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things, yet what a splendid father he was, and what a good husband and honest man. So I just 'lit out,' as Tom would say, leaving you to think all sorts of things, but hoping that you'd believe in me.
"I could n't write before, because, of course, Tom had to make a few inquiries; but they were satisfactory, just as I knew they would be, and now he 'll take this with him when he sees your father.
“Here's your lucky-piece, my dear—the very same oné. I found my purse tucked inside my waist when I went to bed. I knew I was n't fit to travel by myself! Next time I go upon a journey I 'll have to take you with me.
“You can't think, dear child, how glad I am to know that you 'll be going back to college, after all; and that I've been able, ever so indirectly, to play the part of your fairy godmother.”
a salary that 'll send you back to college. If you knew how it just broke my heart, and Mother's—to have you give it up
Dad stopped a moment to swallow; then went on: “Son Tom is all right! He's president of the very concern I've wanted to get in touch with. I tell you, daughter, that was a lucky-piece, was n't it?”
"Why, Mother 's crying !" exclaimed David, suddenly.
“No, I'm not !" contradicted Mother, though she dashed a tell-tale handkerchief across her. eyes. “But you
're mistaken this time, Father.” She rose, and, coming around the table, slipped between Kathleen and her father, putting an arm around each. “It was n't the lucky-piece at all,” she said tenderly. “It was just the dear way you both have of believing the best of everybody.”
And who would dare to say that Mother was not right?
There was a moment's silence as Kathleen laid down the letter; then she cried:
“You don't mean, Dad, that my old lady's son Tom
“Oh, yes, I do!” interrupted Dad, joyfully. “The business is saved, and I'm on a salary;
WISKEDJAK THE JAY
WISKEDJAK the Moose-bird, Wiskedjak the Mighty Nanabozo changed him to a Bird, Jay,
Ruffling out the feathers with his thumb. Wiskedjak—the rascal!-was a Man. Impishly he bantered all who came his way,
"Go!” said Nanabozo, "Play your merry Playing tricks on everything that ran.
games! All that ran or bounded, walked or crept or flew Be my Little Jester of the Woods ! Through the wood, were targets for his When the green is tender, when the maple jokes;
flames, Jeering at the Eagle, lordly Ken-e-u,
When the mountains don their snowy hoods, Wiskedjak was always plaguing folks ; Flitting through the pine-boughs like a driven Teasing wily Waguc; scaring from her nest
leaf, Wucagi, the heron of the fen;
You shall mock at all beneath the sky. Worrying the wood-friend, everybody's Though you be a scapegrace, though you be guest,
a thief, Little Oka-pandji-kuc the Wren.
Men shall laugh to see you swagger by!”
LOST AND FOUND
By ELLEN MANLY
A QUEER little lad one
made him cross.
crowd of boys-
indeed from that; It went again in a shower of rain
And next, when he missed his hat.
“SHE KEPT ON FINDING IT ALL DAY LONG”
A QUEER little lass, when first she woke,
She found something, they say,
To the family's great surprise-
Now whatever it was that our lassie found III
That morn when the skies were gray, She found it next when the school bell rang, Or our laddie lost, to their serious cost, And it nearly made her late;
It isn't for us to say. And once, at play, in the strangest way,
VI And once, at her luncheon plate.
Though they never have mentioned what was IV
wrong, And she kept on finding it all day long,
We think we know, full well! And a tiresome time she had,
But when skies are bright and hearts are Till 't was lost to sight as she said "goodnight,"
light, And all of her friends were glad.
It doesn't seem fair to tell.
They may follow it if they choose-
And temper is easy to lose.
"IN SHAGGY SKINS MARCHED THE BLOND-HAIRED MEN FROM THE NORTHERN FORESTS OF OAK"
The Wondering Boy: Fifth Ballad
“And Peredur proceeded towards the castle and the gate of the castle was open.
BEHOLD, the Men of the Eastern Lands came into the Council Hall,
“We look at your lands, and we find them fair; we claim them as our right; For stronger our clubs than your slender swords, and greater than yours, our might.” A murmur of wonder and anger rose, and a Man of the Isles, stepped forth: “As we fight for ourselves, so we fight for all! We have answered, Men of the North !”
1068 THE ADVENTURE OF THE KNIGHT OF THE MAGIC CHESS-BOARD
Quick flashed the swords from the secret sheaths when the doors Aung open wide,
The giants laughed as they wagged their heads : " 'T was a friend came in the door!
“I will play a game with your craftiest chief, whatever his rank or name.” But Peredur answ
swered, knightly-wise, “This child shall play the game. Think not he is overmatched in strength. Who champions liberty Has all the powers of earth and air, and the forces beneath the sea.
"But this is the stake ye play withal: if ye win, ye will have your will:
The giant laughed, but the Knight replied, unsmiling, "Play thy game!"
The white king stood in a ring of his foes, and the giant laughed again;
But ever they moved by the rules of chess; and there, at the set of sun,