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LOVE AND NATURE. '
Dear Love, when spring has come, all nature wakes And from her languid lids the bandage takes To look with wondering eyes upon the world. The trees unfold their robes of silvery green, And thrifty insects from the blossoms glean; Each birdling llnds a mate both fond and true, And I, dear Love, have you. Pear Love, in summer time each lengthened day To harvest fields a tribute rich must pay Of sunshine packed in grains of yellow corn. The earth is weighted with the season's store; No creature, tree nor vine can ask for more. Nature has satisfied each bird and bee, Has given you to me. Pear Love, chill fall doth paint in colors rare The forests and the fields that soon grow bare As winter clasps them to her icy breast. Nature must wake and work and rest awhile. Must sleep and cry, perchance, as<wffi as smile; And nature, life and love are one, I know, l " Because 1 love you so. —Anne C. Steele in Harper's Bazar. ♦oso^o4o>ovo*eo^o^o*ovovc>4 | CHILI SAUCE f o O HOW BARSTOW BROWN t ♦ AND ELVIRY RICHARDS ♦ CAME TOGETHER. £ O o oooofo*oHoo*o*otoo The household art is the only dower I can bring save myself to him I wed. Can you find the roof anil earn the flour? Then 1 can make honfe and aweet white hreadl —Harper's. The last scarlet bar of the gorgeous autumn sunset was fading out behind the tall poplars along Turkey creek when Barstow Brown's creaking old farm wagon turned the corner of the road which led to his lonely and ill kept home. "There's the light a-burnin already In Mis' Elviry Richards' window," lie commented. "It does git dark awful early nights now. Seems like hern's the cleanest kep' an the cheerfulest lamp in the hull township." And indeed it did seem to Illuminate with its friendly radiance the little one story house by the roadside. It looked like a beacon—a star. It made Farmer Brown think in admiring but unformu lated fashion of a steadfast love—pure, unwavering, brilliant. It attracted him. It drew him—the worn and harassed body and soul of him. Uncon sciously he tightened the reins. But it was not until the plodding horses stood still in response that he won dered whether he might venture in and what excuse he could give for his visit. Suddenly he lifted liis head and sniffed—once, twice. Then he hurried ly twisted the reins around the whip stock aud clambered down from the high scat Swiftly, soundlessly, ex cuse and encouragement had come to him—in the guise of an odor at that. "Chili sauce! If she ain't a-makin chili sauce!" lie was hurrying up the short path to the front door, at which he knocked. "I'll toll her 1 want the re ceipt for Susie Ri illy to make some by. That's the ticket! Oh. howdy. Mis' Richards! I was goin home from mill an the nicest smell come a-fioatin down the road! Seemed 's if I was back in mother's again, an she was puttin up chili sauce." He sighed and moistened his lips at the recollection. "So I thought I'd come in an find how you make it. Our ripe tomatoes ain't nil gone yet. Maybe Susie Reilly could make a quart or so!" Forty placid and benignant summers had passed over the brown head of Ehirn Richards, but where was the girl along Turkey creek who carried herself with more grace and dignity, and*what matron could boast such a fresh complexion and blight eyes as she? "To be sure!" she cried heartily. "You couie right in, Mr. Brown." She . drew forward the best rocking chair, with the Battenberg tidies on the en treating red plush anus. " 'Tisn't much 1 need make, livin alone as I do, but a good storeroom is a fine thing to fall hack on. You'd need a lot in your house, I'm thinkin. I'll give you the receipt with pleasure, an a Jar to take home for Susie to taste by. How does she get on, Mr. Brown?" Barstow Brown looked around the bright little room, at the shining glass lamp with the red lhfnnel wick, which stood behind the row of freshly po.tted geranium slips in the recessed window, then back at tin? plump, white aproned figure opposite. "Not too well. Mis' Richards. She's kind of shiftless. It conies natural to some folks to be shiftless. Seems like the work alius keeps a bit ahead of • her. Seems like she can 110 more catch up with it than than she could with n cottontail. But she means well. Most shiftless folks alius means well. I got to be moviu." He rose reluctantly. "The young ones, they'll be a-missin me." "Land's sake, now, nil you couldn't wait til! I make yon a cup of coffee? No? That's ttoo bad. Wait till I get you the chili sauce, anyhow. What's that? Could you come out to the kitch en while I'm a-gettln it? Why, <!* course. Mr. Brown!" Twittering and stepping briskly, Miss Elvira tripped ahead, ami Bar stow Brown plodded after, lie was aghast at his own temerity, but the appetizing smell of the chili sauce drew him to the kitchen as the white brilliance of tlie lamp had drawn him to the parlor. "My!" He breathed and stopped short. "This beats"— He was looking around the gayest, coziest, most im maculate little kitchen he had ever he held. From the black mirror of a stove, with its golden grin through the opened draft, to the shining plates on the dresser, the row of crimson filled glass Jars ou the table, the dishpan that glittered like silver and the cat asleep on the braided mat. all things bespoke industry, energy, comfort. Something in his attitude of timidi ty. In his look of wonder, that was al most one of awe; in Ids neglected per sonal appearance, went straight to the woman's warm heart of Miss Elvira Richards. He had been such u spruffc, good looking fellow 13 years ago! Her glance, that was keen If kindly, noted| all things—the shirt, with the band alii , gone; the coat, with holes at the el-l ' bows; more than all, the hollows at< Ills temples and in his cheeks. Those—' and the weak tears that came Into his I eyes! She busied herself writing out , the recipe—and talking. | "It ain't any too easy, I guess, with only Susie. She never was a hand to look after children, an there's three to your place. I expect It ain't been like home since—since Cyrilla went away." Barstow Brown was silent. It had not been a happy home before Cyrilla died. Hut he could not tell Miss Rich andsthnt. No, nor any one else. Only he had meant—had honorably meant— to ask Elvira to m.yrvhim before the pretty, painted, flifipfcht little city girl had come down to the country town and taken his tickle heart captive. "Hero's the receipt, an here's the jar. Yes, you must take the big one, an—why—Barstow!" For there was a look in his eyes she had not seen since those happy days before Cyrilla aired her city graces on , Turkey creek. I "I'm a good deal of a failure, Elvi ! ry," said Barstow Brown. "I don't know but you'll turn me out when you hear what I been wantin to say ever since it would be right an proper to talk that way. But the farm's a good one, an the house could be made the ; best hereabouts if 'twas fixed up right, an the children"— "They're dear children!" declared Miss Elvira, and she meant it. "Well, they like you awful well. You alius was a one to git around young sters. I—l"—he dropped his eyes—"l guess you know what I mean, Elviry— what I want!" "Of course I do!" she cried cordially. "You want the receipt an the chili suuce." "Now, Elviry! You know I want— you!" "Well, you got to take them if you take me!" Iler tone was delightfully coquettish. "I got one in each hand!" lie stared at her, eager, half incredu lous. "Do you mean it—really? There's been others"— "There's been others," Miss Elvira agreed complacently, "but—l haven't took any of 'em—have I? There—now, Barstow Brown! Do behave! I reck on i might git ready In three weeks, but—your team will be clean froze waitin. Oh, Barstow, I didn't think 'twas in you to act so dreadfully silly! Band's sake, look out! Let me set down this jar of chili sauce anyways! There —now—go! It'll be all of 9 o'clock when you get home—Barstow Brown!" —Chicago Tribune. Food Value*. Blanched almonds are the highest kind of nerve or brain or muscle food, having uo heat or waste, says a writer in flood Housekeeping. Walnuts give brain or nerve food, muscle, heat and waste. Green water grapes are blood purifying, but of little food value. Blue grapes are feeding and blood purifying, but too rich for those who suffer from the liver. Tomatoes have higher nerve or brain food qualities; they are thin ning and stimulating. Juley fruits give more or less nerve or brain nutriment and some few muscle food and waste. Apples supply the higher nerve and ruuscle food, but do not give staying qualities. Prunes afford the higiiest nerve or brain food, supply heat and waste, but are not muscle feeding. Or anges are refreshing and feeding. Green figs contain nerve and muscle food, heat and waste. The great ma jority of small fresh seed fruits are laxative. Lemons and tomatoes should not be used daily in cold weather; they have a thinning and cooling effect. Raisins are stimulating according to their quality. .Jnhn'n Mnny Nnmca. The majority of the names that you see on the signs of laundries or tea stores kept by Chinamen are simply fancy names adopted for their auspi cious significance. They are simply mottoes, having no reference to the proprietor or the members of a firm whatsoever. Every properly constituted Chinaman has live names besides ids surname or cognomen. The last is fixed and hand ed down from one generation to an other. Every male child born in China is first called by ids "milk name." When lie grows old enough to attend school, lie takes a "book name." When he has learned the mysteries of composition, he competes for literary honors under ;m assumed name, which is finally adopted. When he successfully passes Ids examinations and obtains his de gree. his equals address Idm by anoth er. either coined by them or adopted by him. At his marriage he adopts stlil mint her, called "style."—Chicago < 'hron : lele. Won 1.1 II n ve to Horrow One. Some time ago a well known bar rister had under cross examination a youth from the country who rejoiced In the name of Sampson, whose replies were the causes of much laughter In court. "And so." questioned the barrister, "you wish the court to believe that you are a peacefully disposed and inoffen sive kind of person?" "Yes." "And that you have no desire to fol low the steps of your namesake, aud sndte the Philistines?" "No. I've not," answered the youth, "and if I had the desire I ain't got the strength at present." "Then you think you would be un able to cope successfully with a thou sand enemies and utterly rout them with the jawbone of an ass?" "Well," answered the ruffled Samp son. ' I might have a try when you have done with the weapon."—Spare Moments. Neu Burger's HOLIDAY STORE • NEWS. Exceptional and Matchless Opportunities TO HOLIDAY SHOPPERS. The Big Store, never in its history, offered such a Magnificent Array of Useful and. Practical Christmas Gifts at the astonishing low figures that each and everything has been priced at for this special sale. Suits aid Overcoats. "What is mor. substantial or would be more appreciated by the young or old than a Neußurger Suit, Overcoat or Reafer? You eaa make your .elections at Neußurger's out of a stock fully three times as large as any in Freeland. CLOTHING. Boys' all wool blue or black Knee Pants, per pair .1. ♦/Ly Boys' Reafers, regular <1.50 kind, f\o raduced per pair to a/OCv Boys' extra fine >4.00 Reefers, O 4 O in three styles, reduced to aJTO Child's <2.00 Veatee Suits, neat- -| ** ly trimmed and well made JL Boys' fancy all wool hair-line /61 V striped $2-50 Suits, now Aavlat/ i Ten styles in Boys' fine $4.00 O Cassimere Suits, reduced to Boys'three-piece Long Pants all „ \ CAkJ wool #5 Suits, reduced to Men's absolutely all wool >5 ) (AW) Black Beaver Overcoats a/O Men's absolutely all wool Tan, Covert, Ox ford and custom-made Vleltoa A ( \ 4J) tS Overcoats places at your disposal an array of custom- i made Gents' Suits and Overcoats in the J very newest shades, fabrics and styles 1 which were built for sl2 to sls selling. Our complete stock of Men's Suits ranging from $2.98 up are now offered under the j binding guarantee that they are 20 per cent cheaper than you can buy them j elsswhere. Men's heavy rubber-lined Duck Workingl OS CoatS,large storm collars -L UNDERWEAR For young and old, in wool or cotton. Positively the greatest assortment in lower Luzerne county. Men's heavy Random wool Under- "| t wear, each At/L Ladies' heavy fleece-lined Under- -J A vests, each A-t^Ay Boys' heavy fleece-lined Under- O .. wear, each Men's heaviest and best fleece- A /k lined Underwear, each sKj Men's extra fine pure Sanitary wool Underwear, each ■ I Jos. IMeußurger Estate, P. O. S. of A. BUILDING, FREELAND, PA. HOLIDAY - NICETIES Holiday Slippers ■ Jewelry Novelties Fancy Purses Silk and Linen Fancy Handkerchiefs Neckwear M ufflers Umbrellas Arties and Wool - Lined Shoes For the Old Folks and Rubber and Felt Boots For the Little Folks Ladies', Misses' and Children's Jersey Leggings Furs Collars Muffs and Collarettes Kid Gloves Columbia Fancy Dress Shirts Cardigan Jackets Sweaters and Fancy Caps Mackintoshes I FOOTWEAR. I '1 he Very Latest" is the motto of our Shoe Department. In leather goods noth ing but strictly solid leather finds its way to our shelves. In rubber goods nothing but strictly first qualities and those we offer you at exactly the same prices you pay for second grades at other stores. Our Holiday Slipper Stock is a wonder and prices-are incomparable. Ladies Dongola and Felt Slippers, per pair 01/ C Men's Fancy Velvet and Felt p* Slippers, per pair Ladies' Ji.oo fur-trimmed Nulli- P" ** fier Slippers IOC Misses 90c fur trimmed Nullifier f- 1 Slippers 000 Child's 75c fur-trimmed Nullifier K Slippers OUC ' Our entire stock of Slippers has been equally low-priced for rapid selling. CLOAKS. Everything new and nice in Cloaks for Ladies, Misses and Children. Bverthing in ShirtWaists, Jackets, Capes, Shirts and Wrappers in an unmatchable as sortment at lowest prices in the county. DRY GOODS. i Our Dry Goods Department is more corn | plete than ever. Everything in Dress ! Goods, Linens, Domestic Flannels, Laces j and E'hbons, Blankets and Comfortables | are priced for rapid selling, i Potters best 4.9-inch Table Oil- -g / \ Cloth per yard 1 ♦ f(3 25c Turkey-Red Table Linen, per -g / yard 1 UC All Shades 50c Dress Cloths, per O/A yard OUO Lancaster Apron Ginghams, per Pf ] yard All standard makes best 6-cord 200- A yard Spool Cotton, per spool ■"! / Extra Heavy 10x4 Blankets in White or Gray, KQ n per pair DDL