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THE HITCHING POST
By Victor Redcliffe '
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"I say," a neighbor hailed old-Jared
Bingham, bringing his horse to its
haunches with a resounding "whoa!"
" 'pears to me you're swinging some
style, aren't you?"
"Oh, that!" retorted Bingham with
a careless nod of his head toward
the hitching post "It's not my do
ings. Huldah and a protege of hers,
as she calls him. All the same, we
needed the post. Old one was of
soft maple and the hosses had nib
bled it away until there was nothing
but a stump left. They won't nibble
that iron post, I'm thinking."
With quite a spice of pride old
Jared viewed the improvement in
question. It was simply a piece of
hollow iron pipe three inches
through. A hole had been bored near
its top and through this a steel ring
had been driven.
"Duroble and convenient," com
mented the neighbor, "but you'll be
getting an awning next!"
The new hitching post had been a
donation, or rather the humble offer
ing of a grateful recipient of the
soulful charity of the old man's
daughter, Huldah Bingham.
A traveling tinker had met with a
mishap with his trundling cart in the
road near the Bingham place. He
had sprained an ankle and could not
proceed on foot. Gentle, pitying
Huldah had ministered to him and
furnished liniment, and when her
father came home he found ,the
tinker ensconced in the old rocker
in the kitchen.
"Dunno about taking in free
boarders, Huldah!" he had observed,
but she had her way. For a week
the sufferer was comfortably housed
in an attic room, nursed and fed, and
finally was able to get around again.
He showed his fervent gratitude
in a score of ways. He mended up
every leaking tin. and pot in the cup
board. He fitted new keys to the
doors. He set a new latch on the
gate. He ground the tools, he riveted
some broken links in the well chain.
Then he set the new hitching post
as a final token of his appreciation of
the kindness of his good friends.
That was not all of it For a long
time Seth Greene, working on a farm
two miles away, had been dropping
in on the Bingham folks once or
twice a week. Huldah liked him.
Her father was taken with his steady
Stand Staring at the Hitching Post
ways. The kindness of Huldah to the
poor tinker was the final evidence of
a good heart to the already smitten
Seth. He proposed and was accepted.
"Although there will have to be a
waiting spell, young folks," Jared
had announced. "You see, I had to
mortgage the. old place here when I
settled up brother William's claim.
Soon as I can pay off that $2,000 and
clear the farm I'll feel I've got a start
in the world or all hands around."