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THE HOCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1914.
Copyright. 1911. by tha McClure Publication. Incorporated
Copyright. 1912. by tha MunulUa Company
T was Interesting to see how they
Lvk the proposal to drop that
Christmas from the calendar
there in OW Trail Town. It was
to ensicecty a sensible thin); to do.
tad they all knew It. Oh. every way
they looked at It. it was sensible, and
they aJtairted it. Yet. besides Mnry
Chavah and Ebonezer Rule, probably
tie only person in the town whose
Mtisfaction In the project conld he
etranted oa to be unfeigned was little
Tib Winslmr. For Tab. as all the
town knew, had a turkey brought op
by his own hand to be the VVInsIows
Christmas dinner, tut snch had be
come Tab's intimacy with and fond
ness for the turkey that he was pre
psred to forego his Christmas If only
that dinner were foregone, too.
'T5eophrTns TL"i til-down fa suon' a
tnman turkey." Tab had been heard
exp2aini::s patiently; "he kuows me
ted he knows his name. lie don't
expect ns to eat him why. you can't
eat anything that knows its name."
Bat every one else was just merely
sensible. And they had been dis
cussing Christmas in this sensible
ttrsio t the town meeting that nixbt.
before Simeon and Abel broached their
f!an for Ft.iiidardizlng their sensib'r
Somebody had said that Jenny Win
acd Fmce Utile, who was Klienezer'
nephew, were expected borne for
Christmas end had added that it
"didn't lok as if thre would be mcch
of any Christmas down to the station
to meet them." On which Mis Morti
mer Bates had tokon out. philosoph
ical to the pomt "f brutality. Mis'
Bates was little and brown and quick,
and her clothes seemed always to cur
tain her off. so thrt her figure was no
part cf her presence.
"I ain't mollis to do a thins for Christ.
' mas tbLs year." she declared, as nearly
everybody in the village had Intermit
tently declared "not a livinc breath
ing thins. I can't, and folks niljrht Just
u well know it. flat foot. What's tn
use of buying tinsel and flimflam wheu
you're eatinsr miil: gravy to save butter
and nsirs salt sacks for handkerchiefs?
I ain't educated up to see it."
Mis' Jane Moraa. who h:id changed
Der chair three times to avoid n draft,
aat down carefully in her fourth chair,
ter f.-i'-e twitching a littie as if its mus
cles wer" 'm;e-ted vTrh her Joints.
"Chri-tni" wort be no different
from r.r y i-thr d iv to cur house this
year." !.e sr:M. "We'll pet up and ett
our three meals acd sit down and look
at each other. "i'e c:m't even spare a
ben she xaizht lay if we didn't eat
Mis' Abby Winslow. mother of seven
cd'It fifteen. looked up from her rock
lrj cbaJr Mis Winslow always at
IiraD In chairs as if they were reaching
cct to rest her. and indeed this occa- lit lug expenses asid
"That ain't the Idea." Mis Bate In
sisted; "I want them learnt to do with
out" f They'll learn that," Mis'
Abby Winslow nald; "they'll learn.")
"Happening as It does to most every
one of us to have no Christmas, they
won't be no distinctions drawn. None
of the children can brag and children
Is limbs of Satan for bragging." she
added. She was remembering a brief
conversation overheard that day be
tween Gnssle and rep. the minister's
"I've got a doll." said Gnssle.
"I've got a dollar." said Top.
"My mamma went to a tea party."
"My mamma give one." said Pep.
Gussie mastered her forces. "My
papa goes to work every morning."
she topped It.
"My papa don't have to." said rep.
and closed the Incident.
"I can't help who's a limb of Satan."
Mis Winslow replied doggedly.'I can't
seem to sense Christmas time without
"It won't be Christmas time If yon I
don't have any Christmas." Mis' Bates
"Oh. yes it will." Mis Winslow said.
"Oh. yes It will. Ton can't stop that"
It was Mis" Bates, who. from the
high backed plash rocker, rapped with
the bine glass paper weight on the red
glass lamp and. In the absence of Mr.
Bates, called the meeting to order. The
Old Trail Town society was organized
on a platform of "membership unlimit
ed, dues nothing but taking turns with
the entertaining, officers to consist of.
president, the host of the evening (or
wife. If any), and no minutes to bother
with." And It was to a meeting so
disposed on the subject of Christmas
that Simeon Back rose to present his
"Mr. President." he addressed the
"It had ought to be Mme. Chair
man." objected Mis Moran. "She ain't
the continuous president."
"Well, for the land sakes. call me
Mis' Bates, formal, and go ahend."
said the lady under discussion. "Only
I bet you've forgot now what yon was
going to say."
"Not much I did not." Simeon Buck
contiuoed composedly, and. ignoring
the Interruptions, let his own vocative
stand. Then he presented a memor
andum of a sum of money. It was not
a large sum. But when he quoted It
everybody looked at everybody else,
stricken. For It was a sum Inrge
enough to have required. In the earn
ing, months of work on the part of
an appalling proportion of Old Trail
From the day afler Thanksgiving
t fh night tefore Christmas last
year.""" sal.7 ' ueuii. TTT.t Tit flu
amount that the :w souls no. I guts
It must have been bodies lu our town
t-'icnt lu the local btores. Now. bare
bleb uln t very
Mme. President yon
corrected BuCT Miles.
uaraiy a family represented In the
rooms was not also representative of
a factory employee, now Idle these
seven months, ns they were period
ically idle at the times of "enforced"
suspension of the work.
"What I'm getting at is this." Simeon
summed It up. "and Abel Ames here
backs me up dou tyou. Abel? thut
hadn't we all ought to come to some
Joint conclusion about our Christmas
this year and roust the town up to It.
like a town, and not go it blind and
either get in up to our necks In debt
same as city folks, or else quit off
Christmas. Individual, and mebbe hurt
folks feelings? Why not move Intelli
gent Hke a town, and all agree out and
out to leave Christmas go by this year?
And have-lt understood thorough?"
It was Tery still In the little rooms
when be had finished. There seems to
be no established etiquette of revolu
tions. But something of the uncon
sciousness of the enthusiast was upon
Mis Mortimer Bates, and she spoke
before she knew:
"So's we can be sure everybody else'll
know It and not give something either
and be disappointed too." she assented.
"Well. I'll bet everybody'd be real re
"The churches has sanctioned, us do
ing away with Christmas this year by
doing away with it themselves." ob
served Mis Jane Moran. "Tbat'd
ought to be enough to go by."
"It don't seem to me Christmas Is a
thing for the churches to decide about"
said "simeon. thoughtfully, "it seems
to me the matter is up to the mer
chants and grocers nnd the family pro
viders. We're the ones most concerned.
Us providers have got to scratch gravel
to get together any Christmas at all. if
any. And speaking for us merchants. I
may say we'll lay in the stock if folks'll
buy It But If they can't afford to pay
for It we don't want the stock person
ally." "I guess we've all bad the experi
ence." observed Mis' Jane Moran. "of
announcing we wasn't going to give
any gifts this year and then had some
body send something embroidered by
ional yielding to the frre of gravSy
was almost her only luxury.
"You ain't thinking of the children.
M!s Bates." she said, "nor you either.
Jane Moran. or you couldn't talk that
way. We can't have no real Christ
mas, of course. Hut I'd planned son
little ttir.gs made out t what I had In
the houst things that wouldn't (
anythit ;r and yet would seem a li:?i
aomet f.ir, g."
Mis' Mortimer Bates swept round at
"CLi: ;rr n." she said, "ought to be
ibowiii how to do without thingn.
Bftjri.-t ii'id Gussie ain't expecting a
s'iver of nothing for Christmas not a
Mis' Wir low un'-xpectedlr flared up
"Whet ln-r it shows through on the
stdde r not." she said. "I'll i-t yon
"My three." Mis" Emerson Morse put
a WW:'-:i::y. "have tx-en kept from
V'V.Ans corn and cracking nuts all feT
' tieyrv.il hi do both Christmas night,
and It wo-jM c-m like something that
much for us all. these days this
amount may be assumed to have been
spent by the lot of us for Christinas.
Of course there was those." continued
Mr. Buck, looking Intelligently about
him. "who bought most of their Christ
mas stuff in the city. But these these
economic traitors only make the point
of what I say the more so. Without
them, the town spent this truly amaz
ing sum In keeping the holidays. Now.
I ask you. frank, could the town afford
that or anything like that?"
Buff Miles spoke out of the extremity
of his reflections.
"That's a funny crack." he said, "for
a merchant to make. Why not leave
'era spend and leave 'em pay?"
"Oh. I'll leave 'em pay ail right" re
joined Simeon, significantly, and stood
silent and smiling until there were
those In the room who uncomfortably
Then he told them the word be bore
from Ebenezer Itule that as they had
feared and half expected- factory
was not to open that winter at alL
ents this year, nnd what's the use of
scratching to keep up appearances?"
For a breath Abel Ames hesitated;
then he spoke voluntarily for the first
time that evening.
"Mr. President. I second the hull of
that " said he. slowly, and without
looking at anybody, and then sighed
his vast, triple sigh.
There was apparently nobody to vote
against the motion. Mis' Winslow did
not vote at all. Ellen Bourne said
"No." but she said it so faintly that
nobody heard save those nearest her.
and they felt a bit embarrassed for
her because she bad spoken alone, and
they tried to cover up the minute.
"Carried." said the chair, and slipped
out In the kitchen to put on the coffee.
At the meeting there was almost no
body who. in the course of the even
ing, did not make or reply to some
form of observation on one theme. It
"Well, I wish Mary ChavahVl been
to the meeting. She'd have enjoyed
Or. "Well, won't Mary Chavah be
glad of this plan they've got? She's
wanted It a good while."
Or, "We all seem to have come to
Mary Chnvah's way of thinking, don't
we? You know, she ain't kept any
Christmas for years."
Unless It was Abel Ames. He. In
fact made or replied to almost no ob
servations that evening. He drank
his coffee without cream, sugar, or
spoon they are always overlooking
somebody's essentials in this way, and
such Is Old Trail Town's shy courtesy
that the omission is never mentioned or
repaired by the victim and sighed his
triple sigh at intervals, and went borne.
"Hetty." he said to his wife, who
had not gone to the meeting, "they put
It through. We won't hare no Christ
mas creditors this year. We don't
have to furnish charged Christmas
presents for nobody."
She looked up from the towel she
was featherstitching she was a little
woman who carried her head back and
bad large eyes and the long, curved
lashes of a child.
"I s'pose you're real relieved, ain't
you. Abel?' she answered.
"My. yes," said Abel, without ex
pression. "My. yes."
(To be Continued Next Wednesday.)
Over In a Corper Near the Window
Plants Sat Ellen Bourne.
Cold Settled in my Stomach.
Mr. Cha. Sauerbier, 815 Main street, St. Joseph,
Mich., a constant Friend of Peruna, Uses it in his
hand, with a solid month's work on It
But if we all agree to secede from
Christmas we ctn lay down the law to
folks so's It'll be understood: No Christ
mas for nobody."
"Not to children?" said Mis" Abby
"My Idea is to teach 'em to do en
tirely without Christmas." harped Mis'
Bates. "We can't afford one. Why
not let the clriUlren share in the family
privation without trying to fool 'em
with makeshift presents and boiled
Over In a corner near the window
plants, whose dead leaves she had
been picking off. sat Ellen Bourne
Mis' Matthew Bourne she was, but
t.. rly everybody called her Ellen
Bourne. There Is some law about
these things why Instinctively we call
some folk by the whole name, some
by their first names, some by the lasl
some by shortening the name, some In
a name not their own. Perhaps there
Is a name for each of us If only we
knew where to look, and folk Intuitive
ly select the one most like that Per
haps some of us. by the sort of miracle
that Is growing every day, got the
name that Is meant for us. Perhaps
somr of us struggle along with con
sonants that spell somebody else. And
how did some names get themselves so
i ferriilvally "overused unless by some
Btrange might, say. n kind or astrologi
cal Irregularity. Ellen Bourne sat by
the window and suddenly looked over
her shoulder at the room.
"If we've got the things made." she
said, "can't we give 'em? If it's to
"I think if we're going to omit we'd
cught to omit." Mis' Bates held her
own; "it CHn't matter to you. Ellen,
with no children, so" She caught
herself sharply up. Ellen's little boy
l:ad died a Christmas or two ago.
"No." Ellen said. "I ain't any chil
dren, of course. But"
"Well. 1 think." said Mis' .lane Mo
ran, "that we've hit on the only way
we could have hit on to chirk each oth
ei up over a hard time."
"And get off dell'-ate ourselves same
time," said Buff Miles. From the
first Buff had been advocating what
he called "an open Christmas." and
there were those near him nt the meet
ing to whom he had conlid.-d sruno
plan about "church choir Christmas
carol serenades." which he was loathe
to nee set at naught.
Not much afterward Simeon Buck
put the motion:
"Mis' ChalriTian." he said. "I move
yoil-and all t,t us-that the Old Trail
Town li.eetlng do and her-by d.x-s del-lure
Itself In favor of striking Christ
mas celebrations from Its cel.-ndar thli
y-ar. And that we circulate a petition
through the town to this effect, headed
bv our name And that we all own
up that it's for the simple and regret
ful reason thut not a mother's sou of
us can afford to buy CbrUdmus pres-
Estate of Mary J. Archer, deceased.
The undersigned having been ap
pointed exi-cutur of the last vill and
testament of Mary J. Archer, late of
the county of Rook Island, state of
Illinois, deceased, hereby gives notice
that he will appear before the Hon.
Benjamin S. Bell. Judge of the probate
court of Kork Island county, at the
probate court room. In the city ot Kock
island, at the hearuary term, on the
lirst Monday in .renruary next, at
which time all persons having claims
against suid estate are notified and re
quested to attend for the purpose of
having tne same aujunu. j 11 persona
Indebted to said estate are requested
to make immediate payment to the un
Dated 6th day of November. A. D.
1914. BASIL. S. ARCHER,
Jackson. Hurst & Stafford, attorneys.
State of Illinois. County of Rock Is
To the January term, A. r. 191".. of the
Probate Court of said county. Petition
to Sell Real Estate.
John Spilger. administrator, with the
will annexed, of the estate of Barbara
Meier. Margaret Tanner. Elizabeth Biv-I..-H11
llartnian. (ieorge Schmidt. Adam
S--litnilt. Nicholas Spllger. Michael
Schmidt. Peter Schmidt, Barbara Spll
ger. the unknown heirs at law of Bar
bara Meier, deceased, the Evangelical
Lutheran Emanuel's Congregation of
Roek Island. 111.. Andred Meier. Lizzzie
Meier. Margaret aimer. Elizabeth Biv
1ns. Maggie Schmidt, and John Meier,
und William Ehman, defendants.
I'ubliu notice Is hereby given to the
above named defendants, George
s.-binidt. Nicholas SniTger. Lizzie Meier.
Elizabeth Bivlns. Maggie Schmidt. John
Meier, the unknown heirs at law of Bar
bara Meier, deceased:
You and each of you will take notice
that the above named petitioner has
this dav filed in said court his petition
to said 'court as administrator, with the
will annexed, of the estate of Barbara
Meier, deceased, lor leave to sell the
real estate of said decesised. to pay the
debts and expenses of said estate, which
tiiul estate is described as follows:
The north half I l-a r.f lot lour 4.
in block thirtv-four (34 1. in that part
of the city or rock island, in said
countv of Rock Island. tate of Illi
nois, known as and called "Chicago or
I'pon the filing of said petition a Sum.
nvns -was issued out of said court
against vou and each of you. returnable
t.. the Jamuiry term. A. I. 1915. of the
said probate court, to be begun and
hidden at the court house. In said city
of Roek Island, on ttie first Monday of
January next, at which time and place
you will appear and J. lead, answer or
demur to said petition.
Rock Island. 111.. Nov. 30. 1914.
JOHN E. FLEMING.
Clerk of Said Court.
Jackson, Hurst & Stafford, attor
Not'ec of Publication.
Slate of Illinois. Roek Island Coun
In the Circuit Court of said county.
January term. A. U. 1910. lu Chancery.
General No. 7 - 1 .
Rock Island Savings Ranks, a cor
poration, organized and existing under
and bv virtue of the laws of the State
of Illinois, complainant, vs. Joseph M.
Kell. Lovina J. KelL J. H. Hass. Albert
Oak. William L. Ludolph, It. R. Walt,
doing business under the firm name of
R. I'. Walt & Co.; people's National
Bank of Rock island, and Jionnos otto,
Aflldavlt of non-residence of the said
defendants, Joseph A'. Kell und Lovina
J. Kell. Impleaded with J. II. Hass and
others, defendant in the above entitled
cause, having been tiled in the clerk's
uttice of the circuit court of said coun
ty, notice is therefore hereby t?iven to
the said non-resident defendants, that
the complainant filed its bill of com
plaint in said court, on the chancery
Mde thereof, on the lltli day of Septem
ber. A. D. lull, and that thereupon a
summons issued out or sal a court,
wherein said suit is now pending, dl
re. -ted to the sheriff of said county, to
execute, commanding him Co summon
the di fendants in the above entitled
-iiise. returnable at a term of said court
begun and holden on the third Monday
of September. A. I. 1914, and tiiat an
alias .lunimuiiH was Issued out of the
r.rtt.-e of the clerk of said court, on the
19th day of November, A. U. 1914. di
rected to Ihe sheriff of said county,
-commanding him t' summon the said
lef cndaiiLs J.osef.T' M. Kell and Lo-vlna
J. Kell. returnable at a term of eald
court to be begun anil holden on the
first Monday In January, A. U. 1915, as
is bv law required.
Now. unless you. the said non-resident
defendants above named. Joseph
M. Kell and Lovina J. Kell. shall pcr
xinallv be und tippcar before said cir
cuit court, on the lirst dav of the next
term thereof, to be begun and hoiden
ut R.H-k JMaii'l in a mi ior Haiti county,
on the first Monday In this juonth of
January, A. 1. 191.'.. and plead, answer
or demur to the said complainant's bill
nf coti-pluiiit, the same and trie matters
und things therein charged und stated
will be taken as confessed, and a de
cree entered against you according to
Ilia i. raver of said bill.
OEOROE W. GAM ML E. Clerk.
Rock Island. 111. Nov lit. 1914.
Jackson. Hurst it Stafford, complain
an I s solicitor.
And Many of Them
There is Christmas spirit with
all of the following Electrical appli
ances that last the whole year round
Electric Xmas Suggestions
IRON : : :
GRILL : : :.
HEAT PAD :
CURLING IRON ZfSS&r
Come In and Look Them Over
Peoples Power Co.
Saves lime and Labor
Boils, Fries, Broils
. Hot Toast on
otlre of Publication.
State of Illinois, Rock Island Coun
t v ss :
"In the Circuit Court. January term,
A. 1. 1915. In Chancery.
Edna J. Petersen vs. Albert O. Peter-
Bt Affidavit of non-residence of Albert
O Petersen, the above defendant, hav
ing been nled in the clerk's oltiee of
the circuit court of said county, notice
is therefore lierebv given to the said
non-resident defendant that the com
plainant tiled her bill of complaint in
said court, on the chancery side there
of, on the 2hth day o-f November, 1914.
and that thereupon a summons issued
out of said court, wherein said suit is
now pending, returnable on the ftrst
Monday in the month of January next,
as is by law required.
Now. unless you. the said non-resident
defendant above named. Albert
O Petersen, shall personally be" and
appear before said circuit court, on the
first dav of the next term thereof, to
be holden at Rock Island. In and for
the said countv. rm the tirst Monday in
January next, and plead, answer or de
mur to the said complainants bill of
complaint, the same and the matters
and things therein charged and stated
will be taken as confessed, and a de
,.rr.e entered aguinst you according to
the prayer of said bill.
GEORGE V. GAMBLE. Clerk.
Rock Island. III., Nov. is. 1H14.
s.-hriver fc Schrlvcr, complainant's
State of Illinois, Rock Inland Coun
In the Circuit Court of said county.
January term, A. I). 1915. In Chan
cery. Thomas J. Gorman vs May Kelchner
and J. W. Kelchner. et al.
To the above named defendants. May
Kelchner and J. W. Kelchner-
, ttj.i.uit til our non-resideiice hav
ing been filed in the above entitled
cause, in the office of the undersigned
clerk of the circuit court of the county
of Kock Island state of illU.ois. yo-u
are hereby notified that said complain
ant has tiled in said court his full bill
rif complaint against you. on the chan
cery side of said court, and that a
summons in chancery lias been issued
in said cause against you. returnable
to- the January term, A. I. 1915, of said
court, to be begun and holden in the
ccurt house in the city of Rock Island,
in said county and state, on the tirst
Monday of January. A. I). 1915. at which
time and place you will appear and
plead, answer or demur to the said bill
of complaint as you may see fit
Dated at Rock Island. 111., this 23rd
day of November. A. I). 1914.
GEORGE W. GAMBLE.
Clerk of the Circuit Court.
James F. Murphy, solicitor for complainant,
Notice ot Publication.
State of ailinois. Rock Island Coun
In the Circuit Court. September
term. A. I. 1914. In Chancery.
Lars I". Bergstrom vs. Carrie Rerg
strom. Affidavit of non-residence of the
above named defendant, Carrie Berg
strom. having been tiled in I lie clerk's
office of the circuit court of -said coun
ty, notice Is therefore hereby given to
the said non-resident defendant that
the complainant tiled his bill of com
plaint in tsald court, on the chancery
side, thereof, on the i3rd day of No
vember. 1914. and that thereupon a
summons Issued out of suid court,
wherein said suit Is now pending, re
turnable on the first Moiuluy .in the
month of January next, us is by law
Now. unless you, the wald nonrresi
denl defendant above named, Carrie
Bergstrom. shall personally tie nnd ap
pear before said circuit court, on the
first day of the next term thereof, to
bo holden at Kock Island in iind ior
said county, on the first Monday In'
January jiext, .and plead, answer or'
demur to the said complainant's bill oC
complaint, the same and matters and
things therein charged and stated will
lie taken as confessed, and a decree cn-'
tcred against you according to tho
prayer of said bill.
GEORGE W. GAMBLE. Clerk. ,
Rock Island, 111.. Dec. 3. 1914. '
Edward L. Eagle, complainant's so-
Estate of Seymour B. Hawlejr, de
ceased. The undersigned having been ap- '
pointed administratrix of the estate of
Seymour B. llawley. bite of the county
of Rock Island, state of Illinois, de
ceased, hereby gives notice that she
will appear before the Hon. Benjamin
Bell. Judge of the probate court ot
Rock Island county, at the probate
court room, in the city of Rock Island,
at the February term, on the first Mon
day In February next, at which time all
persons having claims against said es
tate are notiiied and requested to at-
lend for the purpose of having the same
adjusted. All persons Indebted to said
estate are requested to make lmincUl-
ate payment to the undersigned.
Dated 30th day of November. A. D.
1914. MRS. ELIZA lAWLEY.
Jackson, Hurst & Stafford, attorneys.
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