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
- I'h:i.i.l. l.il. liulMln.
Cold, clierrloss nnil desolate, the
ratuhMng dlil farm hcui.se utir.xl In all
It ili arim .-8 outlined against a gray,
(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,
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
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
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.
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
"Yes, dear, did you think I had for
"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
"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."
"I shall have to ask you to go down
nnd discharge the cook. I haven't got
the nerve." Milwaukee Sentinel.
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
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.
"Indeed? And in what way?" the
"Broiled," the other anrvered. grl
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Greatest Wheat Crop of the Con.
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
There's a stir In the air, there's a
thrill through the land.
There's a movement toward the
And the eye's of all men for the mo
ment are turned
To the country that we love the
For 'tis Canada's day In the world's
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
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
Mm. Window's Hoothm Kymn.
ForcbtlrD tmtblav , oftaoa tb sunt, raaueea ts
Simmalloa, ilji pTn. cur win! wllo. 8&oboubfc
Feminine beauty should appeal to
the heart rather than to the eye.
Important to i others.
Extailne carefully every battle of CA8TORTA,
s uJm and rare remedy (or iufanla sad children,
and m thet it
la Ua For Over 30 Yeare.
The Kind Too. Ilara Jwart Bought.
, No woman believes In saving money
by buying fewr clothes.
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If love Is really blind, where does
love at first sight come in?
For Immediate Use.
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
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.
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