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JJ i i iiii __ iii ii i BEOINNING When, sometimes, our feet grow weary On the rugged hills of life-- The path stretching long and dreary With trial and labor rife-- We pause on the toilsome Journey, Glancing backward in valley and glen And sigh with an infinite longing To return and begin again. For behind is the dew of the morning, In all its freshness and light, And before are doubts and shadows, And the chill and gloom of the night. We remember the sunny places We passed so carelessly then, And ask, with a passionate longllng, To return and begin again. Ah, vain indeed, is the asking! Life's duties press all of us on, And who dare shrink from the labor, Or sigh for the sunshine that's gone. And, tt may be, not far on before us Wait fairer places than then-- Life's paths may yet lead by stUl waters, Though we may not begin again. Forevermore upward and onward Be our paths on the hills of life, And soon will a radiant dawning Transfigure the toil and the strife, And our Father's hand will lead us Tenderly upward then; In the Joy and peace of a fairer world He'll let us begin again. .- J rl" / Beside the Prickly Pear, 'Afrald to eat it in sight of us,,, the first speaker said, laconically, 'that's the way with all cowardly brutes. BY FRANK H. SV~EET. They think somebody is trying to steal ICopyright, 1901, by Daily Story Pub. Co.) from them. This cur will sneak off The brakJe is a little cur of small into some solitary place and gorge degree, a sneaking, skulking, yelping himself. Well, if be eats all that meat outcast from his own kind, a poor sub- he will not be hungry again for a day stitute for a dog only where no better or two." may be had. Yet, the poor brakJe But apparently he was mistaken, for sometimes rises so high _s to be ten minutes later the brakJe was worthy of an honored place among again looking into their faces and the St. Bernards and Newfoundlands. whining entreatingly. Several of the One day during the dry season a men whistled under their breatlL party of traders were crossing the "Throw him a chunk of meal Dick," hot, dust-yellow plain toward Kimber- one of them called, facetiously; "don't ly. At noon they were near the sum- you see the brute is starving? Whewt nit of a small hillock, and as this I've heard that a Kaffir Could eat his offered as much air as there was stir- own weight in food; now if this cur ring, they dismounted and made prep- devours another piece of meat I can stations for the midday meal. at least testify that a brskJe is able This hillock, like most of those they to dd so. Give him a good big chunk, crossed had a straggling coat of kar- Dick." roe bushes, many of them but a few More meat was thrown to the dog, inches high, and among the karroo and, as before, he seized it with a was sn occasional milk bush, with strong grip and bbunded away into the long, finger-like leaves; and here and karroo bushes. This, they supposed, there was a tuft of grass or a clump would be the last of him, but, of prickly pears with uplifted, thorny even in less time than before, he was arms. back again, bounding from one to an- Presently one of the party noticed a other, and looking up at them with small animal making directly toward big, entreating eyes that almost seem- thum through the karroo bushes, and ed to speak. What little fear and heel- as .t came nearer he recognized the tation he had shown at first was now intruder as a brakJe, wholly gone. He seemed to have read "Throw something at the cur, Dick," them, and to have given them his full ]be called, irritably, to one of his cam- confidence. panions, "we wouldn't mind feeding a "What a dog!" cried several, in ~on- decent dog, but we don't want any of dering admiration; "what capacity,," these cowardly mongrels sku~king and one of them added: "Here, Dick. about and maybe following us. Never throw him some more meat; we must mind if you do break some of his fill him up, even if we have to kill a bones." bullock to do it." Dick caught up a stick and threw it A third piece of mea~~ was thrown [~f//~ to him, but this time the dog merely / ' ~ smelled it wistfully, and then turned ~I~~ back to them, an urgent entreaty in his whine and in his eyes and in every "He wants to tell us somethlhg, I do believe," exclaimed 'one of the men suddenly. ~~,C~N-- ~ "But he's sttll hungry/' declared an- other; "that is quite evident from the ~(.~ ~.~~ way he smelled the meat. There was "~ ~'7C~)/~~~ ravenous longing in every motion." , ~ Apparently the dog understood that they were talking of him, for he gave a quick yelp and bounded into the ~~ karroo bushes then stopped and loOk-ed back at them. He wants us to follow him," cried the .man who had asked Dick to drive the cur away. "Come on!" He started after the brakJe, and the others followed; end the dog, with a Joyous, comprehending bark, rushed I)lck Threw It With Skillful Aim. ahead. With skillful aim, but instead of sll~k-Up through the karroo bushem to the away, as they expected, the animal summit of the hillock they hurried, dodged the missile and came nearer, and then the dog swerved off to the Again Dick threw, and again the anl- right and bounded on for three or four real bounded adroitly asfde, thla time rods, stopping at length near a clump coming to within a few feet of where of prickly pears. When they came up they were sitting, and beginning to panUng they found him licking the .whine piteously, face of an emaciated Kaffir, who warn "Hold on, Dick," another man called, apparently dead. But a brief examina~ suddenly; "I believe the brute is stare- tlon showed that the man was merely ing. Toss him a chunk of meat---a big unconscious, evidently from loss of ore." blood and from suffering. His body Dick olmdlentiy selected a piece of was covered with wounds, already be- meat, almost half as large as the al~ ginning to heal, and one of his legs plicant, who sprang frantically into had been fearfully lacerated and crush- the air to-meet it half way. But the ed. An effort at self-surge.ry had been mfferinl was too large for the brakJe attempted, for the~ leg was rudely ~o grasp in mid-air, and both dog and bound with leaves and grasse~ now meat fell rolling upon the ground, dry and withered under the hot glare 0nly for a moment, however, then the of the sun. They could see where he Jbrak~ w~upon his feet, and eeising had dragged himself across tl~e mind, ~he prize with a firmer grip, he bougd- as though to reach the pitiful bit of ~t awaY into the karroo bushqm, shade which" the prickly pear a~ord~L One of the men went back over the trail which the dragging body had made. When he returned his eyes sought the Ka~r with an odd look of questioning respect. "I found the body of a ]ion down there" he said, gravely. "It must have been killed a week or ten days, for the flesh has been nearly removed by birds and ants. There were evidences of a hand-to-hand :~ fearful struggle, a counter, I should say, for I faun long knife in the head of the animal." "You don't mean--" began one of the listeners, incredulously. "Yes, I do mean Just that. I believe this man and the lion fought together, and this man conquered and dragged himself up here, in the condition you see him. Furthermore, I believe that the little mongrel has since acted as assistant surgeon by licking the wounds and as sole provider." Hs nodded toward the dog, which~was still licking the Kaffir's face. Near the ani- mal, and within easy reach of the man's arm were the two pieces of meat, and scattered about them were the cleanly-picked bones of small ani- mals and birds and the broken shells of birds' eggs. The men looked at them, and then at each other. The one who had asked Dick to drive the cur away looked round with a sudden ten- derness in his face. "Yes, I see it all now," he said, slow- ly. "The little brakJe caught animals and birds in some manner which he alone can explain, and brought them to his master. He licked the wounds, and kept off birds and other intruders which might have been harmful. Of course he could not bring water, and the man's unconsciousness is very likely due to thirst Probably he did not lose his reason until some time this forenoon, and then the dog hur- ried off in quest of food, thinking that the remedy needed. But when he brought the pieces of meat, and his master would not touch them, he must have realized that the remedy was be- yond his power to provide; then he came and implored our assistance. "Then there is another thing," his voice becoming softer, "I believe the dog has been starving himself in order to provide for his master. See how thin and emaciated he looks, and re- member how he smelled that third piece of meat in camp. I suppose he felt that his moments were too pre- cious Just then to be wasted in eating.. I doubt if he has even tasted food since his master dragged himself up here. They were all silent for some min- utes, looking at the Kaffir and the dog; then some one asked: "What shall we do with them?" "Take them along, of course,. was the prompt resp6nse. "'A man who has been cared for as this one has must be worthy of further looking after. His wounds are apparently do- ing well, and I think we shall have no trouble to pull him through. We will take him down to the camp, and then carry him on to Kimberley. There I will put him in the care of the best surgeon I can find. We must save him for the dog's sake." And they did. Before the end of three months the Kaffir was nearly as strong as ever, and by that time they had discovered that he was intelligent above his class, and. that he was trust- worthy and brave. When they offered him the position of hunter for their party, he accepted the place with a This Man and the Lion Fought. broad display of teeth. So the brakJe became a fixture of the camp, and though, of course, his first affection was always for the Kaffir, he had enough for all the men of the party, giving perhaps the second place to the one who had asked Dick to drive him away. ]~iward Taken for Ba~fa~ Appearances are often deceitful and even monarchs may be mistaken for paupers, relates a Lov~don, correspond- ont. It is related that once, not long since, when King Edward of ~ngland was prince of Wale~ he was staying with Leopold Rothschild near Leightov Buzzard and followed the hunt o~o day. About lunch time he found him- self alone near Berkhamsted feeling very hungry and without immediate prospect of getting any food. Recol, lecting, however, that the Smith-Por- tions' place, Haresfoot, was somewhere within easy reach, he rode over, found the house, and rang the front door- bell. A footman appeared: "Would you kindly tell your master that the prince of Wales is outside and would like some lunch?" he said. "Walker!" an- swered the man and banged the door in his face. Fewer people proportionately keep their own carriages in Paris than in I~ndon. There is a vast coal Supply In Aug- traits, whish is slmost unworked as yet. lilt It It I IN LUCK. ~/~ll~liPtlt~l/~fi~dlb#(~lli~ d c k in mah hat s ea Deacon Henllfter--Lawdy, it's lucky I had at hie en ' t d HE EXPLAINED IT. "Confound it, I wish your mother wouldn't come here any longer!" "Why, John, how dare-----" "Th--th--tbat's all right, darling. I meander--well she's five feet nine and one-half now, you know, and--" Now she is trying to figure out whether that was what he meant.~ Denver Times. EXCLUSIVENESS. Mrs. Purseproud--I see where sev- eral millionaires chartered a whole steamboat in order to come across the ocean. Mr. Purseproud~Well, when we go over we will lease the ocean for a week. ~Baltlmore American. AS IT'S WROTE. She calls herself Cathryn Mac, And yet there are gossips who sac Catherine Mary's her name, They ynsyst she was chrystened that wee. ob mah pocket. ~I~hiladelphia Press. lIE COULDN'T. HE WAS THE PACEMAKER. "Oh, Mr. Spooneigh, pray rise. It is not right that you should kneel at my feet. Rise, ~ beg of you'" implored the fair lady. But he didn't rise. His Irish did, , though, and he replied, solemnly: "I'm afraid ~ er -- Miss Grace -- I'm afraid I'm kneeling on your---or--that is, you dropped your chewing gum, and, oh, Miss Grace, I'm stuck on you!"-- Denver Times. LOOKED LIKE HER; "Sir," said the gentleman, angrily, as he burst into the photograph gallery, "you have insulted my wife and I de- mand satisfaction!" "Believe me, sir," said the photog- rapher, soothingly, "I am innocent of any intended offense; what have I done ?" "You will have to fight, sir," went on the man; "you took a picture of my wife and it looks like her:'!'--Boston Post. Doctor Curem~But I don't see why ,~. you will not pay my bill. You said I had made a new man of you. Mr. Gooph~That's just it, doctor. It was Woodby Booth--Who was the "leading man" in the ~pany you were the old man who ordered the work with last season? done, and he ought to pay for it. Knight Stands~The advance agent, QUITE k STRETCd OR THE VISIT OF THE LOCUST, wHAT HE WOULD DO. . __ "My poor hungry man, if I were to give you a nickel, what would you do with it?" inquired the lady with the angular smeller and the uncertain spectacles. 'Tll tell yer, mum," replied the gen- tleman with the straggling whiskers and yearning bread pouch; "I'll git a Turkish bath an' buy a ottymubble wid th' change. Where's th' ton, mum ?"--Denver Times. THE PANG OF IT, "Why, dear, what's the matter with you? Bad news from your 'husband?" "Oh, worse than that. He wrltes mo that he is longing for me and kisses my picture every day." "That's no reason for crying." "Yes, but I find I put my mother's photograph in kis trunk by mistake for mine."--Brooklyn Life. We were speaking of Kansas. "Whenever," the convivial tourist now remarked, "I struck a town iu Mr. Caterpillar~Why, how are you, Mr. Locust? I haven't see you for a Kansas in which there were no Joints, long time. I always made up my mind that the Mr. Locust--Yes, I haven't been here now--let me see---for seventeen years, people must be a lot of stiffs." SHE WOULD BE POI~JLAB. Mrs. Nexdore--"0ne of the keys of my daughter's plang is out of order. I wonder if there's any one in the neighborhood who could fix it?" Mrs. Pepprey--"I don't know, but if she's still got one good key, why not use that?" Mrs. Nexdore--"What could she do with one key?" Mrs. Pepprey~"Lock the piano, of course."~Philadelphia Press. ALL SERVANTS ALIKE. Towne--I could never understand why plitlcal officeholders are called "public servants." Browne--Why not? Towns--Because they're really our bosses. Br0wne--Well, I guess you never kept house, did you?--Phtladelphia Press. SNOWED UNDER. "Is the state safe?:' gasped the anx- ious inquirer at the political head quarters. "Oh, yes, the state'S safe, but the party's snowed under," replie(t the man in charge.~Baltimore World. In scaling a precipice a man is up against a big bluff. ~ THE OLO MAN 60T AHEAD OF HIM. / Frank--I love you, Clara, and I want you to be my wife. Clara--No; I can never be anything more to you than a mother. Frank~Why--why not? Clara--Your father spoke first. ENTITLED TO IT. Client--By what right are you keep- ing that $5,000 damages you recovered for me? Lawyer--Didn't you tell me in the first place that all you wanted was sat- isfaction?--Ohio State Journal. NO ~OOUBT ABOUT IT. Citlzen~"Do you believe t-e consti- I there yet"+-Choisea O~ette. FROG 8HEWERS. "A Cornell professor says that frog spawn can be carried up in the atmos- phere an4 ,hatched out in the clouds." "By gum, you bet I'U carry an um- brella the next time I go out."--Cleve- land Plain Dealer. THE BHII~T WAIST. The women claim their feelings hurt; They're kicking up a fuss, Because we men adopt the shirt That first they stole from us. --JudKo. OUT OF PLA~E. Cholly--I got such frightful head-: aches lately. Doctor thinks, perhaps, there's some foreign substance in my bwain. Miss Pepprey~An idea, perhaps.- Philadelphia Press. THE PA~T HE TOOK. The Don--"And what part dla you take in this disgracefUl proceeding of holding Mr. Waters under the pumpF. Undergrad (mod~tly)--"His let~ 1~ lir."--Tlt'Blts.