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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, NOYEIMBER 26, 1912.
THE ARGUS. Published Dallr at 1(14 Second Te en. Rock Island, m. (Entered at the postolBea a second-class matter.) Kwk IsUad Heather of te Asasslatea streets, for that matter. But business men are themselves, in a great meas Humor and Philosophy Br svrcAr H. M$TW Ttie Argus Daily Story ST Joanna Ott's Deceit By Clarissa Mackie. Copyrlcnted. ill, oy Associated ikterary Bureau. cojsirxyrriia 4 mm- mm u m. i si v ej m a . - v ' St.: 1 BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TKP-MS Tea cent per week, by ear ner, la Rock Island. Complaints of delivery errtea should M made to the circulation department, which should also be notified In every Instance where It Is desired to have paper discontinued, as carriers have no authority la the premises. AQ eommnnlcatlons of arrumentatlvo character, political or religious, oust have real name attached for publica tion. No such articles will be printed over fictitious signature. Telephones In all departments: Cen tral Union. West 145, 114t and 1141; Union Electric I14S. Tuesday, November 26, 1912. It looks like Turkey lg adopting some "bluff poker" methods In dealing with the Balkan allies. Commissioner Rudgren behaves very much like a spoiled kid with the colic. SLame, Martin! Railroads, at least some of them, are now urging physical valuation. La Follctte bad not lived In vain. Natives of the Balkan kingdoms who went home from the United Sta'es to f ght the Turks may arrive too late to fire a shot, but they will deserve none the less credit on that account. They couldn't know the enemy would be beaten so soon. President Taft seems to take his de. feat philosophically and cheerfully. Well, this Is bettor Than exhibiting h-s tores. At any rate, he really feels far more cheerful than he would have done had th erratic colonel been elected. Common sense has prevailed In the Muiiiclpal commission in the matter of the proper supervision of the water works plant, and once more the 60,000 club has demonstrated its usefulness. By Irs prompt and timely action the commission was brought to a different view of the existing contingency, so ' f ht as it involves its own province to net, and the people will not be bur-, dened with the responsibility that by 1 right of law and reason belongs abso- j lutely to the officials whom the people have chosen to represent them and , a"l lor III till. Till! Alters ANMVKUSAKY AC hii: K.MKNT KIU1ION. The Argus will have a birthday cel ebration tomorrow. It will be a some what belated rele'ji at ion, but it will be commemoralve of the C'th anniver ir.ry of the paper's existence. The Argus Id ov r i n years old. It Is ov r CI years old. It is !l along in ita i :;nd year. 11 it it U fif ing to celebrate Just tin- name. Plana for the proper observance, in a newspaper way, of :ho important occasion have been un der way for some time, but unavoidable circumstances have caused the delay. At last a big undertaking lia3 been compIct"d. With the Fane thoroughness tha' characterized Its semi-centennial edl- tlou of 10 years ago. it has prepared s'dersd an unjust interference. An in lts COth anniversary number. Nel her I fringement of that law would come be pa'ns nor expense lias be-n spared to i fore a rourt and J"r-V for decision as to make th special edition appropriate ne penalty for violation. But when and cr dltab'.e. ,ne postoffice department is turned into In the matter of achievement, it j a vaEt Inquisitorial body with arbi deals modestly with its own career. trary power to inflict penal'y without That was revie wed in full 10 years ago. trlaJ il 18 time for every citizen to pro Today It pref. rs rather. In celebration i teet- If federal government of I s own anniversary, to devote 4tstlf ; trough its power to establish postof to the achii vemeii's of the city a: d flc8 anJ Postro&ds, can pry into the community, of which it is a part, d.ir- affair cf newspapers, can pry Into Ins the t ast In years he most r !ne a--lrs f every man and every wo- uiarkable 1ft ytnrs in the cltv's hfstorv. The Argirs tih Anniversary Achieve- ment edition will be ene!o.-:ed la an, lnat 19 "Usmn government, no: j win De ueepiy interested m jonn n.us approprlHte Musira e,l rover, the de- ' American government, power. No de- i sell Hayes' poe-ic tribute to him, "Gen fclgu of The Ary' and the execution partment of the government should be tlest and Kindliest." Among the other uf a Rock Isla-.-.d Institution, the Photo ! Invested w ith power to arbitrarily con- verses are Christmas poems by Edith Art Engruvln: company. vlc- a'-'d punish. The power to in- J M. Thomas, Susie M. Best, and Caro- The edition is handsomely illus-1 vestigate and Inflict punishment for j Hn Giltinan. "Carolyn Wells and An trated throughout, and In lieu of deal- a"fPMd violations of law should be left i toinette De Coursey Patterson also ing mainly with the historical side of t0 courts and Judges, where the const!- have poems in 'he number, the life of the cl y. which was so tx- '" lcn places it. I The department "Investments," con- tensively covered 10 years a?o, aud Is r.ot neglected now. It Is devoted pri marily to latter day accomplishments. ! The number will speak for itself In , all par'lcuinrs. ; THE Cl.KANSIMJ OF Till; ATMOS-! 1'IIKHK AS W KL.li AH Til K WA lKIt! The suggestion appearing in last,! night's Arjjiis that, following the dis-j position of the matter of st ien lfic man- j ngemeut of the waterworks plant in a u.snner that will Insure to the people properly filtered and clarified water Fupply. some steps should be taken in the line of street and alley cleaning, has met wi h a responsive chord on the part of the people. Many expres sions of approbation have been made. The subject Is one of the utmost Im por'ance and concern, not only at It Involves public convenience, but that which is more vital than all else, pub lic health. There should be, at a very early date, a conference between the com missioners and representatives of the Klfty Thousand club, the Rock Island club and the Business Men's associa tion, with a view to formulating some plan for systematic street and alley cleaning. The fault of presout condt - tlona does not He entirely with tli commission, notwithstanding that It is tiamable for permitting the Trl-Clty icf primary school children, while Tem T;ailway company to cease sprinkling j pie Bailey is responsible for a clever eperations while the weather remain-j and touching 11-tle UU entitled V-'- d so fair, and for not having made ma." Then there la an-jK onie prevision for night flufhlng of j Story Masterpiece" lit x ti.e new street, and all the business 4 Russian aeries: "A fJt 1 1 - ure, to blame for permitting streets and alleys to be litered with old boxes and loose paper and other trash, all of blch contributes to the unsightly and generally unhealthy condition of af fairs. Back of all is the one undying Question of public health. The carrying by the wind of the filth of the streets into the stores and into the faces of people on the streets, presents a sub ject that demands immediate atten tion. Something must be done in the matter of street and alley cleaning, not periodically or spasmodically, but uniformly, day by day. Under the direction cf Commissioner Reynolds, the new pavement is being swept and cleaned regularly, but this does not suffice. While the commis sioner of streets may be doing all that is in his power, there should be some general method laid down for system atic washing as well as sweeping and shoveling. The streets should be flush ed every night and constantly swept during the day. This ought to pertain to the side s'reets as well as the main streets in th business section, and then the alleys should be kept clean under the penalty of heavy fines for those who perml them to become lit tered for long periods of time. This done, and Rock Island will have a purer atmosphere as well as pure water. And everybody will be happier. 1U SSIAMZING THE POSFOFFICE. The resolution passed by the Illi nois Daily Newspaper association at Its recent meeting in Chicago again calls public attention to the efforts of the present federal administration to create a censorship of newspapers and other regular legitimate publica tions similar to that exercised by the most despotic governments. The res olution is as follows: "Resolved, That this association views with disapproval the growing tendency of the United States govern ment towards paternalism in matters pertaining to the press, and condemns the recent law requiring publicity in 'matters In no wise concerning the gen eral public. The Information the newspapers are required to furnish the postoffice de partment by the new law under oath Includes the circulation, the names of stockholders and editors and managers, and of holders of bonds, mortgages or other securities against the newspa per. So far as the public 1b concerned. The Argus has printed this information voluntarily, but we believe that the law i self, and other arbitrary rules promulgated as postoffice "regulations," involve a mischievous, dangerous and unconstitutional exercise of federal power that will not stand the test of -he conrta nnd rmild not- ha ipnfnreed if compliance were refused. To say that a newspaper may use the malls only on consideration that it make pub lie certain facts concerning its man agement and financial status is like paying that a farmer may use ten .parcels post only on condition that he tells the government what crops he raises and how much money he owes at th? hank. The publisher in gen cral objects most strongly to the post office department being made an agen cy of inquisition rather than an agency to collect and distribute the mails. If the federal government had de manded the information from newspa pers tinder the interstate commerce Taw, claiming they were interstate in stitutions, that would not necessarily be vicious, although it might be con- 1 man who sends a letter or receives a ! lpUor- The postoffice department must not be Russianized. The Field of Literature The Christmas Lippincott's. A strong Yule-tide spirit pervades the pages of the December Uppincott's, and good cheer predominates. There is a complete novel, of course "The Glimmer Glass," by Augus'a Kortrecht, whose recently published book, "A Dixie Rose in Bloom," has made some thing of a stir. "The Glimmer Glass Is a breezy love story, remarkable not only for the newness of its plot, but for its admirable local color, for its repression, and for its fidelity to life. The scenes are laid in Tranquil Har bor, a quaint village on the New Jer sey coast, which gives the author a rare opportunity to display her skill In character-delineation, of which ah takes full advantage. Short stories that brea'he of the holiday season are "A Christmas Bleas lcfc" by Harriet Prescott SpOfford; "The Woman at the Door," by John Nicholas Beffcl; "Two Talis," by Owen 1 Oliver, and "Mercy's Goodness," by Eliis O. Jones. Luck Coplnger contri butes "Gnrl is Fierce," a funny story i 4r sc. The problems of the home are more difficult today than they have ever been, for each advance in science, each modern Invention has brought new re sponsibilities and new duties. More knowledge and skill are required than ever before in the administration of every department of the home. Stand ards of living have changed and great er perfection in all housekeeping is de manded of the homekeeper. The food problem is perhaps the most difficult of all the physical prob lems to solve, because of the influence of food upon the welfare of the family. We are all face to face with the problem of securing nutritious food at prices we can afford to pay. At one time this meant providing something palatable and supposedly welcome at a cost wihin one's means. Today it must be. a knowledge not only of the cost and nutritive value of the food materials, their composition and di gestibility, but of the proportion of different food principles necessary for perfect nourishment, and all this in variety to suit the old, the young, the laborer, the business man, woman or the student It has been estimated that there are five ways in which one-fifth of the money expended for food is actually wasted: First Needlessly expensive mater ial, providing little nutrition. Second A great deal, not willfully. but thoughtlessly thrown away. Third Knowing little or nothing of food values, consequently bad prepara tion. Fourth Selecting foods out of sea son. Fifth Badly constructed ovens and failure to understand the relation of heat to food which is to be baked. Long before a woman asks anything about muscle or bone-building foods, the questions: "What shall I spend for food?" "How shall I proportion my Income?" appeal to her and usually by absolute necessity she is forced to de cide the questions, then later, "How shall I spend wisely?" In determining the amount of money for food per person per day, locality will be very Important In Rock Island we find this especial ly the case, as in different sections of the city there is a wide variation in prices. In institutions where food is purchased in large amounts the food is less per person. So an absolutely definite statement is, therefore, impossible, while we say one-fifth of the income should go for rent if for schools, churches, sani'ary conditions, etc., it should seem wise for tho best Interests of the family to expend more, then there must be econ omy on food or clothing. It can more safely be made on the latter, or fur nishings of the home. With a little training along this line Tolstoi. As usual, there Is an Introduc tion by the editor. ' A most enjoyable paper is "The Fun ny American In Paris," by Mrs. John Van Vorst. Paris is a great place for funny Americans. The financial arti cle, by Edward Sherwood Mead, is on "The Public Service Commission and the Investor." Edwin L. Sabin has some interesting things to tell us in his sketch "Merry Christmas!" and "I. R. B." pleads for the early doing of Christmas chopping under the title "By December loth." W. J. Burtscher, Angle Oueley, R. N. Price, and H. E. Ising all contribute bright epigrams. The late Dr. Furness' many friends i ducted by tdward feherwood Mead gives good advice to those who have money to set to work. "Twentieth Century Travel," the mo'orlng depart ment. Is in charge of Churchill Wil liams. Then to top off with there's "Walnuts and Wine," with its many pages of anecdotes brand new, laugh brinklng Jokes, eavesdroppings about great people, and bright verses" on fresh themes. Altogether, the Decem ber Lippincott's will be found a great promoter of Christmas merriment. BOILING AN EGG. If It Gives You Trouble You Might Try John Randolph's Way. The boiling of an egg seems a simple matter, but me.ny a breakfast has been polled and many a temper rasped by the cook's falling to observe the pre cise number of m.asjes the process should occupy. That very original man, John Ran dolph, 1s said to have Invented a meth od of getting his eggs cooked exactly to his taste that worked perfectly. As Is the case In many country homes in the south, the kitchen was in a sep arate building at some cdstance from the house, and servants were plenty. When the "sage of Roanoke" took his seat at the breakfast table there was a line of servants from the dining room to the kitchen. Mrs. Randolph, tha. mother of the statesman, held an - watch In her hand. '-V exclaimed Mr. Randolph, and V "It:" was TKifluhl fmm m.-in t H "in" until It reached tha raitiiu ' jL we soon grasp the meaning of essen tials and non-essentials. The best living or economy does not represent spending a small amount, but necessarily spending money fn such a way that it may bring In the largest returns. All things in the house planned and arranged according to a system will fall into line and serve us, if our wills are strong enough, and our purpose is Bumcienuy steady. This looks very well as I write it, but in an instant a home with its possible interruptions is seen. The butcher, the baker, the telephone or door bell, and usually both at once, callers, sickness, and we could go on Indefinitely, loom up be fore us. We all know the story, but have we as housekeepers, deliberately planned our homes and housework for convenience, order and system, so as i to accomplish what we had to do with the least possible effort and the short est space of time? Yes, I believe many homes have and are doing Just this very thing today. But it does not represent the ma jority. Use your brains while you use your feet and hands, plan what you have for the week in advance, whether It be cooking, sewing, preparation or btrylng. Much of our housekeeping can be made much more efficient, more eco nomic, and more systematic by UBing new methods, materials and appli ances in cooking and general house work. A business man said to me recently, "I have every known laborsaving de vice for the woman in the home, in my office, and yet my wife insists upon going on using the utensils and meth ods her mother and grandmother used." Revolutionize your kitchen equip ment, irse gas, denatured alcohol, Bteam and tireless cookers, and elec tricity, when practical. And especially with the flreless cooker, -if Interruptions come, your food is where it is cooking without burning and no anxiety to you. We do so much useless housework. Get rid of It The wise domestic ad ministration is planned so that every thing is done with the least la bor and in the shortest time. House keeping is recognized as a definite science, and schools and colleges are adding courses in domestic science and home economics. When a great many people want the same thing they get it. Manufac turers are making wonderful time and labor-saving devices, but they cannot systematize your work for vou. Do this, and the homes will be more com fortable, less friction, no nerves, and more attractive to young and old. It is utterly impossible to make out a schedule for your work In your home as it would be to make menus for you. In my housekeeping I could not see that Monday was a good day for wash ing. But that might be the very best day for you. Take a pencil and paper and make out your own schedule and trim, fit, systematize until it is best adapted to your family and your standards of living. cook, who dropped the eggs into the water. After the requisite number of seconds the holder of the timepiece signified that the cooking was done. "Out!" went forth the command in like manner, and the eggs were quick ly removed. The system required six or seven servants t cook one egg, but Randolph was accustomed to declare that this was the only way that he could get it cooked to suit him. Youth's Conipan- ion, Janesville, Wis. Harry Berger, 17 years old, and Edward Meyer, only two years his senior, have been sen tenced to 18 years at hard labor In the state penitentiary for killing Ma tilda Bergsterman Sept. 30. SCIENTIST SAYS IIE CAN CREATE LIFE V-1 Vv-4 Prof. E. A. Schafer. In an address before the British as-! sedation for the advancement of eel-1 ence, of which he is the newly elect-1 ed president. Professor Schafer start led his audience by the Immensity . of his claim that he can create human life. Hid statement whieh la rioririeri by the clergy, would If true, compel th wnrtll tn T- m r t 1 nil Ito friaaa rf , lfie and death. . -vv - ltl'1. Si IN THE MAZE. ,"HAT a crisscross maze Is life, Take It any wayyou choose. In the never ending strife As you gain and as you lose! Luck Is with you now and then As you hurry for yqur goal. Twisting through the maze aeain, Tou are pitched Into a hole. Out of it you scramble up. Hoping to do mighty deeds. Still of sorrow you must sup Ere your budding hope succeeds. How you struggle, how you groan. As you buckle to your task Just to make success your own. Just In fortune's smile to baskl But It Isn't all a frost. There are seasons to be gay. Hope Is never wholy lost Joys are blooming on your way. There's a path to your success. You will And It after while If you seek with. cheerfulness And you don't forget to smile. Entertain Themselves. "What entertainment have you pro vided when the thimble club meets at your house next week?" "Oh, Mrs. Gray has taken her baby and gone home to her mother, Kitty Clark has eloned with the Greek who keeps the fruit store and Tom Slade ? has defaulted and skipped for Brazil." "Yes?" "I haren't Invited any of the rela tives of these people, so I think the club) will quite easily entertain itself." Not Sufficient Preparation. "My daughter Is to be married soon." "Indeed!" "Yes. And I am so glad that we gave her a course in domes ic science, for I feel that she Is now prepared for the duties of homemaking." "To whom is she to be mar ried r "To the young Mr. Spender." "Ah! Don't you think you ought also have pre pared her for the duties of money making too?" Couldn't Stand It. "Did you hear why Mrs. Mason re called the invitations to her party?" "Because her husband's second cousin died." "That" s the reason she gave, but don't you believe it." "Elucidate.". "Because the last Indian Swami that Mrs. Wilson secured for her party made Mrs. Mason's poor little Japanese juggler look like the half of 30 cents." Clever. "Is he a successful physician?" "Successful?" "Yes." "I should say so. Why, he can take any ordinary case of overeating and get more advertising for curing u 'dan gerous case of peritonitis than any doc tor you ever saw." Cautious. "Mamie has a friend from out of town visiting her." "I know. Shall yon give a luncheon In her honor?" "I haven't made up my mind yet" "Why not?" "I shall wait until I see her clothes." In Danger. By, oh. Baby Bunting! Daddy's gone a-huntlng. Out of season hunting quail. Daddy may bring up In jail. PERT PARAGRAPHS. Did you ever know a man who was stubborn as a mule to be credited with horse sense? The old fashioned woman will have none of the vacuum cleaners that obvi ate the necessity of house cleaning. What would life mean to her if her semiannual debauch of housecleunlng were denied her? It's only the defeated candidates that don't recognize you now. The success ful ones will keep an eye on their fences. There's only one thing worse than having to shovel coal, and that is not having any to shovel when the mer cury bits the zero mark. Why did none of the candidates think of working the endless chain system to get votes' The man who can always tell yon what is going to happen can also tell you afterward why it didn't. Perhaps one reason why the fool killer 1h out of a Job is because he sol diers on it He who has not done that which he ought "not to have done has missed a lot of fun. I Many a good dinner ha. been spoiled by a poor digestion . Now is the merry season when the family has to retrench because the head thereof picked the loser twice. ' Poor Mami.. The Dear Child-Oh, Mrs. Bloom, when did yon get back? Mrs. Bloom Bless you. dear, I was Lot away any where. What made yon think so? The Dear Child I thought you were. I w-ard my mamma say that you were at loggerheads with your husband for ever a week. . On Christmas eve the wind whistled J cheerily down the avenue sending the lightly fallen snow In glittering show ers in the faces of passersby. Every pedestrian carried one or more peper parcels, and many were laden with holly wreaths or. pots of Christ mas blooming plants. Mrs. Vinton sat alone In her draw ing room looking at the busy street scene. Ber big chair was drawn close to the rich lace curtains, and she parted the draperies with a thin white hand on which sparkled many dia monds., . Her beautiful old face was very sad. There bad been no Christmas In Mary Vinton's heart or home since Rosamond, her only daughter, had eloped with a peunilesa lieutenant in the French army. Mrs. Vinton had- not forgiven, and Rosamond's speedy re pentance and plea for forgiveness had brought nothing but the cold silence of a deeply injured mother. Mr. Vinton had been dead for many years, and his widow was very rich. Every Christmas Mrs. Vinton chose Sifts for her large circle of friends and tuey were amy sent, ana wnen sue had received gifts In return she had looked at them listlessly and bade Jo anna Ott, her confidential maid and almost friend, so many years bad Jo anna served ber, to put the gifts away until the new year should dawn. At that time the stinging tenderness of Christinas memories would be dulled and she could write graceful little notes of thanks. Beyond the giving and receiving of gifts there were no signs of Christmas in the Vinton home. On this Christmas eve. five years aft er the marriage of Rosamond. Mrs. Vlnton bad evinced some Interest In i "WHAT IS TOUR NAME, DAKL1NO ?" the boliilay appearance of the street Once In awhile a tremor passed over her sensitive face, but she would still It at once with compressed lips while a, pink flush rose to the roots of her snow white hair, and her dark eyes filled with tears that she was too proud to wipe away. It wns 4 o'clock when Joanna Ott was summoned to the drawing room. "Joanna." said Mrs. Vlutou, with an undercurrent of Interest in her voice, "I used to have some poor people on my list to be specially remembered at Christinas time. I am afraid I have forgotten them lately. Do you recol lect their names?" Jonnnn Ott knitted her brows thoughtfully. "I'm afraid none of them are left Mrs. Vintoa," she said at last- "Not dead, Joanna?" cried Mrs. Vin ton anxiously. "Oh. no, ma'am: not that I know of. Only there was a Mrs. Ball and ber three children; she murried a fireman and is comfortably off. Then the little French seamstress fell, heir to some money and went back to Paris. The Pooleys all moved away and I lost track of them." "I'm glad If some of them have met with happiness." murmured Mary Vin ton, with a brooding look in her eyes. She was silent for several moments, her eyes fixed on the street, now gold en and red In the setting sun. Joanna watched ber with eyes Oiled with min gled pity and despnlr. "Do you ktiow of any other poor people, Joanna?" asked Mrs. Vinton suddenly, turning toward the woman. 'Joanna started violently. "Why, 1 dou't know, ma'am. Perhaps I could think of some one." "Rome one who Is really in need of Christmas cheer, Joanna. I believe 1 would feel better if 1 conld really vis it them myself and take something. Yon have Jellies and grape Juice and some delicacies In the bouse? I shall need fruit and chickens." Mrs. Vinton waa really growing In terested, and Joanna's faithful heart leaped ln response. "Yes, ma'am: I do know of a poor romnn." she said slowly, while a dull red burned Itself Into her thin cheeks. "She in a youne woman with a llrtle child, and they "are very poor ana ; I quite destitute of the commonest com- i forts. I am sure yon could bring bap- i i pines there." . , tbe ot . hogbandr a.ke, MnL j v,ntoti M hM. m,n( rpUy r,ewwl tm- necessaries she could take to the womaD Joanna nd nlkmed. IJe dd -. JonanA hosklly. , am gfrai(J Ae vann-t Kl)0d for .,. and be about broke bis wife heart lie drank something awful, ma'am, and be bad a weak Heart, and the drink tilled him. and no loss. I say!" Iler voice broke spitefully. "What Is her name?" "Mrs. White." replied Joanna Ott And she told where the woman lived over iu the teeming eat side. "Let us get some things toget U7 Joanna, and go immediately after dln- ner," said her mistress, with anima tion. "We must have some warm clothing for the mother and the child and some toys for the little one too. I wonder If they have any fuel." "Very likely not" said Joanna, wink ing tears away from ber honest eyes. "You can order a ton of coal and eome wood to be sent to Mrs. White. Telephone now and tell them It must be delivered tonight. I will pay extra for that" Mrs. Vinton arose and went to the door. "Plense tell Patrick to 4 have the car at the door at S o'clock." "Yes. ma'am," said Joanna, looking after her mistress departing form witu a queer expression In her eye When she was alone she covered ber homely face with her hands and prayed softly. From shop to shop Mrs. Vinton drove with her maid, and Joanna was sur prised at the gifts selected by her usu ally practical mistress, but she did not utter a word of protest "The little one will like this. Joanna." said Mrs. Vinton as she picked up a beautiful doll that was richly dressed and bore an extravagant price tag. "Yes, ma'am," said Joanna, and she glanced suspiciously at Mrs. Vinton, but that lady appeared to be engrossed in the selection of a doll's trunk and some other expensive toys. There was clothing, too, for the little one and its mother handsome gar ments, soft and warm furs, chosen with rare taste. Joanna thought that Mrs. Vlntou might have been buying gifts for her own daughter instead of the poor Mrs. White of the tenement. It was not until after dinner that they set forth to deliver the gifts. Mra. Vinton's eyes were sparkling aa Joan na had not seen them in years, and her cheeks were quite pink. She looked very beautiful and so much like lovely, foolish Rosamond, vwbom Joanna had adored from babyhood, that the good woman was agitated almost to betray al of her thoughts. "She seems to have forgotten pool Miss Rosamond." thought Joanna, rath er resentfully, and yet there was a cared look in her face aa the car aped np the avenue and turned Into one of the side streets. When they reached the address ol Mrs. White, Joanna was surprised and disconcerted to find that Mrs. Vinton wished to accompany her to the boms of the young widow. "Patrick can re main with the car. I can carry half ol those parcels. Joanna." said Mrs. Vin ton firmly, and so Joanna gave In and followed ber mistress up the 111 lighted stairs, looking badly frightened. At last they knocked at the appoint ed door, and it was opened slowly by a little girl of three or four yearn. Against the candle lighted back ground of the room the child's hair waa a fluff of gold. "Muzzer's gone to det some conl." she announced, letting the visitors in side theumble room. Mrs. Vinton and Joanna each stoop ed and kissed the child and then look ed around at the bare floor, with its strip of worn carpet and few cheap chairs. There were an Iron bedstead and a plain deal table, with a few dishes laid for n simple meal a simple men! Indeed a loaf , of bread and a bottle of milk! There was a rusty little stove In one cornerand in this a fire of sticks was crackling. "Santu Claus sented us some coal, Muzzer's gone to the cellar after some," chatted the child, coming forward and placing a tiny band on Mrs. Vinton's fur muff. "When 1 heard you knock I sought it was Santa Claus, and It wai only her und you." Mrs. Vinton bent down and kissed the child tenderly, and while Joanna Ott trembled sbe turned the charming little face toward the light and stud ied It cloKoly. "What is your name, darling?" she asked In a voice Joanna bad never heard before. "Mary Vinton." said the child sweet ly "after grandmuzzer." "Joanna Ott," said Mrs. Vinton, nol taking her eyes from the child's face. "Will you please go and help Mlsi Rosumond bring up the coal? Yon know her hands are not accustomed tc such" But Joanna Ott bud disap peared. When she was alone with little Mary Le Blanc, Mrs. Vinton held the child closely against her breast "It Is too good a thing to happen to me, 0 Lord." she whispered brokenly, "I was so hard hearted and proud. And yet tonight when Joanna told me ot these people, I thought of Rosamond. I did not know about this little one, and I chose the things that I would have bought for Rosamond and bei child If she bad one, and. O Lord, they are both my own!" When Rosamond Le Blanc followed Joanna Into the poor room It was to be clasped In ber mother' anna. Mary Vinton looked over Rosamond'! fair, repentant bead, and the golden curls of little Mary and ber eye met th faithful ones or Joanna Ott "Joanna, bow can we ever thank your sbe asked solemnly. "By all coming home and harlni a Christmas tree." said Joanna practical ly, nodding her bead at the child. Nov. 26 in American History. 1720 Oliver Wolrott. one of the "slpn ers" for Connecticut of the Dec laration of Independence, born; died 1707. 1801 News of the seizure on the Rtb of the Confederate foreign commis sioners. Mason and Slidell. while under protection of the British flag, by United States officers" created Intense excitement in Kurope. Wat between the United States and Great Britain seemed unavoidable, 190."V The iVUM anniversary of the fet tlemetit of the Jews In America ob served throughout the couutry.