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RY MARGARET MAYO
COTRU.ttT. IM. r POOD. Kiaa
(Continued from last w)
1 prcarfi'llila mom
Toll; mlatook tb ralor a rcvcrtr tor
aj. au4 bcr tftuter heart wat quick
10 CuJ ronaoiatlua for'bltn.
You ain't t all th worat of tt"
at Mid. "If trW to play donir
Ilk I hit for til moutlia, wd atarT le
death. Ton wrtatnly muat glva m
treat how." aba added, urtejlnf blia
with growing Intercat
"It ooiao't maka much dlOrcne
bout tba abow"- rkmglaa baaan
tmt b waa qul. kly Interrupted.
Tbafa rijtht; Ifa Jea' tbe aama with
ctrcua. Ona year yon aire m tb
rotteoeat kind or mm. " ' of xMr two profeaalona.
. .k. Mvt tmp toii hand am
knockout, an lf fwt that
v. i I. with a rhurch abow?"
"Morh tba ud)," DougUa admitted, j
balf amuaedly. half r fretfully. ry
often when I work the hardoat I aeem
ta do the leatt fov&."
1 gneaa our trouble la pretty mub
aUtta," Polly nodded, wltb a motherly
what yon mean
-la thla PundayT be aaked. alttlng
op wKb renewed energy and looking
about the room aa though trerythlug
bad rhanged color.
"And yon av a tnattneer b
Vi bare aerYtcea," he corrected,
We ret np on Bundaya." the aald
In a tone of deep eommUeratlou.
"Oh. I aee." he anawered. feeling It
no time to enter upon another dlacua
alon aa to the comparative adrantagea
light aitd enrl hmenl.
J Uwmm I'd like l l'' f l-t1-
and ah fell to undying Mm aolemly.
-Y would r b aWed eagerly.
"la there auy uire to I Hat atoryT
ahe akl. Itiuorlug bia tjueeihitt.
"Would yu red me a little more?"
fttie wan very Uuiuble uow.
-Where Ujou diet alll I die. and
there a HI I l burled. The lrd do m
to me. ami more atau, If augbt but
death part me attd thee.'"
Their eye meU There waa a long
taue. Ruddeuty the aharn. aweet
I nt of the i bun b tell brought John
Immlaa U M fiet with a "tart of
"Hare you g't to r'T" Tolly aake.1
I -Yea, I muat. but I'll read tbe rent
j from the chimb. Open the window,
I Mamlyr And he pawed ont of tbe
' door and qu( ly down the atalra.
1 j 25
"Well, you take my Hp. Don't you never
go in for ridM."
li of condescension, "only there ain't
to mncb danger In your act."
"I'm not ao aura about that," ba
"Well, you take my tip." She leaned
forward as though about to Impart
rery valuable bit of Information.
"Don't you never go In for rldln.
There ain't no act on earth ao hard
aa a nam' act. The. rest of tbe bunch
baa got it easy alongside of ua. Take
tbe fellowa on the trapeie. They al
waya get their tackle up In Jea' the
same place. Take the balancln' acta.
There ain't no difference In their lay
outa. Take any of 'em aa depend on
regular propa, and they ain't got much
"chance a-goln wrong, tfut, say, when
yon have to do a rldln' act there ain't
never no two times alike. If your
horse is feelin' good, the ground Is
tumbly; If the ground ain't on tne
blink, the horse is wobbly. There's al
ways somethln' wrong somewheres,
and you ain't never knowln' how It's
golrf to end, especially when you got
to do a careful act like mine. There's
e girl, Elolse, In our bunch what does
a ahowy act on a horse what Barker
calls Barbarian. She goes on in my
place sometimes, and, say, them Eubes
applauds her as much bb me. an' her
stunts is baby trirku alongside of mine,
ira enough to make you sick of art."
She shook her head dolefully, then sat
up with renewed Interest.
"You see, mine is careful balancln
an' all that, an' you got to know your
horse an' your ground for that. Now,
you get wise to what I'm a-tellin' you
and don't you never go into anything
which depends on anything else."
"Thank you, Polly, I won't." Doug
las somehow felt that he was very
much indebted to her.
"I seen a church show once," Polly
"You did?" Douglas asked, with new
"Yes," she answeerd, closing her lips
and venturing no further comment.
"Did you like It?" he questioned aft
er a pause.
"Couldn't make nothin out of it I
don't care much for readin'."
"Oh, it isn't all reading," he correct
ed. , t
"Well, the guy I saw read all of
bls'n. He got the whole thing right
out of a book."
"Oh. that was only his text," laughed
"Yes. And later he tried to interpret
to his congrega"
"Easy! Easy!" she Interrupted.
"Come again with that, will you?"
"He told them the meaning of what
"Well, I on't know what be told
em, but It didn't mean anything to me.
But maybe your show is better'n bis
was," she added, trying to pacify him.
Douglas was undecided whether to
feel amused or grateful for Polly's
ever increasing sympathy. Before be
could trust his twitching lips to an
awer she had put another question to
"Are you goln' to do a stunt while I
, am here?"
"I jriach every Sunday, if .that's
"What are you goto' to eplel about
"About Ruth and Naomi."
"Ruth and who?"
"Naomi," be repeated.
"Naomi." aba echoed, tilting her head
from aide to aide aa ahe llatened to
the soft cadencea of tbe word. "I nev
r beard that nama before. It 'ud look
awful swell on a billboard, wouldn't
It'a a Bible name, honey." Mandy
aid, eager to get Into tbe conversa
tion. "Dafa a buful picture bout her.
I aeed It"
"I Ilka to look at pictures." Polly
iwered tentatively. Mandy crossed tbe
room to fetch the large Bible with Ita
at eel engravings.
TITl'r" J""u uu i i
Mil fered to educate bla nephew
! for the mlnUtry the boy waa
LaJ Im enihualaatlc than bU
tiotber. He did not remonstrate, bow
ever, for It had been the cuatom of
genera t Ion for at least one son of each
Ikraglaa family to preach tbe gospel
of twlvtnlsiu. and his father's career
aa an architect and Inndacape gardener
had not left him much capital.
IouKa so lor had been recognUed
aa an arflft by the few who under
tood his tiileiita, but there la small
demand for ihe builder of picturesque
bnuaca In tho little buxlneae towna of
the middle went, and at laat he paaaed
away, leavln.; bla son only the burden
of his flnani lnl failure and an ardent
deal re to suc-eed at the profession in
which bis father had fared ao badly.
The hopeless, defeated look on the de
parted man's face bad alwaya haunted
(the boy, who was artist enough to feel
ls father's (renins Intuitively and
'K Ail I I uK ft y
"ENTREAT ME SOT TO LEAVE TUZ-'IT HE READ.
"We got 'a girl named Ruth In our !
eap of death' stunt. Some of the
lolks is kinder down on 'er, but I
She might have told Douglas more
of her forlorn little friend, but just
then Mandy came to the bed hugging
a large, old fashioned Bible, and Doug
las helped to place the ponderous book
before tbe invalid.
"See, honey, dar dey is," the old wo
man said, pointing to tbe picture of
Ruth and Naomi.
"Them's craekerjacks, ain't they?"
Polly gasped, and her eyes shone with
wonder. "Which one's Ruth?"
"Dls one," said Mandy, pointing with
"Why, they're dressed Just like our
chariot drivers. What does it say about
"You can read it for yourself," Doug
las answered gently. Tbere.was some
thing pathetic in the eagerness of the
starved little mind.
"Well, I ain't much on readin out
loud," she faltered, growing suddenly
conscious of her deficiencies. "Read it
for me, will you?"
"Certainly." And he drew bis chair
nearer to the bed. One strong hand
supported the other half of the Bible
and his head was very near to hers as
his deep, full voice pronounced the sol
emn words in which Ruth pleaded so
many years before.
" 'Entreat me not to leave thee,' " be
read, " 'or to return from following
after thee, for whither thou goest I will
go, and where thou lodgest I will lodge.
Thy people Bhall be my people and thy
God my God.' "
He stopped to ponder over the poetry
of the lines.
"Kind of pretty, ain't it?" Polly said
softly. She felt awkward and con
strained and a little overawed.
"There are far more beautiful things
than that." Douglas assured her en
thusiastically as the echo of many
V. ran er In hlfl ears.
"There are?" And her eyes opened
wide wltb wonder.
"Yes, indeed," he replied, pitying
more and more the starvation of mind
human enough to resent the lnjustlc
of his fate.
Douglas' mother had suffered so
much because of the impractical tt
fnrta of her husband that she dlscour
aged the early tendencies of the son
toward drawing and mathematics and
tried to direct his thoughts toward
creeds and Bible history. When be
rnt nwHv for his collegiate course
she was less in touch with him and he
was able to steal time from his ath
letics to devote to his art. He spent
hu vnrnHnna in a neighboring city be-
board In the office of a
distinguished architect, his father's
tvmktIb". was not a brilliant divinity
student, and he was relieved at last
when he received his degree in iui
oo-v and found himself appointed to a
.moii imrr h in the middle west.
ma oton wn verv brleht the mormnfc
he first went up tbe path that led tc
his new home. His artistic sense wac
charmed by the picturesque approach
to the church and parsonage. The
view toward the tree encircled spire
was unobstructed, for the church had
been built on the outskirts of the town
to allow for a growth that bad not
materialized. He threw up his head
and gazed at the blue hills, with thelt
background of soft, slow movinp
clouds. The smell of the fresh earth,
the bursting of tbe buds, the forminR
of new life, set him thrilling with a
Joy that was very near to pain.
He stopped halfway up the path
and considered the advantages of a
new front to the narrow eaved cot
tage, and when bis foot touched the
first step of the vine covered porch he
was far more concerned about a new
portico than with any thought of his.
His speculations were nbr'iptiy cut
short by Mandy, who bustled out of
tbe door with a wide smile of welcome
on her black face and an unmistakable
ambition to take him immediately un
der her motherly wing. She was much
concerned because the church people
had not met the new pastor at the sta
tion and brought him to the house.
Tpon learning that Douglas had jmr-
atoiiltsl tlii-ir ihmi, prrft-rrm
to come to Ma home the ftrat tl" '
...n., be msde P br fwlntl tht
a . tug to Ilk Mm
Mandy had long ln a nature In the
lriiK. Kbe and her wor half.
Ilaty Jonea, had coma know and
ti-ua. ilio wriknea of tl many
tlrrjynwo who had com ami goi'.
Ihe deacons and tbe congregation, immii
built Mually and collet tlrly, Hie roil
liib-d to Ilaty that ahe dUlu't "blame
de new prn fcr not want lu' to U
up wld dat ar crowd."
In th study that night, when aha
and llaaty helped lunulas to unpack
hi many boiea of boka, tbey were aa
eager aa children about the drawing
and plctoroa whhh ha howl Ihem.
Ills mind had gone beyond tb pnrn
tee front now. and he decrllKi to
them the advantage of adding an t
tra ten feet to the rhurch plr.
Mandy foil hrelf almost an artlHt
h.n ahe and llaaty bade the pastor
good night, for ahe was still quivering
from the contagion of lViuglas enthn
alaara. Here, at laat, was a master
who could do something bcaldea find
fault wltb b-r.
"1 Jea' an' to ba on de groun de
firs' time dat Mara Douglas and dat
re Icaeoo Strong ellnrhea." ahe aald
to Ilnaty aa they locked the doore and
turned out tbe hall light. "Did you
done sea hla Jaw?" ahe whixpered.
"He look laugbln euougb now, but
Jea' you wait till be done act dat 'ere
Jaw o' hla'n. and dar ain't nobody
what'a goln ter unaot It."
"Maybe dar ain't goiu' ter be no
rllncbln'." aald Haaty. hoping for Man
dy'a aamirauce to the contrary. i
"What?" shrieked Mandy. "Wld dat
ere sneakln' Widow Wlllougbby al
ready a-tellln' de deacons how ter start
de new parson a-goln propcrT
"Now, why yonae alwaya a-plckln'
on to dat 'era widow T" asked Hasty, al
ready enjoying tbe explosion which ba
knew his defense of tbe widow was
sure to excite.
"I don' like no woman what's alius
braggln' 'bout her clean floors." an
swered Mandy shortly. She turned
out the last light and tiptoed npatalrs.
trying not to disturb tbe paator.
John Itouglas waa busy already with
pencil and paper, making notes of tbe
plans for the church and parsonage,
which he would perfect later on.
Alas, for Douglas' day dreams! It was
not many weeks before he understood
with a heavy heart that the deacons
were far too dull and uninspired to
share his faith In beauty as an aid to
man's spiritual uplift
"We think we've done pretty vvell by
this church," said Deacon Strong, who
was the business head, the political
boss and tbe moral mentor of the
small town's affairs. "Just yon worry
along with the preaehln', young man,
and we'll attend to the buyln' and
Douglas' mind was too active to eon
tent Itself wholly with the writing of
sermons and tbe routine of formal pas
toral calls, ne was a keen humani
tarian, so little by lltle he came to
be Interested in the heart stories and
disappointments of many of the vil
lage unfortunates, some of whom were
outside his congregation. The men
rally sick, the despondent, who needed
words of hope and courage more than
dry talks on theology, found In him
an ever ready friend and adviser, and
these came to love and depend on
him. But he was never popular with
the creed bound element of tbe
Mandy had her wish about being on
the spot the first time that the parson's
jaw squared itself at Deacon Strong.
The deneon had called at the parson
age to demand that Douglas put a stop
to the boys playing baseball In tbe ad
joining lot on Sunday. Douglas had
been unable to see tlie deacon's point
of view He declared that baseball
was a healthy and harmless form ot
exercise, that the air was meant to be
breathed and that the boys who en
Joyed the game on Sunday were prin
cipally those who were kept indoors
by work on other days. The close of
the interview was unsatisfactory both
to Douglas and the deacon.
"Dey kinder made me cold an'
prickly all up an' down de back,"
Mandy said later when she described
their talk to Hasty. "Dat 'ere deacon
don' know nuffln 'bout gittin' roiin'
de parson." She tossed her bead with
a feeling of superiority. She knew the
way. Make him forget himself with n
laugh. Excite his sympathy with some
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