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TIME TO PLANT THE SEEDS.
Tje ole turkey gobblor habcr ’gun fur tor strut, Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds; An* whut a mighty shine data coun’rel he ken cut. Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds. He bows his ole naik when de domenicker sings, Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds, An’ he marks on do groun'wid de tips o’his wings. Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds. Gome er hitch up yer team dar an’ break up de groun’. Come er ole man, shake dem jints er roun*. Go er ’long Andy, go ’long Spence An’ chop out de bushes from de corner o’ de fence. Gobbler’s too proud fur ter eat er black bug, Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds; His voice soun’s lack er pourin’ suthin’ frum a jug; Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds. Grab er young chicken’ by de back o’ de naik. Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds. Shake him lack de lean hog er killin’ o’ a snake; Time fur de plantin’ o’ de seeds. Move de back ban’ er forard, and er plow de lan’ deep, An’ let de sun er warm it lack de wool dat’s on er sheep; Work wid er will till de blowin’ o’ de no’n. Fur we’se all got ter labor ef we ’specks ter crib de co’n. —A rkansaic Tra veler. ---— "FAINT HEART NE'ER WON FAIR LADY.” “A hat of last year’s fashion!” “But her eyes were like gray stars.” “And her manner dreadfully quick and decided.” “Bright and sparkling, I should call it.” “My dear Richard, you are really absurd! The girl is a hospital nurse, and what woman with any refinement or delicacy would take up such a pro fession as that? It shows she can’t be nice.” “Ladies do such things now a-days” —less defiantly. “Now you know you're only saying so because she’s pretty. Of course ladies do queer things now-a-days, but that doesn’t excuse an unwomanly feeling. Besides she's only a solicitor's daughter. I shan’t ask mamma to call.” “But don't you think common civ ility —-” “No, I don’t. She's only staying at the Rectory, and we’re not forced to call on every one’s friends. Besides, Captain Hardwicke is expected home, and it would make it awkward. What would one of Lord Belmont’s people say if we asked them to meet a girl like Miss Travers?” “All the same, she’s as pretty and lady like as any one I ever met in these parts.” “Very likely, but she’s not in our set. Now, Richard, if you say any more, I shall begin to think you’re falling in love with her, if the idea is not too absurd.” But Richard had closed the drawing room door upon his six sisters’ languid voices, and was half-way across the wide lawn with its brilliant parterres of summer flowers. Poor Richard Allerdyce! only son of the richest banker in Chellowdean, people of good family, but with just that uncertainty of social position which made them afraid of overstepping any boundaries, rather gratified at being on intimate terms with Lord Belmont and the Hardwickes, he was of divided mind this summer afternoon. He had been greatly taken by that sweet face and slight figure in the Rectory pew last Sunday; was sensible of a thrill of more than civil interest when he met their owner walking home with the good old rector after service, and was introduced to “Miss Travers,” while the eyes “like grey stars” were sud denly raised to his; and he had ever since spent a larger portion of his time than was strictly needful in walk ing past tne Rectory’s rose-eovered gate. But, on the other side, his sis ters’ words had certainly struck home. Brought up, as all the Allerdyces were, like liot-house plants, sheltered from every breath of frosty air, it was not strange that Richard at five-and twenty, though a big, burly enough young Englishman to look at, was but little of a man in mind or heart. Knowledge of the world had been care fully kept from him, as from his sis ters, lest they should learn evil; but their very ignorance had cost them the loss of power to choose between evil and good, and had given them weak prejudices and conceited opinion ativeness, instead of a mind able to discern and prefer the right. Richard’s handsome face was over cast as he swung out of the lodge gates, and down the road. Miss Trav ers a hospital nurse! certainly it was a shock. Not only did it seem to him unyvomanly for a woman to work at all, but infinitely more so to do menial work. And then the awful thought of what his mother and sisters would say, were they asked to receive a hos pital nurse as his future wife! For it had gone as far as that in Richard’s susceptible mind, even in these three short days. All at once his thoughts broke off as Miss Travers herself, sweet and bright as ever, in her black dress, came out from the Rectory gate, the great Rectory mastiff pacing behind her. Now Richard’s own collie was at his master’s heels, and there was a border feud of long standing between those two faithful followers. There was one fcagry growl, a heavy rush, a thud, and then a brown body and a black rolled together in the (lust in a manner sug gestive of a dog's funeral on one £ich or the other. Richard, who was act ually staggered by the suddenness o it all, could not for a moment regaii his senses; and when he did, it was t< find Miss Travers, both white hand; locked in the hair of Rollo's shagg; neck, pulling him from his foe with al her strength, and calling to Mr. Aller dyce to “take hold of his dog and pul him off.” She was being whirled round in th( cloud of dust by the frantic waltzeri before Richard could quite settle when to “take hold,” but that task was per formed for him by a gentleman ir tweed knickerbockers, whostarted oul of the “White Hart,” a few yards away and ran to the rescue. Between Mis; Travers and himself the combatants were separated, each carrying away a few fragments of the other's person and Miss Travers, flushed, panting covered with dust, but looking loveliei than Richard had ever seen womai look before, sank back against the Rectory wall and tried to laugh. Tilt stranger lifted his hat. looking straight at her with a pair of piercing brown eyes. “Excuse me, Miss Travers!” he said, in rather an off hand manner, “but that was about as rash a thing as any one could possibly do. The dogs might both have turned on you and bitten you badly.” “Thank you, Captain Hardwicke, 1 had not the least fear,” was her only response, given with a little haughti ness; and the gentleman, with a nod tc Richard, turned and strode away as rapidly as he had come. “Miss Travers! are you hurt!” Rich ard was able to ask at last. “You never should have done a thing like that; Hardwicke was right; it was awfully rash! By the way, you know Hardwicke?” “No, I'm not hurt a bit.” The won derful grey eyes were dancing with fun now. “Don’t scold me, please; i know it was a silly thing to do, but 1 didn’t stop to think. Pray don’t look so horrified!” “But if you had been bitten!” “Well, I wasn’t.” And her face dimpled with a friendly smile at his shocked look. “But you know Hardwicke?” he persisted, unable to get over his sur prise in that quarter. “Oh, yes.” Her face grew cold in stantly. “Captain Hardwicke was in the hospital with an accident some months ago—my hospital. I had charge of him there, that’s all.” And she pulled a rose so sharply from the hedge, that it fell to pieces in her hands. “Look there!” she laughed, shower ing the petals on the ground before her; “let us cover over the battlefield with flowers,” and she laughed again. Richard went home more thought ful than ever. Surely this woman was a novel thing in his experience of men and manners. She acted with the skill and daring of a man; and yet he would rather not think what his sisters’ faces would be like had they but seen it! Was it actually lady-like? or should site not rather have fled from the scene of conflict, or even have screamed and fainted? To be sure, she had looked as beautiful as an avenging Amazon; but was it quite correct conduct for a girl? And Capt. Hardwicke’s manner, so abrupt and dictatorial; he seemed to show her the difference in social position be tween a nobleman's nephew and a hospital nurse. It must have been an awkward meeting, as his sisters had said. And then a cold shiver came over him, as he thought of Miss Trav ers introduced as Mrs. Richard Aller dyce at Belmont Castle, and Captain Hardwicke's stony stare of surprise. And yet—and yet—she was so beauti Nearly three weeks had passed since the dog episode, and Richard’s cour age still wavered in the balance. He had grown to know’ Hiss Travers well in those three weeks, and to know her w’ell was but to love her better. There was never a w'oman so sw’eet, so clever, so sympathetic, so beautiful—he was certain of that—no woman he more ardently longed to have for his own; and yet—and yet! That terrible strength of character, that profession, that lack of pedigree! Only last night, in the moonlight Rectory garden, he had almost flung all prudence to the winds, she had been so dangerously, fatally sweet (she was always especi ally kind to him), but he reeled back from the gulf just in time when she mentioned casually, without a change of voice or countenance, that she had an uncle who was a chemist in Roch ester. “A chemist! Shades of jury ances tors, protect me!” Richard recoiled again as he thought of it, and fancied Hardwicke’s look if he could have heard her. For Captain Hardwicke was still at the “White Hart,” and perhaps his presence, and the atmos phere of exalted society about him, had been one of Richard’s restraining though unconscious influences. Now, as he slowly worked his way up the steepest hill in the neighborhood, on his new tricycle, he was pondering the old question in his mind. Could he take the fatal plunge, or was it too costly? A graceful figure on the road before him, as at last he gained the summit drove all else to the four winds; and in an instant he had overtaken the oh i ject of his cogitations, and sprung ti ■ the ground beside her. ’ “Mr. Allerdyce!” she said, turnin; i with her own bright look to shak ' hands; "how like a ghost you stole up i on me! Oh, I see, it was on a tricycle and what a beauty! Do let me look a 1 it.” And Richard, nothing loth, be ■ gan to display his new toy—a perfec i thing in build and finish—the Allei dyces’ possessions always were th ! most perfect of their kind. He began to explain it to her, for getting all about the chemist uncle but she interrupted him. “Yes, I know all about them, thanks I see, it is a regular bit of perfection I should so like to try it; may I?” Once more Richard was dumb witl surprise. A lady on a tricycle was a yet an unheard-of thing in rustic Chel lowdean, and it seemed an outrageou idea of him. “I really don't think you could,” hi faltered. “My sisters have never dom such a thing.” “Your sisters? oh, perhaps not,” witl a little smile at the idea. “But I an quite used to tricycles. I ride om whenever I can get a chance.” Further blow for Richard; but then was no knowing how to refuse her and he stood aside. She took hei place like one who was thorouglih used to tricycles, and he could not bin admit she adorned her position. “Whata delicious hill to rundown!1 she said with a happy little laugh, ai she placed her dainty feet on tin treadles. “I really must try it.” “Pray, pray don’t attempt it!” wai Richard’s horrified remonstrance, fo: tne hill stretched down even more ab ruptly than on the side he had ascend ed. and near the bottom was a sudder sharp turn, with the railway line run ning just belowT—the nastiest bit o road for miles around. Perhaps evei Agatha Travers would have hesitatei to hazard it, had it not been for thi consternation in Richard’s face. "Mr. Allerdyce, you are faint-heart cu, cue ciiiu gnuy, us sue siurieu oi her downward course—a little mort rapidly than she had at first intended but Richard’s new tricycle ran smooth ly. His heart was in his mouth, as tin country folks say, as she began tc glide rapidly off. She turned her lieac and flashed back a merry defiance “My uncle, the chemist at Rochester used to say”— Then the wicked sparklt faded suddenly, and she called quick and clear, “Can you stop me, please' The break is stiff; I can't make it work it’s running away.” Poor Richard of the faint heart! ii seemed to die within him. The next second he had darted forward, but il was just one second too late. Tht check she had been able to put on the heavy machine with the treadles ceased to keep it back, and faster and faster it tore down the perilous road. In all his life to come, Richard will never know any minute so long as that next, while the straight, slight figure flying through space seemed to swim before his eyes, and his knees knocked togetner as he stood. On, on—faster, faster! she managed somehow to cling to the steering han dle, and keep the machine in the mid dle of the road; but the mad pace grew more desperate. She could never turn that fatal corner by the railway em bankment; over it she must go. And it was just then that Richard and she both together saw the puff of snow white smoke from the hillside, that told them the evening express was out of the tunnel, and thundering down that very bit of line. It all flashed over Agatha in one rush; would the fall kill her, or would it be the train? It must be one or the omer; me next second or two would settle that; and a swift prayer was on her lips, but what she never quite knew; for even as she breathed it, some one or something in brown tweed knickerbockers hurled itself over the roadside stile before her, a stout stick darted into the flying wheel, and with one quick swerve the tricycle crashed into the ditch and lay there, a confused mass of spinning spokes and mutilated tires, while Agatha flew out from its midst like a ball, and alighted on a grassy bank a yard or two away; and the express rushed past with a wild yell on the line just below, and van ished round asharpcurvetliat matched the road above it. Then, and then alone, did Richard’s legs regain their power of motion; and he set off as fast as they could carry him to where the little black figure lay. Somehow it took longer to run down that hill than the last descent would have led one to think; for when Rich ard, panting and breathless, reached the scene of the accident, the little black figure, very much out of its usual trim neatness, was seated on the grassy tangle that broke her fall, busily bind ing up with her own small handker chief a deep gash in the hand of the knickerbockered person who knelt at her side. It was a very pale face that looked up at Richard’s, with the sort of awe that any human creature must wear who has just been face to face with death; but her great grey eyes had a wonderful shining light in them. “The poor tricycle!” she said; “I am so sorry. Is it very badly hurt?” And, in fervor of his relief and gladness, Richard could find words for nothing but— “Bother the tricycle!” He was ready enough to say some > thing, however, presently, when he found himself obliged to stop and see ; its remains decently cared for, while ; Captain Hardwicke took charge of - Miss Travers’ return to the Rectory. , She said she was none the worse for t her fall, but perhaps she was a little - shaken; but Captain Hardwicke kindly t offered her his arm, and she took it. - Richard hurried after them before i long, his whole heart aglow. That awful minute this afternoon had taught - him that life without Agatha Travers , would seem a poor and worthless thing, were she a factory girl. He hurried . after them, therefore, and came in . sight of the Rectory gate astwo hands, one very neatly bandaged, unclasped i over it, and a small dark head raised > itself swiftly from a brown tweed ■ shoulder, where it seemed to have i been resting. “Good gracious!” was all Richard 1 could utter, as Agatha vanished, and Captain Hardwicke, looking odiously radiant, sauntered towards him. “Ah, Allerdyce, old fellow, caught us. have you? Then I may as well tell you all my tremendous good luck at once, and take your congratulations. Perhaps you’ve heard how Miss Trav ers’ nursing saved my life last year, and then of course I fell in love with her, as who wouldn’t? She would have it, it was only gratitude, and re fused to let me make what she called a misalliance, just because there’s that brute of a title coming to me some day. I told her I thought all that rubbish was obsolete, and offered to drop the i title altogether if she liked; but noth . ing would do, and we parted rather out of temper. I heard she was down here, and ran down to see my uncle, hoping he would talk her ove'r, but I began to think it was no use. And, . do you know, I was frantically jealous , of you, old fellow! I saw she liked you, and I almost believe you could have i cut me out, early in tlie day, if you'd [ had the pluck to try, she was sro set . against me. But to-day has made it all right, and she thinks I’ve saved her life this time, so we’re quits. Well, old man, am I not the luckiest man alive?” ed Richard, “surely, her family!” “She’s an orphan. Oh, I see what you mean; she told me she had been shocking you with an uncle who’s a chemist, or a butcher, or goodness knows what. Bah! I should think the mere fact of being a hospital nurse was a patent of nobility to any woman. 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