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CALVIN'S LUCKj11"'-.''-"- A'"11!'"'n
mi tho- iiN.minjj; you ';au split as
I macli kiuillin; .;H you please."'
It was u dreary autumn evening y(, tho tired littl lad crept uirto
wiion Utile Uilvm UlniHcnm8low- yn,, .the shed'; elmmwer, and fell
ly tnidjinjj ulon tlio country road,
with n. blue nose and red, uninittiMi
etl hands, and toes that touched the
ground at every step he took. For
Calvin's shoes had not Uviv now-!
nor strong when he left the cttjy
and they were sadly worn and tat
tared now.
So it was natural enougha..yoti
iKe, when ho came to tho -lighted
window of Miss Cobb's cottage,
-vhieh (tho window not tho cottage)
was just on a level with the tip,, of
nis nose, that he should -i stop do
tiok wistfully in. Fc'e -there was a-
aico coal fire-burning in-the stove
xblack-and-ycllow cat asleepon.tho'
uearth, imd w tea-table aU set 'but
with raspberry jam, hat wafilos and
Gutter, and a 'dish of 'cold. ham.;,
al iced as thin as wafers. And. the
dwo Miss Cobbs, sitting down,
one at each end of tho table, were
just saying to each other how nice
tho raspberry jam, swelled, and how
3irown the waffles- were, and how
they wished some hungry, neighbor
would happen in to tea !
At tho same minute Miss Patty,
tho alder of the two, chanced to
Xbdk up and saw Calvin's pinched
face at the window.
"There's one now!!' said she.
"And if ever there. wni?a hungry
look, it's in his-face!"
"That isn't a neighbor I" said
Miss Clara, the younger.
"The Bible would say it was,"
said Miss Patty. So she opened
the window and called to. Calvin
who had shrunk, back.', among the
rose bushes,
"Little boy, come here f : Don't
you want some supper?"
"Yes, ma' am,. please,"' cried, the
child, eagerly.:
"He says 'ma'am,'" said. Miss
Pattv. . " He's., eot manners at
So she brought Calvin, in,, and
sat him down by. the fire, where he
could warm his miserably chilled
feet, poured, him out a, bowl of
smoking tea, .and- helped him to
waffles and-buttery cold, ham, and,
raspberry jam. . Poor. Calvin eat
and drank like a famished creature ;
and well he might, for he had eat
en nothing since morning except a
crust of. bread which he had beg
ged at a f arm-diouso door,
Miss Patty- watched him. with-
kindly eyes
" Now,", said shl?, when at last he
was satisfied, " where are you going
to sleep to-night ?"
"I don't know,. ma'am,'.' said Cai
rim Miss Patty, stared, ..
" Where did ypusleepkst night?"
said she;
" Undr a. bench, in;, tha park
ma'am," said Calvin.
"Where- do you live?"
"I blacked boots" said Calvin
"and when. L had any, money I
lived in the fivo-cont lodging houses,
But there, were so many bigger and
stronger, boys than I was, and. I
couldn't get work so-I thought Pd
go out on tramp."
Miss Patty shook her bond sol
"That's a bad thing to do, ohild
said she.
"Yes, ma'am,. I know,'.' saidCal
vin, innocently ; " but suppose you
couldn't do anything else ?."
Ha had. risen up by this time
and stood; with. his battered cap in
Kis hand.
" I saw a 'load of wood in the shei
is I came in," said he. "If you'd
give mo a candle and a hatchet, I'(
split a.lot for. you before I go,, in
pay for my supper..'
"That's houostrnt any rate " sau
3InW ChTTa,
"Look here, boy," said Miss Pat
ty, "there's a little room over tho
Jin.l. with n l'il in it.. You can
asleep about tin moment his hwul
touched ilu pillow.
"Civa,? s.-tid Miss Patty, to her
lister. vis sown as, lie was. gone, "he
seems like auiice boy."
"Yes,rHiml'M.isH Clara, "he's got
air honest fav.e, . and he speaks out
as if lie wruai't ashiunod of himself."
" AW no'.l a boy about the place,
to groom oil Neddy, and wash the
photon wheels, and clean windows,
and' cany coal," said Miss Patty.
"Why c'fcn't we keep him here?"
" Sure wiough," said Miss Clara,
" why doit we V"
So Calvin Chips got a place.
Mis Patty had hor doubts about
liru at first. She counted tho nuts
on -the table when Calvin was denn
ing the .knives forty-four smooth,
Inning chestnuts laid nicely among
some gray moss for dessert, for the I the hospital
"A five-dollar bill!" cried Miss
Patty and Miss Clara, both at the
same time.
"Then it wasn't Calvin, after
all," said Miss Patty. " Well, I am
And soft-hearted Miss Clara be
gan to cry.
They inquired around to find out
what had become of the boy, but in
" Clara," said Miss Patty, at last,
" I'll tell you what I mean to do. I
feel as if I owed a debt to some
friendless boy, on poor littlo Cal
vin's account. I was reading a pit
iful story of the sick lads at the
hospital yesterday. Now, I mean
to take one and bring him out here,
and nurse him up. It will bo a
deed of Christian charity, and I
feel, somehow, as if I had done
wrong about Calvin, and needed to
make some sort of amends."
And old Neddy was harnessed
up, and away drovo Miss Patty to
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mini.ier was coming to dinner that
day ; and then,-when she came back
after half an hour's absence she
counted them again, and'foundthat
hero "were still forty-four.
" Come," said Miss Patty to her
self, " that looks encouraging."
Then she dropped a five-cent
nee, among the cushions of the
ittlo pony-plncton when she vame
in from riding one day.
" If there's a dishonest streak
about lHm," thought she, "he'll be
n-etty sure to pocket that little
nickle piece."
But, some ten minutes afterward,
C:klvin cime running breathlessly
in -,ith th' five cents in his hand.
"I found it on the floors when I
was brushing out the carriage cush
ions, ma'am,'' said he, with a face
of eager delight.
And tho Miss Cobbs came to the
conclusion that Calvin Chips was
an honest boy, after all.
But one day, when Calvin had
been there abo-it three months, .she
was, counting out. the money, and
missed a five-doll.ir bill !
Oh, dear,jdear!V said Miss Pat
ty, "this will never do."
"But, sister;, how oould' ho liavo
taken it, and th y drawer kept lock
t-d night ami day ?." said Miss Clara,
who' had grown unite fond oft Cal
"TheroJs. plenty c.ways of oien-
ing locked drawers vnth crooked
hair-pins and bent nails that tlu?se
treet vagabonds know all about.'.'
said Miss -Patty, , grimly.. "If it
wasn't he, who was it?"
So Calvin was called upstairs
from tho cellar, where ho was sort
ing over winter apples.
"Calvin," said Miss Patty, "wo
must part."''
"Ma'am!." said' Calvin, in great
astonishment. .
"I. lost n, five dollar- bill," said
Miss Patty.,
"Oh, ma'am!" eried Calvin, "I
wouldn't steal so much as a pin ! "
"I'm sorry, for you, boy," said
Miss Patty, "but I can't keep a
thief. You'll have to go." And
Calvin departed, with swollen eyes
and a pale face.
"Poorboyr" said Miss Clara,, as
sho watched him down the street ;
"I. never febVso bad for any one in
my. life. Don't you think, Patty,
wo might overlook this one offense,,
"No," said Miss. Patty, sadly;
"No; If it was a, five-doll.ir bill
this time, it might be a ten the
next, I couldn't feel easy with a
thie f in the house."
Well, time passed on, and it was
nearly six month afterward when
Miss Patty decided to have her
wooden desk varnished and repair
ed. And when the carpenter took
it apart to mend a. broken hinge,
he uttered'a loug whistle
" Halloo ! " said he, " here's a five
dollar bill wedged" down between
the back of the drawer and the
boarding behiniL"
"Oh, yes;" said tho matron when
she heard the story, " there's plenty
of poor pining creatures who would
be glad of a breath of fresh air and
a drink of country milk. There's
one case now in tho convalescent
ward that I don't believe ever will
get well unless he has some
hang-! "
"How old is he?" asked Miss
"About twelve." said the matron.
"So was Calvin," said Miss Pat
ty. "Take mo upstairs-to see the
ohild. I'll drive him homo to the
farm in ray pony-phaeton this very
The matron took Miss Patty up
stairs to a great room full of sick
children, and there, on a little bed
clse to tho window, lay a pale boy
with closed eyes and hollow cheeks..
"Why!" eried out Miss Patty,
clapping her hands,, "it is Cal
vin!" The boy opened his languid eyes.
"It's- Miss Patty," ho exclaimed,
with a brightening face.
So that you see the kind hand of
Providence had led Miss Patty
straight to the poor lad whom she
had so wronged.
She took Calvin Chips-back with
her in the pony-phaeton, comfort
ably cuddled in blankets and pil
lows, and he soon, got well in the
fresh country air. with Miss Tatty's
kind nursing and Miss Clara'snour
ishihg foodt. And' ho has lived at
the farm ever since and Miss
Patty often says she don't know
how she could possibly get along
without Calvrn.
So Calvin's- bad luck ended' in
good luck after all. Leslie Thorn
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