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"Well, yes, ma'am, I have stole!"
You asked me didn't you?"
res. I asked vOu!" the mission
teacher replied; a sad, alntbst disgusted
expression on her sweet young face.
"What did you ask me for, if you
didn't want me to tell vou. I could 'a'
lied!" the boy went on in a stolid sort of
a way, and yet with a ring of feeling in
"No, you couldn't, Johnny," the
teacher answered with a smile, "because
you promised, you remember, that you
would always tell the truth to me."
"Well. I didn't go back on it, did I?"
"Xo, Johnny. Have you any objec
tions to telling me how often you have
taken things that didn't belong to you ?"
"Mebee I couldn't remember them
all," the boy replied, "but I never lifted
anything very partickeler. Once when
the old woman where I hang out got
sick, and cried a blue streak for oranges,
and nobody had the money to buy 'em, I
asked the old cove that kept the grocery
store to trust me for a couple till' the next
day. Ho -wouldn't do it, and that night
I stole six from liini.
"Why didn't ho let me have 'em,
then?" theb oy went on doggedly. "I'd
a' him, 'cause I said I would. Anyhow,
the old woman got well off them or
anges." "Then you are not sorry you took
them ?" the teacher inquired.
"Well, the old woman had to have
them oranges, and somebody had to got
'em for her."
The teacher's face was very grave, and
as her companion looked up he saw the
tears in her eyes, a
which had a
curious effect upon him.
Don t make me tell 3011 any more,
please, ma'am,'' he said, dropping his
eyes, while his face Hushed scarlet. "I
ain't nothing but a oifscouring anyhow,
and it ain't no good to fret about what I
do. I was kinder dragged into this
place, else I'd never a bothered 3011."
inauaee the business which his teacher
had provided moue3 for. For instance
the grocer from whom he had "lifted'
oranges had sola out to anotner man,
and Johnu3 was obliged to hunt him up
He was at last found, poor and ill, and
the bo3 without a moment's hesitation
confessed the theft and produced the
money. "I guess lean make it thirty
cents," he said, "and that'll be a little
interest. If I wouldn't like to give 3011
hvo dollars, tnen 3011 may shoot me lor a
The ex-grocer was so surprised at
Johnn3's confession and subsequent
generosity that he shook the boy s hand
heartily and invited him to stop in again
soon, which the lad promised as heartily
ny nigntiau tnese oacic aeots, as
Johnny naively called them, were all
settled, and then, after a scant3 meal,
the boy started out with his
papers. About a quarter to eight he
had sold out, and then, as fast as his feet
would carry him, ho hurried to the
neighborhood of the Academy of Music
to watch the people go into the building
It was opera night, and this was one of
Johni-'s greatest pleasures; and so, with
his back to a lamp-post, he gave himself
up to the delight of Avatching the ga3
throng. Jolmnv wondered what it
would bo like to drive around in luxuri
ous carriages and have plent of monc3
to spend on fine clothes. He thought of
the bread and herring he had eaten for
his supper, and tried to imagine what it
would be like to have turko3 and cran
beny sauce every da3. Every Christ
mas Johnny had turkey and cranberry
sauce for his dinner, and he knew from
experience how nice the3 were. Ho had
once ridden in an ambulance with a
newsboy who had
by an express
was tho nearest
carriage ride that
enjoyed. Ho won
dered, as he watched these happ3, gaily
dressed people, win it was that some
people had all the3 wanted, while oth
ers were cold and hungry and some
times starved to death. This was not the
first time that Johnny had been per-
friend of his a
been run over
wagon, and this
approach to a
Johnny had ever
"What name did 3011 call 3'oursclf?" jdexed with such thoughts, but they had
J. llllli-l U U11U12J.'
the teacher inquired.
"Granny Leeds said I was offscouring,
and so I am."
"What is an offscouring, John?"
"Oh! the lcavin's of something that
ain't no good."
"Grainy Leeds, as 3011 call her, was
t 1 t 1
very niucn uiisraKen, anu 3011 are very
never made him feel quite so uncomfort
able as on this occasion. He called to
mind the warm underclothing and tidy
jacket and pants which Miss Lee had
given him that da3, and tried to comfort
himself with the thought that there was
one person in the worid who cared for
Thero had been a heavy fall of snow
much mistaken about yourself, Jolmnv ," that day, and as Johnny, still absorbed
the teacher replied. "You are not an off- with his thoughts, started to cross the
scouring, but God's own child, and He is street, he saw something sparkle in the
giving you a chance to make something snow at the side oi the crossing. There
of 3'ourself. How much do you think had been a rush of carriages, and a few
the things are worth that 3011 have taken had not been able to pull up to the curb.
in all, Johnny?" As he picked it up he saw that it was an
Them oranges were worth four cents ornament in the shape of a cross and
apiece when I took 'em; that's twent- studded with diamonds.
r nil 1 1 1 -r- I T" 1 1 1 e
lour, and them two loaves 01 oread l jonnny Knew uiey were "sinners, as
Granny will be right and Miss Lee'll be
wrong. She said the Lord was giving
me a chance to make something of my-
sen. en, now, the question is, am I,
or am I not an oifscouring. If I keep
these shiners I am, if I give them up
I ain't. Well, I ain't" and with these
words on his lips, Jolmnv started for the
gentleman's office. Nothing daunted, he
entered and presented himself at the desk.
borne of you folks have lost some
thins, ain't you?" he asked.
"W ill your honor tell me what it is
"It is a gold cross set with diamonds,"
and the gentleman described the relative
position of the stones. "It was lost
either inthe Academy of Music last
night, or 011 the way to or from that
"Johnny's coat was off in a twinkling:
and, with a ra at the stitches which con
fined his treasure, he took it out and put
on nis coat again. "1 s pose this is it,
he said, handing it to the gentleman. "I
wanted to keep them shiners awful bad,"
he continued. "They d a set me up in
business, them shiners would, but 3011
seo I couldn't get to be such a oifscour
ing as Unit, though I have been trying to
be a thief all night long. If I was vour
folks," he went on, "I'd get a stronger
string to hold them shiners, lor fear
they'd be gone for good and all next
"What is your name?" the gentleman
inquired, us the lad, with his cap in his
hand, stood modesty before him.
"'John Itesnev, the boy replied.
"Have 3ou a father and mother?"
the next question.
"Nobody, yer honor, but 1113'self."
"Which would you prefer to
Johnny," tho gentleman next inquired;
"go into business or go to school?"
"I13', I should rather go to school,
ten to one,' said Johnny, "but there
ain't no show for that."
will see," said the gentleman.
"Will 3011 come into my office, Johnu3',
until I see what is best to bo done?"
"Yos, sir," replied Johnnv, the tears
starting to his eves.
'I shall want 3011 to go home with me
in an hour, or two, and give 1113 wife her
diamonds, and see what she thinks of
"All right, said Johnny, brushing
awny the tears. "Aii3thing to do now,
A Memorable Riilc.
Twenty-five years ago tho favorite
social festivity of the autumn months in
tho Delaware valley was the "apple-cut."
The dried apple entered largely into the
store of things laid up for winter, and
from time out of mind, the custom of
inviting a party of young persons to
come on a certain evening and aid in
preparing the fruit, had prevailed
among the farmers of the yalley. There
was one rule at the apple cuts which met
the warm approval of every eountry
beau. The girl who "pared and quar
tered" the smallest quantity of apples in
a given time was bound to give a kiss
to every swain present. The "old
folks" used to say that the rule was a bad
one because every girl seemed to strive
to see how little she could do. After the
evening task was ended came the feast,
and after that the tiddler. Then was
merriment till the. small hours, to the
lively measure of the "Arkansas Trav
eler" "Money Musk " "Fisher's Horn
pipe," "Downfall of Water Street,'
"Whoa !" Her only response was a sav
age kick, without lessening her spejed a
"Bang !" went Frank's heels against
the hearse door.
"Wh-o a-a, Tearer," said Bub, beseech
ingly. "Spat!" came the Tearer's heels
against the dashboard of tho hearse.
By the time the horse had reached the
top of the hill Frank had burst the door
open and had got his legs out of the
hearse. The mare was going so fast that
he was afraid to drop to the ground, and
he was unable to draw himself back into
"Whoa!" shouted Bub, fiercely, as
though to frighten the mare into obedi
ence. "Whiz! bang!" she replied with her
heels, and the dashboard cracked. Bub
crept up on the roof o! tho hearse, and
got astride of tho narrow vehicle. Half
wa3 down the hill the mare gave a kick
and put both hind feet through the dash
board of tho hearse. But she went right
ahead on two feet, and Bub reined her
"McLeof's Reed," and kindred favorites. in tlmfc COulition before the .farmer's
It was seldom that these rural routs
ended before the cocks were crowing in
the barn and da3light came admonish
ing over tho eastern hills. Once, in
the rare age referred to, a gram
cut was to be criveu bv a rich farmer.
who lived eight miles down the valley
from Mil ford. He had several charm
ing daughters, and his house was at all
times a center of attraction. Among those
invited to the apple-cut were Frank and
"Bud' Wells, of Milford. Bob was
afterward a prominent member of the
Penns3lvania Legislature. Both "laid
out' to attend. The day came, and when
the boys began to make their prepara
tion to start, they were unable to obtain
horse or wagon in the village. Every
horse and wagon was engaged. Frank
and Bub were in a dilemma. Eisht
miles over a hillv road was a long way
o walk, and to miss the apple-cut would
be something they would never cease to
regret. The father of the boys was an
undertaker who had a one-horse hearse
with a seat in front with iust room
one, and room inside suffi
cient to receive a oofhn snugly. The
torse that tho old gentleman drove to
this vehicle was out of town.
There was onty one horse in the vil-
that was available, and that was a
-1 mi. - l .1 1 -
tioor. ine gins ami uoys eiime ruuuiug
out. Tho lights from the house were full
upon the uw coiners. Frank dropped
from the inside of the hearse and Bub
climbed down from the top. The Tearer
stood still, with two legs on the ground,
and two fastened in the front of the
hearse. The bo3s cut the dashboard
away from heels, and led her under
the shed. They had a pleasant night,
but Frank went home in the stage on the
next da3. Bub got the hearse home and
housed safely before daylight. On the
following morning his father said, inno
"I didn't hear an3 thunder last night,
but somehow lightning played hob with
that hearse o' mine after I went to bed."
being the highest
lifted, for two fellers that froze their feet
last winter; and a mackerel to make the
bread go down. It's awful to eat bread
without nothing with it; and then a
base-ball that was worth fifty cents, and
all them things would make near hand
to a dollar. I don't remember
he called them, as soon as he looked at
them, so with his heart in
t .1 il 1 1 1 il
111s turoat ne tucKed the precious
jewel into his pocket, still hold
ing it firmlv in his hand. Johnny's am
bition had been to start a coffee and cake
anything establishment where newsboys could be
entertained at low rates. For more than
"Well, John, I shall give 3011 a dollar, a year he had nursed this project, and
and I want 3011 to go to those places and here was a chance to carry it into execu
pay for all those things.
"Then I'll have to own up," the bo3
interrupted in his bewilderment, re
lapsing at once into slang.
"Wouldn't you feel bettor to confess
Johnny V" the young lad3 inquired, not
a little troubled at the effect of her
words. For a moment the boy seemed
lost in thought, and then, lifting a frank
face to his companion, said: "I ain't
never felt pcrtikeler bad about any of
them things 'cept the base ball, and that
I could 'a done without, but if 3011 siry
so. Miss Lee, 1 11 give the whole thing
awaj; only as I ain't lifted anything late
ly, and don't never mean to again, they
tion. There were nine stones in the
cross. Disposing of one at a time, so as
to avoid suspicion, there was money
enough to last him for ''3'ears and 3rears"
he told himself. It puzzled him to
know where he could keep the shiners,
for there wasn't a soul among his ac
quaintances whom he dare trust with the
secret. Not until ho crept into his pov-ert3-strickon
bed, with his treasure care
fully hidden among the straw, did the
thought occur that he ought to try to
find an owner for it. Then followed a
hard battlo between the natural honesty
of the lad and his very natural desire for
creature comforts. The person who could
would always suspicion me and make me wear a gold thing like that, "chock full
out a thief when I ain't 110 such
Don t you think twould do, ma'am, if I
dropped the mono3 in them places so
the3'd be sure to find it? If vou don't
think so I'll blow the whole thing, if it
takes me to the Island."
"What will 3011 do, Johnny, if some
body needs bread and oranges, and 3011
havn't any mone3 to buy them with ?'"
"That's a sticker, ma'am. I dunno."
"And it wouldn't be strange if some
thing of that kind were to happen any
"No, ma'am. That's something putty
gcn'rally to pay with the folks I know."
"Well, Johnny, I will tell you what to
"1 Mil i 1 i i 1 1 t r
110, uie leacner repneu. "Here is mv
card, and when any of
ances are in trouble I
come directly to me, and if ainthing is
amiss with 3011 at any time, be sure and
send a messenger. You had better com
up to-morrow, airway, Johnn3, for
of shiners," he said to himself.
have money enough ty bin
shienrs." Here he was, cold and hungry
half tho time, with no prospect before
him but to be alwa3s hungry, if not al-
ways cold; and hero were these shiners,
which would set him up in business and
give him a chance to help tho boys
Johnny honestly wanted to help the
bo3s. Wl)3 should he find the owner of
this cross when he had nothing and the
owner every thing ? This light continued
until it was tune for tho lad to start out
for his morning papers. All through
the business part of the forenoon the bat
tle still raged, and the newsbo3's
thoughts were so occupied with his new-
VOUl aCnUaillt- "-'uiiu. miia umiu iiiiuuau luijuu lu iit-
wish vou would tGIK-to "1S customers. At about ten, as
he crossed Uit3 Hall Tark, he noticed a
gentleman in earnest conversation with
another gentleman, as he passed he heard
the words diamond cross spoken. Johnny
. i - i. . .i. i
The following Sunday Johnny went to Sy ueionging 10 a uuiguuor.
the Mission school for the last time, and mo was known as "The Tearer.
n such good clothes that Miss Lee hardly --lul uie repiuuuon
new him. The grateful boy told his autI strongest kicker
teacher what had happened, and con
cluded as follows:
"I am going away to school to-morrow,
and it I've got tho learning stuff in me I
can go to college; but, Miss Lee, if it
hadn't been for you and God I should
have been a oifscouring all the days of
The King of Burundi
The nows that the King of Burmah has
made a military demonstration on our
frontier with a view to frightening Great
Britain into certain acts of reparation
seems rather ludicrous. The King's
arm3 is said to consist of two bodies, the
one 750, the other 300 strong, and the
attitude of the trooi)s is represented as
harness her it was necessarv to get in the
haymow above her and drop the harness
on her with a pitchfork. The harness
once on her, it was comparatively safe
for a person to climb over the
and buckle it. Then the mare
submit to being hitched to the
But there was no telling at what moment
she would think it incumbent on her to
lift her heels in the air.
C "V '
A Man in a Thousand.
A stoiy is told of Hon. Charles B
Farwell, Congressman-elect from the
Third district, which goes to prove that
there is such a thing as gratitude and
that even in politics all is not utter
selfishness and lust for power." This will
strike the average worldling in the light
of a revelation, and doubts may arise as
to the accuracy of the statement, which,
however, will be removed on learning
the fact upon which tho extraordnary
assertion is made.
Several yers ago, when !Mr. Farwell
was serving a Chicago constituenc3 in
Washington, a seed3 young man called
on him one bitterly cold and windy
morning He was thinly clad, and tho
pinched expression on his face betokened
privation, pain or suffering. The visi
tor introduced himself as Herman
Hansen. He said he was a Swede
that he was out of employment,
and that unless he could obtain as
sistance he and his wife must starve.
ItY'inl.- " um'il P.hli "wo VP ornf. fn
hook the' Tearer tov our hearse, or stay He said they had pawned all their cloth-
"Tearer and hearse
Frank, "for I'm
it is, then," said
to that apple
Bv a back door they got into tho barn
where the Tearer was kept. Before they
rnn.nhn1 flin mnw wif.li flin lmrnns xhn
arrogant and insolent in the extreme. It Jmd kicked SGVeral boards off the side of
is easy, however to understand that the the barn. After they dropped the bar-
Burmese may think otherwise. The nn i,m. h-)t sI.p. r-onlnrl rWn.
Government at Mandahry has no practi- j"iiey jcd ier around to the shed where uot ,m impostor he stated the real object
UiU UXPUriUUCU CU Ulir Jl'UraS UllU IS , mown .B l.ftf nn,1 li'fMmrl hoi iti I OI HIS VISIS. WUJUI1 VUa LU USh. 1XT. JL'iU
c.ifniv wen to use ma lummuuu iu utsi jiiui um-
"I'll drive " said Bob ployment as sail-maker in the navy de-
There was no placo left for Frank ex- partment. This Mr. F. did, and soon
iiif. iiiC;io ti.n i,.i.,i.eA MMinvn u-.i mm afterward Hansen was transferred to the
only for him to lie at full length. Away African squadron or some other far dis
thev started for the apple-cut. As they tant post of duty. The circumstance
ing excepting what was on their backs,
and had sold all of the household effects
upon which money could be raised.
Evei'3'thing was gone and the3 wore en
tirely destitute. The young man's ap
peal"toucbed Mr. Far well's heart and he
gave him 50. Hansen was overwhelmed
with gratitude. He had not expected
aii3 such amount and was astonished be
yond measure. To prove that he was
hearse along the Ding
I P 11 I I l L
vanity oi uie Droops reached the Baymondskill bridge, three
millos from Milford, Frank, unable to
change his position inside
"Bu-u-u-ub, ain't you tired o' driv-
want to give you some warm clothes, and slackened his pace and listened
ihenitwillbe easy for you to find the "The diamonds were all ol
place next time." ' water," the gentleman said. "
Johnny hung his head. This kindness
had overpowered him, and not a word
could he sa3.
"I didn't mean to hurt 3ou, Johnny,"
the tender-hearted teacher hurried to sa3.
"You are willing I should help you, are
"T eruess vou had better let me git
It was a
present to 1113 wife from her father, and
she is terribly cut up at the loss. I don't
suppose we shall ever.iind it."
"lrou will advertiso it, won't 3011?"
his companion inquired.
"Of course," the gentleman replied,
"but more than likely it has fallen into
dishonest hands, and unless the reward
now Miss Lee," the boy replied huskily.' is mA C(lal to the value of the dia
"You could knock me down with an eye-
winker. You needn t worry about my
remembering all you've said, but just
now I'm all broke up."
"And I can trust you, Johnny?" the
"It's a go, ma'cm," the boy answered
Miss Leo tucked a
dollar bill in
hand, and Johnny hurried out oi
It took considerable tact and skill as
well as time, for the boy to satisfactorily
nionds we shall probably never see
"When the gentlemen separated the
one who was interested in the diamonds
entered the Cit3 Hall and after little in
quiry J ohun3 discovered that this gen
tleman held a very honorable office in
the city department. After finding this
out the lad took a turn around the Park
to think it over again.
"Grann3 Leeds said I was a offscour
ing and Miss Lee said I ain't," he aruged
to himself. "If I keep these shiners
1 1 1 M "I
notorously ni-iniormed as to our re
sources. or a long time past our most
important representatives have been
the steamers which for purposes
of trade have plied the Irrawaddy. On
almost the last occasion of the reception
of Englishmen by Thcebaw he dwelt
ui)on the commercial advantages thus
afforded in a manner which showed that
them as our chief titles to
his consideration. Then the abortive
attempt of Prince Nyouugoke, while it
has llattored the
which overthrew him, has correspond
mgry lowered us in his esteem. lior it
was generally believed in Burmah, ab
surd as it may seem, that the Prince
escaped from our territory not only with
our connivance, but 1)3 our assistance;
and further, that we look to him to ac
complish that conquest of Thcebaw,
which we dared not attempt. With all
these considerations in view it is eas3 to
seo that the so-called insolent atti
tude of the Burmese troops may ap
pear to them quite justified 13 farts.
Yhether 11103 will proceed to blows is
another matter. The report that when
Thcebaw has got up his re-enforcements
he will send a messenger to demand an
indemnit3 from the British Government
is reassuring, for it points to no imme
diate outbreak of hostilities. Our answer
will probably be in the negative, under
tho circumstances of the threats which
accompaii3' the demand, though it is not
pleasaut to reflect that in several re
spects Thcebaw is in the right and we
are in the wrong. We saved N3oungoke
from tho exterminating wrath of the
King, and then we allowed him to escape
from our Territoiy and raise an insur
rection in Burmah. At this moment he
is a prisoner in Calcutta, so that we have
twice balked Theebaw of his revenge.
Had tho request for an indemnity been
preferred diplomaticall3 it would per
haps have been polite to have acceded
to it. I Pall Mall Gazetto.
Hot Beaiungs. It has long been
known that sulphur cools a hot bearing,
but the reason win is doubtful. Yon
Heeren states that tho fine metal dust
formed when a journal runs hot, and
drove out of town people wondered who
was dead, that took Bub Wells and the
hearse out of town at that time of da3
The old mare was a good "goer, and
she rattled the
man ror.d at a lively
"Not a bit," Bub shouted back,
foil vmi Hin Tourer if? ji riimor. (r'lii.ncr
And awa3 she "went, faster than ever
Frank was jolted up and down with evciy
had passed entirely from Mr. Farwell 's
recollection, but one day, while thecam
imign was in progress, he received a let
ter from the person in question, in which
the writer, who was then into a theologi-
school a hundred or two miles distant,
volunteered to come to Chicago, his
home, and work among his Sweedish
the hearse acquaintances for the election of his
iormer oeneiacror. iur. Harwell wroie
him that his services would not be
needed, and thanking him for the inter
est he was taking in the election, thought
no more about it.
Two or three days after the election
Mr. Farwell was met at the door of his
motion of the hearse, until he hardly had storG by a smiling young man, who ex
breath or strength to make Bub hear him
as he called out a mile further on:
"S-a-a-a-ay, Bu-u-u-b, ain't you 'fraid
the mare'll k-i-i-i-ck vou? Better let me
drive a while, ha-a-a-dn't vou?'
"There ain't no danger," replied Bub.
"Don't feel anxious about me, for I un
derstand the Tearer. Besides, it's
cliilly out here, and 3'011'd better sta3
where vou're comfortable. Get out o'
And she did. Up hill aud down,
smooth stretches of highway and rocky
places, were all the same to her. B3 the
time tho3 reached; the foot of the long
hill this side of Dingmau's ferry, two
miles from their destination, Frank was
almost in the last stages of suffocation,
and nearly pummoled to a jelly.
"B-u-u-u-b," said he, through tho
front window of the hoarse, "it's too
cussed mean to let that h-o-o-rse
pull me up this hil I. I want
to walk. Let me o-u-u-ut."
But the mare went up the hill like a
shot. Seeing that Bub didn't intend to
stop, Frank begaii to kick the door of
the hearse out, so that he could back
himself out and drop to the ground.
When Bub heard the work of demolition
going on behind, he thought it would be
which acts strongly upon both journal best to stop aud give Frank a rest. A
and bearing, forms a sulphide with the half-mile or so this side of Dingman's,
sulphur. This compound, which grows where the apple-cut was to be held, the
soft and greas3, does not cause an3 ap- road begins a very decided down grade
preciable amount of friction. Sulphur going toward that village. When Frank
and grease, in combination, are in regu- began to kick at the hoarse door the
lar use on board the steamers of the Tearer was rapidly tqyproaching this hill.
2? orth German Loyd's. Bob began to pull upon her and cry
tended his hand and shook the proffered
congressional digits warmly "I sup
pose you do not Know mer said the
stranger. "Yes, I do though," replied
Charley, after a monWt's sera tiny.
"lour name is Hansen."" I remember
you very well."
I received your Tetter " continued
Hansen, "concludedto come up an3way
and work for 3011 among my conntiy
men. I have been in the city for two or
three weeks, and, am on the point of re
turning to my school. I merely called
to extend to you my heart' congratula
tions, thank you aguin for the great favor
ou once conferred upon me and mine.
With tins the warm hearted bweed again
shook Mr. Farwell's hand and bidding
good-bye went off. It is difficult to saj
which was the luippiest of the two at that
moment, Hansen at the opportune he
had eujo3ed of proving his gratitude in
a substantial manner, or. jTr. Farwell at
the unexpected and unusual exhibition
of unsolicited friendship on the part of
one for whom he had years before done a
kindness. Such little episodes do much
to light up the pathway of the men of .the
There was a large boiler of scalding
water over a fire in the yard and several
black imps pla3iug near it. Suddenly a
shrill voice was heard from inside the
shanty: "You Gawge Washington keep
away from dat ar biler. D'rectly you is
gwine ter upset de biler all over yerself,
and yez will be fust one to sa ' 'Twant