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Reno Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1890, Reno, Nevada 1' Thin fingers fluttered uneasily about a frayed button on an equally frayed und worn overcoat, and a woman's a n x lous eyes looked into the hus- band's face. is it, his tone was gontte, with an under- current of sadness and despondency in It. "Christmas comes to-morrow, Lionel." She did not look in his face now, but "closely scrutinized tbe frayed button as if it were the absorbing object of hor thoir.fhts "I know it, Mary.1' you let me have a lit- tle monoy, Lionel'.1 For the children, know, -we have never lot the (l.'.y past vi itliout mimetltinij for them." we- must not ho said; -they will vor bn young Imtonco, poor tiiinfrs." Hi- took out a worn wallet from lilt pocket. have looked over all tho old things in of bits to make over into gar- iiicnl-i or fancy tilings for thorn.1' she continued apologetically, "but every thing Is worn so, Lionel. I try to be frugal and saving. Her eyes were lill I'd with tears no is-. "And jou Marv. Where would wo liavo bi'im hail it not boon your careful management? Will t.i-o dol- lars ho enough? It is all 1 liav this morning. Heaven knows J wish I could make it twenty or a hun- drod there is no limit to tho deserts of llio good wife you've heen to me, Mary. Don't cry, dear, it takes all my courage and strength to soo you unhappy." Tho faded face was pn.s-.fd against tlio frayed button now in a vain at- tempt to liido the hot tours which would como, and his worn much too thin for tho .soa-jon, smoothed tho thin hair tenderly. "Then I n.ust not she answered, looking up with a forced smilo. "Yes, it will bo enough more than I had ex- poctc-d, but I fool so wicked to ask you for money when I know you have so little to spare me." Vos, dobt was tho skeleton which danced, not only In tho closet but all over the house, in this humble homo, and Alary wont back to her work, hor face ilrawn up thoughtfully as she calculated just how many ponnics could bo spared for this or that, and balanced the differ- ences between tho strictly useful and the more childlike but loss material gifts. Two dollars after all was such a llttlo drop in tho bucket of necessities, to say nothing of tho ornamental or tho beautiful. It was not a dobt of caroless- IIPS.S or of extravagance, she could scarce- ly have borne tho solf-roproach and the bhaino of it if it had been, but was tho natural result of long years of sickness and reverse. Lionel Webb in his young- er days had just escaped with his life from -an attack of spinal meningitis which had resulted in a partial disabil- ity for life. JIo was very ambitious, and though obliged to accept work which had as llttlo of manual labor in it as possible, still ho did it often when stronger tnon would havo boon in bed with a physician in attendance, did it in such bodily torture that ho hardly re- alized what ho was doing. Mary had her share of sickness, too; tho anxiety and caro attendant on Lionel's disability was enough to break a woman of iron, which she was not, and in addition to it all, three darling chil- dren bad sickened and died. Lionel had secured a new situation ol late he was growing bettor with years nnil could now take up a dilfcront class of work, and his present employer was n man of largo wealth, employing many clorks in his great business. All this day Lionel worked in a maze of perplexity and regret. Mary's face, tho tears on it, was ever before him. To-night was Christmas eve, and all day long a procession of richly dressed mothers and fathers thronged tho store buying, buying, from full pursos, wbilo Mary, his true, faithful wife, whose seventeen years of married life had been ono long struggle with toil and caro, had only a pitiful two dollars with which to do her Christmas shopping, and it grieved him to tho very heart's core The rush was over now, and in a half hour more tho great establishment would be closed, whoa an errand boy touched his arm. "Mr. Dale would liko to soO you in tho private 'office, he said respectfully, Lionel's heart sank in his bosom like load. Could it bo that in addition to his other misfortunes ho was going to lose bis situation? This ongagemonthad boon provislonary, and his employer had made no sign as to whether his service was acceptable. Ho crawled rather than walked to the office in his nervous dread, for tho past had boon so persistently unkind to him that ho was coailng to dread tho future. "Sit down. Sit down, said Mr. Dale, cheerfully. Lionel took a scat near the prosper- ous business man, who noticed, as he did so, tho look of caro and dejection on his employe's thin face. "It has been my custom, sir, for some to make my employes a little on Christmas he proceed- s he took a bill from his er and laid it in Lionel's hand. "I you finu a use for it; or if "But, he stammered, "I havo been with you so short a time, 1 have not merited such consideration." all right, sir. You'll have ample opportunity to make ii up in your future years of service, for do not in- tend to part with so faithful an assist- ant." There was more in the manner than in the kind deed itself, and Lionel's heart bounded up with gratitude. Ho thought of Mary and of the many, many uses the money could be put to, %varm blankets, the winter cloak Mary had needed for years, his face [ell. There was a dunning letter in his pocket at that moment which ho had concealed from tne holder of a note against him for dollars and peremptorily demanding payment What Our Merchants Have Been Doing the Past Year. A Review of the Business; Past Present and Fv> ..u years prhvto ono dollar of tho gift for jiiH-sonal needs. Mr. Dale was a shrowil reader cf faces, and Lionel's thin, anxious face had appealed to his sympatlii. s strongly since IIP hud entered tho otliiv. and h- notcd the cshnngo of expression. "What is it, he -siiid. kindly. "You look depressed and troubled." As Lionel heard tho kind voice and looked into tlio kind face an impulse to him to tell this man his uvtbles. It was so hard to boar it alone nii-1 to wear a smiling face ovora h'-irt so lllled with anxious i-aro, and hardly knowing what ho said, ho poured out his story of the of Mary and ot her pitiful .hoppin-r ti-iUiy. '-It hurts mo so, Mr. lie said, in conclusion, "that I not use oven a dollar of your goner-. ous gh't for her." How much now would cover this on- asked Mr. Dale, o was drumming thoughfiilly on his lesk and looking keenly at Lionel, not n blame or in doubt of tho truth of his itory, but in making an effort to put linibplf in another's place. hundred dollars would pay every dollar." Mr. Dale the light of his nillions the sum seemed a very trifle; ot hero was a man whoso strength and inppincss wero being wasted for the tick of it. "What would you say, then, f I should loan you this money and let you work it out gradually as you can afford sir! I should work on wings, it ivould make my heart so light." 'Then put on your returned Mr. Dale, smiling, "for we'll have the natter arranged at .in early date. And now go home and spend this money for Mary and tho children with a clear con- tcioneo." Mary was filling tho stockings when Lionel came homo and, poor soul, she had evidently been shedding tears over the task. A pretty ruche and ribbon for Jennie, and a pair of stockings and winter loves for Amy, tho merest' necessities amid the ocean of lovely, tempting things she had soon that day; a pair of warm gloves for Lionel which he would not buy for himself lay in her bureau drawer, and thoro had been just enough .oft to buy a small chicken for the Christmas dinner, for a turkey was not to bo thought of this year. Sho had not heard him when he opened the outer door softly, and he can not, no doubt the if an angel had come him >n tbe shoulder he would not hare surprised, for it was bill.------ trading thare. He makes a specialty of watch repairing, and being a ekllllul workman guarantees perfect satisfaction, Karoos deserves auccesn and tbe GAZETTE cheerfully "commends him. He Is also tbe city agent for tbe GAZrmc, and pa- trons leaving I heir order with him will be served with certainly, celerity and dls- The pride 'in' calling attention to the enterprising business men of Reno. There has been but two or three failures, and the Reno merchant stands as well in commer- cial circles as is any town on the coast. They have all done a very prosperous business during the past year, and are in a good shape for a busy season. Reno is fast becoming a distributing center for all the country round about, and her merchants are fully alive to the importance of keeping ahead of the times. THE PALACE DRY GOODS HOUSE. JOHN Among the snccenful and enterprising business men of Nevada none stand bigher than John Sunderland, who, from A small beginning twenty years ago, hat built up In bin lines tbe most flourishing Business In the State. For many years he confined his business to and shoes and fine hats until about three years ago, When he added to these, in a separate store adjoining, a stock of clothing and gents' furnishing goods. This soon grew beyond the limits of the premls s tben occupied, and be was compelled to en- large the store, and the clothing depart- ment is now a handsome structure 100 feet In length and fitted in a style credita- ble to any large city. Handsome show- windows adorn the front of each store, which are once a week refilled wltb a fine display of tbe choicest goods of latest styles and designs, and which have be- come an attractive feature of our mtin boulevard, and always a display woitb seeing. And while each window holds a large stock at each time of some one line, Ills only a llt'le Indication of what is In- side. His stock in every line is large, and when aH taken together is immense. There Is clothing sod hats and footwear by any similar establishment In tbe State. The counters shelving are well carved In neat design and finished In white with' blue and gold trimmings, as is also the large show window. Tbe brick front is faced In carved wood also, on which appear the signs la arabesque let- ters, making a showy place that attracts Instant attention. His stock of cigars and tobacco and general very com- plete, and lovers of the weed all testify to the excellence of his This substantial and enterprising house sufficient'to supply an army, while the it. IrwntArt in vtAnn ovtrli-nttv nmnA I ATttdlent mialltv of all In ever? line he "HOW SIUCH WOULD COVEB 1HE JCNTIRB stood watching hor through tbe glass door which led from tho hallway to the little parlor. She had finished now, and with the stockings on her lap, leaned hor head dejectedly upon her hand. It was so hard to give pennies whore her warm heart would so gladly lavish pounds. "Oh, Lionel, how you startled as he opened the door and went in. "Why lia.r, J. J. Grant, achieved a reputation thnt extends far and wHe. and has become. In fact, a noted land mark. Tbe hotel is conducted on the European plnn, and all of its accommodations are of superior character. The bar and club rooms are special and noted features, and are prob- ably more widely known than any simi- lar attractions on this coast. Polite atten- tion and courteous treatment await all patrons of this hotel. S. J, HODGKINSON. At tbe pharmacy ef Mr. Hodghlnson one can find an atiroctlve display of holiday goods In bis special line. He displays rare taste In hln selection of cha'te designs and novelties in btjoulorl, and ono can always find there something fora present that will be appreciated as a keepnake by sweethearts and wires as well. Mr. Hodg- klnson Is a skillful apothecary, and as he is attentive to the demands of bis trade, has succeeded in establishing blH busi- ness on a firm basis, and Is regarded as one of our reliable and substantial busi- ness men. ARCADE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT. This well known bouse, under the new proprietor, W. T. Craig, maintains Its well earned reputation and continues to grow in popularity. It Is conducted on tho American and European plans combined and is thus enabled to cater to tbe wants of both regular and transient guests in a manner satisfactory to all. Tbe rental) rant is fitted with private dining rooms is hardly neoess-ary to add that Mr. Thurs- on 1 quires constant aMentlon, and to do this tbe proprietor gives It bis personal attention. He Is consequently MreGhigiway, This book contains 480 pages; 5s eight and one-half inches Jong, six inches wide and two inches thick. It is printed on extra heavy pa- per and is handsomely bound, with embossed cover and pslt-leltered back. It is different ironi all oth- er works ever published. First II teaches those have it how to toll what tho matter is when a person gets sick. All similar books tell what to do if you know what the disease is. This book tells you HOW TO DETECT THE DISEASE, and then what to do for it. Xo other Itook PubllMhcd tli IN. a person is really attacked by a dan- gerous disease, it enables you to know tbe fact, and in such cases iis advice is: "Send for a competent phy- sician at once." But in all ordinary cases, such as can be easily cured, it gives lull directions for treatment. is not confined to the practice used by any one class of physicians; but it gives, separately, and for each disease, the methods used by each of the different schools of medicine, and in ALL CASES tho PKE- SCaiPTIONS ABE MADE by the MOST EMINENT MEN in their respective modes of practice This- makes the work specially suited to the needs of every family, no matter what med- ical school they prefer. No otlu-r Book tlllH TESTIMONIALS: I luivo cxiiininc-1 mlvunen RlieolHOf "Our fHiul'y Physician" It KlViHino plciihurc commend the work us correct in mode of Ireiilinoiii of and It do- norvcH wide circulation. J. F. COOK, M. 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