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THE SUPPER POINT MYSTERY
“We have grown close to each other, weight of supposed disgrace she had been have n't we?” mused Doris. “Do you know, carrying about, all these fifty years.” I never dreamed I could make so dear a friend. “Oh, Miss Camilla !” sighed Doris, ecstatin so short a time. I have plenty of acquain- ically. "What a darling she is! and what a tances and good comrades, but usually it takes wonderful, simply wonderful adventure we ’ve. me years to make a real friend. How did you had, Sally! Sometimes, when I think of it, manage to make me care so much for
1?” it seems too incredible to believe. It 's like “Just because you 're you’!" laughed Sally, something you 'd read of in a book and say it quoting a popular song. "But do you realize, was probably exaggerated. Did I tell you that Doris Craig, what a different girl I 've become my grandfather has decided to buy as much since I knew and cared for you?”
of her collection of porcelains as she is willing She was, indeed, a different girl, as Doris to sell, and the antique jewelry, too?” had to admit. To begin with, she looked dif “No,” answered Sally, “but Miss Camilla ferent. The clothes she wore were neat,
And I know how she hates to part dainty, and appropriate, indicating taste and with any of them. Even I shall feel a little care both in choosing and wearing them. Her sorry when they 're gone. I 've washed them parents were comparatively well-to-do people and dusted them so often and Miss Camilla in the village and could afford to dress her well has told me so much about them. I 've even and give her all that was necessary, within rea learned how to know them by the strange little son. It had been mainly lack of proper care, and marks on the back of them. And I can tell the absence of any incentive to seem her best, English Spode from old Worcester, and that was to blame for the original careless French Faience from jeweled Sèvres—and a Sally. And not only her looks, but her man lot beside. And what 's more, I've really come ners and English were now as irreproachable to admire and appreciate them. I never supas they had once been provincial and faulty. posed I should.
“Why, even my thoughts are different !" she “Miss Camilla will miss them all, for she 's suddenly exclaimed, following aloud the line been so happy with them since they were rethey had both been unconsciously pursuing. stored to her. But she says they ’re as use“You ’ve given me more that 's worth while to less in her life now as a museum of mummies, think about, Doris, in these three months, than and she needs the money for other things.” I ever had before in all my life.”
“I suppose she will restore the main part of “I 'm sure it was n't I that did it,” modestly her house and live in it and be very happy and disclaimed Doris, "but the books I happened to comfortable,” remarked Doris. bring along and that you wanted to read. If "That 's just where you are entirely misyou had n't wanted different things yourself, taken," answered Sally, with unexpected aniSally, I don't believe you would have changed mation. “Don't you know what she is going any, so the credit is all yours.
to do with it?”. “Do you remember the day you first quoted "Why, no!” said Doris in surprise. “I 'The Ancient Mariner' to me?" she went on. had n't heard.” “I was so astonished I nearly tumbled out of “Well, she only told me to-day,” replied the boat. It was the lines, 'We were the first Sally, “but it nearly bowled me over. She 's that ever burst into that silent sea.'”
going to put the whole thing into Liberty “Yes, they are my favorite lines,” replied Bonds, and go on living precisely as she has Sally. “And with all the poems I 've read and
before. She says she has gotten along that way learned since, I love that best, after all.” for nearly fifty years and she guesses she can
“My favorite is the lines, ‘The moving moon go on to the end. She says that if her father went up the sky and nowhere did abide,'” said and brother could sacrifice their safety and Doris; "and I love it all as much as you do." their money and their very lives, gladly, as
“And Miss Camilla,” added Sally, “says her they did when their country was in need, she favorite is,
guesses she ought n't to do very much less.
If she were younger, she'd go to France right “The selfsame moment I could pray,
now, and give herself in come capacity to help And from my neck so free
out in this horrible struggle. But as she can't The Albatross fell off and sank Like lead into the sea.”
do that, she is willing and delighted to make
cvery other sacrifice within her power. And “She says that 's just the way she felt when sh 's ta out the bonds in my name and we girls made that discovery about her Genevieve's, because she says
she'll never brother's letter. Her 'albatross' had been the live to see them mature, and we 're the only
THE SLIPPER POINT MYSTERY
chick or child she cares enough about to leave as she has done. That's the kind of thing that them to. She wanted to leave some to you, counts!” too, but your father told her no, that he had "We can only do the thing that lies within already taken some for you.”
our power," said Sally, grasping the true Doris was quite overcome by this flood of philosophy of the situation, “and if we do all unexpected information and by the wonderful of that, we're giving the best we can.” attitude and generosity of Miss Camilla.
They drifted on a little further in silence, "I never dreamed of such a thing !" she and then Doris glanced at her wrist-watch by murmured. "She insisted on giving me the the light of the moon. “We've got to go in," little Sèvres vase, when I bade her good-by she mourned. "It 's after nine o'clock, and to-day. I did n't like to take it, but she said I Mother warned me not to stay out later than must, and that it could form the beginning of that. Besides I must finish packing.” a collection of my own, some day when I was They dragged the canoe up on the shore, older and times were less strenuous. I hardly and turned it over in the grass. Then they realized what she meant then, but I do now, wandered for a moment down to the edge of after what you ’ve told me.”
the water. “But that is n't all,” said Sally. “I 've man “Remember, it is n’t so awfully bad as it aged to persuade my father that I 'm not learn seems,” Doris tried to hearten Sally by reing enough at the village school and probably minding her. "Father and I are coming down never will. He was going to take me out of it again to stay over Columbus Day, and you and this year, anyway, and, when summer came Genevieve are coming to New York to spend again, have me wait on the ice-cream parlor the Christmas holidays with us. We 'll be and candy counter in the pavilion. I just hated seeing each other right along, at intervals." the thought. Now I 've made him promise to Sally looked off up the river to where the send Genevieve and me every day to Miss dark pines on Slipper Point could be dimly disCamilla to study with her, and he's going to cerned above the wagon bridge. Suddenly her pay for it just the same as if I were going to a thoughts took a curious twist. private school. I 'm so happy over it, and so “How funny—how awfully funny it seems is Miss Camilla, only we had hard work per now," she laughed, “to think we once were suading her that she must accept any money planning to dig for pirate treasure—up there!” for it. And even Genevieve is delighted. She she nodded toward Slipper Point. has promised to stop sucking her thumb if she "Well, we may not have found any pirate can go to Miss Camilla and learn to wead 'bout loot,” Doris replied, “but you 'll have to admit picters,' as she says.”
we discovered treasure of a very different na“It 's all turned out as wonderfully as a ture—and a good deal more valuable. And, fairy-tale," mused Doris as they Aoated on. when you come to think of it, we did discover “I could n't wish a single thing any different. buried treasure, at least Miss Camilla did, and And I think what Miss Camilla has done is we were nearly buried alive ourselves trying well, it just makes a lump come in my throat to unearth it, and what more of a thrilling adeven to speak of it. I feel like a selfish wretch venture could you ask for than that?” But beside her. I 'm just going to save every
she ended seriously : penny I have this winter and give it to the Red "Slipper Point will always mean to me the Cross and work like mad at the knitting and spot where I spent some of the happiest mobandage-making. But even that is no real ments of my life.” sacrifice. I wish I could do something such “And I say—the same !" echoed Sally.
FOR BOYS WHO DO THINGS
A NEW DEPARTMENT
BEGINNING with this October issue, St. NICHOLAS is going to publish a Department for those boys who are not content to sit by and watch others do things but want to have a finger in the pie themselves. The “Do Things Editor” has a lot of brand new how-to-make ideas on hand that he is going to put into that department, but he is not going to fill it all himself. There will be plenty of space for the suggestions of St. NICHOLAS readers. Useful devices that can be rigged up out of odds and ends, homė-made apparatus, shop kinks—these are what the Editor wants. If you have made anything yourself write to the Editor about it. Don't send him ideas that you have seen somewhere else, but plans that you have worked out yourself. Give him complete instructions with sketches that have dimensions on them so that others can follow out your plans, and by all means send a photograph of the work if you have a camera. The Editor will pay for all the material he uses.
The Department starts off this month with a most interesting “how-to-make” serial, by A. Russell Bond, called “Packing-box Village.” It will tell just how to build houses out of big packing boxes. They will not be toy-houses nor doll-houses, but real, "honest-to-goodness" dwellings, big enough for boys to get inside of and live in. Being made of packing boxes they will cost practically nothing, and yet they won't look like boxes when they are finished. They will have gable roofs, chimneys and verandas, and they will be fitted with furniture made from smaller boxes. The plan is to have a number of boys club together and build a whole village, with cottages and barns and windmills, with stores, post office, fire-engine house, town hall, etc. Streets will be laid out, with mail boxes and fire-alarm boxes on the corners; and there will be a park with a summer house and a bandstand in it. How to construct all these buildings and the furniture and fittings will be told in detail so that any boy who knows how to handle a hammer and a saw can make them. Added to the pleasure of building the village there will be the joy of organizing a town government, with mayor and common council, police and fire department.
Be sure to keep your copies of ST. NICHOLAS because if you don't start building a Packingbox Village right away you will surely want to do so before the series is ended.
By A. RUSSELL BOND THERE comes a time in every boy's life when roamed around without any fixed homes of he must belong to a special clan or club-per their own, they were always in trouble or haps known nowadays in familiar slang as making trouble, but when they settled down “the bunch.” The boy who goes it alone isn't and began to build houses and cities, then more than half a boy and doesn't begin to they commenced to amount to something in know the joy of living. Of course, there are the world. Now there is no reason why a all sorts of little groups and clubs, and far group of boys should not become a worthtoo many of them that are not of the right while club—but why stop there? Why not kind, but it is up to the boy himself to choose build a whole village, and become a worththe right kind. Usually a band with some while community? I do not mean a toy vilheadquarters of its own is a better one than lage of mere doll houses, but a village of real a mere roving group with nothing much to houses, big enough to live in. This sounds do but hunt up mischief; and if such a band like a big undertaking, but it is not beyond would build a place of its own, it would be the reach of boys who like to do things. The far more likely to be the sort of a set that materials can be picked up very cheaply; in we should like to have our St. Nicholas boys some cases they can be had for the asking. belong to; then it would become a real club. It will be no end of sport, building the vil
Boys of today are very much like the lage with its cottages, stores, town hall, postgrownups of ancient times. As long as people office, fire department, etc., and when it is
completed the joy of living in a town of your own making will be well worth all the trouble you have taken.
You can organize a city government, with a mayor and a council, chief of police, street commissioner, and all the departments and bureaus of a fullfledged city.
A plan of such a village is shown in one of the accompanying drawings, and we are going to give details for the construction of the different buildings. We are going to call it “Packing-Box Village,” and that let's out the secret of how the village is going to be built. The big boxes in which drygoods are packed are just the thing for our little town. Many of them will be found quite big enough to accommodate three or four boys.
The first thing to do is to go on a foraging expedition in search of boxes. Visit the boxpiles back of the stores and see what there is to be had. Pick up small boxes, as well as big ones, because there will be plenty of use for short boards, and you can always make use of the nails in them, if nothing else. Peach baskets are going to come in handy for shingles, so don't forget to lay in a stock of them. If you can get hold of a piano box or
an organ box, you are decidedly in luck. Of course you will have to buy the bigger boxes, unless you find some very kind-hearted merchant who is willing to give them away, but in these days it is not so difficult to earn the small amount of money they would cost, and with a number of boys banded together in the club the village should not lack for funds.
A hammer, a saw, a brace, and an assortment of auger-bits are the tools necessary. A key-hole saw will also be found almost indispensable. Other tools, such as a plane or two, a draw-knife, chisel, etc., will come in very handy, but we can get along without them if we have to.
LAYING OUT THE VILLAGE.
After finding our boxes and getting our tools together we can safely proceed to lay out the village. The plan that is shown here is a mere suggestion; every club will have its own ideas as to the layout of the village. Some boy will have to be selected as Superintendent of Construction, who should make a sketch of the plot of ground on which the village is to be built, and lay out the streets.