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ii:i!f.i v. ii ,iiui:ii at, in-,;, T: : OHIO. IIILIr,OKO. A GREETING TO CHRISTMAS. O, ('Jirilm m! .nippy ..rlMinusl W r jn-f-ct. t Im'C din n nun in With mirhimK ntxi with infer, Ami rni'i i v miniMf! Muiius; We uri'i't thee for the millions no hiul 1 hy ln i nl in ' n il -Yor thne who ln-vr lonr iiHmm1 -,vfty i'or millions yet unlnu ii. Wo prect tlirn for the mother, A lit) l or 1 he Ifivlnir h i r H W ho rail (he little eiiihlr'Mi Around the honeliohl Ote; We izmut t lice it h swi-et et rots. With r.fferlnu-H free uml tflti'l. inl wiliw more run1 tun) iiivcious 'iiiuu Kustcrn m u x i hail. IriM the Child of Mnry Wtmt phiill the mother- irivo lint golden inN ot nierey To Hi I on eurt h w lio 1 1 v e? We ureet thee (or the (.!',, ho luiil the duwiiimj liwht Which stredin" lro?n Itettih liein's nKingrr At Ht-ar ot irouiiso bright. T?o (rreer, then with tiowiinniifl A ml luilhi jttV; p .'-eet, For they who eek 1 he Holy liild Have nearly reached Mm it-et. fnio the tiope of Nations What flliall ttio atfed raise? iweel odors ot t li a n ki i vi nir And f i-tiitkitieeiiHu uf praise. Wn prei-t thee for the mourners W'Ihi raise the holy h inn, From henrtf ttowerl down with sorrow And eye. with tears trrown dim. ft'e twlno Hinii'l the holly The cypress and tne yew, A nd keep the least with hit tor lirvbn Thu wormwood and the. rue, Thn mvrrh rf limnan .ttiKuisli To eller 1ih1I we dare. Till in thn heart's" pnrn eenier "I'M rhaiiired to ineone rirr? We creet thee (or the children. Fair Rirls ami stalwart t.oys, Wtio uslier in thy thiw ning ' Wit h revelry and noise. Webrlnq-no wetl-tllletl rackets (tut in our heart hettevn 'Twill he h irit't most precious To lovinu ly reeeivf. And lie who ent the '1i rist-ehi Id fl ith hmnhly fW'irned to nay: 'Tii tietter than hnrnt-oli crinjf In mrikncsn to obey." 0, t'hristmas! happy Clirtaluia! lie not in haste to jro, W ("viwoeu wreaths of holly Andmerrv mistletoe; O, hlesed ("nristmas eveninir. Why dost thou haste away? Koll rouml. New Year, and hrinp to us Another Christmas day. -h'tiU l.ov:re m in A'. ) . ti.r'imin:t . A GREEN CHRISTMAS. A Rod-Latter Day in the Life of Absalom Strong. l! ter'ble, isn't it'."' Old Ali-ifilom St."oiil stood in Lis sliiv! due v and looked nut into I lie fulling rain. As he liad said, it. was indeed dia";ree :ili!e. that is if the quantity of rain eonld niako il so. '1'he month of Deceinlier was weaving away and wilii it was vnn-i-diino; thn j-i;rns of winter. The snow had eonie cai'lv; the jrroiunl had been pre iou-ly widl frozen: the swamps filled with water and everything indicated a regular old-fashioned New Knland vint ir. Absalom Strong bad contraeled lo haul a largo quantity of lienilock bark to a tannery a number of miles away, and from all appeal anee.s would have made an excellent tliinr out of il had it not been for the suddeu eollape Of :ill these fairy air-castles, or rather frost cast les, for spite of the aforesaid favor able prognostications, the chilling breath of winter bad given place to almost springlike mildness. and Absalom .Strong's hauling road, which led across a long .stretch of boggy land, became Middenly impassable, and bis horses munched their bay uudoals in idleness." liainstorm followed rainstorm, and now as Christmas timo drew near the snowy landscara had given place to bare ground, slush and ice. "This pesky rain wa'n't needed an' I can't tell fer the life o' me why's come," said the sharp voice; of Mrs. Strong, as .she came and stood with arms akimbo, beside her lord and master in the vide ioor of the shed. Absalom was exceedingly well-to-do unit much of their prosperity, so the neighbors asserted, he owedlo his care ful, saving, serimpiug helpmeet, who toiled early and late, and whom he almost invariably consulted ou all biiM-ne-is matters, though for once in this bark-hauling arrangement lio had neg lected to do so. "You'll loe money on this spec, any vav," continued Mrs. Strong, or Aunt "J'ollv as she was generally called. "Ef you'd a asked nie I'd a told ye betteru's to take the job Ko cheap." "1 thought sure, I'olly," answered Mr. Strong, in as plaintive a voice as he could comiuaud, "that I'd make a good thing out of it. but " "Hut," .manned his amiable partner. this 'era talkin about ifs and buts and all seeh like don't do no good. I've told ye, unit) an agin; to a! ays leave a little leeway, a sorter margin; same's when ye start, a load in Hie snow ve waul a chance to rack the sled. I hhouhbi t be surprised ef ye died in the poor-house." Ab-alon winced and looked furtively al hi.- vvife, who had assumed au oraLor- ical attitude and was swinging her bonv right arm in rather dangerous proximity to his prominent nose. Then lie turned his wrinkled face toward the watery outlook again. At this moment a half-grown boy, bearing a btiong resemblance to Ansa loin, camo burn ing into the shed, shak ing the moisture from bis clothing like it huge dog just emerged from a hatl "Well," said both parents, in a breath. "I thought ye was helpiu' tsi Wallace. linisli oil' bin tie-up." "So I was," returned tin) Strong. "But ye see the Mummi'h cow slipped on the ice youthful Widder an' hurt her sos she couhln t get up an' Si' be the ham. went an helped get her int I'hitre wa'n't any money m it, an so an home, (iuess she'll lose the cow." "Massy sake; it 'a all the cow they've got. What'll she do now." said Absa lom as his son cea-cd speaking. "'Taint nothiii' to you how sbe gils along, Ab Strong," broke iu Polly v,ith considerable show of spirit. "It you're goiu' to curry all their burdens where lo ye s'pose we'll end our days'.'" "1 hain't carrvm' their burdens, am V" retorted Absalom. "Can't 1 be or:y if they're hi trouble!'" "Of course y' can be sorry, but y're id'HVS h givin' aw ay Komethin'. Last spring ye give I'ete Join's a pig " '"I'h'iis a runt, an' wa'n't wuth rais in'," interrupted the more charitably disposed husband, but I'olly w as not (silenced. "An1 then ye give aw ay a calf last fall an'- " "That calf, jc know, vm half sick, nn' the feed he'd eat was wolh mor'n he'd be in the spring. So I didn't lose nolhin' on liiiu," again interposed Ab haloin. Tolly's teeth came together with vicious snap. "See here now, Ab, don't ft yn Mnp me -nin. Y'iv itVny a (l.titi' soiiH-lliiir of th:it fjfrt. Vf n li't Hill Tnvlor linio seed oats I;ist hprinjr; n K-t, (iM tn;ui Mult hews liavc pota toes an' I don'l know who ye didn't help. Ci-haps c think they'll' build a monument over ye when 'r dead. "J Won't bo nolhin' niore'n a. siab stock il) in the pool house lim y iii'-gronnd. " Absiilont was somewhat, vanquished. For a few moments he held his pence, then he ventured to utler a few exleuu iiling words. "Taylor gin me a bill o' sale of bis boss, an' Matthews let me have s'eiirily on his sheep, 1111' Ihey both paid me a good int'rcst." "S'pos'n the hoss'n OiecpM a died," snilVed I'olly, w here'd v're s cuily alien? I lell ye. Absalom Slroiiir, v're on the roadtolhe jioorhoiisc," and the irate misl rcs-i of t he house turned away, ap parently disgusted at the lack of thrift displayed by her partner. "It don't seem as though I'm so ter'ble careless of money an' tender hearted," mused Absalom - -"though when I foreclosed an' turned Jake Smith olV'n his pla.ee I couldn't sleep for sometime. I'd a right to: the law was on my side; but I had money enough, though i'olly was determined, lan ky I did it. though, 'cruise the property ri. to more'n twice what 'Iwaswuth before, so t li ii I sold it an' made most a thou sand dollars clean protit. Absalom muttered these words over to himself, and soiO"!:.). nicy caused a pang to sii,,( through his not altogether callous heart, liefore his eyes rose a vision of a, pale-faced weary man, harassed by creditors, burdened with n sick family, seemingly a mere foot-ball of fate, and then he strove to quiet his uneasy conscience again. "S'posen the laud had fallen off an' hadn't ri., wouldn't I a lost! Didn't I have to take my chances?" but the specter would not. down. Ho went into the kitchen where Polly was preparing for Christmas, which time-honored holiday was only acouple of days distant; She put the rolling-pin away and dusted the Hour from her hands. "How did that contract read about haulm' tho bark?" she asked. "Well," returned Absalom, dropping into a chair and cowering down as though the subject were a very painful one, "1 wuz to have it, all hauled by the middle of January." Wa'n't there' a forfeit?" sharply queried the wife. "Yes. there wuz," he returned, some what reluctantly. "I wuz lo pay tfidt) cf it wa'n't delivered by (hat time. Hut I don't b'licve Mr. Case'll make me pay it." He shifted uneasily in his chair anil she went on about her work. She turned to him again in a few moments. "You didn't loe nolhin' on that Smith place, anyway,'' she said, as though she did not consider him as alto gether deiieicnt. in shrewdness. " "1'wns a mightly lucky thing for you that, the railroad was put through; it jest helped you out." I'e made no answer. He felt, himself to be the weaker vessel, and he arose and went out to attend to some chores. The next day it cleared oil", and Christ mas came as fair and .smiling as could be desired, though the ground lacked that llccey covering without which the holiday seemed unnatural in the I'ine Tree State. Earlv in tin" forenoon a black-robed figure came up to the door of Absalon. Strong's domicile; a tremulous knock sounded upon the panel, and the man of the house u-hered in tho Widow Kason. She was n rather fragile appearing woman to be left as the sole support of :i family, and Absalom dreaded lo have her break the. silence, for he had a pre monition that she was about to ask a favor, and he had a certain aversion to letting a dollar slip from his grasp unless he had proof positive that it would re turn anck bring something substantial with it. She threw back her veil, while Mr. Strong chewed his shaggy whiskers and wait!. At length she spoke: I know this is not an altogether proper day to come on a nusmess er rand: but 1 heard that you had a cow that you wished to sell -one that would give milk all winter. My cow was in jured so that she died." So 1 heored, returned Absalom, drumming on the window. nunc with his lingers; "I did have one that I thought some of sellin'; but 1 think I'll keep her; she's the best creel er for milk I ever see." "I am sorry; I had hoped that you would let me have one, and give nie time lo pay for it. My eldest boy will work away from home this winter if the weather gets cold enough and snow comes. Then you couldn't really let me have her?" There was a pleading earnestness in the woman's voice that moved the man more than he would have deemed possiiile. "I would like to necommerdate ye," he began, and then I'olly stalked into the room. "Absalom Strong," she said, grimly, "don't ye go an' make a fool of y'rself agin. It's tlyin' into the face of Provi dence to take such resks as you do." Then she turned to Mrs. Nason. "Ain't you able to work; can't ve tind nothiti' to do?" The pale face of the woman flusUi "I suppose I can." sbe answered. "I have been helping Mr. Smith's folks. His wife and children are miserable; and 1 helped them what time I had spare." "Didn't they pay ye iiothiu" ?" queried roily. "I suppose thev would have paid me," returned the other; "but Mr. Smith all worn out, and is not able to work now himself ; so 1 must ait for mv pay." Ts't Jake Smith?" asked Absalom, wni) Inui been listening to tne conver sation. "Yi Mr. chair, tered. , sir," answered Mrs. Nason. Strong wriggled about in his "I'm sorry fer Jake," ho uiut- A sharp gleam came into the eyes Polly, anil, as the widow arose and left tin? house, she whispered to her hus band: "Don't be an old fool." Absalom was about to reply, but this moment wagon wheels rattled over the icy road anil a man drew rein at his door. It was Mr. Case, with wlioin had made the bark-hauling contract. " ell," said the ow ner of the tan nery, as he was Ushered into the unpre tentious sit ting-room, "I came to see about that bark business." Again Absalom Strong became un easy, this time with more reason than before, as he well knew that, judging fro i present appearances, he would unable to fill his contract. Hut waited in silence for tho other to make known his errand. Mr. Case seemed ai a loss for words. Vt length he broke tin) silence: "You haven't done much toward hauling the bark yet, have you?" "No, 1 hain't," answered Absalom. "What 1 wanted to ask wn whether or no you wouldn't like to '.hroir up the job." d. to is of at ho be he Absalom was about lo jump at. Ihe oil T when Mrs. Strong stopped him vah nn imperative gesture. Wind do you want the job (browed up for?" she asked, as her husband closed his cavernous mouth without ppen binrT. "Well, I'll lell you." answered Mr. Case a little nervously, for he dii mit fancy (he intervention of the sbavp foi.turnd woman, "my tannery was burned last night, anil I am thinking of building next spring and sum mer in a dill'erenl. pbce. end so should like to have the bark lie where il is till next winter. It's well piled ii)) and can be easily covered. I am thinking of building quite near to where the main body of the bark is." Mrs. Si rong eyed him shrewdly. "Kf Absalom hadn't a done as he agreed, you would a made him pay .M0 forfeit. Now you want to throw up the bargain, an' you don't say nothin' of payin' him any forfeit." The visitor drew down his brow sharply, i "I thought perhaps be would like to cancel the agreement," he said, slowly. "The season is very backward about hauling; he has been lo no ex pense so far. anil I didn't know but that it might be to his advantage to do so." Again Absalom essayed to speak, but once more I'olly enforced silence. "It's all terrib le nice an' smooth when it's a goin' to benetil you," she said, in a decisive voice, "but ef I he b ol win; on t'other foot you wouldn't be so willin'. .Now, Absalom, sbe said, turning to her husband, "don't ye let him oil' on less be pays ye; make him gin ye at least one hundred dollars." Mr. Case rcilened with auger, while poor Mr. Strong looked lirst at. his scheming wife and then at his visitor. "I thought I made i.M.s bargain with n man and not w ith a woman," retorted Cue hit ter, but Polly, nothing daunted, interrupted him. "Kf you an' him did havo the doin1 of it, I've got something to say about the oodoin' of it, an' Ab Strong won't take a cent less'n than one hundred dollars for throwin' up the contract." Poor Absalom was powerless. The iron grip of fate was upon him, and he uttered no sound. Hut with Mr. Case it was different, lie arose quickly to his feet, jammed his hat unceremonious ly upon his head and made for the door. With his hand upon the latch he turned and said: "I beg pardon for making any propo sitions whatever. Let the contract stand as it is, and, if the bark is not deli', cred at the time specified, I shall enforce the payment, of the forfeit." Absalom endeavored to expostulate, but the irate Mr. Cae would listen to not hing further. He hurried out. sprang into his carriage and drove rapidly away without turning his head. Absalom Strong was nearly choking with anger toward his wife, and for the time being, at least, their relative po sitions were changed. "Who's the fool now?" he cried, fiercely, stamping about in a towering rage. "Kf you'd held y're tongue I'd a got out o' that scrape mighty easy. Now I'll have to pay that two hundred dollars sniv's fate." and he ground his teeth savage ".y. "I think there's seeh a thing as drawin' the string a leetle too tight." he continued, as Polly sat in silence, for once at a loss what to say, "an' I'm goin' to turn over anew leaf this blessed Christmas. The Widder Nason shell have a cow nu' pay nie when she gets able; an' I'm goiu' to do the fair thing by poor Jake Smith, too, see if l don't. This griudin', an' pinchiu', an' sc.rcwiu' the last copper out of poor onfortuiiiU I'm done with. I'm sick on't." "What do you mean by doin' the right thing by Juke Smith?" questioned Polly, as Absalom ceased speaking, though he kept up his walking to and fro. "I'll tell ye some other time," ejacu lated that worthy, looking at the huge old clock that ticked solemnly in the corner. "It's most ten o'clock," he said, an' I'm agoin' now, afore I git hard-hearted agin." and he left 1 lie house w ith the look of a man who, is bur dened with a weighty mission. Polly Strong sat as one in a dream. She heard Absalom's voice as he spoke to the stolid old farm horse, and then she looked from the window and watched him till he disappeared from sight. A short drive brought him to the Widow Nason's. He left the horse standing before the house and applied his knuckles to the door. He could not have told, for the life of him, whether it was indignation nt his wife or a desire to do gooil, hut he it cither lie lelt strange satisfaction in pursuing his present course. "Is y'r mother in?" he asked of little girl w ho answered his knock. "fell her to come lo the door," he con tinued, as the child made tin affirmative answer, and then as the widow appeared he said hastily: "Mrs. Nason, I've been thinkin' that over, an' you can have that cow, an pay nie when yer git ready. I dou'l want nolhin' lo show for it." Without waiting to hear her thanks be clambered into his w agon and clucked vigorously to his horse. Turniiif! around in the wagon after he had goto a little distance he muttered as he looked back:- "Darned ef it don'l make a man f good to do a thing o that sort, arter all." Then he drove along in silence till hi arrived tit the poverty-stricken home Jacob Smith, Somehow his cheerful ness deserted him as he got out of hi antiquated vehicle and approached the door. He had not met the unforluuatt1 Mr. Smith since the time he had been compelled to relinquish his home some months before, and the thought coming face to face with him now was not pleasing, even though he brought cheering news to the inmates of household. His low rap was answered by a hollow- oved cadaverous man, who looked almost fiercely into the rugged face his hitherto tight-fisted neighbor. "I suppose 1 must nsk you in," said the careworn man as Mr. Strong nodded lo him, "but I can't say thai you're welcome." "Shouldn't wonder cf 1 wasn't," re turned Absalom, whose courage re turned now the ice was broken, and followed his not ovcrcordial host into the house. A sick woman lay upon p. bed, couple of puny children, with pinched, prematurely-old faces, played wearily with some blocks before the lire, while an older girl was doing the housework as well as her youth and lack of strength would allow. Absalom Strong looked carefully around the room. There was nothing of Christmas cheer visible, and then attempted to make known the object bis visit. "Now Jake - Mr. Smith I come over here to-day to see cf 1 couldn't sorter lift you up a lecile, 'cause 1 kiiowcdyou wiu cast dow n, un' this is ( lu istmas when every man orter try ail' make some one happy. 11 wa ,'JiU tirst speech of the kind Mr. Strong had ever r.tti w:t.s agreeably surprised united, and hrj at his ovn flu- while Jacob Smith, after bis first sl:iil of astonishment at such words from Alualom Strong, fell to wondering whether it waft sonic half-starved goose or attenuated turkey that the close handed farmer had brought, to com liiemorate the sacred holiday. "I.nok here now, Jake." continued the newly awakened man, "I want to do the fair thing by you about that farm bus"u:"ss. Husine-s is business, of course, but 1 sold the place at a ter'!!e good ligger, an' you'd orter git some benefit as well as me. " Jacob Smith nodded, while visions of such munificent sums as live or ten, or possibly lwenty-lie dollars, rose beforo iiis mind's eye, "Kverybody says I'm tight an' graspin' an' mean." Absalom Si rong went on, "but I'm agoin" to try an' do the right thing by yon. I made one thousand dollars sliek an' clean out o' that farm, an' may I be roasted cf 1 don't give you every cent of it." Jacob Smith could not credit, his senses. Why.'' lie gasped. "I never considered the place worth more than one thousand dollars." "I know, but I got eighteen hundred dollars, an' my mortgage, all told, wuz only eight hundred ilollars. Y'ou shall haa the money ti Morrow," and w ith out waiting to hear a word of thanks, he quitted the house and once more be took himself homeward. "..".. "iTiii v.hat nfier noon when be irriveil, and the wcll-cooKed gooso was growing coli!, but Absalom St rong bad never felt so happy before in his life. s he drew his chair up to the table ho told I'olly what he had done. You're a fool." commented the fru gal housewife; and the husband smiled, if such a distortion of the face could be called a smile, as be answered: I w ish I'd a ben a fool long ago." And Iheu he added as he looked from the window. " This is what ye' call a green Christmas. I think I'll" keep its memory green as long us I live." Mr. Case somehow got wind of Ab alom's generosity, and did not insist on the payment of Ihe forfeit, though jlr. strong never hauled another load of the bark. Hut Absalom is a different man. and even J oily lias evinced at certain times a slight show of generosity, or perhaps symptoms of this commendable virtue would suit the case better. .. II , Da- riil.ioii, in ,Siirinih hi ( Mass. I Hepub- li'-iin. USEFUL COSTUMES. How Skirts are Made and Finished Now- Some Hints for Dressmakers. a of of There are many methods of plaiting kirls nowadays. They are killed, side pleated, single, double and triple box plaiting, and what is still better for woolen good- they arc aecordcon plaited by Ihe Kut'sheedl aceonleon plaiting machine with such pressure that the laits remain intact so long as the fabric isls. Thetircek plait is also new and can be tormeil m either medium or large fold. A simjijc plan f ;r making a woolen costume is to use double-width material for the skirt. This is passed around t In i figure and has only one seam, that in the back instead of the usual gored breadths ; all the fullness is massed in i vers of plaits that fall in with the placket hole behind. Darts are taken in the top of the front aud sides to make the skirt lit, smoothly over the gored foundation skirt. The lower portion mav be finished in any desirable style. One authority states that winter toil ettes will have the skirts merely plaited at the back, the breadths being then al lowed to fail loose over a simulated skirt, w hich is edged round thfi foot with narrow flounce or fluting. this is the nearest approach to simplicity lehieved, for the front and sides of many skirts are trimmed or draped more or less elaborately. A stylish skirt is made perfectly plain md round and is about two yards and a half wide lit the foot. It is pleated in large hollow pleats, fastened down at the waist only. Over this skirt is draped a narrow scarf, which turns oil" over the hips, is tied at. the back and falls over the skirt in two lapels. It is very stylish. A practical suit for November wear is made of plain French sansparcll poplin combined with a figured variety, which has just been introduced. The ground is in the same shade as the plain sans parcll poplin, while the figures are small embroidered dots like eyelets, some times three of them grouped together with attractive effect. The suit is made after Demorest's model. Tho Kains ford costume of dark blue, plain poplins for skirt, which has box-pleating at lower edge, and is trimmed with five rows of silver plaid-braid. The over skirl is of the embroidered French pop lin in same rich blue and has re vers held in position by a row of antique silver buttons, while the edges are bordered with a band of the tinsel plaided braid. The tight-lilting vest is of plain poplin, closed with silver but tons and trimmed with a baud of braid down front and about lower portion. The jacket is tight-fitting, with fronts very much cut away and the extension in the side forms and back pieces laid in pleats on the inside, below the waist line. The coal-shaped sleeves and stylish jacket arc of the embroidered French poplin. The hat worn with this costume is iu navy-blue felt, has a high crown and rather broad, slightly up turned brim, faced with silver pVaided braid and trimmed about crown with rows of the same, each row being secured by a buckle in antique silver, matching the handsome buttons on revers and securing rest. I'iuhal, lj,lun Titiits. The Well-Dressed Man. ,f he a he of The golden rule in dress is to keep clear of extremes. The well-dressed man never wears anything striking or peculiar, and his garments are always of the best material, one suit that cost lifty dollars being preferable to two suits thai cost twenty-live each and Ihe tailor's risk, il will be observed, is just the same in both cases. We are bound to add. however, that the gen tleman who has but one suit instead of two can not escape embarrassment when it comes to sending his trousers lo the shop for Ihe purpose of having the wrinkles pressed out of them. The proper cut for coat and vest is that which makes them lit snug around the waist and loose over the chest, as the polite citizen is thus admonished at every turn thai he will not only look better, but also feel better, if he stands straight. Tin Mnitor. --Almond Cake: Three eggs, two cups sugar, one cup sour milk, one tea spoonful soda, one-half cup of butler, two and one-third cups flour. Hake in piu-lin. Toll tin lllintr. Poultry houses should be so cle:ii!"f that when entering them at night no' 1 the slightest odor should bo deteotod. FROLICS OF A FATHER. Solid Comfort Tahoe by a Young Married Has While Inducing to Slumber His First Born Son and Heir. Having settled themselves nt n tablo in Tom's back room the young man proceeded : "I just had a rich lime until that boy of mine was three weeks old. Then the nurse left, and my wife said I could ju-t as well help 1:: r as not, and I w as only too tickled to be able to do something to make myself useful. We had no crib for the youngster then, and bo slept with us, between his mother and me. I vas cautioned not to roll on him in the night, and I fried hard to keep still, but I hadn't been asleep more'n a min ule when my wife dug me in the ri lis and yelled: '(let up! you're lying on Adolphus.' I got up, moved over into my place, and tried to sleep, but I got on the baby again, and finally wrapped niy"lf in a blanket and spent the rest of the night on the lloor. Thn next day I got, n crib. Then my real trouble be- gan .1 he boy would be fed and put ln- to the crib, and 1 d turn m. Illy pleas ant dreams would flee as the plaintive yell of that youth cut the air and struck me with the energy of a steam hammer. Aided by a gentle push from mv bet'er half. I'd climb out, pick up the boy, and, clad in the clinging folds of a night-slri't and pair of slippers, I'd sit me down lo woo the gentle god of slum ber on my son's account. This attempt nt wooing the gentle god is the direct cause of the ruin you see before you. Just the minute 1 picked the baby from bis bunk he' stop yelling and look nt me in wide-eyed surprise and seem to say: Wherein thunder did you drop from' I'hen, as I sat down and tried to get him comfortably balanced on one of my knees, lie d begin clawing the air and grunting contentedly. About this time I set my foot in motion, trot! trot! and accompanied it with a se ductive ' sh h h h, th ere e e' that I hoped would soon lull him to sleep. Hut nary lull. He'd look at me, smile his grandmother says it's colic that makes him sniile- nnd then take in the furniture piece hy piece, and stare stupidly at the dimly burning gas-jet. He was perfectly cool about all this. Nothing was done in haste. Kach pict ure, rhair. ornament, would receive a minute inspection from these wide opened blue eyes, and your humble servant kept digging away at the trot! trot! and 'sh-h h ' scheme all the while. Suddenly there would be a slow closing of the little white lids and the blue eyes were hidjeli. Aha! Now he was going to sleep. At last! And I'd work Ihe trot! trot! with renewed yig- ! or. Then he'd sigh a tired little sigh, ' and when I was sure he was fast asleep I'd s'art lo lav him back in his crib. Hut just as I would lean over to lay him down he'd open his eyes, coo hap pily, and se;'m lo say: 'Oh. I'm not asleep; I was just having some fun with you,' and there was nothing to do but to take him back to the, chair and begin the whole business over again. Another three-quarters of an hour would drag wearily by. and a second lime the baby's eyes would close and sleep appear to have come at last. How carefully I'd sneak over to the crib and gently lay him on his little quilt. How tenderly I'd tuck him in aud wish that he'd sleep for a week or more to give me a chance to catch up on what I'll lost. He doesn't move, and I tip-toe to the bed that had known so little of me for some time. I sneak in under the covers, stretch myself, think there never was anything so comfort able as that bed, and close my eyes for a refreshing nap, when there, comes from the crib a suspicious grunt, fol lowed by a string of spasmodic coughs and an i; umistakable yell. Painfully 1 climb out of the restful bed. snatch that infant from his downy couch and quiet him with tin1 same old trot! trot! trot! while the chill night breezes tloat through the open window, and play peek-a-boo with my modest knees under the Happing flap of my night-shirt. This has been my nightly programme for about two weeks, and you see the result before you. I haven't slept twen ty consecutive minutes in twenty con secutive days. Y'ou said something about having comfort with that boy. I fondly hoped I'd get it. I'm still boil ing." And the gloomy look again stole over the face of the happy father. His eyes gazed vacantly into space as he mechanically made his way to the door, and with shuttling, uncertain step, he tottered away. Chicago Tribune. Served Him Right. 'I I wanted to ask your opinion about a little matter, and also secure your advice," he said, as he cornered a member of the City Council on one of the city hall porches yesterday. "Wi ll, sir, what can I do for you?" "Is it your opinion that we shall have an open winter?" "Why, sir, I -I can't really say. I do not pretend to be a weather prophet." "Sorry very sorry," continued the other; "I have got to go to Chicago on foot. If you could guarantee me tine weather I wouldn't need to ask you, to lend me more than half a dollar. As you can't do thai, and as I am liable to be snowed in somewhere for a week, I shall be compelled to request the lean of at least eighty cents. Do you advise me to lav in a stock of crackers and cheese at this point, or would you buy as von went along and troiu dav to dav?" The Alderman sought to craw l out of any responsibility in the matter, but th man hung to him until he got thirty cents as a compromise. The man who won't predict an open winter ought to he bled. Detroit J-n c i re-is. TOO UGLY TO CATCH FISH. Bob Toombs as a Fisherman-A Tough and Greedy Turtle. KoiM'rt l ooiuRq, ot tieonria, was known as tho unlucky fisherman." Warn a boy he was i j u 1 1 n ungainly in appearance, and his companions used to hay thai he was so tij;ly that he scared tho ii.-hes awav. All through his can-er he never had anv lick in anrlin llu would sit for hours on the hanks of a btreani impatiently awaiting a bile and ctux:ti his luck, vs hi Us olhet i around him were landing lish by tho doen. After nshinr all dav in a (ieoria stream lie drev tip a huo mud turtle. He cut his name in lull on th hard shell and throw the turtlo back. into the water. Two vears afterward he was fishiuff at the Mime spot and atiiu drew out turtle, it was the very Name turtle on which he had inscribed his name, but he was astonished to tind below his nam the words: Too ujly to catch list.. ' ' A wa'rrish friend had caught the deni zen of the mud and cut the line below. The Htorv wvnt that Toombs caurhfc this identical turtle no los than live timca, and tho last time, in a tit of rage. cut IU hCad ull JiuiUmore Herald. FACSIMILE I Q'JARTER f SIZE. , i to give Sat- Isfaotion. j'plOMII.eTlONlOF f 3 t I'i . I j.5T0WACH 01s6BOF."5' I fc.'EMl F':,rM J-muKS iU I 'con'stipat ,J jpvA L AB A,0 I 8'IW5tSS.SIlll Ull j - Loss or iNrnnr; .1 jriMTp-flpr,TflTl LIUCUi HfcAUACHt.'tTC. ( i1 k, 'V ivr :r-rtrt m m V Oh t "WfESTER.NI.U.S-; J f J Xs. CVJ "".. n.iii.'A' Largo la the Market. Bold by Droj;k'J D. LAHCEL.L'3 ASTHMA .AND CATARRH REMEDY. 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M qn.l in merit to l'r-rriT's E f)t il tonceJcJ best In the WaiW JO it SAL3 Ht Ccioto Valley Railway T I JUT 13 TABLE. In Effect May 1 1 th. I C04 j THE SHORT LINE TO ALL roiNT.S fforlh and Smith, Fnit nl HonthPBKt W'tt nnil North nest. H0UTH NO. 2. NO. 4. NO. C. and Inily 1'aily- j i'ft rxrcjit Daily. ( EAST. iSuti'lny. 1 Sunday. Le('oliiml)iiB j fi noitm'ia (XI ni 5 Rripia " '!lili;lilTtv'B ,(114 12 14pm 6 44 " Vallev CriMsing. fi 211 II,! I'D 6 61 " ItppHc g I (i in v:i 6 54 " I.iwkbonrni) 1 G :lj 12H:l C 04 " Imvall fi 41 l2 42 6 I t " Awlivillo fi 50 12 M 0 24 " rirr-.lrvillo 7 15 1 15 G 4ft " llnyf-Bvilic 7 30 1 3:1 6 6rf " lunRHtun 7 41 1 44 7 1:4 ' " Hnpctnwn 7 M 1 67 7 3ft " ('liillieotlie Sin 2 10 8 Oft ' " HiKl.y H 44 2 42 M ' " Kharon 8 64 2 62 8 6! ' " Wayerly ; ffl 05 3 03 i) 10 ' " O. H. Crossing .. ft (17 3 05 9 12 . " J'il.ft'.ii 9 10 3 Hi 25 1 " Jtin I'.un 9 37 3 3:1 9 42 , " J'lluiKon'a I 9 45 3 4t 9 51 1 " I'ortummith '19 30 4 20 10 30 " Haverhill 11 15 5 (il n ( . 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