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the bread-board, vigorously, with the that used to turn around over night, it strength of her whole body. I waited really did, if it was pleased with what for my reply. At last it came.

"Well, I will say you've been good to Like so many of her class, Mamie me, and Anne loves you — but I think had an incorrigible tendency toward you've got a hard heart.'

rumor. Knowledge comes not to these Secretly I agreed with her. I re- by laborious delving of their own, but trenched and urged her to send only a appears to be delivered to them out of part of her money, saving the rest for the air as by bird auguries, and by all furniture. Of course, I knew by this manner of unauthenticated hearsay intime that the word 'furniture' was to finitely rather to be trusted than fact. her like magic and a charm.

I take this to be in their case a survival Meanwhile, fond as she was of Anne of what was believed, in ancient times, and proud of her, Mamie was bent on to be speech with Divinity. However not spoiling her. She used to put her it may shock the modern mind to read in a wooden tub in the sunshine on the of the Almighty giving out to Moses, floor of the kitchen, as Peter Pumpkin- not merely the majestic laws carven Eater put his wife in the pumpkin on tables of stone, but commands and shell; and like Peter, there she kept her detail and measurement of great exactvery well. And Anne, more ingenuous ness as to the stuff and manner of fashand happier than Diogenes, — for she ioning and trimming the High Priest’s liked it and crowed if people came into breeches, to the minds of Mamie and her sunshine, - would stay there per,

her class there would be in this little fectly happy and delighted for the that was shocking, they themselves greater part of the day, playing with believing and delighting in Divine colan apple or a potato. I really never laboration in even the most homely saw such a baby.

matters. Meanwhile, although Bill was, it Anne wore on a string about her seems, drinking more than ever, with neck a little square of Canton flannel the aid, of course, of Mamie's earn- which in the course of many months ings, Mamie herself contrived to be had become extremely grimy. I sugabove fact and experience, and was gested as tactfully as I could that this sure he was actively reforming. In a was not in keeping with the laws of sense she really lived a charmed life. health, and might bc, with a view to

It seemed that Fate and fact could germs, a positive danger to Anne. deal her no blow which would finally Mamie smiled happily, indulgently: affect her. She knew Bill's failings bet- "That's just where you're wrong! ter than the matron, by a great deal; It's to protect her from danger — spebut if you suppose that these could cially danger by drowning! spoil the pure romance of life for her, Once I suggested that, if I were she, or invalidate her dream of a home and I would not feed Anne burned breadfurniture of her own, cushioned chairs crusts. owned and sat upon by the reformed Oh, but they say they're good for a Bill and herself, you are much mis- baby; they say they're splendid for taken.

the digestion.' She was a firm believer in miracles. Useless to argue. She had always 'I know you don't believe in them,' she heard so. "They' said so. would say; 'but at the Orphan Asylum So it is that knowledge comes to there was a statue of Saint Stephen them, not laboriously, as does our own,




but by easy rumor, floating hearsay, She brought out his letter for proof. and wisdom is brought to them with- 'He's to pay for the rooms, and I'm out effort of their own, as viands to a to send him the money for the furniking. They are fed by ravens. Their ture. He'll get whatever kind I like. gourd grows over night. Messengers You've always been kind to me,' she still come and go between heaven and added, “but I think you've got a hard earth to instruct them. There is not heart as to Bill.' required of them, the laboring class, Well, perhaps I had. that slavish mental toil exacted of the The month passed very happily. As world's great intellects. Angels and

Angels and his letters came, she would tell me ministers of grace, however they may what he had bought. have abandoned the wise, do still, it 'It's a bureau with a marble top, seems, defend them. They have only second-hand, Second Avenue, - but to be of a listening mind and a believ- as good as new. Besides, some people ing heart, and they shall know what is would rather have antiques. And I do good for digestion, and what will save like bureaus!' their children from drowning.

Then it would be a table that set her Mamie, further, was able to maintain singing her queer rag-time songs. Once a remarkable equilibrium between re- there came word of three cushioned spectful service as a servant and what chairs. One letter announced a lookmight have been the gracious democ- ing-glass. And once, as I went into the racy of a ruler. She taught Anne to call kitchen suddenly, there was Mamie, me 'Honey,' and had it as a surprise one arm above her head, the other for me one morning. I will not deny holding her skirt, dancing for Anne to that it was a surprise. But if you think see and to Anne's inexpressible wonder that so sweet an appellation in Anne's and delight. She sat there in her tub, bird-like voice, her golden head leaning leaning forward, beaming, fascinated, over into the sunshine as she heard my and holding tight to its sides as though step, seemed to me to be lacking in dig- we might all be personages in a fairynity, then you and I are of contrary tale, and she and the tub might any opinions.

moment fly away. One day, when Mamie was dusting At sight of me, Mamie stopped, where hung a Fra Lippo Madonna, flushing pink as a rose, apologetic, but Anne pointed a fat finger at it, de- unfeignedly happy. manding, 'Honey?'

'I could n't help it! He's bought me Mamie did not even pause.

a chiffoneer!' 'No,' she said briskly, 'that's not A moment later, as I passed through Honey. That's Lord and Lord's maw- the hall, I could hear Mamie singing, ma.'

And she's going back to her Daddy, and her home, home, home!'to some

impromptu rigmarole tune of her own. One day, Mamie came to me, her Soon after this she took the train to face beaming

the nearest town and came back laden 'I want to do the right thing, so I'm with packages - all manner of cheap going to give you a whole month's no- household stuff picked up at the fivetice. Bill has rented some rooms. What and-ten-cent store. It occurred to me do you think of that!'

that she might as well have a small I told her gently, but firmly, what I empty trunk of mine that there was in suspected concerning it.

the attic. She was delighted with the



gift, and wore the key of it on a chain all of late; therefore it could be due to around her neck.

no other magic than hers that there I'd rather have that key than a was a grievous lessening of my scant locket!' she said, putting her hand stores of household belongings-sheets over it affectionately. It was so that and pillow-cases, towels and a pair of she repaid you tenfold. 'It's wonder- blankets, napkins and I think a tableful,' she would say, every little while, cloth, and some muffin-rings and kitchin joyful anticipation, 'having your en conveniences, and I do not know own home!'

what else. For myself, despite many unmiti- Little bits of reality came drifting gated realities, I could not help feeling back to me — the key kept so faiththat I was living in something of a fully always around her neck; my own wonder story. Who knew but with gift of the trunk; and the sentiment those extraordinary powers of hers, say now, if you like, the sentimentality which so readily rose above fact, who with which I had noted the fact that knew but that she might rub that key even that rather small trunk was too some day as Aladdin his lamp, and large for her poor belongings. turn us all into triumphant heroes and Then suddenly, the whole episode heroines.

read to me like an Uncle Remus ‘Br'er Mamie did not forget, as I said good- Fox and Br'er Rabbit' tale, and I was bye to her in the big city terminal not too discouraged to laugh -as the where I finally left them, to give me 'Little Boy'is recorded always to have parting advice, sisterly sympathy:- done - at the turn of the story, at

'Now, don't you go and get discour- the inevitable triumph of the cleverer aged. I know you've had troubles. of the two. Well, I've had trouble enough too. Yet for Mamie's sake, not to speak You just keep right on, and hold your of my own, such an ending was not to head high. There's no telling what'll be permitted. I had asked her to come come to them that holds their heads to see me in town on one of the days high. Look at me!'

of the week that I was always there, I looked at her and could have felt and to be sure to bring Anne to see me. convinced. Then we said our good. She had assured me that she would, byes, and away they went. The last I and that she would never forget me. saw of them in the crowd was Anne's Now I knew it would be necessary, hand still waving loyally to me over rather, for me to go and find her. I Mamie's shoulder quite a long time rehearsed the scene mentally. I meant after her eyes had lost me.

to tell her that she could keep all the I missed them exceedingly; and the things she had stolen. (Let them rebluebirds of that second spring hardly main in the manner of coals of fire in made up to me for the absence of her trunk!) I would first reduce her to Anne's birdlike voice. The new maid, powder in a solemn and serious manMargaret, was interesting enough, but ner, and then strew her upon the winds no one could ever quite take the place of my righteous indignation! She whom of those others. With all this in mind, I had treated with unfailing kindness! you will realize with what a sinking of She whom in sickness I had nursed! the heart I found that there was more She whose many faults had been forthan Mamie to be missed. There could given her, and in whom I had placed be no doubt in the matter, for there trust! She! had been no outsider in the house at Strangely enough she did come to



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see me, that very next day I was in Mamie's miracle had failed. The untown. She seemed eager to get to me;

reformable Bill had not reformed. But nervous, too, like one whipped of her neither, - I hasten to add, — neither, conscience. I felt my heart suddenly it seems, was Mamie's ineradicable desoftening and as quickly hardened it. sire for a home eradicated. I have menI really had not expected quick peni- tioned before my belief that Fate cantence of her, but even so, she must take not finally affect the people of this the full punishment of my disapproval. extraordinary class. I believe them all There is a duty we owe in such matters. to have been plunged more effectually I would make nothing easy for her. than Achilles in some protective flood.

She sat down heavily, then suddenly Mamie, with the help of the perpetuput her hand over quickly on mine. I ally severe, perpetually tender-hearted made no sign. Not even that should

Not even that should matron, went out to work again. But move me. Then in a hoarse whisper, a there


be those who would be more really hoarse whisper, almost a moan, interested to know what I did with she said,

my resolves, my righteous indignation, 'Oh, how shall I tell you? How shall and, above all, with my conscience. I tell you?'

As to my conscience, I cleared that. I Stony pause. I looked coldly at her. wrote to the matron, warning her that It seemed, for a moment, that the irre in assigning Mamie to any place, it sistible force really had met the im- should be remembered that, valuable movable body. Then all at once, she as Mamie was in many ways, she had put her head down on her arm, sobbed, a light-fingered tendency to collect and spoke.

household goods. From my later know‘There was n't any bureau! There ledge, I believe that the matron may was n't any chiffoneer! There was n't have smiled at the ingenuousness of even any rooms!'

that. It might readily be thought suAn instant of time swirled past. perfluous to warn the expert physicist Then I knew, as of old, that the power that water does not run up hill. of the poor is an irresistible force, never As to my righteous indignation, it

not even by the immovable may seem to you a poor thing, but it body of our strongest determinations, never came back. Somehow I never to be withstood. My own iron resolves quite forgot the grip of Mamie's hand I saw converted suddenly into the on mine that day, and her hoarse voice flimsiest fiction — rent gossamer float- as it announced the total ruin of her ing wide.

hopes; or the memory, by contrast, of Oh! Oh! I could have put my face her little singing dance before Anne at in my hands and wept. All her dreams a happier season, with Anne leaning gone! All her hopes! her pride! her forward holding delightedly to the cherished plans! her money! her faith sides of the tub. - everything! How small the theft of He is not apt to be the most severe a few pillow-cases and towels looked in correction who has suffered much now that, at Fate's hands, she, poor discipline at the hands of Fate. It thing, had had all this stolen from her! should be remembered by the unrelentThis was no time to reduce her to pow. ing and conscientious disciplinarian der, when she was already reduced to who judges me, that I had seen the ruin floods of tears and I by no means far of some of my own hopes. Joys that from the verge of them.

I had planned for full as eagerly as The story is too obvious to tell. Mamie, delights that I had reared on

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more likely foundations, had been too much trouble, would I write and swept away and almost as suddenly. I tell her how Mamie was, or would I am entering here on no philosophy, I send her her address if she was not am merely stating facts; and I may as well confess that I took comfort in the I wrote her with a good deal of thought, that, though the bureau, the pleasure that Mamie was happily marwashstand and the 'chiffoneer' had ried (I did not quibble at the word) to fallen in the general ruin, Mamie still a well-to-do farmer; that she had a had the sheets, the pillow-cases, the nicely furnished house, some animals, towels, the muffin-rings, and the rest. and that her husband loved Anne deIt was even turning out a little like a votedly. fairy-tale after all, for I really now Then I wrote to Mamie and sent her wanted her to have these, and in view her aunt's letter; and I told her that I of my own very meagre circumstances thought it would be a kindness if she and my duties to others, I could not would write to the old lady. with a clear conscience have afforded In reply I had the following: 'I to give them to her. She, as with a know you meant to be kind. But I'm magic foresight, had contrived to re- sorry you wrote to my aunt. It was lieve me of all embarrassment.

n't my aunt at all. It was Bill." Meanwhile, I heard nothing more of Here also I know it well- fact is Mamie. Then one day, I had this let- less satisfactory than romance. There ter from her (I omit the independent should, no doubt, be the telling scene spelling):

of a sequel. I never saw Mamie again, I thought I'd write to tell you that Anne

however, and the unfocused waving of has a good Papa. He's a farmer. I'm

a fat, lovely little hand in that crowded married again. (Since she was not married

terminal is my last memory of Anne. before, the ‘again’ may refer to a second

You who read this may be in some wedding ring.) He's got a nice house. Do uneasiness as to Mamie. I confess that come and see me. (Here followed very care- I am not. I cannot forget the angels ful directions.) I'd like you to see our ani- of grace that do undoubtedly attend mals. We've got five chickens, one rooster, on such. Need Pharaoh, having seen a cat and a dog. He had a house already the wonders, be anxious do you think, furnished. It's good furnished too. The bed has got shams on the pillows.

as to how the departed children of

Israel would be maintained in the It was not long after this that I had

desert places where he would so easily a letter from an old aunt of Mamie's, have perished? of whom Mamie had several times But lest you should, nevertheless, spoken to me, and to whom she used have Mamie's welfare at heart, and sometimes to write. The aunt said should entertain, with some misgivings, that, though she had always been too thought of what may have become of poor to do anything for Mamie, still Anne, there are yet other signs and she took an interest in her. She knew wonders of which I shall ask to be alI had been good to her. If it was n't lowed

lowed to speak.

(To be continued)

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