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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS AND TIMES: THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1912. A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST By GENE STRATTON-PORTER I Copyright, 1909, by Doubleday, Page & Co. CHAPTER IX. Wherein Mrs. Comstock Manipulates Margaret, and Billy Acquire! n Resi dence. ILNOR.V hurried upstairs td chnnso bcr dress. Margaret SIntou came that night, bring ing a beautiful blue oue In Its stond ana carried away tho other to luundor. "Do you mean to cay those dresses nre to be washed every two days';" questioned Mrs. Comstock. "They have to be to look fresh," re plied Margaret. "Wo want our girl sweet as a rose." Well, of all things!" cried Mrs. Ccmstock. -V O' "'j'8' Any rlrl who cau't keep a dress clean louger than that Is a dirty girl. You'll wear the goods out and fado tho colors with so much washing." "We'll have a clean girl anyway." "Well, if you like tho Job you can have it," said Mrs. Comstock. "I don't mind the washing1, but I'm so incon venient with an iron." EInora sat late that night working hard over her lessons. Tho next morn ing she pnt on her blue dress and rib bon, and In those she was a picture. Mrs. Comstock caught her breath with a queer stirring around her heart and " looked twice to be sure of what she eaw. As EInora gathered her books her mother silently gave her the lunch box. "Feels heavy," said EInora gayly. "And smelly !" EInora went down the road thinking of the children with whom she prob ably would divide. Of course, the bridge would be occupied again. So sho stopped nnd opened the box. Un doubtedly Mrs. Comstock was show ing Margaret Binton the "frills." The cako was still fresh, and there were four slices. Tho sandwiches had to bo taGted twice before EInora discovered that beechnuts had been used in a pea nut recipe, and they were a great im provement. There were preserved strawberries In the cup, potato salad t'.li mint and cucumber in the dish 1 a be."tifully browned pquab from , stable loft. ' I don't want to be selfish," mur amred Elnorn, "but It Just seems a if I can't glvo away this lunch. If moth-o- did not put love Into it she's substi tuted eouiethlng that's likely to fool i.e." !ihe almost felt her steps lagging as she upproached the bridge. A very hungry dog had been added to the trio of children. Elnorn loved nil dogs and, s usual, this one came to her in friend liness. The children paid "Good morn ing!" with alacrity, and another paper parcel lay conspicuous "IIow are you this morning?" 1d;u1t. cd EInora. "All right." cried tho th;ec, while tho ' x sniffed ravenously At the hinci: nox and bcit perfect ttUtoo with a'j tail. "ITow did ycu like the bologna?" jue3tioned Billy onger'y. "One of the girls took mo to lunch at hnr borne yesterday," nuswore'I El nova. Dawn broie beautifully over Billy's streaked face. IIo caught the package, and thrust It toward EInora. "Then maybe ?ou'd like fo try tho bologna today!" The db'tTlertrjiy In clsil 'nnfirehension yt something, and Bel'o scrambled to . bcr feet and took a step forward. Tho look of famished erreeil In hr eves was more than EInora could bear. She opened the box and divided the milk between Billy and the girl. She gave lach a piece of cake leaving ono and a tandwlch. Billy pressed forward eager ly, bitter disappointment cn his face, and tho elder boy forgot his cbargo. "Aw. I thought they'd be meat!" lamented Billy. EInora gave way. "There is!" she said gladly. "There la a llttlo pigeon bird. I want Just a teeny piece of tho breast, for a sort it keepsake, Just ono bite, and you can luve the rest anions you." EInora drew the knlfo from its hold er and cut off the wishbone. Then she Md tho bird toward tho girl. "You can divide It," she suld. The dog made a bound and seizing the squab sprang from the brldgo and ran for life. Tho girl and loy hurried after blm. With awful eyes Billy star d and swore tempostuously. EInora oirU Aaattarsd Defora Hi-v m v fa caught hltn and clapped her hand over tho llttlo mouth. A delivery wagon camo tearing down tho street, tho horse tunning full speed, passed tho Hoeing dog with tho girl nnd boy iu pursuit and stopped at tho bridge. High school girls began to roll from all sides of It. "A rescue, n rescue!" thoy shouted. It was Ellen Brownlee and her crowd, nnd every girl of them carried a big parcel. They took in tho scone as they approached. The fleeing dog, pfhtni? In its mouth, the half . ....... -o naked girl and boy chasing It, told tho HlOry. 1UU99 B"" K.i".v ,..!. laughter as they watched tho pursuit. "Thank goodness, I saved tho wish bone," said EInora. "As usual, I can provo that thcro was a bird." Sho turned toward the box. Billy had lm proved tho time. Ho had tho last piece of cako In one hand and the last bite of salad disappeared in one great gulp. Then tho girls shouted again. "Let's have a sample ourselves," sug gested one. Sho caught up tho box and handed out the remaining sandwich. Another girl divided It. into bites each little over an inch square, nnd then she lifted the cup lid nnd deposited a preserved strawberry on each bite. "One, two, three altogether now!" she tried. Billy let out a roar. "You old mean things!" ho screamed. In an Instant ho was down in the road and handfuls of diK liejran to fly lunong them. Tho girls scattered be fore him. "Billy!" cried EInora. "Billy! I'll never glvo you another blto as long as I live if you throw dust on any one!" Then Billy dropped tho dust, bored both fists Into his eyes nnd fled sob bing into Elnora's new blue skirt. Sho stooped to meet htm und consolation began. After tho luncheon was given to the tbreo children EInora was hustled into the wagon with tho girls and driven on the run to the high school. They sang a song beginning, EInora, plcaao give mo a sandwich; I'm ashamed to ask for cako, as they went on. Elnorn did not know It, but that was her Initiation. She belonged to "the crowd." Sho only knew that she was happy and vaguely wondered what her mother and Aunt Margaret would have said about the proceedings. Saturday morning EInora helped her mother with tho work. When she had finished Mrs. Comstock told her to go to SIntou'H and wash her Indian relics so I that cho Tcnnlll lm ri.nilT- in nnrtAinnnnv " ......... Wesley to town in tho afternoon. EI nora hurried down the road and was soon at the cistern with a tub busily washing arrow points, stone uses, tubes, pipes nnd skin cleaning imple ments. There wcro not so many points as sho had supposed, and some she had thong! tho finest were chipped and broken. Still there was quite a large box of perfect pieces to carry to the tity. Then EInura hurried home, dressed and was waiting wbeu tho cartluge reached the gate. Sho stopped at the bunk with tho box, nnd SInton went to do his marketing and a HtUo shopping for his wife. At the dry goods store Mr. Brownlee called to him: "nello, SInton! How do you like the fate of your lunch box?" Then he began to laugh. "I always hate to see n man laughing alone." said SInton. "It looks so self ish. Tell me tho fun and let mo help you." Brownlee wiped his eyes. "I supposed you know, but I boo she hasn't told." Then tho three days' history of the lunch box w repeated with particu lars which included the dog. I "Now laugh," concluded Brownlee. ! "Blessed If I seo anything ftinny," j replied Slutou. "And if you had bought that box nnd furnished one of those lunches yourself you wouldn't either. I call such a work a shame. I'll have it stopped." j "Some one must see to that, all right. They are llttlo leeches. Their father sunir, enough to support them, but tney havo ao mother, and they ruu wild. I suppose they are crazy for coo'iod ood. But It Is funny, nnd when you think it over you will see it if you don't now." "About where would a body find that father?" inquired Sluton grimly. Mr. Brownlee told him, and he started, locating the house with little difficulty. House was tho proper word, for of home there was no sign. Just a small empty house with three unkempt little children racing through and around it. The girl and tbo elder boy hung back, nut dirty llttlo Bill greeted SInton with, "What you want here?" "I want to seo your father," said Binton. "Well, he's usleep." Bald Billy. "Where?" asked SInton. "In tho house," answered Billy, "and you can't wako hlra." "Well, I'll try," said Wosley. Billy led the way. "There ho is!" ho said. 'Ho is drunk again." On a dirty mattress in n corner lay a sleeping man who appeared to bo strong and well. Billy was right. You could not awake htm. He had gone the limit and a little beyond. Ho was now facing eternity. SInton went out and closed tbo door. "Your father is slcl: and needs help," ho said. "You stay hero and I will send u man to seo him." "If you Just let hlra 'lone, he'll sloop It off," volunteered Billy. "He's that way all the time, but ho wakes up and gets us something to cat after awhile. Only wnltln' twists you up In side pretty bad." Tho boy wore no nlr of complaint. Ho was merely stntiug facts. ' Wesley SInton looked hurd at Billy. "Are you twisted up inside now?" ho asked. Billy laid a grimy band on the re gion of his stomach, and tho filthy llttlo waist sank close to tho backbone. "Bet your life, boss," ho said cheer fully. "How long havo you been twisted?" nsked SIntou. Billy appealed lo tho others. "Whon was it wo had tho stuff on the bridge V "Yesterday morning," said the girl, "la thnt all gono?" asked SIntou. "Shu wont nud told us to tako It home," said Billy ruefully, "and 'cause she sukl to, wo took it. Pa bsd como back, ho was drinking somo more, nnd bo ate a lot or it 'most tho wnoi thing, and it tnado him sick as a dog, nnd ho went and wasted nil of it. Then he got drunk somo more, and now he's asleep again. Wo didn't get hardly none." "You children sit on tho steps until the man comes," Enid SInton. "Ill send you somo things to at with him. What's your name, sonny?" "Billy." sr'd the boy. "Well, Billy, I guesti you bettor come with me. I'll take care of lilm," SInton promised the others. Ho reach- i - miidii proiuisuti ii fl h(J fl , "I ain't no bnby, I'm a boy," suld Billy as he shuffled along beside SIn ton, taking a kick at every movable object without regard to his battered toes. Once they passed n Great Dane dog lolling after Its master, and Billy as cended SInton as If ho was a treo nud clung to him with trembling hothunds. "I ain't nfrald of that dog," scoffod Billy as ho was again placed on the walk, "hut onc't ho took mo for a rat or somcptn nnd his teeth cut Into my back. If I'd a dono right I'd a took tho law on him." SInton looked down into tho Indig nant little face. Tho child was bright enough, he hnd a good head, but, oh, such a body! Wesley SInton reached his hand. They were coming Into tho business part of Onabasha, and tho streets were cro"-dcrt. P "ly understood t to moan that ho might loso his companion and took a grip. That llttlo hot hand clinging tight to his, tho sore feet recklessly scouring tho walk, tho hun gry child panting for breath as he tried to keep even, caught SIntou In n tender, empty spot. "Say, son," ho said, "how would you like to be washed clean and have all the supper your skin could hold nnd hleep In a good bed?" "Aw, gee!" said Billy. "I ain't dead yet. Them things la in heaven. Poor folks can't have them. Pa said so." "Well, you enn have them If you want to go with me and get thoin," promised SIntou. "Kin I take somo to Jimmy and Belle?" "If you'll como with me and bo my boy I'll seo that they have plenty." "What will pn pay?" "Your pa Is In that kind of sleep now Ivhore ho won't wake up, Billy," said filnton. "I nin pretty sure tho law will glvo you to me If you want to jome." "When people don't over wake up they're dead," announced Billy. "Is my pa dead?" "Yes, he Is," answered SInton. "And you'll take care of Jimmy and Belle, too?" "I can't adopt all three of you," said Slutou. "I'll take you and see that they are well provided for. Will you OUji!? "Yep, I'll come," said Billy. "Let's sot, t'.rst thl'ig wo do." "All right," agreed SIntou. "Come Into this restu'irnnr" Hp V'trd BUI" to 'he lunch couutcr and ordered tho clerk to give him as many glasses of milk as he wanted auJ a biscuit. "I think there's going to bo fried chicken when wo got home, Billy," he said, "so you just take the edge off now and fill p later." CHAPTER X. Wherein Billy Creates a Sensation In the Sinton Home. ITILE Hilly lunched Pinton call od up the different depart ments and notified tho proper authorities, ending with the Women's Relief association. He sent a basket of food to Belle mid Jimmy, bought Billy a pair of trousers and a Phlrt and went to bring EInora. "Why, Uncle Wesley!" cried tho girl. "Where did you llnd Billy?" "I've idoptcd him for tho time beliig, If not longer," replied SInton. "Where did you get him?" queried tho astonished Elnorn. "Well, young woman," said SInton, "Mr. Brownlee told me tho history of your lunch box. It didn't seem so fun ny to mo as it does to the rest of them, HO I went to look up the father of Bll ly'a family and make blm tako care of them or allow the law to do It for him. It will havo to be tho law." "He's deader than anything!" broko In Billy. "Ho can't ever take all the meat any more." "Billy!" gasped EInora. "Never you mind!" said SInton. "A child don't say such things about a fa ther who loved and raised him light. Whon it happens the father alone is to blame. You won't hear Billy talk llko that about me when I cross over." "You don't mean you aro going to take him to keep!" "I'll soon need help," said SInton. "Billy will come in Just about right ten years 'from now, and If I ralso him I'll have him the way I want him." "But Aunt Margaret don't llko boys," objected EInora. "She won't want blm In her home." "In our home," corrected SInton. "What makes you want him?" mar veled EInora. "God only knows," said SInton. "Bil ly ain't so beautiful, and he ain't so smart. I guess It's because he's so human. My heart goes out to him." "So did mine," eald EInora. "I love him. I'd rather seo him eat my lunch than hnvo It myself any tlmo." "What makes you like hlni?" nsked Slutou. "Why, I don't know," pondered El norn. "no's so little, he needs so much, he's got such pplendld grit and he's perfectly unselfish with his broth er and sister! But wo must wash him beforo Aunt Marpnret sees him. I wonder If mother" "You needn't bother. I'm going to tako him homo the way bo Is," said SInton. "I want Maggie to sec tho worst of It." "I'm ufrald" began EInora. "So nm I," said SInton, "but I won't give Jilm up. Ho's taken a sort of grip on my heart. I'vo always been crazy for a boy. Don't lot hlui hour us." "Don't let him got killed!" cried EI nora. During their talk Billy had wandered to tho edge of tho walk and barely escaped tho wheels ct a passing automobile in an effort to catch a stray kitten that soeuied In dongor. SInton drew Billy back to tho walk nnd held his hand closely. When t5ey iturtod homo Billy sat on tho front I eat. no drovo with tho hitching strap tiad. U tlUi XSiliUlC of tiUt daafclinatul. nourished the whip and yelled with de- light. At first Slutou laughed with him, but by tho tlmo ho left EInora With several packages nt her gate he was looking serious enough, Margaret was nt tt.o door as they .rovo up tho lane. SInton left Billy in tho carriage, hitched tho horses and went to explain to her. Ho hnd not reached her beforo sho cried, "Look, Vc3loy, that chlldl You'll have a run nwny!" Wesley looked and ran. Billy was rtandlng in tho enrriago slashing tho mcttlcsomo horses with tho whip. "See mo ranko 'era go!" ho shouted as the whip fell a second time. lie did mako them go. They took Uio hitching post and a fow fence pal Ings, which scraped tho paint from a Se me make 'em gel" he shouted a tho whip fell a second time. wheel." SInton missed "the'llnes nt the first effort, but the dragging post Im peded the horses, and ho soon caught them. Ho led them to the barn and , ordered Billy to remain in tho carriage while he unhitched. Then leading Billy and carrying his packages ho en tered the yard "You run play a few minutes, Billy,' ho said. "I want to talk to tho nice lady." Tho nice lady was looking rather Stupefied ns SInton upproached her. "Where in the namo of sense did yon got that awful child?" sho de manded. Her husband told her Billy's etory. "Ho"-, hnlf str - .: I want to wash luiii -.u put ciu.ia utiles, ou him and give him Konie supper," ho said. "Havo you got anything to put ou bin:'" Tea." "Where did you get it?" "Bought it. It ain't much. All I got didn't cost n dollar." "A dollar Is a good deal when you worl; for it tho wny wo do." "Well, I don't know a bettor placo to put It. Have you got any hot wa ter? I'll use this tub at tho cistern, rieftse give mo some soap and towels." Instead Margaret pushed by hlui with a shriek. Billy had played by producing a curd from his pocket, and, "hnvLig tied tho tails of Margaret's white kittens together, ho had climbed on a box and hung thorn across tho clothesline. Wild with fright, the kit tens were clawing each other to death, and tho ah- war whlto with fur. Tho string had twisted, and tiio frightened creatures could not lecoguize friends. Margaret stepped back with bleeding bunds. SInton cut tho cord with his ku'fo, and t!'o p" r llttlo cats racrfl under tho house bleeding and disflg- J ured. Margaret, whito with wrath, faced SInton. "If you don't hitch up and take that animal back to town," she said, "I will." Billy threw himself on the grass und began to scream. "You said I could have fried chicken for supper," ho wailed. "You said she wa3 a nice lady." SInton lifted him, and something in bis manner of handling the child infu riated Margaret. Ills touch was so gentle! She reached for Billy and grip ped his shirt collar in the bac!:. Sin ton's hand closed over hers. "Gently, girl!" ho said. "This llttlo body Is covered with sores." "Sores!" sho ejaculated. "Sores? What kind of sores?" "Oh, thoy might bo from bruises made by lists or boot toes, or they might bo bad blood from wrong eating, or they might be pure 111th. Will you hand me some towels?" "No, I won't," said Margaret. "Well, glvo mo somo rags, then." Marguret compromised on pieces of old tablecloth. SInton led Billy to tho cistern, pump ed cohl water into the tub, poured iu a kettlo of hot and, beginning at tho head, scoured him. The boy' shut bis llttlo teeth and paid never a word, though ho twisted occasionally when the honp struck a raw spot. Margaret watched the piocess from tho window In amazed and ever increasing anger. Wbrro ai.l V"es!.y leirn H? IIow could his big hands bo so gontlo? SIn tou camo to the door, "Have you got nny peroxido?" "A little," .sho answered stltDy. "Well, I need about a pint, but I'll begin ou what you have." Margaret handed him tho bottlo. Wesloy took a cup, weakened tho drug and said to Billy: "Man, these sores ou you must ho healed. Then you must eit tho kind of food that's fit for llttlo men. I am going to put somo medlclno on you, and it Is going to sting Hku Are. If It Just rims off I wou't uso any more. If it bolls thero is poison in thono places, and they must bo lied up, dosed evory day, and you must bo washed and kept mighty clean. Now, hold still, because I am going to put It on." "I think tho ono on my leg Is tho worst," said tho undaunted Billy, hold lug out a raw place. Slutou poured ou the drug. Billy's body twisted and writhed, but ho did not run. "Gee, look nt it boll!" ho cried. "I guess they's poison. You'll have to do It to all of thorn." filuton'a tooth nn - " h- watch- cd the boy's face. IIo poured the drug, ! strong enough to do cffcctlvo work, on n doaon places over that little body and bandaged all ho could. Billy's lips quivered at tlmos, and his chin jumped, but bo did not shed a tear or utter a sound other thnn to take a deep Interest in tho boiling. "Now nm I clean?" asked Billy. "Yes, yon aro clean outside," Bald SIn ton. "Thero is somo dirty blood in your body, and some bad words In your mouth, that wo have to get out, but that takes time. If wo put right things to eat into your stomach that will do away with the sores, and If you know that I don't like bad words you won't say them any oftcner thnn yon can help, will you, Billy?" Billy leaned against SInton in ap parent lndlffcronco. "I want to pee mo!" he demanded. "How long until supper, Margaret?" naked SInton. "You aro going to beep hlni for sup peri" sho asked. "Sure!" said SInton. "That's what I brought htm for. It's likely ho nover hnd a good square meal of decent ! food In his llfo. no's starved to tho bone." Margaret arose deliberately, removed the whlto cloth from tho supper table and substituted an old red one she used to wrap tho broad. She put away the pretty dishes they commonly used and set the table with old plates for ptes and kitchen utensils. But sho frl-d the chtVn and was generous with tnllU ud honey, snowy bread, gravy, potatoes and fruit. SInton repainted the scratched wheel, ne mended the fence, with Billy hold ing tho nails and handing the pickets. i Then he filled the old hole, digged a i new oue and set the hitching post. I Billy hopped on one foot at his task of holding tbo post steady as the earth was packea rouna it. xnero was not tho shadow of trouble on his llttlo freckled face. SInton threw In rtones und pounded the earth solid around the post. Tbo sound of a gulping sob attracted blm to Billy. The tears were rolling down his cheeks. 'If I'd a knowed you'd have to get down in a holo and work so hard I wouldn't 'a lilt tho horses," ho said. "Never you mind, Billy," said SInton. "You will know next time, so you can think over It and make up your mind whether you really want to be- fore you strike." SInton went to the barn to put away tho toots. Ho thought Billy at his ! heels, but the boy lagged on tho way. A big, snowy turkey gobbler resented the small Intruder In his especial pre Borves, and with spread tall and drag ging wings came at him threateningly. If that turkey gobbler had known the sort of things with which Billy was accustomed to holding his own he nover would have issued that chal lenge. Billy accepted Instantly. He danced n.nund with stiff arms at his sides und Imitated tho gobbler. Then camo lils opportunity and ho Jumpjd on the big turkey's back. Wesley herrd Margaret's sen..-in In time to fee i''t lly'ag leap ar.d udmire its dex terity. Tho turkey tucked Its tall and scampered. Billy slid from Its back and ns ho fell he clutched wildly, caught the folded tail nnd Instinctively hung on for llfo. Tbo turkey gave ono scream aud related its muscles. Then It fled in disfigured defeat to the hay stack. Billy scrambled to his it holding the tail, aud bis eyes were bulging. "Why, tho blasted old thing came off!" ho said to SInton. holding out tho tail in amazed wonder. SInton, cnught suddenly, forgot everything and roared. Seeing which, Billy thought a turkey tall of no ac count aud flung that ono high abovo him, shouting with childish lnughter as tho feathers scattered nnd fell. Margaret, watching, burst Into tears. Wesley had gone mad. For tho first time In her married life sho wanted to tell her mother. When Wesley had waited until ho was so hungry he could wait no longer ho Invaded tho kitchen to And a cooked supper baking on tho back of tho stove, while Mar garet with red eyes nursed a pair of demoralized whlto kittens. "Is supper ready?" ho asked. "It has been for an hour," answered Margaret. "Why didn't you call us?" That "us" had too much comrade ship In It. It Irritated Margaret. "I supposed It would take you even longer than that to fix things decent ngaln. As for my turkey and my poor Uttlo. kittens they don't mntter." "I am mighty aorry about them, Mar garet, you know that. Billy is very bright, and he will soon learn" "Soon learn!" cried Margaret. "Wes ley SInton, you don't mean to say that you think of keeping that creature here for some time?" "No; I think of keeping a decent, well behaved llttlo boy." Margaret sot tho supper on tho table. Seclug the old red cloth, Wesley stared in amazement. Then ho understood. Billy capered nround in delight. "Ain't that pretty?" ho exulted. "I wish Jimmy and Bello could see. We, why, wo 1st eat out of our hands or off a old drygoods box, and when we fix up a lot we have newspaper. We nln't ever had a nice red cloth llko this." Wesley looked straight nt Margaret, so Intently that sho turned away, her fnco flushing, no stacked the diction ary and tho rrography of the world on a chair and lifted Billy beside him. lie heaped n plate generously, cut tbo food, put a fork Into Billy's little fist and mado him cat slowly and properly. Billy did his best. Occasionally greed overcamo him, and be used his left hand to pop n blto Into bis mouth with his fingers. Thoso lapsos Wesloy pa tiently overlooked and went on with his general instructions. Luckily Billy did not spill nnythtug on his clothing or the cloth. After supper Wesley took him to tbo barn until he finished tho ulght woik. Then ho went and sat by Marpnret on tho front porch. Billy ap propriated the hammock and swung by pulling n ropo tied around n tree. The very energy with which he went nt tho work of swinging himself appealed to Wesley. "Mercy, but he's an active little body!" he said. "There isn't a lasy bono in him. See how he works to pay for his fun." "Thero goes his foot through It!" tried Mnrgarot. "Wosley, ho shall not ruin my hammock." "Of courso ho ahan'il".Bald .Wesley. "Wnlt, Billy j lot mo show you." Thereupon ho explained to Billy that ladles wearing beautiful whito dresses sat In hammocks, so llttlo boys must not put their dusty feot in thorn. They must Just sit in them nnd lot their foot hang down. Billy Immediately sat and allowed his feet to swing. "Margaret," said SInton after a long silence on the porch, "isn't It truo that If Billy had been n half starved soro cat, dog or animal of any sort that you would have pitied and helped care for It and been glad to see mo get any pleasure mt of it I could?" "Yes," said Margaret coldly. "Bnt becatiso I brought a child with mi Immortal soul thero is no welcome." "That len't a child. It's an animal," "You Just said you would have wel comed an animal." "Not a wild ono. I meant n tamo beast." "Billy is not a beast," said Wesley hotly. "He is a very dear little boy. Margaret, you've always done tho church going ntftTfltblo reau'rg for'th'Ia family. IIow do you reconcilo that 'suf fer little children to como unto mo' with tho way you are treating Billy?" Margaret arose. "I haven't treated that child. I have only let him alone. 1 can barely hold myself. He needs the bide tanned about off him." "If you'd cared to look at bis body you'd know that you couldn't find a place to strike without cutting into a raw spot," said SInton. "Besides, Billy has not done a thing for which a child should be punlsbed. He Is only full of life, no training nnd with a boy's love of mischief. He is just a bully little chap, and I love him." "Ok. good heavens!" cried Margaret, going into the house as she spoke. vTO BE CONTINUED.) DOMESTIC SCIENCE Cooking and Serving Conducted br Lillian Mason. KEEPING FOOD WITHOUT ICE. "So the man with the melon Is wel come still, And the man with the cream Is nice: But the mellow fellow who fills the bill Is the man with the dally Ice." When the rare accident happens that the Ice man misses his usual call the housekeeper Is nearly at the end of her wits. So great dependence Is now made cn Ice for cooling and keeping food that thcro seems to be no alternative. "Do ns your Krandmothcr did," suggests the man of the house, bcKlnnlng even then to thirst for a slass of Ice water. But crandmother had a cool spring or a deep well Into which she lowered the butter or milk and her dark cellar had almost tho temperature of a cold stor age room. There Is no cellar to the modern apartment which corresponds to the old time house cellar and even In the dot ehtd house no use Is now made of tho npace under the house except for a furnaco and fuel and for lnundry work. Water from tho city supply Is almost lukewarm and can perform no effective cooling ofTlce. In tho emergency an old fashioned wire cover, shaped llko an In verted bowl, placed ovt-r a plnte and set In a draught of air will keep meat hot ter than to set It In a close cupboard. Meat nnd llsh may bo saved over night by rubbing with salt or by covering with a weak brine. City milk is anywhnro from 12 to sc, hours old and It Is not safe to rely on Its keeping qualities In mid-summer unless heated to the scalding point. Green vegetabl s must bo sprinkled often with water: If left soaking In water they decay soon even If they do not wilt. Put butter Into a deep dish set In another not quite ns deep and let water drip from tho faucet continually all nlsht nnd n this way the butter will l;e.p fairly firm until morning. If thero la any doubt about an article of food keeping over night, cook It nt once for as a choice of evils thero Is less wnste or menace to health In warm ed over food than In entlnc something ever so slightly tainted. Alice E. Whltaker: CREAM PIE. Bake the crust first, then for the fill ins put over the fire In a double boiler, 1 large cup of milk. When hot, stir In 1-3 eup of sugar, piece butter size of a walnut, n sma ' hnlf cup of flour, ono tnblespoon of cold milk and yolks of 2 eggs well beaten. Blend and stir until It thickens, nnd when the Hour Is cooked take from lire and flavor with vanilla. Fill the baked crust, beat the whites to a stiff froth, add 2 tablespoons of powder ed sugar nnd cover nnd brown lightly In tho oven. The cream may be flavored with chocolate If preferred. CALF'S LIVER AND BACON. Cut the liver In thin slices, drop Into boiling water and let stand two minutes, drain nnd dry on a cloth. Put several Bllces of bacon Into the frying pan and let It cook slowly When the bacon Is ncll cooked but not brittle take It up on a hot dish. Dust the liver with salt and pepper nnd fry In hot bacon fat. Do not cook long enough to harden. Serve with the bacon. If sauce Is liked take one tablespoon of tho fat, add a tablespoon of Hour and when cooked frothy add one cup of boiling water nnd cook flye minutes, season with salt and popper and strain over the liver. MACARONI WITH CHEESE SAUCE. Break one-hnlf package of macaroni, preferably the small kind, Into pieces and cover It with cold wnter, letting it stand for five minutes. Then pour the cold water off ana piace me macaroni In a aucepan with plenty of boiling water lalted. It It boll until It Is tender stirring at Interval to keep It from u. . Ins 'n the meantime, put a large tablespoonful of butter In the upper half of a double boiler, the lower part being filled with hot water, and after It has melted stir In a tablespoonful of flour, After blending them turn In a cupful of hot milk, mnklng a rather thin white auce. Season with salt and paprika to taito nnd then pour tn a large cupful of cheese which has been put through the ment chopper, This thickens the sauce sufficiently, and when the macdronl is done It Is drained and stirred Into the sauce. Being In the double boiler It will not stick on tho bottom nnd may be kept hot until tho time for sorvlng. Any excess o sauco for tho proportion of inaVnronl mny ho used th next day by heating It nnd pouring It over toast In the mnnncr of Welsh rarebit. MEXICAN CHOCOLATE (DRINK). For one quart use four teaspoons of cocoa, four of sugar, heaping teaspoon of cornstarch mix all with cold water, then pour It t one quart of equsl parti of milk nnd mitflr; ndd ft pinch of cinna mon nnd wlwn cooked sufficiently, ndd vanilla. When cold, pour onto the beat en whites of one or two eggs, or If served hot, tie whipped cream Instead of tggs nnd beat all together until light and foaming. Delicious hot or cold Mrs. C. V. Lewick. BEEFSTEAK A LA MODE. Tnlco a pound of beefsteak, cut about an Inch thick. Two tablespoons of but ter, three slices of lemon, ft gill of stock. Put the butter Into a chafing dish with thrco slices of lemon. When molted add tho steak and cook slowly eight or ton minutes; then pour over tho stock. CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS. Put one cup of wnter and one-half cup of butter Into a sauce, pun and when It Lolls add ono cup of dry sifted flour meas ured even nnd stir rapidly; cook until It has become a paste thnt wilt cleave from tho side of tho pan. Add all tho Hour at onco nnd do not add more under the be lief that the mixture will bn too thin. Let tho pnsto cool, then count out five eggs. Add them unbeaten ono at a time and beat between each addition until the mixture Is entirely smooth. Now thero aro two ways of baking tho paste; ono way Is to use the pastry bag and squeezo the pastn through It Into long strips like the usunl Bhapo of eclairs; nearly ns good shapo can be Riven by using a spoon. Sometimes It Is Just as well to make the cakes round. Hake In a slow oven for If It is too hot the outside of the eclairs will burn before tho Inside Is well dono nnd they will fall. Cool and cut a gash In ont side for tho filling. CREAM FILLING FOR ECLAIRS. Beat thick cream stiff and sweeten to ta.ste. Flavor with vanilla. Or make J custard of one-quarter cup of flour mixed with two-thirds cup of sugar and two cups of scalded milk cooked one-quarter of an hour. Add three well beaten eggs and cook flvo minutes longer. Cool and flavor with vanilla. CHOCOLATE ICING FOR ECLAIRS. Put seven-eighths cup of granulated su gar In a saucepan with six tablespoon-i of water. Stir until the sugar Is melted, then cook the syrup until a thread Is formed. Melt two squares of chocolate over hot water and pour the boiling syrup on and beat until tho Icing will spread well. Put a little of the Icing on each eclair allowing It to cover tho top but not run down the sides. Alice E. Whlt aker. CHOCOLATE CONES. Put one pound best granulated sugar Into a saucepan, add half a cup of water and with a wooden spatula st.r over tho flro until tho sugar Is dissolved; then re move tho spatula and cook without stir ring until the syrup softballs, when a lit tle of It Is tested In Ice water: pour slow ly but In a steady stream In'o a bowl that has been lightly brushed over with 011 or water; do not scrapo the sides of tho saucepan or the syrup will granulate; have ready In a bowl six ounces of melted chocolate; divide the sugar mixture Into two parts and Into ono pour one-third the melted chocolate and vanilla extract to season to taste: stir until a stiff mass 12 formed, then shape Into small cones and drop upon buttered paper; put half the remaining cream mixture Into a cup and stand it In boiling water, add van illa to flavor and stir over the fire until of tho consistency of thick syrup: tako the cup to the table and dip half tho cones, one at a time, Into It, coating each thoroughly; to the remainder of the creamed sugar add the remaining choco- huo and two tablespoonfuls boiling water until of consistency desired; dip rest of ccnea In It. Watcrbury. APPLE SN'OW. Cut four medium sized sour apples In quarters, take out tho seeds, but do not pare. Cook, with a little water to pre vent burning, until tender: pre.s through a line strainer Beat the whites of three eggs on a flatter until stiff with a wire whisk, add one-hnlf cup of powdered sugar and beat. then add the sifted npplo slowly, beating nil the time until the whole Is very light. Pile lightly like snow on a dish and .-erve with a boiled custard made from tho yolks of three eggs, two rounding tablespoons of sugar and two cups of milk; flavor with vanilla or lemon. CALF'S FOOT JELLLY. Boll tho feet In clear water, using neither salt nor pepper, until they are ti : 'er; remove all bones and meat: strain through sieve and let the mixture stand in an earthen bowl until the grease forms on top; remove this grease and strain the mlxturo through a cloth: to every gallon oi Jelly add ono-half cup of vinegar, the whites of four eggs, which have been beaten to a stiff froth, nnd sugar to taste) boll together and strain through a cloth: then add the Juice of two lemons and et the mixture aside to cool. Amelia J. PEACH CREAM PIE. Peel peaches, cut In hal'os, remove stones nnd cook in a syrup of sugar and water until tender, using as much sugar .is needed by the quality of the fruit. The peaches must not bo cooked soft enough to break. Lino a deep plo plate with good paste, fill even full with thg cooked peaches, put on a top crust "it do not press tho edges together. Baka and cool; lift oft the top crust, ill! with beaten cream, put the crust back and serve. STRING BEANS. For the uso of green pods us food w may take many varieties of garden beans with good satisfaction. There are two pre-eminent types which glvo best satis faction in this form. The white or wajc bean, at Its perfect stage, has less ot strings and a more attractive nppearanoe than any other variety. Tho cranberry bean, with red speckles, on tho poil, is liked better as for flavor, by many, and also when tho beane have developed to use as a shell bean it Is es pecially gOC"J. The cranberry beans. If used green, should bo picked before the seeds ar formed. String them carefully, for noth ing Is more annoying than to llnd the tough .strings clinglni; to the bean on one's plate, or Inextricably wedged be tween one's teeth. PREPARING STRING BEANS. Sometimes It is necessary to pare off a thin strip with the string, the latter ad heres so closely. When the strings ar removed, lay the beans together on a board, us many as your hand will cover, and cut them off ull nt once, in half-Inch pieces, or larger, If you prefer. Wash them quickly, put them In a stew-pan in plenty of boiling water to cover the beans, Let them cook slowly but steadily foi two to four hours, according to the tough, ness of tho pods. By rapid boiling and with very tender pods you may find thera dono In considerably less than two hours, but thoy aro better not to bo hurriedly cooked according to the best culinary au thorities. Let the water cook away at the last, and add salt 15 minutes before serving. Shake a llttlo pepper over, but be generous with butter, and you may add cream also, If you like. In the country, where sweet, fat salt pork Is always at hand, the dish Is not considered complete without this for sea soning, a small piece ot It being boiled with the beam.