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"My boy." Mid Bulllngton nilger,
tbe eminent speculator In stocks. "I
Intend to do something this year that
I have never dono before. I have
never taken much stock In this Christ
mas foolishness. It seems to me that
people carry It to an absurd extreme;
but, as I have said, I am going to
break away from my custom this
year. You sre helping to support your
are you not?"
The boy who
narked the quo
tations up on the
b 1 g blackboard
made a strong
. effort to conceal
bis emotion as he
"Yes, sir. I al
ways carry my
earnings borne to
"That is noble
of you. You de
serve the highest
praiHO for your
thoughtf u 1 n e s s.
A mother who
bus sucu a son
should be very proud of kim, and I
have no doubt that your mother fully
appreciates your worth. What I start
ed to pay a moment ago was that I In
tend to do something to encourage
you In your work something to prove
to you that I wish you well and that,
however cold I may have at times
appeared, I am kind at heart."
"Oh, thank you, sir," said the boy.
"Mother will be proud when she
learns that I have been able to win
yanr respect." t
4 line to bear a boy talk as you
talk," the eminent gentleman contin
ued. "A boy who is glad for his
mother's sake to win the approval of
others may always be depended upon
to give a good account of himself.
"You may not have suspected it, but I
have for a long time been watching
you. I have noticed that you do not
that you use lit
tle elans: that
you pay strict at
tention to your
duties and al
ways ehow a
' proper deference'
to those above
told me when I
started out In the
world," the boy
replied, "to al
ways keep away
from bad habits
and be respect
ful to those who
had the right to
be treated re
"Good. It Is vklent that you have
o estimable mother. With such a
mother and each character as you
eee.ru to possess I have no doubt that
you wfll succeed In life. It would
tie a pity to disturb your self-reliance
by giving you money. I shall not do
that. I do not believe In giving money
to people anyhow. It Is a bad prac
tice. There are other ways of ex
tending help that are much more ef
fective much better for those who
receive it- Now tt is my purpose e
lo something for you."
"I I hardly know bow to thank
"Ob, nevermind that, my boy. Tbe
most eloquent thanks are not always
swords. There are
other ways ef
tion. So dust
If words happen
to fail you. There
that this is go
ing to be an old
and I know what
it la to be tor
tured by the cold.
You have seen
that I have a
with a Persian
lamb collar and
real mink lining,
have you not?"
"You would be surprised if I were
to tell you bow much it cost But I
need not dwell upon that. I bave
tvuad It extremely comfortable. It
has caused me to feel sorry for others
who cannot afford such coats. I
think it must be tbe Christmas spirit
that has come to me. With tbe col
lar of my warm coat turned up so
that It covers my ears I am able to
Veep comfortable In tbe coldest
The boy felt a lump rising la bis
throat and be was compelled to wink
rapidly to kesp back bis tears of
"This morning." Mr. liilger con
tinued. "I found a pair of plush ear
muffs that 1 used last winter, and I
hays dcldd to preset1 tbu to you "
TO BE A TIME
OF JOY FOR HIM
This Little Story Show Jost What
a Lot of Good Tningt the
Bachelor Mistei at Merry
"My wife has been questioning me
for the past three weeks about what
I would like for Christmas."
"Well, I suppose you told her?"
"Yes. Tbe first thing I thought of
was an-umbrella I really need an
umbrella, because It Is quite a dis
tance from my house to the train,
and I have to walk It. A nice umbrel
la would come In bandy on rainy
days. Then there are some books I
would like very much. I gave her a
list of them as nearly as I could at the
start, and have been adding to It day
by day as I happened to think of
something else In that line. I men
tioned cuff-buttons and studs for full
dress occasions, and I gave her to tin
derstand that If she didn't feel like
troubling herself over tbe matter I
would be glad to take the money she
had set aside for me and buy myself
some cigars. Last night I bad occa
sion to look into a closet we don't use
much, and there I found my present,
all ready to be placed before roe on
"Of course, then, she hadn't adopt
ed your suggestion as to tbe cigars."
"No. I'm going to be made glad
with a beautifully worked sofa pillow."
lUW ' By S. E KISER
Along the road to Bethlehem
Three weary wise nwa lowly fared.
Ado wondering hepherd gazed at them
And bowed the heads which they had
Tine wise men who Had journeyed (at
Rode slowly o'er the lulls thai sight.
Still following theii guiding itar
Whose constant bcasss wen bread and
At Christmas rim they heard voice
That sweedy sounded fa eu high;
" Rejoice, ye too of mea, sejokel "
To word tang dearly (so the sky.
The trembling wis am paused to hear
Th song that angels sang to them.
And ceased to doubt ami turned from
That Christmas night in Bethlehem.
We hurry through the busy days
And in the market-place contend;
We strive to win ia shameful ways.
Forsaking brother, wronging friend;
We foster greed and cling to pride,
W have no time for being kind.
W rudely push th lam aside.
And give no guidance lo th blind.
We madly struggle after gain.
Forgetting all the Master taught;
We worship riches, and disdain
To heed the message that He brought
Yet. even so. at Christmas, love
Assails our hearts and chastens them
And brings us glad remembrance of
That holy night ia Bethlehem,
We cease a lirtl while to hate.
We turn s little while from sin;
We gieet the stranger at th gate.
And reaching forth w lead him in.
And, happily remesobaaing
Th babe that in the manger lay.
We soil acknowledge Him our King,
As they did, that fust Christmas day.
Three shadowy wua asea slowly tore
Along th shadowy highway stall.
And shadowy shepherds watch them them
And see the star blaxe e'er ike hill.
And men, wherever men may dwell,
Still hear the message bene to them;
That Cod still rrajjos and all is well,
Th star shines on e'er Bethlehem.
"Majtuna, Santa Claus isn't married.
"I don't know. Why do you think
be Isn't, dear."
" 'Cause If he was Mrs. SaiiU
wouldn't let faltn stay out that way al
No Reom for Any Mors.
-Ooln' to bang up your stock In'
"Better. You might git It filled."
-It's filled now."
He save th irl a p!r of skate.
And nuw his heart la full of hate;
lie merely stands around and waits
And Inwardly rrbela at Kat.
While one mors favored fur than he
1 or may ever hop to be
Kneels where ahe stand, so fair, so
And fastens them upon her ftL
Joy Ahead for Him.
Don't forget that tbe clothe you
ate not going to wear any more may
look oilgbty good to somebody.
3fa th? 0mrt
Many a woman is knows by the
Christmas presents tLe take back to
If there is a Christ mas season in
heaven the department fctore clerk
will hardly want to go there.
Tbe woman who looks for the price
mark on her present generally get
mad if she finds it
A good thing about som Christmas
presents ia tbat they doct lust more
than a day or two.
People who put off buying things
they really seed until after Christmas
hardly ever find tbem In their block
ings. Some people dont permit their chil
dren to believe In Santa Claus be
cause they selfishly want all tbe cred
If Santa China were a woman
Christmas would always have to be
postponed for a tew days while she
administered tbe finishing touches.
Writ! haver (starts some people give
And never mtnd trie price:
They know the gifts) they will receive
Are sure to be aa nkw.
A Warning to Liars.
"What was tbe happiest moment ef
your life, dear?" she asked.
"It was when you said yes. cUihug,"
She sighed and permitted her cheek
to rest against bis breast for a long
time. Tben sbe said:
"Harry, do you remember tbat dia
mond ring we looked at in Rkuem '?
I was there yesterday aud tbey bud It
still. What a spleudid Cbristmas pres
ent It would make."
After be bad reached tbe ntst room
he whispered to hluieelf:
"That's always tbe way. Never
told a lie In my life without having
Immediate c?use to be sorry tor It."
Why the Colonel Cave It Up
"Colonel" said the beautiful trass
widow, "why is It you so strongly ob
ject to tbe exchanging of Christ mM
."Ill tell you." be replied. "I mi
to be as craxy as other people over
tbe sending of gifts. There aj
girl tbat J thiUe'bt a good de&J oi la I
When Christmas time comes round It teams
As though the long, km; years
Roll back snd take sway our cares
And dry up sll eur tears:
1 don't know why it Is, but when
The great day comes along
I get to fee'ln' young again.
And kind of turn to song.
And whistle snd go on just lllte
A boy would. I'll be bound.
The old world seems to brighten up
When Christmas time comes round.
I'm tickled at the Jumpln' Jack
And sll them kind of things;
1 like to watch the toys that play
By wlndin' up the springs,
And somehow don't know why II ls
Leva seems to (III the air.
And 1 forget I've enemies
Or troubles anywhere;
And every little while I tort
Of listen for the sound
Of voices that have long been still.
When Christmas time comes round.
! wish that I was Santa Claus
And had a magic sleigh.
To visit all the children who
Look forward to the day
The orphans and the cripples and
The poor folks everywheres
All children that are good and kind
And don't tor jm their prayers;
I'll bet you that they'd all be glad
When they got up and found
Their stockin's fairly buitln'or.t.
When Christmas time come round.
Oh, happy time of Jlnglln' bells
And hills al! white with snow;
Oh. joyful day that takes us back
To care-free long sjo!
) wonder If up there above
Where happy angels roam
Th?y do not get to thlnkln' of
The happy times at home,
And turn, in fancy, back ence more
To listen to the sound
Of voices that have long been still,
When Christmas time comes round?
those days, and a sister of mine who
had been married only a couple of
years was made glad by the arrival of
a little one only about a month before
Christmas; I thought a nice present
fqr her would be a book on tbe care
and' nursing of Infants. So I bought
It At the same time I bought a very
handsome volume of poems for the
t "Tbey got mixed. I believe this
Christmas present business Is all fool
T? I were to catch you under the mis
tletoe would you try to set away?"
"Of course I should but I feel almost
sure that I should not succpod."
-8. K. Klser.
"What did your mistress give you
"A box of cheap handkerchiefs.
"What did you give her?"
A week's notice."
A Lucky Man,
H aees the aun through spreading rifts,
He hears the wind sing sonic of cheer;
ilia wife will buy no Christmas gtft
And have them charged to him this
FAIR WARNING TO SANTA CLAUS.
There ain't no Bant
a Claus, I guess, er U
there I, why
Pon't know no very
much about boolt
kteptir, seenia to
I ast him fer some
rubblta and a
pair of skate
And all he left was
nothin' but a Ut
ile alster here.
Aud last year when
I wrote to him I
said I'd like a
And one of these
here apunfet dofr
that's kind ef
browtiiitti red .
Hut blume the luck,
1 didn't git a soli
overcoat n.l plated
Kxt-ept a cap and
I've wrote him this year that I want a
And uutalu lantern
and a goat that I rnS.rtiyW!!
ran train to Mi.b.-J-"1 L V'
x buck, jil
And mebbe a four- Lr.
lie has on to
But I've told him
plain and iioneai
that I don't want
things lo wear.
I'll try to keep be
llevtn' till h
But he's got to do
much better than
he ever done be
fore; If he brings another sister lit the place
of what I'd like,
Why. I'll ult belUviu' la blia from that
misuls, U old lasl
(Conducted l.y the National Woman's llllil'l lllllllli''' lilliP'
I'hrlKtiaii Temperance I nlnn.) W sjjjH lllljj l
GREAT RACE POIEON.
Excerpts from address by Col. L.
Mervln Maus, M. D. Chlpf Surgeon
Eastern Division, United States Army,
before thu College of Physicians and
Surgeons, UoMon )
Research, experiments, the epilep
tics and feeble minded Institutions, In
sane asylums, prisons and the post
mortem table constantly tr-ach us
what alcohol Is doing for the human
race. There remains no longer any
doubt of the special snd general re
sults of the great "racial poiHon" on
child, man, race or community. Few
people understand the far-reaching ef
fects of alcohol on the family, and the
race st large. It Is an intricate and
difficult problem to approach on ac
count of Its social connection with
many of tbe most prominent and In
fluential men and women of the coun
try, who still hold very liberal views
concerning Its use.
Following the general use of whUky
as a beverage fifty years ago many of
tbe tnont prominent and intellectual
families of our country bave been
eliminated and not infrequently in
the second generation. Many of their
representatives became drunkards
and died childless, or left children
curaed with feeble mind, epilepsy, tu
berculous, insanity, or nonie other
form of degenracy, which rendered
fertility impossible. Study the family
records that have been gathered by
the euKenlFts on the subject of alco
hol and the thinking world will Maud
The role that alcohol plays in dis
ease, pauperism, racial degeneracy and
graft makes its control by the state
absolutely necessary, and In order to
save society tbe saloon must go. To
accomplish this necessary reform no
cundidate for state or municipal rjflice
should be Indorsed by the medical pro
fession who has not stated rutisfuc
torily his platform on the control of
the three great social evils prostitu
tion, venerea! disease and the saloon.
Total abstinence should become a re
quirement of every official holding of
fice within the suffrage of the people.
The importance of the duties, which
lawmakers, judges, state and munici
pal officials, the army, navy and police
are called upon to perform, demands
the highest class of intelligence and
efficiency, qualities which are impos
sible with drinking men. Besides, the
alcoholic addict Is more liable to lend
himself to graft and corruption in of
fice than the total abstainer The
physician mho strives for racial per
fection must cling to total abstinence,
for there can be no compromise on
the great question of temperance. In
order to build up a Btrong. virile peo
ple we must protect the young against
the race poison, remembering that
the child of today Is the citizen of to
morrow. POLICE COMMISSIONER ON LI
QUOR. "While police commissioner in San
Francisco in 1307-9, it was my custom
to examine the records in the rity
prison frequently, showing all the
crimes and other particulars attend
ing arrests that numbered about "ml
dally, and my conclusion was that
fully ninety per cent, were due di
rectly or indirectly to the use of
liquors," says A. D. Cutler, a former
commissioner of police of San Fran
cisco. "All saloons In San Francisco,"
he continues, "were closed for thirty
days, following the great fire In April,
1906, the result being that there was
so little police duty necessary' in spite
of the great confusion growing out of
the Are. that one-half the police force
were given vacations for periods of
from ton to thirty days. When tbe
saloons were again opened the offi
cers on vacation were recalled as It
was deemed necessary to place tbe
entire force on duty because of the
increased crime snd disorder."
Two-thirds of the geographical
area of the I'nited States is dry ter
ritory. In 18t8 there were 3.5U0,U0U
people living in territory where the
drink traffic had been outlawed: (n
1900 that number bad Increased to
18.000,000; In 1908 the number had
doubled; and today there are 4U.029.
750 persons, or a fractiou over one
half of the population of the country,
living lu dry territory. In the last
tlve years the no-license population
has increased a little over 10.000.000,
which is more than ten per ceut. of
the total population of the nation and
thirty per cent, increase In tbe num
ber living in dry districts. - Since
1808 the population of the country has
doubled, while tbe number of inhab
itants of dry territory bas increased
Of the nine total abstinence states,
four have constitutional and Ave have
statutory laws. Of the remaining
thirty-nine states, thirty six are under
some form of local option.
"Our Ideal is a land where no drunk
ard may be seen staggering down the
road to his certain doom; a laud where
there are no slums for humanity to
rot lu; a laud with two-tblrds of its
priaou cells empty, with Its work
bouses abolished, with Its children
well boru, well fed, well sheltered,
well clothed, well trained; where the
merry laughter of children may be
beard la the street; a laud where the
curse of strong drink has been drivtn
from every single hearth." Ilm
FOR SUCCESS WITH POULTRY
Practical Way of Building Up Laying
Strain of Hens Is to Breed Those
With Best Records.
Trap tiesta are tbe best guide-posts
to suwers. Thr-y point out the ht-nr
that are doing good work, and expose,
the drones. Tbey not only tell you
how many eggs ruch Individual hen
laying in a year, but they also point
out tbe color cf the shell and tbc
shnpe of the tgg.
Tbe time is near at band when beuv
will be sold on their egg record?, slu
prices governed accordingly.
It Is an eccepted fact tbat the ouly
way to build up a laying strain it
hens Is to breed from those giving the
b st records, says tbe Farm Journal.
Hy annually pickli:g out tbe best yl
the flock, It is po&siblo each year to
Increase the average of the flock.
In line with the Introduction c-f
trap nesting c:ne The. question of the
laying hPns fivirg a better percent
age of ftrtili- pp. as well as receiv
ing an extra ailowaiice of feed. It if
more difTeult to cverfatten a hrj
that is doing r.tetdy layinE thar it
is one that it Lot laying. It remained
for a man by the name of Albtrt
Angel), Jr., to strike tbe proper idea
in this direction.
briefly stated, this system consists
of a bouse and yard divided into tc
unequal parts. One side is large
enough for 12 btLs, and tbe smaller
lrle la for the cork. In the house arc
trap neBts with two openings. Every
night tbe bonis are put in tbe larger
uouse. ice .-' .) p i
in his own quarters. Every ben tbat
lays an egg or enters a trap nest
...no ...it tnfr, thu .f.nrtmnt alth til,
male. When night tomes, the layiLg
hens are all v,itb tbe male and they
tben are reiurced to their own side t J
the bouse aud yard, to go through the
same process ehcb day. In the mcra
ing the male bird it; alone. The tr&t
neM is wade- by simply fashioning
two lighl doors, using one-inch uiefh
wire uetting. The door to the test
which tbe L-u et.ttrs to lay is bint-ed
from the iteide. aud is pushed ope
by the hen. and closes boning bci
The door in the rear of the nest open
ing out ii.to the cock s yard, is binr( o
from the outside. When tbe hen er
ters the cock b pen she can tot re
turn, as will retidi'y te seen. These
doors, or gates, are light, and wori
easily, and should be the size of '..
entrance of tfce next box and binjed
to the top.
The illustration, a popular make ct
trap nests, such as is used on many cl
the large poultry farms. A show
trap nest tuned to open test
11 shows Lett closed after hen
has entered. C shows trap set.
When a hen is through laying she
will stick ber Lead out tf the rjet
and cackle, and should tben be re
leased On tbe leg of each hen is placec
an aluminum band on which is stamp
ed a number. Upon opening the dooi
of the trap the ben is picked up bbJ
her number ascerta?ted. This is ttiet:
writteu ou the egg, sod at night u.
record is made if these numbers.
The busier 'h bens tbe belter tbey
Cuim-ab are in gret demand. Why
not buy a ft w ?
Never rxpost fowls In bfune.-y.
e e e
Sun.itiiue kUou.d bave a large plbte
lu tbe ration cf every ben.
Kouu of all kinds can be fed cooked
or raw, but they should be cbvppeO
Grit and shelis are cheap, ueve-itbt-lea
try important in tbe proper tare
Don't forget to sprinkle lime tu
drop boards, not too much, for It is
bard on tbe thickera feet.
Tbe poultry houses buust be a seen,
of constant effort to prevent lice and
vermin from this time until spring.
Wfceu wood, ashes are strewn over
tbe ben Louse floor the manure will
lose much cf tbt ammonia by the itiia-
dure. . .