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i , s "Spell mouse-trap . wjth thr.ee
letters, Uncle Frank," said Elip
o.beth from West 166th street', who
ivwas' visiting her uncle at Fort
' "Oh, that's an o(d one. Sup
pose you spell it witft four."
"The little girl guessed h-a-w-k
and c-r-o-w -and ;"F-i-d-o and a
good many others, but her uncle
told her she wasn't, evety warm.,
"It can't be"-a very" good mouse
trap," "she protested.
,1've known it tp catch and kill
about a hundred in an hquf.
' 'Maybe ttieywer all in one
place and.coulda't get put," said
the little.gfrl:' ' ;
i"No, they were all oit doors
and the mouse-trap went about
thirty miles, in -catching them."
J'Oh, Uncle Jrank, you're mak
ing tun of me." y t
1'Not a bit. If you like. I'll
vshow-you the moue-trap, in vac
ation' some.njght," r , v -
"Tonight?" asked the, little
rr girl, .- t - '..'
s- "No," said her uncle, "I don't
like to.kilkeven a mouse when I
ijffieed not,, but -some-'night when
s themouse-trap -'is acting and I
, can't .save the poor little mice even
if r would, 'I'll show'j you he
mouse-trap which -is spelled with
n four letters."
It chancedvthat .Uncle Frank
,-'(who wasja doctor), hada tele-"
phone caHfr.qm a rancher- that
very, evening and as he brought
his motor car "around he cauea
to EHzaethto come along.. , .
j. Tfie little girl' had been motor
ing a good deal, in henyoung. life,
but,,never had jeen anything like
tfiis. The night was dark-and the
(Jesert .stretched away for miles
in every direction, r seeming
strangely dreary and delightfully
eerieintne dimness. But -the
lights of the motor cut, a narrow
sttek right out of the blackness
and the dry, hard- road ahead
sh'owed dazzingly for a hundred
feet," perhaps. h
It was fascinating and the; lit
tle gjrl could npt" take her eyes
front it. Suddenly she gave a Ut
ile squeal. The road was fairjy
good, but- narrow, 'and Uncle
Frank had to 'steer . straight to
keep 'the -wheels 'ih, the. track
which .the motorv.'cars .of' the
I neighborhood" had grooved into
the-rpad. imwthe Jight picked
up-a little qiiadruped tyhich look
ed vhite'or .flesh-colored against
the'dtfsjy road and. was aboiit the
si?etof a smalprat.' ''It crouched
in the track blinded by the light.
"Oh' sajd the little, girl and
f'Ohj" she cried again, as a--few-feet
further on a secorid pariic
stricken beastie ran straight
along? the 'Smooth path. -Another
andranpther and another and-'sbon
Elizabeth ceased to count 'them.
- Th.ese desert mice come' out at
night to feed and either:pic& but