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Sheets, Geo M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. VI, No. IV (January 1909)

Seaver, Beatrice
Her guardian angel,   pp. 161-168


Page 162


162    THE WISCONSIN LITERARY XAGAZINE
him. As he left she felt the need of someone who would be
like a guardian angel to her.
   She sat with her face in her hands gazing into the fire for
some minutes, when three distinct knocks came at the dining
room door. She opened it and in came Jerry Tyler, her old
friend and steward of their former home in England, who had
come to this country with the last cargo which landed at Boston
Harbor. He had, before living in the hall of Lord Worth,
been a leader of masques and revels and was well skilled in the
art of making up. Happily for all concerned he had brought
with him a trunk filled with many lively colored costumes.
  He left his hat in the dining room, came in through a passage
way to the old parlor, and took a seat by the fire near Jane.
Giving her hands several pats with his own, he asked her how
she fared this evening, and he found she was not inclined to
speak cheerfully. After the two had talked together for some-
time an account of the past visit was related to Jerry. He
listened to the end with sympathy. After remaining silent for
many seconds he slapped his knee, and Jane knew he had some
new idea with which to assist her.
  "I 'ave it!" he exclaimed. "The people of Salem are super-
stitious to the back bone and I shall give them cause. To-
morro' I'll give some of those h-old cronies a chance to see a
witch of the first arder."
  "Why, Jerry what do you mean by that?"
  "Do you remember my red Mephistopheles suit ?"
  "Well I'm a-goin' to chase the jack-a-lantern ta-night through
the marsh. There's an h-old sack of gossip who lives near this
'ere marsh and there's nary a tell-tale like him."
  "You mean Mr. Middlebrook ?"
  "Yes, h-old Gozzeleye, I call 'im."
  "But Jerry, suppose the jack-a-lantern does not appear to-
night."
  "An Hinglishman niver's the man ta mistake the night. Did
ye no' see the fog, or was ye out ?"
  "No Jerry, not to-night, but I can't see the reason of your


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