Butler citizen. (Butler, Pa.) 1877-1922, December 30, 1887, Image 1

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Office No. C 5 South Main Street,
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No. 88 and 90, S. Main St.,
BUTLim, - - PA
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Hotel Brady
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New Hotel and lli-s»Ji.urant ou tbo Diamond,
Btiiler. pa.
Mr. T. W. Tait has relltted and fumLsbid tlie
Urodv House, aud Is LOW piepaied lu accomino
dale the public,
81* jtestaurxut. in connection with the hotel
ne onen dav aud iilKht. The tables wIU b
furnUtacd with «vor>thii.« the market affords,
VtAtt frlly v>Wuiftvt.
>• God-by.'!' exclaimed his help-mate, "now,
Rrniember, dear, your New Year's vow."
" This t'me I'll l:?ep it, sure as life,"
He smiled, und kissed his happy wife.
P.ach time lie ra^' 1 a tsquor shop
He looked away, and wouldn't stop.
He met three eron'es on the street: n
•' Come in." they urged, " we want to treat.
"No! I've sworn off,"' Brown nobly said,
•' My nose shall not be painted red."
"Huirahl" they cried. " we'll swar off, too."
(This shows what good examples do.)
"There's nothing now can make rne fall,"
Brown thought, as he went in to "call." .
'• A happy New Year's, ladies!" cried
Br.r hero, bowing, when ins de.
••The samo to you, and many moTO,"
Tue ladies answered, us of yore.
For just five minutea altogether
The angels talked about the weather,
Then led Brown 1o the tnb'.e, where
They heaped his plate w.ta New Year's fara
Poor Br .w r.! He balanced on his kneei
That pi ate. and tried to hold a sneeze,
■Which, burst'ng like a thunder clap,
Shot plite and all from oif h.s lap.
"O! Mr. Brov.n, you've taken c:>lu,"
Cried out the ladies, young and old.
Alas! upon that table stood
Decanter* filled with no one's good.
And dain'y hands commenced t-> till
The glasses, to allay Brown's chill.
'• Ahem'." Brown blu.hed, and ijavc a cough
*• Excuo" me, la<''es' I've sworn off."
" O, New Year's day don't count," they smiled,
Ac, Eve-like, they poor Brown beguiled
And. Adam-lit:?. Brmtn foil ar.ew.
Because the ladies asked him to.
A soft white hand presented brandy:
Brown drank —then felt quite like a dandy
Another offered h'rn some sherry;
He drank it, and grew very merry.
A wife and mother gave him whisky;
Another pert; Brown now was frisky.
"(Hie). Happy New Year! (hie) I shay-
Lot* of 'em. ladies(hie) Hooray!
And then—the truth shall here t* told.
He kissed each female, young and old.
"Help! Murder 1 Thieves! Police!" tdey
While husbands mad, rushed in and wreaked
On Brown their vengeance, till, most dead,
With shattered vows and broken head,
He, In an ambulance was sent
To face his wife, and there repent.
Now. ladies near, aiwl ladies far.
Don't keep on New Year s Day a bar.
For many a man slips off the brink
When womea tempt him thus to drink.
Another's husband, son-perhaps
Your own —may from these New Year trap..
His run And. O, ladies, all.
Care for the Browns, who 11 on you call.
A True Christmas Story for Boys
and Girls.
4/ DON'T care! There!
Sa nt a
f/f f m Claus v.'a« real mean
V J'" auc l Btingy not to
/ p:'~. lSt' give mo a pair of
I i'J i lis flutes,'' exchii ni e d
J ifmji'HP Hltte Pw.rl Temple
t[. i \ui ( w ton, na she threw a
|f| V j .1 pair of bracelets on
*\ ) ) \ ' l Y's, the floor in a pet ami
•/£■> I gave them a con
temptuous kick.
'Why, sister, dear: it. is very wrong for
you to complain," said her brothar Frank,
as he g.iz?J on tin array of pressnts that
covered the tuble top and half hid tho sofa
ou which she wan sitting'. "You have four
times as many gifts as I have, and, 1 tell
you, I m quite woll satisfied to get what I
'•Well, you have just what you asked for,
and I haven't. You wanted a watch, a
ring, a knife, a fur-cap and a double-run
ner; and you've got every oue of them. I
asked for a pair of skates only, and I have
every thing 1 did u»t want and no skates.
1 don't care; I think it's real mean," and she
buried her face in the sofa and began to
Her brother watched h?r for a few min
utes with an expression of sympathy on his
open countenance; then ho took out his
pocket-book and counted its contents.
"Here, sister, take this. dear. It is only
five dollars; but it s all I have. It is just
tho price of the pair of skates you saw in
Choapuian's window last week. I wanted
to buy them for yon. and w.is afraid mother
would feci displeased; but you may buy
them yourself, and she will not scold me
"O, Frank, what a dear, good brother you
are!" exclaimed -Pearl, looking at him
through her tears. "1 would rather have
the skates than all the rest of my presents.
I wish 1 had theiu now. Won't you put on
your coat and come with me while I buy
them. It won't tako long and I'd rather not
go alone," she said, coaxmgly, as she
placed her smooth velvety chcelt against his.
"Yes, if you will hurry. 1 wish to t>e here
when Uncle Eph cones; I wouldn't miss
•eeing him for any thing."
Puarl disappeared from the room and
soon returned wreathed lu smiles at the
prospect of having her long longed-for
skates soon in her possession.
*'Keady in a minute," she said, as she
quickly tied on her hood and felt in her
pocket for her mittens.
Frank put on his overcoat and hat and
took his sister's hand as they stepped out-,
aide the door; and their mother, who heard
the door shut, watched them from the win
dow above, and she felt thankful that God
had blessed her with the jwssession of two
rare jewels.
Mrs. Teinpleton was a widow who en
joyed a good income and lived in comforta
ble surroundings. Her husband died when
Pearl was loss than a year old, and, as tho
baby of the family. Pearl had been petted
and wade-of until she was a spoiled child.
Frank was a manly little fellow of ten years,
who thought his little eight-year old sister
was a marvol of sweetness and perfection,
although she often vCxed him isorelv.
He had an indistinct idea that he had not
done quite right in giving to his sister the
money with which to buy the skates; but he
had been unable to withstand her grief and
As they merrily pursued their way, taking
a short slide wherever the frozen sleet af
forded an opportunity, their faces became a
glow with the healthful exercise and many
pedestrians stopped to watch tho handsome
pair indulging their glee.
Suddenly, Pearl discovered a long,
smooth slide, and with a cheery shout, she
made a short run and shd to the corner of
the sidewalk, just in time to collide with a
man who was about to turn up tho street.
"Aha! Merry Christmas, my little
dears!" said he, as he took Pearl on his arm
wid kissed her, while he bnlauoed him
self with his cane to meet tho ehock of an
bther collision with Frank, who hod fol
lowed close behind Pearl.
"Wish you the same, Uncle Eph," replied
the lad, as he stopped 6hort and grasped
his uncle's baud.
"Well, where are you two rogues bound
so early i" asked their uncle, pinchiug
Pearl's ro4y cheeks and Frank's ruddy
" Down to he hardware store to buy a
pair of skates, sir," replied Frank;
•i A pair of skates !" repeated their uu-
I cle, with au air of sadness. " Nonsense!
; You don't need a pair of skates. Why,
I you'll only skiu your nose, crack your
elbow and bump yourself black and blt;o If
' you had a pair."
" They are not for ine, sir. Thoy are for
Pearl, and she wants the® tsomuoh," plead
ed the boy.
; 44 Yes; Frauk gave nys Christmas money
Ito buy them wtyh. I «ver so many
aucftll I wanted was a pair 'of
My dear little girl. I want you to come
liome with me. You see. lam lame. aad I
- s
. ' IN
w l V\<^C^Mpk' ; < /A
I /I -
_— yj/ IJ
can t v.'.ilk on the iee with my wooden log,
unless 1 have my little dears to kc*cp nio
from falling. Yon saw how nearly I c.ime
to falling this minute, you rogue, if you
had not helped ne. - '
" Oh, but uncle—
"Never raiud the skates to-day, IVar!: 1
do not thiak your m > U?r wo-v.l \ like to have
you buy theai 0:1 CUriotm is Day, ami you
do n<-i. wish to do any thing ihut would pain
her, do you;"'
"No. indeed," she repliel, quickly. But
the tears camo to her eyes i:i r.nite of her
attempt to ap;>caras though rlie was not dis
api*>iiited. "O, dear, I did want them so
badly," and t-he brolte down with a sob and
smothered her face in bis sleeve.
"You shall have them, puss, if you want
them, after you have been home and listened
to a story I will tell you. You don't know
what I have nr. pocket for you."
" 'Vaint skates. is itsaid Pearl, bright
ening up.
"liive aao ter guess."
"I don't want it if it isn't skates.'" Bhe re
plied, with a pout.
••I guess 1 11 have to give it to that little
girl who is walking ahead oi us," said Uncle
Eph, as ho opened a morr jcco case and held
it away from Pearl.
"What is it'!"' she asked, as she saw a
glitter on the crimson satin, with which it
was lined.
"O, but you don't want it, so you must not
know what it is,"' ho said, in a tantalizing
way, still holding it afar
"Yes, I do." an 1 she hugged his arm that,
she might stand on tiptoe to get a better
"Well, you shall have it. and we will go
home to wish mother a merry Christmas.
And he fastened a pretty locket and chain
about her throat and placed its case back in
his pocket.
"O, and I was so naughty; but I'll be
r-e-a-1 good now," and she took his hand
and tried to keep step with him as he
stumped along on liia wooden leg.
It was evening, after they had gathered
around the open grate, when Uncle Eph
commenced his story. Pearl sat on a low
footstool on one siue, using his cane to push
stray dead coals back beneath the grate,
and Frank sat on the other side, trying his
new knife on hii uuele's timber toe.
••I suppose you young lamkins ere sitting
up past your bed-time to hear a little story,
are you not!" said Uncle Eph. as he passed
the corn-popper to Mrs. Templetou for her
to empty.
••Yes, sir, if you please," replied Pearl.
"Well, I suppose I must keep my promise.
But you must uot ask me any questions un
til I have finished the story."'
"I'll try not to do so," spoke Frank.
"So will I," said his sister.
"Very good. Now, masVer Frank, if you
will try your new knife on this corn-cob in
stead of my stump. I think you can make
more nicks in it."
"When I ■fta.i ten years old." began Uncle
Eph, "I was acquainted with a boy who had
a very wilful disposition. lie wanted every
thing his own way, and was obstinate and
vf ,
disobedient to his parents. If his father
Asked him not to do something that dis
pleased hitn, the boy would do it exactly the
same, providing ho chose to do so, as though
Ins father had said nothing to him. He was
not a bail boy at heart; but he was heedless
and easily led by his tompauious. who, for
the most part, were older than himself. Ho
was a merry, rollicking fellow and was
ilways into mischief that nine .out of ten
boys would shun as too risky.
" On Christmas day, when he was eleven
years old, his father gave him u nice pair
;>t bright, now. shiny skates—a present the
boy had long pleaded for, and which gave
him exquisite delight through tUeir posses
sion. Now, his father gave them to him
with the admonition uot to put them ou or
go to the river with them unless he was
with him. But the skates were too great
A temptation for the boy to stand, and, as
be watched his companions go by his house
with their skates and thought of the fun
bo was missing, he was tempted to disobey
his father's commands and slip away him
self. 80, when he was asked by an older
boy why he did not go with the rest of
them, he said his father hail requested him
not to go unless he was with him. His com
panion tempted him nnd said his father
woukl not find it out. And so the lK»y
slipped into the house and got his skates
aud went away to try them without his fa
ther's knowledge. But (rod tormented the
boy while bo was skating, and made him
feel that he was doing very wrong in diso
beying his parent, and that it was p. poor
way to show his appreciation of the Christ
mas gift.
"He did not enjoy himself; he felt exceed
ingly uncomfortable. When night came he
did not dure to go home, and he remained
out so late that Ids father started to hunt
for him. The afternoon had been warm and
the Ice near the channel had broken into
Bmall cakes that floated down the stream
with the tide. At the time the boy's father
was hunting for him, he was following the
lead of some reckless companions in jump
ing from one floe'to another. He heard his
father's voice calling him from the shore
and started to meet him. In his excite
ment he missed his looting and disappeared
beneath the ice. His father soon reached
the spot and rescued his son: but, as he put
his boy on an ice-cake, another heavy sheet
of ice cut the boy in the knee and caused
his father to lose his hold on the ice and
sink back in the water."
A half-stifled sob from Mrs. Templetou in
terrupted Uncle Eph's story and her chil
dren saw that she was weeping.
"He never rose again," continued Uncle
Eph, in tremulous tones after a short pause.
"Did —did that boy have -have hiu leg cut
off!" asked Frank, in a hesitating manner,
as he quietly placed his hand on his uncle's
knee übove the wooden stump.
"Yes," replied his uncle, in a husky voice.
"Don't tell any more, Uncle. I know now
why mamma did not waut u:o to have the
skates," said Pearl, and sho wound her
little arms around bis neck while he gave,
vent to the tears ho had choked down un'il
ho hud fini shed.
"Dou't cry, undo, I am going to buy you a
new cane with tho mouey. 1 do not want
the skates now."
.So Pearl went without her skates and
Uncle Eph had a eiuio thiittUe wealth of
tho Indies could uot purchase from him;
for it ia tho silent tcstitaooial of little
Pearl's sympathy toward his lonely heart
end her seli-dcniul in giviu<; up her Christ
mas skates. Bnrr AKSOLD.
—A citizen <>f Dallas, Tex., has in
vented i'U el< < trie line which
kills a fish* the instant it seizes the hook
aud at the same time a hell oil
shore to warn the urn boring Usher
Oh: the dear Old Year is dying!
His children. th? months, dropped oce by one.
And the last week died as the first had done.
And the days all went with the setting sun;
And i he Olfl. Old Year.
Grand, hoary and lirenr,
On h's deathbed lone is lyinsf
Oh! the dear Old Year is dying!
ITis iscoU -with the chill of the tomb.
An 1 his eyes are dark with a do ully (floo.n.
And the hours are weaving oa ghostly looia
His burial shroud.
Where silent and proud.
On his deathbed lone he i-> lying.
Oil! save the Year that Is dyinjr!
Oh! s;r:; the sands -3 cruelly flowing!
Oh ! t.iy the minutes so steathiiy (?r>in •!
On' quicken the pulses so tremulous t'
ic re it be too late.'
Era while we wait.
The Year oa his deathbed is lying!
0:1: the Year, the Year i* dying!
' And th : shifting seen* of sunshine and rain.
The dear 1 igaf- aa 1 the dearer pain.
The ho;ie that fell, bet to blostoai a-tain,
Tae Ureatus and the fears,
iT lie im:li'i and the tears.
All. all on the deathbed are lying!
Oh ! help is none for the dying!
Th" have woven a winding she<»t
O' ih • pale, whif mist, nnd the falling sleet.
And the midnL'ht eomes oa its errand fleet.
One word of command,
One touch of its hand—
And the year in the grave is lying!
Oh! weep for the Year that is fled!
The dear, Old vear that is ours no more.
Th it stands aloof on the phantom shore
With the ghost of the years that liave gone bo
, Yet we weep iu vain,
Fjr never again.
Shall live the ohl year that is deau
Grace />. L-t.-hft /•!. in .V. }'. Jn Itpen Unt.
And the Happiness Which Fol
lowed Their Removal.
I The little dinner in the little dlning
: room was over at last. The m lid-of
all-work, who had burned the gravy,
and taken up the boiled pudding too
soon, h;ul now. with some clatter and
stumbling, cleared the room, nnd ar
ranged it for the evening. The chil
dren. who ha 1 not minded her failures,
nnd were merry and talkative because
there was a guest who smiled upon
them, hail been coaxed and command
ed away to bed.
i At last little Mis. Worden was free
to sit down bv her friend for a confi
dential talk, a id her husband was free
to withdraw from his newspaper, not
to the library, but to the other side of
the table. Mrs. Worden had her work
basket in 1 e.* hand, but she put it aside
as she looked into her friend's face—
the heart was in her eyes.
| "Oh. Margaret, lam so glad to see
you!" she said. "It was so selfish of
lue to ask you to come now, but I never
wanted yon so before."
"And I never was so glad to come."
"Do you mean it? I used to take
• such pleasure in making your vaca
tions pleasant, but every thing is so
different now. Every thing is gone
that yon used to enjoy; the nice large
i ro >m I kept for you, nnd the library,
• and the pictures, and the carriage, and
even the piano."
"But, dear H -len, I didn't come to
visit you for those."
"No; lut 1 loved to think yon en
joyed them. Now I have brought you
to this little, stuffy house, with the
children all over it. You can hear
their noise from morning till night.
There is no Eiise to keep them in the
nursery, or take them oft'for an airing.
They'll torment the life out of you."
"No," said Margaret, "My life never
I will go that way."
J "But every thing is so different You
I saw Bridget. It's so different keeping
house with her from what it used to be
with the three nice maids I had. In
deed, I do my best. Margaret, but you
saw how it was at dinner. We gave
up all our real silver. John would,
you know; and we kept only a partly
broken set of china. The table doesn't
look as it used to."
"Never mind, dear. Indeed, I don't
think of that."
"No," said Mrs. Worden, mournful
ly. "But I can't even give you much
of myself this time. I have to be busy ev
ery minute till ihe children are in bed.
1 to be sewing now. We can't
have any more nice talks over books
and questions, you know. I- hardly
know such things exist. My mind is
' full of nothing but housewon ami
'■ children. I've given up the Literary
Club and the Charity Union, and I can
. not make calls. Those nice people you
i used to like to meet I seldom see now.
• I've just dropped out of their way. I
i can't give any such nice little recep
tion for you as we had last year."
"I don't want it; you know I don't"
"When 1 sent for yon last week I was
' feeling as if I could not face New
| Year's without you. When 1 think of
the change one little year has brought
it seems like a nightmare. Every
i thing pleasant went at once. It was
hardest to loos « our country house. We
both loved it; it was so sweet and airy
; out there, and we had such lovely
' neighbors. When I looked forward t >
spending the whole summer in the city
With the children it seemed awful."
"And has it proved as bad as you
| "Well, no; I've really been so busy
: 1 hardly knew how the days passed.
1 And we have been remarkably well,
j and .John has been so thoughtful for
| me and the children. Poor John! think
what a year this has been for him! lie
was so used to the sense of having a
fortune t) fall back upon. And now 1
know it fairly frightens him some
times to think there is only his slender
salary between us and want."
"There is more than that," said
! Margaret. "There's God's large, kind
I providence."
"Yes," said Helen, humbly. "I
I know, but i f irget some times."
"I want to tell you some thing."
said Margaret "I mourned over your
losses, dear Helen, but since I've been
here 1 haven't been realizing them as
you might think, I've been so happy
over the gains."
•"What gains?"
"Oh. my dear, you have got rid of
the interventions!"
"What do you nn*an by interven
"Lot mo try to tell you. Helen, I
was a hypocrite often in lie- days when
i you were rich, and I visited you. I
1 pretended to be happy, and 1 did enjoy
j a great deal that 1 knew you wanted me
to enjoy. But all the while there was
such uneasy fears in ray heart! Some
times 1 thought I would tell you of
them; then I blamed myself for worry
ing, silly old maid, and was ashamed
. of them."
j "l!nt what was it all about, Mar
| "About the interventions; the inter
ventions between you and your chil
dren, first of all. The big house with
the big rooms seemed one of them.
The nursery was so far from your sit
ting-room. How could you know the
children as you do now they are thrown
right about you here? Au 1 FJiso was
another. She marshaled them to ar
iugs and meals and bed so irreproach
ably there seemed hardly a chance for
them to get at Von. And she was jeal
ous when the Uubv cried for 'dear
lill, mh'mma.' ib/n't Vo\t iVnnjuiWV?
Mal>el fidgeted under lier rule, and
wanted to play in the veranda near you
instead of walking out with the baby
carriage. And when Maurice hail those
dreadful outbreaks of temper, and
none of you knew what to do with hint
—forgive mo. Helen —it seemed to me
sometimes just a protest of his nature
against uncongenial companionship.
Would not you or I i-e cross, perhaps,
if we had to spend six or eight solid
hours of the day with people who did
not satisfy our hearts and minds at all?
And your children have natures like
your own, sensitive to society, and
minds like yours, bright and demand
"Oh, Margaret! why did you not
speak of this?''
"I could not. It seemed meddle
some. I was not even sure I was right.
But all that is gone now, and 1 am so
"Maurice," said Mrs. Worden,
thoughtfully, "has been the sweetest,
best boy this last six months (hat a
mother could ask for."
"And the Literary Club," Margaret
resumed, "and the Charity Union, and
the calls, and the shopping—yes, and
the new books, and the 'questions'—l
was half jealous of them all the time,
though thej T were so good and pleas
ant. They did intervene. They kept
you hours and hours away from home,
or took up so much time when you
were there. All ttaa* time the children
were among servants —young children,
that have such active minds. My dear,
I know I'm only a foreboding, anxious
old maid; but when I read in the paper
the stories that shock us so, about girls
who have been reared in wealth and
position, and elope with their father's
servants, I bethink me that there is a
simple reason back of every wonder.
If a girl through many hours of her
early Ife has found her best comfort
and entertainment from some good
natured cook, or coachman, or gar
dener, why should we think like asso
ciations would prove repulsive to her
afterward? Don't you remember what
a fascination for your Jessie that slim,
handsome mulatto. Jim, had?"
"Margaret, oh. Margaret!"
"I know; but I shivered to see her
hovering about the butler's pantry
whenever she could escape Elise. He had
some monkey tricks and little songs and
stories that appealed to her imagina
tion and delighted her. You yourself
told me, laughing, how when John was
to be away one evening, and Jessie
heard you say you would be lonely, she
replied: 'Send for Jim, mamma; he's
real good company. I love him.'
"But she was only six years old; a
little child!"
"Yes, but it seems to me even a child
of six who had always been hei
mother's companion would have felt
relationships better than that."
"Why did not you speak, Margaret?"
"I could not then. I can now. The
danger is over now. Helen, be thankful
with me that your work is right here
at home, where your little girls are,
where they may learn to help you in it
and be close to you."
Helen drew a long breath, but she
did not speak.
"Ami there are some other suspected
interventions that I miss," continued
Margaret. "Those two pretty house
maids, with the white caps and the
pink cheeks and bright eyes, who
swept and dusted and waited so beauti
fully; and the coachman, with the shin
ing carriage and horses, that came so
punctually to your door every morn
ing—they stood between you and your
health. I felt almost sure of it. Don't
von remember the headache and lan
guor you used to suffer from? And the
'rubbists' that used to visit you, and
the doctor's electrical treatments?"
"I couldn't aff'or I tlieiu now," said
Mrs. Worden. "Such bills would ruin
"And nou-youdo not need them. You
look so firm :uul ae'ive, and yon h:tve
siffch color in your checks. Forgive
me, dear, but I noticed t lie mouthful A
you took between spreading the baby's
bread and cutting Mabel's meat and
helping me, and I saw that you were
•'1 hardly have time to know it, but
1 am really hungry at meat-times. And
I have wondered to liud how many
hours at a time I could be on my feet.
Indeed, I am thankful for belter health.
What should I have done without it!'"
"And, my dear, where is John's ci
"Oh, he gave it up. Wasn't it good
of him? Right in the midst of the trou
ble, too. I was frightened to have
him do it, and yet I was glad. W hen
1 married him ] thought I liked the
odor of a good cigar; but it was getting
to be always in his mouth. 1 was jeal
ous of it. It seemed to make him in
different even to me. Ye.', I will own
that was an intervention between us,
Mar garet. And oh! how good and kind
he is! If you were not here he would
be reading his paper to me. and talk
ing about it, too."
"Then I am an intervention now?"
"No, no; it's far better to talk with
you than to hear any newspaper. But,
indeed, our trouble has brought us
nearer to one another. He has been
my great, great comfort."
"And you have been his. Dear Hel
en. I think you have taken it all so
The tears came to Helen's eyes, and
tdio wept a little with her head upon
her friend's shoulder. Presently she
"We have horned to say, 'Give us
this day our daily bread' with some
real asking in the prayer."
"There were interventions between
you and God swept away in that loss?"
"Yes; we had to come near to Him,
asking for com mo if things—shelter and
work, and strength and sen-e to know
liow to live this new life."
"Then, if God has put you in better
possession of your health, and your
children, and your husband, and Him
self this year, don't you think we ought
to have a growing, happy year?"
"Does lie always leave the best?"
said Helen.
"Always; Ho only takes what inter
venes between us and that."
And there was a very happy New
Year's next day, when Mr. and
Mrs. Worden, with Maurice, went
peacefully to church, and Margaret
took Jessie into the kitchen with her
and allowed her to help dress the tur
key, and make the cranberry sauce,
and "snow" the potatoes—yes, and
even let her make a 1 luon pudding
with her own hands. Over that pud
ding was more pride and rejoicing than
over the tinest "royal diploma i<|ue'
that ever a French cook manufactured.
It is true there were only two courses
at that dinner, instead of seven as at
last year's, anil there was no company
except Margaret. But there were some
flowers, which she had secretly sent
Bridget an I Mabel and the baby to
buj"; and there were four good chil
dren, who diil not come and go with
the dessort, but sat all through the din
ner like little gentlemen and Indies,
and were unspeakably happy playing
games afterward.
when Jhey werp iu led their
fcOiliVr .-'aid, 'thbVght'fufly:
'•II •Ten, I b<*l7eve there :iiv smi
ways in which this home is a letter om
for <>ur children than the oM ore."
"Please WO will make it so."
s ilil humbly.— Jiiiza!>-t'l (ilocir,
in Christian Unpin.
A Search for a Fairy That Proved
9 sut with busy fingers
and aching head
'■ „ ij* jin| an d he art i n
-"V Ma da m Moor e's
ojwp gers were busy with
tume for Miss Con
<\y T stance Bultou. the
belle of the season.
|K(X Her head and heart
v " wore filled wit h
memories of other Christmas Eves, when
she, too, had been a belle, aud queened it
royally iu her set. Her father had been
wealthy, and the close of her first- season
iu society was marked by her eugagment
to Walter Hareourt, •' a splendid match,"
the wise ones said. Soon after the be
trothal. Mr. Hareourt was obliged to go
to Europe. He was detained longer than
he expected, but letters were frequent, and
Grace was happy in anticipating his return.
The great fire of ltd awept over her na
tive city, ana not only left he,- ,'aniily home
-- te^a^Vv^SSTcl,
less, but well-nigh penniless. Mr. Ellertoa
made aimoit superhuman efforts X t rescue
his dear ones from the devouring Haines,
and, thouga he succeeded, it was at the ex
pense of his own life. Kind friends shel
tered the homeless ones l'or the lime, and
Grace wrote to her lover, telling him of
their great loss, and anxiously awaited his
reply and speedy return.
But no letter came, her heart grew sick
with hope deferred,and then her pride rose;
she was no longer the petted daughter of a
millionaire, but a poor girl and if she had
been mistaken in her lover's fidelity, she
would not l>e the object of his pity. So she
determined to be independent of all friends,
and after securing th" pittance which was
all that these helpless women could claim,
she took her mother and hid away from her
fashionable friends, and tried t,i earn their
living. How many lime:-, she longed for the
quick business mind which could have
evoked system from this chaos, and have
rescued a competence from the unscrupu
lous partners who ussured her there was
nothing more for them in the wreck of the
great business which her father had built
up. What could she dot She had always
been distinguished for her taste i'i dress,
and her exquisite toilettes were the envy of
many of her friends. This seemed to be her
most available talent and she sought and
obtained a situation in Madam Moore's
fash; ne.ble establishment, and was soon
intrusted with the designing of the most
elaborate ar.d particular parti of the elegant
costumes sent out from those rooms.
And thus h was that Grace llilertoji was
busy making the garment that her former
friend Constance Bolton expected to wear
at th; grand fancy ball she was to give on
! Christmas eve, five years after her own
I disappearance from society. She never
| was seen by madam"'s patrons; her work
was to elaborate and complete the garniture
, of the costumes ordered. In this case it
j was likewise a labor of love, for pretty
I Constance had been very dear to her in
: former days, and only her own pride had
j prevented r. continuance of their friend
! ship, for she had so effectually concealed
herself from all her friends, thut even
Constance hail no idea of her pjsition.
The costumi w.is f>r a fairy and Grace
had allowed her fancy and taste full play in
the design and execution of the dainty
fabric. It would suit her sweet face, and
petite form well, dear little Constance; she
thought of the many t : mes her own stately
i beauty had been seen in contrast with her
friends, and the s'n a-pcontrast now brought
a sigh to lite proud hps which seldom
But the costume was complete and must
ba delivered at onco, for it was almost umo
for the dainty hostess to begin her toilette.
Hastily ringing a bell for a messenger,
sh" waited impatie.. ! y. Madam Moore her
self entered, in dismay.
"Oh, Miss Ellerton. the. messengers have
all g' > ic home, and Miss Bolton's costume
not yet delivered; what shall 1 do! ' and she
wrung her hands in despair. "That idle
Jane, 1 bade her await mv orders and I find
her not here; the robe must go, it will cost
me Miss Helton's patronage if it is not de
livered in season.''
•'Do not distress yourself, Madam I my
self will deliver the garment at Miss Bol
ton's residence."
"Uli, thank you, but it Is a long distance,
do you know where it is!"
'•I know." she replied, bitterly thinking
of the many times she had gone as a guest
where she now proposed to go ns a servant,
but she would leave the box at the door, and
not see any of the family.
She stopped at her own humble homo to
tell her mother where she was going, and
then started oil her errand.
The house she sought was miles away,
on the west side of the great city, and when
she left the street-cars she was still some
distance away, aud to her dismay she found
the hour much later than she thought, and
a driving snow-storm blowing from the
boundless prairies, joined to many changes
iu the city, completely bewildered her.
Meantime the maid had finished the ar
rangement of Miss Bolton's hair, and only
awaited the arrival of the robe to complete
the picture of as beautiful a sprite as ev«r
left fairy land.
"It .grows late, Miss Constance—what
shall I do?"
"I can't understand it. Madam Moore
said she would submit my idea to the de
signer, and she promised a complete suc
cess—something unique. She never disap
pointed me before; but there, it will never
do for me to sit here all evening." Besting
her dimpled chin on her hand she consid
ered a moment, then brightly said:
"I have an idea. Finctte, get me up as a
sister of charity, we cau easily manage it,
and it will bo a surprise to every one," aud
she laughed merrily as she thought of ono
who had expected to meet her us queen of
the fairies.
A few hours later a demure nun mingled
with the gay throng.
"Sweet sister," said one in the garb of a
hunter, "I am in trouble, can you help me I"
"Sir knight of the rueful countenance It
Is my mission to comfort those in distress,
how can I assist you?"
"I came hero to-night in search of the
fairest sprite on earth, but either she has
returned to htr nativo ftyry land, or has
j louddiVd lAVsVIf u/vjmV7c to 'myji/SK'rial
eyes, for I find her uot. ami then-lore am i
sad. sweet sister. "*
"Faithfulness will meet its ow u reward,
and perseverance c-ie.juurs all things."
••Thanhs, eentle sister."
Into this and similar li<rlit bandiuage in
which most of the guests joined, came a
sudden and violent summons at the door.
A policeman entered has'ily Waring the
helpless form of a woman.
"Excuse uie." he sai l. - I found her just
by the door and this !*•:: in ber arms, and
she is too much exhausted to take her far
ther m this storm."
in here," paid the nun, and
just as he entered a quiet room at tho rear
of the hall, a tail tigure m a black domiuoe
fjiraiig forward. .;nd catching the burden
from its bearer, showered kisses ou the cold
face, saying:
"My darling, is it thus I find yout"'
The nun qv' -kiy threw aside her mask,
her gohlen hair escaping from the coif, she
seemed in her proper sphere as she endeav
ored to restore the unconscious girl. To
her astonishment she re w-rnizeJ her friend
(»race, and t hen she redoubled her efforts,
but though she labored skillfully, I think the
caresses which were lavished upon her by
the tali stranger whose discarded mask re
vealed the handsome features of Mr. liar
court had more to do with her restoration
than all the remedies Constance had applied.
Finding this to be the case Constance dis
creetly left the united lovers alone; but just
as she passed under the arch leading to this
secluded apartment, she was surprised to
find herself caught in the emdraee of the
valiant hunter and as he pressed a kiss upon
her saintly-brow, he said:
"I make no apology, for there is my war
rant," and he pointed to the Mistletoe
bough, under which Mr. Harcourt had borne
the unconscious form of his recovered treas
! Of course there was much to be explained.
Mr. Harcourt told Grace that her letter did
' not reach him for some time as he was
j traveling. He wrote at once but owing to
her change of residence she never received
the letter, and siDce his return he had
sought her in vain, so he successfully prov
ed to Miss Ellerton that only her own pride
had separated them, and he also proved to
her that their marriage had been delayed
long enough, so the New Year opened to them
the door Into a happy future where the mis
fortunes of the past will be lost sight of in
the joy of the present.
Took Christina* by the Forelock.
"Where have you been until this hour of
the night, Mr. Meek?"'questioned his wife
in metalio tones, after she had watched,
him place his muddy boots on the family
Jiible and carefully stow his silk-hat under
| the bed. '•Where have you been, I say!"
"Roun' wiz ze boyish carollin'. Jess carol
lin', m' love, thash all. It's Chrishmush eve,
y' know." replied Meek, as he rolled under
the covers.
"Christmas eve! It's three o'clock on
Christmas morning."'
••Ish tha' so. Funny fa'-hic-ct. Mer'
C'arisraus, in' dear. Er been havin' mine
yesh'dy eveuin'. Goo'-night."
Didn't Have to Rf»ort to Powder.
' '• Where arc you go'ng to-day (" asked Mrs.
Bellows of her husband on Christmas morn
ing. presume you intend to leave me
at home as usual?"
" You presume - about right, then, for I
am going gunning*" answered her husband,
as he placed a small cunnister over the reg
" What is in that can ?"
| •' Damp powder."
" Good gracious! Take it off that recit
er. Do you want to blow yourself uy<? '
•• O. no, I don't have to do that. You'll
do it for me ouicw enough without powder."
i n3
, W?
! "'JA N Rethl'fcein's inn
I A' Y t'.r-e wus ••> room
| 'A v M Fo -Christ, itaclleuv-
I :;,vj Hi . n'y child—
! Oal.v a iua.:gc." loft
O men! v.ilh sin
Could you aconra unto your Lord
!."o te'.tor r-laco than this
V."'a n all fi.r yiu 1 e w:l:in:jly
Gave up tho realms of bllsst
Professed followers of Illm.
Ob: .s it si to-day?
Are you, who boast an a: dent love,
/.'.ways u.orc '.rue li.au ibey?
I) es the bes.t part of your poor heart
II 11 t!.e Redeemer's fac,
O.- <'o you only giant to Him
Some me in a.id lowly i>liwe?
S ;<l, weary shepherd keeping watch
To night l-i fields of rare,
Lr.ol: up, and see the sh niug one.
The glory every where.
"Fear not,' Ik> erli', "the glad surpris
The olden p ace I bri lg.
For unt i you again is bora
Your Saviour and your K :ig."
Just as of yore in mldn'glit skies
Appears the angel tliroug,
Anil a'l the starry worlds resound
W.tli bursts of Heuvonly song.
What tidings l lost of joy and rest
Shall any tura away.
Refusing stiil the high command
To dud the Chr st to-day?
The truly wise, bohold they come
Obed.eat to His star!
O'er Ulll and plain and raging sea
They gather from afar.
And at His feet pour treasures sweet
Tiiat never can grow old.
The bi;st frankincense of the heart,
Its precious myrrh and gold.
Coniferin and Vanillin.
As the planting of waste land with
trees is one of the very few Inane es
I of agricultural industry which have
some appearance of being slid remun
erative, it is satisfactory to note a
chemical discovery which, in the opin
ion of sonic very competent judges,
should add materially to th ) advan
tages of growing pines and fir-trees. Tho
i substance "coniferin" w is chemically
• discovered twenty-six years a<ro, but
its practical Use as a glu'.'oside. or su
gar-making material, was not attempt
jed until very rec.i itly. The Germans
I and the French arc now about equally
! assiduous iu l!iU new industry, Eng
! land only lags behind. A tree of
medium siz.' and in vigorous growth
ordinarily yields seven to eight pints
of sap. Tho sap appears as a white,
milky and clouded liquid, and from
this liquid "vanillin," as well as "coni
ferin," is now being o'. T.i n. il. 'Jho
additional discovery of a va.liable fla
voring m iterial increases the net profit,
and there seem« no re ison why Eng
lish pines should not he laid under con
| tribution. The detu in I for both "coni
ferin" and "vanillin" is stated to be
j good, a;i<l prices such as to i»:iy a good
| prolit to the owners of thy troes.—Lon
don Giai hie.
Cream as Medicine.
Persons consumptively inclined,
those with feeble digestions, aged peo
ple and those inclined to chilli icss and
cold extrem ties. nr<* especially bene
i fitted by a liberal u.*v of sweet cream.
' No other article of food or medicine
will give tli -m results equally sat -fac
tory, and either as a food or medicine
is not bad to take. As an antidote for
a tendency t-> consumption, ii acts like
a charm, and serves all the purpose in
tended to la; served by cod-liver oil
■ with mnc'.i greater certainty and effect.
Where sweet cream can bo had, cod
liver oil is never needed. The volatile
aud easily appropriated unctuous mat
ter in cream, besides contributing di
rectly to warmths and vigor, aids in
directly Ly promoting digc.-tion for tho
same reason and in the same way that
otbtr annual Ic ami ntfc'iinatiHl oils aid
Th:' cbiucj r ng throu-t: t>.e » leat ait:
"Good-wil", iiood-w.ll, c00.,-will.
L ev.l thr. a h tth* wlsol«* earth eease.
Lit k » ;1 ntfss prevail. . nil
A*>d hatred's toi ga--» cf strif* stui."
Tar our aero*»th ■ ri .j * ros's
Tiie *\«eetstrain floais frvtn spire to sp!r«.
Bloat w.th tU'j *w;ll n ; psal ■ ,
The voice of vliiu'.iM < ri>'»t uuJ uiioir.
A little chil l wut.'i out of iUvj.
Tue ft. o upjn th • h uirLh burns low,
SI. to he ir the cruel w a H
Th it l>i:ntf Llic jitter front aai sno^r.
H-?r rfcrr.nkoa fxe is*ruu \' itcfi pule,
Ker l.ti.c la d, v i:h t j!1 arc seame-l:
£>!!<• whimpers: "T.s Ihf Cfcr »iuiu« be U,
t h-aul rivtn ovju wa I- I tircauae-J.
"3ai liuppy ch Idreu hour t Cia not.
lu th.'ir Wi> t- hoJs so sjund tlioy sleep.
Tl-os; uao urc nevar Ur :.U a.jd wh>
For pain and hun B "ir ne/«r w.'ep.
"And 't.s to them the Christ Child com*>s,
Tj t'icm tvho will wcteto ijo
The gifts he bring-. fjr all—
I wonder. w,U he ta.nU of ins?
"P. iuios he cl 3 not £nd me bcr».
Or u II not climb the crook xl sta'r.
So long an j steep, &i.d yet they say
Those whom he loves ore everywhere.' 1
Those whom He lives arc every vhere;
An 3 wh le s ie slept tgalu tli=ro came
One with a who ft?ars not
To seeli the hauuts ot want and shame.
- Mary h. xro.t
Ami Koiue Hcflcctlons Sujfgeited by It—
How It Aifecti tae Uaiaoa Family <.c»-
e rally.
. As is usual, at or about thij season, a new
year is about to dawn upon the earth. As
the bells "ring out the old and ring in the
new," we sigh over the "Has Boen," and
turn with a smile of hope and anticipation
towards the "To be," fin - - -
'• The yoars have lining;, Jast as goblets do;
T::e old yo;r is the liniag of th? now;
Filled with the w.n > of precious memories,
gold jn Was doth line tire silver Is.**
We, also, sigh to think that the collectors
will also make calls as usual on New
Year's Day. and that instead of cards they
wiil leave bills.
New Years is the season of resolves and
swear offs, but it is a sad and undeniable
fact that New Year's resolutions soon ercasa
in the back and bulge at the knees.
The New Year's resolve has something
of the divinity in it, early and often as it is
broken. The resolves that abound on New
Year's Day arc wise and well, but it is to be
regretted that there is no method by which
the new leavea that are turned con be
pasted down and rivited. An unidentified
poet beautifully expresses tho same idea in
the following liuej:
List to that gentle rustling sound,
S j slight It scarce is hoard I
No louder does it seem than it
A leaf we.e zephyr stirred,
A loaf! A hundred thousand leaves.
But few days turned anew,
Are slowly turning back again.
As every year tney do.
Even a mere resolve to break off some old
habit is a stride forward, a step upward.
Unfortunately it is usually followed by sev
eral steps backward. To again utilise the
words of the poet :
And cow bad habits tome to rrlef,
As we turn again tbe loaf
That's new;
I And for ten or fifteen day-.
We bid our former ways
Adtou 1
In making new resolve*, nothing is more
necessary than to cultivate the art of for
feiting instead of remembering affection
ately the bad habits of the past. If this
were done there would not so many see
und-haml, damaged fwe»r-o(ts that can be
bought for the price of a schooner of beer.
There are so many of these second-hand
resolutions on tho market that it is very
evident that the place that is paved with good
intentions must have a lofty ceiling, other
wise the pavement would have touched the
ceiling long ago, as il get* a new layer
every January.
Of course, there are some men who are
perfectly sincere in turning a new leaf on
New Year's Day. They mean what they
say.. I know such a man personally. He
made a vow not to euter a bar-room after
January 1, and he didn't, as he had already
laid in a wholesale supply of liquor, and had
his clothes altered to carry a pint Bosk.
This is also the time of the year when
merchants take inventories of their goods.
Tho newly-married woman is easily de
ceived, but she learns wisdom in time*
When she has been married several years,,
and her husband comes home at midnight
and talks about "taking inventory," she re
plies : "Yes, I knew it as soon as I smelt
your breath that you had been taking sev
eral inventories, and you will keep on tak
ing inventories until you land in jail and
bring disgrace on y° ur family."
It is only the younir wife, who has no
mother to post hor about tho wicked ways,
of men, that takes stock in the inventory,
Smoking is another one of those bad hab
its from which men attempt to swear off.
I know a gentleman who made up his mind
to abstain entirely from the use of to
bacco. Ho informed his wife of his good
intention. She txpressod some regret, as
she would have to change her Now Year's
present, she having bjug'at for him a box
of very line cigars. I lather than disappoint
the poor woman, this self-aacriflcing hus
band said magnanimously: "O, well,
rather than disappoint you I'll postpone my
good resolution until next Thanksgiving
This is also the season when about six or
eight million diaries are started, and before
Washington's birthday rolls around thore
are juat five or sue diaries being kept up.
By all means keep up the good old cus
tom of calling, but do not overdo it Do not
call as much as did the gentleman of whom
was written:
He calloJ and he called on New Year's;
Ho tacUloU many a flagon.
He called and h i called on New Year's
Until he called the patrol wagon.
ALEX. E. Swurr.
Too Old to Lean.
"There arc some man who never will
learn by experience,'' said tho District Mes
' senger Bay in disgusted tones.
' '• What's the trouble!"
I "That old follow acro3s the street," was
the reply. "It wojld btfa wa*t« of time to
try to teach him any thing."
i "What you been trying to teach him I"
I "Sense; but it's no use. Every time I
answer his call ho says, 'now bo sure and
hurry back' just the sain 3 as he did the first
day I went to his office." — Merchant Trmt
Tho Editor'* Whereabouts.
"Is the editor it?"
* -That depends upon circumstanoes."
"Do you want to whip him!'"
"Do you want to collect a bUll"
"Do you Intend roading an original poem
aloud I"
i "No."
' "Are you thinking of subscribing for the
"Well, the editor is la."— Xtbiwka 6UU
Horr'n Your Chance.
Mr. J. Fraud W. Humbug, test and ma
terializing medium, announces to the public
that he is going ou* of business, having
grown rich, and offers for sale, at half thoir
value, the following namod articles:
Six gauze robes, three short and two
long-haired wigs, ton beautiful false faces
of white wax, one cabinet with a false bock
and concealed jwrliiion, one mamml on
"Slate Writing." Riviajruew and important
points on the same, and one treatise on
"Tricks of Mediumship," giving much in
formation that no medium can afford to bo
without. Simple as this outfit is, thero is a
fortune in it for some clever man or woman
of spiritual mind combined with unlimited
gall. Jtrak:'* itnj- zinc.
I C'nKi«TMA» stockings are very expensive
affairs with a mau of large family.
—We are astonished at parties who
introduce new remedieß for coughs
when tbey should know the people
will have Dr Bull's Syyip.
' Kintrs are like stars,they Hue and
set " They bate headache, cote, and
hurts like meaner men, and are lust
as sure to call for BalvatloD Oil.
—Some minlstora are complaining
against th« facetious newspaper para
graph. which is seriously intarferlug
with their annual supply of slippers.
When this paragrepHc joking be
comes so pointed as to necessitate *
jninjstefte buying hj* rflppgfftr «oWe-
tiling sboVfd be "tfuard.'ro dyoip.