She was the kind of child that peo
ple called "just the sweetest thing,"
and no one doubted that sne would
grow up to be a beautiful woman.
Silky, golden ringlets covered her
head, and large eyes which seemed
sonietimes gray and wistful, but
oftenest just the tint of the violets,
lighted up a round, chubby little face.
The. scarlet lips were usually parted
In a friendly smile, disclosing a row
of snow-white, baby teeth, and the
nose confessed to the slightest tilt.
Mary Elizabeth, she had been christ
ened, but when only a few months
old she had been pronounced by her
proud nu-rse "simply angelic-just
the image of a wee little cherub,"
and-since then all thought of the real
name seemed to have been forgotten;
thenceforth this fat, rosy little piece
of humanity was known as "Cherub,"
and only as "Cherub."
Everyone loved her, for she had
an amiable disposition, and when she
laughed and each cheek dimpled pret
tily, she was irresistible. But woe to
the person who incurred her displeas
ure. A frown from her meant trou
ble, and during the five years of her
life her parents had grown to kncw
that when that little face puckered a
storm was brewing, and that it would
be well to take Miss Cherub in hand
This young lady was bubbling over
with mischief, and generally when
they found her sitting alone with that
faraway, saintly expression, they
knew that way down beneath those
curls a plan of action was being
formed which would-surely get some
one into trouble-undoubtedly Bob
by. Her chief delight was found In
making this small brother her accom
plice, leading him on to carry out her
-:ampaigns and having him receive
the punishment. When she was con
fronted with the charge, "Cherub,
you started that!" she would raise
those wide, innocent eyes, look
straight at her accuser, and say with
the slightest droop to the corners of
aer mouth: "Bobby did it." At pres
ent, however; she was being "awful
good," for to-morrow would be
Christmas and sh, 'ad placed many
tetters up the chiney. of the fine,.
big Fifth avenu. :esidence, asking
Santa Clause for all sorts of nice
presents, which she was sure not to
get unless she was an obedient little
Christmas morning, before any one
in the house bpt the servants was
awake, the two children were excited
ly whispering together about what
jolly old Saint Nicholas had left for
each, for sleep was far distant, and
nurse's scolding and attempt at per
suasion was of no avail.
* Near breakfast time Aunt Glady's
Dnpont, their mnother's pretty young
-sister, just two years out of board
ing school, who had lately arrived to
spend the holidays with the family,
came to the nursery and with a
hearty "Merry Christmas!" kissed
each of the children, and told them
that they could get dressed and come
to the dining room.
Immediately on finishing breakfast
Mr. Baldwin would unlock the li
brary door.here each year the tree
and stockings a.waited them; of
course, - the children would eat noth
ing. At last every one was ready and
statidned just outside that enchanted
rooin. Impatiently jumping up and
down, hardly daring to breathe, the
little ones urged father to hurry.
* .-'When they burst into the brightly
lighted room it was good to see their
~ faces. Their shouts and screams of
delight and loud "Ohs!" and "Ahs!"
could be heard all over the house, as
each discovered his many gifts under
the brightly decorated tree.
When, an hour after, Cherub and
Bobby were "dragged off to church,"
as they were pleased to express It,
they left their hearts as well as dolls
and woolly dogs in the library at
home. Naturally they squirmed and
twisted through the whole ser-en.
and occasionally whispered to each
other in eager tones.
That afternoon they were allowed
to invite four of their little friends to
a small party. They were all playing
under the tree with the Christmas
things, and as Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin
had gone to walk Gladys proposed
having a game of "I spy" with the
youngsters. As she announced this
Cherub, who was always the leader,
yelled, "Hurrah for Aunt Gladys.
Now she can be it!" and then whis
pered, just as audibly, "No, '.sob, I
choose to get under the sofa, stop
pushing me! "-as they were hiding.
"Coming, ready or not!" called
Gladys, as she started off on a hunt
that proved fruitless. As she ran
into the hall to continue the search
* she came face to face with the man
to whom she had but recently been
engaged. It was the first time she
had seen him since the night, three
Sana las s hoin thil
/o he hil ron
Y. LZAMrTt4130NtY BARRY
-weeks before, when she had returned
ie ring and refused to listen to the
e:xplanation which would have cleared
t:ae misunderstanding, and although
since then she had been miserable
and had admitted to herself that she
was in the wrong, she was deter
mined that he should never know it.
There was the old Dupont pride
For one moment they looked into
each other's eyes, and then with a
cold nod she turned away and busled
herself with the game, which for the
time being she had forgotten. Very
li.ttle interest she felt, however, in
anything but the man who had so un
expectedly appeared on the scene,
and wh- at that very moment, before
her astonished eyes, was coolly loung
ing in a Morris chair, glancing care
lessly over a magazine.
When the first surprise was over
she became embarrassed. As though
reading her thoughts Jack Burrows
spoke. "When will Fred and Fan be
in? You see, I wrote Fred at least
two weeks ago that I would come to
spend Christmas day if possible, and
having never heard anything more
from me I suppose he entirely forgot
it. How long have you been here?"
Cherub, hearing a familiar voice,
ran from her hiding place, and was
soon comfortably settled on Jack's
knee, while the other children, who
had followed her, Jumped around
and shrieked, no one knew just what
for. Jack was a great favorite at the
house, and the brnken engagement
with Gladys had been a source 6f
disappointment to all, especially to
THE HOLLY MERCHAI
Mr. Baldwin, with whom Jack had
been intimate ever sinc.e the days of
Gladys fled furiously to her room,
where all the rest of the afternoon
she nursed her woes. Just before
dinner time Mrs. Baldwin came to
comfort her, and tell her how Fred
had never even mentioned Jack's
talked-of visit, and how the meeting
at the house was a big mistake,
which all wished had been avoided.
But the injured one would hear noth
ing of it.
"It was very unkind of you and
Fred to bring us here together when
yoi know how I hate him. I do hate
him,." she sobbed, with a little stamp,
and I refuse to have anything to do
with him whatsoever. I know that
ae was in the plan, too, and you all
:hink you can make everything all
:ight again, but you can't, you can't.
I shall stay in my room this evening
after dinner, so don't try to persuade
me to entertain him. Take him out
with you; I shan't go."
With this declaration she dismissed
her sister, and when at dinner a lit
:le later the four sat in almost abso
ute silence through the meal, in spite
f the efforts of Fan and her husband
o make conversation, it was evident
that she meant e.tactly what she said.
True to her word, after the ordeal
was over Gladys excused herself. She
spent about as miserable an evening
up stairs as Mr. Jack Burrows spent
down stairs alone in the library be
iore the blazing wood fire. Mr. and
Mrs. Baldwin had gone to a reception
to which both their guests had re
fused to accompany them. Cherub
and Bobby had been put to bed, and
were then probably seeing in their
dreams sparkling Christmas trees and
all kinds of toys.
By 10 o'clock Gladys, worn out
ken te rod toSantvil. Where
with her own thoughts and tired a
her room, decided to go down int<
the library and enjoy the fire. Wh:
should she punish herself in this way
cooping herself up in that gloomy ol<
room, and what harm would it do t
be simply friends with Jack, were th
questions she had been turning ove
in her mind.
At last down she came, much t
the b>ewil'derineint and secret pleasuri
of the gentleman musing before. th
fire, and cosily settled herself in i
huge chair bcside him. Neithe
spoke, for neither knew just how ti
open the conversation.
The silence was becoming- unbear
able when a tiny noise heard in th
hall caused them to glance towar
the door. There on the stairs wit]
her night dress -clutched a bit up oi
one side, displaying her little bar,
feet, and with her eyes wide open a
though sleep had never visited then
As she caught sight of her friend
her face broke into the most mis
chievous of smiles, for did she no
know that the place for her at tha
hour was up stairs in bed? Gladys
who welcomed 4ny interruption t
the suspense, ran, caught up th
child, and cuddled her warmly in he
"Where's mother and father? Cal
I get some candy out of my stockin
over on that chair? When is you go
ing to bed?" came the questions pell
mell, never waiting to be answered
To Jack's inquiry as to how she hap
pened to come down stairs in th,
night in that fashion, she replied tha
she had waked up and couldn't ge
to sleep again.
"I thought it would be nice t
come down here with the Christma
tree and pretty lights and play dolly
More fun than lying in bed, 'cause
got so hot," was the explanatioi
which she seemed to think justifle<
T OF YE OLDEN TIME.
her advent. At this the young co
pie laughed heartily.
"Is Mr. Jack your bean, aunty, and
do you love him this much?" was her
next query, at the same timp~ stretch
ing out her arms as far as her chub
by shortness permitted. "You love
aunty, don't you, Mr. Jack? I love
you both, and I love Santa Claus, too,
and-mother and father-and Bobby,'
doubtfully, "when he's real good."
By this time Gl-ady's face was crim
son, and angry tears rose in her eyes.
The idea of being pnade a laughing
stock, even by a child! Then as the
little arms stole around her neck all
the bitterness melted away and only
love and long, ug filled her heart.
"Aunty, when isyou and Mr. Jaci
going to get maried? I'm going tc
be flower girl a.nd have a white dress
andi Dink roses. Mother said 'very
soon,' when I asked her a long time
ago," rattled on the unsuspectina
It was then that Gladys threi
pride to the winds, for from the
midst of Cherub's tangled curls came
a muffled, but very tender, "Yes
Cherub, very :oon," which jnst
reached Jack's ears. He started joy
ously from his chair.
"Oh! Cherub, it's so late you inus1
o back to bed. What will mothe:
say?" And Gladys picked up the lit
te fairy and carried her to the stairs
where she kissed her many times.
Then with happy, sparkling eyes
and a little bright spot on each cheek
she went back into the library and
stood beside Jack. Together the:
watched the child climb the steps.
"Good night, little Cherub," the:
called after her as Jack took both thi
girl's hands in his, and
By this time Cherub had disap
peared, and was crawling happil:
back into bed.-The Pathfinder.
*iEPING The. 5CRET.
I h&e'a 5se'n" emt b Santa Cauy
Antdhe Will net/er tellI;
Du; Ordearnwmo/er if:ucodgy
But Santa Clauy a7n me.
-? I) ure you MJoufd /or4' t kn&o~;
Can you Witf/ (4rnia.dopwtA
The day am So &ry/&i!
Ij5t / J?f J dn'J71.0y$
Jd6 name b 4th C!
Oh. my, arn't er'/ fun?
And/<an he'ept ,<anti..anraa?
I ne'-ir g,bu,d WJh,;f/>r oe!
Dolly-"Doesn't it worry you aw
fully to think what to buy for Tom?
Polly-"Of cou:rse, but it worrie:
i-me more to think about what Tom is
liha to buy for me.''
- TIIE 'MIDDLE DOY.
I'm only just the middle boy,
So all last year I wore
Deianey's clt*Ies. Most ev'ry toy
I had was his before.
But 1'm "so hard on ev'rything"'
(That's what nw family say,.
Right from the shops they have to brin
B New clothes for 1Richard Gray.
Delan,ey nways says. "Why, Jim,
I wouldn't care one bit!"
You'd think thevd be just fun for him
s Old clothes that <nn't (uite &it.
But fa.her talks a 4iff rent way.
a"Not ver long ago
I was a middle~-boy." he'll qay.
t "You hurry up and grow!"
-Elizabeth Linicoln Could, in Youth
r A LITTLE AMATEUR CHEMISTR'
Alcohol is a very interesting liqui
i and many entertaining e7perimen
may be made with it. If you try 1
- dissolve various substances in it, f<
example, you will find that those i
an oily or- gummy nature, which wi
- not dissolve at all in water, will ni
a only dissolve in the alcohol, but ac
t ually disappear.
t Take camphor as an illustratio:
if dropped into water it will sprep
> out and not be soluble in it at al
s while in alcohol it will dissolve ar
leave the liquid clear.
Alcohol has a curious trick whe
mixed with water. Put some watt
'into a graduated- measuring tub
and after pouring it into a glas
measure the same quantity of alc
hol. If you mix the two you will fin
a shrinkage, as the two liquids wi
measure less together than the su:
of the two,measured separately.
Drop into a glass about a te.
spoonful of the raw white of an e;
and over it pour a tablespoonful<
alcohol. You will be amazed, r
doubt, to see the white of the e
THE LIQUIDS BEFORI
cooked, as if by heat. But you mu~
not try eating it; that you hav
cooked It without heat is enough.
Now prepare a basin of water, an
when it is very still drop some alc<
hol on the surface. When it strike
the water a little pit will be formec
like a dimple it. the smooth surfact
This is because the fluid on the sw
face is; heavier and stronger than th
alcohol, and pulls it away in ever
direction, making a slight indents
Fill a glass with alcohol, and ge
at a drug store some aniline dyei
the form of a powder. Drop ever s
little of the dye into the gla.ss, andi
will reach down through the alcoh<
like a thread of color. This will d:
vde into two branches, which wi
again divide and subdivide, unt
your glass looks as If it contained
miniature inverted plant, growing he
fore your eyes.
If you will arrange mirrors t
throw the reflection of it on the wal
the shadow thrown will be much eI
larged, but the process is interestin
to watch in either way.-New Yor
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD HERO.
Clarence Osborne, of Wincheste:
Mass., is the youngest person in th
whle world to receive the medal<
a humane society for bravery.
Clarence is only four, and in a
his short life he had never been ac
dressed as "Mr. Clarence Osborn<
No. 5 Nelson street, Wincheste:
Mass.," till the Humane Societ
called him that on the package whic
-th postman left for him one morn
ing. a week or two ago. He was S
awestruck at his own Importance
"Mr. Osborne"-that he stood by a
let his mother open the parcel, bring
ing to light from its many wrappmni
a small black leather, plush-line
-case. Inside the case--but heI
Clarence decided to take a handi
the operation himself--Was a han<
some bronze medal. Inscribed on t':
back were the words:
"To Clarence Osborne. For bra'
ery in saving a life in Wincheste
January IS, 1906."
On the front was engraved:
"Presented by the Massachuset
But this is just the end of ti
story. The beginning? Oh, th~
was 'way back last January, on oi
of those cold, cold days that frees
over the ditches and puddles at
ponds, bringing out all the boys at
girls who haven't got the toothacl
or measles to coast or slide. Ar
the boys pull their earpieces dos
over their ears and the girls g
their mothers to tie their heads-ti
little girl's heads-up in clonds at
i~o~n scarfs, and away the lads at
lassies strike across the ice, and e
erybody screams and "hollers" at
squeals as hard as he and she can.
- Clarence knows just how it is, ft
his family and relatives, the MullE
3family, live near Black Ball pond,:
Winchester. Through the middle
the pond is a channel where t4
water is constantly in motion, belt
fed by springs, and where in wint<
the ice is thinnest.
Clarence and his blue-eyed cousi
Josephine Mullen, ran down to ti
pond one of those snappy wint
days. It was frozen over and, aft:
Clarence hadI thumped on it with h
"The ice is all right," they crIed
"Come on, let's try it."
Soon they were sliding merrill
back and forth. Every time the
took a slide they would go on a lit
tle further from the shore and the:
a little further, till
Crash! Something went throug,
the ice with a little, wild piercin
crY, and Clarence stopping in hi
tracks, was terror-stricken to se
Josephine's little face disappear I
a dark hole right over the channel.
"Hold cn, Josephine," cried th
,four-year-old youngster. 'Tll b
there in a minute."
o With only a single thought-tha
of saving her he ran to the edge o
the yawning hole and caught th
shoulders of the little girl as she ros
terrified to the surface. With the ic
ir sagging under him and the wate
flowing up over the edges, he clun
to her, screaming for help.
And that was what his mothei
busy in her kitchen, heard. Runnin;
out, with a frantic grip of terror a
her heart, she rushed out on the ic
d and clutched her boy by the fool
1 Then she dragged them both to safe
A few days later Clarence founi
'himself being interviewed by a
agent of the Humane Society. Suc
a modest little hero as he made:
"I had to keep hold of her-she'
d been drowned if I'd let go," was th
1 way he dismissed the subject. Di
a that answer have something to d
with bringing the Liedal Perhaps.
. Anyway, the medal followed no
so very long afterward. For this wa
clearly a case where a child's courag
0 and love for his playmate had rise:
Z superior to ,ll selfish terror.
AND AFTER MIXING.
t Heroism has many different de
e grees and qualities. But little Clar
ence Osborne already ranks amon,
i the thirty-third degree heroes of th
3 More than that, he is in a class b:
himself, as the yo.ungest recipient 0
.a hero medal in the world.-Tribun
-Fame For Friends Only.
-Now I wish to say again to you al
that in sending me anything whatso
t ever you need not be afraid of gettini
your name in the paper, if you wi]
y do as I requested some timne a'gc
t Just put this sign on the package
1 card or whatever else, and you ma:
-rest assured your name will not be i:
1 the paper, so far as I am concerned
1 (N). Now ain't that easy to make
a and it says, No. There was a lad:
-in to-day who said she would be of
fended should I write her name
> When 1 had been thinking for sey
1, eral days of sending her, among oth
-ers, a card with my picture on it, bu
I am glad now that I found It out il
; time, for when I know that peopl
don't wish to have me write thei
names I will not do so under an:
I 'ircumstances whatever. Life. death
feast or funeral, and from this dat
I will say that I will also never writ
the name of any person on earth whi
f I may have reason to think is not
friend to me, as I am writing t
1 please my friends, none others, ani
-don't forget it. Now a joke.
would give Si to see the paper corn
out just one issue with no one's nam
n it or on it. I think it would be
great kuriosity and kapabole of kaus
ing a krasy ktripple to go to Kalifor
nia or K~alimazoo. - Middletow:
-Railroad's Eucalyptus Grove.
s The Santa Fe has begun plantin:
trees on its land in San Diego Coun
ty, Southern California. The trae
n is 8650 acres in extent and is know:
1- as the Rancho San Diegito. Iti
e near Del Mar. It will be converte'
into a eucalyptus grove. About 70s
-acres a year will be planted for
, number of years. The wood will b
used for ties and piles. F. P. Host
who has charge of this class of work
sestimates that $3000 worth.of timbe
for ties can be raised on one acre
.e The red gum will be planted, as thi'
t as well as the sugar and iron bar:
.e varieties of eucalyptus, has bee:
:e shown by experiments in Australia t
d last more than twenty-five years ur
d derground, while the blue gum WIl
.e not last more than three years unde
t Make More Iron.
eIt is a fact worth recording i:
d p roof of the progress made by th
.d German iron industry that the num
-br of the workmen has not risen i
d proportion to the increase of prc
duction. In 18,95 the productio:
r amounted to 5,500,000 tons, and th
a workmen numbered 24,059; in 190
n the prodluction had risen to 10,000
)f 000 tons, and the. number of worl
y men only to 35,284; while in 1S9
.g the quantity produced per head c
r workmen employed amounted to 2
tons, the~ quantity had risen in 190
a, to 285 to-is. That is to say, the tc
te tal number of workmen increase
r duing the decade 1895 to 1904 b
rforty-seven per cent., but the quar
I tity in.creased by eighty-four pe
ce-..-London Engineer. -
D Household matters
Care of Matting.
Mattings never should be subjec
to an oversupply of water. C
should be ecercised towards keep
it unstained. When it beco:
soiled, however, use a soft cloth v
wrung out in a suds made of bo
soap and water, and air thoroug
by leaving a window open until
1,ct is dried. Dampness must be
moved from matting as speedily
possible. Use a pliable, not too s1
broom for matting. Always sw
. well first any flooring or floor cov
i ing which may be spotted or sol
and needs a damp application.
Safe Red Coloring Matter.
s To a correspondent asking foi
e safe red coloring matter for ca
i and sweetmeats. The Druggists'
::ular (September) recommends
a color from red beets as easily
L tained and economical. Says t
paper: "It is said that a good way
t obtain this coloring in perman
form is to heat the beets in an ol
until quite soft; macerate w
about an equal quantity of vineg
express; evaporate the result
liquid to one-half Its original N
ume and then make up to the ox
inal value with alcohol. For extf
poraneous use the liquor fr
'pickled beets' as ordinarily prepa:
" for the table (that is, boiled in wal
t sliced, and then covered with v
egar) would presumably give a di
enough shade. Canned beets are
market and will answer as well
the latter case as the fresh articl
Care of Flatirons.
Many people have been annoyed
finding their irons quite rusty af
I they have been put away a few da
a The way to prevent this happening
before you put them away, to rul
3 little warm grease over them 2
then wrap them up in brown pal
t When you take them out to use
s them into hot water that has hat
small piece of soda dissolved in
1 rub dry, and then put them to h
in the usual way. When they
ready to be used on the ironing bo.
have a piece of brown paper wit)
little powdered bath brick on it a
rub the surface of your iron w
this. It seems rather a lengthy p
cess, but it really does not take 14
to do, and housewives will be
warded for the trouble they h,
taken by finding the irons delig
fully smooth and easy to use, z
when they are like this the iron
:an be done twice as quickly.-M
Home-made Lamp Shades.
These lamp shades are easily m;
uf.ctured, and add a pretty effect
the room, as well as shade the Ii,
to the eyes.
Cut a piece of stiff paper in a<
-cular form and of the depth desir
-and glue the two ends together
piece should be cut out of the cir
Sto make the shade "funnel-form
Sthus making a foundation. Co
this neatly, Inside and cut, w
~crinkled tissue paper of any desi1
Sshade. Then cut inch-wide str
Sand make the shade by looping
fastening these upon the foun
tion. The loops are graduated
length, with the exception of1
1 small ones at the top, which
- formed to resemble a ruching. A r
i of narrow crystal fringe ses
1 around the bottom of the foundat!
-makes a pretty finish, and a I
,sprays of artificial maiden-hair ft
i disposed among the loops adds a
1 ishing touch. The shade, if for
- lamp, must be placed over an
Sbestos foundation; if for a cand
Smica should be used. Paper foun<
- tion is only for use when the obj
- Is ornamentation only.--The Cc
H I1TS FOP, TME~
3 If a bottle of the oil of pennyro
)is left open in a room at night nc
L mosquito will be found there in
Mud stains may be removed fr
tan leather shoes by rubbing th
Swith slices of raw potato. When d
Spolish- in usual way.
-When selecting fish for the ta
choose only those in which the e
1are full and prominent, the flesh fi
and thick, the scales bright and sti
Teapots that are made of metal
unused for some time, will often g
a musty flavor to the tea when n
used. This may be prevented
t placing a lump of sugar in the tea
i before putting it away.
In washing woolen goods t:
1 should never be rubbed, but clean
Sby drawing through the hands
I and down. Wring as dry as possil
3 and rinse in a tub of hot water
,which a little soap has been
r A practical housewife has disc
.ered that empty pasteboard crac
, boxes and the clean white wooi
r boxes lined with paraffin paper,
1 excellent to bake sponge cake
) They will not burn and the paper 1
- vents the sticking.
1 When frying chicken add a cuj
hot water after the chicken is tl
oughly brown on all sides. Let
water boil down until the pan is
most dry again. This makes
a chicken very tender.
e It is useful to remember in cc
ing potatoes that after the water
been strained off the pot should
-given three or four sharp jerks sc
Ito toss the potatoes. This has
e effect of making them white
Prepare a strong lukewarm sc
5suds. Dip the feather in the s
Sand draw it through the hands as
Sten as necessary, but don't let it
Smain in the soapy water. If it
-very dirty it will require two si
SRinse in clear, cold water. W
7 thoroughly rinsed draw it thro
.the ha,nd repeatedly until about(
, then slap it with the hand to br
't ount fluffy.
H llIAN ENDEAYODNOTES
12 DECEMBER TWENTY-THIRD.
ted How Can We Carry the Christmas
are Spirit Through 1907?-Luke 2:
nels Christ's birth seen from afar.-Isa.
rax Its cheer foretold.-Ps. 18:1-9.
bly "Good tidings."--Isa. 40:,-11.
the Out of Bethlehem.-Mic. 5:1-7.
re- Son of David.-Ps. S9:20-37.
as Sweet story of old.-Matt. 1:18-25.
iff, The shepherds "were sore afraid."
aep Christ came to bring heaven's glories
'er- near, and take away our fear of them
led (.- 9).
The Christmas joy would not be a
joy to any people if. it were. not "to
all people" (r. 10).
a First comes "glory to God"; not un
es til wa seek that with all our hearts
kir- may we expect "peace on earth" (v.
the The shepherds had the true Christ
ob- mas idea. What they had seen, they
his made a Christmas gift to all that
to would listen (v 17).
nt Our year will be a success if we
ren write on every day: Give! a failure,
ith If we write Get!
ar; If we can carry the Christmas srir
git, it will carry us, over all obstacles
,o1- and to all happy goals.
As it Is not what you give at
Christmas, so much as how you give
m- It, so it is less what you do In life
om than how you do it.
red The Christmas spirit Is greatly pro
:er, moted by the merry% greetings. With
-in- changed words, prolong them through
ep the year.
in - The Christmas tree must have its
in roots in the heart, or it will bear no
e..sound fruit or. its branches.
Christmas centres around the fire
place because there the family gather,
at and no solitary enjoyment is Christ
ter If Christmas gifts weighed accord
'y ing to the love in them, some pianos
is, would be light as feathers, and some
a pen-wipers would weigh tons.
.nd "I wish you a merry Christmas!"
ier. goes halfway to the goal; "I'll make
dip you a merry' Christmas!" touches the
I a goal-post.
it, ' To Think About.
eat Have my past Christmasses been
are full of Christ?
Lrd Do my Christmas thoughts centre
L a about myself?
Lnd Is giving the best part of my
O E ORTH LE6UE LESSONS
Lnd SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23.
as- Lessons of the Manger.-Luke 2.
The Daily Readings.
to Teworld's exclusion of Jesus.
ht v- 7
The lowly sign of the Christ-child.
.ir -v. 12.
er- The m- ifestation of the Child
(a The recognition of the wise men
cle Matt. 2. 1-12.
"), The recognition by two illuminated, j
rer lingerin~g souls.-Luke 2. 25-38.
ith Heavenly watch-care.-Matt. 2. 12
red 14; 19-21.
ps In view of the many precious "les
nd sons of the manger," Christmas ought
ato be characterized by a kind of sol
iemn merriment. Let our "A Merry
m:Christmas to You" be charg'~' with
he =conceptions of the profound signifi
are cance of the day. The early church
ow seized upon many a heathen festival,
'ed and stamped it with ecclesIastical
lon authority, seeking thus to make easy
ew the crossing over from paganism to
rn Christianity. So Christmas came to
n- have, among our far-back ancestors,
the boar's head feast and the drinking
a bouts of Scandina.via and Germany.
as- Let there be'festivity, but let there
le, be- also songs of gratitude, and the
Ia- bestowment of gifts 'to the needy, in
ect remembrance of God's unspeakcabe
n- Gift to us.
HE preaching of a
r . *glogous Christ is
- often undoneby a
- It is often bet
yal ter to give aiman
t a .. lighxt on his way.
the than to lead him
om - Some folks
em 'never see Divine
y Provldence ex
cet in their daily
yes Things are seen by the eyes only
rafter they are appreciated by the
The secret of mastering the flesh
eis not in ignoring it, but in giving it
by a worthy task.
pot The mill is sure to be swept away
when the church tries to grind its
tey grist with the devil's power.
sed He loses his intellectual powers who
up does not put them out at interest.
ale, So long as you despise your fellow
in you shut your heart to the spirit of
Many a preacher loses his power by
:o- pointing men the way he has never
are The object of your worship is not
In. that on which you brood.
>re- Unnecessary friction with our fel
lows takes from life's force, but the
p of necessary friction adds to it.
the of walking alone is that when the
al- boaster falls he does not fall alone.
te In time of temptation let the light
Oof the Sun of Righteousness shineN
ha- and you can see the difference be
ha tween gold and tinsel..
>as No architect ever yet designed a
the monument heavy enought to hold
and down a man's ,guilty past.
Many a man will fipd when the.
ap- light of Heaven searches out the
uds sources of his revenue, it will make
of- his righteousness look rather ragged.
1sWHEN HE WANTED HER.
ids- Mlother (to convalescing boy)--4
ben Now, Bobbie, in case you should want
.igh me, just ring this bell.
Iry - Bobbie-But, mamma, I'm not
sn trong enough to ring it all the time
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