"What do you mean, talking
that way to me, Lilith? You en
gaged to another man."
A soft crimson dyed the girl's
face from the roots of her hair
down until it disappeared behind
her collar. "Oh, Jim, don't make
me say everything," she pleaded.
"Tell me in plain English what
you mean," Jim cried, bending
over her, his face working con
vulsively. "Jim, dear, you take a lot for
granted. I told you that Mr. Ross
had asked me to marry him."
"I know it."
"You did not wait for me to tell'
you what I said."
"It was yes, of course,"v Jim
said, but his voice was not so con
fident. "Why do you think that, Jim?
It was not yes," and her eyes
twinkled a little.
"Lilith! Tell me quick what it
was," he commanded, stooping
until his face was very near her
"It was no, Jimmie, dear. Oh,
you great goose," but the rest
was swallowed in his embrace.
AtJast he understood.
' (Copyright, by W. G. Chapman.)
, Hard Luck.
"Bertie," said the hospitable
hostess at a Sunday school treat,
"won't you eat some more
"I can't. I'm full!" sighed
"Well, then, -put some in your
"I can't. They're, full, too!"
.was the regretful answer. r
BAT FOR BUNTING.
If the present tendency of spe
cializing in baseball continues it
will soon be customary for the
average big' league player to car
ry a bag of bats as varied in
shape, size and purpose as a golf
player. There are a dozen or
more different kinds of bats now
in use, though usually the great
hitters use but one kind.
Now, however, there has been
developed a bat made solely for
bunting and the patent office re
cently issued a patent on the de
vice. The bat is of ordinary shape
and size, but it has two deep slots
on either side extending irom the
butt end about one-third of the
way toward the handle or grip
end. Slips of a non-resilient ma
terial, such as cardboard, are
placed in these slots.
The result is that when the ball
is struck with the side presenting
the cardboard strips the force of
the rebound is deadened and a
slow bunt is made. When the
other side of the bat is turned the
effect is the same as with an or
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