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A Schoolgirl's Folly

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It is the old story. But the alarni-bell repeats again and agam its note ot warning, therefore we re-tell it. She was the daughter of a well-to do farmer, and a school girl of fourteen. He was a youth of twenty two, dissinated, but fascinating. They met, and though he was aliuost a stranger, she invited hini to her "old Kentucty home." He called once, and was told by the father, who understood him, not to cali again. But site, though warned, would meet him olandestinely ajrain and again. She was t'ull of romance, aod he of subtlety. Deaf to her falher's warning and blind to the young man's disúp&tioo, ;-lie oODMDted to elope with him. They ran away and were married. In a few mouths Flemim:, lor that was the busbknd'a name, grew tired of his girlwife. She knew it not, for her eyes were closed ly her love. But one night he awoke to the fact that she had married a brute, who hated her. He carne home uiaddened with drink, and struck her with n hati-het. Even then she refused to listen to her father's urgent request for her to return to the old home. Negleoted, insulted, bekten, she lived with the bratish tuan till he abandoned her. One day slie read his name among the list of the killed on board of a steamboat, whose boiler had exploded. Several years pnwinri. and a few months since she married again - this time to a worthy man. One night, two or three weeks ago, a policeman called at the house to arrest Her on the charge of bigUOT. She then learned that Fleming was alive, and, true, to his brutish instincts, had sworn out the warrant. Wlun she was arraigned in the police court tho next inorning, Fleming failcd to appear, índ she was discharged. May uut she who runs read the moral of thi rad story? The sehoolgirl's folly, the wife's shiime and grief, they are seen. But mote distinot than these may be read the terrible penalty which follows the infatuation that despnea kh counsel of a father and t-urrenders to the fascination of ¦ dis sijiated youth. - [Youth's Champion. "After many year.s' experience and iutercourse with our fellow-men," says the Burlington Hawk-eye, " we reached the oonclusion that theonly men who know how to eonduct a newspapor suecessfully to the public satislaction are those gifted beings whonever do it. They always derote tlu-ir talints and learning to making shoes, or ¦elling boards or fKh. or laying brick, or building pMt holes, or souie othor literary pursuit."


Ann Arbor Courier
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