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"Chrlstnui8 comoH but onco a year
and whon it gooa I'm glad of It!" mis
quoted Mr. Anthony Riggs, looking
sourly at the too of bis slipper.
As Anthony Riggs lived ?11 alone In
the big bouse, (here was no one to
reply to bis unpleasant remarks.
Downstairs In the kitchen his one
servant clnttered noisily about her
work. Everywhere else In the house
It was very quiet. And there Is no
silence like that of a great house
which has once known the joyful
clamor of a largo and happy family.
Years ago Anthony had had a love
affair, hut It ended most unhappily.
The girl had married another man
und Anthony lllggs had been left to
develop Into a morose old bachelor
and not so very old at that.
"Christmas comes but once a year
and I'll try to get as far away from
it as I can," misquoted Mr. Itlgns
once more, as he kicked off his slip
Tiers and reached for Ills shoes. When
he was buttoned tightly Into his fur
lined ulster and his sealskin cap was
rallied down over his ears there was
nothing to Ii.1 seen save a pair of
very bright brown eyes and an aris
Once in the snowy streets Anthony
Rtpgn found himself nearer to Christ
mas than he had been before. The
shops were overflowing with holly
wreaths and branches of mistletoe,
toys and games and candy and nuts.
Beautiful gifts were displayed In the
windows and many happy, expectant
faces were pressed against the plate
"Please, sir," said a small voice at
Anthony's elbow, "can't you give mo
a job carrying your bundles?"
"What bundles?" frowned Anthony.
"Your Christmas presents?what
you're going to buy, sir," said the
little boy, reapectfully.
"I'm not going to buy any pres
ents," replied Anthony quite fiercely.
"Here'* something for you?go and
buy your own gifts and don't bother
me!" He thrust a dollar bill Into the
eager little fingers and strode on, un
mindful of the curious glances, of
those who had overheard his conversa
tion with tbe little lad.
A glittering window full of jewels
threw a flashlight on his memory. It
was In that same shop he bad once
purchased a ring for Mary Wood. The
ring had been returned to him and
he had flung It Into the farthest cor
ner of his desk. It was there now.
He turned away and sauntered on.
In front of his own church,. friendly
hands drew him Into the brightly
lighted basement of the edifice where
the annual Christmas bazaar was in
'i here was a merry throng of men, 1
women an I chlldron moving to and
fro among the booths devoted to the
sale of fancy articles, toys and candy
Supper tables occupied one end of the
room and In in obscure corner a for
tune teller's tent was made of gay
shawls. In tho middle of the room
stood a gigantic Christmas tree, load
ed with gifts Wrapped in tissue pa
"Ten cents will entitle you to a gift
fiom the tree," explained his guide.
. "I don't like presents," said An
Deacon Rmlthors smiled quizzically.
"Very well, suit yourself, Anthony!
There is tho fortune teller perhaps
she will predict a happy future for
you! There Is the supper table, that
will insure you a good nn al and the
booths pay your monoy and take
your cholco!" Ho moved away and
H ft Anthony RlggS standing pale and
cold In the midst of the happy crowd.
Perhaps It was because ho did not
know what else to do that Anthony
awaited his turn at the fortune tell
er's lent, and once within Its dim re
cesses he felt foolishly aware that ,
fhe future held nothing for him that
Jtt did not know.
The gipsy's dark head was con
cealed In the folds of a hu e mantilla;
from the flowing sleeves of her rod
velvet bodice, two slim brown arms
and hands flashed out and caught his
largo hand. The lace-draped head
bent over his palm.
"You have had much sorrow," said
the glpay In a low musical voice, "but
much of It has been your own ma
iking! Do the things I shall tell you
and you will live to be very happy
and see your dearest wish gratified!"
Anthony smiled sardonically. "And
the three things l sball do?" he
"The day after tomorrow Is Christ
mas day. Tomorrow night you mint
.make three persons happy. Find three
fpersona who are poor and needy and
?sorrowful and take them to your home
tand provide them with a bountiful
.dinner; hare gifts for them and when
rtfcey have gone away bleeelng you
then, you may receive a gift your
"What will it be? I don't want a
mfltl I haven't kept Christina* for
years," protected Anthony, a? he
rlaced some moaey om the table.
?Three you did, that*! Don't forget?
or you will lose your last chance or
being happy. And stay?" A ?Ilm
hand arrested h!s going.
"Yen?" Anthony's voice was very
"Be sure to have that ring In read I
ness you may uoe? H!"
And the nexl Instant Anthony found
himsell elbowed out of the tent by
impatient waiters at the door, and
without another glance about the dec
orated room he left the church and
wenl home, much perturbed.
Of course, Anthony Uiggs know
that the fortune teller rould he none
Other than some member of his,
church who was familiar with more ;
or less ol the detail of ids life and ,
liablts, He was surprised at his own
lack of Indignation because his pri
vate affairs had been discussed l> ? a
Stranger indeed, ho almost fell a
glow of gratification that he was ftill
numbered among those lo whom
son,eiIdng wonderful might happen
"I'll try It, anyway," said Anthony
that night as lie blew out bis candle
"It can do no harm "
It is a simple matter to make poor
people happy. Anthony Kings found
It so. The day before Christmas was
marked by a series ol" galvanic shocks
lor the servant maid In the basement
of Anthony's fine houso. Before night
the pantries were tilled with delicious
viands and the smell of spices and
mincemeat pervaded the house.
Anthony's three persons became
six, for It was so easy lo add another
one and still unother to the little
company he had Invited. They were
old men and women and they enjoyed
thofeast of good things with a pleas
ure that made Anthony's heart ache
as It had never ache 1 since the day
when Mary Wood had sent back his
At last he sent them home in car
riages laden with the remains of the
dinner and with many gifts that I
would add comfort to declining years. I
The best gift ot all was : hat Anthony |
Klggs lud prom!30(1 not to forget
(hem?he would he their benefactor
till they had passed into the hands of
the great benefactor.
When he was ahme In the brightly
lighted parlor, with the blaze ol the'
chandelier falling on the silver threads ;
in his black hair, Anthony thought .
"And You?You Meant What You
Promised??That Happiness Would
Coma to Me?"
of the hUter years he had wasted
- years in which he might have
made many persons happy. The re
ward of good deeds was warm lu his
heart tills night and lie forgot that
I hero was nut ut:o to offer him a gift
with loving Words. He had received
the greatest of all gifts the love and
gratitude of his fellow men.
The door softly opened and a wom
an crop! in, small. Blonder woman
with dusky hair and dark eyes :hii:::.:,
Antnony Rlggn did not look up. lie
had forgotten that the fortuno teller
had promised him a gift that night.
On Ills little linger was a small ring
set with a single pearl
"Anthony!" The visitor's voice was
low and musical.
"Mary Woo l.'' said Anthony hoarse
ly; and then with a glance at the
black lace draped about her head, he
"You were the fortune teller last
' And vou -you meant what you
promised'.* that happiness would
come to me?"
"It has come. Anthony,'' Rhe faltered
drawing near to him. "We were so
mistaken you and I and the years
have been long. I am free now they
said you needed me and that night
when I saw your hitter face I knew
you needed the influence of a greater
love than mine before we met."
Anthony Klggs took his sweetheart
into his arms. "I have fourfd the
greater love, Mary, and its root la pity.
My love for you will be better and
worthier because of my love for the
poor and needy. And tomorrow?to
morrow you will marry me and be
come my Christmas gift In truth?"
"Yes," laid Mary Wood.
And to Anthony Rlggn slipped tha
little pearl ring on her finger.
A Way Out of It.
Ann* was making Christmas pres
"Oh, dear, this doean't look alee."
Little Helen, looking on. remarked
In a ?ympathtatng tone:
"Oh, well, aunt!*,' you <?an>iVS it t*
some ons who U a?ar?4ght*d."
Christmas cvo! And a blustery
Snow-flurries nlmost blinding the.
Eddying winds shift to and fro
And toss from tho chimneys smoke
On the street Is heard a noisy throng
or pleasure-bent shoppers, hurrying
Laden with bundles and baskets and
To gladden the hearts of girls and
Let the wintry winds moan on. and
Through the forests, and sing their
'Neatb holly-wreathed branch and
I rest and sleep while the tempests
Christmas eve! And the sound of bell.
Yulotldc harmonies, break and swell.
And sing of a Babe In Bethlehem,
Horn In a manger?Saviour of men!
?E. A. Fergerson.
} CURIOUS CHRISTMAS DISHES |
Curious Christmas dishes, unfami
liar to Londoners, are by no means
out of date In various parts of the
country. In Derbyshire, for instance,
there Is the delicacy, always made
on Christmas eve, called "black ball,"
which Is especially appreciated by the |
younger members of the community.
"Black ball" Is made of black treacle,
and sugar boiled together in a pan.
While the mixture is boiling, a little
hour and grated ginger or spices are
added. When thoroughly boiled. It Is
poured Into a large s!i illow dish, and. i
when sufficiently cooled. Is cut into
squares and lengths, which are rolled
or molded Into various shapes. When
quite cool the "black ball" Is very
hard, but Is declared by connoisseurs
to be decidedly toothsome.
In Cornwall, again. It Is the ortho
dox practise In most households on
Christmas eve to make a batch of cur
rant cake colored and flavored with
saffron, according to western custom,
with a "Christmas" on the top of each
cake. The adornment so called la a
small portion of the dough In the cen
ter of the top pulled up and made into
the form of a miniature cake, resting
on the larger one beneath. It Is the
custom for each person to have his or
her own special cake, and everyone Is
supposed to take a small piece of
every other person's cake; but none
of the batch must be cut until Christ
All Paid For.
"Your wife was telling my wife that
you've got all your Christmas presents
paid for," remarked the man In the ,
corner of the city train to tho lean In
dividual sitting by his side.
"Yes; paid for the last of them yes
terday," was the reply.
"Lucky dog! 1 haven't even begun
to think of tho presents I've got to
"Oh. neither have we for this year.
My wife was speaking of last year's
? * ?
Santa Is Easy.
Hobby (on Christmas morning) ?
' Where does Santa Clans got all his
things, mamma 7"
Mamma?"Oh. he buys them."
Hobby ?"Well, he must he a Jay to
let anyone palm oft a tin watch on
? * ?
At this season thoughts of boys
lightly run to Santa Claus,
4 ? ?
Where They Come From.
Quant (dining at marry Christmas
Iparty)?-"Tommy, where do turkeys
come from T"
Tommy (pointing to that on the ta
ble)? "Dunno; but ma got this one
from a tramp for a shilling, 'cause ha
?aid he stole It. Didn't he. ra?r
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|>KIVATE WHITE, C. S. A.
Chief Justice's Appointment a Itcuu
(it'llI Christmas GJft to the South.
Suppose forty-six years ago some
body bad told Privat j White. C. S. A.,
trudging along, ragged and happy and J
shooting at the United States tlng|
win never he saw it. that he would live
to be appointed chief justice of the
United States supreme court by a pres
ident from Ohio and a Republican. Na
poleon used to encourage his men by
telling them that every private car
ried in his knapsack the baton of a
marshal of France; but nobody ever
told a private of a hostile army that
he had in his head the chief justice
ship of the greatest and most respon
sible court on earth. Really the chief
justiceship Is a higher place than the
presidency. It Is the place Mr. Taft
Coveted and for which he tried to
avoid billig president. Yet the Con
federate private, the Democrat gets It
from the Republican president and is
confirmed by a Republican senate
unanimously, except for the chronical
ly and constitutionally and unconsti
tutionally absurd Ueyburn.
It is one of the wonders of our mod
eln progress and development. It
comes as a beautiful Christmas gift
to the South and to the former com
rades of Privat ? White, C. S. A., a
message of peace on earth and good
will and justice to ail men in this
country?men of all sections and par.
tus and ( feeds. We us< d to have horri
bi ? fears of a Roman Catholic as pres
id Ut. Here is a Roman Catholic rath
er higher than the president, appoint
ed by a Unitarian and voted for by men
of many beliefs. And we had a Jew
in the cabin ?! until he declined fur
ther service. In all of which there is
material for some deep and solemn
loyous thought. Wo are getting away
i,. in bigotry and narrowness and sec
tionalism and prejudice and old dis
turbing antagonisms, and getting away
Mr. Justice White has achieved and
attained by force of brains and char
acter. Yet be would not have reached
where he is if the American people
bad not elected as president Cleve
land, the Democrat, who put him on
the supreme court bench, and Taft, the
Republican, who elevated him. We
congratulate the Democratic party and
the Republican party, the South and
the North. President Taft and Private
1 White Jacksonville Times-Union.
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LAU RENS, S.C, ,
The Bank for Your Savings.
Hinte <>f South Carolina,
Count} of I,min us,
The CM) of Laurcus.
An Ordinance imposing an Annual
Tax on all Taxable Property hi the
City of Lauren* to raise Supplies
for the saiil City for the Fiscal Year
Commencing .Ian. 1st, 1911.
He It ordained by the City Council
of the City of I>aurens:
Section I. That a tax of fifty cents j
on every one hundred dollars worth
of assessed value of all property, real
or personal not exempt by law from
taxation, situate within the limits
of the City of Laurens, be, and the
same Is hereby levied for corporate
purposes to defray the current ex
I Tftll. a
Mty of Laureus for the
mmencinK .Tany. 1st,
such other Indebted
n contracted by the I
'fcrporate purposes. That
l'-tax of seventy cents on
every 'oite hundred' dollars worth or
assessed value* of /allVtfr&toerty, real
or personal, nOt exf ihpV4>y"*}aw from
taxation, situate withtaf taK limits of
the City of Lauren*, be. and th? same
is hereby levied to meei the intoros!
to become due upon the bonded In
dehtedness of the City of Lnurens,
and to ereilte a sinking fund to bfl
used in aid of the retirement and pay
ment of said bond
S et ion ?>. That the clerk of the
said City shall enter said levies and
assessments upon the hooks of the
said City and receive said taxes. That
the said taxes herein levied shall be
paid to the said clerk in lawful money
Of the United States, on or before the
first day of March 1011, and any per
son failing to pay the said taxes, shall
he liable to the penally now provided
by law for the failure lo pay the
general state tax. Done and ratified
by the city council of the City of Lau
rens. and the corporate seal of the
said city hereto afllxed. this. 15th day
of December In the year of Our Lord
One thousand, nine hundred and ten,
and the one hundred and thirty-fifth
year of the sovereignty and Independ
ence of the fnitnd States of America.
C. M. BAHIi.
JNO. IT. PKTKR80N. Mayor.
f'lTk of the City Council.
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