THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, NOYEIMBER 26, 1912.
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
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Ttie Argus Daily Story
Joanna Ott's Deceit By Clarissa Mackie.
Copyrlcnted. ill, oy Associated ikterary Bureau.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
So far as the public 1b concerned. The
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
The postoffice department must not
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
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
It has been estimated that there
are five ways in which one-fifth of the
money expended for food is actually
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
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
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
until It reached tha
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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.
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.
"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."
"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.
Is to be married
"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
"To whom is
she to be mar
"To the young
"Ah! Don't you
think you ought
also have pre
pared her for the
duties of money
Couldn't Stand It.
"Did you hear why Mrs. Mason re
called the invitations to her party?"
"Because her husband's second cousin
"That" s the reason she gave, but don't
you believe it."
"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."
"Is he a successful physician?"
"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."
"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"
"I shall wait until I see her clothes."
By, oh. Baby Bunting!
Daddy's gone a-huntlng.
Out of season hunting quail.
Daddy may bring up In jail.
Did you ever know a man who was
stubborn as a mule to be credited with
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
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
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. '
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
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
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
"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
"Not dead, Joanna?" cried Mrs. Vin
"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
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
1720 Oliver Wolrott. one of the "slpn
ers" for Connecticut of the Dec
laration of Independence, born; died
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.
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