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THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT
A BASHFUL MS OTPFERTOGvT jus A. Zrf'viiSftlX YT ll I (Copyright, ttlD T wag ' Christmas eve. Andrew Hillingtoa, with a neat little package In his breast pocket and a throbbing heart beneath the same pocket, had been trying, for a full hour, to muster up enough courage to take out the package, and offer It, together with hlg throbbing heart, to Amabel Tuttle. " Amabel wag just such a young woman as just such a young "man as Andrew would ardently desire to present with his throbbing .heart and the contents of the neat package. The latter contained a ring, get with a single diamond. The throbbing heart contained what Andrew wag ready to promise should be life-long devotion, to Amabel. Why go Into detail regarding the whole year during which he had laid siege to the heart of Amabel? There had been momenta this Christmas eve when Andrew's fingers nervously sought his breast pocket. ,Amabel knew he was on the verge of proposing. Gracious mercy! The woman who cannot diagnose a threat ened proposal is no woman at all. The (stammering speech, the flushed brow, the hesitant remarks, the fixity of stare all these and many other symptoms are to the average woman what temperature and respiration are to the specialist in fevers. For some unexplained reason women like to postpone a proposal. They prolong the agony. They enjoy the sighs, the awkwardness, the anxiety, of the swain. They revel in his ab ject willingness to sacrifice himself, If need be, to gain their' promise. It may be that Instinct teaches them this is the only moment when tho man will be a slave. At last, however, It became time for Andrew to say good-.nlght. It was Christmas eve, and he knew Amabel's family would have some little prepara tions to make for the festivities of the morrow. He did not think for a ment of the tremendous fact that when a young woman allows a young . man to spend Christmas eve with her she is writing "Yes" In large letters on the wall. No man can realize any thing at such times. Andrew said he must be going, after Amabel bad began to wonder if he was going to talk about the weather and the latest book all evening. "Must you go, really?" she asked, brightly. "Walt just a moment. I have something for you." She went Into another room, then came back with a small package, which she handed to him. "Just a little Christmas remem brance," she smiled. "You won't Andrew got his eyes away from ! hers long enough to ask: "Are you going to have a Christmas tree?" - "No. We're old-fashioned, you know. We're just going to hang up our stockings in front of the grate, and let Santa come right down the chimney. I love those old customs, .don't you?" As she spoke of the. old customs she once more pushed the" Bpray of mistletoe up into place. This time Andrew saw it, and away down deep ; in his heart he wished he were just a good friend of Amabel's. You see, under the mistletoe, things may be done by good friends which would call out the troops if attempted by a lover who has not yet declared Those pleasant feelings which govern one when con templating0 the jogs of the CHRIS TMAS TIME are strengthened when one looks over our stock of Christ mas goods which contain suitable presents both men, women and Children. -' if j ii I 1-'-' W;$iis fm4 i Just uiuo inrnn norncrii- brance." mind getting It ahead of time, will you? Such good friends as you and I needn't wait for Christmas day it self, need we?" She carefully stood immediately be neath a spray of mistletoe when she said this, but Andrew did not notice it. This is further proof that love is blind. "Thank you," Andrew mumbled, nervously. "I I I wish you a merry Christmas, Am-amabel." "That's nice of you, and I hope you like the little gift. It really isn't a gift, Andrew. It's Just a necktie I made for you myself. I wish it could have been something nicer but you'll let the sentiment that goes with It count for what It lacks In value or beauty, won't you?" She carelessly reached up and ad justed the spray of mistletoe, smiling also at Andrew. Andrew stood there, turning the package over and over in his bands, blind as ever. What Am abel thought we never will know. There must be times while a woman Is landing a man that she Is so en raged with bis obtiiseness that she would keenly enjoy thumping blm on the bead with a snovsl. "Oh, Andrew!" his love in speech, but whose every action tells what is affecting him. lie told her he had spent a pleas ant evening; he thanked her for the little gift; be promised to come again, and he got out and away and then he realized that he had not given her the present he had meant to hand to her with a few well chosen words which should cause her to fall Into bis arms and promise to 'be hlg forever. Also, he realized that he had not even wished her a merry Christmas in the way he had planned to wish It. All the way home he abused him self for being such a fool. Why, any man with a spark of self-confidence, he told himself, would have told the girl what he had In bis heart and in his pocket for her would have made a neat but effective little speech of presentation, and would have conclud ed his peroration with her head against his shoulder and her plump white hand In his. There came to him a flash of In spiration. Why not play Santa Claus, take the ring to Amabel's home, climb in a side window from the porch, deposit the ring and a note in her stocking? This would make her feel that he had planned It all as a real Christmas sur prise for her. A Christmas gift and a Christmas proposal all at once would certainly appeal to the roman tic side of any girl. So be wrote his note, wrapped it about the ring, replaced the ring and the note In the little box, wrapped It up, and betook himself to Amabel's home. The porch from which he planned to effect his surreptitious entrance was a side one. He remembered that last summer Amabel's father had said he must have the catch on the window repaired. He knew perfectly well Amabel's father hadn't done so for he knew Amabel's father was like all men. Through the side yard and over the porch rail he went. The window be found unfastened. Carefully he rained It and felt his way Into the room. To his astonishment he saw a ray of light beneath the door and heard voices in the adjoining room where the stockings were to be hung. "Weil, Amabel," her father was say ing, "what did Romeo have to say to night?" The reply was a sniff from Amabel, which Andrew interpreted as being a suggestion to her father that he mind his own affairs. "Did you give him the necktie?" Amabel's mother asked. "Yes." "Did he like it?" "He never looked at It." "Well, I must say! In my time a young man would have shown more gallantry." "Not a Hilllngton, mother." Mr. Tuttle said. "They never think of . what to say until a week later." I Andrew grated his teeth. This was true, but not pleasant. ! "Well, you couldn't expect blra to ' tell bow be liked It when he hadn't seen It," Amabel said, stoutly. "And It wouldn't have been polite for him FOR THE CHILDREN Dressed Dolls, Doll Carts, Drums, Horns and in fact a I kind's of togs for the children. FOR THE BIG FOLKS We have Furs, Fancy Bags, Collars, Fancy Scarfs, Gloves long and short, house slippers. 1 Frank G BoIgs Dry Goods, Furnishing Goods Notions and Shoes Liberal, Kansas that your This to look at it right there besides, 1 shouldn't have given It to him to night." "No," her mother said. "That made It look as though you expected some thing from him." Andrew was standing In the dark ness, In the middle of the room. He wished the family -would quit talking especially as they were talking of him and go to bed and allow him to drop his gift into Amabel's stocking. He did not dare to move, for fear or running ... Into some furniture. He hardly dared breathe. Suddenly from down street came the clang of a gong. Also the clatter of horses' hoofs on the frozen high way and the rumble of wheels. The noise Increased as the horses drew near, to subside and cease In front of the house., The Tuttles heard It. "Must be a Are, or the patrol wag on," Mr. Tuttle exclaimed, throwing open the room where Andrew stood. Andrew darted behind a bookcase just In time. Mr. Tuttle went through the room to the hall and opened the front door.- Mrs. Tuttle followed him, de spite Amabel's remonstrances that she would catch cold. There was the sound of hurried foosteps up the walk. "What's the matter?" Mr. Tuttla asked. "Where is he?" said a roice. 'Where's who?" "Patrolman Jones telephoned he saw a man breaking into house." Andrew shivered with alarm. was a predicament. To be arrested as a burglar, to be carted off to Jail, without a chance to explain. He peered from behind the bookcase and saw Amabel dreamily hanging her stocking. He swirtly came from his hiding place, and silently hurried to her side Taking the package from his pocket, he whispered: "Amabel!. I I forgot to tell you I love you, and here's my proposal, and the engagement ring, too!" The mere fact that he had appeared thus mysteriously at her side did not appeal to Amabel. She did not think of that at all. She said: "Oh, Andrew!" And she then allowed herself to fall into bis arms. That there was much excited con versation in the hall, that men were running around the house and peering Into dark corners in the basement and In the upper rooms was something of which Andrew and Amabel were en tirely unaware. Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle came back, after the officers bad gone away utterly bewildered. Even they had been so excited that the presence of Andrew struck them as nothing un usual. Amabel's shy but delighted an-nouncement-of her engagement was re ceived merrily, however. In fact, .father and mother Tuttle and the -young people got so deep in tbetr plans for the future-that they almost forgot the Incident until suddenly Mr. Tuttle said: "I wonder who the dickens that burglar was, anyhow?" ' "I I'll bet It was me!" Andrew stammered. ; "Well. I must fix that window tomor. row," Mr. Tuttle decided. We offer for your Christmas dinner and for every day as well your selection from our complete stock of Staple and Fancy Groceries, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Our stock of Candies and Nuls is com plete and special attention will be given to purchasing committees for the various churches, schools and Sunday schools. Call in, we take pleasure in showing the line. We take pride in our Poultry and can supply your needs with the choicest. In making your final arrange ments, any sudden need will be promptly supplied by phoning 0(1 Yours for business, EAGLE MERCANTILE COMPANY Fall House Gleaning The Man with a Vacuum Cleaner PHONE 288 Cured In Her Own Home Town WICHITA, KANSAS. Mrs. L. C; Grounds tells the way for her fellow townsmen to be cured of their kidney and bladder ail ments as she was cured. "Some time ago I suffered with kidney trouble. I had a severe pain in my back .and side and when I lay down it seemed as if I could not straighten up. Mother told me what good results my father was getting from Foley Kidney Pills' so I went to the drug store and got some and commenced taking them. I began to get better. very soon. Now, after taking two bot tles, the pain has left my back and side, and I am cured of all my kidney trouble.'' For sale by all druggists. Buy your fresh fruits and vegetables in season at the George Grocery. You can save more than one half by buying your millinery at the Economy. Get My Prices For Drilling a Well. All Work Guaranteed. The Best of Refer ences. Call or Write. John Stith Care of Paul Light Lbr. Company. A market the year around for butter, eggs, poultry and hides at the highest market prices, at the Liberal Cold Storage plant. Bring them to us and get the cash for them. 8-5-tf. Go To California This Winter H Summer lives eternally along her beaches, her fields are solid rugs of flowers her streets are hedged with pepper trees and roses. II When you go, go by way of tho Rock Island Lines make the journey part of your outing Sunshine all the Way by the direct route of low altitudes via El Paso and New Mexico. Big berths, splendid meals. Perfect train service over a smooth road-bed makes the trip to the most delightful land in the universe one of pleasure. T t ma mtntm fir an1 help you pUn s trip. L. C.YOCUM, Agent Liberal, Kansas IK Liberal R. R. Time Card. EAST HOUND. No. 82. except Sunday, " No. 4. Limited " . No. 2. " . No. 34,. west norm No. S3, except Sunday, " No. I. " , No. !). Limited. No. Ui, . 7;20a. m . 7:10 a. m . 11:20 a. in , 2:itta.in t -M p. m 1:46 p. m ll:ur. v. m 1 :40 a. ni L. C. Yochm. Agent. Morning Glory and Red Wolfe coffee, none better, sold by the "Reliable Store" J. E. George Grocery Co. The ladies aid society of the Baptist church of Liberal will hold a bazaar and food sale at the Star Grocery Saturday, December 16, This will be the place to buy your Xmas fruit cakes and also your Xmas presents.' Colfee and sandwiches will be served through out the day. Two fine teams, a dandy saddlo horse and an extra good combina tion saddle horse and single driv er for sale. Leslie McKae.