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Aufhor of .'" In WllSl O-TThittaJcei's Place A I VCT jCaj?ix Iri. JE-tc. ' 'V iniutrK-tiaa 1m ' 1 1 t CopyriiVt.JOOO, by Si Appls'TO i i S Cdmpmqf BaaioJB9 SYNOPSIS. Mrs. TCeirtah Coffin, supposed widow. Is arranln to move from Trumet to Bow ton, following the death of her brother, for whom she had kept house. Kyan Pepper, widower, offers marriage, and la Indignantly refused. Capt. Elkanah Dan iels, leader of the Regular church offers Keziah a place as housekeeper for the new minister, and she decides to remain In Trumet. CHAPTER III. In Which Keziah Assumes a Guardian ship. t Grace left the parsonage soon after the supposed tramp disclosed his identity. Her farewells were hurried and she 'firmly refused Mrs. Coffin's not too-insistent appeal to return to the house "up street" and have sup per. She said she was glad to meet Mr. Ellery. The young minister af firmed bis delight in meeting her. "It's been something of a day for me," he said. "I am ahead of time and I've made a lot of trouble. I'm afraid. But yesterday afternoon I was ready and. to tell the truth. I was eager to come and see my new home and get at my work. So I started on the morning train. Then the stage broke down and I began to think I was stranded at Bayport. But this kind-hearted chap from Wellmouth t believe that's where he lived hap pened to pull up to watch us wrest ling with the smashed wheel, and when he found I was in a hurry to get to Trumet. offered to give me a li'r. His name was was Bird. No. that wasn't it. but it was something like Bird, or some kind of a bird." "Bird?" repeated Keziah thought fully. "There's no Birds that I know of in Wellmouth. Hum! Hey? 'Twa'n't Sparrow, was it?" "That was it Sparrow." "Good land! Emulous Sparrow. Run considerable to whiskers and tongue, didn't he?" "Why, yes; he did wear a beard. As for tongue well, he was conversa tional, if that's what you mean." "That's what I mean. If you rode twelve mile with Emulous, you must have had an earache for the last six. Did he ask a question or two about your ,personal affairs, here and there between times?" Mr. Ellery laughed. "Yes, one or two, between times." he admitted. "I shan't die of surprise. Did you tell him who you was?" "No-o, to be honest, I didn't. He was so very anxious to find out. that well, I dodged. ' I think he believed I was going to visit Captain Daniels. Still, some one may have seen me come here." "No, no. they didn't. This fog is as thick as Injun-meal puddin. Nobody saw you." "Well," with some hesitation, "the young lady who was here with you " "Oh, Grace Van Horne! She's all right. She won't tell. She ain't that kind." "Van Horne? That doesn't Bound like a New England name." " 'Tisn't. Her folks come from Jer sey somewheres. But she was adopt ed by old Cap'n Hammond, who keeps the tavern down on the bay shore by the packet wharf, and she's lived in Trumet since she was six years old. Her father was Teunis Van Horne, and he was mate on Cap'n Eben's coastin' schooner and was drowned off Hatteras. Eben was saved just by the skin of his teeth and got a broken hip and religion while it happened. His hip's better except that he's some lame; but his religion's been more and more feverish ever since. He's one of the head Come-Outers, and built tbeir chapel with his own money You mustn't think I'm speakin' light ly of .religion, nor of Cap'n Eben, ei ther. He's a dear good soul as ever , was, but he is the narrowest kind of Come-Outer. His creed is Just about as wide as the chapel door, and that's as narrow as the way leadin' to sal vation; it is the way, too, so the Come- Outers think." "What are Come-Outers? Some new sect?" "Sakes alive! " Haven't you heard or Come-Outers? Cat's foot! Well, youTl hear of 'em often enough from now on. They're folks who used to . go to our church, the Regular, but left because the services was too worldly, with organs and choir sing In', and the road to paradise too easv. No need for me to tell you any more. You II learn. Mr. Ellery was Interested. He had been in Trumet but once before, on the occasion when he preached his trial sermon, and of that memorable visit remembered little except the ser mon itself, the pews filled with cap tains and their families, and the awe lnspirinc personality of Captain El kanah Daniels, who had been his host. To a young man, the ink upon his di ploma from the theological school still fresh, a trial sermon is a weighty mat ter, and the preaching of It weightier still. . He had rehearsed It over and . over In private, had delivered it al most through clinched teeth, and had returned to nis room in the Boston boarding house with the conviction that it wan an utter failure. Captain Elkanah a4 the gracious Miss Anna bel, his daughter, had been kind enough to express gratification, and their praise alone saved him from de spair. Then, to his amazement,- the call had come. Of casual conversa-j tion at the church and about the Dany iels' table he could recall nothing. So there was another, religious organiza tion in town and that made up of seceders from his own church. He was surprised. "Er this Miss Van Horne?" he asked. "Is she a Come-Outer?" : Mrs. Coffin nodded. "Yes," she said. "She's one. Couldn't be anything else and live with her Uncle Eben, as she calls him." "Has Captain Hammond no children of his own?" he asked. Keziah's answer was Ehort for her. "Yes," she said. . "One." "Ah! another daughter?" "No, a son. Name's Nathaniel, and he's a sea captain. He's on his way from Surinam to New York now. They expect him to make port most any time, I believe. Now. Mr. Ellery, I s'pose we've got to arrange for your supper and stayin' overnight; and with this house the way 'tis and all. I don't see "I guess," ruminatively, "that the best thing for you to do will be to go to Cap'n Elkanah's. They'll be real glad to see you. I know, and you'll be in time for supper, for Elkanah and Annabel have been to Denbro and they'll be late home. They can keep you overnight, too, for-it's a big house with lots of rooms. Then, after break fast to-morrow you come right here. I'll have things somewhere near ship shape by then, I guess, though the cleanin'll have to be mainly a lick and a promise until I can really get at it. Your . trunk'H be here on the coach. I s'pose, and that'll be through early in the afternoon. Get on your hat and coat and I'll go with you to El kanah's." The young man demurred a little at thrusting himself upon the hospitality of the Daniels home, but Keziah as sured him that his unexpected coming would cause no trouble. So he en tered the now dark study and came out wearing his coat and carrying his hat and valise in his hand. "I'm sure 1,'m ever so much obliged to you," he said. "And, as we are go ing to" be more or less together or at least I guess as much from what you say would you mind if I suggest a -mutual introduction. I'm John El lery; you know that already. And you" s Keziah stopped short on her way to the doot. "Well,. I declare!" she exclaimed. "If that ain't the very worst! Fact Is. you dropped in so ahead of time and in such a irregular sort of way, that I never once thought of introducln' anybody; and I'm sure Grace didn't. I'm Keziah Coffin, and Cap'n Elkanah and I signed articles, so to speak, this mornin', and I'm goin to keep house for you." She explained the reason for upset- "There's Your Chart. ting the former arrangement by which Luranla Phelps was to have had the position. At the Daniels' door Keziah turned her new charge over to Matilda Snow, the hired girl. It was an indication of the family's social position that tbey kept "hired help." This was unusual in Trumet in those days, even among the well to do. "Good night," said the young man, extending his hand. "Good night. Miss or is it Mrs. Coffin?" "Mrs. Good night." "She's a widow." explained Matilda. "Husband died fore she come back here to live. Guess he didn't amount to much; she never mentions bis name." Keziah. in the midst of her labors, found time to coach her employer and companion in Trumet ways, and par ticularly in the ways which Trumet expected its clergymen to travel. On the morning following his first night in the parsonage, he expressed him self as feeling the need of exercise. He thought he should take a walk. "Well," said his housekeeper from her station opposite him at thejbreak fast table, "if I was you I wouldn't take too long a one. Tou'd better be back here by ten, anyhow. Where was you thlnkin of goin'?" Mr. Ellery had no particular desti nation In mind. He would like to see something of the village and. perhaps, if she could give him the names of a few of his parishioners, he might make a few calls. Keziah shook her head. "Gracious goodness!" she exclaimed. "I wouldn't advise you to do that Tou ain't been here long enough to make forenoon calls. If you should catch some of the women In this town with aprons and calico on. they'd never forgive you in this world. Wait till afternoon; they'll be expectin' you then and they'll be rigged out in their best bibs and tuckers. S'pose you found Annabel Daniels with, her hair done up in curl papers: what do you think would happen? Mornin 's are no time for ministers' calls. Even old Mr. Langley never made calls in the forenoon and he'd been here thirty odd years." "All right, you know best. Much obliged for the advice. Then 111 sim ply take my walk and leave the calls until later." "I'd be back by ten, though. Folks'll begin callin' on you by that time." When, promptly at ten o'clock, the minister returned from his walk, he found Mrs. Rogers waiting in the sit ting room. It is a prime qualification of an alert reporter to be first on the scene of sensation. Didama was sel dom beaten. Mr. Ellery's catechism began. Before it was over Keziah opened the door to admit Miss Pepper and her brother. "Kyan" was nervous and embarrassed in the housekeeper's presxnes. Lavinia was a glacier, mov ing majestically and freezing as it moved. Keziah, however, was not even touched by the frost; she greet ed the pair cordially, and begged them to "take off their things." It was dinner time before the cate chizers departed. The catechized came to the table with an impaired appe tite. He looked troubled. "Don't let it worry you, Mr. Ellery," observed Keziah calmly. "I think I can satisfy you. Honest and true, I ain't half as bad as you might think " The minister looked more troubled than before; also surprised. "Why, Mrs. Coflin!" he cried. "Could you hear " "Man alive! I'm not worried. Why should you be? We were talkin' about trust just now or I was. Well, you and I'll have to take each other on trust for a while, until we see whether we're goin" to suit. If you see any thing that I'm goin' 'wrong in, I wish you'd tell me. And I'll do the same by you, if that's agreeable. You'll hear a lot of things said about me. but if they're very bad I give you my word they ain't true. And, to be real frank. IH probably hear some about you. which I'll take for what they're worth and considerin' who said 'em. That's a good, wholesome agreement, I think. for. both of us. 'What do you think?" John Ellery said, , with emphasis that he thought well of it. He began to realize that this woman, with her blunt common sense, was likely to be a pilot worth having In the difficult waters which he must- navigate as skipper of the Regular church in Tru met. Also, he began to realize that, as such a skipper, he was most in experienced. And Captain Daniels had spoken highly co&escendingly but highly of his housekeeper's quali fications and personality. So the agreement was ratified. With relief on his part. The first Sunday came and with it the first sermon. He read that sermon to Keziah on Saturday evening and she approved of it as a whole, though she criticised some of its details. The service began at eleven o'clock. Outside the spring breeze stirred the budding silver-leafs, the distant break ers grumbled, the crows in the pines near Captain Eben Hammond's tavern cawed ribald answers to the scream ing gulls perched along the top of the breakwater. And seated on one of the hard benches of the little Come Outer chapel. Grace Van Horne heard her "Uncle Eben," who, as usual, was conducting the meeting, epeak of "them who, in purple and fine linen, with organs and trumpets and vain shows, are gathered elsewhere in this community to hear a hired priest make a mock" of the gospel!" (A-men! ) But John Ellery, the "hired priest," knew nothing of this. He did know, however, that he was the center of Interest for his own congregation, the people among whom he had been called to labor. Their praise or criti cism meant everything to him; there fore he preached for dear life. The sermon was a success. On Monday afternoon the minister made- a few calls. Keziah made out a short list for him to follow.-a "sort of chart of the main channel," she called it, "with the safe ports marked and the shoals and risky places la beled dangerous." "You see." she said. "Trumet ain't a course you can navigate with your eyes shut. We divide ourselves into about four sets aristocrats, "poor re lations, town folks, and scum. .The aristocrats are the big bugs like Cap'n Elkanah and the other well-oft sea captains afloat and ashore. They "most all go to the Regular church nd the parish committee' is steered by em. The poor relations are mainly widows and such, whose husbands died or were lost at sea. Most of them are Regulars. The town folks are those that stay ashore and keep store or run salt works or somethin. And -the scum work around on odd Jobs or go llshin'. So, If you really want to be safe, you must call on the aristocrats first, after that on the poor relations, and so on down- You wont be bothered with scum much; they're mainly Come-Outers." Ellery took the list from her hand and looked it over. ."Hum!" he Bald musingly. "Am I supposed to recognize these er class distinctions? But ycm"re not se riously advising me to treat a rich man differently from a poor one?" "Not openly different no. But If you want to steer a perfectly safe course, one that'll keep the deep water under your keel the whole voyage. wny, meres your chart. j Mr. Ellery promptly tore the "chart" Into small pieces. "I'm going out," he said. "I shall be back by supper time." . Mrs. Coffin eyed him grimly. "Goin to run It blindfolded, are you?" she asked. "Yes, I am." Her grimness disappeared and she smiled. - "111 have your supper ready" for you, she said. "Bring back a good ap petite." As a matter of fact, the minister's calls were in the nature of a compro mise, although an unintentional one. He dropped jn on Zebedee Mayo, own er of the big house on the slope of the hill. Captain Zeb took him up into what he called his "cupoler," the ob servatory on the top of the house, and showed him Trumet spread out like a map. Ellery decided that he should like Captain Zeb, although it was evi dent that the old whaler had decided opinions of his own which he did not hesitate to express. He judged that the Mayos were of the so-called aris tocracy, but undoubtedly unique speci mens. He visited four more house holds that afternoon. The last call was at Mrs. Thankful Payne's, and while there, listening to the wonderful "poem," he saw Miss Van Horne pass the w indow. He came home to a Cape Cod supper of scalloped clams, not biscuits, and baked Indian pudding, and Keziah greeted him with a cheery smile which made him feel that it was EE- Captain Elkanah Daniels and His Daughter Made Their First Formal Call. home- His summary disposal of the "chart" had evidently raised him in his housekeeper's estimation. She did not ask a single question as to where he had been. Next day he had a taste of Tru met's real aristocracy, the genuine ar ticle. Captain Elkanah Daniels and his daughter made their first formal call. The captain was majestic in high hat, fur-collared cape, tailed coat, and carrying a gold-headed cane. Miss Annabel wore her newest gown and bonnet and rustled as she walked. They entered the sitting room and the lady glanced superciliously about the apartment. "Hum ha!" barked Captain Elka nah. "Ahem! Mr. Ellery, I trust you're being made comfortable. The parish committee , are hum ah anxious that you should be. Yes?" The minister said that he was very comfortable Indeed. "It isn't what you've been used to. we know," observed Miss Annabel. "Mr. Langley, our former pastor, was a sweet old gentleman, but he was old-fashioned and his tastes were queer, especially In art. Have you noticed that fruit piece' in the dining room? Isn't It too ridiculous?" Then she changed the subject to church and parish affairs. They spoke of the sewing circle and the reading society and the Friday-evening meet ings. ' "The Come-Outers are so vexed with us," tittered Miss Annabel, "that they won't even hold prayer meetings on the same night as ours. They kave theirs on Thursday nights and it's as good as a play to hear them shout and sing and carry on. You'll enjoy the Come-Outers. Mr. Ellery. They're a perfect delight. And as they rose to go Captain El kanah asked: "Is there anything you'd like done about the parsonage, Mr. Ellery? If so. it shall be done immejitly. How are you satisfied with your house keeper?" "Very well. Indeed. Captain Dan iels." was the prompt reply. "She's a character, isn't she?" gig gled Annabel., "She was born here in Trumet. but went away to New Bed ford when she was young and grew up there. - Her maiden name was Hall, but while she was away sbe married a " man named Ansel Coffin. Tbey didn't live together very long and weren't happy; I guess. I don't know whose fault it was. ' nobody knows much of anything about it, for that's the one thing she won't talk about. Anyhow, the Coffin man was lost at sea, and after a while she came back to keep bouse for her brother Solo mon. She's an awful odd stick, but she's a good cook, I believe; though I'm afraid you won't get the meals people Buch as ourselves, who've been so much in the city, are used to." - Ellery thought of the meals at his city boarding house and shuddered. He was am orphan and had boarded for years. Incidentally, he had worked his way through college. Captain El kanah .cleared his throat- CTO BE CONTINUED,) MraMnoNAL SwSfflOOL Lesson CBy E. O. SELLERS. Director of Eve ning Department The Moody Bible In stitute of Chicago.) LESSON FOR DECEMBER 22 t FOR AND AGAINST HIM. LESSON TEXT Luke 9:49-62. GOLDEN TEXT "He that Is not gainst us is for us." Luke 9:60. This lesson naturally falls Into three divisions: L The mistaken zeal of the disciples of Jesus, w. 49,50; IL The intrepid zeal of Jesus, vv. 51-56, and HI. The lack of zeal on the part of some would-be followers of Jesus, vv. 57-62. Evidently monopolistic Ideas are not a modern development. The de sire to control all religious authority has given rise to the most damnable blots on the history of the Christian church. Christian Intolerance is one of the devil's sweetest morsels. "And John answered" not the im petuous Peter. Who .It was that -had spoken we do not know, but evidently It was Jesus. Two things are without dispute: (1) The unknown one was doing the work, and (2) he was giving Jesus the glory, Luke 10-17. Whether he ceased at the command of John we cannot say. It has been suggested that could we have heard the tone of John's voice perhaps we should have gathered that John was not quite sure he had done the right thing, but he is frank and tells Jesus why he gave his command, viz., "because he followed not with us." Work In Christ's Name. This spirit has always been one of the serious drawbacks in the advance ment of the kingdom. Belong to our party, follow our methods, or else quit working. There are, of course, wrong methods which will never pro duce right results, but if a man is do ing Christ's work and doing It in Christ's name we need to beware of allowing selfishness, the traditions of men, or the fact that "we never saw it on this wise" to allow us to hinder that manlfin his work, see Mark 9:39 41. Scholars are divided as to the in terval of time between verses 50 and 51, but the second section is a won derful Illumination of the sort of zeal Jesus desires In his followers. Verse 51 is one of the most sublime in the entire Bible. Where can we find any thing like it? Jesus saw not the bick erings of the disciples as to place and power; he saw not the slights cast upon him by both Jew and Samaritan; Jesus saw Jerusalem and beyond that Oalvary, and as steadfast as a flint "he set his face to go to Jerusalem. All of redemption, all of Pentecost, all of "this age" and the glorious con summation of "this age" is bound up in that intrepid zeal of him who when "the days were well nigh come that he should be received up" Bet his face "steadfastly." Certain of the Samaritans refused, to receive him and his party. This time John has another to -speak with him, James. They again show the spirit of intolerance and to it they add that of vindlct? reness. As we go before him to prepare the way ,are we entirely free from making a similar mistake? These Samaritans acted In ignorance. Perhaps, as revealed in v. 53, they saw that he did not intend to go to their village anyway (see also John 4:40-42). Stories of Three Men. In the third section we have before us the stories of three men whom Jesus met, each of whom lacked suf ficient zeal to become his true follow ers. . The first" impulsively answers some emotion of his heart and as sures Jesus that he will follow "whith ersoever thou goest." Jesus did not rebuke him, for the man had but little realization of what was implied. "I'll go with, him through, the garden," we sing glibly. Let us pause and honest ly answer the question, "Will I go? "Am I willing to pay the price?" (John 15:20 and I. Peter 2:31.) He who had set bis face steadfastly sim ply opens as it were the deep loneli ness of his heart and gives this man A faint suggestion of that poverty of ;him "who was rich, yet for our sakes became poor (2 Cor. 8:9). This is fone of the few references Jesus made as to his own condition. Tbe second ,man seems to be of more importance, lnferentlally, at least, for Jesus com mands him to "follow. Notice Jesus does not say admire me, nor even worship me. but -."follow me." This man seems to have a very high sense of duty, his obligation to his parents and to the amenities of society. This man's mistake was in placing any thing, no matter bow important, in the place of the kingdom. Jesns does not mean for us to neglect such a plain duty, but this man is pleading for a delay, and had it not been this excuse it would have been some other one. The third man also bad something he wanted to do first. He expressed great determination (v. 61). but like Lot's wife, be wanted one more look at the world he was going to leave. Christ's words are significant. Obey the prompting" of your heart. Do not look backward to tbe world, but look forward to the kingdom. The only possibility of your running the race before you, of plowing a straight fur row, is like the Master to set your face "steadfastly." If we bang onto the world we are "none of his." If we bang on to him we must give up de world- . Loss of Power - 8 Bad vital force follow Toss of flesh BS emaciation. Those - Dr. Pierce Golden Medical Discovery enlivens a torpid Bver earichea the Wood atop the waste of strenerth and tissue and bin Ida np healthy fleah to the proper body weisht. Aa an appe tixinff. restorative tonic, it aets to work all the processes of digestion, end netrition, looses every orft-an intxft natural action, end bring back health E CaBauaytTaiM else be "lost aa B gool" te talus t - TROUBLE IN DINING ROOM Little Mixup Between Ladies Accepted Philosophically by the Torpidville Landlord. "At one time yesterday It looked like we was going to have a little trouble here In the dining room, but it didn't come to nothin' much," related the landlord of the Torpidville tavern. "Maxine and Sylphie, the young lad ies that are waitin' table, -got to squab blin" about a p'int of etiquette, or the merits of their respective fellers," or something that-a-way, as ladies is everlastin'ly doin", and Sylphie,' I reck on it was, told Maxine, or mebby Max ine told Sylphie anyhow, one told the other that she wasn't no better than she ort to be. And Maxine, or Sylphie. ' whichever it was, got sorter fussy about it and answered that she was too, and she didn't Care who knew it! And then they kind o" tied inron each other and went 'round and 'round as it were, and it took 'em quite a while after it was over to wash the ketchup and broken glass out of their coffers, as they call their hair. But that's all it amounted to, and there's . no use in firin' 'em, for ladies will .be ladies and there ain't no help for it." Kansas' City Sun. Transmigrating Turkey. "The only time I ever believed in the transmigration of souls was one frosty November afternoon on my Indiana farm." The speaker was George Ade, the humorist- He continued: "It was a day or two before Thanks giving. The trees were bare. The fields were a russet brown color. To ward me over those russet fields strutted a very plump, very large, very young turkey. "Then it was that an ardent belief In the doctrine of metempsychosis seized me. " 'You,' I said to the superb bird, you are now a turkey. And you will die tomorrow. But, cheer up. Your next transmigration will be into the ' body of a humorist not unknown to fame.' " t ia ii r ( v. l a. "Men" are a lot of four-flushers." "How now?" "They tell a girl that all they want Is to bask forever in the sunshine of her smile. And after marriage they expect her to cook, mend clothes, keep house and do an endless lot of plain hard work." Countryman's Notion. Parmer (seeing a water cart for the first time) Dang me, Halbert, if these Lunnon chaps ain't smart! Just look what that feller a nxed up at the back of 'is wagon to keep boys from hangin' on'be'ind!" London Sketch. Sketch. Just Before the Battle. "Would you marry him if you were me?' "I'd marry anyone that asked me, if I were you." To man the most fascinating wo-. man In the world is the one he almost, but not quite, won. Some of the charity that begins at home isn't worth making a fuss about. NEVER TIRES ' Of the Food That Restored Her to Health. "Something was making me HI and t didn't know the cause," writes a Colo, young lady: "For two years I was thin and sickly, suffering from in digestion and Inflammatory rheuma tism. "I had tried different kinds of diet, and many of the remedies recommend ed, but got no better "Finally, Mother suggested that I try Grape-Nuts, and I began at once, eating it with a little cream or milk. change for the better began at once. ' "To-day I am wel? and am gaining weight and strength all the time. I've gained 10 lbs. in the last five weeks and do not suffer any more from in digestion, and the rheumatism is all gone. "H know It 4s to Grape-Nuts alone that I owe my restored health. I still eat the food twice a day and never tire of it." Name given by Postum Co., Battle Creek, Mich. The flavour of Grape-Nuts is peculiar to Itself. It is neutral, not too sweet and has an agreeable, healthful quality that never grows tiresome. . One of the sources of rheumatism Is from overloading the system with acid material, the result of imperfect digestion and assimilation. As soon as improper food is aban doned and Grape-Nuts' is taken regu larly, digestion la made strong, the organs do their work of building np good red blood cells and of carrying away the excess of disease-making material from the system. The result is a certain and steady return to normal health and mental activity. "There's a reason." Read the little book. "The Road to Welt ville," in pigs. ' Ever rest 4 the bT letter A new as assmrs from time to time. Thej ars resalsv. traSj mm& full of Jaauasma) fosteeeat. Adv.