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316 > Page 316 of Aikenside / by Mary J. Holmes.

HAIKENSIDE to Flora's husband, because he was a " dum dimocrat," and she presumed was opposed to Lincoln. With the exception of Maddy, no one was more pleased to see Guy than herself. He was her boy, the one she brought up, and with all a mother's fervor she kissed his bronzed cheek, and told him how glad she was to have him back. With his boy on his sound arm, Guy dis- engaged himself from the noisy group and went with Maddy to where the little lrdy, the child he had never seen, was just beginning to show signs of resentment at being left so long alone. " Lulu, papa's come; this is papa," the boy cried, assuming the honor of the introduction. Lulu, as they called her, was not afraid of the tall soldier, and stretching out her fat, white hands, went to him readily. Blue-eyed and golden-haired, she bore but little resemblance to either father or mother, but there was a swveet, beautiful face, of which Maddy had often dreamed, but never seen, and whether it were fancy or not, Guy thought it beamed upon him again in the infantile features of his little girl. Parting lovingly her yellow curls and kissing her fair cheek, he said to Maddy, softly, just as he always spoke of that dead one: " Maddy, darling, Margaret Holbrook is right -our baby is very like dear Lucy Atherstone." 3V6