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3c. per Copy. THE IiARGEST DAILY NEWSPAPER EV THE CITY. THE CARRINGTON PCBLISHIW6 CO. OFFICE 400 STATE STREET. VOL. LIV. Nl' HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 25, 1886. NO. 305 gru Woods. Howe Stetson INSURANCE BUILDING. Holiday Goods. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S GIFTS! ' Can be found on our Holi day Counters suitable for every body, at our well known popu lar prices. Our extensive stock consists in part of Christmas .Cards, Dolls, Baskets, Plush Goods, Brass Goods, Swiss Goods, China Ware, Bisque Figures, Glassware, Silverware, Japanese Goods, Writing Desks, Work Boxes, Cabinet Albums, Juvenile Books, Blocks,Games, .Jewelry, Perfumeries, Bags, Purses, Pocket Books, Port monies, &c. - We would advise our cus- tomers to call as early in the morning as possible in order to avoid the crowd later in the "day. Goods cheerfully shown to everybody whether wishing ;"'toipuwiasi3rori,:,'"; "SUBSTANTIALS In addition to the above Fan cy Goods we would call special attention to our large and care fully selected stock of Linen, Laoe and Silk Handkerchiefs. The assortment is large and prices right. We offer some extra values in this department. All handkerchief buyers should examine before selecting else where. - Immense Stock of Silk Um brellas with handles of all the latest shapes and styles. Special bar gains at $2.50, $3, $3-5. $4. $4.25 and $5 each. There is nothing more desirable for Christmas Gifts than Silk Um brellas. Gents' Traveling Bags, all sizes and qualities, at extremely low prices. Ladies', Gents' and Children's Kid and Fabric Gloves, Silk Mittens, Wristers, Caps, Silk and Plush Bonnets and Caps, Leggings, Furs of all kinds. An examination of the goods in these departments should not be forgotten in making selec tions for holiday gifts, In our annex we shall offer for the next two weeks Silks and Rhadames, Colored Rhada mes, Faiele Francaise, Black and Colored Satins, Surahs, In dia Silks, Velvets and Plushes, Dress Goods at marked down prices. Please examine the bar . gaius at 25c, 37c, 62cand 75c : ja. yard. : Good assortment of Linen Damask Lunch Sets, Towels, Table Covers, Linen Momie Scarfs, etc., in choice patterns and at reasonable prices. - - All our goods .are marked in plain figures. -V Store will be open evemngs until Christmas. Hie & stetson .' SUCCESSORS TO r no t u mint, nn Sfi and 888 CHAPEL STREET. OUR RECENT FIRE HAS BEEN A GOOD TEST. AND PROVES OUR SOLIDITY. We are Now on Our Feet Again And stand, ready to execute, all . orders with the usual promptitude. Laundr) Ingr, Cleaning and Dye ing, Carpet Beating and Carpet Scouring-. ELM CITY DYE WORKS AND ' Steam Laundry : THOMAS FORSYTH, ' PBOPKIECTOB. Offices: 878 and 645 Chapel St. Vorkii State, Lawrence and Ittecnan- ' "" le Streets. ' ' BEST WOE BEST ACCOMMODATIONS r LEAST DAMAGE Only te be had at TROY STEAM LAUNDRY 80 Center Street. A.J. CRAWFORD & CO. r-Free collection and delivery. Telephone. n8 Zxovisious, iz. CHRISTMAS GOODS. For choice materials for Christmas Pinner call at my place and inspect my stock of Beer, Mutton, Turkeys, Chlcfe. ens. Partridge, Quail, Roast ing Pigs, Lettuce, Celery. Spinach, In iact, Everything First-Class IN MARKET LINE. C. E. 33!-AJRT, 350 and 352 State St. ONE PRICE THE CASH STORE We Offer for Christmas: Prime Turkeys, full dressed, 15c to 18c pound. Prime Decks, full dressed, 16c pound. Prime Geese, full dressed, 15c pound. Prime Chickens, full dressed, 14c pound. Cape Cod Cranberries 10c quart. Extra fine Celery 13c bunch, 8 for 25c Extra fine Florida Oranges 30c dozen. We shall also have our usual stock of Litchfield County Turkeys. B. F. BANKS, - No. I Broadway. ELEGANT CHRISTMAS POULTRY. Where Can We Get It, Do Yon Aakt D. M. WELCH & SON, Offer 12,000 Pounds Finest In the Land. Country Turkeys, full dressed, 16c pound. Country Ducks, full dressed, 15o pound. Country Goslins, full dressed, 15c pound. Country ChicKens, full dressed, 14c pound. Fine White Bleached Celery 120 bunch. Fine Cape Cod Cranberries at 10c quart. Delaware Sweet Potatoes 25c peck. Oranges, Raisins, Nuts, etc. Fine Large Havana Oranges 18c dozsn. Fine Large Messina Oranges 13c dozen. Fine Large Florida Oranges 39o dozen. Fine Large Loose Raiaias 8c per pound. Fine Large Loose Muscatelle Raisins lSJc pound. New Nuts, ail varieties, l'2J4c pound, (mixed). Elegant Large New French Prunes 2 pounds 25c. Malaga Grapes ISfr&e per pound. Fine Table Apples and Cooking Apples. Fine Creamery Butter 28 and 83c pound. . Everything for the Christmas Dinner WAY DOWN IN PRICE. Come early. D M. WELCH & SON, 38 and .30 Congress Ave. Branch No. 8 Graifd St. A QUESTION For which there is no answer. Can Flour be bought any where else In the country at my low prices. Pillsbury's Best Flour 55.50 Washburn's Best Flour 5.50 Columbia Mills Flour 5.50 Best New Process Flour - 5.50 Haxairs Best Flour 6.50 beat Family Flour 5.00 Butter Wholesale and Retail. 4 1-3 Pounds Sl.OO. Lehigh Coal 5.33 per ton. GEO. W. H. HUGHES, independent Coal Dealer, 34 CHPRCH STREET1. WWlGES GLUES Used by th best manufacturers nu mei: iiiiii;. in uv 1 ' Pullman Palace Car Co.. Mason A Hamlin organ a riano mq.. Jtc.oraUkiwhqfJineKarU. At the Hew Ori.ftna Kxpeo. tlon. Joints made with it en dured a testing strain of over 1600 Pounds TO A SQUARE INCH. PnNiraMAl gtronaest ahtm knnirn. TWO GOLD MEDALS. Utm hi" eardawi lte, postafre fur sample can, FRES. Gloucester, Haas. LADIES. Enamel yew fiOM on the sides twice a year, the top fcca a k week, and you nave ine nnesc pousiusu 1 store in the world. 12x18 chromo for ItOCtS. 1 AKT-Oii f RIDK ,U V uo., WW Ston, Mass. For sale by all dealers and !s. A. Fullerton, Judson Terrell, jsilas Oalptn, JohnB. Oarlock, 1a. u.ocnwaner. i. w . n" - : H. Hendrick. . Frank M. Hall, J3. S. Adams, W.8. Foote,106 DeWltt, H. Hoff meister, Robinson. uurtiaa E fierpont, cearoaiey at owrj, D. P. Verrimsn. a8 Yale. Bryant at Co., Manufacturer's Agents. NOTE IT. SEALS IBM Ia5&5g Engraved. New Designs. Brass 4r Copper Sets. RUBBER STAMPS LINEN MABKEES, ETerythlog In Stamp Line. 13 CENTER ST. - A- D- PE R K X NS-- WLisczllVLUzaus. lEHRY CHRISTMAS AT HEXHAM'S GREATBARGAM STORE 316 ELM STREET. Come one and all and select a oair from onr splendid assortment of Christmas Slippers. We have everything from an elesrant Silk Embroidered Velvet Slippers at only ?5 cents, up through the ricner ana more expensive varieties, ah oi tnem selii ns: at exceedinelv low fieures for the aualitv. Also a large assortment of wool lined Suppers. Mouse Biioes ana aiq rtuiroa Boots ror uie isaies. Just the thing for a Christmas Present. SPECIAL BARGAINS! Closing Out Sale. E.U. SLIITM, 815 CHAPEL STREET Offers entire tock of Milli nery Goods' at a Great Sacri fice. Will also sell the movable Fix tures at a Great Bargain. BARGAINS BARGAINS W. H. Balk, E. C. Bennett. BICYCLE SUPPLY CO., Auraia .stun Royal Mail, American Star and Kangaroo .Bicycles. Bicycle Repaf rlns a Specialty. Parts and sundries. Rubber Tires. -Cement, etc.. always on band. y83 6m S front St., Mew HsreatCi. Newspaper I For a check of $29 we will print a ten-lint advertise ment in one million issues of leading Americannews papers and complete the work within ten dars. jApVERTlSlNQi This is at the rate of only one fifth of a cent a line far 1 nnn nirrailAt.inn. The advertisement will ao- pear in but a single issue of any paper, and conse quently will be placed before one million different newsoaper purchasers; or five million readers, if it is true, as i sometimes stated, that every newspa per is looked at by five persons on an average. Ten lines will accommodate about seventy-five words. Address with copy of advertisement and check, or send SO cents for book of 176 pages. uHO. if. KOWHjUj E UU., 1U opruce sc.. n. x . d28dwly Quarterly Dividend. The Fort Bascoh Cattlk Raisinq Co., ) 838 Chapel Street. V Nrw Haven. December 20. 1686. 1 THE Tenth Quarterly Dividend of H per cent, nn thn canital stock of this company has been declared payable on and after January 8, 1887. Resident stockholders can obtain their dividends at the New Haven County National Bank. The transfer books will be closed from Dec. 87, 1880, to Jan. 4, 1887. , E. E. BRADLEY, dal 6t xreasurer. ONLY THE BEST Seal Plush Garments are worth having. These we show in larger variety than any other house. Seal Plush Sacques $19.50to $45 London Dyed Alaska Seal Gar ments $85 to $175. Above prices are for this month only. .Ladies are invited to inspect quality, style and finish, and judge as to value. NEW YORK. HOLIDAY GOODS ! To tire uuw LHCjmicu biui s ....... ment of goods in our line as ever brought into New Haven, comprising some very fine Tlenna Sets, in cases or open. Wine Sets, Water Sets, Lemonade Sets, Smoking Sets, Dinner Sets, Tea Sets. Plated Nut Picks $1 dozen, in cases. 1 Dolls House, cost $18, for 10. 1 Dolls House, cost $12, for 88. A large line of Mechanical Toys at cost. Library Lamps and Stand Lamps in an endless variety. Dinner sets ana UDrary Lamps on secona noor. ROBINSON, 90 Church Street, near Chapel. dl4eod Election The Mew Haven Coon- tv National Bank. THE annual meeting of the stockholders of this bank for the election of directors to serve the ensuing year wilt be held at their banking house on Tuesday. January 11, 1887. Polls opeu from 11 a. m. to 13 m. Sew Haven, December 4, 1886. de HX. w.Taneit L S. KOTOHTTTSS. Cashier. NEWS for IiADZES! YOUTH and BEAUTY Can Be Obtained ITBEINQ WITCH HAZEL TOILET CREAW. ft !i the only preparatioii In tha world warranted to car and eradi cate a.1) Impurities L in the tkig, tveh u Pin plea, 9alt Sbeotvl 'lfa Worms and Hub Burn, ind oi-ved that ooniDlX.kin a freah- UH Bd trsoBlaemey which cannot b -'-taine 1 y my other, mm by (ha di)gTOaa we of arsenle. It ' aqnaied u m beantifier of tfis hands, refining th skin "id making it toft, clear and whha. Witch Hm1 Toilet Cream is ft paint or powder used to cover m thelinpanliwi of the akin, but e, remedy ibat heal perfectly and eonverU the tmme to enviable beautr. Priee of wuupi- trial boxea, 25 cents. For Bale by all druggists. E. HEWITT & CO., Sole Agent, 289 and 391 St ite street, New Hayen, Conn. . : ED PI MUD S PERFUMERY Am TOILET. ARTICLES, HENRY'DREYFUS, -"SJiibMi b.teTr.B.. -- toiitTiUii'i) St., s. Tp-yl aS4 wedastf Clairvoyance. MRS. J. J. JliARK The well known business, test and healing medium, is not only maintaining her reputation as a reliable Clairvoyant, but is convincing new visitors -each day by her astonishing gifts, She can be consulted at ber residence: S2 Crown street, on all matters pertaining to - business, social affalrs,-halth, etc.; and always renders satisfaction. She compounds choice veg stable remedies, which have great po tency in cuqng diseases. 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Tearlv advertisements at the following rates: One sauare, one year. $40: two squares, one year, $70; three sonares, one year, $103. Obituary notices, in prose' or verse. 15 cents per line. Notices of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 85 cents each. Local Notices 20 cents per line. Advertisements on second page one price and a half. Yearly advertisers are limited to their own irame Htar hnHiiwRft. fall matter to be unoblectionable) and their contracts do not Include Wants, To Let, For Sale, etc. ' Hnwt.l MxafnraudMul on atmlleatloB t or contracts covering considerable length of time, or a large pace. Dkutokedby Carriers in thk Cut, 15 CENTS A VVKKK, 00 CENTS A MOUTH, $d.UU for Six Months, $6.00 a Year. Thk Saks Terms bt mail. Saturday, December 25, 1SS6. CHRISTMAS DAT. . Time flies, and as men and women grow older the time from one Christmas day to an other seems to shorten, snd, alas, the day in many cases grows less and less merry. Bat there are few who are not cheered by Christ maa,and it is a positively merry day to many, and especially to the young, who find in it the most joyful day of the year In one shape or another this ancient festival tonches the hearts of all. The merchant and the artisan, the rich and the poverty-stricken, the old and the young, "suspend their usual avoca tions and are as happy as they can be. The making of presents, the Bpirit of love, the making friends and neighbors happy is the universal rule. From the youngest child m the family to the gray-haired parent at the head of the household the one thought is the happiness of some one. The most trifling toy, the simplest gift means that much, and hearts beat warmly through the Christmas tide because people have risen to the plane of practical Christianity and are glad to dis port themselves in its atmosphere. And on this day the beanty and strength of the cen tral truth of the Christian religion are strongly felt. We wish all our readers A Merry Christ mas. SIGNS OF PROGRESS. The answer made by Mr. Edward Atkin son to some questions pat by Senator George of Mississippi contains some cheering read ing for the Christmas time, or any other time. Mr. Atkinson finds that if we take any given factory, such as a textile factory, metal works, shoe factory or others, it will appear that the productive capaoity of each opera tive is from fifty to two hundred per cent. greater to-day than it was in 1860. The same number of operatives in a cotton factory, making coarse fabrics, can tarn off 200 per eent. more cloth in a less, number of hours and with less arduous work at. the present day than they could in the same factory in 1850. Invention has reduced the capital and has increased the product advanced the wages and reduced the cost of labor. As to wages he snys that a computation has been made of the daily - wages given in volume No. 20 ot the census returns from more than sixty establishments with which there were connected one or more engineers, one or more blzoksmiths, machinists, paint ers and carpenters. The wages of these spe cific classes have been singled oat and aver aged, all of them being mechanics who were in continuous employment. In 1860 their daily wages per day was $1.56 in gold; for a year of three hundred days, $468. In 1885' 86, not lees than $2.40 per day, for the year $720. As to what the dollar would buy: The same quantities of the same articles included in the standard at the average of retail prices in twenty different shops ten west of Buffa lo and ten east of Buffalo cost for a single day's supply in 1861, 30 to 36 cents; 1885-86,' 30 to 31 cents subject to further investiga tion, probably less. Mr. Atkiuson further finds that the power of capital, considered as capital to secure in come, has be9n diminished by seventy-five per cent, in twenty-five years, yet such has been the vast and rapid increase of product that the share of the capitalist, measured in dollars, is probably as large In fact now as it was in I860, although so much less in pro portion. But the laborer who possesses skill and aptitude, as has been proven, can pro cure eighty to one hundred per cent, more for a year's work than he could in 1865, and a common laborer can procure from forty to fifty per cent. more. Thus, while the rich may have grown no poorer, the poor have steadily become richer. These are very encouraging facts. Ac cording to them the workingmen of this country are doing better for themselves than ever before. EDITOBIAL NOTES. Six million barrels of beer are annually consumed in New York city. A man has got to be careful what ne says in Boston. "Have you men's gloves?" asked a man in a Boston glove-store the other dsy. We have gentlemen's gloves," was tha freezing reply of the young lady who presid ed behind the counter. In a recent murder trial in Massachusetts a woman who was evidently guilty of murder In the first degree was fqund by the jury guilty in the second degree, the reason pub licly given being that the jury would not vote to hang a woman. Mrs. Druse, the New York woman who murdered her hus band and is now under sentence of death, will probably escape the gallows, though governor Hill does not see any good reason why she shpnld. How money can be locked up when it is thought necessary to do it by the manipula tion of the stock market is thus told by ft New York broker: An expenditure of $7,000 will lock up ten millions for five days. The proeess is simply to arrspge wit) five finan cial institutions to each loan yon two millions for five days at 5 per cent., on government bonds as collateral, then to pay the interest ;n advance and fail to send in the collateral. The whole amount is thus tied up for five days and remains in the vaults of the banks subject to your order and can be used for no other purpose. , . Mr. Siemens has stated that a sample of his glass sleepers, tested at Glasgow, assisted faTting weight of 3pi cwf. falling npqn a rail placed upon the sleeper set insand bal last, commenoing at 6 in. and rising by suc ceeding increments of 6 in. up to 9 ft. 6 in. the -maximum elevation to which the test ram could be elevated without effect until the blow had been repeated, for the sixth time. Cast-iron sleepers are expected to yjthBjand a ajmlai; test np to Tft. only. The cost of glass' sleepers will be 'eonsidev ably less than those ot either oaat iron or is practically im- ; M. de Lesseps is like -Old Virginia in that Tie never tires. Now he says that 137,500, OOOf. are still needed for the completion of the Panama canal. . A few weeks ago he wrote that the entire cost of the canal would be $250,000,000. The company's obligations were then more than; $280,000,000. If he mast raise $27,500,000 -more he cannot hope to get it at a smaller discount than was al lowed in the case of his last loan, and the rate for that loan was 55 per cent. The sum of $27,500,000 in cash would at that rate represent obligations amounting to more than $61,000,000, so that if the sum should be raised the company's obligations would be swollen to $H4U,0U0,UUU, which is more than $250,000,000. London Life reports that the insanity of the unfortunate Carlotta, the ex-Empress of Mexico, has lately been -manifesting itself in an aeute form. She appears to be always searching for something on the ground, and shows great satisfaction if she can fur tively pick up some trifle nnseen. Her at tendants are careful to scatter small objects inher path! She will not allow anyone to ac company her in her walks through the park of her castle of Beurchot, and if through the gates or railings she sees a passing peasani she flies and hides herself with all the symp toms of abject fear. The Kjng of the Belgians has decided to rebuild for her occupation the castle of Pervueren, which was destroy ed by fire. It is situated in the middle of splendid forests and will ensure the afflicted Empress every privacy. The arrival of some English rabbi tsjat New York has scared some people who do not want any more English pests in this country. In Australia they have had enough of English rabbits. It is estimated that dur ing the last ten years the little animals have done damage in that country to the extent of 3,000,000 sterling. In a speech in the Co lonial parliament it was shown that one sec tion of about 12,000,000 acres, where a few years ago smiling homesteads, fine orchards and all evidences of prosperity were to be seen,had been rendered nseless and uninhab itable. Large sums of money have been ex pended by private citizenB and municipal and district authorities to exterminate the pest, but with only partial success. The chief methods employed have been trapping and spreading of phosphorized oats and wheat and arsenic Trapping is reported slow and expensive, while Ithe rabbits in many instances will not eat the poisoned food or are unaffected by it. NOTHING. A ioint-stock company must be very mad when it passes a dividend ana says notniog. New Orleans Picayune. Ethel (five) You know, mamma, my man ners may not be so refined as Maude's, but. then, I don't see such good society. New York Journal. A correspondent, who has heard that the Indians are to be given land in severalty, writes to ask whether Severalty is a State or territory; but owln? to the crowded condi tion of our columns we shall not be able to answer him. Boston Transcript. The man with the biggest, most expensive whiskers is not always the smartest man in a country village. It is the little thin, ner vous man who hasn't time to grow a yeiiow moustache who beats him m the race for representative. Somerville Journal.. A brake has been invented which will stop a locomotive coins at the rate of forty miles an hour within a space of fifty feet. The engineer and fireman are expected to keep on for about a mile and a half, but they are of little consequence. Detroit ree r ress. When a man puts on an outlandish, cos tume and slides down a hill on a new-fangled sled it is not coasting. It is tobogganing. And when a party of young men put on knea breeches and knock a ball around the good old eaine of "shinny" becomes polo. Nor- ristown Herald. It Wouldn't Work. Mary Ann (exhibiting a hand grenade) "Ma'am, didn't- ye say these things wuz for fires?" Mistress "Cer tainly." Mary Ann "Well, Oi've been thryin' to loight the fire wid wan av them, but it doesn't same to wurruk, ma'am." Chicago Rambler. 'I've hang up my two stockings," said little girl as she kissed her mother good night. "Are you afraid that one wouldn't hold the doll that Santa Claus is going to bring you?" asked her mother in a sly way. "It. isn't that, ma," slowly said the little reasoner, but I thought perhaps 1 may have twins this year." Judye. Her Secret. "You tell everything you know don t you?" said Mrs. is to Mrs. A , a garrulous neighbor, "indeed 1 don't,' replied Mrs. Awith some show of asperity. "1 can keep a secret as well as anyone. It was only yesterday that Mr. A-r-iold me that it was feared that Mr. H -was short in his accounts, and I haven't mentioned it to a soul, and don't intend to either." Tid Bits. A Bonanza. "That dime is only worth five cents," said the groceryman to Johnny Fiszletop. " "How's that?" "It's got Ja hole in it." "So a hole in a dime is good for five cents!" "Just so." "Then give the dime back to me. I'll punch another bole in it and then it will be worth ten cents. By thunder, I'll punch six holes in it and then, it will be worth thirty cents. I'll have money to throw at the birds pretty soon." Texas Siftines. It is related that a proud father of twins Invited a friend to dine with nun. ine friend came, in a dondition more befitting a man who had dined than one about to dine. The twins had been rigged out in their best bibs and tuckers, and sat in high chairs side by side.' ''There," said the proud father, "did you ever see anything to match that?" The friend looked at the children, and, con scious that he was in a condition to see double, said with great gravity, "Yeah. Tha's splendid child." Angels And Shepherds. From John Hilton's Hymn of the Nativity. The shepherds on the lawn. Or ere the point ot dawn, 8at simply chatting in a rustic row; Fuil little thought they then That the mighty Pan Was kindly gome to lfv with them below; Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep, Was all that did their silly thoughts so busy keep. When such music sweet ?heir hearts and ears did greet As never was by mortal iiner stroofe -Divinely warbled voice Answering the stringed noise. As all their souls in blissful rapture took; The air, such pleasure loath to lose. With thousand echoes still, prolongs each heavenly close. Nature, that heard such sound Beneath the hollow round " Of Cynphia's geat the airy region thiiUlng, Now was almost won To think her part was done. And that her reign had here its last fulfilling; She knew such harmony alone Could hold all heaven and earth In happier union. At last surrounds their sight A globe of circular light. That with long beams the shame-faced night ar raved: The helmed Cherubim And gorded Seritphiin played, .. " ' Harping m loud 'and solemn choir, . ' With unexnregsiva notes, to Heaven's new-.boru r Such music (as 'tis said) Befere was never made. But when of old the sons of morning sung, Whjje the Creator great -ma constellations set. And the wellrbalanced world on hinges hung, And cast the dark foundations deep. And bid the weltering waves their oosy channel keep. . - Ring out, ye crystal spheres! Oncebless our human ears. . ir ye nave power to touch our senses so; And let your silver chime Move in melodious time. And let the bass of heaven's deep organ And with your nine-fold harmony For If such holy song Inwrap our fancy lopg, ' 1 prate wBj run &atlc,nd fetch the age of gold: Add speckled Vanity i Will bicken soon and die, And leprous Sill will melt from earthly mold) And Hell itself will pass away. And leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day. Tea, Truth and Justice then Will down return to men. Orbed in a rainbow; and, like glories wearing, Mercv will sit between. Throned in celestial sheen, - Wtp raaiapc ieet fhe tissued ciouag agwnstserj; :, f' 1021.,' i I- i i. - And Heaven, as at some festival. Will open wide the gates of her high palace nail, steel, while the material perishable. CHRISTMAS FOR jSURE. BY JOHN HABEETON, AUTHOR OP hkijen's babies." "b: batotj," etc. Copyrighted: 1886. The spirit of inquiry, like reform, the cholera and the historic wind that bloweth has a way of suddenly making itself known in the most unexpected places. This is the only reason that oan be given for its appear ance on Cat Creek, Missouri, several years ago, in the cabin of Nimrod Cumplin, and for Nimrod's daughter Piney to startle her mother with the question: "Mother, what's this here Christmas all about, anyhow!" - Mrs. Cumplin, who was frying venison steaks ever a fire of hickory coals, was-so. amazed by the question that she turned quickly to look at her daughter, and in so doing allowed a particularly fine steak, which she was in the act of turning, to glide off of the old iron fork, miss the frying pan and fall into the fire. "Fur pity's sake, gal, what's the good of skeerin' the life most oat of the only mother you've got to your name? You've gone an' give me a reg'lar fit o' the jerks, comia' on me so sudden with an outlandish question like that. An' you've made me spile the hest chunk of venison in that there pan, 'Twas one of them pieces that your father specially likes too just where the side leaves off an' the ham begins. Yon mind this fryin' now till I go see ef ther's another one." Mrs. Cumplin went out and looked in the family refrigerator -a barrel, oat of doors on the northern side of the house, and cov ered with short logs to keep out "varmints. Her daughter knelt in front of the fire-place and attended to the sizzling, spluttering con tents of the frying pan, but she gave most of her spare seconds to contemplation of the fire. In this she displayed correct taste, for the fire was the prettiest thing in the room. The log cabin of a "settler" may be made as pretty as a boudoir full of bric-a-brio if its owner has a desire for elaborate interiors, but evidently . the rage for decoration has never come withing infecting distance of the Cumplin domicile, for the only relief to the dark gray of the log walls was an occasional bit of yellowish gray, showing where bits of bark had been torn off to quicken a slow fire on mornings when the family wood-pile had been suddenly covered with snow. There was a homemade bed in one corner of the room, but the framework was invisible, and the coverlid was abont as darkly gray as the wall bemud it. There was a ladder that led to the loft above, which was Finey's bed chamber, but that too was gray and dingy from long use. The table a slab split from a thick log and supplied with four legs driv en into augur holes was without a cloth, and the cups and saucers were of a dreadful mottled gray that is highly popular in some sections of the country because, according to its owners, "it don't suow dirt." The girl found the fire so interesting that sue continued to stare at it until her mother, returning with a duplicate of the lost steak, exclaimed: "Fur pity sakes, gal, what are you lettin all the dinner burn to a crisp for?" finey allowed Herself to be astonished and pushed aside, but as soon as the work at the fire seemed again to be progressing properly she repeated the question: "Mother, what's this here Christmas all about, anyhow?" "You know, just as well as I do," said her mother. You've seed fourteen or fifteen Christmases a'ready I don't know but it's sixteen, an yon ort to know what they're about." 'But what's Christmas for?" persisted Pi ney, "that s what 1 want to know. "What's it fur? Why it's fur men to fire off Chris'mas guns on an' an' drink more'n ord'nary an' an' fur women to cook more'n usual ef ther's anything' more n usual in the house, mat's an." "Every bit of it?" '"Tis, ez fur ez I knows on, 'xcept in some parts of the country the children an' niggers say 'Chris'mas gift to folks, an' folks give em sometnio' et they've a mind to." "lint how did it begin? What makes men fire guns and drink more than other times, and women cook more?" '"Cause they want to be more than usual glad .1 s'pose. Men's way of doin' it is to make a noise an git drunk; women's way " is to do their best cookin' that's all." "But what do they wan't to get gladder for!" asked the girl. "Why isn't one .day lust as good as another for that? : "Well, 'pears to me it s because that's tha day the good Lord wus born in the world; l don't say it fur certain though, cause Hol der Twitchway ain't preached anythin' about it long ez he's ben hoidin' monthly meetin's np at the Forks. But I wan't to know what's been pnttin' all this talk in your head, Piney, gal?" I don't know," said the girl, "except I heard dad talking to Jed Kipner abont wantin' to be sure to hev plenty of powder an' caps tor Christmas, an' Jed said he d been up to the Forks store an' seen Cap tain Martin's wife givin' the storekeeper -.n awful big order to git Chris'mas gifts for her young ones. What is a Chris'inaa gift anyhow? what kind of a thing? Mrs. Cumplin seemed to struggle with her memory tor two or three minutes. Then she replied: "Well, most generally it's mqney or some thin' pooty. Young fellers give 'ther gls candy or ribbons; if they're fust rate fel lers tiiey give 'em breas' pins or somethin' like that." "What did dad give you when yen was young gal, mother?" The girl sprang from the block stool on which she had been sitting, placed herself dangerously near the fire in her desire to get in front of her mother, bent very ungracefully' in order to get her "face close to ths kneeling figure before her, and prolonged her ques tion with an appealing "Sav!" - Mrs. Cumplin suddenly found that the venison in the pan required the closest at tention;, her- daughter, however, was not tmnating or venison ox any thing else except the subjeot of conversation, so she contin ued: "Mother mammy tell me. Tell your very only gal daughter, won't you!" Some hot coals not far from Mrs. Cum plin 's face began to hiss spasmodically, for qig ftfV we uryppuig upon mem. " "Mammy!" exclaimed the girl, putting both hands upon the head which, though not yet old, was a dingy gray, as every thing else m trie Toqm. Mrs. Oumplm anaj&hed ftt the skirt' qi"heidxess', "wiped her eyes with it and said; "He give me the breas' pin I wear when ever I go to meetin', an' anybody thet sez there's ever any in the meetin' house that can beat it don't know nothin' at all about breas' pins. That's what he give me. When I'm dead an' buried I want tht breas: pin buried with me an! on me; it's iher-thp only ' pbpty thing ' J evpr hedr xcept you,'' "Didn't osd ever give yen anything you was married!" asked Chris'mas after the girl. sho! Of course not. What would a man want to give anythin' to hi) wfe for after he'd got b&ef i'Then all Christmas out here is goin' to be tbjs year is men firing guns an'- gettin- :Qf course it is. Far pitv sakes. sal. yer dop't think thing is goin' to change Ef yer don't bleeve me just see what yer dad'll bring home from the Forks store to day two pounds of gunpowder insMd o 3 quarter's wuth, an! aTiull jug flf h48key ihstid of only a fiask.'' Piney wept to the window,, not so. muqh to look for her father as to. change the object of he; gage while looking at nothing in particu lar. She felt certain, as children often do in matters which they but dimly understand, that something more was going on in the world than she saw, that she deserved it, was not getting it and felt aggrieved. As she looked out she saw her rather com ing. The gunpowder was not visible, but the jug of which her mother had spoken Wais so large as to;- be' tnip f' 'obtrusive piney T4n out fa' meet him, threw her. ams arQqni Ills neck and exclaimed; 'W14 you bring me a Uhris'mas gut?" Nim Cumplin was so amazed that he dropped his jug unfortunately it did not break. For his daughter to almost strangle him with her strong young arms was not of unusual occurrence, but to be asked for a Christmas gift was to be suddenly brought face to face with the unepegteij. " fpliqsimasgittV hV echoed. '(Why, nv sourse not leaatwayg J mean I didn't think uv It. I didn't know you wanted one. Gals don't git Chrismas gifts from their dads f 'xcept when they're babies." " What did you give me when X was a baby, dad!" - Nim Cumplin had stooped to pick up the jug, but he straightened himself, wrinkled his forehead, scratched his head, looked into distance and tried all other popular methods ef refreshing his memory, but was finally Obliged to reply: "I cayn't remember. "Neither can I." Nim abruptly picked np his jug and strode home, "Got the things?" asked his wife, as Nim entered the door. "Yas; hyar's the whiskey," Nim replied, dropping the lug and throwing himself in a leaning position against the chimney. rears to me, said his wife, looking np from the cooking, "somethin' ain't gone ngnt witn ye. What is it?" The man did not answer. His wife looked at him as earnestly as hopeless eyes could look and continued: "Who's been a-rilin' ye?" "Piney." was the reply. "She wants Chris'mas gift." That's the way it 'peared to me from the way she was talkin awhile ago." "What's put it into her head? Nobody hez Chris'mas gifts 'xcept niggers an' rich folks." An' young fellers' gals." Yas, they've got to be counted in. But Piney a big gal like her an' yet not big enough to hev a feller payin' 'tention to her -why, I'd az soon think of you a wantin' a Chris'nias gift." Mrs. Uumplin slowly straightened her self and looked at - ker husband. She said nothing; she had never in her life given her husband an impatient word, so Nim had nothing to fear; yet with a backwoodsman's or animal's instinct in reading the eye, he' saw something that made him exclaim: Durned ef I don't b'leeve you want a Chris'mas gift too." The woman turned her face away, burst into tears and replied: it's drettul mean ot me. 1 didn't mean ter." Nim Cumplin was an affectionate husband, so he straightway put both arms around his wife, who continued: Chris mas ain't for women an' gals no how. You cayn't be expected to do ev'ry tbin', you've got to give your friends a good time an' fire guns, an' I know it tuck all the coonskins you'd got this fall to buy the pow der an' whiskey. But ef ther only could be one Chris'mas for sure! I ain't been able to help thiukin' 'bout it sence Piney got started this mornin' ef there only could be one Chris'mas for sure I think I wouldn't never want nothin' else in the world. I wouldn't keer for me ef only Piney could hev it. You cayn't git her nothin' now all the coonskins are spent and deer don't pay to pack to town but 1 wish somebody else would do it. it s all been a-comin' back to me, a little at a time, while I've ben a cookin' here--the sto ry 'bout how Chris'mas gifts began. Baby Jesas' folks couldn't give him anythin'. cause they was so poor that they hed to put him in a feed-trough in a barn, so other folks brought him things. Well, Piney's cradle wasn't nothin' but a piece of a holler log. I don't see az we're any better off." We ain't got down to takln' things from other folks anyway!" exclaimed Nimrod, who, like backwoodsmen in general, was as proud as he was poor. "Why, even that lazy nigger, Brutus, is above that. I seen him peddlin' wild tukkeys at the Forks to day, an' I told him a good hunter like him ort to be ashamed of gettin' mqney that way twould make me feel meaner than stealin' sheep. But he jawed back az sassy ez you please, an' said he wanted some money to give his little nigs a Chris'mas." "tiood for nigger iSrutus!" exclaimed Mrs. Cumplin with an energy that made her hus band jerk as if suddenly attacked by ague. Then she quickly resumed her customary thin, listless voice and said: "Dinner's all oooked." The meal was eaten in silence a not unu sual circumstance in good-natured families that have little to' talk about. But the si lence was broken into invisible fragments when Nim Complin, having satisfied a good appetite sharpened by a long walk in frosty air, arose suddenly from the block that had served as a chair, seized his rifle and powder norn and opened the door. For pity sakes, where air you goin', Nim?" said Mrs. Cumplin. "You never went huntin' before when you'd walked from the Forks that same day!" "Daddy, where are you goin'?" asked Pi ney. "I'm goin," replied Nimrod, with averted eyes as if he had something to be ashamed of, "I'm goin to get Chris'mas for sure. I don't know what 'tis, but I'm goin' to git it dead sure." Then be walked brisklv to ward the woods, whioh, being near enough to shade the cabin, soon hid him from view. "I never saw yer father took that way be fore," said Mrs. Cumplin, shading and strain ing her feeble eyes. "It makes him look good loot in' though," said Piney. "And," she continued, "J hope he'll find out what it is and get it." It s lust ea the old woman sez," muttered the hunter to himself as he strode along. 'Chris'mas is only for men and niggers along here on Cat Crick anyway. I wonder how I'm goin' to find out what to do? S'pose I might ask Nigger Brutus. Well, I dqn't know's I'd be lettin' myself down doin' that; he's black to be sure, but he's as good a shot ez i be. Hello The last exclamation was due to a Bndden glimpse of a wild turkey. Nim selected a good rest for his rifle, aimed and fired. Then he walked up to his game and viewed it with a look of utter disdain and disgust. There was nothing the matter with tn& turkey, it was large and plump; Nim was not above shooting turkeys, for he shot whenever his wife needed a wing for a fan, and sometimes when she complained of venison as a steady diet. But this particular turkey sgt him to thinking aloud: ' "I've a darned good mind to back out." said he. "The idea of me, that ain't afeard to shoot agin anybody, an' that never sold nothin' but venison an' bear an' skins of var mints, startin' out to kill an' peddle wild tukkeys just like Nigger Brutus!" tie gave the dead bird a kick, turned on his heel and started b.ack homeward. Soon he. stopped, however, went back, picked up the turkey and strode onward, muttering: "I said I'd do it; now I've got to do it." There was a notable increase of mortality among turkeys that afternoon, and Nim learned, to his amazement, how few turkeys it takes to weigh as much as a deer. But when ne nad mi ne oouia oomtortably carry and started for the little village known as "The Forks," he found himself carrying uiuuu weiiiui, wuiuu uiu nor- consist of tni. keys, ttis heart was as heavy as lead. What would either of. the storakaerjars think of him if they saw. him peddling wild turkeys? Wurse still, what would any other hunter think should he see Nim loaded with fath ered game! as ne wondered he saw a. man with a gun on his shoulder eomins from the direct wnqi tne Triage, straightway Nim. like a conscience-stricken murderer, dashed into the woods and through a bog, making a tedious detour in order to avoid aDoroachinar iub r oiks oy tne road Beckon," said he, when at last he felt se cure and dropped his load so that ha misht rest for a moment, "Pl go, tq&t to the big uyuse whT M9 wneat Buyer lives, nobody that knows me by sight is likely to be np that war taint on the road to anvwhere. If they. buy one or two I can chuck the rest away in ease I see anybody an' get skeered." In a few moments he reached the grounds ux 1110 uig nouse. no cani;ansiy skirted them, peered down th owner's private road to assure himself that nobody was coming, and' then approached the front gate. Then, according to the custom on Cat Crek and in many other P.arts, of th,a new country, he lengd again9t"!the fence, instead of entering ttie gate .and tittered a yell to attract the at tention of the residents. This done he turned his back to the house and informed himself that no first-class hunter ever iado such small potatoes of himseli before. nis salutation was, not promptly retained. go he yelled once more and made typhis mind to run unless there was a prompt response. In a moment he heard a door open; then he felt more inolined tq ran than ever, Foot- iteps approached; he felt his face beinsr o'er- apread with every mark of shame and degra dation. Then he heard a pleasant voice say ing: Do you care to sell any of those las- keys?" - "I tnought,'' said Efim, partly turning, bat taking to loo only at the gam a,nd ojt at tle. IJoyer. ' : " 'Wbat do yo.u want to? them?" 'Qh any thiug.V said Nim. trying to brace' np his self-respect; "whatever they're fetch in in town. I don't know 'bout the prices of turkeyB I never sold one in my life; I wouldn't sell these ef they wuzn't too heavy to tote all-of 'em home. I'll give vou one if you like." ' You're very kind," aid the ladvs "hut m aEraict one wouidn t be enough for me. I Wd turkeys are bringing a dollar each in town, ' -it s enougn ior 'em too." said. Nim. re gaining the grand air of an habitual hunter j of large game. "Sech varmints ain't wuth a quarter ain't wuth a bit even." "I'm quite willing to pay a dollar' each, said the lady, with a laugh; "and it you've shot them to-day I'll take them all. I want to send a lot to different friends in the East as Christmas gifts; so they must be fresh. "Chris'mas gifts?" exclaimed Nim. "Yon mean to say, ma'am, that a wild turkev is good 'nough for a Chris'mas gift?" "I thought so when I lived in the East," was the reply. It you 11 kindly bring them np to the house for me I will get you the money." Nim followed the purchaser and after considerable cutting of bark strings laid the game on the piazza. There were ten of them ten dollars. "More money, thought Nim to himself, "than I ever 'arned in a single day with my gun. Well, it ort to be more to pay for sech low-down work ez peddlin' tukkeys. isut who sez I ped dled any tukkeys? I didn't do nothin' of the sort. I wuz just leanin' agin this fence an' she axed me et 1 keered to sell any of 'em. Yes, sir; that's how it was." The purchaser emerged in a moment. followed by two ot three children, one of them being a girl of fifteen, plainly but tastefully dressed. The lady counted the turkeys and handed the seller the money, Nim looked at the girl, then at the lady and said: "Your darter, ma'am?" The mother nodded assent. "You're goin' to give her Chris'mas gifts. I s'pose?" , . . Again the lady inclined her head. "Would you min' tellin' me some of 'em!" asked Nim. "I've got a gal jest her size an' I'm dead tired thinKin ef what to git her." "Amy," said the lady, with a smile and a wink at her daughter, "go into the house and don't yon dare listen." Then she said to Nim: - Her father is going to give her a piano and" I'll get one for Piney," said Nim. "Which store keeps 'em!" J. m afraid you won't find one at any of oar stores," the mother replied, "but I am going to give her some books and per fumery, and gloves and candy all sorts of things that young girls like you know. It's so hard to think of things that one hasn't given before on birthdays or at Chris'mas. Don't you find it so?" "Well, fur ez .finey goes" Nim was about to admit that he had not yet begun to give presents, when the lady interrupted him. Piney!" said she. "What a pretty, rus tic name. But where did you get it? I didn't know there were any pine trees in this region." Her mother named her arter the pineys that once arrowed in her dad's back yard great, big, round, red flowers, just like Pi ney's race when she was little. They was the pootiest thing the old woman could think up when she wanted to name the baby." The lady looked puzzled; then she re membered that the "piney" was the com mon country name for the peony. But she had something else to think of. Christ mas was only one day off and here was a puzzled parent who wanted counsel an Ar ticle in which she abounded. She looked at Nim, estimated his home and family by his own appearance and said: If I were you I would get her a story book, staff for a new dress cheap but pretty, a nice ltttle bracelet or ring and some Christmas cards to nail on the walls of her room; they brijhten a girl's room up so." JNim looked blank. "If I didn't feel I could afford so much," said the lady hastily, "I'd get only part of them." i "Money's no object," said Nim, bravely; "but I don't know sech things apart very well. I wish one of the stores was right here, I'd ask you to show 'em to me." I'll cheerfully help you if you'll let me. I must go down to my husband's office, so it won't pat me oat at all." Ten minutes later an idle clerk, lounging in front of a store, looked np the road and said to another idle clerk: What's coming?" ' , " Looks an if the piokats had cantnred a female spy," shouted idle clerk No. 2, . who had been to the war. Two or three minutes later both clerks were busy showing articles for which the first lady of the village asked and at which Nim looked. Nim threatened to be a some what erratic customer. He insisted on bay ing a lamp reflector, supposing it a mirror; and he mistook a fancy box of toilet snap for candy. Then he narrowly esoaped baying a tiny dog collar for a bracelet, and he abso lutely insisted upon having a large patent medicine chromo, framed, because it made one side of the store look gorgeous. But finally he made purchases which the lady as sured him would satisfy any reasonable girl at Christmas. He paid his bill and found more than half his money remained. I m over an over obliged to ye. ma'am." said he; "bat I want to ask ye one thing more; pick out somethin' for my wife some thin' sech a you'd nick out for verself." The lady selected several things, amoner them two or three eh,eap lace oollara, a col ored silk handkerchief, which she said could be worked over into a bonnet, a tiny bottle of cologne and a pretty purse, in which Bhe suggested Nim might put what change re mained. Thea she bade him good-bye and started homeward, while Nim took his pack ages and began the long tramp to Cat Creek. -w w Amazement sat enthroned npon the brow of each man who visited Nim Cumplin Christmas morning to fire guns and drink whiskey, for finey was dancing about in a gypsy hat loaded with flowers, and a broad pink ribbon about her waist. Mrs. Cumplin wore a collar rthe first one ever seen on Cat Oreekand it was fastened with the historic breastpin, whioh had been carefully polished with a&hes from the fireplace hearth. There was an odor in the room that was not entire ly that of whiskey, and great was the sur prise ot each man whep. he saw how small was the bottle that diffused so much per fume. Thera was a red cover on the table, a patent medicine chromo on each wall, and Christmas cards in a row on the shelf over the fireplace. The general effect was so as tonishing to one visitor that he abrontlv de parted without drinking and came bok afl hour, bringing his wtfa and 'WO daugh ters, - - !I didn't kDCSr what to make of it all." said he; "so I thought I'd brine the old wo man and gals to find out for me." "It means just this," said Nim Cumplin; "it means we've found out how to have Chris'mas for sure, an' we ain't. agoin' to for git it again." "Chris'mas for sure," said Mrs. Cumplin, uicaua Liuria mas xor women ez well ez men." ' Cat Creekers are human, so they all re solved, each for himself, to be in the fash ion. The result was revolutionary; from being a lot of sturdy hunters, living in bare log cabins, the most of the natives began to be industrious farmers and build better houses, and take their wives to the Forks with them to help spend their money. 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