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Leahy, R. B. (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. XI [XIII], No. 11 (Nov., 1903)

Tracy, D. L.
My wood nymph,   pp. 307-311


Page 309

found another bee tree to-day and we
must fit up a bait and try to find some
more trees so that we may have as
many gums as possible to begin with
next spring. Then we will employ
some of the improved methods for
handling bees, and I think we will find
the business quite profitable."
'oh, 'Tom. I shall be so glad to help
von.'
"Then, as you enter so heartily into
the scheme I know we will succeed. I
shall have to ooard with your mother
all next summer, if we carry out
our proposed plan-if it is agreea-
ble to her---for we will have to devote
considerable time to it if we make a
success of bee-culture."
"Of course it will be agreeable to
her, Tom-1 can answer for her. We
both think it is so kind of you to help
us."
She did this so earnestly that I be-
gan to think she did care for me a lit-
tie, and it gave me the courage to
work all the harder to help them save
their home.
I had called once during the winter
on Judge Jones, the man to whom Mrs.
Long was indebted, and I was quite
favorably impressed with him. He
didn't seem to be the kind of man who
would grind down the widow and or-
phan. I remember his cordial greet-
ing. after these many years that have
passed. as vividly as though it had
been yesterday. Extending his hand
be said heartily:
''Ah, Mr. Tupper, the new peda-
gogue?"
"Yes, sir."
"Glad to meet you and pleased to
hear that you are succeeding so well
with the school, and success is the re-
sult of well directed labor."
"Thank you. Judge."
"Fifty-live iears of active life hai
taught me this and h-re for tw'nty-
five years I have toiled and dug and
they say now. ha, ha. that Judge Jones
has enough to keep the wolf from the
door."
We were interrupted by the entrance
of a young lady, whom the Judg,e tak-
ing fondly by the hand, introduced
as his daughter. It was easy to see
she was the light of his eyes.
'Miss Jones, it is a pleasure to meet
you, and a surprise as well, for I had
not heard that the Judge had a daugh-
ter."
"Not heard it?" said the Judge.
"Well, that is generally the case, the
best that can be said of one is usually
left unsaid. I suppuse ha, ha, you have
heard me called 'old skin-flint' and
'old money bags?'
"No, Judge, I have not heard those
names applied to you, though I have
heard that you are quite wealthy.'
"Yes. Mr. Tupper', they generally
mention my money and they usually
come to me when they want to borrow
some. But, to change the conversation.
can you read faces?"
"Not very well," said I.
"Then learn the art, it is most use-
ful. To it I attribute most of my suc-
cess in life. When you can read faces,
the battle is balf won."
"You think so."
"Think? I know it. You have an
honest face."
"Thank you."
"Yes, young man, and 1 prove that
I am in earnest, will say that should
you wish to borrow a hundred dollars
today, you could have it without other
bond than your word."
"'Judge, you are very kind."
"Kind or not, I very seldom fail at
reading faces. This art, my daughter
and my money are all that I possess."
'That ought to make any man
happy."
''Happy?" For a moment his eyes
seemed to rest upon vacancy. "Happi-
ness stays with us such a little while.
My Cear wife has gone, and I am only
a pilgrim staying here for a time. But.
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