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A REAL PRESENT FOR CHRISTMAS HRISTMAS P A Y bud dawned as clear and spar kliug us til! such days should. To be sure, iu the sunny southland there w a s no snow, and the children had to content them selves with a vis it from Santa Claus in a very up to date aeroplane, but this did not matter. Even the humble cabin home of Thom as Jefferson had not been passed by. and the delighted faces of the little colored children testified that the dear saint's gifts had exceeded their wildest expectations Now came the most important ques tion of the day. Everybody knows that Christmas dinner is very different from any other meal and must be plan ned for accordingly. But it happened that these small brothers and sisters of Thomas Jefferson, who was not very big himself, must be left to his care today, while his mammy went to the big house and helped get ready for the company. Thomas Jefferson was al lowed to go along with his mammy, for he was to bring back a basket fill ed with dinner for himself and the otb *re. So he walked with her very hap pily. At the house pretty Miss Clarissa saw that the basket was filled. Thomas Jefferson fairly staggered under the weight of bis basket when be at iast turned off to the woods. ▲s be went be beard Miss Cla ris s a ' s sweet voice ring out in a Christmas carol and, looking back, caught sight of her seat ad at the piano beneath a great bunch of holly and mistletoe. These were the word% fie heard ber sing: "And about. pray a çlqdsome Christmas for all good Christian men!" It was an old carol, and Thomas Jef ferson bad never given much thought to the meaning of It before, but now as he walked along with so many good things the little fellow felt so grateful that he longed to share his blessings with some one less fortunate. The woods seemed deserted, however, and Thomas Jefferson reached his cabin without meeting any one. The children crowded about him eagerly, nnd all could hardly wait un til he had opened the basket, spread the cloth and dished the dinner. Thomas Jefferson was most particular as to how lip did this. Each plate must contain an exact share of the good things. Just so much turkey. Just so much snuce. Just so many veg etables. All were beginning with great enjoyment when a knock came at the door. "I'll see who 'tis." said Thomas Jef ferson "You vhilleii Just go right along wid yo' dinner." It was a very ragged boy that stood In the doorwny of the kitchen. Mis erably poor and hungry he looked, nnd Thoinns Jefferson's heart went out to him. "If you would please give me a bit to eat," he said. "I will be very grate fui. I have come a long way and have still a good way to go." Thomas Jefferson hesitated. His mammy did not approve of giving to tramps. He had no right to give her food away. Then he thought of the dinner on his plate. That was his own without any doubt. He returned to the table, the words of the carol still ring ing in his bend. The children were too > P5 a IOSS CLABIBSA SAW THAT THJB BABKKT WAS FILLED. busy to notice that be took the plate from the table and returned with it empty. Then be aet about helping the pudding. When one is very hungry and has one's mouth set for turkey and substantial good things, even delicious plum pudding does not quite satisfy. But Thomas Jefferson, semembering the carol, pisd, to imagine that he felt quite full 12* did feel very glad to have helped some one on this glad day and so played with the new games all afternoon with a right good will But. the amount of corn bread and bacon be devoured at snprer time made hie mammy exclaim, "W ■> <> Jo beat kn, "hcmas Jefferson, hi v much hoys can -at after all that O iristmas dinner!" 0 a A KIND FAULT'S CHRISTMAS GIFT XOE. long ago, in the mountains of southern France, there lived a poor but honest family of a father, moth er and two chil dren. The father was named Adam and the mother Hannah. The son, Peter, was twelve years of age. and the daughter. Esther, was only nine. Father Adam was an honest, hard working man. On the steep sides of the mountains he kept his sheep and a cow, and in a little valley that lay between the mountains Mother Han nah made a garden, tilling the soil by her own hands, with the aid of a few simple gardening tools And her sou Peter gave her what assistance a boy of his years could give. Esther kept the little thatched cottage tidy and Clean, preparing the meals for the three workers who were out of doors most of file day and who came in at night from their toil very, very tired. But they never grumbled at their lot for they had hopes that Fortune would smile on them some time. And she did —in the form of a fairy. One morning the day before Christ mas Father Adam and family sat \ JL Ù «2 0» > «ft, BEFORE HEB STOOD A FAIBY. around their plain wooden table eating mush and milk. Adam spoke. " 'Tis the holy time of Christmas, mother," he said, "and we should do an act of charity toward some one poorer than ourselves, even though It should be giving ever and ever so small a gift. The Lord gave his life for sufferers In his name on the day of his Nativity What say you, mother?" "You are right," agreed Mother Harihah. "There is the Widow David, who stands in great need. She has two children, and the wolves got among her sheep and killed three of the finest. She is trying bard to keep her children and herself. What say you to our sending her a bag of wheat and a small cheese?" "Very good, mother," agreed Father Adam. "And ns I shnll have to watch the sheep and cow either Peter or Esther shall take the wheat and cheese to Widow David's cot." "I'll go," offered Esther, "for Peter and mother are digging up the ground for the planting of vines In the spring." So it was agreed that Esther should take the dogcart and make the Jour ney over the mountain to the cottage of the Widow David. As soon as breakfast was over Esther tidied up the house and placed the noon meal—a loaf of bread, a Jug of homemade wine and a small cheese—on the tabid. "Mother a_nd Peter will be hungry after the forenoon spent in the gar den." she said. "Poor father always carries his bread and cheese in bis pocket and eats as lie herds the sheep. "Now. before going I shall fix the fire to bold till noonday: otherwise the bouse will be cold on mother's and Pe ter's return." So saying. Esther picked up a huge log that lay beside the fireplace. "Ah, this is the log father said should burn our Christmas eve fire. It will soon be Christmas eve. and I'll throw the log on the flame and have the house cheery on the return of the dear ones." But just as Esther was lifting one end of the heavy log—the Yule log—a flash of light leaped from the farther end and caused Esther to close her eyes. When she opened them again there before her stood a fairy. "Ah! I have come to bring you some Christmas cheer," said the fairy. "Your parents are good and deserving folk. They were robbing their larder to help the needy widow. So here is a bit of good fortune for you and yours, little help ful maid. Take of it for yourselves and for those about you who are In need.'' Then, before Esther could re ply, the fairy had disappeared. Iea\1ng •n the hearth a bag of gold. The little girl ran out and called In iter parents and brother When the father looked Into the big bag of gold he said that there was enough there to keep them all In comfort for the rest of their lives and with which to help their less fortunate neighbors as well. And you may be sure there was a merry Christmas for the family, with many pwd wishes for the kind fairy to A RUNAWAY'S JOLLY CHRISTMAS IMMY was very, very lonely, so lonely that he al most cried. A big boy of seven and a schoolboy ns well can't really, truly j cry. Jimmy did have a good rensou j for crying. Mam ma. the best and dearest of all good, dear mammas, had gone away uever to come back. Papa was almost always at his ofllee. Jimmy beard Hannah, the nurse, calling. 'Jimmy, oh. Jimmy! Just come nnd see what papa lias sent up from the stores. It's just fine, I can tell you." Jimmy jumped up and ran to the kitchen. On the kitchen table lay a huge turkey, "with loads o' fixin's," cook said: a great pile of red cranber ries, crisp, curly celery, raisins, nuts nnd several big boxes. "Will papa be borne for dinner? 1 haven't seen him in ever so long, and I don't want dinner without papa," nsk ed Jimmy. "I'll tell you. We'll phone to papa and ask him specially to come to our Christmas party tomorrow and to din ner tomorrow night," nurse suggested. "Can I really, truly phone, Hannah?" "Yes. indeed, nnd I'll show you how," and Hannah led the way to the room where the telephone was. Jimmy had to climb on a stool, he wns so little, but he didn't mlntfVblt. Then nurse told him Just what to say to central, and he called pupa up. Yes, papa was coining home to dinner and would be ouf nil day tomorrow. jimmy was very happy and could scarcely wait till dinner. But when dinner time came papa did not arrive. Nurse came in and told Jimmy that papa could not come home that night. Jimmy said nothing. He didn't cry, as nurse thought he would. He only looked very sober nnd went to his room. Then he washed his face nnd put on his hat and coat. He slipped down the stairs and out the front door. He wus going to run away. When he got out in the lonely coun try Jimmy began to be afrnid. Night came on, nnd It was bitter cold. He felt tired and sleepy nnd crawled un der a fence and lay down to sleep. When Jimmy woke up his head was resting In somebody's lap, and some body bad her arms around him. "Poor little fellow! He's nearly fro sen. Jack, carry him up to the house." he beard a motherly voice say. He looked up. The lady who was holding him wasn't a bit like his pretty s JIMMY GOT AN ORANGE IN BIS STOCKING. mother. She had on an old, dingy brown dress and a rough gray shawl, but iuul a kind Tare. Tack, a great big boy. carried Idm to the farmhouse. Next morning Jimmy was awakened by being vigorously shaken. "Uct up. get up! It's Christmas, and we want to see everything." pitied Rill. They ran downstairs, and the little girls seized the boys' hands and danc ed around the old grandmother, who was making cake Then they all kiss ed her and kissed mother and father Jimmy got nn orange In his stocking, too, like the others, and a nice new tie But dinner wns the best of all. They all crowded around the table Jack had shot a wild turkey, and they had celery and mashed potatoes, cran berries, jam and lots of other things, with a big pumpkin pie to crown the whole They had Just begun to eat, Jimmy declaring be "could eat a whole house of turkey." when there was a knock at the door Jimmy looked up. and there atood papa, with Tim. the, very oldest boy "Papa, papa!" cried Jimmy, running to him. Papa looked tired and white. He bad been so frightened about Jim my. Tim had found out that morn ing from Jimmy who hia father wo and bad hastened io Jimmy's bouse. "And I'll never miss having Christ mas dinner with you again.'* said papa "But. papa, you'll have Christinas dinner with ns today." said Jimmy "Mr* Russoli says you're to stay '' F« papa stayed and had dinner with Jimmy after nil. H E WISH OUR CUSTOMERS A MERRY XMAS AXD A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR MCDONALD'S Meat Market 11« Fresh and Salt Meats Fish, Oysters Game, Poultry PROVISIONS EVERYTHING FIRST CLASS WE EfDEtVM TO MERIT YOUR PATRONAGE T AN OLD TIME CHRISTMAS. HE damsel donned her klrtle sheen. The hall was dressed with holly green. Forth to the wood did merry men go To gather In the mistletoe. Then opened wide the boron's hall To vassal. tenant, serf and all. Power laid his rod of rule aside. And ceremony doffed his pride. The heir, with roses In his shoes. Thnt night might village partner chuaa; The lord underogating share Tlie vulgar game of post nnd pnlr. All hulled with uncontrolled delight And general voice the happy night That to the cottage as the crown Brought tidings of salvation down. The tire with well dried logs supplied Went roaring up the chimney wide. Tho huge hall table's oaken face. Scrubbed till It shone, the day to grace. Bore then upon Its massive hoard No mark to part the sipilrt^jnd lord. Then was brought In the hf?i.v hruwn By old blue coated serving man. Then the grim boar's head Downed OB high. Crested with bay and rosemary Well can the green garbed ranger tell How, when nnd where the monster fell; What dogs before his death he tors And all the halting of the boar. The wassail round In good brown bowle. Garnished with ribbons, blithely trowls. There the huge sirloin reeked, hard by Plum porridge stood and Christinas pie Nor tailed old Scotland to produce At such high tide her savory goes«. Then came the merry maskers In And carols roaret} wljh blithesome din. If untnelu'Ilous was the song ft was a hearty note and strong. Who lists may In their mumming sas Traces o t ancient mystery White shirts supplied the masquerade. And smutted cheeks the visors made. But, oh, what maskers richly dlght Can boast of bosoms half so light? England wns tnerry Engle d when Old Christmas brought his sports again, Twas Christmas broached the mightiest ale; 'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale. A Christmas gambol oft would cheer The poor man's heart through half the year —Sir Walter Scott AN UNORTHODOX CHRI8TMA8. I WENT to spend the day with Rose, and then A Christman greeting passed between US two. But 'twas not "Pence on earth, good will to men." We only said: "Good morntngl" "How d'ye dof A ND then to her I offered smilingly The present she expected me to bring There were no hanging hose, no Christ mas tree The box was tied In paper with a string CITE didn't sit beside the Yule log's ?' blare We lust turned on the radiator's steam And dinner, unlike those of storied days. Gave no plum pudding, but some bisque tee cream toll. And alien we had our Christmas even ing lunch We didn't have a steaming wassail howl But tust a tug of simple claret punch ll'K trampled un traditions l suppose. Vet one rite we observ'd with care out no. Although I well remember kissing ttoae. It uasn I under ttie mistletoe Allf/J jRaÿÔ Lamps The light of the Rayo Lamp is best for your eyes and its appearance makes it an ornament in a room. Lighted without removing chimney or shade. Easy to clean and rewick. At all dealers. THE CONTINENTAL OIL COMPANY _ (Incorporated in Co lor a da) Pueblo Albuquerque Butte 7> w IHI IXBfll ! 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