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   Acton Concord Enterprise (Newspaper) - December 20, 1889, Acton, Massachusetts                                 Vi «ite 4  rt-  SsW1 1 ~  1 1"  ^-(-iWV,  t >1 S v»  i i" '  n  ¡kífe  ^rt/?-,' - - ' s (   I  trrL.f' " "" ■■ ."' V ' .' " '  T  " iS^CMñ^íírV*^ t f - j * ' -1 ; ,  r ■'!  OONOORD, MASS., I^ÜIIDAY, DECEMBER S©* 1889.  ....... _______  WJiíiK T&l  AND IVE ARE FULLY PREPARED FOR IT WITH  ssa,  Among Off  for the Season we'mention the following :  WATCHES.  ¿V- : ; We «how « large assortment of ' V «jïiba», both for gentlemen and Mtt^^dinsfandaril cases in gold orBhrdr. .  W® make a special feature of this ^fjflftifi an4 those desiring a  tboioughly reliable time-keeper put dp in) the best style of workmanship , ^iUjtfo.Wisely to inspect our stock. ' We can give special inducements on filled casés warranted to give the \ very best satisfaction for every day use and wear. Our movements are all of the best order and these can be fitted to «ny case« producing a first--fclass'tftrre-keeper atthe minimum of expense.  In Fine Grade Goods  We show some exquisite spcc-• >•• • imcns of the best styles of modern work which, both for QUALITY and PRICE Will bear comparison with, anything in the market.  We have a variety of movements of the different makes which include WALTHAM, HAMPDEN, ILL., ELGIN, AURORA AND COLUMBUS,  All of the ab >ve w.'H be fully warranted in every respect.  CLOCKS.  In every style, and all varieties of standard makes make an important feature in our display.  In view ot the demand for this class of goods we have made careful selections from a class of goods which for workmanship and appearance cannot be excelled.  Nothing is more annoying than to find a reputed new stock largely made up of RESURRECTED goods that have gone through several holiday seasons. We don't do that kind of business, our prices for one thing do not leave riiany goods to Carry over, and we sell those for what they are and for prices corresponding.  Those making purchases from our stock wiH find that novelty is one of its marked features. If there is any thing new under the December sun, we have it sure.  Silver Ware.  We have a beautiful display in this line and carry high grade goods, the names of the makers being in themselves a guarantee of the genuineness and worth of the same.  Our Cutlery Department.  replete in every respect, and nives, forks and spoons in cases or loose, can be had in the approved styles and patterns.  Remember we have many  NOVELTIES.  To be found only in well regulated Jewelry Stores, and we invite an inspection in this department, for we know we can please you.  CHAINS.  An attractive line of Watch Chains of handsome patterns and fine finish are now on display in our show cases. Intending buyers will do well to see oui stock before making a purchase, as we are able to offer you inducements in this standard line of goods. We show many novelties, and are certain that for workmanship and quality these goods cannot be surpassed. Our prices vary, of course, with the grade of goods, but in every case we otter the fullest value for the money that can possibly be given.  Rings! Rings!  A handsome and tasteful ring is a sign of cultivated taste in the wearer and is almost an indispensable article of adornment for the social equipment of either sex. We regard ourselves particularly fortunate in our selection of finger rings for the holiday trade. We have in stock a fine line for Ladies, Gents and Babies.  For the Ladies.  Silk Umbrellas, Ear Rings, Cufi' Buttons, Glove Buttoners, Gold and Silver Thimbles, Collar Buttons, Watches, Chains, Pins and other articles in endless variety.  For the Baby.  Knife, Fork and Spoon Sets, Napkin, Rings, Gold Rings, Spoons, Cups, etc.  Rep  airing  Department.  Bring your repairing to bead-  quarters. We make a specialty of |  j  Ideateli Cleaning\  And repairing of all kinds, work entrusted to 11s is certain to receive careful and intelligent treatment.  Clocks Cleaned. Repaired, Regulated,  And set ia ortler.^: fcweliy and all small wares inend«! and repplished to loolujs good as new.  tyGiir Motto:— Neat, Prompt and Reliable.  GF*Prices Always Reasonable.  . r <  Eye Glasses and \Spectacles.  To suit any sight are part of our regular stock. There are many young persons who have some defect of vision which is gradually wearing out the eyesight, who might save future pain and trouble by getting a pair of glasses now. We pay spccial attention to the requirements.of age and spare no trouble to give our customers the exact strength of glass suited to their failing sight. In this, as in all other details of our business, we make reasonable prices and those who give us a trial will find that we shall deserve our reputation in that line of our trade.  Umbrellas.  Nothing in the line of presents for the holidays is more useful than an umbrella. We have a line assortment in gold and silver handles, also in the  Ò-*  natural stick. Our trade in this department has more than doubled ; we bought a few in the first lot but sold-  fie~wai r  eating turkey SToat chip», wilted loudly and aggi i»lr«iy to those at hi* end of th* table« «ad quit» overbore Mr. Blake on politic*, and ; Anally offered to bet "the pick ot bia hones agin' a yearlin' calf" that bit candidate for the presidency would hare 600,000 majority over any man the other aide Could put up next year.  larly  inspection, knowing full well that the prices we have put on them will sell them  We also would invite an inspection of our beautiful  Vases, Fruit Plates, Rose Jars,  A. D. Coffee Sets  AND  Odd Pieces for Table Decoration.  Our variety in this line is immense.  We have every thing to be found in a first-class Jewel ery Store, and earnestly de sire you to visit us and inspect our stock.  All Goods sold will be Engraved Free of Charge.  Jeweler, Dearborn's Block,  Hudson, Mass.  Selectmen's Notice.  The Selectmen of the Town 01 Hudson will lie (a session attheinwmlnTown Hall, the lint mf"'» »if ami» "■»■nth from 2 until 6 o'clock  P. M., for the transaction of such business as ■lay properly come before them. All parties baring bill! against the Town are requested to present them, properly approved iiy tlie parties contracting the same, to the Selectmen, who will he at their room in Town ball, on Wednesday previous to the first Monday of each tuoMli from 1 to »o'clock 1*. M., for tie purpose of re celrine the same. All bills no piesfnted will receive prompt attention at the re, ulur meeting on the first .Monday of eacb mon'h.  CUAS. U. llvlllSSOS, JOHN J'HIU.II't. F.W. TUOh BMlME,2iU  .Selectmen of tludaon  Overseers of the Poor Notice  The Oreraeera of the Poor of the Town of Hudson will be in session at their loom, town hall, on Wednesday previous to the tii at Mon day of eacb month, from 7 until 9 o'clock, 1*. M. for the transaction of such business as may come before them. All parties having business to transact, or those having bills against tbe board r are requested to bring them in at regular Beatings that they may receive prompt atten ."ion, and be ready foi  t the meeting ot tbe Se fectmen on the following Monday.  R. H.HAl'GOOD, GEO. A. TRIPP, H. P. BEAN.  Overseers of the I'oor.  E. A. JONES,  MASON & BUILDER,  Contntetor/ur Brick, Platter <t Cement ll'orl.  Biver Street. HUDSON, MASS.  Jobbing done In a neat and workmanlike man-ner, at short notice.  Constantly on hand. Brick, Lime and Cement. In large or small quanitles.  JAMES T JOSLIN,  ATTORNEY-AT-LAW,  Notary Public and Insurance Ayeiit,  Jeffs' Block, Main St., Hudson, Mass.  BOSTON OFFICE—Room 13, Advertiser Bull.l Ing, 218 Washington St., Tuesdays and Fridays.  WM. H. STONE,  LUMBER & BOXES,  Main Street, Hudson.  "^SviX^iiof 8towe. Bills it Hawler's Factor».  H. P. BEAN,  AUCTIONEER,  Licensed to sell in any part of tlie 8tate.  Boiidence: CENTRAL STRKKT.  L. T. .1 Krra, I'iiekidknt.  K. M. SToWK. VUK. I'KKS'T  CALKS L. Ukiiiham. CAKHIKH.  HUDSON NATIONAL UK  Town Ball Building, HUDSON, - MASS.  CAPITA I., 9IOO.OOO.  Discount 'lay, Monday. r. M. Ranking horn s from !) to 12 A M , and I rum 1 to 3, I'. M., every business «lay.  Accounts solicited and certificates of deposit i-siied. D'jxisits of aiiyaiuouut received. Mon-cv loaned at low rates. Noien eeHwted. Col. lections undo In alllparl« of the United States anil Canadas, on the mottt favorable terms.  -STEA Ü/L-  GRANITE POLISHING WORKS  HOW£ ST.. MARLBORO.  DAVID HARRIS.  ^JAHMENf8 out by tbe new Pystem Magic C3"Xitttlng and basting a specialty.  tfrs. H. A. THOMAS,  If*. N Kaifiafor M|rc«l. Hadava.  G®0. W. MERRILL,  Painter and Crainer  TTwnklqg the linbllo fornast favors. T «hall h\ |Ulct fft«)nt|ou fa business, hope to keep all ol<* sustt>K)eni and ac|4 new onps.  Mala l|MM, IIaaU*a.  ADCTHPI! & APPRAISER,  Stow- Mass.  offloe will receive  Prescatt Marble anil Granite Works  MANUFACTURERS OF •  Monuments,  Headstones, Markers, Posts, Curbing, in Granite and Marble.  Granite Underpinning and Building  Work of all k'lids. If in want of anything in my line, call around and get my price.  E. J. Prescott, - Hudson.  Work* ucfir Fifcfcbnrg Nlali«v.  HUDSON  Co-Operative Bank.  Tlio Secretary will have desk room in Ala H»ll,«. I.'ices' Illock, and Rank week will be «höre  • ««-«Inj- nuil M'rdamlnr tmlagi, 71'. M.  ¡'.lid rvny Tharality ensisi, (excepting Il:i::k i The meeting third Thursday,  (Bank l'l^ht,) will bo at. Bradley & Sayward'B ofllco at 7. p. m.  C- H. HILL, Secretary.  IJJRS. ROSS' r,  "■ABIC HEALER SAOT'  Is the hist known remedy for  IinrnK, Rcalrlf, Cut». r.riilnen, Inflamed Eyelid«, Frost ¡>itcF, Cold .«riren, Chiipjied Hand«, Chapped l.ipft, Chilblains. C(,rn«. Chaflnc, Snnburn, Hkln-nwh, insect \>ites, Ivy I'nlHou, Harbers 1  Itch,  JOSEPH T. MERIGAN,  Plain and Decorative  PAPER t HANGER,  Decorating Ceilings in the latest styles  Estimates given. Liberal discount on large jobs.  Prices reasonable and all work done ii> a workmanlike manner. tOCK BOX SOS. HUDSON, MASS.  Dr. H. E. SPOFFORD,  Resident Dentist,  OFFICE m LEVIS' BLOCK,  HUDSON.  Long established and widely known. Only the best quality of work done. lyEther and Oai administered.  R. A GUERNSEY,  DEALKB IX  Wood and Coal  Of aXl JSIiixcLe  Oflce rear Haagklaa'a fscMrri Ha<a«,  ^"Örd^rs left with S. F. Manson will recoive prompt attention.  Until further notice Henry J. Nourse is au-athorlcd to collect acrounts for me.  R. A. GUERNSEY.  NORMAN GILLISy  WHEELWRIGHT,  Carriap Builder and Blactsmitli,  Washington Street, Hudson.  THE MKRIiITT MATTER.  festered wonnds, etc.  It will quickly remove Heat from alburn, Pain from a ItruiM-, Bubdued Inflamation, Allay the terrible Jtchlnc of Halt Rbeum, and makes Hough Skin Sort and Smooth.  Mrs. Ross'^Magic Healer Salve" has wonderful soothing and healing qualities.  TKV IT.  It is also a Certain Core for Scratches and Qalls on Horses.  For Sale nt the I)ni(i Stores. Price 'J5c. per box. Prepared mid »old, \Y holesaie and Retail, by  ROSS BROS. & CO,  HUDSON, - - MASS.  To whom nil ordera xliould lie addressed. If you e.mnot obtain it In yourv icinity we will mail It on receipt of price.  All kinds of Carriage Work done in a satisfactory manner. A Specialty made,of Horse Shoeing  BOW ÜEI.EN BLAKE BROUGHT ABOUT A  CHRISTMAS RECONCILIATION. [Copyright, I8S9. by American fres« Association.]  A. SENECAL,  Photographer.  Broad St., - Hudson, Mass.  Cabinets, $3.00 per Dozen. Enlargement in Crayon and Pastel at reduced prices.  SO Building Lots  If if Wltbln ff minutes of Poatoffloe, ^ " levol land, t-a»y to build on and every way desirable.  Prices from SO to $10 per rod  Nerer will h-re nnn-her opportunity like this to buy bouao lot» in Hudson.  Ö*""Como early and get first choice of lota.  WOOD'S RE,iL E8TAW A6OT.  Coal^Coal  T.F.TROW,  Dealer in all kinds of Goal  THOS. RAY, Ag't,  Orders left at the store ot Tarbell ft Pearse will be promptly attended to,  HUDSON  SAVINGS IBANK  Jcfte Block, Main Street.  Pep«alta Draw lutiMI Ira* the ihlr WMawlar •< Oclstar, Jaaaarr, April aa< Jal r ,  DiTidends payable Baturday after ^he thin) Wednesday in January and July.  BU8INC8S HOURS:—From 8 A. M. to 12 M, WKBY DAV, and Saturdays from 9 A. H, to 12 M„ and 1 to 5 and «to S P. M.  MOWKY XOAKBO on Real l£at»tc. Persons having loans oaa pay on the prineipal fifty dollars or more at any time and stop interest on amount paid at onoe.  iKTMiTMKjrr OoKinmi roa ism.-X. M. Btowe, Cbas. fl. Robinson, J. 8. Bradley, Benj. Dearborn, L. T. Jefta. B. M. STOW*, Tmidnt.  HAH1XL wT8TB ATTON, T«*asar«r  WONDER what you'll Ikj lilte Ht my age," said Will-lam Merritt angrily to Ills soil Albert, one ilny inomor-alilo In the lives of both.  Willium Merritt whs what tlie poopla called "a liunl mini to Rot along with." Ho was liard, just, silicon) «ml severe. Ho began innture life as u llutlxiiit captain, and flnisli«l bis training us siicriir of an Indiana county. A born ruler, nt 50 years of age lie knew absolutely notiiiug at any methods save stern command nnil force ready for instant application. To this bo added a babit of pei-|>etual fault finding.  He bad lieou gmng over tlie bonry barnnguo, wltb which somo old |>eople have insulted young ones since the days of llomor, aliout the good boys anil tho industrious young men of his early life and the degimeniUi sons of these duys, wben Albert's satirical humor rose.  "You're mighty littlo account now," said the father. "What'll you be at my agel"  "I supposo," said Albert, unconsciously Imitating bis futher's sueer, "I'll do llko other old men—«it and tell lies about the big ttilngi  v , did when I w|u) a bo;.".  it was on« of those insults which somo mon consider "tli 111 "St. blow," and the second fell promptly. Raising his brouil, right hand, aud foaming with rage, tbe father liiought it down flat across the son's mouth. Tho blood flew from Albert's noso us ho stai;p;eied buck. Ho rallied, gazed an instant on tlie father, then turned away w.tLi clinched teeth and set purpose.  | He sought bis confidant, Sam SIcCorklo, the drunkeu shoemaker's boy neal- by, who was of the same age as Albert, but knew litty times as much ot tlio tricks and devices j of the oppressed. At 10 years Ku:n was an . expert in evasive tricks; at 18 ho was simply a prodigy.  ] These two had met and conferred often— ' the sud, cynical skeptic, whoso father was   1  among tho well-to-do farmers*of tlie community, and llie finished trickster, whose futlier was the outcast; they often lnul out wonder-j ful plans of lifo in distant regions; but soon ; a fair young fuco rose before Albert Morritt's i eyes, and he could not mako 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 him an often as ho did of bor, she would wait for him to return, and if sho were worth the wiunlng she would respect him moro for leaving the discomforts of his present life. Thus he reasoned.  Late tliut night two lads with small bundles might have been seen, but took care not to be, on the river rond, and it was soon knowu to all the community tlmt they had left the place Of farewells tho boys had said nono. Albei t hail indeed writteu n brief note to UU mother, in which he had bidden her a good-bv full of clumsily worded tenderness, and another to Helen, which he had formally begun "Miss Helen Blake," and in which he had as formally expressed the liopo that, though ill s nt perhaps for years, ho would not be forgotten. Those epistles ho took with him in his flight, and a day or two later en-trustorthein to Sam McCorkle to post, but that imllvidtiul, fearful that tbe route of departure would be guessed by tbe postmark, calmly destroyed thetn, although he solemnly declared to Albert that he had deposited them in the [Kistolllcu of a coiwiderablo town through which they journeyed. And so th« two bo^s wi;ro quite cut oil" from the old  world of -e -servitude.  That a In her should be sorry for the flight of u soi:!i> , ui natural; that he should, white »»I»nrk.i . ii.i^oi- aneer. remains, toll JtnT one of liis sorrow wouTd be coritrary~lb ill recorded precedents in such cases. William Merritt mis not the man to violate precedents of discipline. He held himself stiffly, waved away tlio subjiwt complacently, and suid when lie sjwike at all: "Ob, he'll soon get sick of his flirt—he'll lie glad enough to com* back." But. late summer yielded to autumn, and autumn gave place to winter, and a sad Christmas day had come, for Albert Merritt bad iiiaile no sign.  When Helen Blake was told that Albert Merritt was a "runaway boy" she merely said, "Ah, indeed," and bent very low over her work; but she knew why he had gone-know it, indeed, about as well as he dii  Ero long she and Mrs. Merritt seemed to have a good deal to sny to each other. They seldom, if ever mentioned Albert, but it always seemed that tlie mother was much cheered after a visit from Helen. In her own desponding heart tho mother said: "He will never come back, be is too much like bia father," a favorite delusion with mother!, by the way. And so, on this sad Christmas day, tho two sorrowful woinon exchanged deep sympathies without exchanging a word on the subject nearest their hearts, and the mother felt that night as if volumes had been spoken on tho subject, when in fact it had not been mentioned. And thereafter Helen came oftener and oftener, and somehow after each visit the mother felt an assurance that all would be right, and felt It just the same whether Albert's name was mentioned or not.  Now, after the first shock was Helen Blako never felt a doubt in her boeom that she would in good time receive some word from Albert Merritt, and she would have risked much on her conviction that the would bear before either of his parents, though she could not have told you why, and prohubly would not if sho could, for the beat (urm in Jackson township. Yet she knew it ill tlio same, and visited the Merritts often. Hid at euch visit it somehow fell out that I lomotliing rather singular bappeued. I Oil cue occasion sho grew quite hilarious in j reminiscences of a certain school exhibition, : tnd told how tho teacher had photographs of { tho whole class taken, a set for all, and bow childish tho pictures looked now, and how tverylxxly had changed, though It was but lix years ago, aud then she brought out the photographs—cheap, tawdry things they 'were, but among them was one of a tall, fair boy, with ull the glow of class leadership in liis eye, and light hair curling around a bold forehead, mid under it, in round boyish script, was the autograph, "Albert Merrjtt,"  But tho mother noticed th&t Helen "had forgotten her pictures," and so they lay on tho looking gluss stand for many a day, where tho father often saw the presentiment of his boy, but he never touched it, and they lay there till Helen came again.  This time she brought a "story paper" for Mrs. Merritt, saying that tlie main story in it had interested her very much; and after sho was gone William Merritt picked it up and pished and pshawed and ridiculed the pictures, but ho read the story. It was a coinmonplaco novelette of a son, who had fled from a harsh father and enlisted in the Federal army, and who was sick almost unto death in a southern hospital, and how in delirium be babbled of borne, and how a Sister of Charity wrote to the father, who cama and patiently nursed his boy back to life and love and forgiveness. A commonplace story —tine of ten thousand war stories of the time .—but tlio futher's hand trembled as he read, and bo rushed to the lleld and drove his work with unusual energy and shouted louder than ever at his team, aud at night was stern and silent and solemn to a degree that surprised even his long suffering wife.  The other children would occasionally venture a reference to Albert, and now when Helen came tbe father would blame tbe runaway; but she only listened quietly and ask-cd if they bail ever haurd of him, and turned the talk to their school days. And so two years passed away and the third Christmas cnine. In celebration of the day the Merritts were to l>e the guests of tbe Blake«, and when they gathered in the big room of the great farm house it happened that aU tbe young ikm)pie preseut were of that last day class at the head of which Albert Merritt bad stood. Of course Helen Blake never thought of alluding to such a fact—"it just happened bo," her parents thought—but there were plenty in a class of eight young people who could talk as font as they could think, and usually did it, too. And so the conversation rattled on aliout that glorious day, and th* father, wttSBo heart was literally pounding •gainst his ribs, and whose internal strug-gles were such that. Up could pot tell wbaUter  jvmtmo to nt omnnv  Now Balen was qglte Mtisfled In her own mind thát ths little surprise had done its work, bat thatersning her brother brought homethe w«*Uijr msil, a»d ln It, after all her «wary waiting, a VtUa, surprise for hpr. It was a copy oí TU* TtkWWah (Kaa) Bugle, andgreatwastba wonder IntiiefamUy alto th* why and wherefore ot ite. coming; but Heta knew. There wasat a mark of any kind on tbe printed sbaptf «o she set herself resolutely to read every line. Never bad far western publisher In th* most heated campaign a moré devoted reader, and at last, In a leaded arttcle in the page headed "Local Intelligence," she found a list of members of a new flrs oompany, and among the name* «ras "Albert Merritt." A writer in ths "County Correspondence" of the next tame of The County Democrat told of "our fair ladies who charmed the audience wIt£ !£e£r'mÜ8Íe' T ~at a certain CGrlstmas eve church festival, and, by request conveyed in a note inclosing the stamps, tbe publisher dl-rected a copy to "A. Merritt, Esq., Tekee-wah, Kan." And this sort of thing went on for eight months more, and tbe golden autumn set in and the country was most mightily stirred over tbe presidential election, and the Blakes and the Merritts began to look forward with strangely mingled feelings 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, burly shoulders bad begun to stoop. His hard eyes bad lost somewhat of their steadiness, and occasionally there were lines denoting mental pain visible In his austere countenance. 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 blm on the way to town, be had caught himself audibly wishing that Albert, who must be a full grown, strong man by this time, were there to help subjugate the animal.  "can't we get albert back!"  And so when Helen next paid the Merritt homestead a visit she fouud the fortress of the old man's heart ready to yield. She hud tho day before received a copy of The Tokeewuh Bugle, in which she fouud the following paragraph half way down a crudely written account of a Are in that enterprising town:  "We should utterly fail in our duty to our readers if we omitted to take more than passing note of the heroic conduct of one of our young townsmen, a prominent and efllcient member of Avalanche Eugiue company No. 1. Of course we refer to Mr. Albert Merritt, 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 bis own life, Mr. Merritt rushed into the smoke and Homes, dashed up the stairs almost at a bound, and, groping about in tbe stifling heat, found tbe infant, fought his way through the flre to the wiudow, for by this time the stairway was burning, and jumped to the ground with bis precious burden safe on his arms. He was greeted with such a cheer as only Tekeewah throats can give. We regret to be obliged to add that Mr. Merritt suffered a painful, though not necessarily dangerous, injury in the breaking of an arm, which wus struck by a falling timber. He was also rather severely burned. It is hoped, however, that he will soon be him» ". again."  This paper Helen brought with her but carefully bidden. She bad determined, It need be, to show it to tbe stern father, but she proposed to hold it for the last ivsort. But her manner (for, though ordinarily culm, she was now much excited) betrayed her, and as soon as William Merritt looked into ber face he knew that she knew something of Albert; and her unwonted agitation, us he gaxed fixedly at her, convinced biin that something was amlas with his sou. Mrs. Merritt was about to speak when her husband interrupted her in strained, quivering tones:  'Helen Blake," he said, "is Albert dead) Tell mo the truth 1"  There was 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 faoe she walked to the window to compose herself, while the father and mother waited in suspense. After a little she turned agaiu to tbem, and, with a reassuring look toward Mrs. Blake, who sat with clasped bonds and parted lips, she took the paper from her pocket.  "I would like toreiul to you an article from The Tekeewah (Kansas) Bugle," she said, in as steady a voice as she could command. And then she read the account of the lire, from headlines to dash, without a break, and without looking up. When she had done she raised ber eyea. Mrs. Blake was crying quietly and the old man was quite broken down.  "Helen," be said, reaching out both hands to the girl, "it's no use. I cau't be a hardened old fool uo longer. Can't wo get Albert back here wild us > Hadn't I better go out to  Kansas and get him I Poor boy, may be he's hurt worse than it says" And fTien the old man let the tears flow unconcealed.  That night a letter was mailed to Tekeewah, Kan. It was written by Helen, though unsigned, and here is a copy: Mr. Albert Merrttt:  Tbe account of tbe recent fire In Tekeewah and the bravery displayed by yourself on that occasion has worked a great change of opinion in certain quarters, a change which would have coma soon, bowever, In the natural course of things. Your father Is very much brokeD and anxious to see you. A Fricnd.  When Albert Merritt received this letter be was convalescent, lying on the bed of tbe best room In the Tekeewah tavern, while Sam McCorkle was standing in the center of tbe floor telling some admiring friends for tbe thousandth time huw "my pard here saved  that gal baby." "I tell you," he said. "II takes the boy* from old ludlanny todo thing». Now, 1 mind ins one time before 1 came west of bow little Jiinmy Jones fell into the river, V I jumped right iu without stopping to  peel a bit"- And theu he reeled utf a  wholly imaginary yaru of Ills own bravery, while Albert smiled and tbe rest llsteued o|»'n mquthad. When Albert bad read his letter kagid, quietly t  3SJ umber 13  "Bam, I'm going home (or Christmas. I shall start as soon as I can do It safely."  Sam was astounded, but he did not remonstrate, and Anally concluded to go, too, "just to take care ot Al, rt  be explained to tlia boys. But secretly he was glad of the excuse,  Tbe next issue of The Tekeewah Bugle contained this paragraph:  "Our well known townsman, Mr. Albert Merritt, is about to visit his old home in Indiana, where be will probably spend the holidays. He is very nearly well of the Injuries sustained at the recent lire. Ho will be accompanied by his fast friend, Mr. Sam McCorkle, the well known lightning rod agent."  The stage was duo to pass William Merritt'* house at 4:30 o'clock on Christmas eye, but the roads were bail and it was quite dark when, with n sweeping curve, it swerved to the side of the pike-and stopped in front of the house, iu theopen frontdoorway of which, In strong silhouette against the flood of light within, stood tbe burly form of William Merritt, his bandA outstretched with trembling hopefulness.  ""Come along, Ssm," said one of tho young men who dismounted from tbe back seat of the high stage, "I need you yet." <  There was a cry, In which recognition, weV-.come and forgiveness were all blended* from the figure In the doorway, and ah answer Cram' the taller of the travelers,- who still carried one arm in a sling. And a moment later WUUam: Merritt led this one intohls house; , "Mother," he said, "our.tioy has come back,".:,- - '' :■  ~ "In the'ecstatic joy of meeting hlif niother, Albert hail forgotten Sam McCorkle, and when be looked for him that Individual hod disappeared. As he afterward explained, ha "didn't fuel like ho was any use when folks was all a-cryin' und a-weepin' and fallin' on each other's necks, so he just sloped." But Albert did not look for Sam very long. He hod much to tell of his new life in the west, where he had been fal rly successful, and bis father ,..d mother and brothers and sisters had quite as much to tell him.  THERE WAS A CRT. .  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 this dinner table partook of have nover been excelled. All the Blakes were there, and so were all the members of thnt class of eight, whose photographs wore tho first weapon Helen bad employed in storming William Merritt's flinty old heart. •  And Sam McCorkle, toa, the drunken shoemaker's son, full of far western daah and historian of the time "Al rescued the baby." He was "Mr. McCorkle," an honored guest, and no one received greater respect thou ha. But he did not rise to the height of his glory till evening, for at the dinner table Albert would not suffer his own praises to be súng In too high a key. But when Albert, seeming 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 bis hero's deeds to bis heart's content and everybody else's delight, though he did not let slip t l 'e opportunities to tell of some things he had himself accomplished in the west.  Tho close of this veracious history may be clipped from The Tekeowah Bugle of March 15, 1809:  "Mr. Samuel McCorkle, tho 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, Sir. Alliert Merritt, has concluded to remain east, where he will settle down upon his father's extensive farms. A little bird bus whispered that the blind god had something to do with Mr. Merritt's decision to forego a share in the golden future sure to come to Tekeewah. Those who are curious in this matter are directed to the notice m the marriage column on another page headed 'Merrltt-Blake. 1 " HENRY Dawsok.  A TIMELY GREETING.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!  CHRISTMAS CAROLS.  IN 0 loudly, O my soul, A pceiin to the Lord! Bis goodness, grace and love extol. And for hi* mercies poured Upon thee as the season* roll, Qive tlianks in glad accord.  For on tills bappy day  A Btur from heaven was torn. To bill/on out tbe humble way To where our Ix>rd was born. Anil chanRe earth's twilight, cold and gray. To spiritual morn.  Itejolee, my soul, and know That Christ is born anew, His grace new mercies daily show,  His works our work imbue; Anil to the world Ids wonls outgo Iu emlless love and true.  "Merry Christmas!"—ring It out  All ye happy festal bells. Through tho sweet magnolia groves. Fro/en moors, or snow heaped fells. Carols rise, aud yule fires glow, Bpruys of silver infstletoo Shine from out the dark green pine. Yule tl«le, jimi*> and joy be thinel  "Blewed Christinas 1"—ring It out.  AU ye tuneful festal bells. Unto cheerless hearts, whereto  Neither hoj» nor gladness dwells Heavens smile, and stars shine out AU our yule dtvked home« aliout; Angela stand within tho door — Christinas tide is come oucti inorot   

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