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“Hls cjm followed her as she slowly walked away.” Darkest Just Before Dawn By Matt Keating Her father was dead—had been killed ta the railroad yards while oou pUif ears at MO per month. Her mother also was dead —having spent the small life Insurance money In n heart-breaklns dressmaking venture ter which she was eminently unfitted, and then succumbed to pneumonia. So Nina was left alone to work out the problem of life—and in its work ing out she had finally landed in a de partment store as “saleslady." True, the salary was not much—only four dollars per week—but to her it was untold riches, especially when ahe re flected upon the status of the other girls—Jessie, Msud and Ethel and countless others who were getting only three dollars for work much more ab horrent. For be It known Nina waa la the stationery department on the first floor, which was comparatively well ventilated, and ahe served people who had some sort of an Idea aa to what they wanted, while Jennie and Knud were In the bargain notion de partment in the etuffy, 111-smelling basement, where women ‘shoppers, knowing not what they wanted, el bowed and fought for a vantage ground from which to paw over the stock; and Ethsl was under the side walk in a sort of tunnel which the store had stolen from under the street, where ahe mechanically handed out tacks sad nails to people who had pur sued them to this grewsome lair. la the maaatlme Nina waa living with a half-sister whose husband re ceived MO per month for nailing cov ert on home in the shipping depart ment of n grant wholesale house. On this Income he supported his wife end tour fuMd children, who never had seen green things grow nor smelled fresh country sir. They charged Nine two dollars a week for her board ,and cot under the stairway—and thought it was great luck to get It Then she paid 60 cents a wees car fare, ten cents s week for her dues to the Salesladies’ Union and ten cents per week to the Medical Aid and Burial association as a sort of In surance against sickness or death. She was driven to this latter extravagance by the gloomy forebodings of her half sister and her husband regarding her possible. Indeed probable Impending sickness and death,, the query being, "Where’s the money coming from to take cere of you and bury you?" The astute mathematician can easily figure that Nina had 91-10 per week with which to clothe herself and buy lea cream sodas and chewing gum. It was cot a hilarious life. In the meantime she was growing thlnnor and paler and more tired every week. It would have been plain to any intelligent person, were such interest ed in her, that she would not last long In stch environments. About this ‘ Ume there was another addition to her sister's family, and her brother-in-law, being pressed to extremities. Informed Nina that he would have to raise the price of her board to three dollars per week. This was a staggering blow to the girl, already carrying far more than her fair chare of burdens. All day long la the hot, stifling store she brooded over It, wondering vaguely how In the world she was to get along at all If ahe banded three precious dol lars to her brother-in-law each week. And thea there was that muslin dress she had been coveting so fiercely for so many mouths —and nearly attained, too. Of course that must be given up, and all the other nice things of life. She must hereafter toll on enduringly with only the hope of paying her brother in-law for her board and lodging and money enough over to pay car fare. Communing thus, heart-broken and sick with fear, she staggered forth from the store to catch her car home — home, oh! what a travesty on the word —a dismal, squalid oottage, filled with the walls of neglected children, the complainings of an overworked wife, aa* the sordid demands of an lncom fMMbnt meeter. Her cup Indeed was lull. Tne gong of a street car clanged fiercely just before her. and awakened her from her reverie. She stepped qulcfcty back and found herself directly la the path of an approaching spirited team of blacks, the control of whom the driver seamed to have lost To go forward was to meat certain death un der the Iron wheals of the street car; to remain was to Call beneath the hoofs of the horses. On top of all her stren uous mental strain Nina oollapeed and tM •“ » »*ooß ▲ eiT of horror went up from the f mangoes on the electric car and from the pedestrians on the sidewalk, all of whom expected to see the girl mangiea to death beneath the iron shod teem Even aa the gasp of emotion and sympathy want up, however, it tall, athletic figure, clad in the unmistak able habiliments of the west, swung from the car, and, with the precision of the trained horseman, grasped the rearing horses by the bridle reins, and with the strength and knowledge of the plains threw them sideways with a force which made them swerve in nearly a hill circle. The carriage barely touched the unconscious form of the girl as It swung around. A second later the big man under the slouch hat had the girl in his arms like she was a baby, and was striding toward the corner drug store at a pace which would have made aa ordinary man run to keep up with him. It developed that the fainting fit was not serious at all, and was due wholly te fright and to the nervous strain the girl had been under. There was no physical Injury at all, and she soon recovered. The tall stranger, however, Instated on taking her home In a cab—ahe had never been In a cab before—and when he paid the cabman he pulled from his inside pocket a roll of bills which made Nina gasp. In all her life sha had never seen so much money. Nina thanked him with an expres sion In her eyas that made his heart beat raster than It ever had thumped la all his life, and emboldened him to isk her If be might call on the fol lowing evening and ascertain If there were any bad effects of the accident “My name Is Thad Bunker. * said he, bluntly. “1 live In Oklahoma, and came here with a few carloads of cat tle. I sold ’em at a thunderin' good price, and thought 1 would stay vver a day or two and see the sights. • m all-fired glad I did, ’cause there dtan t seem lo be nobody about who knew a blamed thing about a horse—and you’d been all in in about a minute.” So he called the next night, causing almost as much surprise to Nina’s sister snd her husband and the vari ous children ss the cab had caused the night before. There was s wheezy and puffy old melodion In the stuffy Httlo parlor, and Nina played for Mr. Bunker. Her playing was very Indif ferent, but Thad thought It was the grandest music he had ever heard, and a great desire came over him to buy a brand-new melodion and ship it to his lonesome home in Oklahoma, and then carry Nina along with him to play It for him forever. What he did, how ever, was to Induce her to lay off from her work on the following day and show him the mysteries of the park. It waa a red-letter day In Nlna’e life In more ways than one. In the first place ahe had never laid off from work on a week day since she could remember. Nor had she ever been es corted about by a man; nor bad she ever teen treated to such a fine dinner In so fine a restaurant—in fact, never had neney been spent for her personal pleasure But the great thing was when he asked her to marry him and go to Ok lahoms with him—assuring her that he had two sections of the best land In the territory all under cultivation and paid for, plenty of cattle and money la the bank. And she placed her hands In his snd turned to him a face so wonder fully transformed by the thrill or a new ciootlcm, by happiness, by relief from the dreadful burden of sordid ness—so transformed. In fact, that ue scarcely recognized It as belonging to the waa girl he had picked from un der th* hors—’ feet. Westerners’ ways are peculiar, and Thad Bunker Insisted that they should be married the next day and leave at once for home, as he wanted to know, "by ginger, what them blamed boys are dom to the cattle.” And being a big, dominant westerner, he had his way. Before they sought the preacher the next day they went to s must# store sad Thad bought the moet ex pensive amlodtoa la the place snd had it shipped by express, “so it will be there by the time we git there, by g**er." said he. And under country skies, with am ple country fare and surrounded by love and respect, the roses* came to Nina’s fhos and the music sang sU the time la her bsart—and she worked so hard ea the mslpdloa that aftsr a Ume ahe ebdtd really play nearly aa w#U as her heshead thought she oould. w—rrln. fifl by Dear lUryPuk^j ON THE BRINGING UP OF THE BOYS MANLY QUALITIES THE ONES TO EE EMPHASIZED. Don’t Coddle Your Boy Too Much— Tastes Before Deciding on Mis Ca reer—Boys Should Hava Daily Choree Teach Your Boy to Be Knightly lnsist on MM Being Accurate in Money Matters. BT MARGARET E. BANGBTER. Boys are on the way to be men. If they were to remain boys it would matter very little about their bring ing up, but the period of boyhood hur ries on, and the lad will presently be out In the thick of the fight scrambling for a foothold and having hard work to maintain his own among the fierce competitions of the day. What sort of man shall your boy become? It la not too much to my that the little fellow, eager and earnest at his play, foreshadows the older fellow who will be no laggard in business snd who will find as much to engage am bition later on as be finds In sport on the playground novf. Bome of ua cod dle our boys too much. Women are especially In danger of shielding their boys from every rough wind or treat ing them too tenderly and of making them effeminate through their over anxiety and continual fuming. Men, on the other hand, make tbw mistake of beginning the hardening process too soon, of being too rigid la their requirements and of forgetUng wholly that they have been boys themselves. If you want to bring a boy up alight, you must win his confidence, keep in touch with him, care for the things that please him and occupy his thoughts, snd at the same time hold him to s right standard of conduct. Neither too much Indulgence on the one side or too much severity on the other results favorably in ths educa tion of a boy. The first years are important beyond others because in them are laid the foundations of character. Truth, hon or, obedience, kindness to animals, and fairness in intercourse with playmates and friends are inculcated while a boy Is still wearing short trousers ana while be Is under supervision snd at home and at the primai; school. Principles of self-control, of submission to authority and of defer ence to women, if not practically given while a boy is very young, are seldom well taught during adolescence. After a boy has mastered the ele mentary studies of the grammar school It is time to think what shall be done with him in the matter of active prepa ration for life. What Is he to be? Here his tastes sad capacity must he consulted, and it Is most unwise for a parent to arrive at a decision without careful balancing of the arguments pro and con snd without knowledge of the youth’s fitness for this or that ca reer. The boy whose chief delight it is to care for wounded and suffering creatures, who likes to look after the animal that Is hurt, and who In child hood shows deftness and dexterity in making bandages, may have in him the germs of skill that will by and by make him a surgeon or a specialist In some remedial direction. “I am going to be a doctor,” said a boy who bad successfully set the broken leg of a pet dog, and who found pleasure In ministering to any dumb animal that was suffering. A doctor he became and a good one. If a boy la to be an engineer, he must take a course of study that will fit him for that profession and if he is to be a lawyer or a business man, equally his studies should be directed In such away that he. may not fall when he attains an age to enter on real work. There are golden opportunities everywhere to-day. Success or failure may depend on the personal equation. The boy who is first manly snd honest and next capable, prompt and efficient, will achieve success. He will push for forward to the front rank. A boy of 12 whose home In New Eng land Is in a hill country remote from a village, walked last winter and the winter before three miles to school over a rough road and three miles back. Neither storm nor sleet nor wind nor rain nor weather of any kind Interfered In the least with the school attendance of this sturdy boy. He simply took the weather as it cams, and went to school. Incidentally, be learned valuable lessons of courage, steadiness and pluck of this Indiffer ence to conditions. Pretty Clover-Leaf Doily This Is Nice Pick-Up Work for s Lazy Summer Day. Strike a circle of site desired on your linen, stitch around It with the sewing machine or run closely with needle and thread two or three times, then trim and buttonhole stitch or double crochet all around, making the stitches close together. First row—Fasten In. chain 3 for Ist treble, a treble In every stitch around, join to top of 3 chain. Second row—Chain 3, a treble la same stitch. * chain 2, miss 2, 2 trebles In next stitch, repast from * around, joining to top of fi chain at begin ning. Third row—* Chain 2, a treble be tween 2 trebles of last row, chain 4, fasten In Ist stitch to form a pioot, chain 5, fasten, chain 4, fasten, chain t, fasten under 2 chain of last row; re peat from *. Fourth row—-Work up te center ef A boy should have some stake la his home. Country boys who have chorea ss they are called, daily tasks la feed ing-the farm animals, la brlaglng home the cows, milking them, chopping wood, weeding gardens and going on errands, have a decided advantage over city boys who are never called upon to perform n single duty in the practical management of the house. A boy should take his share la whatever hap pens to be necessary about the home, and it is sometimes worth while for a mother to devise errands snd en trust a son with messages and tasks when it would be easier for her to do without his assistance. • • • • e In bringing up boys, it should be remembered that they are entitled to courtesy as their slaters are and as their elders are. A boy ought not to be snubbed when he expresses an opinion. Of the late Thomas K. Beecher, who for many yean was In fluential as the pastor of ons of the first institutional churches la this country, was mid that ss a boy he often wrote sermons at the dictation of hie father. Rev. Lyman Dr. Lyman Beecher was s very great preacher, and one of the famous men of his time. The boy of 15 was called upon to write many things with which he did not agree. “Father.” he would my, “I don't think as you do on this subject” Instead of checking him or commanding him to be silent, the great divine would talk the matter over ss enthusiastically ss with an other man, sometimes convincing, sometimes failing to carry the point pith his youthful antagonist, but never obliging him to feel that he was out of his proper sphere In ven turing to have an opinion of his own. We have no right to treat a boy as If he were an idiot or a slave. Ths best development comes In the line of s training that recognizes snd respects individuality. The proud boast of Americans used to be that their manner to women In public and private was always defer ential and always unselfish. That boast can be made no longer. Any woman who has periled life and llmt in a wad struggle to secure entrance to a fiar on. let us my, one of the Brooklyn bridges, or in the effort to get mfely into a New York subway car, knows full well that three-fourths of the masculine passengers behave like brutes. They have no respect for age. no toleration for weakness, no re gard for anything except their own claim to transportation. A few years ago a woman with white hair or a woman carrying an infant was sure to have a seat offered bar by three or four men at once. Last week I mw a slight woman, pale and wan, holding a heavy child with aapther tugging at her skirts and s car filled with young men, able-bodied and vig orous, allowed her to atand. Tbs so called ladles’ cabin of the ferry boats are thronged with men who tranquilly occupy all the seats while women stand unnoticed by the lords of crea tion. For this unhappy change I do not blame the men. as boys they have been very badly brought up by women who Ignored in the training of the child that spontaneous courtesy that every small boy should be taught to show to womankind. When a mother points to a vacant seat and tells her small son to take it and keep It while women stand, she is giving him his first snd most lasting lessons In Inciv ility and boorishness. If the men of the next generation are to be polite, to be helpful to women, and knightly In their demeanor, there must be a change from the highest homes in this land to the lowest, snd women must take the thing in hand in bringing up their boys. Possibly nothing is more important in the training of boys than to insist on their being exact and accurate in everything connected with money. A boy should have an allowance at an early age and should keep within it. He should not be taught by example or precept that money making is the greatest thing in life, but he should be made to feel that he cannot cheat or gamble ’or borrow without paying. An abhorrence of debt should be In stilled into s boy’s mind very early in life. We would have fewer ship wrecks of honor, fewer embezzlements, fewer ruined names and blighted homes If strict integrity were the cor ner stone of home education. (Copyright. 1906. by Joseph B. Bowles.) middle picot, or break thread and fasten In again, as preferred, then * A Pretty Style. chain 5. fasten In next middle ptcot; repent Repent the border from Ist sow twioe, ending wtih Sd row of Moots. THE MEEKER STABLES H. S. HARP, Proprietor All kings ef Livery Turnouts, Saddle Horses end everything connected with e flret-claae livery establishment , f Good Feed and Good Care Given all Horses Stabling at the Meeker. ft _ Low Rates to Commercial Travelers on "Round the Circle” Trips. 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