A CHRISTMAS CONSPIRACY
How Grandmother's Heart Was (Mad
dened by Remembrances From
ready for unything that is Thy will,
for Thou knoweth best."
Mrs. Wright leaves her husband
and nine children, three sisters and
What is home without a mother?
A vacant place that never can be
I hope to meet her in her home above,
In that glorious home of love.
In the beautiful Golden Gates
Mrs. Maggie awaits;
With us again Love may bind,
Through our precious Savior
We may find.
ONE WHO LOVED HER.
Instead of a Christmas Tree.
One f unity who were over the stock
Ing hanging age (lorltled Inst Christmas
that they could not have 11 tree. The
■(ihiiun-n were disappointed and feared
\ V • stupid tiny.
An Ingenious staler solved the prob
lem of gift giving In » somewhat novel
■ay., She asked nil the members of
le family to wrap their gifts for each
ither Into neat packages, direct (hem
plainly and leave them la the library
on Christmas eve.
No one was lold what was to lie done
1th the packages, and each member
as sworn to socrocy, so (hat she did
lot know tlmt the others' presents
were to go into the library slso.
The girl divided them Into groups,
having one gift, for each member of
tl^e family Included in u given lot. Tho
separate collections were theu taken
Into different rooms of the house nnd
hidden In such a way that they could
not be found without considerable
On Christmas day a Hinall boy of the
family dressed In the eostume of s
Christmas herald of Elizabethan days
went through the house every hour
during the day'blowing a trumpet nnd
proclaiming that a Christmas hunt
wonld be held In a certain room.
The family had n merry time until
all the gifts were found nnC opened
nnd enjoyed them In a leisurely way
until the next visit of the herald an
As the family was a Inrge one. tho
excitement wns prolonged well Into the
evening, nnd all voted It a much more
Interesting way or giving presents than
to have them all in the morning stock-
lags or hung on the Chrlstuius tree.
Old Polks and Santa Claus.
"An’ little folks can'l find him,
'Cause they’re always last asleep."
Stella's tone was distinctly ac
cusing; it was evident that iwun*-
mother had something to answer for.
Grandmother, from her invalid ohalr,
looked across at the girl who stood
at her bureau drawer. She had en
dured years of pain and weakness;
but they had not succeeded in quench
ing tho spirit in the frail figure; her
voice was an saucy as a girl’s.
"Not guilty—what Is It?”
"It's your handkerchiefs. How
many dozon have you?"
"Seven or eight. You see, I have
seven of tho dearest grandchildren in
the world. It’s queer, Isn’t It, that
your nose should he so especially
honored when you grow old?”
But Stella's gray eyes forgot to
laugh back at grandmother’s. Some
thing had disconcerted her. She pat
the handkerchiefs back, made some
trivial excuse, and ran ap to her own
room, whero her sister and couslnB
were holding a Christmas conclave.
"I wonder,” she hurst out, “that
grandmother can endure Christmas at
"What under the sun do you
moan?” Corinne and Isabella ex
“Corinne, what did you give grand
mother for Christmas last year?"
"A box of handkerchiefs. Why?”
"And you, Isabella?”
"An embrotdorod handkerchief with
little weeny iuiuuis."
"Two handkerchiefs.'' Motile con
fessed. "There didn’t seem to be
anything else—except slumber slip
pers, and Aunt Marla always knits
"And Laurie and I gave her hand
kerchiefs. We always give her hand
kerchiefs—because she's old, and
they're tho easiest thing to thint of!
Girls--she Isn't old—sho'H as young as
any of us down in her heart, and she
lovos pretty things Just as much as
over. This year let's give bor the
biggest surprise of hor life—a Christ
mas that will make her really happy.”
“Hut how—what—" Corlnno stam
"What do wo like beat—each of
“Jewels!" "Books!” “Hand embroid
ery!" “Candy!" "Silk stockings!” The
answers came in a laughing shower.
‘Well, then, why not? Grandma'd
lore a bit of Jewelry from us—chosen
JuBt for her. And books—not
"Thoughts of Cheer,' as if she wore
melancholy, but love stories that ond
well. And why not embroider her
something? And if not silk stockings,
then a pair of sllppora with tiny vel
vet bows. As for candy, sho’d love to
have it to pass round, ovon It she
couldn't oat much horse If."
"And let Hob and Archie send her
their absurd Jokes as they do to the
rest of us? It doesn’t seem—respect
“But grandma doesn't want to be
soomed-respoctful-to," Stella declared.
"She'd Jnst love to be counted In with
tho root of us, ltttlo vanities and jokea
and all. O girls, try It onco and
And that was the way the Christ
mas conspiracy started. Grand
mother’s eyes on Christmas morning
were proof of Us success.—Youths'
Old folks must see Santy Claus when stockin's are lo fill.
For they keep the chimney comer, an’ they’re always dreamy still.
But Santy Claus don’t mind cm
11 even a watch they keep.
An little folks can'l find him,
‘Cause they’re always last asleep.
I know the old folks see him an’ like him mighty well.
An’ why he doesn't muid ’em is—he knows they Ij aevet telL
But little folks dream of him
W’en buudled in a heap.
An’ they hear him comm*, comm’.
Down the chimney in their sleep,
j —Frank L. Stanton in Atlanta Conuti’ufion.
IN MEMORY OF A GOOD WOMAN
On November 22nd our community
w^s saddened by the death angel visit
ing the home of W. B. Wright and
bearing the sweet spirit of his dear
wife to the Great Beyond. We all
miss her. Mrs. Maggie was a good
neighbor and a dear, good mother
and wife. Her passing is our loss
but her gain. She was a true Chris
tian, and had been a member of Coun-
ty Line church for many years.
She was submissive to her Master.
She loved him, and it seemed to those
standing by that she was only waiting
for Him to say: “Come. Well done,
thou good and faithful one.” She
bore her suffering without murmur
ing. It seemed as if she thought:
“Master, all that is mine I give. I
am willing and ready to bear and
ready to go, riady to stand the test,
"Some generous person.” said little
Socrates Bulglnbrow, of Boston, “has
been kind enough to send me a copy
of Mother Goose's lyrlos for Christ-
v'jud. Do you know, the theory that
a representative of the bovine genus
at one time leaped over the chief
luminary of the night leads to some
Interesting c&lulaUona as to the mus
cular development of the cows of that
time. I bare ascertained that they
must have been endowed with
strength proportionate to that of the
Am /v# - -«»a ju« >•
THURSDAY MORNING, DEC. 24,1914
| HOGS, CATTLE OR MEN— |
.. Governor Ferris Value* Men More \
Then Live Stock.
] hi «# Michigan Is making a vlgor-
PitiiH effort to 'stamp ent’ beg \
cholera. Hogs me marketable," •
•• suid Governor Weodbridge If.
; Ferris to the cttlanui of Ms state ‘
:: in a receut proclamation culling !!
• • for co-operation li||he u u timber - ;
cuiosls campaign. "Michigan is
araking a vigorous effort to
‘stamp out' tuberculosis In cat-
tic. Cuttle are marketable. Why
not make n strenuous effort to
‘stump out' tuberculosis la men.
women and children? Human
beings are priceless.”
Bed Cross Christmas Seals ore
a means for every innn. woman
mid child In the United HtuUw
to have a share in "stumping
out” tuberculosis. Have yon
bought your shnre?
BETTY GETS A CHANCE.
Rod Cross Seal* Helped Her to Got
She wns real pretty and so full of
fun^ that the dimples were always
showing in her round, red cheeks. Her
eyes were big end brown, and her nut
colored hair curled nut orally In little
ringlets over her forehead and ears.
She was just eighteen when we first
met hor and so neat and attractive
that one would think she belonged to
the well to do class of working people,
but when wq followed her to her home
one day wo confronted startling facta.
The red in her cheeks was the flash
of unnatural Inward fever, the high
spirits were a pitiful antidote to piti
less conditions, and the big brown eyes
saw only squalor when they were not
fixed upon n typewriting machine or
dosed iierslsteutly to any view but an
imaginary bright one.
The room we entered was s general
living spare, used also as an (siting,
cooking and sleeping apartment. Them
wna lint one lied, and Betty had to
sleep In it with her mother, who wa*
too weak to sit Up. An open cuspidor
sat where it would be conveniently
near tho lied, which placed it by the
stove, where their food was cooked.
The mother, who was suffering In an
advanced atnge of tuberculosis, did not
like cold sir, and her querulous de
mands ennsed Betty to keep the door
and windows closed.
“Woll," said cheerful Betty, with a
laugh, “that isn't so had ns not having
any windows or doors to close, is it?
Things might lie worse."
"Infinitely worse," snkl the Wise
Ouo. “You might even take a notion
to atiiff the windows and doors with
rags to cut out wlint oxygen comes In
through tho cracks.”
Red Cross Christmas Beals, with
their cheery message of hope, gave
Betty a chance to get well after her
mother died. Is It worth while to save
Buy your shurc today.
8EAL ON EACH SOLE.
“Am l using Red Cross Christmas
Beals?" reiterated a good natured old
cobbler as he looked up from the shoe
he was repairing to the person who
stood blocking the doorway of tho Ut-
tlo shop and who had asked the ques
tion originally. “I don’t know of them.
What are they for?" he asked.
When told that too little stickers
were being sold alt over too United
States to raise money to prevent tuber
culosis toe cobbler became very much
“New, 1 call that a good cause,” he
drawled. "I don't write any letters, and
I don't seiid uuy Christmas packages.
There's Just me and toe old woman
left 1 can't use my seals that way,
hut I'll tell you how l can use them. I
will stick a seal ou the sole of every
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