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THE MAD IS O N I A N
A SANTA CLAUS GIFT
ROSY HAGCERTY pulled the worn
coat more closely about her frail
form aa sue hurried out into the
cheerless dawn of the raw December
day. The little lame Bister Maggie
crippled but always merry, the one bit
of Bunshiue in the older sister's life,
till lay asleep, blissfully unconscious
f the pitiful struggle necessary in or
der to procure the wherewithal to
make life posible. The little sister
had never walked, but the small room
where she lived was kept as sunny
bright as was possible, even when it
meant that the older sister went oft-
times hungry to bed.
As she climbed wearily to the offices,
grim and unbeautlful in the early
morning light, and prepared for the
rough work ahead, her mind reverted
again and again to the question asked
in such pleading voice. -"Sister
Hosy, don't you think Kris mill bring
ma a gold locket a heart-shaped one
like MU Millie bad on the day she
A gold locket! Rosy 'a care and sac
rifice, resulting in the magnificent pur
chase of a few candy toys, a new dress
and a gingerbread man, suddenly sank
into nothingness beside the startling
significance of this childish question.
Other years she had gleaned several
dollars from generous employers at
Christmas time. Perhaps she might
manage to get one that was not really,
truly gold aU the way through. Bhe
scrubbed away vigorously. The dust
lew before ber persistent onslaught.
And all through the hour only one
ttougbt was la loose blue eyes.
Now Alferd Potts, he say ho Know
There isn't any Santy Claus!
He say his pa he tell him so
An' that he tell him so buhcause
He say that Alferd's old enough
Not to buhlieve that Kind o' stuff.
But grampa say that Alferd's wrong,
And grampa has lived awful long.
My grampa he just laugh when I
Tell him what Alferd Potts he said,
Grampa say "Ain't a Santy? Myl ,
I hadn't heard that he was dead.
W'y, Santy's whole lots older n me
He came to my first Christmas tree."
So Alferd Potts tell what ain't so,
Buhcause my grampa ought to Know.
My grampa taKe me on his lap
An' say "I mind as plain as day
When I was just a little chap
About your size, how some one say
There ain't a Santy Claus, an how
It maKe me feel liKe you do now.
An' for a while purty near
Buhlieved it, too, but it seemed queer."
My grampa say 'at Santy Claus
He's fond o' little girls an boys
That always minds their pas an mas
An never maKes un-seem-ly noise
" "AAr-'ha sav he has seen, him Yes! i
O, most a thousand times, I guess.
"How does he looK?" he say. "Let's see.
Well, what if he looKs some liKe me?"
I ast my grampa after while
If Santy Claus is rully so.
An' then he looK at me, an' smile,
An' say "When you're my age, you'll Know
That what is good is always true."
So now, then! Alferd never Knew
So much; him nor that pa o' his
old as grampa is!
'Copyright, by W. Q. C'huDinan.)
The hour came that saw the finish of
her labor two crlBp dollar bills and
some loose change represented her
gifts for the day money was not as
plentiful this year. The Christmas
eve shoppers pushed and jostled her
as she made her way along the crowd
ed thoroughfare, where bright stores
displayed their wares in tempting ar
ray. Carefully separating one of the
new bills and putting It aside for the
rent, she entered a store that promised
the trinket she was looking for. The
ttrt-d saleslady answered the question
that was put to ber politely, undoubt
edly reading a pathetic story In the
pale free before her. No, she did not
think it would be possible to get a
gold locket, nor even an imitation one,
for the amount mentioned. Why did
the lady not try to purchase a pretty
string of beads? Muttering a low
thanks for the suggestion, the disap
pointed woman turned once more to
the street, depressed and forlorn, and
decided to return borne and make the
best of what she bad.
Suddenly her foot kicked something
on the snowy pavement; it waa a lit
tle square, rubber-bound package.
Picking it up sbe flew down the atreet
toward the spot abe called home. Hid
ing It In ber dress, she prepared the
simple evening meal and after a few
games coaxed the little sister off to
Nimbly and quickly the work-hardened
and unbeautlful fingers decorat
ed a small chair beside the child's bed;
one by one the little dress, the candy
animals and the gingerbread man too
their places of bonor to await a pair
of blue eyea In the early dawn.'
All this while the little square pack
age lay like a bit of lead against the
eager woman's breast. At last with
trembling fingers she removed the rub
ber bands and tissue wrappings. A
loud exclamation of Joy made the
sleeping child turn on her pillow, but
she did not waken. On a dainty bed
of blue cotton, swung on a chain ai
delicate as a thread bung a tiny gold
heart A queer half-sick feeling sud
denly awept over the little woman, as
she realized that this did not belong
to her; a white card fell from the
wrapping and fluttered to the floor.
Picking it up she read:
"Merry Christmas to Maggie.'
She laughed with the joy of posses
sion. It was for Maggie, and taking
It over to the little chair, sbe hung It
lovingly around the neck of the gin
The Real Spirit of Christmas.
How often have I beard the word:
"I wish I were rich at Christmas
time, for then I could do so much
for others," writes Margaret Wood
ward In an article on the problem of
Christmas giving, in Suburban Life.
"How strange It Is that we never seem
to learn the lesson that it is not the
giving of things, but Jhe giving of
self, that counts! It is the spirit
of Christmas which we must strive
after not the multiplication of gifts.'
"Perley Halloa, Jinx! Going totaka
Jinx No. Going t devote It to
Perley Good. What kind? Gblf
Jinx Neither. I am aolnc to
a turkey I bred myself for tea people.
There exercise for joul
IWy R. O. HELLEI18. Dilator of Rventne
Itopnrtment, The Moody Bible Institute,
LESSON FOR DECEMBER 28
A DAY OP DECISION.
READINO LF.SSON-Joshua J4; Heb.
OOUDEN TEXT "For Ood so loved the
world, that ha gave his only begotten
on, that whosoever belleveth on htm
ahotild not perish but have everlasting
life." John I 1.
The lessons for this past quarter,
omitting the temperance lesson, cov
er one of the most Interesting periods
In the history of Israel. In them
there Is presented five of Israel's
greatest characters, Moses, Aaron,
Miriam, Joshua and Caleb; one of the
strangest characters in all history-
Baalim; and the typical trouhler of
the nation, Achan. We have pre
sented the strength and weakness,
victory and defeats, of four, Moses,
Aaron, Miriam, and Joshua.
The first of the scripture passages
presented for the day's reading lesson
contains the farewell discourse of
Joshua. In It he surveys Israel's his
tory from the days of Terah to the
moment they possessed Canaan, em
phasizing that in it all God was di
recting and operating. He then ap
peals to them to serve Jehovah and
to put away all other Gods. The al
ternative Is, that with such evidence
oefore their eyes. If It seemed evil to
serve Jehovah, they had choice be
tween the gods their fathers aban
doned beyond the river and those they
had found- In the land. As for hlm
lelf his choice was made, "as for me
and my house, we will serve the
f,ord." After repeated declarations of
fpalty on their part Joshua, entered
into a covenant with them that they
were to serve Jehovah. The passage
taken from Hebrews ought to begin
it verse thirty.
Moses leads out of Egypt (a type
of sin), through the wilderness ex
periences, but could not lead them
Into the land; Joshua took up the
work where Moses left off and led
them Into the promised possession;
but he wj not able to lead them Into
that perfect rest which only comes
from a perfect conformity to the will
of God. The message of the Book
of Hebrews Is, that of the sob who
fulfills all that these great leaders of
the past failed to do. He leads from
bondage into possession and on to the
final rest which remains for the peo
ple of God.
Omitting the temperance lesson
(Nov. 9) six of these lessons deal
with Moses as the leader, and in five
we have Joshua as the leader of Is
rael. I.. Underdoses' Leadership.
Lesson I. Moses' Cry for Help,
Num. 11:10-18, 24, 25. (1) Complnlnt
and controversy, rr. 10-15; (2) Com
fort and Counsel, vr. 16-18, 24. 25.
Lesson II. Jealousy and Envy Pun
Ished, Num. ch. 12. (1) The Accu
cusation. vv. 1, 2: (2) The Arrest, vr.
I, 5; (3) The Arraignment, vt. 6-8;
(4) The Judgment, tt. 9-10; (5) The
Intercession, vv. 11-12.
Lesson III. The Report of the Spies,
Num. 13:1-3, 25-33. (1) The Spier,
tt. 1-S; (2) The Majority Report, vv.
25-29; (3) The Minority Report, tt.
30-33; (4) The Sequel, ch. 14.
Lesson IV. The Sin of Moses and
Aaron, Num. 20:1-13. (1) The Peo
ple's Petition, tv. 1-5; (2) God's Plan,
rr. 6-8; (3) Moses' Mistake, vv. 9-13.
(a) Deception, (b) Pride, (c) Self
glory, (d) Disobedience.
Lesson V. Balak and Balaam, Num.
22:1-6, 24:10-19. (1) The Call to
Curse. 22:1-6; (2) The Wayside Chal
lenge, 22:22-35; (3) The Changelese
Message, ch. 24.
Lesson VI. Temperance Lesson.
Lesson VII. The Death of Moses,
Deut. 34:1-12. (1) The Old Leader,
vv. 1-8: (2) The New Leader, v. 9;
(3) A Great Character, tv. 10-12.
II. Under Joshua's Leadership.
Lesson VIII. Joshua the New
Leader, Josh. 1:1-9. (1) The Call;
(2) The Charge; (3) The Counsel;
(4) The Companionship. ,
Lesson IX. Crossing the Jordan,
Josh. 3:7-17. (1) The Leader, tt. 7,
8; (2 Those Led. tt. 9-13; (3) Th
Dry Ground, tt. 14-17.
Lesson X. The Fall of Jericho,
Josh. 6:8-11. 14 20. (1) God's Ordera
tt. 1-S; (2) Joshua's Instructions, tt
6-8; (3) The Obedient People, vr. 9-16
, Lesson XI. The 8ln of Achan, Josh
7:6-15. (1) Joshua's Error, vv. 6-9:
(2) The Cause of Defeat, tt 10-12;
(3) The Victory of Defeat, tt. 1315
Lesson XII. The Division of thi
Land, Josh. 14:1-14. v(l) Those Left
Behind, tt. 1-6; (2) Caleb's Claim
tt. 6-12; (3) The Promise Fulfilled
L The golden text la peculiarly signifl
cant In Its fitness as we close tb
studies for this year. The final word
the fruit and flower of thla new na
tlon. la epitomised in this the aim
plest, yet tbe most sublime languag
of the New Testament. What Moset
and Joshua did la type and wbat the) j
each left not being able to accom
pllsb, God In tbe person of his great
eat gift to men can and does fulfil
In abundant measure. The wldea
stretch of human Imagination eannoJ
measure the breadth of bis love. Tfaj
deepest depths cannot fathom the aw
ful woe of unbeliever.
PASSED THE PLATE.
tt was a street car donductor's duties
In the church of which he was a mem
ber to take up the collections one
day; and, as it happened, his first ex
perience of such duties. He was a
little nervous as he starte.d down the
center aisle, but that soon wore off,
and he began to feel almost at home.
There were sevral children in the
first pew. Each put In a penny. The
people In the next pew also contrib
uted something earn.
A big, glum fellow sat alone In the
third pew. The new collector passed
him the plate, but the man shook his
head and stuck his hands deep Into
Thereupon our friend the conductor
stopped, put up his hand as if to jerk
the bell cord, and said:
"Well, you'll have to get off." Na
A NON-EXPERT OPINION.
Peter I say, Jimmy, what do they
mean by "fearsome' in this here game
Jimmy Don't know, Peter, un
less It's the way some folks play.
A Lost Heirloom.
"There Is no gout In Sir Percy's fam
ily, is there?"
"Not now; there was formerly. It
was Introduced Into the family by Sir
Roland Highliver, but they have been
so miserably poor for the last 200
years that they couldn't keep it up."
Not Like Hla Grandfather.
"Doctor, I'm getting tired of this
everlasting dunning. You ought to
have more respect for me than that.
My grandfather was one of the ear
"Well, I wish you had Inherited that
quality, and would settle early."
The Tall Blonde Absence makes
the heart grow fonder.
The Short Brunette Hut the Lima,
Ohio, man who shot off fireworks
when his wife went away on a vaca
tion made a vulgar display of his af
Mrs. Voteleigh (coming borne at
11) Are the dear children all right?
I haven't set eyes on them since morn
ing. Her Husband Huh! You go about
airing your views; better you'd stay
at home and view your belrs.
Where He Obtained Knowledge.
"I don't see any sense In referring
to the wisdom of Solomon," said the
man smartly. "He had a thousand
"Yes," answered the woman tartly,
"he learned his wisdom from them."
'The Critic--Sorry I missed seeing
that mob scene in your last produc
tion. The Actor-To which mob scene do
you allude? The one In the play, the
one In the audience, or tbe one on sal
On Leap Year,
Weary William I wouldn't have
many national holidaya If 1 had my
way only 865. that's all.
Frayed Philip So yer'd make us
pore fellers work one day every four
years, would yer, yer slave driver!
Benign Old Gentleman Poor little
chap! Where did that cruel boy bit
Tommy Boo-oo-oo! Wa were 'avla'
a naval battle, an' 'a torpedoed ma la
lb Ue room' Tit Bits.
In Public Eye.
"Somehow," said the genial station
official as he seated himself beside the
traveler, "there are some things which
lead people to appreciate our wonder
ful Improvements for their conven
ience and comfort."
"Oh, don't worry," laughed the Jolly
traveler. "There are some thing
about your line that are always In the
"I'm glad to hear that, air. And
would you mind naming them?"
"Cinders, sir cinders!"
Mrs. McUuIre Is you ould man any
better since he wlnt to th doctor's,
Mrs. FInnegan Not" wan bit, Mrs.
McGulre. Sure, It's worse th poor
man Is wld his head whirlln' aroun'
tryln' to discover bow to follow th'
Mrs. McGulre An" what are th' di
rections, Mrs. Flnnegan?
Mrs. Flnnegan Sure, they do be to
take wan powder six tolmes a day,
Any Old Grounds, Nowadays.
"If you can show sufficient cause,
madam, I am sure, you will be able to
obtain the divorce you seek. Upon
what grounds will you sue?." asked the
"Ah, very good. What appears to
be the trouble?"
"Xo matter what I do or say, my
husband never fails to reproach nie
with 'tut, tut.' "
"If you'll notice this year you will
see that there doesn't feeem to be as
many canoe-drowning jokes as there
were last season and the season be
fore. How do you account for It?"
"I dunno; maybe once In awhile a
humorist tips over and isn't heard
from any more, same as anybody's
Baseball Pitcher (walking the floor
with his youngest) If the manager
could see me now, I bet I'd get soaked
with a fine.
Wife Why so, dear?
Pitcher I don't seem to have any
control of the . bawl at all.
"POO ILL TO LOOK WELL.
Mrs. Goodhart Couldn't find work.
Perhaps you didn't look well.
Dusty Rhodes No, mum, I didn't
look well because I was 111.
"You must remember not to forget
the folks back home," advised the vet
"There ia small chance of my hav
ing a chance to forget them so long
as there are jobs to fill," replied tbe
A House That 8uits.
"Has your wife found a house that
"Well, yes. it suits her. AU but the
kitchen range, the closets, the cellar,
tbe front parlor, the vestibule, the
lighting arrangements and the dining
room wall paper."
Though thereunto by gentle suasion PJ.
Ho may the reservoir approximate,
You ru illicit force the equine quadruped
The aqua pur to Ingurgitate.
"I should thiuk It waa a pity Noah
and bis sons didn't know anything
about poker. It would have been
such a diversion In the ark."
"They couldn't have played It with
any success, because they never bad
more than two of a kind."
"My father kin lick your father."
said little Tommy Suagg to little Bob
"Mebby he kin," said little Bobby
Bluster, "but he alu't a-goln' to do it.
'cause my father is your futher's
The Hobo aa a Teacher.
The Lady Look here, you said that
If I'd give you your dinner you'd mow
the lawn for me.
The Hobo I'd like to, ma'am, but I
goiter teach you a lesson. Never trust
lb' word of a total stranger.
Had a Poor Time.
Sbe I suppose yon are familiar with
Longfellow's poem: "To Stay at Howe
He Yes, and I think he must have
written it Just after returning from a