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Barrington’s Lesson- Milly Barrington was only eighteen when she came to live at Holy Lodge. Very young to be married, said the gossips of the neighborhood, still younger to assume all the cares and responsibilities of a household. And there were not lacking doleful proph ets who declared with eyes rolled up and mouths drawn down that Mrs. Barrington never would “get on” with the old gentleman. “He is so fastidious,” said one. “So difficult to suit,” said another. “His ideal is so impossibly high,” de clared a third. But to their surprise—perhaps a lit tle to their disappointment—Milly and her father-in-law were the best of friends from the very first moment in which they looked upon each other’s face. Milly was anxious to learn, so eager to comprehend the ins and outs of the great, roomy old house, so ambitious to excel every housekeeper in the neighborhood, that the old gentleman said, with a smile to his son: “Don’t let your little wife undertake too much. Dudley.” And Dudley Barrington answered with a yawn: “There’s no danger of that, sir. The women of Holy Lodge have always been good housekeepers, you know. And if a woman is at work she isn't spending money foolishly or gossip ing.” Mr. Barrington’s keen blue eyes re garded his son sharply for a moment. “Do you think Milly is addicted to either of those pernicious practices?” he asked. “They come natural to all women, don’t they?” said Dudley, shrugging his shoulders. “Not at all!” said his father. Ancf in his secret soul he wondered if Dudley was worthy of such a jewel as Millicent. So the weeks went on, and Milly stood bravely to her helm, until one bright October day the old gentleman, chancing to pass the low kitcnen win dow where the vines made a screen of moving shadow, looked smilingly into where his daughter-in-law was *il work. “Have you got a glass of cool milk for me, lit lie girl?” said he. Milly brought the milk promptly. "See, papa,” she said, triumphantly pointing to the table, “what a baking I have done to-day'! Three apple pies three loaves of bread, a pan of biscuit, a cake and a dozen plum tarts!” “Bravo!” said Mr. Barrington. “But, Milly', why are you baking? Where is Hannah?” “Hannah wanted her wages raised,” said Milly' rather soberly, “and Dudley said it was all nonsense keeping a girl when I was so fond of housework. So she has gone.” “But are you fond of housework?” he asked. “In itself, as an abstract thing, I mean?” “Yes, napa.” Milly answered with some hesitation. “But, I am a little tired this morning. I rose and swept die house through before breakfast so as to have time for the baking.” “You are a good little girl,” said the father-in-law. “But we musn’t let you work too hard.” “Papa,” said Milly', with downcast lashes and a deep pink shadow creep ing over her cheek, “I’ve been thinking for some time that—that” “Well,” said Mr. Barrington encour agingly. “That I should like to ask you for a little money,” faltered Milly. “Money!” he echoed in surprise “Doesn’t Dudleys give you all you want?” Once more Milly hesitated. “He wants to know what every thing is for,” said she. “He thinks two shillings is too much for ribbon, and he says hats ought to be had cheaper than three shillings each, and he de clares it is all nonsense to buy kid gloves when cotton will do as well. And I do need another hat since the rain spoiled my best one, but I don’t like to ask him for it,” “Do you mean to say,” said Mr. Bar rington, leaning his elbows on the sill, “that you don’t have a regular allow ance every week?” “No, papa,” said Milly, lifting her prettily arched brows. “Dudley says women don’t know how to use money, and that a wife should always receive every halfpenny she spends from her husband. And I can tell you, papa, because you are so kind to me—l am ashamed to have him think me extrav agant, and I really need so many little things that men haven’t any idea of. It’s a little hard sometimes.” Mr. Barrington took his purse out of his pocket ana laid it on the window sill. “Here, little girl,” he said, “you have earned the contents of that a dozen times over.” Milly reached up to kiss him through the vine leaves. “Oh, papa, you are such a darling,” she said. He only patted her cheek in reply. “Dudley doesn’t know what a treas ure he lias,” be pondered as he kept ! on his walk up to the front veranda, j where a great chestnut tree was show ering its blooms over the steps and the balmy sunshine slept on the painted floor. “He is making a Circassian slave out of that dear little woman.” And he took his book and stretched himself comfortably out in the ham mock for his evening’s reveries. It was the next day that his son came to him in the library, where a little fire of logs had been kindled, for a chilly northwest rain had blown all the yellow maple leaves away, and the sunshine was obscured in driving clouds. “Well, my boy,” said his father kindly, “ you are off to the city, I sup pose?” “Yes, sir,” said Mr. Barrington, Jr., a tall, straight, handsome young man. with a brown complexion and spark ling eyes. “And before I go perhaps you had better give me a check, if it is convenient.” “A check?” said his father. “For what?” “I’m about out of ready cash,” said Dudley, carelessly, “and a little spend ing money would come in very handy for current expenses.” “Ah! and what are you going to buy?” “I need a summer suit, sir,” said he. “and”— “Yes, yes,” nodded the old gentle man. “And how much do you pay for a summer suit now?” “Oh, six or seven pounds,” answered Dudley. “Six or seven pounds!” echoed Mr. Barrington. “Isn’t that rather va :gue?” “A fellow never knows exactly,” ex* plained Dudley. “Ah, but you ought to know,” inter rupted the old gentleman. “And now II am on the subject, you buy yours THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. 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