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HE times were flush; there had boon good crops, and an abundant harvest had been gathered and stored away. The people on old .Lick, creek, in. Ralls coun ty. Mo., were hanoy and eager to enjoy themselves. The coun try was sparsely settled, and there was little to be had that was good to oat or drink nearer than the town of Florida, on Salt river, where Squire Clemens, the father of Mark Twain, Vept a store. They danced all night under the hospitable roof where sat old l:ncle Rhuebin Reddish, Aunt Lou extend ing them a warm welcome; then they went home with Rube Purvis to eat bear meat, and from there to Uncle Harry's and Aunt Kdy's, where veni son was broiling and bee gums had been robbed. Christmas eve day was bright and jiretty. The sun broke through a rift of clouds and the revelers were fairly intoxicated with joy. They intended to spend the night and Christmas day at the Widow Mackelroy's, where there was plenty of room and an abun dance of good things to eat and drink. The Widow Mackelroy was with the crowd. She had left Uncle Ned and Aunt Polly to look after her house, telling them that if they went away to close the doors. The faithful old servants were not liable to go farther than some cabins occupied by colored people, and the widow knew that they would answer the summons of the ranch bell. Though it was Christmas time she never dreamed that the negroes would leave the place. Old Ned and Aunt Polly did leave lhe house, and a big black bear must have been watching them when they walked away. He had doubtless scent ,ed the odor of a Christmas feast. It mas easy for bruin to smash one of jthe kitchen windows and enter the apartment unmolested. After feasting upon such things as had not been se curely hidden away, the bear probably prowled through the house until his curiosity was satisfied, and then, find ing a dark corner under the stairway in the hall, he laid down and closed his eyes to pleasant dreams. This audacity was the result of careless training on the part of one James Irvln, an old bachelor of the-j vicinity, who had made a pet of this same bear, Uolivar, as the bear was called, frequently answered the call of the wild. In his youth Ikillvar was an . Interesting pet. He was capable of performing many tricks, and he was an accomplished wrestler. The crowd of Christmas ramblers reached the Widow Mackelroy's house about dark on Christmas eve. The lively, young widow led the way to unlock doors, and the boys and girls followed, snowballing" and singing Christmas carols. The widow was in the act of making oome interesting discoveries in the ittchen, and a dozen couples of .dancers were moving over the parlor floor In harmony with music that was load and fast, when shrieks and screams echoed through the rooms, and those who were able to command their senses saw a monster black bear entering the parlor on his hind feet and swinging his forelegs invitingly, as if seeking a partner for a waltz. The ballroom Instantly presented a cene of the wildest excitement. Boys and girls who were near windows lost no time In making their escape. The bear cut off the retreat of a consider able crowd and hemmed them in a cor ner of the room. Rolivar pranced in front of these, licking froth from his led lips and glaring Into the faces of the screaming girls as If he were try. ing to select a dainty one for his Christmal supper. George Ely, a young man who was proud of his Btrcngth and h'.s ability to hit hard blows, ran forward and Rtruck the bear on the fide of the head. Bolivar shook his ear as if ho were tickled, t,,mlnr nluillt. ho Seized the mazel young man with hh povcrful Forward. paws and drew him to his breast. Th bear was becoming angry, and he would soon have crushed every rib in George's body if the youth's sweet heart had not come to his rescue. Mary Goodwin had been dancing with George Ely and when the bear entered the room the thoughtful girl ran to the fireplace and seized an iron poker. It proved a good weapon. It was an iron bar about four feet in length, and it had been In use so long that one end had worn to a sharp point. Its effectiveness had been im proved by a young man who had stuck the sharp end in the fire for the pur pose" of using it to take the chill from a pitcher of hard cider. When Mary Goodwin saw her lov er's face distorted with pain as he struggled to get loose from' the mad bear's powerful arms she ran to his assistance, "Help! For God's sake, help me, boys!" shouted George. The bear was trying to fasten his teeth In his victim's throat, when the brave girl thrust the red-hot point of the iron bar behind the monster's fore shoulder and threw her whole weight upon it. The sharp point slipped be tween the- bear's ribs and entered his heart. With an angry growl Bolivar sank in a heap upon the ballroom floor, and George Ely staggered away, to fall, gasping for breath, in the arms of his quick-witted, fearless sweetheart. Bolivar was barbecued on Christ mas day, 1854. During those same holidays George and Mary were mar ried. Hence the Mistletoe. Florence Don't ycu remember that last Christmas you broke your en gagement? Geraldinc Yes; but I'm a year older now. SORROW OF IT. Mildred Oh, dear! I wish I knew what to give Mr. Slowboy for a Christ' mas present. Helen Why don't you give him your kfart, dear? Mildred The big goose has it al ready, but be doesn't know It. , . The Sum. Knlcker Christmas mathematics aro puzzling. Bocker Yes, you put down tens and carry everything. An explanation. "Women are naturally more crtistic than men." "Yes," answered the matter of fact person, "that's why so many of us look funny when we wear our Christ mas neckties and smoking jackets. OurNvlvcg want us to look artistic." Worship of the . I I f ft ' 1 ' THE VISIT OF THE WISE MEN It Is One of the Most Beautiful of the Many Legends That Surround the Birth-of Christ Traditional Names of These Three Oriental Sages Who Journeyed from Afar to Wor ship at the Lowly Cradle of the New Born King The Splendor of Their Retinue. 6 Now when Jesus was born in Beth lehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying: Where is he that is born king of the Jews? for Ve have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him. When Herod tho king heard these things he was troubled, and all Jeru salem with him. Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men. Inquired of them diligently what time tho star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem. When they had heard tho king they departed, and, lo! the star which they saw in the east went before them till it came and stood where the young child was. When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great Joy. And when they were como Into the house they saw the young child with Mary, his moth er, and fell down and worshiped him, and when they had opened their treas ures they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh. And, being warned of God In n dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed Into their own country an other way. GospeJ of St. Matthew. Wrhen the wise" men saw the star they said one to another: This is the sign of the great king; let us go and search for him and offer him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh. Alleluia. First Vespers of Epiph any. There Is something exotic In the beauty -of this whole story. It reads In St. Matthew's gospel like a for elgn legend. The strange secrecy, too, with which this kingly oriental procession with picturesque costumes and Jeweled turbans and the dark faced slaves and tlw stately stooping camels, passed over many regions, makes It more like a visionary splen dor, a many-colored apparition and not a sober mystery of tho humble incarnate word. . What a scene for (he imagination was the birth of the lnfantl His first worshipers In that poor cave of Beth lehem are poor shepherds who have been brought to the child by the an gels' voices. But now a change comes over the scene hardly in keep ing with the lowliness of Bethlehem. A cnvalcade from tho tar east ap proaches Bethlehem. The camel bells are tinkling. A retinue of attendants, accompanies three kings of differ ent oriental tribes, who come with their various offerings to the new born babe. It is a romance more ro mantic than romance Itself would dare to be. Those swarthy men are among the wisest of tho studious east. They represent the lore and science of their day. Yet, have they done what tho world would Rtiroly es teem the most foolish of action.". Tbvy Wise Men. were men whoso science led them to God, men, we may be sure, of medita tive habits, of ascetic lives. Tho fragments of early tradition and the obscure records of ancient prophecies, belonging to their nations, have been to them as precious deposits which spoke of God and were filled with hid den truth. They, too, pined for a re deemer, for some heavenly visitant. Their tribes, donbtless, lived inclose alliance, and they themselves were bound together fey the ties of a friendship which the same pure yearnings after greater goodness and higher things -cemented. Never yet had kings more royal souls. In the dark blue of the lustrous sky there rose a new or hitherto unnoticed star. Its apparition could not escape the notice of these oriental sages, who nightly watched tho skies; their sci ence was also their theoolgy. It was the star of which an ancient prophecy had. spoken: Perhaps it drooped low toward earth and wheeled a too sw ift course to be like one of the other stars. Perhaps it trailed a line of light after It, slowly yet with visible movement, and so little above the ho rizon or with such obvious downward slanting course that it seemed as if it beckoned to them as if an angel were bearing a lamp to light the feet of pilgrims and timed his going to their slowness and had not shot too far ihead during the bright day, but was found and welcomed each night as a faithful indicator pointing to the cave at Bethlehem. Wild and romantic as the conduct of these wise enthusiasts seemed. they did not hesitate. After due coun sel they pronounced the luminous fin ger to be the star of the old proph ecy, and therefore God was come. They left their homes, their state and their affairs and Journeyed west ward, they knew not whither, led nightly by the star that slipped on ward in its silent groove. The star shone out in the blue heavens and slowly sank eastward . over . the . cave of Bethlehem and present! the de vout kings are at the feet of Jesus. Who that has ever read the Jeweled sentences of Faber's "Bethlehem will ever forgH them? Many havi read "Ben-Hur," with its descriptor of the Journey of the wise .men, who know nothing of this great book. And yet there is not In the whole cycle of English literature a more wonderful bit of writing than "Bethlehem." The Christmas Spirit By D. D. Thompson " Editor Northwestern Christian Advocate, The Christ spirit influences the world to-day moro than at any pre vious period in history. This is superficially manifest in the more general observance of Christmas by the presentation of gifts to friends and the considerate kindness dis played toward all classes. of helpless and dependent persons in providing on Christmas day for their pleasure and temporal needs. " This, however. Is the least manifestation of- the power which the teaching and spirit of Chflst exerts upon mankind. It is especially seen in a more kindly attitude of men toward each other. The millennium has not yet arrived, and tho struggles between the na tions and classes will continue, for years; but as the spirit of Him after whom Christmas is named flmja lodg ment in human hearts, the animos ities which separato men in antagonis tic relations will diminish, and tho lime Will come when the Christmas spirit will be displayed during .the entire year as It Is now displayed upon each' Christmas day. What the vorld needs most for the right solu tion of its serious problems Is the Christmas spirit. ' ( FILLING UPTHE CANADIAN WEST Th American Settler Is Welcomed to Canada. A number of the leading newspa pers on this side. of the line have been noticing the growth of the Canadian West'in recent years,' aniT draw atten tion to the fact that there seems to be no abatement of the Influx of settlers to that great grain-growing country. The Buffalo Express thu3 refers to the subject: "Canada West continues to grow. There were 4,174 homesteads entries there in July of this year, as against 3,571 in July, 1005. Canada plumes herself over this fact, with becoming pride. But what -appears to make our neighbors happiest 13 the statement that of these 4,174 homesteaders, 1,212 were from this side of the line. Little is said about the 97 Canadians who recrossed the border to take up homes In Canada West, or of the 808 from Great Britain, or of tho 1,236 from non-BrItish countries. It ap pears that tho Item in this July report that makes Canada rejoice most is this of the 1,212 American farmers who decided to try heir fortunes in Canada West.. . f '"The compliment Is' deerve'd. , The 1,212 were mostly from Dakota and pther farming states, and go Into Canada fitted better than any other class of immigrants for developing the r.cw country. They take capital wjth them, too, say Canadian papers proud ly. In every way, they arc welcome over there." As the Express well says, the American Is welcomed to Canada, and the reasons given are sufficient to In vite tho welcome. The Ameriacn farmer knows thoroughly the farming conditions that prevail in the Cana dian prairie provinces, and is aware of every phase of agricultural devel opment in recent years. In practical knowledge of what is wanted to get the largest return for labor and Investment he is by long odds superior to any European set tler. He knews what is required to bring success, and he is able and will ing to' do It, and his future causes no apprehension to the successful Cana dian farmer. The agent of the Cana dian Government, whose address ap pears elsewhere, says that the differ ence between the manners and cus toms of the farmer from Dakota, Ore gon or Minnesota and the farmer from Manitoba, Saskatchewan or Alberta is not nearly so marked as that be tween the farmer of tho Maritime provinces and tho Ontario tiller of the soil. Hence the welcome to the free homesteads of the Canadian West, and there are hundreds or thousands of them left, that Is extended to the settler from the Western States. BIRD TRAVELS WITH GIRAFFE Red Biljed Weaver Constant Compan ion of Animal Skyscraper. The red-billed weaver bird is a con stant companion of the giraffe, perch ing itself upon the withers and flying along when Its host takes to flight, and immediately alighting again on Its back at the first opportunity. The only means of defense or offense by the giraffe is iy means of its hoofs, and the blows It can deliver by kick ing are vof tremendous power. The old males during the breeding season fight in this manner a good deal, and the female employs the same means In defending her young against car nivorous animals. 0( ps are very swift of foot. and It re ires a very fleet horse to run them down. . Experienced- hunters, however, charge them at full speed, and by this means are often able to run Into them, and if the giraffes are fat they will soon become "blown." When running, the tail is twisted in a corkscrew fashion over the back and the hind legs at each step are thrown on the outside of the forelegs, giving a very grotesque straddling appear ance. The giraffe Is mute, but he has a very keen sense of hearing and of smell. State ormo, Citt or Toledo, I M Lie A Coctt. ( Frank J. Chbnbt makei oath that be ti lentor partner of tbe Onn of F. .1. Chbncy Co.. dutng butltifi In the City of TuieUo. Couoty and State afurenaid, and that aald Inn will pay tbe aum of USK HUN DUEL) DOLLAKS for each and every rane of Catabrh tbat cannot be cured by tbe uae of UaLL's Catabsh Cckb. FRANK J. CHENKT. Sworn to before me and aubcrllrd In my preaence. ttil Otti day of Uecembjr. A. !.. t6. s . A. W. GLEASOV, ) Lf NOTABT 1'CHLIO. Haifa Catarrb Cure ! taken Internally and acta 4trv'tly on tbe blood and mucous turfacea of tbe ytteui. bena for ieiininiai. rrre. F. J. CHUNKY CO., Toledo, O, , Sold by all Drugztcta. 7.o. Take Half Family I'llla for constipation. Rifle Shooting in Schools. Rifle shooting will hereafter be In cluded in the curriculum of the ele mentary schools of Great Britain. Mr. Dirrell, the president of the board of education, who made the announce ment In the House of Commons, said that the educational authorities had been given permission under certain restrictions, to allow childret of cer tain ages to be taught to shoot at miniature ranges, the instruction to be paid out of the public funds. Young Man Extensive Traveler. Lord Ronaldshay, though only thirty years of age, probably has done more traveling for his age than any mftn living. Few people know more than he about the Himalayas and Per sia. He has also found time to ex plore Kashmir, Baluchistan, Ladak, Thibet and the Persian gulf, to say nothing of Ceylon. Held to Life to the Last. An old woman, who has Just died at Wisbech, Germany, at the ago of 84, wrote her own obituary notice on the day before her death and also made a list of all the friends to whom she wished memorial cards to be sent. Lives by Ralsinq Queen Bets. Miss Flora Mclntyre, sophomor In Berkeley University, California, pay her board and tuition fees by the tale of queen bees she raises. Worth Knowing. T'.at Alfcock's Plasters are the hlf'-Cbt result of medical science and skl.l, and in ingredients and method have never been equaled. That they are the original and gen uine porous plasters upon whose rep utation Imitators trade. That Allcdck's Plasters never fall to perform their remedial work quickly and effectually. That for Weak Back, Rheumatism, Colds, Lung Trouble, Strains and all Ijocal Pains they arc Invaluable.., That when you buy Allcock's Plas ters you obtain the best plasters made. A Misunderstanding. Apropos of a misunderstanding on the canteen question, Gen. Frederick D. Grant said at a dinner in Washing ton: "It is like the case of my friend Maj. Green. Maj. Green said to his servant one morning:' " 'James, I have left ray mess boots out, I want them soled.' '"Yes sir,' the servant answered. "The major, dressing for dinner that night, said again: "'I suppose, James, that you did as I told you about those boots?' "James laid ?5 cents on the bureau. "'Yes, sir,' said he, 'and this is all I could get for them; though the cor poral who bought 'em said he'd have given half a. dollar if pay day hadn't been so far off.' " LIMB RAW AS PIECE OF BEEF. Suffered for Three Years with Itching Humor Cruiser Newark U. S. N. Man Cured by Cuticura. "I suffered with humor for about three years off and on. I finally saw a doctor and he gave me remedies that did me no good, so I tried Cuticura when my limb below the knee to the ankle was as raw as, a piece of beef. All I used was the Cuticura Soap and the Ointment. I bathed with Cuticura Soap every day, and used about six or seven boxes of Cuticura Ointment. I was thoroughly cured of the humor In three weeks, and haven't been af fected with it since. I use no other Soap than Cuticura now. H. J. Myers, U. S N, U. S. S. Newark, New York, July'8, 1905." . Scheme Worked Out Badly. Congressman Sulzer represents a densely populated district on the East side of New York city. It occurred to him some months ago that though there are no gardens in his district gome of his constituents might grow plants in boxes placed on window sills or fire escapes, so he sent an as sortment of seed to the inmate of a model tenement house owned by one ot his friends. . The latter met him a few days ago and said: "See here, Sulzer, I want you to cut out that seed business. It's the limit!" "Why, what's the matter?' asked the aston ished Sulzer, and he explained why he had sent the seeds. "Oh, you meant well, all right;" returned the friend, scornfully, "but when I visited the place the other day I found that about ten families were raising cabbage, cu cumbers and tomatoes in the bath tubs." A New Sleeping Car Story. Among the railroad visitors in town yesterday was F. A. Miller, general passenger agent of the Chicago, Mil waukee & St. Paul Railway. He vis ited all of the general offices in town and at the Hollenden Hotel yesterday told a story of one of the sleeping car porters who was recently found asleep while on duty. This is con trary to the rules . of The St. Paul Road, and the negro man was in trouble when found by the inspector on The Pioneer Limited. He had his wits about him, however, and In re sponse to the Inspector's inquiry as to what he was doing asleep, he said: "I'll tell you how it was, boss. I have only been with the company a short time and before coming here I was working on such and such a railroad. The line was so rough that I could not get any sleep. 1 Since I have been working for the The St. Paul the road has been so smooth that I just could not keep awake." Mr. Miller says that while the ne gro had violated the rules, he was permitted to keep his job on account of his wit. Cleveland Leader. Rich Prize for Scientists. v ' The person who discovers a method of communication between planets will rmmmmmmmmmmmmmmamMmmk receive $20,000 from the French Acad- amerjcxs most popuur riavay emy of Science. g & WiCKlf&f) THE CANADIAN WEST Mm 10 IlTL ULO I II CO I PERfTOT PAHSENGRH RERVICk) BBHBMIBBMBBBSSBBBSSBBlSBBSBBBBSSBBBBSaSBSSSIBSIBBLi Tba taatimony of taou lands during tha paat rear la ibat tbe Canadian a'etiatha beat Weal. Tear b year tba ian ciiltiirai returna ba?a In eraaaad In volume and In value, and atlll the Cana dian Government offert tmm arm FREE to very bona Ada aeiiler. Some of the Advantages Tba phenomenal ineraaaa In railway mileage main linea and branch hai put almostavery nor turn of tba country within easy reach of rburrhei. acbooia. markets, cheap fuel and avery modern .onvenlence. TbaNl.NKTT MILLION BCfllKL WII KAT CROf of ibis year meana Sttl.KU.UUU to tba farmers o Western Canada, apart from tba remits of otbe (Him and cattle. Vr advice and Information address tbe STPKIl IN TENIiKNTUK IMMIGRATION. Ottawa, Canad.i r any authorised Government Agent. M. V. MclNNES, 6 Ave Taeatra Block, D roil, Michigan; or C. A. LAURIER, Sank St 'forie, Michigan. U:;2.w: Thompson's Eye Water W. N. U., DETROIT, NO. 50, 1906. Missed Chance for Fame. The astronomer, Lalande, narrowly escaped being made famoas by a dis covery. He accidentally struck Nep tune with his glass on May 8, 1785, but supposed it was a star. He put it down In his notebook as a star an recorded its exact situation. Tw days later he struck it once more and made a record of it. But when he looked over his notes he found he had it down as being in two different places, and as a star cannot move in 48 hours he supposed he had made a mistake in one of his notes. It ha had used his mind a little less me chanically he easily might have e a Columbus. Costly Water Supply. 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