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.THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1911. ,
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Tueada, December 5, 1911.
Help Santa Claus make) tie poor
Are you attending to that Christ
mas shopping while the going is
"Seedless lemons are developed by
grafting. So are the kind some
times handed to officeholders.
That debate between Taft, Roose
velt and others who are nursing
presidential ambitions Is as animat
ed as a discussion between half a
dozen young mothers on how to
raise babies. An agreement is ab
solutely impossible. Each one knows
might b called a pretty good sup
ply If several other spates, moat of
them less Important than Illinois,
did. not exceed It. New York. Iowa,
Wisconsin, Nebraska .Kansas, Mis
souri and especially Texas, each
have more. Texas Is jm, empire It
self and therefore tbjeasa ! little
surprise la the fact that It has
6,721,502 cattle; hot when lows
shows np with 4,468,412. or more
than 2,000,000 above the Illinois
enumeration, there 1st. 'real ground
The Springfield Journal says that
it la possible that the enormous corn
production In Illinois has tended to
divert the attention away from live
stock In this state, while the Iowa
farmers have kept their eyes fixed on
the two different lines of farming.
with a view to tfhe better conserva
tion of their soil. If so, they are
taking the wiser course. Live stock
farming, in any system of perma
nent agriculture, has great advan
tages over contrail ed grain farming.
Iowans seem to be thinking more
about this than Illlnoisans are.
Besides, restricted live stock
farming, which necessarily means
restricted dairy farming, has anoth
er disadvantage. It limits the sup
ply of dairy products for the peo
ple and this not only has an unfav
orable effect on the cost of living,
but on the health of the citizens.
which is a matter of no less Import
ance. The most healthful people as
a rule are those who use the most
milk. Medical mem have long re
marked on the longevity of the Bul
garians and have found no way to
account for it but by. attributing It
to their habitually liberal use ef
milk as 'a diet. Bulgaria has a pop
ulation of only 1,788,000 but has
about 90)0,000 dairy cows.
Medlean men assign this high rank
of the mflk supply as an explanation
of the fact that in Bulgaria there
are over 3,8000 persons over 100
Tou hear a great deal of talk among
plutocrats about legislation which Is
supposed to be concocted to injure
the "great business Interests" of the
country. These interests may rest
assured that the next democratic
congress is going to reform the tar
iff and make the truBts be good.
If any panic is precipitated the peo
ple have been educated up to the
point where they will know who
A republican paper, edited In
Cleveland. Ohio, says: "It Is also
clear that in the democratic camp
the Bryan sentiment is much strong
er than It has been supposed to be
by most of the active managers of
the democratic party. Tests of the
feeling, of the rank and file of the
party the voters upon whom demo
cratic candidates must depend
show that Bryan is stronger than
Harmon la Harmon's own state and
Indicate that the Nebraskan would
carry the country In a general poll
of his fellow democrats."
Without a strict adherence to pro-'
prlety there can be no permanent
pleasure. The allurements of the
world are mentioned by many as ex
tenuations for misconduct, but from
every temptation we have the means
of escape, and woe be to us If we neg
lect those means or hesitate to disen
tangle ourselves from the snare which
vice or folly may have spread around
Dear Mrs. Thompson Will you
please tell me whether it is Improper
for young couples to spoon?
"Spooning," or in other words, love
making, has always been and no doubt
will continue to be carried on to the
end of time.
Dear Mrs. Thompson I like to sit
on the front porch and read or do
fancy work in the evening. I have
brothers and their boy friends come
to see them. Am I right in staying on
the porch after they come, or should
I go Indoors? Some of the boys come
on their wheels and ask me to try
them. Ought I to do this?
There can be nothing wrong about
bitting on the front porch when your
brothers have company. If you- con
duct yourself as a lady. I am sure the
boys will be gentlemen. As to riding
their wheels, It Is not just the thing
for a girl to ride a boy's bicycle. It
is rather hoydenlsh, to say the least.
aV 8VrCAr M. ST IT
Dear Mrs. Thompson I am going to
refurnish our living room. What kind
of wood would you advise me to get,
and would you hare It all of one kind?
Also please give me any other Ideas
that may occur to you. MRS. T.
The kind of wood to be chosen Is
a matter of personal taste. What
has already been said about simplicity
applies here. The richness should
manifest Itself In small things, as in
pictures, bric-a-brac and other orna
ments. ' Uniformity in the kind of
wood, aa well as In the color of the
coverings, is quite essential. If you
select mahogany, have all mahogany;
If oak, have all oak. This contributes
very materially to the repose which Is
the true test of an artistic and well
Dear Mrs. Thompson Do you know
what will remove Iron rust from ging
To remove iron rust from gingham,
boak in sour milk and then wash with
Marrying In Haute.
Judge Hugo Grimm of St Louis told
a woman who had married a man
after an acquaintance of only three
weeks and who had separated from
him after only three weeks of mar
ried life that she was not entitled to
a divorce, though she was granted It
The SL Louie Star, in commenting
on the case, says "no person guilty of
supreme folly deserves to be relieved
from the penalty of the folly."
This 1s the old doctrine of "marry
In haste and repent at leisure." The
fact Is the divorce courts are, or at
least should not be, maintained for the
mere benefit of persons who are
weary of the marriage tie and wUh to
be released, but for the good of so
ciety at large.
It Is true that many marriages art)
unhappy, but happiness, as it is gen
e rally understood. Is not the prime
object of life, but duty, duty to one's
self, one's husband or wife, one's chil
dren and society. The man or woman
who starts out in life with the thought
that the world owes to him or her
Just so much of "happiness," which
generally is supposed to mean selfish
gratification. Is going to meet disap
pointment The true life is one of self'
sacrifice and of devotion to duty day
by day, and it Is the only kind of life
that can bring true happiness to a per
son whether married or single.
If there were some way of regulating
marriage so that people could be
mated to the best advantage it would
be a good thing, but all of the philoso
phers and reformers have been unable
to suggest a good way out of the dlffl
Hasty marriages should be avoided,
but it la not true that they always turn
out unhappy. Men and women who
have known and associated with each
other for years have found out after
marriage that they made a mistake In
supposing that they were suited
one another. The true remedy for
this condition lies not in the divorce
court bnt In the bearing of the bur
den and the adjustment of the differ
ences. Tou mtr make all the laws
you please limiting marriage and fix
ing It qualification a, but you cannot
make over human beings to suit your
ideal. You cannot make congeniality
between those who are uncongenial
Only the man and the woman who
have made the mistake can turn it to
' their mutual discipline and advantage.
UlinoiM and Live Stork.
Every citizen of Illinois at all in
terested In agriculture may find val
uable suggestions In the statement
recently Issued by the census bu
reau on cauls on the farms In the
United States. Especially in Illi
nois the statement ought to cause
tome serious reflection.
The compilation shows that Ml-
uc la has 2.438,146 meat cattle for
a population of 5,638,000. This
Taking No Chances.
The Taft administration has de
cided to take no chances of allow
ing an Insurrection to get started
among the office holding republicans
of the south, some three hundred of
whom will go to the next republican
national convention as delegates.
Reports have filtered into Washing
ton during the last few months that
these men, scenting danger of Mr.
Taft's overthrow, have been on the
verge of deserting the Taft-Hltch-cock
machine in order to put them
selves In position to occupy a front
row seat in the LaFollette band
wagon should it appear likely that
the Wisconsin man would be the
That the president and his close
political advisers mean to check any
incipient stampedes among the
southern office holders Is indicated
by assertions frequently made In
southern newspapers apparently
from authentic sources, that at a re
cent conference. Mr. Taft and some
his aids decided to require the
wavering office holders to make It
known exactly what they intend to
do. This, of course, gives them but
one alternative, since none of them
would dare refuse, while holding a
Job under Mr. Taft, to promise him
the utmost fealty.
A dispatch to the Journal and Tri
bune of Knoxvllle, Tenn., from its
Washington correspondent tells of
the existing situation. This dis
patch la typical of many others that
have appeared recently in southern
newspapers. It Is as follows:
"Delegates from Tennessee and
other southern states to the nation
al republican convention, If they de
sire to go there and vote for Mr.
Taft, must make It known that they
Intend to do this, first, last and all
Mr. Taft and his advisors have
taken positive and aggressive action
in the matter and orders to that ef
fect will go forth immediately after
the meeting of the national republi
can committee here next month.
"The Taft leaders are sure they
will have a big majority In the con
vention, but they do not Intend that
the occasion shall be marred and
confused by the performances of the
so-called progressive or insurgent
wing of the republican party.
It is well understood that a large
majority of the national committed
are for the renomlnation of Mr. Taft
and their tactics will be Tor a vigor
ous and aggressive Taft campaign.
witnout quarter to any opposition
So, beginning with the close of
the meeting of the national com
mittee, and the selection of a place
for the convention, something in the
way or a juggernaut, to crush creat
ures In the way, even -more effective
ly man aia me Hitchcock steam
roller in 1908, will be oiled and fir-
ed, to run over La Follette, Roose
velt or any other kind of objec
On the other hand. It is known
that the La Follette men are work
lng with might and main to "break"
the administration hold in the
south. Their most effective argu
ment, of course, is to point out that
Mr. Taft stands a most excellent
chance of being defeated and that,
to preserve their own interests, they
had better line up with a candidate
who at least has a chance of elec
Altogether the southern republi
cans are not to be envied.
VOW la the time for all good men to
hustle to the bargain counter and
do their Christmas buying.
Just be gracious and let things take
their course. They will annex It any
way. The coal bin begins to open its mouth
and whet Its appetite.
Buckwheat cakes are a compensation
for any things.
friend in need is pretty apt to be
a friend that is reaching for you.
Nobody llkea a kicker, but still it is
tun to see him operate when one has
no Interest either way.
It Is hard for a lazy mas to earn his
Bring. That Is why he usually has
aa Industrious wife.
The best work of some people con
sists of making a nuisance of them
Good form is always In style, but
some styles are bad form.
Getting rid of a bad habit takes the
rest of a man's life.
Some persons hurry to avoid trouble.
and others hurry to meet it
.The Argus Daily Story
Their "Poor" Christmas By F. A. MitcheL
Copyrighted, ltll. by Associated Literary Bureau.
Comment From Capital
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, Dec. 2. How long
must the people continue to pay ex
press companies a profit of 40 per cent
a year on money that Is not Invested
in' the express business, and that ex
ists in blue air only?
This Is a question that the people
desire answered, Judging from the
ever Increasing number of communi
cations on' this subject that are being
received from ell parts of the United
States by members of congress.
INSTANCES BT THE SCORE.
The attention of your correspondent
has been directed to more than a score
of these communications within the
last day or two. Interest in the sub
ject seems to have been augmented
by the -eport of Prosecutor Frank
Lyou of the interstate commerce commission.
"Out here in Iowa we do not object
to having express companies, make a
good, liberal rate of interest on money
actually Invested," writes a resident
of Ottumwa, Iowa. "The thing that
arouses our disgust Is that the govern
meet permits the express companies
to extort a profit of from 25 to 50 per
cent on a capitalization that is two
thirds water. I would like to see a
parcels post established in this coun
try, such as they have in every other
first class nation on the face of the
globe. If we can't have a complete
system, why can't we have a limited
system, at least, to be operated be
tween Abe larger cities and a few of
the neighboring towns? This would
act as a 'starter, at least and pave the
way for a more complete system."
AN EXORMOUS INCOME.
Mr. Lyon, In his report shows that
the total incomes of all the companies
amounts to 1132,000,000 annually. This
sum, divided by the number of tons
hauled, shows that the charge for car
rying express matter Is $31.20 per ton.
The average express Tate Is 16 times
the freight rate, the latter being $1.90
per ton. The net Income from the ex
press companies' operation is $11,000,-
000, and on their own valuation of
$27,000,000, their profit is shown to be
approximately 40 per cent. It is known
that the actual value of the express
companies' equipment 'is only about
one-third of what they allege it is, so
that their profits on the actual capital
Invested runs up to more than 100 per
Go to. Tour simple life is not
An article that hits the spot.
Nor can a vacuum succeed
In filling; every human need.
A wlldernesa ia not the place
In which to grow a mighty race.
Nor can the well developed catch
The glories ot the cabbage patch.
To city weary tt may seem
A glad and very lovely dream
. To have a little patch of land
On which with feet aecure to stand.
Not bo dependent on the trade
For every single egg that's laid.
To know your lettuce, undeflled.
Bince first It waa a little child.
But what a useless, tasteless life
Removed perhaps from care and strife.
Though never getting anywhere.
Just calmly vegetating there I
Meanwhile the world of men and things
Its song of inspiration sings;
But all unmindful of Its call.
They hear the frogs and that la alt
The dead cannot the living hold.
The maddening crowds their charm un
fold. And In the busy hlvea of trade
Are strong and sure foundatlona laid.
The bright lights beckon still to youth
And charm the seeker after truth. .
The simple life may moss annex;
For progress picks the life complex.
Logical Woman, .
"Come, come, my dear: we must
"AH the time."'
"Give me the money then.
"Money? What money?"
"To economize. You are always tell
lng me that I can't do a thing without
money, so If you want me to economize
fork over the means."
THE REAL PULITZER
Attacks Legality of Court
Springfield, Dec 5. James A. Brown
of Chicago attacked the constitution
ality of the law creating the branch
appellate court when he filed a petl
tlon in the supreme court for a writ
of mandamus against Edward O.
Brown, Benjamin M. Smith and Frank
Baker, Judges of the appellate court
for the first district Hs asked that
they be compelled to consider a case
in which he appealed from the county
court of Cook county, Instead of as
signing It to the branch appellate
court for review.
"Brown lost a lot of money on the
election, didn't he?"
"Yes, but be ought to make it up on
his coal bills."
"How is that?"
"His wife will make it hot for him
The day for calling Mr. Pulitzer
names nas passed. He deserved
many; he called many himself, but
little comes of all that, except some
temporary accelaratlon of the blood.
That wise person, the late William
James, said In a book that cranki
ness or a defect of mental balance,
when combined with a superior
quality ef intellect in an individual,
makes It more probable that be will
make his mark and affect his age
than if his temperament were less
neurotic." That applies to Mr. Pu
litzer. It is nothing new for a man
to become notable through a com
bination of defects and abilities. Mr.
Pulitzer was that way. His defects
were enormous; his abilities aston
ishing; and they combined to make
him the cannon cracker of a man
It is all amusing now to think
about No decent man could have
remade the World aa he remade it
But Pulitzer was not decent not
decent, that is, in the Horatian
sense. He was altogether obstrep
erous. He didn't know about de
cency and probably wouldn't have
cared if he had known. The ruck
of people are not decent They like
swill and prefer it strong in flavor.
First, he must attract pigs to his
trough; droves and droves of them
To do that he filled It with novel
ties in swill; did It ably, with varla
tlon and ruthlessly tearing the pri
vacy off of life, as It bad not been
torn off before, boasting, yelling,
advertising. And he did it all with
a sort of courage and with great
power. And he got his pigs.
Did he care only for the profits
of the trough, or for the pigs, too,
that fed at it?
For both, no doubt. There are
many who feel that Mr. Pulitzer did
a great deal for the American peo
ple. Certainly, he built up a strong,
able. Independent newspaper that
could not be hired or bought and
that said precisely what his mind
decreed. Its editorial page has
spoken, no doubt the truth as he
saw It and sometimes he saw a good
deal of it, and saw it first
They say a man owes a debt to
his profession. How did Mr. Pulit
zer discharge his? He left a mil
uon aouars or more to round a
fechool of Journalism, but did he
leave his profession better or worse
for his work In It? Did he elevate
it or did he defile it?
It is hard to say, because the!
newspaper profession is so queer.
Its main business is publicity and
advertisement, both of them more
or less odious. Some things that
are vices in a man are virtues in a I
newspaper. To be considerate of
the feelings of others, reluctant in
disclosure, modest charitable, is
highly becoming to a man, but when
a newspaper has these virtues you
take in another to find out what 1b
At all kinds of newspaper work
Mr. Pulitzer seems to have been re
markably handy and not disdainful
of any of them. His labors were
as unenviable as they are unrivaled
No wise man would undertake them
at any price. It seems to us he left
reporters' work a greater trial to
self-respect than he found it and
you know of V
"Yes. Do you
know what It la V
"Sure. I've been
"How is the baby?'
"Very well. But we don't tost tm
the whole profession more repellent! derstand aim yet1
to aspirants who regard the feel
ings of their fellow creatures. But
very likely what newspapers lost
through him in decency they"gained
In efficiency. A paper absolutely!
disrespectful of persons has at I
times great value. Mr. Pulitzer
seemed as Insensible and regardless
as an earthquake and when a large.
formidable and rotten edifice of re-1
spectablllty or of disrepute has
needed shaking down, the World
has sometimes reflected his qualities!
greatly to the public advantage.
Such men as he keep civilization I
from crystalizlng. They are trying,
and In some ways expensive, but
they are apt to be worth what they
get and what they cost The dry
rot of respectability and the ascend
ency or Intrenched privilege are
much more dangerous than they
are. The more snakes and bigger
the more Indispensable Is the mon
"Don't understand him?"
"No. We find him so hard to please."
"Has he made a success i
"Yes, as a great detective."
"How did he get to the front"
"By not taking his own advice."
There Are Others.
"Is he musical?"
"Well, be sings."
"What does he sing?"
"His own praise,"
"He Is the salt of the earth."
"Then I 'don't want to meet him. Hs
might get us in a pickle."
"I suppose." says the lady next door,
"that you saw many really wonderful
places while you were abroad.'
"Yes. Indeed." replies the returned
"Mrs. Brown has hay fever."
"When did her husband get a raise
Looking For a Job.
The pastor who married the Astors
Is seeing his finish unfold.
They loaded him up oa the casters
And rolled him out into the cold.
Christmas In the Ripley family was
coming on. but there were none of
those delightful anticipations that usu-
ally attend the approach of the day
which marks the birth of the Christ
Child. Little Frank, the youngest a
boy of seven, was lying 111, and the
doctors gave slight hope of his recov
On Christmas eve Frank lay In a
stupor. His brothers and sisters were
sitting in an adjoining room talking
la low voices, but he could occasionally
hear a word or part of a sentence. The
word most used was Christmas. Frank
bad passed through four or five ot
these Joyful anniversaries after he was
old enough to appreciate them, and a
faint Interest, notwithstanding his con
dition, was awakened.
Then he beard the word death spoken
almost In a whisper, and the children
wondered whether the dead can enjoy
Christmas. One said that the dead
were everywhere at Christmas, but
their enjoyment consisted In giving
presents to the living. Another de
clared that these spirits visited only
the poor. Then Frank heard his old
est sister say:
"It may be that Santa Clans Is one
of these persons who lived, but hare
become spirits. This would account
for his being everywhere at once'
"I never thought of that" said Joe.
"When I was a little kid I soon ceased
to believe in Santa, but If I had
thought of him as a spirit I might have
believed In him till today.
Frank was approaching the crisis of
his disease and was a very sick child.
The doctor bad told his parents that
during the night he would either die or
in the morning be much better.
Among other things the children talked
about was this crisis, some speaking
of Frank dying, others wondering, if
be pnssed the crisis, whether be would
be well enough the next day for them !
to celebrate Christmas. And Alice, the
girl next older than the sick boy and
his inseparable playmate, said that she
shouldn't enjoy the day anyway unless
Frank were able to enjoy it with her.
It must not be supposed that Frank
listened to all this as another would
listen to It He was In a high fever,
and it seemed to him that he was in
the midst of a turmoil. What the
children said seemed to pass by him
like bits of mist scudding before a
driving wind. Then all was still for
awhile. Possibly the poor boy fell Into
a slumber. He saw something white
bending over him, great wings extend
ing from its shoulders. The figure
took him up in its arms and rose slow
ly with him. The celling opened, and
Frank found himself passing out un
der the stars.
I have died," he said to himself,
"and an angel is carrying me away.
Now that I am a spirit I wonder if I
shall be permitted to visit live people
on Christmas eve?"
Now, Frank bad not died at all. He
was in a very low condition, and his
nurse, clad In white, bad bent over
him and lifted him up In her arms to
change bis position In the bed.
Dreams sometimes lead us through
a long chain of events, though the
time occupied Is but. a fraction of a
second. And, while I don't know
whether this was a dream or a condi
tion occasioned by the boy's weakened
faculties, Frank was a long while un
der Its influence. I am not prepared
to say that there was nothing in It
which we call supernatural. The im
mortal world lies all about and very
near us, and it is not impossible that
an Innocent child should be given a
sight into things that are hidden from
Be this as It may, Frank was car
ried In the angel's arms out Into the
night He looked down upon the
lights and the throngs who were pass
ing along the street going In and out
of the shops, for, though it was dark,
the people had not finished their buy
ing for Christmas. The scene was
busy without and busy within. Frank
could look at both and at, tha same
And be saw the tired clerks In the
stores waiting on customers and the
children hanging up their stockings.
The angel took him to the homes of
the children of well to do parents. Ho
saw them all In their richly furnished
rooms going to bed In embroidered
nighties, many of them crawling In
under silk and down comforters. In
the closets were Innumerable pack
ages that had not yet been opened,
while tables were heaped with can
dies and fruits.
"Take me where I can see the poor
children," said Frank to the an get
"These have so much that It tires me
to look at It all."
Then the angel passed over that
part of the city where the poor chil
dren lived, and Frank was astonished
at their humble, many of them squal
id. quarters. In their larders be could
see nothing for a Christmas dinner,
and but few of them bad any toys.
And Frank saw something that made
him wonder. It was himself in a din
gy room with no furniture In It except
a chair and a small table. He was
lying in a corner on a mattress cov
ered with a thin, worn blsnket His
mother bad put over him so much ot
her own clothing to keep him warm
that she was shivering with the cold.
Frank knew that the child he saw
his other self was sick, because be
was white and thin and be rolled his
bead from side to side as if in pain.
The Invalid opened his eyes and said:
"Mamma, I want some grapes."
The mother moaned that she had no
grapes to give her boy and no money
to buy them with. Frank asked the
to the poor or they would be poor
and the poor rich. And I fear that
those who bad been benefited would
be ungrateful and. keeping what they
had gained, would turn sway from
their benefactors. Nevertheless more
than 1900 years ago on Christmas
morning a child was born who when
he grew up set an example to all peo
ple, telling them that the giver Is -really
more happy In giving than the
receiver. Tomorrow is the birthday
of this child."
"But this troubles me," said Frank.
"I don't wish to see any more of It
You showed me the homes of the chil-,
dren of the rich on Christmas eve, and .
they were so loaded with comforts,
with good things to eat end with toys
that it wearied ma These homes ot
the poor I cant bear to look upon.
Take me away."
Then It seemed to Frank that the an
gel rose with him into an atmosphere
that was like summer. Birds were
singing, flowers blossoming, and he
heard the strains of music.
"I am going to heaven." the boy said,'
"where there are neither poor nor rich.
I don't like to be one of either."
At 4 o'clock in the morning Frank's
nurse called bis mother and told her
she thought there was a change for
the better. He was sleeping quietly.
The mother went Into the sickroom
and, looking down at the face of her
boy, delighted, said:
"The doctor told me the crisis would
pass tonight and I believe it baa How
sweetly he Is sleeping! There is al
most a smile on his face as If he were .
dreaming of heaven."
Then she went back and told the fa
ther to come and see. He did so and,
heaving a great sigh of relief, said:
"You are right Our boy will live.
When the children awaken we will
tell them what has happened that they
may make merry as usual on Christ
Before breakfast the doctor, who
was anxious about his patient believ
ing that during the night a change
would come, appeared at the house and
went Immediately to the sickroom.
"Merry Christmas, doctor." said the
patient "I want a whole lot of things
to eat Can 1 have 'em ?"
"What do you want first?" ..'
"The very thing," said the doctor.
"Beefsteak and creamed potatoes."
"Good! You're albright"
Then turning to Frank's mother, be
told her to bring the grapes and whis
pered to her to follow them with some
"Doctor." called Frank as the former
was about to leave tbe room, "can I
"Not just yet. my boy. Yon don't
want to get up. You're comfortable In
"Yes, but I wqnt to go out with a
whole lot of things to the poor chil
dren." "The poor ohlldrent What do you
know about them?"
"I know a lot I died last night and
an angel In white who looked Just like
nurse took me all over. 1 didn't like
It at all; it tired me."
That was a happy Christmas day to
this family. Frank having been spared
to them. During the morning one by
one his brothers and sisters were ad
mitted to see hitu for a few moments
only. But when Alice came Frank
begged hard that she be permitted to
stay longer, and it was finally decided
that she might remain half an hour.
When they were alone together he told
her all about bis strange vision or
dream, or whatever It was, and she
listened to every word, and when he
had finished she said:
"You and I can't do much ourselves
this year at taking presents to the poor
children, though I will tell papa and
mamma about it and 1 think they will
let some of us children go in the auto
mobile and take some things to the Mc
Canns, who used to work forus, and
some others. But next Christmas 1
promise you. Frankie, dear, we'll spend
most of our Christmas money In that
way, taking our gifts to the poor chil
dren, and how nice It will be to see
them made happy."
"That's what the angel said," Frank
put In. "He said that tbe giver was
more blessed than the receiver."
Alice didn't stay quite through the
half hour, for while she was talking to
tbe Invalid she saw that Is eyelids
were getting heavy. He had his hand
in hers, so she ceased to talk to him
and sat motionless till he was asleep,
and then she quietly withdrew her
hand and left him.
Tbe next Christmas was a very dif
ferent one in this household from any
that had preceded it Alice and Frank
having proposed the change. - They
called It their "poor Christmas." every
gift being to tbe poor. There was no
surfeiting of good things at borne and
no surfeiting for the poor, for much
as was provided there was room for
many, times more. Nevertheless they
all voted that It was the-happiest
Christmas they bad ever , spent, and
they agreed that thcs would nave a
"poor Christmas" ev second year.
If you are suffering from biliousness,
cnnatlnatton Indie eation. chronic head-
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u. V v , . " . Bend to Chamberlain Medicine com- er fruits be had seen in the houses of
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and they will forward you a free sam- -These persons cannot look throuzb
ao wmp cuts so oeepiy as the lass i ve of Chamberlain's Stomach and Liv- each other's walls as we can. Iticii
of conscience. Proverb.
Tablets. 8old by all druggists.
people cannot dre what they hare
Dsc. 5 in American
1782 Martin Van Bnren, eighth presi
dent of the United States, born,
died 18G2. .
1787 Daniel Shays with , 1,000' men
seized Worcester, aiass.;, "Shays'
1851 Kossuth, tbe Hungarian patriot,
reached New York as guest of the
1870 The Brooklyn theater burned;
800 lives lost
5897 Alice Wellington Rollins, author,
tiled; born 19-17.
190-;eorse Crocker. California capi
talist, died in New York; born 1356