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ACCOMAC C. H., VA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1908.
G. WALTS R MAPP. J. HKO0K8 M VPP
MAPP * MAPP,
Offices: Orangeville, Keller and
Accomac C. H.,
Practice in all courts on the Eastern i
Shore of Virginia.
OTHO F. MEA US,
Officer: Eastville, Northampton
County anti Accomack Court House
Practices lu all courts oj :>?e Eastern
Shore of Virginia.
JOHN 8. PAltdONB,
Accomac Courthouse, Va.
Will practice iu all courts of Acco?
mac nutt North nu pton Counties.
S. JAMES TURUNGTOH
Offices?Accomac C. H. aud Fair
Practices in all the courts on the
Eastern Shore of Virgiuia.
J NO. K. aud J. HA KUY HI -'.NV,
Offices?Accomac C. H. and Parks
ley. At Accomac C. H. every Wed
Will practice in all the courts on the
Kasteru Shore of Virginia.
l<OV D. WHITE,
-Attoruey-at-1 aw, ?
Offices: Parksley and A"cc jinac C. II.
Practices iu all courts of Accom.ni
and Northampton Counties.
Prompt attention to all luisluess.
BEN T. GUNTER,
Accomac C. H., Va.,
Will practice in all the courts 01
Accomac and Northampton coontie*
Offices : Accomac C. ll. and Onaucock.
At Accomac C. H. every Wednesday
Will practice in all the courts, ot
Accomac aud Northampton counties*.
JOHN E. NOTTINGHAM, JB.,
Practices in all the courts on tnt
Eastern Snore of Virginia.
Will be at Eastville and Accomac C
H. tirst day of every coun ano at East?
ville every Wednesday.
L. FLOYD NOCK,
?attorn ? y-at-la W ,?
Accomac C. H., Va.
Practices in all the courts on tht
Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Dr. H. D. LILL1ST0N,
?Accomack Court House, Va.?
Office hours from 9a. m. io 5 p. m. Will
'ie al Parksley every Tuesday.
Dr. W. M. TURLINGTON
FAIR OAKS, Va.
Reference, past patrons.
Can be called by Phone day or
W. G. EMMETT,
Belle Haven. Va.
FRED. E. RUEDIGER
? County Birveyoit,
Accomac C. H., Va.
Thoroughly equipped with latest aud
best instruments, otters his services lc
he cilizeus of Accomac County.
Will meet all engagements promptly
Steam and Hot
Pocomoke City, Md.
WM. P. BELL & CO.,
^ ' Accomack C. H., Va.,
Ideal Fountain Pens,
STOCK ALWAYS ON HAND.
Finest line of
on Eastern 5hore of Va
Don't Let Winter
Make You Painful.
fse 8. & H. Komo (an old reliabl
cure-all remedy of reputation am
merit) It relieves and cures every
thing in Rheumatic and Muacula
aches and pains, swelling and sore
ness of the limbs, cracked hands an
feet, sores of all kinds.
For Man or Beast.
Sold Everywhere 25e.
or mailed on receipt of price.
"We guarantee" the merits of
Special Prices to Dealers.
S.&H. Mfg. Co.
Farmers & flerchants National Bank,
3t dement of the Financial Condition
at tho close of business Dec. 5,
Kills & Notes Discounted. .$206,
Stocks A: Bonds. 48.8M.80
Approved Reserve. 22,409.73
Furniture A- Fixtures. 8,461.63
U 9. Bonds. 101,ooo.(H)
Premiums on r. s. Bonds.. 4.700.00
Banking ll< use it Other
Kt-al Estate. tl,275.71)
Due From Banks. 8,606.12
Redemption Fund. 2,600.00
Capital Stock. 50,000.00
Bank Deposit!. 48,892.49
Cashier's Checks. 10386
Individual Deposits. 806,804.79
Due To Banks. 6,122.60
r. s. Deposits . 46,000.00
Undivided Profits. 2,348.83
Report of Auditors to Examining
December 10, 1908.
To the Examination Committee of
thc Farmers & Merchants Nat?
ional Bank of Onley, Va:
We have verified the attached state
nents showing the financial condi?
tion of the bann: at thc close of busi?
ness December 5th, 1908, and hereby
?citify that they arc correct.
The asset ot cash we have proven
t>v an actual count of the funds in the
vault, the bills receivable havo been
lated hy us in the pretence ot the
members of your committee, the re
? are verified hy account cur?
rents from the various hanks, and all
her assets arc verified by proper en
. les upon the ledger.
The liabilities we have proven hy
the writing up ol' tue majority ot thc
pass books and Hie comparison of thc
ACCOUnt currents from other hanks,
and also by the addition ot the led?
gers and a complete audit of all ac?
Thc general conduct of the business
has been such as to commend itself
io any one desiring a safe depository
.or their funds and the accounting
system in vogue is the equal of the
cargest of our banks ot the State.
'lins is thc third examination we
hr- e made of your Institution and wc
find tuc altair* in BUCh tine condition
that we have no suggestions tor any
The cllicials having charge of the
ninds have full accounted for all
monies passing through their hands.
kl. ii. Boudar & Son.
Report of Examining Committee to
Board of h\rectors.
To the Board of Diiectors, Farmers
& Merchants National Bank,
\Ve be>j to advise you that since the
*st meeting of your Board we have
iccured the services of Messrs. ll. B.
Boudar & Son, Public Accountants ot
Richmond, Va., to audil all of the
Bank's accounts. Three members of
your Committee were present and
they went over er-ch bond with Mr.
Boudar and also counted the cash.
\\ e herewith hand you a copy of
their financial statement and their re?
port which is very gratifying indeed
to your Committee, and we aro sure
it will be equally so to the Board ot
Directois. 1 he examination and re?
port certainly reflects great credit
upon the active ollicial* ot the Bank.
Respect tully submitted,
\\. A. Buiton, Chairman,
A. J. McMath,
J no. W. Rogers,
NOW OPEN AT
BELLE HAVEN, VA.,
-With a Fine Line of
for sale by the undersigned at th?
lowest margin of profit. The vehi
cles are all of best make and pricei
right. Call and see them and get m\
GEO. W. ABDELL,
Belle Haven, Va.
I carry the most complet<
line of up-to-date first-clasi
vehicles on the Shore. Even
buggy is guaranteed by eaci
of the different factoriei
who build them for me.
Call and examine them a
my place over F. A. West'
E. 0. F Custis. ? Onancock. Vc
White Hotel and Livery
Capt. Wm. T. Mister,
Harry T. White & Son,
Proprietor of Livery.
Hay and feed dealers?Wholesa
Grocers and Brokers and Mfr's. agent
Harry T. White & Son,
Christmas of the
"By nOBETtT -DOM/JELL.
[Copyright, 190S, by Amer ran Press Asso?
M i^S^ HBI8TMA8 comes but once a
(I year," wrote somebody, and
V^^ everybody accepted thc state?
ment as truth, lt ls cot true,
however, fur Christmas conies twice a
year. Those of us who reckon by the
Gregorian calendar celebrate Dec, 25.
Those who still adhere to the .Julian
'calendar observe Jan. 7. Russia is the
only great nation which still holds ont
for the julian calendar. Thc Greek
Catholic church sticks to the time
measurement adopted by Julius Caesar
forty-eii years before the birth of
Christ. Thus the Greeks ami all tho
- _ adherents of that
li ^lJ j church. Including
the Russians, of
course, hold their
Christmas on the
7th day of Jan?
In the city of
New York both
The J a n n a r y
date, tis a matter
of ' ourse, is ob
Berved by com?
? paratively lew
^7\ persons, bm it is
dis observed ri
tiify ia .i on
those who desire lo reider unto Caesar
that Which is Caesar's even as to the
Kew York city has a considerable
population of Creeks, Russians, Ar?
menians, Syrians, Servians, Poles, Bul?
garians, Montenegrins and Vlacbs, all
of whom observe the Jultanic christ?
mas. For forty days prior to .Ian. 7
they observe a fast, eating no meat,
neither beast, fish ncr fowl. They eat
tish eggs or .-avian, but draw the line
there. Their principal fllet fer the for?
ty days' fasting is mad ? np of olives,
beans, caviare bread and crackers.
But at G o'clock >n the morning of
Christmas day, .lan. 7, the .Inlianist
fast is over, lt is Dot necessary to
hint that these people count the days
till Christmas or thal they rejoice and
are exceeding glad when the anniver?
sary arrives. These facts are obvious.
Christmas means for them a glorious
feast, a square meal, several sqv ir?
meals?in fact, a round of square meal*
Our Juliauist friends go to church
carly on their Christ mas. mornm ir. but
not too early. They eal Weak fast
first. High mass is celebrated In the
Greek Orthodox church at 8 o'clock.
The forty days' fast having ended two
hours before, the Jnllanists tire joy?
fully full of the good things of thll
world before they enter tho house ol
worship. The chief viand, so far Bl
its symbolic character goes, is ii
spiced loaf of rye bread covered and
filled with walnuts, with a cross cnl
on top. This is called tho Christop
Boma?"bread of the Christ." But il
ls not to be doubled that beefsteaks
fowls, lishe;, saddles- of mutton am]
other substantials are devoured. Den
nnd there one of the presumably faith
ful proves faithless and falls befon
Christmas, his craving for a meat di"
being too strong to resist. This weal
brother is ignored by the faithful.
It is In the cafes In the sections o:
the city where the Jnllanists dwel
that this Christmas day is celebrate!
with the most visible jjusto. Thc Oreel
"young bloods" gather hi the little res
tmirants and sit long over tables hear;
with edibles and light with wines
THIS WEAK BROTHER IS IGNORED BY TH
Tho names of some of the diners ar
interesting. Constantine Economop?
lous is a budding florist who gajtbei
around him his rosy young friend:
Ilarralnmbos Christatos, kflnicak<
Kepaelacos, Fericles Dojjangcs an
Hresnla Pajtpanlcclas. And don't 1<
U9 forget Nicholas Booras, editor c
the Daily Thermopylae, who gets oi
an estra edition in honor of the day.
These Greeks, many of them arra;
ed lu gorgeous new clothing, brio
their feast to an end with the cups c
Turkish coffee and the Turkish clg:
rettes, mixed in with songs and toast
It ls highly interesting for a plat
American, with n plain name like Jil
Jones, to sit in one of these cafes an
hear the songs of the foreign gentli
men with the seven Jointed surname
observe the satisfaction depicted I
their countenances as the feast got
on nnd receive the Impression that th
19 real Christmas cheer, though it 1
thirteen days late according to ot
method of counting time.
The Brakeman's Advfee.
Down in Maine is a town call*
Burnham, situated on a small branc
railroad that joins the main line j
Burnham Junction. One day as tl
train approached the latter place tl
brakeman entered the car and in h
usual stentorian tones went tlirou?
his regular rigmarole when a stath
and Junction are reached.
"Burnham Junction!'' he shoutei
"Burnham Junction] Change cars fi
i Burnham! Leave no aril.?'?? le t!
Santa Claus on
Hy FHA/SK li. SWEET.
[Copyright, 1808, by Ami rican Press Asso
Tm: chi. a; o Limited was pullini
out of tia- Grand Central sta?
tion in New York as Dr. Henry
Van Valkenberg submitted hil
ticket to the gateman. Ile dashed
through, pushing that Indignant offi?
cial to one side, made a leap for the
railing of the last car of the train
and a friendly brakeman dragged him
"on board." 1'r. Van Valkenberg
smiled a little ruefully as be thanked
the man sud rubbed tbs aching sur?
face of his hand. Then he pulled him?
self together, picked np the books and
newspapers he had dropped and which
the bystander; had enthusiastically
hurled after him
and sought his
haven In the
you hurt?" said
a voice bellini]
him. "I was so
'fraid you were
going to fall."
l>r. Yan Val
was a tall man
of sixty, turned
and looked down
WTflT i7 from his great
l^M#' J height At his
feet stood n
lia by. At least
she seemed a
baby to him, al?
though she was
and wholly self
"wr.riE tou nunT?" possessed and
fully four years Old. Flic was looking
up at him With dark brown eyes and
was so delicious in her almost maternal
solicitude that he smiled irrepressibly.
"Why. no, thank you," he said. "1
am not hurt. Didn't you see the kind
man help me on to the car?"
"I'm very glad," she said, with dig?
nity. "I was 'fraid he hurt you." Slit
turned as she spoke and toddled into
the section opposite his, where a plain
but kindly faced elderly woman sat.
"Won't you come over and visit me?"
he asl.ed. "I am very lonely, and I
have no one to fake caro of me."
She slid off the seat at once, with
"I'd like to," she said, "but I must
ask Nana. I must always ask Nana
now," she added, with dutiful empha?
sis, " 'fore I do anyflng."
She laid her hand on the gloved fin?
gers of the nurse as she spoke, and the
woman opened her eyes, slud a quick
glance at the man and nodded. She
had not been asleep. Dr. Yan Valken?
berg rose and lifted his visitor to the
beside him. where her short legs
stuck ont in uncompromising rigidity,
"I can take care of you," she said
brightly. "1 faked care of mamma a
great deal, and I gave her her med'
"\fi-y well." he said, willi the smile
women loved; "if you really tire going
to take caro of me I must know your
name. You see," he explained, "1
might need you in the night to get mc
a glass of water or something.* Just
think how disappointing lt would bc
if 1 should call you by the wrongnanM
and some other little girl came;"
"You say funny things," she sahl
contentedly. "But there isn't any Otha
little prirl in thc car. I looked soon ns
1 came In, 'cos I wanted one to play
With. I like Utile girls. I like little
boys, too," she added, with innocent
"Then we'll play I'm a little hoy
You'd never believe lt. but I used tc
be. You haven't told me your name."
"Hope." she said promptly. "Do yoi
think it is a nice name?" She mad*
the inquiry with anxious Interest.
"I think Hope ls the nicest name i
little girl could have except one," In
said. "The ni est little girl 1 evei
knew was named Katharine. She grev
to be a nice big giri, too, and has little
girls of her own now, no doubt," lu
added, half to himself.
"Were yon n little boy when she wai
a little girl?" asked his visitor.
"Oh, no; I was a big man, just as 1
am now. lier father was my friend
nnd she lived In a white house wit!
an old garden where there were ni
kinds of flowers. She used to pla;
there when she was a tiny baby. an<
I would carry her around and hold he
nigh up so she could pull the apple
and pears off the trees. When shi
grew larder I gave her a horse am
taught her to ride. She seemed Uki
my very own little girl, but by and b;
A' Fair Offer* "
Small boy (who has been watching
amateur gunner's failures for an hou:
or more)?Say, mister.
i isman?Well, what ls it. boy?
"Gimme a nickel an' a start as fa:
as the fence an' you kin have one a
"I hear your son is something of ai
aviator, Mrs. Coineup."
"Well, to wai .i., ,-. ? ? .
row up and became a young holy,
BssTBr-well, she went away from me,
fflkll never had another lillie girl."
:d she go to beaven?1 asked the
'.. dear. ii> !" answered thc doctor,
with brisk cheerfulness.
'?Then why didn't she keep on being
your lillie Kiri always?"
r besltated a moment. He
making the discovery that after
? years old wounds can reopen
-ob. No one had ever been
tough to broach to him the stib
of this single love affair which
ll, you see," lie explained, "other
boys Uked her too. And winn she be
a young lady oilier men liked
her. So finally?one of them took her
lb- ottered the last Words wearily,
and tlu- sensitive atom at his side
seemed to understand why. Her little
' slipped Into his.
"Why didn't you ask her to please
stay wtth you?" she persisted pity?
"I did," he told her. "But, you see,
she liked the other man belier."
"Oh'-h-h!" The won! came mit long
drawn and breathless, "I don't see
how she possibly could."
There were such sorrow for the vic?
tim and sc..rn for tin- offender in the
tone that, combined with the none too
subtle compliment, it was too much
for Dr. Yan Valkenberg's self control.
Ii.- threw back his gray head and
burst Into au almost boyish shout of
ed the atmos?
phere of senti?
"Where are you
going to bang up
your stockings to
night?" he asked
"I can't hillie
them np," she an
doesn't travel on
"Nana is al
'ways right," said
Hie do, t. r oracu
larly, "and ol
course you mUSl
do exactly as sht
But. I heard Hint Santa Claus wai
going to git on thc train tonight al
Buffalo, and I believe that If he foina
a pair of small black stockings banging
from that Section he'd fill them."
Her eyes sparkled.
"Then I'll ask Nana." she said. "Anc
if she says I may bang them I will
But one," she added conscientiously
"has a teeny, weeny hole in the toe
Do you think he would mind that?'*
He reassured her on this point ant
turned to the nurse.
"I beg ymir pardon," he said. "I'vi
taken a great fancy to your little
charge, and I want your help to carri
out a plan of mine. I have suggestee
to Hope that she hang up her BtO k
lngs tonight. 1 have every reason f,
believe that Santa Claus will get 01
this train nt Buffalo. In fact," he add
ed, "I mean to telegraph him."
The nurse hesitated a moment. II
drew his cardcass from his pocket am
handed her one of the bits of paste
bonni it contained.
"I have no evil designs," he addei
cheerfully, "if you are a New Yorke]
you may possibly know who I am."
The woman's fa -e lit up ns she re.m
the name. She turned toward him Int
pulsively, with a very pleasant smile.
'"Indeed I do, doctor." she said
"Who does not? Dr. Abbey sent fo
you last week," she added, "for i
consultation over the last case I had
tbla cbil.l's mother. But you were ou
of town. We were all so disappointed.
"Patient died?" asked the physiclar
With professional brevity.
He rose fi om his seat.
"Now that you have my creder
DRAGCum; carts ami
Bouncing Betsey. ,
Thcie ls an oh', fashioned flower cal'
ed "Bouncing Belsey," which every on
should love for one trait. We have nc
Heed that lt prows on all neplecte
graves, as If trying to cover up th
fact that some one who once lived 1
u. It may also be found 1
corners of old fashioned garden;
where lt grows and blooms and prc
tests against being pushed out er
j tlrely. There ai kl fa*!
tials," he said cordially, "I want you
and Hope to dine with me. You will,
Later, in the feverish excitement of
hanging up her stockings, going to be I
ir and p s e p i n g
f ? ??\ through the cur?
tains to catch
Santa Claus, a
\js?/\ part of Hope's
repose of man?
her, but she fell
asleep at last,
wiih great reluc?
When the cur?
tains round her
berth hud ceased
ed its silent way
*""-^ toward Dr. Yan
"i'll be tour ow* Valkenberg's
little girl." section. In some
occult luauncr thc news had gone
from one end to the other of the
"limiied" that n little girl in section 9,
car Plorodora, had hung up her sto<k
IngS for Santa Claus. Tho hearts of
fathers, mothers and doting uncles -re
iponded at once Dressing cases were
unlocked, great valises were opened,
mysterious bundles were unwrapped,
and from all these sources came gifts
cf surprising fitness,
A succession of long drawn, ecstatic
breaths and happy gurgles awoke the
u'ers on tito car Plorodora at an
unseemly hour christmas morning,and
a sm ill white figure, clad informally
in a single garment, danced up and
down the aisle, dragging carts and
woolly lambs behind if. Occasionally
there was the sipicak of a talking doll,
and always there were the patter of
small feet and soft cooing of a child's
laughter. Dawn was just approach
lng, and the lamps, still burning, bared
pale in the gray light. But in the
length of that car there was no soul
so ba ie as to lon;.' for silence and the
pillow. Crabbed old faces looked out
between the euri a ins and smiled. Byes
long unused to tears felt a sudden.
Throughout thc day the snow still
fell, and the outside world seemed far
away and dreamlike to Dr. Yan Yal
kenberg. The real things were this
train, cutting Its way through the
snow, and this little child, growing
deeper into his heart willi each mo?
ment that passed. The situation was
unique, but easy enough to understand,
he !..i! himself. Ile had merely gone
baek twenty-five years to that other
child whom he had petted In infancy
and loved and lost in womanhood. Ile
had been '.cry lonely?how lonely he
had only recently begun to realize?and
he was bc inning an old man whose
life lay behind him. Ile crossed the
aisle suddenly and sat down beside
the nurse, leaving Hope singing her
doll to sleep In his section.
"Will you tell me all you know
about the child?" he asked. "She ap?
peals to me very strongly, probably be?
cause .she's so much like some one I
Used to know."
The nurse closed her book and look?
ed at him curiously. She had heard
much of him, but nothing would ex?
plain this interest in a strange child.
Ile himself could not have explained
it. He knew only that he felt lt pow?
erfully and compellingly.
"Her name Is Hope Armitage," che
Eaid. "Her mother, who has just died,
was a widow, Mrs. Katharine Armi?
tage. They were poor, and Mrs. Ar?
mitage seemed to have no relatives.
She had saved a little, enough to pay
most of her expenses at tho hospital
We all loved the woman. She was
very unusual and patient nnd charm?
ing. All the nurses who bad any?
thing to do with her cried when she
died. We felt that she might have
been saved If she had come in time,
but she was worked out. She had
sarned her living by sewing after her
Her Lucky Number.
The byways as well as the highway?
of church life furnish much In the
i- way of wit and humor. What, for lu?
ll J stance, could be more mirth provoking
e j than the naive confession of the cook
^ of a London vicar who, being allowe<
ti to choose a hymn for the family pray
; ors. was complimented on her choice
)? by the vicar's wife?
I. "What a i ice hymn you chose:" salt
, the tatt ?- I the
husband's death three years ago, and
she kept at it day and night. She was
so sweet, so brave, yet so desperately
mis. rabis over leaving her little girl
ulone in the world."
Dr. Van Valkenberg sat silent. It
was true, then. This was Katharine's
child. He had not known of tho death
of armitage nor of the subsequent
poverty of lils widow, but he had
known Katharine's baby, he now told
himself, the moment he saw her.
"Well," the nurse resumed, "after
she died w(e raised a small fund to buy
some clothes for Hope and take her
to Chicago to her new home. Mrs.
Armitage lias a cousin there who has
agreed to take her In. None of the
relatives came to the funeral. There
are not many of them, and the Chica?
go people haven't much money, I
Dr. Yan Valkenberg was hardly sur?
prised. Life was full of extraordinary
situations, and his profession had
brought him face to face with many
of them. Nevertheless a deep solem?
nity filled him, and a strange peace
settled over him.
"I want her," he said briefly. "Her
mother and father were old friends of
mine, and this thing looks like fate.
Will they give her to me?these Chi?
cago people-do you think?"
Tears tilled the woman's eyes.
"Indeed they will," she said, "and
gladly. There was"?she hesitated?
"there was even some talk of sending
her to an institution before they finally
decided to take her. Dear little Hopel
How happy she will be with you!"
Ile left'her and went back to the
seat where Hope sat crooning to the
doll. Sitting down, he gathered them
both up in his arms, ard a thrill shot
through him as he looked at the yellow
curls resting against his breast. Her
child?her little, helpless baby?now
his child to love and care for! He
was not a religious man. Nevertheless
a prayer rose spontaneously in his
"Hope," he said gently, "once long
ago I asked a little ghi to come and
live with me. and she would not come.
Now I want to ask you to come and
stay with me always and be my own
little girl and let me take care of you
and make you happy. Will you come?''
The radiance of June sunshine broke
out upon her face aud shone lu the
brown eyes upturned to his. How well
he knew that look! Hope did not turn
toward Nana, and that significant omis?
sion touched him deeply. She seemed
to feel that here was a question she
alone must decide. She drew a long
breath, as she looked up nt him.
"Really, truly?" she asked. Then,
as he nodded without speaking, she
saw somoiliing in his face that was
new to her. lt was nothing to fright?
en a little girl, for it was very sweet
and tender, but for one second she
thought her new friend was going to
cry. She put both arms around his
neck nnd replied softly, with the ex?
quisite maternal cadences ber voice had
taken on in her first words to him
when she entered the car: ?
"lil be your own Utile girl, and lil
take care of you too. You know, you
sahl I could."
Dr. Yan Valkenberg turned to the
"I shall go with you to her cousin's
from the train," he announced. "Iii
ready to give them all the proofs the]
need that lin a suitable guardian foi
tho child, but," he added, with a toucl
of the boyishness that had never lefi
him, "I want this matter settled now.'
The long train pounded Its way int<
the station at Chicago, and Dr. Yai
Valkenberg summoned a porter.
"Take care of these things," he said
sets of posses
sions with i
sweep of hi:
arm. "I shal
have my hand:
full with rai
her Into hi:
arms as lu
spoke, and sh
'I ^ \ nestled agains
4_-*-< ^- f\\ his broad ches
with a child';
Isfactlon In th
strength a n i
firmness of hi
on every side. Everybody was al
Rorbed and excited, yet there were Eel
who did not find time to turn a las
look on a singularly attractive littl
child held above the crowd in tb
arms of a tall man. She was lau;,'!
lng triumphantly as he bore he
through the throng, and his heart wa
In his eyes as he smiled back at her.
eur. XESTI.Kli AGAINST
HIS BROAD ( Iii:.- I'.
Off His Mind.
"Have you forgotten that X that ye
borrowed of me some time ago?"
"Oh, no. I still have it In my mind
"Well, don't you think this would 1
a good time to relieve your mind i
The sorrow of yesterday ls ss not
. f ? ,i. |, i ..-?..
When Santa, j
?By H.OBE'RTVS LOVE.
ipopyrlght, 1908, by American Press Asso?
WHEN Santy come to Cactus
we wuz not expectin' him,
Our almanac connections
bein' broken off complete.
In fact, with us the trail o' time had
got so mortal dim
We only knowed 'twuz winter by the
absence o' the heat.
Says I to Pinky Perkins, witli a squint
at Desert Dan?
Says ll "We'd orter hustle for a lit?
tle extry feed.
It's 'long about Thanksgivin'." "Wy,"
says Pinky P.?"w'y, man,
I'll bet it's nearer New Year's, for
the old one's gone to seed."
We ar^ied it an' argied it till Desert
Dan put up
His canvas bag o' nuggets an' a pint
o' yaller dust
He's spent the
in his pewter
in a week,"
he says; "I'll
bet you, win
I still maintained
wuz about the
As judgin' by
an' Pinky still
That New Year's
wuz the blow?
out that wuz
next upon the
But Desert waved his nugget bag
an' dared an' dared an' dared.
"See here," says Desert, "I can feel ths
season in my bones;
I sense a sort o' hankerin' for days
of old long sign,
When I wuz back in Jersey an' my
name wuz Daniel Jones;
I'm lonesome as the soldier wuz at
Then Desert up an' tells us what he's
never said before?
As how he had a cottage an' a wo?
man an' a kid;
But, some misunderstands' bavin'
made hi* sperrit sore,
Nigh on to twenty years ago ho sim?
ply up and slid.
I looked at Pinky Perkins then, an'
Pinky looked at me,
But both of us wuz silent, an' we
looked at Desert Dan,
But he wuz sizzlin' bacon for a supper
feed fer three,
An', shore as I'm a sinner, there wus
teardrops in the pan!
That night we set an' hugged ths
stove, while all around the shack
A desert blizzard whistled an' tba
snow wuz whirlin' thick.
lt shore wuz Christmas weather, but
there shorely wuz a lack
Of anything suggestin' o' our ancient
friend St. Nick.
The door bust open suddent-like, an',
stranger, dog my cat!
If there ain't Santy Claus hisself, in
fur an' robe complete,
"TIir.Rr. Wl'7. TKAIt
dbops ia ru tax!"
"IF SOU AIN'T SANTY CLAUS HflSSF.Lr."
With snow a-clingin' funny to his or
As swell a Santy makeup, sir, as
anywhere you'll meet.
But when he turned his bearskin down
his whiskers fell away
(lt wuzn't anything but snow collect?
ed on the fur),
An' back of him an angel stood?yes,
angel's what I say?
An' Desert Dan got wobbly when hs
up an' looked at her.
Voung Santy says, "ls Mr. Jones at
home tonight?" says he,
At which old Desert gives a gasp,
but struggles to his feet.
Then me an' Pinky we vamoosed in
honor of the three,
For if they wuzn't Joneses you can
douse my glim complete!
That's all the story, stranger, but I'm
seme inclined to add
When Santy come to Cactus with his
mother, which he did,
lt clean upsot the notions we had al?
ways previous had,
For daddy got the Christmas gift,
and Santy wuz the kid!
Partners In Debts.
"My tooth ls just killing me,"
"Why don't you go to the
about lt?" asked he.
"Because," said she, "I ow$
"You and I seem to be In
said he. "Now, look
time I M put ''' ? ???