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gu:;ds like a fct the
ni wwii ! it rKTI'.RS hnmir
you Homo mall. Miss
Aunt Pally, coming
into the cozy Bitting
3 room with four damp
' T j Pamela looked
tlifm over knowing
ly, felt of their soft
contents mid smiied
Clirit-t mna doiiations
of handkerchiefs bas
beKim," she ob-
F,Trvri in a dry but humorous voice.
"This is from f.ottie Preston. This,"
rr.cring a thlr.r.tr envelops ginger-,
ly, "ia jirohntily a pin cushion cover
from Goratdine. and this very fat
envelope contains a Ifneri initial
LaniikercMef from Molly Drew.
"Last year. Aunt Sally, I received
1 handkerchiefs and three em
broidered cushion tops that bore
unmistakable marks of previous
Christmas travels, I received three
Invitations to spend CfcrLvtmRB with
relatives Salina and Pauline, of
course, and the Prrtong all of
whom bad paps to be filled in. ad
I fiHed them as usual. I spent $32
for Christmas gifts that I ji-t0't en
joy giving because I knew they
were expected, and made three trips
o the city for the express purpose
fcf suiting everybody as nearly as
possible, and in consequence I grew
o tired that I was cross to you for
two whole days before I left on my
"This year I shall not make
single present outside of my Imme
diate family which means Just us
two. Aunt Sally, for I intend to
make myself a handsome Christmas
present instead of wastiug my tnon
ey on the relatives whr. a,
their leftorera on me. I shall not
. accept a single Invitation, either I
Lave lost the Christmas spirit!"
Aunt Sally's honest black face
-took on a took of perplexity, where
upon Miss Pamela went on to ex
. plain the, situation.
"I am tired of being a Christmas
; scapegoat," she declared with spirit
"Everything unpleasant Is !oa,ie(j
' m my shoulders because I happen
to be unmarried."
T do wish to goodness sake you
tiad-a-ruarried!" exclaimed Aunt
Sally In a tone that gave Pamela
to undtrstand that all hope had
"You never wen rut n
o.d maid. Aunt Sally maintained
sorrowfully, whereupon Pamela shrugged her
ell-set shoulder. n half humorous desnalr.
he dearly loved ber faithful old servant
1?k 0 8(1 desoenld to her together
with the tittie country home which was the
.most uudebirable of "effects" mentioned In the
paternal wilt "to be equally divided among my
Pamela being unmarried, had no reed of
tie negotiable property which her sisters' hus
bands eagerly desired for the purpose of en
larging rheir business operaiiens, so Pamela
bad accepted the country bouse and a third
W a maternal Income, which barely sufficed to
cover tha taxes and repairs.
; "Now we shall see what Salina has to say,"
bTved Pamela as she opened her sister's
liurriedly scrawled letter.
"Dear Pamela," she read aloud. "Please
$Jn't take offense at what 1 have done, for I
aimply bad to take advantage of your irrespon
s:li!lty at a pinch. The Kensingtons you re
itn'inber them, dou't you, Jim's sister and fam
'y have Just come back from Texas, of
c-tirv eM.. tlHK to be Invited here for Christ
mas. Ttitt is what we'd have to do If I
riii'ii't have you to full bm k on. I'm sending
them all down to you to spend the holidays.
aa we simply can't hsve them here, for the
'Teuton that we've invited' the Mason. Jim's
buain h ftleiulr, you know. It Is iikely that
Tom Macm will be here if tie can get away
TroiU a pressing btisine engagement, and as
be was rather attentive to UeritlJine inr.l sum
mer at the inoiititHins something' ma come of
this Christmas visit. You know how fastidi
ous Tom is and how a crowd of noisy children
Trould annoy him. I know uien of his kind
they ro as sensitive as girls, and I don't pro
ixise to p"il my daughter's prospects for the
fcjiko of the Kensington's.
-Jleinlilino is packing a fox Ci things for
tho K imliisuma which we will send by ex
lct'n to-day. so you needn't go to any expense
buying Christmas presents for them. I hope
yi.u'll have a real pleasant Christmas and
iiine to e us as eoou after the holidays as
Pamela threw down the letter tth a deter
mined Kcstuie and for a few moments she
thought deeply, painstakingly, with her smooth
foretiead puckered lu a very unusual frowu.
"Aunt S;illy," she. said suddenly, "could you
jxis.sliily mako out to spemlC'hriotmas wol; la
t!.e p.isUie stin?"'
"l-'ur hat. Miss Pam?" Sbked the jiegrfss
j.i a pu..ted voice.
-l'or peine T iu going to kpend Chriatiuas
I n!rae. The Kenslngloiis Chi) come If tl.ey
T.Kfl 'ad inake merry tu my bo'js,i. but I sui
,i, t ottig t j be a Chrlmnai scapegoat any
. , r B11 jou nittke the cabiu uo. Aunt
, -ed an' I cu." f the condilnit unswtr.
.., ,.., ,.,...k the besles' kn.d in a flreplHce. Jes'
l'i'iiv old uuin iny could. cud haul uil
., n toil t d clo.e ai.' i'lll?s we need."
) ,.i...i,' s,ll rvtt bid lrr. m tbvre was
i. j was eaiin.vl I -J receirs a irs-
. mm --si M-u)!-iv:Sr.Li
m.saa4,lM fit 11 1
sage from her sister and still more surprised
at its purport.
"You have made other Christmas plans!"
she repeated ia blank amazement.
"Yes, I'm real sorry you will be put out Sa
lina," came the brisk, businesslike answer
"What did you say? O, no, Salina, I couldn't
possibly do that, hut my house will be here,
open to your guests, so send them right along
Just as you planned, only tell them that 1 have
made arrangements to be away over Christ
mas What? They can't cook? Then I don't
see but that you'd better send Geraldlne down
to entertain them, as she Is such an excellent
manager and hostess."
Saliua's answering voice was exceedingly
sharp. "Oeraldine ennt possibly be spared."
she snapped. "I wrote you that tho Masons
are going to be with us. and we hope to have
Tom If he can posaibly get off, and I really
think something definite may come of his visit,
for I'm almost certain ho admires Ceraldine.
Just give the Kensingtons a sort of a camp
Christmas and they'll be perfectly satisfied."
"Very well." Pamela answered, cheerfully.
"k J tht iu down and K t tlu m have a ramp
Christmas, as you say. I'll see that the house
is well stocked with provisions and ill leave
the key under the doorstep - don't forget to
tell them that, Suiina. or they won't be able
to get In. mind."
Pamela dropped the receiver to choke off
Salina's parting protest, and hurried away
fearful of being ret ailed. S!io went the rounds
of tlie village stores, ordering hat she need
ed to tide herself nnd the Kensingtons through
the holiday week.
It was a snowy morning and walking was
very disagreeuhle and tiring, so by the time
Pamela reached her own gate he was glad to
climb up beside old Hen on the bub sled that
was taking the last consiKniuetit of household
stuff to the cabin In the pasture where Aunt
a'ly already held cheerful away.
The next morning as clear und very cold.
Pamela, In her warm but bumble cabin silting
room, thought of the Ketislugtons.
"lieu had better lay the tires up at the
bouse so that It won't take too long to warm
up after they come," she said. "You tell him
about It, Aunt Hally. when be brings down tho
Pamela settled herself to a pleasant task,
which was nothing less than the ordering of
a long Ished for Intel coat with fur trlm
luii'a, which was to be tier Christmas prctcnt
to herseif. hi bad a f:i! ct c k saved to pay
for It, t:d was stout to inclose it In the care
fully written letter, to nl.kh i.n bud pinned
a dipping from tho ilouk maker's lulalotfue,
hcu Aui't Kally call d to her from tin! front
"Dey's come!" the announced. "Why, dey's
most all growed up! I expected for to fc';e a
pUne of Chiiluns."
"They're Just big. Aunt Hally. not grown."
I'aini'.a tipl.iiiir. watching II. ) stumbling d
s enl of the six Kensingtons (r.,io the smtioii
hack. "The uhUst fc'M i tin't bo oier li, for
site was bora bl! fcalina was spending the
svntitoer v.uh us when (JeruiJoie bad !.' r third
TTn,SZ& '' VM' m yA.Y.,l ' 1' rs:i If.
birthday. I remember Sa
lina told us the whole Ken
singtons' history when she
received her sister-in-law's
announcement of the
child's birth four girls and
"That last un walks ter
rible puny." Aunt Saliy ob
served with something akin
"That must be the moth
er. She has had a tot of
sickness. I understand. Th
father died three years ago.
but according to Jim and
Salina he wasn't of much
account anyway a profes
sor, or something bookish,
Pamela went back to her
writing, but seemed unable
to finish tl to her satisfac
tion. She could not put
her mind to It; Instead, she
kept thinking of the Ken-
sitigtoii, of Saline nd Ger
aldlne, and lastly of Tom
Mason, whose supposed
fancy for the former sur
prised and rather irritated
Pamela. ho had always considered Tom
"I suppose his money has spoiled him."
she said to herself as her mind went back to
the days when Tom was ber school friend,
before the Masons made their fortune in
Pennsylvania oil lands.
"Certainly Tom Mason of old would not
have thought of marrying an affected, vain
girt like Ceraldine. How Salina has spoiled
that girl! Whew, there goes the Ink all over
my letter. Now I shall have to write an
other!" Ilut she didn't even begin another letter.
Instead she rose and flung on, her coat and
hood preparatory to going out.
"I'm going up to the house. Aunt Sally."
she announced to her surprised servant. "I'll
pretend I'm a neighbor who wants to see the
lady of the place."
Pamela rrng ber own doorbell rather tim
idly, and wns admitted by a trill, rather pale
girl In a skl.npy plaid dres.
The girl led h.r to ths dining room, where
the other four were seated before an open
Are. In a deep sealed rocker, with a well
worn shawl about her thin shoulders, sat a
gaunt looking woman of middle age, who In
troduced herself as Mrs. Kensington, a rela
tive Inlaw of Miss Pamela.
"You are not very will, are you?" Pamela
asked, as she accepted a chair beside thu Are.
"I'm a great deal better than I aa lust
year." was the cheerful answer.
Miss Pamela left such a kind note of wel
come for us. She must be a ery nice per
son. "O, yes," said Ps'.nela, Uh a flunh of
shamo us she remembered the Indifferent
wording of that reluctant note. "Well, I must
go. Thank you for letting me warm tip. I
hope you'll hsve a real nice Christmas here."
She rushed out Into the keen, wintry day
In a rage against he rself ! Salina and Jim,
who bad combined in that shabby treatment of
the needy Kensingtons.
Outnide of her gate she nairowly escsped
being run over by a trig little cutter with two
occupants, one of whom she recngnled with
a start of amazement as her old friend, Tom
M a son.
lie. looked exceedingly well-to-do In his fur
great coat and his smooth, blond fnre bud a
fresh, boy!:li rharui that madu bliu look
much yoenger than he really was, for Pa.meia
knew that he wi CTactly her own age 3t.
"May I stop?" tin asked, as he threw buck
the lap i ol.es. "Thu southbound train ran off
the truck Just h low the station here and I
took that opportunity to fctve myself the
j ienaure of calling on you."
"I'm not living there Just at present." said
Pamela, with a boikward nod of her head,
"but 1 11 be xlad to have you go dou to my
rshlri with me. And O, I do need sensible
adtiie just this Moment, and I'm awfully glml
to see you, Tom."
KcntcJ befote. Aunt Sally's nicely laid table
In Iho I. an to kill lien, i'aineis ponrcd out ths
story of tii Kei.-uiiigiiiiis.
"Io t-sil me what cu Co to eats my con
science and give those people a real good
time." be becged.
"Why, give them a rousing good Christmas
tree. Ill help." Tom offered cheerfully.
"Oeraldine is sending a Christmas box for
the Kensingtons, but I don't believe thcrell be
enough In It to make tho tree look real fes
tive." said Pamela, "so we'd better do what
we can at the village."
The tree trimming began that evening with
great gusto. Tom opened Geraldines Christ
mas box expectantly and out tumbled a lot
of antiquated toys, half a dozen summer hats,
stained and crushed beyond repair, some
worn and none too clean waists and two drag
gled. f!!k-lined skirts. Ti the bottom of the
box were two baskets of cheap candy and a
rake and a few shopworn Christ man cards.
Tom's wholesome face had taken on a
look of deep disgust. Ho caught up the arm
ful of rumpled finery and flung It violently on
the glowing coals of the big fireplace.
"So much for CJeraldlne'a generosity!" he
exclaimed In a voice that would have made
deraldlne's ears burn furiously, had she
At 10 o'clock Tom took his cheerful leave,
promising to return by 10 o'clock on Christ
Tom reappeared promptly at the appointed
hour, with additional packages, which be
stotwed In a corner, for they did not seem de
signed for the tree.
At 11:30 the Jangle of sleigh bells an
nounced the arrival of the guests, who trooped
In rather timidly, bewildered by the littleness
and humbleness of the cabin, evidently, but
Tom soon put them at ease.
Ry the time dinner was over the guests
were as happy as birds, even to the pale, weak
looklng mother, who glowed with the reflected
happlnrsa of her children.
And the Christmas tree surprise! It was
almost too much to be quietly borne by chil
dren who had known so very little of Christ
mas lavishnesii, I.aden with gifts, they de
parted all a ipilver with gratitude.
"It has been a great success!" Tom de
clared when the Jangle of sleUli beils had died
away on the Icy night air. "One phase of It
Is regrettable, though, end that Is the dissat
isfaction It tins left In my mind."
"Whut do you mean?" Pamela asked, frank
"It lias made me feel dissatisfied with my
bachelor existence. It is lotn-ly at best and a
pretty siiRsh wsv of living"
"So unmarried men sr selfish and Irre
sponsible ;es well at unmarried women, are
they?" musi-d Pamela. "I'm rather glad to
hear that because I have so often been cen
sured for selfishness and obstinacy and"
"Do you ever think seriously of getting
married, Pam?" Tom broke In.
"I haven't for years." was the frank an
swer. "I have thought of It n good deal late'iy
very lately." he declared, significantly. "If you
could make up your mind to marry me, Pam
ela, we could have many a Christmas like this,
for we certainly "
"Marry you!" Pamela echoed, turning her
rrlmsoning face toward tho speaker. "Why, I
never once thought of- not for yVara. that Is,"
she Interrupted herself to say truthfully.
"Ilut once you did think of me," Tom cried,
triumphantly, 'i wanted you years ago, Pam,
but now I wunl jou a great deal more. At Jl
a man knows his mind perfectly, especially If
It concerns a woman that he has known and
cared for all bis life."
Then for the first time the remembrance
of Ccralillne's expectations surged through
Pamela' inlrid. She poke of It in a eor fused,
embarrassed way, whereupon Tom Hughd
and said he guessed the Clviles would survive
tho disappointment, especially as he had never
given them any grounds for such expectllous.
"Come, Pam. give me my anuwer," be
uiged, "und don't forget that tt season
c alled for i Joyous one to me."
Aunt Sally, listening eagerly behind the
ba!f shut kitchen doeir. saw rather than heard
what followed. She smiled a big. Intensely
grutllied smile as slie turned ha k to hr fra
grant old pipe.
Than lii good Ix rd, she s settled at
last.!" siie eif l..iiiii d, gratefully.
Then, fcfter a long, delicious pull at br
faithful pipe, sl-.a K'.t.ied, trlnmi hai.tly. "Aft'
six's clone let'rr'n any of 'sin. loo, If ah it
THC FAHMER9 OF CENTRAL CAN
ADA REAP WHEAT AND
Vp !n the Province of Mant'.oba,
Pnskatchew an Htid Alberta, the prov
inces that compose t'entml ;inida
have such a qiiiintMy of land sul'uble
for the growth of small grains, which
grow so nhunilantly, and yield ro hanV
romely that no fpar need tie feared
of a wheat famine on this Continent.
Tho story reproduced below Is only
one of the hundreds of proofs that
could be produced to show the results
that may bo obtained from cultiva
tion of the lands In these province"!.
Almost any section of the country w ill
do bs well.
1th the country recently opened by
the C.rand Trunk Taciac. the latest of
the great transcontinental lines to en
ter the field of the development of the
Canadian West, there ia afforded added
ample opportunity to do as was done
In the case cited beiow:
To bny a section of Incd. brenlt It
up and crop It. make J17.B,0 out of
the yield and ttO.MO out of the increase
of value ail within the short period
of two year, was the record estab
lished by James P.alley, a well known
farmer within a few miles of Keglna.
Mr. Italic? bought the 6I acres of
laiiil ner Grand Coulee two years mo,
He immediately prepared tho whole
sectLm for crop and this year has COO
acres of wheat and 40 acres of oats.
The wheat yielded 19.875 bushels, and
the oats yielded 4,750 bushels. The
whole of the grain has been market
ed and Mr. Palley U now worth I17.6G0
from the grain alone. He bonght the
land at $13 an acre, and the other
day refused an offer of tZZ an acre,
Just a 117 advance for the time of his
purchase. The land cost fllX'O in
the first Instance. Here are the fig
ures of the rase. J.and cost, 610
acre, at IS. J11.S20. Wheat yielded
19,875 bushels, at $t cents a bushel.
$1.C33. Oata yUdd.d .73 bushels
at 2tf cents a bushel, x55. Offered
for land, CiO acres at tZS an acre.
a2.. nrrer.ic a!ue of land, I10.SSO.
Total earnings of crop. $17,550, togeth
er with increase- fa vaJue of land m to
tal of I2S.540.
It is Interesting tt Bote the f gurr
of the yield per acr. . Tha wheat
yielded 33V4 bushels to the acre, and
o.t 11S.7 bushels to the acre. The flg
urvi are a fair Indication of the aver
age throughout the district.
Agents of the Canadian Government
In the different cities will be pleased
to give you Information as to rates, etc.
Dat's a swell horse youse got. Jim
rule! What U he. a charger, or 7
"Aw, bv de w:4y he ia always kkkia'.
! guess he's Just a plain mule!"
Duty Society Owes to Unfortunates,
Consumption Is primarily a poor
man's disease. Dr. Woods Hutchin
son of New York city says: "Koughly
speaking, the Incipient tubercnliMiis pa
tient can buy as many chances of
fresh ft'.r and cure as he has money."
The percentage cf deaths from con
sumption among the or is 100 per
cent, higher than among the well-to-do
and the rich. Sixty-five iwr cent of
the consumptives in tho United States
are tvx newer to provide) proper means
for treA'.iiH'Ut. They must cither be
placed in a sanitarium or a tiexipitat
where they rsn be cured of their dis
ease and where they will be removed
from the possibility of Infecting other
mem tiers of their families, or tho bw
resulting from neglect to care for
these poor ronsuiuptives will Je twice
or three times as grcsl a would b
the rae If they are properly hou-wel
Certain Habits Unconsciously Fs.-r.ieel
and H,d to Break.
An Ingenbma philosopher estimates
that the amount of will power neces
sary to bre-uk a lifelong habit would.
If It roiiIJ be tratu formed, li.'t a weight
of many tons.
It sometime requires a hif her dev
grea of heroism to break the chains of
a pernicious kahlt than to lead a for
lorn boie la a bloody battle. A lady
writes from an Indiana town:
"From my c urliest e h 11 J hood w as a
lover of coffee, llefore I was out of my
teens I was a mlsei-Hbledy-peptlc, suf
fering; terribly at times with my stoui
at. '"I waa convinced that tt was coffee
that was causing the trouble and yet
I could wot deny myself a cup for '
breakfast. At the age of 3t a In
rery poor balih, indeed. My sister
told me I was in danger of becoming
a coffee drunkard.
"Hut I never could plve up drinl'.'ig
coffee for breakfast, although It kept
me constantly ill. until I tried Postum.
I learned to make It properly according
to directions, and cow we can hardly
uo without Post urn for breakfast, and
care nothing for coffee.
"I am no longer f-oubled with dys
pepsia, do not have spells of suffering
with n.y '.ttomach that used to trouble
rue so when 1 drsr.k coffee."
I.ik In pkgs. for the little t.ook."Th
Road to Wc'lvlUe." "There's a Reason."
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