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'Ti-i.e n living thutg t!ic r.tralr;lit. 'fZit'f'ft
rails, sing 1 '???-'u
?. high, csultin;* strain .'
?T he coneac*; reel o'er i'?u sl.:n
' ii*..'; steel 1
?Vswethtui'ter across Itic ">:.??n.
*T:?i-?u;;li i::^':it. tJirouy'i Jay,
wc leap away
tVisli r-.tt'.c and crash \ and
'roar, . - 'N'.IV^
. jtsd o.?r pulse ; leap .io wc noyne-; j/*11'
And Chrititma? cnnci once, it
MABET. GlWOUD was out
of sorts. Theil; was tm un
happy expression closely
-, approaching a scowl upon
fter ircsh, young face a? she gazed
moodily from the ki I chen wintlow upon j
a. scene bright with the glitter of sun- !
light upon fros h-rallen snow. An open
Jotter kly upon her hip. lier motlier j
glanced nt lier anxiously from lime to
time, on her short journeys to and fro j
.from k(tchou lo pantry, and nt last
?a id gently:
"i nui sorry about your disappoint
ment, dear, but I suppose lt could not
"H. is nil Helen's selfishness," hurst
out !\Iabel, hotly. "Sin- promised last
cummer to spend Christmas with me.
3.IKJ now because she has bad an In
Titotion that suits lier heller she ac
.copls it, no matter how 1 feel."
Maliel thought of Hie rows of mince
ami pumpkin plc? on the pantry
?helves, the plump turkey waiting io
bo stuffed, the numerous other dainties
prepared for the Christmas holidays,
ami of tin; zcsl and energy willi w ll hrh
?Jie hail swept and dusted, putting the
bouse in perfect order from cellar io
Atti?*, oven to decorating the pictures,
and every available ?pol with over
.greens, hoping lo make the old farm
house attractive to her fastidious
guest. Everything was done, even to
Uno sinning of the raisins tor the plum
pudding. She was nroused from lier
reverie by her mother's voice, saying:
"Wei!, I declare, ir lhere isn't Maria
Church plowing through tlc.- snow,
with u market basket tm her arm. I
know lt must be heavy the way shu
e rr ies it. Mob." to bei son -ho had_L,
... t'.vMv.e '.rr,'.*!? f:v .. i . . .. i?l?There l
MO?. the load off. go niter "burch
am\ drive ber home, lt's enough to
kill her to get her skirls so drabbled.*'
""All right, .Muz." saiil the guod-na
tnrcil Rob. "Come along, MS. and
dorri: alt mooning there any longer."
Tiley soon overtook the solitary spin
ster, who ejaculated with gratifying
"For the land sakes! ls that you.
Hob Gifford? I guess I'm in luck this
time," and depositing ber trembling
form upon the board wit li a sigh of
After driving a couple of miles they
?topped before a small frame house
ot forlorn and dismal aspect, doubtless
awing In part to its aloofness from
"Wail here until I come back." said
Kol). "I'm going lo drive over to see
Toni Wilson. I won't be gone long."
"Oi?OORATlXG Tin: HOUSE.
JJM?.J Afabel followed Miss Church into
It was very scantily furnished. The
floor? were bare, but while as soap and
water could make them. The table
was spotless lu its purity. Not a
Tin? sr,T>ke Hunt; back ou Hie
? ?l?ii?irttj lr.ii.-k.
Liku a bantK.T boals ami fur!-..
Ii - IJ^?! ^'lt'' :i "MP **ml buuml. bk? an
Sk unhnahctl hound.'
'^'?WSR^A TI,C ?'N8T?NO I "r wai (I hur??.
xV-i^? Berth! os Hy Hie liehl end shy
\nd thc woutis with echoed
td oui hearts beat far.t :ir, the
miles sweep psst.
For Christmas comes, once
Doro III v Dr ?NE.
ri _ WooDR.OrFi
speck of dust could bo seen anywhere.
Hugs and mats ?>f .-ill slices, shapes stud
colors were spread herc and lhere,
seemingly for utlorunteut rather than
"They're licrn." whispered Mabel's
companion, noticing the girl's eyes
fixed upon I hem. Hy "her" Mabel un
tlerstood Miss Church to mean thc sis
ter who had lived with lier and iiad
died a year before.
"Martlia had a wonderful gift that
way," she con I inned. "It's siupiisin'
what, she could do right out of hot
head. They're all her make. I never
had no taste for it."
Mabel murmured something Iiiaudi
BRINGING HOME TH
(Drawn by Sarah ii. Stihv
Uh! as slio contemplated the works of
art before her. Scroll work of extra
ordinary design, bouquets of wonder
ful Howers of enormous size and pain
ful colors, and animais and birds of
"It must, ho very, very lonely for
you," said Mabel with ready sym
"Ves, 'tis." replied Miss Church. "I
don't know how to stand it sometimes.
When 1 found Christinas was coin in'
it pretty nigh made me sick to think
of it. When folks git old and uninter
esliu' people don't hanker after bavin'
'em round much, and I'd'uo as I blame
'em any. Hut when you git used to
yet own you miss 'em when they're
"Yes. indeed." said Mabel, fervently,
swallowing th? lump in her throat with
dilliqulty. "I'm so sorry you have to
live here all alone, Miss Church."
"There'll them as has nat me to live
with them," she said, "but I somehow
can't leave my hume, where I've lived
all my life, and i'd'uo as I could git
along willi 'em if I did. There's, yer
brother come back,"
"Did you notice that rooster. Mini?"
he asked with a snort when they hud
started homeward. "Wasn't he a cau
tion V" hut Mabel was in a brown
study and did not respond satisfactori
ly. Her abstraction continued until
after supper, making Hob uneasy at
such unusual conduct, and giving her
idol her real concern. Then came the
unburdening, followed hy consultation,
willi "fha result that Hob was dis
patched in Hie morning with the cut
ter with a noie lo Miss Church, which
"Dear Friend: I, ton, am lonely Hus
Christmas Day. and disappointed, for
Hie friend I expected has not come,
nuil I kopo thal you will do me thc
kindness ti> rome iu her stead. Please
titi not disappoint me. Your sincere
friend, MABU! J I?IFFOKII."
Miss Church was sitting at the win
dow, with her steel-rimmed specta
cles aslriile her nose and her Hillie in
her Inp, when Hob drove up. Uurlosi
ly quickly brought hoi lo the door,
li Her iiiinr/.oniont was ilepieletl upon
her countenance when she had read
".Morey int;!" she said. "I don't soe
what (lie eltlltl wants of. me. Hut if'
it's a-tmin' to ho any disappointment
m.* not Kohl," why I'm u.-golu' to go,"
ami fdic put 01?. her wrapt without an
ni her word.
?Mallei tie vol od lier!?en*T?o tier guest,
wlio enjoyed the day itmueusely. She
was Interested in everything-- M abel's.
fancy work, Mrs. Glffoil's recipe for
Kinder cn kr. Kob'o necoiht of how lie
caught the mink that bad,been robbing
his henroost, and Mr. Gifford's polill
trtil views, lt was intelligent interest,
loo, willi a loueh of quaint humor thal
maile her company very tareen hie.
"I liad no idea thal rilarla Church
was so well Informed," ?lld Mrs. Gif
ford to her husband, discussing her
a fier wart 1.
"Sim's just Uko her father, old John
Church -shrewd, honest. ? and ph.'n
spokeu," said Mr. GilTortlj
Tile dinner was pronounced a great
success by .Miss dniren, whose opin
ion was of value from die fact that
Khe was a judye of good cookery, and
was never known to pay undeserved
compliments. The crowding part of
the ilay's pleasure was ll:.; Christmas
tree entertainment in the church in Hie
I-evening, she beamed on the minister
when hu made the customary remarks,
E CHRISTMAS TREE
ell for U;;rpiM-*s Hazar.)
and ivjoiced audibly when little Polly
dali, a yollow-haired tot, screamed
willi delight ?iver the huge doll pre
sented lo her. She was nearly worn
! out with excitement and pleasure
when th? evening was over, and said
to Mabel when putting on her wraps
while Rob was gcfling the horse ready
to lake her home:
"I'ui real glad I didn't disappoint
you. 1 nover had a better tillie ill Illy
life." and Mabel answered earnestly:
"I mn KO glad you didn't. Miss
Church. 1 never had a nicer Christ
mas either, and I'm coming to see you
often ir you will let me."
"Coin? alon";, my dear," said Miss
Church, heartily. "The oftener the
"roiM SCI;I:AMF.D WITH DELIGHT OVEB
THF. I5IO DOLL."
j better. I don't seem lo feel nish so
1 lonesome as I did. I will let you take
' off tin.1 pa 11 ern of them mais when
; you come. I'd just as lief you would
! as nat. A girl as smart as you ne had
i ought lo copy 'em in uo time? Is that
you, Hob? Whatever is th? matter
with the hoy. I guess he's cot the
high-Strikes. Hood-night."- Chhago
Nt. Nick hy Aiitiimohllr.
("nod util Saint Nick comos io one of
tin; up town stores I Iii holiday season
in :i sadly unpuclic v? hleh'. This'" will
he no chiller ol' tight hoots cir .Hugh;
uf xlcdghliolls ti? murk his passage over
rooftops in tIis*t vicinity nu '.he nihill
before Christmas. No wicked ehit
rlren, who lie awake tu eat eh him, will
hear Unit Jolly old volee urging on
Dasher and Prancer. Ihumor and P.1U
KCU, and all Ute rest ot' Hie famous nhl
four-thnos-four-hi-liand lenin. In oilier
Words, reindeer ?ts a motive power are
out ol' dal?', .md the metropolitan San
la Claus conies this year in nu auto
mobile. Nor is this ail ol' Hie nev.- rev
elation. The store's decorators have
pictured Krisen as emiline, strange to
say. from a southerly direction and
not out of ?he frozen north, as he used
to appear lo Hie watchful parental
eyes ol' generations pone hy. His new
fangled vehicle seems to follow a rout??
that lies over the hills of Staten Island
and just touches a corner of Soul li
I'.rooklyn he fore it leads up toward
Jilberly's little island and the shy
scrapers of Manhattan. To Hie youth
ful "higher critics*' of the Christinas
saint, these disclosures oughl lo fur
nish new material for veiled ion.-New
lu Sunt ii'* Unit Kut-lory.
ila propnvos to in uko glut! Ibo tu*arta
of good lillie giris.
AH marning lori? ?rte nc iv/ ikv
JIJI Itemed to llirciten trow.
And over btrar.?! wintry he.il?
Th* crous arc flapping low
BPtNCINC TUP. CHRISTMAS TRI E
n?l?r*n"l VSilfl carty I?r l\ 1 f
Kfi/t On tutti a uintt.-'s rtiy. ' j />
And you can hrar tht hatchet ??unJ /Sjf"'
Almott two Reid! ?way. ' J" .'
To-morrow nifht th* tturdy ft . (j1 (
Shall drcked ind lighted br. Jl [ j
And it (hall ?hine with toy? and ^Ifta.'iwl
A iovrly Christmas tt??\.
|? Husband-"Do you think we can af
ford to give away so many Christmas
Wife - "That's no argument. The
people who give r.s presents can't af
?ford it, either."-Puck.
Tell til? Truth or Nothing.
Nothing in more dlsgustln?' aU'l :???
cravating ihnii tli.* practice ti. "ar* des?
:>r mischievous misrepresentation of
what wo *.?<. uni) hear. Those meddler.!
ind busybodies with evil longoi-d .vhu
Lrot around from house t<> hoasn to
sim'!! and ba;.: nows and rttmors are
langerons mach inen in society 'and ure
capable of doing a vast amount i?f mis
chief. In repealing what iley s< or
hear they citlwr ignorantly ur i
lessly misrepresent or misinterpret
facts which ofttimes If corre; rly WAA
would he productive of nu ?-vii results,
lung years of warm friendship and ibo
peace, prosperity of homes, chu: chen
and neighborhoods have bern broken
up hy that djs? <>r ga dd ar? who navo
no t i gard for truth and bones!y. "An
Idle brain,*' .says- simio om . "is ih'i
devil's workshop, and a dog that will
?"brinn a bone will carry one." When
decent ami iutolllgr.nl people slop giv
ing an audience and encouragement tc?
liars and scandal mongers who enjoy
a demoniacal pleasure in slabbing the
characters, reputations and views of
the 1 non cen I. and upright, they will
cease their wicked and damaging
tongue work, ll is the duty of ail i>f<>
ple to speak nothing but thc truth or
keep silent, for a strict regard fur lite
truth is thy foundation upon whit h
character is built. A liar is universally
despised and shunned.
A Pessimistic View.
The National l'?lot takes n very
gloomy view nf the religious outlook ii?
'.There is a tidal wave of irrcliglous
ncss, we mignt call li Idolatry, swoop
ing over the land from Nogra hearts
and hearth stones and. ii" it is nut
speedily checked, in the Ihren clocadr?.
our people will cease to build churches
and condemn everything thai is sa
"To prophesy nur down rall In the
f.n n ni seeming prosperity will appear
to be mere folly to some of our people;
as did the daring threatenings nf our
Lord against thc Jewish nt'.tinn when
they became so Indignant until they
invited him out nf the temple to be
hold the magnificence and beauly of
their great building. Hut it was m?n<
the Icy,; true; for th-4 day carno when
them WUK not left one stone on top ol
tho otber and the .lews are now rmi
tered over the entire world. What
was true with regard to the .lowish na
tion moro, likely to be true with regard
to the colored people; for the Jew.; b id
tho first promise of eternal UTe. Thc
people thal serve Mod may hope to tic.
well; but wo.: milo every one who
chooses lo leave the path of reotitlidf
and walks the broad and beaten road
*'.Vir-' rlcanlsms. ^
It is very necessary that the Negri
give special attention to nil questions
which concern himself. The Tuske
gee Neuro Conference, which will con
vone at Tusk og* r? next "Atbrnary. eeo ki
to koop the public Informed of tho sub
slanlial progress that is being mad?! by
the raf", a.< well as blinding to llfthl
the obstacles which confront lt.
Stop fighting -?ach other In tho mrit- t
fer of getting teachers for public. "
schools, i'nl aside personal prefnrepef.
and come together on this Important
matter; tor while yon ore fighting Rac.li
other, the children are suffering foi
Mr. Krank fillmore, ai Cres ls. is a
progressive and succemful farmer, lils
success la simply another proof of what
a man can do who is determined te
In practicing economy, all members
of the household must contribute tbeir
mite toward the general result. M very
one must, cut down on expenses.
Down In Jacksonville. Kia., tho col
ored people have. Inaugurated a .stock
company, and will organize a stage
coach servie-'' throughout the city ox- '
chis'v -ly for persons of the ra:,e. This
has been done on account of a rei ont
ordinance separating mc races on
Wc hoar so much these days of what
Ibo South has spent in education fur
the Negro. All this is true, and For it
we are grateful. Hut all thc beneficence
he has received is yet equal to tho
just dues of a darker past still remain
ing, and that must ever remain unoaid.
Thanksgiving Is really a j>art of true
Confidence in our own racial Integ
rity will prove one of our greatest
bulwarks of protection.
It ls not always the truly heroic
Christian who gets the most honor
v Ile who ls so modest tb stay down in
tho valley always will never get on the
top of tho mountain.
We must organize and co-opera! o
against all Hie forces that may come
against us as a race.
Whatever position in life we occupy,
we are unworthy of it if we do noi dis
charge Its duties with conscien Lio?n>
No chain can support a weigh!
greater than that which ifs weekes!
I link can sustain, nor can any in fi or
rise, higher in tl'o scale of Inlell'gonrc
-.han the humble copie of that na
Thc Ni gro's properly os far -is i<
goes, is laxcil equally w'th Ibo white
man's for public chicat'on an 1 thc
iinin'anance of t""e Ki no. This beinf,
I'.bc case, ho should share every keno
j faction of t he S: ate.
Two wrongs may liol make n:io righi
but it mal.es Ihcni both write, if tho/
.occur between two edi:ors or eorrca