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CHICAGO, lLl.., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6. ‘I895.
THE CRUISE 0F’THE MERRY-GOQANN.
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Author of "The Pilot of the Jolly Nancy." Etc, Etc.
I CHAPTER XIII.
A ETUEBORN CROW.
End Frank known ll: he need not have
given a thought or concern to Fun, but
spent liissympnthy all on himself, who cer-
tainly needed it on that bleak, bnri-on but
oi sand in the midst oi the river. without a
‘crumb oiiood or a spark oi Ere to cheer
Aslnr Fan, nho slmozed away uiidcr on.
gray blunkeh all tho:ul‘tornoon and all tho
night, until the cni-th had turned her hair
wny nvcr and tho sun hurst forth in anoth-
or glorious morning.
oioourse she was surprised to sac that
Frank and tho Merry-U0-Ann wero gone.
but rho ii-ayso rcircshcd and omiahlo and
serene alter her long sleep that nothing uns
der that splendid sun could have disturbed
when she spied tha chin which Frank had
nttnched to the crows nrtl: and had read
squnlled and all the lilitlu birds!!! the trees
ceased their malln lung to listen to the
‘ ltrznrbuchorv-5. '
5-oi noiirsc ” slio rotiiarked . to"tho"'cr8ii7‘
3 ‘n‘nil thccn i conrsc he would getinlo
“"P'1rA1uh‘laiHl ll wlthontme. lVhal.’s
ii boy good for without oaglrl to pick up
aitarliini and remind hiiri oi tliingsr it
serves liiin right to get stuck on thin iss
lnnd. anillhono no will gotnwiullylonc
Ionle for me heioro I get there.”
Now rnnlii idoa or on islnnd was thiit ol
the’ ‘Squirrel’: Inn.” li she knew that
nnd irceiing all
night. slio would have bcstlrrerl licrseli and
hastened to the resc e.
, helioviiig, on tho contrary, that he was as
comiortnhly lodged as they hnd been on
the ant island, she tnok her time
not carry everything, with biscuit and co!-
fee. tho tin cup, n ball or twine and soino
llaving securely tied up tho mouths oi
the grub sncli and the all-sorta-or-things
inch. shr dragged chem n liltlo liiirber on
tho bank and covered tlieni ivilhloavoa.
Then, sliouldoiini; tho oars withogronn.
shcstai-ted on down the river linnli accom-
plnied hy the liittcn hnd crow.
oars were no heavy and tho way so
long. and she; who so stiir rroin lying Mteen
the narrow strip 0! land where Fl-nllk and
tho Merry-Go-Ann were strande .
Even then she might not liars discovered
hini hnd it not hoen ior tho crow.
The crow. whom the kitten had led a
niorry chose with her ‘pranks, sciiiiipering
up one trzo nnd down another, hiding under
thodriits or rustling leaven, cr whisking
with waving tail along the low river bank,
Iihn worried old crowln the trees saw the
Island llrsti and ll V ng in mind lheindig-
nity that lie had suffered [here at [he hands
or tho rudo boy, ho sent a salute or riiochiiig
cam Inrnss tho wate
Frank, hoW:vI:l'. lylnz fun downward on
the and did not ear the faint call, and
For, ooeing only a lino oi yellaw sand iar
ncrou the river, llowlnlr so straight and
wins heroro her, was by no nieans sure thiit
ll was the lsland. .
“Unw, caw, clwl” the crow hnd continu-
preached the scan: of his slruggls the pre
Vlouu availing, Ind llunlly Frank heard him
Ind,)ul'nping to his test, iihouted a glad re-
P l-lli,hl,hii" no rhrlllod ocross the wii.
ter,w.iving herlland,buL it is douhtiul ii
the lisiiit cry evrr llontod ecrosi that wide,
honing streninto Frnnli oirs. '
had lthoon to tug
Fan threw tho back-breaklng oars down
with a thump oi disgust, and stood staring
llo elcssly across the wido wntersat Frank,
as ho stood looking at licr.
‘Caw, caw,cawl” '.l'l.lc cry came faintly
across ills waters from the island.
-- nw, caw, cow 2"
'l'l.lc crow, who was stnndiiig on an our be-
sidc the round liittrn, sti-ctched out hislon
neck and lititellcd.
lih‘ing,"sl1enid. “NDWI have found out
Tho siout string being secured. rho gave
this crow o pus . the contrary bird
gr-ollnd,Ilo nalktld calmly back and toolr
his sriind besido tho liluon.
“Caw, caw. cows" again, and rgain, and
again conic lhc eager cry across the river,
but the old crow had all . at once become
very door and sleepy. Slowly ho settled
down beside the kitten, drew in his head
and closed his ryes ,
Fan watched min in disgust, but decided
to let him alone for n Lime.
“l.'cl’hapS the old thing will tnlio o Izolton
"waltz Walt! You iorirot the babyl"
“Cuw, cow; cniv l” came the call.
Thecrow hunered hls black vrlng: un- regs
certainly, osiriid cnco, , coc -ed his eyn
down no the kitton,nnd settled down bo-
riilo her. c .
‘CAN. caw, raw," again the mint call.
his was nioro t on the crow could henr.
to stnrt ngaln it I dnn’l:nof.ico him.” one
while the pi-ri-erso crow was pretending
to sleep she inndo prepiirotion (or his ilghi
y unwinding tho ball oi cord. she runs
sure Ihere would be enough to reach to tho
no open“ N‘ ”“" “M belched forth a se- she would tlo thooors to tho other, ond li
rles ofcawd that caused this kitten to arch
its bocls and to lilss in rciiionstrnnco.
ho crow wnite ior another cnll,plilin-
ing his wings, tho while tor night.
“I wish thnt I had tho winga or n crow,"
sighed Fan, watching him, enviously. Than
slio cricil oucl - .
vhnt I gooso 1 anil ucic, woitl" she
caught the crow by the log, ond lic, fouling
tlic kincn’s eycii uiio iiii, suhinitteil.to
cnvliuly with bcllerglnco Lllnu lio hnd the
night before in Frank’: hands. >
Fun took out the liirgo bull or tvi-inc,
which she hnd put into hcr pools, and pro<
ceeded to tie on end around tho crowla log.
"I knew that I wlnted that (or nome-
sho should set them nilont I littlo up strenni
rho iclt iiuiio suro that no could easily pull
them in to the island as they Halted down.
, [3 was on erccllcnt plan it only tho
crew would do his purl. nus tho wily old
hird liept his head hidden and chuckled to
iiiincli under hisning.
rho grew tired oi waiting. The rolco
across the river wan -coining linarser and
ininlbr is-iih ouch cry. Slle was aimed’
‘rank hould give up in despair. Now that
niii Could see tho bare grouiid,rlio now
how hungry he must be. .
sho ullly sniiiched tho liittiin ood hid it
under her dross, then she liitodvtlio end or
gave in’ a vigorous shake. The asloniohcd
bird tumbled iii-r nnd cnwed Bllgrlbn
's tho cry across th river arose
again with rencw-ed farce. l
The lritten wasgone, run was a plague.
and tho crow, nitor a moment or collslderr
tion, decided to ily away and no what that
iriendly voice irom aiar might moan. Ac-
cordingly hs rose on his wings and started
ocross tho water, carrying tho dangling
cord with him i i V
Fan, overioyed, juriipcd up to reglllalc
the cord, and the kitten, sunininrily drop-
ped, scurried up into ii tree. 7
Fan dealt. out the cord hand over hand,
watching the crow lly higher and higher.
nrtlicr and iarther away ‘ er Ind
uenrcr and nearer to Frank. The boy con-
tinutd to call niid the bird. responding, con-
continuo to ndvnco until in was hnti way
across the rlvcr. lint then, to the disiiiny
or boy and girl, it faltcredi whocled about
and brgan lu wing its way back to the
share that it had leit. 1
‘ caw, caw l" callod Frank. anx-
iously, crouching to tho grounil.
-tsliew,%llew, show 1” hissed Fan, wan-log
her arms. '
But UH! bird notice neither the one nor
the other. new straight hook, and sec.
ing the bright eyes or the kitten shining
irom the tree. it swooped down, and W1“; 3
nnttcrnnd a flop, settled on the branch be-
sldc hcr. ' ‘ ,7
,,2-rou rnrnn ole-l,.tllivt;vl”. cisrlsiiiicd,r.ii,-
giving the card a witch (bar ncarlyilnual.
nnccd the iingrotciol liird. 4 ‘ I
“hell he had settled again, no tipped his
hrnd and oiiniiiined lII(t iiiipertinent string.
with his round. inquiring oyo. llavlng soc.
isii.-d hiiiiseli tlinr ‘t
bet-lk.alld,'nl'Iel'nli!!.lo struggle, contrived
to isiinp it in two, leaving only cnoiigh hang.
mg to l5 cg to aniuse the kitten. who
clawed niid iinn-ed at it in u very cunning
4 -ma YICKANINNY.
on silt. iriuto nnd dispairliig, on tho
ground below, Fri-ulk. awny across yonder
on that desert bit at sand. was as silent Ind
dnlciul as she. and nliriost iiiinting 1.
hunrzt-r. He had iiboiit made up hisniind
that he mlghl. as well cost niinseli ndrin. in
the llerry-Go-Ann nnil trust to luck to
hriug l’IIl‘lI nslioro and to Fail. ilint to do so.
was hotter than to sit and starve to death
is won roused hy a voice up thu
Fun heard ilio wolcornc sound at the riiriio
tirno. and spring to her icon -
There was a .-it, and thoro was a man,
and tho man was singing a jolly tune:
uirhnr y0'n.1lIln‘lo,oh. uyr
I-llolllll‘ down to do her.
Elyo‘ gem there hoioro I don. >
An‘ year do saw-mlll ndfllr ’huu,' .
ml] do was
lo In’ my one-eyod noon.
ln’ down or ream
An’ A two-hon lelnl.
v-when 1 lines dnt twn.hou leorn ,
no grins t' wo’1( lllie roe run by -team.
huy st dc aio ,
An‘ won’! an sIealin' -noutwhollo.
The last ward was not a piiri oi tho iong,
but was rnllorl forth in Lslonisllmenc as the
niiiii in the boat, turning around to see that
the stream was clear. saw the children ml
the opoosito banlis, each wring a signal oi
tress.‘ . -
Ila stared llrlr at on: and lihtvn at tha oth.
er; lhen, evldcntly deciding trot the hay in
the niid le oi tho river was in grrsier neod
0! him. he turned hi! bolt Ind made (or
lhc Island. '
rain was satisned with this decision and.
wu aettlinzdown to wait; w an it occur-
red to her (hilt sha might as well build I
are and hnvo some colieea ready Mr her '
liralhcr when he should land. No sooner .
thought or than done. . -
The man Ind Frank in the bunt with the '
Merry-Gn-Ann in tow. caino slowly across
the river, tlic prow oi the boat iioiiiled up
lrrnnli. ipringiiig eshor. asioon as th. l<ee'l
our lumn which the crow wn perxhing, Ind
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