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the night together. Neither had spoken for some few minutes.
l l "Ned" she said softly.
1 "Ned. are you glad you are going away?"
"Are you sorry. Miss Wells?"
I "Nofoh. I am so glad for you. Ned. but-but!"
"Ned. will you do something for me?,,
"If it's at all in my powerf,
"Will yo11 sing in the program that I am giving the night before you
Why do you ask?"
"Oh. just for the dear old high school. and for-for-"
Yes. so that I may always have it as a reminder. as a-a keepsake."
'tYes." said he in a trembling voice. "Ye-s. Miss Wvells. usinff our
slogan. 'For my high school I will'-and-and for you!"
The night for the program arrived. A large crowd had turned out.
for they had heard that "Bountiful" was to sing for them. was to repre-
sent his high school for the last time. Ned was the last one to singg he
had wanted it that way. The curtains were drawn backg it was time for
him to appear! A figure stepped out in the full glare of the lightsg it
was Ned! But was it he after all? Instead of the expected evening
dress, he wore a pair of old, faded and patched trousers! Upon his
head was an old black. holey crowned hat, through which projected a
I few locks of unruly hair! On his feet were a pair of ancient tan shoes!"
Some started to laugh. but tears came to the eyes of hundreds.
L'My friends. my dear wonderful friends!" he said passionately. 'LI
came to you a few years ago like this. You laughed and called me
'Bountiful Patches'. I appear before you tonight bidding you farewell.
as I appeared to you then. to let you know that lim still just-'Bountiful
A breatl1less silence reigned throughout the audience as his voice. as
harmonious as the hells of heaven. began softly-softly the high school
G'We are here. our dear old high
To laud your glories to the sky:
Colors. white and blue,
And we'll stand by youg-',
Tears trickled from l1is eyes and rolled down his cheeks. but still
Ned sang ou-on to its close. The house was in an uproar of applause!
Ned felt himself being lifted upon some-one's shoulders. They bore him
l to the center of the auditorium and halted. The voice of the football
captain rang out. "Everybody fifteen for our fBountiful'!-fifteen for
1 'Bountiful Patches'.',
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