THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 143.900. oys and Girls 28 I 1 The rairlen' Ball. Tho Queen of the fields and the forests Was eolng to give a ball To the little flower fairies. The humble, the stately and alL rTwas going to be on a moonlight night, In a beautiful fairy dell. "Where a little brook winds its way along And sounds like a sliver bell lAt the appointed time the fairies came (And Oh! 'tvte a beautiful night). iTbey told -weird tales and sane swet songs, And danced by the moon's soft light. A toadstool formed the table. Some mossy stones the stools; IThey liad honey f rcoh Jrom the sveot -wild rose, And they drank from the sparkling pools. .t last each fay, with happy heart. Bade their kindly Queen "Good night," Lind spread their bright and gauzy vines. And disappeared by the moon's pale light. Chicago Times-Herald. AMONG MEXICAN BANDITS Istory of the Captivity of Lovely Senora Sebastian and Her Two Fair Young Daughters, Ah! could you have seen, Ophelia Sebas- the little maid of four years, who lwelt In Pachuca, capital city of the Mex ican state of Hidalgo, you -would have said, as I did: "She is not mortal. She must be a fairy, stepped out of e beautiful tale." And, with her hair that hung below her ralst, in sun-gold curls; her eyes shin ing like stars on a frosty night, and her sheeks that resembled half-blown La France roses, Ophelia, Indeed, resembled fairy. Her mother, a beautiful American lady. Mid married Senor Sebastian, a wealthy iivicxlcan, high In the official circles of she capital. The Senora, with her two laughters, Ophelia and Septlma, the lat ter then three years Old, excited much kdmlration among th. dark-haired, dark- pklnned Mexicans of Pachuca. Their tame resembled a palace in its mag nificent furnishings, for the Senor .de- tghted In surrounding his wife and daugh ters with every luxury which money could ly. Senor Sebastian had extensive proper- interests in the state of Hidalgo, among hem being an immense coffee planta llon which yielded him a large income. or several years it had been under the Sfflcient management of Don Gonzales, a lark, handsome Mexican. Just before this story opens, however. change had neen observed in Don Gon- iales. He displayed a discontented spirit nd paid less heed to his duties as mana ler of the plantation than formerly. -This .'as attributed, in part, to a severe af- pction that had befallen him, in the loss If his entire family by yellow fever. On it account, and also because of his frevlous -valuable services, the Senor Se- iastlan was Inclined to deal conslderate- wlth him. However, he could not al- iw his fine plantation to go to ruin, Snd so he warned the manager to exercise lore care over the place. Bat Don Goa lies continued to neglect his duties and ie Senor was forced to discharge him. " Soulier Xnstncsncs. Eastward from Hidalgo is a mountaln- mge which borders the Mexican coast fine. This range was infested with rov- ag bards of robbers who made Us cun-jingly-hldden caves their hiding-places. was the custom of people, then, to trav- by carnage over the mountains to the sast cities, as Tailroads had not jet been lilt, and many of the travelers fell a rey to the outlaws. Among the latter c?mcr the discharged Ion Gonzales, now grown -vengeful end toofly. He embraced their evil life, and last became the acknowledged leader tRte band, -which had swelled to a hun ted members. He made a very polite id courteous bandit. If ladles happened be in the party -which he -was holding 3, he never permitted his men to -frighten injure them, and lie corred to de lve poor travelers of their money and w possessions, choosing to make his 11 v g from the wealthy ones. senor Sebastian decided to send his fam- to a seaeoaet tow n during the hot hca- n in Pachuca, and preparations having Len made, they irtefl oer the moun ting, in a large traveling carrlnge, Sev al days of the trip passed Tinevent llly, and the party had nearly complct- the mountainous part of the Journey. len it was suddenly surrounded ?jy a reat band of men who appeared from it the bush on both sides of the road En the man who appeared to be their ier, Senora Sebastian recognized the tscharged manager of ner husband's Itate. He was a very prince among le villainous-looking men, and was at- ed in the fantastic trappings of a Mex- brlgand. Revenge and retaliation are written upon his face, as he bowed before the Scnoia. The guards of le carriage had been overpowered and fund hand and foot, and the bandits pre engaged in looting the luggage 1'Oh, Don Gonzales' have sou come to lis?" began tho trembling Senora. The Bandit and the Lady. IWho, my lady, but your husband drove to It?" answered the chief of the sieves. "Tvvas 3 our own madness, and not my 1 tsband's Injustice," she replied. ITU allow you that view of it, Senora," turned the bandit, but you and your lllfiren are now my prisoners." ,- o saying, he bound silken, bandages sr the eyes of the benora and the little fls. Then they were placed on horses. tho party started for the cave of the bbrs. pe Journey "was long and very fatigu- and, during its course, the Senora Se- ijtian -wept bitterly over the fato which befallen herself and children. When cave was at last reached, she and the lie girls "were led into a separate apart jnt, where the bandages were removed. en they beheld a room of the most iutlful furnishings, wth rich, rare dra- ics and a soft, velvet carpec Jon Gonzales looked on in silence, as his prisoners surveyed the placo, and then eata: "Senora Sebastian, this Is the private apartment of yourcelf and your children. None else shall enter here -without your f bidding. You -will he treated by me and mv men with all the respect and courtesy that 3 our station demands, but give up, now and forever, any hope of liberty. This cave Is hundreds of miles from any habitation, and jou cannot possibly find your way out. For your own safety, I warn you not to attempt to escape." He bowed low and withdrew. Tho won dering children had looked on, terrified, and when he -was gone they burst into tears. After quieting them, their mother eat through the long night, pondering up on the situation, and wondering how It would end. Ab the days and weeks passed, she lost her fear of the robbers. Their leader exacted of the men the utmost courtesy toward her and her daughters. Her Madonna-like beautj' and queenlv bearing Inspired them with awe, and they grad ually came to regard her with the ut most respect. Ophelia and Septlma found a soft place in the hardened hearts of the outlaws, for their dainty, charming ways 55S2?ilS-C": slderable liberty, and played In the forest near the cave, like woodland fairies Don Gonzales, too, fell a victim to their wiles, and he, also, loved to watch the pretty children. Often, upon returning to tho PAPA'S LITTLE wWm i JBv "I'll leave ay happy home for 'oo!" Papa's little ragtime girl Can sing an' dance an' play it, too, .Jus' one little ragtime gin cave, laden with booty, he brought them wonderful toys. So the days and months went by, and Ophelia and Septlma grew out of sweet babyhood and into girlhood, becoming more beautiful, so It seemed to the moth er, as they grew older. But she did not allow them to grow up in Ignorance, ac customed only to the rough, uncouth ways of the thieves. Still cherishing a hopo of freedom. ?he instructed them in many accomplishments Being an edu cated woman, she knew and apprec'ated the value of learning and how to impart it. Fully five years had passed since they were cut off from the great outside world, when the Senora fell 111 of fi. strange malady which refused to yield to the sim ple remedies applied Hourly she grew worse, and heT suffering was terrible to witness. The frightened girls tried to al leviate the pain, but their efforts wero useless, and Senora Sebastian drifted Into a state of unconsciousness from which they could not rouse her. Then Don Gon zales dispatched one of his men for a physician. ALICE Si. WELLS. (To be concluded next Sunday.) THIXGS CHILDREN SAY AISD DO Ingenious "Whimsicalities of Busy Paragraphic Scribes. A mother was -showing her dear little Joe a picture of the martyrs thrown to the lions, and was talking -very solemnly to him, trying to' make him feel what a terrible thing it was. "Ma." said he all at once, "oh, ma, just look at that little Hon right behind there! He won't get any." Cincinnati Enquirer. Grandma one Surday set to teaching 7-j ear-old Bertie his catechism, and at that part of the lesion where It sajs: "God made man of dust, and breathed Into his nostrils the breath of life." Ber tie looked up and asked: "Where did God get the skinto put him in?" Philadel phia Inquirer. Little Eleanor (after gazing Intently a long time at sister Annie's mash) Hay I climb up on jour knee for a minute, Mr. Myx? Mr. 2&yx Yes. pet, If you like. Want to pull my whiskers again, eh? Little Eleanor No: I wpjit to see If I can And that word. Mr. 3Iyx Word! What word? Little Eleanor Whj, I heard sister An nie say that-if ever a man had the word "Nincompoop" written on his face. It was you ! Plck-Me-Up. A little East End girl who had hash for breakfast the other morning looked at the last mouthful of her share long and earn estly as she poised it on her fork Then she passed it out of sight. But the mastery still engrossed her mind, "Daddy," she said, "what was hash when it was alive?" Cincinnati Enquirer. Teacher "Now, children, who can tell me what an epidemic Is? What1 None of you? I-et me prompt your memory. It is LOLLIPOPS GOING TO SCHOOL. Ding dong! goes tho school bell; Time for school to begin; So here arc the Lollipop children Each one as neat as a pin. And now ah, 1 "What is It, my "Did that kid ask you If you wanted a shine?" "No. He asked me If I desired to have my pedal teguments artistically illumin ated for the infinitesimal remuneration of one dime. He's from Boston." Denver Times. "Say, teacher, here's a snake called the annycondl, an' It takes it a week to di gest its food." "Xes, Willie. What of it?" "Well, would it be right to say it had a wreak digestion?" Cleveland Plain Dealer. SWEDEN'S RELIGIOUS IUEEN. Friend of Salvation. Army and Gives Iiib orally to Its Funds. In an illustrated sketch, of the Queen of Sweden in The Young Woman, one Is told that many exaggerated stories Have been published of her relation to the Sal ivation Army, one of which is to the ef fect that her majesty wears the Salva- Hnnlf Vvonrmf n1 nlavc tiA tftrnhnurlno. H connection wltlTtho Army Is ex- plained by Booth Tucker in this way: "The Queen is the friend of the Army. She has contributed liberally to our funds. She is Interested in the Warm Shelter, RAG-TIME GIRL. which is a club room for tho poor in Stockholm. Her son, Prince Bernadotte, often speaks at our meetings He has entertained me at his home. When I en tered, the Princess, his wife, came toward me in impulsive Sw.edish fashion, with both hands outstretched 'We love you because ou love the Army,' she said Prince Bernadotte has given up court life and his succession to the throne to work for humanity and religion " The Queen's daily life is very simple something that spreads, see' one of you knows, little friend?" ' "Jam, sir." Exchange. -er viBk MAMMA FROG VIGOROUSLY RESENTS THE INDIGNITY PLACED UPON HER. Rising at 8:30, she spends an hour alone in prayer and meditation, and then break fasts with the King. From 10 to 2:80 she devotes herself to reading or else knits or does needlework, while one of her ladles reads to her. At 2.30 comes a sim ple lunch, and at G o'clock the family Bit down to dinner. The rest of the evening Is spent together In reading aloud, or plajing games, or listening to music. Hnd the "Tummynche" Sho was the parson's baby, and prided herself on her goodness, but that day moie than commonly she misbehaved In church. Thereupon her father fixed his awful eye upon her nurBC, who caught tho signal from tho pulpit and trotted her restless charge Ignominlously down the aisle But at the door of the sacred edi fice the small person balked. Sho was not overwhelmingly afraid of her father, and she was tremendously anxious to sot herself right with the congregation. So. turning firmly about, she set her wee hands behind her and announced, unmind ful of the solemn harangue from the pul pit, In the dreadfully penetrating treble of a small, but earnest child "Well. 1 don't care. I had tho tummy ache, any way!" She hadn't." But she felt that she was vindicated from the charge of bad be havior, and went serenely away, leaving an embarrassed parson and a congrega tion in tormenting throes of laughter. Chicago Times-Herald. " Of course they will learn their lessons. And trj to keep each rule! "Wouldn't vou like to visit Their queer little Lollipop school? Priraarj Education. Susy Bess. Eight small children for busy Besa Eight to feed and wash and dress Four small girls and four small boys In one small Jiouso make no small noise; And bo, to have them out of the way, She's sent them off to the woods to play. "Don't quarrel, nor tease, nor fret, nor frown. But come back home when the sun is down. .And, if jou seo Jho chipmunk small, Don't throw stones at him that Is all; For he's just as busy as he can be. And I know how that is myself." said she. Joy Allison, In October St. Nicholas. HAD AN EYE TO BUSINESS Little Monkey Organises Swimming -School, and Mr. Zebra and Mr. Tiger Acquire Stripes. 1 Little Monkey lost his tall, and 'the other monkeys made so much tun of him that ho could not live with them any more. He went away by himself and fed on berries. Ho was sitting on the bank of the .river one day, when the earth gave way, and he fell In the water. He swam out again, and as ho did so, he had an Idea. . "I'll start a swimming school," said he. "I'll teach all the other animals to swim, so that their lives will be saved if they fall Into the water." So Little Monkey built houses on the shore of tho river and put up a sign, which read: L. MONKEY. Swimming Skulo. Bathing Suits to Hire. He had 100 bathing suits in sizes 1n fit any animal from a mouso to an ele phant. He hired the Tailor Bird to make new suits as fast as the old ones wore out. Ben Crocodile was always swimming around to save tho lives of the animals who .swam out too far Lit tle Monkey put a raft away out in the stream, where the animals could rest after they had swum as long as they should. When all the animals and all the birds heard that Little Monkey had a swim ming school, they said: "How very fash ionable!" Some of them thought they could swim, but then It became the style for all ani mals and birds to swim like little mon keys without tails. Every afternoon the beach in front of Little Monkey's bath ing houses was fiegdll fiiricmfwyp cmf lng houses was filled. by tho jungle folk. They went In hired bathing suits, and the Tailor Bird was kept busy all day making new suits and mending old ones. Little Monkey wore a fine gray suit, and he swam up and down to teach tho animals how to swim Tiger and Zebra were very great friends, and oAe afternoon they went to Little Monkey's swimming school "We want nice new suits;" said Tiger Tailor Bird brought out two suits with yellow and black stripe. Tiger and Ze bri then had white hair, for this was many years ago. "They're fine," said Tailor Bird, "They fit like the bark on the tree, and the col ors are so new that they would be ashamed to run " "What pretty suits," Zebra and Tiger said at once. They put on the bathing suits and sat down on the smd "Why don't you come In7" asked Her on, who had stayed In the water until he was blue. "We want everybody to see our fine new suits," answered Zebra. WHAT FROGGIE CAUGHT WHEN HE WENT -IV "-- - ' A . - . SSyig "Come on!" cried Little Monkey. "Bath ing suits were made to get wet." So Tiger and Zebra stepped into the water and followed Little Monkey. "Tiger," cried Little Monkcv, turning around, "you must keep your mouth tightly shut." Every time Tiger got near Little Mon key his mouth flew open This made Lit tle Monkey very nervous, for Tiger had big, sharp teeth. When Tiger was not scaring Little Monkey, Zebra was kick ing the water over the poor little animal, which was doing Its best to teach its pu pils how to swim. The other animals and birds got out of the water and sat upon the beach and laughed at the fun which Tiger and Zebra were having with Little Monkey. Tiger, and Zebra mado believe that they were very awkward. They werer all the time catching Llttlo Monkey around tho neck until his head was under water. Then when he came up again with his ears and mouth all streaming, they would say: "Noble Little Monkey, you have just saved our lives." They even got a little fish to swim under Little Monkey and bite his toes Little Monkey pretended not to be an gry. All tho time, though, he was vexed, and he made up his mind that he would pay back Tiger and Zebra for the mean way In which they were treating him He was all tired out, but he kept swimming, for he saflr that something was happen ing which would give him a fine revenge. Adlnes His Tormentors. "Tiger," he said, "if you would keep your mouth from being open so much, and Zebra, if you would not splash with your feet, you both would become very fine swimmers Don't bother to tako off your bathing suits. Just sit in the sun, and when I teach Antelope how to dive, I'll give you another lesson " So Tiger and Zebra sat In th sun and told the other animals about the great fun which they had had with Little Mon key. Then they found somebody else to make fun for them. Leopard, who was all spotted, came down to the beach. "Ho, ho," laughed Tiger, "did you ever see an animal In a polka dot skin?" "He, He! isn't he gayly dressed?" neighed the Zebra, as he grinned, and looked around at the other animal. "It is not every animal," answered the Leopard, as he tame out dressed up In his white bathing suit, "who has the good fortune to be born with a beautiful white skin. Many Is the.time I have tried to change these polka "dots for a plain checked suit, but somehow I could never do it. I may be funny, but I never looked so queer as do two very mean animals who are lying on this beach all dressed "up In ugly, striped bathing suits." men zcora nna Tiger became angry. They got up and took off their, bathing suits and threw fhem at Tailor Bird. Then all tho birds and the animals ("Sca ) d&aaa P" 3? laughed so hard they had to -put their hands to their sides. Hyena laughed un til he rolled over and over on the beach. "Hyena," roared Tiger, "you are al ways laughing Jit nothing. What is the matter with you?" x Hyena pointed with hl3 paw. Tiger and Zebra looked at themselves and found that their skins were all Btrlped. The color had come out of the new bathing- Suits and the sun had dried it into their hair. Ever since that day the beasts in the Jungle have always said Striped Tiger and Striped Zebra, and it was not until the Spotted Leopard told me this story that I knew that those two animals wero once as white as the Polar Bear. Phila delphia Inquirer. THE QUEEN'S BALI. Fairy Story That 'Should Interest Very Small Folic. The little fairies were alj busy doing their work, or helping Some neighbor who had mote to do than they, for the fairies are always willing to lend a help ing hand wherever It Is needed. The royal household "was all astir, for Her Majesty the Queen had decided to glvo a ball, the first of the season, at the royal palace. She sat In the Summer house, which was a large pink rose, writ ing Invitations. The good Queen did not want to slight anybody, for she was loyal to her subjects, so she invited everybody she could think of. The invitations were written on rose leaves, with a feather for a pen and dew for Ink. After she had finished she 'rang a llttlo Stolen Sweets. fpwfaf VCl. jT Mrs Fly I thought I told j ou, JImmIe, that I wanted that Jam for supper1 silver bell and a little page clad In pink 1- ana goia witn a goia trumpet at nis sloe came In The Queen ave him the dainty invita tions, and, bowing gracefully, he retired. He blew on his trumpet at the houses and gave the invitations to whom they were addressed The ball was a grand affair, as well as a success. There were fireflies for lamps and birds to sing and dance, besides fai ries, brownies, elves and all little people. The Cueen thought sho ought to get married, so she married the King of the Brownies They lived to a good old age, doing good to other people. Bessie Fra zee, in the New York Herald. Wonderful Bicycle Clock. The most wonderful and probably the most unique clock in existence, as de scribed by the French papers, is one that has just been completed by Alphonse A FISHING. From Scraps. Duhamel, In Paris. It stands 12 feet high, and Is entirely composed of bicycles and their component parts. The framework of the clock is an immense blcyple wheel, around which are arranged 12 ordinary sized wheels, all fitted with pneumatic tires. An inner rim within the larso wheel bears the various figures which indicate the hours and minutes, which are constructed of crank rods. The hands are made of steel piping, which is used for the framework of bicycles. The min ute strokes on the dial are small nickel plated spokes The top of the clock is an arrangement of 12 handle bars. The clook strikes the hours and the CHILDREN OF THE J ffgfefeasWiKffll W . n ib hi I ' iiiiliMiiiiifaaMiiiMSM VICTORIA IS GREAT-GRANDMOTHE R OF THESE THREE. It was only nine years ago that the subjects of Queen Victoria wero grieving over the fact that her first great-grandchild In the line of succession was a girl, and daughter of the Duke of Fife at that Moreover, such a case as a great-grandchild of the sovereign was absolutely unprecedented and wholly unprovided for that is, the Duchess of Fife's child, though at that time the fourth In lino from the crown had no rank except that of a Duke's daughter, and might bo passed in precedence by some one not a grandchild of the Prlnco of Wales. "When the Duke of Clarence died, that amiable helr-presumptlv e whom the people had nicknamed "Collars and Cuffs." the Queen's subjects were all in a flutter until his brother George, the sailor Prince, had espoused Clarence's betrothed, tho lovely Princess May of Teck. The following Juno a son and heir was born to tho happy couple. quarters, bicycle bell3, of course, maklng the chimes. The pendulum Is made of a bicycle, wheel, and the pendulum rod of various portions of a bicycle frame. The whole mechanism Is said to work perfect ly, through being regularly and fre quently oiled. At the end of the first month of Its existence the clock had only lost one-sixteenth of a second. The masterpiece Is to adorn one of the public buildings of the City of Paris. NOT SO "WISE, AFTER ALL. Fonnd the Man She Wanted, Bat He Didn't Want Her. There was once, says a writer in Har per's Bazar, a womaji who understood her fellow-men very thoroughly. This ondeared her to many of them, but as sho was very particular In her tastes, they seldom suited her. Finally, however, she found a man who perfectly suited all her requirements. She then brought to bear upon him all her Information concerning his sex, which was grrat. One day the man's sister called on her and said: "It is a good thing that you are so strong, for so Is he, and he does not like delicate women." At this the woman smiled. "I should be very foolish were I to act on this hint," she said. "My knowledge of men teaches mo that such men Invariably prefer wo men of opposite dispositions from them selves." So when he next saw her she told him that she was terribly afraid of mice and could not walk far. Again his sister called on her and said: "It Is a good thing that you understand politics so well, for he is much Interested In them, and sajs that all Intelligent women should be, too." The woman smiled wisely. "I should bo more than foolish were I to allow myself to be deceived by this," she said. "When a woman admits that she can master politics, then It is all up with her. A man's last claim to superiority is gone, and life would be unendurable to him without that." So when he next saw her she asked him If It were true that Republicans were better dressed than Democrats, and why so many people were betting 16 to 1 on the election. By and by he stopped calling, and she learned, to her horror, that he had en gaged himself to a woman who had writ ten a pamphlet on the sliver question. She herself had glv en a great many ideas on this subject to the other woman. Thus she realized that the man was peculiar. This teaches us that things are some times what they 3eem. Boy Spcnks Eight Langrnnsres. StelHo Arghlri is but 11 vears of age, yet he Is perhaps the most wonderful lin guist of his age In the world. He speaks fluently eight languages. He is a protege of Sir Thomas Lipton. of yacht racing fame, who sends him to the grammar school at Enfield, England. The young marvel Is a Cretan by birth. His father was killed In May, 1S96, by the bullet of a Turkish soldier, and his mother, taking refuge in the hills,, finally starved to death. The little orphan be gan his education In the government school of his native place. Later he went to North Africa, where he attended the French and Italian Government schools. It was here that he became an accom plished linguist, and Is the master of Russian, German, French. Italian. Greek, Turkish, Arabic and English languages. Sir Thomas Lipton, having heard of the wonderful boy, took him on board his vessel and sailed for England, where he placed "him at school. The only luggage he had to take aboard the ship was a parcel of books. Che-wed Gnm In 1402. A correspondent of the Popular Science Monthly calls attention to the following interesting passages In a letter written bv Columbus, shortly after his discovery df America: "Finally that I may compress in few words the brief account of our departure and quick return and the gain, I promise this, that if I am supported by our most invincible sovereigns with a little of their help, as much gold can be supplied as they will need; indeed, as much of spices, of cotton, of chewing gum (which Is only found In Cheos), also as much of aloes wood and as many slaves for the Navy as their majesties will wish to demand." The date of this letter Is March 14, 1S93. over 400 years ago, and it is very evident from the inclusion of chewing gum in his list of products obtainable In the new country, that ColUombus considered It an Item of considerable Importance; so one may fairly assume that the chewing-gum habit was prevalent in Spain in 1432. Enlprmn. My first is In have, but not In give; My second is In love, but not In live; My third is in hut, but not In home; My fourth Is in flesh, but not In bone; My fifth Is In save and also atone; My whole Is a place that a called a home. School Teacher (to boy at head of class, the lesson being philosophy) How many kinds of forces are there? Boy Three, sir. Teacher Name them. Bov Bodily force, mental force and tho pollco force New York World. DUKE OF YORK. Fto Little Boy Bine. Oh. Little Boy Bluo was a bravo little man And Little Boy Bluo was bold. And his blr umbrella sheltered him From the Storm, so wild, so cold. But tho Stqrm. was brave and tho Storm was bold And fond of havlnc hla way. So ho caught up Little Boy Blue's umbrella And carried Its owner away. , Then up to the clouds went Little Boy Bluo On the wine of. tho roaring Storm, Till the earth, so far, 10 far away. Had lost its U3ual Torm. But down came Little Ifoy Blue once more. For he heard his mother call. And Little Boy Blue awoke In surprise To find he'd dreamed it at all! James Albert Wales, In New York Herald. SISTER SUE'S BRIEF RIDE Bepclns in BInze of Glory and Ends Igrnominlonsly In Complete and Irretrievable Disaster. I guess you have never been out to my Aunt Fannie's farm, have you? I was out there this Summer for about two months, and I had such a good time, it didn't seem like I wa3 there more than two weeks. I don't know what I did enjoy the most. We had boatriding and horseback-riding, and a swing down in the orchard. My Aun.t Fannie is the nlct aunt Tvo got. She doesnt think It hurts "a fel low to go swimming, whenever he feels like it, and she is not always worrying about railway tracks, and she bakes "th best things to eat; it makes me hungry now just to think about It. Then she Fa always going 'rouiyi laughing and, sink ing, and can tell if a fellow Is homesick: Just by looking at thlm. and she know just what to say to make him feel bette. I've got two cousins out there. Rob is a year older than I am. He Is In th same books at school. He doern't know much about football, and never played cricket, but sav' you just ought to see him swim; he can, stay under the wat r the longest time, and he can climb anv kind of a tree and shoot a gun a good deal better than I can. Sue Is only a little girl. She Is a year younger than I am, and all she does Is to just tag tag 'round and bother us boys. I know a girl that can run faster and whistle louder than any boy on our street, and she ain't afraid of nothing either. That's the kind of a girl a toy likes If Sue was like her, I would like to stay at Aunt Fannie's all the t me Bob's Biff Doff. Rob has a great big dog. and on his birthday his father gave him an express wagon. We thought we would fix a har ness and teach the dog. so that when we went camping or fishing he could haul our traps. We worked about two days on that harness, and when we got It done. It was a dandy. The do z wouldn't stand still to be hitched up un til we got some scraps from Bridget to feed him. Rob said all the time that he wouldn't ride first; said I was company. I didn t care about that, and told him so. Whlli we were talking about it. Sue begar to cry. Rob asked her what the matter To', and she said: "Rob Curtis, if ysu don't let me ride first. I'll go right straight In and tell my mother." I didn't want to ride first; neither dirt Rob, for, you see, you never can tell just what a dog will do, when he l hitched up. But Sue Is fat, and I hid heard Aunt Fannie say that her scratches heled up quickly, so I didn't think it would hurt her much, even If she dl l fall out. I said: "Let her ride, Rob!" and Rob said that If she would be a good girl, and find him a piece of rope, sho could ride first. Well, when we got all ready, we put Sue In the wagon Rob told her to hold on to the sides with both hands. Tho dog made one move, but when he found what a load he had. he just settled back In the harness and stood still. Rob ran down the path and called him. but he wouldn't stir. We were afraid to twist his tall, for, though he never h?d tried to bite us, sometimes he growled and showed his teeth. ne Gets Her Ride. Sue began to squall, because she want ed to ride. Then I saw some cowa away down the pasture, and I just clapped my hands and told the dog to go after them, and you should have seen him! There was a pile of wood in the way, but ho never stopped to go around; he just went straight across. I thought sure the wa gon would tip clear over, but It didn't, and Sue hung In. How she did yell' Then they went tearing across the yard, until they came to the fence. The wagon was too high to go under, so Sue went up against It, chunk I and then she spilled out. while the dog tore loose and went on alone. Sue had a bump on her head as big as my fist; the wagon was all scratched up, ' but, worst of all, the harness was busted all to pieces. Aunt Fannie and Bridget and the hired man all came running to see who was killed,, and they took Sue to the house and bathed her head and gave her a great big piece of cake. Rob and I played by ourselves all the afternoon, making another harness, and we had lot1 of fun. Aunt Fannie wa3 going to scold us for letting Sue get hurt, but we bo h explained to her how she cried to ride. Oh, I tell Vou! you ought to go out to Aunt Fannie's farm; you'd enjoy yourself 'most to death. J. B. S. Puzxle. On a piece of paper draw 20 lines, and on each line place five circles. The circles should be 37 in number, and each circle should not re3t upon an angle, and be at an equal distance from its follows on a lino.