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agony followed; then Nucky reappeared, who had no home, was invited by Keats attended by every boy on the place, and and Hen to spend a week with them. wet only to his waist. “Gee, that was n't They had a younger brother, Hiram, just nothing," he deprecated; “I just jumped his age. As the boys set off by twos and on her when she come anigh shore, and off threes for their long walks, Nucky lookag'in down Perilous a piece. I 've riding as if he were going to his execution, logs ever sence I was born. I hain't Miss Loring felt strangely bereft and afraid !"

lonely; a little later Cleo rode off with a “Hain't Afraid got his neck broke yes- mysterious young man from “over on terday," remarked Joab, quietly.

Wace” who had already paid her a visit The first of December, in the shifting or two, and had now brought a nag for of jobs, Nucky was placed in charge of the her; and then the silence of death settled chicken-yard, with particular instructions upon the cottage. As the afternoon to cherish the Rhode Island Reds. Three dragged out its weary length, Miss Loring days later, the young rooster, hope of the suffered unaccountable pangs.

She had future, disappeared from the face of the thought she would enjoy the rest, the earth, leaving not so much as a feather to quiet, the opportunity to read magazines indicate the manner of his going. Nucky and books piled away on her shelves for said he knew nothing; all the other boys the past five months. But by the time declared their innocence; Jason was natu- night came, she would have given the rally suspected, but proved an alibi. The world to hear the twelve pairs of brogans case was, and remained, one of entire mys- come thundering across the little bridge tery.

and into the cottage, the boyish voices At any other time, the matter would raised in talk or play or even in fight. She have received more attention; but Decem- felt absolutely unable to face the ten days ber was the busiest month of the year at and nights of loneliness ahead of her, and the Settlement School. Preparations were finally cried herself to sleep. already begun for the various entertain- Her delight may therefore be imagined, ments and trees projected by “the wo- when, as she started over to late breakfast men"; in addition, for Miss Loring and the next morning, she saw Jason come the boys, carols had to be practised, and climbing over the big gate. To her pleased hog-killing was looming. As if all this inquiries as to the cause of his return, he were insufficient, not a third of the month would at first give no answer, but finally had passed before Miss Loring was called he murmured, with pretty bashfulness, “I upon to bear a burden of anxiety concern- was homesick for you." "My darling ing the health of Nucky Marrs. He child !" she cried, hugging him very hard. drooped, moped, grew pale, became indif- Then she gave him a quarter to go down ferent to heroic exploits, whether in life to the village and buy a whole box of pepor books, going off to bed once or twice in permint candy, and all that day and the the very midst of a thrilling story. Miss next, Thursday and Friday, she sat on the Loring was sure it was malaria, and sent floor and played marbles with him. him over to Miss Shippen, the trained It has been told elsewhere how on Satnurse; but, for once, her ministrations urday, knowing that all her boys were inwere of no avail. He fell into a settled vited to Killis Blair's that day to "see a melancholia, from which even the exciting good time, and drink and shoot all they events of hog-killing week failed to arouse wanted,” she rode over to his home on him, developed a habit of sighing dole- Clinch, in the hope of averting the worst; fully, and even lost his appetite. Miss and found things much better than might Loring was very unhappy about him, --she have been expected. Sunday morning feared a decline. The arrival of Christ when, with Jason behind her, she started mas did not help matters, the tree and back to the school, what was her surprise stockings and presents seeming only to to hear from Philip and Nucky that they, confirm his gloom.

too, would “go along." Philip said he About noon on Christmas Day, after was tired of rambling; Nucky gave no the celebration was over, the children left reason, but his haggard looks were elofor their homes, to spend the holidays. All quent enough, and she was most thankful Miss Loring's boys went, -even Jason, to have him safe under her wing.

They returned by way of Caney Fork Later, the boys dressed up in their Sunand Nancy's Perilous, passing the Salyer day clothes and new red ties, and Miss home on the latter stream. Keats was out Loring in her Christmas dress, a cardinal by the branch chopping wood (he always crêpe-de-chine, matching the holly berries laid in a large store of wood for Nervesty and Christmas bells and new ties, and when he went home), and after they had greatly admired by the boys, and they passed the time of day, and refused his in- brought their supper over from the Big vitation to alight, he remarked, “I see you House and ate it in delightful coziness got Jason up behind you. Did he tell you around the sitting-room table. Afterward how come him to leave a-Thursday?" as they all sat on the rag rug before the “Yes," replied Miss Loring, proudly; big, warm fire, talking, Jason with his "he was homesick for me.”

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head in her lap, Nucky and Iry leaning sured Jason with his eye. “He's the lyin'- against her shoulders, and Philip and Joab est little devil ever I seed,” he said; “I'll as close as they conveniently could get, tell you what made him leave. Him and Miss Loring believed herself the happiest Hiram fit from the time he stepped in the woman in the world. All her boys were door, and all through supper, and off and dear to her, but these five needed her on all night, and got up before day and most. A mother to the motherless, - what started in ag'in; and Hiram he got him greater blessedness could any woman ask? down once, and was a-ridin' him, and She knew that her feet were set in a large Jason he pult a table-knife out of his place, that her cup ran over, that she was pocket and stobbed Hiram in the wrist anointed with the oil of gladness. with it, and Maw she took after him with Of course at such a time their futures a hickory, and he run away.”

were predominant in her thoughts; and Miss Loring slid off Mandy, called for she painted in glowing colors the noble another hickory, sternly dragged down and heroic deeds they were some day going her “darling child," and gave him not to do for their country and the world. only the punishment he had escaped on As she talked, Nucky's head fell away Thursday, but another on her own ac- from her shoulder, and into his hands. count; the bitterness of it being augmented She told how Joab, as head of an agriculfor him by the fact that all the Salyers, tural college, Philip as builder of railroads including Hiram, came out to see it well and captain of industry, and Iry as physi-. done.

cian and surgeon, were to do wonders, She made Jason walk the rest of the first for their own mountain country, and way, and took Nucky up behind her. It then for the world at large, and how Jawas distressing to see his dark and gloomy son, when he once learned to distinguish looks, and to hear the cavernous groans between what he saw in his mind and that now and then tore their way through what he saw with his eyes, might some day him. Once he remarked, hollowly, "A be a poet, and make beautiful songs about liar is the scurviest, lowdownest, God-for- what the mountains and the waters and sakeneșt varmint there are," to which Miss the skies and his own heart told him, and Loring responded, “Yes, that 's true; but the deeds men did around him. ‘And Jason 's such a little fellow, he 'll get over Nucky," she continued, “thinks now that it in time.” Twice or thrice he seemed he will never be anything but a soldier, on the point of making other remarks, but and fight all the time. But there are far they turned out to be only groans.

worse enemies to be fought in this age When the school was reached in the than just men, or than dragons and giants, afternoon, another surprise was in store, and I want him to be a statesman, and for there, in the cottage door, were Joab with trained mind, swift tongue, and fearand Iry Atkins. "Too much stepmaw,' less heart hunt out injustice and greed and was Joab's laconic explanation. Misscruelty and falsehood, and fight and deLoring realized with a throb of joy and stroy them until they no longer imperil thanksgiving, that she had her five mother- and disgrace our country. This is the less boys back with her, and would be fighting we most need now,- this is the blessed with their society during the re- heroism we must have if our nation is not mainder of the holiday, instead of tor- to perish. And it is what you can do, mented with loneliness.

Nucky,- we all know that you have the

mind and the tongue and the heart of a sternly to Miss Loring. She rose, tremhero!"

bling, and the other boys rose, looking on But with a long and bitter cry, Nucky with grave, startled eyes. Never had she sprang to his feet, his arms thrown out felt so inadequate to a task; never had protestingly.

duty so warred with inclination; never “No!” he wailed. “No! You think had she loved and admired Nucky as at I 'm a hero, but I hain't! I 'm a liar is that moment. But she held back the tears, what I am! I kilt the Rhode Island Red, braced her courage, and took the switch. -hit him in the head with a rock one day Not through weakness of hers should a when he was feistin' around and would n't just and promised penalty be remitted, go in his coop, and throwed him in Peril- should any child lose its faith in the eterous. And then I lied to you about it, be- nal law of the following of suffering upon cause I was too proud to take a whoopin' sin. Feeling each stroke as if on her bare off a woman. And I hain't seed no peace heart, she gave Nucky the hard whipping or satisfaction sence, knowin' I hain't a he craved. Once when she faltered, he hero no more, but a dad-burn liar! I been said, “That hain't enough yet," and she tryin' to tell you all day, I come back to was compelled to keep on, while he bravely tell you,—but I could n't git it out! And turned away his face so that she should now I want you to gimme three whoopin's, not see the evidences of pain. one for Aingin' the rock, and two for Then at last she flung the switch in the lyin', and then maybe I can take a new fire and caught him in her arms. “Oh, start."

Nucky, Nucky," she cried, "you have He tore off his coat as he spoke, took wiped it all out now, and are a hero down the switch that lived over the fire- through and through! And now I know board for Jason's benefit, and handed it that some day you will save the country!"


ERAT Alexandean food or cerithrew the "RST Alexander plunged into the East Now all those tumbled cities are re-risen,

The grass re-blows o'er all his battle-fields, Mede;

And verdure greener from that crimson What of that Empire now but lonely

blood. stone?

A name, a haunting face, and there an The Roman his discovered world amassed, end! And high on his seven hills empurpled sat; An arch triumphal, and a golden tomb! Yet, rotting from within, his rule decayed. The earth no single scar from him retains.

Others have builded since; and strongest he But thou, O King, all hail! Thou enterest Who the old map of Europe folded up; Into a kingdom dearer bought than these ; Yet printless on the sands of time his feet. More surely stablished with a grander toil. Remember those dead architects who still, Remember the ascended river, and height From many a grave memorial o'er the Stormed, and the dubious battle when world,

Wolfe fell, Lend hands of fame, though centuries But, reeling, heard the cry, “They run! asleep.

they run!"


How many sailors plunged beneath the

Remember the grand clash of Trafalgar,

When dying Nelson smelt the rising wind, Still lift constructing hands up from the

And, "Anchor, Hardy! anchor, Hardy!" sea,

moaned. And, whelmed in weed and coral, yet sustain!

With these forget not half thy kingdom is

The song of Milton soaring to the sun, Remember all the blood and all the

Of deeper Shakspere, wise from human cries

pain. That slowly have thy Empire soldered

And later music thine; but latest his, sureFaces of women waiting without hope !

Heavy with English sweet from Roman


A lonely voice, a lover of thy throne. What! Is that scepter heavy to thy hand ? Or heavy is that orb upon thy brows?

Verse thou inheritest not less than deeds; Think to what memories that weight is A lord of rhythm as of rolling seas, owed!

Of foam eternal, yet of loveliest words. Since first in furious ferment there was In that dim minster, when thy brows are wrought,

crowned, On Senlac hill that mighty blend of blood, Against the pictured panes our dead shall That fortunate world-vintage of the West.


And that which seems most vacant most Remember those French fields; the Arma- be thronged.

da's pride Scattered, and tossed upon the Irish shore; What anthems with their silence shall Then Cromwell, master first of the cold

compare? seas.

What voices shall their stillness interrupt,

Or mortal music their immortal hush? Remember Plassey and the lonely Clive; All India with our English graves in- Then grasp that heavy scepter in thy hand, scribed,

And set upon thy brows that heavy orb, And that huge Orient by a remnant held! And all those memories be half thy might!





THEN the world's history is written, tion to add the mighty prestige of her

will the twentieth century enjoy name and the weight of her influence the proud and noble distinction of being among the world powers to further the styled preeminently the Century of Peace? cause of peace among the nations. If we may be permitted to judge the fu- The Government of England, indeed, ture by what has been achieved during the deserves great praise for the good-will she last decade in the cause of peace, I think has shown during the last few years to it will richly deserve this title. Never promote a better understanding and a hapbefore have more strenuous, more practi- pier state of things among her subjects cal, and more sincere efforts been made to and dependencies. And, in my judgment, bring about happier relations between man the end is not yet. Only last year a proand man, nation and nation, than at the nounced step forward was made in the present time. And the general response path of justice and peace by striking from which the world is giving to the leaders the oath of coronation phrases which were in this movement is eloquent testimony of not only displeasing, but grossly insultthe abiding desire for peace which dwellsing, to the most cherished and the most in the human breast.

sacred religious tenets of millions of EngIt is a splendid tribute to the high tone lish subjects not only in Great Britain and of the mind of the present day, to the Ireland and in the Channel Islands, but finer feelings of our generation, and to also in all the British dominions beyond the inborn love of justice and fair play of the seas. It is certainly a happy sign of our people, that war, with all its atten- more peaceful times when the rulers of a dant horrors, should be condemned, and powerful nation are willing to free their declared both unworthy and incompetent minds from a strongly rooted prejudice, to be the final arbiter between right and which their traditions and their creed wrong, justice and injustice. It seems to had planted there, and which had blurred be the will of the people that Mars must their vision for upward of two hundred be dethroned forever, cast down from the years. lofty pedestal he has occupied so long. Another bright augury for future peace This demand, becoming more general is England's change of heart toward Ireevery hour, for the settlement of disputes land. The passing of the Land Bill was and the righting of wrongs by the appeal an evidence of a more kindly attitude and to enlightened reason based upon a true good-will to her Irish subjects. Greater sense of justice and a broad love of our peace and contentment than Ireland had fellow-men, heralds the dawn of a brighter enjoyed for many decades have followed in day and the advent of a more perfect civ- the wake of that beneficent concession. A ilization.

new stimulus has been given to industry, It is a pleasing reflection for the Amer- and a feeling of security is fast taking the ican people that the most ardent advocates place of discontent and unrest; and all of peace among the nations of the world, that Ireland now needs to fill up its cup the most unselfish workers for it, who are of happiness is Home Rule, for which the devoting money, high intelligence, and ex- Land Bill seems only the right preparation. alted position to its attainment, are her It is to be devoutly hoped that this boon own sons and citizens.

will not be long withheld from the Irish It is also scarcely less gratifying to note people, and that, when it is granted, Irethat England has joined hands with our land, in its usual generous spirit, will bury own country and expressed the determina- all past grievances, wipe out all the old,

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