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PATROLMAN N tN
NEW YEAR'S EVE
By ROBERT R. FAXON.
AT\OLOt\\ Fl cR G 1S O f1ON
whis-tled merrily as he b
\walked along his beat that "
night. Lie was unusually 1
happy. And why .hItldnn't
he have been? In two
hours he would be through t
with his work and he could then,
go home to his family and stay man) g
hours. for the next lay was his aay oft.
But. there were other things which h
served to put Ferguson in an ahiiable
frame i.f mind. His superior officer, a
when lie reported for work after sup- re
per that evening, had complimented ri
him on his wnrk.
"Three arrests in one day isn't so
bad." the policeman said to himself. \
reass-urinely. "and all of them good w
onets, t,. G;etting colder," he added, h
as lie buttoned his coat; "thankful I
don't have to work to-morrow. It'll he r
the first New Year's I've spent with ir
tvy wife in many imoons. (uless I'll I
step in and fet w::rted up a bit."
Ther'e were -everal men conglilrit- a
ed in the c( rner cig'ar store w\heln i''r- h
gu-,-n n cered, ani they were earnest
ly (i-cu- irg .isome matter of general h
intert -t aii)uit that timne.
"Here'le'- l"'I'eriusln now," said one of
ther . "'\\ it 3yilu who arrested lc- c
"'aluoe it \\ s a low shanty trick. t
that's ush 1. You had no right to do i
it in the" tir-t place. Hle wasn't doing I
anything. was lie?"
"W\Vho actas i haven't a right to pinch
nnvlyboy 1 ant to?" the policeman re- i
tortedi, anl -:'ily. "Haven't I instrue
lions to land 11any crook I find?"
"Yes,. if you catch them doing some- I
thing, w hich McCarthy wasn't."
"No fault of his, pro bably. Lying t
around waiting for a chance, I take t
"That's just where you're wr( nr i
"McCarthy. I admit, isn't just exactly i
the best sort of a ):-rson to have in the
neighborhood, but at that he's not the I
kind of a man he used to be. lie's re- 1
formted. Is good to his' fariily now and tl
was going to start ;n s cilk to-minrre w.
hut 3you come along andt grab hintm p. 1
He'll be in for two days at. least, and 1
his job'1il he gone."
"You n:en make me tired," the po
liceman muttered, as he turned to
ward the dolor. "McCarthy's a crook I
and is safe to have around only when
he's behind the bars. I know my busi
ness- and can attend to it; you keep)
jour noses out of it."
With that he was gone.
"Put a suit of blue clothes on an
Irishman. sew on some brass buttons,
place a club in his hand and a gun in
his pocket and call him a policeman
and it's all uip with him," continued
the man who was talking after the
policeman had gone out.
"Who is this man McCarthy?" one
of the others asked.
"Oh, he doesn't amount to much."
answered the other. "He's a laborer
by trade. but 'too lazy to work. Lives
in a shanty around the corner with his
wife and a lot of half-starved kids.
Hung around with a tough crowd for
a long time and was as bad as any of
them, I guess. Been locked up any
number if times, and once, I believe,
wvas sent up for two years for robbery.
But that's not what I'm kickingalmout.
It's the blamed habit the cops' have got
into of nabbing him every time they
-catch hiin standing still. My wife went
over there this afternoon to take the
, ids so(nlethIng to eat, and Mrs. Mc
('arthy said Pat would be all right if
the poice_ wuild let him alone. She's
more wocrried abliut himni losing tile
job ofercdi himi than anythiIng else,
"I winder if 1 did do wrong in lock
ing Mc('arthy utp," F'erguson laid to
* h-imself after he had walked several
l'ckli., thinking of the matter all the
time. "l)in't really believe I did. I've
had orders ltoi bring in all the suspi
<.iou characters 1 find during the ho!
idnays,. and if McC('arthy isn't one I don't
know who is. Guess I'll goaround and
aee the family anyway. Maybe they're
in hard lines and need help," he con
tinuetl, after a moment's reflection.
"'Funny that man should spring the
_-ame gag in me that McCarthy did
iablout that job."
Mrs. McCarthy wasn't very deeply
grieved that afternoon when one of
her many children came running into
the ho-ue andtl tioldl her that a police
nmln ltad taken the father away in the
laLtrol. It had happened so often be
fore thait tle novelty of it.all hadil worn
otTff. lti ihe ciiuldn't undlerstand what
he had lben doing, for only half an
hour tearlivr he had left her as cheer
fuil Ia. co1uid ie over the prospect of
.g ct ing iperclanieit w ork the next day.
lie \\as onl3 giliiug over to the ctrner
ti get -iulte tlobaa'co, he told her, and
w\ouii Ibte back :-oofn. IPerhaps he got
into a tihit. -lie thoughiit, and let it go
Mrs. Mcartllhy had so much to do
ihat -he i \\;, I, - ept up very late that
i'ht. lThlr't'e of the hliildren had the
criiup. \ iiih c:lled for mnuch dcoping
andt :-ii.i::; after thte had been put
to lin : :.ilthier f them hadnii't a
whole phic ,ff clothing to hi- back.
huiud lhe p liiilit little moiuther waiiS
foirc'ed t i ~pil! c-niiderable time
tatching a.dl darningl. In atiiitiin to
thiis she was making a: d res for a wom
an which had to be delivered the first
thing in thle iloirnilg. It vwa. close
on ti midnilight when she finished it.
Just as she was putting away her work
there anal' a rap on the door.
"Oh, it's you, is it?" she said whea
she saw the policeman. "'Tell. ycu're
too late. Some of your palrd- got
ahead of 3ou this time. lie's gone. WI
They- got h:im this afternoon. For
what I dtrn't know."
"I didn't come to get your husband,"
Ferguson said. "I know where he is.
1 came to see if you needed help." ne
"\We wouldn't need help if 3 oi'd let re:
Mack alone. You mugs worry the life the
out of him and me, too. lie ain't so be.
bad as you think he is. Just 'cause he ye;
was once doesn't mean he's alwaysgo- thi
ing to be the sa.me, does it?" the
The woman was shivering with the be
cold as she spoke, and Ferguson no- Iat
ticed it. lie
"Did Mack tell you anything about be
going to work to-morrow?" he asked. im
"Yes. lie had a good thing offered th
him, but 1 suppose it's all off now." lif
As the officer's eyes were directed fa
about the squalid, dingy room they nt'
rested for a second on the pile of
ragged blankets in the corner which s,
served for a bed, and they discovered
that the tire in the little coal stove El
was almost out and that the cial '!ox
was nearly empty. Their owner's or
heart was touched. fr
"1)o you suppose it woull do any to
good if I brought Mack hack toi- le
night?" he asked of the hra',e little ,:
I, woman near him. gi
"Could you do it?" she exclaimed,
anxiously, laying her thin. withered 1t
hand on the lpolicemnan'sarn. o
"I think -,."' wa. the answer. "IIe
I han't bht.n hIlooked yet." i
"Tlihen fr (;God's ake do so!" she
Scried, breaking dovlwn and s.obbing. "I
I can't dlo w\ithout hint now,." she con- of
tinned later. "I'm almost sick. 1e
sides, it'll enp incoturlc: e .lack. Ile means II
to do right now. I kniw. for he tprom- di
i-sej m lie he would, and I'm sure he'll
keep hi word if he's given a fair t
I "I'll do it," said the policeman, rush- e
ing from the room. 11
half an hour later McCarthy was tl
Sback in his homie. and there was a fi
bucket if coal and a basket of food
g there, too,. Fergiu-on had hurried to
e the patrol box, called up the desk ser- I
geant, explained matters to him and
asked that the prisoner be sent home a
v in the wagon. E
S "'lPut in a scuttle of coal, and a has- b
t ket of grub. too," he added; "they
need it. And to-morrow have some
t body go around to see if anything
else can be tdone. I wvon't be in to
. niiht. bill. tHappy New Year. Good- h
"What kept you so late, Fred ?" Fer
g, sotn's wife as-ked him when he
,. reached home. "You said you would 5
k he here to watch the Old Year out (
n with ate, so I sat up for you. But it's h
i_ after one o'clock now."
"I know it." hlie answered. "but I was
unavoidably detained. Sorry, though. hi
Rut you'll forgive me, I know," he ad
del. "when 1 tell you that by staying
I believe I have helped to give a man a
n fresh start on life. It's a good way to
s, begin the New Year." he said as he
in put his arms around the little woman
an and gave her a violent hug.-Chicago
xd Evening Post.
THE ART OF LETTING GO.
To Learn to Be Absolute Master of
One's Own Mind Is One of First
er Lessons in Life.
is We held on to a great many things I
last ear which we should have let go
r --shaken off entirely. In the first
of place we sh)ould expel from our minds
13 completely the things which cannot
e, be helped-our past misfortunes, the
y' trivial occurrences which ha\e morti
ft.ed or humiliated us. Thinking of
ot themi not only noes no good. but it
ey robss tus of peace and comfort. The art
nt of forgetting useless things is a great
he ne, and we should learn it at a:y cost.
It is just as imlportant, says Suc
f cess, to learn to let go as to hohl on.
e Anything that cannot help us to get
he on and up in the world; anythiingthat
Sis a drig. a itumbling block, or a hin
dirance, shoultd be cxpunged from oiur
mlt mory. Many people seemt to take a
p:- sitive pleasure in recalling past mis-.
ti fortiunes, sufferings' and failures. They
rtl dwell upon such experiences, and re
he paint the dark pictures tuntil the mind
ve becomes melancholy and sad. If they
pi- would only learn to drive them out,
o- and banish their attempts to return,
n't as they would banish a thief from the
nd house. those painful thoughts would
re cease to demand entrance. We want
un- all we can get of sunshine, encourage
on. ment and inspiration. Life is too
the short to tdwell upon things which only
did hinder our growth. If we keep the
mind filled with bright, hopeful pic
ply tures, and wholesome thought~-the
of things only which can help us on and
to up in the world-we shall make in
ice- tinitely greater progress than by
the burying ourselves in glowing retro
irn One of the first lessons in life is to
htt learn to be absolute master of one's
an own mind. to clear it of its enemies.
er- and to keep it clear. A well-trained
of mind \vill never harbor thouights in
ny. imicall to success or happiness. You
er hase the ability to choose your mind's
and cnompany; you can call up at will any
gtt guest you p!ease. Then why not
go choose the noblest and best?
The Scotch Bible Test.
do On New Y;Year's l)ay a hard-headed
hat Scotichman will take a Ilible and place
the it upon a tabtle, letting it fall open ol
(ing its ownu accord. Then, without looking,
put he wvill place his tinger upon the page
taI where it has opened and read tihe
ack. verse on whiich it rests. This is sup
asi posedi to indlicate his fortune for the
itte coning twelvemtItth.-(cincinnati En
ato i ]iuirer. _ _ _ _ _
irst Siame 01' Story.
lose /"St,nie people." said Uncle Eben,
J it. "turns ovuh a new leaf on dtie fus' o' de
urk year. But befo' Febrairy dey's writid
de same ol' story on it."--Woashingtor
NEW YEAR IN THE HOME.
WHhatever the Life HaU Been the Stl
True-Hearted Meet the New Year f
with Hope for Beitterment.
There are few that enter upon a
new year without the hope of the ne
resolution that however good or poor tit
the life, work and pleasure, have la:
been during the past. the coming TI
year shall witness improvement in me
their quality. Those who feel that pa
the record of the previous year has th
been, in the main, good, are stimu- de
lated to further efforts; those whose te
hearts are sore because of what lies m
before them long earnestly for an ch
improved condition of affairs during at
the days to come. So, whatever the to
life has been, however the work has p1
fared, the true-hearted everywhere ye
meet the new year with a hope and of
a prayer that in its months they may of
"Rise on stepping stores of their dead
selves to higher thlngs."
It is not to be expected, writes ti
Elizabeth Lord (Condit, in Minneapolis
}lousekeeper, that the homekeeper D
or the housewife shall be exemptt
from the number of those who desire eT
to reach greater excellence. With
her it may not mean more of indliid
ual work. but it mlay mlealn more of b
giving the mind to, work ;hat is un
pilasant or dlihlikedl. It miay mean a r
stronger effort to systematize wvork. II
or to perform it in orderly fashion
en the part of those who have little
nietlod in work, or who do things 1
in a desultory, haphazard w\ay.
It may mean for some the putting tl
of con-ci(ence into the work; for
others the gradual apprehension of
the uplifting truth that only in the
discharge of duty-whether it be the 1
perfiormnance of homely househol d
tasks that often seem to exhaust h
body and mind or in more congenial e
employment-they advance toward
the realization of the highest ideals; 1I
and. ;f the spirit has serene control, a
this is accomplished with the least
friction possible, the least waste of
physical and mental strength.
When a womian conies to recognize
her personal responsibility in the
faithful, cheerful doing of her work
as essential to the fulfillment of the
Divine plan-not simply for herself,
but for the betterment of the world
-she becomes a conscious worker
with God, and desire for self-advance
ment gradually recedes into the
background. She does not efface
herself, she respects herself, and
thus comn ands--whatever her work
-the respect of every right-minded
person, and grows inuto a broader,
stronger, sweeter, nobler soul day by
t lay. Her outlook embraces both
horizons-the earthly and the heavenly.
This much of comfort every ear
nest and tired worker should take for
her refreshment at the beginning of
the year. When eyes ache because
of close scrutiny, nothing rests the
strained or weary nerve like the far
off gaze. The broader field of vision
calls into play a fresh set of muscles,
the tension is relaxed, and, after a
little, the eye can return to the nar
rowest limits with renewed vigor and
So it is with the wearied home
keeper. There is such a sameness in
'I the necessary round of housework;
such a daily repetition of toil; three
meals a (lay to be prepared by one's
own hands or planined for another to
provide; the family "fig leaves" to
a' be made ready and looked after for
t dlaily or special use; the house to be
is kept fresh, in order, and ready for
it family occupation or friendly visit;
te and the general oversight of the
i- home with all that implies of fore
if thought which may include a range
it of months. If, to all this, is added
rt the care and training of a growing
at family. and also a very limited finan
t* cial ability. the strain otn a strong
C- woiman's strength is tremeniidous; oni
n. a weaker wolman is often imore than
t she can bear.
it Sec, then, the need of deliberately
a- changing the range of vision at least
Iir once a "ear. I'erlhanps the relief ob
a tainedl then will convince of the wis
s dom of more frequent looking off be
e yond the narrower horizon of home
e- cares, duties anid pleasures. into the
id broader one of God's great world,
ey and the still broader one where mind
it, and spirit learn to interplret the
n great truths of life and love to the
me material comprehension and redemp
Id tlion. May the New Year bring this
joy and refreshment to all!
00 New Year's Superu4itionm.
S"Don't take a light out of the house
he before one has been brought in," is the
ie- solemn injunction on New Year's-night
he of the peasautry of Lincolnshire, Eng
nd land. DL)eath is certain to result if this
in- advice is not followed.
by To permit a woman to enter the
house first on New Year's day is said
- to be a sure forerunner of evil. The
to same results are said to follow the
e's throwing of dirty water, ashes or
e any" kind of refuse.
ed In sweeping the house the dlust must
in- be swept from the door to the hearth
ou or death will be the conseqtuence. A\
d' custtoln largely observed at present is
after making the fire in the morning
Sto spread t he ashes v,\er the threshold.
If in the morning there is an implires
sion of a fomt lradiing frim the house.
a death in that family is so firmily le
lieved in that preparations aire made
ed for it, but if tlht footmart k leads to
ace wards the house a birth during the
o ear is sure, and preparttiCns are
made accordingly.-- N. O. l'icayune.
the AlwaYs Worth Thltle.
. "You say you encourageid our friend
the to make another Sew Year's resolu
"I did," answered the slangy mnian,
whose heart is all right.
".But don't you know he'll break it
en, at the end of six weeks at the least
' de calculation."
"ti "I hope nut. And even if he does,
tor he'll be six weeks ahead of the game."
Strearth and Courage to Make New Mr.
Resolve' After Former Failures R
a Healthful and Hopeful Sign.
A New Year possibility, a whole
new year! It is a fresh beginning day
time-when all that we failed to do yOU
last year can really be tried again. for
The studies of problems, near, or re
mote, that we thought we should hus
pursue, the books we meant to read, era
the new work we were going to un
dertake, above all, the faults we in- wai
tended to conquer, the virtues we goc
meant to cultivate, the growth in
character which we both resolved gin
and failed to acquire, now, we can ma;
take a fresh start and really accom- yot
plish some vital things, for the new the
year is so rich in promise, so full citi
of hope so alluring in its suggestion ma
of beautiful possibilities! fe
Are we sometime tempted to look Spe
a bit cynically at this ever-recurring jus
tide of hope, of belief in our better the
endeavor, and better performance? at
Does it sometines seem a mere mock- for
cry-perhaps hypocri.y-that we a
should so regard the New Year? Are a
we tempted to say-- will make no fo
New Year's resolutions to be again yet
broken aitl next year again renewed? ba
If this is our experience, let us
reimember, says the Washington
Ilome Magazine, the very fact that an
we have the hope and courage to
make new resolves, after all our fail- Mr
ures, is a healthful and hopeful sign. fa
Some wise teacher has pointed out an
that one of the most ditfficult things
in the world is to retain our self- te
ri spe t sufficiently to retrieve our
selves after a mistake or failure. So g
long as we keep a clean record we
can go on, although the way may be fa
hard. But once having failed, the
effect of a broken record paralyzes,
and renders it far .easier to fall out
by the way than to "about face!"
and start again. Yet one of the
greatest of victories is ours when ga
realizing and deploring our mistakes,
our "manifold sins, negligences and
ignorances," we yet refuse to simply be
sit and moan over them, but re
solutely rise up, press on, saying: i
I failed that time, but I shall not
always. I can and will learn to be
"tiore than conqueror through One
who loved us, One whose strength in
is in our weakness perfect" leaning ai
on Him, remembering that true re
d pentance consists not in mere re- hi
rnmorse but it regret that bears fruit sc
d in new life; we shall find that our
worst failures may become part of hi
Y that "stepping stone" on which we
rise to higher things.--Washington ti
Home 'Maga'zine. a
r NEW YEAR'S CALLS. d
.e This Practice of Former Years Might B
e Become Once More a Custom It
Revived by the Children.
As merry a day as Christmas is for
the children. it is usually rather quiet
for the grown people, their principal
d occupation being to watch the young
folks enjoy themselves. From Christ- it
mas until New Year, though, the
grown people make up in gayety for a
their Sunday-like quiet on the 25th,
e but the children have just as much s
fun at the same time.
s There are more parties at Christmas
o time than there are even during the
ro long summnner holidays, and they are
r jollier, because the children feel more
energetic and bright and lively with
the cold weather and the happy spirit
oif the season. There are so many
delightfull ways to entertain, too; so
me iany games and things that are only
suitable for indoors.
There is one holiday practice which
has almost pas-ed with history, and
Syet it is a beautiful one which the chil
dren might do well to revive. It is the t
n old custiom of New Year's calls. Un
til a few years ago it was the usual
thinr for everybody to call on every
t bod3 else the firbt day of the year.
SI'elile who hadl homes opened them
-to their friends, and popular people
had a stenady stream of callers all day
ewho paidl their respects, were served
he refreshments andt went on their way
to the next friend's home. It was
d all very pleasant. but it has passed
h out. although efforts are being made
toi renew the practice.
he Why should not the children help
Sin this revival? They have nothing
Sto do, as a rule. on New Year's day, and
they would doubtless find it delight
ful to put on their best bib and tucker
se and call on all their young friends. It
he wiould be a splendid opportunity to
ht display their new Christmas finery,
ag- and at the Fame time extend to their
his friends their cordial good wishes for
a happy year. Should the children be
he gin calling. it would be a habit with
iii them and thus as they grow older
'he New Year's calls would become an es
he tablished custom, as it used to be.
ist The old year is not dying. It is sim
th ply about t o go aside into the witness
A rtoim of Godl's court. there to await
is the judgment.-C(hicago Interior.
i DECEMBER .ii 1.
tesr day of all the year. since I
d ;ty s(e th pas anr.d' krow
sC. That if thou ctst rot !eavi me h'gh
e- Thou has r.not founl me low.
Ade Ar:d sinOe, as I behild thee die.
Thou leavest me the right to say
toThat I to-morrw still mray vie
the With them that keep the upward way.
are Bnr day of all t' y'ar tor me,
Since I tray start ald gaze
Across the grayish past and.see
So many cr,((ktd ways
nd That might have ltd to misery,
lu- Or. hap)ly, er.dd at Ifsgrace
Best day since thou dolt leave me free
To look the futur, in the face.
Dest day of all days of the year,
kit That was so kin.d, so good.
Since thou dost: leave me still the rear
ast old faith in brotherhood
Best day sir.ce 4, still striving here.
oes May view the past with small regret,
A.d, undisturbed by doubts or fear,
Seek paths that are untrod as yet.
-S. E. Kiser, in Chicago Record'Herald.
Mr. and Mrs. Buglias' New Year's The
Resolutions and How They Were Ye
Finally Disposed Of.
"John Henry," said Mrs. Buggins, a U
day or two before New Year's, "have cha
you made your good resolutions yet pas
for the coming year?" the
"No. Have you?" :esponded her act
husband, bearing down with consid- pre
erable emphasis on the final word. tioi
"Have 1? Why, no; I thought it scr
was only the men who needed to make tra.
good resolutions." jori
"And the women are perfect to be- scil
gin with, eh? Well, Mrs. Buggins, that res
may be your view of the matter, but gin
you wvill find, when you come to discuss of
the question with an intelligent male cu:
citizen--especially if he happens to be er
married-that there is a radical dif- I
ference of opinion on the subject. the
Speaking for myself, I think there is ba!
just as much, or even more, need of sol
the women making good resolutions fig
at this time of the year than there is of
for the men to do so. Now, just for br4
a change, suppose we each draw up a
a set of say seven good resolutions eyl
for the other to sign for the coming re:
year, and see how they look. Is it a m
"Agreed," said Mrs. Buggins, and an
they set to work. At the end of half is
an hour they exchanged papers, and Wa
these are the "Good Resolutions" that a
Mrs. Buggins found staring her in the 0w
face. write, Will S. Gidley, in the Wom- fo1
an's Home Companion: ce
"1. Resolved, that I will keep my us
temper on all occasions and not talk
back to my husband, no matter how wi
great the provocation may be. 'The rnt
least said the soonest mended.' th
"2. That I will refrain from finding fu
fault or showing him that I am an- se
noyed when he is late to dinner or is m:
away from home evenings oftener or o0
later than seems really necessary. cr
"3. That I will not attend every 'bar- e`
gain-sale' I hear of, nor buy anew eC
dress or hat every time I see some th
other woman wearing one that like. he
"4. That I will look after my hus- i"
band's clothing more carefully, and he
see that in the future he does not go hi
with half the buttons either hanging de
by one thread or off entirely. al
"5. That I will give up running P
around the neighborhood and gossip- tI
ing. and attend strictly to my own
g affairs and my home duties.
"6. That I will remember that $20 m
bills are like angels' visits, somewhat m
scarce, and that I will not pout and sulk of
r for half a oay eve.r' time I ask my a
f husband for one and fail to get it. a
C "7. That my husband, being wiser
n than I. I will defer to his judgment t(
and allow him to have his own way Vt
in all things, as a good wife should
The good resolutions which Mrs. Ii
t Buggins had drawn up for Mr. Bug
gins' guidance were much briefer, but 11
they were right to the point. They c
were as follows:
r "1. Resolved, that I will give up
Al "2. That I will resign from the club 1
g and stay home evenings with my fam- c
e "3. That I will keep out of politics f1
r and spend no more money trying to 5
h' get into office or to keep on the right
side of 'the boys.'
"4. That I will cheerfully furnish
s such sums of money as my wife in her
e judgment may deem necessary for
household and personal expenses.
e "3. That I will not growl because I
th my wife spends more tinme than I think a
she really ought to in calling or in
uy entertaining company.
"6. That I will receive my wife's
ly mother with open arms and a glad
smile, no mafter how often she may
visit us nor how long she stays.
"7. That I will be guided wholly by
-e my wife's sound judgment in all ques
tions affecting rny personal habits or
S"Well?" said Mrs. Buggins. inquir
* ingly, after they had finished reading
r. the two sets of resolutions.
e"I'll never sign 'enr! I'd rather be
a mummy in a gilded sarcophagus
e than attach my signalture to such a
ed set of resolutions!" declared Mr. Bug- i
y gins, stoutly
as "And I'll never sign the horrid set
de you drew up;, never!" exclaimed Mrs.
Buggins, with a very red face.
"Tell you what we'd better do," said
np Bugging, somewhat more mildly.
a "Let's work the problem out by can
cellation. I'll cancel my seven 'good
Sresolutions' against your seven, and
er we'll let things slide along as before.
to though we will both probably be the
Sbetter in some respects for having
' drawn out each other's side on the
nr subject. What do you say. Amanda?"
S"I'm willing if you are." said Mrs.
Buggins, softly, and in this sensible
er fashion the threateningwar-cloud was
NEW -EAR'S ASPIRATIONS.
Throughout this year of grace begun
im- ay nothing said, or nothing done
Cs Bring to my face the blush of shame,
ait Nor bring reproach upon Thy name,
My God and' King.
My first al!eglance due to Thee,
For all I am or hope to be,
To Thee I owe;
Ar. may I faithfully discharge
My duties to the world at large,
To friend and foe.
What others may or may not do,
Let me be ever just ar.d true,
And pay my vows.
When truth assailed opposes wrong.
May I with purpose firm and strong
The truth espouse.
Then let Thy precepts be my guide,
And let me In Thy love abide,
Come weal or woe;
And may I through the months ar.d days,
Acknowledge Thee in all my ways,
Wher'er I go.
But if before Its days are doo.e,
That I my earthly race have run,
ThIs Is my plea,
That my unselfish deeds may last.
My faultes. like the forgotten past
May die with me.
-Matthew T. Lindsay, in United Presby
The Custom of Making Good ZNew
Year Resolutions One of Indef
Inite and Fortunate Tenaclty.
Unless there has been a markedi
change in'human nature during the
past year, as many people will begin
the new with a series of good, if not
actually new, resolutions as began the
preceding year under similar condi
tions. Not all of these will sub
scribe to a complete formulated con
tract for improved behavior-the ma
jority, in fact, will resolve subcon
sciously. But the yearly making of
resolutions comes so pat with the be
ginning of a fresh calendar on the first
of each succeeding January that the
custom has an indefinite and altogeth
er fortunate tenacity.
It has been often repeated that
these good resolutions are like glass
balls, in that they are made for the
sole purpose of being broken. The
figure shows an indequate knowledge
of the uses of glass balls; before
breaking they are intended to serve
a more useful purpose in training the
eye and hand of a marksman. A good
resolution, even when broken, gives
mental training very much in the same
fashion. The process of making it
and of honestly trying to carry it out
is a long and necessary first step to
ward the mental strength that makes
a human being actually master of his
own actions. A faculty for comfort.
for example, is a pleasant thing to
carry on a journey, but. laziness is a
useless piece of luggage.
Successful resolutions, all comic
writers to the contrary, are really
made on the first of every January. but
they depend, like genuinely success
ful politics, much more on common
sense than on emotional impulse. A
man who has been intemperate in his
r own comfort-to keep to the one con
crete example of laziness, or to its
even worse form, procrastination-
r can hardly leap into activity and hold
e the pace very long at a time. HIe can,
however, divide his daily existence
into two parts, during one of which
d he may busily tie up the loose ends of
o his occupations, and during the other
devote himself to doing nothing with
all the success to be expected of his
g past experience. Even if he fails in
the effort the attempt is something
n toward a future success along the
same line of endeavor. There is much
o more reason to respect the man who
t makes and breaks a yearly set of res
k olutions, than to respect the discour
y aged individual who gives up trying
a fter a few failures.
r If the whole nation should start out
t to keep the same resolution the real
value of individual endeavor would
d stand out more clearly, and the result,
one may be optimistic enough to be
. lieve1 might prove a revelation to
those who advance the broken glass
t theory. There is the subject of good
y citizenship, for instance. We have re
cently seen, writes R. W. Bergetigren,
in the Philadelphia Saturday Evening
Post, in one case, the result that fol
ib lows when -a whole community be
- comes vitally interested in its polities,
and in another the result that comes
a from a merely conventional interest.
to Suppose that every citizen in the coun
t try should resolve for one year to un
derstand political questions, to think
h for himself. and to act up to his con
er victions. Even counting those who
r fall by the wayside, the result might
bring back the generally informed po
litical earnestness of our first. nation
k al elections; and the actual power felt
in by each man, in the strength of his
own knowledge, might. go far to re
affirm that resolution universally on
ad the first of next January.
SOME FOREIGN CUSTOMS.
New Year's the Great Day of the Year
or in France-Boys Masters of the
Situation 'In Russia.
In France New Year's day is the
great day of the year. It is to the
e French child what 'Christmas is to
us the young people of America-the
a day for the giving and receiving of
In the gloomy old royal palace of
et Madrid, also, the first day of the
rs. year is a happy and merry festival.
The queen regent takes care that all,
sid even to the humblest servants, have
. a share in the socalled aguinaldos,
or New Year's bounties.
od But it is in Russia that the boys
nd find themselves most completely
remasters of the situation on New
he Year's day, says the Youth's Com
ng panion, for in that land the opening
the day of the year is especially the child
r. ThU boys rise with the sun, taking
ble care to fill their pockets with dried
.ns peas and wheat. Then they go from
house to house in a riot of fun. As
doors are never locked it is easy for
them to effect an entrance. The
dried peas are to be thrown at their
enemies, but the wheat is for their
friends. They sprinkle it upon any
of their friends whom they may be
f.rtunate enough to find asleep, and
hurl the peas with stinging force at
After breakfast the handsomest
horse in the village is brought out,
its trappings are decorated with
evergreen and berries, and the animal
is led to the house of the nobleman
of the place, followed by the pea and
wheat-shooters of the early morn
ing. The lord admits horse and
guests to his parlor, where all his
family are gathered. This is the
greeting of the peasants, old and
Syoung, to their lord and master. The
t,rigin of the custom is shrouded in
mystery, but it is supposed to date
from very early times.
The Old, Old Stoary.
Blinks--I suplose you will swear
off the first of the year.
sby- Jinks--Oh, yes; off and on, as usual
-Chicago Daily News.