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HENDERSON AVENUE SCENE
white coats. It was some time before
he felt Proboscis’ nose in his coat pocket.
Too late he thought of his roll of bills!
It was disappearing down the goat’s
throat before he could grab after it!
The words which followed may have
conveyed nothing to Proboscis’ ears, but
the tone did, and the gestures were
those of a man angered to madness.
Soon, however, his passion was spent,
and Farmer Stott started a slow return
to his boarding-house.
The day, which had been gray and cold,
grew more threatening as he proceeded,
and snow commenced to fall. Farmer
immediately thought of the kids, ex
posed to the cold. “Let ’em freeze!
Serves ’em right for having such a
mammy. Darn her; she never has
brought me anything but trouble, any
way.” Thus soliloquizing, he proceeded
on his way. Hut the appeal of helpless
ness proved too strong, and he retraced
his steps, more rapidly now, until he
reached the spot where the kids lay,
cowering under Proboscis’ shaggy coat
for the protection it gave. Proboscis fled
at his approach, keeping her eyes on
him, but at a safe distance.
With a kid under each arm, Stotty
made' for the tumble-down farmhouse
which had become his property when he
bought the land on which it stood. Its
use as a human habitation had long
passed, but it would do for the Koats.
Proboscis followed, far enough in the rear
to be out of danger. The snow was fall
ing faster by this time, and already a
fleecy mantle covered the ground.
two years’ ago. A handsome house c
cupies the site of the dilapidated buil
ing that was once the Cotton homestea
Blooded cows graze in the fields, whi
Mr. and Mrs. Stott happily dwell ther
Needless to say. Proboscis roams tl
placs at will, monarch of all she survey
As a general rule, we may judge tt
character and quality and usefulness
a man by the way in which he speni
his “spare time.” It is understood, ^
course, that “spare time” is all of t**
time not spent in the reg^ular vocatio'
or task or labor of earning his da''-
The wise King Alfred is said to b*'''
divided his day into three equal P*''*’
Bight hours for work, eight hours
Into what had once been the library
of the old house, the kids were carried.
Proboscis coming in too, after eyeing
the door suspiciously.
Fifty years ago this had been a room
reflecting taste and the means to gratify
it. Even now it showed traces of its
elegance in the carved mantlepiece and
paneled woodwork. Rotting shingles
provided the fuel for a fire that soon
blazed in the open fireplace, while with
out the storm raged and the wind grew
stronger, shaking the old house to its
foundations. It grew dark, and Farmer
Stott decided to spend the night there
rather than risk the three-mile trip in
Crash! crash! the plaster on the
wall was shaken loose by the impact of
a limb driven against the house by the
force of the wind. Stotty, who had been
dozing, awoke with a start.
Proboscis roamed restlessly' around.
Clink, clink, clink! Proboscis had
found the hole in the wall, left by a
portion of the falling plaster, and was
making a meal from what ai)peared to
be a piece of canvas, while a metallic
sound resulted from each pull at the
A stronger tug brought out a canvas
sack, and gold coins poured out on the
floor. Farmer Stott’s hasty but thoro
search revealed five bags In all, each
with two thousand dollars in gold.
* * *
One who has not seen the old Cotton
place, now known as Stott’s Farm, would
never recognize the desolate place of
play or recreation, and eight hours
sleep. Many thousands of Amerlc**
king-alfreds might do the same
today, if they would, for there is
one to say that they must do this
that with sixteen hours out of ^
twenty-four—not to mention
twenty on Saturday, and every houf
As recreation is a very broad
it may not be too much to give a
of every day to It. Recreation
anything that ^x-ill re-create, that
rebuild, revivify, rejuvenate body ^
mind to fit them for the tasks ®
coming day. The best of recreatiofj,^
believe, comes in a change of occup® ^
A blacksmith may find healthful r ..
ation in a judicious game of
but he must be careful not to ^
his activity, for nMise4ee -are
created while they are active,
wise, a professor of mathematic®
find recreation in a game of chesS'
chief thing is tbaL,_no matter i'>
recreation chosen, it should conf’
the Izaak Walton formula, and
offense to God or. man.”
Your spare time is your o»’*'-
with as you see fit. How are 9
it? If an hour or two addit**’®
this line has come to you of
are you doing with this extra
Are you making yourself
around you better b^ause of
leisure, your greater time fo*”
your greater time for useful
Or are you simply adding ^ ti'^
spare time to the hours of *1
you may have been wasting
If you are spending your
your extra spare time wisel)*
fully. Judiciously. uMfuIly,