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Om rwison why everybody Km I Grace
Mertou was It-caii she bail such a pod
lwart. She wasn't a Lit lfish. 2heneer
naw a raM and un"arel for child, a
wivtibnl U-par, or a hungry animal, that
h- li'l not exrtss commiseration and in
stantly Mt alut doing fomething to make j
the object of her pity more comfortabla
Yet he was only a child herself. ,
She livmt m one of the couuty seats" of
northern ln-liaua, where in summer the level
mid- are mi deep with white sand that honM
walk us though walLing in snow diifU, and
in winter the cutfee-coloml rivers are so I
Miiootii and Mtlid that no other skating rinks j
art ue-ded At the tune I write of Grace
was nine jcars. old, ry pretty and very j
much likvxL She had a bright face, big gray I
ees, that had a habit of growing very mity
when am thing inoveti her to pity, dark
brown hair, and, as everyldy said, the
buivtit maimers in the world,1
The Jewetfcs who were poor s-uperla-
tiveh joor and very indolent lived near
enough to the Mortons for Grace to know
thtm welL I ike most of their shif ties. cla-,
they divided their rterty with a dog, the
most mwrable, mangy, haggard -looking dog
that ever owned an empty stomach. They
ere the kind of people who move often, and
always for the worse.
One day they moved away took thera
elv. and their indigence in the tame direc
tion the star of empire is said to take and
left the dog homeless. He was not much
orae off than he had been before, except
tt.it lie udti uo shelter and was Xoueiy. He
was a sad, shrinking, tacittrn dog. utterly
without any wholesome doggish way, and
he w as old. He knew he was an ill-favored
brute, hiJeoui to look upon, and the knowl
edge embittered his thought and took away
his assurance. Any one could see at a
glance that he was a dog that had always
bnen under the harrow. He had the air of a
creature the world cut, the same air that
shabby, disreputable jtersons get after a
long intimacy with misery. When h saw
a stranger looking at him he lrank to
altout half his normal six?, and slunk away.
His eyes had a look of hoieIe sadnt-ss in
them not often sen in creaturt" K-low the
human sjknjhs.
This dog had had too much harsh xeri
ence to make any apjieals for charity. He
knew the world as well as he knew- hunger.
After his owners departed he lurked
around their miserable house in a ghost-like
way for a lay or two, sleeping in a corner
of the tumble-down shed at the rear at
night, and sitting mournfully ou the rickety
front step in the day time. He reseniMed an
old human pauper who has outlived kindred
and symtfithy At last hunger got the
whip hand of him, and he went out to try
his luck. He was as wise as he was miser
able, and he went to Grace Merton.
Prettily dresse!, in dark, rich red, and
very happy, she wa raking the kaves of
early autumn from the croquet ground, sing
ing softly to htrself. The dog stopjted on
the sidewalk and looked at her through the
iron fence. She was very busy and very
much interested, and she did not see him. It
was a new picture of "Beauty and the Beast"
The child, in Iwr beautiful bright clothing,
with her sunny fare, represented opulence,
comfort, joy, all the rich possessions of life
to the starving creature that watched hei
silently. Ijooking up suddenly, she saw twe
red, tearful eves itariug at her testchingly
through the feno . Accompanying the ey
w ere a flabby, w oe-l 'gone mout h, two
drooping ears, and a Jiaeless, shrunken,
fahaggy black lmdy.
Grace was the only human being who could
value the soul of that wretched dog as high
as the soul of a king.
it's lYince. dear old Princer she
cried. "Poor old fellow! Did they leave
you all alone-P And running to the gate, she
called him to her, jtetted, flattens! and actu
ally caresi the bleary, disreputable-looking
creature. Then she fed him, though tlie task
was an almost endless one, his caicity, after
his long fast, liemg something phenomenal.
The dog began to Wlieve in humanity once
more. His recent hard skepticism faded out
of his mind like a dream U-fore the reviWfy
ingltower of Grace's sympathy and minis
trations. His future lav in tlie child's
hands, and she accepted the responsibility at
once, '
She went to his old quarters with him and
fixed him a comfortable ( out of scras of
carpet and old newsjiajters, talking to him all I
the time, telling him how sorry she was for
him, and what a "gooit, gond old doggy" he
was. and how she wished she hail a house of !
her very own that she might make him "so
Meantime the degenerate Prince stood lis
tening in an attitude of bumble gratitude.
He was ast tbe days of extravagant delight
and exutierant jov. She explained to him
that his daily bread would le provided. He
understood and gave up all idea of tersonal
exertion at once After urging him to le
clteerfnl and promising, to see him often she
left hfliL
Th ju-?ion of how to maintain him pux
rled Grats- Hie had ieen taught that when
sh disjifiwsl charity she alone must pay the
-st: that it wtiuld not le creditable to give
away other jwsiple's fol and projierty She
revolwd the pioblem oer awl over in her ,
mind on her way home without seeing any
solution. She sat dow a on the wide front
balony of her home with the heaviest heart
site had ever earned. It never occurred to
her to ak help m her project She 6 ad leen
taught self-ivl ance. and she remembered
having Uen tod more tliat l once that she
must nt think she ciuld bnng home all the
stray dogs and ats that exciUsl her coniiias
sion. Her molher'rf fine housti could not re
turned into a tiospitnl for unfortunate
Sh- saw liht at last She was in the
habit of carr ing her dinner to school, as tb
behoof house was tu tlie other Bide of the
town across the river She would manage f
to get as large a dinner as jiossible, carry it
tojtHr IYiuce, nd without herself. She
decided ou this plan, nut thinking for a mo
ment that shtt woulb le doing wrong" to
pursue it iZbv thought she had a right to
do as she pit nvd with her own dinner. She
had a ery clearly defined opinion that her
mother w ould object, so she said nothing of
her prvtegf to any one.
This programme Grace carried out for
two weeks. At noon, when the other school '
children ate thir dinners and liad a good
tune, she walked back to tbe old house where
IYiuce lodged, saw him devour the sweet ,
bread ard buttter, the tender meata and
dainty cake which had been ureuami for
her. an- wien went lick to school limnerltws.
H uuuual appetite at tea whs ivmarked
upon, aud as her dinner-1 visket came home
empty eery eeziing it wa-. U-M that
school and hard tudy were U'lirttting her
One unlucky day a Mullew little girl dis-
covered her in her Wnrvoleiit wotk and told
! Mrs. Mertou, who immediately issued n inic
huniaiou that no inoiv diuner should IV ear
ner awav to Uh dogs. She argu.il that if
Gra ? could come witliui a suate of home
to giveaway her dinner she could come all
the way home anleat her dinner there,
i After someeutre-ity and tearful eloquence
in behalf of the agaUnd dog Grace wair
' nutted to carry refuse serai to lum. This
worked very well uutil the ctk complained
I that she could keep no cold meat from nie.il
j to meal, Grace ivganling everything she
1 could find as 'ref ik1,'" and carrying it to the
bbaggy Marveling
The f rut loin of the jiantry was then denied
her. Still tlie dog was on her hands and hi
appetite was letter than his circumstance.
He slept well, but Grace did not His faith
In her kimlnes?) and ability was without the
shadow of doubt, but the child knew very
! well that faith alone would not ward oil
, She could not appeal to her lather and
mother for further help, as they b.id often
told her that whatever philanthropic work
he undertook ou her own account -he nmt
carry through by her own exertions.
She thought of tier nionev a jmssewion
she attached but little value to and rarely
remembered. She counted it-eighty-three
cents in alL How long would tint amount
maintain a dog a do like lYmee. whose
gastronomic talents were of the highest
onlerf She had no idea, but she consult.! a
butcher, a big, bluff, kind old fellow, who
knew her well.
"Well." said he, a dog could eat eighty
throe cents up at a meal if you bought
good meat for him; or h could rub along
I quite aw hile if ve kind o Mowanred him.
Struck with the old man's wisdom, Grace
made him this proposition. -I w ill leave the
, eighty-three cents with you and will call
Vrery day for scrajv until it has run out
rieae make it go a far as you can."
The talkative Ini tcher inquired into the
case, and as Mon as h uudertood it offered
to contribute to the dog- sup tort by saving
wraj which otherwi-e would le thrown
Grace regarded this offer of help as a Fjte
cial boon of fate, and went b "-y relieved
of a terit)Ie burden. Poor Frincws board
was certain
Poor Prince! 'eerwas a creature more
pitiably misnamed. The irony of nomencla
ture found rare expression in him. Prince
only of the vast kingdom of Poverty Heir
j to tbe 9(rrowfui states of Puuperdom! Most
unprincely in person and demeanor was he.
Every movement of his unhandsome laxly,
the expression of hojteless misery that sat
perpetually on his aged countenance, and
the forlorn droop of his tail, all lsoke that
ignoble melancholy tliat comes frtmi chronic
and insurmountable poverty He was at the
j foot of tbe ladder, with no pro-ict of ever
j getting up a single touud, and. worse than
I that with no hojte.
Misfortunes trael in groups. As soon at
1 you have disjwd of one. you are likely tv
, meet his twin brother. 'The days when ttv
kies are clear are the days on which the
avalanches falL That exening. as firaw
I was coming from school, frtvr f rom anxiety
1 than she had Iteen sine1 she had assurnwl tlie
care of Iriuce, she met him ou the river
I bridge. He was shrunken to less than his
I usual size; his eyes were more watery than
ever; his mouth Mabbier. hi tail drooping
, like a plume in a rainstrm; his whole jter
i sonanapiieaL Grace's heart stood still. "Wlmt
was the matter' Some dire misfortune had
i again laid its heavy hand ou the uulucky
! beast
1 "o mo'-her could have suffered greater
' torture in seeing her children hungry and
destitute than did this child oi seeing this
1 poor old brute a jauier. She cried out
I against the meanness of tlie world that le
prudged jtoor lYince fol and shelter, and
great tears fell on the !iaggv lack of the
, canine I eggar. She jietted him and tried to
comfort him with many an endearing name,
which must have made his old heart glad,
though he still looked woe-worn and melan
choly, and she still sobtted in a heart-broken
way at e ery caress.
Together the two sai hearts went over th
bridge and down tlie long street I ordered
with pretty houses, through whose windows
the firelight glanced, making the raw
autumn air seem even colder than it was, by
contrast The child felt the first throb of
indignation and rel-ellion against the world
that she had ever known. For the first tune
the rejJizHd the selfishness of human kin 1.
All tlie eopIe who lived in thos. houses were
warm and comfortable, and. as she well
knew, daily wasted ftod enough to keep half
a dozen dogs iu opulence, 3"et they would all
laugh at the very idea of supitortiug n dog
like pttor iYiuce.
"Together Vie firo sod heart m icent orr 0
bridge "
rfalf w ay home they met a big boy, who
said: Hello. Grace, where did, you get tliat
walking saw horse with a dog's skin hung
over it f Hadn't I U-tter droji him gently
into the river and appropnately close his
melancholy carverf
The child knew that the boy w.i only try
ing to Ik? funny, but her heart was so heavy
already tliat his insult to Print v nearly bike
it Was this world so mean that anything
not Uviutiful had noplace in it' The dog
understood the fling at his defects of tsoh,
lut it did not -wound him much. He was
acmstonu-d to insults. To heal the sting
Grace called him a "noble fellow. ' a "-plen
l'd doggy," a uicey !" a hundred tunes.
Still she is; mid not raise his s. rits. They
fell lower and lower as they neared his o.d
home. Grace fanciel that he shed tears,
and vrhajs he did.
When they reached Prince's iiuprincvly
apartments the cause of his gloom wa ap
parent A family had moved in and the
dog had lieeu banished. Around the door
step which Prince had udorned so long
swarmed a cluster of ragged and dirty clul
dieu. Grace saw at once that there was
just cause for his expulsion. Too many
human mouths were there to !- fed to admit
of ho-pitality to a gaunt ill-favored dog.
They looked like very hungry mouths, too
Kven Prince's lied had lieeu seized uion.
It wa tloubtful if he could hold his title,
"Prince f Poverty,'' Uide the new tenants.
Considenug the fact that tliey were human
their claims were even greater than his.
The child' heart wa sorrowful What
l -
. j"
could she do with the suieramiuated dcg
which hung so helplessly ujju her tharity'
Take htm home she dare not Even the
woodhoiw mid stable were tvnsiileixsl Uo
gil fir him by tints m authority theie.
She liatl beard him di-cu-wd and denounttl
iu the family circle too often. It had even
len said that he was tito untidy and uu
fcight!ytole "harltored"1 anywhere. And he
uan very tlirty Then was no denying that
Sheadmi'tcd it to herself as she looktl at
him thiough her blinding teai-s. Kut he
omldu't help it, jtoor fellow. Dirt and ugli
ness, sewnwl t4 stick to him iu spite of him
self And v hat had he ever done tliat made
everybody mi set ngainst him' she wondered.
Nothing, nothing in the wide world that she
ever tad heard of His only otTeiise seemed
tol-sjthut he wasn't good-looking. At this
point of rea-sdiuug she gave way to afresh
burst of tears. This world was evidently too
clean and piiisjienms for an ugly, woni-out
dog, no mntter how giMd a he-irt he had
She wished it were a dirtier world terhups
it would be kinder.
She rememliered the dingy houses across
tlie river which she passed sometimes, aroutid
hos greasy doMs children, dogs and
-hickens jtlavtsl inonecoimnon Nsl of dust
such houses w ere not too line aud clean to
belter even an uglv old dog. She almost
nislhlshe lived in one of them Anyhow,
die wished her mother's hcjse h;id Imre
floirs, instead of rich carju'ts, and that there
nns nu old kitchen, or shed, on the place
lirty enough to contain a dirty old dog's
be I."
Down the street and acrtss the bridge went
Grace with the dog, walking slowly anil le
dewing tlie way with tears. They move-1
slong aimlesslv, the dog relying on the
fthild, and the elnld sul U-yond expnssion
nd not knowing where to ask for aid or
what to do.
i After much melancholy wandering they
went up the stairs to hor father's office, and
went in Tlie child told the story of their
1 woes, with tears and soIk, and the dog stood
by in silent but touching corroboration. The
right would have moved even hard hearts to
pity, and Grace's fn'lierwasa sympathetic
man. He was kind to a rare degree; but
poor lYince, standing there in a crouching,
piritiss attitude, was so ugly, so rej.tellant
v entirely disheiirteniug a "ight tliat he
'ould not think of taking charge of him un
der any circumstances.
' 'What can I tlo with him, Grace, said he,
Jesjviinngly. I en itnot have him around.
He makes me sick to look av him. He does,
I lntled.'
"Oh, i-api, said the little philanthropist,
with a fresh flood of tears, "let him matte his
home in the hall, in t he very meanest
corner of it I have engaged his lioanl, and
I will wait ii-ton him He will not take up
much room, and he will le so good. 1 know
he isn't pretty, though 1 told him he was le
caiise everyllv else sjivs such cruel things
to him. His heirt is nearly broken; and.
aia, you know he diln't make himself
may lie Gtd made him as well as me, ant 1
wouldn't like to have him abused just lie
Cause he made bun ugly."
Tlie argument prevailed, anil Prince took
up his a1ode in a corner, more luxurious
quarters than he had ever Lieen accustomed
to in his impoverished life. Grace carried
him food, according to promise, and life
went on for him as smoothly as the nature of
things lermitted. He knew the hours in
which she parsed to and from school, and was
always at the foot. of the stairs w aiting for
l.er Something very like joy lightd up his
sorry old face when he saw- her coming, and
though he grew more rheumatic and spirit
lesx every iay. he was never too feeble to
estxjrt her a jiart of the way ou her journey
In the mornings he went through the town
with her and never left her until she was
near the school house, aud in the evening he
always crossed the long bridge beside her,
evidently in as high a state of bliss as his
crushed spirit could rise to. He was neither
protection nor ornament to her. but she eu
joyed his comjiamoiLship Uvause she knew it
pleased him to lie w itli her, aud hideous a- he
was slit loved him.
If a dog cr m worship, UkX dog worhiitiJ
that chiM Nobody else ever said any tiling
kind and pleasant to him. Most jtersous whe
taw him nrtde ojn fun of hi unattractive
present v, not 1 reaming that his undertanl
lngof the Knghsh language was by no means
trifling, or not thinking that a dog lias any
feelings which words can wound. Grace's
father never sioke unkindlv to him, but he
rarely sjtoke to him at all, and never looked
at him if he could help it
Autumn slipped aw-iv, IKcemlier declined,
and at last it was the day lief ore Xew
Year's. The afternoon was bitter eoM, but
clear as a winter sun and tlie crisp winter air
could make it Prince escorted Grace across
the river bridge as usual. When they
reached the pmnt where they were in the
habit of separating, tlie child paused, gave
the dog his customarv friendly jwit on the
head, and said. "Good-by, Prince, nicey dog.
To morrow- w ill U New Year's, and you
shall have no end of pood things to eat
Yes, and I'll take you to walk, Princey, dear
a long walk, up to the house, if I dare."
The jnwr brute looked up into her face
w ith eyes full of anguisli, and w hmed
piteoudy. without turning to go Uick."
"Oh, Prince, -or old doggy." he entreat
ed, "don't grieve so at leaving me or you
w ill break my heart 1 course you are
lonely, old fellow, but you know 111 come to
morrow." Still the dog whined, kissM her gown, and
implored her, with his eloquent old fiice, to
let him go fiirth'r
They went on together. Prince rubbing
against her clothes and looking often into
her face with his bleared and pathetic eyes,
as though there was something be wanted to
s.iy very much if he only could. At last they
arrived at Grace's home, an 1 she again bode
him gcMl-by, sweetening the sorrow of jtart
mg with many a loving word. Prince
whined, lingered, wept Grace was sure his
eyes overflowed with tears kissed her gown
again and again, then turned away and
started slowly 1 tack towanl his lonely lodg
ings. Tho child watched him with a heart full of
lovn.;, pity and eyes glistening with tears
He had never looked so old, mi feeble or so
sorrowful lief ore. Twice he stopped, turned
round, looked at her and slowly wagged his
tail as a token of submission to her command,
she watched him till he was a mere sjeck on
tlie bridge, and then till ho was altogether
A few- mmuts later a party of Grace's
school friends cam along, on their way to
the river to skate until dark, and Ivgged that
she might go with them. Childhoods sor
rows, heaven If thanked, are stoii forgotten
Prince's melancholy image faded rapidly from
hr nund, under the in-pi ration of the hour
The river was like glass, und the evening
cold and clear The party on the ice grew
larger and larger; the laughter louder and
merrier. ltigger children, grown up chil
drcn, and some who had almost forgotten
that they had ever Iteeii children, heard the
echoes of joy, shped the Jcush of their
cares and joined them
The river wa soon a kuleidoscofio of fly
ing figures. Like Meieury, their wings
were on their heels, an I they moved with
the grace and velocity of creatures who
were more than human. Wlmt a dash of
joyous life they made on the Until, snow -covered
landscape I
The niht fell usju them so softly they
saw not th cluugo The white snow defied
the darkness, and tlw far. fair faced moon
made herself glorious, as if to do honor to
the old year, who was going forever more
away, aud to greet with smiles the New Year
who was coming for a brief revel over tho
One figure that went out to join the
skaters was singularly destitute of anything
like joyou-ness. It was Prince. From his
otllce dormitory, which stood near the big
bridge, he had h 'ard t chatter of the girls
and Utysas they passed by in little group.
Itocogumng Grace's voice he left his shelter
anddiagged himself and his aches und long
ings out into the cold and down to the edge
of the river where they were skating.
Nobody noticed him. Kven ("race did not
see him, and he gave her no hint of his
presence. He would not obtrude ujion her
pleasure He was txt considerate for that
He sat shivering u-ton the Ixink, his rheu
matic Imly crouched into a mere lump, his
bleary eyes following every niovemeut of
his idol with hungry affection. Though, for
the time, he was out of her mind, she was
never out of his. She hail other interests,
other friends other affections He had no
other crat uro to give him a word of kind
ness or a mouthful of food. It was a com
fort to him to watch her. even from a dis
tance Hi life was so bitterly lonely that
he was grateful for the poor privilege of
looking at enjoyment from afar.
(trace was a good skater, and when she
distances I her comj!iions or ee utd a par
ticulaily fine pigtsin wing Prnut fairly
switched his tail off in applaudatorv enthusi
asm, though noliody saw or heard hun.
"And Wiui they found him, poor Prince.1
At last there was a race that promise!
, more excitement than any other, and Grace
' was in it Faster and faster flew the flying
figures, farther and farther they sited from
the laughing comjiany. Even the melan
choly lYince "was carried away by the, en -thusiastu
of the moment He got up. shook
his ungainly old I tody into sua and fol
lowed them down the river at a gait that,
for spsd, astonished his own legs.
Suddenly the tall boy who led in the race
whirled rou'id and shouted to the others to
stoj.1. It was tH late. The next was Grace
Before she could comprehend his signal she
had passed him like a flash. There we-ru a
few quick, sharp, ominous cracks a horrible
crumbling crash, a sharp, awful cry of
fnght, and -he went down.
The alarm spread and rescuers rushed to
the spot ou the wings of haste and horror
Hut the seconds were living awav. and a few
oh so few of them could carry olf the life of
the child now under the ice
One faithful friend, whom no one thought
of, reached her almost as soon as she went
down. That was Prince. How he had done
it none could tell, for all wen too terrified
to see; but whfu tbe human helpers neand
the scene of the accident they found the ice
broken ov er a broad space, and the do, wet
and shivering, holding the head and shout
ders of the unconscious girl out of the waer,
on the unbroken ice upon which his own
light lniy rested. His dripping hair was
freezing in the bitter breath of the night
and v were the brown locks of the child he
was trying to save. With his tee'th, his
paws, and all the strength that remained in
his Hor old frame he held ou to her moan
lug pitifully Uvause he could do iu more.
And thus they found him, -oor Prince
Aye, a prince indeed, worthy of royal rolns
and royal honors.
Scarcely le-ss tenderly than the half dead
child was he cared for. One home was opn
to him as to a king. Yes, any hon in the
place would have gladly received hun then.
No cairet was too line for hun to walk
upon now; no couch ten) go! for him.
Never in his hard life had he rested
on such a soft bed as was now his in Ir
Merton s handsome house. And how they
wept over him and tries! to do something for
him. His life, hithertodespised, had suddenly
lufome precious. The value of the heart so
long bidden behind his mark of ugliness was
known at la-t
And he undcrstood aud was grateful He
lat his tiled tail upon his rug slowly and
jwiinfully f'ii he wa very weak to express
hi appreeialioT of their kinduev-s; and his
faded old eyes hoisted up with pleasure.
He looked so lofingly towanl the door of
Graiv'j. room tliat at last they moved him in
there, and placed him where he could look at
her. It is doubtf'd if h ha! ever I wen so
happy lief ore. but it was not to last
Grace had youth and health, and she re
covered fiom the shock and expsure in a
few days. Hut Prince was old aud infirm,
and thedreadtul accident had ls?n too severe
a strain upon his already exhausted vitality.
Hi soul "only a dog's soul," but a nobl-
soul all the sauii parted company with its
worn-out lly in the morning of the New
Year, As the child aw oke he fell asleep- the
sltvpof death As he went out of life he
left to his idol a message more leautiful and
precious than iea t-.in translate. It was eon
veyed by a lotk, without sound or -jn.ivh,
but it Ion' a bunlen of love unutterable
and shall I not say iti eiverlastiug.
j : . J
i v
Vuit yet never ti
die in the hearts that
uerr yruteftil to htm.''
l'lince' Ayt, thrle a jirKKe, ljut no
Unsr x.r llicli in tbe AtTWtitMi lie h.nl
hunt'nl ftr all hi life; rich in honor, neb
in alor, neh in ivse-ion- uf liuh nutluu
coulil rolt him. Few irnii t. itttl in the
purple. hae tie.lth sweetened ltll such
grateful t'ar as fell over Ills shay old
lly. All that he hail his life- he ha.l
j;neli to the one U-in,; he ltsl. lie, the
jio.rest, iiuKt lespisel of hunihte eieiimres,
liatl Uvn ahlo to repay her kimlness a
tliousanil foM
IK-aii, jet never to ilie in the heart.s that
u re grateful to hinL No longer Trinee ol
1'overty, l.nt Prince of Nohihtv foiwer
Xew York. I)eo. 'M.
"Ilin Divinlne llo.l.
The diining rod is still belienil in aud
used iu someparts of Fnglnud It h
said to have been successfully used a short
time ago iu lindiug water ou the premises
of a brewer, where digging aud boriug
had failed.
Sulci l.i IU. ilie Or. uiii.
Natives of liorueo eat moukeys and tie
the skins aiound their wuists. letting tho
tails hang down behind. This is said to
be the orisiu of theexistence there of meu
with tails.
A San Francisco paper asserts that
there are on the I acific slope totlay more
divorced and unmarried couples thau iu
all the rest of the country.
The London police hac been in
structed to arrest persous about to com
mit suicide on a charge of misdemeanor. '
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Purohasod DEJsptoolally for tlxo
Novelties in all Departments at the
Almost an Endless Variety of Elegant Articles
S-uitstlDle for GtLristinas Gifts !
We are displaying new Black and Colored Dress Silks, new Dress Cloths and all the
novelties in Dress Goods. Ladies' and Children's New Wraps, in all the late styles. La
dies'. Gent's and Children's Silk and Linen Handkerchiefs, all new and desirable. Gents'
Silk and Cashmere Neck Mufflers in great variety. Hosiery and Gloves for Ladies. Gents
and Children, the largest stock in the city and at the lowest prices. Wool Hoods and Mitts
very cheap. Damask Linen Table Cloths, with Napkins to match. Linen Towels, from the
cheapest to the finest. All Wool California Blankets, elegant White Quilts and Colored
Cheese Cloth Comforts. Opened to-day six cases of Beautiful Prints. Carpets of all
grades in the best designs. Rugs, Mats and Hassocks. Madras and Lace Curtains, a
large stock.
TJtSsStore will be open in the evening from the 15th until after the holidays.-BXT
So says Bruce, Hauk & Company's Famous Low-Priced Bear,
A hi witrhen with interest tbe dsprate flsht bMween the balls representing the hi;h price clothiers or thLs
cily to seenre the patronage of the public. Tnej m ij light until doomsday, the same result will ensue; low
prices and honest Tallies will always bare the best of it.
3 Wm, SP'K 2
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The highest praise which can be bestowed on the gigantic stock of Men's, Youths',
Hoys' and Children's Overcoats, which we offer for sale this week, cannot positively do it
justice. It is a stock which is large, very large, very very large. It comprises a grade of
clothing that will suit a customer who can afford only to pay a small sum of money, but
must have durable garments. It is strong in that class from which we can supply the sedate,
good common-sense people who want not display, but excellent fitting, well-made, sensible
raiment, and have a moderate amount of cash to spend therefor. It bristles with such pat
terns and styles as will suit the gentry who desire to be up with fashion, but never reach the
extremes, and are willing to pay a fair price for value. It has a plentiful sprinkling of such
garments as will suit those who want the best, the very best that money can promise. In
short, it is a stock.of which we are proud, it's a stock which will quickly sell.
We haf just received a large line of handsome
classes of the verj best makes. NY have them finished
in Hold and leather, gold and earl and smoked iiearl.
This is without a doubt the lamest, !est, handsomest
and LOWEST l'Kll'KI) stock of Opera Classes iu tlie
The well and fav orably know n artist. Mr. A. II. (irif
i.th has charge of this department, and will be pleased
to answer all questions or nive any information in re
gard to all kinds of art work.
We hate a full stuck of art supplies, embracing oil
and water colors, sable, bristle and camel's hair
brushes, badger hair blenders, oil cups, palettes,
palette knives, crayons, era on pencils, paper and
ch.'inios stumps; plaques in upieniiache, china, por-
C. t PIERCE & CO.,
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& CO.
C. H.
&. CO.
oixtla Marltot St., Sprlns&oi a. o.
& CO.
celaln. glass and bra-is, and a variety of noveltio for
decoration. Complete outfits for the now popular
WV have them in set for beginning, and in separate
colors to till the sets from. Lustre painting is now the
most popular pastime for ladies, because it can be eas
11 learned in one lesson by any person, whether they
hateaiiy talent for art or not. and when learned and
Used makes the handsomest work eer seen.
For jcars we have been known as the largest and
best book house in th'n icinity. We intend to keep
thisreputation and no let any firm undersell ti.
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, with Patent Index,
for SIO. regular price. $13. All other bcxiks atproor
tionately low prices.

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