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*v 4 "jfk s1 lfS?p -.ys| vl* -ft f-Wffit'''f ^?fFf xsor x,~ murmured tne gueen or the Water Sprites! "If Claus does not receive the Man tle it is clear none other can ever claim It," remarked the King of the Light Elves, "so let us have done with the thing for all time." "The Wood Nymphs were first to adopt him," said Queen Zurline. "Of course I shall vote to make him im mortal." Ak now turned to the Master Hus bandman of the World, who held up his right arm and said "Yes!" And the Master Mariner of the World did likewise, after which Ak, with sparkling eyes and smiling face, cried out: "I thank you, fellow immortals! For all have voted 'yes,' and so to our dear Claus shall fall the one Mantle of Im mortality that it is in our power to bestow!" "Let us fetch it at once," said the Fay King. "I'm in a hurry." They bowed assent and instantly the Forest glade was deserted, but in a place midway between the earth and the sky was suspended a gleaming crypt of gold and platinum, aglow with soft lights shed from the facets of countless gems. Within a high dome hung the precious Mantle of Immor tality, and each immortal placed a hand on the hem of the splendid Robe and said, as with one voice: "We bestow this Mantle upon Claus, who is called the Patron Saint of Chil- dren!" At this the Mantle came away from Its lofty crypt, and they carried it to the house in the Laughing Valley. The Spirit of Death was crouching very near to the bedside of Claus, and as the immortals approached she sprang up and motioned them back with an angry gesture, but when her eyes fell upon the Mantle they bore She shrank away with a low moan of disappointment and quitted that house forever. Softly and silently the immortal Band dropped upon Glaus the precious Mantle, and it closed about him and sank into the outlines of his body and disappeared from view. It be came a part of his being, and neither mortal nor immortal might ever take it from him. Then the Kings and Queens who had wrought this great deed dispersed to their various homes, and all were well contented that they had added another immortal to their Band. And Claus slept on, the red blood of everlasting life coursing swiftly through his veins, and on his brow was a tiny drop of water that had fallen from the ever melting gown of the Queen of the Water Sprites, and over his lips hovered a tender kiss that had been left by the sweet Nymph Necile. For she had stolen in when the others were gone to gaze with rapture upon the immortal form of her foster son. Chapter Cwenty-firet aihen theOTorldGrew Old HE next morn- ing, when Santa Claus opened his eyes and gazed around the fa miliar room, which he had feared he might never see again, he was aston ished to find his old strength renewed and to feel the red blood of perfect health coursing through his veins. He sprang from his bed and stood where the bright sunshine came in through his window and flooded him with its merry, dancing rays. He did not then understand what had hap pened to restore to him the vigor of youth, but in spite of the fact that his beard remained the color of snow and that wrinkles still lingered in the cor ners of his bright eyes old Santa Claus felt as brisk and merry as a boy of sixteen and was soon whistling contentedly as he busied himself fash ioning news toys. Then Ak came to him and told of the Mantle of Immortality and how Claus had won it through his love for little children. It made old Santa look grave for a moment to think he had been so favor ed, but it also made him glad to realize that now he need never fear being parted from his dear ones. At once he began preparations for making a re markable assortment of pretty and amusing playthings and in larger quantities than ever before, for now that he might always devote himself to this work he decided that no child in the world, poor or rich, should here after go without a Christmas gift if he could manage to supply it. The world was new in the days when dear old Santa Claus first began toy making and won, by his loving deeds, the Mantle of Immortality. And the task of supplying cheering words, sym pathy and pretty playthings to all the young of his race did not seem a diffi cult undertaking at all. But every year more and more children were born into the world, and these, when they grew up, began spreading slowly over all the face of the earth, seeking new homes, so that Santa Claus found each year that his journeys must extend farther and farther from the Laughing Valley and that the packs of toys must be made larger and ever larger. So at length he took counsel with his fellow immortals how his work might keep pace with the increasing number of children, that none might be neglected, and the immortals were so greatly interested in his labors that they gladly rendered him their assist ance. Ak gave him his man Kilter, "the silent and swift," and the Knook Prince gave him Peter, who was more crooked and less anrlv than nnv of his '"VWSli-^'f^fJSf?-5?*!!!1"^ brothers, and the Ryl Prince gave him Nuter, the sweetest tempered Ryl ever known, and the Fairy Queen gave him Wisk. that tiny, mischievous, but lov able Fairy who knows today almost as many children as does Santa Claus himself. With these people to help make the toys and to keep his house in order and to look after the sledge and the harness, Santa Claus found it much easier to prepare his yearly load of gifts, and his days began to follow one another smoothly and pleasantly. Yet after a few generations his wor ries were renewed, for it was remark able how the number of people contin ued to grow and how many more chil dren there were every year to be serv ed. When the people filled all the cities and lands of one country they wan dered into another part of the world, and the men cut down the trees in many of the great forests that had been ruled by Ak, and with the wood they built new cities, and where the forests had been were fields of grain and herds of browsing cattle. You might think the Master Woods man would rebel at the loss of his forests, but not so. The wisdom of Ak was mighty and farseeing. "The world was made for men," said he to Santa Claus, "and I have but guarded the forests until men needed them for their use. I am glad my strong trees can furnish shelter for men's weak bodies and warm them through the cold winters, but I hope they will not cut down all the trees, for mankind needs the shelter of the woods in summer as much as the warmth of blazing logs in winter. And. however crowded the world may grow, I do not think men will ever come to Burzee nor to the Great Black For est nor to the wooded wilderness of Braz unless they seek their shades for pleasure and not to destroy their giant trees." By and by people made ships from the tree trunks and crossed over oceans and built cities in far lands, but the oceans made little difference to the journeys of Santa Claus. His rein deer sped over the waters as swiftly as over land, and his sledge headed from east to west and followed in the wake of the sun, so that, as the earth rolled slowly over, Santa Claus had all of twenty-four hours to encircle it each Christmas Eve, and the speedy rein deer enjoyed these wonderful journeys more and more. So year after year, and generation after generation, and century after century, the world grew older, and the people became more numerous, and the labors of Santa Claus steadily increas ed. The fame of his good deeds spread to every household where children dwelt. And all the little ones loved him dearly, and the fathers and moth ers honored him for the happiness he had given them when they, too, were young, and the aged grandsires and grand dames remembered him with tender gratitude and blessed his name. Chapter Cwnty-second Che Deputies of Santa Claus Santa Claus on bis yearly rounds O W E E R, there was one evil fol- ft lowing in the path of civilization that caused Santa Claus a vast amount of trouble before he discovered a way to overcome it but, fortunately, it was the last trial he was forced to undergo. One Christmas Eve, when his rein deer had leaped to the top of a new building, Santa Claus was surprised to find that the chimney had been built much smaller than usual. But he had no time to think about it just then, so he drew in his breath and made him- iiimiiiniiiiiiii self as small as possible and slid down the chimney. "I ought to be at the bottom by this time," he thought as he continued to slip downward, Out no fireplace of any sort met his view, and by and by he reached the very end of the chimney, which was in the cellar. "This is odd!" he reflected, much puzzled by this experience. "If there is no fireplace, what on earth is the chimney good for?" Then he began to climb out again and found it hard work, the space be ing so small. And on his way up he noticed a thin, round pipe sticking through the side of the chimney, but could not guess what it was for. Finally he reached the roof and said to the reindeer: "There was no need of my going down that chimney, for I could find no fireplace through which to en ter the house. I fear the children who live there must go without playthings this Christmas." Then he drove on, but soon came to another new house with a small chimney. This caused Santa Claus to shake his head doubtfully, but he tried the chimney nevertheless and found it exactly like the other. Moreover, he nearly stuck fast in the narrow flue and tore his jacket trying to get out again so, although he came to several such chimneys that night, he did not venture to descend any more of them. "What in the world are people think ing of to build such useless chimneys?" he exclaimed. "In all the years I have traveled with my reindeer I have never seen the like before." True enough, but Santa Claus had not then discovered that stoves had been invented and were fast coming into use. When he did find it out he wondered how the builders of those houses could have so little considera tion for him when they knew very well it was his custom to climb down chimneys and enter houses by way of the fireplaces. Perhaps the men who built those houses had outgrown their own love for toys and were indifferent whether Santa Claus called on their children or not. Whatever the explana tion might be, the poor children were forced to bear the burden of grief and disappointment. The following year Santa Claus found more and more of the new fash ioned chimneys that had no fireplaces, and the next year still more. The third year, so numerous had 'the narrow chimneys become, he even had a few toys left in his sledge that he was unable to give away, because he could not get to the children. The matter had now become so seri ous that it worried the good man great ly, and he decided to talk it over with Kilter and Peter and Nuter and Wisk. Kilter already knew something about it, for it had been his duty to run around to all the houses just before Christmas and gather up the notes and letters to Santa Claus that the children had written, telling what they wished put in their stockings or hung on their Christmas trees, but Kilter was a si lent fellow and seldom spoke of what he saw in the cities and villages. The others were very indignant. "Those people act as if they do not wish their children to be mdde happy!" said sensible Peter in a vexed tone. "The idea of shutting out such a gen erous friend to their little ones!" "But it is my intention to make chil dren happy whether their parents wish it or not," returned Santa Claus. "Years ago, when I first began mak ing toys, children were even more neg lected by their parents than they are now, so I have learned to pay no at tention to thoughtless or selfish par ents, but to consider only the longings of childhood." "You are right, my master," said Nuter, the Ryl "many children would lack a friend if you did not consider them and try to make them happy." "Then," declared the laughing Wisk, "we must abandon any thought of THE PBTNCBTON TTOTON: TmTBSTATfJANUAR 5, WOh^^^m^^^M^^f'^^^^^^n using these new fashioned chimneys, but become burglars and break into the houses some other way.'V jfjL'V^' "What way?" asked Santa Claus."'" "Why, walls of brick and wood and plaster are nothing to Fairies. I can easily pass through them whenever I wish, and so can Peter and Nuter and Kilter. Is it not so, comrades?" "I often pass through the walls when I gather up the letters," said Kilter, and that was a long speech for him, and so surprised Peter and Nuter that their big round eyes nearly popped out of their heads. "Therefore," continued the Fabry, "you may as well take us with you on your next journey, and when we come to one of those houses with stoves instead of fireplaces we will distribute the toys to the children without the need of using a chimney." 'That seems to me a good plan," re plied Santa Claus, well pleased at hav ing solved the problem. "We will try it next, year." That was how the Fairy, the Pixie, the Knook and the Ryl all rode in the sledge with their master the follow ing Christmas Eve, and they had no trouble at all in entering the new fashioned houses and leaving toys for the children that lived in them. And their deft services not only re lieved Santa Claus of much labor, but enabled him to complete his own work more quickly than usual, so that the merry party found themselves at home with an empty sledge a full hour be fore daybreak. The only drawback to the journey was that the mischievous Wisk persist ed in tickling the reindeer with a long feather to see them jump, and Santa Claus found it necessary to watch him every minute and to tweak his long ears once or twice to make him behave himself. But, taken all together, the trip was a great success, and to this day the four little folk always accompany Santa Claus on his yearly ride and help him in the distribution of his gifts. But the indifference of parents. which had so annoyed the good Saint, did not continue very long, and Santa Claus soon found they were really anxious he should visit their homes on, Christmas Eve and leave presents for their children. So, to lighten his task, which was, fast becoming very difficult indeed,, old Santa decided to ask the parents to assist him. "Get your Christmas trees all ready for my coming," he said to them, "and then I shall be able to leave the pres ents without loss of time, and you can put them on the trees when I am gone." And to others he said, "See that the children's stockings are hung up in readiness for my coming, and then I can fill them as quick as wink." And often, when parents were kind and good natured, Santa Claus would simply fling down his package of gifts and leave the fathers and mothers to fill the stockings after he had darted away in his sledge. "I will make all loving parents my deputies," cried the jolly old fellow, "and they shall help me do my work, for in this way I hall save many precious minutes and few children need be neglected for lack of time to visit them." Besides carrying around the big packs in his swift flying sledge old Santa began to send great heaps of tops to the toyshops, so that if par ents wanted larger supplies for their children they could easily get them, and if any children were by chance missed by Santa Claus on his yearly rounds they could go to the toyshops and get enough to make them happy and contented. For the loving friend of the little ones decided that no child, if he could help it, should long for toys in vain, and the toyshops also proved convenient whenever a child fell ill and needed a new toy to amuse it, and sometimes, on birthdays, the fathers and mothers go to the toy shops and get pretty gifts for their children in honor of the happy event. Perhaps you will now understand how, in spite of the bigness of the world, Santa Claus is able to supply all the children with beautiful gifts. To be sure, the old gentleman is rarely seen in these days, but it is not be cause he tries to keep out of sight, I assure you. Santa Claus is the same loving friend of children that in the old days used to play and romp with them by the hour, and I know he would love to do the same now if he had the time but, you see, he is so busy all the year making toys and so hurried on that one night when he visits our homes with his packs that he comes and goes among us like a flash, and it is almost impossible to catch a glimpse of him. And, although there are millions and millions more of children in the world than there used to be, Santa Claus has never been known to complain of their increasing numbers. "The more the merrier!" he cries, with his jolly laugh, and the only dif ference to him is the fact that his little workmen have to make their busy fingers fly faster every year to satisfy the demands of so many little ones. "In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child," says good old Santa Claus, and if he had his way the children would all be beau tiful, for all would be happy. Che end DeBells Kidney Pills Free. A full size box of DeBells Kidney Pills will be sent to any suffer on re quests. They are the only positive cure in the world for kidney trouble and want you to try them. Send for a box to-day absolutely free. C. W. Beggs Sons & Co. 36-38 Union Park Place, Chicago. For sale by C. A. Jack. A TALE OP BONANZA DAYS. Remark of Jamei Flood Ruined His Gardener. In the old days of excitement when mining stocks were on the jump and men became millionaires over one day's dabbling an incident occurred at the country residence of James C. Flood in. Menlo when a fairly well to do farmer found himself without a home in the short period of one week. The man's name was Hank, and, being a first class gardener, he readily found em ployment about the residence of the wealthy owners of mansions. In this" way he was employed at the Flood residence. Hank was loitering about the garden one Saturday evening as the proprietor, in company with a vis itor, was looking over the stock. Mr. Flood, who had just stepped out of the hog corral, casually remarked to his friend that he would be willing to make a bet that "Con would go up to 300 before Christmas." Hank con strued "Con" to mean Consolidated Virginia, and, taking the tip which he thought would make him a millionaire, he disposed of his holdings of 250 acres of fine land, his stock and, in brief, everything he had on earth except his wife and four bright little Hanks. The proceeds he invested in Consolidated Virginia stock, which was then selling at $75 a share. Christmas came, but instead of "Con" going up to $300 it fell to $25. The man was a pauper. In lamenting his loss he incidentally mentioned to a friend of Flood how he lost his all. Flood, who was generous to a fault, sent for Hank and had him repeat his story. When he learned of his chance remark about "Con going up to 300 before Christmas" he fairly shook with laughter and explained what it meant. It was in reference to the gift of a young sow, made a present to him by Con O'Connor, who in the fun of the thing had called the pig Con. The bet alluded to the sow's increasing in weight to 300 pounds before Christmas and not to Con Virginia. Having enjoyed the joke and after Joshing Hank, the noble hearted Flood bought back the ranch for Hank and recompensed him for all his losses. The originality of the joke and the knowledge of the penalty paid by an eavesdropper were Flood's reward. San Francisco Call. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. Too many people have a habit of go ing with their bristles up. It is seldom one hears an interesting lie, though the people surely get enough practice. The first .question asked in every home by every member of the family returning from an absence on the streets is "Where's mother?" There are two complaints which can usually be made of every woman: She has too much patience with her sons and not enough with their father. Talk about a man fussing about the family bills! You should hear a coun trywoman who makes butter talk to her folks when they dip into her cream. It is a good thing to keep at least one building in the course of erection in a small town. It gives the people a place to go and find fault on a Sunday, out side of the regular clmrchgoing.Atch ison Globe. Debits and Credits. "Yes," said Mrs. Millionaire proud ly, "we married our daughter very well, I think. We gave her a dowry of $2,000,000, and you have no idea how many noblemen there were after her. She's now a countess." "Yes, I read it all in the papers," re turned Mrs. Cheerful smilingly. "We didn't give our daughter any dowry at all, and she is very happily married to a successful young business man." "No dowry?" "None. It wasn't necessary. In the matrimonial market, you know, it de pends on the girl whether she is ac cepted as a debit or a credit." After the full meaning of this had fercolate through the intellect of Mrs. Millionaire a coldness seemed to arise and make itself felt.New York Press. The Bird Sentinel. I was interested one Sunday In watching the movements of birds. Crumblling a biscuit, I threw it out, sat down on the piazza and awaited re sults, writes a contributor to the Bos ton Record. It was not long after the birds came and helped themselves before a cat appeared. Then a warning note was sounded by a bird, evidently on guard on the top of the piazza, where he could survey the whole scene. At his warning every bird disappeared and remained in hiding until a reassuring note was heard from the little sentry posted on the piazza roof. A Little In Doubt. A district visitor once went to see an old Scotchwoman who was dying. Noticing that her talk was all about herself and the minister, he said: "Well, really, Jeannie, I believe you think there will be nobody in heaven but yourself and the minister." "Ah, weel," said the old woman, "an' I'm no' sae sure aboot the minister!" London Telegraph. Not In His Line. *He seems disgusted with life." "I should think he would." "Why?" "He's an undertaker." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mind Reading:. FibbinsI suppose you think I'm a Jackass? BurtI say, you want to stop selling dry goods and go into the clair voyant bTOriness.Boston Transcript You will never be trusted if yon do more to gain an enemy than to serr a friend.Bulwer. THeAFirst Sailing'. S S Saturday, January 21, of the Magnificent new Twin-Screw Steamer, "Minnesota," sailing from Seattle, Wash., for Japan, China and the Philippines, built expressly for the Asiatic trade by the GreatNorthernSteamshipCo. The largest and finest equipped steamship ever built in the United States. For rates and full particulars, call on or address F. I. WHITNEY, Gen'l. Pass'r. and Ticket Agent. TA E TA St. Paul, Minn., Or the Local Agent of the Great Northern Railway. MINNESOTA. COUNTYr O.Pn matte Lase publication Dec. 22ndn 1901. FirsTtO Je cT MtUe Lacs.ss In Probate Court. Special Term, December 21st, 1904 dec" ased tbB e8tat county, has Whereas, an instrument in writing, purport ing to be tne last will and testament of ^Jens f222?Vd*c ot a*1 4 ^R! sd tot been delivered to this court and Whereas, Henry Johansen has filed there- SLllrt 11 representing among other things that said Jens Larsen died in said county, on the 17th day of December, 1904, tes tate, and that said petitioner is the husband of Carrie Justine Johansen the person as execu trix named in said last will and testament, and praying that the said instrument may be admitted to probate, and that letters testa mentary be to the said Carrie Justine Johan sen issued thereon It is ordered, that the proofs of said instru ment, and the said petitionee heard before this court, at the probate office in said county, on the 14th day of January, A. D. 1905, at 1 clock in the afternoon, when all persons in terested may appear for, or contest the probate of said instrument. And it is furtherfsaid ordered, that notice near*B O in the Princetonethfo time and place ofo hearing be given to all persons interested by publishing this order once in eacdhda,y week, for three successive weeks &%* sai UNION, a weekly newspaper printefdDecemberpubdanoyda lished at Princeton in said county. Prinoeton this 21s a A. JJ 1904. By the Court, M. VANALSTEIN. [Probate Sea.l] Udge 0f Probate. FirsP Publication Dec. 29, 1904. MINNESOTA, COUNTY OP Mille Lacs.ss. In Probate Court. Special term, December 28,1904. In the matter of the estate of Henrv Clark, incompetent. On reading and filing the petition of Francis B. Jones claiming to be entitled to a convey ance of certain real estate from the guardian of said estate, setting forth that R. E Jones as guardian of said Henry P. Clark, incompe tent, was bound by a contract in writing to convey said real estate to the said Francis Jones upon the terms and conditions therein stated, with a description of the land to be conveyed, and the facts upon which such claim to conveyance is predicated, and praying that the probate court make a decree authorizing and directing the said R. E. Jones, as guardian aforesaid, to convey said real estate to said petitioner as the person entitled thereto. It is therefore ordered, that all persons inter ested in said estate may appear before this court at a special termy thereof to be held on SS-^-iA^, January A a 1905, at 10 clock in the forenoon at the probate office in the court house, in the village of Princeton in said county, and oppose said peti tion. And it is further ordered that this order shall be published once in each week for three suc cessive weeks prior to said day of hearing in the Princeton (Jnion.a weekly newspaper print ed and published at Princeton, in said county Dated at Princeton the 28th day of Decem ber, A. D. 1904. By the court, B. M. VANALSTEIN, [Probate Court Seal] Judge of Probate. First Publication Jan. 5,1903. STATEe OF MINNESOTA, COUNTY OF Mill Lacs.ss. In Probate Court. Special Term, December 30th. 1904. In the matter of the estate of Samuel A. Carew. deceased. On reading and filing the petition of Christine Claggett of the village of Princeton claiming to be entitled to a conveyance of certain real estate from the executors of said estate set ting forth that Samuel A. Carew, deceased', was bound by a contract in writing to convey said real estate to the said Christine Claggett her heirs or assigns, upon the terms and conditions therein stated, with a description of the land to be conveyed, and the facts upon which such claim to conveyance is predicated, and praying that the probate court make a decree author izing and directing the said executors to con vey such real estate to said petitioner as the person entitled thereto. It is therefore ordered, that all persons in terested in said estate may appear before this court, at a special term thereof to be held on Thursday, the 26th day of January A 1905, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, at the pro bate office in the court house in the village of Princeton in said county, and oppose said peti tion. And it is further ordered, that this order shall be published once in each week for three successive weeks prior to said day of hearing in the Princeton Union a weekly newspaper printed and published at Princeton in said county. Dated at Princeton this 30th day of Decem ber, A. D. 1904. By the court. B. M. VANALSTEIN, [Probate Seal.] Judge of Probate. (First publication Jan. 5.1905.) STATEe OF MINNESOTA. COUNTY OF Mill Lacs.ss. In Probate Court Special Term, December 29th, 1904. In the matter of the estate of Lucinda M. Cravens, deceased. On reading and filing the petition ofTennie Cravens administratrix of the estate of Lu cinda M. Cravens, deceased, representing, among other things, that she has fully admin istered said estate, and praying that a time and place be fixed for examining and allowing the final account of her administration, and for the assignment of the residue of said estate to the parties entitled thereto by law It is ordered, that said account be examined, and petition heard by this court, on Monday, the 30th day of January, A. D. 1905, at 10 o'clock A. H., at the probate office in the village of Princeton in said county. And it is further ordered, that notice thereof be given to all persons interested by publish ing this order once in each week for three suc cessive weeks prior to said day of hearing in the Princeton UNION, a weekly newspaper printed and published at Princeton in said county. Dated at Princeton the 20th day of Decem ber. A D. 1904. By the court. B. M. VAN ALSTON, [Probate Court Seal.] Judge of Probatei CHAS. KEITH. =^'i Attorney for Administrix. z& t'',,': 4 j!