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Young Folks.

JOHNNY MACPHERSON

'A Scotch lady intended giving a Christmas party to those among the numerous children in a fishing village who were orphans, and she told the local schoolmaster to find out for her not only the names of the orphans, hut the names of those children who had a father, but no mother.The schoolmaster, after taking the names of the orphans, saxd, “And now, children, those can stand up who have a father hut no mother.” Several children stood up, and among them a little laddie, to whom the schoolmaster said hastily, “ But Johnny Macpherson—your mother’s alive.” - . . “Ay,” responded Johnny, m quick and earnest explanation, “ay, teacher, hut she’s no weel —an’ maybe she’ll be deid afore Chris’mus h” He had no idea or thought of being heartless, hut was merely, with his practical Scots mind, desirous of asserting what he knew by Christmas would probably be his right. It is needless to add that he went to the party.

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Young Folks., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 45, 5 January 1907

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Young Folks. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 45, 5 January 1907

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