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ROMANCE BY CYRUS TO1 JLLUCr/?AT/OA/S flip Ks( ipndp opens, not in the ro m.nu ]t( pdiriK the martia^e at Ellen Sloe HIM, ,i Puritan mihs, and Lord Oar iin^t.ni (,i Lord Pnrrington to Lady Cecily and Lord Stiathgate to Lady t'arrington com pelled the latter to vow that she would have the eastle Preparing to flee. Lady '.mington and her ehum Deborah, an Auuiican giil, met Lord Strathgate at iwo a. he agreeing to see them safely uwaj. lie attempted to take her to his astle, but she left him stunned In the idad when the (.linage met with an ac ulent She and Debbie then struck out fur Portsmouth, where she Intended to .sail for Ameiica. Hearing news of 1 Mien's flight. Lords Carrlngton and Seton set out in pursuit. Seton rented a fast \essel and started In pursuit. Strathgate, bleeding from fall, dashed on to Ports mouth, for which Carrlngton, Ellen and Seton weie also headed bv different loutes. Strathgate arrived In Portsmouth in advance of the others, finding that 1 Mien's ship had sailed before her. Sttathgate and Carrington each hired a small yacht to pursue the wrong vessel, upon which each supposed Ellen had sailed Seton overtook the fugitives near Portsmouth, but his craft ran aground, nist as capture was imminent. Ellen won the chase by boarding American vessel and foiling her pursuers. Carrington and strathgate, thrown together by former's \\iti king of latter's vessel, engaged In an impromptu duel, neither being hurt. A wai \fssel, commanded by an admiral mend of Seton, then started out in pur suit of the women fugitives, Seton con ic-sin ,' love for Debbie. Flagship Britan TU overtook the fugitives during the mj,rht The two women escaped by again Liking to the sea in a small boat. Lord \u I mgton is ordered to sea with his ship but refuses to go until after meeting Strathgate in a duel They fight in the grounds of Lord Blythedale's castle. T:mounter is watched bv Ellen and Deb bie, who have leached land and are in hiding f'auington won a bloody con test at swords from Strathgate. Debbie and Ellen looking on and praying for the latter- husband Carrington. immedi ately following the duel, was plated un der arrest for refusing to obey his ad miral's orders and Ellen, who had swooned during the duel, awoke to lind him gone. CHAPTER XX.—Continued. Lord Blythedale looked up as Sir Charles approached. "Hello, Seton," he said. "You know Strathgate, I believe. He and Carring ton have had it out here this morn ing" "I understand," interrupted Sir Charles. "Well, Strathgate's got it terribly. Dr. Nevinson here has just succeeded in stanching the blood. Will you call my head keeper, you'll find him over beyond the coppice yonder, and we'll have hiin bring a shutter and take Strathgate up to the house. It'll be touch and go with him, I'm sure. Dcmncd unpleasant piece of business this and so early in the morning!" "Did joti lind the ladies, Seton?" came in weak and faltering tones from SUrathgatf'b pale lips as he recognized Hii Charles bending over him. "No," replied Sir Charles. He hated the man, but he was terribly down and perhaps would soon be quite out and he could not get up the heart to treat him cruelly. Jle had played the fool, Acs, and woise. the knave, but he was paying fot it a high price. "No, they were not on that ship. They had got ten away somewhere." "Devilish clever woman, that," fal tered Strathgate, "and beautiful. Car Hngton'.s a damned fool—if he—did— mi me through. You're another, Se ton, and—I'm—" But what Lord Strathgate was in his own opinion, he did not at that moment leveal, for the effort at speech had boon loo much tor him. With a sort of sihastly chuckle, he fainted quite away again. "We have no time to lose," said Nevinson, abruptly. "We must get him to the house at once." "I'll call the keepers myself," said Blythedale, who should have done it at first, as he knew where he had posted them. "Fetch nie some water, if you will, Sir Charles," exclaimed the doctor, horn the bsook yonder! Here's acup." Sir Charles did as he was bid, and although he went and came in the twinkling of an eve and extended to the .surgeon the cup of water desired, he had time while he filled it to pick up something else that lay by the bank in the solt ooze of the bolder of the brook. He noticed the foot print of a woman's shoe and by the side of it anothei little knot of libbon like that he wore, a knot of scarlet, the olor Mistress Debbie affected and with which, he remembered—for he had met Lady Ellen when she came from the ship to England—the dress she wore on the ocean, which she had un doubtedly assumed for traveling, was trimmed. It matched that other knot ot scarlet which he had worn next his heart since he took it from the car ilage floor. Ellen and Deborah had escaped! Why was it not possible for fortune to have brought them there? His eve swept the scene with the instinct of a ttained soldier to whom the habit ot seeking cover has become second natuie The coppice! They were ihrre and he would see them they should not escape him now. He has tily at tinged his course. Jn A lew moments Blythedale came back with his keepers and a shutter liorn the nearest keeper's house over which blankets and comforts had been hnstilv thrown With infinite care, they lilted the prostrate, senseless Stiathgate upon it and started for the hall "II vou 1 1 foigive me, Blythedale," said Sir Chailes in answer to an in vitation to accompany them, "I have something to think about and I shall stay lieie alone for a few moments." "Oh, veiy well, suit yourself," re turned Blvthedale, "but when you've had jour thought out, come up to the hall and I'll give you some breakfast and something to drink to take the taste of this demned unpleasant busi ness out of our mouths, and so early in the morning, too! Poor Strath gate!" Seton stood quietly until he had satisfied himself that the party had ESCAPAD] &f RAY WALTER6 (COPYMGHZ /90Q AY W Q,CHAPMAN) Kngland. but in their life after si Uliiitf in Knginnd Tlie scene is placed. Mist following the revolution, in Carring ton castle in England The Carrmgtons, .illei .1 house party, engaged in a family nit. caused by jealousy The attentions got out of sight and sound. Then he turned to the coppice. "Mistress Deborah," he cried softly, approaching the edge. "Lady Ellen!" He listened. He detected a slight whimpering sound and then a sob. "Mistress Deborah, I know your voice," cried Sir Charles forcing his way through the undergrowth regard less of his clothing, and in a moment he was by the side of Mistress Deb bie. Mistress Debbie had been lying upon her face. She lifted herself up on her arms and was staring at Sir Charles as well as she could stare at anvone with the tears streaming down her face. Leaves and bits of mold clung to her person, her eyes were heavy, her face was haggard. It is evidence of the quality of Sir Charles' passion that, even in this guise, he thought her beautiful. He stooped over her instantly, caught her in his arms and drew her to her feet. Mistress Debbie fell against him, clung to him with an as tonishing access of strength and cried the more. In his excitement and rapture at this delightful contact, Sir Charles did not notice the other darker figure ly ing prone near the spot whence he had plucked his love. As soon as hia "My Lord Is Well?" eye fell upon her, he quickly lifted his sweetheart's head and held her from him a little. "Is that Lady Ellen?" he asked. "Yes," said Debbie contritely, "I was so glad to see you, I forgot—" "Is she dead?" "Fainted, I think. You see we saw all that terrible battle—" "We must get her out of here at once," said Sir Charles, releasing Deb orah. He stooped down and, although Ellen was no light burden for any man, he picked her up and followed by Debbie forced his way through the coppice on to the sward which had already been the scene of such mem orable events that morning. He laid her gently on the grass, bade Debbie loosen her collar, ran to the brook, came back with a hat full of water and splashed it, manlike, uncere moniously into Ellen's face. Then he drew from his pocket a small flask which he happened to have with him, and forced a few drops of liquor be tween Lady Ellen's pale lips. Then he and Deborah fell to chafing her hands. Presently, with a long sigh Lady Ellen opened her eyes. She stared hard at Seton for a mo ment and then the color slowly came back into her cheeks. She strove weakly to rise upon her hand and Deb bie slipped her arm behind her and supported her. "Where is my lord?" she asked faintly. "I saw it all. Oh, my God I saw it all!" "Lord Carrington was not hurt," "I know," faltered Ellen. "Strath- ^^^N^^SrfS^i^*^*^^^^^i#N#S* Suspicion of Piper Not Very Flatter ing to His Grace. At a dinner given by the marquis of Bute, among the guests was a well known duke who, in full Highland dress, had his piper standing behind his chair. At dessert a very hand some and valuable snuffbox belong ing to another of the guests was han ded round. When the time came to return it to its owner, the snuffbox could not be found anywhere, though a very thorough search was made. The duke was specially anxious about it, but with no result. Some months gate! How horribly he was punished," she murmured. "We have all suffered, but I must go to my lord now. You have run me down on a lee shore, Sir Charles. Will you take me to him?" "Dear Lady Carrington," said Sir Charles, tenderly, "I would do so— You must prepare yourself for anoth er shock." This time Ellen sat bolt upright, disdaining Deborah's help and in spite of her restraining arm. "My lord is well?" she cried in an guished tones. "Perfectly well," said Sir Charles, "but arrested." "For what? For the duel?" "Nay, for disobedience of orders, for refusing to rejoin his ship, for—" "And he was following me," cried Lady Ellen with a heavenly smile, "he cared more for me than orders, or—" And then the thought of Lady Ce cily swept into her mind and clouded her heart. "Madam," said Seton, "believe me he cares more for you than anything under heaven." "And am I not to go to him now?" asked Ellen. "I see how foolish I have been." "If you will forgive me the sugges tion," said Seton, "'tis Carrington who has played the fool and now he's in a grave situation. Admiral Kep hard is his friend, but he is helpless. My lord must stand a court-martial and 'tis likely to go hard with htm." "What is to be done?" asked Ellen, seeing her new found cup of happiness about to be dashed from her lips. "You must go to the king, tell him the whole story." "Who will take me there?" asked Ellen, after a long pause. "I will," returned Sir Charles. "Think you that having at last run you down, I would allow Mistress Deb bie out of my sight again? Courage, madam, we will appeal to his majesty in person. He hath a kind heart for all his strange ways, God bless him! We will all go together and appeal to him, but first I must get you shelter" —and Sir Charles looked away as he spoke—"and clothes suitable for year sex. We will go to Blythedale hall." "Have they taken Lord Strathgate theie?" "Ay," returned Sir Charles, "in a helpless, fainting condition." "I will never go," said Ellen, de cidedly, "under any roof in which he abides, living or dead." "Very well," said Sir Charles. "Mis tress Deborah shall stay here with you. I will get a carriage somewhere and we will go to the next posting station and at the first convenient stopping place the definite arrange ments may be completed." "And you and Debbie, Sir Charles?" queried Ellen. "If Mistress Debbie will accept me," said Sir Charles, bowing ceremonious ly, "I shall be proud to be her hus band." "Oh, Sir Charles," faltered Detbie, rising to her feet and blushing like the crimson ribbon with which her dress was trimmed, "I did not want to run away a bit," she said as Sir Charles, utterly oblivious to Lady Ellen, caught her in his arms. "You found Baxter's 'Saints' Rest* a heavenly volume," says my lady, softly. "May it be peaceful and hap py with you to the last page." "Amen!" assented Sir Charles, cut ting short Debbie's ejaculation in the most approved and delectable way. (TO BE CONTINUED) Thought He Wanted Snuffbox. afterwards the duke again donned the kilt for another public ceremony—the first time he had worn it since the above dinner—and happening to put his hand into his sporran he, to his utmost astonishment, found there the snuffbox which had been lost at the public dinner. Turning to his piper, the duke said: "Why, this is the snuff box we were all looking for! Did you not see me put it away in my spor ran?" "Yes, your grace," replied the piper, "I did, but I thocht ye washed tae keep It."—San Francisco Alto* naut The Copenhagen Dannebrog states that a complete agreement has been arrived at with regard to the proposed Scandinavian-American steamship line and that lists for subscribing for stocks will soon be issued in Sweden and Norway. The new agreement is to take effect Jan. 1. 1909. DENMARK. A new farmers' bank will be organ ized in Denmark. No less than 9,127 different persons united in subscrib ing a guarantee fund of $1,600,000. Half a dozen Polanders entered the house of a farmer named Bech in the neighborhood of Holte, shot the farm er himself to death and wounded his wife and finaly tied her to a chair. When this was done they went thru the house and picked up what money and valuables they could lay hold of and departed. A remarkable case of apparent death is reported from the city hos pital of Copenhagen. A lady cut the arteries on one of her hands with the Intention of committing suicide. She was taken to the hospital and placed on the surgeon's table, but the men in charge of the room told the physician that he would not need to hurry be cause the woman had already bled to death. When the physician finally came into the room everything in dicated that the woman was dead. The blood no longer flowed from the sev ered arteries, the woman's body was cold, and there were no signs of respiration or beating of the heart. The physician set down to write the death certificate. But something like an intuition, which seemed useless and even ridiculous, made him change his mind, and he tied up the gash on the woman's hand and began to work her body. Whatever blood was left in her was pressed back to the heart, and the woman was brought back to life after having been cold and ap parently dead for more than an hour. There is no reason why she should not fully recover, and the loss of blood will be made good in the course of time. SWEDEN. Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf was 26 years old Nov. 11. The Stockholm painters' union has withdrawn from the Socialistic labor association. Rev. Lofdahl of Lena, Uppland, has had 20 children. This beats all records among the clergy of Sweden. Frosta and Far rural Insurance com pany has been one of the cheapest in Skane, the expenses to the insured be ing only about one dollar per $1,000 a year. But last year the losses were so heavy that he rates had to be raised to $2.80 per $1,000. Prof. Knut Wicksell at the univer sity of Lund gave a lecture on "The Throne, the Altar and the Money Purse," in Stockholm, and his expres sions about religion were so harsh that he must face the courts on the Charge of having abused the liberty of speech. King Gustaf gave an audience to C. R. Hansson of Gothenburg, who bought a sample of a hygienic com munion cup invented by Rev. C. J. LJunggren of the American Episcopal church, and the king listened atten tively to the explanations and finally cpoke approvingly of the invention. At the request of the corps of en gineers of Boden the department of war has ordered a number of peculiar sleds for carrying provisions and war supplies during winter in the north ern parts of Sweden. The sleds are called "kicking bobs" (sparkstotting) because the man running such a sled moves it forward by kicking the ground. The accounts of the Swedish sugar refining company balance at $51,000, 000. There was a clear profit of $2, 800,000 for the past year. About three fourths of this amount was paid out as dividends to the stockholders at the rate of 5 per cent. The company is going to borrow over $5,000,000 for Improvements, and this debt is to be paid during the years 1918-1927. Swed ish banks are going to furnish the money. Paris, Nov. 23.—King Gustaf and Queen Victoria of Sweden, who spent last week with King Edward at Wind sor, arrived here yesterday on their first state visit. They were welcomed by President Fallieres, Premier Clem enceau and the other members of the cabinet. The party, escorted by cuiras siers, drove to the foreign office, where apartments had been prepared for the king and queen. Last evening the king and queen diner privately with the president at Elysee palace. They will leave here on Wednesday. The Hogaras mining and manufac turing company has discharged about 100 men on the ground that the com pany will not run the risk of accepting large orders while the men are in-m mood to quit work at any time. A sawmill located at Furndal sta tion on the Dala & Helsingland rail way was destroyed by fire. The lum ber yard was saved. The loss is covered by an insurance of $20,000. The traffic on the state railways of Sweden was a trifle heavier in Septem ber this year than during the same mouth last year. Baron Erland Nordenskiold, who is exploring the Andes mountains in South America, has not been heard from since the middle of July. This is his fourth trip to the wilds of South America. Persons of a creed differing from that of the Church of Sweden will henceforth he required to pay only one-half of the regular rate of taxes for the support of the state church. Nov. 6th, the anniversary of the death of King Gustaf Adolf on the battlefield of Lutxen, was fittingly celebrated In many parts of Sweden. SCAN DIN A VIAH NEWS Principal Events Gathered In the Old Scandinavian Countries M. H. Cirkos Orlando, a purely Swedish circus, is making a tour of Germany," reaping a fine crop of favorable press comments and German coins. King Gustaf of Sweden and Presi dent Falliere hunted on the historic preserves at Rambonillet, France, Nov. 23, the king making a big bag, which included 79 pheasants and 26 rabbits. The anniversary of the death of King Gustaf Adolf, Nov. 6, was fitting ly celebrated at Lutzen, Germany, where the king fell in battle. Many prominent Swedes and Germans at« tended the exercises at the chapel, and silver wreaths were placed on the "Swedish Stone," which is supposed to mark the exact spot where the king fell. The largest locomotive in Scandi navia has been completed at Motala. The engine and tender have a com bined weight of 128% tons. It is the 418th engine made at Motala and on the state railways it is numbered 974. It is to be used for the iron ore traffic in Norrland. When this monster is fully equipped for service it carries four tons of coal and thirty-four tons of water. About a dozen laborers at the rail wav shops at Tannefors, near Lin koping, found out that one of their comrades had formerly worked else where as a "strike-breaker," and they placed him on a hand car and trans ported him off the premises, shouting and cheering and having a lot of fun. Their foreman was absent at the time. When he returned he soon found out what had happened, and he immediate ly discharged all the men who had taken part in the demonstration. NORWAY. Nordmandsforbundet, an association for Norwegians in all parts of the world, has completed the first volume of its peiiodical, and a copy of it was handed to King Haakon by President Berner of the storting. The king spoke very sympathetically about the association and Its purpose. It is proposed to raise a monument on the grave of Mathias Skeibrok, a noted sculptor, and part of the nec essary amount of money, namely, about $135, has already been sub scribed. The monument will be a plain block of granite or bantasten, as the Norwegians have called it from time immemorial—with a picture of the face of Skeibrok chiseled into the stone. The board of education of Hjelme land, near Stavanger, managed to have a resolution passed at a general meeting to extend the use of "pure" Norwegian in the public schools. Twelve voters were present, and they all voted in favor of the resolution. But those who favor the current Nor wegian-Danish book language called a new meeting, which they advertised thoroly. This time the twelve who at tended the first meeting did not even show up, and their work was annulled by 21 votes. A war novel of 1905 has been writ ten by a man named Gustavsen. He describes what would have happened of the war party had come to the front in 1905, at the time of the dissolu tion of the union. At first the Nor wegians were defeated. Time and again they were beaten and their re treats were poorly managed. But ad versity made the people more deter mined, and the battles were fought more and more obstinately. Finally the people and army stood as one solid phalanx, "like a beast of prey ready for a leap." After a long win ter of hardships spring came, and with it came victory to the Norwegian army. The troops marched onward across snow fields red with the blood of the enemy. It would seem that this book would be but poorly suited for Christmas reading. The Norwegian people are discus sing religion to a greater extent than ever before. For a hundred years or more religious movements have swept the country. But only a minor portion of the whole people were seriously stirred up. Now everybody seems to take part in. religious discussions. Those who have the interest of the Chrisitan church at heart are divided into two main factions. Our faction consists of what has been called "spiritual sentimentalists" because they lay the main stress upon the exaltation and ecstasy of the soul so as to keep it above and beyond the turmoil of everyday life. This taction suports the Salvation army and a transcendent spirituality, going so far as to defend "the gift of tongues" and other religous aberrations on the Biblical ground that it is better to be "warm" than to be "lukewarm." The other faction aims at practical work, and it is often opposed to the senti mentalists. These people are in favor of keeping the church doors open night and day and to keep the church buildings heated and lighted all the time during the cold season in order that anybody may walk in at any time and pray to God and find protection from the temptations of the world. Strikers at three wood pulp fac tories resulted in the declaring of a lockout by the employers in the entire industry, which is one of the largest in the country. Many thousands of persons are directly affected. The city of Bergen is famous for its heavy rainfall, but for weeks past dry weather has reduced the water 4n the streams to such an extent that many factories have to use steam instead of water power. More logs will be cut in Verdalen, north of Trondhjcm, this winter than ever before. The quickest way to send fresh her rings from northern Norway to Ger many is via Trondhjem, Norway Stor lien and Malmo, Sweden and Ros tock, Germany. During the fishing season three carloads are sent along this route every day. L. A. Jonson's ski factory in Oster sund has received orders for sample skis from the French department of war for use by an Alpine regiment. Iver Bure, a farmer at Namdalaeidet and his wife Olea, net Holte, have celebrated their golden wedding. They have 42 descendants. MEW S OFJDIJI. MATTERS OF INTEREST IN THE GOPHER STATE. Democrats Show Their Election Fi nances. Gross Earnings De- cision. Fatalities. Democratic Fund. St. Paul.—Although the state law does not require the state central com mittees to file expenditures for the gubernatorial campaign, Fred B. Lynch, treasurer of the democratic state committee, filed such a state ment with the auditor of Ramsey county showing that it cost $18,0i:j to re-elect Governor John A. Johnson, leaving a debt of $1,685. The name of Thomas W. Lawson of Boston, who favored Governor John son for the democratic presidential candidate, heads the list with a con tribution of $1,000. Governor John son himself gave $500. Only the names of those who contributed more than $100 were mentioned in the statement, the smaller contributions merely being mentioned by amounts. Aside from the Lawson contribution, the statement shows the following do nations: Fred B. Lynch, $1,000 R. T. O'Con* nor, $1,000 Frank A. Day, $500 John F. Burchard, $500 Fred Wheaton, $900 John E. King, $200 Fred L. Ryan, $500 P. H. Nelson, $500 Gus tav Carlson, $500 B. F. Nelson, $500 F. B. Jenney, $500 Otto Bremer, $200 D. Eberle, $250 R. J. Schiff man, $250 W. U. Winston, $200 Gus tav Scholle, $500 Governor John A. Johnson, $500 W. W. Webber, $200 O. A. Robertson, $500 W. F. Kelso, $150 S. H. Wolfe, $25. Several small donations netted $5, 000, and donations of less than $100 amounted to $4,238.84. At the open ing of the campaign there was $2,022. 52 on hand, left by the 1906 commit tee. Minnesota. Minneapolis.—The first definition of "gross earnings" in the history of the state was given by the supreme court yesterday morning in a suit of the state against the Minnesota & Inter national Railway company for taxes on unreported earnings. The s,tate wins on a majority of its claims, and those involving the largest amount of money, and in the establishment of the principles will enable the state to collect thousands of dollars from a number of the thirty-five railroads do ing business in the state. The decision says that the earnings of a railroad, for the purposes of tax ation, should not be confined to the returns on the actual traffic earnings. The lower court gave the state taxes upon two items involved in the suit and the higher court adds eight addi tional items in the seventeen claimed by the state. The court holds that the road in ad dition to its receipts for transporta tion should pay taxes on receipts from lumber companies for loading cars for the companies, for the use of railway equipment by construction concerns and for the use of work trains by other roads. Income derived from in terest on deposits, from the sale of old material and what might have been received from charging for haul tag its own supplies, is not taxable. Wages Are Increased. St. Cloud.—More than half of the union men in the state received an increase in remuneration during the past two years, according to a report being prepared by Frank Hoffman of the state labor department. Members of 140 unions to the num ber of 19,000 received an increase of 2 to 20 per cent in pay and 1,451 men had a reduction in their hours. There were 2,055 workers who received both an increase in pay and had their hours shortened. Only four unions reported a decrease in pay. The union men raised $296,357 dur ing the period for disbursement in aid of other members. Of this amount $199,550 was for strike benefits. Fu neral expenses consumed $80,000 and $24,699 was expended in sick benefits. Accidents. St. Paul.—Only 44 persons were ac cidentally killed this year, against 72 in 1907 and 74 in 1906. The number of injured also shows a falling off, the number for 1908 being 57, against 87 in 1907 and 70 in 1906. Over half the fatal accidents hap pened in the state of Minnesota, Wis consin. Illinois and Michigan, the num ber in these states being 8, 8, 7 and 5, respectively. NEWS NOTES. St. Cloud.—Mrs. Frank Dueber was probably fatally injured by her twen ty-year-old son, Bernard Dueber, in a row in this city. Minneapolis.—One of A. H. Wood's successful melodramas, entitled "The Creole Slave's Revenge," will be the attraction at the Bijou the week of December 13th, and every effort has been made to imbue the play with true southern flavor. Minneapolis.—The Twin City Rapid Transit company will be required to pay $18,279 as its share of the ex penses of sprinkling and caring for the streets in Minneapolis for the sea son of 1908 Duluth.—In a temporary fit of insan ity Page Champagne leaps from train and vanishes, leaving no trace of his whereabouts relatives fear he has perished in the woods. Minneapolis.—The Minnesota State Horticultural society held its fort\ second annual meeting last week in Minneapolis, from Dec. 1 to 4. Duluth.—Ole Benson, a woodsman, was dared to jump into Tower Bay on the Superior side of the bay, by com panions Friday afternoon, and leaped from the ferry boat, Ideal, into the icy water. He was rescued with dif ficulty. Courtland.—John Gabler, August Hefferman, August Poehler and Fred Leeser paid fines of $10 and costs each for killing muskrats out of sea son. Minneapolis.—T he Northwestern National bank has absorbed the Swe diabj-American National bank. A*3LE/GH F/LLEO W/TH JUAPMS£ co VERYBODY loves a sur prise gift, grown persons as much as children, so some new and interesting sur prise centerpieces have been prepared to supple- ment the Christmas tree and its bur den of gifts. These surprise pieces are intended to occupy the center of the table when dinner i? served, either on Christmas day or the evening before, and they supply a good deal of merri ment as well as decoration. Their decorative qualities are rare indeed, for they trim a table elaborately and more appropriately than an equal quantity of flowers would. Santa Claus is the prevailing motive for these unique decorations, and one of the most attractive over which his familiar form in minature presides is a basket laden with glistening white snowballs from behind each of which peers a smaller Santa Claus. In the top of every snowball is stuck a sprig of genuine holly, while nestling under each white globe is a quaint gift, some times a joke, or something Christmasy and appropriate for the recipient. En circling the high, rounded handle of this basket is more holly, with real istic looking icicles fringing the inner side of the top. Around the basket proper are rows of Christmas "crack ers" to add to the fun and the amuse ment of the occasion. These are cov ered with red crepe paper to match the basket, and a broad satin ribbon of the same shade is fastened on one side of the handle. This trimming has a Christmas sentiment done in gold letters. The idea of the Christmas surprise decoration seems to be to hide the gift as cleverly as possible. The Jack Horner way is reproduced by using a huge snowball instead of a plum cake or pumpkin and then concealing a gift for each person inside the snowball, with only a bit of white ribbon break ing through the crust to show its hid ing place. A mock Christmas pudding adorned with a sprig of holly and with NOVEL work bag that will make a very pretty and ac ceptable Christmas present is shown in the accompany ing sketch. It is a handy little thing, for the needle- book is attached to the bag, so one does not have to hunt among the spools inside for the needlebook. It is a simple matter to make the bag, and It requires only a scrap of material. Cut a strip of silk 22 inches long and nine inches wide. Fold the short edges together and make a small French seam up the long sides. Fold back two inches and make a two-inch heading, with a half-inch space below to run the ribbon through. This heading is made aa it is in any bag. Gather across the lower edge of the bag where the needlebook will be sewn on. To make the needlebook, cut two pieces of linen 5^ inches by 4% inches. Transfer the design in the il lustration to the linen by means of a piece of carbon paper. Be sure to lay the design on across the long side of the linen. Cut two pieces of paste board exactly the size and shape indi cated on the page where the design is drawn, and cover these with the linen. Care should be taken In placing the linen on the pasteboard to see that the design is straight. Turn the edges of the lines over the ^pasteboard very ACM/WEY CEflTRE PIECE\ 9» real looking piurns bulging I'rom its sides is another attractive centerpiece, which has a present hidden in the center of each plum. A sleigh driven by reindeer makes an elaborate ornament. The whole centerpiece measures something like four feet from sleigh to antlers, so that more than an average sized table is required to display it to advantage. The pair of reindeers wear a glitter ing harness and they are arranged on wheels, so that they move in a slow and stately manner if there is room for this feat. In the sleigh are rows of fat snowballs with a sprig of hclly stuck in the top of each and a tiny Santa Claus standing guard over each ball. A larger Santa Claus holds the reins and guides the sleigh. Ribbon streamers are attached to the snow balls, so that the ends can be passed to the guests as they sit at table, thus making an effective picture before the Christmas load is distributed. Each snowball forms the top of a paper box which is cylindrical and has its base buried in the bottom of the sleigh To fill in the spaces between these gleam ing white balls branches of holly and mistletoe or other Christmas greens mav be used. A eenterpiece which has no sur prise feature is a minature gable roof with a bright red brick chimney, into which a tiny Santa Claus is stepping. The roof is covered with snow and icicles drip from its eaves, but good old Santa Claus knows that there are warmth and good cheer below, to judge by the pleased and anticipatory expression he wears. This center piece may be laid on the table with* out any further decoration, or it may be surrounded by branches of holly and Christmas ferns. If much other decoration is used the centerpiece loses its effectiveness. neatly and sew back and forth front one edge of the linen to the edge op posite. Sew on the ribbon and then' line each cover with a piece of the' silk. Cut two pieces of flannel one-halfj inch smaller than the covers and over-i hand the covers and flannel together.* Then overhand the needlebook on the! bag. A very pretty color scheme Is to* have the bag and needlebook lining oft blue silk the cover of white linen,1 and blue satin ribbons. The em broidery is effectively done as follows* using very delicate colors: Flowers, pink. Centers of flowers, white silk dots. Leaves and stems, green. Bow knot, blue. Aristocratic Makers of Jams. The Viscountess Molesworth has found her jam factory so remunerative that she has decided to enlarge the plant before the beginning of the next season and to add sauces and chut neys to her products, says an English newspaper. On her marriage Lady. Molesworth began to make all the jams and preserves for the consump tion of her own household. Her friends liked her jams so well that she final ly decided to go into the business. An old brewhouse adjoining her home, Walters hall, was reroofed and fitted up as a factory and a staff of expert women engaged to make jam under her direction. Next year she expects to double the number of her employes as well as the amount of her products. Christmas Giving. The one feature of Christmastlde that cannot be overdone is the giving of comfort to the needy. Sometimes it appears that the custom of ex changing gifts has its questionable side, in the increasing demands upon slender purses and the cultivation of a spirit of mendicancy in servitors. These matters, however, regulate themselves, and probably little harm is done by the swelling of the spirit of generosity at this holy time. But the relief of the poor and unfortunate is a blessed work that can never work injury to him who gives. Let Children Make Cards. Have a large box at hand to drop In pictures, fancy papers, scraps of rib bon, and so on to give the children to make Christmas cards. Tou will be surprised at their ingenuity.