FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15, 1922
By Christopher G. Hazard
lv&i, Western Newspaper Uoion.)
/~)F ALL the Christmas gifts of past
years but one remained. It seemed
surrounded by a charm that was all
its own and that was fcs unaffected
by the atmosphere of the bare and
dingy room as a light in a dark place.
The old schoolmaster took it up, looked
lovingly upon it and replaced it upon
the shelf. Then, advancing to the
swindow, he looked out upon the lighted
star in the church steeple that was
proclaiming Christ's birthday and lis
tened to the shouts of the merrymak
ers In the streets as they rose upon
the snowy wind.
The old man's mind was busy with
happier days. In the picture gallery
of his memory
visions of home
cheer and glad
ness were upon
the walls. Faces
looked out from
their frames with
old glances of
love, and figures
passed before him
full of the beauty
of young life.
Again he was in
the midst of joy
ous and success-
tic. Then, as mem
ory's mirage fad
ed away and left but two receding
images before him, he looked once
more upon one who had gone to some
unknown land, the son who had so
mysteriously disappeared from the
home fellowship and ken, and he saw.
again the form of her who had set out
for the land that is beyond the stars,
but not before she had placed in his
hand the precious vase with the pic
tured flute player upon its side.
At the time he had'not fully noted
the significance of the happy urchin
in the red robe as he held his flute to
his lips. Pleasures and pursuits
pressed upon him and left the musi
cian unnoticed through the days and
nights. But the boy had never ceased
his playing, and now with some re
membered melody, then with some new
adventure in the world of harmony,
he seemed to be waiting for the recog
nition and appreciation that he knew
would come. A steadfast and invet
erate optimist, he played on to weari
ness and,loneliness he played a hope
ful song forbidding dejection and de
spair, he became a prophet of better
days to come. In solitude and useless
ness he was as1
an only but changeless
friend. To him the old man turned as
to an oracle. Poverty had taken one
after the other of his possessions, but
had never been able to separate him
from this merry genius, this incorrigi
bly persistent promiser.
If the prelude does not get discour
aged fortune is likely to admire It and
introduce the performance, and this
turned out to be the reward of the
industrious hope of the flute player.
He did not hear the step upon the stair
or the knock upon the door, and he
did not see the amazement with which
the schoolmaster listened to the tale
of his lost son, as he embraced him
and tried to realize that he had in
deed come back and brought good for
tune with him, but even more merrily
and madly he played in the dance with
which these two were to go down the
Habits are strange things. One can
get so far into a habit of gladness as
to be unable to nyum-^!!
get out of It. A
face can get so
used to smiling as
to have no night
there. A boy can
become so com
mitted to fluting
as to be unable
to stop. It was
so with the flute
player: to this
day. he plays and
does nothing else.
He sits upon an
other and a bet
ter shelf, but not
idly. He is among
happy people, but
busy sending joy
out into all the neighborhood. He has
played the old schoolmaster young
again and fixed his thought upon a life
that never grows old.
Indeed, the flute player has even en
couraged the schoolmaster to begin
teaching again. The scholars are hia
grandchildren. They are not having
a hard time, for they sing on their way
to lessons. They are not unhappy
scholars, for one of them threw a kiss
to the last Christmas moon. Last
summer another of them became a
poetess and composed the following
appreciation of nature:
Above the Argonne Forest
A Star Is shining fair
Its gentle beams awaken
The young men sleeping there.
Again in songs of angels
The birth of Christ is told:
The young men go to greet Him
"With richer gifts than gold.
The flute player is setting this to
music. This scholar* has already
learned to write. She has proved that
by producing an invitation to one of
the school sessions in this form:
Dear Aunt Fanny:
Please tome Friday, if you can and
if you can't come, don't come.
She is not a flatterer, however, when
sue said one day, "Grandpa, you don't
look a bit over twenty."
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Mr. David Miller and family had
Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. A. L. .Quine went to Nary on
Monday to locate a good team,
which he could buy.
Everyone sang ibeiter Sunday be
cause of the new song books that
Mr. James Fish is home for the
winter as his contract is finished on
the schoolhouse north of jtfemidji.
Henry Maruhn, Dorothea and
Laura Coons have quit school 'thru
the cold weather. We certainly
For the benefit of the Fontinac
ites, who have hibernated for the
winter we'll say it was cold last
Everyone is welcome to the Christ-,j!
mas entertainment to he held Friday
the 22nd of December at 7:30 o'-
clock. It is given by the school and
Sunday school combined.
The school east of the river will
(have their entertainment on Sun
day December 24th.
I Mr. David Miller preached a de
lightful sermon Sunday for the Fron
tinac people. He has kindly con
sented to help us during the winter
preaching .as- often as he can. We
hope to.increase the Sunday school
attendance 'by having services after
the class wprk.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, builder
of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris,
is 90 years old today.
I The Eighth International Aero
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is today, to continue until Jan. 2.
The Third Kentucky Inter-Racial
Conference will be opened in Louis
ville today,'"with Gov. Morrow pre
The fourteenth annual Governors'
Conference, composed of State gov
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its sessions today at White Sulphur
[Springs, W- Va.
The inauguration of Dr. Lucius
Clark as chancellor of American Un
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U- S. Commissioner of Education.
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cating liquor from the Province by
i persons other than licensed brewers
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order of the Dominion Government
which become3 effective today.
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