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i ¡'R "GOOD GIFT. .Sotimt' I n't.te Owen Mrertit41 sa;d i Mildred Ch"mev. a.S sit'J threw dO'11 wih b&Dg tte blu, a.nd. g(,¡,l editio.1 t'Î "Illci1o: }uÚ beeu reading. I "W'hv, .Mi1Ó-! ex"imed nldoweli œ.er. MI' Greh<tm, wjJO was ealmlv (hill", ¡ ftHtoy w(,rk at the OpPOi!oè ¡de of the win: dow, "llidn'tknow tbüt it wa.s C)rtho."ox fCl" a. hwiy in her firwt aeaaon to do feiivtbin^ bat adore Owen iferedith." •■Well, I don't. Now, her* is hat I Tuiie Just listen: f Ye there? none so happy but what he bath been ■Jusft aurut to be h;^ppv ,c time, I wean; I to bt Do you notice? Not be' or 'is,' J ut 'aboat to be,' &a if i.u- Ibing ever .-dm- t the right time. X call tt Tank pessimism and poor consolation, tmo, this is: And to most of us ere we go down to the gra.v, reJentinir. accords the good g»Ct we ■would have, But, as though by some strange imperfection in fAte. v be £ ood gift, when it comes, WIiJd a mo- ment late. v *R isn t true, Eleanor, for ih^re are Wioosands o; people who are happy. I have been happy all rev kfe, unci I mean *0 '«Vf>y I die. An t what is ail that- non*Hm about th. good ^ift, as if there were or.lv orte good gift, m the compass Of life. X" I don't like Oven Meredith. A shadow passed over the elder woman 3 face, and t whs a face that si .owed morn •dcvelonme?*t in r jieru < than t ten *'<irs seniority between nefseif anl Mildred }<eir.ed L *o justify; she had lived, suffered, md E ^loflght. voa coukt tell at a -md ahe [ learned to he pt t; e.r t-. t 'i.at also was I «v.vlent. She dropped her hands in her Jap The good Mildred." ahe repeated; "U fancy it different things to diffe- rslit psjple. It mean- amassing w-alth to one man. it means political to •rother, it fin,a to another, and to women it means their own lr11 id Jcve, for, no matter wlwt. a woman adriere*, Ae is only fust- t., be happy' uutil fliat is hers." Now, that is downright *entimentil, "Elinor, laughed the younger woman. "As 41 there was any on* 'ove f.h;d hud to sweep VOYer you It:»o an av«luii; he i«efof- you could wcognise ic. If >* all vv^il Apough ;n p'>iktrv tet f don't believe in it. Now, let's he and personal. For instance, th^rv's flwor EngLrti friend, Fred D^gravc He is good-k)'.»king. '-ultnrf-d, ricL, and some d;ty will hare a title. H& wants t> ,t ia,r i*v vcur { fcnmhle servant, w hasn't mad* up her j Blind Tat whether to settle down or not, but: I don't, i>hn any better thin I do most «f jay friends, and if I marry him I expect to be to be 'nappy.' I think mv will coine at otice, *nd not raomcnt too l ite.' Whv One be happy with everything to make iter «o? It is a woman s ow n fault :f she Bi.imes a good n an that ahe w ^o-.d friends tv^th and t Tt ^'>es orr mourning aDont bsinj; 'unsstisfW-'?' and venting things that aiwj.ys tome "a moment too late.' N'i,- •ense:" "You 1 Lave a fortnnate girl, Mii- dred." sa>d her sifter. "»nd yet ;t- is fasy to philosophise before one w.itiers. <4rd .gFaftt that hippiness may tJP full {-.i d ■Complete and in time, but, theiv are mnny -»«opW who never reach it. snve with ;h« ir Safer tim. A* tc» Mr. r>a!<jrave, ti»is u. -your first reason, and I should be verv fer- I him more than other trun ■M I w you: more us Stv. irwrtaiice—rr.>>i.. than Edgar Wilton, just lv w«y of example, yon kaow. *4Oh, carelessly answered Mildred, slihot^h the colour deeipe&ed on her clieek; "Ted tg just Ted. and I'w known him all say Kfo. TIleD. with an [inpatient motion •t-o.v^rds the offending "Lucile." she arose to feet. "1"11 go down town now." s'ik. 'v;a eitejjua from'frt :u i- for the rest of my tsuTafrnias fist. Chr»;.iuu-,s, thank Heavon. is gilt tknt alvv^ys in the :»iek of ^soe. Even your pes*ir.n*n, Nell, c-an't de- <4are that it is one of t'>o»e intangible ^bont- te-hes or t\at it i eve* jromen^ too 'ate, «ad ti»e ffirl went g; ,!v out of r.be rr»om, Warning, "I liove m' Love in the Spncg- <apw' under her bre.it Mri. Qr3f!itU>i looked aft^r h°r with fond ./W* ^at a little "moist. NotWng i.as 4W^r <x>i<te too Iat« f .>r li:er yet." she thought. «?be has never ^n.s^d ihe mother who C'^d .• in W ba-bvhood and *11 other good things We been I hop? always be ,,0," Mr. Williatfo Gbesney the millionaire whole- j W&* tod retail dmler m toys, fopcy goods. iSfct Japanese novelties, was in his private wiien hill daughter reached his piac- ..01 business. A ragged wonwn, with a in bar arms, was rtanding outride his onice door in oonfert: ^e with a^clerlr "He cannot 11P. 1 en, the clerk w■ ip 8:\V- SHf ";00 better go ar "Why he be seen?" interposed Mil. .dre,r.. frasli, clear voir-e, its wdfid ring. ]0f ^'Wrsw, he estn be s»%en. I naw lutn #liroT!?h the window; Lc .n't busv a bit—j ,«_r»/»e on," to the woman, TH take von in .åAt1 suiting the action to the vord. 8he th.j dot>r aud irstiwhic^d herself and '««r poverty-stricken c>.fm;>nnions to btr notice. The abmgged shoulders. rather it was th-n he said, "tdkuv begraurs in the- and thtn he weat .bout bis business. There a mhrfcare of emotions on the mwdiianV? fSlft; plensnre %t his d.-wighter's annovanee at tfce sight of Iver -■ cwipawoba, b«rt he rose to oeca-siou wi*h •atr of one who v~xs in.tlie i»abtt of doing |*b doty. 'Wh*i do vou want, my good woman?" Ike a«^d ti>e wretched-looking creature btfor« %rim. want help, sir." "But don't, you know tihM I help everybody, even if T g-ave away all I've got ?" hs renaanatr^.teiJ. "But why don't t.»U jnrt Ajwe that ha&vy e'rnld <uid not oajry her?" "*She osn't walk, sir; stie is paralysed on nie." ^Thtre wu «, hopeless, quiet despair in tones and face, someth'ng different in itPr Jf1¡a:rmer from that of a professional ipen- dicant. It this difference and the fruddesi totef'esst in Mildred s eyee that r>bade the »i^4i Pv,sh a cK'iir ro chc woman Mid bid h-r MAt hea^elf and her burden. "Why did you oome, to me ?'' ,^e m- «BB9ed, "and w'oere » the father of vour Something 1:ik a swift of pain paasf d ever Wer set featurt^s replied to his •eeond question first. "My hnsbanu..he øa.i.d, with almost imperceptible emphasis, "died four years ago, «r*» I came to von, sir, becaose tie. was an • Tl ai U :hm&n. I heard that you were n fe LoiedMt jonrmtM. I cinnot work, because 1 no one lÜ care of the child, « £ hb i-" tl. -So we ba.ve sunk down t,), -wihftt we a*e. We tjan^t dio. it aeeoas, sit -f «a<>i we must J* or starve.; end I isn't Jet the child starve, if t^ggiug' wili feed her." "There are children's hospitals," he stiid; f don't fon go to oee of tliem?" "f it*re tI thcm, but they wm }I(4- her, exoept for it few week. at a kire, Sw she i* imtrabit- are? fire weeks ago they Met lior baiok to me. ^asd since then I've not ffeeen vihlr to work on acooan+ of carrying her ,ibou$trii,h n: J "Dki you a«k ti* city for help ?" "Yes, sir; 1 stood for three days outside 4&e ar' doc.r, but could not get to biw, 1 and go t tho'iirht T'd try you." Ajrthb tiiiw paJf Htlt creature in anas 'iai ms witu her .bj bright ejecjj -fastened on a simple doll '.tot My on the 'aoercliant's desk. A 3even-year-old chill, grr+<h tad developed inteilecit. of one of th*ee she w but a bab;, in her speech lird thoughts. She looked old, and she was unnfttoraify quiet i'oa could not imagine t»er crj-ing, even for hunger or cold, and yet -•you could only treat her hr an infant. As Cer mother f«ase>.i Kf-eaking. she held out j feei ra.pturou>,ly toward? the doll. j "Oh!" she -aid, with a ?igh of ineff anle j 1ight, the pretty baby, the pretty, ) pretty baby!" i An iraonlse ttiafc he did not stop to analv-se j jn idb tfe merchant pick np the plaything | -ami piece it. in toe crip pi **1 arms. A llood | «f teippi^?ss fairly debited the wizened ttitck. f:«5e. j "Fo r me ?" dte <Umo$t acrewned in her | «fTT'.us delight: "for ia«f" I for you. he said, whUe a. suspicions I ^-i.oartej hit ,T;l1.1hTII' i9r^.v.^ JfeLV himseif up. as it were, to *the'practicalities- of life, he handed the mother a* dollar. "Where do you live?" he embed, and what is your name" And then, aa if afraid f vat he had let his emotional naitare get ahead of his business sense, he added, "hut would you work if you could ?" ''God knows I would, sir," she said, "and I am verv thankful for this. I ve m Catcher's teneoient, on Water-street, now, Mid I iiia Mary Wilkinson." 'fliers were no profuse "God bless vous" as she left the ofliee, but across the wh'te da^rxnr of the woman's countenance there had broken an irradiation of light as the mother looked at the happy face of her crippled ciuld who had forgotten.all of her hunger uid ooid in ttie blissful possession of tiie pretty, pretty baby." "Father, askevt Mildred, as Wie d. i r alos«<l, there many such in the world "Thousajuls such, child we have beu^n's all dav long." "Buob beggars as these ?" she persislevt, "w^io would work if they could; peiple without anv chances?" "Oh, yes, yes," a. little impatiently, said the merchant, for he felt that he had already I wasted too much time on the subject, not to mention having been guilty of an emot on. "A great many people mise their C"hal! S, I one way or another—but Low much money I do you need for Christmas, eh, Mildred?" "Whatever you think is enough, t;){,her," she answered, carelessly, and when bad given her the cheque she paused to ask him I yet another question. "Do you think there is any need of that child being helpless? Couldn't a. doctor do something f" 1'. be concluded to-morrow.

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