A few days after the disappearance of Mr. Chubbuck a singular report reached Sierra Flat, and it was noticed that “Boston,” who since the failure of his elaborate joke had been even more depressed in spirits than is habitual with great humorists, suddenly found that his presence was required in San Francisco. But as yet nothing but the vaguest surmises were afloat, and nothing definite was known.
It was a pleasant afternoon when the editor of the “Sierra Flat Record” looked up from his case and beheld the figure of Mr. Morgan McCorkle standing in the doorway. There was a distressed look on the face of that worthy gentleman that at once enlisted the editor’s sympathizing attention. He held an open letter in his hand, as he advanced toward the middle of the room.
“As a man as has allers borne a fair reputation,” began Mr. McCorkle slowly, “I should like, if so be as I could, Mister Editor, to make a correction in the columns of your valooable paper.”
Mr. Editor begged him to proceed.
“Ye may not disremember that about a month ago I fetched here what so be as we’ll call a young man whose name might be as it were Milton—Milton Chubbuck.”
Mr. Editor remembered perfectly.
“Thet same party I’d knowed better nor fower year, two on ’em campin’ out together. Not that I’d known him all the time, fur he war shy and strange at spells and had odd ways that I took war nat’ral to a borned poet. Ye may remember that I said he was a borned poet?”
The editor distinctly did.
“I picked this same party up in St. Jo., takin’ a fancy to his face, and kinder calklating he’d runn’d away from home,—for I’m a married man, Mr. Editor, and hev children of my own,—and thinkin’ belike he was a borned poet.”
“Well?” said the editor.
“And as I said before, I should like now to make a correction in the columns of your valooable paper.”
“What correction!” asked the editor.
“I said, ef you remember my words, as how he was a borned poet.”
“From statements in this yer letter it seems as how I war wrong.”
“She war a woman.”
THE CHRISTMAS GIFT THAT CAME TO RUPERT.
A STORY FOR LITTLE SOLDIERS.