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THt: OFATTA DAITV HKEt SUNDAY, T1ECKMHKK 21,
The Proving of llamp Paddleford
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tCoryrlght. 190;, by Frank It. Sweet.)
" 'Tain't no uae to pester m any more.
Hamp." eh broke In suddenly; "you ain't
Btten to mrry."
"But why ain't I fitten?" he pleaded.
"I can lick any man round here an" you
aid yourself only yesday that I was barn
some an' mighty good naturcd "
"An barefoot," abo broke In scorn
tully. "Bakaa alive Harop Paddleford. you
ain't s'posln' I'd marry a man who's got
nothln' In the wide world but a runt pig
hl pap waa too lasy to ker for? I ain't
hat or'nary, I hope," and eh drew herself
up to bar full height, with flushed cheeka
and flashing eye. "Mebbe you're fltten the
way Coon Flatter generally ara," with a
proud, comprehensive sweep of her hand
toward thu earth floor of the cabin. My
pap brought mam here an' ahe'a been here
ever since, with not ao much aa a new
horelful of mud put on the cblmbly that
wae only Unladed half way up. An' pap
was Jest na hsrnsome an' good natured an'
as' no 'count as you are, Hamp 'Tain't
'cause I'm not uaen to auch thinga,"
lowly and with the blaze going from her
yea; "It's the Coon Flat way. But tain't
goln' Into my marryln'. I do like you,
Hamp, an' I ain't 'ehamed to tell you ao,
but my man'a got to have a cabin with a
floor to It an' a row an' hena an' ahoca for
meetln' daya "
"I'll get all of 'em, Posey, every cuesed
one," he urged eagerly; "you know "
"Yea, I know mam aaya pap was goln'
to make her a plank floor, but be never did.
Now there's Tyke "
Hla humility vaniahed Instantly.
"Doggone Tyke!" he snapped. "He's got
a cabin with a floor, I know, and' he'a a
eow an' bona an' la dlrkerin' for a mule,
but he ain't got nerve to fight a possum.
An' he's bow-lcg;l an' aqulnta an' an't
more'n five feet high. If a gal like you Is
willln' to stand up longslde of Tyke, then
I ain't In the bunt."
Pho locked at him placidly.
"I ain't aayln' but you're the better
favored. Hamp," abe commented, "but
you're 25 yeara old, an' ain't never owned
pair of ahoea for meetln' yet. Tyke was
here yea'day an' 'lowed to sheer all he'd
got, an' he's a still In the mountain that'll
bring a plenty right along."
"An' what did you aay?" sullenly.
Posey laughed a little, then her face grew
"Well, I run him from the cabin fust
off," ahe confessed, "but he wouldn't take
that anawer an' aneaked back to the door
an' begged me to think It over. He aald
he'd come eg'in tomorrer." She was silent
for a few moments, then threw her bead
back defiantly, looking squarely Into his
yes. "An I have tbunk It over, Hamp
Paddleford, an mad up my mind for good
an' all that I won't end my days on no
mud floor. That's all the anawer I've got."
She looked superb as she stood there In
the doorway and Hamp caugbt his breath
In a half-sob of longing and despair; then
he turned and slouched down the path.
Opposite his own cabin be paused hesi
tatingly. His mother was seated In the
doorway, pipe In mouth, ready for a talk.
She had seen him with Posey, Bo be
slouched on to the next cabin, to where
his particular friend lay sprawled at full
length upon the leaves.
"Done seen ye," the friend drawled
significantly; "went up the path full swing
an' com back with head droopln'. Hope
the brook ain't runntn' ever no rocks nor
Hamp grunted and threw himself upon
"That or'nary Tyke was hangln' 'round
thar right smart yea'day," the friend con
tinued, reflectively. "Course they's nothtn'
to It, but gals"
"He's lottln' to marry her. Bam." Hamp
"What!" and Sam raised himself on elbow
and looked at bis friend queerty. "Tyke
earryln' off your gal, an' you lyln' her
a-dreamln'. Why don't ye shoot him?"
"What's tha use?" mournfully. '"Twould
only put me furder away from Posey. You
don't underatan' her, Sam. Fh"'d aay I was
too big to jump on a little aawed-off thing
like Tyke an' she'd be right. Not but
what I'd llk to shoot him. though," ve
bemently; Jest like I would a akunk or
snake. It's all he's fit for, to be shot. But
I can't reak hard feelln's with Posey."
8am dropped back disgustedly.
uala ar cert'ny queer," he grumbled
Tm glad I've never got In with on of
'em. The Idea of a barnaom critter Ilk
Poaey aidlln' up to Tyke when a man Uk
you was roakln' eyes at her."
"Oh, 'tain't the man, Sam. Posey likes
me well enough; but I ain't no plank floor,
nor even cabin; an' Tyke has both, an' oth
er thinga. I've never thought much about
floors be In' needed to prance round on; but
when Posey apoka Ilk they was. I knew
aha was right. If Posey'd say everybody
ougnt to wear coats even when 'twas hot
Ilk preachers do, an' that we should have
shoes for every day In the week, an' I was
lookln' In them eyes of hers when she said
It, I d know she was right. Poiey ain't Ilk
no other Coon Flat girl that ever growed.
Why. Sam," earnestly, "if one of them Ut
ile birds should drop twenty-five whole
Collars right down her on the leaves, I'd
b willln' to put every single one of 'em
Into a plank floor for Poaey to walk on."
Bam gave a long, low whistle and. droo
ping hla head back upon bla hands, gazed
thoughtfully at the blta of bin through
the Interstices of foliage. Ten. fifteen mtn
utea; then be auddenly returned to hla po
sition on on elbow.
"You must get Posey tit floor. Hamo."
Hamp merely murmured something about
gettlag hla granny.
"But you must," Bam Inalated. rising to
his feet in his earnestness. "Why, man,
you're the one who rught to be shot, not
Tyk. I ain't no cal man. but if I was an'
had on like Poaey, no cuteed Uttl floor
could come atween ua. 8h should have
floors till ahe couldn't reat If I had to bark
my knucklea an' keep my gun barrel red
hot to git 'em.
"Tyke's comln' tomorrer," Hamp mut
tered, rising dejectedly to his feet. "Right
tomorrer; an' from the way Poeey apoka
ther ain't to be no If an' mebbyln". She'll
nap 'yes' or 'no' right out. an' she'll stick
to what ahe aaya. She won't do no monkey.
In'. The only way I ran aee la to shoot
him, and that would make tbtngs wues.
A floored cabin's boun' to coat a plumo
"P " .
"Yes." agreed Bam. 1 "bound to. But
I've been plecin' the thing out. You know
that big hoas farm down In tha valley?"
"Htnckla's? Yea. But he's dun sold
"I know, to a v. hole pasal of folks
from the north more'n a hundred famblies,
som say. They're atartin' a Tiling an'
a whole lot of truck farms to grow stuff
for city sellln', aa' tha hoas farm Is beln'
cut up an" divided. But what l'v been
plecla' out la this: they don't know nothln'
about boasts an' art tryin' to aoll 'em off.
an' the animate are runnln' wild all over
th' plac. Hlnckl aa' hla men have gone
away, an' th new folk don't know you
an' m from Adam. We'll slip' doan to.
night, an' while yau'r niakln' up to 'em
with that smooth, way of talkin' you've
got, I'll snoop In among th scattered
hnwee an' run a couple Into tb bushes..
Then you'll Join me, an" we'll git 'em over
'tother aid the mountain by ssarola', to
that aa Saaak. He'll buy anything at
salt what it'a wuta, aa' not aak que.
I tlon. Tomorrer he'll allp 'em over the
line Into another atate. an' that'll t-e
an end of the matter, only that you an' me
; will have 4rt or $."0 apiece."
"BUI Todd got caught up wl'h when
he tried to run a hose from Hlnekle'a
laat year," sail Hamp, though' fully. "H'a
In Jail yet."
"That's dlf-runl," contemptuously.
"Hlnckle had a pair of eyea la every fence
post on his place; an' besides, you know
Bill Todd. A row could catch us with
him. Will you go?"
"Will I go?" Hamp turned auddenlr,
with face transfigured. He wae another
man, hla form dilated, hla eyea flashing.
"Will I go?" he repeated. "Man, I'd go if
there v-as two pairs of eyea In every pout
an' each pair slghtin' me acrraa a gua bar
rel. Ain't Tyke comln' for an answer to
morrer? I'd give up' cause I couldn't see
no way; I! I could, an' 'twas to pull down
the moon, I'd kick my legs an' arms off
a-tryln'. You ain't looked in Posey's eyes
. an' seen what I have. Come."
I Fam grinned derisively.
"Been bangln' round Posey 'bout throe
yeara, nlgh's I can ree'lect," he commented,
"au ain't never bad a spurt like this afore,
not even a spurt big 'nough to steer ye Into
a pair of ahoes for meetln' day. Reckon
I Tyke'a croasln' the trail has sort of atlrred
' ye up. But come on. They's no sort of
hurry, for 'tain't noon yet; but I don't
: reckon ye'd be satisfied to wait how ye've
struck a scent.
It was ten miles to the new settlement
down In the valley, but their long legs made
It In a little less than two hours. As they
approached the cluster of dwellings, which
were taking the place of the big barn and
stock yards, they noticed what seemed an
unusual gathering for even the building of
a village. Nor did they hear the sounds of
saw and hammers. Instead, nondescript
j wagons were atandlng about, with horaoa
I hitched to wheels or tallboarda; other
l horses wore fastened to the fcniea, with
raddles on, and men were walking about or
gathered In groups In earnest discussion.
Hauip and Sam paused irresolutely and
looked at each other; then Sam nodded, bis
j " 'Lection, of course," he said. "I heered
they waa goln to call the neighborhood to
gether to talk over a school bouse an' a
court house, an' to 'lect town officers an' a
sheriff, but didn't know when. This Is It.
Wall," reflectively, "I don't reckon It'll
make any difference to us. Only, 'stead of
skulkln' off one side, I'll go straight on
with you Into the crowd. Two more won't
make no Jar. We'll slide 'round an' maka
mends ti;i 'bout dark, then III slip a
couplo of hosscs Into the bushes an' tin
'cm. Folks won't notice with so much
going' on, an' you makln' yourself con
spicuous all the time. After a while I'll
come strollin' back unconcerned like an'
you an me II talk some with everybody an
then prance off straight opposite, clrclln
'round to the hosses, arter dark. That'll
prove an allerbl In cas one's needed. But
Hamp turned. A big negro was heading
directly toward them, running at full speed
But as be drew near and saw them he
suddenly swerved, sprang over a fence and
sped across a field toward the nearest
wood. With a "somethln's don broke
Hamp cleared the fence at a bound and
sped after him. Th negro was a large
man and a good runner, but Hamp a at
larger and swifter. At th end of a 100
yards' dash his hand dropped heavily upon
the negro's shoulder, swung him 'round and
began to drag him back to tb group of
men who had by this time Joined Sam.
"Ding me If that wan't the beat capture
I ever saw," called one of them, delight
edly, as Hamp approached with bis prisoner.
"A -clean jump an' run, an' a clutch Ilk a
steel trap. That's the way folks ought to
be took. Come to 'lection, I s'poae?"
"Why, yea, sort of," Hamp acquiesced,
"me an' my friend 8am 'lowed we'd step
round an' git 'qualntcd a little."
"That's rlghtl that's right!" heartily.
"We want everybody round to Jlne In with
us an' git law an' conveniences started.
We need' em bad This black feller's been
makln' chicken business pretty brisk lately,
but we didn't have any lawful place to shet
him up. I've kept blm tied In my barn
three days, waltln' for 'lection to provide
suitable officer an' placea. Live near by?"
" 'Bout ten miles."
"Wall, that's pretty close In a neighbor
hood like this, but I hope you'll come In
closer still. It's a mighty good thing to
have a neighbor who can capture criminals
In such an easy, off-band way. Folk' 11 all
be glad to know you. See," smiling and
nodding significantly toward a group that
was hurrying toward them, "there cornea
a pasaie now. B'poss you tell me your
name so I can do tb talkin'."
Hamp glanced sideways at 8am, but 8am
war. looking straight ahead and did not ap
pear to see him. Still, In spit of th
gravity of the face, he waa conaclous of a
slow, convulsive wink, apparently directed
at a turkey buzzard floating in the distance,
"I'm Hamp, for short," he said, answer
ing both the man and th wink; "Hamp
Paddleford, altogether. My friend here Is
Sam Pollock. An' we'll be glad to jlna In
your 'lection an' other business. We come
down Jest to be neighborly."
"Good! good for you!" cried the man,
slapping Hamp between the shoulders.
"You're the right sort. My name's Thomp
son Bill Thompson an' that's my house
right ahead, the big one. Now for the in
troductln'." During th next half hour Hamp passed
from on group to another, aoon establish
Ing himself aa an open-hearted, good-natured
fellow who waa ready to make trlenda.
And Ua character waa aaved from undue
gentleneaa by the story of tbe negro's cap
ture, which followed him everywbe-e.
At length a man atood up la a wagon body
and began to talk, and the scattered greuos
closed In, Hamp and Sam In the very front.
And to all appearance ther were none more
Interested than they In tbe fate of the
school house and court house and tall, and
In the selection of suitable committees and
town officials. But though their handa and
voices war always emphatic and conspicu
ous, they were used In a Judicious seconding
of the popular sentiment.
In, time th office of sheriff was reached,
and, as had been the raae with tb other of
fices, It waa to be decided upon by the pop.
ular and easy method of showing banda.
Those of Hamp and 8am had been In the air
most of th time, but now, when the nam
of Bill Thompson waa called, they rcss a
little quicker and their voices went a little
higher. But as tbe no Is began to subside.
Bill Thompson himself was hesrd SDeaklnc.
"Sorry, boys." he said, "but I've git to
decline. You know how I'm fixed. Got mora
work than any two men ought to do. an' you
know a sheriff needs time or his own. Get
somebody lees busy."
Ther were a few monurats of consulta
tion, then aome one called "Jake Potter!"
No, no. boys," ram a hoars vole from
aome here on the other side: "I'm Ilk Bill
Thompson, got too much work. Tiv aa'ln."
'Hamp Paddleford!" cried Bill Tbomnaoa
auddenly. "He's th nil w want. Whir
didn't w think of him befur? II raurht
th nigger an' be' big enough an quick
enough to catch anything Hamp Pad lie-
ford 'a tb man."
"llamp Paddleford!" "Hamp Paddle.
furd!" "H th man w waMl".- yelled
the crowd. "Hooray!"
Hamp s hand had (on ua Instinctively ,
e Won't Waste Words
The time is too liort unci you ore too busy for any long trade trcati u . AVhat is most impor
J-1."- JCkT,XV,PAV" ca" Pei il J.!1" article that you want for Chtistma giving). In the hopes that we can help you, we preee:
ml lor MOADAi b telling. 1 he great china sale is still causing excitement.
Home odd thiugs and small lots will be closed out very cheap.
Fancy glass vaws, colored and white, 15c, 35c and 50c eacii.
STKIir3 Who id it that will not uccent an extra one for
their collection? 25c, 35c, 50c, 75c and up to $10.00 apiece. A
few of the real choice ones left.
T1JAYK for salted almonds, olives and many other uses
which will occur to you, beautifully decorated, 25c,35c and 50c.
Monday, will close out lots of cups and saucers, from 15c
away up to $2.50. Something to suit most anyone.
We have come dinner sets loft can give you a beautiful,
complete set at $14.95 not a bad present.
Handkerchiefs by the thousand and nobody ever seems to
have too many, borne special values for Monday in INITIALS,
25c, 35c and 50c.
Work IJaskets gotten up in most complete fashion. A use
ful present for milady, from 75c to f3.30. Twas an Interesting
ight to look at a bashful young man walk to and fro past the
case one busy day. When his eye once rested on the attractive
line, he couldn't get away, and we predict the HAPPINESS OF
SOMEBODY IN CONSEQUENCE.
UMBRELLAS We have an almost endless variety all
grades all kinds of handles. Of very special merit is the $5.00
umbrella, with a beautiful pearl handle, sterling silver trim
mings, and a cover which is guaranteed to wear well.
APRONS For maids, for waitresses useful aprons, dainty
delicate aprons priced from 25c to ?2.50.
BRIC-A-BRAC Such ns you can find nowhere else in
Omaha. Just take a peep, first at the big east window and then
at the large square, just as you enter.
If you have not bought the gloves yet, we can delight you
and the recipient also, for ours are the guaranteed kind. New
pair for every pair that fails to please the wearer.
The cutest things for little wee tykes that you ever saw
"Just like papa." and "Just like mamma," attracts everybody
who sees the sirrns.
Tf you don't know the size or color, you might send one of
our Christmas card orders, cood.at any time for such ploves as
you may pay for. We can fit in the mornings, but cannot prom
ise to do so in the afternoons.
STLK SECTTOX Always busy these dnvs nd evert day.
The Tunable Taffeta is trrowin? in favor ranidlv. 27 inchps wide,
58 colors, worth $125, introducing at $1.00 and every yard guar
anteed to wear.
tant for you r?
ent an attractive
The last lot of Persian Panne Velvets, elegant designs, worth
?1.25, closing out at JSc. 3 yards to 3J for a waist pattern.
Just bought and already on sale, an elegant lustrous black
all silk peau de sole, makes a beautiful dress pattern, $1.P0 jer
yard cannot be matched under $1.25.
On sale Monday, two special numbers In black voiles, fl.25
and $1.50 a yard.
New challis for spring 1903, now on tap.
And this reminds us to mention the new India and Foulard
silks for spring of 1903. On our counters now at 75c and $1.00.
Here's a happy chance for someone.
Books, Calendars and Stationery. Busy as bees from, early
morn. You won't wonder when you see the stock. Never before
so large, and never before so attractive. Special attention la
called to the two big lots to be sold on Monday at 25c and 35c.
If there is a man or woman in Omaha who would like to
make the hearts of a lot of little tots happy, when nearer ones
may not have the wherewithal, we will help such a person by
furnishing a lot of attractive books for children away below cost.
Worth thinking about these Christmas days.
Fur business has been immense. We still have some very
AND HERE'S SOME MORE SPECIALS FOR WOMEN
Pure silk vests, crochet and lace trimmed in pink, light blue,
cream and black, WORTH, note the words, $1.25 and $1.50, now
selling at 95c. A very choice assortment of pure silk hosiery,
plain lace, fancy and embroidered.
A perfect array of salesmen in the men's section and all
needed, for the stock is immense and the prices hard to duplicate.
Silk Mufflers, fancy or black, quilted lining, handsomely
made on sale at 50c.
Holiday suspenders, boxed, a nice present for his lordship,
worth $1.00, closing out at 75c.
Bath robes all men want them, from $4.50 up. Wre keep
only choice ones.
An elegant blanket robe, strictly all wool, $5.90.
Open evenings from now on.
Don't be afraid to walk around nothing to importune you,
except' the price tags and the goods, but they are mighty tempt
ing. Glad to see you at any time, but for your own satisfac
tion we suggest a morning visit.
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at the first sign of a nam being called.
Now It dropped- abruptly, and he stood
there with eyes and mouth wide open,
"What's It mean, Sam?" he whispered
hoarsely. "Be they foolln'T"
'Shet up, you fool!" Sam snapped.
"Don't give yourself away now. No, they
ain't foolin'; though you needn't bold up a
hand to vote for yourself. Great snakes!
wun a low, niianous cnuckie which was
wholly lost In the yelling of the voters;
"It beats anything I ever heerd of. We'll
take a dozen bosses 'stead of just two.
You're to be the sheriff who'll go off In
search f yourself. Ho! ho! Bet a dollar
you don't catch yourself, Hamp!"
But Hamp did not notice, did not even
hear. His eyes were still blinking at the
orowd, his mouth was still open. He beard
vaguely, "1 nominate Hamp Paddleford to
be sheriff," and a Uttl later, "Hamp Pad
dleford la voted sheriff, to go Into offlc
Then he felt Bill Thompson's hand upon
his shoulder, and heard his big, bluff voice
"Congratulate you, Paddleford. It's a
good job for a man who ain't drove with
work you ain't drov, b you?" anxiously.
"N no, not very," Hamp answered me
chanically. "Then It's all right," in a relieved voir.
"The job'U turn you In seven or eight hun
dred dollars, mebbe a thousand. And it
would be better If you coould come an'
live In our village; 'twould b handler.
"Wants to be, though," Sam grinned.
"Good. Bring her right down tomorrer
If you can. I know a nice Uttl cot tag
all furnished that can be got.- Com to
my bouae first an' let me help you get
"But 1 don't," Hamp began, when Sam
nudged him sharply.
' Hamp'a all broke up," h apologized to
Bill Thompson; "him an' me jet com her
through neighborllneas, an' never dreamed
of no office nor nothln'. Hamp's mighty
back'ard "bout presumln'."
When Thompson left he drew Hamp aside.
"Look here, man," b expostulated, "don't
you go to blntln' nothln' away. It's the
biggest plum that ever fell Into men's
mouths, an' we can make our cusaed tor
tunes It w only do things on th quiet."
But a new expression had baen coming
Into Hamp's eyes.
"You 'low Its's all straight an' sure," be
asked slowly, "that I'm to b sheriff for
good an' all?"
Hamp drew a long, deep, wondering
breath, a breath which reached down to
som germ of honesty and ambition that lay
beyond the Influence of Cooa Flat.
"Then I reckon you'd better give up that
hosa stealln' Idea," he advlaed; "'cause If
you don't I'll be obliged to 'rest you."
Sam stared at blm.
"'Rest me?" be demanded.
"Yes. ain't I sheriff?"
"But you're In It with me. man."
Hamp shook Ms head gravely.
"Not any more, that way," he answered.
"A sheriff haa to b plumb square, an' to
look sharp for folks who ain't. Don't let's
have any fallln'a out, Sam, you an' m;
we're teo good friends. But there's to be
no more buttln' ag'ln tb law. Mebb I
can git you a job with m as dep'ty or
somethln. Now let's go back to Poaey."
KEVKB HKHH IKH FIH DOI.LS.
Thy Wal4't laok.at Ik. Old Tklaa
of Fwraacr Year.
The Christmas doll 4a here, raor ani
mated and, wall diipoMd thaa vr doll was
befor. reports th New York Sun. It uaod
to coat tench to hav her so that ah would
sit do a, or put her hand to her head or
amert her other faculttea. but now h Is so
supple and knowing she might almost do
tbe rakevalk or play golf.
' Cv tb plai UtU Saidlla-cUas-doll ha
moving eyes, eyes that move th youngsters
to ecstacy and their elders to purchase. And
the prettiest fine lady dolls are already
disappearing from the shops. Not going to
the purchasers' homes, though. It Is too
long before Christmas for that. But the
doll sellers have added a now department to
their business this year. Dolls, picked out
by prospective buyers, on which a small de
posit In paid, are ticketed and put away in
the shops' storerooms, to await the time
when It will be convenient for them to b
received as household Inmates.
The high-class Chrlstma doll sh that
has en real liale-thread stockings, ahoes
with silver-plated buckles and other ap
pointments of distinction must be much
relieved when thus ticketed and born off
to the deposit room, for, of course. It Is
humiliating to be handled and to hear her
self discussed snd criticised, as must be the
case when she Is out In public view.
The expression "doll-like" will have to
be changed or newly Interpreted since tbe
doll of 1903 haa come to town. The doll of
1!03 has character and intelligence In her
fare and considerable Individuality, too.
She has style and go, and many other quali
ties that dolls usually hnve not been
credited with. Her figure is not a mere
Image of tbe human form. It baa expres
sion and 1 built on lines that Indicate
strength and staying capacity and serve to
show off her clothes as well.
For the first time, too, the racial types of
feature are exemplified in tbe all-round
American doll. Ther Is the Jewess type,
the round-faced German type, the pure
Greek cameo-like features and the lively
looking French type. It used to be that the
face of one doll was as much like another In
coloring and expression aa two peas out of
the same pod. But the modern doll looks
like herself and herself only. She nilpht
be conscious of being able to do things that
you never dreamed she could do.
Even the everyday cloth dolls have faces
that will wash, pink cheeka and blue eyes
that will withstand the application of moist
ure. If this New Year's 10-rent doll should
encounter by any chance a survival of the
10-cent doll of a few years ago It is doubt
ful If she would acknowledge the kinship.
As for the Infant doll In long clothes,
their cry is much mor like th real thing
and their expression much mor babyfied
than formerly. Formerly any old doll
dressed In baby clothes was an Infant doll;
but the infant doll today Is a real suckling
In looks and expression and could never be
mistaken for a grown-up doll, even though
she were dressed in promenade or ball cos
tume. Th Chinese dolls that have come for
Christmas look as though they could teach
history. And certainly they represent their
country In every detail of drees and walking
gear Th little Jap dolls, the darkies, the
Indians, Mexicans and Rusatana hav all
coma to help the children's festival; and a
gay-looking lot they r, and knowing-looking,
too, as If they were ralber on th look
out for criticism and were prepared to an
Tb dealers aay that they look to Ger
many for the chole dolls. But if America
does not produce the fine dolls It can brag
about It has. It la asserted, done the next
beat thing, that Is, stimulated the makers
to improve on their standard.
It Is the demand of the American buyers
for a lifelike, animated-looking doll that
has spurred on tb doll artists to do good
work. Even tha 6-cent dolls' cheeks are
not ao brick dust In color nor their eyes
so blank as formerly. And It Is th Ameri
can hatrdrcaaera that furnish the fine doll's
wigs aa substitutes fr the poor quality of
hair that tbe foreign-mad doll has to put
EGRESS WITH RED HAIR.
MarIas Ethiopia Girl Ha Hair of
IB th town of Allen, Wicomico county.
Md., taws la a young cclor4 woman who is
attracting considerable attention just now.
Her name Is Mary Jane Cornish. She lives
Just as other colored women of today do,
but the noticeable features nbout her are
her ebony-colored face and fiery red balr.
Her face Is aa shiny black as that of an im
ported African, while her kinky balr Is as
red es any white person's, 8he presents a
rather weird appearance.
The young woman Is very industrious and
Is affable and courteous In manner. Sho
takes tbe centerings of her white acquaint
ance on her appearance good naturedly.
An amusing thing about It is that tbe col
ored population of tha town hold them
selves aloof from her, especially those who
are superstitious, who look upon her as
being a representation of Satan. Many of
them refuse to meet her on the street.
A reporter Inquired of a colored man why
he did not pay attention to Mary. He re
plied: "Boss, I bab alius heard dat red
headed white folks am de debbll, but a red
headed nlggah! Lawd! 8be am d debbll
The young woman's parents say they are
unable to account for her appearance, add
ing that ahe had always been so from birth.
SHK KIVKW JOSH ALL RIGHT.
Thla Wltaesa Not at All Reluctant
to Speak Oat.
"Noe, madam," said the counsel for th
defendant to a little, wiry, black-eyed
flu,;cty woman, who had been summoned In
a case, "you will please give your evidence
In us few words as possible. You know tha
"Tb defendant Mr. Joshua Bagg?"
"Josh Bagg? I do know him, and I
knowed hla father before hlra. and I don't
lnor.- nothln' to the credit of either of
em, and I don't think "
"We don't want to kiow what you think,
madam. Please aay 'yea' Or 'no' to my
"Do you know Mr. Joshua Bagg?"
"Don't I know him, though. You ask Josh
Bagg If he knows me. Aak him If hs know
anything about trying to cheat poor wid
der like me out of 25. Ask"
"Madam, I "
"Ask hlra whose orchard he robbed last
and why he did it In the night? Ask his
wife, Betsy Bagg, if she knows anything
about sllppin' Into a neighbor's field and
milkln' three cows on the sly. Ask "
"Look hore, madam"
"Ask Josh Bagg about that uncle of hla
that died In prison. Ask him about lettln
hla pore old mother die In the workhouse.
Ask Betsy about putting a big brick Into a
lot of butter she sold last spring
"Madam, I tell you "
"See if Joah Bagg knows anything about
feeding ten head of cattle on all th salt
they could eat, and then letting them swill
down all the water they could hold. Just
"fore he drlv them into town and sold 'cm.
See what he's got to say to thatf
"That has nothing to do with tbe case. I
want you to- "
"Then ther was old Airael Bagg, own
unci to Josh, got kicked out of bla native
town, and Betsy Bagg's own brother got
ketched in a neighbor's henhouse at mid
night. Aak Joah "
"Madam, what do you know about this
"I don't know a llvln thing 'bout It, but
I'm sure Josh Bagg Is guilty, whatever it
is. The fact Is, I've owed tbera Baggses a
grudge for tb last fifteen years, and I got
myself called up on purpose to get even
with 'em, and I feel I've done It."
Brooklyn Life: Grey, having completed
the Elegy, read It to his friends.
"Tell us," they insisted, "why you wrote
It in a country churchyard."
"I tried," answered the poet, "writing It
In a city police station, but found the place
Muttering something about disturbing the
even tenor of their way, b resumed his
rendition of the poem.
Mary, queen of Scots, had been Im
prisoned for nineteen years. "How lovely!"
she exclaimed, "this Is going to be a bar
gain. I feared It would be twenty."
Like others of the fair sex, she discov
ered later that she had lost her head In the
Washington was explaining his plans for
crossing the Delaware.
"But," they murmured, '.'why og. the
"Fools," he retorted, "can't you aee this
is our only chance for getting on the ice
Perceiving they had a Iruly great leader
they Immediately rushed on to victory.
The newly formed Young Men's Christian
association at Bmnoa Ayres Is making
rapid progress. Room have been opened
In the center of the city; the Biitlah con
aul has accepted office as president and
already 250 members have been enrolled.
It Is proposed to have at the world's
fair to be held at St. Ixmls a reprodue
tlon nf Jerusalem on about ten acres of
ground. It In Intended to have all th
salient features and to bring over nativei
to Inhabit Its dwellings and conduct busi
ness In. Its stores.
Rev. Felix M. I-arore. pastor of the
Mount Carmel Italian Catholic church ol
Denver, has been Informed by th commit
tee In chsrge of the 1550.000 prise for all
ship competition offered by Mett of Lon
don that his machine Is on of th thre
The material for the fin white gloves
which are embroidered with beautiful
pearls in the shape of a cross worn by ths
pop is supplied by a family who hav
have had the right to do so since 1556. A
special herd of sheep Is kept whoe wool
Is used only In th making of papal gar
ments. Congressman Peldler of Cleveland tells
of a clever preacher In his district whom
a scoffer endeavored to Mump. "You ara
all the time t."lng people about heaven"
aald the unbeliever, "hut you clergymen
don't earee as to methods. Now, vhlrh do
you think Is the beet way to paradise?"
Without an instant's hesitation came th
reply: "Turn to the right and keep straight
Of Bishop Hugh Miller Thompson of Mis
sissippi, who died last wek, the story Is
told that when he was rector of a small
church In Milwaukee his hlgb church pro
clivities were displeasing to BIhHop
Kemper. Who cloned the cnueh. Arriving
at the edifice one Sunday morning and find
ing the doors closed and locked, Mr. Thomp
son and some of his friends Improvised a
battering ram out of a pier of timber,
broke down th door and service was held
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