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OHAI'THIl XIX (Oonlltiticd.l
They left I lin broken vehicle, the pros
trate horses Hint struggled and kicked In
vnln altciupl In fm thcmsolics from
tlm luiiiioa mill rise, nml In lint darkness
nml llio storm puraucd wllh nil pimnllilo
IiikIii Din riiml lo Iliu chiitt'tiu, There
was no shelter near. Tliu llitlit form of
ltoso was as nothing In the alrong nrnu
of llio innniula. Ilnpldly lm bore !"
along, keeping I In folda of 111 clunk
well wrapped iiliuiil lirr.
"V urn nlinost nl llio village,"
Friinrla Egcrloit, ne lm supported Iili
rotnpmiloii with n Iovit'm tenderness llmt
met now with mi r.-piiUc.
l'or Helen Muulnuhmi kuow nothing of
II. Win win saying lii herself, "lit ll"n
tlcnd? linn kIik esinpod me? Am I to
lm spared my work n t Inst 7" She listen
nl fur n slgh--n grnnn, from Hie llprf of
Hint Inanimate figure llmt win liurmi bo
fori" her, No miiuiil win hoard from
tlii'in, Already, n strmigo fever of Jor
mingled with tin' shivering irlli'in.'lit.
I hi' nwe, I In' liorror, which lli'li'ti Mini
tniilinn liml frit. Hho never heeded the
rnln Hint poured uirr hi'r In sheeted tor
rents; Hin wllil winds mgcd In vnln for
her now; they wi'ri' unheard. Hho only
longed fur llvhl-tliiht. lo tii'hulil llmt
tlillitUli iniinlcnnnco lo know llio truth.
lint no lii'nr worn llicy to Hi" form
homes now Hint no delay wna made; tlm
flritl ono won entered, and ltoso placed
llion n couch, whllo tho farmers' wives
trowdod ntiuul, w lilt earnest kin loess
nml syuipnlhy. lo rrmlrr assistance, lint
nl Hi" night of Hint pnlo, iulot face, tlioso
rliMiil eyelids nml colorless lip", they
were silent; nii'l oin whispered among
llipuiKplvf. "Hhe Is dcnd!" whllo olhi'rn.
with aenrre hope, yd seeking still for
onr. worked over tho llfcleas form. Alil
without stood llio innruuls nml llio Count
do Clnlrrlllo mill I'rmicls Kgerlon hy Iho
life In Iho limit fn nil kllchrii, In drend,
silence nml mi lien w.
Helen Montnuhmi nml thi eounless bail
entered tho thniphcr whrro ltoso wan
lull), mill rough yrt I'liinfortnlilc garments
wore offered them to rcplnrn their own
dripping ones. Tho countess wmi already
making this welooino mil renlly ncrcs
s'iry change; hut Helen Monlnuhan,
thrusting them from her, pressed to tho
"Miami nlili!" the said lo tho wonun.
Ami alio ktii'll ilown there to look nt Hint
pallid fnce. roil tul whlrh the ilrlpplni;
rhenium curls wero lylnn In shining
manses. Once thoso whllo llpn parted
"He in'! she llrm-he hrenlheil" lit
trrel ono of tho women. In nil enm-r,
tremnloiia lone, hiiIkIiicI nlmoat lo n
"It l n lie!" mtltternl Helen Monlnil
bnn, helween Hiimo lienntlful nhul ti-elh.
A moment rlnpiwl. The women Knth
errnl, with cUil, ejclteil, hopeful eye,
alxiut tlie eourh -thone poor, nlmple, lion
et'honrlel ieniint women, prnylng for
Hint yount life, whoae alemler Ihreail ou
n ", them would ao itlnilly hnro area
I'.-o. Anil llerrely wntrhpil Hint one,
with n liuruliiK i; I nine, n henrt that atuo.l
!' i allll. It wn no llol
.-' ly Hiow lorely eyea uncluaeil, nml
rttiei HtMin Hie clnil, amlllnic fnrea gnth-
M i .itn, iI.m i.,,,!-!, IMiprrt vfnt on ree
0fti'l. In them nt drat: hut preaelitly,
en-' ( the oil i loin fin lire of Hie Eool
rounteaa, who Iwiit orer her, alio aliihetl
faintly, nml piilllni! her Imnil lo her henil,
whlapereil, "(, ea; I reniemher I ro-
Helen Monlnuhan wna cono. In nn ml
l.li.lna .liamluip allM rMtm.Vlk.1 lhl Hfltll
rale.1 cnruienia alio liml worn, anil aiilr
alltuliil for llirm the nppnrel ami rrom
the clintenu ny n noiueaiie; men proceeu
tni t,t iIim Lllehen. lollleil Iter fdther flllil
hit roiupnuloiia, who hail jiial learuisl
thnt ltoe liml revlriil. The heml of tho
tnnniula wna IhiwoiI, hla fnro hurlril In
hla hninla. The cnioilon of Krnlllmle ho
frit nt Iho bringing hnrk of thnt young
lire mmo! orrrrauio uiiu,
Tho night pnaneil nml morning hroke.
clrnr nml atlll nhoro tho earth, where no
Inlely nil liml lieen coinmoiion. no toh-
of the tempeat hml illeil nwny In alienee,
ltAA.I Mt,.1 rtr tlm vonlli-ht ahotlo altori'
tho plenannt rnlley. They Uiro Iloio
...11. ...nll,.,i..Ma mmiI fnm tmelf to tlln rhll
tenu. Hho wna iulto III, nlmoat unnblo
to tnoro n lluili rrom wennneM. ino in
jurlea that allien hml eacnpeil, alio hni
rAnlrr.l! nml from lieltli; to tontf OHIOtei
to Iho alorm, Ihero wna every renaon to
bellero Hint aerioua conaeijueiicea wouui
Anil tho npprehcnalon wna juatlfleil.
During the tiny her Imllapojltlnn Inerena
eil, nml nt night, forerlah nml ilellrlous.
he toaaed upon Iter couch, with n wlhl
brllllniUT In thoao aoft eyea, nml n
acorchlng lluah upon her hemitifiil check.
It wna pitiful to hear her wnmlerlng
wonla, nml llaten to Iho Incoherent mlng
llnga of aorrow mill Joy, In her wlhl ilo
llrliim. Tho inaninla lookeil upon her
once, nml then lurneil nwny with atreuui
Ing eyea from Iho room, to aeelmlo hlm
elf In tho library, where ho pnaseil tho
night In watching", Tho Count Frederic
nml Frnucla llgerton remnlneil till ilawn
In tho antoon. Ilrery domeatlc In tho
chnlenu kepi vigil during thoao loug nml
mournful hours; for not nn eo could
closo In alumber. Helen Montnuhnii nnd
tho eouuleaa hml their poat In Hint nick
chamber, bealdo Iho couch of Iho nick
girl, who recognized neither of them. All
night long alio rnved, mid tho lluah burn
ed strung and sternly on her cheek, nnd
tho llgntnlug'a tlnah wna not nioro brll
limit than the flro aclntlllntlng from thoso
Hlowly tho leaden night hours wnxed
nnd waned! nml Helen Montnuhnii sat
beside tho pillow of Itosc, regnrdleaa of
lumber. Tho countess, sitting by the
lire, (1111 wept nnd prnyed In silence. Tho
doctor ennio to tho bedside,
"You need rest, mademoiselle," he said;
"cannot I prevail upon you to rctlro and
natch a fow hours' reposo whllo I watch
hero? Tho fntlguo mid ciposiiro of last
night, though no present 111 effects are
felt from them, mny bo prodiictlvo of
evil consequence!, If your nerves continue
"Your pardon," returned Helen, In cold
and quiet tone, "but I anticipate no un
pleasant results from our adventure of
lost night; and you must bo conscious
that, even If such wero not tho case, I
should find It Impossible to sleep now. I
must remain here."
"Ah welll" sighed the good old mnni
"If you are fully determined on this, It
must bo so; and I trust all will bo well.
Ho sat down by tho bed, leaned his
head on his hand ami tlxed a thoughtful
ami sorrowful glnneo upon tho feverish
coiiutenanco turned towards him ou tho
pillow, ltoso lookeil nt him with her
wild, bright, plloous gaze.
"Wliero Is I.ouls?" she aslicd; "whoro
Is ho? Why do they keep him from mo j
Tenrs stood In tho physician'! eyei.
Ho laid his geutlo hand, with lt cool
touch, on thnt butulug forehead.
"Ho unlet, my child," ho sold. "Hi' will
cnliin I,oiis will eoiue."
".No- no! ho will mil he will not
coine!" alio cried, with feeble grief, "I
hnvo mil seen him this long time, I
though! wo were In be married, It was
a ilrenm, was It mitV" Ami it ten In Ilia
Iioiirt'lircnklng, sorrowful glaum wns
II i eil on him, "I don't know why I nm
lying hcic," .rfio murmured, sully, look
Ing iihoiirher, "1 ought to bo rendy to
meet him when lm routes, Hut I mil no
weiik so tired! I believe I hnvo been
Journeying somewhere, Hut mi h
alrniign Journey I I don't think It ever
will end: nml I nm wandering nil mono,
And no weary, wenrir. wenrvl Ah. l.oun
why iloit'l you emtio mid belli mo? You
a lil you loved poor Itose!"
.Mournful nml nlitlnllve tirew those rest
less, feverish tones: lenrful mid troubled
Iho brilliant eves: but atlll. though ex
tin nl i'il by her eoualnnl ravings, nnd
though her cheeks burned more hotly, mid
her heart throbbed with terrible violence
nml her brrnlhliig wns short nml painful
Ihero wns no rest for her. Htlll alio rnved
of Louis, nml begged him lo see how her
fret wero torn nml bleeding with tho long
mid wenry wny she rnme, nml then sho
would iiiuiiii thnt ho never would como
"never, never, never!"
And Hint wlhl, mournful wnll might
hsre ilrnwu tenrs from n alonet but Helen
Moiitnuhnn wns more than n stone.
The doctor went out, tenting Helen
Mimtiiuhnn thorn to bnlho Hie Itenled
forehead of the sick girl, and uffer water
to I hum) pnri heil llpi, A II I aha snlil,
looking ilu w n upon tho stricken form bo-
fore her, "Hho Is In my tinner!
Alns! only loo completely so! Mndo
molaello Moutniiban hnd gathered
Hint M. Mi ry hnd but n alight hope of
Hiiro b rerovery. it must lie. No turii'
lug hnrk, or flinching, or hesltntlng, for
thai desperate nil lure now! Thnt hope
must nerer become n stronger one! It
wns hers to seo to It. l'ouring out the
wnler fur which Hie sufferer prayed, ever
mid nnon, her linud Inroluntnrlly rlutrli
nl the tiny vlnl roiironlcd in her bosom.
Yet no! A little delny; tho dlsenso
might terminate fntnlly In a few days,
nnd spare her the work for which sho
wns prrpnred. Hut In rnso It were not
so, tin ii It wns n nolaon, subtle nnd
sure ns denth Itself. I'ew were there
who knew of such; few nlmoat no tests,
Hint could, delect Its presinre. To Helen
Montmibnii hnd been glren a knowledge
of Htla poison In by gouo years, and she
had guarded thnt knowledge liko gold.
The secret, ao loug preserved, wns likely
to liecomo useful lu her now.
It wns midnight. All orer the chateau
there wns deep nnd heartfelt rejoicing;
but It wns subdued lu Us mnnlfeatntlons,
for Iho life that hnd so Intely been nro-
nniiiiivil snfe wns only slowly nnd faintly
Muttering up from tho edge of tho gravo;
and erery volco spoke lu whispers, every
footstep wns mulllcd. All dsy she hnd
slept, nml Iho exhnustion produced hy
lier violent nml protracted delirium wn
so great thnt that slumber had hardly
seemed like Iho rest of a living form, l'or
senreo lite fnlutest breath conhl bo per
ceived, or mo siigutest motion of that
feebly beating heart, let bad the nlir
slrtan filled tho breasts of thoso about
him with a too delicious hope thnt hung
for eerlnlnty upon iter awnkcnlng.
Then had the evil desire of Helen .Mon
tnuhnii grown to nil Intensity that wn
fiendish. Wntehlng, with her haggard
fnco nnd glenmlng eyes, beside that
couch, she had fixed her serpent gaze up
on Hie nlmosi nrcies being who Iny there.
looking with cruel nnd terrible eagerness
for the sign of death to set Itself upon
thai young aufferer's brow. Yet It came
not, and her eagerness grew almost Into
madness. The one way remained. She
would mako that sleep a lasting one!
Hut there was another watcher there.
Tho aged physician hnd taken up his post
also by tho couch. He, too, was waiting;
but It wns for tho nngel of life not that
of denth; nnd ho stirred not from thnt
plnce. Not n monel of food hnd passed
his lips Hint day. Kluco dawn he hnd
been there. And Helen .Montnuban, In
her tlerco desperation at her own Innhll
Ity to accomplish the work so long incll
tated upon, wna almost lnsnne. Hllll he
watched there; never for nn Instnnt wna
his vlgllnnco relaxed, And the hours
pnssed on mid ltoso nwoko safe!
It wns nearly morning when the cure
emno lo tho clintenu to request nn inter
view with the marquis. He (old hi in that
Hugh I.amonto was at tho village Inn
nnd living. Tho maruuls. astonished anil
affected nt this sudden announcement, In
the midst of his Joy for the safety of
Hose, prepared Immediately to visit mm;
ml Iho physician, M. Mery. satlslled
that tho most favorable change hnd tak
en plttco In his patient's case, left her
In tho care of Madcuioisello Montnuban
jinl tho countess and accompanied the
In a few moments Iho party arrived
it tho auhcrgo. Maurice met them with
a nolnluoiis countenance.
"How Is he Is thero aujr change?" ask
ed tho cure, anxiously.
"None, monsieur," answered the man.
"Ha raves still; but ho talks of some guil
ty dred to bo atoned for some secret to
bo confessed, I can mako nothing sat
isfactory, though, out of what ho says,
be wanden ao,"
Tho threo nscepded to the chamber
above, whoro lav .tho dying mnu. The
marquis started ns ho beheld him, stretch
ed out upon tho couch, with ma wnu, un
shorn and emaciated countenance, and
coarse, rough garments, which ho had
not suffered to bo removed, presenting a
sneetiiela so wretched. Tho klud-licarlcd
old man could acnrcely refrnlu from shed
ding tear! ns ho gazed upon tho wreck
of that ono proud form.
"Is this Indeed Hugh i.amonto r no
exclaimed, ndvnuclng towards tho couch.
Who calls Hugh hainouto?" stiouieu
tho sick man, sternly, "who calls him
tho outcast tho robber? Who colls him,
I aay? And who aro you?" Ilxlug ins
wild, gleaming eyes upou tho countenance
of tho marquis, "Ah, Armando Montnu
ban, I kuow you I know you!" ho ut
tered, fiercely, trying to miring upright,
yet falling, from very wenkuess. "Don t
como near mo, or I shall murder you!
Whoro Is auldctto? where Is stioi xou
have hidden her from mol xou novo
wedded her; nnd sho was mine mine;
You stole hor from mol I will have your
blood I" . ..
Ho sank back, exhausted, wun wnito
"Look look." monsieur!" uttered the
euro, springing to tho nldo of tho mar
quis "look, M. Mery, tho marquis ii
fainting!" . ...
And even as he snoke, tne iieavy ran or
hla friend attracted tho phylclnn' atten
tion. Consternation and alarm wero vis-
iblo lu bis features.
"Let us carry him out Into another
room quick I ' ho mild, excitedly.
Together (hey bore him lo an ndjolnlng
npiirlmelil, nnd Ihero commenced the
application of restoratives. Hut some
moments elapsed ere he betrayed signs of
lelurnliig consciousness. Then ho reviv
ed slowly, mid for soma lime gnr.nl II led
ly upon Ilia fnro of ,M. .Mery. Then n
low iiiuiiii escaped his Hps.
"(luslnvr, 1 hnvo seen my brother!" lift
"Your hrolher?" echoed M. Mery, In
"It Is true! It la Henri who Ilea there
- my brother Henri. It mo go to him.
"My dear friend, bo calm, I command
roil, urged tho nhra t in. ircnllv,
"I nm calm; but I must go Instantly. If
lie should tile nh, tare him, 1 entreat
Weak mid Irembllug as he was, he
ma do them nsslst liltti to re-enter tho oth
er apartment. They advanied towards
tho couch; Ihoni was a different sight
Ihero now. From Iho height of delirium
Hugh Lmnonto wns suddenly sinking Into
a stiinor. Ills eves wero a most closed
Only fiiiut, unlnlelllgibto murmurs broke
from his lips nt limes. He did not see
them approach. The cure mid M. Mery
cast glnnees nt ench oilier. Tho marquis
"You Ihlnk he Is dying, then?" ho ask
rd. "Ah, save him, (luslave! We wero
enemies once he nnd I. I't him live.
Hint we may onto more embrace one an
other!" "Ha ralm. mr dear friend." entreated
the physician again, "nnd listen to the
truth. No power on enrth ran save him
now; he Is sinking fast. Hut maintain
your energies; ho may revive before
death, with tin; possession of his full rea
son. "Ah, Henri!" murmured the mnrquls,
with Indescribable emotion "my brotherl
Hint I should recognize you thus, nfter
nil these yenrsl Hee see, Oustnvel" nnd
he llled the matted hair from the tem
ples of the unconscious man "see where
I struck him oncol I knew tho mark.
Our father told mo he would bear It to
Iho grate that near."
"How." ssld M. .Mery, In a low voice,
"con this bo your brother? this man,
who, for twelve years, baa dwelt within
half n lengue of you, mid who hns only
been known ns n pensnnt?"
"Ah, I recognlzo him but too welll"
nnswrred the mnrquls, sndly; "It Is he
I know him now through the disguise thnt
has served him so long. And did you
not hear hla words? He said I stole
Ouldctto from him. Alas! It Is but too
true, though I was Innocent of wrong.
Henri my brother apeak to met ay
that we arc frlenda once more!"
llagerly he leaned over tho couch, with
hla eyea fixed upon the alck man's face;
but bo wna not recognized. There wna
no Intelligence In that dying glance.
Hugh or Henri, rather, awnkened
from the dull stupor. Hut It wns only
the sudden and fitful flare of the expir
ing llnme of life. He lay, for an instant,
glancing about the apartment; then look
ing upwards, he encountered the regards
of the good cure, who stood by the couch
"Monsieur le cure, I recognize you," ho
said. "I am dying Is It not so?"
"It Is true," answerrd the good man,
mournfully. "Hut there Is yet time for
confession and repentance."
"Confession repentance! You know,
then, that I hare a couresslon to make
sins to repent of?"
"It Is a work which every dying man
hns to do, my friend."
The marquis advanced towards the
"Henri, ray brother!" he uttered, In sor
"Ha! you know me, then? I have be-
trtfVrd myself nt last tho brother who
wore vcngriuce on the husband of
auldctto?" He raised himself, with main
strength, upon bis arm, and fiercely re
garded the marquis,
"Ah, Henri, forgiro me!" cried the
"Never!" shouted Henri, mndly. "1
havo been revenged on you; I have
brought sorrow and darkness to your
hearthstone, nnd I am satisfied I I"or the
sake of your child the angel who baa
smiled upon a wretched life, nnd touched
an evil heart with her Innocence for her
sake I will atone, at this last hour, for
the misery I have caused you. You shall
bo happy once more; but I 'will not for
give you for the wrong done to me nev
er no. neverl" And mining his clenched
hnnd lo heaven, he scaled tho declaration
with a fearful oath. Then be sank
down, exhausted. A shudder rnn through
every form wlibln thnt chamber.
"Henri," cried the mnrquls, throwing
himself on his kneca besido tho couch,
"recall those words, I conjuro you! Listen
to me. I knew not of the wrong 1 had
done you, till It was too late. Uuldette
deceived me; she never told me that you
loved her that she wna betrothed to you!
I wedded her. thinking her free. Hut
sho was a curse to mo. Ah, Henri, If you
desired revenge, she was tho fittest In
strument!" Iho dt ing man s eyes were fixed earn
estly on his brother'n face.
any It once more once more! he
pnnted, eagerly; "tell mo again that you
wero Innocent that you knew not of our
betrothal that she deceived you, and was
falso to mol '
'It Is true. Listen. Henri; I awear it!"
His faceajras pale; tho tears strennied
from his eyes; bla clasped hnnds, uplift-
1 1 1 luun u.
,.,, , , , . .. '
men iiaruon me, Armauue, tor luo
Injustice I havo dono you." I
The marquis claspod that wasted hand
tenderly within his own, Ills tears fell wn, strongly denounced ns a heathen fes
upon It. i tlrnl. In England, during the Common-
Henri, I have nothing to forgive. We
havo both been uuhappy," he uttered,
.Nay you do not know the misery 1
have caused you. Hut I repent. It ahull
be confessed," Ills voice grew weaker,
"Where Is ltoso?" be asked.
"she Is at tho chateau. Sho has been
III! but, thanks be to heaven, she Is re-
corerlng!" answered the marquis, earn-
"it i. .it nt.. t... - ii t t,
slie will rccelvo It from me. when she
knows all. I hnvo been a wretch; but
she has been an angel In my miserable
home. Ah, If the prayers of ono so good
.,. -i ...i t i . .-.. i . t...
en for my .alvntlon, .urely they would .
bo heard! Ask her to forgive, and pray 1
me. Armando." He paused, pautlug
breath, and uuablo for a moment to
continue. Thero wna a terrible and
mournful slleuco In the room. Suddenly
he regnthcred his wasting energies. "Hear
me, Armnude, my brother, while I have
strength left to make atonement, Ua
ueath tho hearth nt the cottage, you will
n mi nn iron cnest; it contains my con
wn8.' rnpld." fiUllng J moni'ciu.'nnSt
resumed, turning onco mora bis fast-ob
scuring eyes to his brother'! face. "It
will toll you of your lost daughter of
Marguerite!" he gasped.
Of Marguerite! Sneak sneak. Hen
ri!" crlod tho marquis, In terrible nglta-
Soyoui HannorielVlcX Udyiii
Hon; "tell mo I dlvlno It confess, I lm-
u, lor a moment longer r no said, "lieu
il, tell me; breathe but ono word; what
of Mnrguerito?" Ho bene down nearer,
waiting In awful suspense.
Tho glazing eyes opened again, Tho
Armande, hearr were tho slow, pain
fully whispered words, "Hose I stolo
her! Sho Is-your child!"
(To bo continued.)
The celebration of Christmas la n com
tneinorntloii of thnt night nt llcthlchem
when the birth of n Child In a stable
foreshadowed the birth of Ihrlstlnnlty,
and yet lite festival Itself Is one that
may be trneed bnck so fnr beyond thnt
eent Hint It becomes lost In a tangle of
hlktory nnd fable. It Is older thmi Chris
tianity, It Is older than civilization, for
It Is prnctlmlly nit ndnptnllon of the fes
tival i! the n inter solstice, and the win
ter solstice hns been observed as n sen
sotTMif fenstlng nml revelry from the re
mote nges of antiquity.
The transformation of this festival
TUB HO All's IIEAll.
from tho Nome feast of Jul nnd the Ro
man Hatumalla to tho Joyous Christmas
celebration that we know wns a slow pro
cess of evolution, for -each step marked
a corresponding change In the conditions
that prevailed throughout the world. In
the days when men and women-stumbled
blindly toward the light the doctrine of
"pence on enrth nnd good will to men"
inndo slow progress ngalust the Ignorance
nnd license of paganism, nnd It was not
until n new civilization had come tint
the old frstlvnl assumed the fresh beauty
nnd the nobto significance which have
made our Christmas Day, with all Its
sweet associations, a possibility.
While It mny be the popular impression
that Christmas Is tho exact annlrerjary
of tho birth of Christ, there are no facts,
historical or otherwise upon which one
can logically baso such an assumption. In
fact. Christmas as a festival was un
known for many yean after the birth of
Christianity, it being the latter part of
the second century before the churches
begnu to consider the advisability of ob
serving such nn nnnlvcrnnry; while, even
nt Hint time, tho enrly Christians were so
mcertnln in regnrd to the nctunl dnte of
he great event Hint they selected wide
ly different dnys for their celebrations.
While the enrly Christians were un
doubtedly actuated by motives of expedi
ency In Incorporating many pagan cut-
... . 1 . r,..i. --
tom! in IUO new ri-ugiuu, iue t uritnu rr
,, .. iu,. ,, .i.. nrnteat
BB.init all such rites nnd ceremonies, and.
,,,!r thesa new conditions. Christinas
...niih nets of legislation were nassed
forbidding It! observance. In 1041, for
.rnuinl. Parliament ordered that Dec.
25 should be observed only as a solemn
fast, at which all people should pass the
day In humbly bemoaning tne great ua-
tlonal sin which they and their anceston
had committed on that day by the nrac-
tlccs Hint hnd hitherto prevailed tho
eating of boar's head and plum pudding.
tho drinking or ale. and tne ronim Le
"enth th.9 nl'e'oo. In 1047 this edict
,c,,t . V'(h,? of, "isnwtod
Pcr"on W.U " UC,I?n? to fesrc !
ovens and lardon and to seize nil the
,". tlmt fht l d''?"1-,
, 1Uo. restoration of King Charh
brought about, to a certain extent, the
restoration of Chrlstuias; but the I'nt.
In the l'lirltnu colonics tho feast contin
ued to he stigmatized as a "heathen fes
tival." lu Massachusetts Its observance
wns forbidden by Inw, It being ordered
thnt any person found colebrnthig the
any, "either ny roruenrlng of labor, feast
nectlour, for a man to have a sprig of
holly In his house on Christmas day was
a crime for which he was punished by a
flno of one shilling and confinement lu
the town stock. In spite of all theso ef
forts to orohlblt tho celebration of this
Although It wns 10S1 bofore the nntl
Christmas lawa were repealed, the Jovial
Dutch at New Amsterdam never failed
to make the day a cheerful one, and It
was through their efforts that Krlsa Krln
gle found his way across the ocean to
the New World.
Cor centuries the generous Christinas
snlnt bad been the most sacred of person-
agei to the Dutch youngsters, who firmlv
believed that bla tiny reindeers dragged
his heavy slelghload of toys orer the
roofs of the houses, and that he stolo
down the chimneys with his gifts some
time between Christmas ere and Christ
While the Hants Claus myth has long
been associated with the festivities of
Christmas, historically spesklng the snlnt
whose namo hns become synonymous for
Christmas giving hnd absolutely no con
nection with the annlrersnry Itself, Knntn
Clans being the corruption of Ht. Nich
olas, who wns n bishop of Myrn, In Asia
Minor, during the fourth century.
Ht. Nicholas wns a innn who wns as
widely known for his generosity and char
ity as for his piety, and there nre many
pretty legends thnt show him to have
been the friend and protector of the
While the use of the mistletoe and
holly as well as that of the Yule log, are
cuatoma which may be traced to the day
of the Druldlcnl obaerrance of the fes
tival of Jul, the Chrlstmns tree Is not
such a hentbenlsh plnnt, for Its appear
ance In Yuletlde celebrations was not
until long after the last sacrifice of the
Druids bad become a decidedly misty
tradition. John A. Mender In the Metropolitan.
Ouerded Treasure, bat Death
Ills Bole Reward.
Here la a pathetic story told to my
Informant, the venerable Judge N. A.
Patterson, by bis father, as an Inci
dent of which he know.
In the early dnyi of North Caro
lina a man rode a Ions distance on
horseback to collect a debt of several
hundred dollars. He took with him,
for company and as s protection
against robbers, a dog to wblcb he
had long felt much attached. He col
lected the money, all In sliver dollars.
TUB YULE LOO.
These he tied up In a strong sack,
laahed It to the saddle behind him,
and started for home.
When they had traveled about half
of the homeward Journey the dog man
ifested a great deal of uneasiness, to
which ho gave expression by nervous
barkings and frequent dives at the
horse's forelegs. The man was sorely
puxzled, and watched the dog for some
time to see If he could find an expla
nation of its strange conduct His re
luctant conclusion was that It had
been bitten by a mad dog and was the
victim of hydrophobia. And so to
save his horse and to put the poor dog
out of the misery be supposed It was
suffering, he drew a pistol and shot It.
Not wishing to see It die, he applied
the spurs to his horse and rode rapidly
for some distance. The thought came
to him, "I would rather have lost the
money than to hare been forced to kill
that good dog."
Thus reminded of the treasure, be
put his hand around behind the sad
dle, to see If the bag was Bafe, but It
was not there. Ho turned and rapidly
rode back. When ho reached the point
where the dog first commenced to bark
nnd plunge at the horse's legs he
found the bng of coin, and the poor
victim of bis cruel mistake dying
there, with his paws resting patiently
on either side of his master's treasure,
lie bad tried so hard to make the mas
ter understand, but bad failed, anil
paid his life as the price of his fidel
ity. Springfield ltepubllcan.
Took It Literally.
Englishmen are proverbially matter-of-fact,
aud flud It hard to understand
our modes of expression.
One of them. In company with an
American friend, was pushing and
Bhovtng at a gateway of the Heading
Terminal recently, thinking that he
would be lato for his train.
Tho guard, somewhat angrily, re
monstrated with him, saying:
"Just keep your shirt on, there.
You'll get through In time."
When ho finally got through ho turn
ed and glared at the guard. Then
turning to his friend, remarked:
"I wonder If that beastly fellow
thought I was going to pull my shirt
oft light hero In public?"
Had lloya In tho Parsonage,
Mrs. Qoodart There was a little
baby born at the parsonage this morn
ing. Mrs. Fecrsome It's a girl, I hope.
Mrs. Qoodart Yes, but why are you
Mrs. Feersome Well, you know
how ministers' sons turn out as a
rule. Philadelphia Inquirer.
Always it Chanoe.
Clarissa Frankly, I don't think I
ever saw tho man I would marry.
Kitty Oh, -well, dear, have paUenco;
he mny heave In sight, you know.
Boarder (sipping disapprovingly)
This Is singular soup.
Walter Yes, It's oyster.
Bulgaria's Area and Population.
Bulgaria corresponds In area to Ok
lahoma and In population to Missouri.
I1UM0E Olf THE WEEK
STORIES TOLD DY FUNNY MEN
OF THE PRESS.
Odd) Curious Mud Laughable rbasee
of Hitman Nature Urapltlcallj l'or
trayed by Imminent Word Artiste of
Our Own Day A Iludget of Fun.
La Montt Wo hnvo nomo fnst auto
mobiles out our wny. Tlicy go so fast
you enn't seo anything but a strculc of
La Moync That's nothing. -Somo
of them go so fast out our way that
yon can't see them nt all Just smell
"Yon used to put up somo pretty
good turkey sandwiches," said the fas
tldlous guest. "I want the anmo kind
of turkey you hail Inst year."
"Ills Is tie same kind, sail," replied
the waller; "It's bceu In storage ebch
since last yeah."
Enile I hear old Ktrongwood wns
sternly opposetl to his daughter eloping
In an automobile.
Ida Yes, automobiles nre so uncer
tain he wns afraid It would break
down nnd be wouldn't get her off his
hnnds after all.
Ida I was reading about the polar
explorers. The hook says they nerer
had anything but frozen cream.
May Uraclotis! It must have been
delicious to have Ice cream three times
Bore of It.
"You say Jack hns become quite a
poet How do you know?"
"Well, you can't understand any
thing he writes now."
A Frequent Catastrophe.
"When Algernon left college we
thought he had the world at his feet"
"Yes," answered Miss Cayenne; "I
have seen It frequently. A man ap
pears to have the world at his feet.
And then his foot slips." Washington
A Hot." Ultimate.
"Do you think you are giving your
city a good government?" asked the
Well," answered Mr. Do Graft
after some deliberation; "It's as good
as money can bur." Washington
Cltlman Are you still troubled with
your neighbor's chickens?
Suburb Not at all. They are kept
shut up now.
ClUman How did you manage?
Suburb Every night I hid a lot of
eggs In the grass, and every morning,
when my neighbor was looking, I
went out and brought them In.
A nrlirbt Tbousbt.
"Yes, ma'am," said the obsequious
grocery clerk to Mrs. Brldey, who was
ordering her first bill of supplies, "I've
put down parlor matches; what next?"
"Well er I suppose I ought to
have some kitchen matches, too,
oughtn't I?" Detroit Free Press.
Poet At last! The editor has ac
cepted ten of my poems.
Ills Wife He has probably had a
fight with the management and Is go
ing to leave. Judge.
Ills View of It.
. "But If I prefer another," she sug
gested when he urged his suit; "what
will you say then?"
"I won't say anything." replied the
foreign nobleman, "because I am too
much of a gentleman to say anything
that would reflect ou your taste."
Got ISven with a Rival.
Frank I've got even with Jim at
Ned How did you do It?
Frank I gave his girl a pair of pret
ty vases and he will go broke keeping
them nllwl with flowers.
61111 In Doubt,
"I know his flancco Is plain because
he says she's sensible."
"Hut you can't be sure of It"
"Oh. yes. 'No girl Is pretty who Is
spoken of as 'sensible.' "
"Hut how can sho be sensible? Isn't
sho engaged to him?" Philadelphia
Iletter Than None.
Ernlo They say Agnes la perfectly
crary over elopements.
Ida ies, she wns actually pleased
when the horse ran away with her the
"What can I do to create a sensa
tion?" asked tho theatrical star.
"Well," replied tho advertising man
ager, "you might tako lessons In act
ing." fche Was Hopeful.
Mrs. Neitdoor They say that the
Widow Fllppertou la after another
Mrs, Homer Goodness me, I hope
he Isn't after mine.
No Regular Pay,
"He tells me he's a professional
"Ob, no, he's a scmlprofesslonal."
"How do you menn?"
"Well, a professional Is one who Is
paid for his services. He's only half
paid." Philadelphia Press.
The Rutins Power.
The Peddler I want to see the mis
tesss of tho house.
The Maotcr Do you? Then step
around to tho kitchen door and ask
for the cook.
Sympathetic Parson (to prisoner)
Ah, my tinfortunnto man, -what would
your poor, old father think of your
Prisoner Ask him; ho lodges In th
next cell to tho right of mine.
After the Prevailing Fashion.
"You will marry again nfter you get
your divorce, of cotirao?"
"I suppose so."
"Any particular preference In
"Not Just at present. But of course
I can marry my lawyer If nothing bet
ter suggest! Itself." Cleveland PUlu
Nodd Your baby and your cook art)
both away, aro they?
Todtl Yes. Nobody but my wife
and myself nro left to run tho house.
A Telltale Plan.
'Old Blinker Is a confirmed bache
lor. Isn't hor
"Yes, but I am sure that ho wns
"Because he tells mo there wag
certain period of his life when he
went to church regularly."
"Let's go out an see what's burn
In'," said Pat to Mike at the theater.
"What d'yo mean?"
"Thoso two men behind us said they
were goln to tho foyer."
Tall rickpocket De crowd at d
football game was so dense dat people
Short Pickpocket How In de world
did you get out?
Tall Plckpvokct I went through
Should lie Cautions.
Daughter Edwin says he -wants
wife with good lungs. It shows bovr
considerate be Is of her health.
Mother I -wouldn't bo too sure. Iln
might want her to blow the kitchen
Are In the morning.
"ies, his painting attracts a
"Great artist, eh?"
"No, Just a house painter. He puts
out a sign, 'Fresh Paint,' and every
one touches It to see If it's dry."
Time to Protest.
"Look hero," telephoned the Irata
man, "I didn't tell you to send me any
"School supplies?" echoed the
amazed coal dealer.
"Yes you sent me up a load of
Brown So you bought that suburb
an property, eh? Did you Investigate
the title to see If It -was all right?
Green Yes; and after living thero
two weeks I have come to tho conclu
sion that the title Is the only thing
about the place that Isn't defective.
Not a Joke.
Giles Take two letters
"money" and one la left
Miles Is that a Joke? I
"Yes, verily." 1
"Well, I know of a fellow who took
money from two letters."
"That's a good Joke."
"Not It; he got twelve months."
Difference In Method But
Traveler (In Europe) What are
those two beautiful girls?
Steamer Captain One Is a Circas
sian whose parents are going to self
her to a Turk; the other Is an Ameri
can whose parents are going to give
her to a nobleman.
Liked Church But
Sweet Girl Do you enjoy taking
me to church?
Lover; Not bo much as riding with
you In a street car.
Sweet Girl Goodness! Why?
Lover The sexton never yells "Sit
There Were Others.
"I seen you klssln' Ma me," said her
"Well, here," said the dear girl's
accepted lover, "If I give you a dime
can I trust you to say nothing about
"Surel I never peached on any of
the other fellows when tbey gave me
money." Philadelphia Ledger.
Mrs. Crawford Have they much
Mrs. Crabshaw Why, they're so rich
that, If they preferred, they could af
ford to stay In town all summer.
Question of Cash.
"I hear you have been suffering with
a very romantic love affair."
"Yes, but I've recovered."
"How much?" Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune.
Anticipation va. Kxperlence,
Old Gentleman Do you think, sir,
that you are able to support my daugh
ter without continually hovering on the
verge of bankruptcy?
Suitor Oh, yes, sir; I am suro I can.
Old Gentleman Well, that's mors
than I can do. Take her and he happy.
The Secret of Harmony,
Young Mrs. Mead, whoso experience
of married life had been brief and
happy, had Just engaged two servants,
a man and bis wife, for work at her
"I am so glad you are married!" she
said to the man, with whom she had
mado terms. "I hope you are very,
very happy, and that you and your
wife never have any difference of opin
ion." "Fnltb, ma'am, I couldn't say that"
rcpllod the new servant, "for we have
a good manny) but 01 don't let Bridget
know of thlm, an' so we do be getting
Mr. Nurltch You tako orders for
Art Dealer Yea,
Mr Nurltch Well, I want you to
send a man up to measuro my parlor
walls fur about $10,000 worth o' hand
painted plxturcs In good frameev Phil
Knlcker Was It an up-to-date wed
Knocker Yes. Indeed; tney threw
breakfast food Instead of rice,