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By SEATON LORD
(Copyright, 1903, by Hamilton Musk.]
NSIGN MARK ATHERTON'S
ship arrived at the United
States navy yard on Dec. 21.
There he learned that the gun
boat Concas, on which was his Na
val academy chum, Tom Dresser, was
expected to arrive the next day. Ather
ton procured leave to vAsit his home,
but left a note for Dresser asking him
to follow . and spend Christmas with
him. The day after Atherton reached
home he went over to Q. to see his
aunt, who, next to his mother, was the
nearest person to him on earth. While
t Q. he received a forwarded telegram
rom Dresser that he had arrived, was
ery ill and asked that his friend would
me to him at once.
thcrton examined the time tables to
d that If he went back home he
ould lose twenty-four hours. By go
g over to N., flve miles distant, he
ould get a train to the city in a couple
f hours. Since he had ample time he
ecided to walk. When he reached N.
e went Into the station ticket office
nd, looking in his pockets for funds,
ound that he had left his pocketbook
t home. In his vest pocket was 26
Here was "a pickle"-no funds,
friend possibly dying, train to leave in
"What's the time of the next train?"
he asked the ticket agent.
"Inl an hour I and twenty minutes."
Atherton 'went out on the platform to
think It over. A card tacked to the
wall stared him in the face.
It was an advertisement
for a lost poodle, with a L
promised reward of $10 if
returned to the owner at
12 Adams aventue. There
-was a small park near tile(*
station, bloak looking at
that season, but Atherton
thought he would go over
and sit (lown on a bench to
concoct some scleie to
raise railroad fare. While
ruiiiinating he felt some
thing rub his leg and, look
lg down, saw 1 poodle.
Unfortunately there Was
no nark on the collar by
which he could identify It,
but it struck him at once
that the dlog was too valui
able to be runng loose
and he believed it was the ;L
Then and there Ensigl L o o k ng
Atlherton conceived a great down, he
plan. iIe would return i tle 8 a w a
poodle, get the reward and Pooclo
be off on the next train. Picking up
the (log, he ilulired the way to 12
Adaims avenue, found the house, rang
the bell and asked if the (log belonged
there. The servant recognized it at
once and showed the young man Into
the drawIng room.
Atherton was in citizen's dress and
had not hind tinie since reaching port
to get a inew outfit lie had ordered.
Consequently his clothes were some
what worn and out of style. lie do
cided to play the coimmoner, thus malk
lng it easl('r for him to accept the re
Walrd. Whlen a girl of ninieteen of dis
tinguished aTpear'ance camne into the
room lhe shuddered andl hoped( sIncere
ly that lie would be able to carry out
his role. The11 moment she sawv the
poodle she took it up and embraced It
"Where did you find It?"
"Ini the park necar the
"U 'Im very miuch obliged."
She looked Atherton over
'' from head to foot, evident
ly not knowing whether to
offer to pay him a reward.
SAther'toni was up to the c
"It's lucky for 111, mxiss,"
he stammuiered. "I'm a
sailor lad and( goin' back
to mie ship. I've been1 rob
hued b)y Iland shanrks anad
havxen't imoiney enough to
buy mne t icket."
"Oh !" said( the gIrl, as
tonishled at lis humllble po
sition. ''Walt a minute.
PIll go for the toey.'
Shle left tile roomi to re
turn with a tell dollar hill,
whIch sihe handl(edl him1.
"'I hope you'll reach youir
ship1 safely," shen salId as hue
wen'it ou1t, "'and( have a
l)leaisan t voyage. I have ai
lor. I Ie's ini the navy.''
s. G,oodbiy,"' r'epli'd thle
11(1 le hiuried awvay fear
ona val omlieer mnight run11
ry3 andi( ruin1 him in the
id( D)resser muuchi better
lted. Dresser had( en
CJhrlstmuas withu an un1- I
/hours' ride froml the o
humts wvere ainxlotus tof
s tog r they played
ire to ecid1e whethuer
go wvith Atherton or
which was well, for he was scarcely i
a condition to visit strangers. Atherton
informed his mother by mail of the
change and received her consent.
Soon after the meeting of the chuimw
Atherton told Dresser of his adventure.
and upon consultation it was deelded
that Atherton should return the reward
as tin anonymous Christmas present.
Atherton spont $20 for a gold bracelet
and shIpped It to the owner of I e
p1odle. Ile did not know her name. so
he addresseI It to Miss -, 12 Adui.:
avenue. N.. N. Y. As soon as this wa,
attended to he took the invalid to the
"For what plaOe shall I buy the tick
ets?" asked Atherton.
"N. Didn't I tell you my uncle lived
"N.? No. You said be lived at B."
"So he does. B. is the next station
above. We always get ofi at N."
"Why, I returned the poodle at N."
"I should think so."
Atherton bought the tickets and they
were soon bowling over the road. On
reaching the station they took a car
"Where do we drive to?" asked Ath- I
"Twelve Adains avenue."
"By the great horn spoonI" fairly
shrieked Atherton, "I drive to no such
"It's the house where I received the
"You don't mean it!" Dresser fell
back on the cushion. "By th'inder,
you've received $10 reward money from
my Cousin Adele Floyd, and I'm going
to take you there as a guest."
If such a problem had ballied the as
surances of two ensigns in the United
States navy they would not have been
worthy to serve their country. They
decided to meet the enemy at once and
pushed oin to 12 Adams avenue. There
they found Miss Floyd puzzled over a
gold bracelet. she had just received by
express. On seeing her cousin she for
got everything else than him till she
caught sight of his chum; then she
stoo(d stock still and stared. IIe was
handsoinely dressed, but not suillcient
ly changed to prevent recognition.
"It seems fhat we have met before,"
she said, changing her manner.
"Indeed?" said Atherton, with feign
ed surprise. "Oh, yes! You
are the gIrl 1 danced with
at the ship's ball when we
wer' at Nice."
"Not at all. You were
here a few (lays ago. You
returned my dog and re
ceived the rewnid."
"you inust he mistaklen,
Del." putit Di Dresser. "An
ensign in the United States
nai1vy could not receiVC a
rew.rd for such a serv
Thre vas anl interval in
which Miss Floyd stared
from one to th otier. I1oth -r
saw t (hat sihe was not qiite
evi n oI .\fherton's idel
tMy anId b raze Id oit their
"Come." co-tinued Dres
tRer. "yoll'ro not Comlpli- . ,1
Ienting anl ollicer in the '
navy by taking him for They play
som1e iIm)ostOr' who prob- ed a gamile
ably stole your' dog and of eu1chre4.
brought him) back for the reward. fIve
it up 0o' you'll spoil Ch.ristma:s for all of
"Well,"' sid the girl. "'I Suppose05 I'm
mnistatken, though you look enough alil:e
to be0 twins. Biut who sent this bi'ae?
"Oh, conscience did thtat!" said Dr'es
ser. "The followv probatbly' thought what
a muilin he'd made of himself anid
spent the mouney in a bangle."
At the Chriistmnas dinner whIch fol
lowed MIss Floyd p)ut the chumii1s on
tenterhooks by a recital of the episode
of her lost poodle, thmought her lnnate
delicacy pre'vented her makIng any
mention of the fact that she had mis
taken Atherton for' the matn who had1(
received the rewar'd. This
is the way site summed it
"I am convilnced that the
fellow stole the (log to get
thte rewarid. 1'Then hIs con
science tr'otubled him, antd
lie btoughit a c-heap, plate d
bracelet, pr'obatbly cost In"
it to mae on Chr'istmas
Dut'ing these remnarks the
actors in th pisode15(1 sat
wuithi rigidl fa(ces, v'ery like
t he figur mehe(ad( to at shItp,
neit1her'(l thig to glanice at
the oIlher fot' fear of' giv
ing away thte tr'uth hy an
It was not till MIss
Floyd entered the navy
hier'se'lf soiie yearis hitert its
the wIfe of Marik At her
tonm-then Lieu teamtnt A th-~ "I suppose
ertoni-tha,t sihe learn'ied shte I'm mis
had pa111 ider' future hus- taken."
band a i'eward'( for returinig heri 1)00(1le
and then chiariged hint wu'i sendintg heri
a cheap, p)latedi bracelet in lieu of con
Toe Iin wh~tIo t akIes all his money
to thei grav-e withi him gets reual mad
wheni ie fadls ; won't buyi3 hhn it r'e
serv~ed sat In he'a ven.-Ioston JtepubiI-,
In the Shade
D ALLIANCI, had importuned the
editor of Everybody's Palladi
um for a month to commission
him to write a story. One day.
after he had quite ignored the bohe
tmlan on his last dozen calls, the editor
"Yes, you can try your hand at I
Christmas tale for our December numl
ber. I'm going to the mountains to
keel) cool during dog days. Mail it to
me there at the end of this week, and
I'll read it immediately."
Now, Dalliance had several Christ
imas sketches all ready to spin out into
stories, but instead of buckling to ii
good faith and finishing one of them
lie began to specilate on the idiosyn
crasies of the chief of the lalladium.
"What in thunder does lie want Witli
a Christmas story in August, with De
cember over three months away'? If
he'd said Thalnksgiving It would h
more like it, and then I could vork a
Christimis story on him latter.
"Humph! IIe's 'going to the moun1
taIns to cool off!' Much pleasanter
P111C to pursue the paths of magazin
editing than the dingy, dinky quarter4
of the Palladium. But I'll
fix hU. Of course lie
wants a story from my
Ie)nI, 01113 he's too stingy of
courtesy to say so.
"To the Imountains to
- keep cool andl(l wiits to rv.ad
tabollut Chiristais sleigh
rides and snowdrifts, itC
botis and chill wini"V1
binsts blowingtrug -
-pit *s whi.,,kurs. Ti*.
figlitiig dog d:ys wi
inciuetre. Bu1t his v:11:
S Z not. get a inintal ie
frol)inle thiS 1tr1p.
him into :1 .1
spirit cl .
nushvil hil, Ii;
' )Ipushed it for the
"i'm gng 'ive publisl.r's chel'..
to kt e e 1) l,aid the scone of h0.,
cool." in 1 fatmer's kik-i .
the middle west. \ll the faiiy,
genlerntion. w.idc, rlliedec inl the i
ftrilhous'. gu n grih q 4 0
Christm1's P4ow:lies. The wenther er
lost his riie!k in:lg. iid it 11 a gr :
sticky N' i ns. \io:-covvr, t
thor' pIled oni th1. o:- l vn "w : r .1
ilkor.y Iir, baking, roastin:". s1 :
half 1 a doz-1n wolln 111nd gils paa
In th fiery kitcln, het to Z :I .!
fort "o tIhl feast wn. In; Oo .
an(d v:itven piping ht. Grandpa G,i .
""Twun't h): no C"ri:'mlus'ho ib
ole firophi e a-ltiipin'! ..\nd Alo thore
was1 n roaring 1unati.ce i i the diigip
rooml. vlie the overgr1owna crowd av.a
packvd ill to dispose of hot- IIn :Zou1p.
hot turkey, hot baked potattos, hot im.
ilps, hot 1 apple saice, hot plutin puid
ding, hot miiee pie and111 hot Cof've.
It was 100 In tie shade in Dalliance's
city deI while he wrote, as well as iII
the pictre he drew, and he was ex
haiusted I'romN the -'ffect of his own
medicine when the sketch wa':s finished.
Butt this wats a111 tr' si) long as lie
could iu rhoil t he ed(i totr of' the I ali
ladium. Fori a1 weekP he( Iivedu over the
detailus of' his jok e,swetlter'ing as5 one
can int dog da2ys with ftimes, heat
waives and1( sissing thinugs before the
Certain of the suicce'ss of his scee
and the usual gilt edgedl cheek, for the
Palladlilum wais a liberal
paymnster', lie decidled to
blow himisel f in 1 aviance
by waiy of' cooling his over
hleatedl blood. iIe hautedlt( ,
the beach atm. the roof' garu- 6-J 1
dens, alnd, havivng gorged ~
hIs stomaichi with Ice waiter
wIhile concoct ing the red
hot story, heo found it nec
essatry to int roduice miore
palaitaible lIquids, anld these '
cost good mioneoy. Iavery
uight, or, rather', early -~:~
morning, lhe ha pp enie d
aroundi( to seec If the mail
hadl landled lis cheek and, I
not fInd ing It, lived the
story over aigalin, as ho ,
thought the editor' would '
havent. it ('venl delighted
him to believe tha t hIs vie
tim wats hauvung a goodl It 'was 100
lin ost. Tlhese frequlent li n h o
rehearsalsut153)i'2( itrodue the in- shad
(evi tab le r'esuilt Of' tore liths, more lce
wauter', mloreO stolenests of the p)alatte and1(
a de(sir'e for liqid( thait. w~oubt take hld.
Then('l at l('nwh hile got his matnumscript
back willh a ci not e say'ing:
My IDear Atar-In the same malt wvith
yur mnuiisirip,t (7ame 2 a note frornf my1 a.
sist a n o th effe'ct that a Chisttmi as
la l7ii ith IMHadil'n11 oi73)e han(, turned
up. Of emi ro' w' ruestl use' that, so I am71
7ln ure it (4iiIi wo l f d ine toi r :a! m
malin cipt !n f i der t oi i r tIrn it ii. th:
for you ti 7-mel a 21urchaisenr 17;isen 1ier
ThankiJII yo Jii ust the' 27arn4 for e t m .-i -
it. 'IllF t] i,' ott
P'oor'121 Dalliance lihdn' Lt'veanf11 th sui
atisl,i'tion of' cursling the nlum.2aul~
autocrat for not knowling a good thing
when he awu it
By A. B. LEWIS
OW Silver Creek ano Golden
Gulch became one was brought
about in this manner: For
many years keen rivalry had
existed between the two towns, which
were only a stone's throw from each
other. Boti elilimed to be h"ad and
shoulders above the other In enterprise
aid progressiveness. mnd one(1 iiever
11111(l I MoVo iII PhIIAN improvement
that tie other did not go it one better.
When Golden Gulch built i town hall
two stories high, Silver Creek built one
of three stories. When Silver Creek
erected a new J)"il, Its Citizens IIatI
hardly begun ito crow over the matter
when Golden Guleh was
working overtime to build
a bet ter one.
And in all other matters
there was rivalry. Ivenl
when fIour' dwellings
burned in Silver Creek -
Onle 11nglif Golden Gulch
sacriticed five of its huild
igs, just to keep aheil
It had beenl abhout anl
even thing between the
two towils when.one1day
Bill iSteNvns canused1 con
stern iion inGCold(' 1l11ech
by Ib rintgiilg in the nows
that Silvel reek "was --
prepari' fu r the whop
shun ever. known in (ho
sti to."'When askcd for
further i.rticulars he
"Boys, I'v% -ust .ome
froi Ilhet clawggonemld
IowNN-1, aId, though they're "WiN11,. bo
kcepinl' it nighut(y tilliet, I fust-"
..0 oil to) thvir little HIurprise :ry
T1eil voyotvs a goiln' to lep us it'
they kiin by blevinl' a lynclin' on C'rI -
"Got a ho-s thief, oh':" asked one. of
'"Thet's whalt thley'\ e . ljoys,c .
tinued lIiii. " n .h y . 1-1in Cim
fur tlie ( snlilill. I ' to l>e lyit-lieuI
in the pulic ::oua' n (i'mus afi
Ilool. :Ind w\ t tn it hwe i 's vo l thw 11et
il r Cre!k 4in clrbrato lher,iholi
da- y in h it 1 hol"llin' lm illier i t. 'll
bomln he ll(I 1i Ihn e nd ' I bo -II
over with its.
"lloys, weve've gotr he' two lynehin*-i's
or "(1it we're back numbers. While
We aini't goV lito hos.s thi,veS, th Ir's
plonly d' lo.yal citizens inl
8; ver ('roie.k, and1( l'1n bwt
i' t-1r1meker. -i oI(d
411st thet (wNo% ' m i
step forward and let us
ynh 'um onl C'ris'mu
an1d savo (he town's repor
hishlin. I'll promise 'emt
4 ~ / thet it will be dlone in a
genteel mlainierI ad thet
-I ten 1foot monumllllent wvill
ble pt over theIr graves
(f hoot. Now, boys, who'll
b""~ e fuist in this mantter'?''
A ucep sileince followed
iIes atft er lie had asked
b le questi oln ten m1en1 htad
l(ftI the criowd. Threel('
i'n,lutes lateir a1 dIozen
j/it lore 1had( dIsappeared, lad
liveo inlutes later Bill
As lie walt(ched the last
of the cr'owd (lodging
arounl td a1 COrnerOi therie
13111 wa'si were( tear's inl his (eyes0 ii
alone1. lie exclimed to lheidf
"And most of 'ei hev sich bewvt.luh
necks fill haxngiin' too! WVaaI, we're a
lieked eirowd, b)ut I allus did sorter' i
reckoin thet Silver Creek was a heap
sight bet ter town to live in thanil Golden
Gu ilchl, an id I 'im goin' to 111nke my hlome
And there wtere 5o many)13 others inl
the townl who suddnly3 cami~e to tis
conclusnioni, especially after' tihe lynchl
ing on Christman:s, thait there wvas an
exodiis fromn Golden Gulch to Siver
Creek, anid tile two tonslt miergedi anid
becamle oine andt 1 idiiible.
The Only One Jin caiity.
Mtlus'eumi : Ptr'on-W~ellI, w'hat ne
freak haivi' y'ou for the hllOidays'?
M~ianiager- 'The rarest tilg on earth
the man11 whoi( doesni't 1b11y mIore( Christ
1ma11 l0'esenits tlin lie enni a fford.
Ain oi t n1 ii .ov'e i (atim.
Etl i -What d owriy dd hI le Pr ice de
liata:iplaii riv e fr'oim( Gweindoiyn's fa.
.en0 t-Nofi miore 11ban $1,000,000. yon
?:t'(, it wasi-: ari,n- a hore ignaig ,i.- Ne
()rl'a il 'ati 's-|I)u'iiot'ar I
tune1 in a year' if it hadnIi't been1 for his
"Ilow dlid shet p)revenxt it?"
"'She 81pent it herseif."'
iT e centine liebutr.
Isabel--A i'1 youa e ver r'ude?
TDorothy-Oh, .es. One has to be
riuie n1ow~ antd thlen to t'acoh olher po
u'le nmnnm-i1 ei' . I) t:.a i.-., n.. ..
MULTIPLY I N G
Is ready to store C otton
and issu) recoipts for
same. which money can
be obtained o1
ly stock of Chr1istm1as Preseits
is the Most Comljplete I hAve ever
had, anIJd \ouI know what that
meanTs. TChe est and finest line
!f Brooclies, ITibr(eIlas and Walk
ing Canle- in Gold aInd Silver Han
dies, Rings, Cuff Buttons, Stick
Pius, Wat,I, Chains and Charms,
Lockets, Fobs, Purses, H1and-Paint
ed China, Cut Glass, and a very
Fine line of Silver novelties. Comuie
in atuld see my goods, and if you
like them, huy, if yon dlon't, buy
anyway. Yours very truly,
Real Estate for Sale.
IAEIN HIANDS T 1'' FOLLOW
.ing(descibedl property for sale on
terms that will enable persons desiring
homes to secure same:
SSeven tracts in No. 2 Township, con
taining respectively 147.33, 211. 13,
198.50, 192.75, 142.29, 217 and 186 acres.
T hese are choice lots, highly productive,
wvell wVooded( andl watered, with p)lenty
of the best I)asture land on each p)lace.
There are two good dIwelling houses
andi several tenant houses, barns, crib)s
andI stables on twvo of them, good well
or sp)rinlg water in plenty. Also one
handsome residence in the town of
modern improvements, dlesi: .'bly located
on one of our main thoroughfares, and
in one of the most deCsirab)le sections of
In conneedon witi. this place there
are several handsome bumlding lots
which wve will dispose of at an early
For pirices andl terms apply to
F. W. IlIGdINS,
Real Estate Agent,
Newberry, S. C.
To see us for your
Nuts, arnd a full
line, lowest prices.
Counts & Dickert.
R ussells ()ld Stand, Main St