The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 23, 1896 · Page 6
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. §ome«g Iftft Wttfeflffit-taft 6! nfs quarrel with Mr. Hugh* afid thS •Come In, sir3 Come in! It is ft j a girL Thomas, the eldest, remained fdugh evening surely, and Christmas at home. Richard went away and Els- eve of iUl days in the year. The wind peth married Mr. Danvers, the village doctor, and so disgraced herself forever in her brother's eyes, although the worst that could be said of the doctor was that he was poor. "When a year or two later he took a practice near St. Louis, there was but little communication between the so? Walked all the way from Kirk- ] families. But after the death of Doc- wood, have you? I don't wonder that j tor Danrers, the squire used to help you look about done up, with a side j his sister occasionally, •wind drivine you all the way. and the j "Thomas, the young squire, lost his snow-drifts lying along the road. j wife after he had been married a few Yes. sir, it's a short cut in the sum-; .rears, and was left with an only daugh- 1s enough to cut you in two. "It is hard lines for them who's obliged to be out in the fury of a storm. Just the night to make one feel thankful for a hearth and home, to say nothing about a bite and sup. i "Bless me! You don't, mean to say HOUSANDS of the absent all over the land will be turning homeward with the coming of Christ- m a s. The Babe of Bethlehem who was born in a manger and lived a homeless life upon earth hath set the solitary In families, and given us homes. Happy school girls have been eagerly counting the days until the holiday recess, when- they will go home, carrying many dainty gifts of their deft handiwork to the loved ones there. Eager boys from college halls will go back to the fireside where anxious prayers have risen daily for their welfare since first they went away. Young men from the marts of commerce and the paths of trade will put the city, with its manifold temptations and cares, behind them to find rest and strength in the old country home. Middle-aged men and women will go to the homes of their childhood to meet again brothers and sisters in family gatherings, and to cheer once more with their presence the belated pilgrims who still tarry below, divided between the children who have gone before and those who still meet once a year around the parental hearthstone. "What joy, what memories, what hopes the Christmas time will waken! And to some the merry season will bring new pangs of sorrow—griefs they never knew before. Since last Christmas dear old parents have gone home to God, and children who used to gather about them will not go to the old homestead this year, because so much of the home that was there has vanished into the heaven. Aged mothers will watch for sons who will come no more. Bereaved husbands will walk alone the rounds of 'the children's rooms, trying vainly to be both mother and father in preparing the surprises for the little ones on Christmas morning. And stricken wives will do their best to keep the little ones from feeling too keenly this first Christmas since the husband died, that "papa is dead." Thousands of little ones will know as they have not known before the losses which the year has brought them. Good men and women will thank God for the homes behind them, and for the good home before; and wayfaring outcasts will stop to think of golden days gone by, and to wonder if somehow they will not one day find a resting place, And so, with all classes, the season should be one of tenderness and Ipve and thankfulness.—Rev, W. A. Candler, D. D, buy a cap with roses in it; and this is the baby's. I'm going to get her a whole lot of chocolate creams and peanuts; and this is for you, Esther, only I shan't tell what I am going to buy." Lenny stopped, and Esther tried very hard not to laugh at the thoughts of papa with a ring and mamma in a red necktie. "But there's another pile, Lenny." she eaid. "Yes, that's just the trouble; seems to me 1 ought to have some of my money myself. I can tell you I worked hard for that money, Esther." "Well, then, this pile is yours, is it?" "Yes. I thought so," said Len, slowly, "only the minister said we should remember to save some of our gifts for the poor. I think poor forks and heathen are an awful bother, Esther." And Len looked up defiantly, as if ready to endure all that Esther might say in answer to sUch a shocking sentiment. To his great surprise Esther said quietly, "So do I, Lenny; sometimes I feel about discouraged when I think what.a bother they are." Lenny's fat hand reached out and transferred the sixth pile to his pocket. »' "There's lots of folks taking care of them, too, and giving them money, and things." he said. "Yes," said Esther, "there are people in the great cities who spend their whole time looking after these poor persons, visiting them at their homes, begging fuel to keep them from freezing, and food to keep them from starving, getting them into hospitals when! they are sick, and teaching them to' work. They don't do this'for pay, but: just for the dear Lord's sake, and they mer time, to those who know the country well, but even I should not like to , attempt it on a night like this; and wish to see. ter, Miss Winifred, who grew tip as dainty a little lady as ever you might I have lived in the neighborhood, man and boy, for nigh upon seventy years. "Yes, seventy next birthday is the number of years I have been allowed to live, and five-and-forty of them have been spent in this house. Ah! I dare "The squire was very' anxious that the name should not die out, and so it was always understood that young Richard, the son of the same name, would be his heir, and part of the arrangement was that he should marry say it does seem a long time to a young his cousin Winifred. As the two young " ..... ...... fellow like you, but they haven't been long in passing, and appear precious little to look back upon. "It is forty-five years ago last September that I first brought my wife through the door yonder, and here we have lived in summer and winter, sunshine and cloud, ever since. people were pretty fairly matched, the fulfillment of these plans did not seem to be difficult. "Then, one day, the squire received a visit from Hush Danvers, who brought the news of his mother's death, and brought also a letter from her to her brother, written on her Oh, yes, we.have been blessed with I death-bed, in which she asked for his iT|" E1NNY was count- I Jng his Christmas IL^A money and «""'* J H into little, piles ihe earner of the piano, were $1* pjles, hut ffOjnehow WHAT A BOTHER THEY ARE. keep on at work until they are worn out and die, and then someone else takes it up. Oh, it is a dreadful .bother." Lenny's hand crept into his pocket and fingered the money doubtfully. "And there are people who go out In the new countries, and, live In miserable HMJe cabins, and have scarcely enough to eat or to wear, and no money to buy books, or papers, or Christmas presents, or to send their children to school, all because they are trying to teach the poor people about Jesus, and keep them from growing as wicked and lawless as the heathen themselves. What a bother it must be to give up everything so!" Lenny's hand crept into his pocket and laid about half the money bank upon the piano, but Esther went on as if she had-not seen him. "And then tbei^ are the heathen; just think how many men and women have left their homes and their friends, and EQne away tp.try to win those po,pr, ignorant creatures from wor§b}pplng idols, and murdering their children and their sick friends, and leaving their | poor old par en < 8 to starve to death, ' Just think, Lenny, of, the- fathers and mothers who have seen thejr dear children dying In these unhealthy regions, or had to gend them away from then} to save their lives—pf tfee martyjs tbftt have given «p their oyyn lives, all fpv These UfiAthea, I think .they are ft dreadful hPther, And when, besides thjs., I remember Jjow much trouble they Jfcay* p t een tg £04, aujfl httW JBUfth •theyha>e CD j»t HJnj, J gnj ' " 'fee >,gl,ygn, • JJif $04 , tp ..Eay$ them., Pw ,y'4r •-•--- children. It is they that have done much to bring the sunshine, although they are linked with the cloudy days as well, for three of them are lying up in the churchyard on the hill. Three out of 5ve. Still, we are happy to think two have,been spared to us—the first and the last—even if they are now gone out into the world for themselves. Tom is the captain of a boat plying between Cairo and New Orleans, and Susie is living in Memphis, for she is married, and has two little ones of her own.'. "So we have been content to have just each, other, as we did the year or two before they were given to us, until last year, when we had what I may call an addition to our family. "You can • sleep in the blue room. That is what the wife calls it, but I tell her it will soon have to be called the .Christmas Eve bedroom. They say: the third time brings luck, and if you accept our offer this will be the third Christmas Eve that we have had a-sudden visitor to require it. "Well, there is a little story attached to It. If you care to listen, while my wife is preparing the supper, I will try and tell it to you. "You see, it is a little room overlooking the orchard, and is about the cosiest one in the house. I suppose most women like to have what they call a spare room ready, in case company should come unexpected. "I used to laugh at her, and tell her it would be always ready and never wanted, because, don't you see, when Tom or little Sue come, they like to have the rooms where they used to Bleep when they were children at home. "But it is exactly' three years ago to-night that we were glad to think it was all ready for use. "Little Sue—we called her that to distinguish her from her mother, although she is the taller of the two— vas hepe with her two little ones. They had come to spend Christmas with the old folks. "We were sitting in front of the fire, just as you and I are doing now, and the women's tongues were chatting together, nineteen to the dozen, for you see they had not seen each other for over two years, when all at once Sue stopped in the middle of a sentence, and said: 'Hark! what was that?' "We listened, but could hear nothing. *' 'What was it, child?' said her mother, "'It was like someone moaning outside the door. Listen—ther$ it is again 1 .' ."I could not tell if there was anything or not, for my hearing was getting a bit dull, but I went and opened the door, and stood there for a minute or so. It was a lovely evening, so calm and still, No moon to speak of, but the stars Avere shining like so many diamonds, and the snow made every thing'very Jigbt, Away across the fields I could hear the church hells, but that was the only sound, and I was jijst about to close the door, when J heard the noise myself, as she had ^jf^M^:m : ft^('sa^f|9v ; lajna and nai V.»nnv.-W * S 1 JMIIIV'H tin's 'niilvorftd describes! it, like ft person Jn Pftii?. It seemed to cpme from clpsc by the garden gate, and, sure enpugu \vhen, I \vent, to look, there lay a, <P,II huddled up Jo a heap, - "J niajftagea. t9 v get hjm/ hjUj bieji o« the, couch, "an.a ;tp iake'!Qff«.,h,}B w W s, He, was ' lidJ a,ud began interest in behalf of her only boy. "Under these circumstances, Squire Martin could not help inviting him to stay at his house for a time at least. "You may guess what happened then. Without making a long story of it, these two, Hugh Danvers and Winifred Martin, must needs go and fall in love with each other; and as young Richard was away at college, they made good use of their opportunities. "There was a fine row when the squire found it out. Hugh Danvers was sent away bag and baggage, and forbidden ever to show his face at the house again, while the young lady too, I expect, had a very unpleasant time of it; for the squire was very hot-tempered and masterful, and did not like to have his schemes thwarted in this way. "When young Richard heard the news he was about as mad as his' uncle. He was invited to make a visit, and a hint was given him to arrange for the wedding as soon as possible. "His visit was like locking the stable-door after the horse is stolen. The mischief was done, and Miss Winifred was not likely to give in in a hurry. She had a will of her own, and although she dearly loved her father, in spite of his obstinacy she plainly refused to marry her cousin Richard. "This all happened in the summer. "Now that I have told you this much you will understand my surprise at finding Mr. Hugh Danvers lying at my gate oil the following Christmas eve "Well, we did all we could for Mr Hugh, and presently, after the warmtl had revived him a little, he was able to tell us his story. "He said he had obtained a situa tion in Boston, and having been grant ed a week's holiday, he felt he could not let Christmas pass without seeing his sweetheart. His 'fancy,' I think he called her; but It was more than a fancy with him, for if ever a man loved a woman he did. "He had written a note asking he to meet him at the depot, and sent i by someone he thought he could trust Somehow or other the letter fell int the hands of Squire Martin, who tool it upon himself to go and meet Mr Hugh, "I suppose they had some words, and my private belief was that these wer followed by blows, for Mr. Hugh had a mighty independent way with him when be was ruffled, and was not like ly to stand the ugly things the squlr could and, no doubt, did say, "Mr. Hugh, however, said they did not cowe to blows, although H was a close shave. He thought the squire would have struck him, and he raisec his own cane to prevent the expectec blow, and then be turned and walket a way, Hearing some one coming, and not wishing to be recognized, he clamb <?red over the fence, and took the sbor out across the fields, out to the ston quarries, It was while he was climb ing down these to. reach the road be met with his accident, for his too slipped on the Icy- covering and sen him headlong to-the bottom, strikiPg bis head as he fell. "The fail completely stunned him fo a uroe, and thence managed to craw aj fay as o\ir Upuse, \vbere v o swopnei; 4&f ih M« W^W wi'Apjw.i* }P$ - nXtte^feh^\b^< Ur was,- riej>|$5|> ;iy ;4tP4Jf>io%';' y ; ,;,-.,;• I;/ {• *«-j»fflo*»:. W w •«fr:> iftiKh wsinjen iojk wer£ crying aye; 'jiying jji w aji t presentjy, h.e'wejjt s' J,o * ' ptfAMr<l v« ollfce Wefe endeavoring Is find _ "fhg wife and Site cried afalii told them this; and as tio efie kneft he wa§ Itt t«f dottafe, I listened to hein, and persuaded Witt to life Uttiftl or a day of two. fiien, whefl 'we heskrd th&t the cofondf'a Jttrt had brought ifa a veMict d! Manslaughter, we fairly smuggled him a-way. "We received 6n6 letter from niifit which told us that b.6 was abdtit to et sail for Sydney; and the next thin* we heard was that the ship he had mentioned had been wrecked, and his name Was not in the list of the aVed. "His letter- had eotitalfied a meg* age for Miss Winifred, and that led 0 her becoming acquainted with tilt whole story. "She did not kno# how tft be grateful enough to us fot- the llttk dndness We had performed. "Heaven bless her! She has re- iaid It a thousand times. " 'He is Innocent of the crime of which he is accused,' she said, again and again. 'I know Hugh would not lift Up his hand against the pool old dad. I shall always love him as ong as he lives, and pray for him night and morning.' Those are hei ;ry words t "Then, when the news of the shipwreck came, her heart was nigh to breaking. She used to watch the papers to see if there were any atter- idings of the missing ones, and she went into mourning as if she had fol- owed him to the grave. "Things went on like that up to last Christmas eve, and then if she didn't mock at our door, just as you knocked now, and asked us to take her In. "She said she could not stand her cousin's behavior any longer. He treated her as if she were a servant, instead of being his cousin, and mistress of the house; and yet he was continually pressing her to marry him; and spoke so sneering-like of her constancy to her j dead lover, that she made up her mind i to leave him in full possession. j "He couldn't touch her money, that was one blessing. "So, all through the past year she has been living here, and has been like another daughter to us—my wife and me. We are thankful to think she ever came, although nobody could be more sorry for the cause which drove her to it. "There are many others, too, who are almost ready to worship her, for she has been like a ministering angel amongst the poor. She says, if 'she has been deprived of her chief happiness, that is no reason why she should not try and make life better for other people. "And in one way she met with a reward which perhaps she would not have had if she had remained at th& old place; for-only a month ago a young fellow, to whom Miss Winifred had been very kind all through a serious illness, sent for her to come and see him, because he felt he was dying, and he had something on his mind which concerned her. "And what do you think It was? Why, he confessed that it was he, and not Mr. Hugh who was the cause of her father's death. "It appeared that some time before, the young man had been had up before the squire on a charge of stealing. Squire Martin was always dead nuts against stealing, and sent him to prison for three months. After he came out, Will Ransley—that was his name —determined to get even, as he said. He had been dogging the squire's footsteps for some time, and happening to meet him that night just after he had left Mr. Hugh, be attacked him and had his revenge. He did not mean to kill him, and was dreadfully frightened when he found what he had done. Then the next day he heard that Hugh Danvers was suspected, and so he held his peace. "He said he could not die without asking Miss Winifred's forgiveness, and she—well, I said she was an angel—she actually forgave him. "But she had It all taken down in writing and got it signed. She said it would clear her lover's character if ever he does return. "And, really, right down at the bottom of her heart I think there is a faint belief that be will come back again some day. ' "Where is she now? "Well A you might almost guess; fer she has gone out to- take something to a sick child down the lane, It is only half a mile's walk certainly, but no one else would have ventured on such an evening as this, "We are expecting her back every minute, for she promised not to stay Jong. Was not that the latob of the gate? That is her, then. Yes, here she comes, bless her! "Miss Winifred, dear, you must be almost frozen. This is & gentleman who has been caught i» the— Why, bless mej if she isn't kissing him. You don't mean to say it is Mr. Hugh himself? "Here; wife, wife! Dash my but' tons'. A n d I have been sitting here and just telling him all about himself. "What 4o you say? It is a real call a romance, then all I can .say is, 1 wish VQU ma,nv happy retm-nj*. jceyohiefj m\W< IS, tftftt t&e. " ' ' ' if at ojB 1 pte?, Ff teb 'eflij 'em. iP» aftfl Jet ug have 9 Qf Praise, It tor s& is nlbals. 8* Shakei T&e white* cldvgf U fdtili the nipfiopotamm One baby elephant will bos* 4 «i herd tit big ones. ",„ No bad-tetepered man i >f SB to perform, ?4 fhe wild btiffale is fcften mof&Ml a match tot a lion, The elephaht can piish many more than it can pull, The giraffe is dumb, and known td utter a sound. The hippopotamus can be : to live in very cold water. The elephant is almost as ious as the hippopotamus. The polar bear Is untamable. He til also partial to a sun bath. Some elephants are exceedingly >. of plug tobacco and bad whisky, Panthers when taken young very docile and affectionate pets. A snake would starve to death rath&l than eat anything except living prey, .* The smallest mouse will cause biggest elephant to quake with fearT' Don't trust to the fallacy that wiljl beasts can be controlled by the humaj eye. The rhinoceros is the most formuj able, and pugnacious of all ,mals. The parrot is but .one among auj| species of birds that can be taught til speak. America is the only country In a baby elephant was ever born In cajl tivity. ' All animals are quick to recognlt»| fear or ill-temper on the part of keepers. Uukane—"Spiffins has refused Itl honor that sight draft" Gaswell-J "Perhaps he regarded it as an over-| sight draft."—Pittsburg Chronicle. Scient'icus—Let me see, what is thtl name of the instrument that recordil the pugilist's blow? Jolllcus—I guest] you mean a phonograph."—Puck. "Yes," said one of the tramps to i farmer, "Dusty an" me just came inbal our wheels." "What kind of wheels do] you use?" "Car wheels."—Judge. "He says that he loves me more 1 his life and that he can't live wlthott', me." "Oh. all young men say that" "But they don.'t say it'to me."—Truth. Kev. Dr. Curry, Peabody and Slates! Funds' agen.t in the south, is moving! to have Alabama townships levy spec-l ial tax for more and better schools to| reach the masses. So much good and enjoyment result'l ed from the use of school yards in Phil.l adelphia as play grounds during the I past summer, that it has been decided! to devote them to that purpose through-! out the year. They will be open to the I children after school hours during fall I weather. In districts where school | yards are not available, it is to secure vacant lot- 0 Home Down AVlth Inlirmltles, Age finds its surest solace in the benignant I tonic aid afforded by Hostetter's Stomach I Bitters, which counteracts rheumatic and I malarial tendencies, relieves growing in-1 activity of the kidneys, and is the finest I remedy extant for disorders of the stomach,"| liver and bowels. Nervousness, too, with . which old people are apt to be afflicted, is promptly relieved by it. Evidences of Prosperity. Jasper—Jones must be getting along bet | ,ter and making more money now. Jumpuppe—Why? Jasper—He owes me liipney and dodges out of my way now, instead of meet-1 ing me brazenly as he used to. TO COKE A COLD IN ONE DAT. Tal;o Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. Al'l Druggists refund the money if H fails to cure. 25(1 '•The poor veil! many a care forget. The debtor think not of his debt, But as they each enjoy their cheer, -I Wish it were Christinas all the year," I For lung and chest diseases, Pise's Cure ill the best medicine we have used.—Mrs. J.| L. Nortbcott, Windsor, Ont., Canada. "Your daughter. Mr. Banker, is ven cold and coy toward men, it seems to me,,f "Quite so. She is a brave defender pf "" millions." fbeexpenseofdoctortfbJHf, pure, your, digestion SQOQ &m y° u r-#ys regular a^ this season by taking »'course Hoodsl Sarsaparilla The Be8t-.Hi fact the One 'True ENSIGNS, PATENTS, CUW YOU AR1 WANTIRfc The SJQderji BeXemltyr*, «.Muiu^ H* C»ju|Miuy, .ir«nl » ' Iwaft," » valuabte IjooWei ,«n femsUi *!•«*?' Prt JJ, 4- Kay }Ie<)li«?*! ft?.,. OHM P ISO'S 'CURE . F'.OFv

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