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The Central Rucord. Lancaster Ky. Thursday, Dsc 21. 1922.
uuejnasiey urer a nmiun
"Ladles and gentlemen, t will now ad.
dret you upon the following subject
Why W. Call ChrltUnas Tln.o Ihe Ileal
"Christmas U th best Umi because It la
the kindest time. Nobody evtr ftlt very
kind without feel
lag at least a little
happy, bo, of
course, either way
about, the happiest
time Is the kindest
1 1 m e that's this
time. The moat
beautiful thing our
eyes ran see are
the start; and for
that rwion, and
In remembrance of
One ur, we set
candles on the tree
to be stars In the
house. So we make
Chrtatmas time a
time of atari In,
doon; and they
against tha cold
outdoors that Is.
Ilka tha cold of
other seasons, not
o kind. Wo tt our hundred candle on
the tree and keep them brlsht thruushoul
the ChrUtmaa tlmt, for while they ehlne
upon ua we hare light to tee thl life,
not aa a battle, but as tha march of a
mighty fellowship! Ladles and gentle
men, I thank you!"
Its bowed to right and left as to an
audience politely applauding, and with
drew; while old tlob set his fld lle to hit
chin and scraped ths preliminary measure
of a quadrille. Ileatley was back In an
Instant, thoutlna aa he carta: "Take
your pardners! Iialance all!"
Such was Darld ileaaley'a speech aid
the beginning of the strangett ChrUtmaa
party ever conceived by the brain ul
man. Tou will hare to read It to under
stand the story. As a narrative. It Is fit
lo ru along with the Immortal Chrtitmaa
Carol of Charles Dickens, and llluitratet
again the many sides to the genius of
I tooth Tarktngton.
Tkrklngton. born at tadlanapollt. and
educated for the law, became a newspaper
man. He deserted that field to enter
politics and served for two years In tht
Indiana legislature. The tsperlenre gate
him the Idea for hla first book, a twlltlcnl
novel, entitled "The Otntleman From
Indiana." It was Instantly successful
and launched Ita author on a brilliant
career. H has since written novels
baaed on business, social, historical, ro
mantic and many other subjects. He It
a matter of humor and character at well
aa of plot and narrative. Some of his
greattst hits have been stories showing
tha humorous sides of childhood and
youth. Twice since he has won the
much-coveted IMIIlier prlie fur the bent
book of the year dealing; with Amerlcin
lit and manntra.
PART I. Newcomer In a small town.
young newspaper man, who tells the
Starr, la amaied by ths unaccountable
actions of a man who, from the window
of a fine house, apparently has converse
with Invisible personages, particularly
mentioning one "Slmpledorla." The youth
oea to his boarding house, the home of
Ira. Appertbwalle. next door to tha scent
of tha strange proceedings, bewildered.
PART It Neat morning he dltcovera
hla strange neighbor Is the Hon. David
Beaaley, prominent politician, and uni
versally respected. Telling of hit last
nlaTht's experience, he Is markedly Inter,
ruptsd by a fellow toarder, a Mr. George
Dowden. Later, with Miss Apperthwalte.
he la aa unseen witness of a purely
Imaginary Jumping contest between lleax.
ley and a "11111 Hammtrtlty." Mlat
Apperthwalte appears deeply concerned,
there apparently being no pottlblt ex
planatlon of the strange proceedings.
PART IIL The reporter learnt that
Beaaley end Ulss Apperthwalte had at
one. time been engaged, and that the
young lady had broken the engagement
because of Utatley'a "lack of Imagina
tion." PART IV. Ths "mysttry" of -Slmpledorla"
and "11IU llammeraley" Is ex.
plained by Mr. Iawdtn. Ileatley la car.
ins for a small boy, Hamilton Swift,
iinlor, a helpless Invalid bodily though
more than ordinarily bright mentally, the
son of dear friends who are dead, and
"Mmpledorla" and "Hill Itammersley"
are creatures of Ileasleys and the small
toy's Imagination. Ileatley humoring tlie
tlUlt sufferer by the "play acting."
PART V. The reporter becomes ac.
-jualntrd with David Ileatley and It In
Tlted to hla home, where he meets Ilamll.
ton Hwlft. Junior, and his cl-cle of "In--visible."
which Ileatley and Ororge Dow
len have made very real to the child.
PART VI. Reality a a atrenir candi
date, for his larty's gubernatorial noml.
nation, tils chief enemy being one tlmeun
Peck, a small.souled. mean.thlnkleg In
dividual. Ths reporter Is sent by hit city
editor to see Peck, who declares he Has
something, on" Heasler. Peck and a
numberof his cronlet. with two reporter,
et out for Ileaeleys house, whi h I'ecu
declarea Is the center of Chrlitmat fes
tlvlUea to which Ileatlty has not deigned
to Invlla hla patty's vorkers. to whom,
however, he looka for support In his po.
Ultra! aspirations. Attured of his coming
trlUBipn, reca inn n- ; -
Heatliy s cltett personal and polltlctl
... a inin f ha nartv. tauntlnf
with tria fact of his not being coniMered
food tnoush aocUlly to be entertained by
Reasley. Watching from the outttde. they
ie7 Beatley and his colored servitor Uob.
7t"....TT .mrentlv alona In a brightly
Illuminated room, with a magnlltrcntly
derated ChrUtmaa tree, setmlngly en.
l.rtalnlng a large numUr ot guetta Mitt
ADPerthwilte I at Jolne.1 Peck'a panr,
?J" w.i.i.r.M mvttintd. they await
dawlopmtnta. They hear tJavId Heaaley
iDowden a ecu, re", wm "-
lira) make a speech, hla only auditor sji
renUy Ulna Old llob. though he tsllt
iiTlf addreeaftig a Urge gathering. Pol.
uVtaxTlhaapeech. Ileatlty. by .himself.
dancea a "quadrille." jeitn amaiing naei
It to deUlL and a full complement of
nvlaftU rartnera. Peck Is jubilant In.
ttstlag that Btatlty Is craiy and that he
wW have the newa "all over town" to
narrow VI Its Apperthwalte la bewildered.
aKV-T'rVeluded. the watchtre for
the fcst llme.tboome aware of Us nrea.
inie of Hamtlton Bwlft. Junior, and all
raLa that David Beailty-ln Vllse Ap-
'State . , . n. Icnnirl.
S$SE&ZX the wboU firaTa
JuvHiaasMw tohls llttls crippled ward.
Th? reawttra promtaa Peck the story wll
. ' ..vTZ.l J tncaorrow. and tha
uT.uvuttial reallaea how greatly the human
' ,f IhVtry will strsnathtn Beaa.
nowdaa aad the
roZag rtorter lota. -ale?:a -jarty. "
have given my auiwrlor the htgflt
conception nf my Journalistic nl. At
n telephone station ub the next corner
I cnllrd up Air. Apperthwallu'a house
nnd asked fur Mr. Dowden.
"What are ytr.i doing!" I demanded,
when Mm voice responded.
"Playing bridge." U answered,
"Are )nu going out anywhere )"
"No. What'a the trouble!"
"I'll ti'll you Inter. I may want te
see you tnnlslit before I en trick to
1 1 lie offlce."
"All rlstit. Ill he at home all the
j I hung up the receiver and made off
on my t'rninil.
Down town ilit streets were crowd-
ed with the iKicknge-ladcu people.
hciidlhg Ik-hiN Mid shoulders to tlie
liltter wind, which swept a blinding,
ri,.,.fiku anmv horlstontnlly ngnlnl
.i,,..- vi .wnw, umi.L- .l niiiiiiI.
'" A ,wn,,r f tumui-
moii n nlnw upon the che-a of the pe-
! limit tlmt for n niomi'iit It would
(lMit Uu-tii. ninl you could hcur them
vn in,j linifiiMitliercd "Alia" ilk
bat'ur In ti heavy aurf. Yet there
u uajriy In tills cairor gnle, the
ti., . pressed anxiously, yet Imp
plly ' and down Iho street In their
enertu se.irch for thing to give
uwny It wn not llu rlrli who t'rvs
xUil thrmih l In? fttorni tonlKht. ther
m-rv poiiple who citrrlitl their own
iiutulleH luuiie. You miw them tollern
(.lid tuners tlrtil inothiT nnd fnlhera.
voni with the grinding thrift of nil
tin- i r, hut now for this onn iitcht
enrv'i of how hnnl-Knrc the money.
rcrklerK of trrythlni; hut the Joy of
clvlns It lo hrlng the clilldrrn Joy on '
tho one irniit tomorrow, ?o they bent I
! their heiuN to tht freezing wind, their I
anna Imlcn with darllie lumdlet nnd I
their henrln llpllfttil with the trehiul
oui linpilncK of giving more than they
could nffonl. .Meanwhile, ilr Simeon
I'rck, honet num. hnd choen thl
icnvm to work harm If he inlcht to
Ihe gentlent of IU fellow-ini'li.
I found .Mr. 1't'ck waiting for me
nt hl houte. Tltere were four other
men with him, one of whom I recog'
lilted oa (irlst. it .vjunt young mini
with nllpH-ry-liMiklue hlack luilr nnd
a Inmhritiuln mtu-tache. They were
donning their cotit nnd halt In the
linll when I nrrhitl.
"From the Denpntch, hay?" Hr.
Peck gave me greeting, n he wound
a knit comforter about Ida neck.
"Thnt'a good. We'd moat give you up.
ThN here's Mr. (JrUt, and 3Ir. Henry
Ctillop, nnd Mr. ViU Schulmeyer
thre' men that ttf the same way
nliout lae Ken 'ley that I do. That
oilier young feller," he waved a mlt-
teneil hnnd to tln fourth man "lies
from the Journal. Likely you're nt
Tlie young man from the Journal
wn unknown to me; moreover, I waa
far from overjoyed at hla presence In
I've got you newpaer men hens
eoiitlnutMi Mr. Peck, "hecniw I m
giilll' to Miow you aoinep'u' aliout
Date Ilensley that'll orx-n a good ninny
folk'a eyes when It's In print."
Well, what Is Itr I aaked. rather
"Jet hold your horei a little hit,"
he returned. "Orltt nnd me knowa.
and so do Mr. Cullop and Mr. .Schol
meyer. And I'm goln to take theiu
and you two reporters to look at It.
All ready? Then come on."
He threw open the door, stoop!:
to the giixt that took him by thv
thrytit, and led the woy out Into the
What la he up to)" I gnped to the
Journal man as we followed In a
I don't know any tnotv than you
do," he returned. "He thinks he a
got something thnt'll queer lleniley.
I'eck'a nil old fool, but It's Juat pos
sible he'a got htlil of noinethlng. Near
ly everybody lias one thing, at least,
that they don't wnnt found out. It
nay be a good Mlory. Lord, what a
I pushed ahead to the lender's aide.
"See here. Mr. Peck" I began, liut
he cut me off.
You llalen to me, young mull! I'm
glvln you some new foe your impcr,
und I'm glllln' at It my own wny, hut
I'll git nt It, don't yon worry'
goln' to let gome folks around here
know what kind of a feller Dave
Ileasley reully la; yt and I m
goln' to show (Jeorge IHwden he can't
laugh at met"
"You're going to show Mr. Dowden 7"
I mill. "You menn youre going to
take him nlong with ua on thla exi
Tnktt lilm!" Mr. Peck emitted tm
utrhl bark of laughter. "I guewt lies
nt Itentley's, all right."
No. he Isn't; tie's at home nt Mrs.
Apperthwnlle'it playing mriK"
I Implicit to know that he'll he
then- nil etenlng."
Mr. i'eck smote h! palma together.
(Irlst !" lie rolled, over Ida shoulder.
mid his colleague struggled fonvitnl.
"Listen to llda: even Dowilin nln't Hi
IWasley'a. Ain't the lird workln' fer
ua tonight V
"Why don't you take Dowden with
you." I urgeil, "If there's anything you
want to hlinw hluir
"Hy (leorge, I will!" shouted peck.
Tve got him where the hair's short
"That's right." aald (IrUt.
"Oentlemen" Peck turned to tha
others- "when wu git to Mrs. Appcrih
wn lie's, Jest atop outside along the
feiic a minute. I reckon we'll pic-It
8hlvfriug. we took up our wuy
again In single tile, stumbling through
drifts that had deeened Incredibly
within the hour. The wlntl wa
straight ncnliikt us, hnd so stliigluicly
harp and so ladun with the drlvluii
snow tlmt when w reached Mr. Ap-
jtmctiH fmn tha nrtfi, net r)"
Bwialey'a) my yra were i full of
amartlnB tmra I coHld apt) only
blurml plane of UrJit dancing; vague
ly In tho tlrkii(M, (natattd of lirlglitlj
"Now," anld I'ec. rtaetm and
turning hla hack to tha wind; "the
rest of you gentlemen wait out here.
Ynti two Dewapaiier men. you come
He ojH'ned thr pttea and went In.
the Jnu.n.tl reporter and I follow
Inr nil three of tia wtplnit our half
hllnded eyeM, When we reached the
Midler of tho front porch. I took (he
key from my pocket and opened the
"I live here," 1 explained to Mr.
".Ml rlfht." he nld. "Jeat atep
In nnd tell Ccorse IMwden that Slut
"CentUmen" Hcck Turned to tht
Other "Whin W Clt to Mr. Ap
perthwaltt'a. Jutt Stop Outside
Along the Fane a Minute."
I'eck'a out here and wants to see htm
at the door u minute. lie quick."
1 went Into the library, and there
aat Dowden coutemplnthely playing
bridge with two of the elderly ladle
and Mlsx Apperthwalte. Tlie last
mcntloned H-rson null" took my
In honor of the Chrlstmaa eve (I '
aupjioted) the wore en erenlng dress
of black lace, and the only word for
what she looked hn suffered mich
inltuse that one heltateg over It: yet
that la what she was regal and no
lets I There was n sort of splendor
nhout her. It detracted nothtnt; from
thla that her expression was a little
sad: something not uncommon with
her lately; a certain melancholy, fnlnt
but detectable, like breath on a mir
ror. I had attributed It to Jenrt Yal
Jean, though perhiita tonight It might
hare been dee merely to bridge.
"What is Itr naked Dowden. when,
after an npology for dlatuthlng the
game, I bad drawn him out la the
I motioned townnl the front door.
"Simeon I'ecfe. He thlnka he'j pit
something on Mr. lleasley. He's watt
lag to see yon."
Dowden uttered a sharp, ha If -coherent
exclamation anil scped quick
ly to the door. "Peck I" he said, km he
Jerked It oK-la
"Oh, I'm herel" declanxl thut p-n-tleiiniii.
stepping Into view. "I've
come nrotiiid to let you know that
yint couldn't hrnglt like a horso at me
tut more, (leurge Dowden! Ho- you
weren't Invited, either."
"Invited!" sahl Dowden. "vltcil
'Over to the ball your frivad la
"Due Ilensley. So you ulrVt quite
good enough to ilniuM with Ida high
"WJutt are yon talking aliouti"
Dowilen demanded, Impalleuly.
"I reckon you won't 1m nulte mi
strong fer Iteasley," It'upoudoj Peck,
wllh u vlmllctlte lltllo giggle, "when
you Und lie nm ue jou lo hit baslniKs,
but when It collies to eotcrtulaln' oil
no, jwi uln't tpilte the boy!"
"I'd nppreclnto your eJutiiliig."
said Don dm. "It's kind of cold
Pwte laughed shrilly. Then I
reckon you better git your hat and
roat and come along. Can't do ua no
harm, and might he an eyt-ociilnj:
fer you. (irlst and Ous Kchulmeyer
and llnnk Culli-ji's wnttlti' out yonder
at the gate. We he'n ha vln' kind of a
consultation nt my House over wmiep'n'
(irlit sti-ll tit ttensley's a little earlier
In the evening.
"What did Orlet seer
Tabs I Cub- tlrlvln' up to Ileaa-
ley's house a whole lot of 'em. (IrUt
wu dowu the street a piece, und It
wns pretty tlnrk, but he could aco tlie
Inniiw and hear the doors slam as the
pcoplo got out. Ileildea, the whole
ulacu la lit up front cellar to attic,
(Irlst couiu on to my houo and told
tne about II. and I begun usln' tho
telephonu; colled up all the men thut
count In the porty found most of
em nt home, too. I aat etu If they
was Invited to thla ball toulght; and
not a one of 'cm was. They're only
In politics; they ain't high society
enough to bo aat to Mr. Heaaley!
dsuclii'-partleal Out I would 'a'
thought he'd hrt ye In aaywayi fet
a fecond' table!" ttr. Peck ah if led
otH his acrid and ettrltant latHra
aAln, "I get these fellers fram the
newsittprra, and all I want I to git
thla Item hall In print tomorrow, nnd
ac what tha boys that da tlx- work
at the primaries have ta try about
It nnd what their wlvea'll say about
the man that's too high-toned to have
'em In hU house. I'll lt IVasley
thought ha was goln' to keep the
doln'a quiet; afraid the fanner might
not believe ho'a Jeat the plain man
he sets up to be afraid that folka
like you that aln'J Invited might turn
ncalmt him. I'll fool him I We're
goln' to we what there l to see, and
I'm goln' In hate these boya from the
newlaHT write n full account of It.
i you want to come nlong, I exieot
It'll do you a (Hiwer o good."
"I'll pi," said Dowitei. quickly. He
got Ida root nnd lint from n table In
the hull, mid we rejoined tho huddled
und shivering group nt the gate.
"(lot my recruit, genie I" shrilled
I'eck, slapping Dowden lxttenmly
on the shoulders. "I reckon he'll gtt
a change nf heart tonight!"
And now. sheltering my eyes from
'he stinting wind, I saw what I had
been Ini blind to sen as we approached
Mr. Apivirtliwiille's. lleasley' hone
wns illuminated; every window, tip
stairs and down, wm aglow wllh rosy
light. That was luminously evldeilt,
although the shades, or molt of them,
"l.ook at that!" I'eck turned lo
Dowdcu. giggling triumphantly. "Whn'd
I tell you! How do you feel about It
"Hut where are the cahti" naked
"Kolka ull conn-," answered Mr.
I'eck, with complete assurance.
Won't he uo more cabs till they be
gin to go home."
We pluncid ahead as far n the
comer of Itcaslcy's fence, where Peck
s(opM-l us again, and we drew to
gelher, slnpplng our hands and stamp
ing our fert. I'eck was delighted n
thoroughly happy man ; hla sour giggle
of t-xultntton had become nntlnuoii,
nnd the same Jovial brenk was audi
Me In (Irlst's voice as lie said to Ihe
Journal reporter and me:
"Uo ahead, boys. (Ill your stery
Weil wait here fer you."
Tho Journal rcHrter started to
ward the gate; tie had gmio. erbap
twenty feet when Simeon Peck whist
led In sharp warning. The rrtwirirr
topvd short In his tracks.
Ileusley'a front door was tlirmvn
nirn. and then sKhmI Ileatley hlmwlf
in evening dresw. txiwltig ami smiling,
but not nt us. for be did not sev ua.
The bright ball behind htm was I nan
tlful willi evergreen streamer and
wren tin, nnd great flowering plants In
Jars. A etrnln of dalice-mutlc wandered
out to us as the door opened, hut there
was nolxMly except David Ileatley In
lxht. which certainly teemed ectillar
-for n halt!
"Heat of 'em Inside, dancln," eg-
(dalueil Mr. Peck, crouching Ix-hlnd
the plcket-f-nci. "It'll lo th? houiia
more'n half full o' low-neckeil win
"Mh!" suit! (irlt. "Listen tu Dave
Iteasley had begun to sn'nk. and Ida
voice, loud and clear, sounded uttc
the wind. "Come right In, Colonel V
he wild. "I'd huve sent a cub
for you If you hadn't telephoned tnu
this Afternoon thut your rboumatlstu
was so bud you didn't exxict to be
uble to come. "I'm glad you're well
again. Yes, they're alt here, and the
ladles are getting up a dancu lu tl
(It was at this moment that I ra-
cchet! upon the calf of tho right leg
n kick, the ecstatic violence of whltli
led me to attribute It, and rightly, to
'Ceiitlrineii'a drt-aalng-rooiu uo-
stairs to the right. Colonel," rolled
lleusley, n he close) tho door.
There wna a pause of awed silence
(I Improveil It by reluming the
kkk to Mr. Dowden. He made- no
ncknowliMlgtiieut of Its rrceritlon oilier
than to sink his chin it little ds-cper
llo the collar of his Ulster.)
ily the Almighty 1" snld Hraieon
Peck, hoartely. "Who what wan
Dare Heaaley tnlkln' tor Tlioro wnsn't
ludiody there !"
"(lit out." (irl"t bade lilm; ant his
tone was iHirturlHtl. "He iwui that
reMrter. He wns glvln' us the
"He's crnyl" exclaimed Peck, ve
lnmiedlnuty nil four uiciahers of hla
purty bi'gum to talk nt the same ilmo:
Mr. Seliulwiejtr agreeing with Orltt.
tilid Mr. Cullop holding with Peek
that llemdey bad siiniy become In
sane; while tlie Journal man. re
turning; was certain that he had not
beili sreii. Argllliivnt became a
wrangle; exepeiiielit over the reniark
alilo Mcvtie we had wllnesxtl, and,
(M-rhapv. n certnln sharpness partially
engendered by Ihe risk of freezing.
Ie.1 to some Idltcitiesa. High words
were riling Uxin the wind, Hvrntunlly,
.Slinenn l'ck got tho flour to himself
fur n moment.
"See here, laiys, there's no uso
Ktttln mnd amnga' ourselves," he
vorlferntiil. "One Ihlug we're nil
agreed mi : liolMHly here never seen no
siiih it diini iKH-ullar l-rfortnance aa
we Jest Kiii In their whole live be
fore. Ttiurfore. hall or no bull, there's
somcpV tnUiity wrong aloul thla
business. Ain't that snr'
They said it wua.
"Well, then, tlierv'a only one thing
to do let's Hud out what It Is."
"You bet we will."
"I wouldn't send no one In there
alone," I'eck went on, excitedly, "with
a craxy man. Ilesldea. I want to see
what's goln on, myself."
"And so do wet" Tkla dodaratUNs
TTfi Ms see If there alnl aowiw
way te de If. I'erhapa he ain't pull-I
all the almded ttewti on the other aide
the house. Its o is-oplo ferglt tu tl
There was hut one mind In the party
regarding thin proposal. The next
minute saw ua all caullmisly snenk
Ing Into the aide yard, a rnggol llr.e
of bent nnd flipping fl turns black
against the snow
Hlmcnn Peck's cxcctnthm were ful
nihil more tlinn fuinileil. Not only
were alt the shade of the biz thrtv
facetl hay-wlnibiw of the "alltlnj rtiw"
lifted, hut (evidently on uccotiiit 'if
I ho' loo great get tetany of n husehif
fire that hlaxed 1." Ihe ohl fnMdone.1
tiilmuey-ptate) m- of the wludntrM
wna hnlf-rulscil o. -. lien- In Ihe
shadow Just beyoMt the rosy oblong
of light tlmt fell uim the snow, we
.nlhenil nild !rkeil frey wltlllll.
I "art of the nsi tienr to our
view, t!ough nbont hiif of it wn shut
off from u by II - very king of all
ChrMmaa tm, glittering with d'u-tn
ami doirns of tandles. inuptinm lit
silver, epnrklluc in gt'.. nud laden
wllh Heaven nlme tmiw Imiw many
Oppealte thi Trtv, laacst Against
tha Wall, Sat Old Bab.
and what deler-tahlie- eiittretiH-tits. Op
poslte the Tree, hi hark ncnlti't Ihe
nll, sat old I toll, a-lad In a drc of
stnte. part of which i'snlsteil of a
swallow-lall rout (with an overgmwn
rhrysantheinuiu In the hirtlotihole), a
red necktie, and a plnk-imd-allver lib
erty cap of tUuc-ppr. He wa ecrap
lug a fiddle "like old times cutue
sgaln," and Ihe tune he- plajed was,
"till, my Llui. p,. gnir My feet
aliufflrfl' to It III the- snow.
No one rirekt old ltol was to In
tern In the n'Ui. hut wt nstctieil him
and llstroetl brealht"wly. When he
llnUhed "I.Uu." he Ini the fiddle
acrota hla bni-e, um als fuce with
n new and brilliant blue- silk handker
chief, and said;
"Now come do big s;eecli."
The Honorable Dnvlil sU-asley, car
rying a small mahogany fable, tcped
out from hejoud the Ctuittmaa tree,
advanced to Ihe it nlnr f the room;
set the table down; disappeared for
a moment nud returosd with a while
wuler-pttvher and n guisx. lie placed
these ttHn the tahlei auaed gracefully
M-veral times, tlicn spoke:
"IjiiUes and gentleiuen " There he
"Well," said Mr. Inieim I'eck, slow
ly. "don't this beat helir
"Iaik out!" The Journal reMirter
twitched III tleeve, "IjmIIc present."
"Wherer said. f.
He leantnl iieHtt-r uie and spoke In
"Just lielilnd us. She followed u
uvt-r from your hiidlutf lHhie. She's
been sUndlng around near us ull
ulong. 1 supposi-jt she wa Dowden a
"He hnsn t any daughter," I said,
and stepM-l hark to the hooded
figure I hnit been too nbsorlHii In our
illicit tu notice.
It was Miss .ierthwnlle.
She had thrown loose cloak over
tier bend Jtid ttiMllders; but entrtoH-ik
In It as she. win. and crested and
epntllettrtl with -hile, I knew- her at
once. There wum uo mlMnklng lurr,
even lu a blluitrd.
She caught luy hand with n strong,
quick pressure, mid. Iieudlng her head
to nine, snld In a aoft whtcr, close
to my ear:
"I heard ever) thing that nun said
In our hallway You left the library
dour oh-u when you called Mr. Dovr
"So," I ivturned, mnllclously, "you
--you couldn't help following!"
She released my hand gently, to
"Iltiah," she whlM-rel. "Ile'a any
"IjiiIIi-h und gviitlemelt," snld
Heaaley again nnd atopiKtl again.
Dowdrn'a volco souudetl hyatvrlnilly
In my rl.ht ear. (Mlta Api-erthwiilte
hnd wlilaperiil In my left.) "The only
tK-ech lio's ever made In Ida lift
and lies aluck!"
-Hut lleasley wasn't! be was only
"Ijtdles and gentlemen." he began
"Mr. and Mrs. Iluuclibcrg, Colonel
llunchhcrg nod Aunt C'ouley Hunch
berg, Mlsii Molunnu. Miss Queen, and
Miss Marble Ilunchbertf. Mr. Noble,
' Iktr. Tom, and itr. (irandee Uunekberg,
Mr. Cjfle7lTnTriiifgy, and ffaster
Hammertley : You see before- yim tiv
nlgiit, in iny iwrson. merely the rep
resentntivn of your real hst, Mitr
Swift. Mister Swlfl Ima expreil a
wlali thai there should be n srerh.
and baa depttteil me tu make It. He
rcqucsta that the subject he has as
signed me should he treated In a dig
nified a manner a la xwsble con
sidering the orntisr. Udlet ami
geiiliemen" he took a alp of water
"I will now address you upon the M
lowing subject: 'Why We Call Christ
ma Time the Ilet Time.'
"Chrlstmaa lime I the best time lie
catl'e It la the kindest time. Nobody
eter fell very happy without feeling
very kind, nnd iioxdy ever felt vrry
kind without feetlng nt teaat a little
nappy. So, of course, either way
about, the happiest time I the kind
est time that's thl time. The tnott
lH-jutlful things our eje can ace are
the atnrs; nnd for thai reatou. nnd lu
rcmrmbrnnce of One stnr, we set
cnndle ii the Tree to I) atars In the
houte. So we make Chrlttmnt time
n time of atnrs Indoors; and the)
shine warmly against the cold out
doors that Is like tlm cold of other
sen tons not so kind. We set our hun
dred candles ii the Tree "and keep
them bright throughout the CtirM
ma time, for white they shine iimiij
us We hate light to see till life, not
a a buttle, but a the march of a
mighty Kellowthlp' ladles and gentle
men, I thank you'
He IhiwciI to right and left, ns to an
audience politely alMrfaudlHg. and.
lifting the table ami Its tmnteH, with
drew; white old Hob a en III set lit
fiddle to Id chin and started to Tnp
the preliminary ioeaure of a quadrille.
Iteasley wns back In an lindant.
shouting at he came: "Take your
nnliirrs! Hatance all r
And then slid there, and all by lilm
self, he danced quadrille, perform
ing at one and Hie same time ft
fohr lively couples. Never In my life
have I seen such gyration and caers
aa were cut by that long legsed, louse
Jointed, mlrnculontly flying figure, lie
Has In the wlldeit tnotleu without
ressallou. neter the fraction of en In
tlsut still; calling the figures at the
top of hi voice and dancing them
Itnultaneoiisly ; hi expression auxlout
hut Hilite (as I Ihe habit of other
dancers) ; Ids hnnd extended as If to
swing his partner or corner, or "op
posite lady;" and ht-fet lifting high
and flapping down In an old fashioned
"Klrst ft-ur, forward am! back!" he
shouted. "Forward and aalutnl Hal
alien to corners! Swing partners'
Or-rrnnd Itlght and lWtl"
I think the combination of abandon
and decorum with which he ier
formed that "Oraud Highland-Left"
wa the funniest thing t have ever
seen. Hut I didn't laugh at It.
Neither did Mlta Apperthwalte, at
"Now do you believe mV Peck
wna arguing, fiercely, with Mr. Schul
meyer, "la he craxy, or ain't feef'
"He la." Orlit agreed, hoartely, "He
ta a stark, starln. ravin', re tin' luna
tic! And the nigger's humorln' htm!"
They were all staring, onen-taouthed
and aghatt. Into Iho lighted room.
"Do you see where It puts usT
Simeon Peck'a rasping- vlc re""
"I gnes I. dot" said flrltL "We
come out to huy a barn, and got a
house and lot fer the same money. It'
Ihe gmttctt nlght'e werk you ever
done, Sim Peck r
"I guce. It It!"
"Shake on It. Sim."
They shook hands, oxalted with trl
utnph, "Thlail do the Work." giggled Peck.
"It's about two-thoiitand tier cent let
ter Ihati the.ttory we startinl to' git.
Why, Date Heaitleyit be In a paddeil
cell In n month' ItH be nil over town
tomorrow, and he'll have a much
chiincn fer governor as that nigger In
Iheret" In Ids ecstaty he stnole Dow
den deliriously In the rlhs. "What do
you think nf your cnndldntn now?"
"Walt," said Dwden. "Who came
In the cabs that (?rtt sawt"
This staggered Mr. Peck. He
rubbed his mitten over his woolen
cap ns if scratching hi bend. "Why,"
he said, slowly "who In Halifax did
come In them cabr
The Ilunchhergs) Where"
"Listen," said fkiwden.
"First couple, face out 1" shouted
Beaslvy, facing out with nn Invisible
lady on his nklmhood arm, while old
Roh tnneil nuulty at "A New Coon In
"Second couple, fnll In!" lleasley
wheeled about and muclnl the second
"Third couple I" He fell In liehlnd
"Fourth couple. If you (dense I Hal
aace AIJ.I I beg your pnnlon, Miss
Molaniia, I'm afraid I atrpt.i on jour
train. Sathay All I"
After the "sashay" th noblest ami
must dashing hit of gymnastics dis
played In the whole quadrille ho
bowed profoundly tu hla Invisible part
ner and came to n paute, wiping lit
streaming face. Old Hob dexterously
swung a "A New Coon" Into the atately
uii-asurt-a of a triumphal inarch.
"And now," Hentley announced. In
stentorian tones, "If the ladles will he
so kind aa to lake the gentlemen's
arms, we will proceed to the dliiliijj
room and partake of a alight col I a
Thereupon came a slender piping l
Jey from that pert of the room
which had been gcritnej from us by
screened from ua by the Tree,
"Oh, Cousin David Heaaley, that was
Ihe beautlfulleit quadrille ever danced
to the world I And now, piMie, won't
you take Mrs. U nark berg out to Bttp-
jssrthwalte'a t (wtilctt w sb-