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HOW GOLDEN FINS WON A BRIDE.
A Fable. By Helena Davis. \ Old Bhie Scales was the Hon of the pond. Every young and pretty Miss Snn flsh was a victim to bis masculine charms. He was a Hght-bralned fellow, given to flattery; aud many happy engaged couples he liad come between, for he was an envi ous, Jealous, gay old Ash, who could not ensure to see another male fish win the faVors of a fair one. But he was careful to never go so far as t6 engage himself to any pretty fish maid; he was a fop who flirted first with one and then with another, throwing each ovef>as he grew tired of her company. Thus had he broken many young fishes’ hearts and brought upon himself the con dfmuatlon of the old parents, who, all in vain, tried to persuade their daughters t0 have nothing to do with him. But fish femininity is much the same as human femininity—blind ottlmes to male deceit. Thus did old Blue Socles flip and flirt about In the pond the leader of the social set of Sunflshes. But one day there swnm Into the pond a most graceful, noble-looking fish by the name of Golden Fins. Ho came from a neighboring brook that flowed Into the pond. On beholding this handsome stranger the Misses Sunflsb were filled with admiration for lilm. Wasn't he graceful! Wasn’t he slender, and wasn't he a magnificent swimmer! They swam into little groups and whispered together their compliments of the newcomer. But Golden Fins was a modest, unas suming young fellow, and made no haste , to become acquainted. “Be careful In ! forming friendships, but when once formed remain loyal,” was the Golden Fins’ max im. So he held somewhat apart from the flphes in the pond where he wjib a total stranger. And so It was that he had been an Inhabitant of the pond for several days before he made the acquaintance of anyone. Ope day as he lay quietly sunnlug him self near a great ledge of rocks which rose fit one side of the pond a gentle triannered old dame came swimming past him. Not seeing Goldeu Fins, and be lieving herself to be nlone In that par ticular part of the water, the old dame began to sigh and lament so loudly that Golden Fins could not help hearing all she said. “Oh, woe is me,’* moaned the good old dame, weeping real tears, “for in vain have I tried to Induce my beloved and Innocent young daughter to refuse to ac cept the attentions of Blue Scales. Have I not told her that he is three times her own age, and that he courted me when I was a maiden like herself, wtunlug my love and then Jilting me heartlessly V And ouly after a year’s grieving would I hold up my 'head and look at another fish. Then had come my own true love—a tish of honor—and he wooed and wedded me. All this I have told to my daughter, who turns her ears away from me und listens only to that old flatterer. Oh, If ouly some new’ fish of courage and character would come here and drive this villlan Blm Scales outl” Then the poor, heavy-hearted old name Sunflsh slowly swam to a dark cavern under the ledge of rocks and gave herself up to her moaning. Then It was that Golden Fins roused himself from his sun bath and whisked off down the pond to the reed-grown bank where he knew the society flsh were holding a piculc that day. There he saw old Blue Scales enjoying himself In the society of a beautiful maid whom he recognised ns the sad dame's daughter, the daughter who was breaking a good and wine mother’s heart. This young Miss was smiling innocently on old Blue Scales, w’ho was engaged In catching flies which he fed to her In u most/' gallant manner. When Golden Fins swam boldly up to the gay crowd the maidens and their mothers looked approvingly on him, for . =* -•——> 11 '■ --— w'euuYRiP ) Someone up J ( i % ^ (^rHe-Y c'am't'i ^ yPR)t-F00L MFj V PtA-tT BLET DK __ ALL FOOL’S DAY._ all could read In him the fish of honor. Two or three bowed graciously to him, and welcomed him among them. But not so with old Blue Scales. Fie had reigned supreme !u that pond so mug that he did not brook interference from a stranger. Besides, the admiring glances ho had seen bestowed upon Gol den Fins fed his Jealousy and he meant drive the Intruder nwny. Dashing /ver to Golden Fins, old Blue Scales his eyes bold and Insolent—said, as he gave his tail an emphatic toss: “Who are yon, that you onmo here uninvited? This picnic was arranged by me and I did not have your name on the list of guests." “Thank you, sir, for explaining to these present that I am not here at your bid ding, for I would feel no pride In being your guest." "What! you—a plain nobody from up the creek, a tramp fish, merely—dare to thus address me!" shrieked old Blue Scales, floundering about In his rage. “Begone from a piace where you are not welcome. Back to the muddy creek where you belong!" “Ladles and gentlemen,” said Golden Fins, calmly, addressing the astonished flslx assembled. "I am here to ddoouncc this fish as one wholly unworthy your friendship and esteem. In the pnst — when he wns young—he courted many of the mothers of the maidens he Is now throwing his evil influence over. He threw the mothers aside, after breaking their too trusting hearts, and now he is using their daughters in the same dis honorable way. Shall I show him but tle In defense of your daughters, or shall I wlthdrnw and leave him to pursue his villainous pastime of breaking hearts?” "Stay—stay!" cried one dear old dame, a mother to both daughters and sons, "Stay, not oniy ns a champion of our duughters, but us an example for 4 our sons to follow. This fish"—pointing a tin angrily towards old Blue Scales— “has had his evil sway long enough. He deceives our daughters by his flattery and wields a dangerous Influence over our sous. Stay, I entreat you, and help to banish this wicked one.” ‘‘Aye. aye,” caine from a dozen throats, and several young gallants, who had not favored the reign of Blue Scales, came quickly to the side of Golden Ftus, claim Ing him as a leader; for they had not felt strong enough to boldy combat the groat Blue Seales—who had lorded it over the pond before their birth—without some stronger and more fearless person ality (I should say flshallty) to take the leadership. But old Blue Seales, coward that he was, seeing his downfall, waited no longer; without a word In Ills own de fense—for what could be say?—he whirled around and swam off down the pond ns fast as tins and tall could carry him. Bight on to the creek—which he had ridiculed but a few minutes before—he went, and before the sun sunk from sight that night he got Into n fight with n huge cattish, who resented Blue Scales* Intru sion in Ids house and wlio made Ills sup per off the old fop, thus putting a stop to his meanness. And before many weeks rolled by Gold en Fins had pigved to the ArIi In the pond that «. possessed In truth the rarest qualified lie was of a serious mind, noble and true. Aud, as the time wore on he began to pay court to the j demure little- maid with whom old Blue j Scales was coquetting on the day of his I disgrace, blit who, thanks * to Golden | Fins' timely appearance, was saved from | falling In love with one so unworthy. And this little fish maid's good mother smiled on Golden Fins* suit and gladly gave him her daughter in marriage. At the wedding all the fishes, great and small, turned out. and there whs the greatest rejoicings and merrymaking, for by this union they ull knew that Golden Fins, “The Worthy/' as he was called, would now remain among them. The good mother prepared a wedding feast of choicest worms, bugs and flies, which was served 1u her cozy ruvehouse, under the ledge of rocks. And In this beautiful cuvehouse, all hung with soft green moss, the water Is delightfully cool In summer uud warm In winter, uud here, ns her owu sou, Golden Flus la invited by his bride's mother to make n home for himself and wife. And we aie safe In saying that the sweetest contentment will he theirs and that they will dwell In peace uud love to the end of their lives. April Fool Don’ts for Boys and Girls. Don’t play rude or practical Jokes on anyone. Keep within the bounds of good nature and fun. Don't got angry when made the butt of another's harmless Jest, but laugh it off and know thot the pleasure of April Fools' Day lies In being able to take as well as to give. Don't play pranks on old people. Ever hold old age In respect uud reverence uud place It above the frivolity of the day. Don't lot your jokes be personal. To call attention to another's Infirmity, de formity or disfigurement Is most unkind, not to say cruel, and there can he no fun at the expense of another's deep wound. Don’t forget to play on others Just the sort of jokes you would not mind having played on yourself. If you observe these dont’s April first will pass by pleasantly for yourself and your friends. A Game to be Played in the Springtime. "What game Is nice to piny In the warm spring time?" asks so many boys and girls. And here Is an answer that I am sure will find quick response in every youthful heart: "Play the gome, my child, that bears good fruit ns well as pleasure.” And here Is the way to play the gome of “Who will excel?" for It Is a game— that If played earnestly—will afford the participants the greatest amount of recre ntlon. pleasure, health and. at the same time, result In great good. Let the girls and boys of the family go out of doors au<l form themselves Into two factions—or “sides," as the little folk are wont to call opposing parties. Let the boys take the garden for their play ground and the girls the front yard for theirs. Now, you have two armies whose duty It Is to see "Who will excel." The war is begun (the game I should say) by both sides using hoes, rakes, spudes and picks for weapons. The crust of old Mother Earth is broken up and the sofi loom formed Into vegetable and flower beds. Then the seed bugs nre brought from the attic and sorted over, prepnra tory for planting. And such fun It Is—this planting and watching to see things grow. The boys I put in the onions, potatoes, leuucc, rail Ishes, beans—In tact, everything belonr lng to the perfect garden, and try wlib all (heir might—which means with nil their cure—to make their plain vegetable garden excel the most beautiful (lower garden of the girls. Aud bow the front yard grows In beau ty of landscape gardening, for the girls, with their Inborn love of the artistic, In.v out pretty star, diamond and heart shaped beds, In which the various kind* of flower seeds are put to bear blooms that wlli delight the sight and smell. But who shall be the Judge to decide to favor of either army engaged In this de lightful game ‘Who will excel7' Bven though one may declare that the palm shall be awarded to the girls for their achievement In producing such exquisite effects with seed, soli and water, this rarer beauty gives way before the Judge when he finds himself seated at the din ner table whereon are offered all the dalniy vegetables of the season. Then his sharpened appetite bids him declare in favor of the boys. Thus the final outcome of the game \ .11 Invariably be called “a draw.” But chil dren will appreciate such ft decision. an<l when the next springtime rolls round they will he eager to begin playing the game of “Who wlli excel?” all over again. MARY GRAUAM. ABOUT FRIDAY. In view of the fact that Friday Is al ways considered on unlucky day, a few of the “lucky” and happy events which have taken place on that day are giveu here: George Washington was born on Fri day. America was discovered on Frlduy. Shakespeare was born on Friday. The Bustile was aestroyed on Friday. The Mayflower Pilgrims landed on Frl« day. The nattle of New Orleans was fought on Friday. The Declaration of independence wui signed on Friday. CAN VOC READ MET I AM hAi POSED OF THE LETTERS THAI SI'111 i MV NAME. WHICH IS A 401.I T (<>. Tom’s April Fool Joke on His Thr6e Young Friends. BY WILLIAM WALLACE, JR. I*or several days Tom had been bnsy thihklbg and thinking' over a plan by which ho might “get even” with three of his young friends who had on last April Fools’ Day played such a clever joke on him. “It’s a long lane ttut has no turning,” Tom had quoted a year ago; and now that another April first was so close at hand Tom had put on his thinking cap, so to speak, and was rummaging about In his brain for the longed-for Joke. The three friends who were now oc cupying so much of I’om's thoughts were Grade Perkins. Flo Williams and August Christy, and these three must have suf fered from burning ears that dny us Tom talked to himself so much about them. But as It was Friday, and Tom was in school, his undivided attention could , Jot be given them till that evening after p books.” But at 4 o’clock he ran home In a hurry aud shut himself In his room. Tomorrow—Saturday—was April first, and he must get to work on bis April fool plan. After a little while his face lighted up with a happy smile, and grasping his pen he wrote three notes of Invita tion to as many friends to dine with him ati 6:30 on the following evening. At the bottom of the Invitations he wrote this line: “Bring along any April-fool jokes you may have iu mind. We'll have a gay evening of it.” Also In the Invita tions he begged the Invited to say nothing to any person about the dinner party, as bt did not wish the guests to know be fore hand who was to be present. Thus was each Invited gu«st bound to secrecy. These three notes were folded and put Into envelopes, one going to Grade Perkins, o second to Flo Williams, and the third to August Christy. “Ah ha, kldB,” laughed Tom, ns lie de posited the envelopes 111 the mall box at the corner. “I guess you’ll see that ’he who laughs last laughs best.’ Then Tom ran to the kitchen, where he held a private conference with Naucy, the housemaid. “Sure, Master Tom, It’s meself that’ll help you out. Sartln’ an’ sure, solr, It will be Naucy that’ll bring ’em In an’ play the innocent babe. You are a foiue lad, Master Tom, au’ I’ll be only that proud to assist ye In foolin’ thlrn blessM kids, who. next to your own darllnt self, I likes better ’n any American kids 1 know. Sure I am of that, Master Tom. An’ sure you may be that Naucy Toole won’t make a mess of her pint of It, nather.” Thanking her generously for her kind promise of help, Tom rnn In answer to Ills mother’s call. “Why, Tommy dear, don’t you know we are going out to your grandma’s In time for supper, and here ft Is after 5 o'clock? Como, run and dress quickly. The carriage will be at the gate In 10 minutes.” “We are going to stay out at grandma’s over Sunday, aren't we?” Tom asked, eagerly. “Why, of course, flint has been our plan nil week,” replied his mother. Then as Tom rau whistling up the stairs the April Fooling. • , I hate to be fooled On April Fools’ Day! And always from school 1 stay clean away. Fof every mean kid— | And good kids, too— i f If sure to play some * 4 Sort of triel* upon you. w Bo, I keep clean r.way, And no risks do 1 run j; By going to school To furnish their fun. 4 And at home—mercy, me! On April Fools’ Day, I make every minute Of my lonely time pay. 1 put up a Joke First on the cook. And hide in a corner To see how she'll look When she finds yellow sand Sprinkled over the pie. And a lively blft hoptoad !• the stew pan nearby : .... - -. i. h'ol ’ Then Into my r.lster’s Room T do prep, And finding her out I carefully creep To a box of fine candy That's sent by her bean, And In place of the caramels I leave pebbles, you know. Then, of course, there Is ma. Whom I mustn’t slight: So l put her work basket Iu a laughable plight. u By taking out thimbles. Needles and thread. And putting In ngjls And claw-hammer Instead. Btit there's one In the family I don’t try to fool. And that Is my DAD. Who has made It a m e To pay hack with Interest Any Joke I might play On his Sedate Person On April Fools' Day. TIM TDBXIP8. i good indy said to herself: "I suspect the child doesn't relish the idea of spending April Fools' Day out In the cduntry, but I had not tnought of that when I prom ised mother we would pay her this visit. However, it Is a silly custom—this play ing of foolish jokes on the 11 rst of April, and I’m glad Tommy does not take any interest in such revelry.” And all the time Tom was dressing up stairs he was thauklng his lucky stars that they were to spend the following day In the country. Otherwise his little scheme would have fallen through with — ot* proved to have thrown the Joke on hitn. Early Saturday morning Grade, Flo and August received at their respective homes the neatly-written Invitations sent them by Tom on the previous evening. “Well, it's a new departure—this hav ing a dinner on April llrst," remarked Grade, after she had road her card. “But i each knew perfectly well all about the secret they li/irl In common, ami which they tried to conceal from each other. After an hour’s call ou Flo Grade took her leave, and who should she meet on her way home but August Otfsty! August doffed ills cap and stopped to chat a min ute. "Wasn’t it a glorious day for fools'/" and “had she any plans for the day— ahem—for the evening*/ for If not he would like to run In and see her awhile after dinner," etc., to which Grade re plied without hinting at the dinner at Tom's. Still, she and August read in each other's faces that both would bo at the April fool dinner that evening. "Of course, there’ll no a joke about the dinner," soliloquised August, as he want on down the r.trtf ' ^nt on hunting a victim for some of Ins pranks. "Hut I won't taste a morsel of food fill I’ve seen every bther guest try it first. I would give a pretty, though, to know .‘.ust what Torn will do at the dinner this evening. If it were uot that 1 am so curious to see. I'd fool him by staying a way. Hut Fin too fond of fun to miss Ing the same words to her that she hud spoken to Oracle. Then the two little girls greeted each other with "Ah, bn! I knew you wore coming." Then, as they began to ex press some surprise tbnt no other guests had arrived and that their host had fulled to put In his appearance, the door bell again rang, and Naoc.v admitted August. As he entered the parlor Uranic gitoted him with "Well, aren't you crowding the season? August should out come in April." “That’s nn April-fool on you!" retorted August, laughing. “But. I say. where 're all the guests? And where Is Torn?” “That’s a conundrum," smiled Flo. "The answer Is wait and see." "Yes, and I*m thinking we'll see n great Joke, too," drily remarked August. “What else can In* detaining 'Pom upstairs. For a penny I’d make n raid on him." "Reserve your august countenance till It Is wanted by the host," said Grade, Innocently. “No puns here even if it Is April first." said August, throwing up bis bands lu '» ] \ ' On the srreat dining; table which occupied the centre of the room there lay u huge skull. It’s quite a elever idea. And then we nre to spring our Jokes after dinner, which will be a world of fun. Well, Mr. Tom. look out, for you, being the host, will prove the target for each guest, and you'll be made a fool of so many times that you'll be In (lunger of losing your wits." Then, putting on her bat and Jacket, Grade went to see her chum Flo to “put out a feeler," as she expressed It, to learn whether or not Flo was also In vited. Of course. Grade did not mean to say a word about the coming dinner, for she was too honorable to betray a secret intrusted to her keeping: but—well, one could blut without telling, you know. And then, Flo's face was always such an open book that you could read her mind from It. But on this morning Flo’s face proved to be more of a puzzle. In vain Grade “beat about the bu»h," but she got no Information from Flo; and In voln did Flo ask leading question* of Grade; she learned nothing of that little misses* plan for that evening. And then it was that each fully under stood how trustworthy tne other was. for t r anything of the kind. Well. I'm quite ; sure the dinner will be nice, for Tom's mothei will see to that. She's the sort of mother that will insist on all the jokes 1 being very simple and played—like guinea J —after the full enjoyment of a fine meal. ; Gee! I'm getting hungry now, as 1 think of a dinner at Tom’s; they always lia\e such toothsome things to eat there.” ’ Then, seeing a comrade down the street on whom he wished to play, a prank. An- ‘ gust forgot all about the dinner and his appetite and ran off at full tilt after tits : to-be victim. That evening, precisely at six twenty | Grade rang the door b**ll at Tom's home, uud an Instant later wus invited la by the smiling Nancy, who was resplendent lu frilled cap and statchy white upron. “Just put your hat and jacket here in the hall. Miss," said Nancy. “Then help yourself to a chair In the pnrlor. Master Tom Isn't quite ready to come down. •’Oh, I must be early.” thought Grade, stepping Into the big parlor and finding no others there. Hut in another minute 1 the door bell gave another peal, and 1 Nancy ushered Flo into the hall, speak mock horror. “Spring any Joke, bat spare un the pan/' But Just nt this minute Nancy, who had been busy at the phoue in the library upstairs, came to the parlor door to say that dinner was served, and that she was bidden to lead them to the dining-room. The three, looking at each with bus piclon In their eyes, walked down the hall behind Nancy, who threw the dining room door open and bade them enter. Ah they stepped into the apartment they were somewhat surprised to see It wus dimly lighted by u tiny candle which was placed in the furthest comer of the room. On the great dining table, which occupied the center of the room, there lay n huge skull, and nothing else. The eyes of this uusighLly, grinning skull had been touched with phosphorus, and gleamed with a hideously uncanny light. Am the three guests let their eyes rest on thin strange banquet board. Oracle and Flo threw up tbeir hnnds In horror. “Oh o o h!" cried Oracle, "What a blood curdling Might!" “Oh. merer on-us! That's awful. Tora!” exclaimed Flo, stepping backward towards / -eRhyme I jgA DEAE XlTTLI-G-rlSEIE P Oat Down ora Oat M To iesest rrr the paek. \ ©rriTCr Tiered of Play. : a^Ek/t aG-keat Elate ,3muki2 '''nS^scajie upClose Beside fire l \ AtrD Chased V M)r LITTLE G-IELIE AVAT! I l the door. •'Well, wlint n Jolly, good spread!” de clared August, going to flie table and lay ing Uis hand In a friendly way on the skull's forehead. "Now, If I were a better Shakespearian scholar I would quote Hamlet’s speech to Yorlck’s skull—‘Alas, poor Yorlek. 1 knew him well.* " "Oh, prithee desist !” cried Flo, falling into August’s vein of humor. "Well, In the language of the twentieth century, 1 say we have surely been made fools of In a very clever way,” laughed Grade. “AH we need are the caps and bell.” "And wit," corrected Flo. Willie this was going on In the dining room Tom, out at hla grandmother's, was keeping close to the ’phone, waiting for a numinous from Nancy, who bad already informed him that the guests were now in the banquet-room. Together with his mother and grandmother, whom he had tftketi Into his coufldeuce that evening, ex plaining that be was entertaining at din ner ‘April fool!) at his home in town, he was anxiously awaiting the outcome. "They’re fooled, good aud plenty,” he said, smiling. “How could you he so heartless as to In vite your comrudes to such a feast?” laughed his mother, enjoying her nous harmless Joke quite as much * « he did. "Ting ling ting!" went the 'phone and Tom grubbed the receiver. "Hello!” he called. “Is It you, Nancy?” I “None other, bless yer heart,” came Nancy's voice. “An’, say. Master Toni, you ort to see wbat a fine butich of April fools they are. They bit, all right. 1 think they’re about ready to g<> home now. Aud I bet they'll keep mum ubout where they et dinner. Dinner! La way'." Then Nancy 's low laugh gurgled through the 'phone. "All right, Nancy, Just go aud tell them they ure wauled at the ’phone. But on your life don’t say who wauts them.” Saucy did as bidden, reaeblug the dining room Just as tbe three young guests were making ready to depart. Addressing herself to August, she explained that he aud his friends were wanted at the i ’phoi-e. “It’s the dessert to the dinner that's | coming, i guess,” said August, following 1 Nancy upstairs to the 'phone. Taking tbe ' receiver, he cried out lustily: “Hello!" Whereupon Tom's voice answered: "April i Fool !” j “I plead guilty to the charge,” laughed i August, "and/allow me to congratulate i you on jour d oner. It was a success." Conundrums. When !h n load bf wood like a string? When corded. When is h women like a bad fitting dress? When wrinkled. Why Ik a new cogt In the process of making like a roast In the process of baking? Because both must be basted. What sbrt of nose Is Jolly? The nosegay (nose-gay). When Is a sticking plastef like a sponge? When porous. RIDDLES AND ANSWERS. Riddle, a riddle, ns you may suppose. I have many eyes, but never a nose. Auswer—- A potato. If there be a chick behind two chicks, n chick In front of two chicks and a chick between two cblcka. how tnaoy chicks In all? Answer—Three chicks. I-_ Urawlng of Blrl anil cut, rorli made without lifting the pen from ■