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THE YALE EXPOSITOR. THURSDAY. JUNE I. 1916.
Alan Wayne la sent away from Rod Hill,
hia home, by Ms uncl J. Y.. an a moral
failure. Clem runs after him In a tangle
of short skirts to bid him pood-by. Cup
tain Wayne tfllf Alan of the failing of the
Waynes, Clem drinks Alan's health on hia
birthday, Judr llealey defends Alan In
his business with hid employers. Alan and
Allx meet at sca, homeward bound, and
start a flirtation. At home. Nance Ster
ling asks Alan to fro away from Allx. Allx
Is taken to task by Oerry. her husband,
for her conduct with A Lin and defies htm.
Gerry, as ho thinks, sees Allx and Alan
eloi-lnir. drops everything, nnd noes to
Pernamhuco. Allx leaves Alan on the
train and poos home. Gerry l?uis Per
nambueo and Roea to I'lranhas. Cn a
canoe trip he meets a native lrl. The
judffe fail to trace Gerry. A baby Is born
to Allx. The native Klrl takes Gerry to
her home, and shows him the ruined
plantation eh Is mistress of. Gerry mar
ries her. At Maple house Collingeford
tells how he met Alan "Ten Ter Cent
Wayne" bulldlni? a bridge In Africa. Ool
ltnffeford meets Allx and her baby and he
frlves her encouragement about Gerry.
Alan comes back to town but does not
go home. He makes several oalN In the
city, Gerry begins to Improve Margar
ita's plantation and builds an irrigating
Suppose you asked a man for
a Job you needed desperately
to keep from starving. Suppose
that man save you a frightful
beating, out of pure cuscedness
and afterward gave you work.
Would you watch your chance to
get even, or would you save his
life when opportunity offered?
CHAPTER XIV Continued.
Gerry started opening the sluice
pates, tlie lowest lirst. The water gur
gled out Into the main trench nnd from
there was distributed. At lirst the
thirsty poll swallowed It greedily but
gradually the rills stretched farther
and farther down Into the valley, ru
der the blazing sun they looked like
streams of molten silver and gold.
Margarita came running up to them
from the house. Gerry put his arm
around her and made her face the val-
ley. Then he looked at the girl and
smiled. She smiled back at him but
trouble was still In her eyes.
Gerry left her to start on the work
of fitting the ponderous sluice-gate of
hewn logs that he had prepared for
the mouth of the great ditch. It was a
triumph of ingenuity. He never could
have evolved It without the aid of a
giant Iron wood wormscrew taken from
the wreck of a cotton press. The screw
was so heavy that he and Bonifacio
could hardly carry it.
At the end of three days the great
gate was Installed. lie and Bonifacio
toiled like sailors at a capstan. They
drove the heavy barrier down Into the
sand with a last turn of the screw and
Phut out the river. Margarita came
and saw and was pleased.
Under the broad dome of a mango
tree on the banks of an unnamed Afri
can river Alan Wayne had pitched his
camp. The Selwyn tent and the pro
jecting veranda lly were faded and
stained. The bobblnet mosquito cur
tains were creamed with age and serv
Ice. Two camp chairs and a collapsi
ble table, battered but strong, were
placed before the tent. Over one of
the chairs hung a towel. On the ground
squatted a take-dowu bath tub. half
filled with water. In the deep shadow
f the tree the pnle green rot-proof
canvas of the tent, the fly, the chairs
and bathtub, gleamed almost white.
On the farther side of the great
trunk of the tree was the master's
kitchen, three stones ami a half-circle
of forked sticks driven Into the ground.
On the sticks hung a few pots and
pans, a saddle of buck, bits of fat and
a disreputable looking coffee-bag. Be
tween the stones was a bed of coals.
Before them crouched a red-fezzed
From under a second tree, fifty
yards away, came the dull, rhythmic
pounding of wooden pestles In wooden
mortars. The eye could Just distin
guish the glistening naked torsos of
three blacks In motion. They were
singing a barbarous chantey. At the
pauses their arms went up and the
pestles came down together with a
thud. The blacks were pounding the
kaflr corn for the men's evening meal.
Down the river and almost out of
sight a black, spidery construction
reached out over the water Alan's
latest bridge. Men swarmed on It
Six o'clock and there came the trill
of a whistle. Suddenly the bridge was
cleared. A babble of voices arose.
There was a crackling of twigs, a
shuffling of feet, here and there a high.
Melted cry, and then the men poured
Into camp. A din of talk, held In
check for hours, arose. Glistening
black bodies danced to Jerky, fantastic
steps. Song, shouts and impatient
cries to the cooks swelled the medley
yt sound. Through tb camp stole Uu
J3Y TXE CENTIZ2T CO,
acrid odor of tolling Africa.
Behind the men marched the fore
man, McDougal; behind him came
Alan. At sight of him the Zanzibar!
sprang Into action. He poured a tin
of hot water into the bath tub and
laid out an old flannel suit. Beside
the suit he placed clean underwear,
fresh socks and, on the ground, a pair
Alan stripped, bathed and dressed.
The Zanzlbarl handed him a cup of
hot tea. By the time the tea was drunk
the table was freshly laid and Alau
sat down to a steaming bowl of broth,
After dinner McDougal joined h!in
for n smoke. Tor a full half hour they
sat wordless. Darkness fell and
brought out the lights of their fitfully
glowing pipes. From the men's camp
came a subdued chatter. The men
were feeding. As they finished thej
lit fires a fire for every little group.
The smell of the wood fires triumphed
over every other odor.
McDougal had met Alan first in a
bare room at an African seaport. The
room was furnished with a chair and
a table. At the table sat Alan, busy
with final estimates and plans for sup
plies for his little army. The Interview
was short. McDougal had asked for a
job and Alan had answered, "Get out."
McDougal had repeated his request
and the rest of the story he told the
next morning before the resident mag
istrate in the chair and Alan in the
"A woe!, your honor, It was this way:
I went Into Mr. Wayne's otiice nnd
asked him for worruk and he said. 'Get
out.' I asked him again and he said,
Til give you two to get out One
Two.' and with that he rooms on to
the table and Hying through the air.
I hail joost considered that it was best
I should let him hit me first a luce that
I might break hlui with justice when
he struck me face with both lists, and
his knee In the pit of me stummick.
And that's all, your honor, savin the
Kafir that I woke up to find watering
me and a rose bush, turrn by turrn
'I suppose," said the magistrate,
covering his twitching mouth with his
hand, "that was the Kafir I signed a
hospital pass for last night."
"It may weel be," replied McDougal
dreamily. "It may weel be."
"Well, McDougal, I think this is a
matter that can be settled out of
McDougal held up a vast hand In
Interruption. "Begging your pardon,
your honor, there'll be nae settling of
this matter out of coort between Mr.
Wayne and myseP. Alice is enough."
Justice and the prisoner In the dock
surrendered to laughter. McDougal
stood grave and unperturbed.
"What I meant," said the magis
trate when he recovered, "Is that Mr.
Wayne will probably give you a Job
and call It all square."
"That's It." said Alan.
"I asked Mr. Wayne for worruk and
If It's worruk he is giving me I'll nae
be denying it is a fair answer," replied
McDougal. and forthwith became Ten
Percent Wayne's gang boss and under
study in the art of driving men with
both fists and a knee.
McDougal knocked out his third
pipe. "The de'il of a country is this,"
he said: "In the seas of it a life-preserver
holds you up handy for sharks
arid In the livers does swimming save
your life? Nae. It gives you a meal
to the crocs."
They had lost a black that day. He
had slipped from the bridge Into the
water. lie had started to swim to
shore and then suddenly disappeared
in a swirl.
Conversationally, McDougal limited
himself to a sentence a day in which
he summed up the one event that had
struck him as worthy of notice. Hav
ing dejlvered himself of his observa
tion for the night he lit his pipe once
more and relapsed into silence.
McDougal's was a companionable si
lence. Alan could feel him sitting
there in the dark, raw-boned and dour
but ready at the word of command.
It was after eight when Alan called
for a light and drew from a worn let
ter case the correspondence that a
runner from the coast had brought In
that day. He glanced over official com
munications, blue prints and business
letters and stuffed them back into the
leather case. One fat letter, note
paper size, remained.
"McDougal," said Alan, "hush up
the camp tell 'em It's nine o'clock."
McDougal arose and picking up a
big stick strode over towards the men.
The stick was so big thit he had never
had to use it. At the mere sight of it
the men desisted from clamor, dance
Alan drew the fat letter from it
envelope and for the second time read,
Dear Alan: As yeu see. this is from
New York. We came down yesterday.
All summer I have been watering; for my
econd salf because I'm Just about rrowo
up now outside, I meE Insld different
Dhow-.ajal thr4 dajra bfor w
I realty eetiffnt her looklrt ml m wntla
I w slttimt on th old stone bench
down by the pond.
I Jumped np and run after her all the
way down I.nK I.ane and tip the Low
Hood to where the red row broko her letc
that time and there I lost her. I didn't
find her asaln and had to come away
without her and now I feci bo queer
sort of half-y, Just like you.
Somehow I can't blame her. She didn't
want to leave the Hill In the gorgeous
month so she Just stayed behind. Do you
This Is the gorgeous month when leafy
Mount to the cods la myriad summer
pyres . . . T
A few hours ago when I was doing- my
mile on the avenue I almost got run down
and Mam'selle gave me an awful scolding
for being so absent-minded. It was a true
word. I was Just that absent-minded
because my mind was oft chasing that
other half. And then I came back and
there I waa on the avenue with people
staring at me more than they ever have
before. I suppose It was because I was
out of breath with chaalng In my mind.
Good-by, Alan. CLEM.
Alan sat In the circle of light from
ihe hanging lamp and stared Into the
darkness. From the river came the
sound of sucking mud, then a heavy
tread. A monster hippo blundered
through the bushe In search of food.
On the other side of the tree trunk the
Zanzlbarl was snoring. The fires were
burnliiar out at the men's camp. Once
more the odor of their bodies hung in
Alan arose and dragged his chair to
the outer edge of the mango tree. He
sat down and with hands locked and
elbows on knees gave himself up to
memory. He forgot the sounds and
smells of Africa, the black-green of
overhanging leaves, the black shadows
of the swirling river, the black-bronze
of the men about him. For an hour he
tore himself away from the black
world to wander over the beloved hills
la New England where summer dies
In a burst of light.
Red Hill, crowned with mountain-
ash, called to his spirit as a torch In
the night to a lost wanderer. The thir
ty months that had passed since last
he saw Its budding promise were
Gave Himself Up to Memory.
swept away. He Imagined those very
budding leaves at the end of their,
course, the pale amber of the elms,
the deep note of the steadfast firs, the
flaunting fire of the brave maples.
Maple House arose before him, its
lawn carpeted with dry leaves. From
the leaves Coated an Incense, dusty,
pungent. The cool shadows of the
great, rambling house beckoned to
him. Here is peace, here is rest, they
seemed to cry. The memory of home
gripped him. held him and soothed
him. Ills head nodded amf he lept
only to awake with a start, for he had
dreamed that he had lost the way
Gerry turned to his work of tilling
thfi soil. He cut the best of the cane
and Bonifacio planted the joints at a
slant with knowing hand. He sorted
the bolls of cotton. The women stu
died the fiber and when It was long,
silky and tough they picked out the
seeds with care and hoarded them, for
their time was not yet. One duty
urged another. The days passed rap
idly. One morning Gerry lookea sp from
his labor to find a mounted figure yast
behind him. An elderly man of florid
face sat a restive stallion of Arab
strain. The stranger' note was opu
lence. From his Panama hat, thin and
light as paper, to his silver spurs and
the silver-mounted harness of his
horse, wealth marked him. He was
dressed In white linen and his flaring,
glossy riding-boots of embroidered
Russian leather stood out from the
white clothes and the whiter sheep's
fleece that served as saddle cloth, with
telling effect In his hands was a
silver-mounted rawhide quirt. Ills
face was grave, his eyes blue and kind
ly. As Gerry looked at him he spoke,
"I'm Lieber from np the river."
Gerry started at the familiar Eng
lish and frowned. At the frown the
stranger's eyes shifted. "I didn't come
down here to bother you," he went on
hastily. One ot try men told me
a boat the green grass and I couldn't
beep away. I've got cattle and horse
up my way and they're dying starr
ing. I came down to uittke a ueai.
I've picked out a hundred and twenty
head with blood in 'em horses and
cattle. If you'll take em and feed
'em through to the rains 111 give you
ten out of the hundred. Some are too
far gone to save, I'm afraid." ,
Gerry looked at his tiny plantations
which showed up meanly lu the great
expanse of waste pasture. "I'm sor
ry," he suid, "but I'm afraid I can't.
You see, I can't afford to fence."
Lieber looked arouud and nodded:
"That's all right," he said, "I've got a
lot of old wire that's no use to me and
a lot of loafers to tear It down and
put It up. I'll fence as much pasture
as you say and throw In the fencing
on the deal."
"That's mighty fair," said Gerry:
"I'll take you." He dropped his hoe.
"Won't you come down to the house
and have a bite to eat?" He turned
and Lieber started to follow. "By
the way," said Gerry over his shoul
der, "you're not a German, are you?"
Lieber stopped his horse. His eyes
wavered. "No," he said shortly, 'Tin
not I'm an American. After all, I
don't think I ought to waste any time.
Hours tell with starving stock. I'll
Just set back in a hurry, If you don't
mind. My men and the wire will be
here Just that much sooner."
Gerry frowned again but this time
at himself. He felt that he had
stepped on another man's corns while
defending his own. "All right, Mr,
Lieber," he said. "The sooner the
better. I'll do nil 1 can to help."
The next morning the men came ac
companied by oxcarts loaded with
fencing, posts and all. Lieber was
with them. He sat his horse through
the hot hours and drove his men stead
ily. Gerry threw himself Into the work
as foreman. The fence grew with
amazing rapidity. From the bridge
they carried It In a straight line past
the house to the river. It cut off a
vast triangle whose two other sides
were held by the ditch and the river
By night the work was almost done,
Gerry was tired and happy, but be
sighed. How many weeks of toll
would not he and Bonifacio have had
to put In to accomplish that fence!
Lieber stayed the night with them
and Gerry studied ami imitated the
older man's impersonality. Lieber
kept his eyes on his plate or in the
vague distance while the women at
tended them and as soon as the busi
ness of eating was over he retired to
tho room that had been allotted to
He was up early in the morning and
away to meet the coining herd. First
came the horses, neighing and quick
ening their weak trot at the smell of
grass. Far away and like a distorted
echo sounded the lowing of the slower
cattle. The little herd of Fazenda
Flores caught the moaning cry and
Ufted lazy head3. One or two lowed
The horses were rounded up at the
bridge to await the cattle. Tbey
stretched thin necks toward the call
ing grass and moved restlessly about
with quick turns of eager heads and
low impatient whinnies. Lieber sat his
stable-fed stallion stolidly, but his eyes
grew moist ns he looked over the bony
lot of horses. "They must wait for
the cattle," he said to Gerry. "A fair
start and no favor. Gad, If you could
have seen them three months ago!" '
The cattle came up ln a rapid sham
ble that carried them slowly for tbey
were staggering In short, quick steps.
Their heads hung almost to the ground.
They had no shame. They moaned
Gerry opened the wire gap. The
horses gave an anticipatory whirl and
then dashed through. They forgot
their weakness. They galloped down
the slope, spurning beneath their feet
tho food they had longed for. They
did not stop till they reached the rich
bottoms. Lieber smiled affectionately.
"There's spirit for you," he said.
The cattle followed but the men had
to beat the first through away from
the gap. They had stopped to eat and
had blocked the way. At last they
were all in and the gap' closed. One
or two stood with straddled feet and
continued to low, their lips Just brush
ing the luh grass. "I'oor boasts," said
Lieber, the smile gone from his face,
"they are too weak to eat."
He and Gerry went back to the
house for breakfast The herders sat
and smoked. They had had coffee: It
would see them through half the day.
Before Lieber left, the horses were
herded once more and with much trou
ble driven out upon the desert Lie
ber turned to Gerry. "Don't let'thein
back in until tomorrow, please," he
said. "If you do, they'll founder."
"What about the cattle?" asked Ger
"The cattle are all right. They
haven't enough spirit left to kill them
selves eating. They'll begin lying
down pretty soon. Good-by, and re
member, you'll get a warm welcome
up at Lleber's whenever you feel like
"Thanks." said Gerry. "Good-by."
He watched Lieber ride away with
a leellng of changes Impending. Fa
zenda Flores, his Isolated refuge, was
oeginnlng to link Itself to a world.
Man, like a vine, has tendrils. To
climb be must reach them out and
The reward of those long months of
preparation was at hand. Once every
spade thrust n.1d seemed but the pre
cursor to barren effort Now every
stroke of the hoe seemed to bring forth
a fresh green leaf. Life fell Into an
entrancing monotone. It became an
endless chain that forged its own links
and lengthened out into an endless
perspective. Days passed. The ar
rival of Lleber's foreman to see how
the stock was progressing was an
event He brought with him an old
saddle and brlJio a gift from Liabf
t Grry. "He says," the foreman re
marked with a leer, on inuklng the
presentation "you can rd auythJug
you can catch."
Gerry felt the foreman needed putr
ting In place. He went Into the uoum
nnd reappeared carrying something lb
Ids hat He climbed the teneo and
called. The norses raised their heads
and looked. Some were lazy after wa
tering but the others trotted over to
ward him. They stopped a few yards
off and scrutinized him as though to
divine his Intentions. Then they ap
proached cautiously, with tense legs,
ready to whirl and bolt. A greedy colt
refused to play the game of fear to a
"I'm Lieber, From Up the River."
finish. He strode forward and was re
warded with a large lump of sugar.
The sugar was coarse and black, first
cousin to virgin molasses, but It was
redolent. The horses crowded around
Gerry. They pawed at him. He had
to beat them back. They made a bold
assault on the empty but odorous hat.
Gerry laughed and cleared the fence to
get away from them. "I think your
master must be mistaken," he said
with n smile to the foreman. "Some
of these colts can never have been
The foreman looked his admiration.
He began to take Gerry seriously; It
was man to man now. He pointed out
the horses that were broken to saddle
and named their gaits and mettle.
Then his shrewd eyes looked around
for further details to add to his report
to his master. He noted that a few,
a very few, of the cattle were still
lying down when they should have
been on their feet and eating. These
were herded into a corner of their own
and old Bonifacio was tending them.
Beside each was a pile of fresh cut
grass. As they ate they nosed it away,
but Bonifacio pushed It back.
The foreman's eyes caught on two
new-born calves. They had been taken
from their weak mothers and were In
a rough pen by themselves. The fore
man did not have to count the stock
to see that none was missing. He was
cattle bred. A gap in the herd or the
bunch of horses would have flown at
the seventh sense of the stockman the
moment he laid eyes on the field. In
stead there were these two calves.
"Master," he said to Gerry, "you have
made up your mind not to lose a head.
You would save even these little ones,
born before their time!"
Gerry nodded . gravely. He had
worked hard to save all. He winced
nt the mere thought of death at Fa
zenda Flores even down to these least
weaklings. He himself had fed them
patiently from n warm bottle. In trou
ble and valuable time they had cost
him nn acre of cotton. But an acre of
cotton was u small price to pay for
A grip of the hand and the foreman
was off in a cloud of dust At the
bridge he pulled his horse down to the
shambling fox trot that spares beast
and man but eats steadily Into a long
Journey. A bearer of good tidings rldea
Gerry turned to his work but a cry
from the house arrested him. He
dropped his field tools and ran to the
house. Dona Maria glanced at him,
clawed and hustled him out of the
room out of the house. The door
slammed behind him. He heard the
great bar drop. He was locked out
Gerry paced angrily up and down
the veranda. Calm came back to him.
ne saw that he had been a fool. He
stopped and sat down on the steps of
the veranda. Here, before he had
made bis benches, she had often sat
beside him, caressed him, sung to hlra.
How cold he had been. How little he
had done for her. He remembered
that as she had worked on baby
clothes she had said she wished she
had some blue ribbon. They had all
laughed at her, but she had nodded her
girl's head gravely and said, "Yes, I
wish I had some blue ribbon a little
roll of blue ribbon." What a brute he
had been to laugh!
When a man gets Into trouble
because of a woman, he is In real
trouble. How will Gerry rid him
self of this entanglement with
Ittle Margarita? What would
any upright man do? Read the
(TO K CONTINUCOJ
H ANDICR AFT FftR
A. NEELV HALL and
A SWINGING SEAT FOR THE
Any boy can make the substantial
Jwinng porch-seat shown In Fig. 1
Fig. 2 shows the completed frame
work, and Figs. 3 and 4 details of the
end frames. The frames must be ab
solutely rigid, and their parts very
securely nailed together, else the seat
will soon rack to pieces. You will
see by Figs. 3 and 4 that uprights A
and B are notched to receive the hori
zontal pieces C and D. Make pieces
A, B and C of 2 by-4-lnch material, and
D of a l-by-4-lnch board. The notches
in upright B can be cut square across
the piece, but those In A must be cut
9!Lq"e? t2..5-119w or tne slant of the
eeatTiack (Fig. 4).
Fig. 3 shows the necessary measure
ments for cutting and assembling the
parts. First lay uprights A and B
upon the floor with their ends at the
distances apart specified on the dia
gram. Then place C and D across
them, and mark the positions for the
notches. Cut the end notches In A
and B with a saw, and the center
notch, in A with a saw and chisel.
Ue careful to make the notches no !
wider or deeper than necessary, so
the joints will be snug and flush. Be
fore nailing the crosspk-cos in place,
cut one end of each to fit the slant of
upright A; also rr.ark and cut off the
ends of upright A and bevel the top
edge as shown: Crosspiece E is a
l-by-4-inch board of the length of C,
and is nailed to the edges of A and
B as a support for the seat boards.
After the pair of end frames have
been nailed together, connect them
with the one by four Inch boards F
and II (Fig. 2). The length for these
will be determined by w hatever length
you have decided to make your porch
seat. Nail boards F to the frame
work, first; then nail the top board H
to uprights A, and afterward the other
three boards 11. Crosspiece G Is the i
size of piece E, and Is fastened half
way between the ends to support the
seat boards at the center.
Fig. 1 shows how the seat boards
are fitted around the uprights, and
nailed to the framework members
Buy hooks and chains at a hard
ware store for supporting the porch
seat Get very long hooks like those
shown in Fig. 5, with long screws that
will screw at least 3 Inches Into
the seat uprights and porch ceiling
rafters; and select heavy Iron chains.
Fig. 1 shows how to Join each pair
of end chains several feet above the
seat afms so but a single end chain
will connect with each of the two
When you have completed the car
penter work on the porch seat, sand
paper all rough portions, putty nail
holes and joints, and give the wood
work two good coats of paint
V . . L,
ROYS AND GlUK 5
A. Kctly Hall.)
HOME UTILITY BOXES.
Any strong cardboard box may bo
used. The one for the model was 10
Inches wide, 12 inches long, and 3
Inches deep, but of course the propor
tions may be that of whatever box you
Fig. 2 shows the box partitioned off
into 12 compartments, providing re-
TWINE TA IABOJ TWIME
Rueec "Ptp pf tacks t
Bands clips nam pushpins
P4BT0OT ... INK ie
Paper ium hooks
ceptacles for lightweight and heavy
wrapping twine. shipping tags,
gummed labels, rubber bands, paper
clips and brass fasteners, tacks and
pushpins, passepartout paper, tubes of
library paste and glue, bottle of Ink,
and picture wire and hooks.
Fig. 4 shows how to cut the card
board strips which partition off the
compartments. You will notice that
tho upper edge of the long strips (A)
are notched from the top edge down
to the center, and that the short 8trips
which cross them (B) are notched
from the bottom edge to the center.
The positions for these notches must
be located carefully so as to come at
the exact Intersections of the par
titions, and they must be cut of the
right width for the crossing partitions
to slip into. By examining the illus
trations you will understand how the
partitions interlock. Fasten the strips
with pins pushed through the sides of
the box Into their ends (Fig. 3).
The back edge of the cover rim
must be separated from the rest of
tho rim at the corners (Fig. 5), and
be glued to the back of the box, for
a hinge. Then a strip of linen must
be glued to the outside of this rim
strip, and be lapped over the cover, to
re-enforce the hinge.
By covering the outside of the box
with cretonne you will greatly Improve
Its appearance. Glue the cretonne to
A string box to keep near the supply
of wrapping paper Is a handy article
to have In the house. Fig. 6 and 7
ehow a box made for three balls, one
of heavy wrapping twine, one of light
weight cotton twine, and one of red,
blue or other color twine.
You can use a large candy box.
Fasten the cardboard partitions be
tween the sides with pins. The rim
of the box cover may be left on It, or
may be removed In Fig. 6. Punch
holes through the cover for the ends
of the twine to run through. The out
side of the box should be covered lth
cretonne to give It a trim &ppear&&o