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1 HE 8 THUHSIVA J)KC MUEK 1892.
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Avaana. Bock Island.
J. W- POTTER,
riv- Mk rrr noath: We-ly $
Tr m-qdii: tn aTBC $1 -88
rSCo. . of wUicml"
UnikKKvr. poliUeal or rellirioua. most ba
ISSTS-ih for pabe.o No
m- I pHotad over ca.ti-.oaii gotur.
"opondee Celled fco -very KmP
to KecK IBWia Boynu.
Thtjrpdav December 23, 189-i
Duhiko tbe laet jear tt.e number if
Vttric railwata increased from F84 .
419 the capitnl stock from $155 ('87 87 1
to $205 867 000 and tfce mileage from
3.17 to 5 448 miles.
FuVR thousand new po8t.tflces wer
eitablisbed the past year, and 557 64U
unmil.b!e letters pourtd icto tne Doxea.
38,:a of them wholly without sot out
side sign, sjmbol or address. The Ame
rican people must be extremely abfent
mfnded a well as dilatory -hen it come
to letter writing
Thikk of the unfortunate and unhappy
in completing your list of Christmv
Eifta Remember the child who wo.ld
otherwite be remembered not. Don't lei
your Christmas favors be given entirely
in the spirit of reciprocity. It i no'
well to meaaure your liberality by antici
pating what the one you seek to make
bappy will do. It is more blessed to give
than o rec- ive.
KoTWiTHST-J'Di o me le-rnei-t of tfce
end of ttiin ailmmiatra'ion, Mr. Harrison
Hod no difficulty in eeiiing republican
to accept appointment to office Perbap
It to because they think that republicans
is prominent offices are to be wry scarce
tmt a etneratiqa to come that they are
willing to accept office now, even when
they know that tbey can only retaiD
them for a few months
Lot There Ba Light.
The Lnulevilie Courier-Journal has
rapfcrstion to make to the republicans ot
ts p esent congress.
"They aho seive who only stand snd
wait," will probably be tbeir "'favori t
quotation;'' and it is a very apt qioia
tion . Eperjill- as fcfo-r tieir rrcD'
kliking our friends tbe enemy can rloubt
less stand anil wait much better ttsn in-
CiU st and wait, if cot s.i i n',y ks ih
ean lie and wait. Nevertheless there is
an inviting fit-Id lor t-orm: a .livity on
Why, for ins'ance, shouAi ro. the rc
publican nj irity of the tenate appoint
a commune, i b full power to send f r
persons and papeis. to investigate this
excerpt fn m i tie republican c mpun
book which furnished the ammunition of
theQ O.P. in the recent battle:
"The farmers have real z-d better
prices for trams, vecctahles and ani
mals, and et the consumers have no'
paid more for tbeir food The fmrnji
gets much more and the coLBumrr p-y a
shade less than before for the same
It ought to ad 1 greatly to the infor
mation not only of the republican iarty.
bat of the entire country to ieam how the
lection was lost on such a platform, as
well as to learn the acre. of running so
marvelous system by which the seller
gets better prices and the b.iyer pajs
tower prices for the same product'.
By all means let us have a senatorial
Investigation committee, and let the re
publicm managers snd brothers Blair,
Skepard. Peek. Medil and Eli Perkins be
among the flrt witnesses x mined.
FAY'S TWO CORISTHASES,
Ooprright, MM, br American Press Amocla-Uoo-1
morrow is Christ
mast" cried little
Fay, clapping ber
hands as she
danced alooir, the
sidewalk iu the
snow. "Did you
rklof And Fido
barked and rolled
in the dow, and bounded up axtin, and
ran scurrying off, Haying as plainly as be
conld that he knew something delightful
was at hand.
Kay bad seen the Christmas tree and
had been told how wonderfully beautiful
it would be on the morrow, with its light
ed tapers and wonderful presents, and
fancy had pictured a paradise, and little
five-year-old Fay was surely the happiest
child in grim old smoky St. Louis.
"Did you know Christmas is coming
tomorrow, nirt" she asked the white
haired old man as she skipped along by
"Why. to be sure it isl To be sure it is!"
said he as an unwonted glow warmed up
his heart again, and they walked along
several blocks while she told him over and
over again what she was going to have on
the Christmas tree. Presently he said,
turning to her:
"Where do you live, little one"
"At Twenty-fifth street and Cleveland
avenue," said she glibly.
"Well, yon had better run borne," said
he; "here we are at Grand avenue, and
papa and mamma will grow uneasy if
their little one stays out too late, and it is
already growing dusk. Yonder is that
church, you see; keep your eye on that, and
you can find your way hoine."
And ae he saw her with a goodby go
dancing through the snow he went on to
his own home, the happier for the short
glint of sunshine from the little one's curls.
"Grand avenue! Grand avenuei I have
never been so far as Grand avenue before!"
and she almost ran Into a decrepit old
woman bent with age who was plodding
through the now blinding snowstorm.
"Hello, little golden curl Where are
you going this eveningf" she asked.
"Going home to our Christmas tree."
said little Fay as she clapped her hands
gayiy. "v on't yon come and gowith me?"
"Oh, no; I have a more beautiful one.
Come and see mine," said the old woman.
wane tier eyes eased keenly at the neck
lace little Fay wore.
"I moot harry home." said Fav. "I live
down on Cleveland avenue and Twenty
That is just where I am goirur." said
the little old woman, "so we will go along
together." And asking about the Christ
mas tree she started Fay to talking, while
they went on and on and on, and it kept
growing darker and darker till they could
scarcely see each other, and Fay asked if
they were not almost there, and the old
woman said, "Yes, they were," and then she
Hoped Bad of Trmla Bobbery .
Huccesoful tiaiu DObery seems to have
becoiLe one of the lost arts Time wsa.
ot so many years aeo, when it wsa one
of the safest as a ell si most lucrative
light employments. In those days all the
robber had to do waj to put in an appear
ance, when train n ea passengiri.expres.
messenctrs and clerks promptly turned
over all tbe ysluaMe in their poe-es-lon,
asking only sattty of life and limb iu re
turn. Tn is wns considered quae the
proper course to p rsue; resistance was
deemed bad form. Oi e night, however,
a train rtbt r etepptd on the pi it form of
a Rock Island train out in Missouri just
as tbe conductor stepped out of the door
The conductor misusing tbe robber for
a tramp, swiped him with a lantern snd
knock' d him tmo an adjacent cow pas
ture. This trifling incident marked the
beginning of tbe end of uccessfui tr in
robbing. Onlt a few days, rr at most
W Iks elapsed before a snindla-fbanked
dude, with a drawl and a mono le,
bluffed out a whole gang of train rob
ben with a 82 calioer revolver on
a ' i-oking car up in Montana.
Since that tbe decline of train robnery
has been rapid. Express . meiteugera,
conductors, engineers a--,d postal clerks
have plueked up courage, and with coup
ling nins. monkev wmnr.hM. hnnka nt
coat or anything else that came bandy I
bave buffeted the s-enti- trm mhK.
ahout il l his life has becimo at yming
but a joyous one. Qe begins to na'ixe
that his days of usefulness are r pid:y
Passing, and he binks of the glorious
departed, bis eursea of the Missouri train
rebber who failed to identify himself to
the Rock Island conductor are loud and
fervent. " ,
, i dof ot a year, caused by ca
I"VB head Dut waa perfectly cured
L0' tJrPla." H. Hicks,
Rochester, K. T,
5HK ALMOST T.AN iXTO A HECKia-IT OLD
told Kay she would carry her if she was
tired, and lifting her in ber arms she did
I ot Heemsuch &u old. decrepit creature at
all as be went stalking through the suow-t-torm.
while little Fay fell asleep thinking
The morning papers that Christmas
morning railed upon all generous people
txuld to the happinessof Christmas morn
ing and help to heal two wounded hearts
.jy restoring to them their little daughter
r ay, with "blue eyes and golden hair."
1 he evening papers found clews and chased
them down, and thus it went day after
day and week after week, but if the earth
had swallowed ber up little Fay could not
bave disappeared more completely.
Winter snows melted away and watered
the earth for the coming of spring flowers;
Hltrinir flowers hlnksaniixt !nti f-nitn nf
summer and were succeeded In turn by
iiiu$ ui auvuuiu itn rrv. muT nail
whitened the northern fields once again.
to the limpid waters of the Gulf of Mexico,
wurrc Luc sun huh anoue with warm,
blitrht ran and thi wnhrni atlll nnJ
tt e fragrance of the orange tree, a band of
m rowing gypsies were encamped. Dark
bi-owed and swarthy visaged tbey were,
fram the child playing in front or tbe tent
to the old dome crooning over a wild
melody. Hut there was one exception; a
fair very fair little girl of perhaps six
years, with matted, tangled hair that still
showed its gold, and with eyes of heaven's
doep blue that seemed to have a world of
thought in t hm lav in t.K xr-m .i.
on the edge of tbe camp, dreaming dreams
and thinking thoughts she dared not
utter, in the weary tramps for tbe past
year she had learned well the lesnon that
u- mux uutjr eacu noa ana DeoK and
keep ber thoughts to herself. And so she
lay dreaming and hearing nothing of the
to k going on to the tent till she heard the
"Day after tomorrow will be Christmas,
jo i know."
What was thatr Christmas! She had
no - heard the word for a year! What mem
ories it brought rushing, crowding back
npm her brainl Christmas! Could she
eviT forget? She could see the Christmas
tree now, and the snow falling upon the
streets of the dear old city, and Fido, too,
and at last a little, bent and decrepit
woman, who became a tall, strong woman
so quickly and so mysteriously. It all
seemed so strange, and so far, far away
I (Then the hour for sleep came she was
til thinking and thinking, and she re
fred a alap from tbe hard hand of old
Nnttcy for heedlessness, and she crawled
off into a corner of the tent and cried softly
But she could not sleep. The p:"tureo(
a kind, manly face, and ih war i of a
mother's fond embrace rem- l and
abided with her. Hour after i passed
in this way till at last she con tand it
no longer. Slipping on her shoes and stock
ings, aad taking her litt le worn and ragged
cloak, which reminded her of home, she
went quietly and cautiously into the moon
light and over to the wagon road.
Which way should she turn? Surely
home lay this way, and she ran along np
the road, and for the first time in, oh, so
many mouth laughed aloud in ber glee.
A rabbit ran along with its queer, long
leaps in front of her, and stopped ouce or
twice to gase back at her with its great
gray eyes, and she laughed again in the
moonlight and went tripping along. Tha
moon sank lower and lower as she kept up
her Journey hour after hour without flag
ging, and presently the easturn sky began
to redden. The birds began to twitter on
tbe boughs, the cows to low away off ever
the hills, and all nature gave notice that
it was waking up from its slumbers for
another day's life.
But nothing in animstc creation was as
happy as Fay. She was free free as the
breeae that toaeed ber tangled curls back
and forth. And she was going home
home to papa and mamma. Could any
body be as happy as she?
"Howdy do, little blrdf" she chirruped.
"Are you very happy, aud is it going to be
your Christmas tomorrow t Howdy do,
you great big round sun? I see you com
ing up over the bills away o!T yonder.
Quit hurting my eyes when I Uok at you.
Do you know that Christinas i coming to
Once tn a great while she would pass a
farmhouse, and when t sun was well up
above the horizon Hhe came to where a
man was walking across the road with two
great steaming buckets of milk.
"Hello, little girl where are you going?
"I am going home," ha said with a
"You are out pretty early," be returned.
"Don't you want soma milk? " And taking
his cup be filled it for her, and then he did
again, laughing as uo left, saying, "You
must like good sweet milk."
Fay nodded and smiled and tripped
along. After awhileshe came toa railroad
track. Ah, that is tbe way to go home
surely, she thought, for railroads go every
where. But how could she ride? The
past twelvemonth had taught her finan
cial wisdom among tbe traders she bad
been with, and she knew that riding upon
the train cost money, and she had not even
so much as a penny. But she dismissed
the though of trouble and tripped along
little one on tUtt engine to the end of their
run, if possible. Careful examination.
which showed a weak piston rod and gave
opportunity tt repair it, and tbe sight of
an open switch, which saved the train.
confirmed them ooth in tbeir opinion, and
the little waif slept on undisturbed.
When the trainmen reached the end of
.of tbeir di' ision they learned that two
freight wrecks had caused a demand for
crews, and so they were ordered to con
tlnue straight through to St. Louis.
Want of s' -ep tbe night before had had
its effect upon their strange passenger, aud
not till they were again whirling away
across the country did a little form rise in
the corner and a little voice come forth
through the dunk, saying:
"Is it Christmas yet?"
"No, my little lady." said Jack Burns
be and Dick turned quickly and looked at
uer. V ho are you, how did you get here,
ana wnerv are you going?"
"1 am Fay," said the littlo girl, "and the
Spirit of Ster.m helped me upon the engine
nere, anil l am goiug home.
"I am very hungry," she added present
ly, "and 1 hareu'l had anything to eat
since I drank some milk long before I came
Before she finished speaking the choice
or Dick's lunch basket was before her. A
good supper was hooii finished, and the
cold rain and sleet outside, joined to the
warm blaz? of the coal inside, caused the
eyes to droop, and Moon lie was curled up
in tne corner asjeep atcaiti.
"Well, it does knock me out," said Dick,
the track, plucking little flowers by the ; "Wnal do you think it means anyhow?"
wayside and laughing aloud, overjoyed at i " d0"'1 know," Said Jack dreamily.
the sound of her own glad, free voice. I 1 nero lH sometnmg uncanny about it all.
When she came to a long bridire. with
the great beams lyiug very far apart for her, 1
ber heart beat a little more rapidly as she
began stepping upon them, but she kept i
bravely cn and clapped her little bands
gayiy when she got across. Soon she came
to a little strange house, but no one was
there, and she sat upon a beam to rest. It
was a very queer looking little house, and
looked Uk8 a great round tub set upon
immense posts. After awhile she heard
the hoarse whistle of an engine; then came I
the rumble of a heavy train, and the great !
iron horse, with his carriage, Mood puffing
and blowing right by tlie side of the strange
kind of bouse, ind a bis irou pipe swung
itself over to the housetop, and she could
hear water runnin:?.
Ah, if she oi:!y had money to pay for a
ride! It was so far nd already she was so
tired. And she looked at the btrong engine
till she couH hardly see it, for tho tears
would fill her eyes in spite of all heref- 1
forts. But just then a great gust of smoke
ami steam came out and enveloped her,
and to her it became a kind faced old man,
with great, long white beard, and as it
wrapped iu soft arms around her it said: i
"I am tho Spirit of Steam. Aa soft as I
am, I draw this immense train of cars. But
forme they would lie here helpless aud
useless. When I am called I respond with i
joy, and I leap through the air, whirling '
this great rumbling train after me by the
weight or my little finger. Climb up the
steps and get on my train. I will take care
tit mil. nnrl I will r,,rv Minn kimA
and mamma, and the Christmas tree that 1 w could she find her way? And while
was to be so very long ago shall come back 1 e Was tQ!nkinK. ber fingers and toes
again." were growing cold and her lip was be-
And wrapped in the arms of theSpirit of ' K'nlnR 10 tremble, she beard the chimes
Steam she climbed un the stens of th othe church and saw the spire that the
She will unfold ber wiutrs and uuietlv
ny out me window before we I now it, I
It was nearly daylight when little Fay
opened her eyes and sat up. It was snow
ing, and the flakes were coming down thick
and fast, and the sight made her heart leap
for joy. The weather was just like that of
a year ago, and she remembered every cir
cumstance connected with that fateful
Christmas eve. On and on went the train.
After awhile they entered the suburbs
of a great smoky city, for now it was broad
aayngbt, ana even the sun was trying to
come up, and she could see the intermina
ble row after row of bouses, with ' the
smoke from their chimneys curling up
ward in the still air. Presently they came
up to another station, and she heard a
voice back on the train call out "Grand
"Grand avenuei Grand avenuei" whis
pered the Spirit of Steam as It came iu
through the cab window and wrapped her
in its arms. "This is your placet Come
down the steps and I will hold you in my
And when the old engine pulled out from
the station, and Jack and Dick found their
strange passenger missing, they looked at
each other, but said never a word.
And Fay was standing in a snowdrift.
It was very cold, and she followed two
men going up over the hilL She remem
bered Grand avenue and the kind old cen-
tleiuan who bad told ber to run home, but
great engine and lay down in a corner. It
was very black and dirty with coal, but
she was so tired, and when a great strong
man sprang into the engine and it started
off with a snort the Spirit of Steam folded
her in his arms again and sang in her ear
such a sweet and soothing lullaby that her
soul floated far away into dream land while
she was carried swiftly over the country
toward the land where Santa Claus greets
Christmas amid snow and ice.
"Dick," said the engineer to the fireman
as their train went thundering across the
prairie, "is this some joke of yours?" and
"HOW OK EARTH DTD SHE COME THEItK?"
be pointed to a fair face partly coveret',
with tangled curls, which lay sleeeping in
"How on earth did she come there?'
asked Dick. And tbe blank amazement
in his eyes was too genuine to be couuter
The two men sat gazing at each other.
Each was snre that he had been In that
corner within five minutes, and tbey had
been running for twenty miies ever sinct
tbey bad left tbe little water lank juat out
side of K .
"Dou'l you remember," asked Dick,
"that I put your coat in that corner al let
we left It r"
"Yes," was the slow reply, "I do. Anc
she 1m lyinir on it there now. Ho did sh
But neither had any explanation to of
fer. iicli ic his liejtri M.ouybt perhaps i.
wsa a warning of coiin.ig dam;w or hook
sort of supeinaiur I isltaiiou to waid
over tUei , .n : .l.r. uned to keep the
kind old gentleman had pointed out to
her, and away she went on the wings of
, tbe wind!
In fact, the wind would have to bave
very large wings and work them with pro-
uikious lorce 10 go au as last as &nu cm.
And when she did get into the yard of the
old house it t-i-emad as if she would never
be able to reach the door, for Fido would
not let ber by, but just pushed her down
and played with her and kissed her and
just barked and barked till he cried. And
when she couldn't get ihe door open and
ran and knocked on the window, and saw
papa and mamma sitting by a Christmas
tree just like the one a year before, and
they both sprang up and screamed and ran
to the door, and she felt tbeir lovlncr em
braces and tender kisses, her heart ran
over with tears of love aad happiness,
j Ah, but wasn't that a Christmas! It
would take a thousand yule logs to equal
in Fay's eyes tbe little lighted tapers hang
ing from the limbs of tbe evergreen tree;
it would take hundreds of wassail bowla
: to compare with the sugar plums and can
dies that delighted ber eyes. And then
j the dolls, and the wonderful watches with
I real hands, and tbe tin tigers and lions
that looked so fierce you could hardly
recognize them, and the candy mice and
pigs that deserved to be eaten and met
their deserts, and Noah's ark, with so
many animals that you could not tell what
half of tbem were, and ever so many won
derful things besides!
And when at last she lay so sweetly rest
ful in mamma's arms, with papa looking
fondly down, every U II in the city seemed
to know it and shouted out tbe glad tid
ings as loud as its brazen throat could yell,
only gradually quieting down In its excess
of joy to join at theclosein the harmonious
refrain "Peace on earth I Peace on earth f"
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All telephony order promptly filled. Telephone Nn. 1103. 1700 Third!
First-class Hotel and Restaurant, Market Squar
back of Thomas' drugstore.
LUNCH COUNTER IN CONNECTION
53"Good Koom8 by day or iiignr.
WM. GLASS. Propiiet,
J. Mi CHRISTY,
t'isuficioREs of mm m
Ark Your roce r for Thftn.
The Christ; OTrrB" aid Ctrir.T"
1803 Second Avecct
B. F. DeGEAK,
Contractor arid Builder
Office and Shop Corner Seventeenth 8t . . P.w.L- fcki
and Seventh Awnn j vJ,n 1
aTAU klada of carpenter work a Specialty . Plana aad eatlmaUa for all klada of bsMap,
rnraianed on pnitrannn.
la no located In hla new ahon.
At 324. Seventeenth Street;
FrL!ht tboea a ipce-Otj. opoaHci-OU
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a ltleda. A well Mlacu-4 tnek Deotratsd Chiaawara, Caiaa aa- Blja
BO KS. C. MITSCH'S. 1814 TM'd AVf
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
CONTRACTORS and BUILDERS
All Kinds ot Carpenter Work Done.
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