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pretty hands all scraped and cut
from shelling corn for the chick
ens. "I won't be a nobody, even
here!" exclaimed Madge, after a
good crying -spell. "I love John,
vand his folks, too. I'm going to
learn how to please-them, no mat
ter how hard it seems."
It was this sudden resolve that
led to a vast surprise on the part
of bluff, hearty John Green halt
an hour later, as he came round
the corner of the -barn to face a
most amazing scene.
Madge, wearing a long apron
and all flurried and excited, was
stamping her foot at a cow. The
animal was swinging her tail and
pawing the ground. Behind the
cow lay a cream pitcher in pieces.
"Why, little girl, what does
this mean?" challenged the big
In,ah instant Madge was in his
arms and sobbing out her pitiful
' "It"s no use, John," she wailed.
"I wanted to learn how to milk",
just like Ellen and Mary. That
hateful old mooley wouldn't let
me, and kicked the pitcher to
pieces. Oh, John, I'll never be of
any use for anything."
John Green had to laugh at the
absurd situation. Then, all-man
ly tenderness, he stroked the gol
den hair of his young and prett)
"You poor little angel," he
said, "nobody is going to hurt
you, and nobody could d'shkc
you. I didn't bring you here to
wear out those dear little hands.
Jl you have got to do is to be ;
the sunshine of the house, whicK
you are, until I convince father
and mother that farm life is some!
thing better than humdrum slavy
ing; When I come to show them
the profits from my scientific
farming on that eighty-acre field
father gave me to experiment
with, there'll be a grand change
in ideas, mark me. All you have
got to do is to be patient, dear:
Everything will come out all
There were a good many
changes at Willow farm-inside of
a few weeks. James Green caught
the Texas fever. Ethan:- "had a
chance to superintend an im
mense Dakota farm. It was rather
lonely after they left. Then Mrs.
Green was taken dawn with rheu
matism. A week later the farm
er broke a limb in a runaway ac
cident, and. the doctor prescribed
invalid treatment for both.
That was where John Green
came in strong. Madge, too.
Most of the heavy farm work was
out of the way, and John man
aged to run things with little ex
tra help. There were real cozy,
enjoyable evenings for the young
married couple. Old Mrs. Green
limped around and bpre the main
burden di meal getting. With
husky working appetites out of
the way, however, she was sur
prised to find in how many use
ful ways Madge was fitting her
self into the work. John helped
Madge wash the dishes, and afttfr
a week or two of grumbling Mri.
Green confessed one evening thaft
things were "real comfortable, 't
"Little girl," said John one dayt
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