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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIOGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1908. I FLOWERS I HOLLY and MISTLETOE Clove scented for your and PAMPAS PLUMES I Cayior's 4 jflousts Cor. Bartlett Street and London Road 4- 4 4: 4; J Telephone 276 4- 4- 4 4- 4: 4 4> 4 4 P.O. Box 1353 All onlcrs at tor be pronijjtly to. 4 4. i Set. N, Hitcti le Hoy Coons Hatch toons FARM LANDS And all Classes of i; nr AT Tr i KtAL L01H1L 4 4: 4- 4 4 4 4: 4 4 4 4: 4 Rentals Loans Insurance Property Cared For For Non-Residents 4: 4: OLIVER BLOCK y 4- 4: i His A nswer MRS. HERMAN KOT2SCHMAR, Author of "A Polish elc. The Sloi-y of a Song." B f llic Ladies' Home Journal "THE Mi'sir oy rut TUSKS.' yiOTHEK, Mother! How can 1 bear it. never to see. never again to rrud j Y I tlie ivmsie he has written? blind, blind With a cry t-'C oii'i fell upon her knees, and buried her face in her mother's lap. "My buoy; My iiaie were i'uc unly ;hi- but in her heart, with old. she cried in anguish: "Would God I could die for Little by little the child -she was scarcely seventeen- calmer Exhausted by the vehe- mence of her cries liecanve fainter, until she lay motionless, save for an occasional tremulous, qnick-caichin" breath. The daylight faded into early twilight, and mother and daugh- ter did not In those crucial moments they were facing the new problem of their lives, and drawing from an un- seen power strength to n lev i and masiti .1 SCCiii- ingly overwhelming sor- row. For many weeks this dark cloud, had over- shadowed them, but to- day all they hud feared had come upon them. Do you remem- ber." came in low tones. "it was this very week you were to see the mas- anil ask if he would take me for his A pressure of the hand was the reply. "Xow that can never be." Then, as a tear dropped from her mother's cheek upon her hand, the .yirl started, crying almost joyously, "Hut 1 have sevii him- -nothing can ever lake that from Think what thai will always mean, even if I have not spoken to him. Why. 1 can see him now" and excitedly the girl stood up "see him just as he looked the day he directed the last concert. That splendid head, those deep-set eyes. one instant filled with fury, the 710x1 with tenderness. Can you not hear that immortal symphony which he has never heard with outward ears? "Ah! little did I think tha: day how soon Fate would knock at my door, ami snatch all my plans, ambitions fondest hopes and the gold-crowned head drooped sadly. "No, no. 1 am not crying, my tears have ail been shed; I feel through this affliction I can better comprehend what he has borne these many years understand beyond others what deafness means to a musician. Oh. dearest comforter." the girl threw her amis about her mother, drawing her closer, "now I can tell you all. tell you what his mu-ric meant to me since 1 have known what music meant; how it dra-.vs There is no shame, my mother, in my telling this to you. can be iust like others girls, and you must be to me husband, children, mother Wh.t.'n Cirief. the terrible one. enters the door the strongest arc shaken. the bravest all shrink from the unwelcome guest. Days and weeks go by, and still he stays, and slowly the lesson is learned, that the intruder can never be driven away, and only by the readjustment of one's life can power be gained to bear his presence. The blow which had fallen upon her child struck to the mother's heart. and pierced it as with a thousand arrows. Only by mothers can this mother's grief be measured. Every phase of passionate rebellion was hers, fought and conquered only in the midnight loneliness of her sl-x-pless hours. Over and over the woman lived the years of her child's life, murmuring: "She was sent to save me from despair the time her father died, and through poverty and struggle she was my one joy." Then a faint smile would come and she would whisper: Ii was the summer she was seven that she could play from memory the Bagatelles.' Each year how tall and fair she grew, always loving, but her one desire to which she gave everything time, thought, her very self was to be worthy to interpret the master's music." Then bitterly this poor human heart would cry "Xow all is ended. Why could it not have been my faded, useless eyes that closed, and not hers, with al! life's promises before As the weeks went by the exaltation of sorrow, as it might be called, faded, and left the blind girl list- less, wearv. struggling when with her mother for a cheer- fulness which (iid not Loi one instant deceive the eyes of Love. They know run love who say that Love is blind" nay. nothing makes the eyes so keen as love. By its power virtues shine with a resplendent light. and faults, while seen, are hidden from unfriendly cri- ticism, till love so changes them that "hey become the very gold of character. With sinking heart .day by day. the woman marked the increased pallor of the girl's face; the feebleness with which she trruped her way. The one hour of the day in which she seemed her former self was at dusk, when, seated at her loved instrument all her despair- ing ior.gings were voiced in exquisite harmonies. "She cannot live and bear this long." the mother would whisper, as she list- ened outside the door. It was one glorious evening, when the unusu- ally lor.g which fol- lowed this most beautiful of adagios told of the struggle being waged within. Suddenly the woman stood erect, the tears not dried nr.'r. her Jueek, but a new light in her eyes, and a firm resolve irradiating her face Yes, that will help, and that only, to- morrow 1 will go to him." It was nearly the close of the following lor.g sum- mer day, when, in answer to a low knock, an elderly wo- man opened the door of one of the seemingly endless apartments which lined each side ot the narrow, dark street. "The master is out. but vou can wait: he will s> come." said the Kiow weaker, the spring uf action, of ik-.iitv. broken, and 1 know utiU-ss sonic stimulus is jjiwn. she will slip forever from my arms. Yovi and you only, can niakf her feel theiv is something still fur lior in tio (or music, Kaeh al twilight sliv Iwnrs and plays what you liavo written. "Would it be asking loo nival a if on ono of your nightly'wamU-riujjs you should a liulc li'juse. three doors from when- your nephew Carl 1ms lived, ami li'-ar your familiar music, you would slop am! enter, sjn-ak and v.ive to my blind, Krief-hUieken child. out of your deep experience, cum-nne to bear lier "She kuyws nothing ui my visit to your nium.nor of written liy ln-r molher." Again and again by the fast-failing the master read this mother's cry for help, anil the written words seemed to bring before him every harsh, untoward circumstance of his own life He saw himself a little boy, "dragged from his bed after midnight by a drunken father, and forced to practice for hours. "I can forgive and forget the man muttered, "but this is harder to forgive, and forget fulness is denied and he lifted a clumsy ear-trumpet hy.ng by hiom. r.eui a .table. of which lay a slate rxrlaiir.ed inaudibly. will write it all and he oth if hi- reads it bv himself. p ask." I can see them twining their arms about each other, their pale moonbeam tresses waving as they tloat hither and thither, now singly, now in groups." Then a darker mood .seized the man. and the keys under his fingers rang out in bitter protest, in fiery rebellion. trembling, the girl crouched by his side, but he was oblivious to little room, the blind t'he genius, the Titan was there. battling with Destiny. Then ihe waves of sound surged about him, as the roar :hc rr.ightv o-.-i-an. proclaiming in triumph, "All thy storms have gone over nit1, but have quenched me. i rise above time and circumstance, for I am deathless- As. paV and exhausted with emotion, he rose to go, the girl cried tremu- lously What have you not done for me -what have you not given mer" And gentiv the master said: "I have given you love, courage, taith. tor f have given you the 'Moonlight Sonata.' Cheerfulness is like music to the soul: it excites to the duty.it oils thc'vvhccls "f aillii mako dutic light, and religion ride swiftlyon the wings of deligh CHRISTMAS PRESENT THAN A PAIR OF German's Fine Shoes F. GERMAN THE SHOEMAN Expert Shoe Repairing LETBBR1DGE, ALTA. IE YOU WELCOME, CHRISTMAS? should he. for you touch our hearts in surli a way that our purses open willingly. Amoujjj1 the myriads in the world who are trying- to make this a Joyful Season, the J. Brown Co. are duinir their share. Look ut the following a- a few samjiles selected from our Fancy Belts Men's a choice of in many shades Directoire Ruffles Directoire Ties Hemstitched Handkerchiefs in new designs Children's Bearskin Coats, Muffs and Boas Children's Knitted Jackets Children's Knitted Hoods Children's Knitted Mitts re stoc-K Men's a choice shades and patterns Men's Mufflers Men's Woo! 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