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itil ti - -
.,r:tnlit litie lir, i. am d .aitclhl i thl- ilght Iii i.
h,re u, t, I .- no tre . Renunciati nw a V
.,w thinly to th-un: th,-" lu a t-- 1horn to it.
- a f w litl(: oil- in \hil hope dil l aird
:,. aioud. anld iall . Vnrtc'. u. t Iu tl er t: rial
ai- h atra d .!ome l them. .1 kiwd of vai,.h",>l
I en 't mu ; ! thellllll m . enh . I y al lpr ot--t. otthr
i a ixf aI l lau Iti for ti-l Ich ilht 11l' plasui-s
ihw 'l r kn 111own. TI,- jrilnt itfloin
li iuriin l c( -ll -.tsly , iti ll tu ll i iof a!
m il uilio i tile .]liik ti it o fr ill tlof a s pll r .itl -.
I; ler r , a lhlil l+ l ou)lt of th. ilnil
hoIlit rllllellln, as was his 'llcustom. IHe weas
1: ilt i i il till- t ll little i' rotI i the hal lil aiy,
- " li-lily ai thlnierous roatl brok out Ilillig
- i,., building with its ha.mlit;g din. " he
eiiat starta l, aid thenl ainglial as if his
w."; nuuo l llv hed i W .lr i u.
"It's o l 1i uvdiii i'i er." l1" aid, "loin;.' a
Ie thinll in his i \.i slii.t way."
The iorther mlttl the wiolwsh)\a ial .hriike .
'mlil our-i ilr.:% The s.erga t heapel llore
,il int)ho 10 . i. The inicre of that nutting
S I ll r- l (h(re 1emil pIrl1iai(- o[f da (s, perhallps
fs, f hlar in -s to Conlle. 'h li (hiI('ren
.re ]l\owly r' cula(rin thlw sad p bho yohY out
. whili th' ,d,-cel,tism h pe ,of ,,o hriaht da -
:;l witi 'l themi. T]he w 1o n wt-'re arn lin
uiips for i th nigi ht: preplr iu t, <l w the loing
rinhi acro s thss the with of the lil. wpl aint"inh
el"lvhiblren's quarters and theirs from those of"
\h lt t.ith t '.lo k 11ew s 'g ti ]l s(ell that
,.,' i ti \tsvnapl ing hiswo'uelen

upon the stair. ax . The bde r eolmxii . i ti
Blitlger uctuie in co vered with snow iike 'attila
S laul, and asti rii of faille. but otherli'.x - iuh1111
unlike thejolly Ihbristnuts s tint.
l'h i hoi man sliunibl, l down the hall to xw here
the si"-rilit Still. drew it wet. ierath-i ill it
llit fro1 l'liliter Ille 1 itt, iiand laid it uipon ii
ti'. " peI it." h ie si id.l , aiII li tio i to the
Sri .nlt.
That cheer'y ilicial obl ved with an indulent
smliile. H he,..izel the lw lttan of the lutz. turnedl
it u ip, li. ii I l. wit his lllil turllni to l IcaI -
of atiizeitiit t, ilatz i at ait ]atlo of gii l al t
silver coin that ri l1 upoIniii it table.
"Count it." said liul ,-r.
The jhinlihng of the loey tsIl woilei at its
sourc e hll ,u lu td i pofo!l siln-II in tile
1 1.r it Forn itatiw h.enot II n ;bll IIl 1 hl ail iLt
the howling_ of' lh w ind mid tlw illik f tIt,
(V.ils in. the sel -t t slowly lhtial thm in little
sepal ith ,piles.
"Six u111111r114 ." suitd th, serI!putll . an ld (st l,(
to clear his thllat. '-six lulirial al l i ti{-
threedollarsatuw l eighty-the li .cents
I've thought it out at last, serg'at-t.tnd I 'vgive.
up that friend I told you ilabout. That's hint--
dollars and cets '. Th INs was right w,n1
hi y .ai'l I was 1 iis .r. Take it, selr utt, iwl
sp.ud it the best way 1for ti, that nu.ls it. not
f,,r''-tti1n' atllr" fr tillh, uou ,' u s, mnid -"
"llllelujah!" c(ied tlw erpenant.
".tid a new hass dIr'tli,' ncludli .d Ii ger.
:.1 l tdlienth, er our, n it 1 n ll arhl " piieecuh.

FpIES F THE OLD HOMEoA )
'By C. A. Stephens.
IV.--THE NIGHT BEFORE THE HOLIDAY.
l ,nJi wllinf + ' railll' tther's ninl"II \\wltu he' 11 re"
Theri . cl i v 'p. a lli l I iv i ii lo ion h lo ii thlit ll it'Xtwo ill, I ll nl l
, Ili ~l ll]*' . ii jl i i 1 1 i i\ I l I . I lilti." ' SI lili I 'It ti ii 111i . "i
n b1i ; l and until ".,ie tebl el 1 1hk was keptH thi wllati ( . 0 a'\. ( 0 'lil t. I , w(',
i hiw 111ee Illlltu r , at inibt theII n11 n Ill ati u of oII i )t to it1 the '"1
uit il l iu ln e \. 1 wla hl . utI 'Il 1 ol sconr( A WV . o It la t t ll at a l. follw-
I I i T! i ll I i I: , I

\ I hII- . i " ll 1 i lt' I II iii ih i : i > lj it
h, l si ur b nil < lu il u11 ill" S lt'elber,
1 x I ll';,h tlsl ii . xxl u Ill li t lI<I ill l lilllIll. I (i "
>Ir. I l--ls'. ii I'i' niin-li il,iIu II iora i ull r
t il i . IIIi li
Ii i 'IIi -l i t ltIith liia' tul iiK i.xti l III(tIx
11i ti i lth t tllh " 'I)I lli l t il ili l i l b i I iht
uni ii uii lt, illhiiu -ih . hi . luntill Ih l ui ii efore
I I;iulk ivin' . l h ll r I nlil'illn w \\l nl lillb s
ting , 're lly foIr tI h ilii inlli . mlltn [II t (/i r;itedliI
S Il r th t li iI iti i tiIII l ll u Ihe i rlls \\t ' lI
Ill'ni'g. \ ,II h ii' ul I skl atin-i ' It oi the1 h11t
iniI d h ' 1 i llt llli. li l
hi-I thI . fll t lllln iln h l l nll 1 in"I i l -
i xe:h xx x m nllu IrlI fiieill;i ihi i hII 'a iIr-
r (irclt \\ slowlytmounth1. 1.totIII ) 1 1 II the zenit11h
" II' s, Ih 'ere's :t1 'Su11 \\-hulnk. risin ." an I -
l iii her r t;ille i li in il. i Ti" 111u illi \\Iill
. ;I n l [ pI t h n irl uul lnI id h his il llll l( )llI
i ' l'ellay t il h nkr,1" ,1l ul th oulhuilI ing ."
I'hl . k\ eii ti l to , rknIl ll ae ; . th V last. illi
i .ust. n i o1 f wiitl h li Im: i- h I ll to ih iluiitIou Ii'o II
u" nu rtihI.i I i iiuII i rtIII'I utt xit ine e out
I l. l"Illi (iii i i tt ' llthe' :shit l ito- al I it , i
,li. t, \ il\ I. III. Il\ h hi s in II I :t t I I )i lhit h -t.ll
11n I n" Th I l must he brouht 111down Ilo to tihe
None of1tu..hal seen theshep for sven
is. l u IH lstead I n l mae1r II M1. ? n11 is:1111.'
1h 111 if t y w\\l\ a t his barnI \\I 11 his li11k;
1 tIus tllhii h II tli.'l l e l ll h hn in i l pastllur
![vb ith1t ioriln l, i
Ve our i s ii iin iliately piut on otur tick,.t
,d b ' i- mn l m illlens. ;alil l lnt --\wiith slt-lislh
ito .t the h il p,, t ho wltl . W\'hen 1t , e stIrtol I lthe
o; rn ll t al'ld il, .llob l l 11l> diai nt mli l lnl-
sns. tain et '1 ha:l I s ,lln Moulit A\ Ilihlletil
",d hu w\h , ,le I'i l hel nthial 1 \:;un .c a, bhIlckly
thonII ittI lI :ist htllw' st i k ah- 'i: .s I slw
ni ni thati tftelriiln onl frlont tl uphl iIs of 10II
I'la p aitirl aI:s ire (. Ioiailln neari y a
ren-es of thr. shiin- ii hin of the ,'.li .pI there.
fulli , the fout,. then1t ho k l in seel i
.,unili's wAlhich extentia1hl u1p into the southrly
,nir tof tlh "gr eatI woo s." .\1,1 all the whil -
o utlas.whows bred1 t on a1 1 'arm. w\as tllinlg,
", i 'iht\, tll ilanilldi1'n. 11nn '" Hut 111
'' I :I-1 ;1""11 :1. 1 ',':1 1 .

* ill t ti sl bt u t I llT k l ll
lile. Irivni I by widi . nd. It
.i it il II tilth i sinll rk-i li '
inst sih fom Ill tll t , ti r-
rnmliini tillsandI lini tulil iis.
Tlih wind ruinlu. i in the
hili ire-tllls. miliil thel l
li tll s sitiitd ll\\ in illl l
1, utll i t illI rl u l ltledl
Sn II t ihe lr Iis i lof lry
lil aves.
i I it l- l
"I IlIs() h ll ll Iht l I ')
t il I-i a xx - IlllihIIl. ""I 111' l (
C itIl t l xi I lixt inl1 ti-
niIht."
W e, 111 n o , but lth lrestll
il \\ ( l li i;iil iilltlt I( I i . tii l i t tII
ri iu tii wlobscure. dii
ateri' twlhihThuhl sliopped.
"1 think oi it halle 'one i
wrlo.I~." .\blisotl .aid.
] a lilos it think ill i;t ,il
THi nl;l> a l ittl. "'I ou ht
tlih h llak n thai Iilt ' paith L lack there." 1,
Iurn il ll nil biacl k.l lI , till I. tioI wl'I
nuii tl rl1 folre lt pth l liii hll ' l east11 rly: I cl .
l k ii Ii' ill i tai' t l I . I li t on again for
"O ghtis't w. 1la he e re tty neat' I)unhant's
tllln."' asked . lddison.
' l1i. I uI' Ss 1" shall mone to it." relllil
Tlhonmas. "I1 is quit, a i ooll hit to _no."
\Vi l 1n n it; in- f- or" > n tlll t . wIi- iiossill
1te btolks. 11 llhtiinI l,e h1w orm linl gr in I
>o blinding i lthick il t w , could " .", but ; Ifew
,noilisiiL n InI dir'ectiolnl. W <\\'In"lic I sl e x ly oill
the brink of a di'l' oI whi'h opHnu l .,ut on
a wily. white, frozen pM id. l'el 1y us :I br ] i
rna k was lingin.' down\i tl "alp'lron" of a he
Thomnas now pulbll up .hort in heowildernit.
.\ddi>oln hllau hl l. "]'' 4 o uVlli nloiw whre ilt
are:"" aidh i. "Toni. that is Mtuss I'P wl and
.ti ,s '. ul n ,tr am. ThIri 'l 's llh, lo dalti uli
tll ltll inl whelre .dl..r a lan cut prove last
winter. I kniow it b to ll e. thr, tall pihl -tubs
over ol er."
h'lllla> 1,.kul itter il clfuseti "Thent we
arc live nlehs fromh Iv ,i " li ' said.
"\Ve had ti i." st art for holt'. tot. i- luiek
as we euini'" ailst olexclinwrl. hhivering. "It's
rowving dark. The. round is (nraedl w\\ith.alnow(
m, ." "

. . i.,.u k .. - !..... . , . ' . .. .. I d , :.'t
L- tl- w e xt itlmi it our \ It' ck. o l liil-n
Sllitlites more ti e ittiu ini t' l ahllll.i ill th!le
w jt.Is. tWe t hal l it t ir lIt 1-ill- i lt Iill lp.
anl build a t ir- i l Ilt old l tk- .vt-."
"1 donii't kio\\w but that t hldl." a...nt l
lThu.a l. "It's all ai fi ll lli;ht. (inly tn:Ilth
win , i l tl l 1' lhro l th illtll ."
W e a. n uubl l it liltinl I lx t tpsi at I thi u i
lu ' h tl l tlllIgut of tt lt I h i 1 i - I t a.It i I ile
an.ll inside. at kind of imut l o.i, r. i t y ,a ul
ft'llun .\Wllis nllu hi t f llitllht-he.- in t Ilo,kkt-
tif hiii bi. t1 i l i. I- lH. i ni i . ni willtit . f unii d . d
s itl le ' x ux t ] and k i dlt-il It 'e in tih rlistll
- t . L. Th.re 1 i- sve II' 1 .axes. ill le tuillip.
aw 'I, ThI tStil l ltp It lng l,. ]enth for fuel: r t
thi l ilt rr e l ll, sta e allot w ' i, u o rsltlits.
"I suplpose the foll's itill wrnl tabutl u,."
said Thor'm-. ub.-rly.
S"\W-ell, it <ant hi lw lld." repli, l .\,li-.n.
"\ llt \ \ , hal il't a morly I to . ti l wt ." id
Ihlaste;ul. " 'I i aduhtllt hunich . h "
h'oimas jumll i lup altl leIn untnnin.,
,hakillQ iin tao ,brlk-harrels. a lhur-harrel i;al
setinl bioIxes. " t aI shltp of gt u ianu n
our:" le xclai nI. "I litl here arlI a fie
q aitllts (of" "thim hll ns in the bottom of this lur-ll-
harrel, ti l w\e hat got ilt i slupv,, stit. ihow
abunt I hilingsonebans:' Il.n-'sain oldkettle,"
" i.t's ,h it" id l llst(aId.
.\ kettle of hbeans tas pu ol n, mil wre kelt a
I'luiatS lv undIer it for tuo r three hous..
b..an ihile Ili" ston. , w1,s g.tting worse.
l'ni s il\ was sifiin, oit Ilw hil mtilip t :! 1
the .tcineks and t,l.ites. 'lih ,b411. . ,. 11eas
iureasi ; 1h tarinioill f 11e for,.. [ets at timls
il -inslpiriu . .tuhilng outside mobli t h dis-
cernal: a dns wihitl uist swnwl tottill-h i all i-
air. .\lAnw y i f out of Sn il aId had b:uk Iui'iinst
the1 irannl amiuoino nlitth\ wnwmin u a 'it
with Sl oritithat stuck hn it. I h . asimm ,l. aive
tu1 ut-r in 11t he tr't-tps., t.,u bt h e i t it distant
uu ll I t rcrlsh, ai ld'I'nluis wo~uMl texclaiii,
\V-eot nuir hteans illId passhli sft alefr :t

wh il ', awd I w. w% r "I lI\nneri. I'1 w re ;ll
il lilt a i plr of ih-t w IIl Hulti l. It ilhl i nS
(iii 11 o1 n. bnutin lh.\ 1an11 II\.'lt t ' l Illl I t lI abl l
luxury.\
T' iln\ i ll( 1 Ill ifr ti " l'rl: .t"] a tilt
I )llell i .v 11 III l - ofIll ihe X 11, Ii I lf sn lli
IHi i I i111 1 i l ll t. li t l fo
ll rialI IIIns I.. "I - il-ii .l hI ikII. i 1 . illn
xxuini In k twil lfl l-'1 i tItiawa up henlxi I alhtli
wica T .111a1. -111] h m .i l It iit . il'. I.i liamlo n -
11 ni1 '. hovl e,, ThIt.-s oprc\ i al. tlw h o ri 'I i
linItt l i" ll lt i lr . r l Ii i li i i t ll T ' iIro. bII t ai
1111ai . tidall- i.-, rIl aliiixiiiil it. \ ifh ' faint light
Ii nii ulIlltf IItfllil ih o reha lyn 01] l iu t i-in.
\- aIl . t of w iIf tiI a-, ih -lo.t . T h l;tllur
tin W.himl th. Iurrls wl Th. omid l', i la ul( 1i)h ,
hbi r t ,. f.\f .r4 i lurTy i.blim. lihtl a - lit '.
ail tri. l to ii.''rii n our viito.r. - 3ur ii thtl
it got lu dr H ith w lon_ ikll] hrt l ],",-er-
4.11. 1" .leplit. V' dr,,w(" it oilt into ight aft."er
sit ihnub'-: then Thomas .-hout.l that it was
a on) :r.
"Ye--. in ,. that'.- a l air Clulb " h 'rial.
"Hle's l fn in this od anll be(.foei. That'.
wlut mnade- it s i-l so) wheni w\e, (\ ' ni, In."
\,' - ,,. f m ,.n u 'that Th' ] . h.rl: s ht h l

h llllltt ittha It'1 x r-it' y f i .-lortni itd driV :.
tllk to shetl r. ii t11as a Il.r lil::e rtIIl
xx-ur. Finally i\il- shut it ul n ir IIa ltrri al:.
a\ i.licih itll 111h It llll n. it
\llIa: kith ol ur 11 rt s l l < kill li ;l tll
c -tu l th i'. :1h 1It- loalr. 1 i l lust hiv;l let 'i
t'cill till r morllIll then we i y dt w Il I. nl Ill thill
The ind i l\las still ui lll dr alfuly a .
lill' ll- it itil i ll ln\\ nll i tu fai s. In
th- pi til- ian us l towanl inihl t. - .,1
s tItd li ouldi I t by the stol i r l and r. ut sill -
Hill lix" .1 1 i H i it 1"I i i l tll ',t'i iii 1121
lTh mahlla> ll- tand aill I lti -s s: u tot l,
wet eoubtli in tlt' hunk, nviih our leet to the s
: ilt fe ll is p.- .
W\\' r\\rt't- aw, ken tI le- lhud c!uc 5'.:l. . 1
S thiil lill tll itI L\ all! stllti 1ll 1 in heIl it
_A d nl h dmtill lll tlllpi. hlu i-L1 . f' t w itlh l1t t\ .
Tid Manfn;ll . ( hs(l th'.qilual pine-trtl-t i
-h- blli ,ist al i i Ithell ullh; til hr en i ll I ,
in the pil-. In falling it hl l 5\\t l 1\ m i u
till-tr ith it. lls tI\ t i tanll t i ti h111.1
sl'u' : \\ ith shelh t'lilihliit I lilt 'i- I ( I5, i ll1I -
.shack. The .stais . Itlu l at I te n'itlt li a: ,
ulPt 110' had to rs piea., it t o ,b I N we mbl.
It \\;as .tt till ld i liht. h i r\ l t 11 t
n'alizal h I\\ x li llh ii p l\-i 11 llll t 1,
Tho rtt rw trulkslha d fallen i x :aci h ihi,
<-illlI p l a i- to 1u'h 11 th , rl. ol th1,
r-of. lIn.,, tub of L inches n n ,ishh.ii
Ill di ell h hI IIIisp li k l t 111t1 - - hI'I I l, niin :
wa\s . k n/ thewistth i th i I II-ILsh : 1h tw
hi\\o t tun' ks. is I i la I th r.I, pionli.
rii in t ' drif isll liii .
It hbhw hun, until iorni., util .hick,
sh tlt oIit' slnilsit, ali l th trs sl l cI n1
pal l, al i ll Illu h 5 \5 still I fell a il. i I. it
o'clhck.
"\\ ia :i hlll iiinil (l 13 1 " r nill
Hillsta.l.
Mooimi l Iittr5 /1/5r It \\e t s alnd fIur housl . I,
th litllh ;illi I tip. I lI I i - II. IIll
t l1iim 1111 f 'In1s 1 1.1 ,1, 111 11 l
h5511ni\s \\ ( (, i 11 In; \l . I',. ll 11 11 I
i l l 11 11 11 1 lx IIIi ls o o n s . l r o l
itn ilt in ll mii ll i ) \t Ii
sin 111'i hu t 111 11 11 II
_i 11 : ' lll51 I i l - 111111'. t15
i u llimlli 1111 i1 : i i IIri Il'
N si o 11 1 n u t ll ,\ ii il l llsl' i II
b li sa l eleeb li to i lt -o t
i, ll I .xii -di hl lit ix Iv x i
l i i x l- I i i ll t 1111 ll IIII l ii i I
il lilllI' I I1i il" ii w hich \\:lis tll
i : i ill il ourl.s ilm-1. - Illiil-
'- I ,,i. 4 I Hil ... l Ii .i\ ti- i Is 1 5 1..lh ,.
lii loo . "or 11 tutheli. tilai l l i\
Il s' \i.II t tlhlknl t ill i ll t ll
.\.1 .1l t 115,11 In 11 x ' h :l11
Ili hs n h, I io ll ht111111 eI
the t:IIVluseal li 1n ,.
li l 1; 1, it1. 1 I 111s lit
lii; ih' II ilt ll :i it u 'd )l iix "ii -
5 it ,1-~1n 11.ilk 1)> er ' nI t' ,
u. rI ii 'ln h'i I li ,lit i IsllI II
a l ,I. st fll fi r rl llli I
i'7 . ",- .. :1 5 h ll '. )111.1 1h d s / Ii 5 1 1,I
\\.."g1 e I .I1.il ll 11 . , I( IIn l -.
S\\,.nl h.,II thI "; f mI t h h\.-
\l '." 1il(', 1h( 1h. .o r , ll i11.
sl lshi 1;11 h11 N nit! Ihll ' II '
b ti v iilp js b ilnl ilt h shI siles ]Lur, i 1
nal. lhI ]) h le InskI
' > ," \ p. ofIi' 1. h lf il l lli
as 'hn l \Vh uit:(. l ill iit i l l l l
ere ] ,.bly a ill2 ii ,
4 sdi; s itia t s i l l. .W eli-r n i l
l Iiu a s holy \ ti' l l i lll in '
Iilyrk l. '1I f" I k.now ] n 1 im51 ,
this h as o, f ] r:- l l trigh t."
It ptoval to b,, M r.11111_ .
, 5 T "ho fll h l sun l:. , mirl ih ill i
W l, ' w.11 , well, how s , \lw.rI U hav iin
aill ni ,I.ghlt 1 '" wais O"ir sa ltati . -.
1i5>51 w111 thl. pro 0l1h li,\\mi ln i touIllsi
wl r ill Uniio for clawit]lie 's TIhalik
din i tll illhr.o 'uh'-lo k, to \ 'illh.itis wld.
i.y . \ e bI l oligha t 1rgs lple 'ii t -.
Tsime w as .sfnol w-drilt u ix .tul ll d pilh ,
th t. h ir, w hthti lzif ]ral d aw hu.l m nill
Nil of it lIi, ull sts who.mll 1f l l xlll'po -:
nis o' r of o lur al iiturt. hil l lw] ill;..- illi
or\! I o i t.in s1l tart us t trutkful I
.\fts r slu.lt f11s,. amids t nii'h ]utl in
onr ,.:on ,9-1 -hs. - of 3-'!,,-'.,.l pai.-

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