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"IN SUMMER - TIME” THE COMING DAY
ending with the sentence I have quoted. Ruth lisBY MARION BLATCH FORD (AGE 15)
tened fascinated and trembling. (Gold Badge. Silver Badge won June, 1919)
Going downstairs, Donald prepared to enjoy him
self with a favorite book. After arranging the One night as I lay sleeping on my pillow,
lounge pillows comfortably, he opened the volume I dreamt about the dark days of the war;
and began. Soon all was silence, broken only by the I lived again through all its pain and sorrow,
rustling of the pages. Such sorrow as men never knew before.
At last he looked up at the clock. Could it be I saw the battlefield, the winding trenches;
possible that it was ten o'clock already ? His mother I trembled at the cannon's deadly roar;
would be home at any minute now. I looked into their faces as they stood there
Suddenly a wild scream rent the air. Donald The heroes whom the world has bowed before.
rushed to Ruth's room and opened the door.
There she lay on the floor, crying frantically, “Oh, I saw them fall upon the field of honor.
the bears! the bears !" She had tripped over a rug, How gloriously they gave their lives away!
and cut her forehead. Donald picked her up and With tear-dimmed eyes I bowed my head before them. tried to soothe her, but in vain. She seemed hysteriThe broken flower of youth-ah, there it lay! cal and constantly cried out about the “bears."
This was the state of things when finally Mrs. And then, as through a mist, I saw them marching
Murray reached home.
A half-hour later, after quieting Ruth and bandagThe souls of heroes as they passed me by.
ing her forehead, Mrs. Murray came to Donald's But high above the storm-clouds seemed to lower.
room and sat down. “Donald," she asked, “have you They won the victory, could we win the peace?
any idea as to what frightened Ruth ?” The love of gain and wealth, the false ambitions,
Slowly and shamefacedly Donald told her all.
When he had finished, Mrs. Murray was silent a The foolish wranglings—would they never cease?
moment. Then she said very quietly, “Donald, let Then, suddenly, I heard a Voice within me;
this be a lesson to you! Never should you say a "Fear not, and know that God will show the way.”
thoughtless word to a little child." And through the clouds of night that hung so heavy
I saw the brightness of the coming day.
A THOUGHTLESS WORD
Thus Donald Murray concluded a bed-time story to his little sister, Ruth. Mrs. Murray and her husband had gone out for a short time that evening. After tucking Ruth in bed, they had promised that Donald should tell her a short story before turning cut the light. After his parents had gone, Donald went to Ruth's room and told a truly thrilling tale,
THE THOUGHTLESS WORD: “CATS".
(Silver Badge) We have a nice gentle little dog named Rowdy. One day a neighbor's kitten came into our yard. Rowdy paid no attention but just poked up his nose. Unluckily my little brother cried out: “Cats !"
Rowdy pricked up his ears. Away went the kitten and Rowdy after her! Away went the kitten over the fence, Rowdy still following. At the foot of the tree he caught her, and would have killed her, only we children scrambled over the fence in time to save her life.
The kitten was badly hurt; Rowdy had bloody scratches; our neighbor cried; Mother scolded ; Father frowned; and we children were awfully scared! But we learned this lesson—that it was a thoughtless word that had got us into so much trouble.
THE THOUGHTLESS WORD
(Silver Badge) On a certain evening late in June a very pretty girl of about fourteen years lounged in a wicker chair, with a book.
Suddenly a voice aroused her from her reverie. She glanced at the speaker, a woman of about fifty, rather tall and thin. This was Ellen, the housekeeper, who really had charge of Frances (for that was the girl's name), as her mother had died when she was a mere infant and her father was in faraway Egypt.
“Frances, will you please wash the dishes for me this evening, as I am tired and have your graduation dress to finish for to-morrow?”.
"Oh, Ellen, you know I hate to wash dishes ! Can't you leave them and wash them in the morning? Besides, I have to go out and do a good deed and then go to the Girl-Scout meeting."
As Ellen turned towards the kitchen to resume her task, a tired sigh escaped her lips. This set Frances to thinking: “Am I obeying my oath—'To do my duty to God and my Country; to help other people at all times; to obey the laws of the Scouts ?' A Scout helps other people at all times."
Frances jumped up from her chair, resolved to do her best thereafter. As soon as the dishes were done, she appeared at the Scout meeting. Before, she had brought the standard of her Patrol down for not having done a good deed, but now she was indeed proud to have helped them toward the goal—a beautiful silver cup for the Patrol which had the highest number of merit-marks.
Then a thought came over her, “Dear, patient Ellen, it was she who showed me my duty, and who helped me with my good deed ! How sorry I am that I said those thoughtless words, for surely they were not the words for a true Scout !”
THE THOUGHTLESS WORD
(A True Story)
(Silver Badge) ONE evening when my mother was a little girl about ten years old, she said to her mother : "Oh, I wish I could do exactly as I please for one day !"
And it was indeed a thoughtless word, for her mother answered, "All right, dear, you may begin to-morrow.'
Mother began the day with sleeping late in the morning and woke up with a headache. She dressed without putting on her shoes or stockings and went down stairs. Breakfast was over and so she did not get anything to eat.
Then began her misfortunes.
She went out-doors and, not being used to going barefoot, at once got rather a bad cut in her foot.
BY ELSIE M. TALBOT, AGE 17.
"IN SUMME But she was determined to have her good time. Near her home lived a family of children with whom her mother did not wish her to play because they were so rough in their games. She went there, but after they had played a while, they pushed and slapped her and finally sicked their big dog on her, until she ran home, at last, frightened and crying.
Her next foolish action was to draw all the money out of her little savings bank, and start with it toward the candy shop. But alas ! on the way, she lost nearly all of it through a crack in the board walk.
After these sad experiences, she decided that her mother knew best, and resolved that she would not ask to do just what she wanted to again.
HE THOUGHTLESS WORD
MAXINE OBERNDORF (AGE II) Said Jack, "what shall I read?” 1 story about a boy who did not think lked would be appropriate—don't you?" her. are what it is,” said Jack. 11, here you are," and Jack's mother “The Man Without a Country.” and see what you think of poor Philip
THE THOUGHTLESS WORDS
BY CONSTANCE MARIE O'HARA (AGE 14) KAISER WILHELM, now Mr. Hohenzollern, once said that he "would rule the world. And as for America, her troops "were but a handful. It was absurd for her to even think of fighting Germany, who had prepared for forty-six years.'
He certainly must have said it thoughtlessly, because he only had to think to remember that America has always been victorious. And always will be !
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