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Chapter 15: Santo Domingo 1872-1874; aet. 53-56

A Parable

“I sent a child of mine to-day;
I hope you used him well.”
“Now, Lord, no visitor of yours
Has waited at my bell.”

“The children of the Millionnaire
Run up and down our street;
I glory in their well-combed hair,
Their dress and trim complete.”

“But yours would in a chariot come
With thoroughbreds so gay;
And little merry maids and men
To cheer him on his way.”

“Stood, then, no child before your door?”
The Lord, persistent, said.
“Only a ragged beggar-boy,
With rough and frowzy head.”

“The dirt was crusted on his skin,
His muddy feet were bare;
The cook gave victuals from within;
I cursed his coming there.”

What sorrow, silvered with a smile,
Slides o'er the face divine?
What tenderest whisper thrills rebuke?
“The beggar-boy was mine!”

J. W. H.

We must go back a little to tell another story.

In the winter of 1870-71 the Republic of Santo Domingo sent through its president an urgent request for annexation to the United States. President Grant

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