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1.    The Best Foot Forward; and Other Mostly Boys. Short Stories His First and Last 
2. h Things Begin Earl Meriwether, go Badly with 18 III. The Story of Earl, IV. Mas
3. e his nose, fixed his eye-glasses firmly set to letters upon and work at distrib
4. Opening first these, he skimmed rapidly over the five, pigeon- holing three and
5. rfumery, the communication was evidently the work of a ETHEZRED PRESTON. woman :
6. w's and ns and Father v 9 s were utterly indistinguishable. Edmunds sighed; he h
7. aken for granted. the Not in- frequently most important part of such missives wa
8. reading with mild resignation. Suddenly an expression of his features: awakenin
9. ame at the fourth, and blazed on merrily to the end, when he ex- claimed: " Litt
10. roy the second! " He " I laughed quietly, and added: fancy the small boys of Hen
11. a Lord Fauntleroy " ? I have, certainly; but I'm not so sure about the boys. Th
12. abrupt way, to find out whether he truly real." really and M Well, it would appe
13. find out whether he truly real." really and M Well, it would appear that he is
14. grief which fills my heart. He is lovely and is the picture of his father. innoc
15. s it may be said that they are uniformly rude, but has the refinements of a He d
16. . his little fault, 13 ways are I lovely. He is generous to a is in which he res
17. is so open to reason A little if kindly and considerately given and talk, accom
18. son A little if kindly and considerately given and talk, accompanied with a litt
19. ts and maladies, mentioning incidentally, but at some length, several diseases w
20. special providence, he had just narrowly escaped. As these details are of little
21. he public at large, do not bear directly upon the them.] story, I and omit I Now
22. in theory, and my dear boy will probably I the same church. am bigoted woman, an
23. btless go to heaven. My boy is naturally very religious, and I send him to your
24. unt of it. I do not know Earl personally, though his lamented mother and I were
25. I must start by the next steamer. Gladly would I bring my little Ethelred along,
26. sitive to seasickness would be literally flying in the face of providence to imp
27. dear reverend sir, Yours most earnestly and beseechingly, Eleanor Preston. 6
28. r, Yours most earnestly and beseechingly, Eleanor Preston. 6 — ETHELRED PRESTO
29. rip. I would go myself, but could hardly do so without missing the Be a father,
30. ent " Such a boy, remarked, his a hardly requires testimonials as to acter," cha
31. her Howard. " Let us hope that he really is a swan in the eyes of others than hi
33. appointed. scribbling very industriously, and, all The boy was according to seem
34. he boy was according to seeming, utterly oblivious of everything about him, save
35. s travelling. The upon professor finally paused ; his face turned a shade paler,
36. as indignant. Earl Meriwether, quiringly. At the words, looked up in- the scribb
37. been explaining the sequence principally in tenses, for this benefit. The theme
38. - struction of a Latin sentence, utterly forgotten it. you have almost I And now
39. he used to be. He never was very lively; but now I he's positively gloomy. it H
40. s very lively; but now I he's positively gloomy. it He's the best friend to see
41. going down way. thing. still, am really puzzled about the whole in the school i
42. though I'm afraid that he 11 will hardly be in any I humor just now for anything
43. r; but none came. He looked up presently into Earl's face, and Earl's face then
44. , and Ed Devereux was the first and only boy who had ever seen him shed a tear.
45. shaping of Earl's Matters had seemingly come to a head. Earl had been a student
46. turn in everything, of mind, remarkably earnest for his piety. and very noticea
47. He won the name first of being a deeply religious lad early in his year at Henr
48. st of being a deeply religious lad early in his year at Henryton. of the It hap-
49. t hap- pened during the celebration Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, at which, accord
50. ll the students assisted. rather lightly, The boy next him was behaving and seve
51. r. " Why of course," returned Ed. really believe that Christ is present " Do you
52. do, if carry on in the chapel the really believe. way you you I'm not a ; ETHELR
53. TON. Catholic myself, and I 25 certainly never will be one in but I try to show
54. a " you never intended Did you I really mean that Indeed I did," answered Earl.
55. what we are doing. times a boy actually doesn't fooling. Someis There's a boy h
56. watch him at services, you would hardly think him a Catholic. You see—" ** Ho
57. religion when was a boy of seven, nearly eight years ago." " You did?" " Yes: wo
58. 's a long story, Ed, and you're the only tell it person I've ever offered to to.
59. an admiration which of reverence rarely inspired. was made up friendship is and
60. ory, as I said, I and not particu- larly interesting in itself. wouldn't think e
61. of telling interest will it to you, only I in know and value the you take me, an
62. d his story. Now what is as Earl's early life has much to to do w ith r to come,
63. a matter of fact, his father was hardly a Catholic, even in the loosest and mos
64. vout young lady, and Earl was their only child. It was shortly after Earl's birt
65. arl was their only child. It was shortly after Earl's birth that Mr. Meriwether
66. tter or for worse, she had a irrevocably decline. bound her own, she fell into T
67. ards of goodness, such the first as only a tender and pious mother can awaken. t
68. oy caught something of of his Insensibly, too, the austere little gravity is mot
69. ms that studied, laid had been carefully weighed and upon him her last injunctio
70. . " And now, my child," she said finally, " that I ask you to give will me your
71. er hand that had pressed his so recently still upon the coverlid, and the mild,
72. nger sister. broken by excesses, shortly followed grave. to the sister Strangely
73. followed grave. to the sister Strangely enough, the younger —within the year
74. , he proved himself to be a thor- oughly good boy. leader in the yard, A up lead
75. e conduct of Earl had wounded him deeply. He had intended vately, calling the bo
76. unded him deeply. He had intended vately, calling the boy to account pri- and wa
77. ing the boy to account pri- and was only awaiting a favorable oppor- tunity, whe
78. atters. The scolding thus given publicly had been received in such a way that Mr
79. d in such a way that Mr. Gade was deeply mortified. His hold upon Earl, lost tho
80. e off boy, he reasoned, had deliberately thrown the restraints of discipline, an
81. nd reserve which could be preted in only one light. inter- Mr. Gade, although of
82. t. inter- Mr. Gade, although of a highly nervous position, dis- was a man of mor
83. ling with of his young charges he rarely made mistakes judgment, and in the pres
84. nt, and in the present case, accordingly, he had no that suspicion he might poss
85. had no that suspicion he might possibly be wrong. And I yet he was in the wrong
86. e students had made, as was their yearly custom, a retreat of three days. exerci
87. ys. exercises were given The by a widely known missioncould thrill, ary priest,
88. s simplicity and lowliness. Earl, partly through ETHELRED PRESTON, a craving for
89. e light and consolation religion, partly through the desire of hearing a burning
90. ; he dreaded sin as few boys dread daily, and do what he might, he saw its somet
91. at he might, he saw its sometimes hourly, face, not foul and hideous as he knew
92. , not as they appear, but as they really are, I doubt not that this unhappy day
93. ed, for he was resolved to fight bravely, to felt hope confi- dently; troubled,
94. ight bravely, to felt hope confi- dently; troubled, for he bound, on the one han
95. mother, and, on the other, bound closely into the doctrine more of and the Catho
96. these mental trials, he had exceedingly difficult to fix his life, attention up
97. o fix his life, attention upon the daily affairs of and almost impossihis ble to
98. his position in ; class changed rapidly and he who had in other years been the
99. although he was scribbling mechanically at the moment of rebuke, he had not mis
100. when they something are else. apparently engrossed with Earl, at this troublous
101. leases/ And he fell into a train of ugly resolutions, the wretched outcome of mo
102. chapter, but omitted or unintentionally misinterpreted the underlying motives.
103. LRED PRESTON. dainty little 39 perfectly at Ethelred till he feels home." Then E
104. he feels home." Then Earl went directly to the parlor; start, and on facing the
105. TON. left Father Edmunds rather abruptly, and with an exclamation of astonishmen
106. his ears, which projected rather boldly from Edmunds fit to regret that the boy
107. to allow her Ethel- red to be so closely shorn of his ambrosial locks. His nose
108. n Delsarte. He had braced himself firmly against ; the heavy parlor table apart,
109. over felt his vest his hands held firmly a slouchy hat, which, on encountering t
110. sclosed teeth which are dentists. rarely seen f - by people who are not Prestos
111. a flash of light. " Yes," came the reply, in the tone of which the pipe of youth
112. ent, took the hat from Ethelred, greatly to the dear child's relief, and laid it
113. hough accompanying his words, was really explanation. evoked by Ethelred' s naiv
114. added, " I've growed right smart lately/' ." But your mother writes of you as t
115. ight smart was very small. growed lately." mother ? " Yes," assented Ethelred st
116. her ? " Yes," assented Ethelred stolidly. M Why don't you call her your mother I
117. ETHELRED PRESTON. The " president gently removed the hat, appar* ently to the re
118. ent gently removed the hat, appar* ently to the relief of Ethelred. Why do you c
119. ither to the right nor the braced firmly against the table, with legs his eyes f
120. ging his position, stood gazing intently and smiling upon the hat. u Is there an
121. seemed to be somewhat more at carefully laid his hat his ease. fi Father Howard
122. helred; EAESTO.V. and he smiled vacantly at the Father's table. As the president
123. ter a most estimable and cultured family. He is a God-fearing lad, of a very ple
124. f a very pleasing address, and eminently qualified to enter and adorn any colleg
125. t and his talents will excellent be duly recognized and appreciated. I regret, t
126. I regret, too, that, removed thus early from the refining he may and elevating
127. nd elevating influence of home, possibly lose that happy combination ETHELRED PR
128. t his religious views will not be unduly influenced as he is a most impressionab
129. ssionable child I am, Yours respectfully, been the salient — Meredith Sherwin.
130. " ? I'll give you thirty cents." really Are you I anxious to have them " ? "Yes
131. h undisguised interest. His eyes finally fixed themselves on Earl's chest. like
132. d. that?" con- " No," said Earl, shortly. " Have you been examined yet for your
133. ESTON. " It's a jail," said Earl, sorely. still He was wounded felt chafing It u
134. elred put this question he was carefully articles of bric-a-brac examining the v
135. ?" Ethelred walked over to it cautiously, and peeped out Because," he said, clos
136. e side, door, and advancing dramatically to Earl's " because catch I'm going for
137. our mother do, away ? " he asked, weakly. " Her! Oh, she's started broke up hous
138. l I want is about ten dollars tdarkly. I — get lars ? away " I on. Can you
139. lver, and selecting a quarter. literally Ethelred clutched the silver quarter, p
140. pitation, at the and then gazed hungrily maining in Earl's fingers. " Couldn't y
141. dn't get mad; ETHELRED PRESTON. was only fooling. I S3 All I wanted I of you was
142. about sixty in our division, and nearly one hundred and fifty in the senior div
143. me remarks in newcomer to which, luckily for Ethelred's peace of the did mind, n
144. eech had been rehearsed small, in nearly every student, large and Henry ton Coll
145. ollege. These things spread very quickly in boarding-schools. Earl meantime answ
146. hools. Earl meantime answered ironically: " Oh, yes; boarding-school boys their
147. n. flush " And are the fellows tolerably just now? " queried Ethelred in a whisp
148. l like the used to like it myself lately. But things have changed. We'll go over
149. quotation to his from what was evidently a usual elegant speech, " you I don't c
150. he Catholics are not enemies indignantly. of our public institutions. Who told y
151. igno" ramuses say against people sonally." whom I know per- ' 53 li ETHELRED PRE
152. RED PRESTON. boys 59 of made a leisurely examination the premises, so that of st
153. used his enthusiasm. He inquired eagerly into the prices of the various wares, a
154. the various wares, and was particularly anxious to learn the average amount of
155. scorn. " No doubt," answered Earl, dryly. " Why most of them are in knickerbocke
156. ed the way boys of their age are usually dressed. How would you ' 60 ETHELRED PR
157. " I'm not a milksop, " returned loftily. " No; neither am reux and this I. is M
158. Haines. You is heard of Webster's reply to Haynes, didn't you? " " No; I didn't
159. his name somewhat the great differently, is the his uncle of Haynes, orator, an
160. Sign the declaration " asked Ed, suavely while Roger and Earl were struggling to
161. ous: were you I wouldn't lean so heavily against that tree." " Why not?" At Ed's
162. eir dead who were very fine particularly good and holy; but some are not people
163. ere very fine particularly good and holy; but some are not people who Catholics
164. ." " That's so," said Ethelred, heartily. " But Protestants don't mind honoring
165. of it," returned Ethelred, thoughtfully. He did not quite catch the drift of Ed
166. s it ? " urged Ethelred, becoming really interested. " It's the stone on which s
167. g, while panions kept him company. ually doubled up. comact- Haines was Of the t
168. Of the three laughers, Ear! was the only one who preserved any semblance of self
169. e to some very ETHELRED PRESTON. 65 ugly words, words which do not sound pleasan
170. rds, words which do not sound pleasantly to the refined ear, and which have not,
171. ar, and which have not, very fortunately, found their way into even the most amb
172. the most ambitious dictionaries. Happily the laughIn fact, Earl was Ethelred. in
173. ed. ing trio did not hear them. the only one it who was watching for And was goo
174. the life out of you." " Do you '* really want to fight life ? " asked Ed. I You
175. p quiet,* ' said Ed. " I am to perfectly willing to fight with you according col
176. he was neither, while smile was actually a horror to the eye, and a trial to the
177. , not as the charming new-comer actually pronounced them, but as he would have p
178. ess he would have been puzzled extremely. Even what as it was, he was at a loss
179. m, as Father Howarjd to had subsequently deposed the president, silly ; Ethelred
180. ubsequently deposed the president, silly ; Ethelred had gone on smiling in the s
181. me pretensions If found not infrequently bow himself out is to be among those wh
182. of recommendation in regard to her only child I now is intrusted to your charge
183. find him a good, docile boy. Yours truly, James Hickson Dodge, Mayor of Brighton
184. the food which he desired was artlessly exhibited. " Hurry up with you ? M he g
185. lding back the dish and gazing up pertly into the big fellow's face. Armed with
186. rs, the which at once broke into a jolly laugh. " Sh! " hissed Earl in the Darli
187. ers, fates common with in all was deeply interested the and fortunes of the joll
188. interested the and fortunes of the jolly little Badgers. so, con- Luckily for Et
189. e jolly little Badgers. so, con- Luckily for Ethelred he was hungry; senting to
190. senting to hold his tongue provisionally, he addressed himself to the contents o
191. cured his attention, would point gravely with his knife — 74 ETHELRED PRESTON.
192. e dining-hall in ex- amining with lively satisfaction the pair of cuff- buttons
193. ng these attentions with flushed angrily at the ridiculous complacency, remark.
194. ght, wiry; the Dar- ling heavy, ungainly, three inches taller, least thirty and
195. and his blows came raining continuously upon the very place where Eddy's merry
196. o the two minutes a slight Then suddenly arm shot through Ethelred's guard, and
197. was called, finding Ed smiling radiantly, Ethelred breathing heavily. 14 You don
198. ng radiantly, Ethelred breathing heavily. 14 You don't fight fair," panted the l
199. e next round the rain did not so heavily. fall quite Ethelred's animation seemed
200. hand found Ethelred's nose accu- rately three times out of five attempts. Then
201. ted to clinch, referees. but In promptly restrained by the 78 ETHELRED PRESTON.
202. , comfortable gymnasium to the northerly breeze without is likely to be appreci-
203. o the northerly breeze without is likely to be appreci- ated by one ing-contest.
204. was to come As he had intimated publicly on several distinct occasions, he would
205. e of fun. Stroking his mustache, sternly, and eying Ethelred very solemn bariton
206. Accompanied by the boy who had recently left the thin, now appioached a tall, c
207. d on* and * stamped on* is practi- cally nothing, at least from the point of vie
208. r* "Say the rising generation are simply deplorable." Some members to snicker. o
209. o away. They went very James unwillingly,, And I say, Ellis/' cried out the pro*
210. ter I this young man. Smoking on the sly must stop in this college/ Now uating J
211. ced in the senior division ? " Assuredly; write out an order on the dent to that
212. hand, con- tinued to write industriously. The alive senior play- ground, while t
213. sation was going on, had almost suddenly become with boys, who were two and all
214. ollege curriculum. Taking the thoroughly mystified Ethelred by the hand, Profess
215. hand, Professor Petersol walked gravely towards the study-hall, exhorting the n
216. ud voice, the while, to ful be extremely care- in the choice of his friends, and
217. the choice of his friends, and to apply himself from the outset with diligence
218. l slip hour of studies, you over quietly from the junior division to the place w
219. essor; while Ethelred gazed hall quietly helplessly filled upon the book, while
220. e Ethelred gazed hall quietly helplessly filled upon the book, while the with st
221. agrin, were eying him un- interruptedly; some, red-faced and quivering, were st
222. and quivering, were struggling manfully against the temptation to laugh aloud ;
223. tation to laugh aloud ; and occasionally one or another hall to give would rush
224. er hall to give would rush incontinently from the vent to his emotions outside.
225. when a student came in rather hurriedly and whispered a few words in Professor
226. im by the same door; and form had hardly disappeared when there entered from the
227. ill had been going on; he waited quietly the laughter had subsided, his and then
228. ter had subsided, his and then smilingly rapped with door for all to leave. keys
229. or all to leave. keys on the Immediately, once they were outside the 90 ETHELKED
230. SES TO HELP ETHELREU RUN A WA V. CHORTLY after Ethelred's departure from the gym
231. bad." " About Mr. Gade?" 11 Not exactly. It I feel bad about that too, or rathe
232. I want to tell you that it I've honestly tried to study lately. so hard. easy. B
233. t it I've honestly tried to study lately. so hard. easy. But I has been Up to th
234. I were danger of going wrong. I actually hate Mr. full Gade, and I didn't know I
235. e place, Earl and some of them is really " ? mean what to it, too. Is that all.
236. ie reflected for some moments. Presently he broke into a grin. " Good gracious!
237. ybe a lady, as you say; but he certainly a street boy. if I'm just as sure as ca
238. portit ing on a fellow, unless is really necessary. Now, instead of that, suppos
239. good thing for the boys here, certainly," said Earl. " Yes, and it will in do n
240. -room some time ago, and he ceris tainly not in the yard." Eddie chuckled. " I'm
241. omer at second table." Eddie had rightly guessed the fact, though the cause he a
242. of or gave evidences of being annoyingly conceited, they were not slow 96 ETHELR
243. that of yours?" cried Ethelred, angrily. He make had doubled up his fists, thou
244. arling. " I will," answered Earl quietly. as they stood facing each other The tw
245. LRED PRE STOAT. Ethelred in had mentally resolved to "fight" Earl; that mutual g
246. Since you fellows meddle so confoundedly, 1 don't mind telling you that the old
247. y with him." " Oh," cried Eddie, greatly relieved, " that makes things better."
248. e Devereux grinned. " You compose nicely," he said. " If I was to go to the pres
249. take an oath—" Here Ethelred actually began to swear that he would return dir
250. n to swear that he would return directly to his guardian, but Earl cut short. 11
251. g cringed before them. Earl was strongly tempted to leave the sordid new-comer,
252. be a not drop over the wall ? It's only ,: thirty feet or so at the east I end
253. It wouldn't be a bad plan, tLough; only, the great trouble would be that we'd h
254. n top loose! We can take them out easily, and we'll let down the can't a rope, s
255. s to spare, and we I'll can do it easily. It will be dark then and all have the
256. said, turning with a perEthelred; fectly serious face to "you tie can slip over
257. d more money." " No, you don't: its only sixty miles or so to Brighton." " Yes,
258. you ?" M money." " How much money " Only one dollar and fifty cents, so help " T
259. as been quiet thus no one will be likely to enlighten him." standing at the appo
260. fortable for a The thermometer, steadily falling rendezvous. throughout the day,
261. using fermented wine." " There's hardly a boy of the upper classes," continued
262. victim." Breathing joined them. heavily, Ethelred at this point " What's the ma
263. nce, was on the lookout. He had scarcely put hands upon Peter, when he was seize
264. ncomfortable. <4 made him feel decidedly Run off, Peter/' said Earl. He continue
265. ght," ing on his heel. said Earl shortly, turn- Ethelred paused to invoke some b
266. -let us say- head, and then, suddenly remembering appointment, hastened away.
267. ned away. it All these things, is hardly necessary to say, the pseudo-professors
268. say, the pseudo-professors learned only on the following morning " Well, my son
269. jealous of for we prepare the way gently your promotion to the senior division.
270. ion. Your admismust be sion, accordingly, to the senior division kept a secret b
271. to the senior division kept a secret bly till till to-morrow afternoon, or possi
272. ward. The room was student's exquisitely up. A soft- lamp upon the centre-table
273. lken curtains, books, selected seemingly for their pretty covers, and, upon the
274. see certain returned " carolling lightly," to his room the infirmary. Mr. Hale w
275. an, who gave pleasure many by his kindly ways, and, with the trifling exception
276. lred still Master tossed again. uneasily, gave M ? a groan, and was " Hey there!
277. hstand, and tossed into the air. lightly It fell, striking the sleeper's neck. E
278. nished musician, " is my room." fiercely, " See here," said Ethelred, can't fool
279. " Come in," ful cried Mr. Hale, inwardly thank- that help had arrived. ETHELRED
280. ve got more sense than your whole family." " Why," exclaimed one of the young ge
281. to regular work. was Haines, temporarily indisposed by a headache, who recognize
282. oment ecstasy which they were not likely to forget. " Come, sir," said the broth
283. ment, let us trust that it was not tally recorded by the angel against disciplin
284. e-robed array. They disappeared promptly, throwing " Now, I'll wistful, lingerin
285. rofessors Petersol and Salvini had fully squared accounts with Father Howard* 11
286. s a student in Henryton College, quietly. the new-comer went about more learned
287. Ethelred clung to Earl. He was the only boy in the ETHELRED PRESTON. college 11
288. the conduct of those who acted decently on the ground of hypocrisy. That's a ch
289. he do anything that he thinks is really wrong, crite." it's nonsense to say tha
290. not a better He was here not remarkably good when he but came from Philadelphia
291. croak. and jokes and skips around lively. Look fun at him now over there ing and
292. A person, according to them, his really pious sin when he does duty and avoid j
293. us sin when he does duty and avoid jolly duty and avoids through supernatural mo
294. who was now the subject which had lately absorbed his attention, " it is confess
295. d it." It's good — it's full of lively things. Them idea of \ priests ought al
296. of call the devil. And what in they holy in If Com is M " You'd better stop," br
297. was not the question of religion. easily to be silenced on course of the of bein
298. ld seem, attended the lectures of highly delightful creatures, " reformed and "
299. nders, trite objections, stale and silly stories till Earl was too angry to repl
300. stories till Earl was too angry to reply. That afternoon in the class-room Earl
301. elves. His as his hand was drumming idly upon the desk mind gave of itself to th
302. ened in our friend, they did not quickly subside. Slow to be aroused, he was slo
303. ion, of goodness, sweet retired and holy sentiments were to gone. He a deserted
304. . Gade, very nervous. blushing violently and 124 ETHELRED PRESTON. " Mr. Gade, y
305. friend," said loyal u I'm I I Ed, simply, M and is know," he went on, " that Ear
306. g this afternoon." Mr. Gade was secretly delighted with Ed's loyalty to his frie
307. riend. At the same time he was decidedly of the opinion that in Ed was mistaken
308. ry, having heard Earl's was sufficiently aware of his friends' strug- gles and t
309. trug- gles and troubles to be thoroughly convinced of his good faith. Yet, knowi
310. feeling that his offices as had utterly failed. On way dismissing Devereux with
311. ary door Earl still when he unexpectedly came upon pacing up and down the lonely
312. came upon pacing up and down the lonely walk. ; Earl was advancing towards him
313. e was olution about saluting Earl kindly. There was a stony, repellant stare in
314. pil with a cold recognition Any friendly overture made to Earl in his pres 126 E
315. rtant point, amiss. —a kindness rarely goes it Mr. Gade resolved, though cost
316. 5 said Earl touching Earl's his in surly tones, cap gingerly, and walking repell
317. Earl's his in surly tones, cap gingerly, and walking repellant. ill on. manner
318. sy turned. " I'm afraid that Eddie sadly, is wholly wrong,'* reflected the teach
319. " I'm afraid that Eddie sadly, is wholly wrong,'* reflected the teacher, as he w
320. or much. In answering thus uncourteously Mr. Gade's ETHELRED of the PRESTON'. 12
321. d salutation, Earl had acted on the ugly spur moment, and without It fully reali
322. e ugly spur moment, and without It fully realizing what he was doing. his his wa
323. zing what he was doing. his his was only when he had turned fuller sense of back
324. nd eyes which had looked into his tarily momendistinct with such sympathy; clear
325. thinned and scattered. How unpardonably rude been boorish; he had he had been!
326. had thrown it away. Earl was thoroughly humbled. He had been convinced, a momen
327. h had led him to act thus discourteously, now, under another shape, stood betwee
328. t to do," whined Ethelred. Eddie, coolly, all " Very well, Darling," said " then
329. f although my conduct has been perfectly propen, I In assisting Ethelred to leav
330. " In the dormitory, the prefect, shortly after night prayers, noticed the absenc
331. ncerned," he thought. But he was greatly mistaken. Once Ethelred touched the gro
332. was himself again ; which he immediately proved by cutting off as reach. much of
333. much of the rope as he could f Hurriedly coiling this about his arm it, and wond
334. with he ETHELRED PRESTON. walked smartly down the street of the depot. in *33 th
335. e had taken the rope it? in- stinctively; but what was he to do with wasteful. I
336. it off, he could but trade were it only for a collar button! Thus lamenting, Et
337. w one more copy," he pleaded. Eventually Ethelred entered the station with three
338. ng for several minutes, when he suddenly gave a low whistle. With mouth agape an
339. he offender to expulsion." "But I I only went as far as the depot. It Then began
340. y mother sent me here, and to be as ugly as I made up my But let mind could. If
341. ny more." These words Ethelred, vulgarly though they were, dent's difficulties.
342. ton stated first that her son was likely to act and think ? afterwards — to ta
343. there not a reasonable hope, especially in view of Ethelred's confession, that
344. you, ETHELRED PRESTON. but conditionally. 1 37 To be frank, despite the high cha
345. once." " 11 Fll stop sure; off." I only talked that way to show What a high ide
346. get back ?" asked Eddie Devereux, early the next morning, catching Etheired's t
347. o get money." " st What— all Certainly/' of it ?" " Will you cents ?" let me o
348. ton looked concerned for a moment; denly his face brightened. " Look here, ! Dev
349. he took a I40 ETHELRED PRESTON. Suddenly his moment's thought. face bright- ened
350. h Ed, to his credit be said, was utterly unfamiliar. With a hoarse laugh, and sl
351. wer. Before morning prayers, accordingly, he sum- moned Earl and Roger, and told
352. t.' " As for me," said it. Eddie frankly, " It's terrible I don't want to believ
353. just what I expected," Ed, triumphantly. cried " You've " ? told on yourself;
354. returned Earl, with blushing " I simply said I had helped Ethelred " What an el
355. t said that was alone the matter; simply had helped. I'm on the black-list anyho
356. boys of the junior division has actually abetted the new-comer in his foolish no
357. should is expressing my regret publicly thus lend his countenance to conduct wh
358. er. concerned. Eddie Devereux was hardly less He knew had Before cipline's 11 th
359. 1 45 Of and Last was the Earl was simply following my plans. night Eail told the
360. he had them forth before While secretly amused, Father Howard was pleased by th
361. gard for consciences which one naturally expects in such things. I no longer loo
362. l As for yourself, forgive you too; only, please don't help runaways any more. I
363. cona little demn him ness if prematurely. Show him kind- you can/' right, fair "
364. tle him a chance." I "And, Eddie, kindly send Earl here; to smooth over as much
365. a broad he had vindicated Earl; secondly. ETHELRED PRESTON. it H7 struck him as
366. hool* came upon that Ethelred was really leaf, going to turn over a new and plea
367. tial to him in their eagerness to comply with Father Howard's wishes. Among them
368. you'd know it." Ethelred glared savagely at the amiable urchin, but said nothing
369. t/' " That's because you're complacently, 44 so green," said Peter and not one w
370. y you got too much rope/* while stolidly. Peter laughed full-throated, Ethelred
371. enough rope to hang yourself with easily; 15 but of you were afraid to hang your
372. ; At this of news Ethelred involuntarily gave a start but, recovering himself so
373. start but, recovering himself so quickly it, that those about failed to notice h
374. " there's Ethelred,'* said Earl, kindly, as the two were walking towards the cl
375. wn to study in earnest, it is not likely All or that the boys will try to bother
376. on. It was small, with bands, apparently of silver, which were fastened by numer
377. the most baggage man would instinctively " hai^ die with care/' ETHELRED PRESTON
378. nch of keys, which he examined carefully. " Halloa! " he exclaimed. " What's the
379. een " There are no thieves Earl, sharply. in this school," said in a He added mi
380. right, Ethelred," said Earl, heroically. He was forcing himself to remember, po
381. hink that now the in heaven, must surely against know and and appreciate struggl
382. aid," remarked Devereux to Earl, shortly before supper, " that the Darling is up
383. ow the rule," suggested Earl, charitably. " Oh, no then, — of course not," ret
384. sion upon his face, and added: " he only knew the I effect that his talk having
385. would leave the Catholic Church severely alone." This last remark Eddie connecte
386. day, and, though not the regular monthly confession day, a goodly students, cant
387. regular monthly confession day, a goodly students, cants, number of the junior m
388. the junior many near of whom were weekly communi- repaired to the chapel. Among
389. d the confessional, and returned shortly, stationed themselves further back afte
390. e, the warm-hearted lad prayed fervently for his friend. Ten or twelve minutes p
391. " I wonder whether he might be is really going in," mused Eddie, and he prayed a
392. l, I I didn' t go that in to far exactly. Here's what did. I I went Father Nolan
393. greater length. I'm going; but honestly, Eddie, I'm awfully upset just at prese
394. going; but honestly, Eddie, I'm awfully upset just at present. Things have come
395. . the jumping off place." " You may rely on it, I'll pray for you, Earl, And don
396. voice give in kind face and his fatherly air. him such a I Even I the few minute
397. ot lost upon the boy. Earl was extremely ation. '* sensitive to kindness and con
398. ate the untoward events which had lately come to pass in the class- room. He did
399. tive and a sympathetic ear, could easily read between the lines, and supply the
400. asily read between the lines, and supply the omissions of an honest though one-s
401. ce then every join the Catholic ; I only doubted. doubt I had as to my duty to ;
402. es it, then, that you have so sud- denly changed your resolution? " Father, I ha
403. us respect; but these fellows whose only practices consist in ridiculing, and ab
404. great is "They are either fools or silly Now think Ethelred in a fool." "But how
405. ood here company. and it is until lately and then began to see that something el
406. ! a terrible fight sometimes For nearly temptations of is the last six or seven
407. a very good man. Yes, Earl is ; I firmly believe that for Earl, you there no mid
408. " " 1 65 Who told you that, sir?" softly. Father Noland laughed When an everyday
409. act, I didn't know it myself till lately. with regard to Ethelred Preston, Fathe
410. ings where people of the world generally stay, and you are trying to look at you
411. ssness in and culture do not necessarily go hand hand/' "Yes, Father; that just
412. and harder, I times have become utterly discouraged. it Some- times, too, has s
413. with him about re- He spoke so bitterly of Catholics, that lost my temper and b
414. olic Church the true Church and the only true Church/ " Well, what next, Earl?"
415. e so," so gratified. said Earl fervently, and oh, His heart had grown warm withi
416. your " I'd rather not, sir." it "Exactly; will be a humiliation for you; and God
417. your sleeve. account, you are extremely reticent." "That's my way, Father." " E
418. ent." "That's my way, Father." " Exactly. called And again, when Mr. Gade correc
419. Earl, he was not heart. infallible. Only to all read the According appearances,
420. ording appearances, his action was fully warranted. He acted according to his be
421. spoke to-day, Father, I to me so kindly was rude. I'm beginning to be more and
422. I've always for granted/' ^Most probably you have been; however, on a question s
423. little, Good Shep- herd. he deliberately arose, and took a position before the s
424. is, "said Eddie. can guess There's only one thing I'd like to suggest." "What i
425. I feel that may come." Eddie cheerfully. Darling " Surer than Christmas," said
426. rner of the class-room and come suddenly upon two boys. ; One was Ethelred Willi
427. the great coat, and speaking, apparently, with earnestness. On catching sight of
428. n holding confidential talks with nearly every little chap in the yard? " ETHELR
429. ce I is strange," said Earl, "especially collected fifteen cents from every boy
430. football fund." " And that is precisely what has helped on Ethelred's plans. He
431. onfidence game," cried Earl, indignantly. "I'll stop that thing right now, even
432. Willie fellows he lent fifteen ruefully. " I know two is cents to, and he to ge
433. d, and unfolded his plan. as he actually laughed. Presinto ently Roger came up,
434. . as he actually laughed. Presinto ently Roger came up, and was admitted their c
435. as admitted their confidence. For nearly an hour did the three conspirators put
436. RESTON. when they had come In a as jolly a trio of boys as could be found. 177 t
437. nt with v/hom he came into contact. Only one charge had ever been lodged against
438. iency. The three boys came out presently, and it was evident, from their faces,
439. that Father Harter had entered heartily into their scheme. Although they talked
440. ough they talked together confidentially at all odd moments on the following day
441. s an air of restless- behaving strangely. ness about him. He held two secret con
442. ddie saw the envelope slipped stealthily from Farwell's hand to the other's, and
443. to protest of running away most eagerly that so, till I he had not the shut lea
444. that he wasn't quite natural." " Exactly," assented Ed. much." li " He protests
445. LRED PRESTON. he counts on making nearly two dollars on hfe various loans and ba
446. e Devereux, had But there knocked softly, once, twice, thrice. came no answer. H
447. or with some energy, and glared severely down the line. Ethelred, who stood at t
448. r which led to the yard, was perceptibly nervous. He quailed before the look upo
449. e Peter, the mass, came tripping quietly about the end. Ethelred did not notice
450. ting called to order," said Ed presently, with tin, much gravity. " Johnnie Mar-
451. ch of the midgets answered affirmatively. " And according to the agreement you a
452. t's so," "Well, said Peter. there's only one course serious. left for you." The
453. 've no objections/* continued Ed suavely. said several. "All right," "How Eddie.
454. go into I business again. myself. fully, must arrange that with him careit Now,
455. my commission," said „ Ed, cheerfully. " Do you mean to say," continued Marti
456. owe him anything more let " Not exactly; only don't joke will on to him or the
457. im anything more let " Not exactly; only don't joke will on to him or the should
458. to bankruptcy." Ethelred stared stolidly. "Well, I don't care I whether they go
459. d Preston, as young I gentlemen commonly called the midgets, that their assets l
460. "Think I'm " I'll said Ethelred, angrily. a fool ?" not tell you what I think. Y
461. " you'll get all your money, if you only wait." " But I can't wait. I want it no
462. trouncing, every one of you." "That's ly, so, Father," said Peter Lane sweet- ca
463. g at the The boys began to smile sweetly. "No, you're not. You couldn't get if m
464. twinkle, and all it over with the jolly treasurer of Henryton College. treble H
465. question had been settled. this Finally the midgets departed smiling and radian
466. rt just five cents of his regular weekly allowance. Some dents. of my readers ma
467. like with him," said Peter triumphantly, as into the yard. the procession scurr
468. did without effort. What others utterly failed 194 in, ETHELRED PRESTON. he acc
469. t a letter from It my old nurse in reply to mine. seems that she was little comm
470. n putting done. off and off till finally nothing was me. once. You can imagine h
471. ntion Catechism instructions, especially year. Father Noland considered minutes.
472. could of Earl's conversion Very quickly the news iound, and went many warm and
473. the yard was about to receive vhe lovely baptismal robe. *' I say, Earl," said E
474. -night, then ? " " Yes; there's scarcely a doubt about the matter. He'll not lea
475. bench, and two small eyes glanced warily about. Satisfied that the coast was cle
476. rtain desks, he helped himself hurriedly to three or four fountain pens, a box o
477. few odds and ends. He then thoughtfully put on a fine heavy in overcoat —the
478. spiration from It his brow. was a chilly night ; but Ethelred was not sensi- ble
479. he way. stirred ; 203 throwing a ghastly white light upon the middle There was n
480. s breath. As he stood there his suddenly came, or ears a seemed to come, upon lo
481. and down his back there swept an chilly sensation. He listened again, but was s
482. on't stop any more." And walking swiftly, he made towards a clump of trees some
483. were reached. Ethelred made for plainly in the light his hands, and scattering
484. ground. Five weird figures had unearthly figures. hemmed him Ethelred's in — f
485. lred's pockets. He went moved. it slowly, while not a figure Ethelred's hands co
486. r; in his heart that he breathed heavily, and wished one of those figures would
487. trembling Ethelred and breathing heavily, to put made an endeavor on the vest. 2
488. owner might tight. i( be, instinctively upon them and Count twenty But ; then r
489. ed tried to count twenty conscientiously. He must have broken down and begun aga
490. again five or six times; he cer- tainly counted twenty. When he felt quite sure
491. disappeared from the view of his ghostly persecutors. "Well," exclaimed the his
492. oing to rob right and left. could hardly keep from I saying something when took
493. period of fact that They were radiantly happy. The Ethelred had been scared out
494. circuses!" chimed in Roger ecstatically. " But wasn't us out, M it good of Fath
495. d placed upon his desk one large tightly-packed valise and any number of odds an
496. " he asked. " Stolen Eddie goods mostly, Father, I think," replied. " Of course
497. at the end of the recital, " can hardly keep from wishing I was a boy again. to
498. breakfast, Earl Meriwether was solemnly baptized into the Catholic Church. At h
499. ervices pro- ceeded, was aglow with holy joy; and when Father Noland poured the
500. e companions. the table a beautiful lily the centre of bowed perfect chalice, an
501. own and pitch He added, enthusiastically, "There are and all biscuits for breakf
502. ." It was a merry breakfast. but finally settled They talked of many things, upo
503. That's so," assented Ed. getting awfully dull "Things were along. when he came W
504. Earl, " that the month of the generally the dullest month Ed. school-year." "Bu
505. wasn't," said "It would have been, only he came along I for the Darling. I When
506. wanted him to write something me lately, and he answered by quoting a few lines
507. ence, seldom tarrying long, Capriciously she touches me to song Then leaves me t
508. well worthy of being treasured. Probably, the older you grow, the more you will
509. e envelope with enclosure very carefully away. of all "Well," resumed Roger, "ju
510. d to pay the damages. Go on, Roger; only please try not to tire out my godson."
511. we're done with him, he bobs up serenely in the dormitory next morning, and at s
512. a savage." " Ethelred has been formally expelled, I hear," said Roger. " " I fe
513. h. " Halloa! " said Peter Lane, suddenly, "here comes Earl Meriwether, and there
514. st part Father Howard says that not only has Father Edmunds decided not to arres
515. to arrest Ethelred, but he has actually entered his name as a stu- dent of the
516. ," Devereux. broke in All turned quickly towards the entrance to the residence b
517. posing a sunny head of ringlets, gravely, he was facing such a staring, bowed st
518. nt surprises. He was dress, a singularly pretty boy, with very fair dark blue ey
519. s, he took the new-comer's hands. really Ethelred Preston " Are you " That is my
520. EACH HENRYTON M DUE when TT was a chilly morning, late in January, a closed carr
521. and a little boy. The in lady, evidently a woman attire; of refinement, was tast
522. s, tied in a bow-knot, bound his shapely knickerbockers at the knees. his He wan
523. man was somewhat eyes, and had evidently been weeping. The *24 ETHELRED PRESTON,
524. ground. face towards the He was clearly in a pet. From time quited so to time s
525. the boy gave her no heed. Involuntarily, a sigh broke from her. The ened. in th
526. he parting easy for your mother, my only child." the kind, tender And woman turn
527. ll like where he attending; and you only put on a brave face, you the school ver
528. s, mamma." " Take one at once; the early is morning I air is sharp, and your col
529. our trunk; be sure and take it regularly, my darling. Oh, dear! how shall time f
530. . Oh, dear! how shall time flies —only five minutes more, and we be parted. Pr
531. aved snatched a last kiss, and presently stood weeping train and alone while the
532. been an a " infant, mother could hardly have Ethelred was something of varied h
533. |uiet, don't, Johnnie," he said jocosely, right back into that car. You just kee
534. tested Ethelred. in altogether." A sally, few loafers and a passenger laughed at
535. retired into the sleeper. He had hardly taken his seat, when an car, over- grow
536. ith a big tray entered the about eagerly, and finally looked fixed his small eye
537. y entered the about eagerly, and finally looked fixed his small eyes upon Ethelr
538. tell you I don't want them." " You only think you don't want 'em. I'll let Why,
539. ddler. seventeen years old, and scarcely I've been a peddlin' suspenders " Here
540. red, as he spoke, pouted so successfully that he presented what his is popularly
541. that he presented what his is popularly acquaint- known as a " baby face " to n
542. r, aside his box, and hav- ing carefully examined the silver quarter of a turned
543. y would see that the things not possibly belong to you." Packy Jarboe here made
544. her articles. to He offered incidentally buy Ethelred a much " Ethelred did natt
545. uld take your place for a day or so only without getting found out." " Yes; and
546. ry to back out," continued Packy eagerly. " Here's the way we can do it. I'll go
547. I'd rather not," said Ethelred, uneasily. " But look! You'll have a fine show to
548. red Ethelred, with flashing eyes, " only I don't care about trying that plan." "
549. acky, noticing Ethelred was 44 it's only about four. I said seven to scare you.
550. ing over that ? " asked Packy, anxiously. 11 Why, yes," answered Ethelred, reluc
551. u look though you've been growing lately." " That's so! that." I think I can tal
552. ished Ethelred explaining very carefully, as he with a did so, price-list, all d
553. ere we are at Collinsville — it's only twelve or thirteen miles from Henryton.
554. ght tion. in his self-condemna- Strictly speaking fit he was not a goose, but he
555. lick you," suggested another pleasantly, and he put taller his hand upon a stur
556. k you, banker, 11 I shall come in gladly." Mrs. Rainey, who was the wife of the
557. he had promised to do Packy's work fully, and he clung to after his resolution.
558. ung to after his resolution. Accordingly, a hearty dinner and a ETHELRED PRESTON
559. bye.'* The kind little lady, in motherly fashion, kissed the lad and said: " Don
560. ould that hour of parting and that silly conspiracy train. on board the Ethelred
561. gone! after Then Ethelred cried heartily, the fashion of mammas' feet darlings i
562. he saw a light shining. If was probably a farm-house. he could only reach that
563. was probably a farm-house. he could only reach that light! failing On he trudged
564. cry. to act, was a time and act quickly. it Unfastening the pack, he threw road
565. and At In length turned, oh, so wearily, toward Mrs. Rainey's. the distance, ne
566. from the buggy, and moved about rapidly till it rested upon Ethelred. ETHELRED
567. e had fallen mass. arms an inert Quickly forced care- conveying him to the buggy
568. iquor down his throat, wrapped him fully in a large buffalo robe, and, turning r
569. undertook to be a peddler. will Probably he try some other occupation started ou
570. ome other occupation started out bravely yes- when he out recovers. He that terd
571. izing youth lost his road and was nearly Mr. Rainey, one of the leadfrozen to de
572. to have an interview with the partially thawed-out young gentleman, but Mrs. Ra
573. pretty ETHELRED PRESTON. lad, strangely dressed for will 249 one in his class o
574. t for several days; it is and not likely that he will be quite so chip- per when
575. which, affairs, without disclosing fully the state of he entreated him to send h
576. s notice. He took to flight, accordingly, after studies on the same evening, wit
577. onvalescence are wont to develop. " Only for your kindness, I don't know what wo
578. 's place, dear," said Mrs. Rainey simply. " When you told me your story yesterda
579. e; I know you tell will put sorry kindly: and don't forget to her how I am." and
580. t her beads, and said for them earnestly the little wanderer, whose pretty ways
581. y to the presi- dent; and had she really been Ethelred's own mother, she could n
582. could not have pleaded more effectually for the runaway. The boy was received u
583. ay. The boy was received unconditionally. 2 $6 ETHELRED PRESTON. CHAPTER THE LAS
584. orth from noble face. To right, scarcely less happy, sat little Ethelred, and to
585. ather's forced cineture Earl. 257 gently *' him to the place nearest lot of We t
586. vidence whole matter," said Earl gravely. help thinking of it in the " I couldn'
587. c. spiteful was angry and I and I really thought that should never if change. An
588. arling " observed Ethelred. He certainly had a great deal do with it." " Which s
589. wondrous ways God brings about His holy will" " So Mamma's Darling, by coming h
590. ng, froze but God punished me. He nearly my ears off." " When God is particularl
591. my ears off." " When God is particularly good, He punishes us swiftly," observed
592. articularly good, He punishes us swiftly," observed Father Harter. " When the pu
593. lped to save me. I was treated so nicely at Mrs. Rainey's; knocked the bottom ou
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