|Newspaper Title||Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)|
FOR THE CHILDREN. " MONICA." (By Bertha Adams, Forth.) CHAPTER II.-(Continued.) Monica 'took off her hat like Jack had: taught her to, and ran off, while Miss. North turned to her father 'again, and spoke wistfully. "That is a beautiful little child, father," she said-she was not even pretty herself, poor girl-"I do love beautiful things, father." "I love good ones better,"' answered her father, gently. "There gct-s your. little harvester, Annie." It was the last glimpse they got of' Monica. She was standing straight up on the bordering of the wagon as it passed through the gate, waving het hat, held up by Jack's strong arm. The sun shone grandly down on her curls as the wagon rattled and shockled and bumped out through the wide red. gate into the field beyond. "Throw the young lady a kiss," said: Jack, "then give me one after." Monica obeyed, and. Miss North. smiled and kissed her hand back again. Then the wagon, with its burdens, passed down an incline, and was lost to sight. "Another wagon full," said Monica presently, sinking tiredly down on the' piled shea.ves. "I'm gettin' tired of harvestin', Jack. How the wagon is wooking 'about. I fink we've got enough on, Jack." "Yes." Jack rose 'and shouted downs to the pitchars-"That'-s, enough, Jim;. we've got too much on already." "Look how the wiver's shining,"" said Monica. "Oh, Jack! I forgot you said you'd give me a whiff of your pipe. Oh, Jack, I do be gettin' fwi'tened; vee wagon is woekin' 'and shakin' so much." "We're in a'rnt, little 'un; it's all right. Are you all right down there now?" "All right now, yes," came the cheery answer. "Old K.loss -has gone oranky Tere, I think. Whoa back, there, you old goat! Look out up there. 'Hang on, Jack; she's backed; us into another rut. Stand over, there,, Kloss.. Oh, good Heavens!" There was a stifled scream from those' on to'p as the wagon lurched over, and the topmost shocks came out. "Lead her out," shourted Jack, anx iously. "Jim, for heaven's sake look: oht; we'll be all over in a m.inu.te." One of the horses gave a turn the wrong way, to the right. "Stand over there, Kloss. Get down, Jack, and. help us." Just then the wheel gave a lurch,. and jerked out of the rut. Jack Money nose with the shock and went over the side; some of the boys went out at the back; then Monica. Jalck turned-he was under the wagon-just in time to draw hbis hand from under the wheel. He lifted his head to lo-ok for ,Monica,. and his heart grew sick with a deadly "fear. She was just ahead of him,. ly-ing quite still, for the shock of fal- ling had stunned' her, and the great lumbering' wheels were drawing close on to her. He shut his eyes, while an intolerable feeling of sickness came over 'him, and then- he fainted.