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?ii TO HIS WIFE.
' I . The Married Man Send a Valentine
I want soma Hud of a valentine,
I To tend to that little wife of mine,
Who' waiting at home for me (
I ! Not paper Cupid and gilded dart,
I i Nor silly verses, nor atin heart,
I But something let me lee
M ' , Suppoie I tend her a bunch of polio,
i ' Some violet or a box of rote
LM S A dollar apiece, you ay?
HP1 - J Good Lord! She would atk me what
BBm I meant
fll By (pending to much on sentiment,
Bfl And flower, anyway I
W By Jove I I'll get her lome glove I Eh,
JB Her tize ? Great heaven, I have forgot 1
jfl Now am I not a dunce?
M Ala, that a man bo'uld gro w o ttupid I
mk ' Givo me an inspiration, Cupid I
flj I ued to have them once.
I ued to tend her glove and ring,
Bonbon and flower, fan and thing,
And kitte to her I carried.
But, nh, St wa all to different thenl
Ala I could wo only live over again
Thoie day before we married I
1 might write for her a little rhyme.
And I really would if I had the time
And knew what I want to ; ;
But the grind of work ha dulled m
Bev'de I have got to catch a train,
So I'll write no rhyme to-day.
Ah, Weill it it utelet trying to thinkl
Bring me my check book and pen
Hang tentiment by the neck
What' the ute of St. Valentine' Day 7
I'll tettle the thing in the tame old way,
With a forty-dollar check!
New York Pre,
fl I The Heart Hunt and Other Amusing Games and
D y Pastimes. '
BJ; ""VlM The "rst suBEostlon
1BJ r JJf for ft Vnlcntlno day
BJ ' KjrJf ) Pnrty '8 In tho form of
! sRr 1 a ncllrt hunt- Small
mS; Wi 1 paper hearts, red and
PWH! fy p A white, should bo hi
H' ? Y c5. n" hout tho
BJ J room, with occasional
' fl V V chocolate or other
jBJ i? I candy hearts hero and
JBJ' iVx'- tnoc Tll ol)Jcct Is
IlHl fX for each person to
search for the- hearts, and tho ono
who finds tho greatest number of pa-
por ones, which nro the real countors
jflfl', in tho game, wins tho first prize.
fl- The first prlzo should bo something
He In the form of a heart, say a photo-
V graph holder, a charm, n locket, or a
Bfl' bonbonnlcrc. Soma of tho hearts
j should bo broken Into two pieces If
' candy ones, or torn If paper, and spc-
flfl clnl ujizes offered to those who And
9J tho pieces thnt fit together.
Bfl1 Tho player who finds most hearts
jBJ'; 'is supposed to bo tho ono who will
jBJ (first bo married. To tho ono who
Bmj finds least, n consolation prlzo should
JBJ; bo given. If n girl, a sultnblo prlzo
J would bo a ten cup and saucer, or a
BJj worsted kitten, ns slio Is destined to
Bfl, "bo nn "old maid." A sultnblo conso-'
BJ- latlon prlzo for a boy would bo n card
flfl The King of Hearts and the Fortunn-telllng Target
flfl' of buttons, or n llttlo work basket, as
ffjl ho will linvo to learn tho uso of them
flu In his bachelorhood.
fflfl Another gamo appropriate to tho
flU day Is "Drokcn Hearts." Cut out cf
flBJ red cardboard n. many hearts,, about
flfl nix Inches ncros3, as you will havo
BflJ j pairs of guests. Then, with sharp
SBH shears, g? ich of these Into many
3JH) small plci iiqunro, crescent shaped,
BBJ wedgo sh 1, and ho on, keeping tho
Bfla pieces of Inch '..?nrt soparato from,
flflij the others by putting them Into nn
BFI ' Now, from different colored-papers
W'm cut smalt ( arts, two of each, and put
1 4i them into two bowls. Tho players
UflJ then select one each, tho girls from
Kfl -one bow), tho boys from another, and
flflj tho boys then find their partners In
Bfl tho girls who havo hearts matching
Bfl In color thoso thoy havo 'selected.
flfl Thu eavclopes are then distributed,
.Bfl "4ono to eaoh couple, and they mtist
flj . rMry to put tho pieces together to form
Bflfl, n perfect heart. Tho two who first
Bj do this stand up and are crowned with
IBI red roses iiimlu of paper, as this was
BBJ n classic Honor bestowed upon Cupid,
flfls tho god of love. If you prefer, tho girl
By! limy bo crowned with roses nnd tho
Bfl boy with a laurel wreath.
jflfl This diversion Is especially good
Bfl fun. Got n sheet of heavy cardboard,
flfl twenty-five or thirty Inches square,
Bfl nnd draw on it ns Inrgo n heart as
Bfl you can. Then cut tho henrt nut
Bfl and cover It with whlto muslin to
flfl strengthen It; It mny also bo braced
Bfl at tho back by strips of wood.
Bfl Around tho edge of tho heart paint
flfl n border In green, about tlireo Inches
Bfl wide, which of course, gives you tho
BJ outlines of n green heart. Iusldo this
BJ paint n blnck heart of tho Bruno width,
BJi and again n third In yellow, n fourth
Bj; In blue, u fifth In red, nnd In tho con-
flj tor a hult'soyo of gold paint, leaving
S a spaco of whlto unpalntcd.
mi Having propnrod ns ninny arrows as
TmI thoro aro guests and a glided Cupid's
If It clinnco to hit the white,
You will meet your fs'.o to-night.
All ulc.no your year wilt mellow,
Should your urrow meet tho yellow.
If tho dnrt go wldo astray.
You will throw your heart away.
Should It pterco tho heart of gold,
Joy for you, nnd love untold!
If you hnvo n Valentino day party
you will serve refreshments, and tho
Idea of tho day of hearts and love
must bo carried out as far as pos
sible In everything arranged.
A very pretty way to send your1
guests to tho dining-room Is to have
somo pink flowers In two separate
baskets, pink carnations for tho boys
nnd pink roses for tho girls, for pink
Is tho special color of tho god of love.'
Wrlto beforehand on small cards tho
names of somo famous lovers of his
tory nnd fiction, fastening tho cards'
with tho names of men to tho carna
tlous and thoso with tho names ot
women to tho roses. Such names
should bo selected ns Romeo nnd
Juliet, Orlando nnd Rosalind, Hamlet
and Ophelia, Petrarch and Laura,
Danlo nnd Dcatrlce, Leicester and
Queen Elizabeth, John Alden nnd
l'riscllla, Queen Victoria nnd Prlnco
Albert, nnd so on.
Then ns each boy takes a carnation
nnd reads tho nnmo on tho enrd, ho
must find tho card with tho corre
sponding roso card; that is to say,
Iloroco must find Juliet, Orlando mut
find Rosalind, nnd so on, and they go
to tho dining-room matched in that
The dining-room decorations should
bo In pink, nnd ns far as posslblo,
heart tlinpcrt, Pink cropo paper can
bo effectively used to glvo tho shape
to nil tho dishes. Tho ico cream
should bo served In heart shnped
molds or In tho form of two doves
billing nnd cooing, and tho cream
might bo pink In color.
Pink hearts, with llttlo lovo versed
attached, should be placed at tho
gucsth' places, nnd theso may bo taken
away as souvenirs of tho evening.
Following nro n few verses thnt might
Oh, there's nothing hnlf so meet In llfo
As I.ovo'b young ilicnm. Moore.
I'nlns of lovo ho sweeter far
Thnn nil other plcasuien are.
For lovo Is heaven, nnd hcnon I Invo.
'TIj letter to hnvo loved and lost
Thnn never to linvo loved nt nil.
There's Ik wary In tho love that can bo
For toasts, thoso who remember
nny other quotations about lovo may
reclto thorn, or each guest might read
aloud, between tho times of sorvlng,
tho quotations on tho heart shaped
Above tho tablo a bow and nn nr
row might bo suspended, or a cupId,
When tho guests havo como ba;lt
from tho dlnlifg-room to tho parlor,
hand to each one n llttlo laco edged
valontlne, with a pencil nttachod by;
means of n narrow pink ribbon, and
on tho back of which tho following
questions aro written. The nnswors
to tho questions all begin with tho
LINCOLN'S DEEP HUMILITY
Pride of Place or Power Never a Fault of the
They tell us that Llncoln'3 favot
lto poem was that familiar hymn, bo
simple, so gcnernlly neglected by tho
mass of mankind, "Oh, Why Should
tho Spirit of Mortal Do Proud?" Do
you know thero Is something most
touchlngly pathetic In that? Think
of tho position Lincoln occupied tho
.most exalted In tho world. Surely It
It that. No man Is born to tho presi
dency of tho United Statesf Ho Is
thoro bj; no accident of birth or other
wise. Ho is thero by tho dellbernto
choice of tho 1,000,000 sovereign peo
plo who havo the choosing of n head
for a nation of 8,000,000 of tho most
Intelligent, progressive and prosper
ous people on earth. None but great
men ought to bo exaljed to such n
place.' Nono but grent mon hnvo
been exalted to It In 12 yenrs. It is
the place of highest distinction among
men. Think of tho humble origin
from which Lincoln roso to fill such
a place. How unexpectedly tho honor
must havo como to him. How great
tho temptation to be proud must have
Then think of tho time In which
Lincoln filled this placo of so great
distinction. History was being made
every second of tho time history so
momentous In Its bearings on tho fu
turo of tho human rnco as to over
shadow all other events, In what wo
usually call "profano history." Tho
tasks to bo performed, tho porplexltlcs
to be met were stupendous. Tho fato
of armies, aye, tho fato of natfons, In
deed tho fato of tho raco hung In tho
balance and depended on whethor this
man should porform tho tasks, meet
tho perplexities, solve tho complex
problems of tho hour aright, or blun
der and fall In his administration of
his high offlco. He must have been
keenly conscious all tho tlmo of his
name, tho namo ho wroto so often, tho
nnmo so fnmlllnr to his eye and car,
tho name which had been his when n
child, when n boy ns well as when
President, "Abraham Lincoln," wns
lo appear In no pages of tho world's
history ns long as men should rend
history. Thnt nnmo wns to stnnd out
Uko a beacon light on tho top of a
mountain before all ages. This was
to bo so whether ho succeeded or fail
ed in tho performance of his task.
Como what might, his was to bo "ono
of thoso Immortal names thnt wero '
not born to die." ,
Think of this; and wns It not pa-
thetlc that tho great, patient, grim '
figure nhould sit there with the great
events of civil war surging mound
him, with hosts of men marching past
his windows, going "to do or tile" for
their country. Grent generals, dust
covered nnd begrimed with tho mud I
or tho war, bloodstained with the lash '
of battle, cast down by doreat, or I
flushed with victory, bent boforo him.
Tho statesmen of tho nation, tho
greatest sons of nil the soil, stood to
hear his comma nils, and every wish '
ho oxprcssed wns a command to the
greatest of them; statesman or war- '
rlor, whlchovor It might b'o. '
And there that grim, gaunt figure !
sat, nnd In all his weary, lonely hours
of all that prolongod struggle, tiro
uppermost thought In his mind, out
sldo of thoso of his ofllce, wns embod- '
,ied In tho slmplo lines of thnt old I
hymn, "Oh, Why Should tho Spirit of
Mortnl IJo Proud?" Tho great strain '
which rested on tho tired brain of tho I
grent President, tho uwful flood of
sadness that surged through his heart
with every thought of tho great war
and nil its possibilities nnd uncertain
ties, found relief and solaco In thoso
lines, Thoy held him heart nnd soul
bound to n higher power thnn unrth
could furnish, to u reliance on a higher
wisdom than statesmen have, to a
stronger nrm than wielded any earth
ly sword. Tho battle was not his,
nnd Its results did rot rest nt last
with him. To do his best, to oer
clso all tho wisdom ho had, to he loyal
to his duty and leave results with
Ono whom ho had learned to call tho i
"Cod of Hattlcs," the "Lord of
Hosts," was all ho could do, and, play
lug such a part ai that, not able to
foref,eo tho Issuo, often In doubt
whethor ho was doing tho right thing
af tho right time, In tho right way, "O,
why should tho spirit of mortal bo
Why should It be, to bo sure? And
If Lincoln sat all through so many
lonely hours of dismay, doubt and
anxiety, of great deeds, of events that
stirred tho notions, of achievements
whose echoes ran around tho world
nnd must ro-ocho to tho Inst syllnblq
of recorded tlmo, why should tho
spirit or llttlo men be proud? The hu
man rncO has done great things. Uuf
tho race did them, not tho Individual.
Our share In any of tho great achieve
ments of tho world Is small. Tho part
of tho grrntest man Is smnll In them.
Tho part of any generation Is smnll.
We nro not so grent nfter nil, thnt any
ono of us should feel unduo conceit
In anything accomplished by tho rnco,
still less of our pnrt In, It. Man In his
higher stares ot development, tho
highly organized human being, civil
ized man, lived at least C.000 years
on tho earth beforo ha llscovercd tho
fact that a load will l.ovo more eas
ily It the vehlclo which carries It Is
placed on a steel rnll nnd set abovo
tho mud than If sunken In tho soil.
Tho Dnltlc as sho plows her great
bulk through tho seas Is certainty a
u'onderful thing. But It required n
great many generations to get to It.
Tho uso of the electric current Is
unitizing, but It Is tho result of thou
sands of years of human thought nnd
effort. Tennyson Is right "Wo men
aro but a llttlo race."
MADE PRESIDENT HIS DEBTOR.
Citizen's Interview Short, but He
Twice Saved Lincoln,
During the civil war Noel P. Aldrlch
of Croton, Iowa, visited tho Whlto
House for tho purpose of presenting
his claim for an appointment In tho
army. Although much younger than
the President, he resembled Mr. Lin
coln In height and breadth, as well as
Upon entering tho reception room,
Mr. Aldrlch observed thnt fifteon or
more Individuals wero ahead of him,
and, concluding that ho would bo
obliged to wait for some tlmo, ho
sought a chair, placed It nt tho other
end of the long tablo, facing tho Pres
ident, nnd became a very much Inter
ested looker-on. Ho noted the eager
looks of hope or apprehension ns tho
Individuals had their turns, nnd ho
noted tho fnct thnt, for somo reason
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or other, Mr. Lincoln snld "No" to
them, but In a very engaging, pleas
lint nnd deprecating way.
While this play was going on befcro
him. tho Spuiilbh minister entered, c
companled by u couple of admirals or
other high olllcers of the Spanish
navy, to pay their I aspects to tho Pres
ident, and they walked directly toward
Air. Aldrlch. Tho Piesldent tnw what
was going on, and ho nodded his head
earnestly, so that Mr. Aldrlch under
stood his meaning, and ho arose, greet
ed tho visitors, said a few words ex
pressing appreciation for the call, and
they dopaited, under tho Impression
that they had spoken to President
Lincoln, tho latter having caiefully
screened himself (sitting down), bo
hind tho squad of ollice-Beekcrs at his
end of tho tabic.
When It canio his turn Mr. Aldrlch
said: "I came hero. Mr. President, to
ask you for an appointment In tho
army, but, after seeing that you aro
obliged to say no to everybody, I havo
concluded that I will not trouble with
my request, but will bid you good-by,
and wish you lots of good-lucl;."
"I thank ou very heartily," said
President Lincoln. "You have thus
done mo two favors In u very brief
time. I thank joii for entertaining
the Spanish visitors, nnd 1 thank )on
for not asking for nn olllee. Now run
home quick, or you may repent tho
latter favor.' Los Angeles Times.
Lincoln's Humorous Comment.
On one occasion an ofllclul letter
wns recelvud from the operator at Wil
mington, Del., on the routo of the lino
from Wnhhlngton to Fot tress .Monroe
The operator's nnmo was Jack Wlnt
nip, who Is still living In Philadelphia.
Wlntrup's name was written In a bold
hand, with the final letter qullo huge,
almost Uko a capital, nnd ending In a
scries of flourishes which partly ob
scured thu name. Mr. Lincoln seeing
tho letter .nd noticing tho pccullai
signature raid thnt it reminded him
of n short-legged man wearing u loug
tnlled overcoat, which, as tho man
walked through tho snow, wiped out
the tracks made by his feet
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Oliver Wendell Holmes said that
ono mnn Is always thrco men, tho
man ns ho sees himself, the mnn as
others sco him, and tho man ns Cod
Wo know how Abrnham Lincoln
saw himself. Lincoln's estlmnto of
Lincoln wns a very modest, humble
nnd modcrnto one.
Wo know how other peoplo now
sco Abrnham Lincoln In tho light ot
tho trnnslntlons of his actions by re
sults nnd by tlmo.
Wo enn reverently bcllcvo that
Abraham Lincoln ns Cod saw him
brought neither reproach nor contra
diction, to say tho least, to the con
ception of him by tho people of tho
earth, when they came to understand
him In tho light of tho events to
which ho will over bo sublimely relat
ed In human estimate.
Whllo his Is a fumo and n service
this republic for manifest reasons,
mainly remembers nnd observes, nil
nntlons of th6 world wrlto him nmong
tho Immortals, nnd tho nscent of every
ono of them to better things Is syra
pathetically nsslstcd by tho forco nnd
the fragrnnco of his career here.
Ho Is gradually becoming Idealized.
That Is not to be regretted. His Ideal
ization Is only thnt revelation of him
from tho skies to men, as God saw
him when tho heavens received him
out of our sight.
Wo nro glad our government nnd
our people make his birthday 11 holi
day Wo nro awaro that It Is dlfllcult
to hold the observance of his birthday
to solemn ceremonies or within memo
rial services. That Is tho law of
tho effect of holidays among freo peo
ple, as dlstancs In tlmo Increnscs
from tho denth of tho entirely great.
The significance Is less In the celebra
tion of tho time than In the fact of
sotting It forth by law and by senti
ment ns 11 holiday nt all.
THE FOREFATHERS OF LINCOLN.
All Pioneers and a Strain of Tragedy
Runs Through Their History.
Abraham Lincoln's forefnthors wore
pioneers men who left their homes to
open up tho wilderness and ninko tho
way plain for others to follow them.
Kor ono hundred and seventy years,
over since the first Amcrlcnu Lincoln
enmc from Kngland to Massachusetts,
In 1G38, thoy hnd been moving slowly
westward as now settlements woro
made In tho forest. They faced soli
tude, privation nnd all tho dangers nnd
hardships that beset men who tako up
their homes where only beasts and
wild men hnvo hnd homes before; but
they continued to press steadily for
ward, though they lost fortune and
sometimes even llfo Itself In their
wcBtwnrd progress. Hack In Penn
sylvania and New Jersey somo of the
Llncolus had been men of wealth nnd
Influence. In Kentucky, where tho
futuro President was born, on FVIi. 12,
1809, his pnrcnts lived In deep poverty
Their homo was u small log cabin of
th'- rudest kind, anil nothing seemed
moro unlikely than that their child,
coming Into the world In such humblo
surroundings, wns destined to be tho
greatest man of his time. True to his
race, ho nlso was to bo u pioneer not
Indeed, like his ancestors, a londer Into
now woods nnd unexplored fields, butn
pioneer of n nobler nnd grander sort, '
directing tho thoughts or men ever j
toward tho right, and leading tho
American peoplo, through dllllcultles
and dangers and a mighty wnr, to
peaco nnd freedom. !
Thu story of this wonderful man be- 1
gins ami ends with a tragedy, for his j
grandfather, nlso named Abraham, ,
was killed by a shot from an Indian's '
ilflo whllo peaceably at work with his
thrco sons on tho edgo of their fron
tier clearing. Eighty-one years later
the President himself met death by
an assassin's bullet, The murderer of
one wus n savage ot tho forest; tho
murderer of tho othor that far moro
cruel thing, n savago of civilization.
From Helen Nlcolny's "Tho Hoys'
Llfo of Abrnham Lincoln, In St. Nich
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dltlons, but the nation ns un Indlvldu- 11
nitty, by suspending Its business, by ,B
censing from Its contentions, by bring- ';Bfl
ing Its activities ot government to n !H
halt, on this birthday of Its prc-cml- flfl
nently groat modern mnn, pays a trl- ';!
buto's crown of tribute to his work
and to his worth, nnd thnt Is tho su- flfl
prcmo nnd tho universal homage. '
Wo trust that tho Idealization ot ifl
Lincoln will always continue; that the lH
endeavor to reduce tho measurement tflfl
of him will cease, or will nevor sue- , iM
coed. Wo hnvo no sympathy with jfl
tho petty endeavors which hnvo been 'flfl
put forth to thnt effect In tho case ofi flfl
Washington. Tho Instincts of man- "'BJ
kind havo mensured them small, who, jBJ
hnvo tried to redttco the heroic np- BJ
prnlsal ot Washington in tho alleged ,BJ
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of files affects the stately columns BJ
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tho middle period of life. They enn BJ
never feci that their experience In ' BJ
meeting him did not register tho high H
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felt thoso who, In former generations, BJ
met Washington. The two, Washing- H
ton, tho grandest of human characters, BJ
nnd Lincoln, tho most human ot H
grnnd characters, should never be dlf- H
fcrcntlatcd In the m.nds or hearts ot BJ
Americans. Brooklyn Eagle.
EVER FULL OF LOCAL PRIDE.
Quality Which Made Lincoln Popular
and Lovable, 1
Pcrhnps Lincoln's most winning -
qunllty with young nnd old alike was
his slncero belief In his fellow towns-
men nnd their community, says Fred
edlck Trovor Hill In tho Century Lo
cal prldo never hndn more buoynnt
champion thnn he. For him Sanga
mon county In general, and Now Sa-
lem In particular, was tho promised
land, nnd ho was confldont that tho
peoplo wero equul to tho task of de
veloping It according to Its needs.
Thus when It wns first suggested thnt
thu shallow, Bnag-bountl Sangamon
river was navlga'blo and might bo'
nindo a great highway of commerce,
he eagerly championed tho theory ami'
worked with voice, pen and hand to
realize a prnctlcal result. Tho Sanga.
mon Is still unnnvlgablo and New Sa.
lem has disappeared, but Lincoln's
plea Tor Improving tho waterway re
mains as evidence or his slnccru be- 9
Uef In the futuro of tho community . ' 3
and to show us what ho could do with J
a weak cnuso nt the ngo of 23. j
Tho nigument Is not remnrknble, '-
but It Is exceedingly Interesting ami J
suggestive. Although ho wns young t S
unil bojlhhly euthuhlnstlc, Lincoln did
not overstate tho possibilities nor un- i i
doi estimate the dllllcultles of his case, . s
and desplto the really laughable at- M )i
tempt which was nrterwnrd made to :Si'
fnrco the passage of tho Sangamon 1'H? f
thoro wns nothing ludicrous In his ii
plea. What he claimed sounds reason- 1
nuie, nnu wnat lio hoped for possible! " ' ! 1?
oven In tho face of fnTlurc. ', Jw
This early effort plainly Indicates . jM
Lincoln's natural aptltudo for logical If)
statement. Hut It does moro than vJ f.'
that. It displays a trait which few id?
lawyers possess; for tho nblllty to' 3)
present facts clearly, concisely am f 1
effectively without taking unduo ad " i
vuntago of them Is n rnro legnl quality, ;
It requires not only nblllty, but coup '
age; not only tact, but character. It ;
Is ono of the Infallible tests which T
distinguish the legn.' pravo from the
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