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And IpwpIpiI npnivs r nst niul ilinu
To foroMt IiciiikMm nti- cIIiibIiik:
.A ml hwmi tin- anilii-m niul milillmo
Tho Chtlntmits nullum u iIiikIiik.
,lt wnltrw old memories imalm
Tho vanished past In nlgli us;
U tVi'l anew "lil IiIIhi. old pain,
And loan-lout ft ifinlH tit" ly iim
Ktlcndw wliii hitvii reached the better tund,
Krli'tidH who have tn-vcr faltered
.vin friendship o'un in omul uh ulmiil
Willi JilendH L-HttniiKCil and tillered.
Ami voIppk silent low? we liear
Hwoot voids oT pardon npeiiklnrr;
.Afi1 oilier voices renrh our ear,
Our womIh of piudon kcpIiIiik:
Tho wioncH we met loo Ulvlal seem
To merit uiiKry fcelliu;:
"Tile wroiiKH we did we Kienter deem
While Christmas Iil-IIhiiiu pcullntf.
Ami wo forget to nchenie and plan
Wllllo Clll iHtmiiH hells III o tcllliu;
Of lilm who i mm' In milne of man
On earth to elalm a dwelling
The mveet hell:i hoiiikIIiik near and far
Calm, holy thoughts atn hi ImjIliK,
jftml lleiiven and eai th the neatei aru
While Christiana hellH inu rhuslm?-
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f Air, March gave an iuipa-
tltfiit. little (line; to this Inst sheet in use
rieaof letters he hud been writing. Short
.him! Klevwotypcd they were nil miming
.i;iui:Ji (iko this:
"Dkaii : Inclosed find a trifle In re-
cucmhruueu of thu day, with Kood wishes
"It's a kind of nuisance," went on Air.
.March, as he guzed at (he checks w hieh
J;jy on Jiis desk with the letters, eaeli
tine thinned olV and left to dry w hilu tlut
others were written. "1 don't know "
-ii grumbling coining into his tone
"really, 1 don't why I should keep it
j year after year. There are some
tlilngr. wliieh might he eonsidered out
j'rmvii xls time goes on, and this is ono
Slill Mr. Alareh had a feeling that it
-would not he discontinued, this eery
'Cliristmas oll'eriug of a small sum of
money to each one of his kindred; it
vhh too firmly based on old associa
tion. With this passage of the years
Sic had grown apart Irom them; his in
terests and theirs had become wide
ly sejiarated, and yet he could not well
iisLVis pevsuadel himself to sever this
jilmoHl unly link wiiieli bound him to
M)n iiicmbers of his own family.
rit. liad begun soon after he had left
Iftouiu jind come up to the great city
in r.erircli of the fortune which hud
fiu.'illy erowned'his ell'orts. lie had
done well from the first; and,eeu now,
jis ne gnzoil u)on the live cheeks, he re
vralled with a slight warmth at his heart
the. first time he had sent home giftsof
money. They had been smaller then;
m dollar each to three cousins, live dol
i&u'K each to his brother and sister.
Wlm-t a. stir they had made in thu fain
fly. John could easily realize the l'eel
ling' oT opulence whiuh it spread oer his
:tmme roof niul that of his uncle lhing
:xiear. I.uter he had enlarged the gift,
.llrother, sister and cousins had married
mud et up homes of their own. None
ot them had, like himself, prospered
.tibuttdaiitly; and when first John
JMarcli hail written out three eheeks for
Uen dollars and two for twenty-live,
Sic Htill knew the rejoicing they would
-:arry into families in which money
Ke had rejoiced In doing it, all thu
iniore that a little eliort and self-denial
2iail been necessary accompaniments of
the gifts. That was many years ago.
Time and circumstances had built up
-walls between him and his relatives,
mtul the old lKiirtiness of good will was
"It is really time I was letting itgo."
.&. thought crossed him of how good the
itiit. of money still came to its recipients.
-"Hut I'm under no obligations to keep
ill up. 1 have made my money they
iiail the same chance. Their lives aro
'uhiit they liuvu made them, just as
iiuine is what I have made it. They ex
fiect help from me, and they have no
He fretfully recalled the time when
'it had been represented to him that tin
Jens the brother who still held the old
iUonteislead had a lift of a few hundred
vIoII.-uH tiie place would pass out of his
hands. It had been given, and that
wjia the end of nny trouble from David.
Willi his sister it had been worse. She
liad made an unfortunate marriage,
.and then been widowed, Aleck and
mild in her disposition, she liad never
.'iirectly implied to him except wlien
i w ' M Jl 1 91 w a
'filll'IU, r'TrW'1 Hi: midoU'Iit stars
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in extremities, but was glen to keep
ing Iiit burdens and struggles before
him in a way which he sometimes
Cousin Tom had been a M-npegrnoc
nlwnyn in trouble, always looking for
some one to help him out and set him
going again on the basis of many prom
ines of better things. Cousin Harvey
was the possessor of a large family
and small everything else. It was not
so 'vy longsinee Mr. March had helped
him out west, finishing his assistance
with flu- suggestion that in future it
would be agreeable that lie should keep
his (lilllcultieH to himself. Cousin .Ma
tilda had a sickly family; a wail from
her on the subject of pressing doctor's
bills was freipieiilly heard.
"No," resumed Mr. Alurcli, as he fold
ed one of the cheeks, "people have no
right to inllict their misfortunes on
some one else just because he has
achieved success where they have failed.
That you. Mike V"
"It's inesilf, nor. Heady to shut up
when you say the worrud."
"I'll take the key myself. I'm not
pilte done yet, but you needn't wait."
Alike, however, showed no hurry to
leave, but busied himself about the
room with occasional glances at Air.
"That'll do, Mike," at length said tho
gentleman, somewhat annoyed by the
rattle of shovel and tongs, which seemed
to show unusual excitement in Mike.
He; came slowly toward Mr. Alareh an
undersized llguru of an oldish man with
u painful limp.
"If I might bo tiirubblin' ye jlut a
"tioon, Alike; no more law-suits, hey V"
"No more o' thim. it's the funny
mail ye arc, sor." Mike shook his head,
his whole insignillcant face beaming
with delight. "It's only that bein' it's
the blessed sayson com in' so near
Christinas eve to-morrow, glory be to
(iodl that I'm axin' a bit o' help o' ye,
Must her March, tosind a bit of a prisint
to me two lirothers, l'at an' Dinnis."
"Oh I So you hae relatives too, have
"Thanks to the blissid saints I have,
nor. An' so I'm coniin' to ye to fix up
the bits o' paper that'll carry some
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lir i mioiit in: Titouiu.i.N'
money o thim two the lcetle mite of
a sciap that manes so much." Mike
laughed aloud as if in great relish of
"Cheek, hey? Well, here," Air. Alareh
again opened his cheek-book and again
began rapidly tilling a blank. "To the
order of what's the naineV"
"l'at rick OToole," Alike paused a
moment as the name was written, then
proceeded "live hun'erd dollars."
"Hey V" Air. Alareh gave his chair a
little jerk and mred into the thin,
freckled face surrounded with its
fringe of ill-kept red hair streaked with
"Five hun'erd dollars to I'atriek
O'Toole," repeated Alike in the del'b-
erate tone of one taking special pains
to make himself understood.
"What do you mean, Alike'.'"
".list phut I'm aft her sayin, sur.
Five hun'erd dollars to I'atriek O'Toole,
an' live hun'erd dollars to Dennis
"Out of your damage money 7" Air.
Alnreh asked, bcfteen two hliort
breaths of astonishment.
"That'll lie it, sur. Where else would
tho likes o' mo be gettin' the hun'erd
"Where, sure enough! Why " .Mr.
Alareh gazed at tho old janitor witli a
comical mixture of amaumeut and
friendly contempt. "Why you old
Alike stood quietly with a brond grin
on his face.
"Do you mean to say," went on the
gentleman, "that you're going to give
such amounts out of the two thousand
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dollars you got ns damages from the
i trcet railway for injuries which have
made you a cripple for life7"
"Such amounts" seemed a little be
wildering to Alike.
"Would ye be thlnkin' I ought to lie
dividin' tiiqull wld 'cm, bein' they're
me own brothers, sur7" he began.
"Oo long with you!" said Air. Alareh,
with a laugh and a stamp of his foot.
"Mike," he continued, seriously ,"if you
do mean such u crazy thing, I hope you
will hear me when I advise you against
it. Why, man, you are gettipg old.
Your two thousand dollars isalinostall
your dependence for your old age for
you and your wife."
"It's tlie ould wife and mesilf 'II be
alriiin' this many a jcar yit, sur, plase
I he 1ird."
"Hut, Alike, think of the difference
this money wili make in your comfort.
With your simple ways it will make
years of ease in your life. You can sit
by your fire in your own snug hired
room, instead of working hard you
with your crippled limb."
The old man set his lips slightly to
gether as he gaed at his employer.
Air. Alareh had once or twice noticed the
mildness of the insignificant gray eyes
looking out from under lids reddened
by exposure; now the mildness was in
tensified by a smile of rare sweetness.
"Musther Alareh," he said, "I know It
all. none betther nor mesilf. 1 know
jist how much aisier it is to sit by the
fire nor to go out in the perishin' cold
wld thu ache in me ould bones. Hut
ye see, sur, they're me own flesh an'
blood l'at and Dennis. 'I'heyfeel tho
pinch and Uic hardness jist like mesilf.
Would it be mesilf 'u'd sit by me lire
takiu' me aise know-in' things was
harder for thim nor for me? lie me
now 1 1 Alusther .March, I'm thinkin' it's
the stingy ould rascal I'm bein' not to
give thim more."
"Mike, you're a fool!" repeated Air.
Alarth, but more quietly than before,
and simply to till in the pause.
"It'll be raichin' 'cm the inornin' of
the blissid Christmas day." Alike took
a few limping steps in growing excite
ment. "Think of it, sur! It'll bo
makin' 'em feel rich! It'll bring the
slnnile to their faces, and the laugh to
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yu jist a mix nit, sun.
'em, Cod bless 'em! on His own birth
day! It'll aiso the ache that no one
but the blissid Lord an thimsilves
Yes, there was a radiance added to
the gentleness in the faded eyes a
radiance written by a joy of which few
in this self-seeking world know tho
Without saying more Air. Alareh
wrote the cheeks, to which the old man
added his tremulous signature. As the
sound of the limping footsteps died
away in the hall, Air. Alareh turned
again to the lle checks on his desk.
"They look small es, they do."
Alechanically ho added a cipher to the
one nearest him. 'That looks better."
A cipher was added to each check.
"One hundred. Two hundred mid fifty.
They'll all have to be written oer."
Air. Alareh leaned his head on his
hands, less in a hurry to get home
than he had thought. The glorified
face of the old servitor was still before
his mind's eye. Air. Alareh doubted
if ever in hu life ho had looked into a
"Cutting down his bit of n nest-egg
ho the poor old simpleton! Likely
enough to end his days in the poorhou.su
Hut it was with a softened smile that
the rich merchant thought it. Then
his mind ran over his own affairs.
Prospered from his first beginnings he
hud, during these few later years, taken
huge strides towards a colossal fortune.
Seven figurca it would take, he well
knew, to express what ho wan worth,
and the initial lijjtire would not be- one
of the smaller ones, either. Jiis own
family llw-d well, but not extravagant
ly; his yearly expenses were but a small
proportion of his rapidly increasing
"And I've never made anyone feci
rich. Old Alike's ahead of me there."
With a shrug of his shoulders he drew
towards him one of thu checks and
added to it another cipher.
Hieh? There was not one of theso
families to whom such a cheek would
not come as an angel's gift, with stares
mil catches of breath, tears of joy from
care-burdened elder ones, shouts of de
light from youngsters, He knew it all,
lor he hud been poor himself, long ago.
"One thousand dollars. Twenty-five
There was a little excitement about
it. Air. Alareh left his chair and walked
up and down the floor. How had it
been that he had never before realized
what a small scratch of his pen ootild
ill.? They were his own ilesh and
blood. They were in ono way and an
other enduring the hardness, the daily
md nightly wear of mind, the pitiful,
gnawing solicitude which belongs with
small means. Soul, mind and body,
the hardness touched them all, binding
them down with its iron touch, narrow
ing them with its cruel limitations.
His own llesh and blood. They had
stood to him as of far less value than
this money he had been accumulating
--money which could never bringtohim
tin re than food, clothing' and lodging.
Yes, it could. It could bring to him,
to his very self, his very heart, the hap
piness of live families this rare privi
lege which ho thanked Cod could come
with an easy scratch of his pen.
As he still crossed and recrosscd his
oliico floor his movements became
quicker, a glow spread over his face,
and a new light shono in his eye. At
length lie sat down and slowty wrote
again the checks, lingering over them
as over an enjoyable task; and when all
were finished each showed still ono
more cipher. Sydney Dayre, in Dem
(ii'iio-rntii I.lttlo rreilily.
"Freddy," said Airs. (Jazzam to her
little boy, about eleven o'clock on
Christmas morning, "you ought to be a
very happy boy with all these presents
that have been sent you."
"Yes'ni," replied Freddy, as he pound
ed his new drum with heavy whacks.
"There are a great many little boys
who haven't even a single present to
day." "Is that so7" asked Freddy. And ho
gave his watchman's rattle an excruciating-
"In the hospital on the next street,
Freddy, there are lots of children
poor, sick children, too who haven't
any cousins and uncles and aunts and
grandparents to send them nice
"I'm sorry for them," said Freddy.
And he blew n blast on a shrill horn to
display the extent of his sorrow.
"So am J sorry for them, Freddy.
Now, would you like to send them some
tliing to show what a generous, dear
little fellow mamma's boy is7"
"I s'pose so," replied Freddy, in a
"I thought in' little mnn would want
to. He'll feel so glad that he has given
pleasure to the poor, sick little boys
and girls. Shall 1 make up a bundle?
You really have a great many more toys
than you want."
"Very well. I'll send that big tin horn
that your Uncle Tom brought you this
morning, and that drum that grandpa
told Santa Clans to put in your stock
ing, and the watchman's rattle thnt
Aunt Sue sent from Oshkosh, and tho
mouth-organ that you found In your
stocking, and that accordion that enmo
from the Wigginses, and the kazoo that
Uncle William bought for you."
Freddy demurred a little, but his gen
erosity was at stake.
Hit noise-makers were bundled off to
the hospital, and then Freddy's mamma
lay down to take a little nap and get
out of her ears the din that had been
gathering there since daybreak. Wil
liam Henry Siviter, in Puck.
.lackson, dr. Whiid is 1 gwine t' git
on Chris'inus, nuidder?
Airs. .lackson (ominously) Nuflln, of
y'o' behabes yo'se'f. Judge.
Nolhini: Left for lilm,
"How are you going to upend tho holi
days, old fellow?"
"Not at all. Aly wife does nil tho
ppomling for thu fiuuly."Atlniitu Constitution.
ST. Loris AVON.
Sho Socuros tho Nntional Repub
I'lie Contest In the Committee Decided on
the I'lfth HnlJiit Tlio Convention
Will lie Held .June 1(1 Com
Washixoto.v, Dec. 11. Tho repub
lican national convention will bo leld
at St. Louis on .June Hi next. That
was the decision reached by tho re
publican national committee yester
day sifter spirited balloting lasting
two hours. The successive ballots
were as follows: St Louis HI, 11, 18,
'1, 'J!); San Francisco UO, 10, 1!, 19, Hi;
Pittsburgh!),",!;, 1, x; Chicago s, 8,
I), !), 0; New York 1, x. x, x, x. Tho
morning was spent in hearing speeches
in behalf of tho contending cities, the
doors being open to the various con
testing delegations. This concluded,
tlio committee began its afternoon
session behind closed doors. An eager
crowd choked up the corridors leading
to tlio committee room and awaited tho
announcement of results.
The first important question of the
afternoon was the fixing of thu date
of the convention. Tho executive
committee reported a resolution favor
ing .luno 10. This was amended by
Committeeman Leiinun, of Utah, in
favor of August 18. There was a sharp
debute, and Air. De Young, of Califor
nia, finally proposed a compromise be
tween .luno and August, viz., .Inly.
The Do Young and Launan amend
ments were both defeated, and then by
a practically unanimous vote the ditto
was fixed at .luno 10.
Then came the main contest between
the cities. There was much excite
ment as the ballots proceeded, the com
mitteemen from the interested sections
hurrying and seeking to effect combi
nations. At the outset San Francisco
secured one more than tlio nineteen
claimed from the first. The announce
ment of her lead was greeted with en
thusiasm when it reached the outer
corridors. Tho (strength of SL
Louis was somewhat greater
than had been expected, while
neither Pittsburgh nor Chicago made
the showing anticipated. St. Louis
gained steadily on each ballot. San
Francisco sought to meet this by draw
itig the votes of Chicago, but without
avail. Tho first serious break occurred
when David Alartin, of Pennsylvania,
led tho Pittsburgh forces toward St.
Louis. On the fourth and last formal
ballot San Francisco broke for the
first time, Alichigan, Wyoming and
Connecticut going to St. Louis. That
settled it, and gave St. Louis the con
vention. The choice was made unani
mous on motion of Air. De Young, of
After concluding the ballot, the com
mittee took up the question of terri
torial delegates, and recommended
that New Alexico, Arizona, Utah and
Oklahoma each select four delegates
in addition to the two heretofore chos
en. A hearing was accorded Airs. .1.
Ellon Foster, who spoke of woman's
influence in behalf of the party.
At (I o'clock the committee had com
pleted its labors and adjourned. The
executive committee then held a brief
session to arrange tho details of the
convention in accordance with tho de
termination of the full committee.
L ABOR MATTER S.
l)olii', of the l.nlioi- Cniu-riMH Itixolu
Nr.w YoitK, Dec. 11. At yesterday's
session of tho American Federation of
Labor President John AIcHride was ex
onerated of the charges that during
a strike in Pennsylvania he had accept
ed a bribe. It became evident early
in the day that any attempt on the
part of the socialists to run the con
vention would be nipped in the bud.
In fiiet,tlicotherdelogitteselaimed that
any interference whatever on the part
of the socialists would be promptly
A part of the report of the executive
council, which is likely to cause a
breeze in tho convention, refers to the
request of tho Trade and Labor as
sembly of St. Louis that tho charter of
the .Musicians' Mutual Honefit associa
tion No. .1,.r7." be revoked, because the
latter organization refused to strike to
support the theatrical stage employes.
Tho council refused to revoke the char
ter and presented this resolution for
adoption in its report:
liesolvoil, Tlmt no eontrul body or stato fod
Piuiion iinlllnted with tlio American Fuilum
tion of Labor shall h.ivu the rlulit to expel or
suspend dolPK.ues of nny local or imtlniml
unlcin for refusing to violate a contract eiist
ini; with tlio employes.
A resolution was agreed to authoriz
ing the executive council to formulate
charges against the secretary of thu
treasury for permitting a violation of
tlio eight-hour law.
To Protect 1'rnslonern.
Wasuinoton, Doc. 11. Judge 11 rod -eriek
put in another bill on the pen
sion question yesterday, which is far
reaching nud intended to meet recent
conditions arising in tlio pension busi
ness. His bill is to prohibit thu ma
licious intermeddling with pensions
mid in claims for pensions. It is pro
vided that it shall bo unlawful for any
officer of tho pension bureau or any
officer connected with it to insti
tute any official action to affect
or suspend any pension, claim on
any letter, statement or report
from any person regarding a pen
sion or an application for pension, uti
les", the same is in writing and signed
by tlio person making such stntuinunta
and giving post office address.