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.U Bat. : * r't Qmas onthe farm tiklrtlug close the frozen brooklet, with Its mirror face of ice Are the willows with their tinkling hells a-werry In the morn: The winds they softly waft on wings the song» of paradise, And the snow crust glistens brightly In the early sun that's shorn Of Its gleam and glow and glister, by the nodding hemlock trees Spreading high their graven brunches to the golden lights that kiss The stumps, like eoivled monks kneeling low ly on their bended knees; Such Is dawn of Christmas morning on the farm—and children's bilss. Hear the prattle of the youngsters, ns they tumble from their beds. Eyes avoid and hearts so eager, senree ran wait to greet the feast; Hamper-sea roper down the stairway, rosy cheeks and ear y heads. Baby blossoms all. Hod Idess them! we could spare not one at least. Presents- who can name or count them'/ do.Is and drums and pretty tilings To make happy all oar bullies, make them merry with delight. How they chatter with sweet voices; how the music echo brings Gentle thrills of sweetest rapture to the mother heart so bright. —Good Housekeeping. ♦ * Bronson's Luck. BY ELIZABETH A. YORE. ® RONSON'S luck ngnin, poor fel ler! It beats tile dicken» how that chap's laid luck follows him. Thft Big Penny mine sold for a cool $50 (KHJ to-day, an' lie sold the claim for $200 last week. Got discouraged on account of his lust sickness, an' was hard up, I guess; so he jest nachelly gave a fortin' away. It's too bad!" The crowd at the Happy Thought— the only tavern of which Blue Gulch boasted—suddenly parted nnd drew >.ticM •s a tail, emaciated man in shabby gar ments silently pushed his way through • ml passed out into the darkness. Tiieiv was something in the mute anguish or liitr white, wasted face—n look of such utter despair iti Ids eyes—thut the noisy crowd was suddenly silent. "Poor devil!" muttered someone com niiseratingly. "It is rough on him, and mi mistake!" The man in question walked mistend' Il y down the street; he was very weak from the long illness that hud kept him Idle for many weeks. Fifty thousand dollars. The Big Penny mine had been sold for $50,000. Ill* mine, that he had tolled over—from which he had hoped so much—aye, about which he had even said a prayer, lie who had never prayed before, so much (lit) it mean to him, and finally, pressed to the É ml ,t % ! v M 'll i III i * », •''j r TAI.I., hllAIUlK» AM» .«■lAlllli. wall, sick and hopeless, he had sold it only last week for a mere song! He shivered slightly and his lips twitched piteously. "Fifty thousand dollars," he muttered "and it meant salvation,®Iife. hope happiness, perhaps. Oh, heaven! ami 1 threw it away for $200! My luck again!" Hi 1 staggered slightly, and sinking down oil the steps of a neighboring doorway, buried liis faee iu his thill hands. "Marvia! Marvia!" It was a hitter ery. full of the pent-up anguish of ten long, weary years of fruit less effort, of patient, unceasing labor, unrewarded: of privation, endurance and failure. All the anguish of hope defer red, the torture of years of heart-hunger unspeakable was in that ery. Philip Brotison was that saddest of all sad objects, a failure. An unsuccessful man. at whose best and bravest efforts Fate had mocked a man whose reputa tion of always being out of luck went with him and made him the joke of ev ery community iti which lie lived. Indeed it seemed to precede him, for no matter how glowing were the prospects, how promising the outlook, "Bronson's luck" was always there to meet him. He had gone everywhere and was well known in ull the mining districts in California, and "Bronson's luck" had become notorious. Ten years before Philip Bronson had said good-by to tlie only woman he had ever loved, after winning from her a promise to wait for him until he could make a comfortable home for her in the "West. He went to California with the few hundreds he possessed and engaged in mining. But when he bought mining atock he kept it too long or sold It too hoarsely. I he His strict honesty was frequent lle tried other things. soon. ly imposed upon, but his efforts were always unsuccess ful. He had gone steadily downward, and now at 35, sick, broken-spirited, hopeless, and almost penniless, he looked what he was, a dispirited, heart-broken man. old before his time. Five years ago he had sent Marvia Kelknap her freedom. He was a proud as well as an humble man, and would not ask her to accept poverty; for even then he was losing hope. Since then ho had heard of tier falling heir to n large fortune, and later of a trip abroad. Only a short Mme ago, when the Big Penny seemed Co offer flattering prospects, lie fore his illness, he had seen a Boston newspaper which mentioned lier as being present at some social function at the Hub, and she was still unmarried. He bad dared hope a little then. If the Big Penny should turn out well! She had loved him once, and she wus still unmar ried. But now— He groaned aloud and his quivering lips whispered brokenly: "Marvia! Marvia!" ed Chinatown was if the It was Christmas eve. «II ablaze with light. The glare electric llgiits mingled with the more subdued light of innumerable Chinese lan terns prott-nleil a striking, fantasti • scene as quaint and novel to eyes as if was picturesque. A gay party of Eastern tourists visit ing San Francisco were "slumming" in unaccustomed Chinatown. "Oh, Marvin, do look at thnt odd little mite of humanity!" cried a bright-faced girl as a toddling Chinese baby, gorgeous in magnificent attire, was led past by his proud mother. A tall woman wrapped in silks and fur turned with a swift smile at the impetu ous exclnmntion and said in a sweet, well-modulated voice: "He is an odd little mite, certainly." At her words a man, shabby to the last degree, standing in the shadow of the Chinese theater, started suddenly and leaned forward. The light fell full upon his white face and emaciated form. He trembled violently and involuntarily stretched out his hand. A passionate hunger burned in his sunken eyes. Sud denly he withdrew his hand and shrank hack into the shadows, his face convuls ed with pain. "Marvia!" he whispered, but it was only a whisper. "What is it, Marvia? You look as if you had seen a ghost!" cried the bright faced girl in astonishment. But Marvia Belknap did not heed the question. Her eyes were dark with ex citement and her face white to the lips. Alto pushed Iter friend's hand aside au<l stepped within the shadow of the thon L*r. in "Philip!" site cried in a low voice. But 'he man who had stood there but a moment before had vanished. Philip Bronson dragged himself wenr ilw up -lie rickety stairs to his wretched, ivmfor'less room. A week before lie had drifted aimlessly to San Francisco, where a relapse of his illness had taken liis lit tV remaining strength and money. And to-niglil he had looked into heaven—one brief lo'k, and then, like the brave man that he was, lie had turned resolutely away f oin it. He had not heard that cry, he *lnd not seen the tenderness in the eyes of *he only woman he had ever loved. He had only seen her in her beauty, pros tterous, happy and beloved, while he was un outcast. How long nnd steep the stairs were! He climbed on wearily, a hopeless look in his eyes. His face was set and piti ful. H.t> entered his room and threw him self on tlie bed. Suddenly he gave a mirthless laugh. "It if Bronson's luck again," he mut tered, »nil fell into weak sobbing—the sotis of a heart-broken man. He did not hear the steps on the stairs nor the sound of low voices outside, nor diil he know that tin* door was pushed softly open. He did not hear the rustle of siiki ti garments oil the bare floor, as a women with the divine compassion of angels fn her faee, and a great light of love sliibing in lier eyes, erossed the room. A moment later site was on her knees by the led. "Phil, p!" she whispered. He started and turned in amazement. | His fai'e worked piteously, and a ery • broke from him, a ery of love, humilia- I i I—I saw you—I could not tion. shame ami longing. "Mar'in! stay-" He broke off suddenly, the tears rolled down lbs shrunken face. I She took his hand and hold it tightly, a world of tenderness and reproach in her ej "How could you run away from me, Philip? Did .you not know I would fol low you? Why have you not allowed me to know where you were- that you were il' ami ill trouble? Why did you give me back my freedom? 1 did not ask for it." "I—l failed in everything, Marvin." he sail! chokingly. "I was always in hard luck. 1 had nothing to offer you. I am a hopelrss failure. But—thank heaven— I have »ion you once more. Marvia—and now. dour, 1 thank you for coming, but —1 cannot accept your pity." She bint over him suddenly, nnd put ting her arms about 'him, drew his head to her breast. Though doubters doubt, and seoff Cotuo t us. Christmas, good dd ers scoff. day. Soften us, cheer us. say our To hearts which thrift, too keep» In bonds, while fellow sleeps. And peace ou earth seems still far off: ay eager, feeling Good Christmas whom our chil dren love, We love you too! Lift us above Our cares, our fears, our small desires! Open our hands and stir the fires Of helpful fellowship within us. Awl back to love and klnduess win us. learned they know The gospel stories nre not so; Though greedy man Is greedy still. And competition chokes good will. While rich men sigh and poor men fret. The world can't »pare It» Christ mas yet! Time tuny do better—maybe not Meanwhile let's keep the day Though doctors think I / i we've got. 'It 1» Christ I—I never Philip!" »he »aid softly, day—listen to the bells! gave you a Christmas gift yet, dear, but I give you one now. It is myself, Philip. Do not refuse it—the only gift I ever of fered you—I have loved you so long, denr." And Philip, lifting passionate, hungry eyes to her face, saw Paradise. "Is—this—the way—that women love?" he asked in a whisper. liaising his wasted arms, he put them about her neck. mas ! The shabby coat sleeve ted against the rich fur at her throat. re» He laughed feebly. "Bronson's luck has changed!" E olr f !ea n cher told Hits to rite some i Christ mus compost-1 P lions last week, so spoke to paw it and ast | ri "\V 11 " he says ! "von mite sa vthat f t wouldn't of! Been for Spain ' Amerika uiltcn't of ; ever got discovered and if it wouldn't of been for Germunny the man that invent ed Christmus mite of (Jot diseurridged becoz he couldn't find the rite kind of Backing. Spain furnished the Capitle for Coltiniluis and (Jermitimy put up t ie ^ 1 It's the There. I full of I I PAW ON CHRISTMAS TOY BUSINESS. m&) i w about Him what I better : first ehitvbly for Santa Claus. "What a bewtille tiling it is to Thiuk how the Hermans have always made the merry Yuletide merrier yet. greatest day of all The year over That's when the Hermitn hart is There's where the first man ever song. got tripped on the end of his Blanket and fell down stairs when he was playing Santa Claus. So that's the reason Kris Kringle and Santa are both German dis sent." After lie waited nwhile and Looked at maw kind of sad for a minute he says: "Of corse they are no use in Enny buddy trying to pierce a hole thru the Gloom hanging over this Faultily with a joke. Yes, it's a bewtillle thot. almost seem to see the little German chil dren gathered around The Home surckle 1 can 1 , u . t 111 au '' a 'V'l stamping Toys and things as fast ns they can with stamps that Say 'Made in Her mutiny' nnd sending them away to Far off Climbs where peeple are so bi/.zy kill ing hogs and Bilding youniversities that they mite Forget all about the Dear old Sentiment if they didn't begin along about a Muntil cited of Time to Fill tile over there in I store windows with things Tlint got made in Geriiiunny the summer before, wonder the Germans 1 itv Christmus. They ; need it in their biztiess. The Germans j say 'We Care not who makes the world's Locomotives and Steal rails if we Can make its Christmas toys.' So that's where Germunny got tile Bulge on Spain." j "In what way?" maw ast. j "Well, you see." paw says, "Spain staked Columbus, hut got squeezed out of the plant he started up over Here. Her- ! niunny opened the first account with Santa Claus nnd still lias him oa the Books. Tlint shows it's always a Good tiling to mix a little Thrift in with your, sentiment if yovi enn Do it without Lettin' on."—Georgie, in Chicngo Record-Herald. No New Y r ear's Greeting. ! eàm •i. >1 | Green. • "Worried! 1 should say 1 am. I those?" i eoat po of accounts. r ml \ 1 / J // 'IP. / "You look worded. Brown," said See And lie drew out of his over bet a great bundle of statements "11a! ha!" laughed Green, make Christmas you wfll present to your wife, I will you, without counting the eost first?" The lines around Brown's eyes deepened and his mouth drooped nadly. he said, "tlint's not it. Then are not f ir presents I made my wife." "Why, what are they for, then?" ask ed Green, womleringly. "For the presents my wife made nie." And the men shook hands in tender sympathy. "No." Christ mas in China. In China Christmas is a sun festival, nnd lias connection with the winter sol stice. It is called the Winter Sun, or sometimes the festival of the Tree Spirits, tin* festival of tile Forest Dragon, an occasion of much merriment, and festival of tin» tiler localities or m It is one of the accompanying formalities is the renewal of the "ghost pa; T Il i»i FROM DISPATCHES. ! CULLED Complete Review of Happen!«»*» In Both Euter» anil Weitern Hemis phere» for «he Paat Week—Nation al, Historical. Political and Fer ai Event» Tersely Expounded. ■on At Troy, Idaho, recently, W. H. Mann brakeman on an extra train, was nm over by an engine and instantly ^Mr.' Hanna on ship subsidies, in a speech before Bosbonuans at a banquet. pointed out to the merchants that America pays yearly into the pockets of foreign ship owners $200,000,000. Wat | terson of Kentucky also sipoke. A handcar containing three Italian ! laborers struck by a Northern Pa- j ciflc freight tra!l,n 011 a CUrVe Shlr ' \ ley - Mo"' 1 * 118 - ° n « ° r the men was ' torn to fragments, but the other two es ; caped uninjured. | Jacob Schaefer holds championship of world at billiards. In New York he defeated George Slosson in a 400-point g ame by a margin of 35 points. The contegit was mediocre and brilliant by ^ turns Schaefer also defeated Morn 1 lngstar. Mr. Dawson, of Boston, says that con trol of the United States Metal Selling I company had changed, and was now owned joimtly by the Amalgamated •I He declared that the Metal 'Selling com pany had contracted to buy for five I years from January 1 the product of the Amalgamated, the Calumet & Hoc I la and the Rio Tintas mines. : Copper Company, the Rothschilds and the Calumet & Hecla Mining company whelmed the Republicans in the recent Boston elections, Gen. Patrick A. Col completely over The Democrats 1 iii s being elected mayor over Mayor; Hart by the largest plurality in a quar ter of a century. The Democrats like wise obtained control of both branches eovernment elected their ot government, elected thedr street commissioners and practically all their candidates for the school com mission. As usual the city voted strongly in favor of license. John Hay has been selected as the I orator for the memorial service in honor of the late President McKinley, to be held by both houses of congress. ; j The jury in the trial of Mrs. Lola Ida Bonine, accused of the murder of James Seymour Ayres, Jr., the young census clerk killed in the Kenmore ho j j ! Courts, St. Louis, and announced that I one-third of the $5,000 offered by his company would be awarded the six de tel last spring, returned' a verdict of "not guilty," after being out about four hours. F. D. 'Elliott, representing the Great Northern railroad, called at the Four tectives who arrested Kilpatrick, the Montana train robber suspect. Members of the executive committee of the national council of the G. A. R. at a meeting in Chicago decided to hold i the next annual encampment of the j organization at Washington, D. C. I has been directed that the encampment be held 'in the fall, although the exact date will not be selected until tomor row. it Laura Bullion, the female companion of Ben Kilpatrick, the Montana train robber susipect, who was convicted of having in his possession forged na tional bank notes, was today sentenced by United States District Judge Adams ! t0 flve years' imprisonment in federal prison at Leavenworth, _ Kilpatrick received a sentence of fif teen years' imprisonment at Jefferson City. Fire recently destroyed the large factory of the Brooklyn Cooperative company iu Williamsburgh N Y Los-* $200,000. the Kan. John Swinton, for .. many years an editorial writer on the New York daily papers, died recently at his home in Brooklyn, aged 80 There is years. a general strike of iron near Madrid, men are affected. It has been proved that the kers' riots at Cadiz anarchists workers at Barcelona, v ine thousand recent ba were fomented by At Chicago the total destruction the Lincoln of avenue car barn of the Chicago Traction from a fire. company resulted All the cars and trailers used on the Lincoln destroyed. avenue line were i.oss $130.000. The Brussels Independence sa >'S that Dr. Sylvester, formerly American, but French physician, spectrograph which enables the telephone to see each other. At Haverhill. Mass., Mark Knipe, shoe manufacturer of national is Beige an now a naturalized has invented a users of a repute. prominent ornithologist and taxider mist and pioneer, is dead, years. aged 73 Mr. Knipe's private collection or birds is one of the the United States. most valuable in A rumor Is current in Vienna that Count Golouehowski, the Austro-Hun garian minister of foreign affairs, is about to resign, owing to the refusal or Emperor Francis Joseph to sanction his arbitrary proposition to satisfy German complaints arising from anti-German demonstrations in Galicia. the WA SH IN filon The town of Lind i s ated. to in l New Whatcom is terfelt money of from dollars to dimes " B| David S. Baldwin, one * , Pioneers of the Walla died recently of senile der,!' 1 The Créât Northern J " chine now at Marcus laiw* rate of one and one-half Walla Walla valley coming alarmed at the recent which'ha! of the p, flooded a ü dental-. and the severe frosts ed that section. * ' ie Honing students " ** Inown ' a ïpoT _ Deputy Grain Inspector G<3 that there were 207 carload Inspected at Spokane duringv! State Superintendent Bryan \ oidedHo give the teachers thetj doubt raised and will j as necessary 8 ™ " ' \ Nine hundred people Elks' hall last Jeffries, champion heavyweight | of the world, give an intereiti exciting exhibition of his po» m rla ®' . . . "iflent r^!Î! , button ' that threw -, fitl!? 1 ;'' the Spokane theater and e d the big Woodmen of the to brat ion at Spokane last week. W. W. Phillips, a freight bra was instantly killed at Alfalfi ? oppenish, last week. Phillips, , ' ag tb ® tra1 "' and in the first car to the tender, sliin fell between, 11 cars passing;! •I body, cutting and mangling ill. ( rible manner, ; The most remarkable of that has been reported in the j valley comes from C. H. Wime; mining rei entity week to s :of or 2950 bushels, an average of is els to the acre, : potatt , Hill. Last spring he planted fit. to potatoes. He has harvested t During March and April th? era Pacific will put on sale daiit Paul. Minneapolis, Duluth and; perlors a second class one wayi ' tlcket to s b^ane at $22.50; ! j Butte and Anac(m(la , Mont . ,| p or tiand, Ore., and Northen coast common points, $25. \V. W. Landes, a prisoner ta of horse stealing, sentenced tol years in the state prison and J 'bail while his appeal is pending.« lowed to ride to Loomis from Col ly on private business alone bjl H. H. Nichols. Of his own acaj prisoner returned after two dad in Loomis. He is now in jail a Copies of Representative Joei for the sale of grazing lands j state of Washington provides! sale of purely grazing lands atlJ acre, 25 cents in cash and the J iu four equal annual paymenisl can be made in tracts of not nui 320 acres. The bill further M that only persons who own teil are occupying land under thelaa of the United States can purcia only one purchase can be maatl individual. Furthermore, thewj chased must be contiguous to àj owned or occupied by the purca in of of R. Famine in China. it Pekin, Dec. 15.—The Christian investi^ commissioner, who is famine in China, writes from ! province of Shan Si. that the crops will furnish food for a fe* but, being the first successful will not be sufficient of five years until the next harvest is gite he predicts a repetition of the# tlie coming spring, the deaths from Ile est tniii tho famine in •25.000, or 30! He rode for 0* h of the province numlier of the population, through villages non river, and during this time s' 200 people. Tho whole regn 1 la ted. Bold Work by Robl"' 4 Poughkeepsie, X. 'i ■■ P 00, 1 lars entered tlie Rhinebeck p®' bank last night. Mowing <>l* n In the postoflitt ; the wlw an in both places, stamps and money to but in the bank they s ecu rei n* Tlie robbers seized Hurry ^ rural mail carrier, who «* office, gagged and bound him. 1,1 to a blacksmith shop. ' chair, threw a blanket over li® that hr It of up the forge fire so freeze. A night watchman day was also captured and p!* J blacksmith shop. Accordin? '^| there were seven of the burg® na® 4 !Vo» Peter Golilcn Rochester. N. Y.. D ,>c - ( den. the Irish champion. " pn go as you please walking closed at midnight, with a This is said a re of miles and 10 laps, as a world's record for a ra« a over a 20 lap track. Wnltlionr Won HI*' New York. Deo. H> of Atlanta, Gn.. of the MoEaehern and Walthour. at the Madison ^ ^ He erossed the tap f 73 in is day race tonight. ahead of Wilson. Then Babcock, Butler and Samtig dß much ^ j there*'j You can't see too face, unless It is that of cheek.