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Marley's Ghost. ^
Marley was dead, to begin with.
There Is no doubt whatever about a
that. The register of his burial was jr
sisrned bv the clergyman, the clerk, h
the undertaker and the chief mourn- b
er. Scrooge signed It. and Scrooge's
name was good upon change for any- b<
thing he chose to put his hand to
Old Marley was as dead as a door- ,r
.. ei
nail. Ia
Mind. I don't mean to say that I tc
know of my knowledge what there S<
is particularly dead about a doornail.
I might have been inclined myself to C(
regard a coffin nail as the deadest A!
piece of iron mongery in the trade.
But the wisdom of our ancestors is in
the smile, and my unhallowed hands rn
shall not disturb it or the country's in
done for. You will therefore permit te
me to repeat emphatically that Marley M
was as dead as a doornail. sj
Scrooge knew he was dead? Of fc
course he did. How could it be otherwise?
Scrooge and he were part- p]
ners for I don't know how many
years. Scrooge was his sole executor, th
his sole administrator, his sole assign, te
his sole residuary legatee, his sole a
friend and sole mourner. tr
Scrooge never painted out old Mar- k<
ley's name. There it stood years aft- st
erward above the warehouse door? ca
Scrooge & Marley. The firm was
known as Scrooge & Marley. Some- re
times people new to the business call- ar
ed Scrooge Scrooge and sometimes fii
Marley. but he answered to both fi<
names. It was all the same to him. st
Oh. but he was a tight-fisted hand w
at the grindstone, Scrooge?a squeez- e>
ing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, th
clutching, covetous old sinner, hard p<
and sharp as filnt, from which no
steel had ever struck out generous he
fire: secret and self contained and al
solitary as an oyster. The cold within m
him froze his old features, nipped his hi
pointed nose, snriveiea ms vuven, u>
stiffened his gait, made his eyes red, fr
his thin lips blue and spoke out dc
shrewdly in his grating voice. A uj
frosty rime was on his head and on his hi
eyebrows and his wiry chin. He carried
his own low temperature always he
about with him. He iced his office in th
the dog days and didn't thaw it one en
degree at Christmas. sli
Once upon a time?of all the good
days in the year, on Christmas eve? an
old Scrooge sat busy in his counting hi
vouse. It was cold, bleak, biting T1
? rather, foggy withal, and he could <
hear the people in the court outside go
go wheezing up and down, beating ar
their hands upon their breasts and hi
stamping their feet upon the pavement
stones to warm them. The city clocks in
had only just gone 3, but it was quite ob
dark already. ov
The door of Scrooge's counting lei
house was open that he might keep hs
his eye upon the clerk, who in a dis- oli
mal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, ch
was copying letters. Scrooge had a wl
very small fire, but the clerk's fire was ill
so very much smaller that it looked Ca
like one coal. But he couldn't re- qu
plenish it. for Scrooge kept the coal de
box in his own room, and so surely as lit
the clerk came in with the shovel the za
master predicted that it would be nec- bu
essary for them to part, wherefore at1
the clerk put on his white comforter of
and tried to warm himself at the can- th
die, in which effort, not being a man lo'
of a strong imagination, he failed.
"A merry Christmas, uncle! God cd
save you!" cried a cheerful voice. It
was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, ag
who came upon him so quickly that th
this was the first intimation he had ut
of his approach. in
"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!" so
He had so heated himself with rapid ch
walking in the fog and frost, this bu
nephew of Scrooge's, that he was all mi
in a glow. His face was ruddy and dr
handsome. be
"Christmas a humbug, uncle!" said ly
Scrooge's nephew. "You don't mean a
that I am sure.' an
"I do." said Scrooge. "Merry Christmas!
What right have you to be mer- ut
ry? What reason have you to be he
merry? be
"Come, then." returned the nephew ed
gayly. "What right have you to be lo'
dismal?" gii
Scrooge, having no better answer th
ready, on the spur of the moment said
"Bah!" again and followed it up with bo
"Humbug!" no
"Uncle!" pleaded the nephew. th
"Nephew," returned the uncle stern- ini
ly. "keep Christmas in your own way
and let me keep it in mine." "I
"Keep it?" repeated Scrooge's
nephew. "But you don't keep it." wi
"Let me leave it alone, then." said th
Scrooge. "Much good may it do you! ro
Much good it has ever done you!"
"There are many thing from which Mi
I might have derived good by which tig
I have not profited, I dare say," re- lai
turned the nephew, "Christmas among eo
the rest. But I am sure I have always Th
thought of Christmas time when it has his
come round?apart from the venera- ab
tion due to its sacred name and origin, (f
if anything belonging to it can be ca
apart from that?as a good time, a de
kind, forgiving, charitable, pleabant st?
time, the only time I know of in the th
long calendar of the year when men ini
and women seem by one consent to th
open their shut up hearts freely and
to think of people below them as if an
they really were fellow passengers to wi
the grave and not another race of
creatures bound on other journeys, ab
And therefore, uncle, though it has
never put a scrap of gold or silver in
my pocket. I believe that it has done
me good and will do me good, and 1 say Sc
God bless it!" pa
The clerk in the tank involuntarily inj
applauded. Becoming immediately tu
sensible of the impropriety, he poked
the tire arid extinguished the last frail Mi
^|iai iv iuir>fi.
"Let me hear another sound from as
you," said Scrooge, "and you'll keep hii
your Christmas by losing your situation."
"Don't be angry, uncle. Come; dine
with us tomorrow." sit;
Scrooge said that he would see him qu
?Yes. indeed he did. He went the
whole length of the expression and th<
said that he would see him in that extremity
"But why?" cried Scrooge's nephew.
"Why?" P'J
"Good afternoon," said Scrooge. hii
"I am sorry with all my heart to ful
find you so resolute. We have never ed
had any quarrel to which I have been o\\
a party. But I have made the trial in sel
homage to Christmas, and I'll keep thi
my Christmas humor to the last. So tio
a merry Christmas, uncle!" se'
"Good afternoon." said Scrooge. va
"And a happy Xew Year!"
"Good afternoon," said Scrooge.
His nephew left the room without f?>
an angry word notwithstanding. He s*c
stopped at the outer door to bestow
the greetings of the season on the
clerk who. cold as he was. was warm- bu
er than Scrooge, for he returned them ?f
cordially. B?
At length the hour of shutting up bu
the counting house arrive. With an
ill will Scrooge dismounted from his en
stool and tacitly admitted the fact to a
the expectant clerk in the tank, who ^e
instantly snuffed hfs candle out and sa'
put on his hat. Hu
"You'll want all day tomorrow, I wl
suppose?" said Scrooge. ba
"If quite convenient, sir." t?(
"It's not convenient." said Scrooge.
"and it's not fair. If I was to stop
half a crown for it you'd think your- t'ki
self ill used. I'll be bound."
i ne cierK smiled laintiy. ""
"And yet." said Scrooge, "you don't
think me ill used when I pay a day's Kh
wages for no work." hit
The clerk observed that it was only f<'l
once a year. an
"A Poor Excuse for Picking a Man's 'j1'
Pocket." tlu
"A poor excuse for picking a man's an
pocket every ^f>th of December." said hu
Scrooge, buttoning his greatcoat to tut
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fie chin. "But I suppose you mu
ave tne wnoie aay. tse nere an in
arlier next morning."
The clerk promised that he woulc
nd Scrooge walked out with a grow
Scrooge took his melancholy dinne
1 his usual melancholy tavern ant
aving read all the newspapers an
eguiled the rest of the evening wit
is banker's book, went home to bet
le lived in chambers which had one
elonged to his deceased partner.
Now, it is a fact that there was noth
ig at all particular about the knock
r on the door except that it was ver
irge. And then let any man explaii
? me if he can how it happened tha
:rooge, having his key in the lock o
le door, saw in the knocker withou
s undergoing any intermediate pro
ess or change, not a knocker, bu
iarley's face.
Marley's face. It was not in im
enetrable shadow, as the other ob
cts in the yard were, but had a dis
lal light about it, like a bad lobste
i a dark cellar. It was not angry o
irocious, but looked at Scrooge a
Parley used to look?with ghostl;
lectacles turned up upon its ghostl;
As Scrooge looked fixedly at thi
fienomenon it was a knocker agair
To say that he was not startled o
tat his blood was not conscious of i
rrible sensation to which it had beei
stranger from infancy would be un
ue. But he put his hand upon th
ey he had relinquished, turned i
urdily, walked in and lighted hi
He did pause, with a moment's ir
solution, before he shut the door
id he did look cautiously behind i
st as if he half expected to be terri
;d with the sight of Marley's pigtai
icking out into the hall. But ther
as nothing on the back of the doo
:cept the screws and nuts that heli
le knocker on, so he said "Pooh
)oh!" and closed it with a bang.
The sound resounded through th<
?uco Hire, thunder. Everv roon
jove and every cask in the win*
erchant's cellar below appeared t<
tve a separate peal of echoes of it:
vn. Scrooge was not a man to b<
ightened by echoes. He fastened th<
>or and walked across the hall ant
> the stairs, slowly, too, trimming
s candle as he went.
But before he shut the heavy doo:
s walked through his room to set
at all was right. He had jus
lough recollection of the face to de
e to do that.
Quite satisfied, he closed his dooi
id locked himself in, double locket
mself in, which was not his custom
ius secured against surprise, he tool
)ff his cravat, put on his dressing
iwn and slippers and his nightcaj
id sat down before the fire to take
s gruel.
It was a very low fire indeed, nothg
on such a bitter night. He wai
iliged to sit close to it and brooc
er it before he could extract th<
1st sensation of warmth from such ?
indful of fuel. The fireplace was ar
d one built by some Dutch mer
iant long ago and paved all rounc
th quaint Dutch tiles, designed tt
ustrate the Scriptures. There wen
tins and Abels. Pharaoh's daughters
leens of Sheba. angelic messenger:
scending through the air on cloud:
le feather beds, Abrahams, Belshazrs,
apostles putting off to sea ir
itter boats, hundreds of figures tc
tract his thoughts, and yet that fact
Marley, seven years dead, came like
e ancient prophet's rod and swalwed
up the whole.
"Humbug!" said Scrooge and walkacross
the room.
After several turns he sat dowr
;ain. As he threw his head back ir
e chair his glance happened to rest
?on a bell, a disused bell, that hung
the room and communicated foi
me purpose now forgotten with s
amber in the highest story of the
lilding. It was with great astonishent
and with a strange, inexplicable
ead that as he looked he saw this
11 begin to swing. It swung so softin
the outset that It scarcely made
sound, but soon it rang out louaiy
id so did every bell in the house.
This might have lasted half a mine
or a minute, but it seemed ar
>ur. The bells ceased as they had
gun?together. They were succeedby
a clanking noise deep down beiv,
as if some person were dragng
a heavy chain over the casks ir
e wine merchant's cellar.
The cellir door flew open with s
oming sound, and then he heard the
ise much louder on the floors below
en coming up the stairs, then comg
straight toward his door.
"It's humbug still," said Scrooge
won't believe it."
His color changed, though, when
thout a pause it came on through
e heavy door and passed into the
om before his eyes.
The same face, the very same?
arley in his pigtail, usual waistcoat
rhts and boots, the tassels on the
:ter bristling like his pigtail and hif
at skirts and the hair upon his head
le chain he drew was clasped about
3 middle. It was long and woun-,
out him like a tail, and it was made
or Scrooge observed it closely) ol
sh boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers,
eds and heavy purses wrought in
jel. His body was transparent, sc
at Scrooge, observing him and lookg
through his waistcoat, could see
e two buttons on his coat behind.
"How now?" said Scrooge, caustic
d cold as ever. "What do you want
th me?"
"Much." Marley's voice, no doubt
out it.
"Who are you?"
"Ask me who I was."
"Who were you. then?" said
rooge. raising his voice. "You're
rticular?for a shade." He was gog
to say "to a shade," but substited
this as more appropriate.
"In life I was your partner, Jacob
"Can you?can you sit down ?"
ked Scrooge, looking doubtfully at
"I can."
"Do it. then."
The ghost sat down on the opposite
le of the fireplace as if he were
ite used to it.
"You don't believe in me." observed
p ghost.
"I don't," said Scrooge.
To sit staring at those fixed, glazed
es in silence for a moment would
?y. Scrooge felt, the very deuce with
m. There was something very awI.
too. in the specter's being providwith
an infernal atmosphere of its
n. Scrooge could not feel it himf.
but this was clearly the case, for,
r>ugh the ghost sat perfectly nionless.
its hair and skirts and tass
were still agitated as by the hot
por from an oven.
"You see this toothpick?" said
rooge, wishing, though it were only
r a second, to divert the vision's
my gaze from himself.
"I do." replied the ghost.
"Well." returned Scrooge. "I have
t to swallow this and be for the rest
my days persecuted by a legion of
blins ail of my own creation. Humg.
I tell you?humbug!"
At this the spirit raised a frightful
> and shook its chain with sucn
dismal and appalling noise that
rnoge held on tight to his chair to
re himself from falling in a swoon,
it how much greater was his horror
len, the phantom taking off the
ndage round its head, as if it were
> warm to wear indoors, its lower
v dropped down upon its breast!
Scrooge fell upon his knees and
isped his hands before his face.
"Mercy!" he said. "Dreadful appari11.
why do you trouble me?"
"It is required of every man." the
ost returned, "that the spirit within
n should walk abroad among his
low men and travel far and wide,
d if that spirit goes not forth in
? it is concluded to do so after
nth. It is doomed to wander
rough the world?oh. woe is me!?
<1 witness what it cannot share,
t might have shared on earth and
ned to happiness."
Again the specter raised a cry and
^ shook its chain and wrung its shadowy
1 hands.
K Scrooge glanced about him on the
1 floor in the expectation of finding him^
self surrounded by some fifty or sixty
fathoms of iron cable, but he could
see nothing,
i"" "Jacob," he said imploringly?"old
Jacob Marley, tell me more. Speak
r* comfort to me, Jacob."
"How is It that I appear before you
i* In a shape that you can see I may not
tell. I have sat invisible beside you
many and many a day."
It was not an agreeable idea.
i~ Scrooge shivered and wiped the pers
spiration from his brow.
"That is no light part of my pen'
ance," pursued the ghost. "I am
5t here tonight to warn you that you
ie have yet a chance and hope of escaping
my fate?a chance and hope
1, of my procuring, Ebenezer."
1. "You were always a good friend to
ir me." said Scrooge. "Thank'ee."
1, "You will be haunted." resumed the
d ghost, "by three spirits."
h Scrooge's countenance fell almost
1. as low as the ghost's had done,
e "Without their visits," said the
ghost, "you cannot hope to shun the
- path I tread. Expect the first tomor
row when the bell tolls 1. expect the
y second on the next night at the same
n hour, the third upon the next night
t when the last stroke of 12 has ceased
f to vibrate. Look to see me no more
t and look that, for your own sake,
- you remember what has passed be
ii iween us.
The apparition walked backward
- from him, and at every step it took
i- the window raised itself a little, so
i- that when the specter reached It it
r was wide open. It beckoned Scrooge
r to approach, which he did. When they
s were within two paces of each other
y Marley's ghost held up its hand,
y warning him to come no nearer.
Scrooge stopped?not so much in obes
dlence as in surprise and fear, for on
i. the raising of the hand he became
r sensible of confused noises in the air,
a incoherent sounds of lamentation and
n regret, wailings inexpressibly sorrow
ful and self accusatory. The specter,
e after listening for a moment, joined
t in the mournful dirge and floated out
s upon the bleak, dark night.
Scrooge closed the window and ex
amined the door by which the ghost
, had entered. It was double locked, as
t he had locked it with his own hands.
- and the bolts were undisturbed. He
1 tried to say "Humbug!" but stopped
e at the first syllable and being, from
r the emotion he had undergone, or the
J fatigues of the day. or his glimpse of
i, the invisible world, or the dull conversation
of the ghost, or the lateness of
i the hour, much in need of repose,
1 went straight to bed without undresse
ing and fell asleep upon the instant.
The First of the Three Spirits.
I When Scrooge awoke it was so dark
that, looking out of bed, he could
r scarcely distinguish the transparent
i window from the opaque walls of his
t chamber. He was endeavoring to
- pierce the darkness with his ferret
eyes when the chimes of a neighborr
ing church struck the four quarters,
i So he listened for the hour.
To his great astonishment, the heavy
c bell went on from 6 to 7 and from 7
; to 8 and regularly up to 12, then stop)
ped. Twelve! It was past 2 when he
5 went to bed. The clock was wrong.
An icicle must have got into the
- works. Twelve!
} He touched the spring of his re-|
1 peater to correct this most preposter)
ous clock. Its rapid little pulse beat
i 12 and stopped.
? "Why, it isn't possible," said j
Scrooge, "that I can have slept through
1 a whole day and far into another
) night. It isn't possible that anything
; has happened to the sun and this is
, 12 at noon."
s The idea being an alarming one,
i he scrambled out of bed and groped
his way to the window. He was
l obliged to rub the frost off with the
> sleeve of his dressing gown before he
> could see anything, and he could see
i very little then. All he could make
out was that St was still very foggy
and extremely cold and that there
was no noise of people running to and
fro and making a great stir, as there
1 unquestionably would have been if
i night had beaten off bright day and
t taken possession of the world,
r Scrooge went to bed again and
thought and thought and thought it
i over and over and over and could
i make nothing of it. "Was it a dream
or not?"
? Scrooge lay in this state until the
5 chimes had gone three-quarters more.
when he remembered on a sudden that
the ghost had warned him of a visi,
tation when the bell tolled 1. He
resolved to lie awake until the hour
was past.
i The quarter was so long that he was
I more than once convinced he must
have sunk into a doze unconsciously
and ir.issed the clock. At length it
broke upon his listening ear.
i "Dingdong!"
"A quarter past," said Scrooge,
t counting,
i "Dingdong!"
"Half past!" said Scrooge.
"A quarter to it." said Scrooge.
"The hour itself." said Scrooge tr'i
umphantly, "and nothing else."
i He spoke before the hour bell
> sounded, which it now did with a
deep. dull, hollow, melancholy ONE!
- Light flashed up in the room upon
. the instant, and the curtains of his
; bed were drawn, and Scrooge, starting
! up into a half recumbent attitude,
. found himself face to face with the
t unearthly visitor who drew them.
It was a strange figure, like a child,
yet not so like a child as like an old
' man viewed through some supernat,
ural medium, which gave him the api
pearance of having receded from the
view and being diminished to a child's
proportions. Its hair, which hung
( about its neck and down its back,
was white as if with age, and yet the
; face had not a wrinkle in it, and the
: tenderest bloom was on the skin. The
arms were very long and muscular,
: the hands the same as if its hold were
of uncommon strength. Its legs and
feet, most delicately formed, were,
like those upper members, bare. It
1 wore a tunic of the purest white, and
round its waist was bound a lustrous
belt, the sheen of which was beautiful.
It held a branch of fresh green holly
in its hand and in singular contradici
tion of that wintry emblem had its
dress trimmed with summer flowers.
But the strangest thing about it was
: that from the crown of its head there
sprang a bright, clear jet of light by
which all this was visible and which
was doubtless the occasion of its using
in its duller moments a great extinguisher
for a cap, which it now held
under its arm.
"Are you the spirit, sir. whose coming
was foretold to me?" asked
"I am."
The voice was soft and gentle,
singularly low. as if, instead of being
so close beside him, it were at a distance.
"Who and what are you?" Scrooge
"I ant the Ghost of Christmas Past."
It put out its strong hand as it
spoke and clasped him gently by the
"Rise and walk with me."
The grasp, though gentle as a woman's
hand, was not to be resisted.
Scrooge rose, but, finding thut the
spirit made toward the window,
clasped its robe 111 supplication.
They passed through the wall and
stood upon an open country road with
fields on either side. The city had
entirely vanished. Not a vestige of it
was to be seen. The darkness and the
mist had vanished with it, for it was
a clear, cold winter day. with snow
upon the ground.
"Good heaven!" said Scrooge, clasping
his hands together as he looked
about him. "I was bred in this place.
I was :i line here "
"You recollect the way?" inquired
the spirit.
"Remember it!" cried Scrooge with
fervor. "I could walk it blindfold."
"Strange to have forgotten it for so
many years," observed the ghost. "L?t
us go on."
They walked along the road. Scrooge
recognizing every gate and post and
tree, until a little market town appeared
in the distance, with its bridge,
its church and winding river. Some
shaggy ponies now were seen trotting
toward them with boys upon their
backs, who called to other boys in
country gigs and carts driven by
farmers. All these boys were in great
spirits and shouted to each other un
til the broad fields were so full (
merry music that the crisp air laugl
ed to hear it.
; "The school is not quite deserted,
said the ghost. "A solitary child, nej
lected by his friends, is left thei
They left the highroad by a well r<
membered lane and soon approache
a mansion of dull red brick, with
little weathercock surmounted cupol
on the roof and a bell hanging in i
It was a large house, but one <
broken fortunes, for the spacious off
ces were little used, their walls wei
damp and mossy, their windov
broken and their gates decayed.
They went, the ghost and Scroog
across the hall to a door at the bac
of the house. It opened before thei
anu (lisciosea a iuiik, uarc, uicmntiiu
room, made barer still by lines <
plain deal forms and desks. At or
of these a lonely boy was reading net
a feeble fire, and Scrooge sat dow
upon a form and wept to see his poc
forgotten self as he had used to be.
"I wish," Scrooge muttered, puttln
his hand in his pocket and lookln
about him, drying his eyes with h
cuff. "But it's too late now,"
"What is the matter?" asked th
"Nothing," said Scrooge, "nothini
There was a boy singing a Christma
carol at my door last night. I shoui
have liked to give him somethingthat's
The ghost smiled thoughtfully an
waived its hand, saying as it did s<
"Let us see another Christmas."
Scrooge's former self grew larger s
the words, and the room became a lit
tie darker and more dirty. The par
els shrunk, the windows cracked, frag
ments of plaster fell out of the ceil
ing, and the naked laths were show
instead, but how all this was brough
about Scrooge knew no more than yo
do. He only knew that it was quit
correct; that every thing had happen
ed so; that there he was alone agai
when all the other boys had gon
home for the jolly holidays.
He was not reading now, but walk
ing up and down despalrlnglj
Scrooge looked at the ghost and wit!
a mournful shake of his head glance^
anxiously toward the door.
It opened, and a little girl, muc
younger than the boy, came dartin
in and, putting her arms about hi
neck and often kissing him. addresse
him as her "dear, dear brother."
"I have come to bring you home
dear brother," said the child clap
ping her tiny hands and bending dow:
to laugh?"to bring you home, home
"Home, little Fan?" returned th
"Yes," said the child, brimful o
glee?"home for good and all, horn
forever and ever. Father is so mucl
kinder than he used to be that home'
like heaven. He spoke so gently t
?v?rt ?wi ?loo ? ?-?I rrV-? irhan T ii'ou ot?In
uir wur ucai nih"i ?? ii^n * " u#j
to bed that I was not afraid to ask hir
once more if you might come homt
and he said yes you should and sen
me in a coach to bring you. Am
you're to be a man," said the child
opening her eyes, "and are never t
come back here, but first we're to b
together all the Christmas long an<
have the merriest time in all th
"You are quite a woman, littl
Fan!" exclaimed the boy.
She clapped her hands and laughei
and tried to touch his head, but, beini
too little, laughed again and stood oi
tiptoe to embrace him. Then she be
gan to drag him, in her chlldisl
eagerness, toward the door, and he
nothing loath to go, accompanied her
"Always a delicate creature whon
a breath might have withered," sai<
the ghost, "but she had a large heart.'
"So she had," cried Scrooge. "Yoi
are right. I'll not gainsay it, spirit
God forbid!"
"She died a woman," said the ghost
"and had, as I think, children."
"One child," Scrooge returned.
"True," said the ghost?"your neph
Scrooge seemed uneasy in his mind
and answered briefly, "Yes."
Although they had but that momen
left the school behind them, they wen
now in the busy thoroughfares of i
city. It was made plain enough b!
the dressing of the shops that here
too, it was Christmas time again, bu
it was evening, and the streets wen
lighted up.
The ghost stopped at a certain ware
house door and asked Scrooge if h<
knew it.
"Know it!" said Scrooge. "Was :
apprenticed here?"
They went in. At sight of an olt
gentleman in a Welsh wig sitting behind
such a high desk that if he hat
been two inches taller he must hav*
knocked his head against the ceilinf
Scrooge cried in great excitement:
"Why, it's old Fezziwig!"
Old Fezziwig laid down his pen anc
looked up at the clock, which pointed
to the hour of 7. He rubbed hi!
hands, adjusted his capacious waistcoat,
laughed all over himself frorr
his shoes to his organ of benevolence
and called out in a comfortable, oily
rich, fat, jovial voice:
"Yo ho, there! Ebenezer! Dick!'
Scrooge's former self, now grown ?
young man, came briskly in, accompanied
by his fellow 'prentice.
"Dick Wilkins, to be sure," sale
Scrooge to the ghost. "Bless me, yes
There he is. He was very much attached
to me, was Dick. Poor Dick
Dear, dear!"
"Yo ho, my boys," said Fezziwig
"no more work tonight! Christmas
eve, Dick! Christmas, Ebenezer! Let's
have the shutters up," cried old Fezziwig,
with a sharp clap of his hands
"before a man can say Jack Robinson!"
In came a tiddler with a music bool
and went to the lofty desk and mad*
an orchestra of it and tuned lik*
fifty stomach aches. In came Mrs
Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile
In came the three Miss Fezziwigs
beaming and lovable. In came the sij
young followers whose hearts thej
broke. In came all the young mer
and women employed in the business
In came the housemaid with hei
cousin, the baker. In came the cool*
with her brother's particular friend
the milkman. In came the boy froir
over the way, who was suspected ol
not having board enough from hi!
master, trying to hide himself behind
the girl from next door but one, whe
was proved to have had her ears
pulled by her mistress. In they all
came, one after another, some shy,
some boldly, some gracefully, some
awkwardly, some pushing, some pulling?in
they all came, anyhow and
every now. a way tney an went, twenty
couples at once, hand half round
and back again the other way, down
the middle and up again, round and
round in various stages of affectionate
grouping, old top "ouple always
turning up in the wrong place, new
top couple starting off again as soon
as they got there, all top couples at
last and not a bottom one to heir
them. When this result was brought
about old Fezziwig, clapping his handi
to stop the dance, cried out, "Well
done!" and the tiddler plunged his
hot face into a pot of porter especially
provided for that purpose. Hut,
scorning rest upon his re-appearance,
he instanly began again, though there
were no dancers yet. as if the other
fiddler had been carried home exhausted
on a shutter and he were a
brand new man resolved to beat him
out of sight or perish.
When the clock struck 11 this domestic
ball broke up. Mr. and Mrs.
Fezziwig took their stations, one on
either side of the door, and, shaking
hands with every person individually
as he or she went out, wished him or
her a merry Christmas. When everybody
had retired but the two 'pren
uces iney <imi inc same to inem, and
thus the cheerful voices died away,
and the lads were left to theh beds,
which were under a counter in the
back shop.
During the whole of this time
Scrooge had acted like a man -out of
his wits. His heart and soul were in
the scene and with his former self.
He corroborated everything, remempered
everything, enjoyed everything
and underwest the strangest agitation.
"What is the matter?" asked the
"Nothing particular." said Scrooge.
"Something. I think." the ghost insisted.
"No," said Scrooge: "no. I should
like to be able to say a word or two
to my clerk just now?that's all."
His former self turned down the
lamps as he gave utterance to the
wish, iind Scrooge and the ghost again
stood side by side in the open air.
"My time grows short." observed
the spirit. "Quick!"
This was not addressed to Scrooge
or to any one whom he could see, but
)f it produced an immediate effect, for
l- again Scrooge saw himself. He was
older now, a man In the prime of life.
His face had not the harsh and rigid
I- lines of later years, but it had begun
*e to wear the signs of care and avarice.
There was an eager, greedy, restless 1
5- motion in the eye which showed the |
id passion that had taken root and where
a the shadow of the growing tree would
la fall. i
t. He was not alone, but sat by the c
if side of a fair young girl in a mourn- i
i- ing dress in whose eyes there were
e tears, which sparkled in the light that I
,s shone out of the Ghost of Christmas ?
Past. 1
e. "It matters little," she said softly? I
k "to you very little. Another Idol has
m displaced me. and If it can cheer and a
ly comfort you in time to come, as I 2
>f would have tried to do, I have no just n
le cause to grieve." f
ir "What idol has displaced you?" he
n rejoined. r
>r "A golden one." j
"This is the even handed dealing of a
ig the world," he said. "There is nothg
ing on which it is so hard as poverty, g
is and there is nothing it professes to t
condemn with such severity as the j
ie pursuit of wealth."
"You fear the world too much," she p
?. answered gently, "All your other -5
is hopes have merged into the hope of 2
d being beyond the chance of its ser?
did approach. I have seen your nobler ^
aspirations fall off one by one until the 4
d master passion, gain, engrosses you. d
>, Have I not?" v
"W"' t L..jn?" he retorted. "Even if 6
it I have grown so much wiser, what ||
then? I am not changed toward you." d
1- She shook her head.
"Am I?" h
I- "Our contract is an old one. It was v
n made when we were both poor and (
it content to be so until in good season f
u we would improve our worldly fortune 3
e by our patient industry. You are t
i- changed. When it was made you were o
n another man." p
e "I was a boy," he said impatiently. J
He was about to speak further; but, F
- with her head turned from him, she
r. resumed: F
h "You may?the memory of what is 1
d past half makes me hope you will? t:
have pain in tnis. a very, very oner si
h time and you will dismiss the recol- n
g lection of it gladly as an unprofitable a
9 dream from which it happened well a
d that you awoke. May you be happy
in the life you have chosen." g
}> She left him, and they parted.
Z "Spirit," said Scrooge in a broken 7
n voice, "remove me from this place." V
He turned upon the ghost and, seeing
that it looked upon him with a n
e face in which in some strange* way &
there were fragments of all the faces ri
f it had shown him, wrestled with it. P
e "Leave me! Take me back! Haunt s;
h me no longer!" o
s In the struggle, if that can be called $
o a struggle in which the ghost, with no
g visible resistance on its part, was un- ?
n disturbed by any effort of its adver- ?
S( sary. Scrooge observed that its light 0
t was burning high and bright, and, a'
d dimly connecting that with its influ- *?
I, ence over him, he seized the extin0
gusher cap and by a sudden action a
e pressed it down upon its head.
d The spirit dropped beneath it so
e that the extinguisher covered its whole r'
form; but, though Scrooge pressed it c'
e down with all his force, he could
not hide the light which streamed T
d from under it in an unbroken flood 0
g upon the ground. ,
n He was conscious of being exhaust- *!
. ed and overcome by an irresistible ?
b drowsiness and, further, of being in p
> his own bedroom. He gave the cap
a parting squeeze, in which his hand ^
relaxed, and had barely time to reel .
d to bed before he sank into a heavy .
J (To be Continued). si
: Oi
Too Old. ?
While it is a fact that during the a
, eleven years and over that I have 2
been representing the Mutual Benefit. t<
t I have written applications for more
5 insurance where the applicants were E
1 over than under 40 years of age, still ai
Mt is a fact that there are men here b
, and there who offer as an excuse, in P
t the absence of a better one, the states
ment that they are "too old." Kind s<
reader permit me to inform you that n
- the rates of the Mutual Benefit are so ei
a ndlnatad thai Vin mnn ivho (nonpna at fl "
50, or 55, or 60, or 65, or 70, or an
I intermediate age, and lives his ex- J
pectancy does not pay a dollar more, 1!
1 including interest, than the man who ir
insures at a younger age and lives his
1 expectancy. While it is true that d
i every man should insure while young, ai
r the reason is not because of cost, but 4
because many men do not live to be h
even 50. All Mutual Benefit policy W
i holders are satisfied, not excepting p<
those who insured at ages ranging
? from 55 to 70. In fact, there is one 6<
that I know of in this state who, sev- 1
i eral years ago, took out $10,000 at bi
i the company's age limit of 70 and
, now he is dissatisfied because he did n<
not make application for $30,000 B
' when he could have gotten it.
SAM M. GRIST, Special Agent. _
1 T?
New type, good stock and know- or
- ing how, is what makes The Enqui- ^
! rer's job printing satisfy its users, ev
?W All jmrties owing us on ncooi
to call and settle by November 1st,
and payable on that date.
Yorkville Banking
c o M P A
Dress Goods, Winter H
! 75 Cei
Ladies' Coats and Rain
75 Cei
Price, $1.50 to $15.00.
Also Lot of Children's
75 Cer
Clothe Your Children For
Boys' Suits, 8 to 10 yt
Boys' Bants, to lb y
SUITS, $10 to $20-75 C
PANTS, $1 to $6-75 C
Cents on the Dollar, as w
Yorkville Banking
CO M p
We are buying Cotton S
Parties having our Wire
return tlieni at once.
150 Acres?Near Clay Hill; 1 dwellng;
all necessary' outbuildings?part
)f the A. A. Barron place?$10.00 an
136 Acres?Including the Baird & cc
rludson place near Concord church; 3 be
rood houses; 60 acres in cultivation?
>15.00 an acre. Property of M. B.
115 Acres?1 dwelling, and two tenint
houses; 90 acres under cultivation, m
!0 acres in timber; 2J miles of Smyr- 6r
la. Price, $15.00 per acre. T. B.
fichols. El
62 Acres?Property of M. C. Lathan,
lear King's Creek and Piedmont
Springs, on public road. Price $15 per IIr
201 Acres?1 house, 5-rooms; 75 (
teres, under cultivation; 40 acres in
imber, fine orchard; 3 miles of New- ?
>ort. Price $12 per acre?W. W. Auten. I
95 Acres?Mrs. J. Frank Wallace te
lace, 2 dwellings on it; 8 miles of it)
rorkville on public highway, near New
lion church. Price $1,425.
171 Acres?J. J. Scoggins mill and
lome, 1 dwelling, 8-rooms, 2 stories;
0 acres very fine bottom land?proluce
corn every year; 30 acres barbed
fire; also 30 acres hog wire pasture; W
0 acres under cultivation; 25 acres J
n forest timber. A new barn, 40x60;
louhle crib. One-third Cash.
(1) Parks Parish place 91 acres; 1
louse, 4 rooms; 50 acres under cultiatlon,
40 acres in timber, orchard. ^
2) 128i acres at New Zion, Joins J.
t. Faires an1 others; 1 house, 5 rooms; 5
acres under cultivation; 90 acres in If
Imber; 3 miles of Smyrna, good barn,
utbuildings. J2.100 for Parish Dixon
lace, 1st. $21.00 per acre, for place
ohn Dixon now lives on 2nd. John
'. Smith.
285 Acres?Joins Wm. Blggers, Meek
'aulkner, Jim McGill; 5-horse farm; ?
house, 6-rooms, 75 acres under cul- '
Ivatlon; 185 acres in timber. Some
iw timber; near to Enon church; 2i A
tiles Smyrna; 4 tenant houses, 35
cres of bottom land. Price $15.00 per
ere. A. J. Boheler property.
Miss Dolly Miller residence?a barain.
150 Acres?75 acres in cultivation;
5 acres In timber; 3 miles Sharon. Ti
'ery cheap. I '
50 Acres?Joins A. J. Boheler, Westtoreland
and Ed Whitesides corners
t London siding; 1 house, 1 story, 3ooms,
20 acres under cultivation, 4 i
lenty of firewood; orchard, good II
pring, i mile of Canaan church, 1 mile 1"
f Smyrna station, good barn. Price
16.00 per acre.
98 Acres?Adjoining Forest Hill acadmy;
property of Perry Ferguson. Price
1,600. Forty acres In cultivation, some
f which has made over a bale to the
ere; 58 acres on timber; plenty of
ne saw timber.
125 Acres?One dwelling, one story p0
nd half, 6-rooms?Perry Ferguson h_
IcCullum place. Price $1,600. nn
55 3-5 Acres?Onfe dwelling, 1J sto- . (
les; good well water; J mile of Con- :{J
ord church and school; 25 acres under tn'
ultivation; plenty of wood. Price $650.
'erms to suit purchaser. Property of
f W. H. Baird.
97 Acres?And a new 6-room house, be
tenant houses; new barn 30x40; two Q
illes Clover. Owner wishes to buy 5jc
irger farm. This Is a great bargain,
'roperty of T. J. Bradford. ...
House and half acre lot In Clover; 1
welling, 3 rooms, 2 piazzas, splendid .
ouse, electric lights. J. Ross Parish p,
ome. Price $850.00. wl
186 Acres?In King's Mountain town* at
hip; one 3-room dwelling; about 600,- exi
00 feet timber. Price $10 per acre.
3951-2 Acres?Known as the Oates- J^i
.lllson place; produces 8 bales of cot- lai
)n; one 2-story, 7-room building; 4 th<
;nant houses, 3 rooms each, 100 acres go
1 cultivation, 150 acres In timber; bal- se<
nee in second growth and pasture; wl
miles of Hickory Grove. Will cut In- Bt
) small tracts. Price $12.00 per acre. Ms
455 Acres?Property of Jas. A. and
!. Bankhead; 3 houses. Nearly 200
cres of bottom land, raises about 1,000
ushels of com, very productive place,
rice $9.00 an acre. ru
128 Acres?Home place of J. F. Car- to
an; good 6-room dwelling; land level; frc
ew barn, crib, cotton house. All nec- all
jsary out buildings. A beautiful farm
t Delphos. als
119 3-4 Acres?Joins lands of Mrs. 2-1
. L. McGill; one new 4-room house; M<
5 acres of fresh, new ground, balance
i wood; 1J mile Bethany High School, lift
234 Acres?One 2-story, 8-room $4
welling; good 5-horse farm open; 80
cres In timber; 4 good tenant houses, dr<
-rooms each; good bam. Land In otl
igh state cultivation. Joins J. J.
latthews; 3 miles Bethany. Price $25
er acre.
112 3-4 Acres?Joins John F. Smith;
) acres in cultivation; 52 In timber; p.
dwelling, 2 tenant houses; good new
am. Price 2,000. R. D. Wallace. _
One Lot, East Jefferson, near Graded
ear Graded school. Property of Mrs.
erry?very cheap. ..
W~The Enquirer office sells Rebuilt
ypewriters of all kinds at a saving of wil
?e-fourth to half. Rebuilt Machines pa
lat are equal to New Machines in prl
rtry respect.
int of Fertilizers, are requested so
, as all such accounts are due
yifgcOST :
? ? da:
and Mercantile
si u i e
I W I Oa 21
: one
its on the Dollar
I me
coats? shc
its on the Dollar. S
Coats? MA
its on the Dollar.
Winter. sen
~* scri
to t
f ars?
Half Price. 35
i/i/rr vo nan
CM.O wh(
Half Price. u;
= mal
ents on the Dollar. fair
ents on the Dollar. xht,
itc., we will sell 50 fnot:
re advertised before. ing
? Ord
and Mercantile r
leed and are in the
0 Bushels. |
stretchers, will please
3lemn & allison. Rawls Plumbing Co.
iuggies and
Harness Plumbing!
Our line of Buggies and Harness Is
implete, and It will pay you to see us
fore buying.
Let me make you an estimate on the
u/ a n m c
Bath-Room Outfit that you Intend to
We have a full stock of Wagons, that put In your house some day. I will
ust be sold, so don't put off, but come
i and look over our complete stock. use the best material and give you the
NGINES, GINS AND MACHINERY, highest grade of work and prompt serif
you need anything In the above vice. See me at once.
ie, either Steam or Gasoline, see us.
jrLENN & ALLISON rawls plumbing co.
W Don't measure your printing mat- ??
r by its costs; but rather by its qual- V See The Enquirer office for R?f.
The Enquirer kind is the cheapest, built Typewriters of all kinds.
&+A *?+A **+A K?+A ?$+A ?t$*A H?+A *?+A *?+A K$+A *?+A ?M
: Is Pleasant, Easy Work and Good Pay
i ?*?*A *$+A H?+A *?+A **+A ?#+A *&+A *?+A ?$+A ***A R'HJ
Quarter Leather Top, Rubber Tire
For the Largest Club
Etf*A *?+A ***A *$+A *?<+A *?+A ?<?+A *?*A *@+A ?$+A
vo Horse PIEDMONT WAGON For the Second Largest Glob
&*A *?+A ?<fc+A H?+A K&+A **+A ?$+A H?5>+A *<**A K&+A *$+A ?W
To As Many Different Competitors
* *$$ AA >:*+ ?K?* AA ??* +*>2 AA ??+ +** AA ??+ *3? AA <??+
'an, reliable, high-toned and instructive. It should be in every York
unty home, and is well worthy of a place in every home in the State. It
s a record of more than half a century behind it, and its publishers are
nstantly seeking to make it more useful to its patrons. In order to extend
at usefulness It Is necessary to get more subscribers, and to make it worth
e while of Clubmakers we are offering a liberal line of valuable premiums.
To the Clubmaker who returns and pays for the largest number of names
fore SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 1911, at 0 o'clock p. m., we will give One
larter Leather Top Rock Hill Buggy (Carolina Grade), valued at Ninety
dlars. To the Clubmaker who returns the second largest club under the
me conditions by the date mentioned, we will give a Two Horse Piedmont
ugon, valued at $67.50.
The contests for these two premiums is open to all comers, regardless of
ice or residence. In addition to these two leading premiums, however, we
11 award Sixteen High Grade Sewing Machines, of two styles, one retailing
$10 and the other retailing at $30, two Machines to go to each township,
cepting to the townships in which the Buggy and Wagon may be awarded.
After the Buggy and Wagon have been awarded, the Sewing Machines
11 be awarded in the remaining townships to the Clubmakers making the
gest and second largest clubs, and the awards will be made regardless of
e number of names in the two leading clubs. That is if the Buggy or Wagon
es to one township Clubmaker for a hundred names, more or less, and the
:ond largest Clubmaker in that township has only two names, he or she
11 be entitled to a Sewing Machine. In each township where neither the
iggy nor Wagon shall be awarded, there will be awards of two Sewing
ichines made to the Clubmakers having the largest and second largest clubs.
All of our readers know what the Rock Hill Buggy Is. They have been
nnlng throughout this section for years, and they have never been known
fall to give satisfaction. The buggy we are offering has been purchased
>m Messrs. Carroll Bros., of Yorkvllle, the Local Agents, and Is subject to
of the guarantees of the Rock Hill Buggy Company.
The Wagon Is of the well known and time tested Piedmont make, and may
10 be seen at the store of Messrs. Carroll Bros. It has 3-lnch skein and
nch tires and Is guaranteed for a year as to material and workmanship.
;ssrs. Carroll Bros, stand by the guarantee. The price $67.50.
The best grade Sewing Machine offered, has high arm, drop head, hand
t, five drawers and is ball bearing. The retail price ranges as high as
0.00 and it seldom sells for less.
The second grade Sewing Machine is almost as good. It is also of the
sp head description, has five drawers and is practically the same as the
ler with the exception that it Is not fitted with ball bearings.
Two or more names returned by a single Clubmaker will be regarded as a
jb, and whoever desires to enter the contest will not only be regarded as
Ulubmaker, but is assured that whether he or she is successful in carrying
one of the competitive premiums will receive full compensation for all
5 work that will be Involved. The price of a single subscription is $2.00
rear or $1.00 for six months. In Clubs the price fpr six months remains
; same, but for a year It is only $1.75.
All persons who have not been on our list subsequent to January 1, 1910,
11 be regarded as new subscribers, and Clubmakers may send them the
per from the time their names are entered until January 1, 1912 for the
ce of a year's subscription?$1.75.
Besides the Buggy, Wagon and Sewing Machine premiums, which are to
as full and complete rewards to tne ciUDmaners mailing ana paying ior
i largest clubs In the county and the respective townships, we are olter;
SPECIAL PREMIUMS for all smaller Clubs, from three names up.
FOR THREE NAMES.?A year's subscription to the Progressive Farmer,
i best agricultural weekly In the South.
FOR FOUR NAMES.?A Stylographlc Fountain Pen; a handsome Threeided
Pocket Knife with name and address on handle; or one of the late
v Novels that retail for J 1.00.
FOR FIVE NAMES.?A "Bannatyne" Stem Winding Watch, a gold
nted Fountain Pen or a Four-Bladed Pocket Knife.
FOR SIX NAMES.?An "Eclipse" Stem Winding Watch, Hamilton Mod15,
22-calIbre Rifle, a year's subscription to the Christian Herald, Saturr
Evening Post, a 22-String Zithern or any one of the new popular $1.50
FOR EIGHT NAMES.?An Ingersoll "Triumph" Watch, Daisy Repeat'
Air Rifle?works like a Winchester?a fine Razor or a Pocket Knife, a
pld Writer Fountain Pen?plain case; or a Hopf Model Violin or an 8-lnch
FOR TEN NAMES.?One year's subscription to THE ENQUIRER, a No.
[amilton, 22-Cal. Rifle?model 11; any one of the $1.75 or $2.00 publications
; year, or a Gold Mounted Fountain Pen, a good Banjo, Guitar or Violin.
FOR TWENTY NAMES.?Crack-Shot Stevens Rifle, a 10-oz. Canvas
nting Coat, a No. 1 Ejector Single-Barrel Breech-Loading Shot Gun, or
r one of the $4.00 Magazines for one year.
FOB THIRTY NAMES.?Either of the following: A Single-Barrel Hamrless
Shot Gun. a fine Toilet or Washstand Set, or a Hopkins & Allen, Jr.,
Cal. Rifle.
FOR FORTY NAMES.?A fine Mandolin, Guitar or Banjo, a New York
ndard Open Face Watch, a W. Richards Double-Barrel Breech-Loading
)t Gun.
ANYTHING DESIRED.?We will arrange to furnish any special article
ired by a Clubmaker for a given number of names on application at this
THE CONTEST BEGINS NOW and will come to a close on SATURDAY,
,RCII 18, at 6 o'clock p. in., sharp.
Each Clubmaker will be held individually responsible for the payment of
amount due on all names returned by him or her. Where it is desired to
p a subscription before the close of the Club contest, the Clubmaker may ^
so by paying the amount due at the time of such stoppage. Whero a sub- 1
Iptlon has been paid in full, it cannot be discontinued. The Clubmaker, f
lever, may, if he sees proper, transfer the unfulfilled portion of the subption
to another subscriber, provided the person to whom the transfer is
ie made was not a subscriber at the time the original name was entered on
No name will be counted in competition for a premium until the subption
price has been paid, nor will any premium be delivered until the
bmaker has either paid or made satisfactory settlement for all the names
the Club.
In cases of contention by two or more Clubmakers over the right to a
ie, preference will be given to the one who pays for the name FIRST; but
;re both pay, we shall not attempt to decide the matter except by crediting
name for one year for each such payment.
After a name has been entered on our books, no transfer will be perted.
This is positive and emphatic, and where Clubmakers attempt to
<e such transfers, they must concede our right to take such steps as may
n necessary to protect the fairness of this provision. The Clubmaker who
irns names must pay for them. Clubmakers who try to return and pay
names already regularly returned by others will be called down, esially
if there is evidence of an understanding between the Clubmakers.
?- r iVio niiKUcVioro Hut o c o auorontoo c\t fho
3 is noi iur ine yiuiciiiuu wi mc ?? ?. Buu.u..kw w*. ??.v
ness of the competition.
Any and all Clubmakers will have the right to Get Subscribers Wherever
y Can. It is not necessary that all the names shall go to the same ad3s.
The fact that a name was returned on a certain club last year does
give that Clubmaker a right to return it this year.
All subscriptions must be forwarded to us at the expense of those sendthem,
and we will be responsible for the safe transmission of money
r when it is sent by Draft, Registered Letter, Express or Postofflce Money
In sending the names, Always give correct names or initials, and present
oflice address, and if possible say whether the subscribers are NOW taking
paper. Careful observance of this will be the means of avoiding much
ible and confusion.
In case of a tie for either the Buggy or Township Sewing Machine Prems,
TWO WEEKS will be allowed for the working off of the tie.
After the close of the contest on SATURDAY, MARCH 18, ut 6 p. m..
price of a year's subscription will be $2.00, unless New Clubs are formed.
M. GRIST'S SONS, PublishersYorkville,
South Carolina

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