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. , By Harold Carter.
Tour,baby's come, Mr. "Johnson,"
Announced the postmaster, as the
young settler halted his. team in front
of 'the postoffice at Alliance, Miss.
""'Just wait a minute and I'll bring
ium out to' you." He disappeared
within the door that led to i his parlor,
and presently emerged again, accom
panied by his wife and a little boy of
ST OFFICE j 2Q XL S
"You Keep Him a Few Days."
some three years, who smiled up con
fidingly into Johnson's face.
"Never knew you was a married
man, Mr. Johnson," continued the
postmaster sympathetically. "He
seems to have made a sure-enough
slong journey across the water all by
himself. My wife says she'd be scared
,to death to send our Ella that dis
tance by post. The mother ain't dead,
. "My baby!" he yelled. "I'm a shi
ngle man, Mr. Smith. How can it be
The postmaster shook his head
"He's tagged," he said, "and
there's postmarks from most all the
places he's passed through. C. John
son, Alliance, Miss., it reads. This is
Alliance, and this is Mississippi, and
you're sure enough C. Johnson, aren't
"It's a mistake," groaned Johnson.
"I never even dreamed of having a
Alliance was an isolated hamlet, to
which the young Southerner had
come only a few months before. Born,
in Alabama, of good family, an un
fortunate love affair had influenced
him in arriving at his decision to
shake the dust of Alabama off his
feet and settle in another state. -He
had gone to Alliance merely because
o an advantageous opportunity to
purchase land in that place, and he
was not only a confirmed bactieltJr,
but "had every intention of remain
And now an unknown person had
sent him a baby! , 4
"Of course. Mrs. Smith will take
charge of him for a while, if the send-.
er can be found," said Ed EmjithJ
gloomily. "But, having nine of oun
own, you'll understand that it would
be kind of hard on us to keep him."l
"You keep him for a few days un-i
til something more is heard about!
him," said Johnson. "Can't you have
the sender traced?" e
"I'll do my best," said Mr. Smith,
and Johnston rode away.
That night the loneliness of his
situation appealed to him more than
everbefore. He had almost forgot
ten the faithless young woman who
had been the cause of his migration
to this half-settled and almost unin
habited region. He had the normal
human need of companionship yet
he had no one to call his, neither wife
nor parents nor family. He surprised
Mr. Smith by appearing at the post
office again the next morning.
"I think I'll relieve you,-of the bear