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Directly in the middle current of
the stream, clinging to a plank and
screaming for help was Mr. Woods'
little child. Benny could figure out
how, playing about the landing, the
little tot had tipped one of the pldnks
into the waterand.had fallen in after
He could hear shouting up the
shore, probably the voices of her
friends who had discovered her
plight. Benny threw off his coat as
he ran. Then in terror he saw Nellie
let go the plank and disappear un
der the surface.
'Tm too late!" he fairly sobbed
out. "Oh, you glorious Firebrand!"
Well might he say it! Either the
sensible animal recognized its former
little mistress or it had a great soul.
Straight into the stream Fireebrand
ran, then swam, caught in his jaws
.the fringe of Nellie's dress as she
came to the surface and waded
"Oh, my child! my darling child!"
cried Jasper Woods, approaching
breathless and terrified upon the
scene, as he clasped his rescued
daughter safe in his arms.
The strong old man wilted as he
regarded the brave old animal he
had turned from his door to die.
Then his hand rested gently on the
head of the little fellow who had
made that rescue possible.
"Benny," his tremulous tones
sounded, "I'll give you $1,000 for
"Nor ten, nor twenty! Nothing
can buy him," declared staunch
Benny. "I'll give him to dear little
Nellie if I had have to; but I hope
she won't ask me."
An humble, contrite man, Jasper
Woods appeared at the door of the
Tascott home that evening.
"Neighbor," he said to Mr. Tascott,
extending a folded paper, "there's the
release of your mortgage. Money
isn't everything in the world, I've
found out, and little Benny has
shown me the way to better things!"
, (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Mrs. Lydia A. Sharpless of Whit
tier, Cal., 104 years old, is the oldest
woman voter in the United States.
She was the first woman to register
in California and is the oldest voter
in the state. Mrs. Sharpless has
three children, thirteen grandchil
dren and 22 great grandchildren. Her
oldest boy is 77 and her daughter 72.
The father of this centurian died at
101, had 66 great grandchildren and
his first vote was cast for George
Washington. Mrs. Sharpless attrib
utes her long life to natural strength,
a simple life and the beautiful cli
mate of California. Her great ambi
tion is to live to be 110 years old, and
she expects to see great-great-grandchildren.
LOTS IN A NAME
"WJiat did you name your boy Bin
for?" asked Mrs. Smith. "There are
many newer names than that"
"He was born on the first of the