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, Testing a Lover. " Pretty Karbara Ferros would not marry. Her mother was in coaster nation. "Why are you so stubborn, Barbara t You have plenty of lovers," elio said. "But they dou t suit me," said Bar bara, coolly toying with her curls be fore the mirror. "Why not?" "I want, when I marry, a man who is brave ejual to any emergency. If I give up my liberty, I want to be tak cn care of." "Silly child ! What ia the matter with big Barney, the blacksmith ?" "He is big, but I never learned that he was brave." "And you never heard that he was not. What is the matter with Earn est, the gunsmith?" "He's as placid as goat's milk." "That's no sign he is a coward. Thcro is littlo Fritz, the tanner, he is quarrelsomo enough for you, surely." "Ho is no bigger than a bantam chicken. It is little ho could do if the house was set upon by robbers." "It is not always strength that wins a fight, girl. It takes brains as well ns brawn. Come, now, Barbara, give theso follows a fair trial." Barbara turned her face before the mirror, letting down her raven tresses and loopiug them up. "I will, moth er," sho said at last. That evening Earnest, the gunsmith, knocked early at tho door. "You Bent for me, Barbara," khc said, going to the girl, who stood up on tho hearth, coqucttishly warming one pretty foot and then tho other. "Yes, Earnest, I've been thinking of what you said the other evening when you were here." "Well, Barbara?'' Earnest spoke quietly, but his dark bluo eyes flashed, and he looked at her intcutly. "I want to test you 1" "Ilowr "I want to see if you dare do a Tery disagreeable thing." "What is itf "Thero is an old coffin up stairs. It smells of mould. They say Bee niond, tho murderer, was buried in it ; but tho devil came for his body, and left the coffin empty at tho end of tho week, and it was finally taken from the tomb. It is up stairs in the room my grandfather died in, and they say grandsire docs not rest easy in his grave for some reason, though that I know nothing about. Dare you make that your bed to-night ?" Earnest laughed. "Is that all? I will do that and sleep soundly. Why, pretty one, did you think I had weak nerves ?" "Your nerves will have a good proof if you undertake it. Remember, no one sleeps in that part of tho house." "I shall sleep the sounder." "Good night, then. I will send a lad to bIiow you the chamber. If you stay there all night I will marry you," said the imperious Miss Barbara. "You vow itr Earnest turned straightway and followed the lad in waiting through the dim rooms and passages, up echo ing stairs, along narrow, damd ways where rats scuttled before them, to a low chamber. The boy looked pale and seared, and evidently wanted to hurry away, but Earnest made him wait until he took a survey of tho room by the aid of his lamp. It was very large and full of recesses, with high windows in them, which wero barred across. He remembered that old grandsire Ferros had been insano for several years before his death, so that this precaution had been neces sary for the safety of himself and oth ers. In the centre of tho room stood a coffin ; beside it was placed a chair. The room was otherwise quite empty. Earnest stretched himself in the coffin. "Bo kind enough to tell Miss Barbara that it's a good fit," said he. The boy went out and shut the door, leaving the gunsmith alone in the dark. Meanwhile Barbara was talk ing to the blacksmith, in the keeping room. "Barney," said she, pulling her hands away from his grasp, wlcn Le would have kissed her, "I've a test to put you to before I give you my answer. There is a corpse lying in the chamber where my grandsire die Jr in tho untenanted wing of the house. If ymi dare to pit up with it all night, n'ul Kt iimI.it: (hire tu nway from tl o 1i-.i;s", jcii will not axli uio to in ft ry n in v:;in." " Ymi mvo 1.10 a iiglit and a bottle of wine and a book to read." "Xothing." "Are these all tho conditions you can offer me, Barbara ?" "AIL And if you get frightened, you need never look me in the face again." "Ill take them, then." So Barney was conducted to his post by tho lad, who had been instruct ed in the secret, and whoso voluntary stare at Earnest's placid faco as it lay in the coffin was interpreted by Barney to bo tho natural awe of a corpse. Ho took his scat, and the boy left him alono with the darkness and the cof fin. Soon after, young Fritz, tho tanner, arrived, flattered and hopeful from the fact that Barbara had scut for him. "Have you changed your mind, Barbara ?" he asked. "No ; I shall not until I know that you can do a really bravo thing." "What shall it bo ? I swear to sat isfy you, Barbara." "I have a proposal to make you. My plan requires skill as well as cour age" "Tell mo." "Well, in this houso is a man watch ing by a corpse. He has sworn not to leave his post till morning. If you can niako him do it, I shall be satis fied that you are as smart and as brave as I require a husband to be." "Why, nothing is so cas-'y 1" exclaim ed Fritz. "I can scare him away. Furnish mo with a sheet, show mo the room, and go to your rest, Barbara. You will find mo at tho post in the morning." Barbara did as required, and saw tho tanner slip blithely away to his task. It was then nearly twelve o'clock, and she sought her own cham ber. Barney had been sitting at his vig il, and so far all had been well. The night seemed very long, for ho had no means of counting the time. At times a thrill went through him, for it seemed to him as if he could hear low, suppressed breathing not far away ; but ho persuaded himself that it was the wind blowing through tho crevices of the old house. Still it was very lonely and not at all cheerful. The face in the coffin gleamed whiter through the darkness. The rats squeak ed as if famine was upon them and theysmellcd flesh. The thought made him shudder. He got up and walked about, but something made a slight noise, as if somebody was behind him, and ho put his chair with tho back against the wall and sat down again. He had been hard at work all day, and in spite of everything ho grew sleepy. Finally ho nodded and snor ed Suddenly it seemed as if somebody had touched him. He awoke with a start, but saw nobody near him, though in tho centre of the room Btood a white figure. "Curso you, get out of this 1" he exclaimed in a fright, using the very first words that came to his tongue. Tho figure held out its right hand and slowly approached him. He start ed to his feet. Tho spectre came near er, pressing him into a corner. "The devil take you!" cried Barney in great extremity. In volun tarily he stepped back. S till the figure advanced, coming nearer and nearer, and extending both arms. The hair started on Barney's head ; he grew desperate, and as the gleam ing arms would have touched him, he fell upon the ghost, liko a whirlwind, tearing off the hhcet, thumping and pounding, beating and kicking, more and more enraged at the resistenco he met, which told him the truth. As tho reader knows, he was big and Fritz was little, and while he was pum milling tho little tanner unmercifully, and Fritz was trying to lunge at Bar ney's stomach, to take the wind out of him, both plunging and kicking like horses, they were petrified by hearing a voice cry : "Take one of your size, Big Bar ney !" Looking around, they saw the corpse sitting up in the coffin. This was too much ; they released each other and sprang for the door. They never knew how they got out ; but they ran homo in haste, panting like wolves. It was Barbara herself who came and opened tho door upon Earnest the next morning. "It's very early; one more little nap," said he, turning over in his coffin. She married him, and though she sent Fritz and Barney invitations to tho wedding, they did not appear. If they discovered the trick, they kept the knowledge to themselves and never willingly faced Barbara's laughing cy3s. An illiterate negro preacher said to his congregation : "My brcdren, when de first man, Adam, was made, he was made ob wet clay, and set up agin tho palings to dry." "Bo you say," said one of the con gregnJion, "dat Adam was made ob wet clay, and set up agin tho palings to dry?" "Yes, sar, I do." "Who made the palings?" "Sit down, sah," said th.e preacher, sternly, "such questions as dat would upset any system of theology." It is just as well that fortune is born blind, for, if she could only see some of the worthless persons on whom she showers her most valuable gifts she would scratch her eyes out. Subscribe for tho A noes. Only $2 a year in advance POTTER BROS. 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