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Dime Novel and Popular Literature
The Youth's companion
The Youth's companion, v. 72, no. 35, September 1, 1898.
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The Youth's companion, v. 72, no. 35, September 1, 1898.
11 July 2019
Boston : Perry Mason & Company
Dime Novel and Popular Literature
A Sleeping courier.
Children's periodicals, American.
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Ri i. s i ' caught my foot, and I am going to (nil as loud Boston, Mass, September I, 1898. Vorunr 72. Now" as. $1.75 Ii YEAR. SINms Cones 5 Cums. IL LI‘llIl) was g o i I) g to tb e uarry to ilet the heavy tools and hoisting deri' icks ready for the quarryruen. As neari. the door, a little child ran up to lit-ill;i and whispered, roguishiy. The youth siriiled. said, “y'oull be busy today. Florence go with rue'.’ The mother was thouglitlul for a moment. “You are right, Millard," she answered, “it will help me, and I guess babe may go ' They were soon in the wagon, and Oil Mag started on a brisk trot. Tire moun- tain highway wound upward, and when they had travelled almost to the top of the ridge .‘lillard turned the horse into a y-roa I A large, lint rock, wiuposed of white tlint pebbles set in a matrix of gray cement, lay at one side and close to the main thoroughfare: and as they passed it Millard tailed the child's attention to the white pebbles, sparkling in the bright sunlight. “‘hy can ‘t After driving foratime beneath a canopy of leaves, the exposed anda abmpte (Dace) of the quarry wins in view, by one, the derricks rind qurimrrg building:e The horse was unlritchod and securely tied, and after instructing Florenw where she could and could not go, Millard began the work of the day. III shifting a guy- rope attaulied to one of the hoisting dci- . ricks, he loosened a great stone to which it was anchored; slipping down, the stone pinioried his foot and lirrib between it. and the face of the quarry lie. uttered a smotheredr no! pain nstantly, however, a thou"ht of bribe mine into his mind, and he realized that he must not frighten her. As the situation grew upon him, his physical anguish was Iiriheeded in the fear born of the more serious part of his diflii'ulty. Those at home would not expect Iiim until night, How would he be able to extricate himself and return with little Florence? Expedient alter expedient passed through his mind, each in turn to bed ismissed Finally he concluded to (all, hoping that some one passing on the main road might hear him. He spoke to babe, and asked her to oonie where he was Suppressiirg all appearance of pain, he said to her, cheerlully: “Babe, this stone has slipped down and as I can, so that some one will come. Now don't be li'ightened, for it‘s nothing, onlyl must have help to move the stone so 1 can get my foot on . The child said she would help; and then as he called, each time with allhis rength of lung, he could hear her childish treble mingle with his bowler holes. 15 Iit calling proved in answering shout came to them: no sound, indml, but the eeho of their on. Pr resentiy the ed'ort taxed his strength, and growing wmkness almost overpowered hirri. llis countenance expressed an added anxietyI If he should faint, Florenoe would take lright, wander away and becomi- lost in the great f0 ores Burdened with this new fear, the lad’s mind again took up the problem; but one plan snggrsted itself. and it seemed so lull of danger that he rejected it again and again The situation. however, lxiiamo each moment more urgent. With a sinking heart, therefore, he called the little sister to him and said, “l-‘lossie, do 3ou want to do an ernrnd tor brother? . ”Yes, buddy, I Ian! I (an! lluby tau!" she replied, in high glee at Ilre prospett of sharing in the vioi’k ol the da3 Millard lrastii3 wrote n note on a leaf from his diary, and put it curelully in l-‘lossie ii hand. “Do you n member dour, where we turned oil from the road with the dust in it? Yes. there's a rook; the one ii Itli the pretty vilriie stones. Kti‘p brother‘s lI-tter tight III your hand, and go down this road until you must to the onewith the dust in it. cueiu ow Lhedu Ir great log to lean her back againsg and the baidesthe natural learot austranger. llesavi'. baby ymessengor, holding the slip of paper unconsciously express-d, tightly In her tiny lingers, sat down to await the ooming of relief. the same vaulsion and disgust that met him in the gaze of all ank.ind In men be regarded it as an en the snrr climbed rip and up, and the agnuniptiou of superiority, and it niaddened shadows of the trm went away and left her in . him and increased the III blaze at hall. and light. flame of his hatred; hire. turned many but (mm the child’s eyes it me to him like weary times, and east her eyes first in one asentieuoool conviction di lrection along the (lusty road, and then' In the and in a little while a man will come, and 3ou the. Inantu u,IrI give him LlIelet v,Flossie,r " he added, a cloud of trouble mosquitoes "II hat IS 3our harm, little one, and vilrere’ s “hen 3ou other; and the vihite lids gieu lreav3, and the 3our ma?" Ire asked, gentlI usty ioad, sit down on the rock, ros3 lips often sighed, “0 buddy, why don't wOb'lre drew avia3 from him, and he said, “I nthun 3ou. Don't 3ou wantlogo home?" re sun grew hot, and the (liar and 'lhewordhorneevidentlysuggestediwmething, Iruied around ,Imd got in baby’s (or timidiy putting forth her hand, she offered in his eyes, “do just what brother tells you, ears and hit her dimpled hands, and baby him the fol led “Mother," he‘ i Doii’ t stop to pick tlovieis, and don't goout of tried. The sohs tame slower slouer: the GENTLY TOUCMED THE SLEEPER. the road into the vioods, downhill, and there lsnt any other road; 3oiI go straight, you'll iiud the rock 3011 re to sit on After she had gone beyond hope. 01 retail, Millard wished herl bark a thousand times. ‘11 sorts of [an spossessed him. Now she had uandered from the road, and worn b3 travel and grief, u pan the ground in sleep. '1 here was the so“, tear slain ed face, the pudgy so doubled up and tucked ulldl‘l' one cheek, and the flowing curls falling all about. lie (mild see every detail- the little. socks loosened about the ankles, the pretty dress askew, and the cheekod pinanre torn and soiled by falls upon the uneven path, Then be imagined the awakening, when the gloom of night had settled do own upon the forest; and he could hear her pitmus cry of disnnr3 and fear, and the long, mbbirig mils oi “Mammal mammal" until nature brought the balm of sleep. And their came other an more terrible thoughts-her little body tom by wild beasts, or 13mg mangled and crushed at the foot of some chug ' precip Slowly the hours dragged along, a and all the . time thi- great stone that had fallen upon the ladw was settlingd 'n,eiwh hour increasing its pllmirre irpon his lirlprisoned Iinih. l-‘Iossiir truimed steadily onward. Often she was ilirripted by a pretty ilower to trim aside from “W bmten path, but alwa3s into he mind iiouiil come II thought of brother and his positive injunction: so, with a wise shake o the baby III-nil, the temptation wrni resisted. Presently she could iwe the winding, ribbon- like highway turning and twisting among the tr reps: then the great stone upon uhich she “as to sit mine in view, aird with a chuckle oi glee she ran and climbed uponl There Iiirs II nrossorvered plaice for a seat, ., It's all the wayilittle head bnvied itself, and the tin3 fomr slipped down upon the mossy bed, and the eyes closed in air I.rnber The sun climbed higher and higher, and his r113s beat stronger anil stronger upon the tiny sleeper, burning the pretty nose and cheeks and the little knees that where socks and dress-hem failed to wine together; but the dimpled l‘iliuors still chm-luxl tenaciously the bit of foldod paper, and the rosy lips would sometimes murmur, ”,‘la! Ina l" By and by the. sun cast sIIIIdovis toward the east, but the little messenger slept on, oblivious of a cloud of dint that was touring toward lu-r, Had she been snake, she would have seen a horse's head and ears emerge from the cloud of dust, the blinkers flopping and the eyes strained from haul diii ing As the man drove up to the sleeping child, he drew rein and gave a surprise. lle uas heavy and brutal-looking, his pull‘y face was red and his eyes bleared from excessive use of liquor. From the shagrw brows to the great, grimy bands that ll'lil the reins he appeared, whath was, a nrnn brutalized by urntinunl indulgence in the boil passions of the human heart Ile looked lor some moments at then urnoo )- scious child, wondering to “'lliilll she beiongul, Iirrd how she mine to be sleeping on the rods. Then he saw the folded paper in the small viliite hand, and alighting, houohul the sleeper gently, and then, as she did not awakena trille rudely. l‘lossie sat rip and gazed at the stmuger out of frightened eyes. A look mine, into her childish face that caused him to frown; thou down through the course fibre of his nature there crept a dull feeling oi pain. The seat of or Itiir'il good “as ininlksl, and what of IIIIInIIood remained vias touohod and hurt. Frurl resaw in the e3es of the child something peeped out tree A fter nailing the hole. he remarked, “ll ell. ats a pretty kettle! But what 11 I do with the young on :I" lie asked her pr'esI-Irtly if she “villa go with him to find men to help her br Iler manner exprest ness; but upon living told that night was near, and that he oould not leave her In the woods, she hesitatiligly allowed herself to he lifted into the buekboard llai'iug concluded to surrender hersell to the man‘s keeping, she did so “illwut reserve, and shortly commenced to “visit.” She told him that. he must hold hor tight. as brother did, and not let her fall on the wheel, and she snuggled up close, taking his great band in lnir small uhite one and placing it about her stout little uaisL his innocent life so near to him, this childish confidence in his disposition and power to protect prmlnced new and strange sensaiions. lle had known nothing but ei'ilI llis associaiions and his thoughts had been gross so long that he could not go bink to the purity of childlioml. His emotions were but half comprehended. They mused him to comment mentally, with a sort of boyish pleasure, "Well, Ben, 3ou're gettin' ll trifle soft: jist a "We, suns." Ile asked the child manyqumtious about her home, her parents and her brother, and took a strange delight in her pmttle, Then the child turned about, and with quaint earnestness questioned him, and probed his soul, almost to the point of fear. with bar lnnooenie Still “ilsitlug,” the-3' drove into the main street of Bell's Lime, a rougr oil town built oi uiiplnned lwrrrlork. and presently the mini stopped in front of a hrnrding- honsI-I In a moment the narrow platform was crowded with Illl‘n, all talking to the, new Irrrlial at once. “look here, Ben, we ain't goin to stand this: 3ou‘ is been kidriirppiii’ some one' s little girl!" tailed one. “Should think you might keep your hands oil the babies," said; uotl ier. ”A37, ay l“ oontiiiued a third. “I rvvkon we‘ll have to take. you out and hang you to the hrst “Yes, now, Ben, we mean whirl vie say," said another, stepping forward to the edge of the platfonu. “You must give an amount oi 3oursell and of this little girl, or we‘ll do , i. ie could see was a crowd of rough y clothes, and all she oould hear was loud, harsh talk. Her head was not old.enough or her eyes keen enough to look beneath re rough exterior; she omilil not know that these men “ere anxious for her, and that the harsh notes in their roirvs “ere She began to cry, therefore, and snuggled up close to the man, and with her little hand drew his great arm tighter lbout her childish fonu. Tire man reddeired, ailrd their the tiuxb died out and his face been spray, and his e395 flashed like those of :1 ii ild “Yoii‘ re a bright I it." he said, bitterly. “and you worst of all, Riley. You might 'ii' k wn I diihi‘t mean they kid warry harm; an’ if 31iu’d had a grain o‘ ouldn't have skenred lit-r nigh to Illleirtir. Out on Ihe mind a pime, where Austin‘s branch turns oil‘, I found her xleepin' on Ii stone; and she had a bit of pnpor whnt said her brother was pinned down by a big stone in the quarry, and that it would take a down (or to lilt the stone, and not to waste time by mmiu' without that many, I couldn't. ir-ave the kid in the woods. so I tinuig her along: and now 31in leliers both-r hurry L If] 66“"I‘ Ioiplniun anuf.” ."1‘7 ' , . Wm