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The Story of a Christmas Peacemaker
By A. M. CONSTANTINE
Her Highness jumped off tho piano
tool and ran to him eagerly.
"You are very late, air knight," ahe
said, reprovingly. "Oh, two three
"Fato Is the offender, Tour High
ness," tho young fellow replied, with a
deprecating wavo of his arm. "My
train was delayed two houra, and In
the accident several people were
killed. So I'm fortunate to bo here at
"Oh!" murmured the child.
"Hut I trust your highness Is In good
health," ho added, with grave cour
tesy, "and all your royal brothers and
hor majesty tho queen?"
Then he kissed the outstretched lit
tlu lingers with great dignity and laid
a small package in one palm and a
handful of bonbons in the other. And
then he wished Her Highness a very
merry Christmas and again added his
courteous felicitations for all the royal
Her Highness cooed delightedly, and
oh-ed and ah-cd very aoftly, and whea
ahn had feasted her eyes on the tiny
golden pin and bad read aeveral times
the inscription: "To Her Highness,
from her devoted subject," sbo re
laxed hor royal gravity and threw two
oft little arms around bis neck and
"Oh thank you very much, air
knight!" she lisped, "and thank you,
too, for your good wishes."
Then she aat herself on bis kneea
and looked unendingly at the dainty
box and its golden pin and nibbled
her bonbons in great content.
"Urn-" said ho. presently. "Iin't
her majesty at court Unlay?"
"No," Her Highness answerod, po
litely. "She she went out for a
drivo in tho park. Everybody rides
there in tho afternoon, don't 'they?
And ahe'a going to dinner at aunt
"Indeed," breathed the knight, stand'
Ing very rigidly. After a time he aat
down again, The alienee lengthened
until it became oppressive to the
child. She observed that the bonbons
wero all gone, but he seemed lost In
a revetle, ao Her Highness begged
bU pardon, and told blm again that
they were "all gone."
Ho fumbled In bis pocket, and ab
sently handed her another tribute, and
apologised, and then he gulped and
(old her highness that ahe mustn't for
get him when he was many mllea
across the ocean.
"And and yeu will be away a long,
toag time? Away la London and Paris
way of In Europe?"
"Yea,". he mumbled.
"And nobody will bring me pres
nt," sighed .the child. "But, thea,"
ate added. "I aea't waat aohedy U
bring me presents tin you come
Tho knight stroked her golden hair
"I don't think," he said, slowly, "that
I'm coming back."
Tho child looked up with wldo eyes.
"Never?" ahe demanded, wonder
"Never any more?"
Her Highness regarded him with
"Never comln back? And I won't
see you any more ever, and and she
won't see you any more?"
"But I want you to " ahe faltered.
" 'Cause " Then tho tears came,
and ho gathered her in his arms and
kissed tbetn away and told her that
she mustn't cry, since she mado him
feel badly, too, and ho didn't wish
to go away feeling badly.
"Besides," ho added, soothingly,
"somebody else will come and bring
you presents, and you can call him
"I won't," declared a stifled small
voice from his shouldor. "Only you
are our knight. Only you!"
After aho said this ho held her more
tightly than ever and tried not to
groan, but he made such a failure of
his effort that the child detected tho
break, and sobbed harder.
"You mus como back," she
walled. "You mus' promise."
He gritted his teeth, and forced
down the lump, and then ho kissed
her again and put her down on the
throne and smiled at her reassuringly.
"It is ao far away, Your Highness,"
he pleaded. "One can't come back
In a day, you know, cau one?"
"No," murmured her highness, uu
certainly. "And then," he went on, with de
ceiving gayety, "there is so much to
do thero. And I've always wanted to
go, really and truly and see all the
thlnga there. And my plana aro all
made. It would cost lots of money
to change them. You wouldn't have
me spoil everything, would you
"Rut some day" bogan the child.
"Bomo day la very far ahead, Your
He went to the window and looked
up the avenue a long time and down
the avenue a long time, and then
up the avenue again. Her Highness
still drooped on her throne and gazed
at him out of wet eyes.
"la ahe comln'?."
Because he waa studying tbo figures
la the avenue Intently, he didn't hear
her; ao be spoke louder "la she
"No, dear," he aaswtred, finally.
The child sighed.
'1 guess ahe weat truly to the park,
"Yes," said the man between his
He began to walk up and down rap
Idly. Her Highness looked from him
to the floor In great perplexity.
"But I ahould like to have seen her
before I sailed," he observed, pres
ently, In a strange, strained voice.
Her Highness1 glanced up quickly and
"She thought you were
comln' you know. Then she
thought you weren't comln. By and
by ahe thought again you you
Ho leaned forward with a Jerk and
stood tensely over her.
"Yes, yos, Dottle, and"
"Then she looked out of the window
awhllo and said you weren't comln'."
"I was delayed by the accident," he
hastened to say.
Her Highness clapped her hands.
"I I said you were comln'," she
cried, triumphantly. "'Cause 'cause
you promised to bring mo something
to-day. You waa goln' to keep your
promise, wasn't you?"
He solted the chubby handa tendon
"Beforo Ood I intended to come,"
he said, In a solemn voice.
"I knew It," Her Highness chirped.
"I knew It, 'causo you wouldn't go
away and not keep your word. I told
her that. Maybe If you bad promised
to bring her a Christmas something,
she would have believed, too, that you
"She kissed me an awful
lot and aald she wished
you would come," lisped the small
Ho wheeled and stared at her; then
ho ruBbed across the room toward her
throne and picked Her Highness up
In his arms and kissed her many
times, and stroked her hair, and de
manded excitedly to know what ahe
said. Her Highness, much confused,
nestled her head on hia shoulder and
"She kissed me tots of times, and
Bald sho wished you would come. Then
when you dldn t sho put roso water
on her faco and dressed and went out.
And sho didn't say any more 'cent
when I told her you was comln' to
bring me something, and how nice
you look to-day, sir knight!"
He Imprisoned both her hands.
"Go on go on!" ho entreated ao
feverishly that tho blue eyes opened
wide. "What moro did she say dear
est?" "She only said you was sallln' away
to-day, and perhaps you'd never see
her again. Hut you wanted to aeo us
'fore you went, didn't you?"
"I should hope so," ho cried, fer
vently. "But did she say anythlnp
"It you give mo another "
He thrust tho entire box of bonbon.
Into her hands.
"Did she?" ho demanded. "Please
tell mo, Dottle?"
No-o," sho didn't say anythln' more
'cause 'cause "
Ho waited impatiently.
"'Causo she nioa' cryln', I guess
She really wanted you to come, you
know. Didn't sho tell?"
"Lord, I wish sho had!" he groaned.
"Sho told me," Her Highness whis
pered, softly, "sho told mo that It
you didn't come, you were you wore
a big brute. And then she jumped up
and said you didn't lovo hor, and I
said you loved mo. Don't you?" asked
tho child, seriously. "Aro you goln'
to cry? What makes your moul
pucker so? And ou'ro hurryln' right
"Yes," ho said, very gently, kissing
the upturned, Inquiring face. "But I'm
only going to auntlo's. And then I'm
coming back to boo Your Highness
Tho child plucked his sleeve confld
"Then you'll all como back together,
won t you you and her majesty?"
Ho stooped and kissed her again
And then ho straightened to hia full
height and smiled happily and cried,
"I promise, Your Highness."
IN SOUTH AMERICA.
Peculiar Ceremony With Which
Christmas la Celebrated by Indiana
Borne of the tribes of South Amer
ican Indians celebrate Christmas with
a great deal of show and ceremony.
Not the least Important part of the
celebrations Is the parade of the chief
and high functtonarloa of the tribe, all
gorgeously ornamented with neck
laces of bush-hogs' teeth, long strings
of seeds or beads, crowns of beautiful
feathers, trailing decorations of bright-
colored birds' skins, and painted and
spotted In varied patterns. The chief
always heads tbo procession, carrying
a baby on a rude wooden platter
Peoples Homo Journal.
Poor Cotton Production,
Oaly 865 bales of cotton were raised
for the season of 1905-6 In the Ger
man territory la Africa, comprising
an area nearly as large at the entire
American coltea belt
Right Use of Cosmetics.
'ACE POWDER SHOULD IE
Care and Thought Neeesaary In the
Performance of Thla Toilet Rite
Cream or Oils Must Be
Used In Removing the
Probably nlno women out of every
ton use faco powder, but It cannot!
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wv. a,iacx aji us. iuuui uau i i ai Liar"
tlcally. While there can be no objec
tion to the. judicious uso of a good
powder, it does not enhance beauty
If applied in a manner to render
It Is a mistake to suppose that the
application of faco powder Is a mere
matter of dabbing It on. On the
contrary, it Is a toilet rite to be
performed with caro and thought
Leaving out tho question of looks,
powdering must be carefully dono for
the health of the skin, which Is often
Injured by the too frequent use of
cosmetics Injudiciously applied.
Tho proper way to uso a powder
la to work, it Into the skin so as to
give a natural appearance. And the
woman who possesses this art la en
vied by her sisters.
Actresses are necessarily tho great
est of all artists in the use of cos
metics. Observo an actress "make
up." She never puts a cosmetic on
her face without first applying a fin
ishing cream. Tho cream Is worked
Into tho face with the tips of the
Angers, by tho rotary motion, until
tho substanco Is absorbed. Powder
CHARM CAN BE CULTIVATED.
Care and Thought Will Do Much for
The plain girl must not be 111 tem
pered. If sho has plain features sho
need not have an ugly disposition. Sho
must be so sunny In her expression
that she makes those who look at her
forget how plain she Is.
Tho unattractive girl can always
have attractive hands. She can take
great care of her nails, and can polish
them until they arc as pink as rose
leaves and as glossy as marble. She
can put soothing and beautifying
creams upon them to make them
white, and massage them until 'they
The pluln girl can learn to walk
well. Thero Is no reason why sho
should not hold hor shoulders erect
and walk gracefully. Sho can also
have a good figure, and sho can dross
well. The ugly girl can speak prettily
and In this way add charm to her per
sonality. She can bo graceful, too.
The fact that nature did not glvo her
a naturally pretty face need not keep
her from being graceful.
Tho ugly girl should have virtues
of heart, says Woman's Life. Sho
should cultivate a kind heart. A good
heart shines through the eyes. You
can tell It the minute you look at a
person, and how ono loves a person
with a kind henrt Instinctively and
with a gush of tender gratitude!
Butterfly Easy to Make.
Pink and White Striped Flannelette
Best Matarial to Use.
My butterfly la made of pink and
white striped flannelette, says a wrltor
In the Boston Qlobo. It takes two
yards. Oft two corners on ono selv
edge edge cut a piece, say ten Inches
on selvedgo and about 14 on tho end.
Tbia is to make the collar; then cut
three Inches up and make a Uireo-lnch
hem ou the rest of the straight ends.
Then where you cut the corners off
turn up a throe-Inch hem on the other
side. Mine Is feather stitched, and
has a piping of plain green around
the collar edges, and this btaa hem,
which 1b the cuff. Now your ends will
look like this:
Fold In center and cut a uleoa on
may then be put on. The beat way to
apply dry powder Is with a buffer
or a piece of chamois, for with either
of these the powder may be worked
into the akin until It looks natural,
and no woman ahould bo satisfied
until the cosmetic gives the tone of
In powdering tho cars and neck
tho treatment is practically the same
as far as putting on tho cream. Cos
metics none but liquids, because
, ,, . ,. J '
tney do not brush off aro
Into the pores of the neck with a
sponge and buffer, but must be
worked Into the ears with the fingers.
Never take off powder with water,
for only the surface can 1e cleaned
In this way, and the pores, the es
sential part of the flesh, are left clog
ged. They must be cleansed with
cream or oils, bo the quickest aa well
as the most healthful treatment for
the flesh is to remove the cosmetics
by applying cold' cream. After thla
cleanser has been worked thorough
ly into the pores and wiped off an
other layer of some soft, nourishing
cream should be rubbed Into the
pores and left during the night.
There must be no tinea about the
ears or neck that show cosmetics
have been put on the akin; inatead
the powdera ahould be ao buffeted and
rubbed that they blend perfectly as
the skin naturally does.
If the eyelashes and eyebrows are
dark enough to need no pasto tbey
should be freed from all remnants of
tho powder. This may easily be
done by dampening a finger and rub
bing It across them, beginning at
tho center or bridge of tho nose.
FROCK OF PINK BATISTE.
Young girl's dancing frock of pink
baliblo trimmed with plaited ruf
fles of the'same and .bands of lace.
The girdle and knot with long ends
aro of pink ribbon.
oppostto selvedgo from tho aldo you
cut the corners about five Inches down
on fold and eight Inches down on
selvedge. This Is for the nock. Tako '
up a small dart to give a little fit on
tho shoulder hem and sow the pieces
for collar, letting the points lap over
each other at tho back what Is neces
sary and sew ribbons on to tie.
Fasten the two ends of the bias
hem A and II together to form the
sleeve. This brings tho selvedge edges
along tbo bottom of tho back and up
and down tho fronts.
Ostrich feathers will be the most
popular form of hat decoration this
"Thero Is no more becoming, trim
ming than a fine ostrich feather," a
milliner aald the other day, "It li
equally at home on a largo picture hat,
a smart French model or a tiny fur
"Some ladles grumblo because a
feather soon goes out of curl, but II
shaken for a couplo of minutes before
a fire it curia again as well aa on the
day it waa new.
"A good plan when wearing a long
plume on a fur toque Is to fasten the
feather in with a jeweled buckle. It
can then bo removed It the weather,
be very wet and a bunch of quills sub-