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C By HILDA RICHMOND
"1'upa says 0110 of you girls must
accept Aunt Caroline's Invitation for
the holidays," said Mrs. Storey, with a
troubled look on her motherly face.
I am sorry to havo you go to that
dead-alive llttlo village, but you know
papa seldom says 'must,' so we will
havo to inako the best of It. Now
-which will It bo?"
"It's simply Impossible for me to go,
mamma," said Margaret, whirling
lightly around on the piano stool, I've
practiced for weeks un this Christ
mas mu3le nnd the entertainment
cuu.u not Ko on w iioni my v-
I-ranees or Kato will havo to sacrifice
this time, and It's only fair, for they
havo not so much on their tnlnda ao
"Why, Margaret, my tlmo Is as pre
clous ns yours," said Kato, looking up
from tho now dross alio was finishing,
"and besides I am going to sing at
tho party next week."
"I might go If someone would finish
dro3slng those dolls for tho trco down
at tho mission. Poor Aunt Carrlo
must bo lonosono since her only
daughter went to Oregon to live and
I'd like to t:co her again. She used la
let us mako llttlo pies and muss
around In her clean kllchon, nnd at
homo Sarah never allowed us to spoil
her domain," snid Francos.
"I'll attend to th; dolls," valfl
Margaret, promptly, "and help you
pack your trunk If you need help. I
havo no doubt you will have a good
tlmo at Cedar Hill, for Aunt always
thought bo much of you."
In splto of her 10 years tho whole
family considered Frances a mere
child nnd no one but tho mother
thought It made any difference that
sho was to spend tho holidays In a
lonely house with Aunt Caroline, In
Btead of having a share in,tho city cele
brations, which she so mu?h enjoyed.
Mrs. Storey clipped a number of pack
ages marked "open on Christmas eve"
n tho big trunk and provided a sty
Il8h traveling dress, but her heart
welled ns tho trim Itguro disappeared
amid a chorus of farewells and tho
noise of the busy station. Mr. Storey
gave his daughter some bright gold
pieces with tho Instructions to spend
them aB she liked, but Frances reflect
ed that she was likely to bring them
home gain for want of a chance to
Invest In anything except goods found
In a country storo at Cedar Hill.
It was lato In tho afternoon beforo
tho brakeman announced "Cedar Hill,"
and Frances was surprised to see a
number of passengers get off. "Is this
really Cedar Hill?" sho asked of an
old man near.
"It really Is," ho answered with a
smile. "If I am not mistaken, you
nro Fanny Storey that used to play
with my granddaughters, Don't you
remember Grandfather Devon?"
"Of course I do. How are Nellie nnd
jltulh? The rcaspn I thought this wan
not Cedar Hill la because tho town
when I knew II, wan only a llttlo place,
and this looks like a elly."
"We've had a boom since lh')e days.
Here. Horace, help Miss Storey with j I hopo this will be the happiest Chrlst
her luggage. I can lake care of my- mas of your life to reward you for
nclf. This is tho young lady who used I
to play with the girls a dozen years I
ago, but I don't nupposo sin- icniem
bers tho freckled boy who built play
houses for her."
"Yes I do," said Frances, sinking
hands with thn elegantly dressed young
man "You always built tho very
nicest houses of any boys wo know
Mr Devon, and I still recollect them
All thin time they wero leaving tha
(rain rind looking for Aunt Caroline,
who evidently had not received tho let
ter announcing France' visit, for sha
' t.fiu .iril Id nil, til "U'i.MI Wilfii lrru, In
Mrs. Howard'n, for sho lives close to
us," said tho yomg man, loading him
self with "Sissy's" baggage. "You
never would find tho old house without
a guide, for factories nnd stores' an'i
churches havo sprung up In surh pro
fusion that It Is entirely overshadowed.
Your mint nnd grandfather and some
more of tho conservative old residents
bewail the new order of things as
much ns they would a national calam
ity, but I must confess that I like lo nee
paved streets where wo used to make
"I wish mamma and tho girls could
seo mo now," said Frances, gazing at
tho latest styles In dresses In a store
window. "Mamma cried to think of
my coming to ails out-of-tho-wny
pine and I very nearly started with
only o, rMtchel, thinking I would only
f need ti few clothes. Wo wrlto nnd got
, letters fto Codnr Hill so seldom that
I never dreamed of tho change I soo
"You'll be glad enough you brought
your trunk, for things are lively during
"What Is that beautiful building we
aro coming to?" Inquired Francos, as
they nenred n stono structuro that
might have graced a city.
"Tti.t Is tho public library," said Mr.
Devrm. "I suppose you have a supply
of books In that big trurJ: for fear
there would be nothing to read In our
town. I won't mention It to tat dtl-
zens thonph, for fear (her !ft put
you on tho first train for home. There
Is Mrs. Howard on the porcli. She
The ilnys that followed were busy
ones for Francos. She sent n telegram
telling 01 her Rafo arrival and found
only time for the briefest notes till
after Christmas, on account of the
many places to go and the delightful
things to do. Aunt Caroline enjoyed
the company and the frolics to the
utmost and urged her niece to make
ffm nlil Itnuuti na 1lt-nlr na ti.jltit,.
T1, .. nni. . ,. . ,. '
years beforo flocked to see her, bring
ing friends with them, till Franeci
declared this the nicest visit sho ever
had In her life.
"You nnd I are the cotnmltteo on
dolls for tho poor children's Christmas
tree," said Horace, coming Into thf
parlor where Frances was putting up
holly for tho great day, "Imagine
walling till three days before the
,...,,,, i,fflP i,lf,i.. f,r ,iii.
Uut lt'n not their fault, for Miss Cray
would havo attended to It If her moth
er bad not taken sick. Come, got your
sunbonnei and we'll make short work
of the Infants."
"I'm going to buy some candy and
fruit for tho people at tho hospital,"
said Frances when thn dolls wero dis
posed of. "Papa gave mo some gold
pieces to spend and they nro burning
holes In my pod els "
"A good Idea. I'll go halves, for I
feel Hue celebrating, too."
Over and over again Frances wished
(he folks at homo could see her during
tho happy holidays Kvery letter as
sured them that she was having n lino
time, but It Is Impossible to put tho
spirit of good times on paper. The
Christmas treo for the Sunday school
of Third si reel, church was a complote
success and then tho young people
trooped off lo tho mission to distribute
gifts and candy to the factory people
who could not attend "the big church
"Ale you homesick, Fanny?" asked
Nellie Devon, with an arm around
Frances as tho gay crowd sat wailing
for the clock to strike 12 on Christmas
eve in Mrs. Howard's old-fashioned
parlor. "I don't want to remind you
of homo or mane you sad, but you
must have so many pleasant things to
do in tho city that wj never heard
"I don't know what they are,"
laughed Francos. "I think I could give
tho president Information about 'The
Strenuous Life' slnco I'vo been here.
This is tho busiest nnd happiest holi
day tlmo I over had, except that I want
all tho folks nt homo to enjoy It, too."
"You must nil come to dinner to
morrow no, to-day " said Mrs How
ard as tho young people started home.
"It has been so many years since I
hail such a flock around mo that I must
make the most of It. I want Francos
to havo a good tlmo so sho will want
to come every year."
Frances felt a touch of self-reproach
on Christmas morning when hIhi re
membered tho neat llttlo parcels sho
was to have opened on the evenlnr be
fore. She bad fallen Into tho happy
sleep that visits the pure-hearted with
out a thotU'ht for the Ion ly tlmo she
was having and n little prayer for her
family and friends. As sho smoothed
out the note i.llppnl through thn beau
tiful ring, she smiled to read the ten
der message "My Dear Daughter:
giving up your own pleasure to gratify
Aunt Caroline. Many happy returns of
tl.o day, sweetheart. Mother."
Mrs. Howard found time on Christ
mas day for a long Idler lo her broth
er, In which nho raid, "You niiif.t ke
prepared to give us your llttlo F-inny.
for I .'tin suro 1 lor.vo Devon lia'i per
minded iier that Cedar Hill is a good
place to spend a lirotlmo, Ho is a
rising young architect nnd has a linn
place In tho cl'y, to which ho goes
every day. This may sound llko strange
tales, but I did not want Iho news lo
strike you too suddenly. Of course the
young people are not rash enough to
mako plans far Into tho future without
consulting you, but I can find no fault
with their anticipations. Horuco Is
Tint Mr. Storey had laid down the let
tor with a bewildered look that plainly
showed his pain and astonishment.
His wife oxpressid no surprise, though
tears came Into her eyes ns sho said
"You might havo taken a hint from
Iho child's short letters In which she
spoke of being perfectly happy. I havo
been hoping this would be a happy day
for her, but I nm not iiitn prepared
to say I llko tho realization of my
With tho light streaming through thn
stained glnss windows on tint over
green and holly wound around the
stntoly pillars of tho church and tho
Christmas rnuslo In her ears Francos
found It hard ) keep her thoughts
from tho mentnl picture of tho bare
llttlo church Coda I III! had boasted
In other days. "dory to Cod In thn
Highest," sang thn sweet voices Just
as tho choir In tho church nt homo
w.ib doing at that very moment, hut
thero was no homesickness In her
Under cover of her big hvmn book
Horace Devon softly pressed her slim
bund while tho ushers seated late nr
rivals In tho little pause that fol'rwed
t'ae anthem, and she smiled to think
her mother's Christmas wish bad
comt true. unutut union.
"KYA ijv joii. ii. itAi-ruitTY.
Col. liatteiHly, not having seen his
Lister In ten yeais, decided to spend
l'lirlntm.s nt her house. A desultory
correspondence had made bint vaguely
aware of tin: fuct that her husband, Cal
rln Murdoch, had grown rich, and that
she had two children, a boy nnd a girl.
Hut ho was not prepared for tho luxuri
ant conditions which lie found upon en
tering their splendid home. Ho was
never estranged fiom his sister, but
when sho married Murdoch the soldier
brother had madu up his mind that his
sister's husband wan not "bis kind.
In frontier barracks and foreign camps,
Col. Ilnttcrsly's life bad been lonely.
Ho was a silent, elemental, passionate
man. whose rigid nanus gave, a com ami
even hard exterior to a nature essential
ly tender. Murdoch was a man of much
?mng piety, who know that a Sunday
school class does not hurt a man's credit
with tho bank.
Uut tho Murdochs gave Uncle Hatter-
sly a grand welcome. Ills sister klBsed
him, tho two children gave him their
hands with trained graclousness, and the
head of the house said: "Welcome to
the warrior see, tho conquering hero
comes!" This made the old campaigner
III nt ease. He blushed llko n girl, and
thereafter found restraint In the, to
him, artificial ntmosphoro of tho grand
house. When he went out for a walk
Mrs. Mnrdock snld:
"Poor fellow; how he's changed!"
"Out of his element with women nnd
:hlldrcn," growled Murdoch.
"What makes his neck so red?" ashed
When the Christmas presents began
to arrive, and his sister showed them to
him, the colonel suddenly realized that
to must buy something for the children.
He said nothing about it, but spent half
of tho next day buying for his niece a
French doll, with a complete ward! obe,
and a fully equipped steam battleship
for his nephew. It waa a soldler'n
choice love and a child for tho Utile
woman, power and war for the Utile
man. "He was very careful about the
uldrcsn, "Mrs. Murdoch, 2111 Penro.-ic
I lo wondered why his gifts did not
soon appear In tho grand array, but r.anl
nothing to his sister, show lug each day
an Increasing Interest in the accumulat
ing presents In the locked loom, and
finally, on Christmas eve, late In tho
day, going ,ack to tho store where ho
had mailo his purchases to nuk what
had become of tho doll and the war
ship. II took a long time to find out the
right man, but at kijst a v. ry polite
clerk who had been answering questions
as fast as a dozen people could yak them,
turned to him and said:
"Murdoch? Whin address? Penrose
street or Penrose avenue';1'
"Aro there both?" asked tho colonel,
us tho possible blunder daw ned on him.
"Yes; one on tho West side, one on
the South side. Where did you wish
your goods to go?"
Of course, Penrose avenue Is on Iho
Eolith side and Penrose street Is on tho
West side, and Col. Iluttorsly had him
uttl made the mistake. Tho goods had
been receipted for, tho clerk told him.
It was pretty lato to attempt getting
them back, bnt'thoy would try. Tho
clerk made some notes, rattled off a few
words about tho Icrrildo rush, moved
off and left thn colonel standing dazed
In tho crowd. He went homo, and as a
precaution got out of his trunk n
strangely carved bracelet, antique, oriental--a
noble present, ho thought, foe
his niece; and for bis nuphuw an old,
bcjcweled war mask It had been a
mandarin's. And ho took them to Mrs.
Murdoch, saying nothing of their great
value, und said they wore for her girl
and her boy. Hut after dinner thai night
Mr. Murdoch tupped at the colonel's
"I hopo you ivrn'l think of giving
those rare curios to the children, colonel
They're worth their weight In rriuney.'
"Didn't, cost mo a cent, Murdoch,'
blurted luo soldier. "They're part of thf
well, the loot that Is, I picked 'em ui
In China and they the children will
appreciate them more as they grow
Murdock walked tvajr without as-
other word, but that night the woman
told her brother, softly and with evi
dent deslro to bo grateful, that "papa
wns so scrupulous, ho didn't want tho
children lo receive such presents."
"You know, brother," sho said, "he's
so conscientious that ho thinks you
didn't cunio by them honestly that Is,
from his point of view. You won't feel
hurt, will you, brother? Papa Is so dif
ferent from you."
So tho hroMicr, flushing red, took back
his barbaric gifts and wont to bed. In
tho morning, soon nfter breakfast, he
went out of the house, called a cab, and
bade the driver take him to 21 II Penroso
street. Tho doll nnd tho battleship had
not arrived, and ho was going nfter
them. Ho got out of tho cab In a squalid
street, and went Into tho only house In
the block-. It was a dirty, tumbledown
cottage, built below grade and with a
sign "For Sale" nailed to tho rlr.koty
fence. A thin woman, In an old, faded
wrapper, camo to the door,
"I came to sco If"
"Oh, I know somebody ud romr," she
Interrupted lilui. "I know they wasn't
for us, sir won't you come In?"
Ho stepped Into tho dingy room nnd
saw a big-eyed, frail girl of seven fond
ling the great French doll.
"You seo, sir," said the woman,
breathless to explain, "thn things comn
while 1 was out--I work over nt t ho shoo
factory, and - my name Is Murphy, sir
und when tho things como nobody was
home, sir, but Mamie and the boy. Ho's
mine, and ho's out theio now playin'
with Hi' steamboat, and when tho w agon
tame, Mrs. Tracy, sho lives In thn next
block, she seen It, and she ran over nnd
fil'KNT IIAI.K AN HOflt IIUYINU .
slfni'd a book, and the driver Jumped
or bis wagon and went away, an', of
ccurse, tho children seen tho bundles
an' notbln' would do but they muslopon
'em. That's all, sir; wo didn't want to
I hope you don't think wo'd steal 'em."
She was out of breath now, and tho
two children tho boy, a sturdy lad of
ten, had come In wero staring, fright
ened, at tho colonel. He looked nt them
a moment nnd then at thu mother.
"I don't understand you, madam," ho
s lid. "I called lo look at tho house. H'b
for sale, you know."
He saw thn look of anxiety pass from
her homely faeo. Tho children, delight.
:d with the reprieve, ran back to their
splendid toys. Ho mado a show of look
ing through tho stuffy rooms, nnd when
he was going gave ench of the llttlo
ones a coin,
"(iood-by, madam," ho snld to tho
mother, "You havo two linn children.'"
And when ho was In the cab again ho
stroked his gray mustache and
"It ras a lucky blunder, arrer nil. I'll
go down to tho storo In thn inornlngnnd
tell 'em It's all right.' Chicago accord-Herald-,
Nat I hit ClirUtnma KmH.
It U not the rainy-day stocking that
CU hung up at Curlutmaa Iiuia
NATURE IS WONDERFUL.
There la lleounn for llir ircliil Mi up
ml 'IIhit fin- 111 rr; I.ral
Uvea thu most cursory observer ot
vegetable life must havo been struck
with the various forms ot leaves. Why
they should bo so variously formed does
uot.howevor.oftcn suggest Itself, though
thero is a reason for the special shapo
and texture of almost every leaf In exist
ence. Plants, such an grasses, daffodils
and others which usually grow In clus
ters, have generally narrow leaves grow
ing upright, so as not to ovcrshado ono
another. Other plants or Isolated habits
have arrangement or follnge which se
cures to themselves tho space of ground
necessary for their development. The
daisy, dandelion, shepherd's purne
which may mostly bo seen In pastures
aro examples of this. A clrcleof broad
leaves pressed against the ground, form
ing what Is known as tho rosetlo growth,
effectually bais tho approach of any oth
er plant, and keeps clear from all other
loots the space of ground necessary to
lis own nutriment. Floating leaves and
leaves of marsh plants are usually ot sim
ple outline, ror, having no conipetltoru,
thoy are not liable to get In one another's
light. .Submerged plants have mostly
leaves or narrow segment the reason
for which Is not very well understood,
although it Is assumed by niiturnlli.tn
that It Is for the purpose of exposing
as large a surface as possible. In order
lo extract the minute proportion of car
bonic acid dissolved in a vast hulk of
water. Leaves on tho boughs of trees
are often much divided, so as to fold
easily, lo prevent their being rent and
torn by Iho wind, while the glossy sur
face of evergreens Is Intended to throw
off the rain and dew, which might freeze
on them, mid no cause Injury lo tho tis
sues. Wonderful are the ways of Na
ture, and the study of her strange se
crets unending. Agricultural Kpilom
Ist. HOME-SMOKED MEATS.
Win-n l'riirrl Curi-il Thrj Are Sn
prriiir In tlnillil) In (In- I'riiil (
if I'iicKIiik IIiiium-n,
Many of I he farmers In the east cure
hums for home use. The quality is
much better than the product sent out
by Iho packing houses. Set a clean
hiigar barrel on n box four feet
long, ono foot high, and wldo enough
HANDY A!i:.T S.MOIf RIl.
for tho barn I. Horn auger holts
through the box under tho bar
tel to let the smoke through. Mako
a hole in the ground iindi r the front
end of the box, in thai the lire made on
i piece of tin could Lo shoved under thu
box. A hall' head of a ban el can bu
ciowdi'd down by tho end of the box,
closing Hie (lie hide. All crevices iniibt
lie banked with dirt to keep the smoke
in. Drive strong wlio nails near thu
lop of the barrel lo hang the liaius on.
Place a sltong paper or canvas over tliu
top of the barrel and add enough hags
or hhuilvf is to keep ihosinoko In. Farm
rili S.-cil for ii( lie.
Prof. I lenry, who has made such ex
tensive experiments in feeding, says;
"Slockuieii who have fed llax seed to
horses and cattle rupoit satisfactory re
sults liom Its use. Ficqucutly some
llax need Is tell In the straw, which In
creases Its value. There seems no foun
dation for tho statement that the liber of
llax straw forum ballH of Imllgcstlhlo
matter In thu slomaeli of farm animals."
Wo would supposethal In order to secure
tho most nutriment In the straw It should
be cut about the time Hie podsaro of full
size, but beforo they commence to
ripen. Uural World.
I In ii ui-r In IIIkIi Ilium In,
high rooa'ta cause biimbU loot. Whlli
It Is nutural for all heirn lo roost high,
It Is only when tho gi ass coven u ground
is nt hand that the bird Is tale from dan
ger of Injury to the feet. .In most caseH
six Inches above tho dropping noard Is
right, if Iho dropping board has a
raised edge a bird can step from one to
tin other and then easily to the floor.
The board Itself bhould bo high enough
to allow an egg box underneath. It
lliern Is no otlnr place for thn hi"n to
roost they will accept the low roost,
thereby avoiding I he one that Is higher.
The muscles of a horse used for
heavy work become used to heavy
strain, but are not accustomed to quick
motion. Itenieniher this when tempted
to drive fast