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VOL XLV NO 99 NEWBERRY, S. C.. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1908. TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEA
By Miss Ma
Written For The
With heaving shoulders and restiv(
eyes, in whose depths great shadowi
lay, Milady paced to and fro befort
the open grate, gazing, anon, into th(
glowing embers as if to question oJ
them the why of it all. All day lonc
there had waged a fierce conflict ir
her soul! All day long she had beer
striving to rend away the veil, whiel
separates the Visible from the Invisi
ble, in the vague hope that some jus.
tifiable reason for that which had
come to her might be revealed, but
alas, in the narrow limitations oJ
finite comprehension, of justifica
tion there was none! And th(
soul of Milady, wearily foiled and
baffled and wholly inadequate tc
cope with the mysteries of the Infin
ite, eried out in hot rebellion, and
omentarily became the more embit
tered; reeking not that in thE
eat drama of life the Playwright
f Human Destiny had exacted of
others similar roles; and they, with
rstwhile breaking hearts, had follow
ed the lines unfalteringly and play
ed before the footlights with smiling
ien and masterful self possession,
while she cowered and shrank and
wrestled feebly against the inevitable.
A child of .xury and ever shield
d from that which would hurt or
use the sensitive soul to recoil, the
an of Milady's years had thus far
n, a strain of unbroken and ex
'site harmony, singularly free from
he janglitig discords of sorrow, pri
tion or the bitterness of renuncia
n, but today an alien hand had
uched and rudely snpped the cords,
d the music of Milady 's life was
nshed, at least, so thought she, as
elfishly absorbed in her own grief,
o the exclusion of all things else, she
aced back and forth, wearily uncon
ious of the flight of time, the proud
atrician head bowed* piteously, the
ong dark lashes veiling eyes that
ad not aright the message of the
lessed Christ child, which, heralded
down the ages, brought to-night to
orrowing humanity, as it did so many
ears ago, the same sweet promise of
Peace on earth; good will to men;''
r tonight was CThristmas eve, but,
ilady, in the selfish absorption of
r grief, was rearing barriers
rugh which the Christmas spirit
lld not enter. All unmindful of
r many blessings; all unmi dful of
e comfort and luxury of her sur
undings-the costly paintings, the
h tapestries, the rare bits of sculp
.e and antiques.- which bespoke
e. prodigality of wealth and
flected the culture and aesthetic
ste of the owner; alig5e unmindful
the loving thought of friends. de
nstrated in the lavish profusion of
fly gifts, that lay unopened
und her. Only the elements.
'angely out of harmony with the
ason, seemed to respond and re-echo
e tumult in her soul. From the
cove of her drawing room, over
king the lake. she had watched, in
lent irony. at intervals all day long,
e eret waves. (held in savage lash
the breakwater), lash each other in
potent fury. as if in sheer venge
e of the freedom denied them,
ilst, with aeh aquatic convulsiom
ud after cloud of white spray shot
ard. to a. solendid heitrht, only to
1 again, with the helplessness of a
ther, against the grim wall of rock
at year after year, in mute deft
e withstood the onslaught of
waves. How .grandly speetacn
!The angry petulance of the
es in their futile dash for liber
The magnificent sweep of the
gathering force on the lake to
in wanton recklessness in its
reer through the streets of
,carrying in its wake and
in the face of the unwary
-great falls of beady parti
Sad snow crystals sting
AL D V.
Lucile Smith. gp
Herald and News. ,p
jingly sharp pointed and cruel as the
1barb in Milady's soul. Earlier in the
day, before the fog lifted, whicii
shrouded the lake like a funeral pall,
the dismal note of the fog horn,
sounding its timely warning to imper
illed boats, smote upon her ear
with a significant prescience of fore
boding ill; and now the mournful
dirge of the wind, sweeping in great
gusts the desolated streets, furnish
ed a fitting requiem to her thoughts,
as half unconsciously she murmured
the words of th-a old Persian poet,
"The moving finger writes; and, hav
Moves on: nor all your pity nor
Shall lure it back to cancel half a
Nor all your tears wash out a word
But what was that? The reverie
ended abruptly, and keenly alert Mil
ady stood listening: "Evening News!
Evening News! E-evening News."
The high, piping notes, aboWe thel
howl of the wind, died away in a
plaintive wail, and shoeked and sur
prised that a child should be out a
night like this and thus exposed to
the fierce onslaught of the gale,
Milady hurried to the window and
pressing a white tense face against
the pane, geheld, clinging to a stand
pipe for support, a half clad little fi
gure, gaunt eyed, famine pinched, the
drawn lines of whose face told elo
quently a tale of suffering. ThW
mother instinct, which, in every true
woman's breast, responds to the help
lessness of childhood, sirred within
her in a great wave of pity, and
throwing open the door, she drew the
tiny waif within.
''Child .what is your name and why
are you selling papers a night like
Milady could searce frame
the words because of the
emotion that chocked her at
sight of the forlorn 'little figure
trembling from head to foot from
sheer exhaustion and lacik of food,1
and because of the deep lying pathos
in the big sorrowful eyes, so old in
their tired out-look on life, so
strangely at odds with the babyish
"My name ees Gustav, een
Antoinette zhe ees, ah, vera seeck, een~
to buy ze meedzine een ze braid ze pa
apers I zell, but tonight: zey buy
nod," and the childish lips twitched.
"Where is Antoinette, Gustave?"
Milady questioned very softly.
"Antionette zhe ees in ze Higgins
Flats, Canal Row, East Zide."
At which Milady shuddered, well
knowing, by common report, the
squalor and wretchedness of the
"Een w 'en ze hurdygurdy
comes 'neaf ze windo' een 1
plays ze Marseillais. een Antoin-i
ette zhe sinks I zee ned, but turns her
face to ze wall and weeps for Fran-, I
for Franz, so vera far away," the I
child continued dreamily.
The look of pain and rebellion
pass'ed from Miladvy's eyes and was I
replaced by a light sweetly tetnder '
and born of high resolve-the soul1
barriers of selfish grief had sudden- .'
ly given way and the Christmas spir-i
it entered in.4
"G3retchen," she called, "'phone a
ab quick-pack a hamper of food,
bring' my purse and come with me!"
" Ach, mein Gott ! a nit elike dis villi
you not stir abroad!" And Gretchen:,
stood horrofied and resolute. 1
A look from Milady. and mutteringi
inoherent things, she reluctantly .;
went away to. do her mistress bid
ding. A few minutes later, seated .1
n a ab, with the warm Buffalo.
robes around her, the little wai
drawn closely to her side, enjoyin;
for the first time the warmth o
splendid furs, a strange feeling o:
exultation possessed Milady, as tl
horses slipped alarmingly on the citi
pavements -and the storm continued t<
rage-a feeling not bred of contac
with the elements, but one born o:
nobler impulse. The cab halted ab
ruptly, and up. three flights of rick
ety stairs of "Ze Higgins Flats, Can
al Row, East Zide," she struggled
finally gaining the upper landing
panting but radiant.
Into a fireless room, well
nigh shorn of furniture, ox
whose bare floor lay drifts of snow
which all day long had filterei
through broken panes, Milady founi
herself. Stunned by the sight of suet
abject want, she stood ancertainly ir
the middle of the floor as if to cout
prehend the situation, and was at las1
wakened into consciousness by th(
voice of Gustav: "Antoinette, An
toinette! Look up een zee. I pray,
to ze good Saint Nicholas ze live lonr
day. He heers, een zere comes wh
m.e a blessed saint!"
There on a straw mattress, a thread
bare quilt for oovering, lay Antoin
ette, wan, hectic flushed and cough
ing her life away.
Trembling with emotion, Milad.
knelt beside the sick giri, who smiled
"Antoinette, why are things as
they are here tonight?" she whisper.
ed, scarce knowing what she said.
"Ze cough waz bad, Ma
dame! Wan day zere was no food,
een so cold, so cold! I faints eer
rops ze sewing, een ze Mistress, zhe
ay 'No goot, Antoinette, no goot,
en turns me away. I grows vera
ill, but Gustav wiz ze menney from ze
paapers buys ze braid. I will not uze
?e monney I saaves four years to pay
mortgage that ze ole wans may
eep ze 'ome, but hides eet under ze
Dillo! Wan day I ees asleep een ole
Pierre comes een takes eet away, een
I zee him een ze monney nod again.
en now ze ole wans moost git out,
en I a letter had send to theyze say
ng ze monney would be zere for
reesmas presen',' and Antoinette*s
mice broke, and great tears silently
oursed down her cheeks. Then with
onderful self mastery and smiling
weetly, she continued, but "I knows
:had whatever ees eees bes', een I
ep prayin' to ze-blessed virgin; een
hough eet ecs so vera dark, some
wheres ze light weel shine.'' And
ooking shyly into Milady 's face, she
Ldded ,wistfully, "Een Jieles he waits
or me, when ze mortgage eet ees
aid. I promeese to go to him, but
ow I know I can nod go-ze cough
aet ees so vera bad, een ze monney
et ees all gone, but whatever ees ees
es','' she whispered weakly. "Zey
ells me thad at ze Meesion, eenI
eleeves, I beleeves.''
"ftow much is the mortgage, An
"Two hunred dollahs.''
And do you mean to say,
hat for four long years, of d1
*est hardship, you have worked and
~aved and starved yourself for the
altry sum of two hi'adred dollars
ith which to pay this mortgage
Vhy, that was the price I paid for
ny last opera cloak,'' she laughed
At last the scales had fal
en from Milady 's eyes and for the
~irst time she was witnessing the
ragedy daily enacted, by what is
ermd in polite society, "the other
"Arnd do you mean to say,
intoinette.'' she ccntinued, "that for
hour long years you have cherished
his hope in your heart until it has
ecome a vital part of yourself, a
rery parasite feeding on that which
s best within you, and that now you
tan renounce it and renounce
ithout being embittered?''
The words came slowly, huskily.
'Ahl yes, Madame! I can nod un
erstan', een ze pain in ze heart for
re ole wan eet ees vera
itter, becaus' ze be so vera
lisappoint thad ze Chre-emas
resen' do nod come, but eet mus' be
eel-'Whateve.r eea ecs bies','' and
he look of calm resignatida that
~tmpe the sic girl's fa gave
truth to the assc :on
Ab,uptly Milldy arose ani eallin:
Fretchen prepared to take he
leave. On the threshold sh
paused and beckoning to Gus
tav. whispered sometting in hi
ear. "Au Revior Antoinette, Gus
tav!'" "Adieu, Madame, and may al
the saints bless you!'" And then, a
an afterthought, Milady added, wit]
-a funny little laugh: "And merr;
Christmas to you both!" And wa
- It was Christmas morning, a migh
i ty calm and followed in the wake o
the storm, and the great city, as if ti
[ honor the birthday of her Lord 1a
[ smilingly serene in sacerdotal robe
L of white, flashing resplendently in th
i glinting sunshine a wondrous breast
plate of nature's j, orels, prismatl(
shimmering, ever changefui
The jingle of sleigh bells in fron
of "Ze Higgins Flats. Canal Row
East Zide," brought Gustav eagerl:
to the window. Milady alighted an
ran gaily up the stairs followed b;
Gretchen and a man servant bearin
curious shaped packages. basketQ
boxes, wreaths of crimson berrie<
holly and a beautiful fir tree. Muel
to her delight. Antoinette still slept
An hour later. opening her weary lids
she sat up suddenly incredulous
staring: "Mon Dieu!" she cried
"Ze blessed saints ees bien at work.'
and as her happy eyes swept th
transformed room. Gustav clappe(
his small hands and cried for joy.
A bright fire glowed in thi
grate; warm rugs hid thi
bareness of the floor; brigh
holly wreaths concealed thi
broken panes, which had been care
fully stuffed to keep out the cold. And
oh, wonderful, in the middle of th(
room a Christmas tree, literally groan
ing from its weight of gifts!
At Gustav's invitation the other in.
mates of the Flat came trooping in
and Miday's cheeke glowed and hei
eyes sparkled at the eager, happy lool
that lighted up the wan faces of th
occupants of "Ze Higgins Flats
Canal Row, East Zide,'" as their eyec
beheld the unusual scene.
Stepping to the tree, Gretchen un
pinned therefrom a Marconi Wire
less? bearing a foreign address, and
read aloud the following: "Received
.of Antoinette Viasud Two Hundred
Dollars to be applied to mortgage.
(Signed) F. Viaud.''
Antoinette Viaud sat up speeebless
with wonderment, a light almo'st an
gelic, shining fr<1a her eyes, while
Gretchen explained that, after leaving
her bedside the night before, Milady
had wired the amount to her father,
having obtained the address from
Gustav in that brief whispered con
sultation, the little fellow pledging
himself to secrecy. She fur
ther stated that Milady would
henceforth assume the obligations of
Antoinette and Gustav until the lat
ter had become educated and fitted
to take aman's plaee in the world.
While the gifts were being distribu..
ted and the bountiful dinner partak
en of by every member of "Ze Hig
gins Flat. Canal Row. East Zide,'
which Gretchen and the man servant
had kindly prepared, Milady moved
among them with gracious mien and
kindly word for each discouraged soul.
At the conclusion of the meal, she
donned her wraps to go and noting a
cloud pass over Antoinette's happy
face, inuiired the reason.
"Ah, blessed Madame! So moocn
you ees done for me-for you I haf
no Chreesmas gif' to uLlng.''
And Milady, pressing her hand
warmly, replied: "Antoinette, you
have brought to me a priceless gift;
summed up it is this: You have taught
me to renounce without bitterness.
You have given me the op rtunity
to know the joy that eom~ through
service. You have revealed to me
the true meaning of t.he doctrine of
the Universal Pyrotherhood of Man.
And as the chimes from old
Saint Paul pealed forth joyously the
refrain: "Peace on earth; good will
to men,'' Milady heaved a great sigh
of content, and with the light of the
Christmas peace in her eyes, went her
THE NEWS OF PROSPERITY.
Masonic Elections-Streets Throng
With Christmas Shoppers
Prosperity, Dec. 10.-Mrs. Th<
H. Dreher, of St. Matthews, visiti
Miss Della Bowers on her return fro
Rev. Mr. Kreps went to Walhal
Saturday to preach for Rev. Mr. Er
ing on Sunday.
Mrs. Hines, who is pleasantly r
membered as Miss Bell, of Atlant
visited her sister, Mrs. Caldwell, la
Mr. Perry Simpson spent Sundi
with his parents.
1; Rev. Mr. McCaulley, who was fo
merly pastor of the A. R. P. chure
delivered a highly instructive serm<
th-are on last Sunday morning ai
Rev. Ira Caldwell has returned fro
Florida, where he went in the cau
Mr. Geo. Steele has moved into i
new home on Centre street.
Xt-Grace church last Sunday, Re
J. H. Harms gave a most excelle:
and deeply thoughtful sermon
"Man.'' Mr. Harms always h
something for his hearers to tal
home with them.
Miss Annie Singley visited Mrs.
C. Singley last week.
Miss Ellen Werts has returno
from a visit to Mr. J. C. Aull, at
Miss Belle Boland, who has be(
with Mrs. A.G. Wise, as nurse, h
Mrs. John Cureton, and little Mai
and Robert, of Chattanooga, Ten
are the guests of Mr. L. S. Bower
Dr. G. Y. Hunter and Dr. E. I
Kibler attended the grand lodge
The annual election of officers I
the Prosperity Masonic lodge wi
held on Monday night. The resu
was as follows:
W. T. Gibson. W. M.
J. F. Browne. S. W.
A. B. Wise, J. W.
N. H. Young. Treasuier.
J. A. Counts, Secretary.
The installation of the officers-eleo
will be on Saturday evening, Dec. 21
Tmmediately after th2 installation a
oyster supper will be served. TlI
indications and expectations are the
there will be a large crowd of Mt
sons in attendance.
Master Robert, the little son
Mr. R. T. Pugh had the misfortune t
fall from a piazza lost week. He sus
tained rather severe injuries, from b4
ing pinioned by several loose columni
and is not yet able to walk.
Prosperity's streets are so throns
ed with shoppers these days that the!
is every indicatiion that good tim(
have come back again. Mosele
Brothers. The S. S. Birge Co., an
Mrs. Calmes are having sacrifice sales
Mr. S. J. Kohn :has recently pm
chased his old home place which hi
sold to Mr. Sumpter Schumpert soml
Dr. Moffatt, of Due West, wi:
preach at the A. R. P. church Snr
day morning at 11 o'clock. The pul:
lie is cordialy invited.
Mrs. Elizabeth DeWalt has returr
ed from a visit to Saluda.
Mr. D. E. Halfaere, who purchase
a lot on DeWalt avenue some tim
ago is building a cottage there a
Mr. Kreps is in Charlotte ini at
tendance upon a meeting of the exe
On Tuesday evening "Major
Perry, the colored divine who preaci
es during his sleep. held forth at th
auditorium. He is a freak, if nott
Dr. John R. Langford, of Swanses
visited Mr. D. M. Langford's fam
ilv~ last week.
Dr. Young, of Georgia, who visite<
relatives here, has returned to hi:
Mr. Bates Hawkins, of Geori
has been visiting his brother. Mr. Ber
1ey Hawkins, and also relatives a.t St
Mr. L. C. Merchant has closed on
his mercantile business.
Mr. Leonard Sea3e has been visit
ing his daughter. Mrs. Wyche.
You need not be surprised if you
ad hear wedding bells during the holi
days, for Madam Grundy says that
one of our young man is to be mar
1. Mr. John Dominick and Miss Lula
zd Long, who live near. Utopia, were hap
M pily married on Thursday last.
We forgot to mention in last week's
la letter the marriage of Mr. Jay Hart
,t man and Miss Carrie Cook, of Mt.
Pilgrim. We extend to them beet
a, Those who have not yet sent in
st their contributions for the Christmas
Box for the Salem Orphange are
Ly requested to send them to Mr. Les
ter's store before Monday, as the box
r- will be packed on that day.
h, The U. D. C. was entertained by
n Miss Addie Werts on Wednesday.
The minstrel is getting on beauti
fully. Be sure to be on hand about
m Dec. 29. There'll be not a little fun
se and local jokes afloft that night.
is Birthday Reunion.
'The home of Mrs. Nancy Stock
v. man, of Little Mountain, S. C., was
at the scene of a beautitful reunion on
n last Friday,'the fourth, given her by
as her children in honor of her seventy
ke first birthday.
The morning was very threatening
p. but not withstanding by eleven
o'clock a lively crowd of about forty
d two persons were present.
o- Th- children present were Mrs. Ida
. Jacobs, of Augusta, Ga.; John Stock
m man and family, of Little Mountain,
is S.*.; Mrs. Mamie Farr and family,
'Little ountain, S. C.; Thomas Stock
'y man- ar family, of Chapins, S. C.:.
i., Frank Stoe*an and family, of Po
S' maria,. S. C.; Moe Stockinar. ' and
family, of Poma S. C.; and her
.--on George who rem with her.
it There were seven children present
and one absent, twenty grandchild
n raen present and seven absent. Out
as. -side of her children and grandehild
It ren present .on this occasion were her
brother, John Sheely and family,
Bachman Sheely, and Mrs. Stoek
man's only sister, Miss Missourie
Sheely, Re vand Mrs. Shearouse and
little daughter. of Little Mountain;
Mr. and Mrs. Bickley, of Chapin, S.
- The' dirner was one. of those good
n old time Dutch Fork diners, prepar
eed by Mrs. Stockman's -children, and
t Jserved in the hal:.
SAll Mrs. Stockman 's friends and
acquaintances wish her many happy
ret-urns for her birthday, and that
0 she and her children may live to reach
many more such happy occasions, es
pecially is t.his the wish of this scribe.
eWalter Michael Wise was born
,May 11, 1833, and died Dec. 1, 1908,
v making his age 75 years. 6 months, 20
d days. The next day his remains were
. conveyed to the cemetery at Mt. Oli
vet church, and, in the presence of a
large assemblage of relatives and
e fr-iends, laid to rest, funeral and bu
erial services conducted by his pastor,
Rev. J. C. Wessinger.
On Nocember 15, 1866, Mr. Wise
married Miss Martha E. Roberts, who
survives him. This union was bless
ed with six children, one of whom has
gone on before. He leaves in sorrow
at his death. the devoted companion
dof his life, five sons, and 19 grand
echildren. These have the sympathy
t oif a large circle of relatives and
-At the trime of his death Mr. Wise
-wa.s a consistent member of Mt. Olivet
E. L. congregation, having been an
'elder of the same for a number of
-ars. But on account of advancing
eJ ge, failing health, and declining
strength, he was permitted to attend
the worship the sanctuary but little
L, during the last few years of his life.
- He served his country well during the
dark days of t-he eivil war, and now
has answered to the last roll call, and
~ one where there is no more struggle;
no~ more strife.
.ogh remedy for colds and coughs,
pile ointment for piles, pneumonia and
t roup salve for pneugonia or oroup.
For sa.le at Mayes' Drug Stoe.