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A ihdotnan spS1o4e.
by, I E EdR XFORD
N. Y. Led
Mrs. Perkins had "dropped in" to
find out what the Joneses were going
to do on Christmas.
"We've promised to take dinner
with the Williarnses," said Mrs.
Jones. "You know, none of the
children can come home this year,
so we're goin' out to diner for the
first time a'most cc I've kep' house.
I don't remen o' eatin' a Chris'
nias dinner aw from hoine more'n
two or three times since I1vas married.
I feel just as nervous 'n' fidgety over
it as I can be, fer Mrs. Williams
she's invited Mr. Snyder, 'n' you
know how 'tis between him 'n' the
deacon. I shan't draw an easy
breath till it's all over. I wish we
didn't have to go, or that Mr. Sny
der wa'n't invited, or there was
suthin' to keep then two men apart.
I know they'll git to wranglin''n'
like's not have a reguilar quarrel.
I don't take a minnit's comfort
thinkin' of it. I sh'll feel jest's if I
was settin' on a kag o' guipowder
that might, exp-lode any minnit."
"It's too bad that they keep
a-hangin' to that ol' diflikilty like
dogs to a bone," said M rs. Perkins.
"I sh'd think they'd be sick of it by
this time. Ev'rybody else is. It
happened so long ago that I don't
seem to remember what it was about;
but i've heard so much about it that
I've got used to it, jest as I have to
the nmetin'-house, or anything else
I've known ever sence 1 was a girl."
"It was about the neetin'-honse,"
explained Mrs. Jones. "You know
they wanted to build a new one, 'n'
the deacon he wanted it in one place
n11' MI'. Snyder he wanited it soie rs
else, 'n' both of 'eml) hein so col
rairy, they set out. that- if theyi
ouldn't have tilir owin way t here
houldn't he a new one, 'ii' tihey
uarrelled 'n' qiiairel led till I hey got
he whole ieigh borhood by Ihe ears,
1' the coniseIulencee is we hin't had
ny new ieetina '-house, 'a' I don't
Ce's we're ever like to have. i've got
sick o' the thig, hearin' tie dea
on harp on it by spells all these
ears, that Pve wished, niore'n mnce,
ere could be a law miade to shet ui)
is niouth ev'i-y tiime lie Ihotuiglit of
But, good land, that'd kill him'
ughed Mrs. lones. "I do b'leevc
c injoys abusin' Mr. Snyder, 'u' I
pose Mr. Snyder's jest as baid, fron
hat I've heard. They 'rie wel
"It's too bad, anyway," said Mrs
erkins, with a sigh. :IC.s niade n,
d o' hard feelina's in the (hurei'cli
hendered the work inore'i every
ing else that's ever hap 4. .
like 'en both. Tlhev 'ie awfu
od mn in mo1(st. ways, b'u1t it seemi
ef they was kind o' loony on thi
e p'init. I wonder if 't will ever h
''Not till one or r'ot lier dies,"' sai
's. Jones, decidedly. "'They'r
t ali ke-con t rairyv as two meni eve
ld be-'n' nei ther' of 'enm 'll eve
e in to the o hier', unmiless there'
erricle, which 1 (donl't s'pose 'I
*take phlce. I can't inigini
er of 'eiim adimittin' he was wrong
y'rec too set fer that."
We neced a new mieetin'-house th<(
t way," said Mr's. P erkinas. "tl'li
one's been patched up an' tixet
till there ain't nmehiebanice o
anything more for it. E~f the.
agr'ee, I doni't. see whyiv thei
(ln't keep still 'n' let the'ot hier
e about, a niew'. one.'
etch 'emi i a-doini' thbet," sait
Jones. "Thley 'r'e jest ais stubi13
to-day as they was t went y veau
.It's N\on shall (10 mly way oi
shant,'t do anythinig' '..ith emi
01d the deacon it wa' n't righti
iistiani to act. 5o, hut hie alIl'avm
up 'nm' gits o imad t~hat, .Ir'e g'ol
ar'dly ever imienition it, fer' thi
'peace. I feelI jest as sure ICoI
e that, t her'e 'll be a set-to b e.
'emi of the.y bothI go to Alrs,
mses, 'nx' go they both wili
o'uldni't, stay away for fear th<
d say he dasseni't comle. I mnosi
he dleacoin 'd lie sick so lhe bat
to home. I don't b'leeve it';
to feel that way, fer I hiat
llinx' any timie, 'n' 'speciall'
Jones felt, it. her duty to s
ing to her husband about th
on Christmas moniing, le
ey stai'tedl foi' church, froir
lace they wer'e to go to Iii
,Leii'w''.el, I (10 hiopet yoi
~t your' tempijer git the uppe
'ou to-day," she sid. "Fo
s sake, don't git into a (is
hi Mr'. Snydei'."
05e you'd have mec hump uj
cer anything lie m'ighit see Ii
o. mc, wouldn't you ?'' de
the (deacon, getting r'ed ii
at the thought of what h<
ave to fear fr'omu his oh
."That may be0 your way
't mine. I don't calkilat<
ny (quarrel with him. If lh<
s bis'ness 'in lets me alone
mine 'n let him alone, bul
es to twittin', 'nx throwiin
course he will, I shan't pu
it 'thout givin' as good ali
t's Christmas," said MIrs
'n folks hadn't ought t<
a-goin' to quarrel unles
gd to," retorted the dcn
ut I won't be run on lby ol
he won't rn o nn ," sai
Mrs. Jones. "3ut of he says any
thing you can take up, you'll be
ready to jump at the chance. You'll
.be on the lookout for sometlhig to
find fault with."
"I s'pose he never says anything
that's out o' the way," said the dea
con, angrily. "I'm al'ays the, one
that's to bamei You've sided in
with him ever sence we 'had the
trouble. But I ain't agoin' to be
coaxed into puttin' up with any of
his abuse. Let him. keep his mouth
slit of he don't want me to tell hii
what I think of him ;" and the dea
con fairly glared at Mrs. Jones, who
sighed, and concluded that there was
little use in trying to avert a quarrel.
It was sure to come.
"I do wish we could get a letter
from Henry," she said, changing the
subject. Henry was the )oungest of
the family. He had gone to Uakota
to try his luck at farming. Crops
had been a failure, and the last let
tar from him had been a most. down
heart ed and discouraging one. "11'mi
afraid lie's sick. If lie wa' n't, it
seois 's if lie would write. Mr. Sny
der's been out there, they say. Bein'
so niear, whenl he was in M innesoty,
lie thought he'd make his sister
Mariari a visit. I don't jest know
what part she lives inl, but miebbe if's
near Hlenry. I hope he see him."
Deacon Jones stffed, as if to ex
press the idea that it wasn't any
credit Co the boy to have been seen
by a mat like his enemy.
The C(liri'stimias service was over,
and tlie Williaises lomtd the dlea
Coin adtil his wife and Mr. Siivder
into their big double sleigh aii set
off homieward. Neither of the two
muen lookd( at each other or scemeid
to be conscious of the other's pres
"M1y ! but, it Itakes Ime feel craw
lV," said irs. J ones to irs. Wii -
liamhis, as she took off her Iviaps in
the "'best bedirooi." I'in all yf a
tvit-ter, I'm so ier'vonis. I sh1'I
1teinible ftr fear of wnat's comi n'
ev' Itliie Ity oplen their Inolis.
I do ( wish youl hadn't, ask'd( both of
i', Alis' Williams."
"I didni't hardlyIN d1,n-V (o," salid
Irs. Willianis, "bit, .Joliin, lie said,
'What, was the use o' let-tini' fhii
foolishniessl kee) us from beini' leighi
b orlv. lie was goini' to ask 'iii, 'cin
take I'ihe chianice o' the con setiences."
"I hope 'hwill all Ibe peaceable,
said Al rs. Jones, "bit--l kI Iow
'l'hey all sat downi to dinier, anad
the coim versationi becaie gciie'al, (.X
(opt betwee Mri . Sniyder antid I)ea
con .Jones. Not a word (lid t.hey
add re to each other. h'ley silily
i, owe.d vach othe -'s exis:terct.
Aft er diiiler, the l ni 4e . , it ot .to
the hani with Mr. Wilhiao, to look
at the stkli. aid Jrs. .Jones andI
- irs. Willblnts visited" wit'h each
of her aIs t ihev elea red away Ihe re
uiinai us of the Christiiias least. NIrs.
H .1 onits trtied to be at e'ase, and1( not
worry, but "comingeet east Ilhir
her ear wee sue t bereai zedt. It
I wast simplyt~ ai quetst ion of tinie.
' Tht tmen cameiL in fronm fthabm
r aniid sait. dlowni. Coniversa tion tIlagged't
r41 f Ir f timie, ats it is quttite' likely to det
of "v ~isi ting'' womien-fashIion. Th'le
aantii.t silenice thai Itisued't was at
lenigth biIroken b~y Nt r. Wvilliams, who
aisked wvhat hiis gue(sts thouotghit about
the newi towna halt that was to be
"'I lhavien 't heard aimyt hin g abotI
if,'' sid N Ir. Snyd'ter. "'It/s atl ben
tal Iked uip senice I wenit, awayV.
Where's it going to be ?"'
"On) i te 1)hise'nbIerr'y corner," rt.
Nitr. Snyd ter, apprliov ing'ly. "*A rery,'
goodt pite. Thle best. place ini town.''
NI is. J1onies fel t her -fate get ling
palie with ai d~reatd of what, wats coit
inig. 'thie I )usen beriry cornet' wa.a
new~ (chtin-ch bitlt. She glanced at
thbe deacon. //i faice was r'ed, anda
slit knew by thle look of him that lie
was Iprepart intg for' a ba t te rtoyal.
"What do /oul think about' it, dtea
con :?" as ked NI r. Will iami s, niot aware
that h e wvats prec ipitat in g nmmat ter's.
ITe detaiton cle'aretd his throalt and (
blew his nose with a blast that. was
1like the soun d of' a f.r imnpet ur iginiig
on to comibat.
"All I have to say is, ef anybotdy's
fool eutoughi to want, the towni hiall
butill on t hat site, t hey hiantii't gt
setice ('toughi to last. 'tem over ieighit.
I shi'llI oppose it, sir ! I woti't con.
- sent toi have thie fitntds o' the towii
s iider'ed inI aw bild in' putt tupt in
s'chi at place ats that.''
'"Of courtse you'llI oppose it,'' sai d
t' . Snydier, giarinug at hiis opponient.
"'Everybhotly that. kniows yotu't Ii expect
/hau/. liut, ftat's aill thme gtood 't will
do(1. Polks hmev got t heir eyes opeiied
in thme last ten or a dlozen'i year, 'nm'
they ain't a-goini' to be biulldhozed as
[liey uised t~o be. I al lavys satid thie
Dunsenmberry coirner' wias thm best site
in townt forn a clhuirch or' any otheri
puiblic buildini', 'n' I'mi reddy to back
my opinioni with money. Tlhe town
hall 's goin' to be built, 'nm' it 's goin'
to be built oni the l)usenberry cor
"I think that's the place for it
myself," said Mr. Williamis, rather
faintly, though, for lie was fr'ighit
enled at the pmrospective quiarcrel lie
had ininocently paivedl the way for.
"Oh, yes, of course I" cried t~he
yrathy deacon. "Of coursc you do.
I see now why I was asked to comec
here to dinner. It was so you could
give that man a chanice to browbeat
me. You wanted to let me know
'that you sided in with him. That's
all right. if a man wants to let
I folks knowtha he 'a made a foo of
hinuself there 'a no law ag'inst it
that I know of. But there ain't any
law that obleeges a 1111111 to set still
'In be ran on 'in crow'd over,'s I know
of. M'lindy, I'm goin' hone. You
can collie with ne, or stay 'n take a
band in abtusiti' me, jest as you think
And the angry deacon strode out
of the room, baullig the door behind
him. Mr. Williams followed him
into the hall and tried to prevent
him from going, but he was obdu
rate. Go lie would, and go he did,
leaving poor Mrs. Jones to follow at
"I knew how 't would be," she
said, as she wiped her eyes as she
bade Mrs. Williams good-by. "I
ain't a mite s'prised at the way it's
turned out. 1 sh'd ha' been dretful
disapp'inted of 't hadn't happoled."
Just as she reached the gate of
her liomie, at neighbor drove Ip Iand
cal led ou t that lie had a letter for her.
"1'romi Ienry, I reckon," he said.
"It's from i Dakoty, anyway."
Mrs. Jones took the long looked-for
letter an(d rall into the house with
eager impatience to find out What
her boy had to Write. The deaconi
was building a fire, but his face
looked its if ia fire was (iuite un nec
essary. .1 He looked hot and befdi so.
I is wife sat, dowin without remov
ing her t ahing, and tore opeln the
letter. Before she had read far she
began to cry. The deacon was frigh t.
"lie Iain't sick or nothill', is lie '"
he asked. But. Mrs. Jones didn't
answe'. Sh.- kept on readinig and
crying. Wlien she la i linished the
letter, she tu rned t.o the deacon aind
looked him straight, in tie face.
"11em' wel Jolies, (Io You know
what's lappeiied to Ilia.t pour Loy of
ourn l'l Itell ye: I e had to
morigage everything ie had last
Year, bilt. he wotliIdIt. I t. it's know it
fer fear we'd worry, 'nl' lie ioped
he'd mre good ick 'i' fetch thiigs
oit, all riglit this vear. But lick
was ag'nst, him, 'n' he'd have lost
ever'y bles.sed Ilin ig ef it. ladn't beelL
fora friend Iut. fotiid out hIIIe troll
blv le was in 'n' helped him ouill o'
tle dilliclit v 'n' Al him right, on
his feet, so that he's likely to do
hetter'ni ever, he says. Now, who do
.yo s'pose that, frie'!md was, i~e'Cel
"I'm sure .1 hain't no idee," said
"Wvell, I 'l tell ye, said his wife.
'T1'was the ni you've been <pwar
relin' ith.L to-day. You've had
words with Mr. Snyder, bit lie wis
the veiy ialn that behaved like a
father to our pool' boy, 'in' leuryI
writes tHIt le said he did it becautse
he hadn't. no grudge ag'inst him, 'i'
he used to t.lunk you one o' his best,
frieids, '' he was willinl' to do it
ft-r the sake of, ol tinies. I (on1't.
know but. MIr. Sivde's to blame for
the t roui ble between you jst as ii tih
as you he, but I'mn goin' right. hack
o M is WVill iamis's to thanmik himi 'e r
helpiin' miy boy, 'ni' tell hinm that .1
shuum't tievei' forgit it. Tlo think oh'
whant. wiouttI htave hiappenied to llIeuryi
see liow ypoui (canh fee'l hand to'rds5 hiim
afiter you readt~ that letter. Ani' t~o
tik that lie never let. on that. he'd
ha't tw itted him i atbou it it if 'you'd
beeni ill his place 'n' lie ini yohrn't,
and M irs. Jones wiped hei' eyes agta in
atid tooik lher' dheIltur ie.
IDeacon J olnes took uip the letter
andI sat ulhwin by t he fir'e to reatd it.
As lie did so, ain11( the kntow ledge of'
his ol 1etny 's kitndneiCss toi thle boy'
so faur atway fr'om hiomie andh in suich
sore troublitie biee'mtie e'letin- to him,
hit tetr andit amgry thiongis beganti to
iLm.away. lFor I he sake ofI old time in !
1 low lhe r'emiembleedI 1he dlays whlen
he andi .lohin Snydetr hodla' Iwe the
lst ofI friieimls!' The nwmiory of
hem seemted to li burst ihe l00oodgates
ofI resenttiment a md s veep down tupon10
him in ai ity torrent thait over
whelmedt lhim. C~ould he have done1
what. his enemyii hoal ?
It ie . atise aiid tought it all
over: andI ats lie did so, it steteed its
if t he s1)1ri t of' theit Chiiistmiais seatson
?ameit itito his hear't atil took posses
sioni of it, andt driove out, the old,
bitter thloiights. IDea'otn Joines loved
the hioy wvho had been'i herrCienided ats
lhe lovedl no one else on ear'th, attd
the kindness done hiimi by the mani
with whom lie hadt so long beein at.
enimity, broke downt thle fenceIs oh
hitried thjat. had kept thlemi apar~ t.
"'I've beeti anm Old fool!'" he satid.
"W'hat If we dIidni't. see ali ke ! Thalt
wats no0 reaison whiy we shtoutld hate
eac.h othier. I'v beenCt as~hamiled of it.
mtote 'ni once, t.hotughi I dlon't believe
I ever admitted it to iiyselfI. It ainii't.
(Christian to feel so t o'r'd a bruot her
in the chiureb, its .\l'hntdyv 's said
time 'ni ag'in, 'ni I've knowved it all
aloing ; bit 1-I let ihe devil in to my
hear't, 'ni there he's staid ; but"-'
anid there was a look of grim deter
minlationi on the dleacoii's face as lie
said it-"he's got to get out. I atin't
goin' to hold a grudge against a man
that 's helped1 miy b~oy when he
hadni't. a friend to look to. Ef he'll
drop the old1 diflkilty, I will.''
. Ther~ deaicon heard the souund of
voices in the road, lie hooked out.
Mi's. Jones was shaking hands wit~h
MLr. Snyder at the gate.
''N ow or never!"' he said, wi th a
r'esolunte look on his face its he
opened~ the doori aind steppedl out. It
cost him a great effort. to (10 what lie
(' but lhe wats not thie man to put
liand to tile plow andi( look back.
N 'ello!" lie sang out. Mr'. Snyder
an Mr's. Jones looked that wvay in
great surprlise5. "I-I dIon't know
what yjou think about it, but P'd like
to be friends agrain," lhe said. "I'm
willin' to M.t bygone be byes if
you be. 'T ain't right to not be
friends sence I've found out what
you've done for Henry."
le was half way down the path
as he said this. Mr. Snyder didn't
wait for him to reach the gate, but
miet him inside it with outstretched
"Friends it shall be, then," he
said, and his face had a glad look in
it. "It's high time we (Iit our fool
ishiess, I reckon. I've been sorry
fo" it, bit I was too contrary to say
"Same here,"' said the deacon, as
he grasped Mr. Siyder's hand in a
grip that made him wince. "I can't
tell you ho.v much obleeged I am fer
what you've dlone fer my boy-"
"Don't mention it,'' said Mr. Sny
der. "You'd have done the same for
one o' my boys, if i'd had any an'
they needed help. I know you
"I' druno 'bout; that," said the
deacon. "I guess I feel a griudge
inIo 1)Oi 10do.'
"'No, you don't! No, you don't!"
silid M r. Snyder, allowing the deacon
to pull him, not unwillingly, into
the house. "I like this ! It's sonie
thing like Christmntas, ain't it ?"
Mrs. .Joies had stopped at the
gate to straighten out matters with
herself. Was she dreaiing? Was
she crazy, or-had the "Imlerricle,'" of
whose possibility she had had grave
doubts, really taken place ?
"Wall, I declare!'' she said, and
she could go to farther. It seented
too good to b- possible. Just then
the deacoti pult his head out of the
door to ask her if she was going to
stand there all day. llad she got
"I (1tnno but I he," she answere(.
"ILei'wel, is (ihe ol diikility done
"So fttr's I m/ con.c'rnted, it is,''
s-tid the deacott, eip hati cal ty.
"I say ainen 1(o tha11, "isaid AMr.
"Glory to (G'od itt the highest I,
pea an-' good will to evervbodyv,"'
sail l rs. .1lnes. "It seems too go od
to be trite, It. I hiope it ain't.. My!
htt; won' the neighbors he s'prised
to hear oi't ! They won't b'lieve it
--I know they won't ! I wouldtn' e,
I hiadn' seen it."
,o it eaie about that, "the old
diflikilty" was buried outof sight on
that; Chris-tas (tay. A nd so may it
come about that we bury tle old
grudges (teep dowin ill our liearts (his
Christmnas lIiy-so deep that, they
iever see the Iight againl.
The Last Christmas Dinner.
In the Unlion Army.
New York Mail 1t1(l Express.
The last Christmas diiner I had
during the war between the States
might, he properly said to have been
"cotnspiuous by its absenc," for it
consisted of htastv bites takeni in the
midst of the roari of emmtionl on boardt
the Iagship Matlvern while we lay
tirF iii rt lisher, which Adind la 'or
ter had selected as a (Chiristutas gift
lotr his leet, atnd which, in my opin
itoni, we shoul11d have had on that day
hadt( it not. Iheen for the trd iness
and h tiek oft <hih1 ont the part of Gen.
It witl be rentiember'ed thait Christ
mias, in the year 18I5, fellt Iupon0 a
Situthy, and usually in tte navy that
day is mtarked lhv iunuistuat elforts to
miake "'the mtess'' atLItract ive, bitt in
the grim t, closintg days of the civil
war 1, S"i tuI lay ws tlike any week-day,
antd Ceven tihe dtIiie It. hoiday of
(Christnitts andt' Sttttd was not' cont
sitder'ed ittn1 'ihft whIihct was itmide
to secuire, by~ mteiots of wm-t, "'peace
ott earth IforIi these 1'inited States.
The Scette oni htiitrt a stipl in lie
Ition, so fa.r ats o';eh a dinnert't is cont
veredt, eom tnot bie dt.'esribed, the
men't are t' 1 ontly themiselvesC in dana
er lbut the whole obfject of their
livesfor ch moent(i to i driv the
etnetmy frotm lhetir 'co ign of' vani
Itage," amtt thbe exeiiteent is itntetnse.
Ltt t Ihe atal (combawt onei. loses con..
Itol (Itft Il sentses save thte one sole
idea of conqujier'ing. As I hook back
on1 my (Christ tmzs dtiner in this pat'
I ienii hCir ea i t. wi as coini ple ly mer'ged
i the st rugigle itt which wve were
etigaged,. and iiy. owni share of the
miealI was the meaa~ger' rat ions wvhich
hatd beeni served to utS ever'y dayL~ for
omontths previus, seatsonted by th'e de
to(nationtg(f giiis and ttheprospect of
.\Iy dtiary at this t itte is that of a
boy~ antd jutst. tit 'y yearts atgoI less
fourt dalys, I find. thits cntry: "'All
readty to statrt. for Wilminitgtot." Of
'oturtse, e venl at thIiis t imte we felt that
lhe tiltimte victory was withI the
NorIlthl atnd the mo vetmets of thle
various5 Uon~ bodies, und~er' their'
getiet'ats, were certainily cotnstrit'(tinhg
the Con federate forces so as to uttti
mttidely (rush thiemt. lhut t.Shermian
has left ini a leterCl at r'e'ord oIf the
haste which was necessary t~o bring
lie w~ar' to a close, and( the says that.
lie arrimvedl in Savatnnah on Clhriistmtas
day and~ stop~ped only3 long eniough to
pr'ovisioii his troops before they tpro
Cceded Oin t heiri way to "the sea.''
My recoIrd of these timesc is scant
enough andl boyish. 111nd I1 been a
few years older I should have known
bettei' and have ethioratted the brief
notes that I find( ini my diary into
somewhat that would( have furnished
miatei'ial for' history. lHut, even as
it is, my intriies maiy revive the
mnemot'ies of the last Christmias the
Union men saw before the greatest
coniflict of modern times was brought
to a close.
It had beenu decided, as I have
said befoi'e, to attack Fort Fisher oni
Ohristmias day and1 in my imurnal
under dote of December 12, I 1i4
this: "All ready for sea; sent two o
licers abhore. in a boat to keep 1
men fromn talking about the 'powd
ship.' This 'powder ship' was a
idea of Gen. Butler's and was both
conception and in effect ridiculor
It was a source of much discussi(
at the time and the expectation w;
that it would do nuch damage. I
a matter of fact, when it was final
touched off by means of electricity
did as little harmi as an ordina
cannon and made about as much
an audible report. It was, neve
theless, a subject of discussion ai
wonder, as the pages of my jourit
I find this record of the 13t
"Three frigates, four sloops of wa
three side-wheel steamers and tl
new Jronside: sailed P-om Haiptc
lIoads at 4 p. i. for Be.mfort." C
tie next (lay we passed the fleet c
Ilatteras and the loiN'dnock, Cano
icils aniid the iew I I oiiside'.
'lIhe 15th finds this entry: "A
rived at I'malfort early inl tle nior
ing ; fountd quite a fleet in port.; ve
sels arriving every lhou1r."
Just one week befo -e Christun
Owe the e itire ldy of vessels Sail(
for .Wilinington, and two (lays hat6
the first initimiatIo of the "gre
ga'Lle" is reco ded briefly in the worn
T'bis great blow created n1o end i
I se'satio'i inl the N orth, and i
many of the cie-les praye-, 1
'those at sea" were sent up by f
vent souls who saw their dear o,
[h "eatened, not only wit b, he chane
)f war, but with tio:e of I e el
ments. And Chrishias was at th
tiic only six lays off ? On fl
l'iuCsday plrecedling Ch ristnmas tI
little diary, which is iy guide, read
"'lowing a gale of witd .:o that v
annoi1ft (1o anything; still at ancho
wvituhin tw Lveij miles of the sho
Winud N. l.'' Oi the iext day [1
ind had shifted to S. W., was blov
g at gale, which ilealns a good (ei
nit moutical hm tlguage, whenl it is S,
it as a fact, "and tle motnito:
were all awash,'' while many of [1
ships were 'drcagging their anchors,
The next (ay there was no sul
idetce of the fury of the wind, bi
lie ships mtoved nearer to their o
jective point and otn the 23d H
story of my diary is a little bit mo
-heerfulI, and mliore int keeping wit
the season. It reads: "Wind wei
Lown at silnrise; n1ow things lo(
like work ; a large mai I arrived.''
Uhiistmuis mail with tid 'gs at
hopes from eager homes-' hear
whose love and future happinc
were boumd up in the habitants
the ships that lay exposed to t
winds and waves and tie murdero
attacks of the enemy's guns. "\
went in," says my journal, -'and hi
a Iok at Fort Fisher; the pow(
boat was blown ipl at inight ; it w
This was the result that wvas<
pected of thie famuous "powder boat
Admiiral Porter always ridiculed
atnd it had about us much effect
tFort F'ishier ais if it had never be
sent. It was, during [lie time it ii
gtrdler by its, a soturce of gre
anuxietyv. 'l'hie day befor'e Christmi
dliffereCd from (lie home rule ats te
ini the rhymv~e, and ever'v "creatu
was st irintg,"' and this fact is th
recorded in my~ li ttle book : " At
a. mu. we got undetr way withI t
fleet for Fort Fisher, and1( commiientc
act ion at. I p. mi.; fought all t
aftertnootn andi~ closed tiring at su
downivi. We have 110 forts yet
This counent. is ironical.
'lhe next iy was Christ ums dII
Ibt when thie miorniing broke thc
was no tho~ught of t he toothsom
meal of the season, or of! t he day
aL festi val int Chrtistenidomu. 'The1
[ions served as oiccasioni oflered we
"caught on the fly,'' as it weire, oi
the navy meni there present was t
retnewat of t~he attack of the dayv 1
fotre. 'l'here was, of coiurise, a rem
niisentt IlavorI 0f dlinnters at hot
wvith hme mfol ks, but th(iis gave wv
at, th sou nd of: thme (irst gun i whmi
was Ii redl ati "I I a. mi.,"' and( the fig
Ier hiad arurived, thle boats( had lanii
"'some troops,'" andi thie fleet heg;
to thtiink "'thle fort. ai toutgh pilace.''
eventIfu l day to be, "Btle Ir is
bilamie. lie is too slow.'' A fa
whlich is backed lip by Adhirmal I'<
ter' in his book on thie war and L]
by thle more i mportan t evidene- [Ih
is fitrnlished lby histo ry, whiich-'sho(
[lbe catur~t te of' 'otrt Fishier on1 Jai
tiary 1 2. Tlhese were (lie scenes
wvhichi my Christmans dininer w
eaten, and if it amounotiits to bu11t titJ
ais aLt ier, t here is thiis comnpenm
tion, t hat [lie dainy will be longi
mi~heberd as aL Clirisinmas wvhen
diiner was seconidary t~o aL deed ; aI
if I Cani niot r'ecoitut thie bill of fI
I cani lit least recall omne Chi'istmi
tide whIiich "t'tried men's soilis am
did ntot. find them wantin1g.'"
A MOS M. L~YON,
Acting M aster's Alate,
U. 8. N. Flagshtip Mahver
Ini the Con federate Army.
A glorious night, that (Christm
eve of l8M4, crisp, cold amid exIthi
atiing to the young soldier wh~o r~o'
r'ap4liy aiown the Osborn pike, lea
ing I imlights of Rlichmiond behin
thinkiing of' the Chiristumas eye che,
Ite had enijoyedl with kind friendsj
the city, wvho were more mindful
[lhe boys in the trenches than of tI
dangers to their hiomies.
The oflicers had a htut at the hten
of [the parade facing [lhe fortificatioi
Indl as [lhe captain dismnounitedl h
faithful ima n, as, who coul g
id nearer to a battle, hide 8kfor, and'
emerge sooner than any nl n in the
le army, appeared from the E adow in
Le r hi;s "dug-out" and talked .o the old
n sorrel as he led hin off.
in "l'se sequestered a bag pf oats dat
z. squai ndered from do majoii's waggin,
mi an you gits a ChristnuA bellful
is sure: ]'il glad of dat, but- whar s do
Ls grub for Camsar and (e captain and
ly de rest of de boys on C hristmas day?''
it le muttered something about .Elijah
ry and the ravens and tle Lord, and
Df the sp..rrows that fall ; but a few
r- minutes later disappeared in his com
id fortable hole in the ground, singing
A1 "My love she af a coal black rose"
in happy-go-lucky style.
11: For a few minutes they were silent,
r, half sitting, half lying on their
ie blankets before the fire. Suddenly
n11 the captain dived into the pockets
n of his overcoat, and holding bef'ore
'ff each officer a brilliant; little piece of
silk ribbon patch wotk, exclaimed:
"A Christmas 1esent for each of
r- us from the loveliest Virginia girls
1- you ever saw."
s- "A silk tobacco bag by thunder,"
said tle first lieutenant.
is "The very thing I wanted," said
'. the first sergeant.
3r They eljoyed the smoke. The
it first sergeant, who was caterer for
1a the mcss, told hint. that next to a
good meal, which they couldn't get,
f a smoke would satisfy the keenest
n' "That reminds me, how about a
- camp Christmas dinner ?" said the
Sctptain. "Wlien I called on the
s comi'nissary today he hoped to have
- a little bacon to add to our allow
1 ance, and told me that the 'bome
le thins' of whiich the Virginia and
o North 'Jarola families have (le
: p -ved themselves to give thesoldiers
one more C(hristmas dinne- would
A probably reach headquarters this
e "'liy haveii't coie yet," said the
lietenanit, "but the Commissary ser
geant is now at headquarters with a
detail to bring down wh.j is to be
e "I found two or three boxes for
the men," continmued the captain, "at
i the Soo ti Carolina home in bhe city,
in tihe old ' .Exchange Io'el,' and
t ordered them sent out with the quar
e termasters'stores. But the nilroads
are in a dreadful condition, asnd the
i only safe route now to the South is
k by the Richmond & Danville road,
A so that our men will be sadly dis
d appointed in not getting boxes con
ts taining something from louie."
s Tired of waiting for the "spider
of wagon,' as the commissary v gon
lie was known, the men had gon to
LIS bed; that is, had exchanged t eir
VC situation in Turk fashion for a ly'ig
pa osture. But a sudden shout, 'Come
e and get your rations!" brought ia
aS member oi each mess, even at that
hour of the night, to the commis
Ssary's (quarters, if a plank or two
n laid on stuimpS could be so desig
inated. And with inlinite care and
absoluite impartiality, the beef and
flour and~ salt, a slice of bacon and a
ahandful or two of cow peas--the
Slast two items an almost unikrown
as luxury-were parceled out to each
1( miess. And then were apportioned
rthe four or five turkeys and cab
Lis bage, our con tributio-1 for a Christ
7 mas dinnler to the army. A feast
lie for a king, but scarcely a bite for
200 hungry soldiers.
lie The oflicers gave up their share.
.Wiesonic of the messes (drew lots
e for a turkey or a head of cabbage,
which was not enough for two,
,others, complosed of strong and hearty
ie men, gave ump theirs to the weakly
as Thecaptainl and his mess of six
a-ofirs hld a counucil before
te trning in, Cosar and the cat
erer fornimig the advisory hoard.
of The result was an app~ropriattioni for
lie CJhristmnas of $75 in (ion federate
,money, being one-six th of thir ' comn
Sbined month's pay, for no boxes
were expectedl fromi homie.
ay Tl.heir combined mon11th's pay wa ms
4h $450 in Confederate iioacey, worth
lit $18 ini gold, or, rather, ini what gold
-would buy in thle be iegcd citfy, for
L'd no0 gol was actually to b)e had.
m Ca'sar at dayligh t started for t lhe city,
with ordlers to do( the best he could
uis with the Coinfederate mioiie-y ini a big
to roll in his pocket.
,ct In duen course Co'sar retiirned from
ir the city, anid dlisappear'ed withi thme
so caterer ini the ''dug out'" cal ledl the
at kitehen, with a half dozen bundles
vs and a miysterious airt.
n.. In ('eh mess in ca~mp the "cook'"
in wasi busy, every other menmber hun mg
asaround the tire, gave oflicious advice
le about the art of cooking, and got
aL- snubbed for his pains. While some
'e- smuoked their pipes to keep down
a Itheir appetites and1( pass the time of
1(1 waiting, others orgainix ed a foo trace,
'e, others practiced from an old1 book of
,s. songs, and all looked withm affection
1(d ate iinterest at, the bubbling p~ots and~
WVe wer'e located1 in what remained
of aL pine forest, and~ nto holly berries
n. or' mistletoe or Southeirn moss was at
hanud. That 0one Christmas diner,
the pick of three davs' rationis, wals
ready, at last, ini every melCss; and in
Is thme capJtaini's quatrters Cousar an
t- niouniced, with a (dignified bowv, that
le innuler was setrved.
v- "Why, bless my soul," said the
i,, jolly first lieutenant, "here's a stuffed
rW .'roast pig with ani app~le in his mouth,
n and a rice p~arleau and sweet pota
>f toes, and~ a huge tin cup of black
I" Cmsar," said the captain, " you
.dI always was a trump, but you re
,served your b~est card for today."
is " I donm' tknow about cards, sir,".
t renlied (Jisa. "bitt v w- r:aise
'bout de culinary of a roast'n pig,
i~d you hab my respects for a good
dnier and merry Christmas."
'With this exordiium we collected
arotitd the board, or rather two
boards, which formed the table, us
ing our folded blankets as divans.
Armed with a knife and honienake
wooden fork and spoon, and a tin
plate and Cup, each proceeded to
discuss the viands. There is art in
carving as well as in cdoking a pig;
but why discuss the dinner ?
The meat was fat and juicy, and
although the meat was rather dark
aud less delicate than a Chester
county infant, the diners did not
discover thie fact that it was a
ground-hog, captured by some of
Cusar's sable friends in a il i on the
Janies river, uitil a week after the
feast. Ea'chi particular grain of rice
stood oil end, and it would have
dono credit to the best South Caro
lina cook; and the coffee, which con
tained , f v grains of the genuine
bean to give 1UvOr to the toasted
wheat, was pronotced strong and
As the (lilner progressed belts
were loosened, faces expanded, the
health of the fair oles and dear ones
was repeatedly qualfed in the black
decoctioll, and the lardships of war
were forgotten. "laive tolay,'' is
the soldier's motto, for he can take
no note of tile Morrow.
CAPrAIN l1U011 R. GARDEN,
Comnnatiding the "Vield Artillery.''
T'iR: OUul o A Boy.-Neither
precocity lor (1111lness is a certain in
dex of the future of a boy. Only a
wise man can* tell the difference be
.weeln tile priggislhnecss of conceit and
the display of unusual talent, and it
hikes a su)erlatively wise man to de
vise right methods of exciting temn
perallenlts that are dull, or, on the
other hand, to guide a genius. A b
n1o nal brilliancy and abnormal
slowness are usitally the result of ab
nioriimtl )hysical coiiditioiis, and
physiologists are only just beginning
to show to ordinary parents how
these unusual conditions may be dis
covered and treated. When we see
a man we can not tell what sort of a
boy he came from, and when we see
a boy we can not tell what sort of a
manlie will make.-Preside#t D. C.
Gihnian, president of Johns Hopkins
Heart Disease Kills
suddenly; but novor withoutuwarningI symp.
toms,such as Faint, ve.ic or lungry siells,
Irregular or intermittent Pulse, Fluttering
or Palpitation of the Heart, Choking Sensa
tions, Siortness of Breath. swelling of Feot
and Ankles, ate.
Dr. Miles' Heart Cure,
Cures Heart Disease.
Mr.Ge. L Sai~hofth Geo L /mt
coul hard.ly, crawi, aound Myl rend, LSmith
Junls U.Vo, onvle, fy wurleadn pharm2a
c5itso asd ot ayDrls'earIwsateril surf.
Ifhd er ior at troumorethan a bottle)whan
iwsobieard anthd toh I e toigtosy
lrih.1hdtcbndnbusiness asnduarya oe.
colar aind No' rvwl sont, fro. Mydreds Mr.
Muius Medca og., lkhaf or ling am
citD s~ m otyTr. Miles' ReeisRetrleath.e
th Wat e( l iDei t sirentrl
itooviery. c omunt had the slitt
truenc tes, and 1 il ore :to tdo n tn
bthies aucst tgumrl avrcncudet
make( bym very glsib 'ehero.r Booked
rooms Medital o Ecurtat les.on
hr ctomernt oer poroHico tin
Wh e (0D ePosi reati
adm verym crefu llly Ind hen ati
oer oe of~ ii( our o o oi n
theurl renet tie No.1 coniudtso n
mesol(akiledvryo Sulitlo~r win larg
drssr wuith 20xo seve irrr onte. 11
laorg wahtad wvery dotolio doo
ahenddaer ono days.ot, estead till
width.i iset cully and furnitr a
Oiw or ne ny urtr soei oess
Ourn gr35. ofe no. hi corst o 01at
yoli Oa iseot buite largo lsz
sios wqalto anyx~ bevn oel mrket.~
la rdgr ton start, thoble ofhor
suitesu ands toeo of urnitusyeand
borhod Wn anyreuetor st'rp onot ss
baly $to onot hipnk forn n10 that
Ioth for a $5,whlen suteo essuroes
ith h ord tostrt Theslderoftiosen
siul ths out1and keendou wih s andh
lsuito ou besieds to your nfeiths
nortcd wes asgreeoshte yone may Ito
oun to h ei at ~ou pel n the
youthr $15 wh efnde toi you. Cour
alpossibl cnainaring man ilesta
cthis ot arenditn1 and tile ur
nsh~e illgod ~ be sont1ei to youl up-t I
ot appstcatron.ooie yl a
The suite above described iso ipe10
lal bargaInand1( does nlotapp~ier' I the
catatlogue, thoereforo It is us..ass to
wvrite tor ilusisations of this sulitoi,
and while vou tare delaying writinlg
some one elso may get tile bargiain.
wVe assure you thalt we ill not1 ship
but 01n0 site in your nlghiborhood
at this price. A fter oneC suiito has been
sippod( in tile nioghborhlood thel
price0 will go) to at least $80.
L.. F.. PA DG ET T
. 461 niIoA) D58T, AUG UBTA, (GA.
wVe have furnmshed an immense qiantity of
lumber, doors, sash blinds, pews pu lpits
&c. for church buil'ng, and know Now to fi
such orders of1the righ~t quality, at the right
time, 'and for the right price-everything
rigAl, you see.
AUGUSTA LUMBEIR CO.,
"Ru &P A e Mfa a k s _ ..IJ . A_