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"'What's wanted? Any one dying?' every citizen of our town takes such

No, Eben, but we have important good care of the State's cattle. Mighty business for you to aicend to, so you comfortable to be able to stand there jest git shet of the bed and come along and nibble good stuff and have good down.'

company all the time out of the wet.' "Something in the tone caused him "Eben took one long, amazed look, to hurry on his clothing and descend to led the way back to the house, and his back door, where his two nearest solemnly set out the cider mugs, leavneighbors stood in the driving storm. ing this scene behind him.” And

Pretty day to call a man out into “But” held up his finished sketch,


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PIG IN A STOCKING warm nest! Niusi be some which provoked a burst of laughter thing big.'

and many a facetious remark in the "Well, I should hanker. Come on course of the evening. behind the barn.'

"It's mighty lucky for you, 'But,' "As they turned the corner Eben that a certain illustrious citizen of this got a start he never recovered from. great and glorious country of ours There stood his scarecrow doing busi never heard that startling tale, for if he ress at the old stand with upraised had, the other nature fakirs would have umbrella, under which posed a young to pass it up to you—that crown thing. buck gently rubbing his velveted ant- I'll bet this yarn was born in your lers against the handle.

think-box. Got any more like it?" "Mighty clever idea, Eben; 'taint "Here's one Hank told me to-day


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away over beyond Dungarvey. He had saw! They're going yet. I was some me posted at the foot of a long slope disgusted. Hank, tell that story you that was fairly criss-crossed with deer cheered me up with." signs. I just took notice and mentally "I will if you'll all promise not to labeled the runaways ‘Buck Avenue,' punctuate it with growls like ‘But' ‘Doe Boulevard,' and 'Fawn Play- did. Can't blame him though. He reground,' when I heard a noise like a fers to a strictly accurate story I'll cavalry charge, and over the ridge, right vouch for, because it was told to me into my face and eyes, ran two does and by my friend Fred Parke, one of the a few paces to the rear came a fine best fellers that ever drew breath and buck. They never saw me at all, and a taxidermist up at the head of MooseI guess would have run right over me head Lake. Fred never tells lies and if I hadn't opened on them. I'll bet I I guess this tale will stand salt all right. overslot the buck at least three feet "A certain friend of his in Greenand of all the getting out you ever ville Junction is death on hedgehogs

and puts in a lot of his time getting “What's the controversy?" asked after them and boring them full of Chuc, when others by their perfect inholes with his 38-55. Matters have difference made his question opportaken such a turn now that the bitter- tune. “Is this 'Clerk' something to do est kind of a feud exists between him with lumbering life?” and the porcupine tribe, and he swears “Surest thing you know, kid,” gravethe quilled pigs lie awake nights to ly replied Steve. “Come on down here, do him dirty. Here's cne instance he fellows, and we'll show him what we quotes :

mean. All around in a circle on the “ 'Down in my appie orchard them floor, feet toward the middle, and Chuc pesky critters had a merry-go-round in the center. Now this is the kind of that was a caution and their pizen a trade we usually make with the clerk marks was everywhere. Looked like in the woods.” an army had carried on a Red and For an instant Chuc was inclined to Blue war every night. One evening I remain outside this strange game, but took Jed and chased myself inter the so guileless did the nin appear that lot before sundown and held tight ter he at length sat within the charmed watch fer 'em. Bright inoonlight made band, the members of which asked the all plain, and pretty soon we saw a question, “What you going to pay us forty-pounder sneaking along a limb for our day's work? Here we been wadof a tree we'd jest picked that day. ing snow drifts and cutting timber for “Stung," thinks I, he'll have his climb you and no money. What do we fer nuthin', when I see him stop and get?". look down at a big pile of seconds we'd Entering into the spirit of the fun, left on ther ground fer ther cider barrel. Chuc began an argument as what each

." Fer a full minute he oggled them man was worth, trying to hire them apples, then hunched himself inter a as cheaply as possible, until they preball, stuck out every cuill and tum- tended to get exasperated at his meanbled on his back off ther limb interness, cried, “He'd Jew us—he's no good that pile. He jest kider squirmed -kick him out!" and closing in from when he struck 'em and got up and all sides, they began to kick with their waltzed away with muien a bushel of stockinged feet until they had raised apples stickin' all over him. I'll be him from the floor and were turning jiggered if I could shoot ther son of him over and over like a big ball in mid er gun and let him git plumb off with air. As soon as he saw his chance, he his load. True, by gosh!'”

tackled the nearest man, who then be“Murder-help! You fellows are get came the “Clerk” and the sport went ting more and more dar.gerous. Pretty on. Chuc had been initiated. soon you'll be believing yourselves. When the squad had recovered their then the dippy house for yours," and breath, Hank's full baritone started the Chuc, the latest arrival, threw up his chorus into a full swing of popular hands and fell in a faint, from which songs, after which the party witnessed he was quickly aroused by a faceful of a “rooster fight” betwen Bill and Bob smoke from a strong pe, which set that resulted in Bob's ignominious denim gasping for breatn ii dead carnest, feat. Bob began the fun by getting but he refused to believe the porcupine away to one side of the cabin. story, even when “But” showed him “Flap-flap-flap,cock-a-doodle-doo! No the pictures. Strange some men are rooster dares come on my yard! I'm so incredulous!

the cock of the walk-I am! Cock-aIt is inevitable thai horse-play be doodle-doo-a-rue-a-rue" indulged in when there is a tenderfoot Quickly Bill took up the challenge, in camp, and in guileless fashion, Steve strutting and crowing in derision, and and Bert got into an argument with the "spurs” were produced immediHank and Sam over the relative merits ately. These consister of stout sticks of Arrah na Pogue and The Clerk. about three feet long, sharpened on

each end. The “roosters" were made Mysterious disappearances were now to sit on the floor, knees up and hands becoming the order, until Hank, Tom, clasped about them, where they were' Steve, and “But” looked up from a securely tied. The "spurs" were then game of "bid whist” to discover that run through between the elbows and they were alone in the big room with knees, the “roosters” placed about four the fire running low, while breathfeet apart and given the word.

ings long and deep told the story of Hitching toward each other, they got the departure for sandland of their close, when Bob suddenly turned side tired comrades. With a look into each wise and made a lunge at Bill, but in other's faces, they arose from the table so doing lost his balance as Bill dodged, and got into their fannel pajamas, and over he went on his side. Quick then climbed into bunks never more into take advantage of his enemy, Bill viting, ciosed in and bradded Bob to his heart's In a very few minutes, “But" recontent, until he cackled in token of remarked drowsily, "Gee, but I'd like defeat. All joined in a barnyard chorus another try at that buck to-morrow. of bleats, moos, and every kind of noise Hank—do you reckon—" even to the bray of a jackass.

A strenuous snore was the only reply.

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The pool's fair face is troubled, yet grief it doth not know;
The Autter of the light wind's kiss leaves depths unstirred below.
The mountain is eternal, yet untouched by hoary age,
The crown of snow upon its head is not time's heritage.

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