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MAtlCIt 8, By MABLE DICCS. A LITTLE LAD' I ANMWEIt. Our little lad came in one day With dusty shoe and tired feet; Ills playtime had been hard and long, Out In the summer's noontide heat. "I'm glad I'm home!" he cried and hung Ills torn straw hat up in the hall, "While In the corner by the door He put away his bat and ball. "I wonder why," his auntie said, "This little lad always comes here When there are many other homes As nice as this and quite as near?" He stood a moment deep In thought, Then, with a lovellght In his eye, He pointed where his mother sat And said, "She lives hero, that Is why." With beaming face the mother heard; Her mother heart was very glad, A true, sweet answer he had given, That thoughtful, loving little lad, And well I know that hosts of lads And Just as loving, true and dear; That they would answer as he did, " 'Tls home, for mother's living here." Christian Advocate. J BUTTON'S SAD STORY. By Edith L. Dlggs. On one of the very coldest, snowiest days last week, returning home from a visit, I was stopped at the front door by a tiny dog, shivering with the cold. He was euch a pitiful spectacle I could not pass him by and shut him out In the cold. He looked very grateful and thanked me bo earnestly la bis dog fashion when Jie felt the warmth of the fire that I could not help but feel glad I had let him come Into the house. But 1 knew that I wag "In for It" because once In and having itaken a taste of the hos pitality which the house offered he would never leave It, for It was evident he had no home of his own to care to return' to. I knew that from that moment on, the coneenitrated Indignation of the house hold would be upon me, for It was such an old story for stray dogs to come to us, and In fact there were three others there already. And each In tunv would wear Its welcome quite threadbare. "Come here, poor little fellow," I saild to him wben I had taken my wraps off. "You are gottlng warm at last, aren't you, little straggler? And you can stay here and keep warm until this awful blizzard Is over. I cannot help It if they do all raise a fuss over you bo there." And he . had come up and was rubbing his little head against my dress, and the little tall Illustrated what perpetual motion meant. "Who 1n this world are you talking to, Margaret, or If not some one of this world who In the other world, for I don't see anybody. You must be carrying on a spirit communication." "Oh, Just see what It Is, Aunt Mary, a poor little dog that was out in the cold this awful" But I was able to proceed no further for my aunt's upraised hands and look of horror arrested me and I hastened to ask her if there was anything I could do for her and if there was any thing the matter, but In truth I knew, what the matter was, I knew the symih toms, I had seen them so often before. "What Is the matter," she eald; "why, the same that has been the matter ever since I can remember you as a little girl, . your terrible falling, your dreadful and all direful weakness, Margaret, bringing useless common stray animals home to bein the way. What are you going to do with It and all the others besides?" I , did not feel meek, but I tried to look it, for I knew she wanted me to, but I braced myself to say, "He was freezing to death, almost frozen!" which was an exaggeration. "I see that it Is no earthly use, I may a"S well stop trying to reform you, for thla house will always be a menagerie as long as there are hungry, cold dogs In this world It is hopeless to make you see the folly of your persistent ways." With this parting declaration to me my kind hearted but exasperated aunt turned tier back on me and walked out of the sitting room. She drew up her rocking chair and resumed her work of patching, but I could tell that I and my uohappy incli nations were not yet off her mind be cause she could not refrain from an oc casional sigh. I was relieved that the little dog had not been, ordered out of the house rastanter upon its discovery, so at least I could keep him, that was a battle won in Itself. I took him out to the kitchen to feed him, and we passed through the room Where Aunt Mary was sitting with two of my other pet3 at her " feet The new little dog looked at ham but did not seem to be Jealous that there were others besides him In the house, but, oh, goodness how "he did Object when he saw old Orover. "Old Grover" Is the largest dog we have, awl a most beautiful fellow too. But It was a case of hate at first sight, on the part of the new dog, lie was Just a little dog of the rat-terrier breed and when the big New foundland opened one of his eyes from his lazy position lying on a piece of old carpet, to look at the little new-comer, his looks seemed to say, "Well, hullo, where in this big world did you come from?" The little stranger was not po lite at all; he began to bark and growl at old Grover, the very sight of him seemed obnoxious to the little thing. He yelped and growled furiously, which caused old Grover to open his eyes and survey the little rebel with wlde-tawake wonder. Finally when the little dog had shown his displeasure sufficiently to sat isfy his own mind he went over to Grover and with a good aim took a snap at his nose and managed to bilte as much of It as he could get a hold of, and then without another sign lie turned and walked out of the room wiith a very high head and most haughty demeanor. He would not touch a bite of anything to eat in the same room with him, but when I carried It in to him in the next room he did not allow a scrap to remain on the plate. He never got over his dislike for good old Grover nor quite forgave him because he chanced to be bora into the same world with him. So you see he was a cheeky little fellow from the start The rest of the family grew reconciled to little Button, for so he was finally named because he did not seem much larger than a button, In truth. Two pretty little children Who lived next d6or came over to play with tlhe four dogs that stayed at our house. One was a little girl with beautiful red-golden hair and sweet expressive brown eyes, and her name was Bessie, the other was her 4-year-old brother Ned. One after noon after they had been having a big romp, little Button began to show signs of being sick, we ifchought It was only a cold at first, he coughed so badly. We did everything we could and took care of him like a baby, a whole week passed away before we realized what was the matter with him and then only by acci dent Ned came over In the afternoon, and as the door knob was low enough on the door for him to reach without assist ance or Interference from any older per son he made his entrance unseen. "How do-do 'lttle Buttons, I'fe come to play wif you," he said as he trotted up and started to stroke the dog's head, but But ton only ran from him and shook his head and began to shake his head back and forth and seemed to be chewing something very hard, and was shaking foam all around the carpet. And the mad dog, for poor little Button had gone mad, began to run, and Ned was fright ened so badly that he ran out of the door which he had left open and never stopped until he was sfe In his own home, and ! cuddled in hl mama's arms. He told her all about what had happened, "He blted me," he explained to his papa who had Just come into the room. Ned's papa was a doctor and he listened to the story which the baby lisped only long enough to comprehend the actions of the sick dog at our house; then without a word he took his revolver out of the bureau drawer and rushed out of the house and the next minute was knocking at the, parlor door. I ran hastily and admitted him, what could make Mr. Weaver look so agitated, I thought. I did not have long to wait In suspence. "Where Is the sick dog, Miss Margaret?" he said, let me see him at once, I am afraid he is mad." Button passed us then on one of his flying trips from the kitchen to the parlor and we could see that he was throwing foam profusely from his mouth. "He may only have been poisoned from all 1 have seen yet," he said at last after standing still and mutely watching the dog for some minutes. Button grew worse and It finally became evident to Mr. Weaver that the dog was mad, and he told us the sad truth that our dear lit tle Button had gone mad. The last of this story Is almost too sad to tell you, but it would be Incomplete without telling what finally became of Button, Mr. Weaver took his revolver out of his pocket and shot the poor little fellow in the head. In a second's time poor little Button had left us never to return. If any of my little readers of this story have had dear, good doggie and had to lose ! him you know what it means for It is the saddest of all when you must lose by death a pet which you have loved very dearly. Giant Hooey Bee. Among the new acquisitions which come to this country along with the Philippine Islands are the giant honey bees which are found on those Islands. These bees are nearly twice as large as the bees in use in this country. They gather honey from flowers having such deep honey cells that the smaller bees cannot reach It and they build combs of Immense size, two or three feet square, from pure wax. 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