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Dime Novel and Popular Literature
The Youth's companion
The Youth's companion, v. 73, no. 50, December 14, 1899.
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The Youth's companion, v. 73, no. 50, December 14, 1899.
Richmond, Grace S. (Grace Smith), 1866-1959.
21 January 2015
Boston : Perry Mason & Company
Dime Novel and Popular Literature
Their personal decisions / by Grace S. Richmond.
Children's periodicals, American.
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Boston, Mass.. December 14. i899 CODYIIEHI. i899. by Perry Mason 5: Company. -e.-3-' '. , K, ;.‘V... By G1-a cz 5.RIchmond R. James Ilarbomiigli II>(;E.l1ll‘ll his nephews from behind a pair of imit- (-losed eyelids, as his head rest:-ii . against the back of the easy ohair in whicli he sat. liis lips were an odd little sniili-. The two young men who laced him looked less at ease than himself. Max szit liolt upri:1lit ill a stnliglit-lraclieil olirrir. his 1Il"ilVl’ 1-y ori fixed upon the floor. Alec liiiinuiwiagiiliist the oorrior oi the lmokmse. his liiuids in his povkvts, rind his manner clIar‘zi('tei‘i. ivully Iioiivliiilulit; but the excited flush upon his (.'lII’.i‘l<S l>i>tr:iyo<I his lack of o0lllp0SI.lI‘9. Alec broke the Sii1‘llC(-‘. “As I Iiiiilorstmiil )'OlI, Uncle Jallll-'3," he said, “you will not even express a preleroiice IIS to wliiizh one of us accepts your oili>r‘.”' “I prefer not in Ill) so," Mr. riui-iiumiigii replied, men-ting Iirst one and then the otlmr pair of eyes. in each of which he rr-,:id both longing and perplexity. “As I say and as you know. it is illl])(As‘Sll)l8 for you both to go. liipi am unwilling to otter either of you the advan- tage of a year abroad-with uppurturiitios for at study during a (Ire-ater part of the tlIlI!%t0 the exclusion ol the other. I shall not say I have no preference; yet I can assure you both that the company of either will be entirely ‘sIL‘k(‘pla- able to me. But, as the matter lii-:4, I prefer that y'ou decide between you ivliioh of you shall go. And I must kiiovr," he l!Al!iI‘(l, rising slowly as he spoke, “within a week. Our passage has been en:;r,'t>d for sonire oiitlis; E‘ our steanier sails next Wt-‘,1'l( Satnn . he ynuug man man with liivu, E'I'l Ell"llil“(l him respectfully tliroiigli the hall to the door. Mr. James llarborough iias a man ii iiu (mn- mandeil respect; his nephews were in the habit of rendering it. The ilifferoiici: in their usual mariner of doing so was expressed by the contrast between Max's silent and 5()lllPWll.'Jt formal acceptance of the elder man's linnd at parting, and Aleds sudden rallying oi his tJ custoniary gay air as he said, hi’lll1.li “Any how, Uncle Janirs, you must know how we appreciate this. We can't help arzting a little dashed over your wriditioiis, lH“(1)ll9C We'd like to have you choose for youiisoli. lint it's eertainly treinendously kind oI you, and one of us is bound to re the iiiost l;l'aiA‘llIl fellow on the Lucania next week Saturday." Uncle James smiled, nodded, and walked down the steps to his hrouglianii with no further reply. He left behind him a piiii< of wry nnoornlortable persons, whose oyrs mot iioborly as they retnmed lo the room wliem the propo- sition had been made only hall an hour bi-fore. “Confound it all!" cried Alec. iinpatioiitly, as he tlung himself into the chair Uiiole Jiuiios had just Vacated. ““'hy couldn't he Iiuvo said which of us he wniited? I suppose tliore‘s no doubt its you he really wantsi" Max's grave lips ulioloseil at this. “Not at all," he replied. with a hill look hen-,k inl.o Aleo‘s ey 98. "You have always Iiu-ii his favorite, as you very well know. Nobody ever has two minds as to which ot us he ]>l‘I‘,fe‘I‘S," “You're the Olill-Er," Alec uryzin-(L “And you were gradiiaml in the iuuiie rinse with me." “But not with the sariie lioiiom” “Uncle James is more of an aitlila-te than a student. Your reuird in the hunt ElIl‘]ViL‘lsQS mine in the class-moiii-with him." Alec broke into an ex N. we “lllSt.ltL “That's a thing no fellow um find out." he deeiareil. “Uncle Janios Stl"Il('l( me as siin::u- larly nonoonniiittal all (’1llllllll'lIN‘lIlQ‘lII win-k. He went to evurytliiniz initlifnlly, and didn't not ashamed of us; but vi llll‘ll of us he prefers. for the life of me I ain't tell." It was at this point that tlieilonr (ilI‘ll('(l, and am, rosy and 5llllllll‘,1,l)lll’.sl.llI. “(1linysI" she cried, and stopped, livoking nnxloiisly Irom one to the other of lwr brothers. “No, we're not ipinrrt-lliii;;oi'er ityrt. l‘n.x%." Alec renssiireil her, "but llIl)lP'5 no tr-llinu what may liiippi-n. You sou, wl‘,'m both so anxious to be the one to stay iit lionu-." “No. we are each so anal-l tiiiit the niiu-r ii ill be the one to go," Max oorrwtvd vi ith a fmwii. “llut isn't it Rl0I'll)llS'r"’ ili-niiimlul Jenn still out of breath. “Mothm"a Just told me. THEl.R,-'PEFtSy,(r)N L --T5isg:s1oNs ,1 r v'””‘%‘. like y'ou at (iivttiiiizoii. If you ooiild take those clieniistry lGlftIll‘t'.x. Mint yiouliiii't it mean to you" ('ini‘t you possibly‘ iilzurh‘ out some way to not Sklihli‘ You are‘ bound to do solni-‘lliinL', hiillinnt in that: iine, old Iellow, iiilli yoirr llilssloll in!‘ it.) t ii k it over seriously. 'l'here's lllrtlllllyli like the iinpetirs viliir-ii even a few moiitiis' I ildllll Voi.uu: 73. NUVEKI 50. 51.75 A Yuri. SINLLE series 5 cans. the uni-u uiiiilow. Max hail lillrllraoly t-iuizen nini uni.-, I124 ono nhii-ii would lnnke it the elixir-st for liilll to iro uimuizii the lilril task he had sol iiinneii, and viliir,-h would give him the nminnuiiity for the iumiim (-scape huin an eiiiim-. mu: S4!9lll' uh.-n it was lie lost not I‘ in oiiuiilig to the point. “.tlo('," lie suid, isiltin[..' down upon um edge oi the no, --i have iiiade you," she added. more “We might toss up for it," Alec siiggestt-il, draw. ing u shining Iiali-dollar from his pocket and regard- ing it with n gleani in his eyes. Alev:'s luck was proverbial. lie looked at his brother qiiestiniiiiigly. “I don't think that would be fair to I'm.-le Jaiiies." Max suiil, slowly. “I le told us several times that he ]‘K-‘,l"NllIill decision, not of chaiioe.“ Max rose and walked toward the door. Things‘ usually “azure Ale<:'s way." lie had been by far the riiore popular of the two iege. liI:ix‘s tine scholarship had won respect, but his reserved inaniier and distaste for society hail prevented his bemiiiing a favorite. even umuiig those whose tastes and ambitions resembled his own, (hi the oran- trary, Alec, who was quick and clever enough to keep up with his liruther, two years his elder, at the same time that he was far below him in actual solidity of mind, had gained for him- soil’ the liking of every one. Ila possessed a much more attranive personality than been the one of the two to be preferred in any cliuiee which lay outside of them- selves. And now, this lzmt rind greailest good fortune Vi‘lllI:ll was to be for one of them, iieerned naturally to belong to him. “Alec is such a swell- looking fellow," Jean said to her mother. as they talked it over that night, “so precisely like Incle James himself lll his tastes. And he is 3 so fond of travel, and is such good uinipany- oh, I am iilmost sure Uncle James wants him to be the one." “I think your uncle has been extremely oarefril," t.lie mother of these three answered t.ll0Il)llllIl.lll)'. “More careful. indeed. than most people are, not to show any decided pref- ereiirve for one over the other." “0 niotliorl" cried Jean. “Of course I know he'spi-oiulof Max-we all are, and I'm sure some (lay we shiiii he praucler yet; hutlcan see he likes Moe's gay ways. And while he only looks solemn when Max talks. Alec always makes his face light up." "1: will be a very hard question iur them to settle." sighed Mrs. llar-borough. “but I finw - I know how it will come out.” “llerir old Max!" said pretty Jean, regret- fully. “I know he will Want toga dreadfully. llut he will give up. Alec won‘t nie-an to selfish,-uiiil of course whoever goes must sew-ni the selfish one,-but I think he will let Max nmke him go. “'e've all spoiled Alec A little hit, lINll.llt‘l’. Wiien it comes to real character, our pliiin-fxical boy is B.llP,:]d," I]: in his own main, with the door carefully lU('l(P4l.. the “plain-fzwatl boy" Kit at his study table, his hind in his hmirla Before him lnya pile of foreign-lookiiii: lonflots. onialoiriies, and an opt-ii la-tter. His eyes were resting upon an e:<p<>(-ial pnruurapli in this lotlor. f.roni l-‘a.<t- brook, who hurl ix-en his (-olloge clium, and the one niiiii of his Clr’IKt viho hnd tlioroiiizhly llll1lI‘l’.'4iAIIl Max llaiboniiigli, ; “I will you." the words run. “Mint I am find dosuiptive of the ridiiiess lhErB is for iiion "ARE YOU REALLY coma To Do THIS-FOR ME? " lrarvl study in iii-niiany would he uiio to give 1,“... lie knew that panuzrapli by lioiiit. l'l:i.st- wood understood and S)lIi]Ili[ill1All with the passion for scientific vvsauvh “lIl('ll huniul in Max's soul. He knew that tho l)ll!4llIl‘s.i opening oflereil bi>ih'neplit-vi's by the vwullliy . Mr. llarbtrmugh was extremely ilistusto-iiil to ‘ the elder, and that only the necessity fury eaming money at once could keep him from vy the devoted piusuit of his studies. 1 Max wondered if l'Iicli4 .laIu<>.s undemhooil what the chance to go abroad mount to him. l ire IIll(l()ul)tA!lliy' tiiuiuuiz that the year nil foreign life would be of as ruucli be-rioiit to the one as in the other young man. What would Alec (let out of that year.’ A little more knovi lodge of the world, a little more polish of manner.-Alec was faultless now, in thiit rd. when lie chose to be,-a siill lam:-r share of conceit-Max suddenly lIll>ll9<i asiile the letter and lI'<,mn to pure the tloor. his brows coiitraetiiigz VK itli pain. I-Jveryliody would take it as a nialtpr of course if he, Mu. gave up. The poi id ii us maxi to I?Vltli'illtZ about Aloe: it did so now as it had alii ays iloiio. siiue the iiziy s vi lien purple passed bythe soleiiin-focal. stnrizlit-liniml little fellow of live y ears niii, to lake upon l.llI‘iI knees the W2ilislIvP)i’il one of thin; ii-mi ihe soil brown curls and the affeviiniinte iiiiys. .‘l)IX wasusod to it, too; lieougiii toho, iiftor solniig an exporloncea Soiiivliow, that ilid not make it SN‘!!! the iniri-r, or the easier in hour. The “9('l( was nearly up “lI(-‘ll, one night, it Max mine into his broilu-r's room. just in Alix- hail put out his light and juinpol into luil. The lIN)lIllll)ZlIt was streinniiig brilliiinliy Iii iit ill)‘ iiwi.-inii. 1 shall not he the one to go," For a mollii-rit there WBS no l.llISWi‘l'. 'l'lwu in Q ]>i’(‘illli'll‘ lone Aloe l$lC(‘1l, “Don't you mire um" Max's reply delayeil nhiie lie put n stem grip upon tho <li>.sii1- to rilmur the nnswt-r his whole soul gave to sin-ii n qua-stion. Ihit wlioii lio spoke it was only the involiiiiurry inflec- tion oi the one word “Yes" “hivh l)(’1l'll)'0Il hini mrlil‘lI iiiiy," he p sui-ii i-iii-iiuisiy. Ilutiiilg him. nor upon nun mi-, aiuuiiiuii1y- to wire out into one moolilit me-.-4 l>t‘y'(vIl4l his wiiidoiv, “do you give it up?" it SA'N'llIt'(l a fool's ques tion In Max. “ills Alec not i.vuini.v up iuiixe even ii hit ll .-air to Li-op his tonipor and his pnrpiiwe, rind lie spoke quii-Ily: "lloiziuw I think xx " r. ii. . " hurt you think you the-4'ri‘P the trip iiioietiiau o‘.‘" Max vias a svli-oolitained iellovi, but the lire ruined him his eyes at iiuit and sprang to his lips. “'l'lir-ii iiliat does illgux (‘H013 you. please?" Alec po '1 I P1 . lliv fart that I have no doubt vihich oi us l'iir.-le .l:oii<-:5 ri-ally uarils." Max spoke in a hard hone; he ‘AIL very sure of Ihat yzround. Alecdid not deny the s(.:iiA>riwIit, but lay back upon his pillow, with his hi-ail main; upon one arnl, his l‘)l‘!4 fixed upon Max's (‘Joe viiih ii game Villlcll the l&ILil‘I' foil to he siiigiiiaily peiieiraling, even in ilio liull-llizht of the room. lie found his S4'lI4(IliU0l giviliiz viny ll‘ll4’l'li.l'I his brother's $ll‘llllLZl' l)1'llHYl0I‘. lie n-:Iliur>d now that he Iiud l'x]IK’l4‘<I Aloe lo argue oie uuiuer; an urge M:ix‘s A-lnilnsg at least. to show his surprise at tho otlu-r's iunorilimi. lint his manner was IIlIIl(I<l. ilnliilvrwit; it “[13 0or1.1ilIly cool to a lIil.'ll Ilt1Zl‘I‘1t lie see-iiied to be imiepting the our in Europe, as he would have received I honhon. Max nm‘4'Ill)r1l[vil)‘. “ li:it‘s all, I bi-lieve," he mid, and would have loft the room, but Aloe sat. up in bed and put out I hand to dc-lgrln lrirn. “I'ou‘rv: sure of thrit l;ht‘."' he asked. ‘uiiiie so." “I siippose you think l’ni-le Limes‘: WlSl]&i should have first ooiisidunniol ' “('rrmiiily." Max's tone was a little impa- tionL lically, did the boy think all this was otxstim: him nothiugehiin, the elder brother? lint Ali>c's tone suddenly cliangial. lie izmspvil Max's hand and shook it. “it‘s awfully good 01 you, old leliowl" he suiil, vianuly. “I‘ll own I want to 1 know you dry too. llut thcre'll be other l‘lll.ulI‘(‘S. I'iir'ie Jaiiu-ea always does the square thing by us in the end. you know, nnd perhaps you any serve him so iiell here at home that you'll mine out first lll his gin-ii grapes after Must you go noiv‘? Well. good night. You're a tnunp, Max, and I'll not fnrgit it." Nevi‘r1hx2li'sx it wiiuu in Max. during the tiny. “lli1‘llIUll0“'l!l, as Aloe liud foryzoiten The younpi-r hmtlii-r went about his preys matioiis for 1 pnriure with an e.-isy good humor mid lnliity nliii-li ivoulil have led no one to tllI]V]Ilh‘n3 that his pleizsuie was to be at l)l)nuI' -"'ll"" ill m“m"'ll'