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Sd looked eodt over :the Yot
)Woi r. .A hawk shifted led
- isant osage orange am
. o' wind lifted :the Mep
s W p hich stretched by.
S'town that lay beyond. el.
on the barn -rootf ad
-ttimed and the windmill gea
as the breezes
he sky wat a leaden 3
'the felds the corn satood wr
s)nto which tbp rabbits ant
r ay and ate of the corn his
te rth lay -the' prairie; -w
Sthe .timber line stood too
ima- of thirtyfive, tall, he
b -ed to ,a .dull .brown
Yi,.d un. ais farm was a
h 't house comfortable and:
jr O had it that -he -was
b~ "-a -wife. there when he
ot.Johnston's place, ten
bfo .But the years 'bhad
; ohn Hall had grown
lterner,. asad still there was
n-at the door of the house
S" tiill. -re-had worked hard and
. His "farm was a model
aes nd order. He was in
energetic and industrious.
o fa ' hired hand there was
Sr lraek nor child on his farm.
e5~@ yhimself and kept by him
.; ,'iithe-neighbors seldom found
rlm .e :ommunlcative than was
; y faor the ordinary salutations
. -'3elp -found it. easy to dilate on
.his steadily Increasing store of the
wiotrla's g-oods, and because he spent
s:io 'litle of the money which he made
t, -. -diepeople round him called him
" :inger John." He attended none of
:the 'danees, barn-raisings, corn-shuck- I
lag -bhees or any other of the country
fesitivities, but remained on his place
working regularly during the time the he
.:other:ifarmers worked and tinkering bed
at.hiaº.achinery and mending fences fro
-at od9' times. up
t.r. o-troked .hls brown beard re- sor
'e .tityely as he sat at the granary ing
door, and rose to his feet as his hired to
iand called from the house. It was gle
tiasaklagving week and he had been a
thinking rather gloomily of the ap- bri
proaching holiday. For it was on a for
thanksgiving day that he had come pe
to the farm. see
"Reckon I'll go home Tankasgivin'," to
said the hand as Hall stepped onto Bil
the back porch. "Got a letter from to
Mam, an' she lowed all the folks was sal
expected, an' I'm elected to come an
along." tol
"All right," replied John Hall as he sh
drew his chair to the table and pre- an
pared to eat his breakfast. of
"Got a letter for you," said the g
hand, whose name had been simpli- an
flied to "Hick'ry Bill," as he handed a as
blue envelope over to his employer. wi
Hall took the letter mechanically
and thrust it into his pocket without
a word. da
".Didn't take no mqoe notice of it 'an
1 it it was a shoestring." as 'Hick'ry
Bill afterwards remarked, to
'I After the meal the hand went p1
down into the creek bottom for a load A
of wood and Hall accompanied him nq
without reading or referring to the f
letter in his pocket. But he had
recognized, or believed he recognized
the handwriting, and the letter burned
in his coat like a ball of fire.
"What did it mean, what did it
mean?" he kept thinking over and a
over to himselt as he swung the
heavy ax in the timber. But the h
man's habitual self-control and -pride
stood him so well in stead that the
easy-going hired man forgot about the
letter and busied himself with the
work in hand. That night when the
comforters were folded around
Hick'ry Bill and that gentleman was
moored in the harbor of dreams. John
Hall drew out his letter and turned
Lw his -chair ,toWhe table.
p.[wiek..a trifle higher. -It was
Song letter. There was no
i inniencement, and po end
esa4d lit twice before he
der. It ran as fol
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't was my fault. I see "it oW. V
T"ou were lot to ibt me, as! .had been
ed to believe. Will you forgive? 1 :I
am just -the same s ever 1 was, ,ex- ten
,cept for the years which have gone. h
by. I have never cared for -namne -o
else, and if the old light has not not
faded I shall Jope we masy not ilss the
Meah other on the way. sec
John .Hall sat far into ;the nlght~
wrestling hard with bitter thoughts dys
and sweet. He opened a trunk Rin
his room and looked long at a picture lou
hwhich he drew from its depths. He ll
took out a package of letters and mu
read one or two of them. At dawn of
-he turned in, but did not sleep. But nal
si the
a t u ma
hoe was upo y A. haa
Stood at the door of their home ha
he was. up and about when the hand tin
began stirring and went out on the b ou
front porch and looked north. High Wr
up a lock of wild geese were flying sul
southward, their silent wedge cleav* Ye
ing with unerring instinct the way
to the valley of the Missisasippi. The
gleam of a red bird's wing flashed in
a nearby thicket and the sun shone wI
brightly on the still green grass be
fore the doorway. All at once a great
peace fell on the man's heart, and he I
seemed a boy again. He turned back
to the kitchen and said to Hiek'ry
Bill "I'm going to town, Bill; back It
to-night." He swung himself into the Bne
saddle that lay on a bay pony's back,
and started in a steady cantee for
town. Once there he had his beard TI
shorn, his hair cut, and his appear
ance changed to much like the man
of ten years before. He sent a tele- t
gram, and waited for an answer. The Ai
answer came, and the agent stared
as Miser John gave' a strange shout,
which was after all only a college
yell of seventeen years back..
That night John Hall took a two
days' journey. When he came back
a carload of furniture, including a
piano, came with him. And with him,
too, was the prettiest woman the peo pu
pie of that section had eve: seen.
And the sweetest natured, and most h
e neighborly. All the women and girls ft
a fell in love .with her: all the men t
worshiped her from afar oY. And
on Thanksgiving there were times at h
John Hall's farm. The big barn floor tl
was made ready for a dance. The h
dinner was given there beforehand, o
d and there never was such a feast pro
e vided in the memory of the oldest in- e
1 habitant. f
le Over twenty turkeys were on the t
Le boards. And the quantity of "stuf
1e fing," pies, cake, pickles, potatoes, a
gravy and cider consumed, and a very
re rare brand of sparkling cider never
il before seen near Whipple Station,
is made things hum along in beehive
fashion. John Hall made a speech
and the neighbors were amazed to
hear the silent man tell jokes and
stories that kept them laughing as
though their sides would split. It
was the event of twenty years in
Vermillion township and everyone
had the time of their lives. Three
cheers were given for John Hall and
his wife, and when the lamps were
lit in the barn there was the biggest
crowd that ever gathered under one
roof in the county. John Hall and
his wife were the first couple in the
first four of the opening quadrille and
everyone danced until the roosters
began to crow. There were cheers
and handshakes for them at every
turn, and as .the guests moved away
Sin their buggies and wagons there
Swere more cheers and hearty good
'And as the sun came gloriously up
over the distant hills and lighted the
barren fields with a touch of autumn.
al glory, John Hall and his wife
stood at the door of their home -with
hands close clasped and with faces
was radiant with the flowering hope of
no long lost years blossoming in their
and- hearts. A Jay's wing glinted blue in
the orchard and white clouds sailed
he by and past to beckoning shores.
fol- And this was how Thanksgiving
came to Miser John.
have ei th *
volume Itself,.::The'y -
Ally bitar. .. .hey
any abulsive. Th
aged, aligue C!
ten upon the latreasulk In4,
who is known to havber * d eUOf-,fabut
inously by the sale :f pi mai
not by the sale1of %'Lw, "iliuP ta
:the' "lies, 'treachey, l .gu ld lea
secret instigations" td the 'govern-., t
.ment with which hep taIy - bill
eda. The approver of th hfe uoi r
dynamite; .clocession ; that .ii mel
Rhodes was one of the siit :n> PU -wit
lous charaeters that ever : existed,, a >
liar and a briber. Lordif,,Miln is i
murderer at his 'worst .arida . '"toql: I
of Chamberlain" .at his 'bet. Hard Ab
names are not ,arguments. According
to the proverb, .they break nao 3bones. '!
In more modern phrasedlogy,. they ofi
cut no ice. They prove nothing;, they .ties
indicate nothing, save the gall anld'kn
the wormwood, the bitterness of an
irreparable defeat." rep
Disastrous Attempt to Smoke, Them'hay
Out of a Barn. ani
Ames Young of Sterling, Wayne ait
county, took a load of hay to Scranton kel
the other day and sold it. When he the
went to unload .it at the barn of the ser
man who bought it he found a big ant
hornet's nest hanglg',to a. beam in Iab
the mow. not
To render the occupants of the nest -sig
harmless some sulphur was placed in his
a pail, set on fire, and held under the ple
nest so the fumes woult suffocate the
hornets. The pail was held too close, wit
the nest caught ire and dropped lnto
the pail. ai
The hornets began to swarm out wg
and the hired man who held the pail I i
chucked it, nest and all, ouet of the j
mow window. It fil on tUe' load! of yea
hay, which caught fle. Young had' wh
time to get his horses unhooked and coa
out of the way, but the hay and Se
wagon and part of the barn were con-
sumed. The hornets escapedr-New"
York Sun.
The Harvest Song.
ft's sing a song of harvest In the suna
light and the dew,
Where the world is like a picture 'rath
a living sky of blue;
A song that echoes sweet, Nc
Till. you hear the world's heart bean
In the thrlting air around you, aldg In
the grasses at your feet.
It" snlhg a song of harvest; tha summte'
days were long, .
But they Ls to fair fruition where the 'o
harvest is a song;
A song wihse music fills
Al. the vareys and the hills-. o
That twinkles in the sunlight cd, rip
ples in- the rills.
It's sing a song of harvest; let the mor
ry echoes rise
An answer to earth's sorrows, a solace Na
for its sifhs:
Earth's riches reaped and stored- -
ToLls welcome and reward;
Love' and toil have made the harveste. $j
anuld love of life is lord!
-Atlanta Constitutioma.
The Company's Logic.
An. amusing extract from a Belgian
paper gives the following incident: w
A woman whose husband had lost to
Shis life in a railway accident received hi
8 from the company ten thousand francs le
b iy way of compensation. Shortly m
I after she heard that a traveler who, w
I had lost a leg had been paid twenty he
r thousand. The widow at once ptO onf n
e her bonnet and shawl and went to. the ol
Soffice of the company. h
S"Gentlemen, how is this?' she- ask- c
- ed. 'You give twenty thousand tfrances a
for a leg, and you allowed me only h
e ten thousand for my husband." v
If- "Madam," was the reply, "the rea t
Sson is plain. Twenty thousand franes
ry won't provide him with a leg, yut for
er ten thousand you can get a husband." a
e Compulsory Attendance.
S Emperor William recently ordered I
Sthe army chaplains deliver periodical I
ad lectures in the evening for the benefit
asof private soldiers. Attendance is us
ually small, not being compulsory, but
i one reverend gentleman found that
his lecture-room was filled every
ee evening. He was much pleased and
rd to the commanding officer expressed
Shis pleasure at the religious awaken
nst ing. "Rubbish," said the unconmpro
ne mising colonel: "I have merely dis
hd covered that compulsory attendance
at your sermons Is excellent puniash
nd ment for trivial offenses."
er e
cry Courageous Woman Painter.
ray Miss .Lucy Kemp Welch, the animal.
ere painter, possesses :a small menagerie
ood of pet erCtatures Which serve-her as
models., At her capaclous studio she
up incessantly plies her brush in the de
the lineation of equestrian studies, in
mnn which she extoels.. She combines pluck
rife with genius, for one day a spirited
slth horse, serving as a battle model in
mes ler studio, escaped into the street,
of but, nothing daunted, the artist
heir rushed after and captured the run
a in away, brought him back and contin
lIed ned her work.
ring Bet and honor are sometimes at
!but- one bhotl 'manager -told me his
mamat h bil wouldtapsaount to more"thfl i ,
·5-ii'year, 'and It wasn't one of the Wa
'larger hotels, either. Taking all the
btels, you :can see that the match' e pu
nill er a. year would .be no. inconsid-:
i r>i-blum. It is rather singular:that h
maWn. ho smoke never have matches "ue
'th them. ble
Abs. Comma at Onse Noted by
,Smat Youth.
"I :believe that I have the brightest
once Ebdy in the city," declared a gen
.teman to a friend in a certain well
known cafe in the city this morning.
"Thatt is: rather broad assertion,'
replied -the friend. "What particular
telaim to brlglitnes has your boy?"
"Well, -I have had lots of trouble du
with my office -boyd of late, and they 18
.have beenaso;dedecdi  insatisfactorY ou
and worthless that. Ihave had at least sie
fifteen in the past thfity days. I have Dr
kept a sign out on miy door stating ph
that I was 'in need of a bright boy's th
.services, for the entire time almost, me
and its rgads as follows: 'Boy wanted
about-sixteen years.' The boy I have fir
now was secured in response to the .'T
-sign, and it was his answer more than th
his appearance that secured him the
place." on
"How was that?" queried the friend tol
with some interest. W4
"The boy slouched intoe the office th
and said he had read the sfgn. 'Do you ch
want the place?' I asked hIr. 'Guess tic
I do,' he replied, 'but I don't know that he
r weald want it for the full sixteen M;
yeart.' I employed him on the spot v1
when I realized that I had omritted the tIo
comma from the sign."-Mlemphis sa
scinetth r. of
Life. Iit
hetn men but live my life from year to th
year p
With trwa'rd face and unrel~uctant
Not, hatenlng to, nor turning from gi
the goal,
Not' mourning- for the things that dis
In the dimn: ast, nor holding back) hI
Frem what the future veils; but oath
a whole
And happy heart, that pays its toll
'to. Youth atwt Age, and travels on with
Sou let the waNy wind up the hill or 8t
down. in
Thoughi rough or smooth, the journa a
will be j ,;
Still seeking what I sought when Ic T
a boy, i:
New friendship, high adventure, and a it
crown,. Jt
ID shall grow .mt. but never lose lifek
Because tlie rood' last turn will be t!~l fl
best. to
-Henry Van Dyke..
His Gratitude Took Shape.
There is a policeman in Washington a
who' is the' proud possessor of thirty v
tons of coal. The way he came into'
his fortune is peculiar, to say tt~e
least. Some time ago he found a d
man on the streets who did not know c
I where he was, owing to an especially
heavy buruen of alcohol. The poli'-
Iman took him in charge, but instead a
Sof conveying him to the station house,
he took hLm to his hotel, and later,
called utpt him there and gave him ,
a earload of good advice. After this
y he, forgot all about it, but the man
was a coal baron, and to prove t1at
L they are human, we have the fact that
5 when he got home he shipped' the
r policeman a carload of coal. It it just
as solid as the carload of advice
which he himself received, aul it
can be passed on at a much gueater
d financial advantage.-Chicago. Jour
I nal.
Quick-Witted Poache,.
t A British correspondent writes as
follows: "Here is a true tale of an
7 East Suffolk poacher: A hare was
ad found alive in a snare not far from
d the path. Two keepers land up in a
n ditch to watch developments. A
Snotorious poacher shortly appeared,
s- got over the hedge and stooped to
Spick up his victim. As the keepers
hb prepared to rush out on him a stick
snapped. Withost looking around the
poacher grasped the situation at once.
Releasing the hare with 'rhere, there,
.al poor dumb beast, you're all. right!'
ri he s traightened himself up and watch
.as ed 'her make off with a benevolent
he smile on his face."
in Swimming Brides.
Ick Girls inhabiting the island of Him
ted la, near Rhodes, are not allowed to
in marry until they have brought up a
aet, specified number of sponges, each
tint taken .from a certain depth. The peo
un- ple of the island earn their living by
tin- the sponge fishery.
Goethe's famous plea may now be
at 'changed -to read, "Give us more light
and heiat."
,wr et Ions -I own ""ty hooti-ng l gt.p
ped thelnmdses a wd soil io nchesterj
riles, eIt as wandexthero lnurithions<
war tand awent- to 'he ' ,tid iu.
launch and lanted lwith. a avo'
:purpose of e weholly externinating th.
4nhabttants and,ý4hagva ,the
which is known to ,ef :eound: 1re;e
and the land and spoil for their '
ble. It was an exploit worthy fd!
pirates, and its end was xai tragie.as
the plan contemplated. It was the
gentlemen adventurers, however, '*io.
Poa's Llast RKec·ton
in City of R-icino
"I became acquainted with Mr. Poe
during his last visit to Richmond, in
1849, at Duncan Lodge, the home of
our mutual -friend. Mrs. Jane Macken
zie, and of Poe's sister, Rosalie," says
Dr. John F. Carter, in a paper in Lip-.
pincott's Magazine for November, on
the American poet's last night in Rich
"It was at Mrs. Maclenzie's that I
first heard Poe recite, at her request,
'The Raven' and 'Annabel Lee,' only
the family being present. From an
naasually lively mood he lapsed at
onee into a manner, express-n and
tone' of voice of gloomy and' almost
weirdt solemnity, gazing as if on some
thing invisible to others, andi never
changing his position until the' recita
tion was concluded. It happenedi that
he had Jast before requested oe Mrs.
Mackenzie the loan of a sum of money
which request she was for the' Ilme
unable eo comply with, and she now
said to Mim,. Edgar, what do you think
of giving: a public recital of thuse
poems? woeauld probably. rrove am
financial --success.' The result was
that aboutt a week later there' a
peared in the cfty papers a notice'tlat
on a certsth evening the poet would'
give a recitation of his own two favor
Real Power of the
Sultan of Turkey
The huge mutsws s his depuundbnts wi
swear by htai; the gladiators of his ne
immense boodguerd worship him, say.s n=
a writer in speaking of the Sultaam of. P,
Turkey. The-traders and others who. us
have dealings- with the palace are lund bt
in their prltisn: of his generosity and; st
justice. There ane ao happier or bet
ter paid workpeopie in the world; than- p
the 500 Greek girl~ in his carpet.fac- f'
tory, and the fat and prosperous otliti- as
vators on h;E fara grow radiant: at: fr
mention of tik.uamnr.
Although :1s. treaury is bankrupt - t
and his rev'nuce sitsws a yearly de1lcit. bi
of several Lr4ilenw. although through- al
out the lenevh. awn breadth of his. do- f
miniou his subjwctst are groraning un- -
der his terrible n~arule, although hia sl
capital andi ev.ey big town are ter-- b
rorized by ltawh a hideous system. ol o
espionage ,md cnsequent blackmaib e
as has rs ar het been know-n; aD tl
though his army is in rags annd ith.p.
many mokls inr arrears, and his.nna
a farcical.uolletfion of obsolete hutts r
Writer Mals They Detract fraom the I
Realities of Life.
A stor is told of a well-knowj phil
t anthropiht of the last. century Ytich I
r aptly ilisstrates a not uncommit~ state c
of mink. Two gentimone wete can- 1
vassing together f'rg a rellias or ]
charitible society. On ascetnhng the
steps of the philunthropist house, I
s they overheard the master sharply
sn coling a housemaid for wasting half
a nsatch. "It is of no use ce4llog here,"
n said one of the CoUllectors its the other..
a But they did call, and, to, their great
A surprise, received a libeenl donatio .
11 The visitors were made so welcome
;: that the more inquisitive of the two
s gained courage to inquire of the doeor
k how it happened that he, who was. evi
Le dently so generous, should think it
e. necessary to rate a domestic for such
a trifling offense. "Oh," was the re
ply, "it issitmply this: If II did not.
h- save in these small matters I 'should
at have nothing to give to charity." Doubt
less the good man thought he spoke
the truth, and so think many people
who are constantly quoting the prow
m. erb which says that If you take care
to of the pennies the pounds will take
a care of themselves. The fact is that
ch such petty savings are usually more
so- a matter of temperament than of cal
by culation. There are people so vehem
ently utilitarian in their nature that
they cannot endure waste, Small eco.
be nomles are among the things in which
;ht men lose the object of life for the alke
of living,--London Olobe.
of ;o&-rBi mtos 2'
Rte poems in the xchange, concert
room, -tic'-eets to lWe liat 'at .: certain
bookstore. Over two hiUndreid of these
were printed; thele6tilge 5oiaimission
being 60 cents eesb.
"On the appointed evening I, then a
youn gman of 24, accompanied Mrs.
Julia Mayo Cabell and another lady,
both warm personal friends of Poe
from his childhood, to the..place of the
proposed recitation. We arritrd some
moments after the appointed timeis, a.B
to our surprise, found limteeadof a lUll
audience, but nine persons assembled,
we, together with the tarher, making
tairteen in number. sEore time
elapsed before Poe made his apaear
ance, when he took his pIace on the
platform, bc'ved, and, esting hbit
hands on the back of a chair,. recited
T"rh Raven' and 'Annabel Lee;' btt-in
a mechanical sort of way, and with a
total Sack of the weird and gIoomy ex
pression which had given tenm such
effect at Mrs. Mackenzie's. On. con-.
cluding he again bowed and: aibruptly
left. the platform.
The proceeds of this experiment
was $1, in consideration of which Mr.
Boyde', proprietor of the Exchange,
would make no charge for tine' use of
the hail, lights and attendance."
without engines and whose guns couldi
not be fieed. such is the personal mag
netism of the man, and suclh is the
power of Muslem belief in tha- sacred
uses of lith person, that he would ha-e'
but to raise' his hand to gather to his
standard: every adult of the faithful.
Within as month he could, ILneed. be,
pirce a milthEn and a half men in, the.
'field. They would be ill-clalZ.blutLw.eiL.
armed; ttie' would suffer considerably
from hunger and from disease, but
Ihey -wdiu!li not lack ainmmuaition. and
they wo *I" bring with them to: the
battle greund that spirit. of, bramery,
and detenminatlon which, gaeas with
fanaticimi and an obstinate" power of
physicall resistance such as: oounit be
shown bhno other troops.it the world.
but whil, to the Turks is-the-outcome
of their- ihtense love fur thei threat
ened fatherland and their blitrdi devo*
tion tol lim they call master..
Whlp pop-When you: wan` to mar
ry the gitt.
In an Aquarium thet FIahi Are Free.
From Enemies.
A. little boy stood in fisat of the,
broak trout exhibit at am aquarium re
celtiy, peering ilatently-a ,the speckled
benuties. He Turned, tls the fish en-.
pert who stood near, hIrb and said:
"IA seems a pity to kcui the beautiful
lhsh in these lanks. They would lare
so much moue fun is a brook."
"They arce much safer here," said
the wise man; "espee#ally these brook
trout. Do, you lukn that not. more
than 'one: in eves thousand of the
brook treat created lives to he more
s than a mere baby? Why, the little
a trout no sooner. takes his first peep
r out from the gravel whee -he has
i- been gaining strength for the battle
t of lite than alt sorts of mnonsters at
h tack him. Frogs, weasels, chubs.
lizards, water snakes, herrings and
t. minnows go -for'the little fellow, and
d when he has escaped, these he has
t- the larger trout to flght -or run away
e from. To escape all these he has 'to
a remain in s1.allow water near the
r banks for a long time, and when the
e little beauty has lear:ed all the tric.k;'
:e to save his life and has become
Lt the one in a thousand to escape the
*e baby.-dangers, the fisherman coiAet,
jl along and tempts" him with a' fly an
n. gets him. Now, isn't the trout i the
st 8l1* eue better oft?"
e. The loy thought It was. r
retgab the Shost wWi9t good

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