" Did you, Tom, did you! I just forgive you everything for that! " And she siezed the boy in a crushing embrace that made him feel like the guiltiest of villains.
"It was very kind, even though it was only a—dream," Sid soliloquised just audibly.
" Shut up Sid ! A body does just the same in a dream as he'd do if he was awake. Here's a big Milum apple I've been saving for you Tom, if you was ever found again—now go 'long to school. I'm thankful to the good God and Father of us all I've got you back, that's long-suffering and merciful to them that believe on Him and keep His word, though goodness knows I'm unworthy of it, but if only the worthy ones got His blessings and had His hand to help them over the rough places, there's few enough would smile here or ever enter into His rest when the long night comes. Go 'long Sid, Mary, Tom—take yourselves off—
you've hendered me long enough."
The children left for school, and the old
lady to call on Mrs. Harper and vanquish
her realism with Tom's marvelous dream.
Sid had better judgment than to utter the
thought that was in his mind as he left the
house. It was this : " Pretty thin—as long
a dream as that, without any mistakes in it!'
What a hero Tom "was become, now!
He did not go skipping and prancing, but
moved with a dignified swagger as became a
pirate who felt that the public eye was on
him. And indeed it was; he tried not to
seem to see the looks or hear the remarks
as he passed along, but they were food and
drink to him. Smaller boys than himself
the hero. flocked at his heels, as proud to be seen
with him, and tolerated by him, as if he had been the drummer at the head of
a procession or the elephant leading a menagerie into town. Boys of his own