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"Holy nature, ever free,

and becomingly in the whiteness of Let me ever follow thee;

snow. He looked upon her little feet, Guide me with a hand so mild, encased in sandals. She is mine, he As thou wouldst a little child." thought, and I have the right to won

der over her charms. The voice! Her voice! "My Father in Blushingly, she acknowledged his Heaven," he cried, “I thank Thee for scrutiny, and modestly turned toward Thy guidance. I have obeyed the call, the house, while he gently said "Good and reap the reward Thou hast pro- Night," and moved away, back to the vided."

home he was now accustomed to. “I The voice ceased. He recalled each have seen her," he cried, when within sweet sound, burying it in his heart. its safe shelter, “Mine, mine, and only Lightly were his steps now homeward mine!" bound, across the streets, across the And soon, he thought, as he gazed park, back to the honeysuckle bower. on the moon's last quarter, when the That night, in light slumber, he waning nights pass, I shall take her dreamed of the one he sought.

to the cavern on the mount. And she With daylight, he arose, freshened will come, I know. Did she not call from his long rest. The brook was me from its depths ? And now the not here for him, but he used the time has come for her to brighten its means at hand, and bathed in the clear dark walls. I yearn for the wilderwater of the trough, which for years ness. I long for its peace and shelter. had provided refreshment for man's How must the mists, that wrap their most faithful friend. Even the city is cloak round the mountain appear tokind to nature's lover, he thought. night! Would that we were there!

A vegetable garden thrived back of But the new moon will see us in that the house, and with his benefactor's haven of peace. consent, he lived upon Earth's pro- The new moon came, pale in its duct, and in return, helped her as the crescent shape, and lo! the city's gate wandering son might have done, and brings forth two souls from its enclosshe appreciated his worth. Peacefully ure. A strong, bronzed, bare-headed he lived in his shelter among the roses man, leading a delicate and timid woand honeysuckle vines. Even the cu man along the broad highway. A rious ones were admirers of his indus heavy cloak envelops her slender trious habits.

form, as he tenderly guides her steps. Evenings, he passed the door of his Happily they walk along their way, beloved, and one night, in early twin their hearts too full to speak the needlight, a tall, slender girl, with braids less endearments that mankind lavof dusky hair twined round her head, ishes upon its loved ones. Only the was softly singing while plucking her stones in the roadway retard their flowers. He gazed, enraptured by her pace along the highway. beauty, while she looked up from her in the distance, the mountain flowers, and from the depths of dark loomed against the sky. The mists brown eyes, gazed inquiringly at him. were absent this night, and the silvery

"Pardon, dear lady," he said, “Often moonlight enhanced the clearness of I look on your flower garden; its flow its slopes. Past miles of fences, and ers bring to me memories of the wild dusky ways, through silent woods, flowers in the hills."

again upon the moon-lighted road, "Oh, nature man,” said she, “if you they followed the trail to the moundesire these flowers I have plucked, tain. And as they climbed the rocky you are welcome to them."

paths, she clung closer to him. The He walked through the gate, and rustling of the leaves frightened her. took from her outstretched hand the His soft voice, “Quiet, 'tis but the bunch of flowers, then stood and birdlings amongst the leaves," soothed gazed upon her loveliness, clad simply her endless fears.

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The sparkling lake shimmered be- moonlit trees before it. fore their eyes, and he gazed lovingly He led her to the opening, and tenupon it. She, too, seemed enthralled derly embraced her. “Our home," he by its beauty, and time passed as the whispered, “Come, the new moon will watchers stood by its edge. Then soon be passed over, and morn will down the trail, past steep cliffs, to the claim its day." Then, through the caver, outstanding against the moun- mouth of the cavern, they passed into tain's side, with the shadows of the the depths of its shadows.

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Blue Grass and Broadway."

story is fully up in thrill and dash to There are many books being written those that have gone before it is the and while we recognize the truth, the boys series by Mr. Hancock. The tragedy or the passion of these crea- young readers will follow the fortions, few have the individual charm, tunes of Captain Dick Prescott at grips the imaginative vision of Maria with the Boche with absorbed interThompson Davies' romances. Was it est. They will rejoice with him and not Pindar who said of himself “There sorrow with him and live right with is many an arrow in my quiver, full him and his friend, Tom Reade, the of speech to the wise, but for the daring aviator, from cover to finish. many, they need interpreters ?" It is These boy heroes are strong and vital not so with Miss Davies' drama and they have the zeal and push that stories. They are so human-hearted are inherent in the real American that they ring true. She knows Broad wherever he may be at home or “Over way and she knows the player-folk There.". that frequent it, for it is there that her "Uncle Sam's Boys With Pershing." own plays are produced. Her latest -Henry Altemus Co., Philadelphia: story, "Blue Grass and Broadway,” is cloth, ornamental, 12 mo. 255 pp.; 50c. the tale of a sweet, spirited, Kentucky girl, who comes to New York, to see "Twelfth U. S. Infantry.about a venture of her own in the dra- There are a number of regimental matic world. She is plunged into the books, in the course of preparation, mad, merry and the tragic theatrical but at the time when the men of the life that environs her. Her happiness, Twelfth Infantry began their book, her hope and all that she loves is at last December, the idea was a new stake. It is a great game that is one. Their book is also the first one played there. You will want to read that is off the press. It is therefore it for you cannot take it for granted. a pioneer, as it were. California dearly

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The "Altemus Boys of the Army sketches of army and camp life, Series" has been still further strength- charming little bits of fiction, poetry ened by the addition of another vol- and regimental life and history. It is ume "Uncle Sam's Boys With Per- bright, witty and reaches the spirit of shing," by H. Irving Hancock. This comradeship, the universal spirit of brotherly love, which is illuminating book is its history. May it have a of this epoch-making time, when as wide circulation." — "Twelfth U. S. Carlyle voices it, “A small Poet Infantry," from the press of G. P. every Worker is.” The Photographic Putnam Sons, New York; cloth, illuswork was done, for the most part, by trated, 8 vol., 425 pp.; $2.50. On sale two moving picture directors from at Paul Elder's, San Francisco. Los Angeles; Edward R. Watkins of Berkeley, has his name on a number How to Live.of clever sketches. Then there are This carefully prepared book comes also the drawings of Timothy Brere- to us enlarged and rewritten so that ton, a resident of Los Angeles, whose the subject of hygiene both personal work the critics of New York thought and general is right up to date. Its so promising. That is a pathetic phase sponsers, Irving Fisher, Professor of of the work as he was accidentally Political Economy, Yale; and Eugene shot and killed before he saw the com- Lyman Fisk, M. D. Medical Director pleted book. The business and pub- of Life Extension Institute, are emilicity end of the book was upheld by nently qualified to place this health men from San Jose, Bakersfield and saving volume before the people. Mill Valley. Former President Wil- Former President William H. Taft liam Howard Taft wrote the Fore- writes the foreword. In it he quotes word from which I append a part from Disraeli, the great statesman “The spirit of the men at the front and writer, who alert to the influences was felt by the men training at home affecting national prosperity stated :

-nor should these typically Ameri- "Public health is the foundation on can boys and their commanders al- which reposes the happiness of the low themselves to feel that they did people and the power of a country.” not take part in winning this war. The Without individual and family care Germans showed a yellow streak in there can be no public health. This not fighting this war through to the book is a guide and a moving factor end. They surrendered in anticipa- in bringing about an improved physition of the just punishment they and cal condition and an extension of life their country would have suffered by among our people. being subjected to the devastation of A chapter on "air," which embraces, war, had they further resisted. They housing, clothing, outdoor sleeping did not further resist because they and deep breathing, is among the knew that the United States had two many subjects treated. Food, acmillion men on French soil and two tivity, alcohol, tobacco, as well as million men at home, who were being all the necessary factors for the makhastened to the front and that with ing of health and the toning up of the these reinforcements defeat was as system are exhaustively gone into. certain for them as if they accepted Tables, guides and charts are supit by immediate surrender. The army plied, as well as illustrations. If you of the United States was a unit. will study this book faithfully with an Those who were in front were open mind you may be like untostrengthened, protected and given “Olympian Bards who sung weight, by those who were back of Divine ideas below, the front. Every man in khaki was Which always find us young part of the forces that won the war. And always keep us so.” The Twelfth Regular Infantry was a "How to Live."-Funk & Wagnalls unit in the Army of the Republic and Co., New York and London; cloth, carries the laurels of the victory. This illustrated, 12 mo., 460 pp.; $1.00.

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