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such college gathering in America, the only way which had been devised to use men are only playing at being men of up the annual interest was to have the letters. Every man of us is a workman, trustees dine together, with such of their or ought to be ashamed if he is not. As friends as wished to meet them, after . for poor Clipsham, the nervous excite- they had chosen themselves again into ment of speaking brought on a fit of office at their annual meeting. At the coughing, and he had to excuse himself Chautauquan dinner, accordingly, Clipand go home.

sham went rather carefully into a disHe soaked his feet in hot water with cussion of the movements of American mustard, put a porous plaster on his emigration, and the elements which have chest, and went to bed with a lump of contributed to the making up of Amerisugar by his side on which he had can civilization. This was on Friday, dropped Ayer's Cherry Pectoral. But and all through the week Clipsham had he slept all night, and did not need the

never forgotton the day of the week, sugar.

although that mischievous Gertrude had Four days went on in this way, with thrown him out in the use he made of four different dinners. Nobody told the several days as they came.

MeanClipsham he was all wrong, because while his cold grew no better. His nobody knew. On the other hand, deafness grew upon him, and he sent for everybody thought he was all right, and the doctor. The doctor told him he said he had never made such good must stay at home. Clipsham said he speeches in his life. The next night he could well do that, that for once there really went to the Carriage Builders' din- no evening engagement, and he

But he thought he was at the looked up the serial called “My Friend annual meeting of the Chautauquan the Boss," which he was reading, which Literary Circle. That is to say, he was full of allusions to his Tamworth thought he was speaking to a large friends. Little did he think, as he discompany of people who, in the midst of cussed the side-bone of the nice turkey every sort of daily occupation, read his sister Prue had provided, that the regularly in a systematic course. So trustees' dinner was cooling while they in fact he was. And the carriage-build- awaited his arrival at the Hotel Jefferers liked his speech all the better that The truth was that they were he made no pretense, as they said any entitled to that excuse which he wrote other lawyer would have done, to a at the beginning of the week, to Colonel knowledge of their business. He said Plunkett, and which Plunkett still had, nothing about varnish, or the strength of unread, in the handkerchief pocket of ash, of which he knew nothing, and he his dress uniform. did not once allude to the hub of the uni- But all the staying at home over Sunverse, the wheel of time, the chariot of day, and all the whisky and glycerine, the sun, or Dr. Holmes's One-Hoss Shay, and all the cherry pectoral which could which had been worked to death at their be administered did Clipsham no good, celebrations.

and on Monday morning he asked the

doctor if a change of air would not help IV.

him. The doctor said of course it would. The two other dinners on the calendar It was clear it would not harm him, for that week were at the joint anniversary he was past much harming. He was of the Chautauquan Circles, as has been deaf as a post, his nose and throat and said, and at the anniversary of the trus- all the passages to them were inflamed tees of a fund left for the education of that and red with the inflammation, his eyes sub-tribe of Ojibwas whom the first set- were drooping with watering, and he tlers had found fishing on the point said he was as stupid as an owl. The which makes Tamworth harbor. These doctor gave his permission for a journey Ojibwas had long since gone where other to Colorado. Clipsham looked on his Ojibwas, I fear, are going. But the fund calendar, and with his pencil marked off remained, as funds will, to curse the all the dinner-parties, and wrote letters of descendants of the trustees. And the excuse for the next three weeks. But


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there was one engagement he could not ting that the friends of order made so manage so easily, for here his conscience

poor a show, went in. As has been said, pricked him.

he was not used to primary meetings. It was the city election. Clipsham Once in, it was like all other meetings, knew in his heart of hearts that he had though not very large. There were two not done his duty in this affair. He hundred men there, of whom he did not had not gone to one meeting where his recognize three. The president was a friend Gordon had summoned him, to man who had once tried to sell him a obtain a competent, non-partisan school horse. The mayor was making a speech, committee. He was afraid there was a and Clipsham supposed from this that “job ” at the almshouse, and he had that officer had been frightened, and was not looked into that. He distrusted trying to “get good,” as the children say. the reigning mayor, yet he had not lifted But whether he knew them or not, they a finger to dethrone him. Now, if he knew him. Three or four showily went to Colorado, he should be away on dressed men met him and led him to a election day, and should not give even front seat, and expressed their pleasure one vote against the rascals, and one in at his presence. In a moment after, the favor of honest men.

mayor's motion was carried, and a comBut Clipsham did so wish to go to mittee was sent out—nominated from a Colorado! He had promised his cousin list which had been prepared in his office Lucy that he would visit her on the way that afternoon—to suggest a ticket for and she wrote such a pretty letter! aldermen.

Clipsham compromised with himself. Then it was that another man, who He would go to Colorado because he also had been drinking more than was wanted to—and his cold was so bad. good for him, arose and said that they But he saw on the calendar that on Mon- were honored by the presence of a genday night there was a meeting of the tleman whom they had often heard in Friends of Good Government at the public, and who was known to be interMechanics' Hall. He knew who called ested in all public affairs, and that he this meeting, and that it was in the right hoped Mr. Clipsham would address them interest. John Fisher and all the rest on the great issues before them; and all had signed the call. He would go to the people shouted, “Clipsham, Clipthat meeting. That would show which sham !” Why he was there the leaders side he was on. He would not go on wondered, but they supposed, in their the noon train; he would wait until the low way, that he had quarreled with John evening train, which went at 9:30. And Fisher and his set, and had come over to his presence there would, in practice, them to see what they would give him. show his colors as well as if he stayed in The truth was, as the reader sees, that Tamworth nine whole days, sneezing and he had come to a meeting which was one coughing, to vote at the end of them. day earlier than the meeting which he

Indeed, he might be in his coffin if he had meant to come to. stayed, and a man cannot vote when he Clipsham himself did not hear the man is in his coffin.

who spoke, and did not know what they So, when Monday came, Clipsham sent were shouting at. But when another his trunk to the train, ordered a carriage man came to lead him to the platform for himself an hour before the train he knew what that meant, and he stepped started, and went down to the hall. The up and sailed in. And a capital speech truth was that the citizens' meeting was he made. It was that speech which put not to take place until the next night. him into what people call public life. But Gertrude had changed all that, and For my part, I think he had been in very Clipsham found, to his surprise, that the public life before. He was pleased at large hall was not lighted. However, the being called upon so early; he was smaller hall was. An assiduous gentle pleased at being recognized as in some man whom he did not know, who had sort a leader; and he said to himself, as been drinking more than was good for he mounted the steps, that this was what him, asked him in; and Clipsham, regret- he had come for, and that, if they wanted

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him to lead, he had better lead. He did in half an hour he was asleep in his not quite know what to do or say about berth as his train started for the West.

For here was the mayor at By great good luck it happened that his side. If he had repented of the the chief shorthand man of a newspaper dirty job he had been in, Clipsham unfriendly to the crew had been sent thought, he would let him off; and he to “ do " the meeting. It was supposed did. But he did not let off anybody else that a square or two of “ matter would in that meeting. He exposed, from be all the result of his probing such an cellar to cupola, the disgraceful jobs ulcer. But he caught the position in about building the new school-house an instant. He wrote down every word opposite Prue Wintergreen's house, and of Clipsham's speech, and the next mornthe unkind audience howled with delight ing Tamworth and the State had it all. as they saw Alderman Bob Lyon and Such headlines ! Councilman Bill Stuggs held up under

Clipsham's pitiless ridicule. One of

these gentlemen had led him to his stand,
and the other was secretary of the meet-

ing; but this Clipsham did not know. LIGHT IN DARK PLACES!
Clipsham could see that the assembly was And the public soon knew that, for once,
a low-lived set, and mad enough was he the little coterie which had “run Tam-
with Fisher and the rest who had signed worth for some years had been told the
the call and then stayed comfortably at truth by one modest, quiet gentleman,
home. So, after dissecting every nasty who had no ax to grind, and no ring
job which his hearers had been engaged behind him.
in for five years, he closed with a really

That man was Clipsham. While he eloquent denunciation of the indifference

was doing the mountains and cañons of of educated men and holders of property Colorado, without the slightest suspicion in the management of the affairs of the

of it himself, events were making him city. His own conscience pricked him, the most popular man in the State. So as has been said, and he spoke all the

soon as there was a chance, the friends better for that. The closing passage, of good government put him in nominawhere he describes the rich manufac- tion for Governor-and Governor he was turer, who could not sign his name if the chosen. He will be Governor till he public schools had not taught him, and

wishes to go to the United States Senate. could not squeeze on a pay-roll if the public school had not taught him, yet

V. who, when he is rich and prosperous, will “ But who was Elinor May ?” asks my not go to a meeting which cares for the kind reader, Emma, who has followed schools, and does not know a school- this little story with the faithfulness master when he meets him in the streets, which has given a charm to other stories, has gone into the reading-books; and if and who remembers something said in you will go to the graduating exercises the beginning about the heroine. My of the Lavinia Academy, you may hear dear Emma, can there be no story withit spoken.

out a wedding at the end ? No, there Well, that one fellow held that angry cannot be, if the story is quite perfect. assembly by the mere force of audacity So you shall hear who Elinor May was, and truth, and they did not even remem- for it belongs to the calendar also, and ber that they could pelt him to death can be told in a few words. with their private gin-bottles and other So soon as Clipsham had determined "pocket pistols." When he had finished to go to Colorado, the doctor asked his speech, he did not wait to hear him if he should stop in St. Louis. He what followed. He did not care to hear said he certainly should. Then the the hisses nor curses. He did see the doctor told him that he must call on scowls, but he had not supposed that some friend of his named Day, and everybody would like his speech. He gave him the address. The doctor took bowed himself away from the hall, and a card and wrote on it, “Col. eorge

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Clipsham, introduced by Dr. Jones.” that did not come out very well. In the Clipsham was, lying on a long extension first place, Clipsham did not hear very chair, carefully wrapped up in a Zuñi well. In the second place, he was a good blanket, and he asked the doctor to put deal preoccupied with Elinor. In the down the name and street on this fatal third place, the Dr. Jones he was talking calendar; and there the doctor put it, about was the leading physician of Tamjust as Clipsham bade him. Before worth, and the Dr. Jones they were askClipsham started upon his journey, he ing about was the Rev. Dr. Jones, presicopied all the lines from his calendar dent of the theological seminary at New into his pocketbook. There was not Berea. But she was well-bred ;

she saw much, and he did not look at the dates. there was some mistake, and she let it They came thus :

pass. M. Speak at Caucus.

A very pleasant evening Clipsham Tu. Stop over at Aunt Lucy's.

had. It proved that he heard Miss EliW. Day, 999 Olive Street. (This in the nor much better than he had heard anydoctor's writing.)

body for a fortnight. The journey had But Clipsham never noticed that the been of use already. Then they fell to dates were wrong.

He copied the en- singing duets, even on this slight acquainttries into his own note-book; and thus

She plays a charming accomit happened, as we say, that many pleas- paniment, and he sings admirably when ant things followed. Elinor and George he has no cold. She was tolerant that do not think anything “happened.” evening, though his voice was all wrong. They think it was all made in heaven. Then, when her father came in, it proved This I know—that they had that mis- that they were all going to Colorado chievous Gertrude for their only brides- Springs on the next day but one; and maid.

so it was very easy for Clipsham to For so it was that, on the evening make up his mind that he had business when Clipsham meant to call on Mrs. which would keep him over a day in Day in St. Louis, he was in Chicago. Chicago. Although he did not tell them He looked at his diary, and he found so, he made his resolution to stay before this entry.


it is !” said he left the house. he. “I thought Jones said these peo- When he had gone away, Elinor's ple lived in St. Louis”. -as indeed Dr. mother said she pitied him, because he Jones did. But Clipsham had formed had such a horrid cold. · But, Mamma," this notion that his memory was failing, said Elinor, “ did you ever know a cold so he consulted the hotel clerk as to how make a man say ·Day'instead of ‘May'? he should find the street. The clerk He kept calling you Mrs. Day." never heard of it, but saw in a moment Mrs. May had not observed this. But that it should be Ohio Street, and that it was even so. As for Clipsham, when Clipsham had copied it wrong. Clipsham he met them at the train, and took his went to No. 999, as he thought he had seat with them in the same Pullman, he been bidden. Here he sent in the card : was no such fool but that he could see “Col. George Clipsham, introduced by that their seats were taken for Mrs. May, Dr. Jones.” After a moment's delay Mr. May, and Miss May. But then he he was admitted, and a very charming supposed the P. P. C. man had written lady came forward to meet him. Clip- this wrong. When, however, the names sham bowed, and said she was very which they had themselves put on the kind to be so informal and to permit books with which they traveled proved him to be, but he was a traveler, and to be May, Clipsham gave up his conhad but one night in Chicago; and then viction that he knew their names better he was presented to Elinor, and I think than they did. As he went on, indeed, the whole thing was pretty much finished he began to be wondering whether he then, as far as he was concerned—and could not persuade Miss Elinor to change so would you,


you knew Elinor Clip- hers. He was very soon on that plane sham as well as I do. Then there was of conversation where he called her a little inquiry about Dr. Jones. But “ Miss Elinor."

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Yes, a Pullman is a very nice place George Clipsham is anywhere his best when the company is good. They sang recommendation. He is a modest man, in the twilight, for Clipsham's voice im- but you cannot be with him a day withproved very fast, and his hearing gained out seeing that he is a brave, quiet, true, so that he could hear Miss Elinor, even Christian gentleman. He thinks very when she spoke in very low tones, of little of himself, but is glad—nay, eagerexperiences of hers which she would not if he can, to make other people happy care to have that Russian merchant and good, and to serve the world where hear, who was on his way to Alaska. he has a chance to serve it. The Pullman people had not then ad- Nothing, indeed, could have been vanced so far as to have a piano in the better or brighter or more happy in its car between the saloon and the smoking- results than this Colorado journey. Cliproom. But these two people found that sham threw off his cold entirely, and they could sing without any accom- before the journey was

over he had paniment. At the stations Clipsham undertaken to take care of Elinor to the always managed to bring in something; end of her days, if she would let him. if there were no flowers there were queer She, on her part, has taken such good crullers, or if there were no crullers care of him from that day to this that there were fossils. Sometimes there was he has never made the wrong speech in half an hour's detention, and then he and the wrong place, and he has never had Miss May would have a good, brisk, that “horrid influenza” again. constitutional walk together.

When he came back to Tamworth, in Now Clipsham had mining interests all the exuberance of his new life, he in Colorado, and Mr. May had smelting did manage to ask Dr. Jones how he interests. And while Mr. May attended managed to write “Day " instead of to the smelting, Colonel Clipsham would May.” For the calendar still hung wait with them. And while Clipsham there, and there was the “D,” perfectly inquired about the mining, the Mays plain, in the doctor's handwriting. were not far away. And the “ Garden Then it was that a thorough examinaof the Gods” was more divine than tion and explanation ensued, and then ever, when they dismissed the carriage Gertrude, in tears, confessed to her one evening, and under the moonlight mother, for she, poor child! had never walked home together, while those old forgotten her sín. But she had perfect divinities looked down, in still approval absolution. A beautiful doll, open-eyesof what these younger people said and shut-eyes, was given her, and she has did. Altogether, the journey out, and never been scolded from that day to this. the journey there, and the journey home, You would say that Clipsham would were charming. Clipsham never received have called on Mrs. Day in St. Louis one newspaper all the time, and he did on his first visit there. But he has not dream that he was growing famous. never done so. His wife says she is As for the Mays, they never asked nor afraid to have him. He says he has cared whether he was a public man or found out that there are no nice daugha private man. It was enough for them ter; there. that the Rev. Dr. Jones had recom- Both he and Elinor bless Gertrude, mended him. Nay, they did not long every day of their lives, for her little think of that. For, give him a chance, experiment on his calendar,

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