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I PRIZE WINNERS IN STORY CONT!
Following are the Christmas stories
that won the prlz b In The Advertis
(By Until Harwell.)
Polly did so want to know all about
everything. She not only asked ques
tions on all subjects and of all people,
but she tried hard to lind out things
foi herself. This would have been
very well if she had asked questions
only about things proper for her to
know, or If she bad tried to find out
only those things her friends wished
bei to know.
The more she ought not to know,
and the more folks tied to keep any
thing from her. the more it seemed
to her si.' must know and the harder
she tried to find out. Her papa look
id very sober whenever he found her
prying Into other people's affairs. Her
mother often talked to hei about her
fault. Brother Jack made fun of her
because of it. and Jack's teasing was
hnrdor to bear than hor mother's
Words Or hor father's sober looks.
It was very vexing indeed when
Jack sent her a valentine with a very
big eye at a very little key hole, inside
a queer border of interrogation marks.
She knew only too well what it meant,
and she really did find sorry over It?
foi perhaps half an hour. Yet only
the next day she tore a hole in a paper
bag of rlCO to SGQ what was inside;
and when her mother saw the mains
Slipping and sliding in a white stream
over the floor, sh made her count
them, even that did not prevent hor
from taking all the things out of a
visitor's trunk to see what was at the
One day she* reached up and pulled
off the pantry shelf a large pan of
maple syrup, which poured down bei
heal and clothes. And her mother
made her sit for an hour or two oil
a stool in the middle of the kitchen
with the sticky syrup running over
hei face and through her long hair
and even down her back.
And now it was nearly Christmas
and the one thing Polly most wished
at Ohlstmas was that her gift, what*
?vi r it should he. would be a sur
prise. "O, Mamma." she cried, "don't
lot it be anything i ever beard of,
and do be sure not to drop a hint of
It before the very minute you put it
in my hands and not then either. 1
shouldn't care for the very best prcs
< ill If I guessed what it was before
! opened the package." Her mother
promised it should bo just that way;
and Polly went off singing:
"Happy as a bird am I.
Happy as a bee.
I Is ppy as a butterfly,
Happy as can be!"
But the week before Christmas Polly's
mother saw that she was unhappy.
PlfSt she stopped singing; then she
stopped laughing: finally she did not
even smile, and at last the very men
tion of Christmas brought a pained
look Into her face and made her eyes
fill with tears.
Her mother had talked with her
several times, but Polly "wouldn't
tell" and she didn't till the Christinas
< v. t wilight bad fallen, she (vine into
Musk of avonlng time, she came Into
her rtiotlmr's room and throw herself
into her arms sobbing as If her heart
would forerek. "It's Just dreadful and
1 orirtibea4j.il another minute hut I
deserve*it m\," she cried. "What is
it littlqidaughter-" asked her mother
1i ndorly as she folded Polly ( lose in
' 0i mamma, not to have the Christmas
surprise after all!" "Why. Polly!"
exclaimed her mother, "you have, you
will I'm sure; I've got something
yon never dreamed of, and I've (ll'Opp
? 'I no hint and it's been hidden
away safely for a week".
it would have been new," cried
lolly, "but now it isn't; for mamma.
0, mamma, I ? 1 have seen it!" and
I oily sobbed afresh. "But how could
you have seen it. Polly? I put it away
so carefully In" "O, yes, I know?
in the bottom drawer of the spare
loom dressing-case", sobbed Polly.
"I saw you come out of there laugh
ing softly to yourself, and I wanted
to know why, and I went In and the
key was in the drawer, and I opened
i! and saw?the?present!''
"O.Polly, said her mother sadly,
"how could youI don't know?1
did but, mamma," cried Polly start
ing up, a brave light breaking over
bcr face, "I?will?not pry into things
? v< r again any n.ore."
She kept her word and ever since
1. e.- Christmases have been happy.
Laurens, S. C.
(By Mnrj Hill).
In a lonely lane In London was a
miserable street Inhabited mostly by
poverty stricken people, At the end of
this narrow lane, was an old house,
which perhaps belonged formerly to
some wenlthler person tbnn now In
habited it. Rut Inside it was clean and
as comfortable as It was posslblo to
In this house Mrs. Burns lived, and
rented rooms to persons who felt like
they were not able to afford a whole
house. At the top of this "mansion",
in an attie. lived a little girl, of thir- I
teen years, with her two little sis
ters, Bllon and Nell; the former being
ten years of age, and the other, two
Louise the older sist'-r of thirteen
summers earned a few pence, by seit- ;
Ing matches and llowers to support
them. She always had her rent ready
and they being very quiet children,
Mrs. Burns had no cause to complain.
At the time my story begins it was
Christinas eve, and the snow was fall
ing thick and fast. Louise wrapped
up in her thin cloak, as best as she
could, started out to see if she could
procure a few shillings from her mat
ches and llowers. She kissed her lit
tle sisters good-night, (for she told
them she would not bo back before
dark, and by that time they must he
in bed.) and started out.
First she met a man. whom she
asked to buy her articles. The man
appeared to be very wealthy, judging
by his elegant fur cloak, and the car
riage from which he alighted, lb;
paused and looked at her. but shook
Iiis head and went into a store. One
after another passed by. hut no one
seemed to wish for any of her goods.
By this time it had censed to snow,
and people were hurrying to and fro.
in and out the stores. Some came
out with various sizes of bundles, in
their arms. Louise's eyes tilled with
tears of disappointment, when she
thought of the two little stockings
at home, hanging on the bet! posts,
and she knew Santa-Claus would pass
them by because they were so poor.
Presently a nurse came along, roll
ing a little lame boy. The little boy
said something to her. and when they
reached Louise she stopped and priced
i the llowers, among them were lilies
of the valleys, ami carnations.
She replied, "If lie wants one. why
lie's welcome to it." ami reached into
the basket and drew out two hunches,
and handed them to him. When lie
extended the money to her. she refus
ed to take it. and ran around the corn
er, leaving the little hoy very much
amazed to think that such a ragged
girl should refuse money. Had Lou
ise known that the man in the fur
coat, was standing in the store, watch
ing her, she would have turned very
pale, for it was the lame child's fa- ,
Gleen, (for that was the child's
name) returned home, and had nurse
to put his llowers in a vase, that he
I may look at them. That night after
Louise had returned to her room, sitt
! ing by the tire, a caller who was no
I other than "The man in a fur coat."
.lie had a conversation with Mrs.
I Burns, and an hour later a dozen bun
dles were sent to the "mansion." and
received by Mrs. Burns, who ipilotly
I put them inside the attic, on the floor
at the foot of the bed.
Noxt morning as the bells were
ringing out. ?'Peace on earth, good
will toward men," Louise fell that
altlio' she had given, she received
nothing, but when she got up to build
the lire, what a sight greeted her
eyes! Hastily calling Kllen and Nell
ie, and they untied the packages, and
there was a dress and winde o n :'.t
for each, a doll, fruits, nuts, cnnale.
In a Utile While Glcon's father
came and they put on their now cloth
es and went for a sleigh ride after
which he took them to his home for
dinner, one such as they bad never
Truly Louise could say. "(Jive and
ye shall receive."
Till: HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS.
(By Herbert Sullivan.)
Centn res before the birth of Christ
nearly till nations of the earth cele
brated the winter solstice (Dec. 21)
with religious ceremony and merry
making. Their hearts were glad be
cause the sun had overcome the dark
ness and cold of winter, and the
lengthening days told of the approach
The Hornaus called this festival Sat
urnalia, and the Northern nations
tRcandanavians, (lotbs. Saxons etc.)
tailed it Yule.
A century or more after the birth
of Christ, when many of these heath
ens had become converts to the Chris
tian religion, this season was chosen
to commemorate the birth of the
Christ-Child, and many of the old
Yule-tide customs were adopted and
given a Christian meaning. The
Christmas tree, Yule log, mistletoe
and even Santa Clans himself were
banded down to us from these old
converted heathens. For example;
the Druids thought mistletoe sacred
when gathered from oak trees; they
gathered it at Yule, and sprays of it
were hung with much ceremony ov
their dooi? to offer shelter for the
gods of the forest during the eold sea
son: and now. we decorate dim- homes
at Christmas with mistletoe. Not to
offer shelter to the gods but for a pur
pose especially designed for us boys.
The exact date of Christ's birth is
not known. During the fourth some
of the old saints reckoned it to he De
cember li.*>t!l. though no mention of the
day or season of His birth can be
found anywhere in the Gospels, and
that day. December 25th, has been ac -
cepted by all Christian nations. No
doubt Christmas was at first chiefly
a religious festival: the name Christ
mass or Christinas tells us that. But
as the years went by it grew more and
more to be a season of merrymaking.
The Christmas gayety reached Its
height In Queen Elizabeth's roign.
On Christmas Eve the Yule log was
dragged In, the houses decorated with
mistletoe and holly, the fir tree lit and
the uummors or maskers held high
carnival. Early Christmas morning
carols were sung, then mass, followed
by great feasting. Wild hoar's head,
mince pie and plum pudding were
among the rich dishes served ;it these
feasts. The feasting and revolting
lasted for days. Some of these old
English ways of keeping Christmas
were transplanted to American soil
by the early settler-, of Virginia. The
Pilgrim fathers thought it a sin to en
joy themselves, so of course they did
no. approve of such doings and for
many years after Massachusetts was
settled anyone that dared to celebrate
Christmas was fined. But we owe
much to the Dutchmen of New York
for they revived the legend of St.
Nicholas an l taught Hie American
children to love the old saint.
I In slavery times, all Southerners
[celebrated Christina- ;!*V something
lot' the hospitality and gayety of the
old English; and the negroes Intro
duced the use of lire-works to add to
the fun. So you sec. we Southern boys
owe something to many Influences
from the Druids to the Southern ne
cro i ir making our Christmas what
it is. the happiest, jplllcst lime of the
13 years old.
In sixth grade of l.aureus Graded
SAP.MI'S (II HI ST MAS.
(Bj V/.ih Wofford.)
On the street stood a small girl
shivering and blue with cold. A very
i thin shawl was drawn tightly around
her shoulders. Large tears stood in
her eyes as she gazed at the crowd
passing by her with their arms full
It was the day before Christinas
eve and she bad b(A'i> trying hard all
day to sell enough oranges to get
some money for Christmas. She want
ed to get presents for her sistei and
to brother. There was a doll at the
store, which she wanted to get tor
her little sister. It did not cost but
twenty-live cents and she was sure
she could get it. She thought of go
ing home, but she knew, if she went,
there would be no fire nor anything
to eat: so she decided to try. a few
more times, to sell her oranges, lint
everybody seemed in too great a hurry
to no'ice Per. Soon she nu t a man
who seemed very kind, stepping up;
to him, she said. "Do yon want to buy
sonic oranges, four for a nickel "
"Yes" ho replied "lei me have fifteen I
She gayo I.im the oranges and took i
the money Which sin- held very tight
ly and closely in her hand. Then
she turned and started down the
Street, turning tin- corner she soon
came to an old house. She opened
the door ami stood looking around the
room. Sitting before the fireplace was
her mother, mending stockings. In
one corner were three small children,
while in the other corner, sat her
father who looked very much like a
drunkard. "Come In" said her mo
ther, "don't stand there and hold the
door open for the wind blows cold
Sarah?for that was the girl's name
went in and sat down before the tire
place. "Is there no wood," Sarah
asked her mother. "No Sarah" re
plied her mother"thore are about four
sticks and that is alL'. "Tom." said
wood." Tom brought the wood which
after he had put it on, began to crac
kle and he went hack to his play.
"Did you have good luck today.
Sarah?" asked her mother. "No mo
ther" answered Sarah "I only sold
twenty cents worth, but I think I will,
sell some more tomorrow."
"Go now" said her mother' and put
the children to bed." Sarah rose
and put the Children to bed; after
she had told them good night, she
went back to her mother. Just then,
her father started out the door.
"Where are you going. Father" she
said, but received no answer.
"Mama" she said "I do. so much,
want to get a present for the children,
especially the doll for Louise." Ma
ma, it is the prettiest doll you most
Sarah," run out
a stick of
... ...i> icme iiit'in uuu ri ? nur. .... :
lather. .VM'ter ho had left the house,
he walked down the street a little
way. Ho was thinking; he wanted to
quit drinking but could not do it. lie
thought of his wile and children, at
home. Buffering while he was giving
hi nisei I up to drink. Suddenly, he
stopped; he was near the saloon: be
COUld hear loud voices; already he
could smell the whiskey. "What must
I do," he said. "I will never touch
another t'.rop.of that stuff" he said i
and turning walked back down the
street, lie came to his house: went j
in ami sat down by the lire. Looking
at his wife, he said: "I will never
touch a drop of whiskey again," and
he sank down on the tloor i ml burst
into tears. "Got up' said his wife in
a gentle tone, "and get off to bod."
He rose and went to bed. bis wife
and daughter soon following. Sarah
was up early in the morning and as
she was about to leave went to her
father and said. "Do not leave the
bouse today, father"
Then she went out and walked down
the street very rapidly. Isvoryone
seemed to smile at her as they passed.
She soon sold out all except a few.
Looking up she saw the man who
bad bought oranges from her on the
day before. He saw her and said to
himself, "I will limi out something
about ihis girl" ami going up to her
he said: "where do you live, little
girl, and why are sou out in this
"I live just down the street, in the
lilifd houso from the corner ami I am
trying it' get some money for Christ -
I mas. We .'.re very poor and haven't
any wood not anything to eat and I
I want to got sonn presents for we are
too poor to pa> Vai.'.a Claus. I have
almost sold out my Oi'nnges and I
think 1 will have enough to got some
presents" said the girl. "I will give
you one dollar for the rest of your
oranges." said the man. lie took th,'
oranges and gave her the money. She
counted her money and found that she
had three dollars. She went to the
store and bought a doll and carriage
for Louise, a leather horse for Tom.
a rattler for baby, a present for mama
and papa and fruits for all. When
she started home it was almost dark;
the streets were brilliantly lighted
and everyone was loaded with bun
dies. Once she saw Santa Clans stand
ing in one of the stores ami she hur
ried by lest he should see her. When
she reached home, all the children
were in bed and papa and mania wer
sitting before a very cheerful looking
tire. The room was all decorated
with holly and everything looked like
"Oh. do look what I brought" she
said and she smiled as she displayed
each gift. Then she put the presents
in the stockings which were banging
before the fire.
"Where did you get the wood, ma
ma-" she said. "Why" answered her
mother "a wagon came just a little
while ago, with wood, provisions,
presents and everything almost." "Oh"
said the girl. "I lust ktui' the man
j that bought the orti from me sent
them, lie seemed to be a very kind
: man." "I don't know who sent lliom
but he must have l fen a kind man."
said the mother, "i'npa" said Sarah.
"Do you suppose Santa Claus will
iCOllie to Might?" "I expect so." replied
the father, "the mna thai brought the
wood said be would send him. Hut
you had better be in bed."
Sarah went to bed and was soon
in dreamland. In the morning the
children were up early to see if Santa
Clans had come. And sure enough,
their stockings were crammed full.
"Oh!" said Tom "do look, here is a
j horse, a wagon and all kind of good
I ies." "And I've got a doll" said Lou
ise, "and candy and things."
It was a happy sight in this home.
Everybody was happy; they had plen
ty of wood, a good dinner and best of
all their father had resolved to do bet
Madden. S. C.
! Age 13.
For That Dull Feeling After Kating.
I have used Chamberlain's Stomach
and Liver Tablets for some time, and
can te?tlfy that they have dono me
more good than any tablets 1 have ev
er used. My trouble was a heavy dull
feeling aftor eating David Freeman.
Kempt, Nova Scotia. These tablets
strengthen the stomach and Improve
the digestion. They also regulate the
liver and tiowels. They are far su
perior to pills but cost no more. Get
a free sample at Laurens Drug Co s.
drug store and see what a splendid
medicine it Is.
MERRY WIDOW is a rieb man's to
bacco, but you get it at a pour man's
price from M, N. Fowler.
??'<? the next weeK
re;atns In the Ne
he has ?
the piessities of Life.
book i -
Mrs?/e }iave now in store
"(^'barrels of Fresh Flour
whi ;h we are going to sell.
Best patent Flour, Copy
right or White (1?/:
Satin per bbl. ?PU.^O
Best second patent Flour,
Nondyke or c
White Kose, %P*3./0
Big Shipment of Choice
Heavy Red Rust Proof
Oats just received
Red May and
Rice Heal and
Wheat Bran for
Fatten Your Hogs! We
Have the Feed.
Bran and Shorts
per sack -
Mill Feed per
Rice Flour per | *y c
sack - *P * ? * O
J. H. SULLIVAN
Laurens, S. C.
20 acre lol on Hast Main Street
wiili two dwellings and other
47 ncres near Ora; high state
9 } acres near Ora; all necessary
gtorc house ami lot at Monnt
ville, cheap lor quick sale.
ver Skin and
Laurens, S. C.
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