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\J A. LADY OF TI-IR ROAD. B\' CLINTON 1 3IOSS. iinios wo discussed it uftor tho weary clay was over, nnd the morrow promised but naothcr us wonrj. Wo saw before us -vacation, and Arcadia. Tom- mio sftiil yon could find it oa n wheel; and finally 'ho porsnnded me. Mypor- Butision was complete tha third day out. To bo sure, wo hud not yet to sing in a voice tbat probably was not u good one by common standard ; but here in the wood, singing to herself, it 6cetued singularly .delightful. 1 cJutchodl'oajmieand held him back, Shis no morn diltios. sins no morn, Of dumps so dull uud bouvy, Tha fraud of mou was over so. Since summer ilrst was leafy. "And of women," mud Tommio, stopping: forward, cap in band; as lenat ho leuiornbered so much of hit found Ai-cruliii, but we had tho flavor manners. The sing-cr stnrtod uad ot EOIUO gooillicnlth already, undwo.ro hopofnl that tvbo'j wo Icnst expected sfc wo should cross tho boundary. Tha road had gained our spirits. Aud so feeling (it, and our hearts attuned to simple, natural things, we rodo into that bosky wood which was to bo tho scono of our first misadvozi ture. Tho road was smooth and prom isefal, through the brandies at our right was the shmmcr of ft lake, where Tommie said wo might loaf comfortably for au hour with our pipes. So wo loft our steeds by tho roadside and wont down by that shore, stretching ourselves out for comfortable contemplation. An hour must Lava passed when Tommio gripped my arm. "Look. FJotchtr, thcra in tho road." I followed hia eye?, and saw by our whoels, a bit of suolight on her face, a most charming youug woman, wearing one of thoso walking costumes that arc now tho most admirable achievement of the modiste. She was young, I say, nnd blond; and she wan smiling to herself and lucking our wheels over. One she raised, and before wo cveu farcied it, vaulted in tho saddle as easily as any boy, tearing around ft curvy and out of oar ken. "Well, I'll be hanged," said Tommie. "I Lope she'll bring it busk," said J. "Particularly as it's my wheel," said Tommie. But in the road wo could seo 110 trace of hur; she had vanished. "Get on yours and catch her," said Jorumic. "Ou, she'll brine: it back. She waanlt—" "Yes, t-he was—" "A. gentleman of tho road?" "Is'o, a lady—t:mes have changed," said Tommie, ruefully. "Well, l'/n after hnr, Flotch." And he, too, was around tho curve on my wheel, leaving mo laughing and mourning. But in five minutes he was back, hot and irritable. "There are three forks ol' tho road just beyond. How in thunder am I to kno'w which she took?" "Try your luck." "It's bad enough," said he. can't afford another wheel this yoav." "J think," said I, "that she's just playing a trick." "Jt's rather noar a theft," said Tommie. "Confound you, it wasa't your machine." "Xo," said I, lighting a cigarette. "We'd better walk on. She's gone; tha wheel is—well, perhaps it'.s pawned by this time." "Yon think you're fanny," quoth Tommie. "UMo oo, and I'll walk." "So," said I, "we'll both walk. Eat she was a mighty pretty—" "Thief." "Sow, Tominie, you don't know that, "said I. "Well," said he, "haven't I tho evidences of my senses?" "They sometimes lie," said I, for I rtaw he was not pleased; it wasn't my wheel, and, of coiufte, I could philosophize more easily than he. We took the. most hopeful turn at tho three roads, since- our map refused to be explicit ; and presently wo came upon a rustic in boots. "Did you seo a woman riding a man's wbeol?" "J swan," said the rustic. "I should remark," said Tommie; ''she stole my wheel." "Yon don't say," said the rustic. "Whoro does this road load?" "Nuwnerc," said the rustic. ".Don't you live here?" askod TOM. "Siace i was born," said the rustic. "Then when the douce will this road bring us to ?" I united impatiently. "That depends on where yo'r KO- in'," romm-lced tho rustic practically. "Oh, dear," said Tominie, "I've a notion to pound this fool." Tho rustic looked frightened and ratrot!.tod. "\Vo want to so anywhere—to find the stolen wheel," said I. "This 'ere road goes to Arcadia," said ho. A female Dick Tnrpin J Arcadia 1 Wo opened our eyes. "it's a queer nurao that JMorivalo calls this place," said the rustic. "It's round that thar turn." Wo left him, despairing of getting anything rioro lucid from htm, but it oppearod that at lease wo had reached Area 1m. I began to laugh, when Tommy said irritably, "Shut up." About tho turn we came on a road :«adiug from ours between high gate posts; and there on a grassy bank waa our lady of tue road. I stopped bock embarrassed. She was laughing .to herself. Yes, sho was undeniable And as wo paused she began clrow .herself up. "Sir!" said she, like tho affronted lady in tho play. "I beg your pardon," said Tommia. "That was a very pretty song-." •'What is that to you, sir! It's Shakespeare." "Excr.so me," said Tommie; "we hnvo had a mishap. My wheel has been stolon." "Stolou!" she cried in n, crimson glow. "Down by the lake?" 'Teg, down by tho lake," said the malicious Tominie. "Oh,"fcUe cried, "howcan I explain? Tbore it is. I thought it was Fred's. I thought Fred and Harry loft thorn there." "It's no matter," said I, "I'd. sorry. It was a natural mistake." She looked at me with a world ot thanks in tho Mno eye,?. Did I toll you before they wore blue? Tommy calmly walked to his wheel. "1 am glinl you did it," he said, "because it bus given mo a caanao to know yon." "iTou'rc atrocious," sho paid; and turned and Hod up the road behind the gateway. "Tommio," snid J, "you're nc-ftd." Tommio leaned on his wheel and whittled, "Wasn't she jolly?" he said. "I'll follow." "ifon nro not going to do any thins of tho kind,"I cried. But he is at ways stubborn, uud it ended by mo following him. The road Je-d from tbe wood into a broad snuuy Jnivu, which ivn.s domi natod by a grout stone house, where a man was just stepping into a high dog cart "Why," said To mm ie, "it's Wharton," At the moment Whrirton saw us. "Well, I declare," he cried, cominj, forward. "She didn't lie," said 'Tommie. "Ha is the Harry of the Harry and Fred probablv." "Did you think she did?" 1 cried fiercely; but Tommio was explaining to Wharton that wo had lost our way aud Wharton was insisting on tho hospitality of tho Morivale house, which he had rented for tho summer, ho explained, and Tommio was accepting while I stood speechless. At tho moment our lady of the road came out of tho houso aud blushed at the sight of us, and looked as if one wanted nothing so much as to take to her heels. Wharton presented us. "Miss .Rose Burton," Tommio had tho audacity to say, "we've met bcfoio." "You have," said Wharton. "I don't remember," she said, giv ing Tommio u glance that would have troubled mo, but only seemed to delight him. But she rewarded me by turning and extending her hand and saying in a low voice, "I don't sea "Yes, she ic," L-agreed. "Bat- yon see you've offended her." "And yon haven't?" "Oh, I don't know. I s»id from tht first you would get your wheel back "And you told her that, and that 1 insisted sho was a thief." "Well, yew," I admitted. "I believe I did." "And you think she will like you any bettor for running me down?" he askod as sarcastically as he could. "Who said I wanted her to like me?" "Your manner—you conceited ass. :> "Yon ars the conceited ass, Tornmio; for you think you.havo made an impression." "Well, now that you mention it, I hope 1 may hava." "And that I hadn't?" "Well, yes," Tommie nnswcrca honestly, "Yon think you can by being disagreeable." "Look here, Fletoh, let's solve for ourselves that moot question, which way will make the more impression on a girl like that—flattery or brutal frankness," "Wo may broak her heart," said I, resolved that J, not he, should do tho breakage. "She'll look out for that," Tommie said. ' "Or sho may break ours," I commented. "We'll risk that," said Tommie. "We may end by disliking each other," I went on. "Oh, if I ?o.so, I'll not hold it against yon," said Tommie. "But I may against you," I said. "Such a Tom-boy sort of n, girl, j too!" said Tommie. "I think you wrong her. I have found some fine qualities—" "Oh, you have. Well, you're a quick one," lie retorted. Gaotl NBTTM from South Difckotii. The glorious results of this season's Starrest of golden grain will pour a stream'of sound money into the pockets of overy Dakota farmer. 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Bat n joke is with him who laughs last— with yonr friend, I think." "He thought you Diok Turpm disguised," i said, trying to make hi« caao a bit worse. ; Ho might have known," she said, ns if much provoked. "5Tos, ho might," I assented. YoS in strict fairness I felt called oil to let him know my perfidy; nnd taut night, ns we sal; smoking and reviewing tlio day's adventures, I said: "ho thinks you insufferable, Xom- inie," : 3ho told you that already?" 1 Why, yes," 1 replied with rather a self-conscious air. "I say, rietob, I believe there-will bo more fun in this house than on the road. I don't believe wo can have another adventure—like—" 'Like getting your wheel stolon. Do you want another?" "riho's an amusing girl," said Tern- mio inconuequently. i Thoso dear people who formerly lived in Arcadia successfully eliminated pain and jealousy aud rivalry—at lonst judging from I heir own accounts; they doubtless liedu bit about it. For in my own experience I ura bound to any that there may be drawbacks, cveu to Arcadia. My consciousness of n flaw in the placo began when I saw that Tommio was absorbing rather too | much ol' her attention. I i'clt nt first. | that she was but leading mm on, anil thim I bcprnn to have soino grave suspicions, which, in tho light ol subsequent experience, may indeed huvc been i'ouuilecl ou mere jealousy. Yea, I will any I was jealous. I thought in beginning thss veracious account that j I might woll leave the solution uti- iveu—like the famous ridulo of the faily urn! the tiger. Of out' two sys- j terns of tactics, -which was tho raoro | Hkoly to win with a girl like Bose Bur- ' ton?" It Tommie at times had thu bet;- | tor, there wero other clays when I ueemed to be more in herfnvor. Onco I accused him of using my flatteries, of not pkyiug fitir, when ho retorted that I had known him long enough to trust him. "Sou never can trust even your own best friend when there's n woman in tho case." ".Fletcher," said Touimie gravely at this, "that ancient suying is gospel truth." From that moment I felt that it was not 11 fair test case; but, indeed, I had ended by not oariug a fig about tho teat. I wanted to win. Now, one day the cli-uax of tho situation was reachedin thiswise: I heard sho had gone wheeling by herself. That, o£ course, wus a chanoe. 'I prepared to follow, when who should appear but Tommie. "\Yiucii way?" he askod. "I waa thinking of following, 'hem—" 'So was I," lie said. 'It's ridiculous for us both to follow her," I observed. "STes, it is; but I'm not inclined to turn back, for—" "Nor I," said Tommio, quietly. It's fair to leave it to the wheels. Tho ono who overtakes her liret —" "All right, "said I. And then began that contest which a certain Tartar tribe conduct moTs regularly—n chase for a woman. Up and down hill wo scorched; now I before—now Tommie. Bat it was olteuer Tommy before than I. He drew away from me, until in sheer spito at my luck and bim, J gave it up, dismounted and wauJered drearily enough into the woods and threw myself down; and then fell to laughing, when I heard voices—her's and Tom- mio's. I declare I couldn't avoid hearing then). "Ah, I iiave been chasing a thief," lie was saying. nil you never stop teasing me?' she cried. That remark sumed to show that he had been playing fair after all. Will you keep my heart which you stnlo—" That's a very silly speech," she said. I thought so, too. "Besides, it was 11 wheel," she added. "Xo, it was tho other essential to n man's comfort. 'Well, if you'll have it so," she said. As for rue, I turned away. They didn't notice me. In tho evening 1 ventured to say to her: 'Ah, I've been congratulating Tommie." "He told you?" she said, turning vorv red. "Ah, yes," I flbbod. "Sou know I hought you thought him—well, rather disagreeable?" "1 did—at first. 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