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Tarerital " isit. On the 15th day of September, as one of our Professors was proceeding to his room, where wisdom and logic are instilled into the minds of students, he was hailed at the corner of a dormitory with the words, " Say, bub, kin you tell me whar Reub. Garskill puts up ? He ' s my boy, and me and my wife concluded we ' d come up and take him sorter onexpected like. " The Professor, thus addressed, turned around and beheld an aged man and woman, attired in costumes of very antique pattern. " I guess you will rather surprise the boy, " said the humble Professor. The old man eagerly grasped this hint of encouragement, and said, " I say, young feller — " " Look here, my friend, I am one of the Professors in this institution, " replied the indignant member of the faculty. " Oh ! you be, be yer ? Wall, I want to know if you be one of them ar fellers the boy was a cussin ' and swarin ' about last time he was home. Gosh ! I tuck you to be a pretty squar ' sort of a chap. Wall, I never was much took to mind readin ' , as they call it, anyway. Come, Marthie, this haint no place for us to be a standin ' . Let ' s go and hunt up Reub. " So they jogged along together from one building to another, until " Hello, I la, " rang out from one of the windows. Presently the sound of hurried footsteps was succe eded by the advent of a large-boned, brawny chap, awkward in manner and gait, bearing on his visage a smile, which occasioned the presence of the corners of his mouth at two points located somewhere in the rear of his ears. Notwithstanding he had on cowhide boots, the bottoms of his pants made anything but close connections with them. The sight must have appalled the mother, for she burst into tears and hugged the boy with a will. Old Seth shook hands, and said with a shaky voice, " Hello, Reub. ! how be ye, old boy? But, thunder and lightnin ' , either you ' ve growed some or else I ' ve shrunk consid- er ' ble of late years. Queer how youngsters will stretch up when they once get started, haint it, Marthie ? " Then Reuben took it upon himself to show his parents around the place. The trio chatted in a loving manner until, coming suddenly upon " ' 94 " painted in large char- 58
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acters on the walk, the old man halted abruptly, and queried, " What do them ar ' figgers stand for ? Oh, I know now. Some feller got 94 per cent in gogerphrey, and the big- feelin ' calf wants everybody else to know on ' t. Don ' t have nothin ' to do with him, Reub., will ye ? " The boy promised not to, and they went on. Presently the appearance of the janitor around the corner attracted Seth ' s attention, but when Reub. told him who it was, he exclaimed, " I declar ' , I thought like ' s not it was another one of them ar ' Professors you was tellin ' me on. I got arter one of ' em this mornin ' , and if I didn ' t gin him thunder then my name haint Seth Garskill. But say, Reub., where be them striped over- hauls, with three pockets in ' em, that I give you last Christmas ? ' Pears to me you ' re gettin ' mighty high-toned out here, a-goin ' round with Sunday clothes on every day. I presume you ' ll be jist like the rest on ' em afore long, in spite of the ' tention I ' ve paid to your bringin ' up. " Thus the walk continued, until at last Mrs. Garskill squeaked out with, " Well, it ' s a-gettin ' late, Seth, and I guess we ' d better go up to Reub. ' s room and then go home. The chickens haint fed, and goodness, who knows but maybe the cows aint in yet? " " Yas, Reub., jest show us what kind of a carstle you ' ve got up thar ' , and then we ' ll be a-goin ' . " So up they went, and for the next hour both father and mother quizzed poor Reub., until at last relief came when he saw them both on their way to the depot, the old man murmuring as they went along, " Times is changin ' , Marthie. I ' m afeared we ' re a-gettin ' too ol d-fashioned for the boy. He ' ll never be contented thar ' on the farm again, so we ' ll allers have to live alone now. " But she, like all good wives, cheered him up, and they went home, for weeks afterward entertaining pleasant remembrances of the trip. 59
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