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“For a moment or two he hesitated, it from the stump. But before he could looking round for the ax.
attach it to his place on the whippletree “ Try them again, Ranald," cried Far again, Ranald stood ready for work. quhar. “Haw them a bit."
“ A win, lad! A win !" cried old FarOnce more Ranald picked up the lines, quhar, more excited than he had been for swung his horses round to the left, held years. them steady a moment or two, and then It is no win,” said Aleck, hotly. with a yell sent them at their pull. Mag- · No, no, lads,” said Macdonald Bhain, nificently the blacks responded, furiously before Farquhar could reply. “It is as tearing up the ground with their feet. A even a match as could well be. It is fine moment or two they hung straining on teams you both have got, and you have their chain, refusing to come back, when handled them well." slowly the stump began to move.
But, all the same, Ranald's friends were “ You have got it,” cried Farquhar. wildly enthusiastic over what they called “Gee them a point or two."
his victory, and Don could hardly keep But already Ranald had seen that this his hands off him, for very joy. was necessary, and once more backed his Aleck, on the other hand, while claimteam to readjust the chain, which had ing the victory because his team was at slipped off the top. As he fastened the the pile first, was not so sure of it but hook he heard a sharp “Back !" behind that he was ready to fight with any one him, and he knew that the next moment venturing to dispute his claim. But the Aleck's team would be away with their men all laughed at him and his rage, until load. With a yell he sprang at his lines, he found it wiser to be good humored lashed the blacks over the back and called about it. to them once more. Again his team re- “ Yon lad will be making as good a sponded, and, with a mighty heave, the man as yourself," said Farquhar, enthusistump came slowly out, carrying with it astically, to Macdonald Bhain, as Ranald what looked like half a ton of earth. But drove his team to the stable. even as it heaved he heard Aleck's call Aye, ard a better, pray God," said and the answering crash, and before he Macdonald Bhain, fervently, looking after could get his team a-going, the French- Ranald with loving eyes. There was no Canadians were off for their pile at a child in his home, and his brother's son gallop, with the lines flying in the air was as his own. behind them. A moment later he fol- Meanwhile Don had hurried on, leaving lowed, the blacks hauling their stump at his team with Murdie that he might sing a run.
Ranald's praises to "the girls," with whom Together he and Aleck reached the pile. Ranald was highly popular, although he It only remained now to unhook the chain. avoided them, or perhaps because he did In vain he tugged and hauled. The chain so, the ways of women being past underwas buried deep beneath the stump and standing. refused to move, and before he could To Mrs. Murray and Maimie, who, with swing his team about and turn the stump the minister and Hughie, had come over over, he heard Aleck's shout of victory. to the supper, he went first with his tale.
But as he dropped his chain and was Graphically he depicted the struggle from leisurely backing his horses, he heard old its beginning to the last dramatic rush to Farquhar cry, “ Hurry, man! Hurry, for the pile, dilating upon Ranald's skill and the life of you !"
pluck, and upon the wonderful and Without waiting to inquire the reason, hitherto unknown virtues of Farquhar's Ranald wheeled his team, gave the stump shiny blacks. a half-turn, released his chain, and drove “You ought to see them !" cried Don.. off from the pile, to find Aleck still busy “ You bet they never moved in their lives: hooking his chain to his whippletree. the way they did to-day. Tied him !” he
Aleck had had the same difficulty in continued. “Tied him! Beat him, I say, freeing his chain as Ranald, but instead but Macdonald Bhain says “Tied him of trying to detach it from the stump, he Aleck McRae, who thinks himself so mighty, had un hooked the other end, and then, smart with his team.” with a mighty backward jerk, had snatched Don forgot in his excitement that the
McRaes and their friends were there in Suddenly he came upon the group numbers.
where the minister's wife and her niece “ So he is,” cried Annie Ross, one of were standing. Here, for the moment, Aleck's admirers. “There is not a man his ease forsook him, but Mrs. Murray in the Indian Lands that can beat Aleck came to meet him with outstretched hand. and his team."
So you still retain your laurels ” she “ Well," exulted Don, “a boy came said, with a frank smile. “ I hear it was pretty near it to-day."
a great battle.” But Annie only stuck out her lip at him Aleck shook hands with her rather in the inimitable female manner, and ran awkwardly. He was not on the easiest off to add to the mischief that Don had terms with the minister and his wife. He already made between Ranald and his belonged distinctly to the careless set, rival.
and rather enjoyed the distinction. But now the day's work was over, and “Oh, it was not much,” he said; "the the hour for the day's event had come, teams were well matched." for supper was the great event to which “Oh, I should like to have been there. all things moved at Bees. The long tables You should have told us beforehand.” stood under the maple-trees, spread with “ Oh, it was more than I expected mythe richest, rarest, deadliest dainties known self,” he said. “ I didn't think it was in to the housewives and maidens of the Farquhar's team." countryside. About the tables stood in He could not bring himself to give any groups the white-aproned girls, tucked credit to Ranald, and, though Mrs. Murand frilled, curled and ribboned into all ray saw this, she refused to notice it. degrees of bewitching loveliness. The She was none the less anxious to win men hurried away with their teams and Aleck's confidence because she was Ranthen gave themselves to the serious duty ald's friend. of getting ready for supper, using many “Do you know my niece ?" she said, pails of water in their efforts to remove the turning to Maimie. black from the burnt wood of the brûlé. Aleck looked into Maimie's face with
At length the women lost all patience such open admiration that she felt the with them, and sent Annie Ross, with two blush come up in her cheeks. or three companions, to call them to “ Indeed, she is worth knowing, but I supper. With arms intertwined, and with don't think she will care to take such a much chattering and giggling, the girls hand as that,” he said, stretching out a made their way to the group of men, some hand still grimy in spite of much washing. of whom were engaged in putting the But Maimie had learned something since finishing touches to their toilet.
coming to her aunt, and she no longer “ Supper is ready," cried Annie," and judged men by the fit of their clothes, or long past ready. You need not be trying the color of their skin, or the length of to fix yourselves up so fine.
You are their hair; and indeed, as she looked at just as bad as any girls. Oh!" Her Aleck with his close-buttoned smock, and speech ended in a shriek, which was echoed overalls with the legs tucked neatly into by the others, for Aleck McRae rushed the tops of his boots, she thought he was at them, stretching out his black hands the trimmest figure she had seen since toward them. But they were too quick coming to the country. She took Aleck's for him, and fled for protection to the hand and shook it warmly, the full admisafe precincts of the tables.
ration in his handsome black eyes setting At length, when the last of the men her blood tingling with that love of conhad made themselves, as they thought, quest that lies in every woman's heart. presentable, they began to make their So she Aung out her flag of war, and approach to the tables, slowly and shyly smiled back at him her sweetest. for the most part, each waiting for the You have a fine team, I hear,” she other. Aleck McRae, however, knew little said, as her aunt moved away to greet of shyness, but walked past the different some of the other men, who were evidently groups of girls, throwing on either hand waiting to get a word with her. a smile, a wink, or a word, as he might " That I have, you better believe,” refind suitable.
plied Aleck, proudly.
“ It was very clever of Ranald to come But Aleck only shrugged his shoulders so near beating you, wasn't it?” she said, and looked at Ranald, who passed on to innocently. “He must be a splendid his place at the table, black as a thunderdriver.”
cloud. Maimie was indignant at him. “He drives pretty well," admitted Aleck. What right had he to stare and look so “ He did nothing else all last winter in savage ? She would just show him. So the shanties."
she turned once more to Aleck, and, with “He is so young, too,” went on Maimie. a gay laugh, cried, " Some day I will ac“Just a boy, isn't he ?"
cept your invitation, so just make ready. Aleck was not sure how to take this. Any day, or every day, and the more “He does not think so," he answered, days the better,” cried Aleck, as he sat shortly. “He thinks he is no end of a down at the table, where all had now man, but he will have to learn something taken their places. before he is much older.”
The supper was a great success. With “ But he can drive, you say,” continued much laughter and chaffing, the girls Maimie, wickedly keeping her finger on Aitted from place to place, pouring cups the sore spot.
of tea and passing the various dishes, "Oh, pshawl” replied Aleck, boldly. urging the men to eat, till, as Don said, “ You think a lot of him, don't you? And they were “full to the neck." I guess you are a pair."
When all had finished, Mr. Murray, Mamie tossed her head at this.
who sat at the head of the table, rose in are very good friends, of course," she his place and said : said, lightly. “He is a very nice boy, “Gentlemen, before we rise from this and we are all fond of him ; but he is table, which has been spread so bountijust a boy; he is Hughie's great friend." fully for us, I wish to return thanks on
"A boy, is he?" laughed Aleck. “That behalf of Mr. Macdonald to the neighbors may be, but he is very fond of you, what- and friends who have gathered to-day to ever, and, indeed, I don't wonder at that. assist in this work. Mr. Macdonald Anybody would be," he added, boldly. asked me to say that he is all the more
“ You don't know a bit about it,” said surprised at this kindness, in that he feels Maimie, with cheeks glowing.
himself to be so unworthy of it. I promised “ About what?”
to speak this word for him, but I do not “ About Ranald and-and-what you agree with the sentiment. Mr. Macdonsaid.”
ald is a man whom we all love, and in “ What I said? About being fond of whose misfortune we deeply sympathize, you ? Indeed, I know all about that. and I only hope that this Providence may The boys are all broke up, not to speak be greatly blessed to him, and that we of myself."
will all come to know him better, and to This was going a little too fast for see God's hand in his misfortune." Maimie. She knew nothing, as yet, of The minister then, after some further the freedom of country banter.
remarks expressive of the good will of the new to the warfare, but she was not going neighbors for Mr. Macdonald, and in ap. to lower her flag or retreat. She changed preciation of the kind spirit that prompted the subject. “Your team must have been the Bee, returned thanks, and the supper very tired.”
“ Tired !” exclaimed Aleck, “not a bit. As the men were leaving the table, They will go home like birds. Come Aleck watched his opportunity and called along with me, and you will see.”
to Maimie, when he was sure Ranald Maimie gasped. "12" she hesitated, could hear, “ Well, when will you be glanced past Aleck, blushed, and stam ready for that drive ?" mered.
And Maimie, who was more indignant Aleck turned about quickly and saw at Ranald than ever because he had Ranald staring at Maimie. Oh," he ignored all her advances at supper, and said, banteringly, “ I see. You would not had received her congratulations upon be allowed."
his victory with nothing more than a grunt, " Allowed !" echoed Maimie. “ And answered Aleck brightly: “Oh, any day why not, pray? Who will hinder me?" that you happen to remember,"
“Remember !" cried Aleck ;
“ Saved you that time, my boy,” said that will be every day until our ride comes Yankee to Ranald. “ You would have off.”
made a fool of yourself in about two A few minutes later, as Ranald was minutes more, I guess.” hitching up Farquhar's team, Aleck passed But Ranald was still too wrathful to be by, and, in great good humor with him- grateful for Yankee's help. “I will be self, chaffingly called out to Ranald in the even with him some day,” he said, between presence of a number of the men, " That's his teeth. a fine girl you've got, Ranald. But you I guess you will have to learn two or better keep your eye on her."
three things first," said Yankee, slowly. Ranald made no reply. He was fast “What things ?” losing command of himself.
“Well, how to use your head, first “ Pretty skittish to handle, isn't she ?” place, and then how to use your hands. continued Aleck.
He is too heavy for you. He would “What y're talkin' 'bout? That Lisette crumple you up in a couple of minutes." mare?” said Yankee, walking round to “Let him, then," said Ranald, reckRanald's side. “ Purty slick beast, that. lessly. Guess there ain't anythin' in this country Rather onpleasant. Better wait a while will make her take dust."
till you learn what I told you." Then in a low voice he said to Ranald, Yankee,” said Ranald, after a pause, hurriedly, “Don't you mind him ; don't “ will you show me ?” you mind him. You can't touch him to day, Why, sartin sure," said Yankee, cheeron your own place. Let me handle him." fully. “ You have got to lick him some
“No," said Aleck. “We were talking day, or he won't be happy; and, by jings ! about another colt of Ranald's.”
it will be worth seein', too.” * What's that ?" said Yankee, pretend- By this time Farquhar had come back ing not to hear. “Yes, you bet,” he con- from saying good-by to Macdonald Dhu tinued. “Ranald can handle her all right. and Mr. and Mrs. Murray, who were He knows something about horses, as I remaining till the last. guess you have found out, perhaps, by “ You will be a man yet," said Farthis time. Never sai anything so purty. quhar, shaking Ranald's hand. “ You have Didn't know your team had got that move got the patience and the endurance." in them, Mr. McNaughton," Yankee went These were great virtues in Farquhar's on to Farquhar, who had just come up. opinion.
“ Indeed, they are none the worse of “Not much patience, I am afraid," said it," said Farquhar, rubbing his hands over Ranald. · But I am glad you trusted me the sleek sides of his horses.
with your team.” “ Worse !” cried Yankee. “ They're “ And any day you want them you can worth a hundred dollars more from this have them,” said Farquhar, his reckless day on.”
mood leading him to forget Kirsty for the “I don't know that. The hundred moment. dollars ought to go upon the driver,” said “ Thank you, sir,” said Ranald, wonderFarquhar, putting his hand kindly upon ing what Kirsty would look like should Ranald's shoulder.
he ever venture to claim Farquhar's offer. But this Ranald warmly repudiated. One by one the teams drove away with * They are a great team,” he said to Far- their loads, till only the minister and his quhar. “And they could do better than party were left. Away under the trees they did to-day, if they were better han- Mr. Murray was standing, earnestly talkdled.”
ing to Macdonald Dhu. He had found * Indeed, it would be difficult to get the opportunity he had long waited for that,” said Farquhar," for, in my opinion, and was making the most of it. Mrs. there is not a man in the country that Murray was busy with Kirsty, and Maimie could handle them as well."
and Hughie came toward the stable where This was too much for Aleck, who, Yankee and Ranald were still standing. having by this time got his horses hitched, As soon as Ranald saw them approaching mounted his wagon seat and came round he said to Yankee, abruptly, “ I am going to the door at a gallop.
to get the minister's horse," and disappeared into the stable. Nor did he come Mr. Macdonald, if it would not be too forth again till he heard his father calling much for you, and if you do not scorn a to him: “What is keeping you, Ranald ? woman's teaching." The minister is waiting for his horse." " Indeed, I would be proud," said Mac
“So you won a great victory, Ranald, donald Dhu, courteously, “as far as that I hear,” said the minister, as Ranald is concerned, for I hear there are better brought Black to the door.
men than me attending.” “ It was a tie,” said Ranald.
“I am sure Mrs. Murray will be glad “Oh, Ranald !” cried Hughie, "you to see you, Mr. Macdonald," said the beat him. Everybody says so.
You had minister. your chain bitched up and everything, “I will be thinking of it,” said Macbefore Aleck.”
donald Dhu, cautiously. “ And you are “I hear it was a great exhibition, not both very kind, whatever," he said, losing only of skill, but of endurance and patience, for a time his habitual gloom. Ranald,” said the minister. “ And these Well, then, I will look for you both,” are noble virtues. It is a great thing to said Mrs. Murray, as they were about to be able to endure."
drive off, “ so do not disappoint me.” But Ranald made no reply, busying “Good-by, Ranald," said Maimie, offerhimself with Black's bridle. Mrs. Murray ing Ranald her hand. noticed his gloom and guessed its cause. “Good-by,” said Ranald, holding her
“We will see you at the Bible class, hand for a moment and looking hard into Ranald,” she said, kindly, but still Ranald her eyes," and I hope you will enjoy remained silent.
your ride, whatever." “Can you not speak, man ?" said his Then Maimie understood Ranald's savfather. “Do you not hear the minister's age manner, and as she thought it over wife talking to you?"
she smiled to herself. She was taking her “Yes,” said Ranald, “I will be there." first sips of that cup, to woman's lips the
“We will be glad to see you," said Mrs. sweetest, and she found it not unpleasant. Murray, offering him her hand. And She had succeeded in making one man you might come in with Hughie for a few happy and another. miserable. But it was minutes afterwards," she continued, kindly, when she said to herself, “ Poor Ranald !" for she noted the misery in his face. that she smiled most sweetly. “And we will be glad to see you too,
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By Fullerton L. Waldo
his chin on his fists gazing into the master.
grate, and shaping images to suit The door slammed to-a manifestation his fancy in the glowing coals. Somebody of ill temper which it was Carruthers's rapped on the door and entered before he obvious duty as a master to follow up and had fairly risen and unlimbered.
punish, but which on this occasion he “Please, sir," said a small boy, impu- thought it wiser to ignore. Not too far dently, “the Head wants to see you in his from the other side of the door to be study, sir, and sent me to fetch you, sir.” heard, an indignation meeting sprang into
“ You may have four marks for your being. This usually happened when the impertinent manner," said Carruthers, master marked a boy. The more Carrushortly, feeling his face grow warm as he thers pretended to himself that he did not spoke.
care, the more clearly he heard the con“What for, sir?" asked the boy.
versation. "For your impertinent manner," repeat- "Let's go down to Daddy Long-legs ed Carruthers.
with it," came in a vibrant stage-whisper. " Thank you, sir.”
The nickname was the head master's.