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Christmas Day Last night when we were at tea the little fellow said: “Paw, what are all those packages hid beneath your bed?” I almost choked upon my food and mother simply smiled As though to say we’re bringing up a very knowing child* He’s waiting for me at the door when I get home at night. I try to sneak into the house and not turn on the light And get upstairs before I doff my overcoat and hat, But he is Johnny on the spot, with “Paw, oh, what is that?” He’s eyeing me suspiciously. I real ly think he tries With all his youthful artfulness to take me by surprise. He hasn’t intimated yet that he has found us out, But eyes and ears are open wide whenever we’re about. I spelled a phrase to mother once, and then ne promptly said: “I guess it’s time now, maw, for me to go upstairs to bed, An’ I suppose that you an’ paw will talk out v/hen I’m gone.” I’d make an all? davit that the little rascal’s on. —Detroit Free Press. Electrical Gifts The many devices seen on the well appointed table are now operated by electricity rather than by alcohol. With the cheapening of the current or a special rale for household use it is more economical to operate chafing dishes, etc., with current than in any other way. One of the attractive sets seen in the stores is a three piece af fair, consisting of stove, chafing dish and toaster, The pieces are all similar in design, and the stove is large enough to accommodate a small teakettle, a saucepau or a skillet. The toaster has an improved rack above the toaster proper on which toast may be kept hot without burning. The set comes in nickel finish or in copper, complete with cords and plugs. This set is in fact a complete “kitchen equipment,’’ only it may be used at the table. Therefore for the woman who does her own work or serves her own meals it would make a most attractive present. Another novelty is a hair drying comb which may appeal to any woman. The comb is quite like the usual large hair dressers’ comb and is fitted with cur rent so that as the comb is passed through the hair the current dries it at the same time. Another electric device is a small hand hair drier which can be instantly fitted to any socket and expels a gentle current of warm air. The bulb can be passed under or above the hair ami will dry hair in about six minute* thoroughly. Three grades of heat can be obtained. Many a housekeeper has said to her self again and again that she wished she could afford an electric iron. Now is the chance for some member of the family to give her the iron cs a Christ mas present. > Many of the irons on the market, are heavy, but one of the best seen recent ly has a very pointed edge and Is ex ceedingly well made, so that the heat is distributed at the point and edges, just where it is needed in ironing. There is absolutely no danger in us ing an electric iron, and the moment the plug is removed the current stops, so that there is no waste expense. The better irons now have a little attachment which will prevent the cord from becoming bent where it joins the iron. Some of the new irons have covers in addition, which still better conserve the heat. in general the price of electric irons is about $4, complete with cord and plug, and members of a family could do nothing better perhaps than unite in giving some mother such a gift. Lovely of Him. “What a kind man Mr. Wigham is! He always does all the Christmas shop ping for his wife.” “Isn't that lovely of him? It gives her a chance to put in all her time just looking around and pricing things.”— Chicago Record-Herald. Playing Cards at 'hristmas. Playing cards when 1 rst introduced into England were looked upon purely as a Christmas pastime. Christmas. White is the frost upon the fir. And white the rime upon the thorn. An ashen cloud, with threat of snow, Has veiled the eyes of mom. The wind is like a burdened heart That may not still its plaintive moan, And sobs behind the wooded hills In eerie undertone. And yet within the chimney’s throat The backlog sings with lyric glee, And there is sound of children’s mirth And buoyant minstrelsy. And down the spacious aisles of air Triumphant music sinks and swells. Their “Pease on earth, good will to men!” Peal out the Christmas bells. —Clinton Scoll&rd in Cincinnati Commer cial Tribune. Bird Bathers. An ornithologist, swimming in the blue sea, said: “Birds enjoy baths as much as we do. Take, for instance, wild ducks. Wild ducks adore a fresh water bath. Though the v > feed over salt water, they will bathe only in fresh. They’ll fly thirty or forty miles inland for their weekly fresh water dip. “Sparrows go in for a wet bath and a dry one—a wet bath of clean water and a dry one of clean dust. “The partridge takes a loam bath He loosens up a square foot of rich, chocolate colored loam and bathes his plumes in it for half an hour at a stretch. “All lirds love a bath of ashes. Wherever, in the prairies, you see an ash heap, the sign of a forest fire, a flock of birds will rise up from it if you go too near—birds that have been polishing their feathers in the silvery ashes as a servant polishes knives.”— Philadelphia Bulletin. Some One to Care. Coming home on the train last night I saw a pleasing scene from the car window. A little girl stood at the rail road station with an umbrella. It was raining hard. When the train stopped she looked eagerly up and down and then ran to meet woman. The child lifted the umbrella protectingly over the woman and looked admiringly in her face. It set me to thinking. After all, the main thing that we need in life is some one to care. As long as there is some one awaiting our homecoming, eager to welcome us and make us comfortable, we can keep up courage. It is our duty to ourselves to gather around us a family or friends. Those who care are staffs to lean on, magnets to draw us away from temptation, bal sams to heal our wounds and buoys to keep us from sinking. We need all the friends we can make and hold —Shirley in Farm Life. An Ideal System of Law. The law, so far as it depends on learning, is indeed, as it has been called, the government of the living by the dead. To a very considerable extent, no doubt, it is inevitable that the liv ing should he so governed. The past gives us a vocabulary and fixes the limits of our imagination; we cannot get away from it. There is, too, a pe culiar logical pleasure in making man ifest the continuity between what we are doing and what has been done be fore. But the present has a right to govern itself so far as it can, and it ought always to be remembered that historic continuity with the past is not a duty; it is only a necessity. I hope that the time is coming when this thought will bear fruit. An ideal system of law should draw its postu lates and its legislative justification from science.—Oliver Wendell Holmes. Whistler Before Whistler. Mortimer Menpes told the following story of Whistler, who was to deliver an address one day to the Society of British Artists: “The master at length entered, faultlessly dressed, walking with a swinging, jaunty step, evident ly quite delighted with himself and the world in general. He passed down the gallery, ignoring the assembled members, and walked up to his own picture. And there he stayed for quite fifteen minutes, regarding it with a satisfied expression, steppiug now backward, now forward, canting bis head and dusting the surface of the glass with a silk pocket handkerchief. We watched him open mouthed. Sud denly he turned round, beamed upon us and uttered but two words— ‘Bravo, Jimmy!’—then took my arm and hurried me out of the gallery, talking volubly the while.” The Horns of Venus. References are made in some cunei form literature to the “horns of Ve nus.” from which it is concluded by some that in the clear air of Mesopo tamia the crescent form of the planet was detected in early times without optical aid. Since Venus, when at a sufficient angular distance from the sun not to be lost in the glare of the latter, is hardly more than half a min ute of arc in diameter at the utmost, such an observation seems quite out of the question, and Professor Camp bell thinks the allusion to the horns was merely a lucky guess on the part of the ancient astronomers. Magnesia and Grease Spots. Magnesia will take grease spots out of carpets and rugs. Get a block of it from the drugstore for five cents. Scrape it with a knife into fine powder and lay this on the grease spot, cover ing it entirely. Rub it in a little and let it stand overnight. Remove it the next day with a clean whisk broom and the spot will be gone. Their Money’s Worth. “You make a lot of unnecessary mo tions,” argued the efficiency expert. “You can’t standardize my business, old top,” retorted the soda dispenser. “People like to have you go through a lot of motions when you are mixing a fancy drink.”—Louisville Courier .Tour nal. Unconscious Versification. A good example of unconscious ver sification in a learned treatise occurs in Dr. Whewell's work on mechanics “Hence no force, however great, car. stretch a cord, however fine, into a horizontal line which is accurately straight” Femininity. The woman whom everybody calls great envies the woman whom every body calls the dearest little woman in the world.—Life. Mercy turns her back to the unmer ciful.-Quarles. Pi Piano, Player-Piano orVictrolal |m f l inYour Home This Christmas ilB fjj jf The tree may sparkle with light and your guests with merriment. The feast may fj || be excellent and the presents beautiful But a Christmas home without Christmas music is a II If your home is without a piano, we are sure you will want to buy it THIS WEEK and to buy /I Conover, Cable, Kingsbury, Wellington liMp Sand we are the sole local distributors of the celebrated I- JfaM&i|anilra fM I musically the most beautiful piano the world has ever known. §- Our piano prices range from $lB5 up, and you may have Three Years to pay* If H Ali® I In our player-piano division we are equally supreme. For we are the agents of the famous Gold Medal Inner-Players, I Solo Garola Inner-Players, Euphona Inner-Players, I|pJ : 1 Electric Euphona Inner-Players Mjllf instruments, which are built in thtir entirety' by the Cable Company They arc superior in 54 ways to other players upon the market. Ijfß And they are easy to buy, for our Inner-Player prices range as low as $395 and you may have Three Years’ time in paying. j ,'ll| Our department of Factory Rebuilt Pianos is wall-bursting with rare opportunities for the bargain lover. Any rebuilt piano bought gffri 111 NOW may be returned later and the full amount paid in will be allowed toward a brand new instrument. Belov/ are a few examples j'P Hi Chickering Upright _s2oo Wellington Upright $125 Euphonia Player I t ! j If M Sohmer Upright- SSO Bauer Upright $75 piano ft ftl jj Schuienberg Upright S2OO Krakauer Upr ight__slso Steimvay Upright—s22s 1 M |l VICTROLA Special Christmas Outfits J ,111 tL and 50c a week buys Outfit No. 44 and $5 a month buys Outfit No. jfp. J mi'P] lj| consisting of a Style IV Victrola 109 consisting_of a Style X Vic- JINPt fwmjjji m and four 75c records. Value: Vic- trola and nine 75c records. Value: trola, sls; records, S3; total, $lB. $75; records, $6.75; total, $81.75. JjpPPjl 1 and $4 a month pays for Outfit and $5 a month pays for Outfit mllliM: ipl. No. 96 consisting of a Style IX No. 1110 consisting of a Style XI Ijm'mmVictrola and six double-faced J | 1 Victrola and ten double-faced 75c J| kWMIi inß< 75c records. Value: Victrola, w I; records. Value: Victrola, $100; MM SS ■lf IdSk SSO; reCOrdS ’ 54,505 total, ss4 ‘ so ‘ ■ records, $7.50; total, $107.50. P Come NOW or write or phone for factory catalogs, complete list of bargains A pfjj: Jjlifi I ik mSs mmm Florida’s Curious Spring. Within a few miles of salt water, at a point not far from Tampa bay, Flori da, there Is an immense spring, which has formed a pool perhaps 100 yards wide and of great depth. At times the waters of this pool lie clear as the summer air, gradually deepening into the green shadows of its mysterious depths. Schools of great silver tarpon may then be seen, and they give the spring its name. At other seasons its waters rise bubbling and gurgling, not with heat, but from some sudden sub terranean pressure. At such times the waters of Lake Butler, a mile away, are seen to fall. It Is believed that there is some connection between the two bodies of water and that the spring is an outlet for the waters of the lake in the rainy season.—Argonaut. • *.■* The West Point Uniform. The color of the West Point uniform records a bit of national sentiment. It is a little sentimental note on the for gotten battle of Chippewa, when there was not enough blue cloth in the coun try to cover our small army, and the British commander, seeing a gray line of regulars advance, mistook them, to his undoing, for “nothing but a body of Buffalo militia.” —Helen Nicolay In Century Magazine. Melindy Pays the Freight. Mose Johnsing—What will be yo’r charge fo’ marryin’ me and Melindy tomorroW? Parson Jackson—Two dol lars. Mose Johnsing—Well, say, just charge her five and send me de dif ference to Lake Squeedunk, whar we’s gwine on de honeymoon.—Puck. Chinese Theaters. Many Chinese theaters charge no ad mission, but depend entirely on the profits from the sale of drinks and food products. These playhouses are on the order of cafes, tables being pro vided and tea and native delicacies served. Not the Cook’s Fault. Mistress—Really. Marie, whenever I come into the kitchen I see you doing nothing. Cook—You’re right, mum. You never have any luck, do you?— Fliegende Blatter. Another Quibble. “Don’t you hate to sleep in an upper berth?” “No; I like to sleep when I have to take an upper berth.” Proving It. “Boggs says that he finds that twe can live as cheaply as one.” “Yes. They live with his wife’s folks.” —Browning's College Faculty. From the letter of a father to his son at college: Dear Harold—Your brief letter came to day. I am inclosing the check for the amount you requested. I have heard a great deal of the college faculty. I take it to be the faculty for spending money. Affectionately, FATHER. —New York Post. Flying Predictions. In 1273 Friar Bacon predicted that flying would “shortly” become a gen eral practice, and Bishop Wilkins in 1652 said, “It will yet be as usual to hear a man call for his wings when he is going on a journey as it is now te hear him call for his boots.’* Advice. “Pa, what is fame?” “Fame, my boy, is the result of do ing your work a little better than any one else can do it. Try to deserve it.” —Detroit Free Press. Domestic Sympathy Strike. Knicker —Has your wife gone on strike? Bocker—Yes; she struck as a cook out of sympathy with herself as a dressmaker. —New York Sun. To persist in a wrong, to refuse to undo it, is always to become involved in other wrongs.—Henry George. Word From Headquarters. “When, where and how will the wai end?” “I don’t know,” replied the land lord of the Petunia tavern. “However the young ladies and gents of th* senior class of the village academy several of whom are over sixteen years of age and have been outside of the county a time or two, are going to set tie the entire question in a debate to night. I understand, too, that while they are at it they will fix things sc there will never be any more wars. Sc I shall be able to inform you in fuli tomorrow morning.” Quantities That Count. 'The longer I live the more deeply am I convinced that that which makes the difference between one man and another —between the weak and the powerful, the great and the insignifi cant —is energy, invincible determina tion, a purpose once formed and then death or victory.”—Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. in Strange Quarters. A little friend was spending her first night away from her mother and home. When she awcke next morn ing she sat up in bed with eyes as big as saucers, looked around at every thing, and finally said: “Where is dis bed?” '