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New Year's Resolution by Barbara Kerr OMMY-TROT,” christened Thomas Trotwood Bimey, sprawled on the table at his father's elbow. He was encaged In printing some thing which be carried about with him. "It's an awful hard job, ain’t it, daddyT But I guess gentle- i <n»n* has to do It anyway, don't we?” “What's that. Sir Thomas?" asked his father, glancing up from his book. “Why, the New Year res-o-lution thing." answered Tommy as he labo riously put on some finishing touches. “Pretty big word, that. What about itr “Yep, but then I don't say It much. It’a sort of like a bet. You bet you do or you bet you don’t. An' I'm going to bet I do.” And Tommy closed his book on a little fat finger and climbed on his father's knee. "And what is it yon’re betting you'll do, Busterkins?" smiled his father, rumpling up the boy's brown curls. The child was unusually serious; he looked intently at his father. “I’m going to see about getting a lady for Our home, daddy. I'm so tired being wlvout one. I—l want a muvver, dad dy—a muvver is so handy.” And try as he might to make his declaration very matter of fact, Tommy-Trot’s chin quivered and he hid his face on his father's shoulder. Mr. Birney laid aside bis pipe and for a full long minute said nothing. “So that’s your New Year’s resolution, Engaged In Printing Something. is It, old man, to get as a lady for our home?" He somehow could not say the word mother lightly, though it had been five long years since Tommy's mother died. “It would be nice. Have you found any one, spoken to any one yetr “I'd like to hove the lady wiv the shiny eyes that takes me to school mornings,” admitted Tommy. “I asked her once was she a muvver, and she said no. Just only a little boy's aunt. I spect she's so busy being a aunt that she wouldn’t have any time to be a muvver," and the child sighed deject edly. “I wlsht you'd ask her daddy. Won't you?” “Why, I don't know Miss Woodhurn, old man." The father smiled a little ruefully as he remembered that he had thought to strike up an acquaintance through the child, but Miss Woodburn had coldly repulsed him. though she had long been a fast friend of Tom my's, stopping for him to slip his hand into hers, as she hurried to her school room, which was in the same building aa the kindergarten. “I think we have pretty good times together, after all. Shall daddy be the bear tonight?" “I'm most afraid I’m sick, daddy," murmured the boy; “I spect I’d better go to bed." Mr. Birney gathered Tommy-Trot up solicitously and prepared him for bed. "I wlsht your lap fitted me better, daddy. I'm going to get the New Tear lady’s lap to fit like Benny Jones’ mower’s does,” complained the child, drowsily. The next morning Miss Grace Wood burn slackened her pace, expecting Tommy to come running as usual, then she retraced her steps, walking slowly past the house. The door swung open and Mr. Birney, coatless, an apron tied about his neck, frantically ex plained that Tommy-Trot was very sick with the croup, that the doctor was trying to get a nurse, but he feared the child would die before they could get help, as the woman who kept their cottage was away. Fortunately Miss Woodburn had taken a first-aid course; also. In her strenuous business of being an aunt, she had helped to take little Nephew Peter through a very severe attack of croup. She knew that every minute was precious. She began drawing off her gloves and unfastening her wraps as she hastened after Mr. Birney. She telephoned her assistant to take her place till farther orders, then reached oat her hand for the apron. Lovingly heat over Tommy-Trot, who held Hail and Farewell FAREWELL TO THE OLD Old Year, thy life is well-nigh spent. Thy feet are tottering and slow, Thy hoary head with age is bent, The tine is here for thee to go; Already in the frozen snow A lonely grave is made for thee; The winds are chanting dirges low. Upon the land and on the sea. Old Year, thou wert a friend to some— To some thou wert of worth untold, Thy days were blessings, every one. More precious far than shining gold: But unto others, thou a foe Did prove thyself—an enemy. Relentless as the chains of woe— As ruthless as the maddened sea. Some will rejoice to know thee dead. Others will mourn thee as a friend; Some will look back on thee with dread. Others their praises to thee lend; I neither offer praise nor blame, Old Year, for what you brought to me, For unto me both joy and pain Your active hands gave lavishly. Thy solemn death-hour draws a-nigh— And hark! I hear thy funeral knell Slow pealing through the darkened sky— Farewell, Old Year—farewell, farewell! HAIL TO THE NEW Hail! hail! to thee, O virgin year! Not yet a day’s length on thy throne, — Thou with the merry eyes and clear And joyous voice of dulcet tone: Hail! hail! to thee, thou strong of limb; Our praise is thine, O youthful king, For thou art pure of woe and sin. Thy young hands yet but blessings bring. The monarch who is laid away Within the catacomb of years Was harsh and ruthless in his day— Seemed less to love our joys than tears; We look for blessings manifold, New Year, from thy pure sinless hand,' We trust thy heart will ne’er grow cold Toward us—and our Native Land. Bring healing to the hearts now sore From wounds the cruel Old Year made; The veil of peacefulness draw o’er The woes at each heart-threshold laid: We cannot love a tyrant king! Our hearts refuse to loyal be To one who takes delight to fling Upon our hearts keen misery! Be kind to us—that we may say. When comes the time for thee to go; “O darling year, we grieve to-day. Because we all have loved thee so!” •Good Housekeeping. out his hand to her; deftly she smoothed hla pillow, asking quick questions as to doctor’s orders '-and showing the bewildered father how to follow them, all the time talking in soothing, comforting little sentences to the child. “We’re good pals, aren't we. Tommy? And we’re going to have some awfully good times together, aren't we? And will you make a bar gain with me? When my little Peter kins was sick he did just what I want ed him to do. Will you do that, dar ling? If you will you maj' call me Aunt Grace, just as he does. Will you, dearest?” “Rawer call you muvver," whis pered the chiid hoarsely. The color flooded Miss Woodburn’s face, but with a little life hanging in the balance there was no time to hesi tate. “All right, little man, it’s a bar- "Rawer Call You Muvver." gain and you'll take the bad medicine just as if it were good.” Patiently she worked, sending the grateful father flying on errands, or telephoning the doctor to ask for fuller directions. No man has any concep tion of a woman's resourcefulness till he sees her trying to save the life of some one dangerously ill. Mr. Thomas Blrney watched, fascinated, the move ments of this highly competent young woman who seemed never to give him a thought except to order him about. Noon came— the afternoon was almost spent before the child was sleeping calmly in her arms, the crisis passed. “We re won r she announced to the THE CHEYENNE REPORT). father, “and if you will get me a glast of hot milk I will be very grateful. ' “I’m ashamed not to have though! of that myself.” he told her remorse fully as he hurried to obey. When he returned she tried to dispatch him to get himself something to eat. “I’d rather not," he assured her; “I do not think I could eat. I only want to make you understand how much I appreciate what you have done for me and Tommy-Trot. We’ll be your de voted slaves from now on and Tom my’s father will run him a close race, Miss Woodburn.” “It was mighty fortunate that 1 re membered that I had promised to stop for him,” she said quietly. “But I think now that you had better get your din ner at once and then I will run home for mine when you return.” Her tone brooked no argument, although Mr. Birney much preferred to look at the picture of her holding his sleeping child than to eat. Shortly after Miss Woodburn had her dinner Mr. Birney, in distress, tele phoned that Tommy had awakened and was crying hysterically for her. Would she come and stay a little while and get him to take one more dose of medicine? Hastily putting on her wraps. Miss Woodburn started for the Birneys’, taking with her an old nurse who she knew* would stay with Tommy for the night. “You pwomised me!” he wailed. “You shan’t go back to Peter; I’ll fwash him!” Abashed, but smiling. Miss Wood burn soothed the child, who clung to her till she assured him over and over again that she would return in the morning, and Mrs. Brown would stay till she came back. When Tommy-Trot was finally quieted for the night, Mr. Birney Insisted on taking Miss Wood burn home, and it seems that most of the time was spent in telling her about his family and his prospects, as though he felt It necessary that she should be thoroughly acquainted with his biog raphy. Next day he made the ac quaintance of her father and repeated the story and much more about him self and Tommy-Trot. And as Tommy soon learned the way to the Wood burns* also the neighbors are wonder ing whose courtship Is the most ardent, Mr. Blrney's or Tommy-Trot's. But certain It la that Miss Grace Woodburn la to be the New Year lady in the Birney home. (Copyright, I9t». by McClure Newspaper inSciti > U. S. SAILORS HELD IN MEXICO CARRANZA IS WARNED BY LANS ING IN NOTE BENT TO MEXICO. OUTRAGES MUST CEASE TWO SAILORS ARREBTED AND HELD IN JAIL AT MAZATLAN. W *>.«•? *ru New Hamper Union New* Service. Washington, Dec. 28. —The attitude of tin? Mexican authorities in the cases of the two American sailors who are held in restraint at Mazatlan, and of Frederick Hugo, the manager of a ha cienda in Couhuila recently held for ransom by Villi.stas, has renewed ten sion in the Mexican situation, which was brought almost to the verge of a break in the Jenkins ease. Secretary Lansing received a report from the American consul general at Mazatlan that neither of the American sailors has been released although they have been in custody many days. Secretary (musing has directed the American embassy to take up the mat ter of the arrest of the sailors with the Carranza government and at the same time directed our embassy in the Mexican capital to renew the request that “every possible step” be taken to arrest the bandits who kidnaped Hugo and hold him for ransom in Couhuila. The State Department officially an nounced its attitude in a statement is sued by direction of Secretary Lansing in connection with the Hugo case which contained this significant sen tence : • “The embassy lias been instructed to insist to the Mexican foreign office that such outrages shall not be re pealed.” The statement authorized by Secre tary Lansing follows: -The Deportment of State lms in structed the American embassy at Mexico City to renew request that ov oiry posiblc step lie taken to arrest tin* bandits who kidnaped Frederick Hugo, manager of the hacienda Las Itucias, near Musqui/., in Couhuila, recently, and held him for ransom and the em bassy lias been instructed to insist to tlie Mexican foreign office that such outrages shall not he repeated. •The department's information is that Hugo was released upon agree ment that within twelve days he would pay a ransom of $1,900, and that there were taken from ranches owned by Americans approximately ' 100,000 pesos, 148 horses and a large supply of food. “The department, lias been advised that while there were only 400 of the bandits engaged in the attack on Mux quiz the Mexican federal force of about 750 men and six machine guns located less than forty miles distant took no steps to relieve Masquiz. “The Mexican federal forces were under command of Generals Kicatit and Peraldin, according to the depart ment’s information shortly after the attack took place, and those forces did not attempt to go into Musquiz until after the Villistas evacuated the town." Restrained from Working Mines. Minot, S. D. —District Judge Frank A. Fisk granted a permanent Injunc tion to eleven operators of coal mines in northwest Dakota restraining the state from interfering with the opera tion of these mines. The judge de clared that the action of Governor Fra zier and Adjutant General Frazier in seizing and attempting to operate lig nite mines was unconstitutional. Allies Let Italy Keep Fiume. Paris. —Gabriele d’Aniitmzio is re ported to have abandoned eommund at Fiume, according to a dispatch re ceived here from Koine. The dis patch adds that tin* poet-soldier is on the high sens. Premier Nitti. address ing the Chamber in Koine, announced tlint Italy had the friendly consent, if not the complete adhesion, of France and Great Britain on the Fiume ques tion. Tlie proposal made to the allies with regard to Flume, the premier added, was the minimum. He said the govern men t recently hud asked the regular and irregular forces to retire from tlie town. Reopen Mexican Silver Mines. Kt Paso, Tex.—Change* in Mexican laws allowing exportation of silver will result in two of the biggest mines In Chihuahua being reopened after Jan. 1, it was announced here by F. L Cunningham, an owner of one. The mines had been closed for several years. Government Must Show Cause. Washington.—Tlie Supreme Court ordered .the government to show cause, Jan. 5, why original proceed ings should not he instituted by the state of Rhode Island and New Jer sey retail liquor dealers to have de termined the constitutionality of the national prohibition constitutional amendment. Tlie court recessed until Jan. 5 without handing down uu opin ion on the constitutionality sections of the Volstead prohibition enforce ment act affecting the alcoholic con tent of beer. Sherman's March to the Sea. On November 10, In 1804, General Sherman begun his march from Atlan ta to the sea. The purpose of the march was to go through Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah, cutting a swath 00 miles wide, thereby splitting the Confederacy and destroying the great source of supply of the Southern army. The troops. 00,000 In number, .lived on the country through which they passed. There was little bloodshed through out the march, but the area through which the army passed was utterly denuded. Railroads, crops, factories, horses, clothing—everything—was ap propriated or destroyed. Important to Mothoro Examine carefully every bottle of CASTORIA, that famous old remedy for infants and children, and see that it In Use for Over 80 Years. Children Cry for Fletchers Oastoria Microcline. Microeline is a variety of feldspar, characterized by cleavages at. right angles to one another. It bus a vitre ous luster and is white to cream-yel low in color, and sometimes red or green. 'Hie beautiful green varieties are known as Amazon stone and tire occasionally cut for semiprecious stones. The ordinary microeline. which is found both as crystals and in masses in granitic rocks, is of common oc currence; excellent specimens are! found at. Magnet Grove. Ark. GREEN’S AUGUST FLOWER. Constipation invites other troubles which come speedily unless quickly checked and overcome by Green’s August Flower which is a gentle laxa tive, regulates digestion both in stomach and intestines, cleans and sweetens the stomach and alimentary canal, stimulates the liver to secrete the bile and Impurities from the blood. It is a sovereign remedy used in many thousands of households all over the civilized world for more than hulf a century by those who have suffered with indigestion, nervous dyspepsia, sluggish liver, coining up of food, pal pitation, constipation and other in testinal troubles. Sold by druggists and dealers everywhere. Try a bottle, take no substitute. —Adv. Record Pecan Crop. San Saba, Texas, has won national reputation the home of the paper shell pecan. This season has been par ticularly adapter! to this species of food ami 11)111 will go down in history as the banner year for San Snba pecans. A conservative estimate gives the present crop as 50 or 60 carloads. The product from a single tree Is selling for $45 per tree unthrashed, while the retail value is from 17 cents to 25 cents per pound. Many of the trees have an average of 800 pounds. One buyer lias contracted for 350,000 pounds. Circumventing the Barrage. Mrs. Newedd —John, we’ll have to have a speaking tube from the dining room to the kitchen. Newedd —Why? Mrs. Newedd —Well, I must get some way of talking to the cook without iiaving her throw dishes at me.—Bos ton Evening Transcript. The prices of cotton and linen have been doubled by the war. Lengthen their service by using Red Cross Bag Blue in the laundry. All grocers, sc. A Fast Thinker. “This long, dark liair on your coat, Henry?” “Oh —er —a horsehair, my ovo.” “Most likely! And no doubt you got It in an automobile?" “Exactly, my dear. The seat cover ing was worn through and some of the stuffing came out." —Birmingham Age llerald. Cuticura for Pimply Faces. To remove pimples and blackheads smear them with Cuticura Ointment. Wash off In five minutes with Cuti cura Soap and hof water. Once clear keep your skin clear by using them for dally toilet purposes. Don’t fall to In clude Cuticura Talcum.—Adv. A War Sufferer. Tin* finest —It’s awful to think of the suffering caused by the war. Tin* Porter —I*ll say so. Take me. rinstnncc. I was in vaudeville with a swell monologue in German dialect, hut T couldn’t get a bookin’ during tin* war an* bad to take this Job. Mult Be One or the Other. “That gentleman who just entered is a free thinker." “Oh. indeed! Is he a bachelor or a widower?” —Philadelphia Record. Often it is found that the patient Is bluffing when the doctor calls. 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