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yet? And are n't you glad now that I Building, and took the subway up-town made you wait about buying a Panama to spend an hour with the birds of Amerhat till you reached Kingston ?
ica in their habitats. Sandy with great We are running along here very much difficulty pried them away from the as usual without anything exciting to Natural History Museum in time to catch chronicle. You remember little Maybelle the 6:15 train. Dinner in the dining-car. Fuller, don't you-the chorus girl's They inquired with great particularity
— daughter whom our doctor does n't like? how much it was costing, and when they We have placed her out. I tried to make heard that it was the same, no matter how the woman take Hattie Heaphy instead, much you ate, they drew deep breaths and - the quiet little one who stole the com- settled quietly and steadily to the task of munion-cup, - but no, indeed! Maybelle's not allowing their host to be cheated. eyelashes won the day. After all, as poor The railroad made nothing on that party, Marie says, the chief thing is to be pretty. and all the tables around stopped eating All else in life depends on that.
to stare. One traveler asked the doctor if When I got home last week, after my it was a boarding-school he had in charge; dash to New York, I made a brief speech so you can see how the manners and bearto the children. I told them that I had ing of our lads have picked up. I don't just been seeing Aunt Judy off on a big wish to boast, but no one would ever have ship, and I am embarrassed to have to re- asked such a question concerning seven of port that the interest—at least on the Mrs. Lippett's youngsters.
“Are they part of the boys- immediately abandoned bound for a reformatory?” would have Aunt Judy and centered upon the ship. been the natural question after observing How many tons of coal did she burn a the table manners of her offspring. day?
Was she long enough to reach My little band tumbled in toward ten from the carriage-house to the Indian o'clock, excitedly babbling a
mess of camp? Were there any guns aboard, and statistics about reciprocating compound if a privateer should attack her, could she engines and water-tight bulkheads, devilhold her own? In case of a mutiny, fish and sky-scrapers and birds of paradise. could the captain shoot down anybody he I thought I should never get them to bed. chose, and would n't he be hanged when And, oh, but they had had a glorious he got to shore? I had ignominiously to day! I do wish I could manage breaks in call upon Sandy to finish my speech. I the routine oftener. It gives them a new realize that the best-equipped feminine outlook on life and makes them more like mind in the world can't cope with the normal children. Was n't it really nice peculiar class of questions that originate of Sandy? But you should have seen that in a thirteen-year boy's brain.
man's behavior when I tried to thank him. As a result of their seafaring interest, He waved me aside in the middle of a the doctor conceived the idea of inviting sentence, and growlingly asked Miss seven of the oldest and most alert lads to Snaith if she could n't economize a little spend the day with him in New York and on carbolic acid. The house smelt like a see with their own eyes an ocean-liner. hospital. They rose at five yesterday morning, caught I must tell you that Punch is back with the 7:30 train, and had the most wonder- us again, entirely renovated as to manful adventure that has happened in all ners. I am looking for a family to adopt their seven lives. They visited one of the him. I had hoped those two intelligent big liners (Sandy knows the Scotch engi- spinsters would see their way to keeping neer), and were conducted from the bot- him forever, but they want to travel, and tom of the hold to the top of the crow's- they feel he's too consuming of their nest, and then had luncheon on board. liberty. I inclose a sketch in colored And after luncheon they visited the chalk of your steamer, which he has just aquarium and the top of the Singer completed. There is some doubt as to the
direction in which it is going; it looks as We have had from the first a long sethough it might progress backward and ries of misunderstandings and foolish end in Brooklyn. Owing to the loss of contretemps, but after each one we seemed my blue pencil, our flag has had to adopt to reach a solider basis of understanding, the Italian colors.
until I had thought our friendship was on a pretty firm foundation, capable of withstanding any reasonable shock.
And then came that unfortunate eve709
ning last June when you overheard some foolish impolitenesses, which I did not in the slightest degree mean; and from then on you faded into the distance. Really, I have felt terribly bad about it, and have wanted to apologize, but your manner has
not been inviting of confidence. It is n't The three figures on the bridge are you
that I have any excuse or explanation to
offer; I have n't. You know how foolish and Jervis and the baby. I am pained to note that you carry your daughter by the
and silly I am on occasions, but you will back of her neck, as if she were a kitten.
just have to realize that though I 'm AipThat is not the way we handle babies in
pant and foolish and trivial on top, I am the J. G. H. nursery. Please also note
pretty solid inside; and you 've got to that the artist has given Jervis his full
forgive the silly part. The Pendletons
knew that long ago, or they would n't due in the matter of legs. When I asked Punch what had become of the captain, he
have sent me up here. I have tried hard said that the captain was inside, putting
to pull off an honest job, partly because I coal on the fire. Punch was terribly im
wanted to justify their judgment, partly pressed, as well he might be, when he
because I was really interested in giving the heard that your steamer burned three
poor little kiddies their share of happiness, hundred wagon-loads a day, and he natu
but mostly, I actually believe, because I rally supposed that all hands had been
wanted to show you that your first derogpiped to the stoke-hole.
atory opinion of me was ill founded. BOW! WOW!
Won't you please expunge that unfortuThat 's a bark from Sing. I told him
nate fifteen minutes at the porte-cochère a
last June, and remember instead the fifI was writing to you, and he responded instantly.
teen hours I spent reading the Kallikak We both send love.
I would like to feel that we 're friends
John Grier Home, Saturday.
You were so terribly gruff last night when I tried to thank you for giving my boys such a wonderful day that I did n't have a chance to express half of the appreciation I felt.
What on earth is the matter with you, Sandy? You used to be a tolerably nice man-in spots, but these last three or four months you have only been nice to other people, never to me.
John Grier Home, Sunday. Dear Dr. MacRae:
I am in receipt of your calling-cards, with an eleven-word answer to my letter on the back. I did n't mean to annoy you by my attentions. What you think and how you behave are really matters of extreme indifference to me. Be just as impolite as you choose.
Dreadful taste; but the men thought it Dear Judy:
lovely, so I admired it with all the ardor Please pepper your letters with stamps, I could assume. inside and out. I have thirty collectors in When they had finished, I warmed the family. Since you have taken to them up with cookies and hot chocolate, travel, every day about post-time an eager and I really think the men enjoyed it as group gathers at the gate, waiting to much as the boys; they undoubtedly ensnatch any letters of foreign design, and joyed it more than I did. I could n't help by the time the letters reach me they are being in a feminine twitter all the time almost in shreds through the tenacity of the firing was going on for fear somebody rival snatchers. Tell Jervis to send us would shoot somebody else. But I know some more of those purple pine-trees from that I can't keep twenty-four Indians tied Honduras; likewise some green parrots to my apron-strings, and I never could from Guatemala. I could use a pint of find in the whole wide world three nicer them!
men to take an interest in them. Is n't it wonderful to have got these Just think of all that healthy, exuberant apathetic little things so enthusiastic? My volunteer service going to waste under the children are getting to be almost like real asylum's nose! I suppose the neighborchildren. B dormitory started a pillow- hood is full of plenty more of it, and I am fight last night of its own accord; and going to make it my business to dig it out. though it was very wearing to our scant What I want most are about eight nice, supply of linen, I stood by and beamed, pretty, sensible young women to come up and even tossed a pillow myself.
here one night a week, and sit before the fire and tell stories while the chicks pop
I do so want to contrive a little individual petting for my babies. You see, Judy, I am remembering your own childhood, and am trying hard to fill in
Wednesday. I am in the most childish temper with the doctor, and for no very definite rea
He keeps along his even, unemo
tional way without paying the slightest Last Saturday those two desirable attention to anything or anybody. I have friends of Percy's spent the whole after- swallowed more slights during these last noon playing with my boys. They few months than in the whole of my life brought up three rifles, and each man took before, and I 'm developing the most the lead of a camp of Indians, and passed shockingly revengeful nature. I spend all the afternoon in a bottle-shooting contest, my spare time planning situations in which with a prize for the winning camp. They he will be terribly hurt and in need of my brought the prize with them-an atrocious help, and in which I, with the utmost calhead of an Indian painted on leather. lousness, will shrug my shoulders and
turn away. I am growing into a person days, and shook his head. He says that entirely foreign to the sweet, sunny young after reading Pansy, anything else seems thing you used to know.
tame. I am afraid I shall have to look
about for some one a little more up-and
Evening coming. But at least, compared with Do you realize that I am an authority Sterry, Turnfelt is a scholard ! on the care of dependent children? To- And speaking of Sterry, he paid us a morrow I and other authorities visit of- social call a few days ago, in quite a chasficially the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian tened frame of mind. It seems that the Society's Orphan Asylum at Pleasant- “rich city feller” whose estate he has been ville. (All that 's its name!) It 's a managing no longer needs his services; terribly difficult and roundabout journey and Sterry has graciously consented to refrom this point, involving a daybreak start turn to us and let the children have garand two trains and an automobile; but if dens if they wish. I kindly, but convincI'm to be an authority, I must live up to ingly, declined his offer. the title. I 'm keen about looking over other institutions and gleaning as many
Friday. ideas as possible against our own altera- I came back from Pleasantville last tions next year. And this Pleasantville night with a heart full of envy. Please, asylum is an architectural model.
Mr. President, I want some gray stucco I acknowledge now, upon sober reflec- cottages, with Luca della Robbia figures tion, that we were wise to postpone exten- baked into the front. They have nearly 700 sive building operations until next sum- children there, and all sizable youngsters.
Of course I was disappointed, Of course that makes a very different because it meant that I won't be the center problem from my hundred and seven, of the ripping-up, and I do so love to be ranging from babyhood up. But I borthe center of ripping-ups! But, anyway, rowed from their superintendent several you 'll take my advice, even though I 'm very fancy ideas. I 'm dividing my chicks no longer an official head?
into big and little sisters and brothers, building details we did accomplish are each big one to have a little one to love very promising. Our new laundry grows and help and fight for. Big sister Sadie better and better; it has removed from us Kate has to see that little sister Gladiola that steamy smell so dear to asylums. The always has her hair neatly combed and farmer's cottage will finally be ready for her stockings pulled up and knows her occupancy next week. All it now lacks is lessons and gets a touch of petting and a coat of paint and some door-knobs. her share of candy-very pleasant for
But, oh dear! oh dear! another bubble Gladiola, but especially developing for has burst! Mrs. Turnfelt, for all her Sadie Kate. comfortable figure and sunny smile, hates Also I am going to start among our to have children messing about. They older children a limited form of self-gov
And as for Turnfelt ernment such as we had in college. That himself, though industrious and method- will help fit them to go out into the world ical and an excellent gardener, still, his and govern themselves when they get mental processes are not quite what I there. This shoving children into the had hoped for. When he first came, I world at the age of sixteen seems terribly made him free of the library. He began merciless. Five of my children are ready at the case nearest the door, which con- to be shoved, but I can't bring myself to tains thirty-seven volumes of Pansy's do it. I keep remembering my own irreworks. Finally, after he had spent four sponsible silly young self, and wondering months on Pansy, I suggested a change, what would have happened to me had I and sent him home with "Huckleberry been turned out to work at the age of Finn." But he brought it back in a few
make her nervous.
I must leave you now to write an in- them glassed in for sleeping-porches. The teresting letter to my politician in Wash- babies' sun-parlor is a wonderful addition ington, and it 's hard work. What have
to our nursery. We can fairly see the litI to say that will interest a politician? I tle tots bloom under the influence of that can't do anything any more but babble extra air and sunshine. about babies, and he would n't care if With the return of the Indians to civevery baby was swept from the face of the ilized life, Percy's occupation was ended, earth. Oh, yes, he would, too! I'm and he was supposed to remove himself afraid I 'm slandering him. Babies-at to the hotel. But he did n't want to releast boy babies-grow into voters.
He has got used to orGood-by.
phans, he says, and he would miss not see
ing them about. I think the truth is that Dearest Judy:
he is feeling so miserable over his wrecked If you expect a cheerful letter from me
engagement that he is afraid to be alone; the day, don't read this. The life of man he needs something to occupy every wakis a wintry road. Fog, snow, rain, slush, ing moment out of banking hours. And drizzle, cold-such weather! such wea- goodness knows we're glad enough to ther! And you in dear Jamaica with the keep him! He has been wonderful with sunshine and the orange-blossoms!
those youngsters, and they need a man's We've got whooping-cough, and you influence. But what on earth to do with can hear us whoop when you get off the the man? As you discovered last sumtrain two miles away.
We don't know mer, this spacious château does not conhow we got it- just one of the pleasures tain a superabundance of guest-rooms. of institution life. Cook has left, - in the He has finally fitted himself into the docnight, what the Scotch call a "moon
tor's laboratory, and the medicines have licht fitting." I don't know how she got moved themselves to a closet down the her trunk away, but it 's gone. The kit- hall. He and the doctor fixed it up
bechen fire went with her. The pipes are tween them, and if they are willing to be frozen. The plumbers are here, and the mutually inconvenienced, I have no fault kitchen floor is all ripped up. One of our
to find. horses has the spavin. And, to crown all, Mercy! I've just looked at the calenour cheery, resourceful Percy is down, dar, and it 's the eighteenth, with Christdown, down in the depths of despair. mas only a week away. However shall We have not been quite certain for three we finish all our plans in a week? Tie days past whether we could keep him chicks are making presents for one anfrom suicide. The girl in Detroit,-I other, and something like a thousand seknew she was a heartless little minx,- crets have been whispered in my ear. without so much as going through the for- Snow last night. The boys have spent mality of sending back his ring, has gone the morning in the woods, gathering everand married herself to a man and a couple greens and drawing them home on sleds; of automobiles and a yacht. It is the best and twenty girls are spending the afterthing that could ever have happened to noon in the laundry, winding wreaths for Percy, but it will be a long, long time be- the windows. I don't know how we are fore he realizes it.
going to do our washing this week. We We have our twenty-four Indians back were planning to keep the Christmas-tree in the house with us. I was sorry to have a secret, but fully fifty children have been to bring them in, but the shacks were boosted up to the carriage-house window scarcely planned for winter quarters. I to take a peep at it, and I am afraid the have stowed them away very comfortably, news has spread among the remaining however, thanks to the spacious iron ve- fifty-seven. randas surrounding our new fire-escape. At your insistence, we have sedulously It was a happy idea of Jervis's having fostered the Santa Claus myth, but it does