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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 308

would come from and that we would
lose the old home."
"Never mind.-Fannie. we will raise
the money."
"Yes we. what is the amount?"
'The interest is fifty dollars."
Well, little girl, do not worry any
more, for the money shall be raised.
When is the interest due?"
"On the first of December.
"Then my wood nympb, the money
will be on hand."
I spoke no words of love to her, yet
as I looked into her eyes and felt the
clinging touch of her hands, I knew
that I loved her with a warm and ten-
der love.
This little wood nymph. with her
pityful story, so much like my own,
had drawn my heart so completely to
her that, boy though I was in years,
I knew that she was the only woman
I would ever love.
I ,et my wits to work to devise some
plan whereby I could help them keep
their little home.
It was now October, and too late in
the season to make any money off the
land. I had saved most of my salary,
which made a tidy little sum, but had
a delicacy in offering it to Mrs. Long.
As it turned out, however, I need
not have hesitated, for upon my telling
her, about, the middle of November.
that I had a little money by m  which
I did not need for a while and would
he glad if she could use it, she said:
"Thank you. Mr. Topper, it would
be a great accommodation to me. But
I may not be able to return it when
you need it."
"Don't let that bother you. I may
not need it for months,
So that was settled, and the home of
the girl I loved was sofe for the present.
while I was still searching for some
way to make the money to pay the
mortgage and leave the little home free
of debt.
I had cout the bee-tree and had taken
a cut out of it, placed it on end near
the house and fitted it up for the win-
ter. I had read of honey being placed
upon the market in small boxes, o
frames. Some of these boxes were
made of part wood and part glass.
others were made of lath. They would
hold from two to eight pounds of honey
The only kind of hives I had ever seen
were those made of straw, though I
had heard of their being made of
boards. I thought I would make some
of these board hives in addition to the
five lengths I had cut for gums from
the bee-tree and leave them in ieadi-
ness for next season.
When Fannie heard of the money
transaction  from  her mother she
thanked me and said:
"Tim, you are very kind to loan us
the money. How can we thank you?'"
"By saying nothing about it. But
may it not be selfishness on my part
instead of kindness?"
"How could such an act be selfish?"
Yes, reader. I think it was a species
of selfishness on my part, for by ad-
vancing the money to pay off the inter-
est, did I not hope to gain the good
will of both mother and daughter?
Yes, I think so. But I was young and
had yet to learn that the love of a good
woman could not be bought.
''Why you see I might be making a
good investment in ielping your moth-
er. I may in time hold the notes and
then 1 can foreclose the mortgage and
take home and all."
The young girl looked bewildered
and said:
"Oh, Tom, you could never be so
cruel as to do that"'
"Well. Fannie. I an glad you have
a good opinion of me, for of course I
was only joking. But come, can you
tell me the amount of the mortgage?"
it is five hundred dollars."
'Well, Fannie. we must set to woi k
to make this money, and I believe it
can be made in the bee business. I

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