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- LL of Eleanor Merton's
-friends declared that she was d
like to go mad with grief. t
She bac Mifd an unusually bit- I
ter experience. 'Vhe beautiful. willful I
orphan girl had marrled..a handsome
youth who developed into a-.cruel and s
dissipated .man. For three-, years I
Eleanor bore her trials in sileneicwith
a splendid pride; then her husband's c
sudden death set her free, and she i:
abandoned herself happily to her ab- 1
sorbing love for her child, his young :
Her friends had laughed. and said
that Eleanor 'Merton could talk of 1
nothing but "Reggie," and they were -
sick and tired of hearing of the littl
prodigy! * So they came to visit her
with less and less frequency. and truth
to tell-sie never missed their couing.
One friend, at least. was faithful.
and that was Godfrey Waring. He
was a distant connection of Eleanor's.
he rriend from childhood and little
Regie's godpapa. Now he was also
het thief counsellor in all important
The happiest time of the year for
Eleanor was the holiday season. and
ihe thoroughly enjoyed the fun of Reg
gie's tiny. stocking and his little Christ
* The Christmas preparations when
Reggie was approaching the mature
age of four proved happier than any
Vw*ver before. The boy was quite old
enough to appreciate all sorts of won
derful things, and every evening for
almost a week, after he was safely in
bed. Eleanor, with Godfrey for an es
cort, visited the toy shops and bought
the prettiest things she saw. and then
jon Christmas Eve Eleanor and Godfrey
dressed the tree. It was nearly 11
o'clock before they had finished. and
Codfrey was rewarded for his srar,,
of the work by an invitat;nm to "cone
nd take dinner with Reggie" the ful
Wh'en Godfrey reached his rooms
perhaps an hour nft:r he left her hc .
found a note from Eleanor awaiting
"She forgot to tell me the hour at
whlich R'eggie .will .4ine." he said ,to
uImselfi with a smile as lhe tor' open
the envelone. Bumt th a wordi he~mid
lHe hurried back to finmd doetor:< etm
ing. pud going and Eleanor half diis
traied, anid when he caught the words
iunigaant diphtheria" he did not wom
der at her alarm.
That night no one thmoughtt of slecp.
Day dawned and slowly diraggedl
tiroughl all its awful length, and -
though all things were (done which hut
man wisdom could suggest when nigh), a
camne little Reginald was dead. f
Eleainor's grief was frantic, passion
ate, pitiful. No wonder her friends lI
feared fot' her reason. .(Godfr-ey alone 11
was of any comfort to her. and that ~
only because she could tamlk to him in- ]
cessantly of her dead child. t
~Until Twelfth Night Reggie's Christ- (
~,ts tree stood just as they had g
dressed it, and Eleanor would not per- a
'mit it to he removed.
Time went on, andl though Eleanor's
grie-f was no less absorbing it gr'adu- ti
ally becatme more quiet int its form. y
Godlfrey keenly dreaded for her then
approa ch of Christmas tinm, and Ito
felt greatly disturbed when zttportant ~
business kep~t him away front thte city ~
untal late on Christmas Eve. It was ~
too late to see Eleanor on his return,
but lie went to her early on Christmas
G.oD.G s4w EnR swAY ANI) sHIE
s"..MED) ABOUT To FALL." a
ztorn'n'g anid found he4r, to his hotrror f
wich thtey two had deoratedJ th.e I
"E m. he saidl. "y-ou wil l drie
"A least I .shuld be less miserable In
thau 11 am now.(
gre a Codfrey vwas poweriet to- 10
turn. e;'tn for a moa:ues:t, th:- current
of her thoughts.j
The li luseless tree. with its bur
en of pretty jofs. was kept in its place
ntil Twelfth Night was over, as be
ore. And then it vaidshed. 1Godfrey
Another year -went by and Eleanor,
till a recluse and unreconeiled,
nourned for her boy.
As Christums amin drew near Elean
r said to 'odfrey. "I shall dress Reg
nald's tree as usual on Christmas Eve.
Vill you help me-or must I do it
lone, as I did last year?"
"Eleanor!" he protested.
"I shall do it' she said firmly. and
e saw that there was no appeal.
"Fo 1. . . as tie. .odfr.y.told
usef...h.hlpe. hr.c. dam
-dTbeen bouillhel fo litte ]Rgi l.
ng behr Itrem strou that
1.ese p1latn. made~ frey child
eiht aoul he thus~ :ererted from
.1eir purpose~ and used again and again
; instrumntns of 1lorture' fr a womn
It was late when lheir inisk w:is
lished and1( Ire ba:de hot- good-nighit.
or face haunted him all nuight. aund in
ie miornimg he went to her again.
Before th htouse15 lhe satw three Itt
'rd, wistful liittle vagranits loitering.
d as be passe'd them h'e heard one
unst-jist ter see dema tings eluis to!"
Hie glanced up, and where the dra
ries had been pushed aside he caught
glimpse of Reginald's Christmnas tree.
"Mrs. Merton is out!" he saxid in sur
rise, repeating the maid's words.
one to church. you say! Yes. I'll
>e in and wait."
He was glad. He glaznced at his
atch: it was a full hour until the ser-2
ee would be over. He went to the
rindow and pushed the curtains aside
look out, and a shrill cry of delight
mie from the urchins outside-whom
had forgotten-as they caught a bet
r view of the gayly decorated tree.
In an instant his resolution was
rmed, and beckoning to the children
ran and opened the front door.
I'm not Santa Clans." he said. "but
mr a friend of his-and you haven't
d any plresents from him yet. have
They grinned. .ahiashed, and vigor
sy shook their heaids.
"Did he bring you any toys last
They shook their heads again.
"I thought not. WVell, come in: he's
t a double supply for you here."
In stupefied a mazement they en tered.
tattered. dirty crew, whose jargon
hn their tonues were loose'ned God
ey could hardly understand.
Quikiy and thoroughly he did hic
.ork and the tree was strippedl and
e oys divided among them in an in
eib!ly short time.
ie was just pulling down the last
nsl zarland amid their shrieks of
apt ure when he-looked up and saw
ecgnr-a tall black figure - in the
:orway. 11cr veil was thrown back
ud her face was white and shadowy.
Godfrey saw her sway and she
ccnmed about to fall. He sprang for
-rd to support her, but she shrank
Ma rmh m.
"i thoua, , were Reggies friend
-and min . se idJ boarsely. "-How
muc I va.s mistakEn. Our hitterest
fn'my F m' *i"d hlav . devis'd nothig hal
so'i e: p 1:!."
1!!:t I' had rt. :.'i;.
dm abr sed bfor he( heard- 11
lier stepF F ~d-Eding th a:. SI:
:* :.i' Fihn.F(lt e 1Fa 13one. :a'aI F s:
aarted ~ ~ ~ ~ wv whndo.nee hero nd
lato~i dre yugive Xaway the~
IFoys I hmF ~!:oul:~afor myl Fown th-':ad
"'iley inve made three living chil
dren happy. Elcaor-"
"Dirty he;;ars from the street. 11
was IIn in.sult to me and to Reginald's
Inemory even to bring them Ino iy
Goif rey tiushed. "Is it their fault
that they were born in the gutter, that
they are dirty. ignorant and half elad?
In the eyes of God. Eleanor. I believe
those children are as dear as your
She looked at him aghast. "I shall
never forgive you." she said. "How
dared you do it*' she cried again.
"I dared] beeause I thought-I hoped
-it might save you from this useless
brooding. tli awful niser-"
"What do you' know of misery ?" she
...... .... x
said in sco(rn. \ "ou. whoit have never
lot ed and( buied3I' a child."
"I kn'ow - ily the m'isery o f Ihope
momenit 's pautie.' "Eeanor, I . would~
have given miy life to give you bac1(k
youmr chld F--whomF 1 red,~tFl 4)p-or to
1help youI ini any~ *t v:1y, an / thought
you knew Ihat. And I thbuFght that
wia: I ha~ve dune igiht myike it eaisie'r
(for yout in thet future. that1 jvas all1. In
swa(d (~. t-ha proved a1 bit nder, andil in
placetO of youFIr indFif(ir Meei. I haIve
erned'F yFur bare.'
She had ,uated herself 'with her arms0(
rest ing u~pot thle 3tale eFforeC hi' and1(
her fae' turne.d from. hi *1.
"E1'ven now~t I *9m~ not! drry it is done,"
heO $!i1 sloFwly, "and 1 iojxe in time you
myv FFn:I tFF be'lie'e I did it in all kind
ness to youF~. AndFII 'w. at leaist. you
will not refuse' to sa~ good-bye."
Wih her face still' hidden she biilndI
ly stretched on1 t bhand and1( he took
it. misunderstanipig her.
"Good-b~ye--for'Aer." lie said.
The small white fingers grasped his
own, and still he did not understand.
Now she wa~s keeping silently and lhe
was filled with/pity for her.
"PooXr child/ he said, "if only some
one could comfort you-where I so la
mentably hav'e failed."
The small xchlite clinlging fingers sud
denly carried his hand to her hidden
"Eleanor'" he cr'ied(.
"Godlfrey." she murmured, still cling
ing to his hand.
The 'new yealr wvas still young whtn
Eleanor Mertoii bee':ine Godfre'y War
hu when te nl'\ Chrstmastido'
dre'w n"ear Eleamnor. said to her hushand
uithl a tremulous smnile. -(Godfrey. I
you take me out to-night andit Igain
help men to select somet toys and a little
tree? I have found some per nlegliet
d childrenm-some of 'Gbod's little 'nes'
-w ho will have no mirr'y-'hristm1:s
otherwise. And I wanft--I 1Int you to
help mie dress'5 lie tree. fia to let me
have the'm all het-e and1( make them
happy. on Charistmas Day-for Rtegin
Andl Godfrey dlid ra t say nn.--The'
For a man who has learned to do
something well, anid do it hetter than
the run of men. there is always a de
mand in the world of affairs.
Washington Irvings home on East
Seventeenthl street. New York. in which
the author lived for years. has been
sol by a ,."i-* nory 3tnerir.
"WHAT DID HE BING?"
Christmnas In Holland.
In Hfolland, on Christmas Eve, the
children, while Indulging in various
gamues, keep easting anxious glances at
the door. as if expectin.-a visitor. At
length their play is huished by a loudl
knock at the door ad St. Nicholas
clad in his episcopal robes. enters. Hle
v :l i
Cuso hms al. an promisnoiv
echaren hin ihndxtoring heiu
giapes keefertin anxiorin o est
that do:oh. ah epetin af vto fail
length thei poa his orhurshe.y ouh
clin c shois founal resentefrs its
' t uh
A necessity of therI~ ColoniValt Chritmas
toable wai' s a~ generou pilteh aviord
douinlly. A fovrmul for lcthse hi ches
ius conriutednb al.d famusi Nw Eg
adhueepr (is as flosOnextmrigh
cu~sppl of.hr o~(r( butrin two efus
ofha milk, neO( cupfulofr oeast thre faup
andcc apneh o salt.r herm hogenther
S'the milktt and ard,. te addo thet;
and. letit stan ve neoig thed
th!e ote mingredint s Kpeodse.ft. for
et eise befoe ifryind. printl fowith
suar~'wi an speanots plae of aipled
ier contied whc a ftnpins ers dng
beenuI~ lad re' btter tw ufl
ofml- oecpulo est- he cup
. . ... .
"THE HOLY NIGHT." I. GRASS.
Oddities For Christmas.
TI2 a kpop ou .. TwEap.E o.5
Here is a group of Christmas novel
les. Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee
re dolls and Humpty Dumpty is a pin
-ushion. A very pretty present for a
)aby is a silver spoon, with a loop han
le, and which has in the chased bowl
representation of a nursery rhyme.
rhese loop handles make the spoons
ery safe and comfortable for little
ingers. As for the tiny balloon, that
s an ornamental pin cushion.
BeaW Was - b~a a
Qkyters, radishes; ceier.y. r
Qiear soup; cro~trqs.L
boded salmoI\.sauce maonie dressed
Game (or chkken) pie
~oast lturkey, crea~med ch'estnuts, sweed-poi
iatoes; pease ir~ cases; craIgbern~es
Grape truii salad~d; cheese- straws.
lirozen~ plum pudding; tles
Coitee; rqus and raisins.
Had a Fine Time.
Papa-"Well, Bobby, did you have a
yod time seeing Christmas down
Bobby - "Yes, sir; I busted three
rums an' broke some tin horns an'
A prelig doll in~ a slock
doll brvely~ sw'urg,,
\dli~erz, to! tie irmeptete
sf'ruck tw'elve o'clcc.k,
AcId gave th~e rnistlefoe
Thern th~e starled doll
heard thie soldier sayj
It's irisimas Day
After UNy feashirpg is dorne,
i rnto l; Grsta fr
is hme for N e GIitas'
X flinor Events of the Week in a
Soartanburg is to have a -ie new
building which will not only be a post
office but a court-hcutse as w l.
The Mill Opcratives Sick aad Acci
dent Fraterinal i'nion of America. of
Laurens. was given a commission Sat
urday. The corporators are J. P. Ma
hon, B. P. Estea and J. G. Wolling. Jr.
The Secretary of State issued a com
mission to the Union Drug Company of
Union, which is to do a wholesale ani
retail drug business upon a capital
stock of $6.000. The corporators are
H. K and E. H. Smith.
Friday afternoon, in Darlington
street. Florence, Press and Sam Rob
ertson, two negroes of the same name.
but no relation, had a dispute over a
woman. The result was that Press
shot Sam with a pistol in the abdomen.
Press claims it was accidental, while
others say it was not.
Some days ago Sergt. E. F. Jones, of
the headquarters staff of the police de
partment of Columbia,met with a pain
ful accident. Sergt. Jones was in his
rose garden pruniug some of the flow
ers when the knife slipped and cut his
knee to the bone. Four stitches were
required to close the wound.
The board of directors of the Mollo
hon Manufacturing Company of New
berry, has decided to increase the eipi
tal stock of the Mollohon Cotton Mill
from $200,000 to $500,000. The buliding
will be enlarged to twice the present
size and the num'ber of spindles will be
increased. to 28,000.
The Secretary of State has granted
a charter to the Domestic Building and
Loan Company of Columbia, which is
capitalized at $400,000. The officers
are Willie Jones, president; M. B. Mc
Sweeney, vice, president, and J. M.
Bell, secretary and treasurer.
Mr. David A. Layton, an old Floren
tine. who, for several years apst, aas
lived at Catfish, Marion county, will
soon open a large builder' depot at
Florence. He has purchased the Lam
bert planing mill, near the Coats Line
station, and is having the plant refit
ted and furnished throughout. This Is
an enterprise that has long ago been a
Some days ago young Sam Lightsey
disappeared as completely .from his
home near Fairfax as if the earth had
opened and swallowed him up. All
searches and efforts to gain Informa
tion as to what had become of him
failed. Saturday, however, a party of
young men out hunting while passing
through some thick woodland near the
young man's house, stumbled over his
dead body. He had been foully mur
dered, and the body hidden away in the
At Earley's Crcss Roads, about five
miles from Darlington, the barns and
stables of Dr. R. E. Lee were destroyed
by fire Saturday morning about 4
c'co(k. Four mciles, two horses.
about five hundred bushels of corn, be
sides forage, wagon, etc., were lost.
About fiftys bales of cotton-which. er~,,,
piled near ah~ barn came na being
burned, but were moved after slight
damage. The origin of the fire is un
known, but ail the circumstances Indi
Mr. Gco. E. Budd, an attorney ofs St. : 7
Paul, Minn., has written the secretary
of state asking on behalf of one .of his e
lients as to exemptions for taxation in
this State of new manufacturing enter
prises, and adding: "If the business
should be located in your State it
would be the largest enterprise of Its
kind in the South and one of the larg
est in the United States ~or in the
world." No information si ven as to
the kind of enterprise Mr. Bndd's client
wishes to establish.
Late Saturday afternoon the jury in -.
the case of Falls & Jenkins, machinery
manufacturers, of Pawtucket, R. I., vs.
Messrs. 3. S. and W. C. Blalock, and
Mrs. M. E. Browning, gave the plaintiff
ompany a verdict for $5,314.70 against
Mrs. Browning. This amounit is the
balance due with interest on a certain
ontract for machinery used In the
odville Manufacturing Company Cot
on Mills, the payment of which was
guaranteed by Mrs. Browning, daugh
er of Mr. J. S. Blalock.'
The dispensary constables are very
ctive just now and are seizing a great
eal of whiskey Imported for Christ
nas purposes. There are about 3,000
gallons of contraband on hand, which
as been captured during the last
nonth, and more is coming In daily.
While mnuch Is coming in, a great deal
ore Is being sent out to the various
lspensers In tne State. Mention has
een made of the robberies saffered by
he dispensary while goods are In tran
lt, and the Christmas season is a fa
rorite time for such occurrences. Only
mne or two small losses have been i'
orted so far. The expert bookkeepers
who annually go over the books of the
ispensary and make a report to the
Legislature, began work Monday.
About 9:30 o'clock ?konday,. Mrs. J.
B. L. Hall. who lived near Carswell In
stitute, several miles below Anderson.
was at her well drawing a bucket of
water, when the rotten floor gave way
and she fell in to the well . Her hus
>arnd was near, and seeing her fall or
earing the noise made by the fall, he
ushed to let himself down Into the
ell by means of the rope; he then
ried to climb cut the same way, hold
ng Mrs.- Hall in his arms, but found it
mpossible; so holding his wife ud
bove the water, which was several
feet deep, he cried for help, but it was
>robably an hour before he got assist
meea an'd was drawn out. Mrs. Hal1
ied later in the day. She was about
26 years of age, and leaves a husband.
nd several small children.
Another Suit Fied. *
Montgomery, Ala., Special-Jackson
W. Giles, colored, filed in the Supreme
ourt a petition for mandamus to com
el the State board of registration to
ssue to him a certificate and place his
iame upon the list of qualiiied voters.
he suit is designed to test the legality
>t the new constitution of Alabama.
rwo suits of similar character have
een filed by Giles, both of which were
ecided against his contentions.