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.
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
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
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
"Fifty thousand dollars," he muttered
"and it meant salvation,®Iife.
hope happiness, perhaps. Oh, heaven!
ami 1 threw it away for $200! My luck
Hi 1 staggered slightly, and sinking down
oil the steps of a neighboring doorway,
buried liis faee iu his thill hands.
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
His strict honesty was frequent
lle tried other things.
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:
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
"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
A tall woman wrapped in silks and fur
turned with a swift smile at the impetu
ous exclnmntion and said in a sweet,
"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
"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
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
"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 saw you—I could not
tion. shame ami longing.
He broke off suddenly, the tears rolled
down lbs shrunken face.
She took his hand and hold it tightly, a
world of tenderness and reproach in her
"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
us. Christmas, good
Soften us, cheer us. say our
To hearts which thrift, too
In bonds, while fellow
And peace ou earth seems still
Good Christmas whom our chil
We love you too! Lift us above
Our cares, our fears, our small
Open our hands and stir the fires
Of helpful fellowship within us.
Awl back to love and klnduess
The gospel stories nre not so;
Though greedy man Is greedy still.
And competition chokes good will.
While rich men sigh and poor men
The world can't »pare It» Christ
Time tuny do better—maybe not
Meanwhile let's keep the day
'It 1» Christ
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,
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.
The shabby coat sleeve
ted against the rich fur at her throat.
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 ^
PAW ON CHRISTMAS TOY BUSINESS.
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
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
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 , 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
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.
New Y r ear's Greeting.
• "Worried! 1 should say 1 am.
i eoat po
"You look worded. Brown," said
And lie drew out of his over
bet a great bundle of statements
"11a! ha!" laughed Green,
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
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»
of the accompanying formalities is the
renewal of the "ghost pa;
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fire recently destroyed the large
factory of the Brooklyn Cooperative
company iu Williamsburgh N Y Los-*
John Swinton, for
.. many years an
editorial writer on the New York daily
papers, died recently at his home in
Brooklyn, aged 80
a general strike of iron
men are affected. It
has been proved that the
kers' riots at Cadiz
workers at Barcelona,
v ine thousand
were fomented by
At Chicago the total destruction
avenue car barn of the
from a fire.
All the cars and trailers
used on the Lincoln
avenue line were
The Brussels Independence
sa >'S that Dr. Sylvester, formerly
spectrograph which enables
the telephone to see each other.
At Haverhill. Mass., Mark Knipe,
shoe manufacturer of national
has invented a
prominent ornithologist and taxider
mist and pioneer, is dead,
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.
WA SH IN filon
The town of Lind i s
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
of the p,
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;
or 2950 bushels, an average of is
els to the acre,
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
Famine in China.
Pekin, Dec. 15.—The Christian
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
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
of the population,
through villages non
river, and during this time s'
200 people. Tho whole regn 1
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 ;
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®
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®
Rochester. N. Y.. D ,>c - (
den. the Irish champion. " pn
go as you please walking
closed at midnight, with a
This is said
miles and 10 laps,
as a world's record for a ra«
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
ahead of Wilson. Then
Babcock, Butler and Samtig
much ^ j
You can't see too
face, unless It is that
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