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THE TARGET How I Killed a Bear 25 This particular day was specially fine and warm and my friends kind- ly gave me a six-quart pail and ask- ed me to go and get wild black- berries. I started out with the pail, and, to make it more romantic I took my friend ' s big ten-balls-to-a-pound rifle. As I neared the pasture where the berries grew, I left the rifle and fell to work. As I worked I was making up a story of a kind bea ( taking a little girl and raising her on bear ' s milk and honey. As the girl grew older she escaped to her father in the valley, whom she identi- fied. She led her father to the bear ' s den, where the father shot the bear. When I suddenly looked up and saw a real bear a little ways for me, I was surprised, and so was the bear. Then the bear started ambling to- wards me. I set the pail down and slowly retreated. The bear, not used to eating berries out of a pail, tipped the pail over, and began eating the berries. I put my head down and ran. I reached the rifle none to soon, however, for the bear was coming on. I debated where was the best place to hit him. And the bear was coming on. I though of my past life, which seemed very wicked just then. Then I thought what a ridiculous head- stone this would make, " Here lies eaten by a bear, 19 — . " And the bear was coming on! Then I raised my rifle and fired at his chest. I turned and ran. While I was running I thought I had bet- ter load the gun. As I did so I glanced back and saw the bear lying on the ground. He was resting peacefully in death. That he remain so I put a bullet through his brain. Then I went home. " Where are your blackberries? " someone asked. " A bear ate them, " I said. Cries of " Gammon! " are heard. " Go up in the woods and see for yourself, " I cried. When they saw the bear, they were envious. My sportsman friend needlessly remarked that a cow ' s horn might have made the hole in the bear ' s chest. WILLARD SERVICE. A MORNING IN SPRING. Faint streaks of light showed in the east and the world was clothed in grey hues. Suddenly the sun ap- peared from behind the wooded hills and bathed the surrounding country in light. The twitter of birds was heard in the trees and the whole country seemed to waken. The mea- dows were abundantly covered with green grass and the trees were masses of white blossoms. Through the orchard ran a brook reflecting the sun ' s brilliant rays, and the meadows and hillsides were dotted with wild flowers of many colors. Soon the songs of birds were heard and people began to walk along the meadow paths to market. Every thing on earth seemed to be awake, it was spring. ISABELLE HUPP. Grow potatoes in your yard Help the soldier now on guard.
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24 THE TARGET THE FLOWER OF LOVE. Once in a every beautiful valley, surrounded by his court and with everything to make him happy, there dwelt a selfish king who was un- happy because he knew not how to love. One day there came a fleet mes- senger who declared that some- where in the world there bloomed the flower of love that brought lovt and happiness to whoever found it. The king searched far and wide for the flower but with no success, and returned to his kingdom broken- hearted. Years went by and the once young monarch was an old man, but still he thought of the flower of love for which he was too old to search. As his last days drew near he sat often in his garden. One day a frightened dove chased by a hungry hawk dropped fluttering at his feet. He gently stroked the wounded bird. At last he was, instead of the quivering bird, a snow-white flower. With a glad cry he clasped it to his bosom and sank to rest happy, for he had found the flower of love. VALENTINE McGILLYCUDDY. A TRUE STORY. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson lived in Texas. On account of the great heat many people in the south spend their summers away. This man and his wife with their six- months-old baby decided to come to California. They brought the baby ' s " old black mammy " Lizzie. Lizzie was slow but honest and faithful. At the hotel where they were staying babies were not allowed in the dining room, so Mr. and Mrs. Jackson would have their dinner, leaving the baby with Lizzie and then Lizzie had hers when they had finished. Friday night as usual Mr. and Mrs. Jackson went for their dinner. The night before Lizzie had been up a good ' deal with the baby, so she was tired. While waiting for her dinner, she fell asleep. The baby was restless, also, that night, rolling and tossing about. Mr. Jackson and his wife were late in getting back from dinner and found Lizzie sound asleep. Mrs. Jackson woke Lizzie and went to look at the baby. The baby was gone. Mrs. Jackson was frantic. She tore the bed to pieces looking for the baby, but, she was gone. She was angry at Lizzy because she had been careless. Of course they thought that the baby had been stolen because you know every mother thinks every- body wants her baby. Mr. Jackson started down to telephone to the police. When he opened the door, he noticed that it didn ' t go back. He looked behind it and there the baby was sound asleep. ' She had rolled off the bed and behind the door. ELENOR THOMPSON. Miss Ellerhorst: " The lily of France is called Fleurdelis, " the rose signifies England, the thistle Scotland, and the shamrock, Ireland. If " Over in France There ' s a Lily " had been written before we entered the war, what would have been the flower of the United States? " Truman Lawson: " Yankee Doodle. " Don ' t forget that a potato hill Will help to down old Kaiser Bill.
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26 THE TARGET Barbara ' s Reward Barbara Gordon sat in her wheel chair, looking- out at the garden glowing in the sunlight. The day before when the doctor called, he had asked her to try walking, as he thought she was growing strong- er. But feeling quite sure of her in- ability to comply with his wish. Barbara did not attempt it. Mrs. Gordon had gone to church leaving her invalid daughter in the big sun porch until her return. As the morning was warm, Barbara soon fell into a doze which lasted about half an hour. She was awak- ened by a strong smell of smoke, and as she looked over the railing she noticed a bright light in the basement windows of the new school, which was being built next door. She called loudly for the neighbors, but received no answer. She called again, but heard no reply. What could she do? Every minute the flames seemed to grow larger. The telephone! if she could only reach it! Barbara rolled her chair to the top of the stair-case. She did not hesitate, but got out and with the assistance of the bannster, started down. A sharp pain shot up her leg, but as she went on, she gained more confidence and finally reached the telephone. With trem- bling fingers she turned the leaves of the directory looking for the num- ber. After a useless search Barbara took down the receiver and gave the warning to central. In fifteen minutes the fire was out and the whole building saved. That evening a happy family sat around the fire. Mr. and Mrs. Gor- don were smiling, and Barbara was actually seated on the floor. Sud- denly the door opened and their friend the school principal entered. After a hearty greeting, he turned to Barbara and asked, what she would like as a reward. " Thank you, " she said, " but I have received a much better gift than any you could give me, I am able to walk again. " EUNICE LEHMER. A SUNSET IN MASSACHUSETTS On a hill bordering a beautiful lake in Massachusetts, three children were seen slowly climbing to the highest point of the hill. They were soon lying flat on the ground, sup- porting their heads with their arms; they were watching a beautiful sun- set. There was not much talking but steady gazing across the lake, over another hill, towards the sinking sun in the west. The sun was large, round and red. There were many white clouds floating in every direc- tion. The sun was soon back of the hill flashing a dark and light pink, on the passing clouds. As the sky was of dark blue, as the eastern skies are, it was a very beautiful sunset. The white clouds of all shapes were reflected by the light from the sinking sun for nearly two hours. The children watched the sunset till the last ray of light in the west had faded and the ev ening star was shining in the east. The children were later seen, by the faint light of the moon, walk- ing slowly down the hill and they disappeared into a tent. EVELYN KENDALL.
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