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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 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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
"Didn't they pay ye iiothiu" ?" queried
"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
Ts't Jake Smith?" asked Absalom,
wni) Inui been listening to tne conver
sation. "Yi
, 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
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
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
"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
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
"Darned ef it don'l make a man f
good to do a thing o that sort, arter
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
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
"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-
How Skirts are Made and Finished Now-
Some Hints for Dressmakers.
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
The Well-Dressed Man.
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.
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-
.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
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.
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.
i to give Sat-
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Ic-ath with ASTHMA or i'HTHlsU,', treated 1t
nu incut phyniciariH. and receiving no be dp tit,
1 was compelled during tin lant live years of
ny illnPHH to nit on my chuir day and nilit
;anpinR for br ath; my nutTMrina were beyond
if-'Huription, In despair I experimented on
aiytvelf by compounding rootn and herbs and
nhaling the tutdieine thus obtained. I for
tuiiattlv discovered this WONDLKhT'L CUItK
for ASTHMA and CATAIIKU, van-anted to re
lieve the ntnut stubborn cam a of ASTHMA IN
KIVE HINI.'TES, bo that Die patient can lie
lown to rcrtt- and sleep comfortably. 1'leam
read the following condensed extracts:
Mrs. V. T. lirown, Monroe, TVxas. writes:
'l Kuft'er.'d with Asthma 30 years. Your reat
remedy has completely cured mo. l'ubiirfh
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0. S. Clark, Wakcmati, O., write?;: "I cer
tainly believe your mtu-dy to bf? the l'Ht
Ant 1 1 in a and ("atari h cure in the world. I have
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licv. J. W. Wilson, H;in creek, l'a., writes;
"Your renvdy has completely cured my Ca
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blessing. I have recommended it U a great
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C A. Ihill, T.ashaw, Wis., writes : '"I re
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ble, doing just what you claim for it. It is
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Such are the t.Trrcsfions of praise and grat
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THE Hoard of SehoolExaminersof Highland
county give notice, that examination of
ApplicaniB for Certificates will take place in th
fiilishoro T'nion School building on the Ural
Faturday of every month, and on the third Sat
urday of February, Man h, April. Augunt, Sep
tember and October. The Examination fe
prescribed by law iu 50 cents, hy order of tli
u23yl E. G. SMITH, Clerk.
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Walnut Sir, House
Bet. Sixtli and Seventh Streets,
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PETTIT-S M OOD l-URir-THR 1, tqnal In
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T """"Itiff" Fur ST ("nr.iu Cvkk Cnit-
lfTn EVt S'JJJ l.orr ! ttotllr, kU V1
Composeden'.irely of chou:e Roots. Herb.
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Medicinal Qualities. lr. Pcttit doe not
claim it a Cure for all diseases, but claim,
it will Cure all diseases arising from Im
pure Mood, Torpid Liver, Disordered Kid
neys, and where there is a brok.cn down
Constitution requiring a prompt and per
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1 El TIl'S lil.OUD rL'Kllll-.K. 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
In Effect May 1 1 th. I C04 j
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 ( .
" I ronton Ill 35 5 20 11 40
" WtrrslmrR ill 45 5 30 11 60 I
Arr Anhland (12 2'ipm ti 05 12 25nt
NOIiTII NO. . NO. 3. NO. 5. i
and Daily j Daily ,
Daily, except excrpfc
WEST. ' .Sunday.! Ntinciaji
I.ve Ashland 2 lOaml 8 40am 4 SSpiai
" 1'eternliurK 2 45 9 15 5 SO
" Ironton 2 55 9 25 6 40
" Haverhill 3 IK 9 4 6 01
" Portsmouth 4 10 10 35 6 45
' Johnson's 4 47 11 09 7 20
" J'.ik linn 4 55 11 17 7 27
" I'iketon 5 14 11 85 7 44
" O. S. Crossing.. 5 25 11 47 7 65
" Waveriy 5 27 11 45 7 67
" Pharon 5 38 12 01pm 8 OX
" HiRby'B 5 48 12 12 8 18
" ( hilhenthe 6 45 12 50 8 55
" Hopetown 6 05 1 00 9 Oft
" KiiiKstown 7 Hi 1 20 9 25
" Havesville 7 30 1 33 9 3S
" Circleville 7 45 1 50 9 5ft
" Ashville 8 07 2 11 10 1ft
" Duvall'a 8 15 2 19 10 23
" Locktsiurue 8 25 2 27 10 81
" Here's 8 35 2 86 10 41
" Valley Crossing. 8 3H 2 40 10 4ft
" DauRhertv's.... 8 45 2 4 10 50
rr Columbus 9 00 3 00 11 05 ,
At Columbus with P. C. & St. h. It'y, C. St. rM
k V., C. C. C. tt I. If v, C. A. rt C. ft, It., B.
O. K. I'.., O. C. It. B.t C. H. V. t T. K. Ii., I. B
it V. U'v.
At Circleville with C. M. Y. Dir. P. C.
3t. L. It'y.
At Chillioothc with C. W. B. R. B., T. C. h
St. L. K. 11.
At Waveriy with O. S. It. It.
At Portsmouth with Portsmonth branch off
C. W. tV II. li. li. and Ohio river uteainers.
At Ironton with Iron 1!. 1'.. aud T C. & SU
L. It. Ii.
At Ashland with E. L. A B. P. K. Tt., Ches. fa
0. li. li.. Cliattaroi K'y and A. C. & I. R. K.
For further iut'omiution relative to raUiRr
ronnections, and through time, call on youc
lickot Agent or address
General Ticket and Pass. Agent.
Gko. Skinkkb,
ColnmbnB, Ohio. jy 18uf I
Cincinnati, Washington & Baltimore
E.A.IXjK.O A.I5.
Direct Connection Fob All Points ,
kansas city,
West, Northwest, and Southwest.
Lowest Rates, Quickest time, anct
Best Accommodations.
m., 7.37 a. m. and 2 12 p. m.
Centra! Standard time which is 23 minutcta
blower thau llillsboro time.
To any point North, South, and East oci
West apply to
A unit C. W. dt B. Ii. li.
Gen'l Manager.
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