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MANNING, - - S- C.
HESE days of cor
porations it would
truly seem to be
A splendid plan if
- Santa Claus
would look about
If he could not in
corporate h i m
self, and so expand
Bis uscfulr.css to cover every corner of the
I've noticed, as I've looked about on Christ
mas days gone by.
A lot of little children who have failed to
catch his eye,
Who when the Tule was at its height had
not a single toy
Or bit of peppermint to fill their little souls
And there have been sone persons who
have ventured to remark
Of crc-erce in his being they had not the
For had there been a person of his kind
'twas very sure
There'd some signs of presents in the
hovels of the poor.
Which is a point he'll have to meet, with
many of that sort,
If ever he shall find himself haled up be
fore the court.
But I, who've always found him most at
tentive unto mc.
Am certain that he does exist and works
But certain too am I that in these Christ
ma'ses of late
He's found his work, unaided, for his
strength by far too great:
And hence I think that he'd do well to form
And everywhere throughout the land to
place an agency.
And all who love him for his labors in the
days now past
Can put their names down in his books-the
stock should go right fast.
It doesn't seem that it could meet with
failure, just because
They must be few who would not take
stock in old Santa Claus.
-Carlyle Smith, in Harper's Magazine.
hearted and hard
w vorkng Mrs. Mal
days beidre Christ
2nas that they mutst all hang up their
stockings by the big hall firep~lace the
The two schoolma'ams from thet
east were especially m~itfu: the
young~ lawyer from Ohio utibenit and]
smiled bro::dly: th' owner of tim~ Sue
laugh, and even th itl ozorapher
smiled. It was the nirt ti'~ h a
done so for a week, for' she. lost her
position. Hecr employer, for political
reasonis, being oblige t o give t-he posi'
tion to a constituent, thier- se was,
hundre-ds of mile s rom homie witn
slim purse and rno c--rtainty' of gettin;2
work for weeks at least. Tr'uly laugh
ter and she were at outs. The mine-c
owner, casting she-ep's eyes at the
stenographer, whom he admired more
ihan any woman he had exer knowvn,
said it would take all the toy-s in
Cheyenne's shops to fill his stocking,
and he wondered if shoecared for bim
enouzrh to fill it. lHe was sole owner oj
the Success, an empty honor so far,
as the mine had only been suecessfui
in disappointing all his hopes of for
tune. Barring one great nugget, whicl
be found soon after purchasing the
2nine, the property appeared abso
This nugget he had kept as a luc)
'TLL ENC!AGE YOU TO DO MY DARN.
pie', but when Mrs. Mallov told hitr
of toscenographer's troubie and hon'
' ihe ':nd been hoping to be able to senc
for her little brother, who was at thc
have to give up the plan, the big miner's.
generous heart gave a great throb of i
pity. Then and there he decided that 1
the nugget should go into her Christ
mas stocking, either to help her tide 1
over her period of enforced idleness <
or to pay the little brother's passage to <
All that day he thought ahout. her!
and the brave fight she was making to 1
support the boy and herself, and the; 1
more he thought the more he longed to
take her into his arms and tell her that
henceforth his strong arms and willing
hands would fight the battles of life,
for her. In order todo this the miner <
would have to overcome his natural
timidity and fear of the gentler sex. I
and it was doubtful if he could ever get :
up sufficient courage.
By the appointed time the stenog- 1
ti otingsfon twIin erwokbg
shiin pis Ti wsfr hmnr
haps ~ ~ ~ ~ : it.- waIo htresnseg
h tcos e i cl
she'snemout fingersh had conrucbyte
at ubrofm dairepace githe outociygst
wer notingsd fouspnd i erA h wasba
Trifettate. ofr them ll ws pin-eow
Santa chnt yetaied.t oste ad
shinin epns. Ths hvastened te minrp
haps ituasmorlea rebasnt sheirv
or each sock or stocking plainly re
ealed its owncr's identity. lE-udin
he rov was the hose that protected
drs. -aloy's stout extremities from
he hillv blasts. of 'hick. heav arn
f moitltd blie and white. Next was
Ine of soft. fine caslmere. which fitted
he No. 5 foo(;t of the Ohio lawyer. Four
mall stoeiings of varying sizes owned
y t youn.ig Mallovs intervened he
weent it and the one belonging to the
vidow in he seeonld ft fronlt.
Those' of the two school-teachers
ame iext-one s.re bnck one be
ongig to the eldir. tire other. wit h co
tuettish clocL, of red. thre younger pre
eptress owned. Then the miner's bi).
envy ca.tion sock followed. and. last
f all, her own. Rapidly she droppcd
ier gifts into the stockings. but when
he reached the one next to the last
. V .
Vlerpe ri the /ose " -O
the stoy;ped with a little cry of dismay,
or a hole of generous proportions oe
ui R the plae where the heel had
",That will never do," she declared,
alf aloud, and. slipping it down from
he mantel. with a mnurmure-d "poor
~ellow" she -rushed ot t o her rooml with
he big sock i n hrer little hranrds, anrd.
~etting oist her work-hasket, darned
he great,'ole neatly anid swift ly.
"NOW Lie won't lose all of iris toys," she
aid laughingly to hrerse'l I as sire started
:o replace it.
The mine owrner had hrappened to ern
er tire harll just as thre vorrug woman
lisa ppea red with his property and gave
ilo whristle of amarzemrent. Uie wait
'd, onisiderabiiy miyst ified, in a darr'k
'ornr r. tuntil shre r'ealpeared anrd hrungr
ii ini its place again.
When sire hrad run off ro bed lie dr'ew
car and ex:tminited the sock carefunlly.
Sdi rnot. toke even his dunl1 mnoculine
brain long to discover what she had
done and the plain. neat stitches looked
in his eves more beautiful than the
most exquisitec embroidery. Ile still
behl it. in his hands when the two
shoolma'ams slipped in.
"No fair peeking in to see what you've
zot." cried the younger, ayly. and,
Aushing deeply. he distributed his
rifts in their various receptacles has
tily and left the hall.
Mrs. .Malloy was perfectly satisfied
with the success of her Christmas frolic.
Rhe had put an orange and a bag of
-andy into each st ock:nz. and the board
:rs. forge-ttin their age and dignity,
.-unehed candy and examined their
presents before' breakfast like a lot of
lel ig'hted childrcn.
Soon after breakfast the raine owner
eized a favorable opening to thank the
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I II L: ;j
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T P :,N f.1I -
say pa j
stn/ahrfrhe rtygf n
"lmafad antdota.\ I' Io
The! steoapes hoer beat fas
rt uhe onlamein duyshatg
wspoe oue l ay.n adsadh
Twihed hed doam very cornigseus.
"iM hartanid an't (1 hat. andm hop
recklely ngageyutnor th momnt
the." almeoi. allh-worldly.psesin
w1er e sn inol( pae'.'ess
Thenhatm very oiraugeotiwen
tonhia-t byaxpe all ihe proceedse
ofe itssale pai fort it~ftlee.lmmpa
sage omit to ('heyenne. wvher&' he went to
live wit hi his sister ard hiis new brother.
rh . ..ti-ah- nnt have hee. a
fairy god-mother or a, witch, for from
the day she married its owner the Suc
cess took a sudden fancy to pan out in
a wonderful way.
It brought a fortune to its possessor,
who thinks it is all owing to his wife.
and never tires of saving that she was
the mascot of the Success.-Chicago,
"Whatnre you going to give your wife
for a Christnmaspresent, Spoon r?"
"Well. I'm undecided whet 1er to give
her a billiard table or a smol injacket.
You see, we exchange Chri tmas pres
ents tdiis year."-Detroit F et Press.
What le Would Like t Give.
"Are you going to give an- , Christmas
presents?" asked a friend o "Spicer.
"Well." said Seth, thoug tfully, "I
F . - F .
who7 is lerigte itsx otsi
- ... ..... .r ~
shoud ike met givow thman nsth mee
wAs Chrice!- uston
With a very adorable maid.
I stood for a moment in tremor of doubt.
Thea kissed her, half looking for war:
But-"Why. lid you wait, sir?' she said,
w ph out.
"ray wha is the mistletoe for?"
-Clinton Scollard. in Century.
.Tingo--Did you make any resolutions
it \New Year
1,ing~o-Y on bet I did. I made one.
ad I'l keep it, too.
Ting'-!&eryonie always says that.
lline--Yes. I know. but mine was
hut I woulId never make a not her Newx
Year's. rc..,,a Cn.--lmtrO -n ILife.
Out of the mist rd darzess of the ,aght,
Tne new year nes, with hope and holy
The glad bells hime the tidings of the
"A year, a year, a -olden year is born!'
Then all the fleeting shadow:- fade away,
And 'mid the old ye-r's twilight, dim and
I lisen to the faithul 1)lls that ring,
And wish that every hcart might wake and
So full of hope and trust e soul should be.
So glad to feel a newborn c nzrgy.
Yet th th-ere are who t;cad the oldI-time
R'nemrmcring the c'rk fs e w'-:rh:d days.
Giee sIuch gl:ad hearts. 0 ...t. Thy balm
And !t them taI tih jo-:- G. this nc.v
The wa i- light: th; h'r. b ing.
And every heart saou: e'and
-'harles H. To.n". ;n d.
Useless is the caler-CL.r
hn December's 1
Takes but little r-eko.
To tcll the lir.e of y -
Johrny's suddcn willin
With chores at night; -:
Tell it plain as print ecu-'
"Christmas pretty soon.
Everybody's most polgt -
It's a perfect joy/
N.w to meet the fitor
Or elevator bot.
Merchants moye than gracicus,
All the town5fs in tur.e
To proclainytte tidings:
,"Christm:.s pret y soon.
-Wahington S r
A GREAT SCHEME.
How On# Wife laiaged in Christ,
Presents for 1Her Husband.
--I r.;:ver have to worry about a pr
cut for' my liusb-and," aid the wom,
who was outlining her canpaign .
"Why not?" aske:J ber com panion.
"I bought his prese.nt four years ago.
and this %vil be-let see-h it
time I have given it to him."
"Why, w-d you c:1 me n?"
"Wel~ I gv *him li' adozeo ine
h and6'oereci C i onehrtm'.3' d
mireVd the very noe* ut) houht
t eiae:for h1 n. .Nxt .r1maS,
vthen I.''s'wond m...: wOt 'I e>
-t I Cne 0 0b Ck
those mt~ bnkrha. Tae ' .y wre.
:. thboom e udrOe. ltok
them Giut dputhmno us -
nt kin l fboxn :e themcli Ito Lim
on Chri ! n: i:
"And he didn' know the di hto-T?
--iirss roa. "o' ''e waspefcl
delihted. Vter hr. hadi shown themi
aroundi he' :e m I to pt hem aW-ay
for him. nd. of coure. e 'eCe .ked
for tlh11 agai.''
"So you've glven imf) tlhe sam; hand
kerchies evr s.ason?
"Y-- and it 's been 2 gra thm,
heeu" "'"vI'e never '.: :: much -hop
pil" mory as I I.C:ed and thte'e
wh eren'u he'di : .- :ak< -or
ther. Thy' too fI" fr n:
"WIX P.! i thn ts:: 1 to *rNat a
Christma:s he 'o -)0 a :of f-or a0
that hn-'s :1:e onype. ..: c. et' usedl
- B ut anc ga ear
F'll of uC' n dr
One d-'y lull cf '.'n cheeO.
Nex da Lull of l2
ICh'rstmas comes b-; one" er
Thent th Ch.ris..sL
-P- ia Rtecord.
She Really J'cr 0o
Laura-Dear me I amn getting so
absen-minded. I hut a bit of mnistle
toe 0n the chIandejier and forgotr all
about it being there.
Flora-And got kissed"~
Laura-No. Didn't .k'tell yon r for
tot all about it? I.n~ver got undter it
"re you oong to receive on New
I hope ."
"W hy do you hope slo? I thought
.our invitaiions were out."
"So, the are. liut I exptect :o rece~ve
no th'n enIII."
-- C fvlsr fre'nm .Tnet.'