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A BLIGHTED TIME.
D KAII me. Aun* Ar cthuea!" cred out I Mabel Wynyard, in | a tone of well feigned act onish ment. *‘a blue rib bon In your hair!” "And new cuff buttons, aa I live!” echoed her twin slater. Eflle. Ulus Ar e t busa Whistleton looked rather sheepish. • Well, why shouldn't I wear blue riboon If l’n a mind to?" she retorted. “If* a free country. 1 hope!” "Oh, ye*." laughed Mabel. "It * a free country. And blue la certainly very becoming to you. Aunt Arethusa. Is Mr. Pouncington to be at the spelling school this afternoon?” "I don’t know whether he is or not.” •aid Miss Arethusa. tartly. "Mr. !’ inrington Is nothlnK to me." "But he may be one of these days,” reported mischievous Eflle. "Only think. Mabel, what a nice thing It would be to have a wedding in the family.” VouTl ask Eflle and me to be the bridesmaids. Aunt Arethusa. won’t yon?” said Mabel, with the utmost gravity. ’’Girt*, ain't you ashamed of your selves?'* cried out Miss Arethusa. s arcely knowing whether it was best to be pleased or vexed. And Just then the entrance of a vis itor created a timely diversion, and Aunt Arethusa was allowed to retreat with her basket of turkey eggs. Miss Arethusa Whistleton was fat. fair and forty. She lived all by her self. In a snug little farmhouse, alwsys kept neatly painted, with a "poser bed** In front, full of southernwood, mari c dda. four oolorks. and such like old fuhloßcd flowers, and had a neat ac count In the Humbleton savings bank. But. In spite of all these substantial charms, no one had ever yet sought to gather her from the stem of "maiden rtt'-dHalloo fancy free." Mr. Peter Pouncington eras a single gentleman, nearer 50 than 40. He lived four or flve miles away. In an ancient r».l brick house, with a row of Lom bardy poplars in front, and he never had got married simply because he had had a widowed aunt who kept bouse for him. darned his stocking* and pre pared his soup with exactly the right amount of cayenne pepper in It. 'What should I marry for?" said Mr. Pouncingtcn. "Aunt Betts understands my likes and dislikes a great deal bet ter than any one else could do." But one day paralysis laid his grim touch on Aunt Betts and the next day •b« died. What shall I do?” aald Mr Ponnc ington helplessly the morning after the funeral. "I*d get married. If I were you." said Squire Martin. "I don't know or any one to marry.” sighed Peter, the Hermit. "There ain't no smarter woman in all the neighborhood than Arethusa Wblatleion.” said the squire, after a ••IT’S M«». POUNCINGTONV brief period of cogitation, “and she's got a snug bit of money, too." Thus it happened that Mr. Peter Pounclngton turned his attentions in the direction of Mias Arethusa. And all this preamble will, doubtless, set forth the exact state of things that ex isted on that August day when Miss Arethusa stood on the doorstep of the Wynyards with the basket of turkey eggs in her hand. ”1 Bay. Thusy!" called out Farmer Wynyard. as he came in from the field, “heard about the gang of burglars that’s going through the village?” “Burglars? No! ’ almost shrieked Miss Arethusa. “They were at cDacon Motley’s last night, and close to tile parson’s night afore last.” said the farmer. “I’d ad vise you to keep your door pretty well bolted, and it wouldn’t be amiss to let the hired man sleep in the garret till this disturbance is over." “Nonsense!” said Miss Arethusa, who had by this time recovered her wonted self-possession. “I’m not afraid of the burglars.” And she went her way. That evening there was a freshly gathered nosegay of sweet-william, pinks and southernwood on the shelf, and Miss Arethusa lighted the best lamp. Who knew but that some one might perchance happen to drop in. But the old clock struck 7—B—and no one came. A quarter to 9—and Miss Arethusa, who had nearly fallen asleep over her newspaper, rose reluctantly up. "He wont come tonight,” she told herself, and blew out the beat lamp. At the self-same moment the gate latch creaked dolorously, aud Miss Ar ethusa. all in the dark, gave a little nervous jump. “It’s the burglars!” cried she. “And I meant to have oiled up the lock of Grandfather Whistleton’s old gun!" But Miss Arethusa was by no means a coward. Old Obediah Whlstleton. her grandfather, had fought, and not [ discreditably. In the Revolution, and ■he Inherited something of his spirit. Seizing the poker, she rushed out, fol [ lowed by Dun. the dog. “Sick ’em, l)an. " she cried out. ”S-s --slck 'em. Get out! Clear! I’ll teach j you to come disturbing folks at this time of night! Land alive!” in a sort lof scared sot to voice, “they’ve fell down cellar, the whole band of ’em!” And It was but the work of a second for Miss Arethusa to close the yawning trap door, and secure It by a chain and bar. “Now. Dan." she cried, in accents of scarce suppressed exultation, “watch 'cm. Watch 'em. boy. till I come back!” So saying. Miss Whlstleton set brisk ly forth through the misty darkness — for the sky was overcast and threaten ed rain—toward the honse of her broth er-in-law Wynyard. Mrs. Wynyard had gone to bed. The j Mias Wynyarda. Mabel and Effle. were j yawulngly putting up their hair In curl | papers, but the farmer was yet adding up hla week's accounts In the kitchen by the light of a sputtering tallow can dle in a tin candlestick. “Why. bless me!" cried he. opening bis mouth as wide as a Dutch doll, ”lt’s Thusy!” “Yes.” panted Arethusa, “it's me. Come quick! Burglars.” "No!" said the farmer. “Yea." cried Arethusa. impatiently, plucking at the sleeve of his coat. “Call Jim! Get the crowbar! Load up your pistols! They’re all down cellar, and Dau's a-watching ’em!” “You don't say so!” said Mr. Wyn yard. “How many of 'em?” “Three, at the very least!” panted the terrified maiden. "Make haste, or they'll beesraplug. and I wouldn't miss the rhauce of lodging them in state prison on any account. So Mr Wynyard. his stout farmhand Jim and two of the nearest neighbors, summoned as hastily as might he. set forth valiantly In behalf of unprotected femininity, as represented by Miss Ar ethusa Whlstleton. Dan was faithfully maintaining his post at the door of the cellar when the little party arrived on the scene, car rying two lanterns, and nothing but the touch of Miss Arethusa's hand on Ms collar could induce him to with draw. “Be careful now.” cautioned Miss Arethusa. as Jim unbarred the lock and opened the cellar door. "Only suppose they were to rush out at you!” “Then I calculate there'd be more rushes than one!" ta!d Jim, with a grin. Still nobody appeared. “I hope to goodness gracious they haven’t escaped.” said Miss Arethusa. “Come out. you!" bawled the squire; and at that imperative summons a be draggled figure limped slowly forward. •‘l’ve sprained my ankle.” It faltered, "and I've fallen into the barrel of soft soap, and the dog has worried me, and now, " with a little dodge, as he espied the shining muzzle of Mr. Wynyard’s pistol. "I suppose I'm to be shot! But what it's all about, I don’t know." "Why,” bawled the farmer, “It’s Mr. Pounclngton!” “Mr. Pounclngton!” echoed Miss Ar ethusa. And she fainted. Mr. Wynyard took the disconsolate swain home in his lumber wagon—but he never came again. “I’m not accustomed to be treated in this sort of way when I call on a lady!” said Mr. Pouncington. And. when one comes to reflect on the matter, it did seem a little inhos pitable. 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