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ram wondered now It were passible (or to many children to Iito In no mail a home. When Dr. Bertram built the bouse It waa considered of very good alae, bat that waa many yean ago, and aloe then five bright, happy children had com to crowd the little brown bouse. On one aide of (ham lived a little boy who waa aa only child and the Idol of hi father and mother. Ha bad the enviable reputation of having everything he wanted. When aom of the little Bert ram wished they were as fortunate aa Lawrence Cole, their sister Helen, who waa 14, would say: "Oh, It wouldn't be nice to have all the things we want there wouldn't be anything to wish for, and wishing la uch fun!" Of their neighbor on the other aid the children stood In great awe. He wsi a bachelor named Samuel Jorden who lived all alone, and who detested children; and how In the world he bappened to build a houae right next to the little brown house full of them ia not known. But, In spite of all the wealth on either aide of them, the Bertrams were th happiest, moat contented of fami lies. There waa always such, fun there, with never a dull day, o that very child In the neighborhood Ovd to go there,' but after dinner at night w the jollleet time, when Or. Bert ram waa at home. Tby would all gather around the open Are In the 11 brary aad everyoa had to tell what he and she had been doing ail day Then they would have a little music from Helen and ber mother, and the girl would transfer them alt to Ideal world with the to tide from her violin. Then ram the procession to bed. where Merjorte would he carried half asleep. The queer thing about the Bertram family waa that everyone was utterly different In look and char acter, so that one never knew juat which one they loved beat It waa only the third day before Christmas, when Dorothy, who waa Juat "half peat atz," went np stair to and har mother. 8he bad a wistful look on ber little (ace that one could never resist. "Mother, dear, have 1 got something for everybody nowT" "Yea. Dorothy, I think you have ad you have helped me very much, beside." answered her mother. "Well. then, would you please give Mar Juat fifteen cents more aad let me io out all alone aad spend MT" "Why. yee. my child, yon may heve that I euppoee It la sum great mys tery. Isn't It. and I mustn't aak?" aald Mrs Bertram. "No. pleaee dost ask ever!" aald the child earnestly. "Ever!" thought her mother, aa the child went Ml, "what can he be going to do with itr it waa almost dark when Dorothy opened the door of a florist's little hop. two blocks down the street. Nev r was a child who loved (lowers more than this llttl maid, aad ah would talk to them as sh would to her dolls She wsa a frequent visitor at thle hop, aad when the other children hurried off to a candy (tore with aa mraalonal five cents, she usually apent I WANT ALL YOU CAN OIVB MB." Iter for a w pretty flowers. Bo ae ah stood there beeitatlngly. the man sailed and asked her what ahe risked. "I waat all you ran give me of some kind that small sweet, for fifteen eats I suppose the flowers are all very dear, area't they?" she added du biously but the man had disappeared lasld the glass closet, aad when he brought out a lovely bunch of Doro thy farorit cinaeaoa ptaka. ahe fairly danced. He with hie little eight Moeaoaaa. sweet aad freah. It waa quite dark wbea Dorothy sr frag home, hut ahe went stralgast ea past her door, sad. wonder of won ders' she turned la at the gate of Mr. MJj t - Pleaee might I aee Mr. mtaater else sated the who opened th da Juat wide to mm out Welt I never! you doal .now be nates children, I guess," b said, opening the door wider. A big lump, which she tried to swal low, came up In Dorothy's throat "Yea, I do, but may I juat see blm a minute T I won't bother blm." "Well, I don't know what he'll any, I'm sure," aald the girl, as she led the way through the beautiful hall to a door at which she knocked. , "Here, sir, Is one of them children that Uvea next door. She's got some menage, I gueaa." And in one aecond Dorothy found the door shut behind her, and there, la the chair before the fire, sat Mr. Jorden. "Well, what Is It yon want, little girl?" aald ha as ha turned toward her. "Be quick, for I am very busy " "Oh, are you busy?" asked Dorothy, surprised, because he waat not doing anything but looking at the Are. "I I only wanted to give you these, sir. and I'll go right away. The man stared hard at the white paper parcel ahe held out to him. "Flowers?' aald.be. "Yea." "For what, map I aak?" "Juat for Christmas, because yon live all aloae. Good-bye," and she was gone. The pretty flower had begun to fad by the warm Are before Mr. Jorden came out of the brown etudy Into which h had fallen. "God bless hr brave little heart." aald he, aa he held Dorothy's flowers. The first Joy of the Christmas tree waa over, the presents were all dla tributed, and every one of the little Bertrama were sitting around admlr- F-LQWKRS?" HB SAID. lag the candles aad the clever trim mlng of the tree. "There goea the door bell again.' aald someone. "Do you think Santa Claus haa come back?" aaked Marjori. It was a great disappointment to her when she saw her mother shaking hands with Mr. Jorden. He looked rather aad. though he smiled at them all. There was a bright carnation In his buttonhole, the eight of which made Dorothy waat to get behind "How happy you look," aald th vis itor, sitting down. "I could see you through my side windows I have of ten looked In upon you, and tonight I took the liberty of Joining you for half an hour. Shall I intrude?" "Not at all." aald Dr. Bertram. "You are very welcome." Mr. Jorden drew Dorothy toward him and kleaed her. "Do you know," he aald, turning to look at them all, "that a man may grow to be fifty rears old and learn for the Aral time what he should always have known It U this little girl who haa taught me how sweet aad com forting a child may be, aad I used to think they were put Into the world only to annoy people." This was Mr. Jordan's conversion. and though all th children grew to love him. It waa Dorothy who became his dally companion aad friend. Christmas TV mil .1. In England the "welts" are mud clans who play throughout th town aad cities at night, (or two or three weeks preceding t briatmaa They call on the Inhabitant for donation. At one time It waa the custom to let out this privilege to one matt who waa privileged to hire aa many waits as he choee aad to take a goodly per oentag of the profits none other but i player being allowed to la this occupation. J"e Knrtv. "What are pa usee r the asked the first class in ' Things that grow oa girl. Do not dare to live tar ball he beat Meaa to be eome- tatnc wHh all your might Phillip Brrh, Cert Cart to th WtnSXt. Holly berriea red and bright, Wealth of candle Sick 'ring light, Ohriatmaa la the air! OhlMiah faoea all aglow, Outside sleigh bells ia the snow Banished Is doll care. Older wlseheade tor the time Join in sport and song and rhyme Happy Chriamaatlde! Mem'ry brings back golden youth. Bye then seeing only youth. Ever at Its aide. Joy tonight Is crowned the queen Of the festive Christmas scene. May her rule be long! None can claim a rebel heart With her foll'wera forms a part Theirs a gladsome song! A Brf of Deception. She stood beneath no chandelier Entwined with mlstiiioe; I glanced the hall-length far and near, I looked both high and low; No license for a kiss waa hung, "Twaa near a failure flat When lo, I spied a sprig among The feathers on her hat Roy Parrell Greene. Old Santy la no phantom prim The cheer he brings cure many 111; Thro' dreamland's door we follow blm. And lose the thought of New Year's bills. Old Knjflijh Custom. It waa customary In former days, In Cornwall, England, tor the people to meet on Christmas eve at the bottom of the deepest mine and have a mid night mass. In some parts of Derbyshire the vil lage choir assemble in the church on Christmas eve and there wait until midnight, when they proceed from houae to houae. Invariably accompa nied by a keg of ale. singing "Chris tians, Awake! " During th weak, they again visit the principal house in the place, aad having played and sang tor the evening, and partakes of the Christmas cheer, are presented with a sum of money. (it Cheater and lta neighborhood numerous singers parade the streets, and are hoepttably entertained with meat aad drink at the various houses where they call. The "aahton fagot" is burned In Devonshire. It la composed entirely of ash timber, the separate branches bound with sen band and made a large as can be admitted to the floor of the fireplace When the fagot blase a quart of cider Is called (or aad served upon the bursting of every hoop or band around the fagot The Umber being green and elastic, each band bursts with a loud report. In one or two localities It Is still customary for th farmer, with his family and friend, after partaking together of hot cake and cider (the cakes being dipped Into the liquor pre vious to being eaten) to proceed to the orchard, one or the party bearing hot cake and cider aa aa offering to the principal apple tree. The cake is for mally deposited oa the Cork of the tree and the cider thrown upon the cake and tree, A superstitious notion prevails la the western parts of Devonshire that at 13 o'clock at night on Christmas eve the oxen In their stalls are always found on their knees aa la an attitude of devotion. One John Martyn. by will, oa Nov. 18. lTJt, gave to the church wardens aad overseers of ths poor of the par ish. Bt Mary Major. Exeter 10. to be put out at Interest, aad the profits thereof to be laid oat every Christmas eve la twenty pieces of beef, to be distributed to twenty of the poorest people la the parish, said charity to be continued forever. Wanta Will tay. There ate a lot at people Who love to wag their jaws And tell the rhtldrea There la ao Santa Claus No Santa Clans what nonsense Down childish throats to ram. Yon might as wail lasers them There la no Uncle Bam! B. K MunkittrUk THE CORN BONO. Hsap high th farmer's wintry hoard! Heap hlsb th golden corn! No richer gilt haa autumn poured Prom out bar lavish horn. Let ether lands, exulting, glean The apple from the pine, Tbe orau from It glossy grn, Th duster from me vine. We better love tbe hardy gift. Our rugged vales bestow, To cheer us when the storm shall drift Our harvest field with now. Through vales of grass and meads of flower. Our plows their furrows made, While on the hills th sun and shower Of changeful April played. We dropped th seed o'er hill and plain, lienealh the sun of May, And frightened from our sprouting grain, Th robber crows away. All through the long, bright days of June, Its leaves grew green and fair; And waved In hot midsummer' noon It soft and yellow hair. And now, with autumn's moonlit eves, It harvest time has oeaae. We pluck away the frosted leaves, And bear the treasure home. There, richer than th fabled gift Apollo showered of old. Fair hands ths broken grain snail sift. And knead Its mead of gold. Let vapid Idlers loll in silk. Around their costly board; Olv us th Jowl of soup and milk. By homes pure beauty poured! Where'er the wide old kitchen hearth Bend up it smoky curl. Who will not thank the kindly earth. And bless our farmer girls! Then shame on all the proud and rain, Whose folly laughs to scorn. The blessing of our hardy grain, Our wealth of golden corn! Let earth withhold her goodly root, Let mildew blight the rye. Qive to the worm the orchard's fruit. The wheat field to the fly! But let the good old crop adorn The hills our father's trod; Still let us. for his golden corn, Send up our thanks to Ood! J. G Wittier. ij JSarroto Escape J "Don't speak so loudly," said the younger of the two men. The man with the gray hair and gray face looked round anxiously. "I wasn't, was I?" "Consider where we are. Don't whisper, either. And If I might give a word of advice, I shouldn't let my self get excited if I were you; it's not good for you. You're trembling all over now. Take a pull at your glass, ahfl you'll be all right Now then." Th old man drank, and wiper! his mouth carefully with a colored hand kerchief. "It isn't even as if it had been my fault," he aald almost whim pering. "I waa coming down the steps aa be was coming up. He sud denly lurched off, avoiding somebody else, and ran Into me. Then he aaid It "Why the deuce don't you look where you're going?' he aaid. 'Go to the devil, you clumsy lout!' he said. That's twenty years' service. Twenty years I've been their trusted servant, aad then to be spoken to like a dog. Oh, I shall never get over It!" "Aad that was when It first occurred to your' "The first aad only time. I'd got 2.703. gold and notes, In my bag at the moment Yes. I could have made him pay dear (or that insult. Suppose I hadn't gone to Lombard street with the cash at all. Suppose I had Juat gone off somewhere " "Saab!" The old man lowered his voice again. "What I mean to say Is that there was plenty la that bag to keep me In com fort the few years I've got left Though I may last a good bit yet la aptte of the doctors." "What's the good of talking about It? Yon didn't do It You went your usual round, paid the money in same as usual, and put up with your treat ment You haven't got the courage of your opinions. You'll always put up with anything." "Oh, no, I won't! Perhaps I've got aa much courage aa some younger men. Once I eaa reconcile a thing to my Judgment aad conscience, you'd And I take a bit of stopping. U I didn't like that what I've been speak ing of, I may Aad something else that I do. I've been used to civil treatment all my life, aad I'm not going to toler ate Insults bow that I am old." "If you'd dooe what you first In-, tended. I don't deny that you'd have hit him a nasty one. But there's i.ot bins: else yon can do. Suppose you started to give him a bit of cheek; you'd be thrown out of his office be fore you were half way through, and bang would go your penalon. Suppose you went to him and said you wanted to leave owing to the way you've been treated. There again he savea the penalon. It may be difficult, as you say, to And a man whom you can trust with large sums, but it's not impossi ble. You'd have pleased him a good deal more than you would have pun ished him No, there's oaly one way to give htm a good slap in the face, aad you lighted oa that drat time." "I never took so much as a pin from anytody la my Ufa." "Of course you dldnt Do you th nk I don't know you well enough not to talk about stealing to you? There's no question of that Twenty years you've been with them, aad underpaid the whole time, as you've often told ma That must be pui right. Then you should sacrifice that What you've a Juat claim to you'd take, aad ao more." "They wouldn't understand It that way." "You could write them a letter ex plaining. If I were treated like a dog I'd show them I could bite like one, too. Bat here, you're not drinking. Same again, mlaa pleaae." "You couldn't have anything much simpler," said the young man a little later. "It will we Jane i . wont itr "If I do It" There' next to nothing (or you to do. Tarrant I shall he waiting for you la the cab at toe corner Tou've only got to step In, and after that all the arrangements will be in my hands I'll have you on the other side of the channel before Lam peon and Bird know that their money's gone." "And you agree to return to them aaythlag which may be left over after I've taken what I am really entitled tor The young man suppressed a smile. "Certainly," he aald. "You can do all that wbea you write to them to ex plain. After all, you're oaly giving them a punishment that they deserve. People who use beastly and insulting language to a man who haa been their trusted servant for twenty years waat a lesson. You are going to show them that you can hit back." "But if the police " "We don't leave an address behind us. The police would do great things If they could And us, but they won't be able to And us." "Ill do it," said old Tarrant "On tbe 19th. You be waiting In the cab at 12 o'clock. I shall be there within a few minutes of that time." But when tbe 18th came the young man waited in a cab for an hour but aaw nothing of Tarrant. He went home then, cursing him for his cowardice and defection. There Is a tombstone In the ceme tery at Kensal Green to the memory of Alfred William Tarrant, who died somewhat suddenly on June 18th. It states that he merited and enjoyed the affection of his friends, the confidence of his employers and the reapect of all who knew him. Times-Herald. Bulldog as a Bwlmsaer. A few persons who happened to be on the landing at Caaarale, Jamaica Bay, early one morning, witnessed an ill-matched swimming race. The con testants were two dogs, a Newfound land and a bulldog. Tbe result was unexpected. The bull, by the strength and pluck characteristic of his race, won from the Newfoundland by nearly one hundred yards. In spite of his rival's natural swimming advantages. Mr. Kennedy, the owner of Badger, the victor, and a neighbor of his who owns the big Newfoundland had ar ranged some time ago to have this race come off. Last Tuesday morning they went out In a rowboat, taking both dogs with them. After they had rowed some distance across the "Flats," the Newfoundland, st a sig nal from his master, Jumped Into the water, but the bull had to be thrown overboard. Mr. Kennedy, who waa at the oars, pulled away for shore as fast aa ha eould, the Newfoundland immediately following the boat with the long, aweeping, powerful stroke usual to these natural swimmers. But Badger lost time by turning round and round a couple of times when he reached the surface after his unex pected plunge. As soon as he espied the boat, however, and heard his mas ter calling him, he literally walked through the water to the boat Badger swam with quick, strong strokes of his powerful forelegs, a sort of "overhand," which looked aa If he were trying to pull himself out of the water. He, of course, wasted mnch of his strength in this attempt to lift himself out, while his more skillful opponent went ahead quickly and easily through the water. It waa interesting to note that the Newfound land swam with only the top of his head showing above the surface of the water, while the bulldog kept his entire head aad the greater part of his neck above the surface. Though leas skillful the latter' smaller body and greater strength soon told. He quickly overhauled his antagonist and soon passed him, constantly Increas ing the lead to the finish, when It was nearly one hundred yards. Both dogs were pretty well winded when pulled out, cadger less than the other, and he recovered sooner than the Newfoundland. They are both fine, well-grown specimens of their breeds. The Newfoundlsnd won a second prise at the dog show a (ew years ago. The race waa the reault of an argu ment between the masters of the two dogs. In which Mr. Kennedy main tained that the strength- and endurance of the bull would overcome the skill of the other dog, and (acts showed that Mr. Kennedy was correct in his view. He based It upon an event which happened within the personal knowledge of one of his ancestors. Mr. Kennedy's grandfather was an Englishman and served as first mate oa a merchantman plying between London and Halifax. This vessel was wrecked a couple of miles off shore In a dense fog. On board were three prize dogs of the Newfoundland va riety, which were being exported to a sporting club in London. The cap tain tried to send a line ashore by means of these dogs and thus open communication with land. One of the dogs waa put overboard with a strong, thin line fastened to his collar. Ha waa allied almost Instantly by a wara driving a broken spar against him. More care was taken with the other two dogs, but each was overcome by the terrific sea running, and was drowned before half the distance had been covered. As a last resort Mr. Kenaudy's grandfather suggested making a trial with the captain's brindled bulldog, and his suggestion was acted upon. After almost Ave hours of terrific struggling with the raging sea the brave dog was tenderly lifted out of the water, barely alive, aad saved from the rocks upon which he would have been dashed to death.' That bull dog saved the lives of all the man on board that shit by his pluck and en durance. It Is quite natural for Mr. Kennedy to sat store by bulldog and Badger In particular, for he is a de scendant of the brindled bull that did tor hi grandfather what three prise Newfoundlands could not do. MEANING OP MONEY. Urn Thovghtfal Suggestions aa to IN Cs. What, after all, does money mean? Merely golden sovereigns. Do we, it we have it, ait all the time ia our cellar running our skinny hands through the glittering pile? No, that s not what money means. It does not, to be sure, mean, either, the biggest things In life, for only inward grace can give those; but it can supplement the biggest, in that It may give ua the means of using them to the beat advantage. Money cannot give tbe gift of mak ing the friends worth having, or of deserving those friends; but It means greater and more agreeable possibili ties of frequenting them. It cannot glv the power of understanding books, out to those who can understand, it gives the power of buying books to read, without stint It cannot give tbe heaven-sent rapture in pictorial or musical art, but It give tbe possi bility of enjoying it more often. It cannot give ua gocd and gifted chil dren, but it may help ua to train them to advantage. The best is not to be bought with money, but the setting of the beet Is. For this reason is the possession of it a crucial teat, especially when new ly acquired; and for those who nave no gentle tastes to gratify, a dazzling light suddenly shed on their barren existence, revealing with unsparing conspicuousnees the vulgar channels in which alone It occurs to them that wealth should run. It Is no doubt good that wealth should be apent and not boarded; tbe purpose of any currency is that it should ultimately be exchanged (or something that It will buy. That the something ahould be worth having Is of course essential. But what people spend their money on generally does, at the moment, appear to themselves to be worth buying. It Is other people who fed It is not. What money brings us should add to tbe adornment the beauty, the seemliness of life, whether we buy with it things or ideas. That is the thing to grasp. Let ua recog nize aa sanely and wisely aa we can that the defects Incidental to the pos session of wealth need not be Inevit able. If we are on our guard against them Nineteenth Century. USING JACK FROST. Turning to Account the Kxpsmsloa of Irreilnj Water. It is related that when the great Egyptian obelisk, which stands before St. Peter's in Rome, was set up, the tackle got Che big stone Into nearly, the proper position and then was in capable of completing its work. Tha engineers who were directing the op eration were paralyzed with dismay, but suddenly a sailor in the crowd shouted, "Wet the ropes!" This ad vice was acted upon, tbe ropes shrank la consequence, and the obelisk waa raised into place. A somewhat simi lar, though much less thrilling story is related by a steamship engineer ia the American Machinist A steamshlp from the Argentine Republic (or Ant werp had called at Dunkirk, France, In the wintering season, to leave some -freight, and on starting to sea again struck her propeller against a stone wall and broke off one blade dose to the boss or central knob and lost part of another blade On reaching Ant werp the vessel waa put into dry dock, so as to substitute a new propeller for the broken one. All four blades were cast with the boss, and, therefore. It was necessary to remove the whole1 thing from the shaft before the new propeller could be put on. But the boa stuck to tbe aheft so snugly that It could not be started. After two days' delay the first assistant engineer, who was a Yankee, adopted the follow ing plan: He undertook to split the boss in two. First, he made his men chisel out a gutter on the under aide, reaching fore and aft, so as to favor cracking along that line. Then be had them make a similar one on top. In the meantime a hole was drilled in from the outside to the center. Tha boss was not solid all the way down, but was hollow, and fitted tbe shaft only at front and rear. The chamber thus left waa now filled with water, and the hole closed by a screw plug. Ropes were attached to the right and left hand sides of the propeller to hold them in case they should fall, and tbe Job was left for the night Next morn ing the halves were separate, the boss having split along the two lines cut In its outer surface. Tbe expansion of the confined water, freezing, did the business; snd the assistant engineer got a good deal of glory. Rceroatloa at Post Offlra. The St Louis post office Is to be equipped with a bowling alley. A sectional double alley is to be laid in the gymnasium for the accommoda tion of the clerks and carriers, the present intention being to partition off a section of the basement reading room, although this may be changed. The carriers' and clerks' lounging place Is at the Eighth and Olive street corner. The carriers' association and the brass band use the room for meet-' lng and rehearsal purposes, the local and railway mail clerks between runs and watches while away their time there, and the extra carriers also for rest repair to the basement rendezvous. Correspondence tables, reading table, and an atbeltic equipment. Including trapeze, horizontal bars, bucks, notes, rings, dumbbells, footballs aad exer ciser are Installed there. St Louis Globe-Democrat The most sensible woman in tbe world will talk baby talk to her bus band aad say "Bee his c-ie heart r long attar he has got boldheaded.