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Lulu's Present

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Ëverybody declarcd that TJnclc TimpkiiiL would be riiined by bis generosity. But tbis declaration liad now been made for a number of years, and still lie ooor tinued prosperous. But Únele Timpkins had just J trated an act, the Kuorinity of wliíeh f turbed bis domestic peace fo' ft loiig j while, and sometimeR it weelaed ! ful it' the eky over would be cleaied. He J suddenly took it into Iiíb head to look up the vidow of a brother VJw 'h&l Been dead several years. nd, Knowing that . poor jonn liever possossed n' kopek for acquiring worldïy goods, " lie resolved to inquire into tTic eondition of '■ the f amily. Without telling Aunt Mollie i of liis plans, he went oíf very quietlv Ky : himself, but he returueO not & Vc-nt. Axmt MoiLie prcp!íiod that no goqd would norae of this journey ; but wlien Uiiole Samuel opened the hall door, and i she saw her husband enter with a little i girl, she could hardly Jjï bwn eyes. ■"""} f ' 1" f s Y" " This is ray Ültie pot, Mollie, I lfave brought her home to keep me cornpany," s;úd Únele Samuel. ilHer name is Lulu." Auüt Mollie looked upon Lulu, -who shrank back into herself , and eyed her husband severely, then turning indignantly from theiu, she exelainied; :' To think that after raising. a femily oí' ight children. and gettiug them wll ofl' íer hands, Samuel snoTild go and bíHnpr ome suolí a pest as that ! It was too much for flesh aud blood to stand !" . But Únele Tinipkins had gained his íoiiit; Lulu was regularly established in be house, and. ií not noticed by her unt, she soon became a gvcat favorito i with her únele. And notoñly with íiim', )ut with all who carne to the house; for he was a sunny-temperert little Muhjf, making Ufe ajad.. ghklnzíal bháta'' she r vent, 1oH It was almost breakfast time, and, sunctual as the clock, the lean, wiry j igure of Ephraim Doolittle strode into lie kitchen, and sank iuto th-èciiisionied seat by thc chimney-corner. Of all Timpkins' proteges tliis was thf.j newith whom Aunt Mollie had the least jatience. For five years he iiad noi nissed a moming unless d.etained by , llness, and yet he always carne in witlij the same observation, tha{'rrá8 he 1 pened tq be passing by he tkought thut . he would just drop in. " He alwayS Wentto Únele Timpkins' to ' breakfast, but upon benig inviteti into the dining-rooni invariablybeeivcd 1 lúa "there was no oecasion-, wií'e weuldbe expecting him home," etc. This was a regular part of the performance, a reqwised considerable exei-tioii to v-lodge him from "trie cnimney-coriier. It wne in the morning after Lulu's arrival, and her únele desired her to inform Mr. Doolittle that bre-iktast wis ready. This she ilid very swncüy, und Ephraim, making a feinfcof íising, i plied: JIM YT " I was iust going, my deur - tune that í was off, long ago. Stop to breakfast ! O, uo, thank you - my wife will be waiting for me." anfl Lulu returned to the dmmg-rooift and innocently repeated what she supyosed tobe Mr. 5)tK)little's refusal. To Ín r great surprise her únele ltwighed out, ana her auut had a very queer expression about the moutli. " Waiting what?" she exelaimed, in a tone of eutting garcasm; "rnaybe they're going to have fritters for brealifast, aud they'll be spoiled - he'd 'netter go I" Únele Timpkius, however, not wishing to be undone, dispatched Lulu to the kitchen with an imperative summonSito Mr. Doolittle. She soon returned with. the answer. " He said tliere was no occasion." Laughing moro heartily than aver at Lulu's innocéncè and perpïexed look, Unele Tiinpkins went to the kitehcn, BS he liad donti ior live years, and niarched Epliraim Í)o0little ni to breakfnst. Lulu was astonisbed at me rapid (lisappoiirance of the vianda; but Ej)hraim had taken quite a fancy to tlie chikl, aud X'C garcled her very benignly. As ho went home that motning lic Ix;gan revolving in liis own mind a plan tor hor Luincflt. Samuel Timpkins was 8 good sort of a fellow, and, as iM ftaÖ now taken breakfast there several times, he beliered thatlie would mnko tke child i );csc!it, by way of testing his ;rititnde. At the wonted lionr l'.phraim made his appearance with a covorrd baski't and tliiü-ein a Mqltew kittaa. LijiLwa enraptured- was deliglitïiJj ''Sfi.1? faïrïy ovèrflowed with love of uil boks of pets', and the kitten was n perfect beauty; jufjt tb.e right size to be graceful; it wae pïnmp and Bleek and the very color to wear a blue ribbon arouud its neck. After gratefully thnnkiug Mi. Doolittle, Li ,Ui ,:-]k;.(h'i her tieusiiïe in tyittmph; !-iiï. til t'-.r sight of the kitten, Aunt Mollie's C'U; of wrath was overflowing. Sh" roulcln t lenr the siglit of aeat - slip detested oats; it would always be putting its dirty little nose in the niilk and oream, and it wris just exactly like Ephrairu to give a present üiat wonld soon rnt its own Kead off ! 5 One beautiful evening in March I was entering the roona, where it seemsmy. miele and aunt were pngaged iu fierinub convejiisatiou '%awlii'Pr tlieil1 tinaneial pvosppr'-ts, wV ■ flie liitter exclaimedn " Well, Cbariie ! Í hope your uncle is satisfied now ! He is ruined ! I told you that it (voul.l come to this, and I'rn only surprised that it did not corno long ago' !" Tl lis was poor eonso'ation a man '"ho linfl jivt b'nn Tn! -1"''; to Win wife the story of his misfortunes, and Unele 'I'uapkiae löoked into the fire and sighed. But al! teié ptjempts at cautil ation, Wile'sfi theyeame iu the Hinno ( baliíi bilis, would haveproved Uliavailing; for Uncle Timpkihs, led away by his enormous heart, had indorsed largely for a neighí bor in distress, and the neighbor had gone down, draggiiig hi benefactor with 'hinij and the friend of sö many unfortunates saw himself threatened with a Sheriff s sale, and he and his wife driven f orth in oíd age froin the liome which sheltered thetQ for so many years. " Ifc ia sti-aug" Büúl Uncle ïimplcius,;r, "that father tott uo more nioñey. ïhere was little besides stock, and everybody was surprised at it. Se was always so savinf? and i;ud plenty of earifc" I!; waS a delightful evening, and Lulu, occompanied by her kitten, had gone to tlie old. garwt, wh( se in.yeftöus ïdbis she loved to explore; and there shecould haY a-romp with kitty, in the full enjoyment of being beyond the reacli of Aunt Mollie's reprimand, Uncle Sainuel lift-?, ben Veïy grave of ];itc; iwljjeli an'ucipatiug è'ometliing .Hteadiui, she Scai-cely knew wliat, Lulu leanei .agfeinst the rotigh beams, and watched tiie gambols óf the Mattese kiti' u, which Beemed chnllbnging her to Htu-tí.V'iwAe iii xiie fun. The kitten was making a terribla soTatchiug-ngainst the boards, and Lulu endeavored to cali her off. She really believed that she had discovered a mouse - it wonld be liorrible to see her Juli it and eat it, lfjte other cats; she ahould uotloveher a bit after that- and Lulu tried to pull her iway. But kitty was very busv fu'riitehing sometliing lrom iimler a hiiaVil, ahd haviiig pitt iu ouc VelVet 5.3aw, she suóceedeü in disleniging a dark-colored roll that certainly was not a mouse. nor anylhifag else alive. Lulu exarhinet! it Wilh trembling linsíí'.V!, iVúd íound bank-büls to the amouiit of $5,000. With glowing cheeks sparkling with exi-itfineni !' msuwl Sto me roöin wlierelier imclo sat uiuieu in lus gloomy thoughts; and, paying no attention to 'her atint's exclamation of "Lulu Timkins. go bacif this instantand ftlii'.t 'Ui door! you impudent little scapegrace ! " she placed the soiled and cntmple.i notes iu bis listless hands. " Wlieré did you get theSe?" Raifl tic. so calmly that Lu'ln ieaásft lie cáred very abHbem. But when the story was told, Lulu and her pet were both liftcU in Uncle Hamttel's anns, and hifi tears rained down upon the bright curls, as he whispered : ' 'Lulu. do you know that you and kitty have snved your old uncle from being turned upon the world ? Mollie," 9ftid Ijé, lookinfe iprotwhfulty at his wife, ' ' ■ It .. to Aunt MoJKe'ti nature, 9m sl%wff%3y foF BnV, bffi foldod Lulu ia the íirst embrace that she tver httd bestowed upon hor. "Iwish that EphïJiBLüoolittle was here," said Unole Timpkins. "Hadit not boen for his somewhat unwelcome pj-eseut, this moncy would still have beer) iule. I ahoñlcl ra"y like to see " Gan't you wait till to-morrow mom-' ing ?' said Aunt Mollie, no drily that it extorted from her hüsband the nrst lu-arly 1: 'Kh kt Üa(].infiulged in íor a 'I'lie UoMse, of coureo, was not soltt ; and the very singMlar marnier in which it had been preserved traveled aboutlike : ildflre, and Lulu and her kitten became : ■mijeots of the greatest curiosity. j_1ij'i raiüi UiAv bcuu. i'oiiiüig to dinner, ■or' the strength "f M gft ; and if hphad takun up to veeideaee-tfeeïe altogetlver Unclo Timpkins would doubtless have r.fl'ir kim wek'ome. Tirne sped on. the kitten had grown into a cat, and Lulu had become a yojiDg lady. Her eousbs laughingly 'dartaved that she ha entirely eupaeded thëm in the atfections of -their tpaients ; and 3 stranger wonld c;itaiiily liave snpposed that she -én the pet daughter of the house, One day an advertisemeiif to the following effect appeared in a paper publisljedjnJhiiyi- riiAM " Lost, on Tlmtsday evmiing, the tíli uit., a ÏV&kesP cat, wiöi a blue ribbon arouud its neck. ün returning it to No. ( 'a-aip street the fiuder will be feuitably reyarded." tJjttWiO TUe toUowing day paper eontamed i tlíe'fbllówing áriswcr: "Xie liiiílcr oí ''■■- fáltese eat, adyeïüh:ei in yeK&'i'fluy'n papor, is exdLiffliifC' 1 1 ii "tri i-'r" it. Wliat would the owner consider a sufficíent induceinent íor parting rith the cat i" ' Lnlii was perfectly íridign&iií, both at tli e insult and at being separated from 'lier pet, so she sat dowa and wrote: 'Mi ! the finder of the Malterfe cat does not restore her, to her rightful owner, hé or shr will be searched out ftnd exposed before. tho (ommunity. " "Whon+líe paper evntammg tlus thrent aopenre.d, it brótigtii " reply troö the e.nlprit iu persou. Amit Mollio wíis . ing i'orth from the KittuiR-room window, , v)u-n slie BiKÏtionly exolaiméa: " Wlmt m ertvtii ík tluit lumdsonie strangw cniii" ir? I doolare," shL rontiiin.Ml, "ií lie hasii't got. Fortuna i)i hft nrms !" fhis -.víib the name i.he kiftou had rooeiveil olí Ümt mempraWg 'J.av when it s-immI Uurle Timpkin' liotibo. " Bun, Luhi," continued Aunt Mollie, " and take him hito tlu: ])arlor." Ljüln, operied tliu d(jor witli a height.Ibr, nul a Momowlint elcvated 4, for th.' uü'cr of Im.vmghor tavoritr was flf.]l fr.vii ii id. Tlte visitor, , !.i,i,lnoni' irían of ?.(), wftli ui air of foreigu travel, doüed bis hat witli fj low obeisance lo tjje btantiriilapparition befiivi liim. aitd perliapK hr zoo i'elt ponaaoiis of his misdemeanor, for he was decHHily cmburr.issedashe fo'lowpd Lulu uno the parlor. " I hope," eeid he with a smilc taat iliwirmtHl (ill LhUi'k indiKuation, in spite of herself, " üiat you tvill pardon me my uuihtentional rudeness ? I expecl fñ to iind iu the owner of the caí Jome iudigent old lady or thoughtless boy, to whom a few dollars would prove ui ir1'isinUible allmvmoit, and, as I had taken a great fauey to the animal, I conclnded to try the experiment." " And I," replied Lulu frankly, " expected to see, in the finder of Fortuna, di.sagreeable, purse-prpud individual - but whetber lady or gentleman I could not decide." The half compliment conreyed in this auRwer) broilght a look of gratitude frópi tlie visitor that made Lulu wish she had not suid ii; but, just as an awkward criáis was approaching, Ünclc Timkins entered the room, and politely tsaluled the gentleman, whom he had recognized as the senior partner of an influential lirni, . Tlie visitor introduced himscK all Mr] Olüidttiek, and at once entered into an easy and agreeable cqnversation with the master of the house. The stoi-y of the kitten -was told and commented upon, emd the gentleman learned, by adroit questions, that Únele Timkins' circumBtances were by no means flourishing. He immediately expressed his want of an agent to overseo his plantation, which he pronounced to be sorely negleeted, and acknowledged Unole Timi. kins' qualifluations the offiee.: He (lid not lose sight of Lulu's speaking eye, nvliich rested upon her unele almost beseechingly. This was just the thing for him, it would require so little lalxn1; but Únele Samuel was not the 011e tn reoommend himself, and JVfr. Chadwick was obligtM.l to ask )iim point blank. After a V?hiÍe it was all arranged, and the handsome.Mr. Chadwick departed, witli a warm invitation to renew his visit. ."Fortune again !" exolaimed Uncle Timpkins, as he related to his wife this j piece of hick. But Annt Mollie gkneed at Lulu in a very significant manner, and looked little disposed to give t)ie r,at much credit this, tim c-. 11 If Ëphraim were liere how, I cbuld a]ui('st give him a hug," crtntinufed the old man. , , ..... "He will be here to-morrow morning," replied Ailnt Mollie, as dryiy as 'cv er. {■- kt Uncle Timpkins pntereel at once upon the "ageney," which turned out to be very little beyoml a name and a sahu-v ; and Mr. Chadwick availed liimself tothe fullest extent of the invitation to renew his visit. " Miss Lulu," Sfiidhe, quite suddenly, onc eveiiing, " ilo you remember that, when advertising your cat, youpromirnd that the finder wonld be suitably rewaidtsdi" Lulti looked siirprised at this address, and endeavored to escape from the tindo. , . . . '! I ieft ii altogether to your generosity," contiuued Mr. Chadwick, graveiy, "'but I have as yet received nothing." Lulu stammered out something about uot wiJ""K - " 1-;- v.-.uo'fepiied very (iooily tliaü i( i- not too luto + mako reparation. Tho next mortlent Lulu's hand was ïniprteoUi ti in both of hift; and, ffi she did not withdraw it, he a;knowledged luiriself "êuitably rewardeil."


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