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impregnable defenses? Where were stick was a wand. In theory, and out distinctions of class, fortifications of of her presence, we younger ones degood taste, intrenchments of haughti- clared her presuming and impossible, ness? Where were reserve and other but were reduced to serve her wheniron and concrete and barbed-wire en- ever she appeared. My mother and tanglements? I tell you, they were as my elder sister, who were experienced though they were not! This glib in- and better judges, continued to give quiry about my soul routed me, demor- her and her thin ragged ranks daily alized me so completely that I do not help. Pans of biscuit, pots of soup, even remember what I said. I only drifted in that northwesterly direction know that I fled precipitately for safe- as by some gulf stream of sympathy ty into the covert of the nearest sub- which you might speculate and argue ject. Was there anything she needed? about all you liked, but whose course And how could I serve her?

remained mystical and unchanged. At this she was eager.

One point I must not fail to mention. 'Well, I'll tell you! We need anoth- I had worried somewhat concerning er comfort. Darius needs a comfort for Darius's mule. There was, I knew, no his mule. Darius is a good man and shelter for him save a tiny woodshed his soul is saved. Now could n't you just about half his size. I pictured him lend another comfort to the Lord?' standing there with only his forequar

‘Yes,' said I, in what now seems to ters or hindquarters sheltered, and the me a kind of hypnotized state. 'I think rest of him the sport of the elements I can find another for you.' And I and the biting weather. Needless anxwent myself and took it from my bed. iety; futile concern! I might have

She received it with hallelujahs and read a different fate for him in Orion went away beaming, assuring me as she and Pleiades! Such anxiety comes of went, and as on the authority of an am- thinking too meanly of life. Darius bassador, that I would certainly have had a better opinion of it, and it may my reward.

be with better cause. Perhaps he arI make no apology for all this. I gued that a power that was able to save know well that I was the weak and his soul was perfectly well able to look routed one. I know that this gypsy after his mule; and rendered expectant from nowhere, with her lack of advan- by this belief, Darius's eyes saw what tages and her Cinderella training my less faithful ones would certainly among the ashes and dregs of life, had have overlooked, namely, that the comme at an astonishing disadvantage. I fortable kitchen of the little house, with know that, while I stood by, in my fu- its sunshine and its neat wainscoting, tile pride, she went off unaccountably, made an ideal abiding-place for his in a spangled coach, as it were, carrying friend. Here, therefore, positively benwith her salvation and all the satisfac- efiting by misfortune and like an anition in the world, happily possessed of mal in a fairy tale, the mule of Darius the bed-covers without which I was to abode, and no doubt more comfortably sleep somewhat chilly that night. than ever in his life before, and if his

But I think it due to myself to say meals remained meagre, he was enabled that this weakness on my part was not to eke them out with a generous attensingle. For weeks, months — as long tion to the wainscoting. as she stayed in the neighborhood - You see! What can be said of a peoMajor Lobley swayed people as by a ple like that, able to turn the most unspell. One would have sworn her drum- likely things to strange and immediate

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uses, for all the world as the fairy god- ally on our sympathies. I do not allude mother did the pumpkin and the mice! merely to tableaux, fairs, private the

Here is, I am persuaded, something atricals, musicales, and the like, given ancient and inherited, and acquired for the benefit of those who neither not in Major Lobley's brief span; some- sowed nor gathered into barns. I would thing, rather, dating back to gypsy be afraid to say how many times, from centuries, God knows how many æons my early years, I was for their sake ago — something that had triumphed a spangled fairy, a Queen Elizabeth and ruled on countless occasions before court dame, an 'Elaine,' white, pallid, now; some freedom, some innate self- on a barge, dead of unrequited love, a approval; some linking, it would al- Gainsborough or Romney portrait, or a most seem, of the powers of poverty Huguenot lady parting from her lover, with the powers of the Deity.

or a demure 'Priscilla,' or a dejected 'Mariana,' or a shaken-kneed reciter of verses, or a trembling performer on the

piano. I remember that there was a Have it as you will, the finer appear- huge trunk in the old attic at home ance still clings to the improvident. given over to nothing but amateur They give you color and incident with theatrical properties. I remember comout your asking; they scatter romance ing home often from dragging, weariand wonder with largesse, as kings. As some rehearsals, how tired, but happy! mere memorable characters, were not What fun it was to toil and practice the old blind man and Musgrove and and rehearse and labor until your little Major Lobley worth the money and bones ached 'for the benefit of —!' the anxiety they cost us? And who will 'For the benefit of '! I tell you it is a contend that Darius's tradition is not magic phrase! I remember my mother to be valued above a mere wainscoting coming home again and again — from and the cost of a few repairs? а

some charitable conclave I suppose I have long believed that Æsop needs radiant and eager, as she so often was, rewriting in many instances, and very to announce that we were once more to especially in that of 'The Grasshopper be permitted to labor in response to its and the Ant.' What should be told magic. Once, after her attendance on since Æsop's creatures are intended to some missionary meeting, it was conexemplify human behaviors and draw veyed to us that we were to be allowed human morals - is how the Grasshop

is how the Grasshop- to dress fifty dolls ‘for the benefit of' per spent the winter with the Ant, and as many gregarious little grasshoppers ate up all the Ant's preserves and mar- of Senegambia, to the end that their malades, and fiddled nightly and gay- Christmas and our own should be the ly by the Ant's fire, and managed happier. somehow to make the Ant feel that It had all the air of a fine adventure. the privilege had been all her own, to It was a fine adventure. I really would have labored long for the benefit of so not have missed it. Yet unless you interesting and so gifted a gentleman. have dressed, let us say, thirty dolls,

I can recall from time to time, all and know that twenty more remain

I through my childhood and girlhood, naked, you can hardly guess how dollthat I and mine made a kind of festival dressmaking may hang heavy, even on of a like circumstance, and how gladly the most eager fingers. I can still see we toiled for the benefit of that class them all in their pretty and varied which might be said to winter perpetu- dresses, ranged triumphant at last on

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top of the old square piano, that we the most fearful calamity on like a might behold the labor of our hands - cloak and doff it at will, who can augtheir feet straight ahead of them, their ment their families to seven or eight eyes fixed, staring but noncommittal, children overnight, and reduce them as supposedly on Senegambia. It seems readily to five or six the following day to me now a gay, even though at the if it but seem to them advisable? Where same time a somewhat futile, thing to outside their ranks is there any one cap

a have done; but turn it as you will, the able of persuading you that it is a privitrue privilege was ours.

lege to sleep cold so that some Darius We and our forebears, you see, had you never saw or care to see shall, he in perfect innocence laid by a few stores and his allegorical mule, go better through the generations. We had pre- warmed? Who else, being neither of served and retained certain standards your kith nor kin, has such power over and comfortable customs and conveni- you that, with a mere bloodshot eye ences of living; certain traditions too of and shiver of the shoulders, they can education and treasures of understand- turn your automobile, your furs, your ing; by which token it became our warmth, and all your pleasant pleasprivilege to entertain and provide for ures into Dead Sea apples of discomthose cicada souls who had followed the fort? Or, did any of your own class, by more romantic profession of fiddling; merely playing 'Ben Bolt,' raggedly and that we might have our privilege and horribly off the key, under a grapeto the full, we were graciously permit- arbor, exercise so great a power over ted to set our preserves, not merely for you that, having given him what you the swarming grasshoppers of our own had, you went awed and chastened of land: it was vouchsafed us to sustain and all vanity, and set his name in your supply with dolls and other delights prayers that night as the Church servthe appealing little grasshoppers of Sen- ice does the king? Are these people of egambia.

rank who can do this? Or will you still Recalling all my childhood and girl- cling to your aristocracies? hood experience with the poor, I am It is likely that I shall be accused of led by every path of logic to believe sentimentality. Some will say that to that they have some secret power of talk of the power of the poor is but their own — some divine right and cruel irony. If I would speak wisely authority by which they rule, beside and not as one of the foolish women, which the most ancient dynasties are

let me live and work among the poor, but tricks of evanescence, and the in- or better still, be of them. This is the fallibility of the Pope a mere political only way fairly to judge them. exigency. The powers they wield would I am of a like opinion; and am thereseem to me unique. Show me a dictator- fore resolved to ask you to let me speak ship, empire, oligarchy, system or su

of a later time, when I myself was poor, zerainty, seignory or pashawlic, which and of the wider knowledge of the powpresides over and possesses anything ers of the poor which that circumstance commensurate with their realm; which afforded me. For, in my advantageous sways and commands anything com- days, I was permitted only to serve the parable to their wide dominion! poor, the discouraged, the improvident;

Will you show me any other people later, I was promoted to be, at least in outside of the fairy-books who can put a measure, of their fellowship.

(To be continued)

NEIGHBOR HANS

BY WILFRED A. JOUBERT

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military caste. Their point of view, I

their code of ethics and of morals were I am an easy-going sort of a man, as rigid and definite as they seemed and in my wanderings up and down the prescribed and universal. In all essenearth, I have had many dealings with tials of manners, taste, and character, people of many kinds and very little my Teutonic neighbors were as alike as trouble with any of them. I had long nursery, school, university, and army been familiar with what it means to life could mould them. live in a community of mixed nation- The history which follows consists of alities, and have tried it as successfully a few episodes culled from a somewhat in Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico as rich experience. If in these pages I in New York City. So I hope that the dwell on my business and personal reader will not ascribe too much of the dealings with a single individual, it is fault to me when I recount my adven- because Neighbor Hans, although he tures with the emigrants of another may have been a trifle more aggressive country, which took place while I was than many of his fellow Germans, was employed as manager of a large plan- accurately representative of the entire tation in southern Mexico.

group in his tenets and his methods. On assuming control of this enter- When I first took charge of the Finca prise, I found myself in a sparsely set- San Fernando, in 1909, the retiring tled territory, where, within a radius of manager gave me my first intimation ninety miles, some twenty-five Amer- of possible trouble. Neighbor Hans, icans, and a like number of Germans, he said, who controlled the abutting were engaged in developing a rich but property of Santa Clara, had made life wild country.

so unlivable for his own predecessor, That the neighborhood should be an American, Pratt by name, that behalf German seemed to me of good fore two years were up, poor Pratt had augury, for I had always found Ger- returned to the States a nervous wreck; mans excellent citizens of the country and my informant added that he himto which they had emigrated; and in self was relinquishing the position for the United States I had been accus- a far less desirable one, in order to estomed to regard them as an important cape ‘the German plague.' and reliable element of our citizenship. To these warnings I listened politeBut I reckoned without due discrim- ly; but after all the years I had spent ination. The Germans I had known doing business with English, Irish, elsewhere were solid bourgeois — sim

sim- Scotch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, ple-minded, straightforward, and hard- Dutch, Norwegians, Chinese, Negroes, working. My new neighbors, on the Indians, Venezuelans, and other Latin other hand, were Junker-born. Most Americans, I anticipated no real diffiof them were university men of the culty with educated Germans; and in my own mind set down both Pratt and that is worth doing, and that an intelliCook as 'poor mixers.'

gent man can do, is right.

If it canFor a time my forecast seemed justi- not be done it is wrong! I use your wire! fied. Everything started auspiciously, Why should n't I? Can you prevent it? and one of the first calls I received was Try it and then see whether the wire from Neighbor Hans himself, who paid does not break out there in the woods; his respects and expressed the hope and I could yet make difficulties when that we should be good neighbors; for, to repair the line your men come over. as he added, “Cook was never quite Honor? What has honor to do with satisfactory, while Pratt was so utter- it? I wish the news and listen. Besides, ly impossible that I could do nothing I must know if you and Cook talk with him and finally had to drive him about me. I tap your wire. I listen. It away.'

is no secret. You know I do it. I tell Almost my first care on taking you I do it. There is nothing dishoncharge of my new duties was to render orable such as you talk about. Let us myself familiar with the geography speak no more about nonsense. Have the neighborhood. The three fincas of a cigar? Of course now you stay to San Lorenzo, Santa Clara, and San dinner. Can you loan me some corn?' Fernando were on an eight-mile trail, And so on, and so on. and were presided over respectively As I listened to this tirade, it was by Friend Cook, Neighbor Hans, and hard to believe that the speaker was a the writer. The three properties were German army officer, educated and all American in ownership, and a long- highly intelligent, and withal so interstanding agreement permitted San esting and entertaining that one's feelLorenzo and San Fernando to main ings of indignation and outraged justain a telephone line along the com- tice would become anæsthetized under municating trail which connected the the influence of his hospitality and the three and which Santa Clara used, but conviction that his attitude was wholly the maintenance of which Neighbor impersonal, and his ideas of right and Hans had long ago abandoned to the wrong the result of tradition and traincare of his neighbors. Quite satisfied ing which left him honest — from his to save himself from all difficulties of point of view at least. road-maintenance, Neighbor Hans was One day I was startled to count of no mind to forego the convenience eighty oxen being driven across my of telephone communication, and he land, and headed into a much-prized quietly attached himself to our tele- bridle-path which led nowhere except phone wire. When asked by what right to a newly cultivated area. The oxen he had tapped our wire, and if he belonged to Neighbor Hans, and his thought it honorable to listen in' on men informed my courier that they our conversation as he did, his reply were bound for the ‘señor's' mahogany was my first experience with the new camp down the river. Puzzled as to German Kultur.

how Neighbor Hans could reach his “What stuff about right and honor camp through my jungle, and angry at are you talking?' exclaimed the out- this lawless invasion of my territory, raged Hans. 'I will tell you what they I ordered my horse and rode forth to mean. They are words for preachers investigate. My indignation may be to scare old women and children. Men imagined when I discovered that my with brains know nothing of such favorite trail had been reduced to a things. Right! What is right? Anything hog-wallow, and that many of the new

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