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Thou drear companion of the slow night hours,
- Thou sharpener of the soul, long, long had I
Waged weary oombat with thee, though my
Of anguish only cheered thy mocking powers,
As thrcugh the years we strove, no respite
Till, lo, one day each breathed victorious
The master, thou, of my mortality.
But master who beneath my spirit cowers,
Its slave forever. Now fast friends are we.
My vanquished victor, pain, and much I owe
To thy stern fellowship. Through thee I see
With quickened sense all things both high
For knowing all that I can never be.
Tutored by thee, all wider life I know.
Elizabeth West in Century.
A BOAT RACE STORY.
' Jack Davenant was the stroke or tne
Cambridge university eight He was a
man greatly to be envied. Wealthy his
father was a large mine owner in the
north popular, good looking and
thought to be one of the best strokes
turned out from either university for
some time. Last, but not least, he was
engaged to be married at Easter to Ruth
Meynell, as bonny a lass as need be,
with whom he had been in love for some
It was the afternoon before the great
event when the following telegram
reached him :
Meet me. King's Cross, 6:80. Davbhant.
Jack was delighted, for it had been a
great disappointment to . him when his
father had told him that business of im
portance would prevent his witnessing
the race. When the train glided slowly
into the station, you may be sure that
a cordial greeting was exchanged be
tween rattier ana son. But jacK was
startled to see how greatly altered his
- father's appearance was from what it
had been three months before.
"Well, how do you think I'm looking,
dad?" he exclaimed presently, when
they were seated in a private sitting
room in the Great Northern hotel. "We
are all of us in good form, I believe, and
shall make the Oxford lot do all they
know, I'm certain. There's only one
thing I can't make out Have you no
ticed how strongly the betting goes on
Oxford? It was '4 to 1 on' in this even
ing's paper. If it were not absurd, I
should think that there was some plot
on to damage our boat or something,
only that's impossible. But anyhow 1
can't help feeling anxious. Those 'book
ies' are generally right in their odds on
this race, and there is nothing in our
respective form and times to warrant
the long odds. Do you know, I feel that
I must win this race. I'd willingly give
five years of my life to be certain of it !"
Here Jack saw his father turn ghastly
pale. He darted out of the room and
was back again in a minute with some
brandy, which he made his father swal
low, and waited with intense eagerness
to hear what was the matter, anxiously
requesting to be allowed to send for a
doctor at once.
"No," said his father, "that is no
good. I have already consulted one about
these heart seizures, which are common
enough just now. My doctor says that
any intense excitement might carry me
off like the crack of a gun. Those were
his words. But that doesn't matter,
Jack," he added. "Brace yourself for a
great shock, one which will try even
your strong nerves. Jack, my poor boy,
your words went through me like a
knife just now. Mine is a dreadful er
rand up here to see you today. Jack, I
have come to tell you that we are utter
ly ruined. Fool villain that I am, I
have, urged with the desire to leave you
vast wealth, speculated largely and
At first Jack thought that his father
had taken leave of his senses. The shock
was tremendous, but varsity strokes
are the material of which the leaders of
forlorn hopes are made. His strict train
ing and strong nerves soon came to his
aid, and he tried to cheer up his father
by the usual commonplaces of hoping
that it wasn't so bad as his father dread
ed it to be. And then the thought of the
great event in which he was to take
such a prominent part on the morrow
rushed across his mind, and be couldn't
"But if you love me, as you say you
do, how could you bring me such ghast
ly news at such a time as this, when
the fact of my knowing it one day soon
er or later could make no earthly differ
ence to our circumstances? It was wick
edly cruel not to keep the news till after
"Stop, Jack," his father replied.
"You mustn't blame me unjustly. You
have sufficient reason to blame, yes,
hate, me without that Listen! I told
you I loved you, and I do. It was for
you that I have acted as I have done.
As I just said, I am a doomed man. At
the outside, I am only given one year to
live. And time being so short, and my.
affairs so shaky, what was I to do? ,
Draw closer to me, closer, Jack I A
whisper heard would be fatal. "
Jack bent down his head, and his face
became as white as his father's. And
this is what he heard : - .
"Jack, 1 have put every halfpenny I
possess, and more 50,000 on Oxford
for tomorrow '8 race." .
For a moment Jack looked at his fa
ther. He was fairly staggered. Then,
, without a word, he took up his hat and
left the hotel, haunted by his father's (
pale, entreating face, and made his way
to the training quarters.
The day of the race broke bright and
fair, and London turned out bar thou
sands of holiday makers, as only London
can. The race was finely contested
throughout, and it was only in the last
quarter of a mile that the light' blue
flag forged slowly ahead, and after the
most exciting struggle ever witnessed
if we except the memorable dead heat
Ruth Meynell, who was staying with
some friends in town to witness the race,
had no doubt been one of the most in
terested and excited of the spectators.
At the point where' she had seen the
crews pass, Oxford happened to be lead
ing. So her delight was proportionately
great when the news of the light blu
victory reached her.
Surely a girl was never Bo happily
situated I Loving and beloved, and her
sweetheart who had promised to spend
the evening with her friends the hero
(for the moment) of the whole civilized
We left Jack on his way to the hotel
where the Cantabs were staying. It is
impossible to describe his feelings, tho
shock had been so great He had loved
and reverenced his father so much, and
always thought of him as the soul of
' And now there was only one course
open for him, either to do or die, though
to help to win the race was to help his
own utter ruin. And then Ruth? What
of her? Oh, he mustn't even think of
that The race and winning it must be
his only aim and object. Small wonder,
then, that it was remarked at the start
that Davenant looked "off color. "
We have seen, however, that he had
literally pulled the race out of the fire.
Strong man though he was, the severe
mental and physical strain told on him,
and he had to be lifted out of the boat
at the finish. But he was strong as iron
and quickly recovered. How he wished
he might not 1 For what had he to live
for now? The shouts and cheers seemed
bitter mockery. He recalled his father's
whisper and saw again the imploring
look. Jack knew that he was a beggar.
Making his recent indisposition an
excuse for not dining with the crews
that night, and refusing the many kind
offers of companionship, he drove to the
Great Northern hotel, where the fame
of the victory had preceded him, and
made inquiries as to his father's move
ments. His father had ordered dinner at
7 and was going northward with the
mail that night Jack decided to wait
for him, and having had light refresh
ment sat down to smoke and reflect on
the events of the last two days.
Presently the waiter brought him an
evening paper, and on running his eye
over the news he saw a paragraph head
ed, "Death From Excitement at the
Boat Race. News just to hand that at
the conclusion of the race, the finish of
which was extremely exciting, an elder
ly gentleman in full sight of the finish
was seen to stagger and falL Medical
attendance was speedily obtained, but
life was pronounced to be extinct The
remains were removed to the mortuary
awaiting .the inquest From letters and
papers on' the deceased it is feared that
he was G. Davenant, Esq. , father of
that brilliant oarsman, who today strok
ed the Light Blues in such a gallant
manner. - Our readers will join with us
in expressing the hope that this may
prove to be a mistaka"
Jack never knew how he got through
the next few days. He did all that was
necessary in a perfectly mechanical
manner. He had his father's remains
buried in the family vault Also he
wrote to Ruth, telling her that "he could
never marry her, though it almost broke
his heart to say so. " And then, as might
be expected, the overtaxed brain and
body gave way, and Jack Davenant lay
in his father's stately mansion sick unto
death at the very time that Ruth Mey
nell not knowing of his serious illness
and scorning to wear her heart on her
sleeve had arranged to tour with
And so these two young liv,es, which
but a few days before seemed so full of
life and hope, were blighted as it seem
ed at their very outset ' ' ,
In due time Jack pulled through. And
then, for the first time for many a sad
day, the light of hope shone upon him,
and he understood what before had been
inexplicable namely, that instead of be
ing the pauper he feared he was, he was
really immensely rich.
His father ' had certainly lost money
in the troublous times of strikes, but not
sufficient to impair his princely f ortune.
Business worry, telling upon an enfee
bled frame, coupled perhaps with nat
ural excitement about the race in which
his son was to take such a leading part,
had brought about that dreadful hallu
cination from which he had suffered, for,
in fact, he had not bet one farthing on
The most learned scientists cannot un
dertake to explain the subtle working of
the mind diseased. But it was suggested
that since those interested in the result
of the "varsity boat race" are often
guided in their hopes by the state of
the betting it might be inferred that
Jack's father had been too intently
watching the odds. London Tit-Bits.
An Ascetic Sentiment.
"It's a shame," said the ardent patri
ot, "that our girls should be married
away into Europe as they constantly
are." . -
"Yes," replied Sinnioker, "but It
might be worse. "
"They might insist on their husbands
living in this oonutry. "Washington
FOR LITTLE FOLKS.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD POET.
She Has Never Learned a Line of Verse,
but Composes It Cleverly.
There is a Hoboken tot who will some
day shine among the women poets of
the land if her precociousness at the
present time counts for anything. Ger
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all day long, from the time that her big
blue eyes peer lazily from behind her
long brown lashes, to the moment when
the sandman comes scattering his slum
ber potions, Gertie is busy making
rhymes not mere childish nothings,
mind you, but good, sensible rhymes
about the things she sees about her the
sky, a dog, a trolley car, a ferryboat
everything that goes to make up her
narrow world. .
The gift for versifying came to Gertie
quite naturally, and some of her simple
childish stanzas put on paper make very
pretty reading. Indeed you would never
suspect that the verses were made and
originated by a mere babe of five short
summers. You see, little Gertie has
never learned how to read and could
therefore never know just what poetry
Just the same she goes on making her
rhymes almost always in perfect time
and always about the beautiful objects
of nature. At no time is tho bright lit
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fall, when she sits in her, tiny rocker
and builds air castles of verse to the
amusement of ; those who are listening
to her. We may all hear from this tot
over in Hoboken some day.. New York
A Brave Little Bugler.
Every war brings out stories of hero
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Boyish bravery in the heat and smoke of
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that of the older soldier, who is trained
to do his dnty under all circumstances.
From the Japan-China war has come a
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on one of the battlefields, which were
not frequent in that war, when the Jap
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en and were retreating before the Chi
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Stricken and dying as he was, the
brave lad did not forget his duty. He
saw the troops flying and knew that the
Chinese were gaining a victory. With
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grasping his bugle sounded a loud and
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and rallied under its message, charged
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was theirs. But the little bugler had
died as they fought and did not even
know that his effort had been successful
His comrades knew, however, what he
had done, and they bore him from the
ield in triumph, and already the "uta,"
a poem of honor, has been written in ,
his memory, while his mother has ar
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and wound her hair with flowers, the
proudest woman in the empire, that her
only son should have thus distinguished
himself. New York Times.
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How is this for a conundrum from a
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"Mamma, what is it has four legs
and only one foot?"
Mother It must be some strange ani
Boy Give it up?
Boy A bed.
The boy was using the foot of the bed
for a horse, which suggested the conun
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eyes hurt me." . .
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. Ana, Mana,' Mona, Mike.
In an empty room we three
Play the games we always like
And count to see who "it" shall be .
Ana, mana, mona, mike.
Bound and round the rhyme will go
Ere the final word shall strike.
Counting fast or counting slow
Barcelona, bona, strike.
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What it all means no one knows,
Mixed up like a peddler's pack
As from door to door ha goes
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Now we guess, and now we doubt,
Words enough or words we lack,
. Till the rhyming brings about,
Welcomed with a farewell shout
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