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Betty burst.ouf in wra,th. ; ''It wouldn't hurt you one bit, JeJdy: Milton- to ;Jet me wear that sweater, this afternoon." f il '"Two uldn't . hurt me," conceded . -Jecl, • \u25a0.'.'but w.l t-, would stretch the sweater." . \u25a0 m "Stretch \u25a0the^sweater!" scoffed Betty. 1 "I tf may be -1,4 ito ; your 12, but : you are : l\ardput for an; excuse . when\you ' ow,ii up that I. am larger than! you.". - " ."There, .there, .. children \u25a0'.' warned (heir, mother, .-"that;. will do. Jjeddy," 1 go and see why' papa. does, not come to " Al breakfast.". ,.»': :;.;.. '\u25a0\u25a0:}:,..*\u25a0': -k-'A- ;\u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0 '•' " .Jed;tAviJdled a; finger at/Betty *.\u25a0 and started to obey, when Mr. Milton, .an,ger on ' his "countenance -and dust -on his clothes, stepped ~ in. , .! , .', \u25a0"Oh," papa!" "Been fighting?" "What has happened ?"* they, chorused. Si . ','Ijet's; h^ive.- breakfast ; ; at once." Mr. Milton: responded brusquely. "Ilmvc business to, transact., on my way to • town*.". 1 . ' . .;.<>: •' ; '\u25a0 ''.; ; ; *f '; ' ' ">. '; \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0,. ; ' ,';:' .; ; ? , ' He seated, himself, at the' table with eyes' turned from ; his inquiring, family, while 'the suspicion . of. a grin^crept 'about the corners of his inouth. After waiting a moment for the explanation , that ; did not come, Betty reverted to her. own troubles. _ "I "Papa, my; sweater is too large., and lias to be sent back. and I want one",to \ wear Ithis 'afternoon:, 'Make Jed lend' me liia." ;\u25a0\u25a0,; ' ' \u25a0 [? K '\u25a0:';.\u25a0<\u25a0::\u25a0 \u25a0 : . "Wliat's doing this afternoon?" ' queried Mr. Milton. • - 7'The basket ball" game witlu" Glenn Valley," explained, Betty. •' ."All the rest ' of," the team . will , have, new .sweaters. ,; Jed .don't ' need, his today and •! know'.it will just fit me.", "I don't think it will," broke in Jed. "Aw, play v fair, ; Betty, don't call on dad to settle our, rows,". , • Betty . flushed, and , Mr. Milton • liastily shifted the subject. "You peo ple had better devoto. the morning to that frisky petof yours. I am. going to stop at; the stockyard and have a inan nent out for him." "Not Buhter? . Oil, papa, VIou't," Here was a matter upon , whichr Jed and Betty never differed. '"Don't sell Hunter, -papa." , "This is Bunter'8 last <l«y,"JMr. Mil ton cluimed with unwonted flrmnens. "Here we have been going without cream and skimping ourselves, for but ter nearly three -'months while you children have stuffed and coddled tluit ungrateful little scoundrel of a calf; but he'H sealed hia own doom now. Go tind u whiskbroom, Mi.ss Betty, and re move his tracks from my garments." JJetty giggled. "Tell us about it, papa,", she coaxfid, "what were you doing to bother .Hunter?" "Bother Btinter!" roared Mr. Milton, striving to appear ferocious in spite of Ills twinkling eyes. "What business was it of Hunter's, may I ask, if X chose :Mi ii($M : E&ft&cisfed feAfct^ stjisin^ ) unk 2«, iqio.-ttte junior call 1 BUNTER'S LAST DAY to shake out 'the red striped , carriage robejn ; l)ls presence?,' I had not' the least" desire to annoy, 'him,! yet he 1 re-* •garded-itias-a personal insult and pro ceeded, 1 to demolish '"me ; and the lap robe together*.",' .' ' "\u25a0 \u25a0 t -' When, their -mirth had -died -down' a ..little ,. he * continued more j seriously: ""But,,' really,*- children," Bunte'r \u25a0 'must igo; He.grows more and: more*, unruly- and there ia nowhere to'keep him oh a lit tle place like .this." •; . ; " \u25a0 ' "Ife considered Jed;humorpusly,r^Hc»is.< qiilte^llkely to offer',"violent objections . to. your wearing that. red j sweater, son." Jed laughed his derision and even Betty smiled .'at • the 1 idea, of >litt|e:Bunter.of fering^violence/to Jed, whom lie - hud. followed like a dogr ever wiiice his .long 1 , wobbly legs could sustain him.' \u25a0 ' - \u25a0 \This was not the first time th«*ir pet's existence % had been threatened, but. Betty realized it would take' more than 'her. usual powers _*. now .to. save him. \u2666 Sl>e carefully '. brushed • her fat!>- '' ei*"s dusty apparel, then, with her arm linked with his,, walked down the nar row, lane to, where the railroad provlded a*short, cut town. \u25a0 2; ; 2' : ' . .: \ / ''"Why, couldn't we; keep Bunter in this lane, papa?" she.; asked, as "one havin'g ,a , bright thought.'. ;^ ''We could put^a. gate) across this end,' too, so he couldn't' get on the tracks. It, would • be great^larks for him toichase up and * down." \ ' / , , .Mr. Milton pointcfl to a long stretch— of younfir^ grain that ran parallel' to the tracks, and to a broken fence be twe«n it and , the lane. "What la to prevent . him trampling: all over Mr. Carson's grain Held, Betty?" '"Q\\, Jed and, I. can .me-nd'the fence," Betty assured him hopefully. '"I'll go , back and get him now.'.' But her father shook Vila head.. < (•\u25a0•"Bunter'M have to go this time, l»etty,.Jbtit I. wouldn't mind if I were' A FAMILY OF PORCUPINES ,; Some workmen who were employed cutting down trees In a wood found a nest of five little porcupines in a little hollow. Seeing neither of the animals' parents and that the. little iporcuplnes were hungry, they took them a distance' of four miles und presented them to their employer's children, who kindly cared for the nninials. Late in the evening the house dog set up a great .howl -outHlde. The girl opened the dour, when the excited dug rushed in with a bloedlng. nobe. Closely behind a big porcupine walked quickly through the hall. The dog was furious, but the .porcupine sniffed her way to the door without heeding the dog at all. The door was open and she trotted through anothei-'room to the next door and from there to the box 'where her babies were. She crawled into the box . and laid herself by her little ones, talk ing soothingly and nursing theuut^ sleep. ' . ', » The next 'evening the dog tegan "th«" same racket, and. whe/i the girl went' out he was rolling a big ball of quills • around In great dismay.' Whe took -Ch© you; we could not manage him much longer, anyway." t "'.' ' 'Betty ' sighed deeply as slip turned' back. ,. Of, eniir.se, she had -known from, the fir^t "thai. . Bunter's reign would.be' brief, lie had been '\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0given to her. and .led. wit fi the understanding that if they , took entire charge- of him they might 'h.uve. : amount'; he '\u25a0:. could -.-..be , solil . for .when , he ,was '.' six or . eight '•\u25a0 weeks old, "But.'nh dear! how- cute he was with his little round, black head and soft, plendiiig eyes! Almost, from the. tlrs I tlw thought of selling him had • seemed wk-ked., ; . Time and .again \u25a0 she and Je<l,liM<l implored postponement "\u25a0\u25a0 , of . the \u25a0 evil day,- but 'it could be no . longer put off. v • \u25a0 '\u25a0-]- < ; - "Well," Betty thought,, as she re signed :\u25a0 herself to the necessity, f "We will give the' dear, fellow the rbriip .of hiH.life this forenoon. I'll go, and get him out now.'-' •\u25a0 •/ '•' ', ) \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0• .\u25a0"\u25a0'' • Shouts, from' the other side the ' gute .apprised her that' Jed had pre ceded her: *\Hi! Bunter!" Jed's clear' voice ran -out indignantly; "Let Up, old fellow! There, now.^Bunter, stop! stop! | 1 -say! stop! whoa!" ! Betty -ran forward and threw oqen the \u25a0 gate, but- an 'instant's survey \u25a0 of the spectacle before her. sent her ' Into spasms of laughter. '\u25a0 ; - Jed, covered with dust, was traveling about upon his knees valiantly flourish ing Bunker's dusty feed' bucket, whilo the -.llttlw black calf,' bellowing like a: miniature buffalo; circled about him with lowered head. - "Call him Off:" shouted Jed, catching sight of Hetty.' "Call him off. Betty!" Betty only leaned ,, against the gate and laughed weakly. \u25a0 , . ."Call him off!". again howled Jed; "he won't touch you. It's the red sweater. , (Set him out of the way till I pull it on*: 1 : . .-.....- The Betty's laughter -was,. ball In her apron and carried it to the bot. It turned, out to be Mr. ,1'oreu -pine. who also wanted to be with his family. Thfl 'Children took tiie reunited family to the barn. Here the porcupines . Heeineil liuppy all winter »nd were bo tame that they often crawled into the children'!* laps to be petted. Toward Bprinjr th«» door of the burn was left " open one nlr.lit, nml in the morning the porcupine family was inisHinK. Ilow it happened that the door was opened the children never understood, but I think their mother thought the for cuplnea wanted to bo free again. — Our . Dumb Animals. Making Fa mous Table The pupils of a Kansas school are en gaged In making 1 a table in' which ' pieces of wood from all thn famous buildings in the United States are being uued. In compliance with a >o ijnest Governor • Potlrler "of 1 rthode*Iffl* ; and has sent to the pupils a piece of oak border which was formerly ;t part of' tire Hhode -ltthrtKi- sHrte house. •" cheeked in quick thought! \u25a0 ': \u25a0 "If I save the sweater may. I wear it -this afternoon?" she demanded.;' ' ; V -, ,;.• Amazement and .anger at 'this deceit caused^ Jed to forget, to wield his clumsy. 'weapon' and*,' this ; was ,Burite'r'a oppdr ..turiity. . .".'\u25a0/\u25a0;;\u25a0 :' '\u25a0 ;'• ' %'. . "/\u25a0., •".'. "i-*'~\ ";''_ ''\u25a0""" '<'\u25a0". . .'': "Wear It. and l»e -jiggered,"; grunted Jed as he 'toppled over. "lilttle good may It do to you." \u25a0;\u25a0' '"'- Betty sprang to the rescue, ; but ap- '' parently satisfied, with ithe.punlshmerit -" he 1 had .'J:>estowed.,. upon.^that^flaunting l scarlet i. thing, JBunter • leaped away.;' of/,'. . his own accord: -Jle eluded' Betty's but- ' stretehed'hands and- shot through 'the gateway into the lane. ' ' ' -"Oh, 1 dear!" she cried, dlxmayed; then to; her horror; there! sounded the shrill, prolonged, hoot of a ldcombtl ve. ; ' ' - ; "The freight train!" cried Betty. "Oh,' Jed, he will be killed," and' away^lHhe sped ; to the respiie.of ; her pet; The chase was ,'a.. hot , one and Bunter was but a little ahead "of his anxious > mis tress when he reached' the 1 end .of the ' lane. 1 To one side, of him lay the' long green stretches, easily gained' through the broken : fence;.- ahead, waa a' low gravely embankment and a'huge' black, monster puffing and snorting in perilous nearness. .' \u25a0 > „ - . ' Bunter only needed an jnstant to de cide in favor of the grain field," but . that instant was Betty's undoing.' As he veered for the fence opentfig she dove for him, but he- went through, with a detlant Jlirt of his long black tail and Betty's clutching fingers closed over this.. Away over the level green flew Bun ter and a*fter him, perforce, went Betty, while , beside them, divided onfy by' a barbed: wire fencing, thundered • the freight train bearing- a madly~cheerlng audience." . \ • . . .' Alas ' for .Betty!;. Too v late she real ized that some one hud blundered."; To let go was to invite certain'.disaater, so slie skipped behind her prancing leader . with 'feet y that barely .touched the ground, dimly hoping that '.before he stopped; that Jrainload of. liorrid, ' shouting brakemen . would round, the curve. Then all unexpectedly the ex pected came. Bunter suddenly halted and Betty sat down. • \u25a0 > Dazedly she heard the voices on the receding cars advising her not to give up, to come on and beat thorn all, but «ho was too busy counting stars to pay much attention till a hand was laid on her shoulder. "Are you all right, Betty?" asked' Jed. ' She studied him Interrogatively; there; wasn't a bit of ridicule in the friendly face. - _^Jeddy!"-uhe cried, "1 glvo you back your 1 promise about the Hweater, 1 was not fair to take advantago like that——* .;,: . ?Ho, ho," laughed JM, "Couldn't you see I was joshing? I meant all thetlmo for you to wear it." After Mr. Carson's grain Held fcogan to resemble a deserted circus ground they succeeded in heading Bunter into the lane. "I begin to think papa is right," sighed* -Bettjy wiping- -her perspiring face with her apron. "It Is certainly . time for Bunter t»> go, but we will never forgot hid lant'day,"