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GOD BLESS THE MASTER.
God bless the master of this house, The mistress also. And all the little children That round the table go; And all your kin and kinsfolk That dwell both far and near; I wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year. ARCHIES CHRISTMAS SLEED Archie wanted one of the pretty sleighs that he had seen In Dunkirk's store the day before Christmas. "But they are a dollar and fifty cents," lie said to his mamma, "and I have only 20 five-cent pieces in my bank.” "If I give you ten more live-cent pieces,” said his mother, smiling, "how much will you have then?" "One hundred and fifty cents,” cried Archie, laughing aloud. "May 1 go and buy the sleigh now?” "Yes." said his mother, "but I want some of those lovely red berries I saw in the wood yesterday. They would kok so nice among the evergreens. And besides, grandma aud your auuts love them so." "I'll bring you a lot.” said Archie. In a few moments ho was running down the road toward Mr. Dunkirk's store. As lie passed a tiny cottage on the way a very small boy pushed open the window and shouted: "Santa Claus is going to bring me a sleigh to-night.” "How do you know, Dick?” asked Archie. "Ellen told me so.” said Dick. Archie had never seen the little fel low's face look so bright and happy. He knew that Dick lived alone with his sister, who, though only fifteen years old. worked hard ail day long in the big silk factory to support her self and her brother. And as Archie walked toward Mr. Dunkirk’s store he thought a great deal of Dick’s happy face. As he turned a corner suddenly lie ran against a girl standing in the road. It was Dick’s sister and she was crying. "What is the matter?" asked Archie. "Why don't you go home?’ "I—can’t hear to see Dick. I prom ised him a sleigh and 1 spoiled a lot of silk to-day and have been dismissed from the works without my week's pay." The tears were in Archie’s eyes ns he went on his way. When he reached the little cottngo on his return lie stood still behind n great hush outside or the gate. Little Dick was still peer ing out. Archie watched the eager face for several moments, then, when the child left the window, lie stole softly through the little garden up the rickety steps. Then, fastening the rope of his beautiful new sleigh to the door knob, lie gave three loud raps and ran away. Ho heard Dick open the door and 6hout: “Oh! oh! oh! See what Santa Claus has brought me!” • • • It was eight o'clock on Christmas Eve and at Archie’s house his mother stood at the door looking white and frightened. His father, with a lan tern in iris hand, stood In the road. Archie had not come home. "I have been to Mr. Dunkirk’s store.” said Archie’s father. "He left before dark. Now I will search the wood.” Some one shouted, "Hello! hello! hello!” "There he Is now!” cried Archie’s mother. "I am so glad!" and she ran down the road toward the voice. The first person they met was Ellen, pulling a beautiful new red and green sleigh over the smooth snow and on it was little Dick, and Archie with his arms full of red berries. "Oh. where have you been?” said his mother, as he ran to meet her. "I went to the woods for the ber ries and my coat caught in a branch and I could not get it away. If it had not been for Ellen I might have been hanging there yet.” "How can I ever thank you!” said Archie's mother, turning to Ellen. "I saw him go into the woou.” re plied Ellen, “after he put this beau tiful sleigh on our doorstep for Dick. Then, when I heard he was lost, I fol lowed and looked for him. 1 would have searched all night. I never can do enough for him. He is the dearest, best, little fellow in the world,” and, turning, she hurried away. The next morning when Archie rustled into the room where the Christ mas tree stood loaded down with gifts, he found beneath it an express wagon, and on the wagon was a beautiful red and green sleigh, exactly like the one he had given to Dick. Well, Archie was very happy that day, but he thought often of Ellen and poor little Dick, and when the odor of roasted turkey and mince pies crept through the house he wondered ii they would have any Christmas dinner. He asked his mother about it as she was brushing his liair. She only kissed him for reply, hut in the dining-room, where all the family from far and near were assembled around the table heaped with all manner of good tilings, she said; "Archie, come hero and welcome your guests,” and he found himself seated between a pretty, young girl dressed in white and a very small hoy in a new suit of clothes. It was Ellon and her brother Dick. Money In Christmas Trees. The Christmas tree Industry is now at its height in Maine, many car loads and even vessel loads going forward every week to the large cities. Only a few years ago the fir tree was looked upon as a nuisance in Maine, because it grew as rankly as the burdock ami crowded out better growths, while be ing of no value itself except as it might be considered an ornament to Holiday Supplement the landscape. Now the fir. no longer despised, is a source of considerable income to hundreds of Maine rural people and to the transportation com panies as well, for its graceful pro portions and balsamic odor have be come known to the dwellers in cities, where it is regarded as the ideal tree whereon to display the lights and gifts of holiday time. The beginning of the popularity of the fir was in 1892, when a party of sportsmen returning in a Boston steam yacht from Newfoundland called at Sargentville, on Penobscot hay, to enable some of the party to visit mines inland. Here the beauty of the firs attracted the attention of the own er of the yacht, who took 500 young trees to Boston and sold them at good prices in the Christmas market at Fanueil hall. Up to that time pines aud spruces had been used as Christ mas trees, but since the day of the Boston yachtsman's speculation the fir has been the favorite. Now about 1,500,000 trees are annually shipped from Maine. Men, women and children often work together in gathering the Christ- mas tree harvest, and in some locali ties the cutting of the greens is made the occasion of a general merrymak ing. as at liuskings and other farm festivals. The trees are bundled up, according to size, in lots of six or a dozen, conveyed on hayracks to the railroad station, and there either sold to traveling buyers or shipped direct to Boston or New York. The farmers get about 5 cents each for the smaller trees, 10 to 15 cents for those eight to ten feet tall. In all. Maine people realize about 5150.000 a year from their crop of Christmas greens. Suitable Presents. It. is not easy to give presents that shall lie just right. The charm of a gift lies in its suitableness both to giver and receiver —its suitableness in kind, quality aud value. No rule can be laid down for the selection of pres ents. because the ties which bind hu man beings together are of infinite va riety. There arc ties of interest, of friendship, of affection, of love, of gratitude; and these differ in strength and character. No one can give in fallible advice to another on this mat ter. One rule is pretty safe to follow: A present should he something good of its kind; something honest and gen uine. Fifty years ago some of our jewelers used to keep a kind of waro which they called "target-excursion plate.” An enormous coffee urn or gigantic speaking trumpet would he plaited with fifteen cents' worth of sil ver. Politicians generously gave such articles to fire companies and other constituents, to he shot for on their annual excursion. An honest boot jack had been a worthier prize. In all branches of manufacture there are ar ticles of the target-excursion plate va riety-splendid objects for a month or two, ami loatlisome ever after. —Ex. The years come and the years go. Good resolutions are formed aud re- KINKn OF TOE fflj* formed. What if they are not always kept? That constitutes no reason for not making them. Nineteen hundred and two opens as young and fresh as any of its predecessors. Gird on your armor once more for all good works as resolutely as ever before. You have the solid benefit of one more year's experience; profit by It. Never despair! If you have ever sti.-nbled, avoid the same mistake again. If ev ery one were to halt where he makes the first misstep the pedestrians of the world would present a sorry ap pearance. Some of us are old scriveners In the volume of Chronos. Many such have benefited little by their long experi ence, their last year's page being, per haps. the darkest of all. But It is never too late to mend.—Exchange. DOESN’T WANT MUCH. He dofnn't want very much At Christmas tine- this year; Just a few little things To boyish hearts dear. He'll 1 content with just a few <>f all the hosts of toys That Christmas morning ought to bring To all good little !><•> s. He only wants n rocking horse, A trumpet and a drum. A shiny sword and leather belt. Some candy and some kuhi. A train of ears, and engines, too. That round the |>layiooin roll. A tlreman's hat. a ball and bat. And it police patrol. Some Historical Data . Few events of great import In tlio world's history have taken place on Christinas day, but the ancient festi val has often been Immediately pre ceded or followed by mighty transac tions. A. !>. 253. while Homans were celebrating ttie festival, their emper or. Marcus Aurelius Gurus, was killed by lightning. Clovis, the first Christ ian king of France, was crowned at Rhcims Dec. 25, -196. Leo V.. em peror of Constantinople, was assassi nated Dec. 25, 820. On Christmas day, 10CO, William the Conqueror was crowned in London. Gilles De Itetz. tin* famous Bluebeard, was executed on Dec. 24. 1-140, at Nantes, for his horrible crimes. The first Christmns celebrated in side a house on the American conti nent was In 1618. The pilgrim fathers finished their house at Plymouth, hav ing spent a month looking for a place of settlement. The house was not nearly large enough to accommodate all of the nineteen families, but nil united In a fervent song to the Babe of Bethlehem. James Stuart, pretender to the British throne, landed at Peter head, Scotland, on Christmas day. 1715, and established his court there. On Christmas night, 1776, General George Washington made his memor able crossing of the Delaware. Next day was fought the battle of Trenton. A year inter the ragged, hungry, half frozen, hut heroic continental army was at Valley Forge. On the same day, in 1780 England declared war against Holland, an event which gave the American patriots much encour agement. In 1787 the day was worth ily occupied by delegates to the Phila delphia convention In framing the con stitution of the United States. When the next Christmas came around thut immortal document hud been ratified by eleven of the states. In 1759 Washington had been elected the first president of the United States, the constitutional congress had been superseded by the first congress under the constitution and the people of the United Stutes were looking for ward to tilt* inaugural ceremonies. This was the first genuinely happy Christmas tiie American people hud experienced in many years. The new American republic, however, was not to have many glad Christmas times. In 1798 It was apparent that the Am ericans were on the verge of hostilities with France, and when the next Christmas came around war was in progress between the two countries. Dec. 24. 1804, Spain and England were at war. Tho following Christ inas, 1805, France and Hussla decided upon pence. Dec. 25, 1807, tlie people of the United States were agitated by u congressional hill to aholisli the slave trade. In 1812 another war was being waged between England and tho United States Christmas Eve, 1831, tho agitation for the uholitlon of slavery was be gun and John C. Calhoun came for ward ns the champion of state rights. The greatest snow storm in the ex perience of England began falling Dec. 24. 1836, aud continued during Christmas day. The snow in some places reached a depth of forty feet. All travel was blocked. There was no communication, not even between houses, and uvuhtneheg buried many people in their dwellings, whore they were frozen. Dec. 24. 1844, the Morse telegraph was experimented with be tween Baltimore and Washington, and Christmas day messages were success fully dispatched hack and forth.