The Story Girl
When the time came to hand in our collections for the library fund Peter had the largest--
three dollars. Felicity was a good second with two and a half. This was simply because
the hens had laid so well.
"If you'd had to pay father for all the extra handfuls of wheat you've fed to those hens,
Miss Felicity, you wouldn't have so much," said Dan spitefully.
"I didn't," said Felicity indignantly. "Look how Aunt Olivia's hens laid, too, and she fed
them herself just the same as usual."
"Never mind," said Cecily, "we have all got something to give. If you were like poor Sara
Ray, and hadn't been able to collect anything, you might feel bad."
But Sara Ray HAD something to give. She came up the hill after tea, all radiant. When
Sara Ray smiled--and she did not waste her smiles--she was rather pretty in a plaintive,
apologetic way. A dimple or two came into sight, and she had very nice teeth--small and
white, like the traditional row of pearls.
"Oh, just look," she said. "Here are three dollars--and I'm going to give it all to the library
fund. I had a letter to-day from Uncle Arthur in Winnipeg, and he sent me three dollars.
He said I was to use it ANY way I liked, so ma couldn't refuse to let me give it to the
fund. She thinks it's an awful waste, but she always goes by what Uncle Arthur says. Oh,
I've prayed so hard that some money might come some way, and now it has. See what
I was very much afraid that we did not rejoice quite as unselfishly in Sara's good fortune
as we should have done. WE had earned our contributions by the sweat of our brow, or
by the scarcely less disagreeable method of "begging." And Sara's had as good as
descended upon her out of the skies, as much like a miracle as anything you could
"She prayed for it, you know," said Felix, after Sara had gone home.
"That's too easy a way of earning money," grumbled Peter resentfully. "If the rest of us
had just set down and done nothing, only prayed, how much do you s'pose we'd have? It
don't seem fair to me."
"Oh, well, it's different with Sara," said Dan. "We COULD earn money and she
COULDN'T. You see? But come on down to the orchard. The Story Girl had a letter
from her father to-day and she's going to read it to us."
We went promptly. A letter from the Story Girl's father was always an event; and to hear
her read it was almost as good as hearing her tell a story.