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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1922.
Zfc BAD CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS Ethel Eliot / fHIS is a story of last Christmas day; and I will tell you right away that it ended happily. But It be gins sadly. It was Christ mas day up at the North pole, and as usual on the day before Christmas, St. Nicholas bad been hurried and rather grumpy. Only tills time, Mother Nicholas thought to herself that he was just a bit grumpier than she had ever known him. And at b'appertime she found that she was right. He came Into the kitchen, closing bls workshop door with a bang, and sat down with all the little Nicholases to his porridge. “Well, I’ve said it before,” he growled, "but this time I mean It. The children down there In the woirld will get nothing from my pack this night It’s time they were taught a lesson.” All the little Nicholases gasped, but Mother Nicholas only asked calmly: “Why, what is the matter now, fa ther? After you’ve been working for them the whole year, you wouldn’t go and disappoint the poor dears would you?” “Fes, I would,” declared St. Nich olas, swallowing his porridge in great gulps, and pretending that he was not a saint at all. "Half of them go around saying that there Isn’t any St. Nicho las, poking fun at me, and laughing In their sleeves. And the other half think it makes no difference whether they are good children or not, I’ll fill their stockings Just the same. It’s a thankless job, I tell you. And I’m too old a man for It. So!” “Come,” said Mother Nicholas, sooth ingly, "here Is a plate of griddle cakes. When you have eaten you will see things differently.” “No, when I have eaten I shall go to bed. That’s where an old fellow like me belongs, an old fellow who children don’t believe in.” Mother saw that he was determined, and that there was nothing to do for It, since griddle cakes wouldn’t help. So she put her finger to her lips to motion the children silent, and went on quietly about her work. And when St. Nicholas had finished his supper, he did roll away to bed, only telling the little Nicholases to be sure to hang their stockings, for they had been good children all the year and still believed In him. The minute the door closed behind him the little Nicholases burst into excited chatter. “Oh, what a pity! Those poor children! Surely there must be some good ones! Oh dear, what fun will Christmas be to us if all the children in the world down there tire unhappy!” M WUI indeed!” Mother Nicholas •book her head and looked often at “Yeo, I Would,” Declared St. Nicholas. the closed door, behind which St. Nich olas could already be heard snoring. “And the reindeer!” cried the old est boy, “what will they do without their yearly exercise? It seems as though father might have gone, If only for their sakes.” Mother Nicholas thought so, too. And at that minute they heard the reindeer’s little hoofs beating on the hard snow crust at the door. Wise lit tle beasts! St. Nicholas had never delayed the Christmas-Eve Journey so long before, and so here they were to save him the trouble of going for them. The Nicholas children felt that they never could face the poor little reindeer’s disappointment. But what was Mother Nicholas do ing so busily over there by the cup board? The children looked In amaze ment. It was seldom that mother left the snowhouse at any time of day. And here she was, after dark, and Christmas Eve, too, putting on her hood and cape, and pulling on her gauntlets! • “Are you going to drive the rein deer back to the stablesT’ asked the oldest boy. “Oh, please, let me. Fa ther always lets me, you know.” Mother shook her head. ‘TU not be driving them back to the stables un- | til this night’s work is done,” she said. “If you’re awake when we get back, you may do It as always.” How the children stared ! “Was little old mother going all alone on that long, wild drive over towns and for ests and oceans and up and down chimneys, and goodness knows w’here, without asking St. Nicholas if she might? Yes, that was Just what she was going to do! “For, when a good thing heads doing," she said brightly, “no permission is needed.” “Keep the fire going, be sure that the baby has the fur rug well up around his chin, and give your father a good breakfast when he wakes,” she called over her shoulder and was away out of the door almost before they had realized that she was going. They heard the scampering of the reindeer hoofs, faster the dimmer they got, and then Just the stillness of the North pole. That was last Christmas Eve. And if you ask any child who lay awake to see St. Nicholas, and peeped out with one eye, all the time pretending to be fast asleep, he will tell you that It wasn’t St. Nicholas he saw at all. It was Just a tiny, sprightly old lady with frosty white curls and a red hood, who filled naughty Willie’s stocking just as full as good Marguerite’s, and 11.101 CL Nicholas Welcomed Her Back Af fectionately. left many more bon-bons in both than was usual. That peeping child will also tell you that before she went back up the chimney, she gave baby a kiss on his pink cheek, a thing St. Nicholas (who is as afraid of babies as a burglar is, and for the same rea son) has never been known to do. And mother, will you believe me, in spite of having stopped to kiss all the babies, was back at the North pole a whole hour earlier than St. Nicholas had ever been able to make it, even in his younger days. Her work was well done, too! But in spite of the early hour, she found the children and her husband waiting for her. St. Nicholas welcomed herback more affectionately than the children. “I woke in the middle of the night,” he said, "out of such a horrid dream — all about crying children and sad mothers. Bless you, good wife, for not letting that dream come true!” “Oh, don’t mention it,” said Mother Nicholas. “It was no trouble at.all. Indeed, It did me good. I think, fa ther, since you are getting so old, I will take over this job myself from now on.” St. Nicholas looked thoughtful at that. He paced up and down the floor. Then he came and stood In front of Mother Nicholas, straighten ing up and looking almost as young as in his early days. “No, mother,” he said firmly. “A woman’s place Is In the home. I’ll at tend to the business hereafter, thank you.” And mother, who, after all, only wanted everybody to be happy, made him some griddle cakes for his break fast But that was last year, the year you got a stocking full, even though you hadn't been so very good. This year you had better watch out, for It is old St. Nicholas himself you have to deal with. Party Supper Boxes. Where there is seating room at the Christmas-time party refreshments are appropriately served in small boxes covered with red paper or holly pat terned paper, and tied with gay rib bons In holiday color. Each box con tains a sandwich, slices of cake, nuts and candies daintily wrapped in wax paper. A tissue paper napkin, in Christmas design, Is folded In each box. When each person has received his or her supper box the coffee and Ice cream are served and the contents of the box are eaten with It. The pretty boxes can be retained by the guests as a souvenir, or “favor,” if they like such things. Choosing the Holly. Superstitious people assert that one should be careful about the choice of the holly for the decorations. Part should be smooth and part prickly. Then providing both kinds are car ried Into the house at the same time, all will be well. But should the prick ly variety be taken in first, then th< husband will rule the household dur. Ing the coming year; if the smooth Is brought in first the wife will be “top dog.” Christmas Spirit Needed. None of us can have too much ol the Christmas spirit ENGINE TROUBLE CAUSED BY OIL Incorrect Lubrication During Busy Season Blamed for Ills of Tractor and Truck. CAREFUL AHENTION NEEDED To Accomplish Objects Sought for Lubricant Must Be Heavy Enough to Stand Heat—Change Oil Every Five Hundred Miles. It Is claimed by tractor experts, who have given a great deal of study to the causes of tractor troubles, that one half of all engine troubles are due to Incorrect lubrication. It is important, therefore, that the lubrication of the 1 rector and the truck be given the most careful attention during the busy season. Serves Two Purposes. The oil in the crank case of the mo tor senes two purposes, (1), to pro vide a thin film between all bearing surfaces to prevent friction, and (2), to provide a seal between the cylinder walls and the piston rings In order to hold the gas in the compression cham ber during the compression and expan sion. In order to accomplish these two objects the oil must be heavy enough to stand the heat to which It Is subjected during the operation of the motor. It is well for each tractor operator to use the oil which the manufacturer recommends for this particular tractor. Lubricating oil, although chosen from the very best grades, will not last Indefinitely. The oil will break down when constantly subjected to heat and use. Considerable gasoline and kero sene will find its way into the crank case, which gradually thins the oil. The oil in the crank case, therefore, should be changed every 500 miles, in the automobile and the truck, and about every four or five days in the tractor. When the oil is changed in the crank case of any motor it is Poor Lubrication Is Cause of Much Tractor Trouble. sometimes advisable to wash it out with about a quart of clean oil and drain It out before the new oil is put in. Good for Killing Lice. The oil removed from the crank c ase contains a great deal of dirt and panicles of metal and therefore it should not be used for lubricating other machinery. Some farmers use the old crank case oil for killing Hee on bogs and it has proven very good for this purpose except on white hogs with tender skins. —J. W. Sjogren, in Charge of Farm Mechanics, Colorado Agricultural college. HORSERADISH GROWN IN FALL Makes Most Rapid Growth During Cool Months and Is One Crop Not Injured by Freezing. Cool weather In autumn is the time that horseradish makes Its most rapid growth. It Is another one of the root crops that Is not Injured by freezing. Extreme hot weather this summer did not seem to injure horseradish plants that were given a good start in the spring. The plants will stand both extremes of temperature. Where stor age space is limited they may be left In the ground until spring. Some dig them late In the fall, but often old timers leave them In the ground all winter. SWEET CLOVER FOR PASTURE Will Withstand Frost, Drought and Grasshoppers and Produce High-Class Food. For pasture, sweet clover Is prob ably without an equal. Its ability to withstand frost, drought and grass hoppers, and produce an abundance of high-class feed throughout the growing season places It In a class by Itself. Many farmers are learning that this hardy legume will solve the problem of food for their stock, and at small expense. BUTTERMILK HAS BIG VALUE More Breeders Are Beginning to Realize Worth of Feed for Hogs—Animals Thrive. More and more breeders are real •xing that buttermilk has a value In the feeding of hogs greater Chan It? food value would Indicate. Animals fed buttermilk seem to thrive excep tionally wcl? and be remarkably free from disease. SANITARY CONDITION OF POULTRY HOUSES Dropping Board Must Be Cleaned Thoroughly Each Day. V-Shaped Trough Made by Nailing Two Boards Together Makes It Easy Matter to Scrape Up Litter and Dump *t. In order to maintain the poultry house In a sanitary condition, daily cleaning of the dropping board must be persisted in, bt!t for a commuter this was an early-morning job that was not anticipated with enthusiasm. A V-shaped trough was made by nailing two eight-inch boards together Mpfitefefr l . -J I '••UDtHo door ,V TROUGH Daily Cleaning of the Poultry-House Dropping Board Is Facilitated by a Sliding Trough Into Which the Drop pings Are Scraped. and closing the ends. Also, a 9 by 14- inch opening was cut in one end of the house, the center being in line with the front edge of the dropping board. A piece of one-inch pipe, long enough to extend the entire length of the drop ping board and for about a foot more than the length of the trough on the outside, was supported at each end. so ns to be directly under and parallel with the edge of the dropping board, as shown. The V-shaped trough was suspended from the pipe underneath the dropping board. With this ar rangement, it was an easy matter to scrape the droppings into the trough and slide it outside to be emptied.— H. L. Tunison, Wakefield, Mass., In Popular Mechanics Magazine. BETTER PRICE FOR REACTORS Few Buyers Now Taking Advantage of Farmer Who Is Trying to Im prove His Herd. A check on the reacting cattle sold on the Buffalo market shows that the packers and stockyards administration and the bureau of animal Industry of the United States Department of Agriculture have been securing better treatment for persons who have cattle of this class to sell. Records from June 1 to September 23 show that on a total of 542 bead of tuberculous cat tle the gross price paid per head was $22.17, less expense of $3.84, making a net price of $18.33 per head. In the past, records had been kept on 4,500 head and the average price paid was only, $14.50. Few buyers are now tak ing advantage of the farmer who is trying to clean up his herd. Many of them find that they can afford to pay as much for reactors that are not condemned as unfit for food as they can pay for untested cattle of the same kind and quality. SQUASHES IN WARM STORAGE Vegetables Must Be Handled With Care to Prevent Bruising—Prod uct Must Be Kept Dry. Squashes, pumpkins and sweet po tatoes may be kept in good condition all winter if carefully placed in warm, dry storage, say horticulturists of the Ohio experiment station. The proper conditions for their storage differ as to moisture and temperature from those found best for ordinary vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, roots and apples, which require cool, moist storage. The furnace room or a warm, dry closet where there is no danger of freezing in extremely cold weather is usually very satisfactory. These vegetables should be handled with great care to avoid bruises or, in the case of squashes and pumpkins, breaking off the stems which would later furnish entrance for organisms of decay. The best temperature is from 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. EXCELLENT FEEDS FOR HOGS Bkim Milk and Buttermilk Are Es pecially Beneficial for Pigs if of High Quality. Skim milk and buttermilk are most excellent feeds for hogs, especially for young pigs, as every farmer knows, but it is dangerous to feed these products when they come from cream eries unless they have previously been pasteurized. The creamery gets milk from a large territory and all Is mixed together. Consequently it is practical ly impossible to get skim milk from a skimming station or buttermilk from a creamery that is free from germs of tuberculosis. Don’t feed either of these products unless they have been pasteurized. Leave Plowed Land Rough. Fall plowed land should be left rough In practically all cases. It is not desirable to disk or harrow It down until spring because this would tend to make it pack or run together too much. Preventing Spoiled Silage. There are a number of causes of spoiled silage, but none that cun not be prevented or greatly lessened by precautionary measures. 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