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About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 13, 1909)
JUST SUIT HER.
It. I'KTKRS bruiig
you Komo mail. Miss
I 'a 111." announced
Aunt Sally. coming
Into the cozy sitting
room with four damp
them over knowing
ly, felt of their soft
contents and mulled
of handkerchiefs has
1)1 'fill! " wliu .1.
' ' oiiv JW
served lii a dry but humorous voice
"'I Ins Is from Lottie Preston. This "
fingering n thinner envelope ginger
ly. "Is lirohahly n pin cushion cover
from Ccrnhllne. and this very fat
envelope contains a linen initinl
handkerchief from Molly i)row
"ijiBt year. Aunt Sally. I received
liandkerchlrfs and threo em
I'loldcnd cushion tops that bore
iinn.i.Mtakahle marks of Iircv,ollll
lirls mas travels. I received three
Invi alums lo spend Christmas with
relatives-Sallna and Pauline, of
rour.se j , ,.r(.KforiK(l1 f)f
whom had gaps to bo filled i. and
I 111 rd them as usual. J Bp,.nt ,;!,
for ( stinns Kf8 int dj(l,.t
Joy Clvli.fi because I knew thev
Mere expected, and made three (rins
to the city for the express purp, 2
of bj. l.lnK everybody 8 nea y Z
lK.H l.lo nnd In consequence I Krew
ho tired hat I was cross to you
wo hole days before I left on my
1 lirlstmns tour. y
"Tills year I shall not. make a
. which means just us
two. Aunt Sally. for I it o
'nyself ha,1(lsomo (1 0
rra ;?r ' n, !;r
heir . r ,1"iV,8 whH dl"'P all
their leftovers on me. I Slni nflt
IlfVm.l a ,.:... . .. ' not
.B;j ."." ,"."v":,,l('- either.
. 7, 1 "fistmnH spirit "
Aunt Sa ly's honest black fa,P
ok on a look of perplexity, where"
Upon Miss PnmMn w"ei?-
Plln the Bltuatio, 1 " 10
"I nm tired of belli n ri,ri .
Kcnnri'n.it .i . . " ( "rls'maa
S ' dw,,""-l with spirit
fc.TytlnnR unpleasant s jon ,
on my shoulders because I hnpl .
to be umiiarried." ""PPtn
"I lo wish to goodness nake vnn
Imda-marrled!" excla lined Aunt
" a tone that Rave Pameh
to understand that nil 1 "tla
been relln(1ulshed ,10"0
ou never was rut
old niaid." Aunt 'sa y ZtoZnS
sorrowfully, whereupon lWl, 1 ' , .
well-M-t shoulders 1 hlf , Bllnipsod ll(,r
e clearly' Z d , ' ' "S
and friend, who had desre. 1 . , ' .8m'a,lt
ltn the little vJntn ZlO.?,?i0tbn
tnost undesirable otVtrT h lhe
Paternal will o L e , ally dIWd 'U'd the
three dauKhler3." y dU,dl?d Hmol, m
thenl;' - need of
. ...i.cny wii c 1 her sisters' In..
bands eacerlv desirf.i .1 "'""rs litis-
cover the taxes and repairs
"Now we shall Bee what Salinn has to nay
obHorvrd Pamela as she opened her
hurriedly scrawled letter
"Dear Pamela." she read aloud. "Please
lont take offense at what I have done for 1
b np y had to take advantaKe of your Irresl,
Blblll y at a pinch. The Kenslngtons-S re-JH-mbor
then,, don't yo. jlm' sts.er , d a i .
Hy?-have just come back from Texas of
inns mat is what we'd have to do if I
dldu t have you to fall back on. ', .,,,'
them . down ,0 you to spend the h X S
as we s niply can't have them here, for the
reason that we've invited the Masons. JJ
business friends, you know. It Is like y hat
Tom Mason will be here if ,10 can Jet away"
from n pressing business enKaKement. and as
he was rather attentive to Geraldine last sun.,
iner at the mountains something may come of
this (hrlstmas visit. You know how fastidi
ous Tom Is and how n crowd of noisy children
would annoy him. I know men of his klnd
they are as sensitive as plrls. and I don't pro
pofe to spoil my daughter's prospects for the
sake of the KensinRton's.
"Oeraldme is packing box of things for
the Kensingtons which we will send by ex
press to-day. so you needn't go lo any expense
buying Christmas presents for them I hope
you'll have n real pleasant Christmas and
come to see us as soon after the holidays iw
Pamela threw down the letter with a deter
mined posture and for a few moments she
thought deeply, painstakingly, with her smooth
forehead puckered in a very unusual frown.
"Aunt Sally," she said suddenly, "could you
possibly make out to spend Christmas week in
the pasture cabin?"
"For what. Miss Pam?" asked the negress
In a puzzled voice.
"For peace I'm going to spend Christmas
as I please. The. Kensingtons can como if they
like mid make merry In my house, but I am
not going to be a Christmas scapegoat any
Jonpir. Can you make the cabin' do. Aunt
"Deed nn' I enn," wns the confident answer
"I can cook the bestes kind In a fireplace, jes'
like my old mnrumy could. Ben can haul us
down all the bed close an' things we need."
Fortunately Sallna was ut home when Pam
ela's telephone call reached hrv
no delay. She was surprised to receive a rues-
aammii i.i.-.-rr-t-.r. I ZI . I 1 M. WVjrA WHyrlA III I J -c- 1 lT V I 1 I IM 1 1
B I Into the rozy sit (iiiK I &tXT7 ' J' -i JU ! ...SShAiM
KfAjl n.r.t.nas donations MMWlM1mmM 1 I ffl W
v;..j-a imiHiKcrchiets has I ",l II mm mm&PZC&mA HI If i'WMHN.Mi . I 'ATI
1 I II 1 ift 1 it .. 1 - w w. 1 1
V Mil fVm 5
Rage from her sister and still more surprised
"You have made other Chrlstmns plans!"
she repeated in blank amazement.
"Yes. Pm real sorry you will be put out Sa
una. came the brisk, businesslike answer
M.at did you say?-0. no. Salina. I couldn't
possibly do that, but my house will be here
open to your guests, so semi them right along
Just as you planned, only tell them that I have
made arrangements to bo nway over Christ-mas-Vhat?-Tliey
can't cook? Then I don't
wo but that you'd better send Coraldlne down
to entertain them, as she Is such nn excellent
manager and hostess."
Salina's nnswerin voice was exceedingly
sharp. "Oernldine can't possibly be spared"
she snapped. "1 wrote you that the Masons
are go ng to be with us, and we hope to have
Tom if he can possibly get off. and I really
Clunk something definite may come of his visit
for 1m almost certain he admires Geraldine.'
Jub give (he Kensingtons a sort of a camp
hrlstmas and they'll be perfectly satisfied "
.nn5e WC!y' Fam'U nsw"ed. cheerfully.
.end them down and let then, have a camp'
.raa- '. nUce that the house
s well stocked with provisions and will leave
he key under the doorstep-don't forget to
!:Vunrd.-s,,,,,,a' op ih,,ywo,i,t bnb,e
sJnT'? dr0PM t,,e rerr,VOr ,H Off
Sallna s parting protest, and hurried away
ea ul o being recalled. She went the rounds
of he village stores, ordering what she t.pd.
VloZlan ,he KmataM
It was a snowy morning and walking was
e y disagreeable and tiring. 8 by ihell
1 ninela reached her own gate she was glad to
climb up beside old Pen on the bob !p That
s. .; u f ?h 10.!aSt. COnmt o' honiES
Muff to the cabin in the pasture where unt
hally already held cheerful sway.
The next morning was clear and very cold
anicla. in her warm but humble cabin sitt g
loom, thought of the Kensingtons.
"Hen had better lay the fires up at the
hicnniwiu. Till1 l7H'u n ,-
( rT8 Jlhp h"d n -hock saved to pay
fSlly ! w ito lu V l,,r,ose H 1,1 ,h0
I llle lcttPr- to which she had pinned
wliu. Aunt Sally called to her from the front
Dey's come!" she announced. "Why dey's
most all growed up! 1 exne, .,,. f.,V . !
pnssei of chllluns."
"They're just big, Aunt Snllv. not grown "
iT'7hen,rtl-. Wa,, ,,lnK ,h tbflS !e
hack "T n n T 1R,un" from ,he -tntlim
nam. The oldest girl can t be over 13 for
she was born while Sallna was spending the
Bummer with . when Ceraldlne h.d i her third
wwMm l iiMJMmkb
birthday. I remember Sa
lina told us the whole Ken
slngtons' history when she
received her sister-in-law's
announcement of the
child's birth four girls and
"That last un walks ter
rlble puny," Aunt Sally ob
served with something akin
"That must be the moth
er. She has had a lot of
sickness. I understand. The
father died three years ago,
but according to Jim and
Sallna he wasn't of much
account anyway a profes
sor, or something bookish,
Pamela went back to her
writing, but. seemed unable
to finish it to her satisfac
tion. She could not put
her mind' to it; Instead, she
kent thinking of th
slngtons. of Sallna and Ger
aldine. and lastly of Tom
Mason, whose supposed
fancy for the former sur
prised and rather irritated
Pamela, who had always considered Tom
"I suppose his money has spoiled him."
she said to herself as her mind went back to
the days when Tom was her school friend.
before the Masons made their fortune in
Pennsylvania oil lands.
"C?rtainly Tom Mason of old would not
have thought of marrying nn affected, vain
gill like (icraldine. How Sri Una Ilk,
that girl! Whew, (here goes the Ink all over
my letter. Now I shall have to write an-
Hut she didn't even begin another letter
Instead she rose and flung on her coat and
hood preparatory to going out.
"I'm going up to the house. Aunt Sally"
she announced to her surprised servant "i'il
pretend I'm a neighbor who wants to see the
lady of the place."
Pamela rang her own doorbell rather tim
idly, and was admitted by a tall, rather pale
Rirl In a skimpy plaid dress.
The girl led her to the dining room, where
he other four were seated before an open
lire. In a deep-seated rocker, with a well
worn shawl jiiifin ,.,.. ,... .1 1.
- "'"I Miouu.ers, sat a
gaunt-looking woman of middle age. who In
troduced herself as Mrs. Kensington, a rela-tive-ln-law
of Miss Pamela.
"You are not very well, are you?" Pamela
asked, as she accepted n chair beside the fire
l "i a great deal better than I was last
year, was the cheerful answer
Miss Pamela left such a kind note of wel
come for us. She must be a very nice per-
"O. yes," said Pamela, with n flush of
shame as she remembered the Indifferent
wording of that reluctant note. "Well I must
go. Thank you for letting me warm up I
hope you'll have a real nice Christmas here"
She rushed out into the keen, wlntrv day
In n rage against herself and Sallna and Jim
who had combined in that shabby treatment of
the needy Kensingtons.
Outside of her gate she narrowly escaped
helng run over by a trig little cutter with two
occupants, one of whom she recognized with
a start of amazement as her old friend. Tom
He looked exceedingly well-to-do In his fur
great coat and his smooth, blond face had a
fresh, boyish charm that made him look
niucli younger than he really was. for Pamela
knew that he was exactly her own age 31
"May I stop?" he asked, as he threw back
he lap robes. "The south-bound train ran off
ho track Just below the station here and I
took that opportunity (0 give mvself the
pleasure of calling on you."
"I'm not living there just at present." said
l ame a. with a backward nod of her head
hut I II be glad to have you go down to my
eab n with me. And (). I do need sensible
advice Just this moment, and I'm awfully glad
to see you, Tom." .
Seated before 'Atint Sally's nicely laid table
In the lean-lo kitchen, Pamela poured out the
story of the Kensingtons.
"Bo tell mo what I can do to ease my con
.aim. ip mimmiu.wi m
science and give those people a real good
time." she begged.
"Why give them a rousing good Christmas
Iron I'll I, nl.i " m M .
"'!. ion. onerea cneerrully
"C.eraldlne is sending a Christmas box for
the Kensingtons, but I don't believe there'll be
enough in it to make the tree look real fes
tive," said Pamela, "so we'd better do what
we can at the village."
The tree trimming began that evening with
great gusto. Tom opened Geraldine's Christ
mas box expectantly and out tumbled a lot
of anthiuated toys, half a dozen summer hats,
sta.ned and crushed beyond repair, some
worn and none too clean waists and two drag-l
p., B11.v-neu sK.rts. m the bottom of the
box were two baskets of cheap candy and a
Cake fltlrt u fnnf . '
, . . D""iurn nnstmas cards.
i 1. r ,dLe una taKen on a
7 , 1 uwf UBt- e caught up the arm
ful of rumpled finery and flung it violently on
, " B v"u,a "l "ie Dig nreplace.
So much for Geraldine's generosity!" he
excla med n a vi . 3 UB
,.,.. "'"c wiai oum nave made
U-rald nes ears burn furiously, had she
n Jl!.0 C1 1 ,0 cheerful leave.
mas morning " J C'Ck n Chr,8t
ho.Pdm at ,he minted
,mi..i ' c"b". which he
At 1 1 Iha l
ui nit' Ki Del a an.
iV.. k '' "r"""erea Dy the littleness
ni l humbleness of the cabin, evidently, but
Tom Ronn nut- fh. Jt vul
wer7fl; ""'"!r Wtt3 0Ver tu M
, iv uuus.even to the pa e. weak
ooking mother, who glowed with the reflected
harm npss. i,r h e leuetiea
4n.l rt ri.t-.
ni.n. " uee 8urPse: it was
" io ne quiet y borne by chil
dren who had known so very little of Chris
". lav shness. Laden with gifts, they de
Parted all a-qulver with gratitude. '
It has been a great success!" Tom de-
away on the icy night air. "One phase of it
a regrettable, though, and that . The " disat
lfactlon It has left In my mind"
ly suSsed0 0U meRn?" Pame,a a8ked' k.
"It has made me feel dissatisfied with my
Jrett'v Jlifl ?Ce- ,H ,B ,one,y at "J
pretty selfish way of living "
"Ho unmarried men are selfish and Irre-
i 1 , r i in rainer g ad to
hear that because I have so often been ce
sured for selfishness and obstinacy and-"
"Ho y,i ever think seriously of getting
married. Pam?" Tom broke in 8
haven't for years." was the frank an-
"I have thought of it a good deal lately
cry lately," he declared, significantly. "If you
could make up your mind to marry me. PS
ola. we could have many a Christmas like this
for we certa nlv " e UU8'
"Marry yon!" Pamela echoed, turning her
cr nison ni f.ifo ,.... ... . 1 ls upr
" " i"""'u me speaKer. "Whv l
never once thought of-not for years that 1.
she nltrmniul i. ' "ls' lnat 1B-
"ofn io say truthfully.
"Hut once you did think of n.n." Tom cried
................... , .uueu you j.eftr p
but now I want you a great deal more At
a man knows his mind perfectly, especially 1
!is,r:,r.rswvh,t he haa k -
Then for the first time the remembrance
of Ceraldlno's expectations surged Through
Pamela's mind. She spoke of It In a confused
embarrassed way. whereupon Tom Sed
and said he guessed the Clyde, would surv 2
the disappointment, especially as he had never
given them any grounds for such expectations
"Come. Pam. give me my answer" he
urged, "an.l don't f 0"8wpr. 10
called for-n Joyous one to me."
, AUnt. fu'r Il8,0,,in "gerly behind the
hnlf-snut kitchen door, saw rather than heM
what followed. She smiled a big ZZ7y
gratified smile as she turned back o he ra
grant old pipe. "
"Thnnk the good Lord, she's settled nt
last! she exclaimed, gratefully.
Then, after a long, delicious pull at her
faithful "Pipe., she.. added.. triumphantly "An'
she's done better'n any of 'em. too. If lhe Is
a Christmas Bcapegoat."
watchman that watches somebody
who can sleep with one eye open and
both ears, and who t tint nrmi.i ...
tackle anything. See?
Applicant I see. boss- I'll Knn,i ..,
They Didn't Have to Change.
During the years-in which our puro
rood laws have been put into effect
there has been a great hurrying and
Bcurrying on the part of the food man
ufacturers to change their methods to
make them conform to the law.
spicuous exception. It was admitted
that Quaker Oats was as pure and
clean as nn.ssihin nn.i ti,.,f .
Jt is so cheap that any one can af-
lord It and so nnnrlulilnn. it...
one needs it. The result of last year's
experiments at Yale and other points
vauies were tested is that
Quaker Oats has been adopted by
many persons as their food on which
they rely for adding visor and endur
anee of muscle and brain.
The Quaker Oats Company meets
all demands in the way it packs
Quaker Oats- rer-ninr cu ..i
, .. . rM.u j,,u Hill's
and the large size family package
cWna ' bth WUh Und With0llt
A Revelation to the Cook.
A happily married woman, who had
enjoyed 33 years of wedlock, and who
was the grandmother of lour beautiful
little children, had an amusing old
colored woman for a cook.
One day when a box of especially
beautiful flowers was left for the mis
tress the cook hanneneil to lu. n.no,.,,
and 6he said: "Vn' imi, ......
...ik.uwu ot-uu JUll
ail the pretty flowers you gits, missy1'"
v-wittuuj, my nusuand, mammy"
proudly answered the lady.
"Glory!" excl.iimi i, i.
- "it i"un. uu
suttenly am holdin' out well.'! Ladies'
li - 1 MK MLV,K- imt x sold in
in i yfar!i .I11"' M,0 increase v.-.irlv.
All druggiht-sorlloward liros., Huii'alJ. N Y.
Was a Father. T no
"Say, Mr. Editor, I'm tho father of
"All right; we'll put it in the paper
under the head of 'Double Tragedy.' "
HAVK von a cor;ii, ott CO 1 1
If notkout..nc,i Alli-n n l.nnic ll..ls;ini un.l w-itoh
lr vricet-iM. Uc and li.uu bolt l-. pu
Don't believe everything you hear
over a telephone wire.
Ttr MniMi't tlnM -. n n
.... . .-, , n-M-viiu i r rin rPtfi; nin nm Ini
uojgnnulvi. Kusjr to la kuua candy. '
In a man's life the
slty ls more money.
Many wlir used to smeke PV riRar are now
bnioking Lewis' Single Hinder straight 5c.
It Is usually costlv tn
- w w . . t V ii V A U
rilty Vari' rrputaiion.
rl.-e, 25 centi, 60 cent! and tj.00 rcr bm.'
Simple icnt on rqufi. l!0
;oHNjpowN ft. v
Make Sliavlng Easy
NO STROPPING NO IIONiW.
HOLD ON THERE !;;
wN tun 1-rHi-tii iil n,lir
iinl micii:i! In ovorr
.ntl m,ml,T:r """ ", '-r- 11-
lhi ,,rk. Mun.. In ii fjtf'ri
fur b(.klpi. " '" T' "" i:
, t-. ki(.i h
uZV'L'!,'!?. r"f'- J'""nt
my i-uri' i...iii.iin,..,i i
n l i.t .ii i... .... i ... i
, 1 ( ur
.....v."- i; K'.vi-
wnen ne lakes
rb If (H 9.
i at wn r.wram tor UGnSMts
So pkannlthil he l!k it .nJ n
A.mm .d , trouble f tUt fuHnJH,
A Suodud Rrmr lot h.l( . rrniuM,. '
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