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JDIL ON THE WATERS. j A TAL* OF TWO CHF.ISTMASES. f "Well, this has been what I call a [Christmas," said Bea Habberton, with ;a great sigh of content as he threw him•elf into an easy chair in the great guest 'chamber that was his for tbs time and itretched his feet out coward the cheery log flra "Now, I imagine," he went on, talking to himself in a light hearted way, "that a few days of this kind of life i, and, kissing her tenderly, hade "OH. MY SONI DOW COULD YOU DO IT?" •would tempt even me to give up knocking about the world and settle down, as they all -want me to. By George, I have • notion to do it. Mother says that granddad wants somebody to look af ter the estate, and if he could only trust me "ke would bo glad to have me do it. "Confound it all, that's -what sticks In my crop. Nobody ever trusted me so tax as I know, and I never -would explain anything, no matter how suspicions the circumstances might be. So I always got blamed, for everything. Dnses lEangedif I don't think that even mother used to think I took all the cream that any of the cats stole. "Foolish, of course, to run away and go to sea, but what could a fellow do '•when he is always getting into scrapes |«nd is too proud to deny anything even !when he isn't guilty? Well, I've seen Ikalf a dozen years of life and had a good ling out of it, but I don't remember fhat I ever did anything to be ashamed vL Hello 1 Who's there? Come in, the door isa'S locked. Why, mother, is it you? Crying? What on earth is the matter?" Springing to his fcot, he took the poor little lady in his arms and placed her carefully in the big chair. Then pulling a stool forward he sat on it at her feet, »nd laying hia head in her lap said: "There, mother. Do you remember, this is the way I nsed to sit when I was a Going back to his own room, he re- gumed hisreverie. "Well," bethought, "I had a merry Christmas, for it's after 12 o'clock. And now for the old life. Cowardly, folks would call it, I suppose, to run away with a charge like that over my head, but I don't think it is. If I stay, the old maa will surely make a row in the morning and there will be a great scandal If I go. he will be too proud to make the scandal for nothing. He will call $300 a cheap price to get rid of good for nothing me, and that will he the end of. it. Poor mother thinks I'm guilty, too. but they won't tell anybody <0s»e for shame's sake, and if they e_-Vt n-ut-mek-t them think what they will. "Five hundred Collar?, "'be nattered, with a nasty sort 01 laugh, under hia breath. "That's rather a small sum to turn thief for, but I wish -I had a hundred;:! parr, of it just to get grub till I strike another job. I could get it from mother easily enough, but I'd rather go hungry than take it from her, thinking what she does. "But it's best for me to go. I would not care so much about if it it weren't for Alice. Perhaps that's best too. I don't know whether she would care. Probably I never will know now, so here goes." And opening his window carefully and noiselessly he swung himself out; on a huge vine that clung to the side of the house, and, lowering himself hand over hand, ho was soon on the ground. It was only five miles to town, and he was there long before daybreak. Now Alice was a certain wide eyed, clear witted, young second cousin of this headstrong youth. They had never met till three days before, but great things are done in three days when Cupid lurks around old fashioned country where the mistletoe is nsed among the decorations, and Ben was ery much mistaken in thinking she wouldn't care. She would and she did. Being quick witted, Alice was also mpulsive, and sometimes it was well hat she was so. On the morning after Ihristmas die passed old Mr. Habber- on's door very early on her way down tairs and was greatly surprised- to hear angry words inside. As the door was pen she entered. "I tell you he stole the money, and I shall send for the police," stormed the Id man, and Ben's mother, who had icon pleading for mercy, gave up the truggle. "I would have sent last night f it hadn't been Christmas." "Why, who has been stealing, Uncle Ralph?" asked Alice. Even in his anger the old man paused, t seemed ti cruel thing to accuse one of little fellow? Now tell mo all about it What has happened?" But she only sobbed the harder for a •time, and at length when she could command her voice she cried out pas- •ionately, "Oh, my sou, my sen, how could you do it?" The curly head was lifted instantly, and the handsome, boyish face grew sullen and hard. Recklessness and pride •were Habberton family traits, and Beii, though a yotinger son, was a true Habberton. So he said nothing, knowing that he •would hear more presently, and ho did, lor soon his mother talked on weakly and, if sho had only known it, foolishly: "You know your grandfather always suspected you of being wild, and alter you went to sea he always said you'd come to some bad end, and I had hard work to got him to ask you here lor Christmas, but after you came he liked yon ever so much. Ho would not have asked yon to sit with him this afternoon if he hadn't, and even when he dropped asleep and you left the room he wasn't angry. He said of course you vonted to be with the young folks. But how could you take that money? You »ught to have asked me if you needed any. I know you said you had come back as poor us you went away, but I did not think yon needed it right away. I can return it to your grandfather, of •ourse, but he is so angry that ho says he will have you arrested in the mon> tog, and 1 do behove, Beu, that ne would have made yon his heir. How could you do it, Ben?" Ben" had grown very white, and his •sts were clinched tightly when his mother paused, but he said quietly: "So you and granddad have discoverer that I am a thief, have you? How did 'yon find it out?" ""Why, he had $500 in bills in his writing desk. It seems he saw it there just before you went to his room, anc there was no one else there up to the time ho missed it." "So ho says I stole it, does he?" "Don't uso such words. Beu. Of course you didn't mean it for stealing, bnt I am afraid he will have you arrested—and think of the disgrace! W didn't you ask me for money, Ben?" It was something like an imprecation that tho young sailor muttered under "HK IS GOXE." fell breath as ho rose to his feet and walked np and down the room for a fe moments. Bnt no word mere of any kind oould his mother get from him tin HI the had exhausted herself with weep faff Mid pleading. Then he led her tc MEDICU TIUIHIT on nun To Any Reliable Man. . ooaraged Irom eflect* of excwsei, -irorrr, OTW- Sort/Ac. Happj tnarrlafrefecared. complete re»or dcVilopmeni of «M lMa0 " ERIE MEDICAL CO.. "IT'LL BE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, AFTKR ALLJ" HK KXCLA1MED. his own kiu, but the case was too clear. 'That young rascal, Ben!" he exclaimed and told the story of the money. Then Alice had occasion, if never before, to be thankful for her quickness. I don't rhiuk Beu looks like a thief," she said, "but, uncle, you say you saw the money in your desk just before he came in." "I certainly did," said Mr. Habberton. "But are you sere yon left it there?" asked the girl. The old' man JOOEGK at Her in surprise Then one emotion chased another across his rugged features until presently he sank back in his chair with an expression of great disgust at himself. "I'm sxn-ely getting old," he exclaimed. "I put it in the safe and forgot that I had done so. Don't let anybody tell Ben that I suspected him." "But I told him last uight," said his mother. "Then go quickly and tell him to come here till I apologize. You have a!i of yon been too ready to accuse that boy all'his life." This seemed rather hard to Alic who had certainly never accused Beii of anything, but that wise young woman held her tougue while Mrs. Habber- tou hurried out of the room. In a few moments she returned, exclaiming, "He is gone!" «•«•••* Lighthouse 34 was situated about half a mile from the mainland on the point of a reef that lay irregularly parallel to the shore, leaving plenty of clear water between. The coast was rocky, and the light was maintained as a. warning, for a vessel that should approach too near was liable to be dashed to pieces on hidden rocks anywhere within a mile or two. The lighthouse keeper had .1 helper, so that usually the.re were two men on guard at 34. but leave of absence for one of them was obtainable at rimes, and it happened a year afrer Ben Habberton had left his grandfather's house that the keeper had gone ro spend a few days with his family at Christmas time, and Be:i, who was the helper, was alone on the reef. Long after midnight Christmas morning that impetuous youth sat up in the lighthouse tower, gazing out at the furious storm that raged and meditating by no means pleasantly on the events of the year. "I shall go melancholy mad if I stay here long," he thought. "It is no life tor a young man, and I wish mother hadu't asked me not to go to sea again. I was a fool to make her even that half promise not to. Well, she knows where I am by this time, and if she doesn't write and let me off from what I said I must leave here and look for something on shore. This is neither land nor sea. "I wonder what granddad thinks and how he came to make such a mistaka Confound him! He ought to know that a Habberton couldn't be a thief. It was just like him, though, to jtimp at the conclusion that I had done something wrong. Every one in the family is hasty —except ma Hello! What's that?" He had seen a faint gleam out at sea, and watching as only a sailor can watch he soon saw another. "It is certainly a rocket," he exclaimed, talking to himself as his habit was when he was excited. "Some vessel is in distress. God help her and all aboard if they can't keep her offshore, and if she is" disabled in any way that'll be hard work against this gale. If she's one of these coasting steamers and her machinery's broken down it's all day with her,"for there's no anchorage outside the reef, and there's not a chance in 5,000 of her driving m behind without striking.'' It was a coaster, and she was certainly beyond the control of those on board, for as he looked rocket after rocket went up in vain appeal, as it seemed. There was no life saving station within 15 miles, aud Ben's eye was the only one that saw. Nearer and nearer she came, driven by the awful power of the worst storm Ben had ever seen. Fascinated by the sight, he sat as if frozen, watching for the tragedy that seemed inevitable. H(J thought of the little boat below, but it was a hopeless thought. Twenty men could not have launched her from the rocks in the breakers that were dashing up, and 110 one mau could have rowed her a rod if sho had been afloat. All he could do was to sit and watch. He could see the ship now from time to time as she rose and fell 011 the waves, but every time she sank from sight he thought mtist surely be the last. He knew the cruel rocks that lay below the surface. No earthly pilot cold have guided her among those rocks to tbe lee of the reef on which the lighthouse stood, but it was not written that she should be wrecked that Christmas day. Lying helpless in the trough of the sea, she drifted past rock after rock till Ben saw with amazement that she was floating in behind the reef, and still he watched with straining eyes. Suddenly he sprang to bis feet with a shout like a, crazy mac. find, rushing down the stairway four steps at a time, he seized an ax and a big pannikin in the room below and r.m out into the storm. A thought had come to him of cue chance in a million, and he was after that chance. A single blow smashed in the head of » hogshead, and in another instant he I was scooping out the oil it held with • the pannikin aud scattering it like mad as far as he could in every direction. The wind carried it all toward the vessel, and die great wonder of the sea was.; ROLLER BEARING AXLES. 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As he stepped oa her deck the captain greeted him with such thanks aud praise as could only be given by one •who had just, boen saved from destruction. Then as the passengers crowded •up to have their sav Ben saw, to his amazement, his grandfather, his mother and Alice. "We came after yon, my boy," said the old roan, "as scon as your letter to your mother came. Ton muse come home again, this time to stay." Ben looked at his mother and then at Alice. In both their faces he saw -what he looked for, and then he answered: "It'll be a merry Christmas after all, granddad," he exclaimed -with a happy And it -was. DATID A. CUBTIB. John R. Gentry i;ot a# low as2:0o}£ at Malone, X. Y.. but no nearer. Chihalis. in far Oreson. has reduced the two mile record ot~4:l'2~l. made by W. W. P. last season, to 4:i9!i- Betonica has lowered the record for 3-year-old side wheeiors from 2:07K to2:')irX. Searchlight having previously beaten it by pacing an exhibition mile, which was net. how-over, a technical; record, in 2:07. both performances being made in California. The record for pacing mares, established jointly last year at 2:06X- by Pfarl C a:id Lottie Loraine in the same" race, is now 2:05K, and Lottie Loraine now divides the honors with Bessie BonehilL the ]>air having paced a dead heat in this record time at Terre Haute. Ind. Ananias equaled the nice record for 4-year-olds, 2.-06K, made by Be Sure in 1395. at the same track. The 2:0"K of Palmyra Boy and King of Diamonds also marks tbe fastest time on record for 4-year-old geldings in a race- John B. Gentry and Robert J reduced the team record of 2:09K, held by Miss Rita find Josie B, first to 2:09 av PiatadelpWa and later to 2:03 at Glen Falls,\JF- " T1 ~- 1 C, while she lost her half of dup for pacing mate*, honor by pacing in 3:08, whochi* mile track. PIANOS Nothing More Acceptable «s a Holiday Present than a fine Piano. 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