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rat: — Boys -a.' Gidls Scored. JL Piûl When the SlowPoke » ! * J S CHOOL had just been dismissed one Friday afternoon, and the "Big Four 1 '—Jake. Bob, .lark and Sandy—j were gathered on the steps of No. 3 dis cussing their plans for the next day's out-i That following Saturday was the, Sng. closing day of the great county fair, the beat day of all, besides being the only chance for the school boys to attend. "We've got to start early; we don't want to miss a single thing. We're going to leave this corner promptly at eight o'clock— esi-g-hst! Do you hear that, old Some boya might have resented .Take'*; tone as well ns the name itself, but not so Sandy Anderson. How could he? Never did_ there exist in all the annuls of| Centreville a slower, more deliberate young man than this same Sandy, but wilt all his exasperating deliberation he nevertheless a great favorite *Slow Poke?* ** was School No. 3 for his lovable disposition, his quiet thoughtfulness for others nndI his gentle way of giving that "soft answer] which turnetli away wrath." times when he was n sore trial to Still there were the boys, in spite of all these sterling qualities. Ills quick wilted sister Mainly could understand such extreme de never liberation. She herself always did things with a rush and often thought afterward. "Why, Sandy has to start the day be fore yesterday to he ready far to-mor row," she sometimes declared, indignant ly. "I can walk all around him!" And so she could, but hot over him, for with all his slowness and gentle good nature Sandy never allowed himself to be im posed upon, which was ns it should be, possibly, considering Miss Mandy's mas terful disposition. It was a current rumor iu the Anderson family that Sandy had once slept in Ma «lines and stockings to he ready on time for some early festivity. It had become the custom among the boys when nny» project was on fot which required espe cial promptness to appoint a delegation of one or more of "the fellows" to attend * ou Master Sandy and punch him up. His intentions were always of the best, only h* co,dd not hurry, and he knew It; so MO, VMÉ • quear little shrug of reslg nation, he answered Jake's emphntlb ques tion in his quiet, thoughtful way. "I'll tell you what I'll do, boya. I'll wash my face an' neck an' ear* to-night. That'U »ave time in the morning." Hei meant It, too, although tho boys greeted! his proposition with a shout of derision. "I suppose we'll have to lug lunch; along." said Bob. He baited to carry bundle of any, kit>d,uaJ<js,s us proportions permitted it To be stuffed into the of Ms waist. "Say. Handy, ma's made some awfully good ginger elephants. I'm going to bring a lot. I teil you what we'll do. lyot's put our bundles together and take turns carrying if. Will yon?" Boh knew Sandy's failing, knew that he could never resist sweets of any kind, and, any like a horn diplomatist, banked upon that knowledge. "I guess my turn would come first on the way there!" chuckled Handy, good humoredly. "1 don't seem to see Jnst where yon come In on that stunt. Bob." "Oh. well, if yon don't care for the cookie*" "Who aaid I didn't care? Put 'em in one bundle if you want to: I guess I ran •laud It." Promptly at the appointed time the "Big Four," three of whom were care fully carrying shoe boxer filled with re freshment for the inner man. started on their trudge to the fahr grounds at the Junction, all filled with bright anticipa tions of the day's pleasure. To the boys tie county fair was one peri oil of ecstasy from the time »hey passed the ticket taker at the gate until they again swarmed = WINTER» vSPORTnS AMON Q OftE CANUT QcOPLE P EVADE AN ii* But all the younger Pea Nuts know What fun there is in ice and snow. And when they're young they skating go. In Pea-nut Und. The oldler Pea-nuts dread the snow. For when the Pea-nuts portly gfow Jn very hard to walk, you Know, In Pea-nut land. ßfcvu_xzro LT* ~1 r. »1 < * , y' L r 4 , A l ■I Ji » h si u CE s nr P' \ '> - » y * m © •A *> M M \ % ki » t \ < . > c '2~**^T>/7AW i ■> 'i. And p*en the ground with snow is white. And when thew hearts with youth are light, . Thric'i nothing better Ran 4 fight. In Pw am land. But with hij sister on a sled— Perhaps some other girl instead— A lad 13 happy, quite, Tis Said, kp Pca-p'rt liai | through the narrow entrance on their] | homeward way. tired, but happy. There were all aorta of exhiblta, from prize pig* and poultry to prize puddings and pies. There were side shows many and various—dancers, Japanese jugglers, fortune telling birds, headless wonders and trick bicycle riders. There were drills of various kinds, balloon ascensions, and laat, hut not least, the races. The 1 thoroughbred dogs were especially Inter esting, and the boys hung about the ken nets asking questions of the attendant, until that worthy rose iu his might and requested them, with more force than politeness, to "git!" From booth to booth they strolled. m) |klnK reflection* of all sorts of adver tls-ment. on fans, books, papers or flags, They hovered over the counters where demonstrators were proving to the public n »hr most practical way how good their were. And these same various eatables .lomom-trators who could espy a house wife fm back on the outskirts of the crowd nnd could urge her, In pleading ac cents, to "try our fudge pudding, madam —quite simple and inexpensive," could be strangely blind to the boys directly under their noses. In spite of the fact that these same hoys were more than willing to be demonstrated upon. Aa the quartet had risen quite early In order to perform the various chores ex acted by stern parental decree even upon a great day like this, their breakfast began to seem like a thing remote, far in the part- -"ancient history," Jack called it. Besides, it wasn't much fun to carry around a shoe box, even if It, was filled with goodies,, so they held a council of war soon after entering the fair grounds nnd decided to dispose of the incum brances then nnd there. "But it isn't ton o'clock! There's a good long day ahead of us yet, let me tell V(lt s the careful- lint, then, Boh was unencumbered. j "Oh, were pretty sure to strike Sorac I thins before we go home. Oue year they ! gave away pied's of pie—sure they did! Mince pie, too. And they threw out nil that ha(1 any gp0( , ka in Vm 1 1 Maybe they'll do that to-day; it's the last I day, you know." said Jack. I "But if they don't," persisted Bob, the i wary. "He's right, wo'U wait," agreed Sandy, with unexpected dhpewdness. "Tour turn to carry the lunch now. Boh," and he un ceremoniously dumped tho package into Hob's unwilling anus. * gnesa well come out all right; «'"* nnw " "■i' 1 Bob - ' wi,h "«htning 1 <*honge of base, Ho liiey sat on the grass under one of tho big trees and quickly despatched the coiitcnts ol the shoe boxes as only hungry boys can, finishing just in time to follow in Hie train of Hie fascinating "Death Valley" wagon with its twenty mule lauii. They scrambled for tile (sixes thrown out to tlie crowd as eagerly ns though a supply of borax were the one thing needful to complete the sum of j their earthly happiness. Then they viewed live school exhibits and dial ted for a few moments with their teacher, Mr. Hunter, who confidently expected No. 3 to win first prize for the liest work on exhibition. Bach one of tho four had some «pci,non of his handi-j _, . . , , ,, work on view nnd each paused Proudly be ore hi. own especin effort with mm* m i ireiit rafereuee, »lieh still managtsl to call the attention of the bystanders to that particular paper. But even this joy paled into iusignifi canoe before the afternoon's programme, First came the flag drill, where »lie gay red, white or blue dresses of tho girls formed a perfect American flag, with - a - ' \ Stfsr '''/// 'ii SÜ is M. ■''SO 0 .' 1 « Ä 11 i - » S a t, v i y KST«.« ar hi vt / ff > tr œ Wj V m » £E |»<A r 'A . 'U (1 •s-J % m S m -Sv • ii/Cj w Tl A f V.M Jr ;/ </, Hem V e - Up?; ° 'O* JL? vite W" £Wß.^ \l p> ** *.ViT So close did they come that one f lying hoof left its mark on his sleevex only the slight drawback that one needed to he a bird or an airship to get the full effect, Then followed the imlloon ascension, Bll< * H>ey stood in rapt admiration While "rea t hag slowly filled until it floated lwforc th <' ,n " hu «« I'Wglng vainly "f "• Im '°. rin * Ä '' ' , "* , , as ^ " nler «a* eWen . c,e " r invu3 ' tl,e c "" <to,n * coui *\ m '" ° ** P^ize Mg. reaped frmn its teat and ran sqnenlln»; into tho midst of the ;ln iusiant it was caught L, , he loop of #n , of the ropej , as iu „ | usao> allll i, P f ore any one could spring to th „ reBCUe it Wll8 wWr led aloft as the balloon slowly rose into the air. Fortunately for Mr. Pig. the balloon was a captive one, and was quickly lowered by it» restraining rope as soon as the poor auimnl's plight was discovered, Amid the laughter of the crowd the frightened little beast trat released from ills hempen prison, a much bewildered little porker, yet none the worse for ins uorial jaunt. "Wonder what suspender he was ad ve#islng," put in one wag. while another said. "He's training for hie groat 'Loop the Pig'act/ Then the^balloon was once more allowed to soar aloft, while the crowd ga^.up'In nook breaking attitude» to waten the do see,M of the aeronaut. Suppose tho para chute should fail to open! Suppose he should lose his hold upon it! Suppose— but none of these awful suppositions was realized, and it was with a long sigh of genuine relief that they beheld the great umbrella rapidly unfold ns the man float ed slowly, gracefully down to earth again, to be received by a triumphant clash from the band and a satisfied burst of applause i from the crowds that had been watching his perilous descent. Ju ancient tames all roads led to Rome;| at the County Fui r they led to the race track. Here hundreds of «pcctators tilled Ihe grand stand, overflowed the bleachers i and hung on the fence aJortt the course | with a determined grip which defil'd any jostling to dislodge. The boys secured a vantage ground not far from the judges' stand and festooned themselves over the fence with very much of a "this rock shall fly from its firm base as soon as I" expression on their eager young faces. And even when the "funny man" of the crowd called out "Dogfight!" and then calmly took his pick of the va cated places th«y stayed on. At regular intervals the track police man patrolled the Una requesting, not al ways verbally, that all feet hang outside the fence. "Now, just supposing one of the horses should run over close to this side!" he expostulated in oggrieved tones. "What'd become of your legs then, I'd like to know?" "They'd become pancakes. Hunky," aaewered Jake audaciously, ready to spring down at the first sign of resent ment. But the Fair spirit of unrestrained jollity seemed to pervade the atmosphere, and "Hunky" only grinned,cheerfully at Jake ns he passed on down the Bne to thump the next set of legs and expostu late with their owners. Simonson, tho CeatrevUl* storekeeper, thç proud possessor of a beautiful "Goes right was little mare named X-Uay. tlirough everything, you know," explained he, in answer to queries as to the name. "Gets there every time!" And to-day X-Uay was entered for the most impor tant race, with her owner himself a» rider. The boys watched the preliminary canter with deep interest and immediately de cide iu favor of Simonson's pet, whose daintily arched ueck, slender legs and clean, free stride won their hearts. When the race was finally called they kept their eyes glued to their favorite, watching her every motion. Again anti again was the start made only to b^ called off because some horse had not succeeded in getting away with the rest. Finally tho signal sounded, the horses swept past die judges' stand and down dropped the starter's flag. "They're off for sure this time," shouted Jake in wiid excitement, as the ten horses Dying down the track toward them. Just then a piercing shriek arose even above the noise of the pounding hoofs—a ! shriek of agony:—"My baby; oh, my ibaby! Save him! Save him!" j There, toddling directly into the middle I of the course, was a little two-year-old ! who had slipped from his mother's de i taiti'ng grasp and crept unnoticed through the 1strs of the fence. A cry of anguish cam« went up from tire lips of the crowd ns they saw the little fellow and realized what it would mean. Women clung to one another and turned away from the terrible sight, while the men, with white, Simonson came up to the excited quar tet as soon as the race was over. Big set fares, tried to shut out the agonized prayer* of the mother. Quick as a flash Sandy Jumped from the fence and fairly flew across the track, gathering up the Httle one as he went, he and bis burden crashing headlong against 'the opposite fence jnst as the horses thun dered past. So close did they come that one flying hoof actually left its mark upon his sleeve in passing. How the crowd cheered, fairly bursting their throats In their enthusiasm and re lief! Poor Sandy, white and shaken, was tenderly escorted back across the track, while gentle hands relieved him of bis burden and restored the baby, safe but grimy, to its mother's arms. A Water Motor for the Boys . By Uncle Dick. IVTHOTJGH the Iflrat of March was looming up on the horizon, old winter waa still "holding down his Job," as Tommy expressed It Now, while a boy can't go exactly by the almanac, if he Is a bit foreslghted he'll be prepared to do the proper stunt when the season arrives. Tommy was Just that sort of chap, and had been meditating on the subject of kites for several days when Uncle Dick popped Into the woodshed. Hardly giving jhls uncle time to get settled down, Tommy started to talk of the approach of spring and broadly hinted that kite suggestion* were In order. Uncle Dick smiled at the boy's enthusiasm and said;— "Well. Tommy, I've been thinking ol kites myself and have got some rattling good ideas for you to work out. But yoi need not be In any 'burry about it. It wil. be two or three weeks before you'll <1, much kite flying. "In the meantime. I've got another stun here that will keep you busy for a tev A • <l«AI&=fe@2S'WATE,|RrM®Ta!P(, A! ElüHT fLANGEV I'A BY 2 IHCHtV B.YWOCIWUIW SIDES, 1 INCHES IM DIAMETER . C, DOWEL. /j II1CH IM DIAMETER . THE COMPLETED WHEEL TOBE. INCLOitO Hi CIGAR BOX ABOUT 5 IMCHEi SQUARE. BY 3 mCHEY DEEP . HUIT REVOLVE FREELY WITHOUT WOBBLING , F«M WHEEL ready to put together \^3rrr. A à Pi \ A A w i days . There's a drawing of it. made by a | c i ev er youngster, only thirteen years old, FIG. 2 FLY WHEE.L T FROM FIG. 3 THE MOTOR \H OPERATION Vsiuiti 3-r k*"heth R noose. charm. With Mr. Smith's consent like we told all our parents that they were wanted to bring their tools over and grind them by water power. In a couple of hours the Smith barnyard looked like an exhibition of agricultural Implements scythes, cradles, com knives and all sort* who lives In Newark, N. J. it's rather small to develop much power, hut If you will make all the parts twice the size given In the drawing, and use heavier material you can make a motor that will run your m: i A "T • ym j/n ■ l ! 4 r // m V. 1 ! ft 1 3 = 7 /*. / [■ A ¥ //j f r. ( \ SI 1 -i. "Your Grandfather, Old Mr. Boggs. Drove Over." I remember a motor that Bill of cutting tools being stacked up. grandfather, old Mr. Boggs, and several others drove over. much better tho grindstone worked by water power than by boy power they gave their unanimous consent to our going fish ing, and say, Tommy, the way we yanked them bass out of the water that day was a caution!" Tour lathe. Smith made about forty years ago that was of almost the same pattern, and maybe we boys weren't tickled to death when Bill got her finished and set up! When they saw how , nen j used in gathering the crops Is gener al | y ag dull as a i loe , and we boys have to "You see It was this way. When the har vest season comes around every Imple n THE LAND WHERE THE COOKY TREES GROW. IN Tommy Jones and his sister Sue Went on a pilgrimage one day. That's what they said—but 'trwlxt me and you. Tommy and Susan were running away; For they had heard. !n a faraway land. That milk trees grew in a magic wood And cooky plants bloomed on every hand. While candy trees In a great grove atood! So they wandered nil day a'lth hungry eyes. But the woods were so thick and the path grew hard. Til! both felt so tired they thought it more wi«* fellow though he was, he was shaking with nervousness as he quavered forth, "That was X-Ray nearest the fence! If I'd run down that child I'd never have forgiven myself, never. I caught a glimpse of it just as we started, and tried to pull up, but you might as well try to stop a Kansas cyclone aa to hold up X-Ray when she's racing. She won in fine style, too. Come on, boys, all of yon. and have dinner with me. I'm proud of you, Sandy." "So are we," said Bob, earnestly. "That's the time old 'Slow Poke' got there." Some weeks later a handsome bicycle, inscribed "For Bravery," also "got there," ami Sandy felt that his cup of happiness | was full to the brim. « < turn the grindstones to sharpen them. "Well, one afternooi) we got word that the black bass over in the big lake were biting to beat all creation. No one ever could explain how U was, but those bass would only take the hook about once In a blue moon, and then only for a day or so, »'hen they would stop biting and you couldn't catch one to save your life. Ol course, we made up to go the next day, when it suddenly occurred to us that we all of us had Important engagements with our several papas to turn several grind stones. He'd been working on this water motor for some time, and we all turned In and helped him finish It. working toy candle light that night. "Next morning, by daylight, we had It ns tailed under the water tank alongside he Smith bam. (This water tank, with vlndmlll pump to keep it filled, was an ither one of Bill's contraptions.) We ■cared It to the grindstone and It »'orked But Bill Smith saved the day! the Joys of their own back To return to yard. the milk came In cam, that Tommy well knew. And candy was bought In bags from tne store. While cookies and cake* In tlnpans grew, The supply never ceased; there waa always soma moral Ther« These children were wise, I'm sure you U agree. And if ever you start with the fairies to roam, I d first make a trip to the kitchen to seo 3low tho cake crop and milk plants are doing at homo?