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DIKON BEND THE BOW
CHAPTER V. The Old Wonum With the Hlnr-k Cat. "V "'"^ OXHTLDA and Dickon Rond- E""ini^L the-Kow now found themselves standing: on the pebbly shora *f Jp a lake, with waters clear as the pur< st crystal. In the center of this lake stood a beautiful verdure-cover. Ed island, and from the center of the H ""T • \ V \"/ \ ;Ov^^tf>» > ' **f^ *X. i^r^^r "^^**w "*%i^K\^"*»* ** -""' "ii" ' j~<*^"--~** " ' '^^T^iF* .j. *jjry*-yjM Island aromas the stately towers and lofty domes of a snow-white marble pal ace, and from the center of the marble palace sprang upward a dome more lofty by far than the others, and crowned with a i laze of light. "My mother lies in yon beautiful pal ace," Fonhilda said softly. "My mother, •ith the golden hair, the lovelit eyes, th.» gentle hand and voice, ever loving and lovable. My mother, oh, my own dear, wronged mother, lies suffering in yon fair marble pile!" and the soft bhie eye 3 looked wistf-illy over the lake and rested longingly on the marble glory. Near the spot wnere Fonhilda and Dkkon Bend-the-Bow stood was a light silver canoe, tied with a silken rope to a silver stake driven into the pebbly shore. Presently Fonhilda stepped into this boat , THE CAT APPBOACHED FONHIIDA AND SETTLED HERSELF AGAINST HEB. and bade the huntsman row her to the island. Dickon Bend-the-Bow grasped the oars, and in a short time the two had reached their destination. From the place where they landed mar ble stairs led up to a strong gate in the wall which surrounded the palace. Be fore the gate sat an old woman, knitting, and in her lap lay a great black cat. Every few minutes the old woman would lay down her knitting, and, tenderly "WHITHER GOEST THOU, SWEET MAID?' stroking the glossy back of the cat with her thin, white hands, pour into its ears the fondest words of endearment. Now, this strong gate was fast locked by magic, and would open only to the right word rightly spoken. The old wom an alone knew this word, and she had been forbidden to utter it save only at the command of her master. Once she dared to disobey him. and in his wrath at her disobedience he had struck her only son with the palm of his extended hand on the forehead, and doomed him to walk on four feet and to feed on rats and mice until the one for whom the gate was opened was safe back within the pal ace again. And from that moment the son had been a black cat. When Fonhilda and Dickon Bend-the- Bow reached the top of the flight of mar ble stairs the old woman lifted her head THE ST. PAUL GLOBE, S guNDAY, JUNK 8, 1902. and looked out keenly at them from her sunken eyes. "Whither goest thou, sweet maid?' she inquired sharply. "And. wherefore has that rough giant come hither?" "I seek my mother, ana tnis strong man is my protector," replied tonhilda. Then, going near to the old woman, she looked up into her face and asked sadly: "Alas, is it possible that my old nurse's eyes have grown dim with age, or is it be- cause her heart is cold that she no longer recognizes her Fonhilda?" The old woman dropped her knitting and started to her feet so quickly that the cat was tumbled unceremoniously out of her lap. "Bless my heart! If it isn't my little lady come back again, she exclaimed, seizing Fonhilda's hand and pressing her lips to it again and again rapturously. "Good nurse," Fonhilda said, gently withdrawing her head, "we go within (o my mother. Canst thou not speak the magic word once again for her sake and for my sake? We bring rescue to the Lady of the Pierced Heart." "Alackaday! I dare not," replied the old woman, sadly shaking her white head. "When thou leftest this unholy place, Fonhilda, for love of thee I spake the forbidden word, and behoid my pun ishment! " and she pcinted to the b'.ack cat. The cat approached Fonhilda and rub bed himself caressingly against her. "See!" exclaimed Fonhilda, "thy noble son bears me no .il will! And hark! good nurse, dost thou not remember the words of the curse, 'until the one for whom the gate was opened was safe back into the palace again?' I, who brought this curse on you, will remove it. I wii> again enter the pa.iace.. Speak but the word and thy son shall be himself again my mother saved and thyself and boy rescued from the cruel thraldom of the accursed lord of this unholy place." "Bless my heart: cried the old woman joyfully. "He did speak those blessed words! Come what will, for thy sake and my sake and thy sweet mother's sake the gate shall open. It would make my old heart young to look on my handsome boy again." The old woman hobbled quickly to the g-ate, followed by the black cat. and putting her mouth up close to a small car of gold fastened in the side of the gate whispered the magic word Noiselessly the ponderous mass of metal swung open. Fonhilda and Dickon Bend the-Bow stepped quickly within, and noiselessly the gate swung shut. (To Be Continued.) The Coming of the Daffodil BYhARY GIBSON The East Wind and the West Wind fought until the cave roared with the sound. The West Wind stood aside, then gathered up his forces and blew until he drove his brother back into the corner Then the East Wind sent his icy breath and the other fled shivering out of the cave. And it was all because they both loved the Moon Maiden, as they called her No one knew where she had come from or who she was; she had appeared one sun ny day walking acros the snow and had begged for shelter. She was unlike any one they had ever, seen before, with her golden hair and soft yellow dress, and be cause at night in the moonlight her dre=s and hair made a faint light around her they called her Moon Maiden. So the East and the West Winds fell in love with her and vied with one an other in bringing her the flowers she liked or whatever else she expressed a wish for. Everything had gone smoothly unt 1 one day the East Wind had come back from a journey to the sea and he saw the Moon Maiden sitting in the sun light while the West Wind blew softly through the trees, making them whisper a little, and his breath brought perfumes of the awakening earth with its spring flowers. Perhaps the East Wind would not have cared even then if he had not seen the way she lifted her head &nl laughed with delight as the Wind tossed her hair and blew against her face In a rage he had rushed at the Wwf Wind and they fought until the eS Wind drove his brother back into the cave, then out agaia. The Moon MaiAet had fled in terror and called Mother Na ture to stop them. But Mother Nature couMI not stop them, and the West Wind sulked and the East Wind rushed about from land to sea and back again, while the sailors clung to the of their ships and the flowers hid deep down in the earth. Mother Nature scolded: "See what you are doing. Look at the trouble you have made. If you don't stop this and behave yourselves I will punish you." And as they would not behave she dfd punish them. The Moon Maiden disappeared. They promised to be good if only she would bring her back or tell what she had done with her. But Mother Nature only told them to hunt, and if they were very good perhaps tney would find her. So they hunted, and the East Wind lost his temper ■• so many times that many things went wrong. One day as the West Wind went through the woods, the little flowers put their heads through the earth and asked him to keep away the East Wind, for he had frozen > them so that they would have hard work to push their way through in time to bloom. "We must be up in time for Easter," they told him "Usually we are up long before, but we are very late this year." And the West Wind -watched and blew softly over them as they pushed eagerly through the earth, unfolding their leaves, then shaking out their buds in the sun light. He chatted with them sometimes, and they told him of the new neighbor who was coming up not far away. She had leaves like their friend Narcissus, but her buds were still tight shut and she seemed new and strange. -He left the wood flowers, the Violets and Blood Roots and Anemones, and went over to the field where the stranger grew. Her bads were beginning to un fold, showing a thread of golden yellow. He talked to her. telling her to hurry, for It was considered laziness and was very wrong not to raise her face to the skies and rejoice with the world on Eas ter Day. Slowly her petals opened, and, as she raised her face to the sktes, the West Wind stooped and kissed her, for it was the face of his dear Moon Maiden, framed in the golden petals of the Daffodil, the "Easter flower."' So the Daffodil hides away or droops her head when the East Wind sweeps the earth, but she iaises a glowing fare to the gentle touches of her West Wind lover. Primrose, a Dogwood Dog BY n. C. HUSSTON Primrose! Now, isn't that a ridiculous name for a dog! But it's not a bit more absurd than the wee bow-wow herself. She is a tiny Yorkshire terrier and gazes on the world through a shaggy tangle of yellow silken hair. It happened on a Sunday afternoon. The house was very quiet, so when Prim be gan barking everyone heard it, but no one paid much attention to her, as they were used to it. At last, however, the maid came up from the kitchen to see what the matter could bo. Prim stood on the top\of the stairs in the second hall, just barking and bark ing. As the little dog was never alone in the halls the maid came up and knocked on her mistress' door, asking what ailed Prim. "Why, I don't know. I. supposed she was in the front room with mother. Please bring her in and put her on that chair," was the reply. Deposited on her cushion, Prim began again that determined "there's-some thing-I-dont-like" little bark. They could not understand it at all. "There must be someone in the house," said the maid. "Your mamma ain't in the front room, Miss; she's down in ths dining room." Prim's mistress thought it was non sense, but to satisfy the girl, who was evidently frightened, she swept to the front room and flung the door open. Calmly seated upon tne couch was a perfectly strange woman, only a few de grees removed from a tramp. She could give no account of herself ex cept that she "just walked in," and she was, sad to relate, not in a condition to know or care where she was. When it was found that there was noth ing missing she was allowed to go. Then came Prim's hour of triumph. Never was a small doggie more petted and praised and overfed. To think that we had all tried to make her keep quiet when she was bravely warning us of dan ger! "" Don't you think it was very wonderful for that little dog to understand that the woman who was in there with the door closed had no business there? Had it not been for Prim's cleverness there is no telling what dreadful thing might have happened. THE MAGIC CLOCK A PARTY TRICK Take a quarter of a dollar or a dime that has a hole in it. Through chis hole you pass a piece of thread. Tie the two ends of the mread together, making a nice long loop, pass the thread over the pulse that is in your thumb. Then rest your elbow on the table, and, with the suspended coin hanging down, take no tice whether or not your hand is steady. If it trembles you would better not try the trick, for you will surely fail, but if it is steady as a die you may venture, and if successfully done this is quite a nice trick. It is, moreover, a trick that the wisest person in the world cannot ex plain the why and wherefore of. Having ascertained that your nerves are all right, you suspend the piece of coin in a glass tumbler or goblet in such a manner that the edg- of the coin may strike the edge of the glass like a tiny bell. You will now announce to your audi ence that you have in the simple way that they have all seen manufactured a magic clock which will strike the hour nearest at hand. The coin seems some how to favor the coming hour, for if it is 3:25 it will not strike three but four. "You will have to allow your magic pen dulum a few moments in which to gain its equilibrium, and it is interesting to notice that after it has found that equili brium it will remain for a moment or so perfectly stationary, after which, with out any assistance whatever on your part It will begin to swing, back and forth like a pendulum, and after a few mo ments it will strike the correct time of day. Perhaps the most astonishing part of all this little trick is that after your magic clock has struck the hour it wih again take up its rotary motion, and still later on will become perfectly stationary." Those who fail in doing this trick will fail solely on account of not being able to hold the hand steady enough. If you can keep your own hand steady with the elbow thus resting on the table over the glass into which the coin is suspended you will be able to make a magicvclock; if your hand is unsteady you will fa'l; but the trick itself is as little to blame for that as you are, for not all of us can have steady nerves simply by wishing to have them. LULU AND MASTER SURVEY. Xesro and His Mule Plant Trees After Original Plan. Trees are cultivated more easily if in proper alignment; so after the field was Plotted I set the surveyor running lines for the rows of trees. He had not been working long when one of the old planta tion darkies came, hat in hand, and said •'Cap'n, I dun recon it cost a right smart o' money to do it dat way. Lulu and I can do it a heap sight quicker, and recon about as well as dat ar man wid de ma- xurosaaAaTEE CHILDREN at Honolulu. Uncle Sam's New School Children One of the mcst important results, when the United States took Porto Rico, Hawaii and the Philippines was to bring under the sheltering wing of the Ameri can eagle thousands upon thousands of schoolchildren of all ages. Indeed, so numerous are Uncle Sam's new junior citizens that it has been found very dif ficult to provide schools for all of them. In Manila, the metropolis of the Philip pine islands, some 5,000 or 6,000 pupils manage to crowd into the school build ings each day, but six times as many more are barred out because of lack of room. The young folks on the other side of the globe have very different school hours from the boys and girls who are gaining an education in the United States. In Manila the schools are in session every day in the week, except Thursday and Sunday; in other words, the pupils have a holiday on Thursday, instead of on Sat urday. The hours of the daily session are from 7:30 o'clock until 10 o'clock in the mornirtg, and from 2:30 o'clock until 5 o'clock in the afternoon. In connection with the schools there is a high school, where the boys have not n little academic work, and the girls take up studies veri similar to those taught in the high schools in America. The school year in these American schools in the Orient opens on July 3, or r^~~" i 4 i^& '■' ■"-'- &^-L'*—T-- >~" iL Ti~~ —7~M^» W^r }■ fc^^s^? LITTLE FILIPIN.O BOYS LEARNING THE PRINTING TRADE. just about the time American boys and girls have entered upon their summer va cation, and continues for nine month. All children between the ages of six and twelve years are compelled to attend school. The holidays within the school year In the Philippines include Circumcision and Three Kings' day. in January; Purifica tion and Washington's birthday in Feb ruary; two days in holy week. Ascension day, Decoration day, Assumption day Corpus Christ! day. Independence day' Labor day. All Saints" day. Thanksgiving! at. Andrew s day, La Rurisina, Concep tion day and Christmas. Until a year or two ago all the studies In the Philippine schools were conducted in Spanish and chme! On inquiry I found Lulu was his okl gray mule. I had my doubts, but at his earnest pleading consented that he should make a trial way down a corner block where it would not show much Old Henry cut three long straight poles from the woods; tnen some tufts of cot ton were tied around the top of the poles to make them white and more easily seen at a distance. The poles were just tJLe length of the distance wanted between vL r°WS: Su a ,standard of measure was always at hand Placing one pole per fectly upright on the corner of the block, where the first row was to stand. Lulu was headed for the further end of the field, keeping the poles always in sight midway between her long upright ears so that Henry had a "sight" that made his aiir true. I overlooked operations un til the third row was finished, and then rushed off to stop the surveyor and turn the whole job over to Lulu. The work was absolutely perfect, and now with more than 250.000 trees in what I am of ten told is the best arranged orchard in America, I give due credit to the darky and the mule for the orderly way in which the trees are planted.—J. H. Male in The World's Work. ' now tbere is a gradually increasing amount of work in English. In every school some time, each day is devoted to teaching the English language, and the children take the geratest possible lntf r est in this portion of their work. On na tional holidays they have exercises, and the schools are decorated for the occa sion. However, the chief delight of those newcomers in Uncle Sam's family is found in the old-fashioned spelling bee. The little Filipinos knew nothing of this class of contests before the American teachers went there, but since they have been introduced they are the event ot the week in all the schools. Indei eager are the native children that many of them learn to spell every word in the spelling book within a verj; few weeks. Half way across the Pacific, at Hawaii, or tlie Sandwich islands, as they were formerly called. Uncle Sam has* many more schools. In this interesting coun try the schools will compare very favora bly with those in the United States. There are more than 200 schools in all. and they are attended by neatly 10.000 pupils. Many of these schools at the half-way station of me Pacific might be termed congresses of all nations, for among the pupils are Americans, Ha wanans, British, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. There are considerable num bers of all these nationalities, and in a.l dition there are Germans, Norwegians and South Sea islanders. In the publle schools on the islands there are fully a thousand more boys than girls. Not for from the city of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, 13 the famous Kamo hameda school, a very important schotil, established for the Hawaiian boys and girls by the will of the late Mrs. Bishop. At this school the pupils are instructed in manual training, and the boys have an opportunity to become familiar with military drill and tactics. Connect.-<l with the school Is a splendid museum. There are several kinderg: tens in Hawaii, which are largely attended. In thes< ands the children's favorite holiday is the eagerly awaited may day, and on this festal occasion there are many May pole fetes and a variety of good times. THE HUMMING BIRD A ruby gleam. An emerald sheen, A motion poised for flight; A moment seen, The flowers between, Then quickly gone from sight. Profitable (nr Fare. Senator Berry came flown from the na tional capitol in a street car one i noon, accompanied by a constituent sc-nator paid the car fare. Senator I roll was on the car. He leaned ov Senator Berry and said: "Don't you know, senator, that shouldn't waste your money like tha You shouldn't pay car fare for all constituents that come along. V afford it." "And don't you know, senator." r< Senator Berry, "that when a gent; pays another gentleman's car fare t!:« other gentleman is In honor bound to sci up the drinks? 71 —Chicago Journal.