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w 4. t . n V -J -1 Garrot gttbzmk - Copjirn-ut, 1IKJ7, Dj Wright A. Patterson. When Billy came In from the corral he had evolved the "great Idea." And It was all for the happiness of one "Monty" Levering, once known as A.. Montague Levering, but who had recently taken up the glorious occu pation of a cow puncher, and who but that Is getting ahead of the story. The girl lived in Boston, and her father was a Judge and rich, which Is truly an unusual condition for most Judges. She was young, petite, and her cheeks were as red as the au tumn apple. When she smiled her teeth were as pearls, and when she laughed the spring-time brook was shamed In comparison. At least this was the description that rested snugly In the sentimental part of "Monty's" mind; the picture that caused him to hesitate many times before he en paged In the usual "puncher" pas times. "Monty" was at Harvard when he met her, and he had called at her home several times. But when his father took the receiver's route the Jadge decided that any such thing as an affair between the young people must end. And so "Monty," in the depth of his despair, went to the west. "It will never be anyone but you, Monty, dear," she told him. "No mat ter how long it may be, or how far away you are, I will come to you If you need roe." "But I need you now," protested "Mcnty." "I ised you every min ute; I will need vou forever." "Yes, dear," shfc- replied, "but we must wait awhile ai3 we will, surely -find a way." So "Monty" rode tho whole day long among the cattle, repairing count less miles of fence, listening to the wails of the homeless kyote, and thinking, thinking, thinking. As the days rolled by a look of despair set tled in his blue eyes, and the boys at the ranch held innumerable coun cils of war to determine ways and means of rendering assistance. They knew( his otory. It was told by a let ter which one of the men had acci dentally opened. And .there is noth ing like the mute sympathy of the puncher. It is equal to any emer gency; it is from the heart of nature. So when Billy McDermott con ceived the idea there was an imme diate conference of the clans. "Monty" was out at the other end of the ranch, so the secret was safe. "It's as plain as the nose on your face," declared Billy, vehemently, as "Take Another Look!" yelled the Amazed Billy. be reached for papers and tobacco. "He's stuck on this here feminine parcel In the east, ain't he? Sure. She's stuck on him. ain't she? Sure. Now, I've figured this "here thing out. Says I to myself, all you got to do Is to fix up a little romance in this business and you got 'em coming, eee? Now, again I says to myself, bow we all goin to get this here ro mance? And then it all comes to me." "Kindly cut out this promiscous t) ran din and ante up what you got to say," growled Shorty, who was get ting Impatient . about the particular kind of romance which the speaker tad prepared. .. "Hold your horses, sonny," admon ished Billy. "This here thing de mands some educidatin'j before such feeble minds as yours can grasp it. fcuh? 1 But, as I was sayin 'fore this maverick interrupted me, the only thing to do is to get a fine romance. Now, what I wants to know is, when is Easter coming? Does any of you gang know?" . Nobody knew, but Shorty finally solved the problem by declaring that here was an old almanac hidden some place about his belongings. After a frantic search that work of . literature was discovered securely hid . den beneath two pairs of boots and ' a 'Mexican saddle. The almanac, was perused carefully .und concisely. And the Easter date was found. ' "That figures out just - right," de clared the plotting Billy. "My scheme -Is this. Every woman likes to be married on Easter. There's somethin' . ebout it that appeals to the feminine mature. So the thing we'll do U to write this lady a letter, tellin' her all about Monty's Just about ready to go to the dogs and that serious things will happen if she don't put In ap pearance and marry him. That'll gain her sympathy. Then we'll tell her that on Easter day we'll meet her at Arapahoe with Monty and a minister, and all will be merry. Do you catch me? The whole thing will appeal to her romantic natur, and I'll bet a hun dred she comes. What do you say?" Needless to say the plan appealed everybody present, and after many laborious hours the following epistle was penned and addressed to Miss Helen Oldham, 18 Alston court, Boston : Miss Helen Oldham, 18 Alston Court, Boston: Dear Miss: TJs boys thinks Monty Lev ering is about the best there is. But we are a heap sorry to say that, he is near ly ready to jump oft at the Jumping off place because he cannot marry you. Now if you are stuck on him like he Is on you, we have a plan which we will now disclose. On Easter day we Is all go ing to the Arapahoe, taking Monty with us. If you are on the California Limited, which stops there for water, we will be present with a minister and you and Monty can be properly spliced without no trouble. We are writin this from the depths of our hearts and we hope you will see that things is urgent. Answer as sogn as possible. Yours For Keeps THE BOTS OF 8XB. Address Billy McDermott. P. S. Monty don't know nothing about this. When Monty rode in to the head quarters next day he was ' greeted with an .unusual display of warmth and feeling. He noticed, however, that there were many mysterious whis pers. "What's the matter with you fel lows?" he demanded, when he discov ered Billy and Shorty with their heads together that evening after din ner. - "You look like you're plotting to shoot me up at the first chance. Come on and tell me what's up." "Go on, now, you old Harvard dude," mimicked Shorty, as he hastily dodged out of reach of Monty's boot. "Can't two fellers talk secrets without you buttln' in? And you just wait awhile. Maybe we're talkin' 'bout you, after all." - . - After a certain period of time had elapsed, and the boys had com menced to grow uneasy, a letter came addressed to Billy. "Your matchmaking methods are un usual, to say, the least." the letter stated. "But I believe you are honest and good and you cause me to trust in you implic itly. If Monty needs me I will come. I want to say that I will marry him if he hasn't a cent in the world. My father goes to New Orleans next week to be gone a month. And I will be on the Cali fornia Limited when It stops at Arapa hoe on Easter day. I have always want ed to be married on Easter. It is so good and sacred that I know nothing bad can come when one is wedded on that day. You are friends of Monty's and I know God will bless you. "HELEN OLDHAM." ""When the reading of the letter was finished the boys took their hats off and three rousing cheers and a tiger were given for the writer. "I'd steal that girl myself, if I was younger," declared Billy. When Easter day dawned, eight good men and true rode into Arapa hoe with Monty In their midst, an in nocent and unsuspecting person. The day was radiant with sunshine, and the prairie flowers were just begin ning to blossom out In all their glory. As Shorty remarked, "things looked ripe for weddin's and such." . Rev. Augustus Thomas was merely told that he was to perform -a mar riage ceremony, and he was happy and pleased to render any assistance possible. The license had been se cured and every detail had been prop erly attended to. So when the train puffed into the station, Monty was under close guard to prevent - his wandering away. The surprise, as Billy figured it, was to be complete. And when the train stopped at the watering ta.nk the passengers were surprised to see two ferocious and dust-stained cowboys pass down the aisles, carefully examining every face. But when the last coach was reached "Monty Rode the Whole Day Long - Among the Cattle. these two gentlemen appeared ' and called loudly for assistance. . "She ain't there," was the solemn declaration. - - - -"Take another look;" yelled the amazed Billy, "I'll hold the train or there'll be an engineer and fireman slaughtered." But Miss Helen Oldham was no W ere to be found. She was not aboard the limited, that was sure. For every nook and cranny of the - train had been carefully searched, and the passengers were beginning to think that a - regulation ' hold-up was in progress. " ' -. "Fools, fools, fools," shrieked the frantic Monty, when the mysterious proceedings were explained to him. "Don't you know that Easter hap pened last Sunday? My poor Helen, what must she have thought? What shall I do?" - And he buried his face In his hands and almost sobbed, while eight cow punchers stood about in exceedingly embarrassed attitudes. "It's all that almanac, of yours," sighed Billy, looking daggers at the miserable Shorty. "Ain't you got any better sense than to -not know that Easter doesn't come on the same day every year? While every one was blaming every one else, and while the wild-eyed Monty paced up and down the plat form, a special delivery . letter" was handed to Mr. McDermott. It was from Miss Oldham, and it read: -"I am In- San Francisco at my aunt's, and I have forever lost faith In mankind. I thought you were honest and good and I find that you play a miserable joke on an innocent girl. I had determined to go back home and never mention this again. But I am writing to ask you If you have any explanation to make. I have thought that there might have been some accident. If the whole thing was a joke, you need not answer this letter." - With a wild yell, Monty sprang to the telegraph office and the following message to Miss Helen Oldham was hurriedly dispatched: "Am coming to you on the next train. "MONTY. And after hours of waiting Monty boarded the express, which seemed to run at a snail's pace, and eight good men and true rode slowly out of j the town. - I want all you boys to hear me, solemnly declared the mournful Billy, as the gang assembled after supper, "and be it known by these presents that if i ever again attempt to fix up an Easter romance, I hope I'm shot for a rustler." Exactly one week after the above mentioned occurrences Mr. Billy Mc Dermott again was the recipient of a special delivery letter which the "old man" brought out from town. - It was from Monty. "Good boys," It read, "you have all the cupids that ever existed beaten to a stop. . Miss Helen Oldham Is now Mrs. Monty Levering, thank you, and we are starting for Boston to-morrow. Judge Oldham has wired his forgive ness, and I'm afraid I will never again punch cows. Mrs. Levering and 1 expect to pay you all a visit, however, some time in the future. But until then good-by. Regards to everybody." "Weil, I'll be darned," was the only expression that Mr. Bill McDermott could give to his feelings.. And every Easter there is a big box of carnations and many, many edibles sent out all the way from Boston tc the ranch where Mr. Billy McDermot' holds proud and lofty sway. THE LILIES. Pale, with the coldness of death in the?, pallor. Dimly they gleam thro' the shadowy dawn; Drooping in grief at the tomb of th Master, Drooping and pulseless, and waxen and wan. Red grows the dawn and the shadows are flying. Hark to the anthem that peals from above! "Wake ye and rouse ye mourn not for th Master ! Rent are His cerements, for Death yields to Love! - Lift up " your chaplets, ye virginal ' lilies. Flowers of the Rising that nature holds dear: . Preach in your sweetness from chancel and altar. Spread the glad tidings that Easter Is here. -Tell It, ye voices, in carol and anthem. Sing it, and ring It from steeples that sway; -Tell it with carol and chiming and lily Flower of the- sepulcher, flower of the day! . , ' - At the Council of Nice. The arrangement for determining the date upon which Easter shall- be celebrated was inaugurated at the council of Nice in 325. , Fixing Easter Day. " Easter day is the first Sunday after the fourteenth day (not thefull moon) of the calendar moon which happens on or next after March 21. Hint to the Fastidious. Since milk bottles are invariably handled by the top fastidious women will wash oil the bottle before remov ing the paper cap. - . 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