EL PASO DAILY HERALD, FRIDAY, MARCH 1. 1&0L
Tie country road at lonely cloar of day
Hu rat awhile (rnm the lone; atreaa of raiat
Dripping- and bowed, the green walla of tb. Ian.
Refler t no f-listcninc light ; no colora gay
Has drinr aumnier left; the ky ia Rray.
Aa though the vtr. .uii; had not rased the pain;
Itie autumn i not yet. and all in vain
Setm aimmer'a life a llni cat awayl
The atr ip hushed. Mve in t lr emerald shade
Tfce rain still drop and tir each fretting leaf
To soft insiytetic-e of its little grief;
The hopeless '-aim all thought of life denies;
But. nark, and now through Kilenre, unafraid,
A robin npfl- to the rhilly Kkiea.
Helen Hay in llarjx-r'a Magi
A Storjr f a
She was such a forlorn looking fig
are as she sliiidleil along the frozen
river read in the late November sun
shine. "I believe I never saw such an aim
less, shiftless family lu my life." de
clared Jndi;e Hilton emphatically as he
or his daughter Mildred detected the
thinly clad figure Intforc them. "If
anything, she's us bad as the rest,
though when her mother died I Imag
ined the responsibility of caring for
the family would have a beneficial In
fluence on Nan. Instead I actually be
lieve it's hail the opposite effect. Just
kw.k t that lorn dress and ragged
shawl: If a girl bad any spunk, she'd
ever be seen on a tnorougnrare as
public as this is in, such a slatternly
"But think, father." and Mildred look
ed up considerately, "how hard she
mast be obliged to work even to exist'
the family, as Curie Joe used to vay.
I believe she has a load of evergreen
tow to sell for winter decorations. It
lsn't an easy lot by any means the poor j
girl has." And Mildred tucked the
thick robe more snugly about her.
Nan Mast-all lived in the old aban
doned mill down by the falls. Twas
all the shelter Job Hascall could get
after Ids wife's death, for rents were
mot easily obtained when it was known
that the family's one source of income
was cut off.
Mrs. Hascall had somehow succeeded
as by almost a miracle, frail as she
Was. in providing food and shelter for
the growing family of ten.
Job was forever lounging about the
postoffice steps in summer, and his
winter watch tower was the settee in
the west window of the small variety
tore near the tavern.
. "Prhaps nest week I'll be able to get
a Job somewhere." he would say In
the early spring days, as in a shame
faced manner he went by his wife at
the washtub, Ix-nt on his accustomed
loitering ground, and when the first
frost came in the fall he would brace
himself to declare: "I may get a
Chance loggin 'fore winter's gone.
Wouldn't wash all the time. Better
let some few things-go."-'
But to let anything "go" was Impos
sible and keep the roof over their beads
and shoes on I he many pairs of feet.
The morning after Mrs. nascall's
burial Job said to Nan: "Do the best
yon can. child. Tis all we can do, even
the best of us, and p'rhaps soraethin
will turn tip.-
However. nothing had. save the rent
bill, and ns there was nothing with
which to meet it they were obliged to
move into the tumble down mill.
""I guess we can live here awhile,"
concluded Job, "if we can get 'nongh
to eat and somcthiu to wear. No mat
ter if we don't have the Ix-st."
After her mother's death the strug
gle for existence rested almost wholly
a Nan. How she managed to get
along was a six months' mystery. Aft
er that the people censed to wonder,
and the Hascnlls lived only in their
"Who do you imagine will get the
scholarship and money for expenses at
the seminary V" asked Mildred as they
were going up tiie half mile bill before
"I haven't an idea! Yes. I have toe.
I shouldn't say that." And Judge Hilton
looked out of the carriage thoughtfully.
Either Ralph Holman or Ethel 'May
nard will get it. They're by ail odds
the best spellers in town."
- "I don't know." deliberated MildretL
"When Nan was in school, she had the
reputation of being able to spell any
word given her. No one ever got above
her. To spell well seemed to be ber
one ambition. Site never recited cor
rectly in geography. Were she asked
where Russia is it might be the longest
river , in Maine or the capital of Ire
land for'anythiug she could tell, and
he never, was accused of saying the
aauUiplieation table accurately."
: "But she will not go," laughed Judge
"No: 1 don't suppose she will, but if
aae should she'd give them a pretty
hard push and might win. Of course
-no partiality could be shown In such
a contest. 1 wish, she'd go," Impul
aively. Aai at that very moment Nan herself
Was meditating on the same subject.
"I'd like to go, Just to show them I'm
Mot all fool. Don't care nothln for the
seize. What would I want of a scholar
hip?" And Nan smiled grimly at the
thought of such a thing. "But I can
pell, if I don't know anything else."
A sudden, defiant glance shot from
her deep, angry eyes.
"Ill go if I don't want it, Just 'cause
I I hate them the whole kit, George
Lewis. Ethel Maynard, Ralph Holman
and all 'cept Mildred. She's the only
one that's ever treated me decent.
Gwss they'll be surprised when they
ee sie there." Nan snapped off a
twig by the roadside. "And I'll beat
After that, wherever Nan was gath
ering evergreen, going after her week
ly washing or cooking their scanty
lis a disreputable looking spelling
book was her furtively bidden eotnpan
lon, from which, when no one was no
ticing, she selected for constant review
the words of foreign derivation and
those which slie herself designated aa
having been thrown together in the
"I can spell all the common ones !
without looking at tliem. J-u-d-g- :
ni-e-n-t." she s-m-U-1. "Leave out the '
- Deiore -mem. separate iooks easy.
but some'Il spell it with an 'e' every
In early November Ir. Kandall. a
genial, retired practitioner, a man who
had won the distinction of Iteinsr the
philanthropist of the village, had of
fered tuition and all legitimate ex
penses for one year at Douglass semi
nary to any young man or woman who
should sjw-ll all others down in an old
fashioned contest. This was to be held
at the high school building about the
middle of Ieceinber. It made no dif
ference whether the contestants at
tended sch'Kl or not. the only require-
... ..... , , . . ,
ment being that they conldii t be over
zi ami inusi resKie in town.
That Ethel Maynard or Ralph Hol-
man or fM-rhaps t;corge Iewls would
get it was the foregone conclusion in
the minds or nearly all the inhabitants
of the village.
"Just you wait. Perhaps you'll be
mistaken." vas Nan's soliloquy after
hearing the matter thus prematurely
settled. "I don't care for the old tui
tion; wouldn't have it anyway, but I'll
show you I can do something," and she
nodded her head defiantly to an Imagl-
nary, unsympathetic audience.
"All ready Y' asked Dr. Randall the
evening of the contest, glancing at the
eager faces about him. "I think so,"
be added. "Ethel Maynard and Ralph
Uolman may be captains and choose."
Amid Intense excitement long lines
of spellers were soon in their places.
"Any one else like to spell who hasn't
been drawn?" And Dr. Randall looked
over bis gold bowed spectacles inqnlr-
Ingly. "I'll Just wait a moment.'
There was a slight stir back in the
corner, and Nan nascall slowly arose.
"She here Nan nascall!" and a tit
ter ran round the room.
Nan's face flushed with indignation.
Mildred caught her eye and smiled
"Your turn to choose. Mr. Holman,"
said Dr. Randall.
"Did Miss Maynard choose last?
Very well. Nan Hascall!"
"Spell your best." whispered Mil
dred, and she pressed Nan's band as
the cirl hurried by. her look of anger
I Ahanffnil nlm not liVn aiiiilf. llV ItfilllnHl'S
"I'll give you an easy word first."
And "daguerreotype" was given out.
' "If that's easy. I don't know what he
calls a bard one." But Ralph spelled it
"Idiosyncrasies" followed. Three
missed un "parallel,'.' and Nan spelled
"One nf the ensv ones.'
Word after word was given out until ;
only four spellers remained on the
floor, the two captains. George Lewis
and Nan Hascall. I
. Mildred was never more anxious. "I '
do hope" She was too Interested to
finish her sentence. I
For ten minutes each spelled accu
rately every word that came to him.
George hesitated; then spelled it with
"N-c-o-p-h-y-t-e.", spelled Nan calmly.
There was hardly a breath in the
room, so great was the suppressed ex- j
During the next five minutes Ralph !
took his seat, beaten. j
"Well, well!" It was .Tndire Hilton's
ejaculation of surprise. .
Ethel began, hesitated, looked up In
consternation, spelled It wrong.
"Miss Hascall, metamorphosis."
"M-e-t-a-m-o-r-p-h-o-S-l-s," confidently, j ws for no oilier reason than that h per
As she finished Nan was greeted with sonnlly disapproved of enlisted men get-
round of applause such as had never j
before emanated from a Welch ville au
dience. Again and again as it began
to die out it was increased with great
Mildred slipped on to the floor and
gently drew Nan to a seat.
"1 knew you'd win." she whispered.
"Of me?" interrupted Nan passion
ately. "Then then I'll take the prize
and and lie somebody !"
"Vour mother was always right
mart at spelling." 'Twos Job Has
call' s ; husky congratulation as be
clumsily patted Nan's yellow braid.
"I decided 'twould be Indeed a meta
morphosis when 1 saw your look of
anxiety and knew you cared," confess
ed Nan the day of her graduation. "If
It hadn't been for that oh, Mildred, I
shudder to think!" Forward.
Hra riaa la Chlaa.
According to the science column of
a German weekly paper, the hens of
China lead busy lives. When not en
gaged in batching oat a brood of their
own kind, they are put to the addi
tional and novel task of hatching fish
eggs. Chinese cheap labor collects the
spawn of fish from the water's edge,
puts it In an empty eggshell, which Is
then hermetically sealed with wax and
placed under the unsuspecting and con
scientious ben. In a few days the egg
shell is removed, and the spawn which
has been warmed into life is emptied
Into a shallow pooL Here the fish that
soon develop are nursed until strong
enough to be turned into a lake or
Not AdTenlarom Eaoagh,4
Dicky I hain't goin to be an ex
press messenger when I'm growed up
Johnnie Wot's catin you? You al
ways said you was.
Dicky I don't keer. I was talkln to
an express messenger today who run
on cars for 30 years an has never once
been in a wreck or held up by train
robbers. Express Gazette.
A few we-ka ago I ran across a young
army officer whose brouzed skin and
! sharp, piercing eyes denoted that he had
just conie in from the frontier that Id, bo
' much of thnt irrent frontier as ia now
; left. The sinht of this young lieutenant
i broiiglit to mind the hnrd time he had
Kelting rne shoulder Ktraps sail of a nar-
. row vsr,pe b(, hoi, su.,rtlv arter his blue
i uniform was a.loi-uf.l by the elnin yellow
About nine years azo he was an em-
I ployee io
cue "t ,-Jie departments and,
change of Qiliiiini.iiru t ion. I"t
hid position, '.ike a er"t many of those
who work for 'he Ko--rmet. he had
ignored the lesson in the fable of the ant
and the grasshopper, so heo he was
turned out on 'he world he received a
cli reception. The fT dollars ha had
were soon spn. nd '.hen his orerlit was
gone, and at Irs, hunger 4'jired him in
the face, It while the knocking ami
eoa-vinjr which orrij after day or two
without food were making themselves
i ' I -.iin-. lit- .w m uiiuwi sullen IIHK
, ., ollt nt . vlnitnvr - p..rivl,.
.tt . i . i . i' i a
nia avenua. On the lower eilg of that
8ng were the letters. In liig black type.
j "I.-.M-ruiting OBiw." The young man read
rooso -.corn, ani m a nt or despair as-
ceoded the "tair .o the offiee nbova.
He was arrvtn br n hlg wrcoant, who
nizud him up and then told him that lie
would lit to return the following morn
ing, as th officer who enlisted men had
"B"t I want to enlist now," said the
"Well, you can't, my boy," said the ser
"Kay, old fellow, you Jnat fix me so' I
can pay bnro until tomorrow," pleadod
the young man.
"Oh. it's hungry you are. is It? Well.
I'll Ut you stay overnight, and maybe the
captain will take you.
That night he had his first meal In two
daya. ft was not such as he had been
accustomed to, but It was "filling." as he
afterward said in speaking of it. When
it came i o'clock, the sergeant walked
into the squadroom and ordered the half
dozen or so recruits into their beds and
turned ont the light, not, however, till he
had called the roil, for army discipline
comes early. In the darkness the ex-
clerk lay awake, thinking of the past: of
the days when he had been receiving a
good salary, of the manner in which he
had dissipated all of it. and of the many
friends those who were his friends while
he had money. The past was dark, and
the future was even darker. What could
he. a young man of good family, amount
to after live years in the army? Several
times he arose and was going to escape,
but each time the mite of courage that
had been revived with a full stomach
oozed away, and when morning came he
was still an applicant for enlistment.
Breakfast brought hack some spirit,
and when the officer came In the young
man was rady for him. The severe
medical examination was passed, nnd. ev
erything being satisfactory, up went his
right hand, and he swore to hear trua
allegiance to the United States and to
protect it against its enemies whomso
ever. In a few mi an ten the doughty look
ing ci government clerk was transformed
IntA m do-i.l.,1 1 v n 1--t.-n nl vovAnmonfr
Hol.ller in a uniform that had much the
fit of a annoy sack on a hean potu.
Home Mine passed, and the young sol
dier was at his post I think it was Port
Niohrnrn. Kansas and he hnd a different
aponrance. His clothes fitted him per
foetly, and he knew how to handle his
f-f and hands. W wns a corporal in a
troop of the Hevnth ravalry. Two years
passed, nnd he hnd r-eivo promotion to
the highost noncommissioned rank ob
tatnoble ia a troo) thnt of first sergeant.
Another year, and his Mipniti had recom
mended him for promotion. I lis record
had lMn such that lie was classed a a
mrt'rinii noncommissioned oftie;f and
worthy of becoming a commissioned offi
cer if lie nnsqml Itie Attminntlftn
Tho Rrircnfs hopes Hnd the ambition
nn had gnind since his enlist meoN were
now nlnt to ho gratified. Hut. a Ins. a
cold blooded regimentnl commander had
P'w on tho recommendation. And he
did so. Ife indorsed thereon the one
word "Disapproved." Tho document
vas then forwarded to the headquarters
of the department tjnd there fell into
kind hands, for the cold, unfeeling colonel
was in.iili- ! It whv he disapproved. It
ting commi.-i"ns. This was hardly of
enough wetgiit to set osino army reguia-
tions. so I he sergeant was ordered up for
Again disappointment came, for he was
sent out in the field on a campaign
against the Indinns and did not see the
post again till the examination had been
In the next few months the colonel was
partial to the sergeant and. an opportu
nity arising, made him sergeant major,
the highest rank obtainable by a soldier
and still remain an enlisted man. Every
one in the post thought that tho young
"noncoin." had won the old colonel's
good will hy his excellent behavior while
in the field. This idea wan set nt nest
when the time for recommendations caraa
around, for the colonel refused to give
his sergeant major recommendation, and
he alone mw had the power.
For the reraaiader of his enlistment the
colonel kept the ynuog soldier in the posi
tion of sergeant major. Tho latter bad
decided to give up, when one day a lucky
thing happened. The colonel waa pro
moted to be a brigadier general and thus
taken from his regimeat. The aezt year
the sergeant major passed his examina
tion and waa commissioned in the cav
alry. The first summer of his career as an
officer he' was again after Indians and
twice nnder fire. It seemed that ill luck
dil not desert him. for ont of a whole
troop it was he who received the only
bullet, and it was atr enough to graze
his boot leg and hit his horse. Later on.
in an engagement against northern Chey
ennes and. by the way, within a mile of
where General Miles was shot at by
Lame Deer be was shot at by aa lodiaa
at a distance of seven paces away.
The ex-clerk is now glad that he was
let out of the departments, for he has a
position tor life at good pay, always in
creasing, and if he lives to be 04 years
old will, in the course of events, become
a lieutenant colonel and be retired on
three-quarter pay. Exchange.
Drop after drop, continually falling,
wears a passage through the hardest
rock. The hasty tempest, as Carlyle
points out. rushes over it and leaves no
trace behind. A great purpose is cumu
lative: and, like a great magnet, it at
tracts all that is kindred along the stream
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