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'-., 'WjT '-S"" 'i*'' I I fo- I I :, Pi '. -[, v^^rfc»v brt\ «T' r'* w-jf Itij" -'I ,7 'r» in *•_ WEAHY WHISlvP.It'S MASQliKHAnil. "Tirnvs is hnrtV* says \Warr Whiskers, 'hrrtmas cvrtiin: rather lat»\ .Ki-ls !iis too Against tin* shlfivalU, ruhs his hand*. ami swvars at fa Pinies is hard. l,„t ita.V. .... reason why a !i:i:»sura man like im- Should hi« ri-rated nut of '.'rUinus wid its fun und jollity." n. *'Thiiv a likely lookin* cutter, mr.f.' holonc: to Santy Cla.is Ami ihat fancy furdin»'d lap-rubo looks to in» as if ii was Ij*.'ft lor m»—for \Wary Whiskers—mii'di obliged to you. St. Nl« TUit tin* dwiht soon will miss it. Gin*?s •I'll leavn ht-r*: pn.'lty ^uiek.*' i,.•! --.v.- iiI/! I I •1! 1 111 vMftzm !ii W0 ''ILL:.':' nr. itli lr.?» paf-k and bi-arskin lai-robp Whiskers looks 1 ik»* Santa's twin Ak lit* tand«i on Kobby's housctn]) wotid 'rin^ if hr can't yet in. And Ins bosom throbs with triumph thoujrh^ his lunirs ar* full of yas» hen he finds a red brick chimney. Large enough to In I him »a*s. Wiw ?.r v.1 \\bWl: mwwi s%^ IV. Meanwhile RoM}-, swoetlr dreaming in his irunilk' lx-il Of the morrow with its presents, hears a rumbling near his heail, AY akes and sees the feet of Whiskers dauf,'linR in tin open Knite, Slowly, carefully descending rubs his eyes and then his pate. i&ft. v»-\~ "JrSSft': ltev •tev SftfcV II V. Whiskers tells how scarce pood boys are in his tKps o'er land and sea. Says with pathos, he has traveled, "forty thousand miles since ten." Then tills llobby if he'll get him some thinjt for his appetite ,»-»* I VI oiio ^Swb ft- V',* ^S\T*—N. I',••» 6v?to' 1 /ii T./ »?JC^ r"*/f*1t lie can have a million presents, every "just out of sight." /.iTil 'I VI. ivoU!»y rv.-orts him to ih» il»l»» thickly spread With t*i-uirru«'s Christmas dinner, and lus '..» from his h»*ad W In-n Iim oUI Whiskers swallow TiJj r~V •/,• n»h was U'fi:v. boy ahd L'irls Jo rob? Nay. nay. titou shaJt have no pr« If.-t l«*t^ in«» riyltt now/' Iv'jbl'V. rob! and frightened, .-hivers, do« not dare to make a row. rj 'M'V Wn'J** W a stom* WW '"'!"h,, ir-u •41 KU Tlifn !n« hh"«os liffl* I to j*u ha*k l» 1m*- 1 h»* wakfs uji ia th»* mora, a ivimh-tT at his )i»'a«.l— l-.Jt alas! wlh'u 11[» tin* Wiimm-y h. j't •Sftiis ffistia)' rw •'4r IX. hiskers follows through tho parlor, idi'ks^ up lobby's Christmas tree, thinks he'll sell it to his "uncle" for two dollars. mayln» three: "Waves ^ood-bye to little Kubby as he shutiics down the path. fJ hen makes tracks for Oklahoma to avoid his papa's wrath. CuutiinM. Mr. l-:iins Xobbs was noted for the extreme entliion of his speech and man ner. "Seems's if Klias exjiecteil his promises was »oin' to ketch him rouml the niM'k when he wasn't lookin'," re marked one of his neighbors, who had tried in vain to extract from him a (lelinite agreement in regard to some farmiiis work. •Sometimes this remarkable prudence of Mr. Xolil'S caused his fellow-towns people considerable amusement. On one occasion lie was telling a friend what, a pxd wife he had. "Her mind kind o' runs on ser'ous tilings liiou-h." he added. "She was tellin' ttMlay liow that if I died fust, she'd ive me a frond burial, an' hoped I'd do the same for her in case she was tin' fast to so. "She's ben a ood wife to me," add ed Mr. Nolibs solemnly, "an' I told her that if she (lied fust, an' I was alive, I'd see that things was carried out to please her." Ton llntl. Some persons develop a positive gen ius for looking oil the dark side. An exchange gives this example: There was a very rich farmer wlio would never own that he had anything to be thankful for in the way of nrotits. Tin- parson once said to him during a line harvest season: "Come. Mr. Jones, you can have nothing to complain about this year, at all (fronts!" "I can't say that," said the farmer. "Still you can't say what is amiss." lie thought ii bit. and then replied very grudgingly, "Well, you see, there will bo no spoilt hay for tlie young calves." A CIIIUSTMAS CARD. It is at orice painful and pe'.-plexins to lx nns.verrd by :i heavy si^'li here one expects an cx 'l.i.niatjon of pie:', ire and admiration sn it was not wonder ful that Mrs. Austin, .mder these exact conditions, looked anxiously into her husband's face. She was holding up for his •inspection a largo wax dell, one of the treasures for Madge, the blue-eyed darling of four years, who w::s count ing tho dajs until Sant.-i Claus shoull come. Every stitch of Miss ItolUe's elalorate costume was tin work of Mrs. Austin's busy lingers in hours whin Madge was dreaming of full stockings and f'hristnias trees, and the In.st stitch set. tin- result was displayed for papa's approvil. Now papa was quite as devoted a par ent to Madge and two-year-old Harold as mamma, and took deep Interest in nil nursery matters. It may be that 11 y»-'' (.Hi *'t* .-* '''vsA^^v ,\v' r4 tV--?? ,lx VII. "!liy. lclls him WU S to ••luiLTatc: ii t- iry l)i miiK.i.f. that bip 'iinm-r h«' cun't to ••Ifvat^. -. .• X'v,~ f. *A.i -*.S \7 ii .• \-.m' -v« -i. b-r -X:_l A Ac*..''! 'V\ i!.''/// '•sfeT'—,' r~\M_ ".'-thk :-7 Vlll. "Kobi'rt. t* k«T» "Think »'»u hat doae his evil." ays to littie li :b: ye can here detain me. ere hopefully of Christmas treasures than their parents did lovingly of sup plying tli.-m. So it was with some alarm, too. that Mrs. Austin put aside li--r last triumph Df needlework and threw h-r arm tround In-i- husband's -ek. "AN hat is it. Charlie'.-" she asked. He drew her into a loving embrace before lie said, sadly: "I met my fatle-r again to-day. Mar garet, it will kill me to have things go .in so. He was downright shabby, f'-eble and broken looking so old and ?o sick that. 1 could not kei-p the tears sut of niy eves, lint he would not speak to me. 1 said all I could say ill the street, anil tri-^l to follow him home but he stopped short and said: '1 11 not know you. sir! You will cease to annoy me And I could not. make a scene in the street." There was a clioRing soun 1 in Charles Austin's voice as he ceased speaking, but. Icing a man. he kept back the sob that would have followed. M.S. Aus tin's tears were falling fast. "At Christmas time, too." she said. "It is useless to send pn-s lis. Charlie lie ha.s sent them back every year." Tile story this conversation refef-cd to was ail old one. a true love ma.'ri.lge made in the fa-» of disinheritance anil paternal displeasure. Mrs. Austin h.Kl been a poor girl, employi-d in th-1 fac tory uf Simon Austin, then a man of gp-::t wealth and good social position a tiit.n purse-proud, arrogant and f".U of his own itiip.irt.uii.". When his only child, his idolized, Wlii** oilier iudulg-d son ar.d heir, told him of his love f.u ptvtiy Margaret Hay. a factory girl, living the factory boarding h-uis--. wearing calico dresses, and earning 1 ln-. r^- liv ing. the old mail was a maniac in his fury. lie would not see that the girl was pleasing in manner, refined in taste, well educated and sweet-tempi-tv-l, one to brighten any home and make any ood 111311 thoroughly happy. He gave tioii ended in a stormy quarrel and the r»ung man's expulsion from home. l'.ut with a good fortune that dees not jften follow disobedient sons, Charles vas at once taken into the employ and favor of his mother's broth--!-, an ec -i-ntric old bachelor, who gave the -•Dung couple a homo in his own luxu •ious house. It was a new life to the •Id gentleman, and lie took the keenest •merest in all the household affairs as Margaret managisl them, loved and nourned the older children, and dying, vhen Madge was but a year old. left lis entire large estate to his "beloved lephew. Charles Austin." And while the sunshine of prosperity iad no clou-Is for this wayward son, Jie father's fortunes had all gone awry. Some commercial panic was the first )low to Simon Austin, and an effort to "epair the loss by speculation only ulded to disaster. He missed the cool. :lear head of the son who had of late ears been his active partner, the judg nent he had tirst trained and then '.rusted to guide his large business. He •vas angry, and his angry impulses led Jim into dire blunders, until he grew *o involved that there was no escape, ind he failed for more than his entire fortune. At once Charles hastened to liini. wering his entire wealth to save him. mly to be met by a proud, tierce re Usal to be under any obligation to a lisobedient child or his beggar-wife Over and over again, as pove.-tv 1,,,. 1 •ame more and more bitter to the man 1 to be thrown back with angry scorn. :herislied his wrath "as the last rem- telling him anonymous sums of nionev I were iu the bank in his n-ime mil wrote back refusing to el-iim t'hem' lie I iiiistrustiHl everv offer of service -is And being old and broken in health ver and lower, nnni.i,, ... Very sadly the son and wife talkivl the impossibility of helping one who would not let any appeal touch him until suddenly Margaret cried: "Charles.! I have an idea! Let me try to win your father over. I will send tilm a Christmas card." "My dear, he would not open tlie en velope." "But it will not go in an envelope. Don't ask any questions. Let nie try and see if your father does not dine with us to-morrow." "Dine with us! Margaret, vou must be crazy!" "Not a bit of it Just let me have mv awn way dear." "Do you ever fall to get that?" was Uie laughing query, for something in his wife's face gave a fresh hope to I'harles Austin's heart. It was a very mean room in a very poor house where t!ie sun of a 1 iriLrli: hristmas morning wakened Simon AiM:n. Everything jn ln shabby place trlil of tiie lac) of woman's care and love. Dust bung upon everything •lis ifder reigned. There were no dainty triiies of needlework the curtains were It was Christmas day. and tho memory of two other curly heads ha with large blue eyes and !u' otul ... il. I. I I t. 1 i». .'.in.. ....1 1 1 I. and baby faces that had brighteie-1 the nursery for a few brief mot'.!::s anil then been hid by cntiiii-li.ls deep.-ne*l the love for the children who came later to comfort tin.- aching liearrs. Hut it is very certain that the little Austins were as much loved and petted tis children could be. and did not ilr.\n:i stairs? T!ut he always comes to our house, and mamma said, perhaps, to day, he would bring us our grandpapa! Y\ haven't got any now. vou know, and mamma said if he did' come we Would love him just the same as papa, and lie would love us. And please, grandpapa, so we will." And here the chad put her little arms round tho head bent low before her. and lifted the face quivering and tear-stained. "Oh. don't cry! Oh. please, men don't cry: only naughtv givls and bovs! Oil!" and again the terror found vo'ice in the plea: "I want to go home!" "Yes, yes! I will take von home, r.riag your (lowers, child. This is 110 place for tlowcrs or—or—Christmas cards!" l'own tho crazy old stairs the old man led the child, tenderly watchful tliat ilie ITitle fivt did not slip nor stumble. Through the sunny streets, niiheiAling tiie cold, she walked beside him. prattling of her home, and of the I dear grandpapa tliat she had been ta'1-Ut to loVl'- "iroken and aged, did his son implore I was the crowning amazement. 11111 to allow him to help him. offer him -so '!1 few short hours could home. love. care, obedienc" even only ll:1V( A proud man always, Smion Austin ^'u* '"!l' 1,1 vn uukluwa l'!VIU'° lMI,,,ls taught to talk of the es- tran-v,li I-H'ent as this child talked. 111,1 o!t IIotv H*lon dingy and crooked the carpet torn and bring, it was put over a chair diriy. "rilv wearily and slowly :he old man dress .() himself, lit a lire in the gr ite at:d rang fo,- the poor br.-.ikfast his landlady providiil. Iiinner and tea he was supposed to 'mv oiit.-ide. but very often this muddy coffee, stale bn^td and 'ough chop or ste.il were the sole i'"past of tlie l'I hours. 1:0 busi ness look the old man abroad: so. after tie- untempting tray was removed, he to-.l a newspaper and dr-'.v shivering ly lo the lire. Ihit before lie had r--.nl there c-itn.- a kn.», 1 upon tie- door, and t!i.-n it opet ed wid- atid closed again beliind a ehiid—a li'.iie girl in a ipiamt Mother Hubbard cl.iak mil tering golden curls, and holding a large Hat i'.is'iet full of t"beautiful (lowers. While the old man gazed at her in sileti amazement .she said, in a swe-t. childish voice: "If you please, dear, yotii* *'hristmas card!" ""ion—yuu are what'.-' )y bewiM--rtij. "if you please, dear grandpa. I your 1 'hrisrmas card:" ho sent vou ie -cV What is vour name' "Mamma brought me Here! I am M-Idg.- Austin, dear grandpa—" and and tin- jHHir room. !i- child's eves tilled and h--r lips trenibi.-d. "1 want K. g« home!" she whispered. rrundpa, 1 am he said, utter- 1 "f the prayer she :lIu! nant of the old arrogance, and would s-'!ltl ".v grandpapa home!" of ant bend one inch, lie found letters ,!l t:llks morning, "1'lease, dear w'11' ^u'r mot-lier about this relative whom she was to rev- :lml lovo- slnuild he ever come 4)Ie"ing sl,,lU :l to the liarnened lint, r.h loll('1-v ll0 lrt lictated by his" son. and returned to '^it iie felt it would be bitter Charles every scrap of aid .sent to ldm I aS •ften perplexing his son by sendiii" "i"!U'tv t'. d" wm ic? of rest ana Uh t0 t,mist as,de uow XV:1S 110 wliat had not come from him. "thott-h stately mansion to which ae always refused to believe this Austin 1.^1 nis grandchild. Eager neetl to pull tho iloor- XV:litin'-' ,0.' 30 sank lower and lower, unable to till lucrative positions, and taking the work that gave him barely food and the poorest clothing. to its portals eyes were watching for the coming of the pair. Tender arms and 1 strong hands led Simon Austin iuto tlie parlor Margaret's kisses fell warm and caressing upon his wrinkled cheeks, Charlie's hands removed the shabby overcoat baby Harold clung to his knees, shunting: "Danpa's tuui! Santa Tlaus bringed dandpa!" Sa*v Snnta C'lnii, Is the liining room chimney was a register whicii opened and shut like a door, and when it was opened it made the best kind of a place for S.uiia Chilis to come through. Uight beside it Helen's small stocking was hung on Christmas eve. and for fear it might not hold all Santa would When the l.ng night was at last end ed. Ib-leu's delight was unbounded, and as she found the piv-.-tit.s she w-.uld go to tin- register and say: "Tank. tank. Santa Clans!" A few days afterward a plumber was called in to repair tin- pipe leading to the same register, and just as he was drawing himself out of the opening Helen came into the room. The man was large and good-natured, with a long gray beard. He smiled at sight of the little two-year-old, who looked at him doubtingly for a mo ment. with her hands el is-p.-d behind lo-.-. His smile n-.ssrrod h--r, and. go ing lip to him. she said: "Is you dot. any doll babies in your potef With a kind reply the man took Irs departure, and to this day littl.- Helen is sure sile has seen anil talked with old Santa Claus himself.—Youth's Com panion. !'ii|ilitnr am 1 I 'on cry!" Mr. Austin said, finding his senses, and taking her into his arms, very tenderly, too. "Iioti't cry, dear, w:il take you home." I Uil. if you please, bi-eause tnv big Santa '•oil is there and all the toy laus brought, and brother Hari-y. What did Santa Claus bring vou':" "Nothing!'' "Oh!' with a very deep-drawn sigh, "was it because you are lip so many Tn-i-.i for ('h pi The .1.. u&vw'Mri mi mn «. The most popular tr--e for a Christ mas celebration is the balsam. This tr-*e attains perfection at tin.- age -.f twenty years. After this it begins to wither at the top and gradually dies. The large balsam trees are cut in great numbers for churches and Sunday -hools. The branches ar-- strong and thickly covered wi bluish leav--s. They are cut as young as six years. They are n-:—iy bushes then, however, and are used main.y by pri vate families. Next to the balsam iu popu'aritv comes the sprue-. Tjiis tr-. aithough it attains a irr--at height than the bai-aiu. ha- a scra-'gy appearance. 1 is cut when ii is about ten years old. 110 so go-xl. being a lowish grec.i. whi -ii withers very soon I! I he cei.lar trees are- only cm by special order, as the demands for tii-'in are very limited. Hut tliev are the most fragrant smelling tree of the lo*. While pnie trees are used for the grocery and butcher shops 10 ll.:lvo :1 The Chriitimis Hiril. im Fiue? nwigwmwrrwraw—iibwhihiwiiwiiii I BI I OF COURSE SHE WAS RADYE An Incident Kvt-ry "iHrpieil Man Can Hi—Ar? oil ready, dear? sin- (briskly 1 \i s. all ready. 11 e—( turd enough! Then 1 may trim tile gas out She—on., moment. Is my comb in straight'.- I don't Lelieyt- tit to be so, n. got everything? She (d -id. illy»—Ir\ tiling. W it don't put tiie light out. Let me what did do with—oh, her-- it That'- ah. I!-- W-ll. then— Sc. --Harry! Th«s.-» are the wrvtig gl-.vis they're He- ..ill OlleS. ml .lust tl.ir.k, it' I had not dlscov i'ed the ii.'stak"! The right pair were ii my ji-cke*. \",v,. if you'll pia aiy 1 i-tl. in I •a!.- this wrap over vj-jr arm—don'!, lose it! H' -V.'e can go, I su ip.ise? She- n,,-,v -.ye can. I!y tile Wuv, 1 v.i 11 Id be.t.-r !gikmy snu-hing sjits co telling v.iiat may happen! H--—Shall 1 t.itrn ti.i--- S'.--- 'i'urii it oil'. 1. ih-h-li. il wait aa ia-trr.•! .My sandals! I almost forgot, and it is so damp! \\"iIi yoii get thetn oil*, of lie.- closet—lef: corner, on the -In If—and you'll have to pat th-m 0:1 for me. 1 hate to ask you to kneel in your nic.-Thanks. d--ar. ou'r-.- s. good! He Well. I-': I. ofT! She—At last! lit,: stop. 1 hav-D't locked my di-sk and that strange tmrse ii-- desperat •'i--I"» i. come on :ii9 i.- ir:ain will tie up! She ir.-pr ac!ifiiliyi- I'v-.- been r-iidy th^sc twenty minutes. 5! You're not r.ndy now! Sie—Why. I'm waiting f.-r you! lie (jn amazement:—-For me'.' Sin- ipatientlyI'm waiting for you •o put the gas out. We a: ami l'-avu it blazing to tlie eeili'jgl—Tiie Club. WANTED TO BLUSH UNSEEN. A 11 I tl and (iroom'M Ififfieulry ia a Hold. A tender Made witli a biush on bis cheek and d.wn on his lip drove up to a l.e-.v-iston hotel ami hitched his horse. Then he helped nut a pretty la.-s iu S decorate with. They tl0l,P g'reen color and last Ion --'r liiau any of the others How lit' I'llptMMl. Tommy entered the parlor -,\ iiere his sister Mamie was cut -naming her best young man. "I would like to have your sister for a Christmas present. Tommy. Will vou give iu.r to mo':" "Can't." said Tommy. "When I caught Fitz Dudeigh kissing her the other night, she said. 'Now. Touituv, don't give me away,' and 1 said 'i wouldn't." •fj IgvV iiillltlinlis-' The Horse—It's a tiue ttirkev, eh Jimmv? p- There was 110 pride could stand against this loving, sincere welcome, so pride collapsed. "You really want me. Charlie?" the old man faltered. "It is not mere cliur ky':" "iltish!" whispered Margaret. "I.)o not grieve liim by such a word. He will never be happy until you come home d-nr father." Alfred (in beil)-I had to have a bi" And so Christinas once again gatli- one, 'cause I wrote on that paper tliero ered up the tangled threads of estrange- sa(J or went and knit them into strong bands brother, a Shetland pony an' a dn.m' of home-love—New York Ledger. T.ift. ., a urp lal Santa Claus to leave rue a little ., v.! ,1. .- 3 my iiair lojks a .1 hat v.'iili white leathers aE-_' with a blttsh on her ch--ek that detied th.- set ting sun to match. "Keu I hitch ray h(sS while we cat dinner'-'' .-aid i'he clerk said t::-y could, or would f-.-nd it a rout! 1 to the stable. Ii-- signed bis name and h. s«.:-.i:--::ed Sotiiething out. and when i: wa.s dually caa: :!. the b-- tcr ha!f of it read "and wife," ••ays the Lewiti Evening Journal. In ilie (lining rium tli.-y :'.":ia- :d universal nt:--:iti-:i. 'Hie head waiter not catching sight of Uieai immedi ately' h-.- li- gati :o I'.ige to t'::e door, but sle- pulled it's sleeve. Th.ir attack 011 the bill •.•:' f.i.-e wa.s ir.ii' she was dainty, and didn't want anything but lemon pie. lie preferred -or.'), but didn't ear.- tor any'.ning e's-.-. II.- was bashful and ftaraia.-reii \.U-n !te asked for anything, a: -i in g-. tting away from tho tab'.o h-.- v.as iiuite awl ward, atid knocked over a glass of water ua tiie table, in the odiee iie simply saiJ: "Darn it! Th.-v ail kn--w vr» were just married. Wjn-re is tiier an all-Sred good v.a- 11.11 get a s-.piare meai an" io!r»!y lookin":" Th. got the right dir«viior.. ami the restaurant man says that the yor.titf bride ate a sirloin and a stab of cus tard pie. ar.d the groom go: away with two oyster stews and an eight-inch seg ment of unadulterated ruiuoo. Iniliroveiiit-lif. 1 regard the movement for good roads 2s one cf the most i:nport:ut of social reforms. It has in it great material benetit to the people generally and to the agricultural interests of the country particularly. In tiie East especially we have reached a state of development whi re a network of smooth highwavs is essentiil our prosperity aud growth. (iur cities ami villag--s must be brought into los» 1* contact with tho farms. In many sections the limit of connnunieatii by railway and canal has been reached, and dependence must be now upon good roads. To the residents of the farms, to tlie mer chants in the towns, to the canals, to the railroads, to the large army of em ployes, to the consumers in the cities. in short, to all int- ivsis and citizens, the close communication of farm and city is most desirable for business and commercial reasons alone. ,oi sub stantial roads leading to the rural towns from the principal business com munity in cadi county cannot help stimulating business iu that commu nity ami developing the couutry round about it. But beyond all this they are as advantageous in elevating the social and intellectual life of the rural popu lation as they are in improving its ma terial condition. A rough hide is a sign that something is wrong. I'lan to farm so as to turn off crops that take little from the fertility of the farm and give good money returns for tlie bulk taken away. The money expended for pure-bred •utile animals is one of the best invest ments that can lu- made and gains com pound interest ill a short time. If you have tlie right kind of cows, •ind the cows have the right kind of owner, not less than ."00 pounds of but ter a year should lie the average yield. Next year's crop 011 many a farm will lie-improved if the owner of tho farm will do some reading and studying while sitting about the stove these long evenings. Whether planting seeds or resetting plants or trees, take pains always to tirni the soil about them. Many seeds fail to germinate aud many roots to take a fresh start because this simple precaution is not observed. There is no one operation in the cul tivation of a crop that is of so much importance as that of getting the soil iu thoroughly good tilth before sowing of tlie seed. Neglect in this cannot be compensated for by any other work. If you are obliged to feed straw this winter feed a little oil meal as well. If you have never used any you will ba surprised to see how well stock will time through on straw and oil ineal as lie principal feed.