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My First Christmay
WRITTEN BY A JACK TAR
1i-:N ne :tii my
shipinate. I: I I i
Italthead, wa s
-( ikin' a little
rutise ashoure I:ist
year lwe eatch .:o t
a pretty, sweet
scented note with
- It. S. V. 1'. at the
in' "the pleas
ure i l co1 t pltny" at it dit'ne on
('hrist ni:s eve. 11111, who is well up
ini Ilese titigs, told lile thei letters
iit':nt "Iteply Sharp; Very I 'reissin."
So we wrote our replies sharp, li:eeept
iii' "tle very presin' i* linvitation."
Well, thrisl niai. eve ea me round, andl
Bill :ati like rined ourselves out Ii
our best sliore ,Dii' togs and set sitl
for tihe d:llWPe. ()1n ri-|ortil' oill'selvecs
Ve w1as iutstereitl in a big eabin like a
batltleshipl's stun r'oon), aill titivateel upl
-with holly iiti ilistletoe, aInd wit Ii Ithe
deels1 polishe~d iniste:tll of holy Stoned,
andl so slippery tha:t I nttriy.1 pitched
oil to Ilny howszprit as I went throug1h
"Vast:t hea:vin'., Itill." I se.z. coinin'11 to
:an anchor; "his is worse than crossin'
the hay in a gale o' wind," but lBill lie
kept forgii' ahead, as cool as a iniiddy
in couinad of a uispiteh boat, so 1
slippueri illy cable and( welit on full
speed in his wake. sweatin' like a
marine ireernit ;oDin' into haction for
the first (ime. We was nearly the last
aboard, for the cahici was pretty full.
the 111011 lookin' like restau'ong waiters
and the ladies all as smnart as a cruiser
squadron in rainbow rig.
'resently i fussy little chap. who I
took to e t(lie colmodore. but who
Bill said was the M. Sea mai . though
he didn't look as If le knowed unitit
about the sel,a. enie up andi gave us
both i pretty card with sailin' orders
onl. which (tilli called at progrunI. Then
he passed [lite wtrd to clear for iute
tion. :iu'i a band on the <luarterdeck
aft strnclk up andi the dancin' hogun.
As I was Iiain' against the hut
'wa's hlie . I Sea in:an U1 ine up annil
. 191 "
I noe i e ui+1hitojis_ %n)t
I v rtu l- /n e rhih so ,aa
sene Aw - I -x niit w e
sta i ud it i b-ii o n.t I111i I a 'i
'Tlii is ;i |dkei, llit al 'itrlipipt'."
she said preIsently3'II in avot' is s weet
tille, sou I :l'ed tit'i ptrilig ai iiaVl
gahid 1113 (it halin'. 1 \' li we box the 111(
Itilluesr bi wr. Netwii ilen 11 oiletli
W'itli foil~ 'Ou Olly sl'iun ll how4 ashe
'lre lgh 3' I liiiheal el.ly a rn
lot'l lie Ito co aitani horelli c :- a Wt'
So etiy :ito ha Ste up' tat I0 <iluit'
focirgoti to sl wht iiei wi agin to tio the
lubber N'igxt'( iin tol naiui' to dance1
ith hler li :inl. b ut she l u sh
w engaged " n tll'iie d' 11z I ias
'tuhty s fel b- nrteTtn'.ed
bhadcved hbba o-r dinw tow thel wthe
band .torikin' 1p( therv thatwe thoe
was the aw CoICflt'elO fullpein awmy
whn heowers h111 nl hat hec a pcalls"
lsoonnth en-ellr aitti' fanvir'
herself.whie t in- wichld Ichad wts
b-cring n otn sinnefulC it latirl, my
pritty pro~ iutiked townrd her flag, and
ahewha iithoughlte wfe sab she
wsk pilo.agedl towen hfer e o ht
MUCH VALUE IN DISCONTENT
Writer Finds Fault With the' Celebrat.
ed Advice That Was Given by
"Don't keep your expenses down to
yopr income. Bring your income tip
to your expenses. If you manage to
live on whit yod make, you will never
be spurred to better performances."
'Tlhis is the advice given by a San
Franciscan who has made good. And
why not? It seems heresy, but it is
not, when you come to think it over.
Take the clerk on $1.200 or $1,800 a
year. If he is one of those carefully
restrained men, keeplig not only his
expenses but his wants well within
his meager income, he will rem n
a clerk all his life; die with that
same income in his old age. The man
who has wants beyond his income to
gratify, if he has any merit in him,
will hustle to bring in the dollars that
lie needs. Maybe he does not actually
wish to live on a better scale than he
Is living, but wishes to save for in
vestment or for a rainy day. He must
lift his revenue or live a hand-to
mouth existence. or run Jnto debt be
yond his ability to pay. le becomes
ambitious and more industrious, more
ingenious, an abler man all round.
They say that contentment is better
than riches, but contentment is a
brake on progress. It is the discon
tented men who bestir themselves to
get what they hanker for, and usually
get it.-A. ii. D'., in the San Francisco
ANIMAL THAT NEVER DRINKS
Not a Drop Ever Passes the Brazilian
Porcupine's Lips-Lives dh
Bark and Leaves.
An animal that never drinks has ar
rived in London. Undoubtedly it is
the first and only one, and all London
is rushing to see it. Naturally such a
curiosity is confined in the zoo.
"Wot a hun'appy beast it is! No
wonder4its bristles stick out like that,"
remarks a man who has just drawn
the back of his hand across his mouth.
"'L do look drier than me Sunday
'at." assented his companion.
Temperance advocates use the new
comer to point a moral and adorn a
tale. "Blehold the lesson that he
teacheth! Never a drop passes his
lips. Would that there were men in
London that could say as much!"
It remains to be seen whether this
Brazilian tree porcupine will take to
drink now that he has been separated
from his South American habitat and
brought to the gloomy and chill pur
lieus of London. - If he does demand
drink, what will lie choose? Maybe
some of the curious visitors will sur
reptitiously ply him with a little ale
or gin or some other London beverage
to see its effect upon an animal that
has never had a drop of anything to
In his native b Brazil this animal
feeds upon lie bark and leaves of
trees, and the natives are very fond
of its liesh. It has a prehensile tail,
which serves as a fifth hand.
The Parsees of itombay are called
the 'lire worshipers" of the east be
'ause they hold in great reverenuce tle
sire they brought with them from Per
sia atd have never allowed it to be
comie exti iguishiedl in t hetir temples;
and because they worshi ip thle sun ias
he author of lifeo.
Th'le Par'sees have always held( aloof
from othier people and are fameuiid for
their commliercial ability. As a conse
qulence of this ability they are the
wealt hiiest, most culItur'ed and(1 till
enitial class illn lnbay. So numierous
ar'e they that Itombay has been called
thle ''city3 of' Pars1ees.'
The religion of the Parsees Is one0
of the' ancient religions of the world,
anid was the religion of Perlsia wheni
that Icounitr was' ~15second in piower' of
the four great empires of the world
i abhylonia, IPetrsia. G reece, Itonie.
lIn a great many13 particunlaris thle re
ligioni of' the Parseos comes nearer to
Christianity than any other' Oriental
A FEi~i NG~ OF NE(Ci'IiTV.
You)1 niat urally3 teel sec ur e when'1 y'ou
knowv that thie miedicinie youi are about
to takl~e is abhsoluttely 3'purel and~ conl
tains no harmful or habit. prodiucing
Such a medicine is I )r. Kil1mner's
Swampi-ltool, the great Kidney, Liver
an 111IIIadder' Itemiedy.
Th'le 50a1m0" standardi 'u of p'umri ty,'
stren'igthI a nd ekcel li-mie is ma01intainedl
inwvar bttle of Swamip-ltoot.
SwamIp-ROto. is seien tifleally comn
10ounldedl fr'om vegetabhle hierbs.
It is 11ot a stimiulat~lt and is takemi ini
It is not rOcommendedII l '( for every'~
Aeo rd Ing to veillied I tstimony3 it Is
niature''s great hlperI'i iln r'elievinig aund
m\ErlCOminilg kidney, liver' and ladder'
A S worn1 ta temen ct 0of11 purity is withb
('very bolttle' of l)r'. Kilmer''s Swamp
If you need4 a meicin e. yor should
If you ale already conivine d that
Swamp- hoot Is wha:1t you ni e:.,3you
will thnd it oin sale at. all dru<l st.)r'es
14n bottle1s o1' two sizes, fifty-cents and(
Jno. W. bierguson C. C. Featherstone
W. B3. Knight
FRRIMSON, PBATHIBRSTONE & KNIHT
Attorneys at Law
Laurena, S. C,
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and it fills itself with
out a dropper, at any -
inkwell, in 4 seconds, -
cleaning itself also.
(screw-cap style) never leaks in any position
just the thing for pocketbook or handbag. Only
four inches long when closed.
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