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SAUTA CLAUSE IN PORTO rico TniUSTMAS In Bpain Is a mi A CHRISTMAS article la a valuable straw pillow. He- Tuwtsy rests tile head tHt hadn't got a pillow' What am ' i wo dob ' l Ta.M.k ' :he- I 0:u "!!. '. t ' irs. . - , " , . ' I. . r-.r i.v '.: ...... ; ! 1 11. ( t run't KXTsi IQf? 7 (e)C" ? fTXvyT AT CAPER op. ' ft ONCE 1 bnd a shipmate who cele brated the most grateful Christ mas of bis life at the Horn. It was on the Mary Mm, In Deoemlr. ISO". She was a deep cut steel clipper, but she was a four mast ed bark, and four innstod barks are all ugly lu heavy seas. The best sea Iwat af wilt plunge at Cape Horn, but four masted barks are nil the time un der water. Sometimes they are swamp ed altogether and float waterlogged around -the Born. "Then the current pushes tbetn south to perish In the Ice jam. - Some sailors can be likened to the four masted barks. They are the sail ors who hare been too long away from borne. All sailors plunge liberally Into shore life, but the "too long away from borne" fellows ire. ss a rule, swamped In shore life's breakers. One of my mates on the Mary Ann was Bob Jones, a typical "too long away from borne' unfortunate. But' bob still bad somebody, dear to bis heart He had started on more than one trip around the world with the set determination that the eud of the voy ace should see him rejoin bis own loved ones at home. But on pay day at the end of his trips bis good resolutions bad been broken. It bad often gone so. and Bob was hiding: self despair under the prim surface of a man hating man. Bob and I. with twelve other Yan kees. Dutchmen and Swedes, were on the starboard watch under Chief Mite Dickson of the Mary Ann. When we went below on Christmas eve the sea was running high. Sleet and hall came down In the squabs. The western gale bad trimmed ur sails down to the lower topsails. We bad hardly fallen asleep when we heard the man at the wheel strike one bell. Before the signal for "All hands on deck" was answered forward Bob and I wera out of our bunks and had our sea boots on. "What's up nowT growled Bob. and ha got his answer from Jimmy, the boy. who came rushing In wltb- "t preliminary warning. "Rise, rise, rise, sleepers! Weather ship for Icebergs on the leeward bow. Rise, rise, riser The watch on deck was already set- tiag the fore staysail to bead the vessel . oar the erad. She was running easy ' was we came on deck, and the storm apaokex was hauled out to bring the i Teasel to the wind on the other tack. Bob was sent for ward to furl the fore staysail. The rest of us went to the braces and pulled the yards In to starboard. Then came the ugliest part of the Job. Slowly the Mary Ann turned to face her foe again. But before she could head ber bow against the mighty seas I V I 'hey broke over t7A I I her from stem to or- r" - a - stern. Bob came aft from the staysail to Join us Just as BOB AXt THE BOPB we all jumped UUOPPID. out of the wa. for ia breaker came thundering over the weather rail. The breaker caught Bob at the fore be-ktays. fie jumped up sod put bis arm through the coils of the fore sheet. hanging in straps In the royal back stay. The strips were rotten, and Bob and the coll sheet rope dropped and disap peared in the boiling deck waters. The waters aurged to leeward and carried a dark object with them. The skipper threw a life buoy from the poop. "Poor Bob!" saU everybody to him self. It was all we couid do for him. Bob was gone, and there seemed to be do help for It We had the Mary Ann snug at last Our watch bad still an hour more be low, not long enough to make It worth while to crawl Into oar banks, and we lighted our pipes, lay down oo our cheats and discussed poor Bob. Bill, wbo was Bob's own chum, went to Bob's bunk and overhauled the things. "It is enoogb to make anybody rip ping mud to think of a rotton old strap chocking a poor fellow overboard.' nosed Bill. "Christmas night too. Say, boys, when we auction this stuff off we've got to show Bob up hand aome to bis friends." It Dtust be explained that when sail ors die at sea their belongings are sold at auction to the crew. This custom ervfs a double purpose. It Is easier to ship money halfway around the globe than to Insure the safe delivery of an old wooden chest A good sum 'of money Is also more welcome to most heirs than a rbestful of tarred rigs Besides, the sea auctions give the ship mate of the desd sa opportunity to "rslse his reputation'" by adding gener- ty to bis account Everybody wanted to fill the Christ mas tx kings of poor Bob's folks. The chief mate. Dickson, good nsturedly consented that the auction should be held then and there and came to the fortrastlo with pencil and paper to re cord the sales ss fast as they were made. "Here you are, boye-bere you are Qet your money ready The greatest Cape fl'-rn ssU ever beld will now tart." rasped te old chief. -First II U I 1 lY YVfJ i:i ijverpool and ran lie ,!n '. ;. ;n:civ clean rer trie a;:v i r.i-i' t f Ji cents.- It is the a:tl ) .': kii d that Ims ever ttn-u m r ..-. at Cape Horn. What am I bid a dol lar two. two-tlfty. tbree-flfty ir- four are you all done? Sold to PLk for $4. Pl"k la a sport now. Wait a minute; there Is a button In the back of the collar. You will have to buy the button separately, PlcK " And so each worn and patched gar ment of poor Bob was sold at "Cape Horn prices." Bob's shipmates took care that none of them contribut ed less than a month's wsges to Bob's final pay day. The mate at last put bis hand to the b o 1 1 o m of Bob'a chest, and from a cor ner he brought up a handle of papers wrapped in an old piece of canvas tied together wltk yellow silken ci gar bands. The mate held the bundle thought fully in his band. He hesitated to trespass. . "Open it opr A TAACABL BTBAW abouted tb DCB rixxow, In chorus. "Hem! Well, we will see what Is In It anyway." assented tho mate. When the canvas cover was opened a score of letters In soiled and torn envelopes dropped oat "1 see no harm In letting yon fel- Iowa get a little home sentiment out of these old letters," said the mate. "but you must not keep them. They must be forwarded to Bob's friends. You boys can Lid for the privilege of reading the letters." Dick for 19 bought the right to first pk k He took the best preserved en velope end Its Inclosnre and went away to read the letter. The sale continued, letter after let ter fetching a neat sum. Half the let ters were sold when Dick cam from his corner and Interrupted the sale. He looked troubled and shook bis let ter In our faces. Boys, this letter Is from tho girt. said be. "She's a dandy. Bob was no gmd. He didn't go borne when be was paid off In Liverpool; be didn't go borne from New York; he didn't go home from San Francisco when b could have made the trip In a day The girl Is wilting yet" The mate, who had been intent! reading one of the letters.' here Inter rupted. "Bob's mother is getting old. and she Is poor. She does not ask for money, however. All she wants la ber boy He will never return to ber now. Poor Bob'a mother! Poor Bob!" At four be!!s the lookout gave us hi "All's well! Side lights burning bright" Suddenly be began to beat the forward bell like mad. The lookout was shouting and wav Ing his arm from the forecastle head, where he stood clinging to tbe rail When we resetted the fore part of tbe bouse tbe lockout attracted ocr at tentlon to a dark object leaning limp ly against the starboard lighthouse. It waa Bob Jones. We carried him Into the forecastle. The mate and tbe whisky bottle were brought forward, and Bob alowly tame to his senses. "I was slambanged something fear ful, boys." drawled Bob. "That break er caught me right and tbe blamed strap broke. Then over she roiled to leeward" "And I saw yoa go over the side,' Interrupted Dick. "Not I. It may have teen the sheet coli." continued Bob. "I wis washed swsy up under the forecsstle head. I guess 1 went clesn off In a faint after I had crawled to a dry place. When I woke up I made for the forecastle, bat I couldn't make It. I dropped right off again at tbe lighthouse." When Bob had been bandaged up and gives warm breakfast be waa tbe old Bob once more. The boys poked lota of fua at him when they returned his things to him. "nold on. boys: let us make a IT WAS boa 40RES, bargain with Bob," the Iniirative Vkk broke la "Here Is my Bible. If Bob wlil swear to go home to his mot hi r and tbe girt from Rao Fran rtsco be ran lake tbe auction money along as a Christmas present "That's right! Come on. Bob. Swear, man, swear "I dot, it help me, God. snd a tnrry rhrislmaa to yoa all, boys!" sobbed Bob. "I will g-i home, boys-1 wl'.ir And he did.-Philadelphia ledger peer I- pi? ifrlWHyteFaiMBW 1 . .. 11 HI i jaimiUlSST'-lM lllJ,""fi'8 '. " MILT1 j ," 1 fWBi V Tft m!l" 'ill', AA." ' ' AB" " ' . r- 1 -H THE TERROR'S CHRISTMAS. Turkeys Ware $17 Each During the Siege ef Paris. When tbe Christmas day of 1870 dawned upon Paris the city had been In the Iron grip of the German Invest ment for about three months. Tbe whiter was a bitterly cold one. tbe thermometer registering 10 degrees be low freezing point on Christmas morn ing. Tbe Seine was frozen over. The poor's dally rations were a few ounces of horwlleatb and a piece of re pulsive looking black bread. By Dec 25 foo.1 prices bad reached their highest point aince tbe begin ning of the alege. On Nov. 13 a pound or butter fetched $14 and a rabbit $3.50. By Dec. li rabbits had risen to $5, a box of sardines brought snd eggs ' ceuts splet-e. For one's Christ mas dinner one couU buy s goose for $10 or a turkey fur $17. Pigeons were $3 each, and a ituall fowl could be ob tained for $5. ilaoi was $1.50 a pound. Aa for vegetables, carrots and turnips a ere 4 cents each, and a bushel of po tatoes cost $ij.S5. There wss hardly sny kiak lu Paris, and tbe little there was bad to be preserved fur the sick and wouoded. However, there were oceans of wine, snd tbe wineshops did a ruarbig trade. Fur auuie time before Chrtstmaa the starving people bad been feeding on rats, rats sud dogs until by Dec. 25 a dish of rat'a flesh waa hardly obtain able. !g was OH cents a pound, and One rats fetched 14 cents each. Many domestic pets were killed for food. "Poor Asor!" said a humorous citlsen as he finished a stew made from bis favorite dog. "Uow be would have enjoyed these booesT With true Parisian light bcartedness the citizens tried to make the best of things, and tbe cafes and restaurants wore almost their normal aspect At half past 10, however, ao order of Trocha closed every shop and cafe, and by 11 o'clock Paris bad gone to bed. The midnight maas of Christmas eve waa celebrated as usual In tbe church es, which were crowded with pray ing, weeping t.omen. Newspapers ap. peered as usual, some of them contain ing glowing accounts of perfectly Im aginary t reach successes. Tbe sa tlricsl sheets were even more bitter and venomous than st other times and published scathing caricatures Rome sboaed the fallen etuiwrur, Na poleon III- as a shoeblack at King William's txwts, or as a beggar with his pockets turned Inside out, or aa e traitor banding over France to mur derers, or as a thief making off with millions of tbe nation s tuouey, Oth era defib-ted Jollus Vn-f la tears em! pocketing liissiarc-k's gold and Truvhu handing over the keys of Paris to a Prussian la exchange for a bag of coin. In all the klea of Parisians that France had been betrayed by those who ought to bare protected ber was prevalent fa at this season of pesca and good will suffering Paris was nearly at her but gasp. Owing to the tenacity of her rulers sod citizens, however, ber agony was to be prolonged for some weeks longer, as It wss Dot until February that tbe negoUatlooe fo. capitulation began. w&s orMy Santa C&us- 5ad Anrue wify a grin ' know c just one stocking I'd put all the present's ml" I know my feet big. Mama s&ys they're shocking but trtcYrd t right just once & year When .hang up my stockingt- The Quest ef the Aute. Mrs. Newlywed-I am hoping end praying that my hubby will give me a a auto tor cnristuaa. Her Friend-How lung are yon mar ried? Mrs. Newlywed-Blg months. Her Frtend-Well. hoping st,d pray. Ing may fetch it this year, bat aeit year it will have to be sobbing and Jswing.-Judgs. BY JAMES D. CQRROTHERS rTBEXHr, dak Miss If and Janet ee me comin up da lanaf . Speck you waitia' foh me. Kin o' late a-gittin roun' Had to walk hyeah clean torn , town -; .-' But well be in time, Ah'rn bona', Do' hit'i pn'tty ito'mj. TAKE ma aba V le'i puh on 'CroM lots, 'ca'ie de time's doie gone. TT wa enfbt to be dab! Cbrii'maa ain't de time to erawl To er ele time eonatry ball. , Preaebab may not lak it H all, lutbeibinenitaAh. lOOm yon'abt Dai'i dt Ufbt, TTp l road tab to de rifbt! Let de roadi be nnoove er rouf b, loon well fine de meaaab! Snow, blow, drif In' lak a blnff, Cain't some eel' er now trail Fob to stay oub plaaaab! rO'SX Ab blebee in doin' rif bt; Ooet to ebn'eb o' Ssnday aif bt, Speably cf it'i bandy. Bat seem lak Ai'i gittia' at, If it rain er now er blow, Son' keer ef Ab r r ne Di byeab'a diiTuat, Xandy. lew York Mail and Zzprtaa. SANTA CLAUS A STRANGER Ho Is Officially Unknew to Uaclt fiam'a Mail Asents. The pofttotfice department does not know Santa Clans. The old saint har no official existence so far ss L'ncUt Sam's nu.il -c?nts are concerned Thk Is due entirely to tbe feet tbst Rants CIsus lives everywhere at the sam time Instead of having a single local habitation like other people. It Is very sad. bat It cannot be helped. Letters which children address to Santa CUus or Kris Krlngte must go straight to the dead letter office. Some time ago an effort on bcba!f of the children was made to Induce the postofflct department to permit post masters to opeo sll letters addressed to Santa C'aus and turn them over t tbe pa rent of tbe child correspondent or to some hxal organization having a Chrlsttnaa fund to spend, bat the at torney general for tbe department res dered aa adverse derision, holding as follows: , If rosttnsstt-rs wrs granted anthnHtr te aprn sil such letters and selaet thos which they tlmutM pmpr to deliver BTsons applying for them, there wotitd s 1mptilon snd opitnrianltv fne anst masters and other employees to pea let ters IndlMTtmlnstely. snow ef which eon. Uin InclosurM f vlu. and give its aa esruM ror such action the author!! granted by ths depart mnt. Ths drpvrtmant's adviser also wit of the opinion that If prmlsstos) mm granted to datlrtr iwh Utters to feenevo. Irtit soetetlrs and Individuals. It would ha difficult for the department to draw th una wnee tM-nevnines ends and ennwnee etaltani bealns. Many persons deatea sueti letters for i sa In rewspspes and man. slim s-orw. ths na-n of the child ef soma proiuiiwnt ftukite man attached to siKh a inter making It especially valua bis foe that purpose and often ntrrw. spnndlrigtv emtMiirraastng to the parent of the child, rutihernmra. the eptnlna etatas. such a practlea would vtolata th principle nt I ha sanrtlty of the seal which Is one of ths best features of our postal system, and the department won a connnoauy D open to Serious susptcWMi. Candlts Pee Christmas. Cbristmss csndlemskers sra tma for many roontha la tbe year. It would oe impossible to estimate bow many hundreds of thousands of doteiia o. pretty little colored wag candles are re quired for Chrlstmaa trees sll over Eu rope and Amerlcs. There sre also csn dies for church decora t loo st Christ msstlde. Whereas the Christmas tree tapers are, some of thenl so tiny as to require seventy-tao to tfiake a pound the great altar shafts of pur beeswax will sometimes stand sit feet and weigh forty pounds apiece.-Tlt-Klfs. Aveitfiafj TsmpUtieo. Osmroert - Myinghsm has Sever houglit a Chrlsiuiss tree for his rhll sren. Callahan-Prolaibly be is afraid of temptation. Ilsmmert-Teriptntiont ttat If he did hn; a tree ha would be tempted to bny something to hang on It -Town and Country, w A Horry Us tinta Clsusl JinAt kflstah ChHs ifius. IxwnnT long d wsy. !.,lo, rallmad"- tst what rhlllun say. Dey wants 'lm far tr hurry up Aa' psas da time er day, Pwamis' 'bout ga esmin' er ds rhrls-im e' -Atlanta Consumi.,. a . . .. . .. - . i gious icsuvaj ratner than a to. i bf ciai one. it was so originally h Porto Klco. but the populaUon has been Inhuenced partly by ths spirit of the new world and partly by the many American merchanta whore side In the cities and who exert an in. fluence much greater tbaa the nam bers would ecem to warrant Tho churches welcome tho day wit chimes which begin at midnight and last until the midnight of the next diy. What with oue church beginning tta minutes too soon and another ten muv utes too late and a third at tbe right moment what with bells which ring every fifteen minutes and bell ringers who under some ancient custom will sound tbe great bells every half boor, tbe air Is filled with music which never seems to end. ; If you are near a campanile the ef fort Is not altogether pleasant on ac count of tbe volume of sound striking tbe ear with too much force, but la a public square several hundred yards from the nearest belfry, where trees a tACuiiTaa rtaia oat ru emaa, and buildings break tbe sound waves, tr la suburbs on tbe hillside the effect la unspeakably delightful . Pleaaantrat of all Is It when you sre sitting In the Inner court or qoadraa gle of a Porto Illcao homo. Around yoa os four sides tbe boose rises a bore you. and la tbe grounds or la great tubs and porcelain pots rich flow era. graceful vines snd restful trees efford tbnde. color snd perfume. Tho souad cf the bell descends from tbe ah above very much like a beoedlctloa. Yoa alt In aa eaay chair, and servants bring yon lea or steaming enfff. weetruests and biscuits, confections and cigarettes, while a daughter or son plays ancient songs or da ores upas a mandolin or guitar. Tbe churches are crowded: so sre tho clubs sod most of tbe places of recres tin. Every vehicle Is la ae. and here and there ran be seen young men sod women trying to Imitate English mod els. !ome of tbe people of tbe moun tain districts carry vut many of their esriy superstitions la regard to Christ mat. They bang over tbe doors of their bouses boogbs of trees whab sre supposed to ;inras chart is sod often conduct marriage ceremonies under great canopies made of these charmed trees. A great many wild flowers are la bloom st CbriKttnastlde. and these are worn by children of the mountain die trkta la wreaths sod garlands about their beads, perks and wslsts. To Christinas giving la sadly mining la our new poa.-alon. The churches bold no Cbristmss tree, and there sre few charitable societies to give feests. However, oue hospital for old people and orphans in ponce gives a Christ mas fete, and the Inmates bsvo a good meal and receive warm clothing, med icines snd other needful gifts. Tbe American occupation has brougkt extra CbrUtturj cheer to tbe peop'e of the Island. Tbe American residents celebrate the day In good Amerkts fashion, and. best of all. they put money Into circulation and give test to Industry and business. Wheo tHapHoeda Wetehed by NigM. Route historians contend that the shepherds could not have watched by Bight os the Bethlehem pialoa la lw ceuiber. It being a period of great la clemency, la aaawer to this a knows student says: "Uetblebem not a cold region. Tbe mercury usual ly stands all tbe month ef Decern!' at 40 degrees, Cora la sowa during this time, and grass and herbs spring up after tho rslna, ao tbst tbe Aral drive their flocks down from the ohB" tains into the plslns. Tbe most deli cate never make fire till about the end of November, and soma psss the whole winter without them, rmsi these fscts I think It Is established without doubt that our ftavlnur wis born na the CT-th day of December, to day which the church throughout th woril baa nnJted to celebrate 10 t"nor f CU1l'i rotnlng In th flesh."-Wah-higton Hit Ths Mott Papulae CHrlstmss ". The ninat imilar Cbristmss poe" ever written for rblMren was that f miliar to the world, heglnnlng: Twse th n'r-M Chftstmsa, whs all throusli tie nouae The poem waa writieti by learned tnnn. Ir. t lewnt C!rx iloore. a profotmd Oreeh and Hehrr scholar, I.e was a pr fcvw la V ticnc.-T.' Tliftlutlcal set t r.MV la w Cltv. He iwini hi t". and s11 a lie w xr. c.i..