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A Telegram.

never paid much for it in the first place ; the work put into it made it dear, and so on. It was getting late, and I was afraid, if it wasn't done right away, that I shouldn't have it done at all, and you know, when I start to do a thing, I hate to give it up ; so I begged him to take it, and told him why I was in such a hurry. It was silly, I dare say, but it changed his mind, for I got rather excited, and told the story in my topsy- turvy way, and his wife heard, and said so kindly," —

" ' Take it, Thomas, and oblige the young lady ; I'd do as much for our Jimmy any day if I had a spire of hair worth selling.' "

"•Who was Jimmy?" asked Amy, who liked to have things explained as they went along.

" Her son, she said, who is in the army. How friendly such things make strangers feel, don't they? She talked away all the time the man clipped, and diverted my mind nicely."

" Didn't you feel dreadfully when the first cut came?" asked Meg, with a shiver.

" I took a last look at my hair while the man got his things, and that was the end of it. I never snivel over trifles like that ; I will confess, though, I felt queer vsdien I saw the dear old hair laid out on the table, and felt only the short, rough ends on my head. It almost seemed as if I'd an arm or a leg off. The woman saw me look at it, and picked out a long lock for me to keep. I'll give it to you, Marmee, just to remember past glories by ; for a crop is so comfortable I don't think I shall ever have a mane again."

Mrs. March folded the wavy, chestnut lock, and laid it away with a short gray one in her desk. She only