The Hallett Herald. (Hallett, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 5, Ed. 1 Saturday, April 8, 1911 Page: 3 of 4
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by MARIE THOMPSON DAVIESS
Uki^trelloM hy G.
CQPYRIOHT I90f: THE POBB3- MERRILL COMRftMy
Miss Sellna Lua. spinster guardian angel
or River Bluff, presides over an Im-
for the babies of
... the rear of her gro-
cery. Her charges are known aa "Soap-
promptu day nursery fc
the neighborhood In the
eery. Her charges are ^—r-
Box Babies." The fact that she Is single
makes her an object of sympathy to ths
mot here. One of her friends Is Miss Cyn-
Jb,a daughter of Widow Page.
Cynthia visits Miss Sellna and learns that
a. taken another "Soap-Boxer" In
. I11 "t- a young artist who wishes to
establish a studio In her barn. Blossom.
Lue's adopted baby, and one Cyn-
thia Is very fond of. snows an evident
preference for Alan. When Cynthia
leaves. Alan hears that her mother la In
danger of loalng the old homestead. A
near rukus. Alan admires Cynthia. Se-
nna tells how she came to locate In the
Place and start the haven for little ones.
A,iUspecU that cy"th,a '• responsible
ered. Cross-barred Is the prettiest,
but they could all lean over and bite
klvered without making no mess," said
Miss Sellna Lue, who was seeing the
question from all viewpoints before
"Suppose you have the plate for the
grown people and let the youngsters
take their luck," compromised Mr.
Alan, not liking the Idea of trusting
the "klveredB" entirely.
"That's just what I'll do," answer-
ed Miss Sellna Lue. "I think it will
be best for Miss Evelyn to go up and
look at the pictures and then come
down here and all eat the pie. I am
going to clear off the counters so they
for Alan's neglect oYh.^lf" Sal? of the J"* ° Cle" «* • counters SO the,
mortgaged Page place considered. Alan's I can up to them and be comfort
ELI™'1 °J !• discovered. Evelyn able, and I am rolne In mit a hnnrh nt
l ". vjnuiia ii uikutcicu. ovelyn
Branch, Cynthia's close friend, shows In-
terest In Alan Kent. Cynthia relieves Se-
llna for a day. cooks dinner for Mr. Kent
and makes a sorry mess of It. Alan de-
clared a favorite ^lth all the Bluff folk.
"We all wish you could settle right
down here with us for life. Of course
we won't ever have money enough to
make the picture trade brisk, but Mr.
Jim Peters was a-saylng the other
night he most knew he could git you
a Job with the Mectric company to
help out. You would have all our
recommends fer anything you wanted
"Miss Sellna Lue." Mr. Alan's voice
was low and very gentle, "I may ask
your recommendation some day about
something—I—want—very much. I—
"Law, Mr. Alan, don't feel that way
•bout Miss Cynthia! She ain't noth
lng but a mite shy of you. and I ain't
got a bit of doubt that she's Jest a-
waiting fer you to pop the question.
For my part I always held with a lit-
tle waiting In girls. Minds made up
too quick are mighty apt to unmake,
tame as a garmint sewed with a red-
hot needle and a burning thread, is
liable to come to pieces."
"Oh, Miss Selina Lue, I didn't mean
you to guess—that Is to say, I have
no right to—" Mr. Alan broke down
and commenced all over again with
shining eyes. "It began two months
ago at my first sight of her here In
the grocery door. She Is so beautirul
and—I—I do care—I—1 How glad I
•m that you know, dear Miss Sellna
Lue; now I can talk about It to you.
I know I ought not to—and I—"
"Young man, I've got a heap more
faith In the love that Is so much It
spills over than in the kind that don't
Quite fill out the measure."
"Oh. do you really think—could It
be possible that I have just a chance
with her? I—I—-
"Walt a minute." said Miss Sellna
Lue, and moved by a desire to settle
the matter then and there she hurried
Into the store toward her room door,
but she was too late, for the bird had
flown from behind the molaKses bar-
r*' Miss Cynthia was stealing
through the garden and In her ears
there sounded a soft voiced echo -
"She is <10 beautiful—1 do care-"
"My. that pin muster been a crook-
ed one that she couldn't get to with-
out undressing." said Miss Sellna Lue
to herself "I do hope she will come
back right away " And she went out
to the steps a hit crestfallen, still
actuated by motives of delicacy In not
mentioning Miss Cynthia's precipi-
"Did you ever see anything so love-
ly aa she Is. Miss Sellna Lue?" And
the rhapsody began where It had been
"Yes. and her heart and soul are
jest as pretty as she Is. 1 was a think-
ing the other day that they ain't many
girls as would git Into folks' lives aa
she have done right here on the Bluff.
She Is friendly to everybody nnd they
husbands, it takes a feeling and man-
aging person to know that the thing
to do Is to take up for a woman's hiis
band when she tells you how he'a
been abusing of her Miss Cynthle
have stove off trouble fer Mr Kinney
more times than fc«* knows."
"I don't know what I am to do. I
never can seem to see her anywhere,
and she hasn't asked me to call on
her " Mr. Alan's lugubrious tone*
were symptomatic of his condition
"Well, anyway, there'j the party
tomorrow afternoon and she'll be here
sure. I want to git your advice about
hew to do things stylish. Would you
have the pie on plates, and knives
and forks to eat It with? Or would It
do to hand It around In wedges to be
ft like caker
"I believe the platea would be safer."
nnswered Mr. Alan In a judicial tone.
"She might get some on her dress."
In the throng to be at the entertain-
ment, In his state of mind, he could
prevision only Mlsa Cynthia.
"That depends on whether they waa
uade cross barred. open-face or klr-
able, and I am going to put a bunch of
flowers In between each pile of pies.
Won't they all have a good time?"
Something In Miss Sellna Lue's beam-
ing hospitality smothered any misgiv-
ings that Mr. Alan might have had
about the arrangements, and his glow
of anticipation matched her own.
"Well," she remarked briskly, "I
must be turning around if I am to get
all that ready. Can't I help you fix up
none? Don't you want any pants
pressed? I would admire to do It. I
could borrow the heavy Iron Mis'
Simmons presses Mr. Simmons' with
and do It In no time."
Miss Sellna Lue's sweet solicitude
went to Mr. Alan's heart and he took
her hand as he said:
"If my mother had been with me,
Miss Sellna Lue, she would have let
me tell her—about—it all—and she
eat her up. Miss Selina Lue, you
can't never know how good It Is to git
back to one you've left," which seem-
ingly, only seemingly, ungracious re-
mark had the edge taken off by Pat-
tie's emphatic squirm and whimper to-
ward Miss Sellna Lue. The quality of
Miss Sellna Lue's mercy she knew
and that of her mother she had forgot-
"Give her back to me. Mis' Tyne,
and I will put her In her soap-box
while you all git unpacked. You come
Jest In time fer the party, and you
better git about fixing fer It. Thank
you, Mr. Alan—the valise are a heavy
load fer the children."
As she stood on the grocery steps
and watched Mr. Alan carrying the
Tyne valise on down to the Tyne
front door with perfect courtesy, she
spoke earnestly to Blossom, who sat
In a split basket by the door. Blos-
som's personality, though In the bud.
exhaled the fragrance of sympathy
and made her a responsive mark for
"Blossom." she said In tones of
quiet Joy, "it looks like the two nicest
people In the world are going to git
married to each other, and ain't It
fine that they dispositions fit into one
another like the edges of a piece of
paper tored In two? Sometimes when
I see wives all wore out with
work and crossness, and husbands fed
bad and no buttons, and sick children
and too much beer at the saloon, let
alone a hard winter a-comlng, I git
too much pleased with my condition,
and I need Jest sech a thing as this
to remind me that the Lord do join
some folks, which let not man put
A Send-off for Mr. Alan.
"But ain't It a good thing to thlhk how
there's a guiding hand, child, a guiding
-Mlsa Selina Lue.
The stir and bustle on the bluff be-
gan early and rose at times to a tu-
mult, for an afternoon tea was a thing
that had seldom come the way of the
Polks. Which Let Not Man Put Aaunder.
would have—asked about the trousers.
I wonder If It Is because you are not
anybody's mother that you are every-
"Mr. Alan, you are the first person
that ain't put that to me pitying-like
about not having no children, and
here you are giving me the whole
world to mother. Well, my heart
ain't crowded yet; they Is room fer
'em all. big, little and grown-ups too.
SeeniM like sometimes grown-ups show
a mighty hankering fer a little moth-
ering. and I ain't the one to hold It
back from 'em. Lands alive, If there
ain't Mis' Tyne and all the family
come back! You pick up Pattle and
bring her out here, fer I know her ma
la jest dead to see her, and I will run
and help Sammle and Ella Virginia
carry that valise."
As Mr. Alan approached the group
that seethed around and again** Miss
Sellna Lue, the mother of Pattle se-
gregated herself from the mass and
without warning precipitated herself
on Pattle and so necessarily on that
young lady's new frleud.
"Oh, please excuse me, air," she
panted, gaining her equilibrium and
her offspring at the same time, "1 was
Jeat that excited! Septus like I could
older citizens and was fraught with
the myrtery of the unencountered for
all the small fry. By eleven o'clock
the excitcracnt had spread telepathl-
catly to the Hill mansion and waa
bringing the color to Miss Cynthia's
cheeks and lending an additional
sparkle to her eyes. Miss Cynthia's
eyes, however, had been very bright
through a very wide-eyed night, and
her heart had been dancing In an un
accountable way since she fled
through the fields with the echo in
Generally speaking, a woman pre-
fers a first-hand wooing, but to Mlsa
Cynthia the outburst In the grocery
had had an especial charm. There
la something propitiating and alluring
In an affection that Is daringly out
spoken and declares Itself at the first
opportunity, whether or not the listen
er la the inspiration. Her state of
mind might have been guessed by the
careful process of her toilet, though
she only intended to descend to the
bluff for the purpose of aiding Miss
Selina Lue In her hospitable prepara-
tions. The visit of her friend Evelyn
had lost all aspect of an embarrass-
ment; rather It oartook of the satire
of a triumph.
Her trip to the Bluff, however, was
postponed for an almost unendurable
length of time, for in the hall Bhe en-
countered Mr. Everston In the act of
taking his departure after an Inter-
view with Mrs. Jackson Page. The
expression of extreme harassment on
that good gentleman's face conveyed
a definite Idea of the Interview, and
Miss Cynthia followed him to the ve-
randa and invited the explosion.
"Most unreasonable, my dear, most
unreasonable! The land company Is
willing to wait no longer than two
weeks for a definite answer. It is an
exceptional opportunity and the only
way to settle the estate so as to In-
sure a residue—er—suitable to your
mother's—er—needs. The price of the
house is, I may say, a fancy one, and
I cannot see another way of getting
the property on the market except at
a sacrifice. Couldn't you—er—er—my
dear, remonstrate with your mother?"
Remonstrance with Mrs. Jackson
Page sounded stupendous even to the
ears of her own daughter, but Miss
Cynthia's head went up a trifle and
she answered in tones slightly akin to
those habitually used by that most
"If you please, Mr. Everston, pr
ceed with the business of the sale,
and when the time comes I am sure
she will sign the papers. Thank you
for your klndnesB and—your pa-
tience," and Miss Cynthia held out
her hand to the flustered old gentle-
man with the smile that always drew
Bennle Dobbs—and others. She
watched him drive away in his sedate
old gig, and then turned, not to the
apartment of the difficult Mrs. Jack-
son Page, but down the hill to the
bluff, where turmoil and excitement
and life called.
And she found them in abundance;
in fact, the bluff fairly teemed with
them and spilled over and ran out to
meet her. Bennle headed the on-
slaught and was followed by Ethel
Maud and Luella Kinney and several
Tvnes of assorted sizes. As they
brought up beside her. Ethel Maud
stepped on one of her own feet In a
most amazing way and rell sprawling
in such a manner as to graze her little
retrousse nose on the tip of Miss Cyn-
thla'g shoe. A mighty wail ensued,
which was augmented by Bennie's
most unsympathetic prediction that
she would be denied the privilege of
attendance at the party.
"Oh—oh—o—ho, 1 can go, too! I
don't eat with my nose, and I see with
my eyes and they won't be nothing to
smell. Oh—ho, can't I go. Miss Cyn-
"Yes, indeed you can," answered
Miss Cynthia, as she wiped the barked
little dot with her clean handkerchief
and failed to notice the. smutty prints
from the small fingers that clung to
the sleeve of her snowy frock. "Bea-
nie mustn't say that. He knows It
wouldn't be a nice party If you bad to
stay at home with a sick nose. Now
come on and let's get your mother to
put some camphor on It" And they
all proceeded down street
Mrs. Kinney hailed them from her
open window with the rolling pin. She
was almost, literally speaking, elbow
deep in pies, and the aroma thereol
spread across the street. Her front
stoop glistened damply In the sunlight
and the front walk was spotless. The
gate was tied up as a signal for the
children to Jump over the fence and ap
proach their home with caution—09
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Where Women Work.
The amallest dependency of France
Is the lie d'Hoedie. situated at the
east of Belle lsl«. Its population la
two hundred and thirty^ight They
do not speak French, except the cure
and the school master, but Celtic,
and they are provided with food at an
Inn managed by th« women. Fishing
Is the principal industry The profits
are divided up each year among the
inhabitants. The men live on soup and
fish, and smoke pipes with lobster
claws for stems. The women do all
the hard work—get In the harvest,
look out for wreckage, and gather
seaweed, from which they extract
soda. The town has no streets The
houses are of mud. The Islanders
have a yearly feast In the early part
of October. The Island possesses a
good water supply. The governing
body Is composed of the ten ancients
of the place, under the direction of
"In descriptive writing," said Wil-
liam Dean Howells, at a dinner at the
Authors' club in New York, "a vivid
phrase Is always better than a half-
"The vivid phrase la what every
writer should seek. A phrase, I
mean, something like that of the baby
that shouted to its mother:
" 'Oh, mamma, turn an* see the man
the OlT *Btsnda iVThuV r " TASTttXasi
'on know what yon are taking.
„ Oil Btai
_ TON 10. It _
formula 1« plainly printed on every bottle,
(bowing It to slmuly yuinire and Iron la a tar-
less form. The Quinine drives out the mar
and tbe Iron builds up the aratem. Hold
Sealer* for HO jean. Fries M cents.
I by aU
True to Her Nature.
Maud—Did you hear the news?
Madge has eloped.
Jack—Madge always was a flighty
sort of a girl.
8HAKE INTO TOCB SHOES
Allen's Foot-flaae, tbe Antlaeptla powder for Tiled,
aching, swollen, nrrrous feet, (jives rest and
comfort. Makea walking a delight. Sold every where,
c. Oont accept sny aubsUtnte. For FHSI
sample, address Allen ti. Olmsted, Ls Boy, N. T.
Seems to Be Wrong.
Howell—Whatever ls ls right.
Powell—But suppose a fellow soak*
you with bis left?
Try Msrlss Eye Remedy tor Red,
Watery Eyes and Granulated Eyelids.
No Smarting—Just Eye Comfort. Mu-
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Sise 25c. Murine Eye Remedy Liquid
25c and 60c.
Something In a Name.
Ella—He's very narrow.
Stella—What do you expect of a
Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets regulats
and invigorate stomach, liver and bowels.
;upir-coated, tiny granules. Easy to take
Faith must become active through
works. Deeds must spring spontane-
ously from the divine life within th«
soul.—C. W. Wendte.
Hamlins Wizard Oil is leeommended by
many physic'-ns. It is u ed in many pub-
lic ana private hospitals. Why not keep
a bottle on hand in your own home?
It must have been a spinster who
said that some widows wear heavy
veils to conceal her joy.
Clear white clothes are a sign that the
housekeeper uses Red Cross Ball Blue.
Large 2 oz. package, 5 cents.
Here's a tip, young man. Convince
a girl that she shouldn't love you, and
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Your drugimt will muDd r
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sny caae of Itching, Blind,
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Actions, looks, words—steps from
the alphabet by which you spell char-
"What makes you think the Jlgsbys
are living hijh?"
"They are going to have turkey for
"His admiration of her 1s but a bald
"Yea, I think her chance of getting
him hangs by a hair."
Maltre Henri Kobert. the most fa-
mous advocate In criminal ^ases at
the Paris bar, told an audience almost
entirely composed of ladies that be-
fore any jury a woman with soma
youth, some looks and a pretty vole*
has 50 chances out of 100 of being ac-
quitted. whereas a man would only
have one. If she knows how to ahed
tears at the right moment she need
not worry—a verdict of not guilty
• 4mA certainty.
Women Buffering from any form of
Illness are iuvitea to promptly com-
rnuuicate with Mrs. rinkham at Lynn,
Mass. All letters are received, opened,
read and answered by women. A wo-
man can freely talk
of her private ill.
nesa to a woman;
thus has been es-
tablished this con.
Mrs. Pinkham and
the women of
America which baa
never been broken.
, . - r—Never has she pub.
Ilshed a testimonial or used a letter
without the written consent of the
writer, and never has the Company
allowed these confidential letters to
fst out df their possession, as the
undreds of thousands of them in
their files will attest.
Out of the rast volume of experience
which Mrs. Pinkham has to draw
from, it is more than possible that she
has gained the very knowledge need:d
In your case. She asks nothing in re.
turn except your rood will, and her
advice has helped thousands. Surely
any woman, rich or poor, should be
glad to take advantage of this gener.
ous offer of assistance. Address Mrs.
Pinkham, care of Lvdla JS. Piakhan,
Medicine Co., Lynn, kassT
Every woman ought to have
Lydla E. Pink hum's 80-page
Text Book. It la not a book for
general distribution, aa it ls too
expensive. It la free and only
obtainable by mail. Write for
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