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MY DREAM GIRL.
By Adalinc H. Tatman. Tbe first time I saw you, my Dream Girl, your hair was hanging dowu your back in two long braids, tied with blue ribbons, and you wore a ging ham apron and a little white unbonnet. That was twenty or more years ago Yiu were 10 and I was 14. We were schoolmates for a long time and J know now that I've loved you ince the first day I saw you Even then I tried in various ways to show my regard for you, hut at 10 you were an in dependent little lady and would have none of my gallantries. You would neither ride on my sled nor let me carry borne your books. You ate all the raisins and apples and candy I gave you, though girls at that age have good appetites, and yours was splendid. But several years later you were willing enough for me and all the other young men to make slaves of ourselves for you! And we fought one an other for that privilege! You were a sweet, imperious little queen, who gave us little enough reward eyen, when we bad all but laid down our lives for you. And yet we loved yon all the moie for your reserve! It is the way with us men. How well do I remember the first time I bad tbe supreme bliss of taking you home from church! Have you forgotten it, JDream Girl, that glorious moon light night in 'June? I can see you yet as you looked that night in your white dress with the red roses at your belt. How sweet and pure and far above everything else human you seemed that night! So yon are still in my heart, my Dream Girl, and so will you ever be. I remember how prim ly we talked, bow gravely and critically we discussed the ser mon. The old white-haired minister would hardly have felt flattered bad he heard us our ideas were so much more pro found than bis. We went to church often af ter that, did we not? I've not been much of a church-goer since I came to this big city, but how many times has a word, a snatch of song, the scent of a flower, brought back the old days when we sat side by side in that little wbite church you with your sweet, serious gaze fixed on the minister's face, driDking in every word, wor shiping God from the depths of your pure soul, 1 worshiping Him through you. And later, when temptations had surrounded me, when I weakly yielded to them and then realized my own baseness and that I dare not ask pardon for my deliberate wrong doing, tbeit would come to me the sweet thought that somewhere, perhaps, my Dream Girl was senduig up a petition for me, wiMfcpering: "God bless and keep Dick. '' Aud, oh, my pure hearted one how much lower, how much more unworthy might I have been had I not believed that. What made me believe it? Dearest, every man knows that there are always two women who are praying for him his mother and his Dream Girl Do you remember that evening so long ago when 1 came to bid you good-by? I was to start tlie next day to try my fortune walk down to the gate with me? It was dusk, and we stood there in tbe fragrant darkness and talked of many things. You wished me success. I thanked you and begged that you would give me "something to remem ber you by. You bad a little bunch of daisies at your throat the golden-hearted Marguer ites and you pinned them on my coat. I took your hands in mine and begged for something sweeter, but you shyly refused me Ah! Dream Girl! that was the turning point in our lives. I was young then; I did not appreciate tbe maidenly modesty that prompted you to withhold that carets and it an gered me to think that you trusted me so little. I turned and left you without even a "good. by " Yes, yes, I heard your laint cry of "Dick, Dick, don't go," but I was too proud, too independent, to go back. How bitterly have I regretted it since. I have that little bunch of Marguerites yet, and though they have withered almost to dust they are more precious to me than diamonds. How blind we men are! We hold in our band tbe jewel of great price and know not its value until it is ours no longer! I have struggled for a foot bold in tbis great city; I have slaved from early dawn until late at night and I have had a measure of success. Fame has even bestowed upon me a few of her precious laurel leaves in fact, I have won about all that I had started out to win a place among men in tbe world's work, yet. I would give it all, all, and a thousand times more to bold in my heart again the peace and the happiness I knew in the days when I bad YOU. In a moment of pique I cast you, my jewel, from me thinking to find others as prec ious, but, ah! bow well do L re alize now that there is for me, that is for every man, but the ONE There is where tbe pathos of life comes in! It takes us so long to know the truth when we see it. It takes so long to get your eyes open. The years have come and gone and wbile you were ever my Dream Girl, yet there came into my life oth ers whom I succeeded in mak ing myself believe could take your place. I drank what I t bought was tbe full cup of bap piness, but I found bitter lees in the bottom of tbe cup. Al ways my heart was restless, h ungry, unsatisfied. I knew not what ailed me until the oth er day, when I came suddenly face to face with you on the street and looked once mme, alter all these years, into jour earnest eyes, saw once more your sweet lips and serene brow. Then, in a flash, my eyes were opened and I read my own heart as if it were an open page. It was you, you, you, my Dream Girl, lor whom my heart was lunging, whom I wanted fur my wife, whom I have always loved and whom I shall love uu til tbe end of time. Oh. Dream Girl, there is noth ing in life so sweet as love the lovethac neither sorrow, uor sickness, nor poverty, nor dis grace can destroy; the love t hat is enduring, that is forgiv ing, long suffering, ennobling. Full well, do I know that there is but one other Love that is greater. And did I not see in your eyes for one instant that day a reve lation of your own love for me? Have I utot, all unworthy though these vears? If so, will you not in this year, when tbe sweet privilege is granted to ail Dream Girls, will you not wear when next I see you, and as a token that you will be mine, a little bunco of golden hearted Mar guerites? Utter to Dr. C. A. Noland. Monroe City, Mo. Dear Sir : You are a dentist you know a good job, outside a mouth as well as inside. Perhaps your bouse needs painting. Devoe Ready Paint is your paint. Sold under tbis guarantee: ''If you have any fault to find with this paint, either now in p utting it on, or hereafter in the wear, tell your dealer about it." "We authorize him to do w hat is right at our expense." And we are responsible: busi nes s established 1-JH years ago without a bieak the largest paint manufacturer in the Unit ed btates. Yours truly, F. W. Devoe & Co. The farmers are fighting Folk's battles. News. Yep, farmer Bill Phelps got a proxy and fought Folk's bat tle before the State Committee, and farmer Bill Kennan got a proxy and fought, bled and died at Mexico Saturday. Then there are farmers Bill .Swift. Tony Steuver, Bill McLeod, Pants Vandiver et. al. who fight Folk's battles daily at so much per fight all sham farm ers in a sham reform movement. Centralia Courier. Reflections of a Bachelor. A happy bride is just foolish enough to have an innocent widow around tbe house all tbe time. When a man no longer remem bers to tell his wife ber pretty toes are like rosebuds to him it is a sign tbe honey moon is past. It takes a woman a lifetime to discover that she can't make a man like ber cigars any better by putting them in a different box Tbe way to make a girl fight against being kissed so that s'ie is likely to get it some where else is to try to kiss ber on the cheek. You can make an everlasting friend of a woman by asking her, after you have seen ber rid ing in a hired back, bow much a month she nas to pay ber coachman. New York Press. For Sale or Exchange A stock of general merchan dise in good shape and well lo cated; reason is bad health. Call on or address Greenlawn Postmaster. The Jurors. The following jurors were d rawn by the county court for tbe April term of circuit court: A. Boulware, Fielder H Hagan, Lawrence McNelus, Verret Vio- I et, Sam Hinkle, Wm. Bishop, Elisba Hedden, K. E. Hard wick, Ed Lynch, Geo. Cop- pedge, Joe Pickett, TanG. Bas- sett, W. E. McFarland, Thos Hurley. Mat T. Lasley, Thos. Furnish, Al Hanger, Rufus Bean, J. D. Holder, Les Grimes, Edwin Bassett, Geo. Hall, Jas. Morgan, Jas. N. Wilson It is ordered by the court that Jas. P. Boyd be and is hereby appointed deed com missioner within and for Mon roe county, for a term of one year. Appeal. We find the greatest pleasure in fvlDHhirii jtu the best meat at tbe lowest prices for cash. John L. Owen & Co. On the Regular Circuit. A bretzy indivual from the Windy City drifted into one of tbe uptown hotels yesterday and used the public telephone to talk with a friend in Brook lyn. When he was through he offered the young woman at the switch board 10 cents. "Twenty cents, please,'' she said. Twenty cents!" he shouted iudignantly; ''20! Why, in Chi cago we can telephone to b for 10 cents." Yes," responded the opera torsweetlVt ' but you know that is in the city limits." From the New York Mail and Ex press. EYES, EYES. You caa have them well tested for John L. Owen & Co. are going to do away with all credit bus iness and sell meats for cash, as in tbis way tbey will not have to make tbe people wbo do pay. pay tor the meat of those wbo do not pay. "Follow The Flag." Assistant Circuit Attorney Hancock, not Circuit Attorney Folk, has just discovered scan dalous gambling hells in St. Louis. But then Hancock, not Folk, indicted james 1. blair. Folk said blair was innocent, in a public Interview. But then Folk did not place Campbell, blair's client, on the witness stand in tbe Butler trial, al though Campbell was said to have drawn the checks for 4V,- 500 on wbich Butler was alleg ed to have secured tbe "boodle'' for tbe House "combine" in tke city lighting deal. Missouri State Republican. For good laundry work take your linen to J. E. Christian agent for Congers Laundry and Dye Works. PRISON THOUGHTS. Prison is a dismal place to live in. 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