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In the Midst A My nlartnlnu tin Is I tic a ln'tno If I nlji u lil I . t li lui Km in vi tin' f.mili.iM ti .iin A". I li: til" Ml If.' Ai i mi l ti t on II nt miiihimI rush WlijM'il tli" ciiii-." WI'i'H' l.Mt l' sx tin ii III niio tn. ul irush Am h v 1 1 1 1 ' al.ilu. In ki.-l nil In' fi iv lil'i- 1 1 10 illi-t I-'imih I iitw nf tut. A'nl -limM l ti " tlii'HiKli It tiiilnirt 'lllI'V.' I till' fi-.'H." A "ll'i:' tiiiin niiixt cr liii'k nllvi', I lh In Ml.itr. T'. i" '! wm.b I W lli.il O'ltni' survive To Kl.nltliltr. - I'h:i.i.l. l.il. liulMln. (Copyriniit, r.i": by Cold, clierrloss nnil desolate, the ratuhMng dlil farm hcui.se utir.xl In all It ili arim .-8 outlined against a gray, wintry sky (net', all! years ago there was com fort, love, ace, happiness wihlti Its walls, lint It was so tnaiiv, many years ngo. that the oldest InlriMtants df the surrounding country hail ! most forgotten about such things. Weeds in ( oil tin Ir unfruitful heads above- tin'1 snow reaching from the dilapidated i in eh li-niiing like an old debilitated man roi ed un-ui two sticks, iliiwii to the broken pate de pending from its rusty hitmen fasten rl to the lotli'H post. I'.arps burst ing with decayed hay, toppling and careening to the four winds of heaven, but solldi.'ii d upon their foundations with the loads and tuns of the wasted harvestings of jeats, stood out 1 i Ue prim Milium Mes of despair and ruin against the thill landscape. And above all sailed I lie moon, pal lid I.ndy of the Niulit; and sli smiled serenely flown upon the picture of fruitless harvest iims, this phantasma goria of tieiMect nnd ruin. Within th" farm house the paper hung from the crumbling and ld.icken ed walls In tat 'en d malodorous rib bons. Kats gnawed at the doors of cupboards n: sinm harrt n of food. And the iiiai;iii'h rs ilrauitt d 'rom o!d bills that had in it In i ll replenished for years, cubs, ami made nu rry with the mouldy len r.atits of bygone feasts tlirouuh Hie ilesi it. d ch.imln rs, only to tease, tanliille and fret the heart, foul and brain of the only human hab itant of the place. David Dreams, thu recluse, the miser. "Inat'em and cuss 'cm! They're stealing food, my food," would prowl the old recluse tossing uneasily upon Ills dilapidated bed up In the attic. Ami thu stars that peeped through the dust laden panes of plans In I lie roof blinked at him and mocked him 88 lie shivered auion his mas. The old man would rise, lL;bt n tal low dip and go down the narrow back etalrs lending to the cheerless kilcli en and chase the thieving marauders throuph the hide In the cei'ar door. He would nail a piece of tin over the hole, nnd mumble with toothless Jaws: "There, they'll not come again until they gnaw another hole, drut Vm, cuss 'em!" Hack to his nttle lie would crawl, hut before falling upon his rapped old bed be would open the lit:le cache In the eliltruey wall ami fondle and caress the roll of musty rotting bills and rusty coins and say: "It's all mine, all mine! My preci ous darlings!" Did he sleep? I.Ike a child undisturbed; nnd If he dreamed he only dreamed of good cheer, comfort, ease and plenty as ho lay st ret died then' upon tno bed which he shared with the vermin alone with his beloved money. fined was hla pod, hunger his hand maiden. And he must work and toil unceasing, dip and use thrift else the gaunt wolf will come and snarl at his door. In the entry leading to the musty cellar hung as It had hung for two years a pet rilled slab of bacon. David Dreams would pet and pat It as he "It's all mine, all mine!" passed It. He would fondle and ca ress It, smell of It and lick his thin blue Hps and mumble: "What a glorious feast Ml have sometime but not now, not now." And the slab of bacon would swing and bow and beckon beneath his touch when he waved the tallow dip over It gloatingly. But the rats wanted It, too. For two years the tantalizing morsel had hung there In the dark entry beyond tbnlr reach. Climb as they might they could not reach I', It mocked them, fretted and botnred tuctn. of Alarms I Dully Slnry Till). Co.) lint the hups and beetles, the ants and the vermin could reach It nnd they feasted away nt Its goodness until it was but as a shred. "Well, It was real pood of Mr. Dreams to send us this lot of money. My! but It almost talus my breath away and him such a miser. Poor man! He went wrong when his wife died and when his son ran away to sea." "I fear the world will turn nbout today. David Dreams has sent enough money to pay for nil this nlco dinner we are giving to the poor this Christmas day. My! but the money smells musty, the coins nri all rust. What a lot of dirty money It Is " "Never mind, money's money. I ptiess we made a mistake when we called him an old skinflint of a miser. He's sent us more money than all the lest together. Money enough to help us out on the new church " "Money enough to buy a new organ nnd a carpet for the Sunday rcIiooI. We'll have n line library and lots of things. I for one shall pray for David Dreams before this Christmas day passes." An 1 the preparations for the grand Christmas feast went on. The pots "Give me back my bacon " and kettles bubbled and simmered, te turkeys were browned to a rich Uue and llavored to the proper point. The tables groaned beneath the load of good things, and the old town hall was merry from foundation to roof this glad Christmas day. And while the feast was on an old man hobbled and stumbled down the country road leading to the town. He reached the door of the hail, opened It and burst In upon the merry gath ering. His face wns black with wrath as he stood there leanin.- upon his two sticks, nnd he looked like a demon of wrath as he fasteued his eyes upon the merry ones. "Give me back my bacon I'm hun gry. You have taken my food." "David, sit down and eat with us If you are hungry. We are all so thankful to you for sending us the money " "I sent no money. I sent the bacon I was forced to send It by the ghost of David Dreams. He came to me last night and made me do it." "You talk strangely, David Dreams. You surely sent us money" "It's a llo, n blasting lie You can not fool me with your cant and whine, parson. Give me back my bacon." "You must bo dreaming. David Dreams " "Slop! Dreaming dreaming! Ah! It all comes back to mo now. I did dream that I was forced by the old David Dreams, the David Dreams of other days, to send the bacon for the ( hrist mas feast. I did send It or thought I did. I I made a mistake and sent the the money." "David Dreams, tho money is here yet. You can have It all bnck. Hut see the good It can do. Iiok at tho poor people feasing as they never have before. See the glad light In tho eyes of tho little ones. Does It not touch your heart and make it warmer than It has been for ninny a year? llo one with us. Give up the old greed and become ns a little child, sweet and Innocent once more. Will you, David Dreams?" David Dreams faltered. His limbs shook under him, and his heart Hut tered. His eyes became moist and a strange lump came Into his throat and choked him. He fell upon a chair and bowed his head. And one of the little tots came and wound her warm arms about his neck and press ed a soft kiss upon his grizzled cheek. The ice melted away from his heart and the warm blood flowed through his veins as it had not for many a year. When he lifted his face it was k '(Mm another Tnvlrt Dreams that looked at tho good prop' gathered there. And after Vt h;nl made merry wlti them nil and enjoyed to the full tho newness of his awakened heart ho went back to lila home now no longer the home of desolation and ruin. For every nook nnd coiner of It was light ened by tho glorious light of kindness, love for fellow man and a sincere love for tho God who opened hU eyes this Christmas day. ADVICE FRCM THE PROFESSOR. Perhaps Not Strictly In Order, but Still Good Sense. A young Soul hern lawyer snt In tho Supreme court In which Justice HeD ry M. filldersleeve was trying a case. "This Is the first time I have ever seen the. Justice," he said, "but if he's as broad-minded as other members of his family there'll be no narrow ap plication of the law In this case. A relative of his. Prof. Glldersleeve, was my professor In the University of Vir ginia. I was In the same class of which young Uradley Johnson, son of tho famous Confederate General of that name, who died last fall, was a member. One day several of us had been out on a enrouso nnd had failed to appear for recitations. It was our duty to report to Prof. Glldersleeve and make our excuses. I think It was I that was deputed to present tho ex cuse. I hadn't Bald much when the professor broke in with n sternness which made us wish we couldn't tell the difference between French wine and corn whisky. "'Young gentlemen.' he paid, 'you must realize you have entered upon the stern realities of life.' "We all bowed humbly, wondering whether expulsion was to be our fate. "'Young gentlemen,' he added, 'never take It with water. I never do. Good day, gentlemen.'" New York Times. Supreme Test of Love. "George, wo have been married Just a year to day, haven't we?" said Mrs. Worthlngton, as George came home from work, tired and rather out of sorts. "Yes, dear, did you think I had for gotten It?" "No, (jcorpe; but I Just thought I would mintion It. And, George. In all this time has your love for me waver ed for an Instant? Has the horrible tliought come to you at any time that you had made a mistake? Do you still feel the same toward me that you did upon that night a year ago, when you promised to love mo always, to care for me and protect me through the trials to follow? Do you still feel tho same?'' "Why. dearest, how can you nsk such questions, when you know that I have done nil in my power nnd with my whole, heart to make you happy; when you know that I would willingly do anything you ask." "Then, George." sighed Mrs. Worth Ington, ns she threw her arms around his nerk nnd kissed him, "there Is one thing I must nsk of you." "Yes. dearest." "I shall have to ask you to go down nnd discharge the cook. I haven't got the nerve." Milwaukee Sentinel. Appreciated Adulation. Dr. Ixirlmer, on his return from abroad about two years ago, told this anecdote to the passengers of the steamship New England: "The Hon. Justin McCarthy and I were the guests of a business men's club at the Imperial, Cork, Ireland, when the following story was told by the noted author, ns a pout-prandial: '"An old school chum of mine by the name of Michael Hooley went to America In the early eighties o seek his fortune. His first position was that of a street sweeper, and then he wns called "Hooley." In aliout a year ho became "Fireman Hooley"; then ho was promoted to "Policeman Hoo ley," and finally It became "Alderman Hooley." One bright autumn Sunday, after he became "Councilman Hooley," as he entered the doors of Tremont Temple, great was his pleasure when the entlro pnturme-nt trn iirnco In a body and shouted: "Hooley, Hooley, I tiooiey i.ora Cioa Almighty."'" Uoa ton Herald. Mysterious Disease. A new sickness has appeared re cently and Is known as Morkus Sab- baticus, or Sunday sickness, and Is a disease peculiar to church members. The attack conies on suddenly every Sunday; no symptoms are felt on Sat urday night; the patient sleeps woll, and eats a hearty breakfast, but about church time tho attack comes on and continues until the services are over for the morning. Then tho patient feels easy and eats a pood dinner. In the afternoon he feels much better nnd Is aide to take a walk, talk about politics and read the Sunday papers; he eats a hearty supper, and about church time he has another attack and slays ut home. He retires early, sleeps well and wakes up on Monday morning refreshed and able to go to work, nnd does not have any symp toms of the disease until the following Sunday. Hrooklyn Eagle. Like Meeting an Old Friend. The elderly cannibal greeted the new missionary warmly. "Jackson?" he said, with a vigorous pressure of the hand. "Surely not K. Hooker Jackson III?" "Yes," said the young man, beaming, "Yes. The same." "Then it will interest you to know, sir." said the savage, "that I once Berved your grandfather, the first K. Hooker." "Indeed? And in what way?" the missionary said. "Broiled," the other anrvered. grl ping Qoiinouslr , Great Educator Dead William Ralnejr Harper, president of the University of Chicago, died Jan. 10, at his residence, Fifty-ninth street and Lexington avenue, Chicago. Death resulted from a cancerous growth in the intestines of more than a year's standing. The end was peaceful and without pain. All the members of the family were nt the bedside when the end came. To nil Dr. Harper had spoken his farewell message. His last words were: "God always helps." Sketch of Dr. Harper's Career. William Ralney Harper was born In New Concord, Muskingum county, Ohio, July 26, 1S56. His parents, Samuel Harper and Ellen Elizabeth Ralney Harper, were of Scotch-Irish nncestry. The boy who grew to be the great educator, was the oldest of five children. Dr. Harper received his early edu cation in Muskingum college, in his home village. Entering the college at the age of eight years, he com pleted the course with honors, and was graduated when 14 years old with the degree of B. A. At the graduation exercises he delivered the commence ment day oration In Hebrew, the study of which even then had in tensely Interested him. Following his graduation Dr. Har per remained at homo for three years, pursuing his favorite studies, and when 17 years of age entered the graduate department of Yale univer sity, and after two years received the degree of Doctor of Phllosopny. Then, almost exactly thirty years ago. he married the daughter of Presi dent Paul of the Muskingum college, and although only 19 years oi age, be gan life as the principal of the Mason ic college at Macon, Tenn. Pr. Harper retained his position as head of the Masonic college for one year only. He resigned the principal- ship to become a tutor in Penison university at Granville, Ohio, of which Dr. E. Benjamin Andrews was then president. Dr. Harper was ap pointed principal of the preparatory department of the college. In 1S80 Dr. Harper went to Chicago, taking the chair of Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis of the Baptist Theological seminary at Morgan Park. Here he remained for six years, and not content with the regular duties of his position organized a summer school for the study of Hebrew, taught the same language by mall, and founded the American Institute of Hebrew. The call extended to Pr. Harper by the trustees of the Morgan Park seminary was extended with some misgivings, and upon the advice of President Andrews of penison nnrl the president of their own seminary, George W. Nor thru p. In 1885 President Hnrper became principal of the Chntitaun.ua College of Liberal Arts, which position he re tained for six. years. One year lifter accepting this plnce he resigned his chair at the Morgan Park seminary nnd becamo professor of Semitic languages In the faculty of the Yale university. He also be came professor of Plhlcal literature in the academic faculty. He carrlml on the duties of his three positions with great success and vigor until 1890. He remained at the hend of the Chautauqua system until 1891, when he went abroad for a short season of travel and study. Immediately preceding this time plans in which President Harper had taken an active part, Were in progress for the reviving of the Chicago uni versity, which was at that time lead ing a precarious existence. In June, .1891, Dr. Harper assumed his duties of president of the Univer sity of Chicago. His aim was to make the university one of the great est educational institutions in the world, and his untiring energy and devotion to hla scholastic ideala en abled him to make his early wish a realization. Hla views regarding higher educa tion met with the approval of the greatest minds of the time, and it is almost entirely due to President Har per's boundless energy that the en dowments were secured for the uni versity. Almost in a day after accepting the difficult task of rehabilitating the uni versity Dr. Harper gathered around him the brightest scholars In Ameri ca and created a faculty of an ability equaling that of a university with a history of a century. Four children, three sons and a daughter, were born of his union with Miss Ellen Paul. WHY MOCHA COFFEE IS SCARCE Methods of Cultivation and Transport tation Primitive. Back In the mountain districts be hind Aden the Arabs grow mocha coffee. Each "farmer" has a few hushes on which he raises enough fof his own use and a little extra to sell to the traveling buyers who go from one farm to' another collecting the raw berries in very small quantities. Finally, a caravan is formed which transports the precious product to Aden, a Journey taking two or three weeks. From Aden the coffee is ex ported, mostly to France and Ameri ca, where it is worth almost its weight in gold. Genuine mocha will not be easily obtainable, or cheap, until the Arabs adopt modern meth ods of cultivation-and build railroads from the plantations to Aden, the seaport. Apropos of this, a contempo rary thinks it a miracle that statis tics show that during the last six years the grocers of this country have sold 3,500,000 pounds of "pure mocha and Java coffee," while there has been but 137,000 pounds Imported dur ing the same period. Newspaper Men In High Offices. Mayor McClellan of New York, an old-time newspnper reporter himself, has put not a few Journalists into of fice in this his second administration. At the head of the Ore department is Commissioner John H. O'Brien, who two years ago was a political report er. Then there is a newspaper re porter at the head of the bridge de partment in the person of Commis sioner Jomcs W. Stevenson. Health Commissioner Darlington was an edi torial writer. License Commissioner John N. Bognrt was a labor writer, Assessor Paul Weimann was a poli tical reporter and Water Registrar Joseph W. Snvago vas a political re porter. All of these men nre actively In control of departments and bu reaus. PRESIDENT. ALVES OF BRAZIL. Chief Executive Has Held Many High Offices. President Alves of Brazil wns electr ed In 1902 for the four year term. He was born In Brazil, and was grad uated from Dom Pedro college, from which he holds the degree of doctor of laws. He was elected a state sena tor In 1871, and to congress in 1887. In 1889 he helped frame the new Bra zilian constitution. From 1889 to 1003 he W8" consecutively minister of the treasury, federal senator, and govern or of his native state of Saa Paula. THE CALL OF THE CANADIAN WEST. The Greatest Wheat Crop of the Con. tlnent. The year that has Just closed hat done a great deal toward showing the possibilities of Western Canada from an agricultural standpoint. The wheat crop has "n very near to the 100,000,000 bushel limit that waa look, ed upon aa too sanguine an estimate only a abort time ago, aud the area that has been broken to fall wheat for the coming harvest will go a long way towards enabling the farmers of the Vest to overlap on the 100,000,000 bushel estimate next year. And while the spring and winter 'wheat have been doing so well during the past few years, the other cereals have been keeping up with the procession. Rye and barley have made immense strides, and peas and flax have been moving steadily along. Dairying, also, has been successfully carried on In the new provinces, and In every atage the farmer has been "striking l.t rich." To such an extent has the success of the West taken hold 6f the outsiders that the rush of our Ameri cana to Saskatchewan and Alberta, which was looked upon aa marvelous last year, bloS Air to be largely ex ceeded In 1908, and as there are still millions of acres of free homesteads available, which the building of the new railways will render accessible to the markets, new wheat lands will be opened ere long. Amongst the first to avail himself of the opportun settler. In a large number of Amerl Ity presented will be the American can cities Dominion Government Agents are located, who are able and willing to give the latest and best in formation in regard to the new dis tricts which the railways will open up, and there will be no abatement of the rush to the Canadian prairies dur ing tho coming season. Some time since a poet In the columns of the "Toronto Star" bad the following stirring lines, which throb of the Western Spirit: There's a stir In the air, there's a thrill through the land. There's a movement toward the great West; And the eye's of all men for the mo ment are turned To the country that we love the best. For 'tis Canada's day In the world's calendar, And to this merry toast let us sup: 'Here's to the land, the young giant of the North, Where the prairies are opening up!" fhey come from the East, and they come from the South, They come o'er the deep rolling sea They come, for they know they will dwell 'neath a flag That makes all men equal and free. l'hen, once more the toast, and let every man rise And cheer ere he sips from the cup: "Here's to the land, the young giant of the North, Where the prairies are opening up!" Habit may be second nature, but It Is seldom aa Improvement on the original. Mm. Window's Hoothm Kymn. 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Little Girl I want to get a mitten, please, an' charge - to roe mother. Shopkeeper A mitten? You mean a pair of mittens, sissy. Little Girl No, Jest only one that't suitable for a boy that's goln' to pro pose and be rejected. Philadelphia Public Ledger. In the Wrong Place. The country has made a mistake In ending so many canal-diggers to con tress when their services are so need id with shovels down In Panama. KnoxTUls Journal-Tribune.