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THE ADVOCATE AND HEWS.
DfiCfiMfifift 1,
READING
FOR
THE YOUNG FOLKS
By MADLE CICC3.
The MUl That Dldat Stop.
Be got angry one day
And thruaUned to quit;
Didn't fanoy the way
TIiIdri were going a bit,
And so, In huff,
llo resigned. It waa moant for a bluff,
For the boy In his mind
Fondly funded that they
Would bog him to Btay,
Hut they itunned him and filled him with wo
Alien thoy failed to rebol aaalnat letting him
go.
Keenly bereft,
With a heart that was tor
And a weight on hla mind
Such ai never before
The day ha resigned
Had ooine to oppress him, ha left,
But the greatest and saddest of shocks waa tt
oome,
For when he stole round on the following day
lie wu atricken dumb
To tea that the mill was still grinding away,
Merrily hamming its wonted song
As if nothing at all had ever gone wrong.
8. E. Klaer In dove land Loader.
Master or Servant.
"Wheels, wheels, and nothing but
wheels. The world seems all a-wheel
nowadays," commented Mr. Drownson,
running his eye down the advertisement
column of his. pa per.
"Except your very behind-the-times
daughters, father," said Adelaide, with a
sigh, "and you can't Imagine how con
temptuously the boys of the cycle club
look back at a girl on a tricycle."
"Fie, fle," remonstrated her father;
"surely you don't want a bicycle, my
dear? Haven't you heard your Aunt
Adelaide express her opinion of this most
'dangerous and unlady-like device'?"
Adelaide laughed. "Poor dear Aunt
Adelaide. She'll probably send me a pair
of ear-rings for my birthday. They are
bo 'eminently lady-like,' you know. Aunt
has opinions on some subjects. She ob
jects to bicycles, and she thinks daily
papers a wicked extravagance and waste
of time. Out you don't endorse all her
opinions, do you, father mine?" she ques
tioned, with a roguish glance at his pa
per. "Nonsense! Well, well! This Isn't
the first time this Bubject has come up.
I believe In the mens sana In corpore
sano, and since all other forms of exer
cise seems to have palled on you young
folks, a wheel it must be. I suppose,
though"
"Oh, you dear, dear father," cried Ade
laide, cutting his sentence short with
kisses.
"Come, come!" laughed her father.
"This is what you really want to caress,"
and he drew out his pocket-book. "But,
seriously, daughter, I hope the exercise
will bring color to your pale face. Well,
a bicycle you shall have, but I fear I
can't manage it till after Easter. There
are bills to meet and matters to get in
order. That will give you time to decide
what make you prefer."
The bicycle talk of her companions
now had new Interest for Adelaide. She
was absorbed In the consideration of
saddles, cyclometers, dress and accesso
ries. But a new thought came to her with
the words of an old friend:
"It is not that fun and recreation and
pleasure are wrong. They are innocent
and right Some pay too little attention
to keeping sound and beautiful these
wonderful bodies of ours, the temples of
the living God. Others give overcare to
the temple for Its own sake, forgetful of
him who should be worshipped therein.
Beware of the ills which are the protests
of a neglected body. Beware, too, of the
degrading pursuit of pleasure Just for
pleasure's sake. Make the lower subject
to the higher. The physloal should serve
the EQtal, and both, the moral. And
remember always tfcat our pleasures are
to fee satisfied." ,
The words gave Adelaide a pans of re
proach. She told herself that her's was
a legitimate longing for healthy recrea
tion. "And that's all I can get out of my bi
cycle. Duty and pleasure can't both ride
It It Isn't a tandem." She laughed, but
she found herself making mental notes
to this effect: "When I have my space
annlhllator I must go often to see Mrs.
Jarvls. Poor, lonely old soul I The mere
sight of friendly faces, and an opportu
nity to talk, is a pleasure to her. I must
be obliging about home errands. And oh,
the boys! I am afraid their rides to races
and games are too frequent, and they
stop for refreshments where beer, if not
stronger drinks, circulates freely. I be
lieve they would give up such excursions
If we girls would enter more Into their
plans for innocent fun. And those Sun
day rides. Surely, tact and principle are
strong enough to put them down."
She planned so many pleasant excur
sions and bicycle picnics that the boys
grew almost as Impatient as she for her
to enter into possession of her wheel.
And then well, of course, you foresaw
that a disappointment was to come, and
come it did. It was Adelaide's own hand
which pulled it down on her head.
When Mr. Brownson came in evening
after evening with papers to work over
till bedtime, his wife remonstrated.
"Well, I don't feel quite up to the mark
of day work and night work, too," he
confessed. "But business is very slack
lately, and I told Allen & Co. I would
post their books. Money must come
especially when there are bicycles In the
wind, eh! daughter?"
"Oh! don't do extra work on my ac
count, father,' said Adelaide, not very
heartily, however. After all, It was only
a few weeks extra work for her father,
and she did so want a wheel.
But the next night his tired face smote
her to the heart, and she drew the books
from him with, "Allen & Co. will have to
find some one else to post their books.
I will not see my dear little daddy kill
himself over such work, not for all the
bicycles In the country. Some other
time Bome other way but not this."
Mr. Brownson was too worn out to re
sist, and It was with a sigh of relief that
he dropped back In his easy chair. An
afternoon or two later Adelaide was on
the veranda when her father came in,
meeting Dr. Sanders at the gate.
"Ah, Brownson, glad to see you with
out those papers. You couldn't have
stood much more of that night work,
not much more. There would have come
a breakdown a serious breakdown, I
fear."
And so the bicycule money was not
earned.
For awhile Adelaide cherished a se
cret hope that somehow her father would
manage it But as she saw the econo
mies necessary by hard times her hope
failed and she sorrowfully announced
that she wasn't to have a bicycle, and so
was to be counted out of all the plans
made.
"Then they'll Just fall through, that's
all," asserted Will Page, positively. "Not
another girl in our set has go enough to
start and carry things through as you do.
We boys will Just have to keep up the
base-ball and horse race racket Sunday
riding? Of course, we'll not stop it"
Then Adelaide set herself a hard task.
It waa that of deliberately and system
atically urging on bicycle picnics and
pleasure excursions, in which she had no
part except the onerous one of helping
about luncheons and planning routes.
And so the weeks went by.
Her birthday came, tad her last hope
faded when her father gave her a little
trinket with the hope that next year he
could afford the bicycle. Next year! And
It was this year, and her companions
were mounted on their tireless steeds!
"Perhaps Aunt Adelaide will give you
a bicycle," suggested PhIL "Shall I in
quire at the express office for you?"
But the express brought nothing. It
was a belated mall which brought a
letter in Aunt Adelaide's precise,
cramped chlrography.
"My dear niece," so It ran, "I find it
grows harder for an old lady to select a
present for a younger one. Times have
changed, and I see girls delight in things
which were unknown to my young days.
I suppose I must not expect you to keep
behind the times because I can't keep up
with them. I have tried to think what
you would like on this birthday. Your
mother writes that you have acquitted
yourself with honor In your classes, and
I should like to give you something par
ticularly nice. The girls here seem to
care most for bicycles. Now, I am not
at all sure they are lady-like. I would
not, under any circumstances, buy you
one."
Adelaide's countenance fell.
"But after all, you and your mother
are the ones to decide what is proper for
you. I enclose a check. You are to
spend this money as you please. If it is
for a bicycle. I shall not object,
though" here a line was carefully over
scored "I hope you will have your
brother bring you out in the buggy when
you come to Bee me. Wishing you many
happy returns of the day, I am your af
fectionate aunt, Adelaide Klngsley."
And so the bicycle came after all, and
it brought a pleasure, which was a ser
vant not master, in a young Christian
life. Elizabeth Lee, In Forward.
. A Correction.
The name of the story In week before
last's Advocate and News was omitted
by mistake. "Dr. Grey, the Friend of the
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'What does that mean? he asked the
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The sexton, hot wishing to confess ig
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"Well, it means that he was sick tran
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