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INO loudly, O
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And for his
Upon thee as the
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For on this harp
A star from heaven
To blaxon out the
To whero our Lord
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twilight, cold and
To spiritual morn.
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And to the world his words outgo
In endless love and true.
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"Merry Christmas!" ring ft out
All ye happy festal bells.
Through tho sweet magnolia grovos,
Frozen moors, or snow heaped fella.
Carols rise, and yule fires glow,
Pprays of silver mistletoe
Shine from out the dark green pine.
Yulo tide, peace and joy be thlnel
"Blessed Christmas I" ring It out,
AS ye tuneful festal bells,
Unto cheerless hearts, wherein
Neither hope nor gladness dwells.
Heavens smile, and stars shine out
All our yule decked homes about;
Angels stand within the door
Christmas tide Is come once morel
THE MERRITT MATTER.
HOW HELEN BLAKE BROUGHT ABOUT A
CHRISTMAS RE CONCILIATION.
Copyright, 1833, by American Press Association.
WONDER what you'll be
like at my ago," said Will
iam Morrltt angrily to bis
sod Albert, one day memor
able in the lives of both.
William Merritt was what
the people called "a hard
man to (ret along with." He
was hard, just, sincere and
severe. He began mature life as a natboat
captain, and finished his training as sheriff of
an Indiana county. A born ruler, at CO years
of ago he knew absolutely nothing of any
methods save stern command and force ready
for instant application. To this he added a
habit of perpetual fault finding.
He had been going over the hoary harangue,
with which somo old people have insulted
young ones sinco the days of Homer, about
the eood boys and the industrious young men
of his early life and the degenerate sons of
these days, when Albert's satirical humor
"You're michty little account now," said
the father. "What'll you be at my age?"
"I suppose," said Albert, unconsciously
Imitating his father's sneer, "111 do like other
old men sit and tell lies about the big things
I did when I was a boy."
It was ono of those insults which some men
consider "the first blow," and the second fell
promptly. Raising his broad, right hand.
and foaming with rage, the father brought it
down flat across the son's mouth. The blood
flew from Albert's nose as he staggered back.
He rallied, razed an instant on the father.
then turned away with clinched teeth and
He sought bis confidant, Sam McCorkle,
the drunken shoemaker's boy near by, who
was of the same age as Albert, but knew
fifty times as much of the tricks and devices
of the oppressed. At 10 years Bam was an
expert in evasive tricks; at 18 be was simply
These two bad met and conferred often
the sad, cynical skeptic, whose father was
among tho well-to-do farmers of the commu
nity, and the finished trickster, whose father
was the outcast; they often laid out wonder
ful plans of life in distant regions; but soon
a fair young face rose before Albert Merritt's
eyes, and be could not make up his mind to
go. It was the face of Helen Blake, only a
few years before his schoolmate. But now
Albert was resolved. If Helen thought of
bim as often as he did of her, she would wait
for him to return, and if she were worth the
winning she would respect him more for
leaving the discomforts or. ms present me.
Thus he reasoned.
Late, that night two lads with small bun
dle might have been seen, but took care not
to be, on the river road, and was soon
known to all the community that the;- had
left the place.
Of farewells the boys had add none.
Albert had Indeed writUp a brief note to
his mother, in which he had bidden her a
l-by full of clumsily worded tenderness.
"Hiss Helen Blake," and in which n
as formally expressed the hope that.
though absent perhaps for years, he would
not be fit gotttiu. Thcso episllen ho took with
lim in Wis flight, and a day cr two later en
trusted them to Sam McCorkle to post, but
that individual, fearful that the route of de-
rjartare would be jruessod by the postmark,
calmly destroyed them, although he solemn
ly declared to Albert that lie had deposited
them in the poetofflce of a considerable town
through which they journeyed. And so the
m boys were quite cut off from the old
Id of semi-servitude.
itber ioooU be sorry lor the night
son fabnitotnral; that he Bhoukwbilw
a kpark of ride or anger remains, tell any
one (4 LU aurrow would be contrary to all
recorded prbctaleuta in such cases. William
Merritt was not the man to violate prece
dents of discipline. He held Mmm-lf stiffly.
wavd away the luLWt complacently, and
said when he spoke at all: "Oh, bell soon get
sick of Lis flirt boll be glad enough toooms
back." But late summer yielded to autumn,
aud autumn gave place to winter, and a sad
CUristiuM day had come, for Albert Merritt
had made no sign.
ttbcti Ilekxi Bloke was told that Albert
Merritt was a "runaway boy" she mercJy
said, "Ah, indeed," and bent very low over
ber work ; but she knew why he had gone
know It, Indeed, about as well as he did.
kre kxjg she and Mrs. Merritt seemed to
have a good dual to say to each other. They
SKldom if ever mentioned Albert, but it al
ways seomed that the mother was much
cheered after a visit from Helen. In ber own
desponding heart the mother said : "He Mil
never come back, ho is too much like his
father," a favorite delusion with mothers,
by tho way. And so, on this sad ChristAas
day, the two sorrowful women exchanged
deep sympathies without exchanging a word
on the subject nearest their hearts, and the
mother felt that niglft as if voluuws had
been spoken on the cubject, when in fact a
had not been mentioned. And tWoalU
Helen came of tenor and of toner, and some
how after each visit the mother felt an as
surance that all would be right, and felt it
lust the same whether Albert's name wa
mentioned or not.
Now, after the first shock was passed,
Helen Bliike nover folt a doubt in her bosom
that nho would in (rood time receive some
ord from Albert Merritt, and she wotud
have risked much ou her conviction that she
would hear before cither of his parents.
though shj could not tuivo toll you w-hy, and
proliably would not if sho could, for the best
farm iu Jackson township. Vet she know it
all the some, and visited tho Merrltts often,
aud at each visit it somehow ft-ll out that
eomcthiug rather singular happened.
On one occ.'isiou she grew quite hilarious in
remiuiwiences of a certain school exhibition,
and tolil how the teacher hail photographs of
tho whole class taken, a set for all, and how
childish the pictures looked now, and how
everybody had changed, though it was but
six years ago, and then sho brought out the
photograplifi cheap, tawdry- things they
were, but among them was one of a tall, fab
boy, with all the glow of class leadership in
his eye, and light hair curling around a boM
forehead, and under it, in round boyish script,
was the autograph, "Albert Merritt."
A pang shot through the father's heart,
and he longed for her to talk of his boy; but
she rattled on about Tom and Jennie and
Mattle, and soon hastened home.
But the mother noticed that Helen "had
forgotten her pictures," and so they lay on
the looking glass stand for many a day,
where the father often saw tho presentiment
of his boy, but ho never touched it, and they
lay there tui Helen come again.
This time Bbe brought a "story paper" for
Mrs. Merritt, saying that the main story in
it had Interested her very much; and after
she was gone William Merritt picked it up
and pished and pshawed and ridiculed the
pictures, but he read tho story. It was a
commonplace novelette of a son, who had fled
from a harsh father and enlisted in the Fed
eral army, and who was sick almost unto
death in a southern hospital, and how in de
lirium he babbled of home, and how a Sister
of Charity wrote to the father, who came
and patiently nursed his boy back to life and
love and forgiveness. A commonplace story
one of ten thousand war stories of the time
but the father's hand trembled as he read,
and he rushed to the field and drove his work
with unusual energy and shouted louder than
ever at his team, and at night was stern and
silent and solemn to a degree that surprised
even his long suffering wife.
The other children would occasionally ven
ture a reference to Albert, and now when
Helen came the father would blame the run
away; but she only listened quietly and ask
ed if they had ever heard of him, and turned
the talk to their school days. And so two
years passed away and the third Christmas
came. In celebration of the dav the Mer
rltts were to be the guests of the flakes, and
when they gathered in the big room of the
great farm bouse it happened that all the
young people present were of that last day
class at the head of which Albert Merritt had
stood. Of course Helen Blake never thought
of alluding to such a fact "it just happened
so," her parents thought but there were
plenty in a class of eight young people who
could talk as fast as they could think, and
usually did it, too. And so the conversation
rattled on about that glorious day, and the
father, whose heart was literally pounding
against his ribs, and whose internal strug
gles were such that he could not tell whether
he was eating turkey or oak chips, talked
loudly and aggressively to those at his end
of the table, and quite overbore Mr. Blake
on politics, and finally offered to bet "the
pick of his horses agin' a yearlin' calf" that
his candidate for the presidency would have
600,000 majority over any man the other side
could put up next year,
JUMPED TO TEX GROCKD.
Now Helen was quite satisfied in ber own
mind that the Utile surprise had done its
work, but that evening her brother brought
home the weekly mail, and in it, after all her
weary waiting, a little surprwo for ber. It
was a copy of The Tekeewnh (Kan.) Bugle,
and great was the wonder in the family as to
the why and wherefore of Its coming; but
Helen knew. There wasnt a mark of any
kind on the printed sheet, so he set herself
resolutely to read every line. Sever bad far
western publisher In the most heated cam
paign a more devoted reader, and at last,
la a leaded arttcle m the page headed
"Local Intelligence," she found a list of
toembers of a new fire company, and among
the names was "Albert Merritt." A writer
in the "County Correspondence" of the
next issue of The County Democrat told of
"our fair ladies who charmed the audience
with their music" at a certain Christmas eve
church festival, and, by request conveyed in
a no inclosing the stamps, the publisher di
rected a copy to "A. Merritt, Esq., Tekee-
wah, Kan." And this sort of thing went on
for eight months more, and the golden au
tumn set In and the country was most
mightily stirred over the presidential elec
tion, and the Biakes and the Merritts began
to look forward with strangely mingled feel
ings to another Christmas.
William Merritt was the same and yet not
the same. His hair, which was just streaked
with gray when bis son Albert had left him,
was now whitening visibly. His broad, bur
ly shoulders had begun to stoop. His hard
eyes had lo6t somewhat of their steadiness.
and occasionally there were lines Aemnting
mental pain visible in his austere counte
nance. His voice, too, sometimes quavered
in a way that astonished no one more than
himself. And one day just after the sorrel
colt a wild, vicious beast, he was breaking to
the saddle had almost thrown bim on the
way to town, be had caught himself audibly
wishing that Albert, who must be a fuU
grown, strong man by this time, were there to
help subjugate toe anmwtt,
Xu.aro Somocrnoy axx3. ""OtTIxlto Supromitoy.
CLINTON, N. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER
"OAS'T WI GET ALBERT BACK?"
And so when Helen next paid the Merritt
homestead a visit she found the fortrgs of the
old man's heart ready to yield. Shcrhad the
day before received a copy of The Tekeewah
Bugle, in which she found the following
paragraph half way down a crudely written
account of a fire in that enterprising town:
"We should utterly fall In our duty to our
readers if we omitted to take more than pass
ing note of the heroic conduct of one or our
young townsmen, a prominent and efficient
member of Avalanche Engine company No.
1. Of course we refer to Mr. Albert Morrltt,
than whom a braver man never drew breath.
No sooner had it become known that a child
was in the burning building than, at the risk
of his own life, Mr. Merritt rushed into the
smoke and flames, dashed up the stairs almost
at a bound, and, groping about in the stifling
heat, found the infant, fought his way through
the fire to the window, for by this time the
stairway was burning, and jumped to the
ground with his precious burden safe on his
arms. He was greeted with such a cheer as
only Tekeewah tboats can give. We regret
to be obliged to tld that Mr. Morrltt suffered
a painful, though not necessarily dangerous,
injury in the breaking of an arm, which was
struck by a falling tlmjjer. He was also
rather severely burned. It Is hoped, how
ever, that he will soon be himself again."
This paper Helen brought with her but
carefully hidden. She had determined, if
need be, to show it to the stern father, but
she proposed to hold it for the last resort.
But her manner (for, though ordinarily calm,
she was now much excited) betrayed her,
and as soon as William Merritt looked into
her face he knew that she knew something of
Albert; and her unwonted agitation, as he
gazed fixedly at her, convinced him that
something was amiss with his son. Mrs.
Merritt was about to speak when her hus
band Interrupted her in strained, quivering
"Helen Biake," he said, "to Albert deadl
Tell me the truth T
There wf i a world of paternal love in the
old man's voice now. But for a moment
Helen said nothing, for she felt that were she
to speak she would instantly and completely
lose her self control. So with a deprecatory
gesture and a white face she walked to the
window to compose herself, while the father
and mother waited In suspense. Aft x a lit
tle she turned again to thern, and, with a re
assuring look toward Mrs. Blake, who sat
with clasped hands and parted lips, Bhe took
the paper from her pocket.
"I would like to read to you an article from
The Tekeewah (Kansas) Bugle," she Bald, in
as steady a voice as she could command. And
then she read the account of the fire, from
Deadlines to dash, without a break, and with
out looking up. When she had done she
raised ber eyes. Mrs. Blake was crying qui
etly and the old man was quite broken down.
"Helen," he said, reaching out both bands
to the girl, "it's no use. I cant be a hard
ened old fool i:o longer. Cant we get Albert
back hero with us? Hadnt I better go oottO
Kansas and get him I Poor boy, may be he's
hurt worse than it says." And then the old
man let the tears flow unconcealed.
That night a letter was mailed to Tekee
wah, Kan. It was written by Helen, though
unsigned, and here Is a copy:
Mr. Albert Merritt:
The account of the recent fire in Tekeewah and
the bravery displayed by yourself on that occa
sion has worked a great change of opinion in
certain quarters, a change which would have
come soon, however, in the natural coarse of
things. Your father is very much broken and
anxious to see you. A Fbiekd,
When Albert Merritt received this letter
he was convalescent, lying on the bed of the
best room In the Tekeewah tavern, while Sam
McCorkle was standing in the center of the
floor telling some admiring friends for the
thousandth time how "my parhere saved
thaTgaTbaby." "I tell you," be said, "it
takes the boys from old Indianny to do things.
Now, I mind me one time before I came west
of bow little Jimmy Jones fell Into the river,
V I jumped right In without stopping to
peel a bit" And then be reeled off a
wholly imaginary yarn of his own bravery,
while Albert smiled and the rest listened open
mouthed. When Albert had read his letter
he said, quietly:
"Sam, I'm going home for Christmas. I
hall start as soon as I can do it safely."
Sam was astounded, but he did not remon
strate, and finally concluded to go, too, "just
to take care of Al," he explained to the boys.
Bat secretly he was gladpf the excuse.
The next issue of The Tekeewah Bugle con
tained this paragraph:
"Our well known townsman, Mr. Albert
Merritt, is about to visit his old hqme in In
diana, where he will probably spend the holi
days. He k very nearly well of the In juriei
sustained at the repent jbre. Hj wfll Mao-
com pained by his last friend, tax. bam Mo-
Corkle, the well known lightning rod agont.
The stage was duo to pass William Merritfa
house at 4:30 o'clock on Christmas eve, but
the roods were bad and it was quite dark
when, with a sweeping curve, it swerved to
the side of the pike and stopped hi front of
the bouse, in the open front doorway of which,
in strong silhouette against the flood of light
within, stood the burly form of William
Merritt, his hands outstretched with trem
"Come along, Sam," said one of the young
men who dismounted from tho back seat of
the high stage, "I need you yet."
There was a cry, in which recognition, wel
come and forgiveness were all blended from
the figure in the doorway, and an answer
from the taller of the travelers, who still car
ried one arm in a sling. And a moment later
William Merritt led this one into his house.
"Mother," he said, "our boy has come
In the ecstatic joy of meeting hU mother.
Albert had forgotten Bom McCorkle, and
when be looked for him that Individual had
disappeared.- As he afterward explained, he
dldnt feel like be was any use when folks
was all a-cryuv and a-weepin' and falllu' on
each other's necks, so he just sloped."
But Albert did not look for Sam very long,
He had much to tell of his now life in the
west, where he had been fairly successful, and
his father and mother and brothers and sis
ters had quite as much to tell him.
THERE WAS A CRY.
The next day there was such a Christmas
gathering at William Merritt 's house as had
never been there before. Such roast turkey
with cranberry sauce, and such juicy mince
pies, and such mealy potatoes, and such fine,
white home made bread, and such good things
to eat generally as they who sat down at the
dinner table partook of have never been ex
celled. All', tho Blakos were there, and so
were all the members of hat class of eight,
whose photographs were the first weapon
Helen had employed In storming William
Merritt's flinty old heart.
And Sam McCorkle, too, the drunken shoe
maker's son, full of far western dash and his
torian of the time "Al rescued the baby,
He was "Mr. McCorkle," an honored g&eet.
and no one received greater respect than he.
But he did not rise to the height of Lis glory
till evening, for at the dinner table Albert
would not suffer bis own praises to be sung
in too high a key. But when Albert, seem
ing to have something particular to say to
Helen, whose great, brown eyes sparkled un-
wontedly and whose cheeks persisted in
blushing furiously, led ber away with him
into a quiet corner and left the field to Sam,
that individual chanted his hero's deeds to
his heart's content and everybody else's de
light, though he did not let slip the oppor
tunities to tell of some things he had hiintlf
accomplished in the west
The close of this veracious history may be
clipped from The Tekeewah Bugle of March
"Mr. Samuel McCorkle, the gentlemanly
and enterprising agent for Flash & Hittem's
justly celebrated lightning rods, has returned
from Indiana healthy and happy. His friend
and our former townsman, Mr. Albert Mer
ritt, has concluded to remain east, where he
will settle down apon his father's extensive
farms. A little bird has whispered that the
blind god had something to do with Mr.
Merritt's decision to forego a shore in the
golden future sure to come to Tekeewah.
Those who are curious in this matter are dt
acted to the notice in the marriage column
on another page beaded 'Merritt-Blake.'
A HUMBLE CHRISTMAS DINNER.
There was not very much on the table in
fact, it wasnt very much of a table, being
made of a dry goods box stood on its side.
The room belonged to the grocer, but he had
told them they could have the use of it for
Christmas night. In the corner there was
little, cracked stove, which was to hot that it
shone like a big lump of Christmas cheer in
Pretty soon "Swipesy" came in out of the
roar of the city street. He had a few unsold
papers under one arm and a small a very
small bundle under the other. With him
was bis sister Suae. They were orphans try
ing to make their own way. She had had
good luck and had sold all her papers. She
took what was left of Swipesy's stock and
! spread a nice clean paper over the dry goods
1 l m i 1 1 i li. x ii
1 ' i -
"Oh, S I;:t ! anal um girt.
Tb-To Kcu, u can of cuoktM corn bvf atid a
little li s Of Zg.
PivUumi the otir Ix-trna to or. In.
There wu "Micrkey with a Irtla ruck t of
WAV, x sugar, aud ohai lut sg :ioma
c&bbav thai tito apvU wtsn-.u 41 tie rorwr
bud cooked and givu him win big Urs in
her ho':-t, lrih evus w.t-a be told hr about
It alnX much, Mk-i.-y," she said, "but
may the good saints make it taste a roUshin'
s if twas as Idg a m barn aud cooked la a
There were five charter rortn'vrs of the
dinner party, so to spook. " Rocks" fta)
named from his manner of defending himself
in hia frequuut "temps") came lr.'o the room
next He too bad a httle buu.! which waa
tradono with due ceremony. V. bun "Piper"
came in he stopped a minute just inside the
threshold, and hold tlie door open wfclb ha
Devkoced to some ooe on the ouuida.
"Vmou in," said he. "The MkraV be
glad kt see ycr."
Tbeo there entered a little f-.-iiow not mora
ttian 6 years old. He was vary much etn
barraawd, and hold hU finger to his lips.
Piper, by way of introduction, sai l:
'Fellers and Suxe this "era little cove
(Piper himself was a big cove, baviug seen
thirteen years, and being the oldest member
of the dinner party) "is comiu' to our Crt
muss. lie's just gone into tho twiiier aellin'
bis, an' be aiu't got no boodle. I'm a takin
care o' him till he gita started. Seen
For a minute an embarrassed silence hung
over the little gi-oup. Th -n th-i l:ttl s peo;to
opened their U. iru to the n woocier (,iad
they were big hearts fo. sucli very small
bodies), and ho was ono of the dinner party.
tTper explalutd to him:
"You Be"," tail llper, wj fellers and
Suae had hoard a lot 1out Crismuss. We
don know 'gsacly what it ia, but we do know
that everybody, wot is anybody, has a Cris
muss dinner. So we jea' chipped in, and
and" (waving his hand around the room)
here y ara"
"But I ain't chipped in," said the new
'Well, wot if y oint V can nex' time."
60 that was settled.
Suae in the meantime had produced a nail
from somewhere, and an old stew joa from
somewhere else, and some broken crockery
from still another place.
YousTl make the coffee and warrm tho
cabbage and meat, darlint," said Mickey.
x ex are we oniy woman bore.
So Suse went at It
It wasnt long before everything was
ready, and they gathered around the box.
The savory odor from the coffee pot and
stew pan had tickled the twelve little nostrils,
and the six mouths were as eager to taste the
poor little dinner as ever yours was to pick
your succulent Christmas turkey bones.
T.hey feu to at once.
"fm f raid the coffee aint very good." said
Sure. But she smiled the satisfied smile that
every housewife smiles while decrying her
own dainties, and was as pleased as you ever
were, my One lady, in similar circumstances,
wnen Hooks exclaimed in answer:
" Finer 'n Delmonico's, I'll bet"
Before very long the dinner had been
eaten. They sat around and talked for
awhile, and the little 6-year-old fell asleep
with his bead on Muze's knoes, and her fingers
reed loviugly over the little fellow's dirty
forehead, anil by -and by she loaned over and
The tallow candle burned low In its trreon
bottle candlestick, and when Piper rose and
"Hell, fellers andJSuze has wo had a
merry Crismussf" A fervent "You butl"
went from ti.e mouths of every one but the
o-yoar-oi i, and he smiled in his sleep.
i ne a inner party wes over. D. E. M.
Roliold my rotund wealth of meat,
With all its Juices, rich and sweet I
IIow firm, how solid, aro my parts.
And how I go straight to the hearts
Of children, with distended Jaws,
In wait to hide me in their maws.
Ah ! how I love to lie instate
Upon the table, while you wait
With eager eyes and teeth that burn.
Until it comes to be your turn.
How crisp my skin, and, oh 1 how brown.
And how I tickle going down ;
And, then, my bone, 02 1 whr t delight,
To pick it till it's clean aad white.
now would you like, wi Christmas Day,
To tramp till noon aad then, woll say.
To come back home, well almost starved.
And find me waiting, nicely carved?
Bet ween your finger and your thumb
You hold me up, thus (yum, yum, yum!)
I tickle every Derve, I thrill
Your stomachs, and I All the bfU,
And with all men I oothlng lack
In fact, I have the inside track!
"A merry Christmas p far and wido
Rings out this wish on overy hand,
A greeting glad this Chrlstmastlde,
Be-echoing through all the land.
Tramp (to little Willio, who has opened the
door) Have yer had ycr Christmas dinner
yet, little boy!
little 'Willie No; we're just going to eat
Tramp Then perhaps, if 1 wait around, I
can got some of the eatables left over.
Little Willie (feeling of his stomach)
There aint going to be anything loft
An Awful Possibility,
little Emma Mover, wont we see Trii
Tingle agin afore next Tris'mast
"Umhe. Mebby he might dlt sick and die
afore nen, an' neu we'd be in a bod ax."
Kentucky State Journal.
Would Catch Up.
Customer Qn restaurant) You may bring
tne for my Christmas dinner, waiter, a nice
cut of turkey, to be followed by a piece of
Waiter Yeaur. WTO you have cheese
also, sir I
Customer Yes; you can let ths cheese fol
low the pi
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