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Page 96 text:
' Dumm t
cation. Monday afternoon Grace sat by the bay wint-
thW, when she saw the postman coming. She rose
from her chair and went to the door. He gave her
two letters and a postal, and after making a re-
mark about the weather, passed on his way. Grace
examined the letters. One was for her, the postal
and other letter were for her mother. Mrs. Elliott
opened her letter first. She gave a cry of joy when
a check tlutteretl to the floor. She picked it up, looked
at it. and sat as one in a trance for several minutes;
then she rubbed her eyes and pinched her ears to see
if she was awake or dreaming. The check was made
out for one hundred dollars and was signed by John-
ll. Morgan. The letter was signed HX. Y. Z3,
Mrs. lilliott could not understand. The hand-
She knew nobody by the name
writing- was perfect.
ot john Morgan. aml was not familiar with the writ-
ing. She was completely nat sea? The postal was
from the local express othee. saying that there was a
package there for Mrs. Elliott. all Charges paid.
The good woman was so overcome by her for-
tune that she failed to notice her daughter. The lat-
ter was holding the one hundred dollar bills in one
haml, while in the other was a letter signed TTX. Y. Z?
as was her mother's. tho could have played the
part of Santa Claus was more than they could saV.
'llhereimnst be some mistake. Surely. no aetltiaitltanee
Qt IllQII'S COUltl attord to make such a gift, and even
it he could. wonltl not be likely to d0 80.
Mother and daughter on
the mystery and the mother
the express office and find w
dressed to us? When they
the clerk immediately burst,
peal of laughter. He said it
next day at their home, probe!
m. On their way home th
and deposited the money, not
was rightfully theirs. ' ,,
The next day, Christmase-
about 2:45 P. M., when the
lumbereel up to the door. Two
box, which had two holes in eat:
on and hurried it into the ho
ttFragile, Handle With Care; .
fully removing one of the two
cover was composed, Grace A
the dark interior, when 10-! a
box and the two women beheld
clad in a line evening suit, h'
glowing with happiness and ill-
Wallace Merwin, alias John H
known to the world as William,
son of the well-known railway
Mrs. Elliott fainted, while Gram;
delight and astonishment befor t
Page 95 text:
A Modern Fairy Tale.
. of a small but beautiful town
feeble woman of declining years,
hter, a beautiful young woman
11 the village sdhool. A poor la-
OIm in the rear part of the tiny
- dollars a month thus derived
y bills. T'his laborer was a
but well built, tall and strong.
hboring briCk-yard for a dollar
per day, and was known to resi-
Wallace Merwin, a big-hearted,
Grant man of about twenty-
him because of his sober hab-
nowledge. Grace would help
t' school, hours, teaching him
d work problems in the first
After a few months of this
a book or newspaper, slowly,
read; nevertheless, and a hap-
eork at the brick-yard about
i,' and Wallace paid all back
where plenty of work was
flieft, he said: ill will write
t will tell you where I am
ing. If you ever are in
need of anything, write to me and I will do all I can
for you. Good-bye?
Christmas vacation came and Mrs. Elliott thought
of the Yule-tide of a year ago when they had lived in
the big stone mansion on the hill in comfort and in
the midst of plenty. XVhat a contrast! A poor little
makeshift of a cottage, and a modern stone palace!
At Christmas-time last year Mr. Ellliott had been
alive and well, fully able to take care of his wife and
daughter. He had owned the big stone house, and
a good-sized and steadily increasing bank account was
the result of his thrift and industry. One night when
coming home from 'his ofhce he had been robbed, mur-
dered, and left in the road where his body was found
early the next morning by a passing pedestrian.
Upon looking through some papers in Mr. Elliottis
desk, an old mortgage was found. It was due in less
than two weeks, and as Mrs. Elliott could not pay it,
creditors took charge of the estate. Last year they
had plenty of money to purchase presents for friends
both far and near; this year no presents would leave
the house excepting those which Gracels ingenuity
could derive at an exceedingly small cost. She had
considerable talent as an artist, but even this demands
Christmas was to come on Tuesday. The pre-
ceding Friday school had closed for a two weeks, va-
Page 97 text:
A Cycle of School Days.
gims a little Freshman
' to school;
jbecause he had to,
stern parental rule.
past eight he started,
ifast his. sponge and slate,
With quic-keninig footsteps,
he should be late.
he reached the building,
lassmates at the door;
j d the halls they traversed,
s sinking more and more.
5'; they cast behind them,
:1 s to left and right;
passing by them,
trembling with affright.
t seemed unending
Wbegan in earnest,
: for jest and jibe.
months of study,
a the welcome May,
.91 his books together,
but not for aye.
Early in the next September,
Back again he came
Thinking, tho, all study useless,
No more knowledge could he gain.
But he kept on with his Latin,
Just to pass the time away,
Tho, he found out, to his sorrow,
Caesar was not much like play.
3rllwas the same with other studies,
Algebra and History;
English, too, was. quite perplexing;
It seemed hard to get an E.
Bis he gained without much effort,
PS and GS were common, too.
Studying took up so much time,
And there were other things to do.
Certain little social functions,
Class receptions, and the like,
And each week a basket-ball game
Served to keep him up at night.
So in- different ways this year passed,
And vacation had its turn,
But our Sophomore discovered
There was much yet he could learn.
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