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Selim mare was about all he could <I<> taw the hand somest girl in Nawthun Alabama. But as it has eventuated, the mare was enough, suh, she was enough. 1 used to say to my dam* tab, 'Don* you worry about yo' futuah, child. One «»t the old mare's colts will arrange yo' earthly affaiahs in case I should l>e taken off. And, gentlemen." he said, looking 'round the table, "it has come to pass My daughter is about to be a very wealthy young lady. Hero's going to attend to that." "Who was Seism?" queried Bronson agam. "Selim, Mr. Bronson, Se&n?" And then as it he didn't want the rest of us to see how ignorant Bronson was. he went along slowly, "Selim was the hoss the (acksons imported from England. \ou remembah that? Don't you recall how he won the fo'-mile stakes at Mobile 3 And the only reason he didn't beat Lexington and Lecompte at New Awlins was because Colonel Jackson, senior, had Hist died, and they didn't want to run Selim m mournin,' so to speak. You've heard of that. Mr. Bronson?" Bronson had the decency to say he had. "I'm going to give you gentlemen a treat, the Major went on. "I want you all to come out to Morris Park Satahday. My iv-stlah At>e will pull the blankets off law you and you'll see a boss. f Also you'll see a hoss run. I'll step him law you." When we said good-night to the Major he stood in the door of Sherry's precisely as he had received us. He shook all around and thanked each individ ual for having honored him. It's toolate faw me to return to my tavern near the race cose," he said. "Mr. Sherry has consented to give me a lodging heah taw the night, and I shall remain. Remember, gentlemen, you will see a race hoss Satuhday mawnin'! " With that we left him in his long black coat and his flowing tie of white and his splendid hair back off his forehead and his beautiful optimism concerning his Hero. He was a figure to remember, and the dinner— ah. that was worth all the while of him, had there been nothing else! "1 wonder." mused aloud Dott of 'The Moon," "if his horse is any account ." "Crowbait," observed Space, the cynic of "The C< ismos." When we reached Morris Park the Major was wait ing for us. An aged Negro was leading a blanketed horse up and down. At a call from the Major the Negro brought the animal to him. The Major stepped over and, pausing that we might prepare ourselves, stripped the concealing blanket away and stepped back with pride in his mien. Hero stood before us. He was a raw-boned, angular sort <>f horse, too tall for the real thing, ami too flat in the rib> for stamina. He showed thoroughbred signs here and there; that was all. We praised the h««rse as much as we honestly could, but the Major was plainly disappointed. He called a diminutive Negro boy. "Take him up there at the starting post and let him go once around, Cal," said the Major. "These gentlemen want to see a hoss run. Show then; what Hero can do when he's in earnest." The horse broke as it" he knew how to gallop, and Cal "set him down," as we call it. Thompson started a watch on him. He went along at a pretty good clip, but when he struck the home stretch he was all in, and though Cal kicked and called to him and yanked at his head ami otherwise persuaded him. Hero was a bad looking performer when he finished the n Qe out. Thompson glanced at his watcK "I told you so. The mile in one forty-eight. That wouldn't win a mud race at Morris Park." We turned to the Major. He was all delight. " That's the way the Selim s run." he said grandly, and pulled the boy down. The <>ld Negro blanketed the tired ami pufnng animal and led him away. We persuaded the Mai<>r to a late breakfast in the dub house. It wouldn't have done any good to tell him the awful truth. So at breakfast we made as merry over it as we could, and the Major beamed his infinite satisfaction, telling us more of •;i- hope- -Ti.i ambitions. "He belongs to my daughtah, gentlemen, every hair in him. He's a mainstay faw her. She loves him as much as I do. and if circumstances would pahmit she should be heah to see him ?:>.<■>■. be waiting for the news, I r.in see her now; just how AN IDEAL UNION-By Tom Masson HE: 'Darling, I confess that I love you dearly; but before definitely deciding to ask you to marry me, perhaps for both oi our sakes it would be well for me to ask you a few • [iiestions." She: "Certainly, dear. That is your privilege, and I shall be only too glad to answer them." "Well, then, to begin. You have of course famil iarized yourseli with the keeping of household ac counts - you know the best places to buy and just wl at to buy to the greatest advantage?" " I can't say that I have." " But surely you know at least how to cook, how to prepare dainty dishes at the least expense, how to •):,(!<•■ bread, make beds, the best kitchen utensils to use, and how To order your servants so that they will rest»ect and obey you at the same time?" "I'm afraid I am very ignorant of those things." "Then, possibly you have taught yourself the SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR AUGUST 2&. 1906 she 11 smile when she gets it. She s going to be mar ried to a Very worthy young gentleman oJ our com munity, and it w,U be her pride to tell him what her Hero is doing up Nawth here taw them. Nobody had further word of Hero or his master. till' one morning his name appeared in the li-t ot entries for the day. He was to make Ins debu man ordinary purse race but we knew as we looked down the column of names that there were half a dozen horses in the rare that could step a tin c m forty or better. Among them Hero would be a tortoise. The Major came early to the press stand. •Gentlemen.' he said confidentiaßy, "you may have observed that Hero is starting to-day in the third race Ido not consider it a healthy habit to wager upon race bosses as a general thing, but m this case I hasten to advise vmi. 1 am going to back him for an amount, and I would suggest that any gentleman desiring to do so may profitably follow the fawtunes of my colors." We suggested that it would I*> the part ot vrsdom to run Hero once and see how he acted before wagering upon him. Other subterfuge- we em ployed to keep him away from the lawmakers. All for nil. . "My daughtah would nevah tawgive me. he said, and smiled his way out of the stand. It was an honest tip from an honest source. We don't get many like it. And not one of us played a dollar on Hero. We knew where he'd finish. The best we could do was to give him a hand when he paraded with Cal on his back, and we caught sight of the Major in the lawn " He Was the Best Foxhound in Alabama in His Day." crowd, waving his hat in recognition of our applause. The only description of the race. a> far as Hero was concerned, that one could give was to say that Hero was off la>t and stayed la>t. a bad. irrevocable last, all the way around. He had about as much business in that field of race horses as a burro with .i pack on him. We dreaded the coming of the Major. It was an hour before he appeared an of nursing; have learned how to feed ix and their general care; have developed your will so that your conversation will not become hackneyed; have made up your mind to give up all your w< linen's clubs and so forth, in order to devote yourself in telligently and exclusively to the new home you are about to adorn ? " "I cannot say that I have done all those things, dear. But now. for the sake of uniformity, let me ask you a few questions. 1 observe that yo i smoke." "A mere tritle. sweetheart." " You will of course be willing to give up entirely that mere trifle? Smoking about the house is un tidy and extremely disagreeable to other-- who don't indulge in it themselves." "Well, perhaps." "Then, dear, you have. I have no doubt, already perfected yourself in mechanical branches - you can do «'iM jobs about the house? Abo. you will doubt stand. His face was drawn ar,»! white and him his voice trembled a hit ;ss he ~ilii»Ji s & l *ti "Gentlemen," he said "I hope,] j?l*; that the unfawtunate incident has not^ •' l0 P<, embarrassed any of you." We assured h" Sei * o*lv0 *lv had affected us only slightly. I'ecause "V^ 1 k on, "I should feel in duty bound to recom We^ of you who lost much. I was so certa'^ nS ** Sv not seem to me that he could l<.-e. 1 ca Tv it yet. The boy is honest, my Abe fa honest n^^ 3 is honest. It may be that he was hot himclic That is the only way I can satisfy my? ff f H?. he will have an opportunity to "redeem v Co * the near futuah. and hell*.!., fc srenttpT 113 * b doit!" gentfc a«n fhelif heli Next day in the papers we left Hero oat of~ tion or mentioned him kindly. In mv « Ir ' e3 served that "the Alabama hor c Hero X? l ob shown a better perform a net- had he receivSi v^ I*1 '* racing luck." The Major cani* early to s,** for it. " I have mailed a cop> of Vf / .. r . •-■ rer ' c daughtah." he said. " She will s»-e howit fc to C 7C 7 bettah than I can write her from that •• B* l recovered his cheerfulness, and belief wai J^^ shaken in him. ' " » btl " jo. There isn't any use g<>i:;;- : ■ , the detafl next three starts which Hero tr.ade at Morrki, 1^ Each time the Major announced hk mtlZ-' '*• backing the animal. Each •!• liero retS* 0 * performance of the first .!, [f anything** a shade worse. somewhere in his Mood X B»* a cold strain, and he simpl; M not I^*^ mile at a mule's pace. But i; Hero lacked in YT ~ oughbred, his master did r. . .. ; ,,h defeat sfr on him. He develop, son ■ facial linwli some of his buoyancy wen- ■ hi^ He'dJ - smile somehow, and explain eway. It w f* a - s haps the fourth day after i I last race t^t l^" Major came into the press si - o shake hards 1 round and announce that had concluded return to 1 1 ville. Alaba; M v daughu^, J myself agree that it is ?, to^J^ any of you gentlemen eya] • down mv * I'll be at the railroad train. : ' • .• hocse is 'al »*:' open, gentlemen." That night .several of ■: re clock supper in Hani. .s. ' .: the bovssßr» a thought. " Let's go over r j •. Citvaidsee^v Major off He'd never forget ! «"eet lj . We waited after the mar.- • - of our v.. a caught an early boat It (!:<!: 1 fake long to find fl2 freight car in which Her ; v ■ ; ;ke the honT^i journey. Old Abe and Cal lettering about it with some teed for the hor- 1 •>, and there *-- the Major in the freight, at- . : to Hero. W? t he saw us. he came to the door hamed for just t instant. His welcome was :ial. and when r realized that we had come to giy him Kood joume\" his old beam returned. He > in the car door a-'i swung his long legs. An old 1. : . £m e iron so^ where in the interior and ] ] eside him K^ fondled the animal ears. " '" Is that one of your own ; r .-.lmg. too, Major 1 * asked the irrepressible Brcr.^ : }i • simply conHn* help it. "Yes. suh, oh. yes. He's : the Old ßßatter! cr stock. He was the best foxh .! in Alabama h his day. Hot trail or cold trail .- ne\-ah rr.ade ." mistake. He was a Selim amori riogs." And then an idea seemed to strike Ma; r Merrarether, for la face lighted into a sly siniU- ;.:. I he looked at a musing. "Gentlemen, speak:: . .- : mistakes, I've got something to tell you all. I've made one. al : » one. When I came up heah yo' W... Ya^k town I brought along a race h- -- two hostlahs. ?n thousand dollahs in cash, and the old hovmd,at3 some ambitions taw i::. daughtah Well, ia the to' times that Hero ran heah my - - r ;:«>usand dollab was absorbed — that's the word, absorbed. In going back home to practi-t- '. and study mo' carefully the past records <>: the Selims. My faith is almost broken." The train began to move out of the yards, and^e walked alongside. " Your mistake. Major, was"-" > ri- 5 Bronson. " Was stupendous." cried back the Major. "In stead of the scion of Selim. I ought :>> have started this dog." And he bared Iris splendid head, and the train faded him from view. less be willing ;ull"' Then you are prepared I twice? And have ticial it will be morning in order ti ket? Also, you natural] your dubs. and. ha too monotonou; v an ht:!r trips occasionally to •urmi't to dear, to be " Self-Coi a Hand?" "Darling. I cannoi all these things, any n* ' "In which case, shall we "Certainly, dear." " But why-" "Simply because equally ignorant thai for a continuous matriir.