Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, November 01, 1908, HOME SECTION, Page 2, Image 22
2 THE OMATIA SUNDAY BEE: NOVEMBER 1. 1003. HE Blue side and the Red Bide are almost even, a number of new Busy TBees having Joined the Red Bide, which helpB to make this reign a tery Interesting one. Some of the new Busy Bees are very young, and If tbey continue to Bend In as good stories as they are writing now when the Blue side, and to Louise Stiles of Lyons, Neb., also on the Blue Bide, get too old to write for our page. One little writer this week Is only 7 years old and sent in a splendid story. An ex-queen of the Busy Bees wrote that she spent the summer traveling and visiting friends In other states and that she was Tery much pleased to receive so many postal cards from the Busy Bees. Several new names were added to the postal card exchange this week and some of our little Busy Bees have written that they enjoy the cards with scenery and pictures of real places. Orian Mayes of Luek, Wyo., and Eva Hendee sent In correct answers for the illustrated rebus last week, but the editor received them too late to have their names printed last week with the Busy Bees who answered the rebua. Prises were awarded this week to the Blue side, and to Louise Stiles of Honorable mention was given to Lula Bide. Any of the Busy Bees may send cards to any one whose name Is on the Postcard Exchange, which now Includes: Jean De Long, JMnrworth. Neb. Irene McCoy, Barnstoni Neb. Lillian Merwln, Beaver City. Neb. - Mabel Witt, Bennington, Neb. Agnes Dahmke, Benson, Neb. Vera Cheney. Crelghton, Neb. Louis Halir.. Dsirld City. Neb. RheaFreldell, Dorchester, Neb. Eunice Bode, Falls City. Neb. Fey Wright, Fifth and Bell streets, Fre mont. Neb. Ethel Reed, Fremont, Neb. Marguerite . Bartholomew, Gothenburg, Neb. Jessie Crawford. 406 West Charles street. Orand Inland. Neb. f. Villa Dmh M W mm VamIv utM,t firing Island, Neb. Ella Voss, 407 West Charles street. Grand Island. Neo. Pauline Bchulte, 413 West Fourth street, Grand Island, Neb. Alice Temple, Lexington, Neb. Ruth Temple, Lexington, Neb. Kdytha Krulis, Islington, Neb. Anna Nellson, Lexington, Neb. Marian Hamilton, 2028 L street, Lincoln, Neb. Alice Grassmeyer, 1MB C street, Lincoln, HOD. Elsie Hamilton, 202J L street, Lincoln, Neb. Irene Diaher, 2030 L street, Lincoln, Neb. Hughle Diaher, 2US0 L street, Lincoln, Neb. Louise Stiles, Lyons, Neb. Estelle McDonald, Lyons, Neb. Milton Selzer. Nebraska City, Neb. ' Harry Crawford, Nebraska City, Neb. Harvey Crawford. Nebraska City, Neb. Luclle Hasen. Norfolk. Neb. Letha Larkln. South Sixth street Nor folk. Neb. Emma M: -quardt. Fifth street and Madi son avenue. Norfolk.. Neb. Mildred F. Jones, North Loup, Neb. Hugh Butt. Leshara. Neb. Hester E. Rutt, Leshara, Neb. Lillian Wirt, 4158 Cans street, Omaha. Meyer Cohn, 844 Georgia avenue, Omaha. Ada Morris. 8424 Franklin street. Omaha. Myrtle Jensen, 1909 lsard street, Omaha. ' Gall Howard. 4722 Capitol avenue,' Omaha. Helen Heuck. 1825 I,oihrop street. Omaha. Mildred Jensen, 2707 Leavenworth street. Omaha. AY, boys, what're we going to do to. old Perkins this Hallow e'en?" - The questton was asked of s I' ' thre or tour boys, ranging be- x ' tween t and 12 years of age, and the questioner was Fatty Thomas, the "leader of the gang." The small group was In the barn belonging on the premises of Fatty Thomas' father, and the time was Saturday morning. Just one week before the "glorious Hallowe'en day." And it be hooved the boys to be prepared for the com ing festive occasion. "Well, we fixed his wagon and buggy last year," laughed Tom Banks.' "He told pop that It took him a week to find all the parts of the wagon and another to get them together In correct shape again. Gee, he was mad!" "Well, I'm not In for doing any real mischief,", declared Smithy Black. "But when a man is as ugly to us boys as old man Perkins always Is I'm In for getting revenge Not real revenge, you know; but Just getting even, you might say." , "Yes, old man Perkins has always been pretty hard on us chaps," agreed Walt Holt. "W'y, only last week I was passing through his big vineyard the one that stretches along north of town and he saw me, and Came yelling after me to get out at once. No poachers allowed on my land, etc' It made mi aore. It did; for I've never done any harm to old man Perkins, nd he'd no right to yell out at me as though I were some sneak thief." . "Well." and Smithy Black winked at the other boys, "I don't remember that yeu were conspicuous by your absence last Hallowe'en. And it seems to me that we did a good deJ of mischief to his wagon jand buggy." , v "But he chased us out of his melon patch the summer before," explained Walt. '"And we only got even with him on Hal lowe'en." , "Oh, we've got to give the old gentle- man a little reminder. that we're still doing business at the same old stand," laughed Tom Banks. "But what shall It be this year" "That's lust what I asked the gang." 'explained Fatty. "What, oh, what shall we do to htm?" i JUL BTICA That Hallowe'en Ghost - , By Kaad Walker. 1 " ii n. y Elizabeth Rough of Nehawka, Neb., on Lyons, Neb., also on the Blue side. Prltchard of Omaha, also on the Blue Mabel Shelfelt. 4914 North Twenty-fifth stroet, Omaha. Wllma Howard, 47I3 Capitol avenue, Omaha. , Hulda Lundburg. Fremont. Neb. Emerson Goodrich, 4010 Nicholas street, Omaha. Helen Goodrich, 4010 Nicholas street. Omaha. Maurice Johnson, 1617 Locust street, Omaha. Hllah Fisher, 1210 South Eleventh street. Omaha. Louis Raabe, 2fi09 North Nineteenth ave nue, Omaha. Emma Carruthers, 3211 North. Twenty-fifta street Omaha Walter Johr.son, 2406 North Twentieth street, Omaha. - " . Leon Carson. 1124 North Fortieth street. Omaha. Mary Brown, 2322 Boulevard, Omaha, rseb. ' Eva Hendee, 4402 Dodge street, Omaha, Neb. Genevieve M. Jones. North Loup, Neb. Juanlta Innes, 27 Fort street, Omaha. Madge L. Daniels, Ord. Neb. - Agnes Richmond, Orleans, Neb. Zola Beddt-o, Orleans, Neb. " Marie Fleming, Osceola, Neb. Ixtta Woods, Pawnee City, Neb. ' Earl Perkins, Reddlngton. Neo. Emma Kostul, 1616 O street. South Omaha, Ethel Enls, Stanton, Neb. Edna Enls. Stanton, Neb. Ina Carney, Sutton, Clay county, Neb. Clara Miller. Utlca. Neb. Mae Grunke, West Point, Neb. Elsie StRstny, W liber, Neb. Alta Wilken, Waco, Neb. Mary Fredrick, York, Neb. Tauline Parks, York. Neb. Edna Behllrg, York, Neb, Carrie B. Bsrtlett. Fontenelle, Is. Irene Reynolds. Little Sioux, la. Ethel Mulholland. Box 71, Malvern, la. Eleanor Mellor, Malvern, la. Kathryne Mellor, Malvern, la. Mildred Robertson, Manilla, la. Ruth Robertson. Manilla, la. Fflltn Amend, Sheridan, Wyo. Henry L. Worklnger, care Sterling Rem edy company, Attica, tnd. "Well, you know he has a new runabout auto," said Walt Holt. "As I know a little about motoring, we might take the ma chine down to his valley farm and leave it there. Twon't do it any harm, and we'll have a good ride." ... . "And a bully walk back to town," laughed Fatty. "However, kids, we'll have some thing doing on Hallowe'en, on the premises of old Joslah Perkins, Esq.,- or my name's not Fat Thomas." "Well, that's no oath of assurance," grinned Tom. "I never before knew that your real handle was 'Fat' or 'Fatty.' You are enrolled, at school as Jefferson Grey Thomas. It was the gang that dubbed you 'Fatty,' or my memory's a thing of the past." All the boys had a laugh at this bit of wit from Tom, who was usually so slow In making a point. Then they agreed to "think It over" meaning their Hallowe'en plans that night and report at the barn on Monday evening after school. In, the meantime, "old man Perkins." a townsman who had several fine farms adjoining town, and whose favorite occu pation was the growing of fine grapes, melons and flowers, was a bit busy also with Hallowe'en plans, and his great, stal wart farmhand. Bill Bates, was taken Into his confidence, selng that BUI was needed to help in carrying out the 'plans. And many a chuckle the old gentleman had as he prepared for "the young rebels," as he termed the boys, who were unusually active on the evening of Hallowe'en. "I'll give them a little fun they'll not soon for get," he reflected. "Ah, I don't mind boys having their sport if they're decent about it. But that 'gang' aa a certain crowd calls themselves are too strenuous, and go a bit too far for patience." So the days went on, ushering In Hal lowe'en, and to the "gang" It seemed that the days were years long; and to old Mr. Perkins the time dragged wearily, and he became Impatient for his fun as were the boys that he meant to get even with. At last, however, Hallowe'en . did really arrive, and the air was full of expectation and anticipation. Everywhere boys might be seea In little groups, In the alleys. In old tumbledown buildings and In stables. And everywhere they were whispering and : ; WERS BTARINO AT A STRANGE WH1T1S OBJECT. AVVY'X . -J: I 1 - A -7 f V. l wtmzm u in i h i to j i RULES FOR YOUNG WRITERS 1. Write plainly on one side of the paper only and number the pages. B. Use pen and Ink, not penoll 8. Short and pointed articles will be glTen preferenoe. Do not use aver 860 words. 4. Original stories or letters only will be need. 6. Write your name, age and ad dress a the top of the fust page, rirrt and second prises of books will be given for the best two con tributions to this page each week. Address all communications to CmXX.SBZH'B DEPAJBTMXKT, Omaha Bee. (First Prixe.) The Last Quarter . By Elisabeth F. Roush, Agd 14 Tears, Nehawka, Neb. Blue. This last quarter was not a piece of money, not the last quarter of the moon, nor anything else, but the last quarter of a rich man's estate. His name was Mr. Murray. He had four boys and one girl. They had been motherless, for many years ever since Molly (the middle child and only'glrl) was 13 yeurs old and since her dear and kind mother's death she had not been treated right and justly by any of them When she was 20 years of age she mar ried a tue and honest man. but that year a very serious hailstorm went through a portion of the country, and as Mr. Sher lock (Molly's husband) was a farmer they were without any money coming In that fall, for their crop was In the hall district. And the many troubles which followed or.e after another changed their pleasant home and small farm to a rented one. But even then Mr. Murray would not help Mr. Sherlock out of his trouble or do anything for him. Mr. Murray owned one section of land which was valuable, and another quarter which was worth scarcely anything and had never been farmed even half, because It was so rocky and there was so much brush on It. In Mr. Murray's will he divided out all of the personal property, giving very lit tle to Molly; and when he divided the real estate property he said that the four boys should take their turn (In age) as to which quarter he preferred, and Molly should' have the last one. And of course, Molly got the quarter which was not good. After a consultation had been held be tween Molly and , Mr. Sherlock, they de cided that as soon as Mr. Sherlock could get time, each year he would clean off some of the brush and then afterwards have the land to farm. When the time came each year he Im mediately did as had been planned. When be was plowing It many years afterward he noticed something queer looking on the ground In a hole where he had dug, and found Indian relics. And on closer exami nation It seemed to look like water with lota of oil In It He believed he had found something and so he dug farther, and after many visits made by speculators It was decided that an oil well should be started as quick as It was possible, for there was a large quan tity of oil all around there. After that 1t was a happy family that owned the last quarter. Instead of one wor rying for fear of going Into debt. This proved a lemon to all, that working faithfully and being contented with what they had brought reward. (Second Prise.) . v How Harry Earned a Pony By Louise Stiles. Aged IS Years, Lyons, Neb. Blue. Harry's dearest wish was to own a pony. cautious. PUids were being laid, doubtless, which called for the deepest secrecy to In sure their successful development. About 10 o'clock Fatty Thomas gave a long, low whistle. He was in the shadow of his father's barn and was waiting fur the other members of the "gang." Im mediately after his signal whistle there ap peared In various corners of the alley and stable yard four small dark forma. And one at a time came stealthily forward, and soon the group waa complete. Thero were FattA Tom, Smithy, Walt and Bert, the Ittst named having Just Joined the "gang" that day. "Wdll, we're off 'to old man Perkins' place for the first stop," said Fatty. "After that we'll let the route develop Itself." There were four assents, and away they 'J. ,s J A v.Ti" He had been saving money for the purpose of buying one for It seemed to him a very long time, but the pile of money In his bank grew very slowly and when carefully counted was found to contain Just $7 60. Mr. Irving, Harry's father, had a very crabbed old father of his own, who lived on a farm near the town where Harry lived, The summer that Harry was 12 his grand- father wished him to spend a month on the farm, for In spite of his cross ways the old man had a secret lilting for Harry. As there was no good excuse to prevent him going, Harry went., but with many mis- alvlnas. He knew his irrnd father Vrr horses, but he doubted If he would b allowed to ride them, and when ho reached the farm he found this to be the caae. His grandfather made him work a good deal, but this Harry did not mind. However, ,!,. ,K, . . . ' much, and that was to ride a pony of his grandfather's, named Topay. His grand father often noticed him petting Topay, but he only smlde quietly to himself, and If Harry happened to look up, the smile In stantly left his face. The weeks passed by and finally the day arrived on which Harry was to go noma. He was to go in the after- noon and he was In the barn petting Topsy in the morning when his grandfather came in and said. "Harry. I want you to take this nolo to Mr. Graham. You may ride over there on Topsy." Harry looked Bur- prised, but was very glad to obey. On his return his grandfather said, "Harry, aa you " noo so wen, you may nave Topsy." When Harry returned home It was with very different feelings toward his grand father, and he had learned that some peo ple have good hearts under a very rough exterior. (Honorable Mention.) Some New Friends By Lula C. Prltchard, Aged 18 Years, 2781 By Orian Mayes, Aged 12 Yeara, Lusk, Charles Street, Omaha. Blue. Wyo. Blue. When the train puffed into the station Long ago there lived by a little brook brother Fred picked up poor sleepy Char- an old woman. She lived In a comfortable ley, carried him out and tucked him away j0g house which stood In the center of a In grandfather's big market wagon with- small grassy spot with several trees out awakening him. . around It. You see the ride had been .a good many The brook was a very short distance miles and Charley was only a little chap. from the house, and about one-fifth of a But the next morning found him a wide- mile from it stood another, but larger, log awake boy, ready for any fun that might house In which lived a man, a woman and come along. Iour children. The old woman was hardly He was out In the batn first thing to ever seen by them, only when she went visit his old friends, for Charley came to down to the brook to get water, grandpa's house every summer. But there g,e hated children, and often when the was a surprise in store for him this time, children camo down to the brook with their and. he found some friends that made hlra lunch and would laugh very loud, or any almost wild 'with delight. Over in one of thing that displeased her, she would get the horse stalls he discovered old Gypsy very angry. and seven little puppies. Charley hugged Gne day she found out that the children Gyp and everyone of her little puppies. were going to bring their dinner down by Such good friends as they became. Char- tno brook. So she dressed up and made ley could hardly leave them and taught herself look as unpleasant as she could, them lots of funny tricks. The little fel- Bhe hid herself behind some bushes, and lows soon learned to come to him when When the children came down she began he whistled and it was so cunning to see t0 n,aKe a groaning noise. The children, them soit side by skre all in a row. looking around, saw her and ran home aa Brother Fred aaw them one day and mui'h aat aB they could, to Charley's delight took all of their pic- wouid never come down there again tures sitting In a row, which Charley had framed and hung In his little room. Where Helen Found Her Ring By Louisa Hahn, Aped 12 Years, David City, Neb. . Blue. There once was a little girl whose name was Helen and this little girl was not vtry good. She had a very pretty little ring r.nd like most children of her age she wanted to wear it, but her mother felt aura she would Insa it. But one day her mother went away and Helen was left to get ready for school all alone. She thought It over and soon she Blipred the pretty little ring on her fin- ger and went to school. She didn't seem as happy as usual and at school the time went so slow. It was about noon when she noticed that her ring was gone. She, all went, creeping down the alley behind barns and outhouses. "We're In luck with all this cloud over the sky,'1 whispered 8mlthy. ' "Sure," declared Walt. It's a night made to order Just fits Hallowe'en." Then they went along without speaking, ranging themselves Into a long line, not wishing to attract attention by cnlng to gether. They soon reached the premises of old Mr. Perkins, and went round to the barn. "Now for the auto," whispered Smithy "And then for the ride.". With the assist ance of three others Walt soon hud the staple that held the padlock on the door drawn, and the door swung open. "Gee, that staple came out easy." said Smithy, "We didn't need that old screw driver I brought. I could have pulled it out with my teeth." "Guess the old man fixed It so we could go In without doing any harm to the lock," whispered Tom. "But Where's the auto ?" "There It Is, in that corr-er thst thing covered with the " But Smithy did not fir.iHh the remark. He stood aghast his eyes staring ami his tongue glued 'to the ro f of his mouth. And all the "gang" had unconsciously at aumed like attitudes of surprise and hor ror. And all eyes were staring at a strance white object that hud come of a sudtlcn from the darkest corner of the great and aluicst empty barry a white thing of enor mous height that wived long white, wtng Hke arms. But the moji forbidding part of this white thing were tlx eyes, which gleamed ai.d glow.-d like living coals. And In the place where its mouth would naturally be was a r'owlng light also. At last Walt found voice. "Come, let's get outr' he said In a hoarse t voice. Hut at the very moment when the "gang" turrjed to act upon his orier the great door wun shut, and the fr'ghlened bovs hoard a strong bolt slip across It on the outsliTe. Then horror upo'chless horror reigned for a few seconds'. It was broken by a low, grating voice which evidently came from the while object that was still waving ,slowly and menacingly Us arms. "Ah, and so you chaps are out to do mischief, eh? Well, I like doing a little of It my self. I overheard enough to know that you want an auto ride. Suppose I act as your chauffeur? I know a machine pretty was so frightened and hunted over. but could not flnI It She did not say anything Jo her mother and that. evening they bought a nice, la life turkey (for the next day was Thanksgiv ing) and when her mother was dressing the turkey Helen suw her own ring, She told her mother all about It. How happy she was. But her mother said aha was sorry that Helen did not tell her sooner and lie hoped that she would never dls oley her mother again. And Helen re membered her lesson. Artificial Sunshine By Willie Cullrn, Ex-King, Aged 11 Years, 3212 Webster Street. Ked. It was the first Thursday In April. April Is the month of showers and when Carl woke up he looked out of the window and there he saw It was pouring down rain, Carl was all out of sorts at onre because he had Intended to go to his friend's house, But now his visit was out of the question. At the breakfast table nothing tasted good to him, Just because he was cross. But his little e'slcr Grace was as happy as she could be. "What makes you so cross. Carl?" said his father. "It always rains Just when I want to K any place," said Carl, "Well, that can t be helped." said his father. "You will have to be satisfied whether It rains or shines. So Carl sat down In a chair and pouted away and he acted more of a baby than little Grace, who was only i years old. She was playing with her toys and seemed 'to bo quite contented. f inally ina uiumci " with narjer. Ink and pen In her hand. Carl wondered what she was going to do with them. "Now go and get your old playthings or any toys that you are tired of, Carl." aald i,c. mnii,r -We will fix them up and '"'"them to the little orphans' home." Cflrl wa at onco interested In this work a)d he w(jnt at once t0 the trunk where hlg t wer, hept. He and his mother ,orted them out and the latter wrote a ,elter and ient u Wuh them in a box. . when this was done Carl's mother saw hlg tac radiant with Joy and she said at onC9 tliat he brought the sunshine Into w,a fare bv doing a kind aot. Little Grace looked out of the window and what do you think she sawT ino rainbow. And in a few minutes the sun s rays were coming In the window, but Carl said that artificial sunshine was Just aa good on a rainy day as the real sunshine. The Witch to eat their lunch, and the old woman was very glad of It. Ever after that when the children saw a meun'or scary looking person they would call them a witch, and that is why children sometimes cull some people a witch. Roy's Winning Run By Rhea Freldell, Dorchester, Neb. Blue. As Roy stood- and saw the boys praotlc inir hefore the areat foot ball game be- tween Dorrance and Sherwood his neart was ead, as he was to be left out and Tom Murry, the new scholar at Sherwood, was to .play In his place at left half back, When the whistle blew the two teams lined up on 'the field and amid the cheers of the rooters the game began, For twenty minutes the two teams played well well enrush to run it over the bridge or into the railroad cut." If one had b"en listening outside the barn he might have heard five young mas culine hearts beating ll'te slcdgo hammers. But he would not have heard a singlo boyish voice, for all were dumb with fear. "A ghost a trhost!" was all they could think. And that was quite sufficient to cause tlwm to become speechless. "Well, I guess silence means consent," said the great white thing's voice. "And we might as well Jump Into the auto and pull out. Come. Who'll it beside me?" More beating of hearts, accompanied by shaking of legs and chattering of teeth. "Ah don't all speak at once," said the voice. And the long arms waved and waved. "Well, I'll lnvtte Fatty Thomas to sit In the driver's seat with me. He's a brave lad and leader of this gang. I be lieve." Fatty thought his time had como. And as is often the case, where fear ab first makes one speechless, it will produce glih nes of tongue after n few moments of Intense sUnce. Fatty found his speech and tried out: "Oh, no, no, x, I'm very 111 arxl want to go home, i den't care to to go out Hallowe'ening. I I I rr ally mu.;t go home!" "And I!" cried anothrr voice, trembling. "And so must I!" came another. And as fast as they could speak each of the "gang" declared hlmelf In favor of re turning to hla home and mother as quickly us possible. i "But you've Just rtarled out," said the voice. "And I-a Hallowe'en ghost am ready to g with you. And not only does excitement and adventure go hand In hand wlt:i mo, but thrilling dan:ra-yes, real dUunorH. dang.-rs thut sometimes cost life Itsoif. What say you to rid'ng this auto over the bridge or into the fifty-foot rail road cut?" "Oh, no, no. rx" screamed Fatty, hla voice unnatural in lis tone. "That would kill un." "But it wouldn't k It Hie." said the voice. "I'm a ghost and can't be hurt, you un derstand. And it's the Hallowe'en spirit to think only of one's self arxl of one's ex citement and fun. The cost to the other fellows don't count. Bo, I'm In for some fuu and Insist on your accompanying ma. I can't promise that you'll all oome back all . A Hallowe'en Gate's Experience Beside a window an old lady sat, 'Twns the glorious Hallowe'en, And Rhe had no light, as you may guess, Foy she didn't wish to be seen. But she sat where sha could look without, For the hour was getting late. And sho knew the boys would soon be there To carry away her gate. And while she sat and peered without She heard a tramnlnor of feet: And later she saw a merry crowd Or boys coming down the street. They gathered about and unhinged er gate. Then carried It 'cross the way Where they hung It hlnh up In a tree. To stay till the coming of day. hard and at the end of the first half the score was 0 to H When time was called again the players lined up for the last half. The cries from the crowd were louder. This waa Sher wood's last chance. y 1 Dorrance made a long run and was twenty yards from the goal. Here Sher wood took the ball. The quarter back gave Tom the ball and he ran for the right end, but waa thrown hard and broke his collar bone. At this Sherwood lust all hopes of winning. The captain told Roy to take Tom's place sndNtho game waa on again. The firt down they lost and the next they gained two yards. Now was their last chance. Roy took the ball and darted off with It. On and on he went, with the Dorrance players after him, but he was too swift for them and made a touchdown, which gave Sherwood the game. Why Bridget's Bread Was Never Baked By Myrtle Jensen. Aged U Years, 2909 Izard Street, Omaha. Blue. Bridget waa In the kitchen kneading bread and at the same Urns humming a lively Irish tune. "How are yex, Bridget?" said somebody. Bridget turned' around to see the milkman standing in the doorway. "Shure and Ol'm feelln' folne today," re plied Bridget After a bit of gossip and when he had delivered his milk, the milkman left, while Bridget went on with her bread. Just then Mrs. Bradley came into the room. "Be sure to put salt In the bread this Ume."-ebe said. . . . "Faith and Oi've entolrely forgotten It," answered Bridget, going off for the salt box. She got aa far aa inside the pantry door, when ahe gave a scream, gathered her skirts and Jumped upon the table. "Whats the matter. Bridget?" inquired Mrs. Bradley. Bridget pointed a finger at a little gray objecting darting about the room. "Ooo!" exclaimed the mistress, hopping upon a chair, and "Help! help! help!" screamed both as loudly as they could. The hired man was raking up leaves In the yard when he heard the screams and Immediately rushed Into the house. "There, Moike, look!" said Bridget, see ing his questioning look. "Is that all?" and Michael burst out laughing, on seeing a little baby mouse. "O. you cruel man, to laugh at us In such a plight. Get It out immediately," cried Mrs. Bradley. l "Excuse me, missus; shure and Oi'll git It out," answered Mike, taking It by the tail and carrying It outside. When they were certain there was no danger, the mistress returned to the sewing room and again took up her fancy work. But Bridget's bread never got Into an oven, for In her fright she had knocked It down on the floor. Instead she went . down to the hardware with whole heads and bodies, but It'll bo a lot of Jolly fun for me." At this five boys fell upon their knees, some weepjng and begging to be allowed to go home and others too much frlKhtened to frame sentences and merely groaning and moaning. i At this lrjitant the barn door opened slowly and old Mr. Perkins, holding a lan tern In his hand, stood In the opening, looking on the strargo scene. "Ah, ha, so you've come to do some mischief to my auto and buggy, have you, you young rebels?" he said, smiling and stroking his beard. "Well, and so the ghoat Is going to take you for a ride for life, eh? And do you all wish to go?" "Oh. no, Mr. Perkins!" walled Bmlthy. "Please, Mr. Perkins, help us to get away from here and allow us to go home." "Yes; If you'll please allow us to go quietly away from here we'll never, never como to your place again on Hallowe'en," weeplngly promised Fatty, and the other hoys added their broken-voiced promises to his. "And may I trust you to keep your prom Ue?" a.ked Mr. Perkins, setting the lan tern down. "Oh, yes. sir!" they screamed In unlsonv Jumping up and rushing to him. "Well, well, you are a great set of. braves." And the old gentleman laughed. "Come, BUI, get out of your togs and let's assist these young rascals out." And to the astonishment cf the "gang" Bill Bates appeared from the midst of a lot of white cloth sheets, probably. "Oh-h-h-h!" went up five exclamation!. "And by the light of the lantern five small faces turned red with shame. "Only Bill Bates rigged up as a ghost," murmured Fatly. "We might have guessed it." "Put you didn't," grinned Bill Bates. "And now, Boss, what shall we d with the gang? Tie 'em up till morning and call in the police?" Tive faces went white aguin, but soon bM-ame their n rmul color when old Mr. Perkins sutd: "Nope; we'll take to the house and give 'em some Ice cream and cake. Then they can go home." And that was the way the exciting inci dent ended, the old man giving them a genuine treat and allowing them to go home. And they promised never to molest him agalr Y P?WJm 1 The old lady smiled and eat quite still, As sh looked across at the tree "Now, some o-lher boys will soon coma along And bring the gate back to me." So there she watched and another band Of boys "croHS the way soon thronged. And seeing the srato un In the tree Carried it over to where It belonged. They never oni e gue' s ! the truth, you knaw For If they hud, you see. They'd taken the gate to some other yard. Or let It ut In the tree. So the old lady smilingly went to bed, As happay as happy aa could be; But wlwti she awoke next morning sha saw Hor gate 'cross the way In a tree. store and bought six mouse traps and had Mike set them that very day. Mary's Hallowe'en By Kdna Rohrs, Aged It YeHra, 2112 Locust Street, Omaha. lied. Mary was disappointed, for It was Hal lowe'en and raining very hard. "Oh, dear," walled Mary, "what shall I do?" Her mother said quickly: "How would you like to go and soo aunty?" "Oh, yes," said Mary, "and I will take my Jack-o'-lantern So Mary went to see her aunt," wh made he feel cheerful again In spite of herself. "Where Is Ella?" said Mary. "She went to your mamma for my embroidery." "May I go home, aunty?" "Yes," said her aunt, "If you wish It." So Mary went home. Wnat a sight met her eyes. Her own home was dark, but next door the empty house was bursting with radi ance. So away she bounded over there. There she found her parents and all her little friends. Then they played games and had a nice lunch. When they were gone Mary said she had never had such . tvi time. Hallowe'en Night By Irene Reynolds, Little Sioux. la. Red. A crowd of boys were standing on a street corner talking very low about tha things and Jokes they were going to play the next night, which was Halloween. Among them was Ray Reynolds, Perry Terry, Clint Alton and Walter Kerr. His friends called Walter "Fatty." so shall we, for we are supposed to be his friend also. , Fatty said, "What about the curfew bell?" "Oh, never mind about that Wa will not go out till 10 o'clock." said Ray. When the next might cams tha boys gathered In Fatty's father's barn and started out to the country to get some things to take to town, but Just as they got the wagon of Mr. Grey some men' grubbed the boys and they marched lb Jail. They tied the boys' hands and feet together and then tied them to some chairs until the next morning. Those boys never went out on Halloween and pursuaded their friends not to go. They have grown to be boneet citizens of the United States. My St. Bernard Dog By Ava Hufsmlth. Crelghton, Nob., Agea 9 Years. Blue. Doar Busy Bees: This Is the first story or letter I have ever written you. I would like to Join the Busy Bees. I am going to tell you about my big St. Bernard dog, Buater. He Is a very large dg and Is yellow with white spots. He has a black face with a white mark between his eyes, and his ears are soft as velvet. I like him very much. T 1 . . .. no nas a very lone tail and la hnnr thru and a half feet tall, so you can Imagine how long his tall Is as it almost touches tha ground when he has It down. But hs al ways has It going round and round curled up on his back. He was a year old April 19 and has ( grown a great deal since we got him when ho was three monfhs old. He likes to run and Jump and Is muoh like a puppy in his ways. He takes very good care of sister and I. Elsie's Present to the Poor By Eleanor Mellor, UK-Queen, Aged 12 Years, Malvern, la. Blue. Elsie came running home from school very excited because Thanksgiving was near and she wanted to give Something to Ruth, who was a poor little girl. fcha said: "Mamma, may I take Ruth some of our Thanksgiving dinner Thanks giving day' Iior mother said that she might, so Elsie was preparing for It. Thanksgiving Cay came. Elbe's mother fixed the dinner for her and Elsie started off. She knocked at the door and Ruth tame to the door. When Elsie handed her the basket Ruth's eyed rlowed like diamonds. ' Ruth took the basket and thanked Elale. Elale went home very happy. The next day Ruth's mother came to see Elsie. She told her that she would try to pay her baik again some time. Elvis fult very glad that she hud made hers-lf and somebody elite happy and every Thanksgiving she tried to make the poor children happy. A Hallowe'en Mistake Charlie thought It would be great spurt to put a tlek-taok on aa old gentlemaa'a window, but changed his mind.