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THE IlKD CLOUD CHIKK, nil DAY, )K( 111, 18U0.
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MISS RHODA'S MEASURE, I
Miss Khoda sat In tln v.c t doorvv.iy.
Her face was turned toward the sweet
sky, radiant with lis ravs of red and
golden light; It was nature's "with
dra wine benson." At Miss Khoda's
right was u Held of stulililo from which
the wheat liutt been harvested. At her
left the corn still stood, like Indian
wigwams, all over the Held, waiting for
the husking time. At her feet tho ma
ple leaves, so gorgeous In their autum
nal plaids, were falling. Here and
there the nolo of n stray Mrd which
had tntried later than Its fellows fell
upon her ear. There was u e!ll In the
nlr; tho wind was rising, and It stirred
the locks of slhcry hair which u.iually
lay with such calm precision about
Miss Ilhoda's face. She folded her black i
6hawl closer about her shoulders, but
still she lingered.
Then was no kindly voice to warn
her of tho dangers that might come
from longer exposure. No loved form
to conio to the door and say, "Como in,
now; tho nlr In chill and the fire Is
binning brightly, it Is lonely In tho
room without you." Miss Ulioda was
alone in tho world; she hail outlived
those nearest and dearest to her.
In tho afterglow of the lives of thoec
who had belonged to her In tho old
homo sweet memories lighted up tho
closing day, and as she looked Intently
at tho western sky ?he seemed to sec
s? i 2zrv ;k.. SrM Efe.
v:i vf"a ur AtoP.jflLtY?'
-i o "i yv i
UK'S TOO CI.OSK-FISTED.
a vision oi me pearly gates, bohlnd
whoso portals those loved ones were
duelling. Watching tho red and gold
light fado away, and the darkness
gather, she, like Christian, "fell sick"
at tho glimpse of the glories and
wished sho could be among them.
A sho turned and went Into the
house, there wan a look on her face
which, If an artist had caught It at that
moment, might have Inspired hlrn to
paint a picture nnd call it Renuncia
tion. The most notable thing after
ono has grown old is the fact of rc
iiuncintlon. Hut In bonio lives, like
that of Miss Khodn, It Is n more deep
ly felt fact than In others.
"I was pausing Miss Khoda's house
Just at sunset to-night, and I haw her
sitting at her west door," said Mr.
Datcv, as ho rat down at the Hiippcr
table. "I know iJie was trying to work
out the kinks and knot about that
mortgage on lur place. Hut old Tom
Carpenter will foreclose when tho tlmo
conicii. She can't expect any mercy
from hlin; he Is too close-fisted for
'Dear mo"' exclaimed Miss Martha
Hates; "what will become, of her,"
"She will havo to go to tho town
houho, 1 suppose. It will be very hard
for her; Miss Khoda wan always a
hlgli-Htning woman," her brother re
plied. "And after all that woman has done
to help other folks when they were In
trouble!" exclnlmrd Mrs. Union. "Think
liow she looA In thofo Butler chil
dren and kept them after their mother
died; and how hhe kept that young man
who was too sick to work all winter.
An own mother couldn't have done
more fur him. I declare If Miss Khoda
has to slvn up her placo nnd go on
the town at her age, It will be a
"Doesn't Hie Hlble say, 'With whnt
measure ye m"ct It shall bo measured
to ou again?' " asked Arthur, tho tall
boy at his niother'n right, "How do
you iccoiu'ili) that paasago of scripture
with Miss Kho'.'a'.i prospects of going
to the. town-liniue? All my long life
I bave looked upon Miss Khoda ns one
f tho fireside taints of too earth; sho
if zsfir:' fvnm n m. v , .-y
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hnh nlwas been In some good work,
uml has had a kind word for every
body." Aunt .Martini did not like tho spirit
of criticism which her nephew had
shown of late about reconciling stnto-
nients of the Holy Scripture. She spnko
up In a iiulck way and said, "Miss
Hlioilti hasn't gone to the town-bouse
"No; but the finger on the signboard
points that way," replied Aithur.
"It Is dreadful for old people to b
obliged to gle up their home and old
associations and go 'wher'i they would
not,' " s.ild Mrs. Hates. "Young folks
can bear changes-many really en
Joy them but It Is dlli'eront with the
Aunt Martha had not married her
acquaintances called her "n maiden
lady." It was not because she never
had opportunities to mairy, she lold
her nephews and nieces, but lieeaiino
she loved them too well to break her
homo ties with them. It had long ago
been settled that tho Hates family
could not do without Aunt Martha, and
Aunt Martha could not get along with
out them. "How dreadful It must bo,"
was her thought that night, "to have
no lovelight In one's life."
Then Miss Martha sat down and
wrote a letter to her brother John,
who lived In the city. She told him
of Miss Hbnda; what a patient, faithful
life hers had been, and now, JimI as
nearlng tho end of the Journey, she
must be forced to give up her homo
and go to the town-house. Then she
added, "John, you and I must pay off
that mortgage, and give Miss Fthoda
the homo for her life We are able;
let us bo willing to do It. What h
Joyous Christmas we shall have If we
do this! Miss Khmla must havo tho
measure meted out to her that she has
meted out to others."
The result was that Hrother John
who was qulto apt to act on sister
Martha's suggestions, Joined her In the
labor of love for her neighbor. When
MIm Martha wont over to sco Miss
llhoda, a short time before tho foie
closuro of tho mortgage, she found her
looking over her things she could not
carry many with her; for the room
was small sho expected to occupy. Hut
thero was this little memento nnd that
gift with sweet memories associated
"THE LORD STAYED HIS HAND."
about them which mado It a hatd
matter to dccldo what to tako and what
to give up. Thero wan tho mother's old
workbasket, onro so full of tho mak
ing and mending for the loved onos,
and her copy of "Dally Food" llng In
It, and father's well-thumbed Ulble.
with hero and there words of comfort
and explanation written on tho mar
ginsthose of courso must go with
Tfar-nmrkr. wero on Miss Khoda's
fncfj as she offered tho mother's rocker
to her visitor.
"Y(, MIbb Martha, I'm getting ready
in move. It's torn-dung I nexcr did
beiuie, and It's Mil cf trlug. Hut
I'm th.niUfiil 1 dun t feel so unnvoii
died and unhappy about it as I thought
I should when I Hrt made up my uiliid
that there was mvlilng clio I could do.
My eyes are so pour I can't sow any
more. 1 m with John Ilunyan. 'Per
luip.j my way to Ihmxcu lies through
thU ery valley. It U Just as near
the town-limieo, Ihmvoii Is, as It H to
n old home here, but then -well, I
r.on't ni. one wind against the Lord's
dispensations. Tho Lord Kiepeth the
feel of his clill.licn. If this Is his
way for me to walk. 1 hope lie will
gio nic strength to follow without fal
terlnir step "
"Hut. my dear Mlns Khoda. It Is not
going to be the Lord's will for you to
leave your old home; you are to stay In
It as long as you live."
When Miss Maltha told her how her
homo had been i-ocuied to her, sho
exclaimed, "1 never thought beforo
how Abraham must have felt when he
vas ready to kktIIIco Isaac and tho
Lord stayed his hand!"
v. 'is tf
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1 -fc J u
It was Arthur who planned a hoitro
vvarmlng for MIsh Khoda on Christmas
eve The young men and young women
of the church and town tilled her wood
shed with wood and co.il. and her cupboard-shelves
with things needful for
tho necessities of the body. The fath
ers and niothrrs Joined In the work of
love, and there was never such a
thorough hoiise-waruiing done In that
locality before. A new light came Into
Mlns Khoda's face that Chrlstniastiile.
It was lovelight sho was not alone
in the world any longer; she belonged
to her good neighbors, anil they bo
longed to her.
When the Christmas bells ran In
tho church belfry on Christinas morn
ing the people hc.uil them with glad
ness, and thanked the Lord that they
had been enabled to help return Mls
Khoda's measure running over full.
(Hy Jnnies KolN llapgood.)
!' a friend should
tap at your old
On the Christmas
ViPAt Willi II tirnkmit fnr
s-ri;;i ) -- -"
IV tH',1 you and your
,, mi ., .ww 1ltlu (k!iw
V ' ) Say. wouldn't you open,
fWwwPl " n ,loy "hould rap at your
5?i- old homo door
.rpsj-Tlc 0n tho chrlBtmaH morn
Your wandering boy, that you thought
Say, wouldn't you open, Cialro?
If a babo should rap at your old heart
On the Christmas morning fair,
To give you a kiss or a hug or two,
Say, wouldn't you open. Cialro?
If a Cod should rap at your old heart
On tho Christmas morning fair,
To give you a Son with a heavenly
Say, wouldn't you open, Cialro?
At thU season of tho year, remem
ber that It is your duty as children,
and also your privilege, to glorify God,
to promote peace, and to extend good
will to those around you. You may
promote tho blessing of pence on earth
by frankly forgiving those who may
grieve or annoy you, by persuading
enemies to be reconciled to each other,
and by dally prayer to (lod to preservo
the nations of the earth from tho dead
ly horrorri of war. And you may In a
great many ways show good will to
men. Arc thoro not poor peoplo with
in a short walk of your own door who
will receive no Christmas cards, no
nice presents of food or good clothing,
whoso children havo no nlco toyB or
picture books, of which some of you
liilvo such an abundance that yen
scarcely know where to llnd room fo'1'
Whnt .Mullen ii Happy Christ inui,
It does not require much money, nor
Indeed any money, to make a happy
homo clrclo on Christmas. Tho chief
thing Is a warm and merry heart. It
will devlso ways and means for fill
ing tho homo with cheer, Joy and glad
ness. A llttlo Invention, a llttlo ef
fort, and much love will give tho dav
n halo brighter than tinsel and gold.
Cod did not requite extra matorlal to
paint every tree mid hush In all this
region a crystal whiteness tho other
night. He used only a llttlo moisture
and n llttlo cold, and In tho morning
men exclaimed in wonder, "What beau
ty!" So the simple things beautify
and glorify tho homo, and male holi
days bright with Joys beyond the pur
cIjrbo of money. Michigan ChrlBtlao
Christmas gifts lor theo,
Knlr and free!
l'teclous things from tho heavtnl-
Filling thy casket moro and more;
Golden lovo In dlvlnest chain.
That never can be untwined again;
Silvery enrols of Joy that swell
Sv.-cctcst of all in the heart's lone cell.
1 1 UN tint hiv t iir ' i t i i'i in i-i in-,
ti I V'"' "I' (I III Ml ' I l '
t llil l Mil -M"'I t till' r HtVII fn.K,
Iti'.ult mil ntiMni to ih!,nii
The -Irli lli.il nri' wanted cue Ho ir'fl',
'I'M it kiinw wiiii t'liiii inl s itr
Tint ilrli tti .i Ktilllcnr tunft il?it
'I Ii.- n i. till ill tin- lniinolin.il nwitV
Tin -Ir! I 'rit .r ntil ire i-li-U rtf -erino, ,
Vi'limn fili mi iittl never ii- .Civ ,
W (l en i tol nv Wll ill M-y is )N M' I
An. I il.ire wti tl N i li lv to In .
Tlir itW tli it ure WlMiM nn cur. 'u: plria. I
VMioioini' nictt i ton ' will ciiM J
Wli u .-it'i pr i l-'il en T.nK Ii u.it
llil' i e I i.ii iinililii; Ii In. i I
Tie iirNttnt irctrnnii! tnk'lrl4tlttltlilfli I
lie !' m.ihImI fur limine 'Hiinrt iTtvni j
XV mil .1 ! . r ulic .ii InVltl- nrmt
'I'lu .tt-nii cut uml Irallrit of llvffi
!'!.i .. n'l llifuilnr l.lc litnlit tt (lid ,
T M le ur MT.V fi'VV II III Tt Vli
limn furl lie wlp uiiln: h mt -Ifli,
Tlieie a enlist tot uml t"nl v ili'tnuti 1
The Great Hesper. ,
ItV I HAS It tt Vltl.tM'l-, '
That Miitiul wiii'iicil mo that tho
Mid was ticac. Not oontiiit with
IiiUiiistJ tho iliamoiiil. tho somnuH'ol j
illti'lido.l haviitij tin life- to t'o-
lltovo tho possibility, if pmxiblllty
cnMimI, of li.-ini; Idontitlod us tho
t It iff b mo.
Mo -ot about lil-t woi'l; with dovll- '
Mi oiiviiiiisioolloii I hoard tln .
nn'tal iliis cllul: us lin took up tho I
fill 1 t i iMii'talii fro ii tho tloor tt -il I
fold' d It. and tho bod croulcod its ho
got upon it Ah ho iippi'iiaohoil troiti (
bolniiil. ho Htoaiilod hlnisi.'f by not- i
tlnuiii) linn I upon my shoulder. ,
thou ho laid tho fold (I onrtuiti ovor ,
tn.v otlior shiuildor. uml his bony I
ktiui'Uli-s touched in. olio-t a ho til' i
rttiioil tin- ntulV over nn broa-t 1 i
know what that mount; It was in
lii'ovoiit tho lititi'tiyln jr blood from j
spurting- up his arm
In tin' patii-o that
followed, I f tut -lui'iiitiu'
iIoim who ha- ti
clod ho must bo
sloovo. ns a butcher
boast to slmmlii.-i-.
A thousand thoughts whirled in
my mind In that brief spuco: but a
icut uwo camo uniiii nm as I felt Ills
baud tiring grasp my loft shoulder,
for then I ivuli'.od that 1 was on tho
very brink ( f otornity.
A fcolln,' of iv rot for the ill iii-o
I had mado of many iln.vs for tho
loss of Mil 1 1 Ii, and tho world which
sho had tilled with joy and Itopo: a
deep ami louder wl-h for hoc liappi-uu-s,
and the welfare of tho com, Min
ions who had toiled with mo to win
tho lle-per. took tho place of terror,
uml it was with something like resig
nation t hut I awaited death.
At- ho grasped my loft slioiildor. 1
feK him loan over my right, and tho
next moment ho stabbed mo
llo bad not used Htillleiont force,
for the kuifo point stuck in ouo of
tho litis under my left breast and
wont no further.
llo pulled tho kuifo out and tried
airain, but. this timn the blade scaroo
ly punctured my skin
Then seeing that tho th'okness of
the doubled curtain was too groat an
Impediment, ho unfolded and rear
ranged it. passing his hand over my
breast and pro-slug- his lingers hero
nnd thoro to iisoortaiu whether ho
had got it right for his purpo.se. It
was thon that, my natiiro revolting
against this barbarous rolliicmout of
cruelty. I prayed like Samson for
strength, ami mado ouo moro olTort
to break my bonds.
Thu twisted sheets and linn knots
withstood the strain, but thu olTort
saved my lifo. Tho calculating vil
lain knew that I must o.shnust my
strength in a fow minutes, ami would
not risk breaking his kuifo or get
ting sun trod with my blood as I
And pro.sontly my forco gave out,
and all Itopo leaving mo I ceased to
struggle, and was callous to his
touch, whoii ho once moro touched
Hut In that moment of droail si
louco, when his knife must havo
bcuu raised to strike thu lluul blow,
tho (loor-haiiillo turned, and 1 folt
his gruMp relax nay, his lingers
tromblod asthoy lay on my shoulder.
Thoro was an interval of a minute,
and tho door-handle turned again;
then a voico that I recognized as
Lola's spoko In alow touo outsldo.
"Aro you thoro you?'' A mo
moiit'H pause, and sho addoil, "You
ain't siulc, aro you '"
Sho had como to my door and
hoard mo wilthlng against thu post
hut would tho rascal do nowr"
Hi" hand still tromblod. It gavo mo
oourago. for it showed that ho
fcnrutl discovery, and I know that ho
would not risk his own nook for tho
moro ploasiiro of killing nu. I put
out my strength again, unking tho
bed-post snap undor my strain.
".Shall I sing out?" Lola askod, a
llttlo loudor and with an accent of
Tho hand slipped Jrom my shoulder
and down my arm as tho villain
bteppod front tho bed. His position
was gottlng moro perilous. If Lola
"sung out" thoro would bo llttlo
chancoofhis making oil with tho
I had loosonoil tho lowol that
bound my head and gauged mo I
wrigglod about furioiinly. workod tho
fold out of my mouth, and got my
uhln ubovo it, breathing freely for
the iirst time slnco 1 had been tied
up. At tho same moment I hoard
tho key turn in tho door, and I know
that tho murdoror intended to let
Lola in and siluuuo her.
"Take eare, tako euro!" I shouted,
is loudly us tho towol that still cov
ered my face would penult
Ar.othor wrlgglo, and I folt that
tho uppor part of my lace was un
covered. Moreover, I distinguished
a long gray patch boforo mo. Tho
curtain of thu orlol had boon drawn
back tho light ha Uuuslbh Inercasod
during tho tlmo occupied' by the
events I havo narrated.
I almost fanuied I saw tho sll
nouutto of a mini's tlgura against tho
t'lnvitf s It inmed uiiil I wit -no
t Ii It t nil i yes i ere not deceived. II
liis.ilipeiii'i'il. nm) almost imtuoiliu.o ,v
ufio-wm'il I boar.) n fall upon the
torrueo liolnw. Tho until hud
ilioppi"! dnwii a ili'tan o ol llft-rii
foot front tho window --a drop nf not
more than six footfo- mi oi'-liunrj
tint tl luiiigiii'.' from the le le
I Ito liol.ng of rollof. eoiiiblilod
with othinistloii oaiisud jy my frail
lie olTorts, was too niiioh for mo. I
wan ifiddv tniil siolt. my oyos oloso I.
J! io -wo.it uliw.l i'nl I upon iny fuco,
every in ikoIo vravo w.iv uiiiliiulvoivd,
only the bonds upon my boly kopl
mo from fulling.
"'aint liuit. aro you, ilonr?" wore
tho t'.rst ,vtiils ! jtraid. It iv.ts
Lola's video, xovy gontlo mid troi m-loti-i.
S'o you havo .saved mo." said I.
.-I'll gavo u llttlo tiioan of delight,
titul her hatiils, which had been
busily tugging at tho knots, stopped
in their work
Mio throw hor arim around my
nock, and, prosing bur lace against
in V breast, sobbn.l
I'lracc's door was unlocked lo to
all appearance was sound asleep with
his fuco to the wall I shook him,
and us ho turned over I said.
'(ot up tho llospot' Is Inst
"Lost' as how. bo asked,
"Sto (Mi tukon from mo "
I told Ii i m of Van I leech's terrible
pi'OM'iitlinont. uml tho circumstances
iiinler which lie had loft the house.
"Wo will I'iiiiI him, parduor, ' -aid
tho .IiiiL'o, ii liis slew', MMilciitlniis
lllliuticr, which Wtis (ileerly at v.ui
iiiioo with his sio(iil in hurryiii','
into his olotlies. "We will II it 1 him.
nnd see If bis present Intents will go
so fur us fur to ospliiiu what's bo-
00 tie ol tlio (liaiiimii Letup what
bus happened, parduor. Keel il oi.
1 am nil awake "
I narrated Iniolly tho events of the
night whilo lie completed drossim,'.
Lulu, Minding by tho window',
lirttoiie I in silenco. There was just
enough light to reveal the iiilschlo,
ous exultation that sparkled in hor
i lore' a vigllanco commit too Job. If
ovor thorn was ono."' said tho .lodge,
hastily laing bis boot. I ain't,
lighted on tinylhiii; so much like
Culiforuy siuco tho good old days
Now. sip. if you air ready, we'll hunt
Up Israel, tin." prophet. lie's got to
toll us .siimthiu' moro about this than
vvc know on "
It was striking .r o'clock when wo
quitted the house. Tho judge loft,
mo to tool; about tho garden and Its
vicinity fo.' Van Hoe
struck out at once for
k. bo himself
the wood, tak-
nig i. oia wiin nun. i no
have stayed with mo. but
hud hor hand in his. it tit 1
no goltlng away from that grip
After exploring the garden. I took
tho Jin 1 1 1 that led to the lodge, as lin
ing the one that Van Iloeck fro
quoiitlv walked In when alone. The
lodgo-kcopor was not up, but, pass
ing through the open wlokot into
the road, I camo upon a laborer,
trudging along to bis work witli a
pick upon his shoulder, and a tin
Mask in his hand.
It then was half-past live, or per
haps a llttlo later.
"Have you passed a blind gentle
man on the road!'" I asked.
i ain't passed iin," ho answered:
"but as I come by tho crossroads I
see some 'nn, a looked gcn'letuan
like, kind 'or fumbling his way
along the road down by Hurley bot
tom." I know the cross-roads; they wero
noaily two miles distant. It was
Ino unprohonslhlo to mo how Van
Hoeck bad strayed so far from tho
Abbey: but the laborer's description
left llttlo room for doubt that It was
Vim Hood: ho had soon, and I started
at ouco In the direction Indicated.
I could u it soo Van Hoeck from
tho cross-roailM. hut on turning thu
angle of the lane at tho foot of tho
hill, I perceived him feeling his way
with painful slowness, and on the
side of the hedge row, 10 J yards 'it
advance. Hearing my step, ho
turned, uml recognizing It, ho came
to meet me. Ho seemed lo forgot
the danger of making a false stop,
and advanced with citgor (nilckne.su
his whole body partaking tho ex
pression of anxiety imprinted on his
"Is it you, Thornc?'' ho cried.
"Yes," 1 replied.
"What has happened?"
( waited until I got up to him, then
putting my hand on his shoulder, I
"I havo bad nnwn for von Van
llo trembled violently tin 'or my
hand, and opened his lips to spunk,
hut no sound camo: his conditio;) was
pitiable, and to keep him no longoi
lu suspense, I said;
"I have lost It. It has been taken
"Who has taken it?" he aikod, in
a thick, husky voice.
"I cannot say. I could not sea
the man who robbed me."
Ho was silent for a tim i, and tli jii
his feelings Inituil expression, a 111 est
In exeoeutlon then in incoherent
hontMico-i. broken up with work-of
Dutch whore the Kngllsh tongue
failed to glvo Mt'llelunt forco to hi-,
anger and inirtlflcatiou. I In as
sailed me with every kind of Invec
tive, accused mo of cowar lice, of
complicity in robbing him. of I
know not what baseness and hoar'.
lessnoss Indeed. It seoined n
though the blow had deprived him
of reason for a moment. At length,
when his nasslou was uoui vvhut ex
hausted, he said:
"And what Is your defense?"
I took bis arm, and as I led him
up the hill toward the orossr.ial-., I
wont over the story once moro.
When I was telling liiu: itow Loin
i my r sou.-, ho stoppil
"Thu! is it llo'" ho oclulined,"for
she bus been with mo."
impossible:" I uvi'lalin') i.
impossible, according to your
si icy. but It is tho truth for all that.
I if"t oir the path Hint could not hit 1
my win hack Sim led inn to u ro.id
liod knows whom' --and loft mo"
How fan I loll? Tim night has
boon mi ago "
"Cruiitlng lm loud vvt for tin
1111111' and you would M'ureoly sulTnr
hor to loud you longer -thai, wool I
allow bur to return to fin Abbey, nnd
como to my iv-ono at the tlmo I
iliivo It ii't ,vou will It makes no
dliVoi'onco now. Sho got me out of
the iva. uml thai Wii4 hoc oitjuct in
being thoro. io on."
I fittiio to tho mid of my narrative
and Mien Mtiggosteil that thu theft
uilo-ht bo traced to ono of tho sur-
"Anything Io shield Union." ho
said bitterly; and then, stumping
his foot, ho milled, "You know be
It was useless reasoning- with him
in his present condition
"You stand convicted by yjur own
sluii'uiont." he omit limed-, "what or
dinary Hi nf would ho fool enoiijli.
hnviiiir obtained tho diuuioii'l. to wait
thoro. risking discovery mid Jeopard
ling his own lifefor tho i-uko oC
biitcboiing j in ' If I'.raco wu tho
thief, hiioIi a 1 1 1 i 1 1 j' is possible Mc ho
must kill li illi ,vou ami mo t.o prollt
by tho possession of the diamond,
Whore is he u iw.'"
With Lola, in the woods looking
"Are you throe hunting together:"'
"Ho roasonahlo, Van llooulc," I
i am," ho replied; "leave inn
I made no reply: and wo stood
thorn in tho mid. lie of the road, ho
(iia'iug with fear mid turning his
head from s do to -i e to oateh the
sound thai might coullriu It s fears.
Ho looked like a hunted boast, that
knows tint vvh.eli way to eicape tho
What's that'1" ho iisked under his
breath quietly. "There's somo ono
on (lie road, it's his step. If you
have any inurey kuvo iiio from him."
While I was turniug to look up tho
road, to soo If his fears wero justlllod
bo groped aboui until he caught hold
of my it fin.
I had boa 'd no sound, but his
liner ceiiso was not at fa lit On tho
brow of the hill, which wo wero now
descending, stood Hie guilllt llglira
of 1 1 race. The light of the rlslm?
I huh sIioiio upon him. but wo Htood in
i the shadow of tho wool, whore tho
mistntlll hung over the soddou earth,
"I do mil hour him vvhro is ho
i now.' van Hoeck whis iohmI.
Me is standing on the hill, a eon
p'o of hundred vv.i"iN behlii I in. Ho
docs not see us "
" f wo could but got to the Aliboy!
Forgot whnt I said. Thoi'im I Live
pity on ino," ho iiMiriiiuivd.
I siiw no possiblo reason for re
fusing coiiiplluiion witli this request,
uml, taking his arm, I led him along
that side of tho road whore the hade
Hut, beforo wo had gone a doen
yards, n .shrill whoop rang through
tho echoing woods to i ur right, and
Van Iloeck again stopped. I looked
in vain ovor the brake for Lola,
whoso cry I iveogn zed: lint, glanu
lug up tho rend, I p rcoived that tho
.ludgohal heard the signal, and was
coining after us. At tho sumo mo
ment Van Hoeck, starling forward,
"Quick, quick ho sees us ho is
coining- down upon us!" and thou,
after another dozen yaids, "do you
want him to overtake us that you
stick to this uiirsud road?"
i am looking for u path; wo can
not push thruuvjli tho brake," I re
io in; ro.Ni'iN-ri.i).
l.'iililinliU lilter im llni'iirl (in Hre.im.
Tho few steamboat men on tho
upper Coluinliiun river in Kastern
Washington, and others aoquuintotl
with tho htroani, express grave
doubts of its over boooui ug a sitfo
mid curtain highway, although en
thiibiastle roiidonts of that rogi-m
count much on its utilization as u
means of transportation for the de
velopment of the country. Tho
principle trouble i.i in its o'vatlo
changes of coiiimu, it'i ris mi i fall
and its shifting- batik. Thu boats
of tho on.) company navigating- tho
river bittwcon WenitUihoo and tho
Okanogan elver u-e coitst.'.utly moot
ing witli mii'lmps, ovvin to the dilll
ciil tics of navigation. Throe woro
laid up In one week last month.
Iin Knows III, I'I ic -,
"How does tho old man look upon
you us a prospective sn-in-law?"
"Uon't know yet Haven't gut, far
enough along to sound him "
"He can't be blind to the fact tkr.t
you are an accepted beanr1"
"Well, no, that's plain enough as
far lis tli" beau is oivooruoil: but I
nM'iit to bo playing st tjond fiddlo all
the time." Kan-us City ,lo i.-ual.
I.eiiiiliie in- llie-iK lli.iini'iiiln.
Make- u iiYnall dot on a paper, tVm
look ut It through n iJlainoiul. If
vou can sen hut one dot, you can de
pend upon it that the tin no is genu
ine, but if thu murk is scattered or
show more than one, you will ho
perfectly iiftse In refusing lo pay ten
con tn for a t-tone that mav be offered
to you fcr sjs'iOU.
I iiiliiithiii. i.r l.tieriitiirc.
Little Hoy What is your pap?
Little Ctrl -Hut, a lilcrury limn.
"What ilecs l;o write?"
"Oh, he writes ino.U everything
h id i oiiio
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