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By MILDRED WHITE.
(Copyright, 1?US, Western Newspaper Union.)
Rhoda sat on the lowest step of the
tiny porch, and shed bitter tears. To
grieve deeply over the loss of a horse
was, her neighbors told her, a wicked
thing. But Rhoda continued to be very
Prince Charming was such a wonder
fully human horse, a courtly compan
ion too, suggesting the name bestowed
upon him when Rhoda's father brought
him home to her a slender young ani
mal, white and proudly stepping;
The great house on the hill where
Rhoda spent her sheltered girlhood,
had passed into other hands at the
time of her father's death. The estate
was heavily entailed, the lawyers told
her-if she wished temporarily to
make use of a small cottage far up
the road, she could consider herself
free to do so; and because she was
utterly perplexed by her changed plan
of life, the girl accepted the offer.
And near by in the rickety stable
waited Prince Charming eager to
carry the girl "over the hills and far
Rhoda enjoyed the drives into the
adjacent town ; she enjoyed her brisk
canter down the long road at evening.
And Prince Charming, gentleman that
he was, responded instinctively to her
every mood. Now, he too was gone.
Rhoda could no longer afford to keep
him. She wondered wistfully how her
easy-going luxury-loving father had
allowed his affairs to drift so hope
lessly. She thought too of the new
inmate and purchaser of her former
home, as a sort of grasping ogre. For
the inmate had bought Prince Charm
Rhoda sat on the porch of her tiny
home and wept.
Then with a little cry she sprang
to her feet. Down the path lead
ing to the rickety barn came a
clatter of hoofs. No other horse ran
with just that rhythr :c swing. Why
was the ogre bringing him back? But
it was no ogre who sat Prince Charm?
Ing's saddle, but a straight figure of
a man with broad well set shoulders.
Across the lawn rushed the horse,
pausing only at the low step where
Rhoda stood : with a loving whine he
bent his white head to the girl's shoul
der. Swiftly her arms went about the
"Oh ! Prince," she murmured, "you
missed nie too!" Then defiantly brush
ing aside her tears, she looked into
the wide and puzzled brown eyes of
Prince Cflarming's driver.
"...o that's the solution," the young
man exclaimed. "Ever since we left
the stables the horse has insisted up
on his own course. Coaxing, punish
ing, were of no avail. I wanted to go
to town, he brought me here. You must
be his former mistress."
Rhoda smiled now, as she continued
to caress the horse, and the man
dropped lightly to the ground. "Prince
Channing and I," Rhoda told him,
"have boen friends, chums, compan
ions. Tell me," she turned on him
quickly, "does his owner treat him
The man laughed. "That responsi
bility will rest with me," he said. "The
gentleman who bought your horse did
so through a passing whim. He has
by this time forgotten its existence.
If it will relieve your mind, I will as
sure good care for the animal.
! "Thank you." said the girl, her eyes
-expressed gratitude. "Prince Charm
ing is back in his old home," she add
ed, "I-we-were very happy there. Is
the garden blooming well I wonder,
and does the rich old man who owns
"The garden and the house were
just another satisfied whim," the young
man replied, "but the flowers are com
ing beautifully; I look after them."
"1 see," said Rhoda. "Mr. Cameron
ls fortunate in having so interested a
The caretaker sprang up to the sad
dle. "Mr. Cameron leaves for a south
ern trip tomorrow," he said. "I hope
that you will feel welcome to visit
your old gardens as often as you
wish." He looked down into the girl's
wistful face. "Tell you what!" he
added impulsively. "I will send the:
horse down for you." j
So followed days too joyous, Rhoda |
feared, to last. Prince Charming re
leased from his stable and saddled for
her use. would speedily find his way
to stamp before the cottage door.
The young caretaker, pruning or
trimming the hedges near by, would
pause often in his work, to rest at her
side. Rhoda at first distantly courte
ous, forgot her scruples in the delight
of his conversation. He was a won
derfully superior person-this mau
she confided to Trince Charming.
And while she sat in the little moon
lit porch, silent with her strange dis
covery, quietly, and as though he had
answered the call of her thought, the
young man came.
"I love you Rhoda," he said simply.
"1 knew it that first evening when you
looked up at me over Prince Chann
ing's white head. I have been watch
ing for the answer of your heart. To
night, something gave me courage to
ask you to be roy wife."
And though she did not answer,
trustfully the girl's hand crept into
the man's, while his own closed over
lt. "And oh! I'm glad," he went on,
"that I can take you back into your
own home. Don Cameron ls my father
Rhoda, so when this big place proved
more of A change than he had sup
posed, !".e passed it over to me. So I
have not been- caretaker in just the
vay you believed."
WELL WORTH SMALL OUTLAY
Cultivation of Hedges and Fencei
Along Railroads' Right of Way
ls of Real Practical Value.
A number of railroad companies ;
have already made considerable effort [
to beautify their rights of way and
station grounds. In some places the
roads are paralleled for many miles
by hedges, and the land on either side
of the tracks is covered by beautiful
turf. About the stations, hedges, shrub
bery, and flower beds are common. If
this planting could be aimed in part,
at least, toward attracting birds ft
would be very effective nad great good
would be done. Jf the clumps of
shrubs were formed of kinds furnish
ing bird food, if more of them were
placed along the rights of way, if the
hedges were allowed to bear fruit, and
if the fence poles or possibly even
some of the telegraph poles bore bird
houses, thousands of birds could live j
where very few do now. ,
The suggestions made are by no I
means without practical value to the I
right of way itself. For instance, sup-1
plying bird boxes is the best method j
of preventing damage to poles by
woodpeckers, which come anyway u%^ I
der present conditions and make their \
own homes. Hedges or fences densely ,
covered with vines would decrease, if
not entirely obviate, expenditures for
the movable snow fences now exten- j !
sively used. ,
TRAINED TO RESEMBLE BELL1
How Church Tower in Western State
Was Effectively Clothed With
Heavy Mantle of Ivy.
Travelers rarely fail to be impressed
by the novelty and natural beauty of
the ivy-covered tower and belfry of a
Some Ten Ye?rs Ago a Few Scraggy
Slips of Ivy Were Planted About
the Base of the Tower, Which To
day 1s Burdened by a Dense Growth
of Greenery That Completely Con
small frame chapel that stands on a
hillside at Tacoma. Wash. Planted
some ten years ago, the vines have
grown luxuriantly and now completely
conceal the four sides of the tower,
which rises to a height of about
50 feet At the top the foliage has
been so trained and trimmed that it
has the appearance of a massive bell.
.-Popular Mechanics Magazine.
How Town People Aid Farmers.
How the little town of Delhi, situ
ated in the Catskill mountains in New
York state, is aiding fanners in the
surrounding community in securing
much-needed labor is told by a repre
sentative of the United States depart- '
ment of agriculture, who has recently
returned from an inspection trip in
that district. The local commercial
club of Delhi has organized some o?
the business men of the town who are
willing to do farm work after three
o'clock. The farmer who. needs help
telephones to the club, and at three
o'clock the, volunteer workers climb
Into automobiles and report to his
farm for a half lay's work. About 35
business men are being placed every
day on the farms around Delhi. The
local minister has set the example. He
spends one day helping each of the
farmers in his congregation.
Ventilation and Sunlight
Ventilation, with a boundless supply
of fresh air and sunlight are wonder
ful cures for many dread diseases, puri
fying and cleansing the air we
breathe; yet we find windows closed
and blinds drawn to shut out the pure
air and sunlight. The sun must nol
shed its rays upon our furniture, car
pets, etc., for fear of making them
fade! We had far bettor only have
things which do not fade than shut out
the glorious sun's rays. What is the
use of by-laws compelling builders tc
provide windows of nt least one-tenth
the floor area, half of which must be
made to open, if we defeat the object
for whLch they were made?-Architect
and Contract Reporter.
Poor Poetry, but Good Truth.
What ls it that the near-poet says!
Anyhow, there's plenty of truth in tin
sentiment, however unclasslcal thf
Terse.-The Progressive Farmer.
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