half by way of Impressing the city's perils and pitfalls on Joe, Madison slyly nipped his cousin's hand kerchief from his pocket A moment later a well-dressed stranger took him by the arm and led him aside. "'Excuse me, pard,' this stranger whispered. 'I didn't know you was In the profesh.' And he handed Madison back his own wMeb." Officially itfuort'd. On the relief train that had been rush ed to the scene of the railway wreck was newspaper reporter. The first victim be saw was a man whose eyes were in mourning and whosi! left arm waa in a sling. With bis hair full of dirt, one end of his shirt collar flying loose, and his coat ripped up the back, the victim was sitting on the grass and serenely contemplating the landscape. "How many people are hurt?" asked the reporter, hurrying up to him. "I haven't heard of anybody turt. young man," said the other. "How did this wreck happen?" "I haven't heard of any wreck." "You haven't? Who are you, being any' bow?" "I don't know that it's any of your feuiness, but I'm the claim agent of the toad." Chicago Tribune. OLD SOAKERS Get Saturated with Caffeine. When a person has used coffee for a a umber ef years and gradually declined la health, it is time the coffee should 'fee left off In order to see whether or sot that has been the cause of the trou ble. A lady In Huntsvllle, Ala., says shs n&ed coffee for about 40 years, and for te past 20 years wtis troubled with stomach trouble. ' I have been treated by many physi cians but all in vain. Everything failed to perfect a cure. I was prostrated for wine time, and came near dying. When I recovered stilficlently to partake of food mid drink I tried coffee a-iiu and It soured on my stomach. "I finally concluded coffee was the eaue of in' troubles und studied using it. I tried ten and then milk in its place, but neither agreed with me. then I commenced using I'oKtuui. 1 hud it 1 properly made aud it was very pleasing to the taste. "I have now used it four months, and my health is so greatly Improved that I can eat almost anything I want mi l can sleep well, whereas, before, I anf fercd for years with Insomnia. "I have found the cause of my Iron- ties and a way to get rid of them. You can depend upon it 1 appreciate Post 0111." "There's a Ileasou." Head "The Ituad lo Wellvllle." In pkgs. Ever read the above letter? A new one appears from time to time. They are genuine, true and full of 'human interest. f; r ' 1 I Opinions of Great Papers on Important Subjects. A GRAND POSSIBILITY. N his lectures delivered last fall before the University of C'oHiihagen. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler attempted nn analysis of the unifying forces which make the people of the United States of North America a homogeneous people, despite the wide ex tent of the territory over which they are 'S9J5B spread, and the constant infusion of Immlgrniits from nearly al! the countries In the world. These unifying forces are many, such as the press, the free schools 11 nil a 'common language: but Ir. Butler lays particular strength upon the free play of economic exchanges throughout the length and breadth of the land. If any political economist in seeking an Illustra tion of the benefits of absolute freedom of trade, he can not find a better one than Is presented In these States. The wisdom of the founders of the nation was manifest in providing that business between the Inhabitants ofNtie different State should not be hninicred by crMoin houses or custom duties. This, as Dr. Butler points out, tends to make every American the customer of every other American, and brings them iu close touch, though Ihey dwell thousands of miles apart. The multiplying and icrfcctlng of means of, transportation and communication has. of course, greatly accelerated the unifying process; hut these fa cilities are existent In Europe, and there the unifying progress has not been anything like that In the United States. These observations, suggest the inquiry as to what would bnppcn to the people -jf the United States and Canada if all trade obstacles between the two countries were completely removed. The possibilities are vast, and It does not require a very vivid imagination to pic ture the benefits that would noorue If the vast resources of both countries could bo commercially and Industrially combined and wielded for the good of the whole. Slightly differing political Institutions would not be a serious bar to unity If there were complete freedom of exchanges from the gulf to the Arctic circle. Minneapo lis Journal. OFFICE HOLDING AS A BUSINESS. HE conmhilnt Is freouentlv & H I plenty of justification, that cities, counties I I and Slates too often Intrust their affairs IU II HI1 m Ui; II U 1- IIWl IIJIIYIt- (1 DllivrDn ... their own business. As one newspaper has expressed It: "Municipal administration Is nothing less than commercial administra tion, with the ledger in millions where In ordinary busi ness it is in thousands. And yet thb ability to shiike hands and 'Jolly,' rather than to transact business, deter mines the selection of men who are to handle tremen dous sums of other people's money. Deliver us from the municipal statesman who hus never handled and could not ably handle more than 20 cents of his own money." The point Is well made, even though It should not be Intended to bar the non-taxpayer from r hand In municipal government. While it is proier that the non taxpaylng class should have a vote in municipal govern ment, not only at the ballot box. but In city councils, 2 KNEW HIM AT SIGHT. One of the principal annual events In Chicago Is the great livestock show, which is usually held late in Novem ber or early In December. It is at tended by stock-breeders and fanciers froui all parts of tho country, and even from Europe. Many of the visitors wear costly fur or skin overcoats, and present an imposing spectacle as they stroll along the streets of the city. Among the visitors at a live stock show a few years ago was a large, white-bearded man who wore an enor mous overcoat, reaching nearly to his feet, that looked as If It had been made from the hide of a polar bear. Boon after his arrival, aud while he was walking along near the stock yartfs, a little girl who had been playing In front of a tenement house happened to see him. For a full minute she gazed at him In open-eyed wonder. Then she timidly approached. "Please," she said, "I'd like to whis per something to you." "Me?" said the stranger, stooping un til his ear was within whispering dis tance. "What Is it, little one?" "I want a wax doll." "A what?" "A real wax doll. For Christmas, you know. One that will open and shut its eyes. One that's got slippers on its feet. Don't forget!" "Little girl, who do you think I am?" "Oh. I know who you are. You're Eanta Clans." The mini straightened up. "Why, yes, of course. But don't you tell anybody. You're the only one that has found it out. I'll see that you get th doll, and it will be Just the kind you want. I haven't my puck with me, but I'll pick out the doll, all right. What's your name?" She told him, and gave him the Dumber of the tenement In which she and her mother had tha top rooms, and he made a memorandum on a scrap of paper ho found In one of his pockets. Then, bidding the little girl a cordial "(lood-bye," he resumed his walk. " Later In the day he dropped Into one of the largest toy stores In Chicago, and looked ner the stock of wax dolls. "What's this one worth?" lie asked, h.ivlrg found one that fulfilled all the re pilremenls. I'iie dollars." said the shop-girl. "Can I order It now and have II do llvrivd on Christinas eve, without fail?" "Yes. -lire." V'uiv':" "We'll -.'iiarautce It. sir." "All rig'il," lie said, handing her the scrap i f paper. "Send It to tills ad dress, and mark it 'From Simla Clans." Hi re's yinir five dollars." IN pV'-l'ig In his piM-ket the fat roll of Mi; i from which he had extracted the ,: e- ; :iy "V.w lie waited for his r :r. d Hie minutes li ter he was !i :! c! ! 1 1 . making his wav to CiirNm l-'umlly Tr"e. iiel p:-i'ilu'-l o i' t!ie U'"hb.lllltir ', s I'll- fi i i ot a gi'iiealolcal 1 ': I i.e. which si. mils aliollt tlf . hi i i.i.li. and is rtiurtceii karat yet the question of business ability should be consid ered more, aud the qualities of the good "mixer" less In the choice of men to manage city, county or State government. A lew years ago the statement was pub lished without contradiction that a majority of the eoun clltncn In cne of the Important cities of Oregon were men who hod gone through bankruptcy. This certain; was not complimentary to the successful business men of the city, nor did it speak well for tho wisdom of the voters, unless It was their purpono to plunge their city Into bankruptcy. Municipal government Is not entirely a matter of Run nee. There are problems which arise In the regu lation of society entirely apart from considerations of money. But even In these the Judgment of the sue cessful business man Is more likely to be right than Is that of the man who has made a failure of everything he has undertaken. The assessment rolls are very val nable as a source of Information as to business ability, but they, of course, are not to he consulted or relied upon exclusively. Yet the records of a bankruptcy court are pretty good evidence. When voters depend mora upon these sources of Information and give their support less to a "good fellow," we shall have better and more economical administration of public affairs. Portland Oregonian. HERE 1 1U V4 lawa may that sible for its new framework. Nevertheless, success in obtaining unifotmlty In such laws has been confined largely to States that were seeking It Independently and uixjti their own motion. That Is to say, not many States have been found ready to make large changes not pre viously contemplated lu their existing laws ln-oruV to conform to the code recommended by the congress of lOOfl. Pennsylvania Is a case In point We do not know that the laws of the State are scandalously lax, though they must offer reasonable opportunity of matrimonial freedom without great publicity. We do not heaj of Pennsylvnulans seeking foreign divorces much, nor do we hear of many noisome public scandals where divorce is the only issue in a family quarrel. The social sctM dals of the Pennsylvania rich that get much notoriety are generally complicated with crime or exploited by the press agents of actresses. The uniform code of the national congress preserves most of the standard causes for divorce except "lncora patabtllfy of temperament." That is, they allow divorce for almost every cause except' that one or both parties want a change. Nevertheless, the new law was violent ly opposed at n recent meeting of the Philadelphia Law Association, mainly because it requires 'open trial of di vorce cases and forbids remarriage in some cases until after n year. Others opposed the bill because It recog nized divorces granted in other States. The extremists on both sides seem likely to kill It. Minneapolis Tribune. made, and with "A COUPLE OF STREET MASHERS." gold, Is an oak with spreading branches and full foliage. On tho substantial and somewhat gnarled trunk, says the Jewelers' Circular, is a small plate with an inscription Indicating that James K. and Marguerite II. OjjTdfti wer married In 1812 In Philadelphia, Pn. Another plate Indicates that fifty years later, when the couple celebrated the golden anniversary of their mar riage, this tree was presented by their affectionate relatives and friends. A number of acrons scattered among the twigs bear the names of various members of tho Ogden family who were of this world at the date of the pre sentation. On the silver base, now black with age, are six acrons In scribed with names of members of the family who have departed this life. The Idea was that when a member of the family died his aeron should be cut off the tree and burled In the base. It Is understood that the original cost of this tree, which was made In Philadelphia, was $1,500. I'ae Cratrr lu Hide m h'ori. United Slates army engineers have begun the construction of two large tunnels through the rim of the greut extinct crater of Diamond ileail, Just east of the city f Honolulu, Hawaii. Vhe tunnels are mi adjunct to the great 1J Inch mortar batteries now nearly completed on the slope of the big cone farthest from the ocean. They will penetrate Into the big Iswl of the crater. Hie floor of which Includes some twenty aires, surrounded by almost s'i-pendi-ular elifTs from fifty to 'J(M) feet higu. Erosion of ages has covered this crater floor with a layer of earth averaging perhaps six feet in depth, while a small lake occupies one side most of the year, from rains which find no outlet. Within the mountain unsually secure ammunition magazines will bo con structed, and It is possible that the quarters for troops may also be con structed within the great Inelnsure formed by the crater walls. The batteries of eight big mortars are almost entirely concealed from the sea by the hulk of the mountain Is-hlnd which they are plai-ed. which not only UNIFORM MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE LAWS. Is no plain sailing for the uniform V -V I marriage and divorce laws framed by tho I I national congress of 1006. Some States 1 Vi.. A n.,i.A,m.(ii11 t mi 1 fnrm 1 1 w hr frnmlntr 11 ...... V. .ua. J -" - S on this model before the congress. We assume that it took as many features were common to existing laws as pos makes them difficult to locate accurate ly from ships, but will protect them to a considerable extent from battle ship lire. Their own fire will be con trolled by electric Indicators operated at some convenient point of observa tion, not necessarily near the mortars, and as this class of artillery depends on Us "dropping fire," the mountain between the fort and the sea will olTer no obstacle. Kansas City Star TRICK OF BRETON WRECKERS. How They Lured Mariners to Ha ul met Ion on Danarerons ('(. Along this dangerous coast the hard hearted "Paganl" or wreckers had their settlements, says a Tregastel cor respondent of the New Orleans Times Democrat. Many are the vessels that have been hired to destruction by their false lights, many are the drowned who met their deaths through the treachery of those to whom they looked for help. The Paganl were regarded with great aversion by the people of neighboring villages, but they knew no shame, A favorite device was to fasten a lantern to a bull's horns and then tie tho animal's head to his forefeet and drive him along the cliffs. The stum bling movements of the jxor beast agi tated the lantern In such a manner that to those at sea It resembled the light of a ship pitch!. ig and tossing on the waters. Other vessels would feel that they could sail In the direction of Ibis light in perfect safety, only to find that they bad been treacherously lured to destruction. Of late years tales of bravery In saving life, of kindness toward the sliipwreekiil, have softened the mem ory of n past reputation. Cases have been known where the people have given their most treasured costumes to clothe the poor bislles that have Isien washed ashore, but even In these days inhabitants of this wild region are ex tremely tenacious of their rights of wreckage. Yokohama's foreign population at the end of puis was M.4lt, Including 8.7! Chinese, 1,'J21 Itrilish, 517 lAinei cans, '."Jl (jermaiis nml 100 French, A HERO. He aniig of Joyj whate'er he knew of sadness1 He kept for his own hi art's peculiar share? Ho well he sang, the world Imagined gladness To be sole lena.it there. For dreams were his and In the dawn's fair shining His spirit soanil beyond the mounting lark; P.ut from his Hps no accent of repining Fvll when the days grew dark. And though contending long dread Fate to master, He failed ot last her enmity to cheat; He turned with such n smile to facp disaster That he sublimed defeat. -Florenif Earle Contcs, In Century. A Day's Work )J "David!" said a low voice at the bedroom door. "David, It's time to get up!" 'M ni-ni!" groaned David. "I Just went to bed. Is It morning?" The room was gray with the dawn. Mrs. Watson came softly In and set a lamp on the shelf nesr the head of the lel. "Yes. It's three o'clock." she said. "You know yon have a good deal to do to-day." The boy sat up In bed, stretching and yawning, but saying cheerfully, "Oh, yes ! I'll be down In Just a minute, mot her." Mrs. Watson lingered beside the lied. She was a falr-halred, comely woman of nearly forty, but her shoulders were already bent with hard work, and her face was sallow, with deep lines In her forehead and round the month. She leaned over to stroke the Ixiy's hair. "I'm sorry ' you have to work so hard, David." she said, with an almost awkward kindness. "I'm all right," answered the boy, repelling her caress, as if hnlf-asham-ed that she should give It "It's good for me. Rut you're the one that's working too bard." "I guess It's good for me, too," she whispered. "If only your father were well, I wouldn't mind." A child's wak ing cry came from below. Oh, there Is Khoda 1 She'll wake your father." She closed, the thsir hastily and hur ried down-stairs. I hi rid sprang out of bed and pulled on the few garments that an eleven-year-old boy needs In the month of May on the farm. Then blowing out the light, he toptoed down the straight, bare stairway to the kitchen. Mrft. Watson was taking a Johnny-cake out of the oven. On the tnble were a faded red table-cloth and a few plate and cups. Pert, the eldest son, a boy of sixteen, was already at the table. David went out nml washed his face and hands at the bench beside tho back door. Then he sat down to hla fried suit pork and stato, and bis molasses and Jotinny-cnke. 'There's no -butter this morning. Isiys." said tbe mother. "It took all we had to fill that last crock." 'Ellis was not an uncommon deprivation, and the boys said nothing. Rreakfast was finished almost lu silence. "I'll do the milking before I go over to Hi's," said Pert, as he rose from the table. "You'd better get right to planting the corn, as long as yon have to go to town this afternoon." Pert was to "change works" with a neighbor that day, and was lu a hurry. It was daylight now, and the tall Lombardy poplars at the foot of the garden stood out gauntly against the yellow sunrise. The cornfield stretched beyond, cold and black where the light had not yet touched It. David went to the corn-crib to get the two sacks half full of shelled corn that he hud left there the night before. Taking the corn-planter and the sacks of corn, he went on briskly to tho field. Thi" lines he had made the day be fore with the marker showed dimly on the dark, level ground. He put one sack c? corn at the end of tho flV'ul fcarcst the house, then took the oth er riiaU plodded with his planter to the opposite end. Ho was beginning to feci the exhilaration of the inoriiln,;. Up and down the long rows he went, tl.ri'sl'iig the V-shapod wooden planter Into the ground, Jerking It up, and tramping down the kernels with his stubby little shoes. As he went, he suited his motion to a hoarse, crow like chant that was meant to be a long: "John-Pro wu's-body-lieM-a-nioiilil'ring-ln-the-grave." He was a thin, homely little chap, round-shouldered and red-haired. Work Joo heavy and loug-coutinued for a boy had left its liuirk Upon his undevcloed body, but his cheerful face and lively blue eyes still held something distinct ly childish. lie seemed too young for his task. The work he was doing was too hard, but after two hours of the steady up-and-down motion and the heavy walk ing through damp groiuid, his I nick ached and bis fingers rew numb. When be paused at the end of a row to till the box of his planter from the sack, he would straighten up to rest his back and wriggle his lingers to get the stiffness out of them. It whs still only six o'clock, and the day's work bad hardly begun, lie went on, to anil fro, In the long Held, holding himself closely to his tank, lie won dered if bis father would be able to be out of bed to-day, and what the doctor would say when he came, lie recalled vaguely what his mother bad told him of his Uncle Aimer, her broth er, a prosperous fanner over bejeiid Deiituii. tthu bad hinted that Da'. Id's father was lazy and not sick; and wiio hail bllghlcd witli a sarcastic speech her lot If-sisikei) appeal fur help. lie bad not eome near Ihem fur three years now. David's e.xcK snapped with ludigj liou "liui.'ss if he could see father, hcVi know whether lie was sick or not! be said aloud, stamping the corn viciously inlo the earth. "He's u mean old skiiiltiut, that's what he is!" Hut with a child's easy change of thought he si ii a i forgot I'liclc Aimer, bis father's Illness, and cmmi his mod er's work and worry, in watching t lie hawks cir-:it;g lu Hie skv with the son- light glinting white uinin tblr wings. To and fro be passed, always lo and fro, thrusting. Jerking and stamping, to tbe thin. Irregular croak : "John-Brown's body-lles-a-nioiild-'rlng-ln-the-grave." The world had gotie hard with the Watsons during the last three or four years. Mr. Watson's Illness bad put a sorry end to all their plans. The farm was not yet paid for. -the doctor's bills were heavy, crops and prices were dis couraging. A g(Md deal of the time there had been no money to hire a man, so Pert had done what he could, laboring ear ly and late, "changing works" where It was possible, and hiring help only when the necessity was dire. Mm Watson hud Iw-en brave and untiring, doing the Indoor work of the farm, selling butter and eggs ami vegetables, ami caring as best she could for her husband and tbe four children. It seemed to Mrs. Watson the saddest in dication uf their poverty that David snouni ne taken rrom school to as sume, before his time, a heavy share of tbe farm work. His bent little shoulders at tinted only too plainly how well he had borne his part. On this particular day In May, Da vtd s responsibilities were great He had the planting of the oori to finish aud a trip to make to Denton, the market town, twelve miles away, to take a grist to the mill and exchange eggs slid butter for the household sup' plies. At ilne o'chs-k six-year-old Ella came out to the field with bread and molasses for him and a fruit-Jar fu! of cold ginger water. He ate and drank eagerly, and then lay on his back in the grass for fifteen minutes, gather ing strength for another "stent" with the coru-Dlanter. At noon he went In -v for dinner, a weary, drooping little fig ure, famished and exhausted. His mother loked at him anxiously, and sighed. ''You'd, better not try to finish the corn to-day," she said to him, when the noon hour was over.' "Stay lu aud rest till you go to town." Ho shook his head without a word, nod went out to the field again. "Pert shan't say 1 spend my time fooling!'' he muttered, as he hurried hack, to his work. At three o'clock the corn-planting was finished. David threw himself down uinin the grass and lay inert, almost without breathing or thinking. At last he roused himself. It seemed as If he never could get up or even turn his band over again, but he re membered the task that still lay bo fore him. "I'll get rested riding to town," he said to himself, hopefully. His mother helped him to load tho sacks of what Into the wagon and to carry out tho butter and eggs. She gave him a tlu pail with his supper In it, aud put a couple of freeb cookies Into his pocket. She would haye kiss ed him, hut he twisted himself out of her arms and climbed into the wagon, saying In a matter-of-fact way: "Well, I guess I'm ready. I'll get back soon's I can. tiood-by!" He drove Into Denton at six o'clock. He could see people sitting about their supper-tables as he went past The miller, too, was at supper, so David drove his team up to tbe mill steps to wait. Iu the two big tin palls that bung under the wagon he brought the horses water from the river; then he fed them some oats In the same palls. At last he was ready for his own lunch, which he ate propped up against the wheat-sacks In the back of the wagon "Jliulny," he cried, us he opened the pall. His mother had laid on the top a fat turnover filled with straw berry Jam. David ate It first, crunch ing his teeth delightedly through th- crisp crust, then leisurely devoured the humbler fare that remained. He hud jusi finished when the miller runic, lie belM-d David to unload the wheat from the wagon and to put In the sacks of tit nit- iu exchange. "Isn't It pretty late fur a Utile chap like you to be so far from home?" ho said, liudlv. "Oh, no - guess not." answered Da vid, lie did not like to be pitied. lie i Iron- to the store with bis but ter and eggs. As tbe storekeeper was pulling up the sugar and saleratus that David asked for, he looked sliarp l at him over his glasses. Suddenly be turned to a man wli was sitting on the counter lien' by, f : ii If hidden by a pile of boxes. "Say, .Miner." he said. "Isn't this boy some relation to you?" The man, a heavy. checrful-liMiklv i person, got dowu from the couu'r y. HK ATK AND UBANK EAOfnLT. with Ms hands In his pockets, and looked the boy over. David rnet hi eyes steadily, and his tired mm face did not change. He recognized hi Uncle Ahner. "Are you Oeorge Wat son's boy?" snld Ahner Davis, In an uncertain tone. "Yes, sir." David replied, with dig nity. He leaned against the counter little, and there were pale lines un- ler his lips, hut he thrust his ha'iili Into his" pockets, that no one might see how they were shaking with nerr ousness and fatigue. What are you doing here at this time of night?" questioned his nnclv curiously. "Oettlng somo flour and things." "Why didn't you wait till to-mof row?" "The horses had to work to-morrow." "Why didn't somebody come with your' Didn't neisl to," said David. H was no baby, he thought scornfully, that he had to have somebody with him. Ahner Ihivls and the storekeeper ex changed glances. "How are your folks getting along?" asked Ahner, after a pause. "All right." David clenched hl hands In his pockets and leaned hard er against the counter. "How's your father?" "Sick." 1, "What's Pert doing?' "Ituiinlng the farm." "With your assistance, eh?" said tha farmer, with a laugh. "Is your moth er keeping any hired help In the hotiw or outdoors?" "No." Ahner Davis walked back and forth a few times with his bands still In hit pockets. The storekeeper went to tJH David's kerosene can. "See here," said Abuer, at last. "what you boon doing to-day before you came to town?" "Planting corn," answered David. "All day?" "Yea, sir." "What tlnie'd you get up?" "'Bout three o'clock." "And you're been at it ever since? David nodded. Ahner whistled softly to himself. He walked to the door and stood look ing out. The storekeeper came back from the other end of the store. "Say, Allen," sold Ahner Davis, "run you let me write a letter?" "Certainly," said Allen, "there's ths desk. Help yourself." The fanner sat down and wrote letter laboriously. He sealed It and gave It to David, putting his hand on the boy's bend. ";ive that to your mother," he said, not unkindly. "Thank yon!" said David, and Wtint out. "(Jrltty, Isn't her said Abner Da vis, thoughtfully, as he looked at bis watch. "He Is that," said the storekeper. "He seems pretty llttlo to be going round this way, but he's probably old er than he looks." ; Abner Davis said nothing, but stood snapping the coter of his silver watch and looking meditatively at the floor. The way home seemed endless to David. It soon grew dark, aud ht had to drive slowly. The shadows ' among the bushes ami In tbe fence corners seemed peopled with croach lug tramps qr strange wild beasts, lie was tortured with a desire to sleep, but feared to nod lest something should spring out at him from the roadside, or lest he should met a team, and some accident should happen In the dark. His legs ached, bis bead throb bed, and his back seemed ready to break. I Would he never get home and to bed? He bit bis lips and beld the reins tightly In his numb Angers. Rut once, after he bad passed a par ticularly dark and gruesome hollow, from which weird sounds seemed ta come, be hid his face In his coat-sleeve aud sobbed. Ills mother was waiting for him when ho drove into the yard. She came out with a lantern. "Are you all right, sonT" she asked, anxiously. "It's nearly 11 o'clock." Tin-bral All right!" mumbled Da rid. He could hardly speak. Ills mother said nothing more, but helped hlra to unharness tbe horses and put them Into their stalls. Together they' carried David's purchases Into the house. The boy stared at the lamp, blinking. Ills red hair was tousled under bin cap, and his freckles stood out brown on his pale, drawn face. Mrs. Wat son offered him food, but he shook bis bead and huddled Into a chair near the table, "The doctor was here to-day," said Airs. Watson,' "and he said your fa fher v.-.! much better. He said," she added, wistfully, as she looked at tho limp little form before her, "that if he could only quit worrying about yo boys he'd soon get well." She sighed. David fumbled In his coat pocket "Here's a letter from Uncle Abner," be said, dully, and handed her the en velope. Mrs. Watson lore It ien with nerv ous haste. She read the letter through, and laid It down with a cry of joy., "Oh, David!" she cried, "he says he thinks he's been kind of hard on us, and he's going to help us. Ho says he'll bring a man over here to-morrow to work for us the rest of the sea sou, and he'll pay hliu. And be says he wants yon to come and visit his boys for a month or two and he wants you to go to school with ihem In Denton In the fall. O David! Da vid! An n't you glad?" Put David's head had fallen forward upon the table. He was already stu pid with sleep. Mrs. Watson took him iu her arms ami carried hliu over t the wide old sofa across the room. She pressed the, thin, sharp little shoulders against her breast, with tears running down her face. As she la Id him down he put up his hand and touched her Wet rlicck HofllV. "I'll be glad In the morning, moth er," he said. "I'm too tired to-night." And lie fell instantly Into tbe dream less slumber of exhaustion. Mrs. Watson brought a hlanketand invercd hliu tenderly. "1 believe," she said, with a sob of thankfulness, "I surely believe that the worst of. it' over." Youth's Companion.