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Helen Loses a Ten-Dollar Bill
Hy MABEL HERBERT URXER.
Helen took oil hr coat and put
It with her , handbag ami bundles
oji a chair beside her. Then she .drew
off her gloves, untied her veil and
leaned bark with a
sigh of relief. She
was tired, very
It was the Inst
ly of her Christ-
hh shopping. She
had started out at
ten this morning.
Now It was almost
two, and she had
come, up to the
restaurant on the
top floor of the big
for a light lunch
eon and a few
The place was
body looked tired
and everybody had
bundles. The wait
resses were rushing buck and forth
with . orders of . chicken fatties, lob
ster '"salad, chocolate eclairs and "all
the other things that women have when
they lunch alone.
Helen had brdered tea and chicken
broth as something quickly served and
eaten. The waitress put It down before
her, scribbled off a check for thirty cents
and hurried on.
Helen sipped at the broth slowly.
It was Interesting to watch the women
and they were all women. In the
whole Of thut huge lunch room there
were hardly half a doten men. And what
tired, worried, unattractive-looking wo
men! Instinctively Helen drew out her pocket
mirror, smoothed her hair and rubbed
t leaf from a powder book over her face.
There was nothing thut made her more
uncomfortable than a feeling of untidi
ness and a consciousness of a shiny nose.
She, was not rested; she would have
liked to linger longer over the tea, but
tlwre were still many small things to be
bought and it took so long niw to get
waited on. Slowly she drew on her
gloves and gathered up her packages.
When she opened her purse to pay the
check, she suddenly discovered that In
ktead of having a ten-dollar bill and some
change she had only the change!
With a sick sinking at her heart she
searched bredthlessly through her purse,
handbag, muff 'and under the table.
Again she searched through her purse,
handbag, muff and under the table but
still no bill! Womanlike, she was futllely
repeating this same process for the third
lime, when the waitress came up.
"Lrfjst anything, ma'am?"
"Oh," excitedly, "I've dropped a ten
dollar bill somewherel I don't know
where." , ,
"Did you have It here, ma'am?"
"I don't know where I had it ht. 1
only know 1 started out with fifteen dpi-
lars a ten-dollar bill and five ones and
I've only spent the five.
And again Helen began" her nervous
search through her purse, handbag, etc.
It is a -curious fact that when a woman
loses anything she will search over and
over again in the same places 841 J in the
Now the head waitress came up with
perfunctory sympathy, and a perfunctory
moving back of chairs and looking under
With a laft lingering Jook about, Helen
Went down to make inquiries at the lost
and found department. And yet she felt
the hopelessness of finding it there,
"No ten-dollar bills been turned in
here," said the man at the desk, with a
polo of amused tolerance in his voice
tlkirt itny should expect there would be.
. And Helen hurried pn. Where could
she. have lost it? she asked herself for
the twentieth time. Did she drop it out
of her purse when she was paying for
some purchase? Or could she have given
It out as a one dollar bill?
At length she started to leave the store.
She might as well go home; she had no
tieart to shop any more now and no
inioney. Her, mind was full of all she
could have . bought with the 10. As
she made her way out of the shop every
nttraotive article she saw now stood In
her mind as something she might have
lial-lf he had not lott this money.
Helen was not mercenary us all this
might imply, liut aboe everything elan
she dreaded to usk Warren for money. It
was a humiliation front which she had
always shrunk. Ka h iiioTjth lie. gave her
a certain amount for the house and for
herself. And site always managed most
carefully' to keep within this amount,
preferring to do without many things
lather than ak liiin for more.
And now this was part of the money
he had given her for the family Christ
inas presents. he had figured it all very
and Dreads to Tell Warren
closely. It was all she could do to man
age before, snd oh, It was not fair that
this should have happened now. A sense
of bitter resentment possessed her.
If only she could put It out of her
mind. She had so much work, so much
planning to do the few days that re
mained before Christmas and she knew
this loss would be constantly In her
She remembered having heard some one
say that when one lost a dollar they
usually spend ten dollars' worth of time
In worrying about it. That It was not
the actual loss that counted so much,
but all that was "thrown after It" in
worry. And Helen realised this was what
she was doing now, and would do and
that she could not help it.
Then suddenly she found that she had
gone four blocks beyond her street.
Clutching her packages she left the car
and hurried back almost ready to cry
with vexation. And then aa she waited
to cross the street, a taxicab whined by
so deliberately close to her that it almost
brushed her dress. As she jumped back,
the driver grinned mallcltously and
This Is a common occurrence that (ends
to irritate any one, however benign their
mood, and Just now it made Helen furious.
With an indignant glance after the speed
ing machine sh hurried across to be al
most run over by another car, which
whirled unexpectedly around the corner
with a startling, fiendish snort.
The final straw came when she reached
home and threw her packages on the
couch. One waa missing! Oh, what else
was going to happen on this dreadful day!
It was only a 39-cent pair of woolen
gloves for the laundress, probably left on
the car in her hurry but it was just that
much more. That was only one of the
things "thrown after" the J10 through
When Warren came home, she, longed
to tell him. It would be such a comfort
could she be sure of his sympathy. But
she knew he would only make some sar
castic remarks about her carelessness he
was always doing that.
'What's gone wrong today?" he
asked, as he crumbled a cracker In his
'Why, nothing, dear I'm lust tired.
I've been shopping all day, you know,"
"All through now?"
"Not quite,"- hesitatingly, wondering
desperately how. she could ge through
without that money.
"Jove, this soup's hot!" taking a hasty
drink of water.
'Why, I thought you always wanted It
hot, dear," glad to change the subject.
"Hot, yes but not scalding!"
And so for the time the conversation
was steered into safer channels.
It was after dinner that Fussy Purr
mew knocked from the sitting room
couch Helen's muff, which, contrary to
all her habits, she had not yet put away.
"Look at. that cat!", said Warren, as the
kitten nosed its way through the muff,
and with Just its little, head in view
looked up at them- with bright, mischiev
Helen laughed. "Isn't It dear? It looks
like a picture that used to hang, In my
nursery or two kittens playing with t
Just then the kitten wriggled through
leaping after something which it pushed
out of the muff before it with Its little
"What's It got now?" demanded War
It was a green bill tightly rolled. With
a. cry of Jov Helen caught it up and un
folded it. The ten dollars!
"Oh oh!" with a sob of relief. "It was
in the muff all the time!"
"So that was it! That's whut you've
been worrying about! Oh, well. If you
throw- money around Ilka that"
Cut Helen hud taken the muff and the
bill Into the bedroom to put them away.
And she was too happy Just now to mind
the sarcasm In his voice.
Nubs of Knowledge
Peevishness is resentment ticltej by
Counsel Is Irksoms when the matter Is
It Is more uful to fly from yourself
than from a Hon.
Trees are tarried away by the flood,
while lushes remain.
Mischiefs Curat by the pound and go
away by the our.ee.
Would you know secrets search for
them in grief or pleasure.
OH, WASN'T SHE FOOLISH!
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lly l UANOIS I.. CJAKHIDK. j
If the nation at this time of the year
Were asked to imme the national bird,
the men, with sharp axes In hnnd, and
the women, armed with roasting pans,
would vote with one breath In favor of
I .ems than eight months later, ao fickle
la popularity, they would declare with
patriotic whoops and fire cracker en
thusiasm that It Is tho American eagle.
the popularity of both the turkey and
the eagle Is as short-lived, as the fire
cracker thnt goes up with a loud noise
and comes down busted, compared with
the steadily Increasing popularity of
that nuch derided bird, the hen. but
no one yet has had appreciation enough
to name a day In the calendar either for
whooping about the hen as a glorious
emblem of liberty or railing families in
reunion to offer thanks ver her un
comfortably stuffed cartus. She Is
taken as a matter of course; her contri
butions to the family larder, her steadily
increasing share in the assets of tha
nation, her faithfulness, her strict at
tention to her own business, a business
that means money and comforts for all
who own her, are accepted without any
more comment or thanks than the ris
ing of the sun.
. From her hour of early rising till her
hours of retirement she is busy every
moment attending to her own affairs, yet
the emblem of a gossiping, meddlesome
person la "an old hen!"
If a woman wishea to see how aha
looks on a windy day, her attention Is
called to the hen. Willi every feather In
place on every other occasion, and an
example of neatness, the hen on a windy
day looks as if aha had dressed wlthouf
stopping- to pin on her clothes. -
Hha Is plainly Irritated, and with every
feather blowing the wrong way looks
like a 'woman caught out In the .wind
with her skirts whirling about her head
and mad enough to bite nails. 8he looka
as if she had dressed to run to a fire,
and yet, with her feathered petticoats
and ruffles blowing the wrong way, she
Is steadfastly going about her own busi
ness, either on her way to lay an egg,
or to scratch for a worm.
No sculptor has ever had such an ap
preciation of her most Conspicuous qual
ity that he carvfcd out of marhlo a hen
sitting on her eggs aa an emblem of
Patience, but what Is a more notable ex
ample of this rarest of virtues?
She has a patience that Is never pa
raded; she sits on her egga day after day,
and never once, though wasting, away to
feathers and bones, does she assume the
air of a martyr. If the rooster sat on an
egg three minutes he would crow a week
for a martyr's crown..
The maternal Instinct, the saving grace
of humanity. Is mora largely developed in
the hen than In any otner living creature.
Holiday Hints ,
Iljr 1 HANCKrt I. (JAH.HIDi:.
Any one can receive Christmas gifts If
he will put out bait.
A boy's Idea of a proper t'hrlslmss gift
Is anything that will make a noUe.
In giving to the head of the family
don't give a pocketbook. There Is no
sarcasm more grim than a pocketbook on
I'p to the time the baby Ut two yars
of age it is prruilKsible to cheat It and
give It nothing.
Notice to mothers: An orange In the
toe of a stocking is very filling, and a
giupefruit more so,
Huggpstlon to young man In love: (Jet
married before Christmas. It Is cheaper
to buy for a wife than to buy for a
Be good to your friends; If they Im
pel soriatr Banta Claus by dressing up In
cotton, and light the candles on the tiee;
this may be their last Chrltmae on earth.
It Is a very pretty Idea to have the
childien pray for wnat they want; they
learn a lesson In the efficiency of prayer
If their father overhears them.
Il is a sign of extreme old age If one
exhibits enmmonsense at C'hrtsmav.
If a child believe ill Han la Claus don t
tell him there la no sui-h person unlea
you want his mother to dislike you worse
than she dislike her husband's kin.
Olrls chow their gratitude more grace
fully than boys, but boys don't look on
I he mideitildo of a gift of silver to see if
It la sterling. Ulrls do.
You may not believe In Christmas, but
the world will run off and leave ynu un
less you proress to believe.
Every one thinks the presents he gives
are mors sensible than tho.'e he receives.
(Jet out that phrase, "It is Just whst
I wanted," qnd diut It oft. Yuu will need
Phe steal a nest In her feverish deslro
to become a mother, and When her nest
is stolon from her she has been known
In the excess of maternal Instinct to sit
for weeks and weeks on a doorknob.
What hopes, what longings, what dreams
of flurfy orfsprlng fill her breast a she
sits day after day on a doorknob, none
Of the human beings with Ice water In
their veins, who wring her neck to cure
her, can comprehend!
When she finds a worm she calls her
little brood to share It. I'nllke the
rooster; that strutting pride of the barn
yard calls all the hena around him when
he finds a worm that they may watch
him swallow It!
She la domestic to a tragic extreme.
No matter how poor and wretched her
home may be, nor how strong the prob
ability that she will be caught by tha legj
and have her head cut off for a stew,
the hen always goes home to roost.
A perfect mother In her devotion to her
chickens, the Lord built her on such
economic lines that she as an advantage
mothers of children do not have. When
she wake up on a cold night, the doesn't
have to get up to see If her little off
spring have kicked the covers off them.
Perhaps it la this splendid maternal '
architecture that enables her to car for
so many at once, and If, In addition to
her own hatch,' there Is put In her car
the little motherless offspring of that
orphans' home of the barnyard, the Incu
bator, she only scratches the harder, and
chucks the louder. She never complains.
There are no songs or orations about
her, but the hen has dona more for this
country than the eagle and turkey com
bined. Hhe Is neat In her habits, some
thing which cannot be said about tha
eagle; neither does she devote her time
to flying high and screaming like that
nobis bird. Bhe is easy to raise, some
thing which cannot be said , about, that
temperamental bird, the turkey. When
out in tha rain In her fluffy day, she
runs for shelter; the young turkey holds
up Us head with Its mouth open and
drowns, being temperamental, which
means having no sense.
In one state alone in the union Kan
sas the hen In li contributed tS,K632
to the state products, and this record Is
equalled by many states, and led by
The most peaceful and law-abiding
cr-jature on earth, the nit industrious,
and the only one that ha attained that
feminine ambition of never showing her
age, it Is time to call a halt In the use
of that term "Old Hen" as a mode of
derision. The most serious charge that
can be made against her is that she' ta
harder to shoo out'of a yard than a cow,
and as a woman usually does the shoo
ing, the hen can't be blamed for giving
an attention that is sumewTiaf detracted.
It s done to vote the ben the great na
It In giving thanks. "It Is Just what I
wanted" Is the time-honored mode of ex
pressing gratitude at Christmas.
Ion't you wish you were E, and the
longing of your heart could go Into a
Christmas stocking? And rlnce you aro
not 6, but have a. heaven-sent memory of
the day whin you were, don't you Intend
to iensen by your contribution the
tragedy the empty stocking means to tho
children of the poor?
Lurn not, und know not.
Think of eut.e, but work on.
1)0 good, and then do it again.
The market is the best garden.
After it gatherer comes a scatterer.
Manners und money make a gentlema.
To a craxy ship all winds are contrary.
He that shoots always right forfeits
Hope Is a good breakfast, but a bad
I. It tie dog start the hare, but great
ones catch It.
What we laugh at now we ar oftea
obliged to follow.
Peru, tlun consist of trifles,, thuugb
perfection Is no trifle.
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