3 EST. ALGER'S ACHIEVEMENTS
IKSFIBXNCt TO OUR YOUTH.
To Boom "Unci Joe" tor the Presi
dency Satisfied as Speaker and
Looks Forward to Retirement
Senator It u t s e 1 1
of Michigan, tins
yielded to the In
evitable an I an
nounced that he
will not L a can
dldate fur re-election
on account of
the prerarlout (on
dltloo of his
health. It cost the
o!d wr home a
ki .. iu tue this declaratl in, as
only a month ago hs had announel
that he would stand (or re-e'e-thm.
Mr. Alter has beeo In delicate health
Tor a number of rears, tut by careful
watching and nursing he has been able
to continue In the pjtdlc service and
perform work calculated to p rout rate a
rooch stronger man. He has suffered a
great desl from weakness of the heart
and this frature of his physical a na
tion Is what has compelled htm to re
tire from public life.
Senator Alger la bis life and achieve
ments presents to the American youth
an example worthy of their emula
tion. He la another of the scores snd
hundreds of rich an 1 successful Amer
icans wbo began life as a poor boy.
Like moat publle men he was born on
a farm and at the age of eleven years
lost both his parents. At that early
age hs did farm work, and was a farm j
laborer for seven years, attending
school In the winter and later teaching
arhool to secure money to pay for his
education. He studied Uw and was at
mltted to the bar, but on the breuMig
out of the war, he gave up bl profes
sion and entered the armr.
Gen. Alger's record In the rlvll war
Is one of the most brilliant In the vol
unteer service. He served a I mop t four
years and participate! in M battles
and aklrmUhes. He roe from the tank
of captain In the Feeond Michigan cav
ability displayed on the floor of the
aenats. It Is admitted by old number
of congress that at no Urns within
their recollection have there been moio
able men in the upper brsnch of con
gress than at the present time. An
examination of the re-ordt of congress
and the debates hfl.l In the days sj
muih talked of when B nton, Calhoun,
Clay and Webster wers great flgursi
In tbs senate, does not show any su
periority over the profound discussions
that have taken place within the past
Suih men ss Knox, of Pennsylvsnl"
Spooner, of Wisconsin, Kayner, of
Maryland. Da I If y and Culberson, of
Texas, Fulton, of Oregon. Forsker, of
Ohio, Dolllver, of Iowa, and Lon?, of
Kansas, have contributed to the dob ite
on the railway rats question nio e In
formation, mors sound reasoning oti
constitutional points than has ever
been heard In the smite within the
same period of time. The bis law ers
of the senate are mighty careful what
they ssy on a constitutional point, a
By MAJ. CEN. WILLIAM A. BANCROFT,
President ef Boston iterated RaUwar Co.
By R. MURRAY CILCHRI5T
She knelt beside the rht an ...
SV. very apparent reason for the flocking of the youth of derly lifted out a gown of white silk.
the country to the citv has Ik-mi the remoteness of the farm I embellished with a running pattern
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from the capitals an,! centers of civic anl industrial activi- 7 ?Z "K
ty. Ihe imagination oi the boy on the farm was stiniu- trous as on the day when the best
lated by stories of the great thincs that one mav see and dressmaker of the market-towa had
share in the city. For him the city was a far-off land of " " 'r
promise, to le thought oi only in connection with the idea I shook out Its folds.
of the renunciation of the farm life forever. When the chest wss emptied, she
(If rro.rte the ritv rnnrin,.,.. i rtm.riili in Urrr nart OPd another, and brought to light
' " ' " I .i, b,nn.i t lae and rlhhnna
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through the accessions ot such rural population, ana ine There wu a mildewed looking-
men and women who have developed the cities and made them richer glass near by; unintentionally she
the Uw which they are trying t con. I , , .t,;.rt fer,n, t,- , I. fn.,n,l found herself gazing upon her refloc
d iito.1 ... ., , .it i . i.i i 't .... Ion- Ths years had used her weil;
struct wl I eventually be paw.
luruivii. ruiiun funiu u imiu u 114s SUIICICtl IJV HillgCMKMi imuii;ii inc auuuiuu l us iiuuiuiia ui row Of Short black
xperts like Senators Kno, Stkm n-r hose who ot ,Q haye cft thc f ,avinff kft it shouj ,Uht!jr ,kPd lth
r Flalley are very careful to lavs , , ... , either side of a well-i
their argument well thought out b- ave returned when their dream of success in thc city faded to come JfJ J J
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by the supreme court of ths I'll el I however, thai wnen me country jouui nas acnieved me ucgree oi suc-i h WM u good ,0 Iook upon
States. The latter body In ronstriil-g cess which he started out to attain, as a man he longs to be back on though no longer as plump as when
the isw 14 m trie haMt or s-aDlig , land the soil, which is the real noumher of humanity. n gown was made. Her skin
closely the rtebste In rongresi that . . , ,. ... ... dsrk. sunburnt and clesr. Thers was
were had whl e the laws wers b Irg inc cuy lias proumi uy ,jrdwmg on mc luunuv imunuii -hu.nm- minr in h.e eheeka A
formed. Forthls reason ronstl u'lonal it has suffered by ctjngestion through the addition to its numbers of row of short blsck rlngleu. only
Ith grsy. bung oa
carried head; the
twisted In a great
true. knot at the rrnwn. She wore Ions
The agency which has done the most effective work, and which is J gold. earrings, fringed with Hula tas-
looked to for far rreater and more effective work in the future toward '
.1 1 l 1 1 .u a , ,1 I She laid the bonnet on the dress-
the correction of the evils of congestion in the city and to redress the ln(,.ubIe unlorked . drwr tn4
balance of nontil.it ton in the country, is that of increased and ncrlccted tmk ni twrtr.n r hiu-k
ple'mer'sThV.1 ill f'S.Vi I ciliiie. for transportation. These have brought the city and the P-Pr m.che It had not be. .opened
- a I rnP sua inn sf I n a ff ina nrinii nsii srrnwn
hs full test of constitutionality. country closer, ami-have enabled the country man to get a more cor- ' " ' ,, t,n
t s a i- ! 11.. 1 1 '
reel view ot urian Hie and to weign mucn more rauonauy us au- tDe gdeg fe! apart. Tlie picture was
vantages and disadvantage. They have brought to the vicinity of thc thst of a young man. scarce mors thsn
farm many of those attractive conditions of city life which once were u:i P 'ndlng fellow with
tnf avasi en I .tf r) w hair 1 1
as a a . a . . .1 I e's wie-vuni ese . asu
so remote, .wilt, comlortabie an.i Dnei travel now win transport tne wore hj, SundaT ri0thes: a chimney.
speaker ot me inhabitants nf tlip farm into the midst of urban activities.
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aenutues wi.i bs W'M the closer communion of city and country which transporta-
tenden-d an u.i- tion and telephonic facilities provide, the work on the farm is made
usual honor ty eii laborious and more productive through the adoption of the best
methods of agriculture and the most modern tools and implements. h 'd. "I used to think him the
i..... ... ..... i nmi. onK nr rniTi in inn wnriii - nm
ill, mil w.ll be I in ins ijumiicss inuiuic inc luiniri, inc juurwui one di nasi, in oicsc i . . ,,, . . .
the "mh anmviT-1 ,jaySt js a cjty man wi,h urhan forms and customs. Thc farmer's boy badger-bearded, Jun Ilk bis father
VJI "Ji'f.il no longer nenU to leave home and settle in the citv to reap success; was!"
fore delivering tbem.
Senators do not care to hive their
names associated with a law delr?d
nncons'ttutlonal by the supreme four'.
They have a good deil of r!d In
their own knowledge and ability an I
Becipt'on to "Uncle Joe."
N the "th of nxt
month "C n c I a
pot hat lay on the table at his side
his besvy watchchain had been
touched with gilt by ths conscientious
"I wonder what Hack's like to now."
Ths esse almost fell from her
hands; a shrewd voire was calling her
name at the foot of the stairs. She
friends I ioiij;ci iitun iu ivat iiwhiv uu .nn. hi mi i-
from rrcsideui Hoosevt-lt down, are de- l.e can Io business with me city, according to me urnan mcinod oi
termined to do him horn. It was first sale and exchange, flourish and thrive if he has the ability, and be a
houkht that a dinner should !!' LUCcessful man of botli the cit.- gnd thc country. City men have found closed the drawer hurriedly snd went
In bis honor, bjt since then I: ha . , .. . . , .' - . . , .v.- .. ... ' Gl
airy to that of brevet major general of j been de. We.l tb.it the affair ahail taks profitable to invade tne nei.l oi ine agriculturist, and to csiam.sii re- " . , , ' "
the Spanish wsr In rel.vlng to s .me ' thousand or more guests will bs In- T, f .:,.,:,, (lf traSIM,rtation and c ommtini.-ation as ai-entl L..w . ,. .Y., v.. ...a -..k .
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t .., o civi ization as been to Drine tctretner in closer and nuicker rcia- wmowa winnei
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young offlcers h's extwrl' n h said
that while colonel of th Mfth Ml h- .attest their respeft and affe.tlon
gan cavalry he and his command we-e I him. T.s fumtlon will partake to I Hons hitherto remote sections and regions. This is t he mission to
overtaken one nl?ht by a storm an I some d. Kr. e of the character of a l L,;ch ,lcv arc tn 0 tKUttc, n the future with even more remarkable
blvouared In an ooen flel'l. Tl;ev went I llrli-nl boom for "I'tlr Joe. an cr- .....
to sleep and In the morning whn he i tain of his friends ars determined t, success than in thc past. I pon the development of transportation
awoke he looked out over a Held t t put htm In tfie Tel I for the pres da.itUI and communication depends thc solution in part of many problems of
white nummocks. sniw having fallen nomination in ri 'S. urban and rustic life in their
aunng tne nignt wn:cn roverei cm Ann n ine ptiiiiic n en wno ro n
whole command, while nlwp.
Tint in Robust Health.
by Senator Aig'r
that he will retire
believe that Mr. Cannon is too ill ti
be nominated for pre.bbnt is iT'sl-
d-nt Roosevelt blmsl'. The lafr re
gards the veteran Illinois stitcs n in i s
so vigorous in mind and body as to
silence anv rrltl. Ism of his aS. The
at the end of his 'g,.,ker takes all this talk of his can
terra has directed dl,ary ja K,M, nij ,,. not al!n
suentlon to a M,11M.f tn h left awav or Inft i. n-pd
relations to each other.
n n m tier of mem
iters of the senste
who are also in
bad physical con
Cullom. of Illi
nois, has Just
turnej from a long
stay in Florida, whbb he was com
lulled to make on account of h's
health. He is 77 years of ags and Is
growing very feeble. He has pulled
through his last illness, but Is not able
to stand the strain that he did even
two years agi. Then there Is Senator
Gorman, of Maryland, for s many
years ths acknowledged lender of the
I)emorrata. Those who know Mr. Gor
man's physical ronlltlon do not ex
pect that he wilt ever be able to take
up active service sgaln In the senate
and they regard It doubtful whether
hs will even app-ar In the chamber
again. Mr. Gorman Is understood to be
suffering from Ilrlght's disease which
msy end fatally at any time.
Senator pepew, of New Yor't. h; S
gone Into a retreat and he is virtually
dead to the world. Even his colleague.
Senator Halt, a physl'sl wreck him
self, says thst Tpew should resign If
he is capable of writing a resignation.
The once famous after dinner speaker
and raconteur la mentally dead, the
dread disease , aphasia, having taken
possession of his faculties. S -nator
Daft is bsrely able to rhuffle hN wy
to his seat In the senete chamber, h's
legs being almost wholly psr.ilyrel.
He Is still green st the too, however,
and as mentally slert as ever.
one whit by the eomplltmnury thlnss
said of him. He said the othr day
that hi great ambition was again to
be speuker of the house and then re
tire In favor of some one else. He con
siders ths plsre he ho!. Is as sernd
r" 'only In honor and power to that of ths
Speaker Cannon sivs thst he has a
It's me, Emma." she said. "I got
home from Staffordshire but this
morning, and I male up my mind to
walk up snd see you straight off.
Flnr-s I've gotten news as'll Interest
you. Nay, don't you coma down I'm
coming up to taks off my things. I
reckon more than a fortnight's gone
since I was here, and I mean to bids
with you for an hour or so."
Dofora Emma could reply lis vis
itor was st her side. They had
known each other Intimately from
responsible ; I early childhood, and each did a she
piesseq in ins otnera nouse. never
theless, t was with something like
embarrassment that the spinster stood
aside to let her friend Into the cham
ber. Her color deepened, but she did
Deary me! deary me! you ars In
an upset. Emma!" cried the woman.
Whatever be yon doing?" Then her
grandmowiers lor scvcrui gciiira,,..,i, mij-m i inv ui (t-s your wedding gown mads for the
nf iflmt In iHan
By REV. JOHN L. BRANDT,
St. Louts Pastor.
we are not responsible
for our temperament,
whether it be nervous
or plegmatic, bilious
or sanguine. Our fa
thers and mothers, our
gre.it denire to g t through wi h the pcrament and to determine our character. We are not responsible for wedding s never came off."
wor or nmgren n. gei " Matures. These came down to us from our ancestors. We are "You're right. Sarah." said Emms,
long tne uanviae una. lie is a greni .... ... i
since she's the
frr .mr tt'itiirt W gAni inlrt lift ac a ci
lover .l tne coun.ry ano o. rnuniry .vr - - - - ' y daughter Is to marry soon, and
wre. ne wsnis m w om ani see in na, ln ,t tne results ot ine conduct oi a long imc oi ancestors. c are m.t. im m mint
crops grow, espeililiy trie torn. lie ... . , ,lf tinit -vl...ni.,.t v,l,i,-l, ,r- b.rvnrable. sn.l for uhi.h u nesrest relsilnn nf my w -r
hol.i. th. record in Washington a. an ' " V" ' , ' T ' " r , h.ve . . 7u.a
eiter of roasting ears. During their are not responsible. ,tid wi.ue we cannot ciiaugc tne coior oi inc eye -
. ,kltlll'l 'III I ITKUlliUI PiUll.
mm-u ,u7 m,T .-,or lnc lair t,r ln(- ( I-m j iv r a 11 n in , ci a uiiiv- ionics 111 inc utjvii'iiiiii-iii and M T0 remftnhrr. Wain's made
imf.. .....sy... .... -..- f , ntciicct and the emotions when we become the architects o It before the little factory was closed.
ner tabl. Some of his facetious . , t, , , , . .,. ..,..
, frUn Is hnve siuteested thst It won d our characters and loriuiies, wnen we arc answerauic ooin iegauy ana -
be cheaper for him to live In a livery morally for the dischurge of a duty, trust, debt, service or other obli- ... "Ul lDe
ral.ln as he Is so fnml of r rn . 1 .. - w'.now a naniei inrew on ner cotton
stsoie. as ne is so ionn oi crn. I A tinie ronie vvhi-n i-vcrv man. cxn-Titimr i, i.it ami liinnti,- I j .u. ......
N -v ....... , . ( 1 ijiovea aiin Birusen ine ssin. 1011
is supposed to have sufticiint mental capacity to understand and per- never spoke a truer word. Emma."
ccive the distinction between right and wrong, and to be answerable . " Ju"t J,7, n(
for lllS CondUCt. lh nlsht vnn trini It nn affee Xltu
We are resposible for the preservation of our lives. We should Posnett had sent it from Caiton St
Attorney Oeneral Moody.
keeps denyl.ig the
that he Is abo.it
to retire fro n tlis
cabinet. He noti
fied ths present
last winter that
be would retain
his portf 1II0 as at
torney general un
til the end of ths
be careful not to expose ourselves to unnecessary peril. "Do thyself Ann'- I'd hsve thought you couldn't
,.,..,. f 11. part with It for old time's sake. Why,
no harm is both the voice of reason and revelation. Vn nn ,f ,ftfk knw tho
We are responsible for our natural faculties. I-.verv power of of doing so. he'd be right down hurt.
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tne mind is uesigneu lor some speiiai use and wise purpose, lhe tin
ilerstanding, thc memory, the judgment, the affections, must be prop
erly employed and improved.
We arc resjHmsible for our wealth. Riches are intrusted to men
present ongTess, I stewards, w ho w ill have to L'ivc an account unto C.ol Wralih '
wnuu v.i.1 ue me im oi nei jian m. . , , ... , , ...
He now declares that he has nit ' " "v " -y.,, Kvivj ui viciy
have both perceptibly fallen off In
health during the past year. Senator
Prye, of Maine, Is not so vigorous as
be wts two yesrs sgo and hit to'
league, Senator Hale, has suffered two
or three attacks of Illness that hsve
caused some alarm. There are eight
or ten I'nlted States senators who are
In anything but robust health.
AHe Mn In th Senate.
" HE I'nlted S ate
1 I I senate has dom
j I I more In the pis
v I I I sis weeks to rein
t V. state Itself li ths
ii.uuurui v an 4 ai-
mlratlon of the
peoplo than It had
done In sis years
ths railway rats
cams up In ths
sensts ths country
has ieea pleased and astonished by
ths Ugh. trade of iuusni.ta.fllD and
chusetts and becoming a candidate lor
the I'nlted S.a'ea senate to su e -ed
Mr. Moody has been one of the very
bard working members of ths cabinet
and as attorney general he has bad an
unusual smount of big oik to stten'
to. He hss not been In as robj t
health as formerly and his close appli
cation to his duties his woru tin
down until he has lost very consider
ably In weight. He Is not ths stout
rotund figure he a when he entered
the cabinet. His fare Is thinner and
shows the lines of worry snd work.
Before he left the nsvy nep.irtment hs
met with a severe actldent while on
an 0ffi1t.1l visit to the naval acalcmy
ai Annapolis, lhe horses attaihed to
his carriage ran away ami Mr. Moody
was thrown out of the vehicle ami s
verely hart about the bead. It hai
been noticed that since that sol lent
hs hss not been as vigorous as he wis
before, i.Ur lacntai; or physically.
Emma's color grew fainter. "I don't
know If Hack's living or dead." she
said, shortly ; "snd It matters nought
whether he'd be hurt or not"
"There, now," said Mrs. Hewlet.
Ith a laugh, "you're getting a bit
hot! What would you say If I were
,8r",or U"7,lllo "orllU on c hanged his mind nor altered his and to the glory of God. to tell you as I'd seen him but yestcr-
owMow T,,e 7"l"Uni rttm".r",n h'J Wc arc responsible for our time. One of the most precious d" nJ dr "'!t
ors aiorgsn ana 1 eiius. 01 Aianims. 1 j )n ln(.,U(1, lh. ,)robat)llltv 1 f . . . . biding at my slster'ar
ivs both perceptibly fallen it In h .,, ,, aln ln M,,,a. things we possess is time. The period of our probation and prepara- " r E ...
.lth Hnelno- I ha nnat ir Rumiinr .-.... 1. i t. vi- 1.: .1. r ... . ' " "7.
Hon fr the hereafter. Wasted time is the curse of many a life here,
and will be the condemnation hereafter.
We shall be held responsible for our influence. "Xo man liveth
as I were glad he's alive, and that's
all. What's Hack to me, when welly
a lifetime has gone by?"
HU. .A.d Ki w a A . .!.. I.
... M, , , , I ...7 -vm, will UvJ kaav II
unto himself. 1 he power to affect others is possessed in a greater or strange!" remarked Mrs. Hewlet. "As
less degree by every human being. The greater the influence the ,r he could be anything to you! You
greater should be the impression that it is held in trust and that the ,r,"d b,m ba(;,r- 1 Co 'r r.
..... . , . , I so you couldn't have cared a lot for
1'in.ooH'i nni nave 10 give an account ior mis trust to Hie gTeat I the lad."
rounder of Society. "Ui that be." said Emma, more
We are responsible to the neonle of the present feneration Ue nu,'l!r: B- . He offended
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..nn.il ...... In . t. . . . . w . r ... ... 1. . . . . n 1 . ... 1 . 1 . 1 I I '
aiiimi 9i.'lli llic 5Ul l i'n s, ii'iim iiiv tiiisidhcs, ui Ileal inc WOUndS
of those who are past and gone. We cannot teach the ignorant of the
centuries that arc behind us. Like D;.vid, we are to serve our own
generation by the will of God. We arc responsible to one another.
Kvery man is measured by his own measure. Those who are
mighty in intellect, and genius and power must be mighty to help, for
"IWito whomsoever much is given of him shall much be required.
More will be demanded from the intellectual than from the illiterate.
More beneficence will be required from the rich than from the poor,
more activity from ihe strong than from the weak." 1
"Carryings onT" exclaimed Mr.
Hewlet. "It meant a mighty lot Just
so mo silly g-sip about bis dancing
wlt!i another wench st CiJton Easter
fair! I never could see why you made
such a sons of It To think of a
young couple quarreling the day sfors
they were to h msrrlej. only because
It e lad had danced with another!
Put yon were very oalous-mInded In
those times, Emma; yon know that as
veil aa 1 da . . . In ma( sur
prised as Hack never offt red to t
Emma's mouth open4 as If Ut
retort; then sha shook her hesd. i
did offer tims and tlma again, a
you're well awars." sbs said; "but I'
mads a vow aa I'd never say yes U,
him. and at last bs gsv over."
"Ay, and rented his farm and went
to livs with bis old uncle, Ashbourne
way, and's never been back from that
day to this. Hut I'vs seen him, as I
The other's ears were hungry; but
she strove bravely to repress her curi
osity. "Now you rs hers," she- said,
"you can help me with ths gown. I'd
thinking of unpicking It forthwith."
Mrs. Hewlet was looking from tbs
window, towards the road that wound
past the spinney, near ths Nether End"
of ths village. She tsrned with- pursed
Hps. "I don't think as I'd unpick IC
she said. "Llks as not ths needle
marks'll show. If you're so set oa
LJbsy having It. why. It might ba al
tered without taking It all to piece
Ttll you what. Emma, you'd best try
It on. and let me see how It hangs
fashions nowadays aren't so very dif
ferent to my thinking."
In a few minutes ths gown was
donned, and the widow, with pins be
tween her teeth, knelt on ths gray
and red knitted rug. drawing In as
gracefully as she could ths too ample
skirt "I saw Hsck." sbs mumbled.
"At first I couldn't believe It was ha.
for hs looks so younj and hearty.
Not a bit stout, either he takes after
bis mother's side. And he's been a
widower for more then a twelve
month. A warm fellow, too, they
tell me; he belred his ancle's fortune,
and got more with his wife. Now,
look up, Em. there's no need to keep
your eyes off the glass."
Turn and twist as Emma might, the
mirror was too small to show aught
but the head and shoulders. Mrs.
Hewlet rose, took np the bonnet and
placed It lightly on the black coll;
Emma's bands rose to the strings.
"Dear Heaven!" said the widow.
"I can't believe aa It all hap
pened so many years ago If any
body told me yoo were but 30. I
wouldn't be surprised! See. here's
the gloves since you're done so
much, you might aa well put m on.
"I can't see myself If I do," object
ed Emma; "besides, where's the
good It's silly work!"
"The good's tha I wleh it." replied
Mrs. Hewlet. who was looking from
the window again. "Do as I bid you.
Em you can't say as I ever asked too
much of you. And there's the long
glass la the parlor still Just you step
down and get a full-length view."
They descended to the parlor, a
sunny place whre the furniture shone
with a century's coating of beeswax.
Mrs. Hewlet drew Emma to the mahogany-framed
glass that bung be
tween the two long wlmlows.
"Now Just you look at yourself fr
a bit" she said, "and be sure y"
don't move. I'm going Into the gar
den to gather you a posy of gilllfera
snd lad'slove you'll not be complete)
till that's ln your hands."
But, after the first glance, the old
maid saw only a very shadowy pic
ture in the glass, for as she stood
tears filled her eyes and ran
down ber cheeks. She heard foot
steps soon and threw ber hesd back;
It would never do for even so Intlmat
a friend to see ber giving way so
weakly. Dut It was not Mrs. Hewlet
who entered It waa a tall, handsome
fellow, dressed In riding-clothes, with,
gaiters of rough untanned leather.
And Emma was not aware of his
Identity until she heard a sharply
drawn breath, and a muffled exclama
tion fit "By Jowks!"
She wheeled around; her band
rose to an agitated bosom. "I dont
know what" her voice quivered,
died away ln an Incoherent murmur.
"I doubt I've been forward In com
ing like this." said he. "I'd never
have dared but for Sarah Hewlet'a
encouraging me. She told me.
amongst other things, as you'd kept
your weddln'gown all these years,
and now I see you In't; . . . Em.
tove, you've heard from her as I
meant coming you've donned It to
"Nay," she replied, brokenly. "I've
been beguiled Into It I'd no Idea
He caught the hem of her right
sleeve, "Em." he said. "Em. It's more
than SO years since you and I parted.
. . . I matvVvl soon after I left thl
country, and I lovt.-d my wife, but sot
as I'd loved you. ... Ah that
time, Em, you were In my thoughts.
. . . Em, I'm come for to ask you
8 he looked him full In the face.
"And I say no," she replied, bravely,
"aa I promised to."
The farmer waa pale with disap
pointment. "Well, It's but what I
feared." he said, making towards tb
door. "Tell Sarah as what she's done
Is no good." But ere he reached tho
threshold Emma, almost against ber
will, turned and held out her arms.
"Hack." she panted. "Hack. I've
kept my vow as I'd give you the nay
say. . . . Hack, lad, dont leave
me yet awnne. . . . tiacg. I ve
said It, ... my turn's come now.
I never thought as I'd hav to do so.
lUck. U s for me to offer."
The widow came on tiptoe with her
flowers. The parlor door was slight
ly ajar. She had meant to laugh; but
when she retired out of bearing to
the hop arbor ln the garden, ber
cheeks were glistening.
I'll lay my soul as Libby does&'r
get that gown," she said.
"My dear Jans," said the mistress of
a household, "yon have served . now
faithfully for 55 years. We shall hene
forth regard yon aa a memlr of our
family. You will receive to eaes! .
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