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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1913,
Published dally at 1S24 Second
Rock Island. i:L (Entered at tho
postonica as second-class matter.)
Islaad IfeaWr mt the AmicUH
BY THE i. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Ten cents per tree It by car
rier, la nock Inland.
Complaints of delivery eerrleo should
ba mad to the- circulation department,
i'rtiich. should also be notified In every
- Instance where It Is desired to hare
'Prr lreont!nued. ss earners fcavo eoj
'authority In taa premises. )
All communications of arrrarsentatlve
years and rt of m'-nd bccomM nece-
sary. there la only one place to find it. I
and tbat Is back on the farm. There
is bo place on earth tbat can compare
v-'ith. It. I want to gee the seed placed
in th soil and watch It develop. I
wart to hear the wind whistle through
the trs Ip the cold winter and watch!
tit-, slow fall on thp prairies and re
main cteaa and whl-e nntU it is ab-
l torl td ty tLe sun. Once a farmer, al
ways a farmer. It won't come cut of
yt ur sfcirra. it never came out of
"So I am going back to my boyhood,
bark to the Urn."
THE EGG FIGHT.
Press news brings the story thai
character, political or reiia-toua. mast ; 12,000 club women in Chicago hare
V!1 am ,tch,d Pbca-! banded together to boycott eggs until
.u. iacn articles wi.i ce printed
, crer fictitious signatures.
Telephones in all departments. Cen
tral Vnlon. Rock Island 14i. 1145 and
Thursday, November 27, 1913.
The young husband who paid for a
fbig turkey could have bought a fire
i'riatio wl'h the money.
the marker price drops to a reasonable
figure. Freeh eggs are reported to be
selling in that old town at 45 to 49
cents a doten; the women will con.
tinue their boycott until the price
Crops to 32 cents.
In New York there is the remains
of a housewives league, an organiza
tion that did some business a year ago
and pushed down prices. This league
will refrain from using eggs nctil they
are offered at what is thought to be a
j fair price.
j A similar situation was attacked by
BY CLYDE H. TAVENHER
Congressman from ths Fourteenth District.
Opeclal Correspondence of The Argui.)
Washington. Nor. 25. Obserrers
who think for the future see in the
mater power Cght in the recent na
the forerunner of
a moVe intense
Cght that will oc
cur la the United
The contest in the
gress wa severe
enough, but that
in the federal con
gress will be a
death grapple. The
former was over
the wording of the
water power re
port; the latter
will be for the
may feel on the
Question of state
v ere us federal con-
John Hays Hammond has a fellow I
tleelir.g for Huerta. He helped grab a
; country once upon a time.
V m m-f-nAn rf Vaw Virlr Ph ! In A lnh !a
and Chicago a year ago. The plan octroi of water power, the minority re
campaign then was to put other eat-1 Port, submitted by Gifford Pinchot
ables on the market at a price decided-J lIen,7 h Stimson and Joseph N Teal
i v ; contamea raucii uuu ur luy.isuu u
emphasised the rapid concentration in
I ly lower than quoted by retail dealers.
.-; To the credit of Mrs. Sayre, nee Wil
' on, Jt must also be said that nobody
ver called ter the Princess Jessie.
j At that time there were some results.
dui tney were not very las-icg.
Th! year there is a change in the
j.Ian of attack; the boycott is to be
the corporation control of water
It is declared that ten groups of
power interests control 63 per cent
of all the developed water power in
the United States. Two years ago the
ten greatest power groups controlled
3.270.000 horsepower developed and
undeveloped; today ten groups con
It is commercially possible and
The cost of lirine- mm rfoun with 1 1 1-1.,,, i- it. a-c nf clpntiflr ae- practicable now to Uevelop uti.WU.D'H)
.... . i hfirGArtnu.-r tt h vHrflrt rin nnupr
11 is announced taat tenn.s . comDli Bh m,nt a3d clashing social T. .7 . "
.n are to be a dollar a dozen cheaper i , .
- We are relieved to hear that Huerta
-fets intoxicated on champagne. The
'rumor had spread that it was petro-.'ieum.
! The Field of Literature II
THE CENTURY MAGAZINE.
I "The period through which we are
" The blord!esi battle of the Mexican
' revolution Is getting to he almost as
j monotonous as the hardest fought
- game of the season. I
and humanly spectacular in. the forty
three years of the existence of The
C n ury M: gazine," says an editorial
in The Century.
It is the avowed ambition of the
. magazine, say its publishers, to be as
Kven if President Wilson i-houid ! nearly as possible represenative of
"end him a sfainnhip tickt to Kuroj . the times in which we live. Believing
"it would ! Jiift like Huerta to go to a that fiction is virtually the only er-
j.amn shop aud bock it. ! fecrlve means of approaching the
' mino of millions of intelligent per-
,.m must live sons. The ( eiitury win uevoie aooui
within the United States. As the coal
deposits are exhausted and the price
of steam power raises, this figure may
be greatly augmented. Of the 30.000,.
000 horsepower that can now compete
with coal, the government, the people.
Mill own 20.000.000 horsepower, a
priceless possession, since it will
never become exhausted as long a.
rain falls and Mr earns flow.
It is commercially practicable now
to develop enough electricity from
water power to turn every wheel in
the United States now- turned by steam
-. T)r Flint navs that
"way to profit-slianiig J'lM tne t.ame , Hair or -acu isue uuring me comma ; . rz:
:most of us will prefer the waKes until! J ear to fiction. In a magazine of the. he by Jamps Q nMm
size or Jlie century, mis amouni oil ... . . , .
and hare a good margin left over.
Water power will be posterity's sub
stitute for coal. Under what condi
tions are the people, who still own
most of the power, going to give fran
chises for power development? Is it
better to trust this treasure to the
Judgment of congress or the judgment
of the individual states?
The imagination of the scientists
and the financiers engaged in power
acquisition and development knows no
bounds. Already a traveler can look
about and see evidence of the civili
zation of the future. Through the
south and west and in New England,
run the great transmission lines held
aloft on steel skeleton towers. Here
is a stream with a dam and turbine.
It throws its 100. 500 or 1.000 horse
power into the heavy current on the
transmission wires, as a brook runs
into a stream. Over hills, across val
leys, through forests, runs the tigxag
line of the wires, verging here to tap
a "power", turning there to run into
a mill town, while trolley cars flash
between communities, mills hum, vil
lages glow at night, all drawing the
magic power from the transmission
In the future the country will he
criscrossed with these overhead
trunk lines. Today this same power
is being used to draw the very nitro
gen from the air and sack it for fer
tilizer. The power magnates foresee
the day when the current w-ill operate
farmers' trucks along model country
roads. These are glimpses of the
future. Another is the rapid forma
tion of power companies to operate
public service functions of cities, sin
gle companies controlling the light,
power and transportation of scores
Will the country awake some day
to find its cities and industries in the
control of a single giant corporation
of Rockefellers and Morgans? It is
the opinion of Louis D. Brandeis, of
Boston, that there will be only two
monopolies in the future to deal with
the monopoly of credit, w hich is the
money trust, and the water power
trust, which will be the mother of all
other monopolies. As congress deals
with this water power problem it will
deal with the destiny of coming generations.
Mother's gettln' thin and so
She's quit appearin' sad.
She sing's all day tn let us know
That she Is feeltn' glad.
Father's work Is hard to do;
Ha makes an early start
And cornea home when the day la through.
Worn out and sad at heart.
His clo's are old and out of style.
He wears his last year's hat.
For mother's had to spend a pile
To keep from beln' fat.
He scolds around a lot 'cause Tin
Bo hard on pants and slices.
And every day, 'most All the time.
He seems to have the blues.
Before he gets one month's bills paid
The next month's bills come In:
But mother says she's not dismayed
She's glad and cettln' thin.
She does not care about the cost
I When there's a aosl to seek:
For nearly four weeks now she's lost
Almost a pound a week.
f WS I
The Daily Story
SANTA CLAUS BY WINIFRED BALDWIN.
Copyrighted. 1913. by Associated Literary Bureau.
Christmas was coming. The Sever
ance children the oldest twelve, the
youngest five were on the tiptoe of
expectation, each wondering what
Santa Claus would bring him or her;
what they would get from mamma,
from aunts, uncles or friends.
I have not mentioned papa, because
in the Severance family papa was an
uncertain quantity. At any rate, there
had been no papa for several years.
He had been away so long tbat be
was beginning to fade from the mem
cry of the older children, while the
youngest did not remember him at all.
Louise, a lovely girl of twelve, recol
lected him very well, a genial man
with a bald head, who nsed to take
her on his l.np and tell her stories and
give her candy. None of the children
could recall just when he went away
or how he came to go. Louise had
once asked her mother about it. and
the question h.id given so much pain
that the child forbore to mention the
subject again. Tommy, the youngest,
had trodden on delicate ground by
6aying one day. "Maninia. why haven't
1 a papa like other boys?" His mother
burst into tears, and, young as he was.
Tommy had learned that bis papa was
not to be mentioned In the family.
The Severance lived in the country,
where there were coasting aud skating
and "such like winter sports. Two days
before the glorious holiday it began to
rain, and the rain turned to snow, and
early in the morning the wind turned
to the northwest, the clouds disappear
ed, the temperature fell and the air
was full of delicious ozone.
"Golly," exclaimed Ben. the next
child in age to Louise, on awaking and
noticing the change, "we've got snow,
and if this weather holds we'll have
skatiug tomorrow. That's the kind of
a Christmas for me."
All day long preparations were going
on for the next day's festivities. The
children were interested in everything
the profits are guaranteed.
tpace given to fiction leaves a great i
a story of the sort that made Oppen-
w-as arres'ed on a charge of murder.
She was with her former husband
. requested to engaae in the re'aii trade, j
- . .,!!. ... l ..111 . Aa. ' i"un uui ui a. tun lias nuu ween IJie SeCOnU -Mrs. SlOkoS who hail
. . I - .A . r . . L . . I - InQTIV T . .J A. 1111 'I 1.H 1 . UAI mill U7 I . I . . . .
. naving nousni puni , . . I ntten or en in the last lew vears.
.'Australian l.eef at less than the lowest voted 'o art and poetry and to such , Then anothtr t of Kaza ,he
- a m.rlran nrlre t he na vr is earnest! v 1 pa p-rs as those on immigration by
vers.lv of Wisconsin, by . Morgan'
. . Tl,. Clron. n. nf '. " " - J - "
r:iup.rr. b'iuivi ic . n u , .
'ersia." en subjects of international
interext: for example. 'Have e a
Speaker dark's daughter should he
'awardeil a prize for p;rchasng a wed-, I'
'-dincF if, f,.r the rre."iient's daughter. '
;t., h ,.h ihp nia.r.ritv and . ' 're'pn Polity?'' and
.the minoritr in the houK. pinos have a Fourth of July?"
Sharl the KiU-
tiie Bralnerd fire department quenched
ed at the house with a lawyer to take
an inventory. The lawyer, Donald
Shilg, was shot dead.
Characterise of the "New Spirii of)
New York a.it-n.obi! st a, -fl.e i Century" are the genuinely im-
i neoanre nounrirn,
I,,.!-!-. i, . n as." Prnli. . 1 ortant papers:
V..- i (n.;.tl M rrolne!on "The Progressive Party": Edna
' T-e com relied to
borrow tin iT
ehnnld K-nton on I he .Militant women
Women" wut'h gives the case ror tne
feminists, and "Th Modnrn Quest for
a Iteligion." a serious and reverent
s'udy hy Winston Churehil!. author of
"Ttie Inside of the Cup." which will be
a feature of the December Century.
In the February Century will begin
" More thnn half . the Jl.V .-p-nt J
."by th l -" pre! i'i the New Jersey j
cur rtlsn- w " otif r iiuid ty women.'
wr u la rlainn-l Ktiroiira Kement li re !
fcr t''." N : " to take a ii" vl w of i a iroplietic trlolOKy ly H. G. Weils
which this modern prophet sees a pos-
! Mbl and logical future that stirs the
imr.cina,i"n. The February number
I It Ls.,. C?nsea X."iti Kas- Srft
t-:i: ihijk (iRm
i-i-s.H t i HiiKXT. I will be a
There is in Uork Island an under- will certain a special group of stories
current which is its ,av1ng crace. i's J -v authors who are ei'her celebrated
current a'.readv cr likely to become so.
n-iaiity. it &iai n.-. i, .,....-. lf,ador in , i,p art fIld. The
nturv w ill continue to make a num
liant wri'er. Ida M. Kvans. So it goes
through the list, which includes a won
der tale from the Far East by James
l-Vanflfl T"iiass a rl Arc r 0 n nnrla
m s as s- i a-' -a ciui y v v vu jiu
just around the corner from every
man's home, called, "A B isy Man's
Wife," by Edwin L. Sah n; a
which Introduces a gallant duellist
by I.. J. Beeeton; a remarkably real
istic story of city life by Clifford S.
Raymond; one of Mary 1 in lay Taylor's
inimitable stories of a li'tle Italian
girl; and stories by Helen Green Van
Campen, John Barton Oxford, Minnie
Barbour Adams and Thomas Gray
Paris The judicial authorities have
Pent the papers in the proceedings
brought against Oscar and, Arthur
The Poet's Mission.
"I can't see," the poet's wife com
plained, "why you don't give up writ
ing poetry and go in for something
that might be more profitable."
"My dear, you don't 'understand the
"I suppose I don't. I wish you'd tell
me what it is."
"Can't you see how great a boon I
am conferring upon posterity? A
hundred years from now orators will
itammersiem Dy a trench smsrr. m u, without mimn.
Theodore MarvinL over the Hammer-! Jnf, m and it wni k simnosed that
stfins" alleged failure to" fulfill a enn.
I " v , oriiiui' rjmininm judaic.
irate wuu insiructions to open an Investigation.
Washington Officials of steamship
lines operating on Chesapeake bay
have protested against the La Follette
seamen's bill. They contend that the
i AJ 1 1-ft ' i - ' " ' j
he surface regardless of what per-.
plexities may bet-.-t. and forms j b.r of interesting experiments in va-
Nice L. M. Brush. 19 years a sea
man on the United States battleship
t Utah, anchored at Villa Franehe, shot
himself because of ill health. He is in
a hospital. .
Fort Wcrth, Texas Mrs. Agnes
Stokes, former wife of John Stokes,
upp-rcurr-t.l whicn n k k ur i.".i-r
things. It la tne upiiit. No matter
what mav bofr.U it aiwav there.
In th midt of riioa condition,
flock I'land rais. d f.r a new
Y. T. . A. building and ail In a
week's time. The ur.d. rlying spirit la
ever ready to come to the front.
Where this is so r.o city can he held
back. And it has always been true
af Rock Island
i Tious representative processes. rh
j its corps of art M -engravers and its
I elaborate art department. The Cen
I tury is ahle to get effects in full color
! and in "Century color-tone" that are
; impossible in less carefully printed
; and d-si:ned magazines.
1 In its comic department. "In Lighter
, Vein." Th Cent-try continues to prove
j that the best Illustrators and the best
they themselves are the authors of
them, just as orators of the present
day embellish their speeches with
quotations from poets who have long
been dead, without taking the trouble
to mention the fact that they were
"But how- will that help you?"
"It won't help me at all. But do
provisions requiring two able seamen you want oratory to become a lost
for every lifeboat and lifeboats enough
for all passengers cannot be complied
Washington Thomas A. Keese of
the Springfield Register, who has been
appointed a Panama-Pacific Exposi
tion commissioner for the Mediter
ranean region, was in Washington to
get instructions preparatory to sailing
for Europe Nov. 30.
"The Young Lady Across the Way"
- .:. t.J ..inn.ll. turn
A9 a matter cr e";" to ,he lighter treatment of current
Rock lh-.rid has gn- steadily forward, ,
throuK'n ail the years, in gradual in-j '
ti.lrial development. In c ommercial I
Ind mercantile progress, in building j THE DECEMBER METROPOLITAN,
and in public improvement. In ail . The December Metropolian contains
the.se tliincs it has marched rintit The Case for Equality." by Georgej
ajOCK i Bernard Shaw. In this' article Mr.
People often marvel at Low the city ; Shaw gives some original and inter
tas expanded and grown. And it has j esting arguments In favor of equality
not gone ahead by f.U and starts, j of Income, and he contends that this
There have been r.o spasmodic jerks ! is the only real remedy for our pres
and consequently no reacMon. There ent social l!Is. In "The People's
I no mushroom growth and no crumb- i Money and the New Currency Bill."
Ung. I Frederic Howe tells how the currency
A city cf this calitre is w orth bill will tend to alleviate the financial
working for. It in worth fighting for. i troubles of the country. This is a par-
l.e people axe vriu muuii. hi
Their homer are worthy of being
fought for. and their good name is
worth lighting for.
Rock Island cannot slip back. It
can submit to no retrogressive ten
dency. It must push on, steadily but
surely, for its future is as fixed as the
stars. Its people l ave but to stand
together and work together; and the
occasion for the rising of the under
current should be not merely where
there Is a stress of circumstances but
every day in the year.
flaCK TO THE FARM.
William C. Brown rose from section
hand on a western railroad to the
presidency cf the New York Central.
He has decided to return to farm life,
which he to enjoyed in his early days.
What he fays it would be we'd for
those youths to read who crave to qnit
the quiet of the farm and get Into the
whir! cf a great city.
"The l.arpiest days of my life." says
Mr. Brown, "were s;ent on the id
farm in Iowa and I have alwas longed
to return to It. After a farmer boy i novel
has teen out la the big world forty j next a story f raw. elemental lif In
ticularly strong fiction number and
con'a'.ns a new story "The Edge of the
Evening" by Rudyard Kipling, and
short stories by Ella O. Burroughs.
Melville Davisson Post. Bonn! R.
Gincer and others. The Larry Evar-s-
serial continues, and so do the "Pulitz-I
er Reminiscences." by AKeyne Ireland.
There are also the usual pictorial fea
tures and deptrtments.
THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE.
Whether or not one agrees with the
boast of the Red Book Magazine, that
it is printing not only the three most
talked-of novels of the day, but the
greatest list of short stories of any
magazine, there can be no quarrel
over the statement that it does con
tain the greatest element of variety in
its contents. For instance, the Decem
ber issue begins with a wonderful
story cf PerclTa! Gibbon, of the rem
nants of a kingdom old-world ladies
and gentlemen caught up in a whirl
pool 0f present day finance. Then
comes the current Installment of Ru
pert Hughes remarkable Nsw York
What Will People Say?" and
AN INCONSIDERATE HUSBAND.
"Oh, dear, ex
cuse me," she
said, after - at
tempting for the
third time to hide
a yawn. "I had
hardly iny sleep
"I h jpe the baby
wasn't ill." her friend replied.
"No, my husband eat up until near
ly one o'clock reading a novel, and it
was almost two before I could be
sure he was sound enough asleep to
make it safe for me to search his
pockets. Some men have absolutely
no consideration for their wives."
"I was the victim of a painful sur
prise last night." '
"How was that?"
"At dinner I sat next to a Boston
girl, and, supposing she would be
frigid, I asked her to cool my soup a
little by blowing on it"
"I was roasted to a cinder."
Look before you leap, young man.
But keep ths fact in mind:
The ones who never leap at "H
Are those who are obscure and small
And left to lag behind.
Cross no bridge ere It Is reached.
But. young man, don't forget
That there are bridges to be crcssedl
The ones on whom this fact is Lost
Are llkeiy to get wet.
"Well, we have been engaged for a
"Yes, it was just a week ago tonight
thatyou asked me to be yours.
"Have you told anybody?"
"Not a soul."
"Then I'm afraid 111 have to give
you up. I don't want to marry a
A Future Possibility.
"What's the matter with the 4:30
aeroplane? It's 20 minutes late."
"The chief aviator has just informed
me by wireless." replied the station
agent, "that they've been held up by
a lone aerial highwayman."
The young lady across the way says she saw In the paper that as much
as 197.000 had been paid at times for a seat on the New York stock ex
change but she supposed that was hen the tickets bad got into the hands
of the speculators.
"Do you ever see the president V ask
ed Willie of hU nncle, who lived in
"Yes; nearly every day." was tb
"And does he ever see yon?" queried
the little fallow Chicago News.
SANTA CLAUS FILLING THE STOCKINGS.
that was done. Mrs. Severance made
the preparations for the dinner with
her own hands. Aunt Sarah attended
to procuring the evergreens and the
hoily for decorations, and Louise help
ed her put them up. All through tho
day packages were coming in either by
express or post, and every time one ar
rived there was n struggle to keep the
child to whom it was addressed from
opening it to see what was inside. De
spite nil the care taken Tommy suc
ceeded in getting away with a little
box addressed to him and had nearly
got the wrapping off when his mother
caught him and took it away from
When the postman delivered the aft
ernoon mail Ixiuise met him at the
door and received a letter. She took it
into her mother, who was in the kitch
en making mince pies. Mrs. Severance
the moment she oanght slcfht of the
superscription seized the letter, tore It
open, read It and, throwing her arms
nhout her daughter's neck, wept. Then
8he began to laugh. ,
"Oh, mamma," cried tne frightened
girl, "you've got hysterics: Don't,
please don't." And she bugged her
mother to her.
Suddenly Mrs. Severance released
herself and was about to spenk, but
changed her mind, and, going up to
her room, shut the door and remained
there some time. When she came out
she seemed much changed for the bet
ter. Her Mep w;is light, and she con
tinued her work apparently with a new- I
born happiness. I.ulse was curious
to know what had happened; but, as I
have said, Loul.se was a lovely girl,
nn.l one of the things a lovely girl
voold do under the circumstance!
wonld be to refrain from asking ques
tions, knowing that If her mother wish
ed to tel! her anything she would tell
her of ltr own acord. But Louise df'i
not worry, seeing that her mother
seemed so happy.
That evening Christmas eve the sua
set in a cloudless sky. and at the same
time a great round disk, the full
moon, rose in the east Aunt Sarah
read to the children the familiar poem.
"The Night Before Christmas, then
they all went out to look at the beau
"Why. it s jnst as it is in the poem,"
said one of the children. The moon
Is shining 'on the breast of the new
fallen snow.' "
"So it is." said Tommy. "I wish
Santa Claus would come along in his
sleigh with his reindeers, 'on, Donder;
on. Blitzen; on, Dancer and Prancer,'
and the rest of 'em."
There was an Immense fireplace in
tne tlvlng room, so large that a man's
body could go through U. Mrs. Sever
ance insisted that the stockings should
be hang wp over this fireplace, since it .
was by far the easiest chimiyr fo!
Santa Claus to come through. Besides,
he could easily get into it from the
roof. The children approved of helping
him In his kindly work, but they nil
wanted to sleep in the livlntr room, be
cause they snld they might catch a
glimpse of him as he came down. S.
it wns agreed that a cot or two e
moved into the room and a bed he
made on the lounge, so that the whole
family might sloep In the living room
and watch for Santa to come down the
When the children were all tucked In v
they kept up a chat for some time.
Tommy said that he was going to keep
nwake all night so that be would be
sure that he wouldn't miss seeing Santa
come down. He kept his resolution by
going to sleep five minutes after he
made it. Then the others one by on
dropped off. About 10 o'clock their '
mother came in and. after making sure
they were properly covered, took her
place on the lounge.
Just ahotit daylight on Christmas
morning, when every child was sleep
ing soundly. Mrs. Severance shook
Tommy, and when he opened his eyes
"Tommy. I hear a sound In tho fire
place. I think Santa Claus has come."
Tommy sat up. as wide awake as he
had ever been In his life. Piercing
through the uncertain light, he saw
Santa Claus filling the stockings from
a great bag. Then Lonlse. awoke, and
then Ben. and presently every child
was sitting up looking at the strnnge
"Santa." cried Tommy, "please give
me a Jumping jack.'
Out -came n jumping jack from the
bag and was thrust Into Tommy's
stocking. The children all began to ask
for the toy they wished, and In nearly
every case 'the request was granted.
When Santa Claus had filled all Uie
stockings and emptied his bag asj well 4
he took off a toque he wore on his
bead and divested himself of his long
fnr coat -and pulled off a white beard
and stood before them, a middle aged
"I do believe it's papal" exclaimed
"You're right, dear child." said the
impersonator of Santa Claus. "Your V
papa has come home to spend Christ
mas with you all. and he is never going
away again, either."
He embraced them all; then they
got np in their nighties or pajamas,
some of them putting on dressing
gowns, and took down their storklngs,
and never was such a hubbub known
In the Severance home before.
The morning was cold and crisp, and
a fire was In Id on the hearth, and the
children enjoyed their toys, though the
older ones were so delighted at having
their long absent father with them that
they took little thought as to what he
had brought them.
That was the happiest Christmas the
Severance family ever spent. Both the
father and the mother seemed over
joyed about something, though the -"
children could not tell what it was.
Aunt Sarah Insisted on taking care of
the Christmas dinner ho that Mrs. Sev
erance couUI be with her husband.
Louise, who wns very handy, helped
her aunt. Louise set the table, put on
the cranberry sauce for the turkey, and (
the celery and a piece of bread at ev
ery plate. Then she finished by placing
a vase in the center filled with flowers.
When all were seated at table Mr.
Severance said grace, mentioning some
inestimable blessing that had been be
stowed upon the family. Louise, when
she raised her head, looked at her
mother and saw her eyes wet with
tears. But such things rarely make
much impression on children, and thl
inestimable blessing, whatever It
might be, was soon forgotten In the
In the afternoon the children went
skating on the pond, their father yield
ing to their solicitations to go with
them. The ice crarked a little under
them, so he did not go on to It. but
stood on the shore watching them.
Having skated for awhile, Ben. who
had received a new sled, took off bis
skates, and he and Louise spent tlm
rest of the afternoon coasting. The
children were all pretty tired before
bedtime and were not sorry to l
tucked in by mamma and kissed all
around by papa, and before 0 o'clock
every one of them whs sound asleep.
Louise slept with her Aunt Sarah
The child was old enough to wish to
know something of her father's home
coming and asked her aunt to tell her. JJ
Aunt Ssrah. thinking it as well to sat- U
isfy her, said that before her father . ',(
went away a bad woman had made ,, ij
trouble between him and her mother.
It had been ail explained away Juxt
before ijhrlstmas. and the father's re-
turn had been set for Christmas. It
hnrt also been arranired Unit the fth..r fi
should come home Christmas eve and
make his appearance to the children as
Santa Clans on Christmas morning.
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