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Whereat be stared, replying, half amazed, “ You would not let your little finger ache For such as these p” “But I would die,” said she. He laugh’d, and swore by Peter and by Paul: Then fillip'd at the diamond in her ear; “O aye, aye, aye, you talk !” “Alas !” she said, “But prove me what it is I would not do." And from a heart as rough as Esau's hand, He answer'd, " Ride you naked through the tow And I repeal it;" and nodding, as in scorn, He parted, with great strides, among his dogs.
So, left alone, the passions of her mind, As winds from all the compass shift and blow, Made war upon each other for an hour, Till pity won. She sent a herald forth, And bade him cry, with sound of trumpet, all The hard condition ; but that she would loose The people : therefore, as they loved her well, From then tiil noon no foot should pace the street, No eye look down, she passing; but that all Should keep within, door shut, and window barr'd.
Then fled she to her inmost bower, and there Unclasp'd the wedded eagles of her belt, The grim Earl's gift; but ever at a breath She linger'd, looking like a summer moon Half-dipt in cloud ; anon she shook her head, And shower'd the rippled ringlets to her knee; Unclad herself in haste; adown the stair Stole on; and, like a creeping sunbeam, slid From pillar unto pillar, until she reach'd The gateway; there she found her palfrey trapt In purple blazon'd with armorial gold.
Then she rode forth, clothed on with chastity: The deep air listen'd round her as she rode, And all the low wind hardly breathed for fear. The little wide-mouth'd heads upon the spout Had cunning eyes to see; the barking cur Made her cheek flame; her palfrey's footfall shot Light horrors through her pulses; the blind walls
Were full of chinks and holes; and overhead
Then she rode back, clothed on with chastity;
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
A stranger came one night to Yussouf's tent,
Saying, “Behold one outcast and in dread, Against whose life the bow of power is bent,
Who flies, and hath not where to lay his head; I come to thee for shelter and for foodTo Yussouf, called through all our tribes The Good !”” " This tent is mine," said Yussouf, “but no more
Than it is God's; come in, and be at peace;
As I of His who buildeth over these,
And, waking him ere day, said: “Here is gold,
My swiftest horse is saddled for thy flight,
Depart before the prying day grow bold.”
Which shines from all self-conquest; kneeling low,
Sobbing: “O Sheik, I cannot leave thee so;
Into the desert, never to return,
First-born, for whom by day and night I yearn,
SHE MEANT BUSINESS
From the Detroit Free Press. There is no reason why the inventor of a remedy to " cure the worst case of catarrh inside of five minutes" shouldn't feel it his duty to place a bottle of the same in every person's hand—“ price twenty-five cents; no cure, no pay.” Therefore, the long-legged chap who pulled a door-bell on John R. Street yesterday had none of that timidity in his bearing which characterizes rag-buyers, lightning-rod men, and solicitors for the fire sufferers. He had a good thing, and he knew it, and he wanted other folks to know it. When the door opened and a hardfeatured woman about forty years of age confronted him, he pleasantly went to business, and asked:
“Madame, is your husband ever troubled with the catarrh ?"
“ Can a man who has been dead seven years be troubled with the catarrh ?" she grimly replied.
“ But the children are liable to be attacked at any hour this season," he remarked.
“Whose children ?" “ Yours, madame."
“I never had any, sir! What brought you here, anyhow? Why do you come asking those questions ?”
“Madame, I have compounded a remedy for the catarrh. It is a good thing. I'll warrant it to knock any case of catarrh bigh-sky in less than five minutes."
“Well, sir, what's all this to me ?
“Do I look as if I needed any catarrh remedies ?" she demanded, as she stepped out on the platform.
“Madame, I would not for the world have you think that I thought you had the catarrh, but I suppose the fair and lovely can be attacked, as well as the strong and brava."
“And what have I got to do with all that rigmarole ? Who are you, sir, and what do you want ?"
“Madame,” he whispered, backing down one step, “I have compounded a remedy for the catarrh."
" Whose catarrh, sir q 66 Madame, I am selling my catarrh" “ Where is your catarrh—where is it ?" she interrupted. He got down on the second step and softly began :
" Madame, I have a sure cure for the catarrh, and I am selling lots of it."
"Well, what do I care! Must you ring my door-bell to tell me that you are selling lots of catarrh medicine ??
He got down on the walk, clear of the steps, and he tried hard to look beautiful around the mouth as he explained :
“Madame, didn't I ask you if your husband was ever troubled with catarrh ?"
“ Yes, sir, and didn't I reply that he was dead? Do you want to see his grave, sir ?"
“No, madame, I do not. I am sorry he's dead, but my
catarrh remedy can't help him any. Good-by, madame."
“Here, sir, hold on a minute !" she called, “what was your business with me?"
“Why, I have a remedy for the catarrh.”
“You are a falsifier, sir; you never asked me to purchase !"
“Do-you-want-abottle ?” he slowly asked.
"Yes, sir : give me two of them: here's your money! Next time you want to sell your catarrh remedy, don't begin to talk around about the discovery of America. Here you've bothered me fifteen minutes, and put all my work bebind, and it's good for you I didn't bring the broom to the door !"
He retreated backward through the gate, his left eye squinted up and his mouth open. He shut the gate, leaned over it and looked long at the front door. By and by he said:
“ Darn 'em! You can never tell where to find 'em.”
This piece is rendered very effective by the questions being given in a firm, bluff voice, and Gafer Gray's replies in the tremulous, piping tones of extreme old age.
“Ho! why dost thou shiver and shake, Gaffer Gray?
"'Tis the weather that's cold,
“Nay, but credit I've none,