PAnT I Nfmniff In small (own.
ynun nrwapaprr man. who tails tha
atnry, la aniMtaft hy lha una rmintahlr
actkina of a man who, from tha t.n o
of ft Una Iioum, ai'nrcntly haa 10 vara,
with Invlaibla irrnn a. particularly
mentioning ona "Kimplnlitria " Tha youth
enaa lo hta Inaidlna lioua. tha hyma 01
slra Ap riharaita, naat ihtor to tha arana
f Iha alransa praorwtinia. bawlldarad
PART II Nut morning ha rtlarovar
hla airanaa aHuhtior la Iha Hon tavi.i
1rn1Y. rmminait politician, and unl
ve'aully rviMcied Tallin of hia l.st
aihl a aaprinca, ha la mMraaillv Intar
ruiitrd hy a frltow lHartW, a Vr (Jaurs
Itnotlrn ltrr. with Mlaa Afarthwaila
ha la an unaaan wltnaaa of a purely
Imaginary pimping rfnttal hatw.en liraa
iay an1 a "Hill llarmnaralay." Miaa
A.prth alia appaara darply ronrraid.
thara apparantly Ix-lna no poaatla as
planation of tha atranca proiaodlnaa
PART III -Tha rportar taarna that
Baalry and Mlaa Appartha'aita had at
ona tlma ba.-n ansaaaJ. and tr-at tha
young lady had hrofcan tha ensaanmani
harauas of Hoaalay'a "lack of Imagina
tion." PART IV Ta "mTatary" of "fllmpla-dnrla'-
aid "Bill llammaralav" la -
filainad by Mr tmwtrn Hcaalay la rr.
na for a amall hoy. Hamilton Swift
Junior, a hrlp'aaa Invalid bodily though
mora thnn ordinarily bright manialty. tha
ann of d-ar frtanda who ara dad. and
"Hlnipl dnrla" and Hill Hammara'ay"
ara yaturaa of It'aalay'a and tha amall
hova Imagination. Haaa'av humoring Iha
llttla aufT.rar by tha "play acting."
PART V -Tha rapnrtar bwomaa ar.
quaint-d with IavM Haaalay a -id la In
vltad to hla homa, whara ha maWa Hamil
ton Mm Iff. Jun'nr. and hla rlnla of "In
vlalhl." which H"l-y and l-oraa Ifciw
dan hava iwada vary rral lo tlto child.
Autumn trailed the Inst lravr be
hind h-r flying brown robe one night :
we woke t akurry of snow next
morning; and It was winter. Down
town, along the sidewalks, the nicr
chants net line of pole, covered
them with evergreen, and run strvatn
er of preen overhead to encourage the
fi-stnl shopping. Salvation Army 8nn
ta Clause stamped their feet and ran
hells on the corner, and pink-fared
children Tied their noac Ininiuvnhl.T
to dlsplsy-wlndowa. For them, the
eaon of seasons, the time of tlim-a.
m at hand.
To a certain new reporter on the
Despatch the stir and gnyety of the
aireeta meuiit llitle more than Unit the
daya hnd come when It wan tilKht In
the afternoon, and thnt he was siren
fewer political assignment. Tills i
annoying, hecauae Iti-asli-y'e rnndldacy
for t!ie novernoralilp had given me a
peraonnl Interest In tlie polltlrnl allua
Mon. The nomlnntlnit convention of
hla party would meet In the "prlnr;
the nomination wna rertaln to carry
the election alim. and thun far Ileaaley
ahnwed more atreneth thnn any other
man In the field. Thing are looking
hla way." aald iHiwden. "He's alway
wortel hard for the party; n"t on the
atnnip, of cotirae," he laughed ; "but
the boy undimtand there are more
Important thlnir than aMi'hinaklng.
Ill record In Conirreaa gave him the
confidence of eervbody In the alate.
and. healric that, people alwaya tmat
quiet man. I tell you If nothing
happen, he'll ret It "
Tin fer lU-aaliy," another politician
ewplnlned. In an Interview, "becaune
he' Pave Inleyl Yea, air, I'm fer
him. Yon know the bcya say If a mau
la only for you, In Mill atate, there
Inn't much In It and he may go back
on It ; bnt If he'i fer you, he mean It.
Well. I'm fer Keal!"
Tliere were otr rnnifldHtea, of
rourae ; none of them formidable; but
I wra aurprlted to learn of the exist
ence of amall but energetic faction
opMHing our friend In Walnwrlght, hi
own town. ("What are you aurprlaed
about T" Inquired Powderi. "Don't you
know whnt our folk are like, yet
If Kt. I'nul lived In Walnwrlght. do
you aiippone he could run for con
Plnlile without aome of hla near neigh
bor gittlng out to try and down
The head and front (and backbone,
too) of the opioNitlon to Iteasley wa
rlime flsied, hard knuckled, rl u-froin-lhe-iMill
aort of innn, on named
Simeon I'eck. He poHaenaed no lu-
concldernblp Influence, I heard ; waa
hard worker, and vlgoroiidty aeconded
by an energetic lieutenant, a young
man mimed Orlxt. Theae, and other
they hud been able to draw to their
faction, were bitterly and eagerly op
poHed to lleaaley'a nomination, and
worked without ceasing to prevent It.
I quote the Invaluable Mr. Dowden
agiiln: "(IrlHt'a atuln.it u because he
had a quarrel with a clerk In Iteaaley'a
ofllce, and wanted lleualey to ilia
charge hi in, and Peuslcy wouldn't;
Rliu I'eck'a aguluat ua out of Jun plain
wrongheudediieaa. and because he nev
er waa for anything nor fer anybody
In his life. I had a talk with the old
mutton head the other day; he wild our
candidal ought to be a farmer, 'inun
Of the common people,' and when I
kkd nlut whore ue'd Hud aujbody
The Head ard Front (and Backbone,
Too), of the Opposition to Beasley
Was a Clos Fisted, Hard-Knuckled,
Risan-From-tha Soil 6ort of Man,
On Named 8imcon Peck.
nioro 'a- mstTTiT" the" common p-opT?
than Bensley. he aald llennley win 'too
much of a society man' to suit Mint
The Iden of Inve as a 'atelety men
was too much for me, and I laughed ;
In Sim Peck's fuce. but Hint didn't j
top Him I'eck ! Meat look at the style ,
he lives In.' he yel-d. 'Ain't he fairly
lalcd In luxury T Look at that big
houxe he lives In! I.ook at the way
he goes uroiiml In that big cur of his
and a nigger to drive hi in. half the
time!' t hud to holler aculn, aud, of
rourae, thnt made Sam twice a mnd
as' he started out to be; and he went
off swearing he'd show me, before the
campaign was over. The only trouble
he and Crlat and that crowd Could give I
us would be by finding out something
agnlnst Dave, and they can't do that
bccau there Isn't anything to Bud I
I shared his confidence on this Int
ter core, but was somewhat less san
guine on some other. There were only
two newspaper of any political In
fluence In Walnwrlght, the Despatch
r and the Journal, both operated In
the Interest of IteuKley'a party, and
neither had "come out" for him. The
gimslp I heard about our ofllce led in
to think that each was walling to see
what headway Sim I'eck and his fac
tion would make; the Journal espe
cially. I knew, had aome Inclination to
coquette with IVck, i.it, and Com
pany. Altogether, their fnctlou
not entirely lo be despised.
Thus, my thnuuhla wre a great ?nl
more occupied with lhMNiey's chnm-e
than with the holiday spirit thnt now,
with fur and bells and wreathing
mist of snow, breathed good cheer
ovpr the town. So little. Indeed, had
thla spirit touched me, that, one eve
ning when one of my colleagues,
standing before the grate-fire In th
reporter' room, yawned and said he'd
b glad when tomorrow wa over, I
aked him what waa the particular
trouble with tomorrow,
Oirtatniu,M he explained, lan
guidly. "Alwsye eo tedloua. Like
"It makea me homesick," aald an
other, a melancholy little man who
waa forever bragging of hi native
"t'hrlatmua," I repeated "tomor
It wa Christmas eve, and I had nol
known It I 1 leaned back In my chair
In a eudden loneliness, what pictures
coming before me of long-ago Christ
Diaa eve at home I old Chrlatiusi
eve when there waa Tree. , , .
My name waa callud; the night cltj
editor had en aaidgtiinent for me. ")
up o Sim I'eck'a, on Madison si reel,"
he said. "He think he' got some
thing on bavld Iteaaley, but wou't
aay any more over the telephone. See
what there la In It"
I picked up my bat and rout, and
left the office at epeed which roa
have given my siierlor th h'cheat
roncpplloii of my Journalistic Seal. Al
telephone vlutlou ou the lieit corner
I culled up Mr. Apierthwalie'a bouse
aud asked for Mr. Iktwilen.
Wtiat are you doing T" I deinauded,
when hla voice renponrieti.
Tlaylng bridge." he answered.
"Are you going out any where
"No. What' the trouble"
"I'll tell you later. I may want f)
see you tonight I fore I go hick te
"All right. I'll be at home all the
I bung up the receiver and mJe off
on my errand.
Down town the atreet were crowd
eij . with the package liideti l'onJe,
bending head and slioiildors lo the
bitter wind, which swept blinding,
mIi el-like snow horizontally agnlnitt
lliein. At corners It struck so tumul
tuous a blow upon the client of the e
dcKtrlnn Unit for moment It would
halt Hutu, and you could hear tlietn
gasping hn If smothered "A lis" like
limbers In a heavy surf. Yet there
was a guyety In this eager gale; th
crowds pn-aned anxiously, yet hap
pily, up and donn the street In their
generous search for thing to glv
away. It wan not the rich who strug
gled through the storm tonight; thene
were people who curried their own
bundles home. You sow them: toller
and nuvers. tired mother and father,
worn with the grlnii'ng thrift of ell
the year, but now for this one night
careless of how hard-saved the money,
reck leas of everything but the Joy of
giving It to bring the children Joy on
the one great tomorrow. So they bent
their heads to the freezing wind, their
anna laden with daring bundles and
their hearts uplifted with the tremul
ous bapplnesa of giving more than they
could afford. Meanwhile, Mr. Simeon
I'eck, honest man, hnd chosen this
neuron to work harm If he mlflit to
the gentlest of U.M fellow-men.
I found Mr. I'eck waiting for me
at his house. There were four other
men with hlin, one of whom I recog
nized aa tiiiNt, sqnat young man
with slippery-looking black hair and
Innibreqiiln muxtache. They were
donning their coat and hat In tb
hall when I arrived.
"From the Despatch, hnyT Mr.
I'eck gave me greeting, a he wound
knit comforter about hla neck.
"That's good. We'd most give you np.
This here's Mr. Orlst. and lfr. Henry
P. Cullop. and Mr. (lu Schulmeyer
three men that feel the same wny
about Dave Kensley that I do. That
other young feller." he waved a mlt
tened hand to the fourth man "he'i
from the JournrJ. Likely you're ac
quainted." The young man from the Journal
was unknown to ine: moreover. I wa
far from overjoyed at hi presence In
"I've got you newspaper men here,"
continued Mr. I'eck, "because I'm
goin' to show you soiuep'n' about
Dave Ilensley that'll open a good many
folk'a e.es when It' in print"
"Well, what I ItT I asked, rather
"Jest hold your homo little bit,"
he returned. "Grist and me know,
and so do Mr. Cullop and Mr. Schul
meyer. And I'm goln' to take them
and you two reporter to look at It
All ready? Then come on."
He threw open the door, stooped
to the gust that took him by the
throat, and led the way out Into th
"What Is he up tot'' I punned to the
Journal man a we followed In
"I don't know any more than you
do." he returned. "He think he's
got something that'll queer Beaaley.
Peck's an old fool, but It'a Just pos
sible he' got bold of something. Near
ly everybody ha a one thing, at least,
thnt they don't want found out It
may he a good mury. Lord, what
I pushed ahead to the leader1 aide.
"See here, Mr. I'eck " I began, but
he cut me off.
"You listen to me, young mnnt I'm
glv In' you some new for your paper,
and I'm g'ttln' at It my own way. but
I'll git at It, don't you worry I I'm
goln' to let aome folks around here
know whnt kind of a feller Dave
llensley really Is; yea, and I'm
goln' to show George Dowden be can't
laugh at me!"
"Y'ou're going to show Mr. Dowden T
I snld. "You nienn you're going to
take htm along with u on thla expe
"lake Mm I" Mr. I'eck emitted an
acrid bark of laughter. "I guess he'i
at l'.easle.v'8, all right"
"No. be Isn't ; lie's at home at Mr.
Miperihwtilte's playing card.
Is your b&klnjf powder abso
lutely pure? Royal is.
Is your baking powder abso
lutely wholesome? Royal is.
Is your baking powder un
varying in strength under
all conditions? Royal is.
Is your baking powder eco
nomical in keeping baked
foods fresh longer and mak
ing home baking so satis
factory that it takes the place
of more expensive food?
Royal Contains No Alum
Leaves No Bitter Taste
That a right" nmd tlrlst.
"Gentlemen" I'eck turned to the
then--"when we git to Mr. Apnerth
wnlte'a. Jest atop outside along the
fence a minute. I reckon we'll pick
np a recruit."
Fhlverlng, we took up our way
again In single file, stumbling through ,
drifts (tint bad ileened Inewdlhly )
within the hour. The wind wn i
straight rgnlnsf na, i.nd so stlnglngly
sharp nnd o lnden with the driving
snow thnt when we reached Mr. Ap
perihu site's gut (which w-e np-
pmnct,at from the north, not rm"'":
IW-iidey's) my ejes were so full of
manning tears I could see only
blurred plane of light dancliK vague
ly In i In- dnrktifKM, Instead of brightly j
lighted windous. I
"Now." said I'ec. panting and
fuming his Imrk to the wind; "the
real of you gem lemon wait out here.
l ou two newspaper men. you come
lie opened the rnte and went In,
the Jniiriinl reporter and I follow
In nil three of us wiping our half
Minded eyes. When we reached the
shelter of the front porch. I took the
key from my pocket end opened the
"I live here," I explained to Mr.
"All right." he said. "Jest Step
In aud tell George Dowden Uiat Sim
"Centlemer" Peca Turned to the
Other "When W Git to Mr. Ap
perthwarte's. Just Stop Outside
Along th Fenc a Minute."
Perk's out here nnd wants to see him
at the door a minute. I'.e quick."
I went into the library, and there
sat Dowden contemplatively playing
bridge with two of the elderly ludie
and Miss Apperihw aite. The lust
mentioned person quite took my
In honor of the Christum eve (I
aupltoseil) she wore un evening dress
of black lace, nnd tlin only word for
whnt she looked hns suffered such
misuse that one hesitates over It: yet I
that U what she wui regal nnd no
less ! There was a sort of splendor
4ibout her. It detracted nothing from
thla that her expression was a Utile
sad: something not uncommon with
her lately; n certain melancholy, faint
hut detectable, like breath on a mir
ror. I bad attributed It to Jenn Val
Jenn, though pcrhims tonight It might
have been due merely to bridge.
"What I It?" BKed Dowdcii. when,
after an apology fo disturbing the
gntne, I had drawn him out In the
"I happen to know that he'll be
there all evening."
Mr. Perk smote hla palms together,
"Grist!" he called, over his shoulder,
and hla colleague struggled forward.
"Listen to this: even Ifciwden ain't at
Beasley'a. Ain't the l-ord workln' fer
u tonight V
"Why don't you take Dowden with
you," I urged, "If there' anything you
want to show him?"
"By Oeorge, I will!" ahouted Peck.
"I've got hit. where the hair' short
Olll Ills III , 1.
iff:' III. "I gut lite e lelli r fill. II II
neuspnpeia. mid pll I wcnl la lo
this here bull In pl'iti! tomorrow, lit.
fM-P w lint Hie !; ihnt do Ihe wm '
at the ir'iniirie lime to v.y al'Mii
lt--and whnt their whes'll any nl .mi
the innn that's too hkii loned to Inivi
'em In his housn. I'll bet l'.enlej
thought he wn goln' to keep lbei
don's quiet; afraid the tnnners might
not believe lie's Jest the plain limn
he sets np to be afraid that folks
like you that ain't Invited might turn
agnlnst him. I'll fool him! We're
goln' to see what there Is to see, and
I'm poln' to luive theae boy from the
newspapers write a full account of It.
1 you want to come alona, I expect
It'll do you a power o' good."
"I ll go." snld Dowrteu quickly. He
got bis coat and hat from a tulile In
the hn II. and we rejoined the huddled
and shivering group at the gate.
"Got my recruit, gents 1" shrilled
I'eck, slnpplng Dowden boisterously
on the shoulders. "I reckon he'll gH
a change of heart tonight!"
I motioned toward the front door.
"Simeon Perk. lie think he' got
something on Mr. Reasley. He's wait
ing to see you."
Dowden uttered a sharp, hnlf-co-herent
exclamation and stepped quick
ly to the door. "Peck I" he aald, aa he
Jerked It open.
"Oh, I'm here!" declared that gen
tleman, stepping Into view. "I've
come around to let you know that
you couldn't In ugh like a horse at me
no more, George Dowden! So you
weren't Invited, either."
"Invited?" aald Dowden. "Invited
"Over to the bull your friend la
"What friend r
"Duve ISeasley. So you ain't qnlte
good enough to dance with hla high
"What are yon talking about"
Dowden demanded. Impatiently.
"I reckon you won't be quite so
atrnng fer Keasley," responded Peck
with a vindictive little giggle, "wheti
you find he can use yon In bis business,
but when It cornea to entertalnln' oh
no, you ain't quite the boy I"
"I'd appreciate your explaining."
aald Dowden. "It's kind of cold
Peck laughed shrilly. "Then I
reckon you better git your hat and
cont and come along. Can't do as no
harm, and might be an eye-opening
fer you. Grist and Gua Schulmeyer
and Hank Cullop' waitln' out yonder
at the gate. W be'n havln' kind of a
constitution at my bouse over somep'n'
Grist seen at Reasley 'a a little earlier
In the even! og.
"Whnt did Grist feeT'
"Cubs! Cabs drlvln up to Reas
ley' house a whole lot of 'em. Grist
whs down the street a piece, and It
was pretty dark, but he could see the
lamps and hear the doors slam as the
people got out. Besides, the whole
place Is lit up from cellar to attic.
Grist come on to my house and told
me about It, and I begun usln' the
telephone; culled up all the men that
count In the party found most of
'em at home, too. I ast 'era If they
wus invited to this ball tonight; and
not a one of 'era was. They're only
In politics; they ain't high society
enough to he ast to Mr. Rensley'a
dancin'-partles! But I would 'a'
thought he'd let you in anyways fer
THE ROMANCE OF WORDS
TXTHEN Milton, In "Paradise
Lost," speaks of "winging
silently the buxom air," it la at
once apparent that the word
"buxom" must have had some
meaning at that time different
from the currently accepted one
of rosy and plump. We might
refer to a strong healthy woman
as buxom, but we would never
apply the adjective to the air.
In Milton's time, however, the
word had Just changed Its spell
ing from "boughaome," a form
wblcb gives a due to Its primary
meaning of yielding or bending
like the bourns of a tree.
"Buxom," to Milton, was prac
tically tha equivalent of our
present-day "pliant." The first
change, merely one of form,
came when the "gh" began to
lose It guttural sound and
"ouzh" was elided Into the sin
gle letter "x." Then, after the
lapse of a number of years, a
gradual alteration of the word
began to take place, probably
due, as Doctor Johnson suggests,
to a too liberal construction of
the bride's promise In the old
English marrlag ceremony to be
"obedient and buxom (or yield
ing) In bed and In board." In
time, therefore. It came to be
applied to full blooded women
who were erroneously thought
likely to be careless of virtue.
Hence It now means plump,
rosy, alluring, and la applied only
to women who combine these
qualities of figure, face snd ex
pression. ( by tha Wkaalar ys41cla, Iaa )
Why do you svold Klubdubr
"Well, If you ssk him how he Is, hell
expect you to listen to th details."
May Come te That.
"1 don't like this barefoot dancing."
"Shut up, fred. First thing yon
know we'll have to do 'tm socially."
BtrtOVED VNTFOftM OTOUUIKIUl
(By RKV. P. B. FIT WAT R, D. D.,
Taarhrr of FnslHh Hlhla m lava Mas?
Ribla Institute of Chlcas
Copyright. Itli, Waaiara Naw.paaar Data.
LESSON FOR DECEMBER 17
JESUS AMONQ FRIENDS AND FOES
LEMtON TEXT-I.uk M'S-S; 11:14-61
OOU-'KN TfcXT-T are any frtands. If
ya do whataoavar I aomnaauaa yaw. Joha
HKFERENCB MATBRlAJj lk I H,
rP'M ART TOPIC-Jasw la UM Home
of Ft tnila,
JUNIOR TOPIC-Jaeu Ana FT. a a da
INTERMEDIATE AND BCTIOR TOPIC
Frtands and Rnemla af Jean.
YOUNO r-KOPU AND ADULT TOPIC
Christ's Method of Dswllag With Paa-
1. Jesus In th Home el Frieede
There Is no place where tree charac
ter I so clearly revealed as at home.
L His Reception (t. 88). Martha
was the head of the heme, therefore
she received him. It would be a One
thing If all homes were epea te re
2. Mary Sitting at Jems' Feet (.
30). She, of line spiritual discern
ment, knew that sitting at the Lord's
feet and hearing Hla Word was that
which would please kin. most.
3. Martha Cumbered About Muck
Serving (v. 40). Both sisters loved
the Lord. It would be Impossible to
say which loved the more; but Martha
was bent on providing a fine meal for
Ulm. She was trying to do so many
things that she waa on the verge of
distraction. This had so completely
got on her nerves that ahe foand fault
with Jesus for permitting Msry to
leave the kltchec te tistea to Hla
teaching. Not only did sho criticise
her sinter and Jesus, bnt sho aaaumed
the authority to command Him to send
Mary back te the kitchen to help.
4. Jesus' Answer (. 41. 42. (1)
Rebuked Martha (v. 41). He did thla
teuderly, for tie knew that ahe loved
Him sincerely. (2) Defends Mar
(v. 42). He declared that but on
thing waa needful, and that Mary had
chosen that good part which could not
be taken away from her.
II. Jesu Among Foe (11:14-23; 29
L Charged With Being la League
With the Devil (vv 14-23). Being un
willing to receive Him as th Son of
God, and yet unable to account for
His mighty works, they declared He
was casting out demons through Beel
xebub, the chief of deroona. Jesus
exposed the fallacy of their reasoning
by showing that la that case Satan
would be arrayed against himself, and
therefore would destroy Ms own king
dom. 2. Refused to Believe His Miracles
(tt. 29-32). They asked for a algn,
to which He replied that they would
have a sign from heaven In Hla death
and resurrection. He reminded them,
however, that their request showed
unbelief aurpasslnr that of the heath
en queen of the South, and the wicked
people of Nineveh.
3. Wickedness Denounced (vv. 87
64). He pronounced six woes upon
those who were opposing Him and
seeking ills destruction.
(1) The rharlsees (tt. 87-41). These
He denounced for (a) punctil
iously observing some minute rite and
at the same time breaking th Ten
Commandments. They carefully tithed
the small herbs of the garden while
practicing Injustice to their fellow
men and withholding love from Ood.
He pointed out to them tb folly of
attending to these external acts while
the heart was filled with wlckeduesa.
(b) Desiring public recognition (.
43). Thla la a common sia today.
(c) For feigning humility (t. 44). He
compares their hypocrisy ta graves
which are on a level with the ground
and may be stepped upon unconscious
ly by someone, and thus defiled. We
can avoid those who make their van
ity known by boasting, but some are
filled with thla same wickedness who
do not thus make It known,
(2) The Lawyer (tt. 40-54). Jesus'
strictures on th hypocritical Phari
sees aroused the lawyers, on ef whom
Indignantly declared: "You are Insult
lug us also." In replying to this
Christ pronounced three woes upon
tbem; (a) for placing burdensome re
quirements upon the popi to which
they themselves would net auuiblt
(t. 46). (b) For th murder of Uvd's
prophets (vr. 47-61). U showed
that their attitude toward Hlin was
th same that waa shown to th
prophet by tbel. fathers, (c) For
keeping back the knowledge of Ood
by false Interpretation of the Scrip
ture (tt. 62-64). There I no
wickedness perhapa so great aa thai
of supposed teachers of dad's Word
who keep Its p rex-ions truths from
the peopleJy perverting, ( weaning,
Manager Yes, w need a demon,
sirs tor. Have you had any experi
Uertl fliishlngtnrr Not really, hot
my gentleman friend says 1 sua aw
Th Reward ef Industry.
The Professor Let us take the ex
ample of th busy ant. He Is busy all
ths time. He works all day and every
Ih. Then what hapiiensT
The Bright One He gits stepped
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