The Baylor County Banner. (Seymour, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 30, 1916 Page: 3 of 12
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THE Judds lived iii a little cot-
' tage at the very end of the
town. Mr. Judd was a carpen-
ter, and when he had plenty
of work there were light and cheer and
warmth In the home. But after he had
fallen from a ladder and broken his
leg hard times came to the family in
the cottage, and the two little boys,
Blchard and Robin, whispered together
that sorely Santa Claus would xiot 11ml
them this year. In former years he
had been good to the two little boys,
but this year things would be different.
On Christmas eve, after tho little
boys had gone to bed, Mr. Judd whis-
pered to his wife that Sauta Claus
might leave somo nuts and candles for
Blchard and Robin and that he himself
bad whittled them two boats that were
handsomer than those In the shops, and
Mrs. Judd had boiled some molasses
and made a big panful of walnut taffy
from the store of black walnuts in the
Just at that moment Mr. Judd saw a
piece of paper pinned to Robin's stock-
ing. It was written in the little lad's
big round handwriting.
"What is that?" he asked, going to
"Robin's letter to Santa Claus. I
haven't read It yet "What does it say ?"
asked Mrs. Judd as she cut the taffy
into nice squares and prepared to wrap
it In the waxed paper.
Mr. Judd read the paper, and his
eyes twinkled. "He asks Santa Claus
to bring him a little sister. He doesn't
want anything else. He says he can
b® happy playing with her all the year
"The dear child!" sighed Mrs. Judd.
"What is that?" they both spoke to-
gether, for from the porch outside they
heard a funny little sound that sound
«d strangely like a baby's cry.
"It sounds like a baby," said Mr.
Judd, going to the door and turning the
"It can't be!" said Mrs. JUdd, follow
When Mr. Judd opened the door the
snowstorm tried to enter the warm
room. The carpenter peered out lnt«
the whiteness and then down and lift
ed something that was huddled against
"It's a basket and there's a baby in
side!" he cried as he closed the door
and set the basket and Its contents on
Sure enough,.in a nest of warm clean
blankets was a six months old baby
girl; blue eyed, goldeu haired, dimpled.
Her clothes were coarse but clean, anil,
pinned to her white frock was a note
saying that the baby's mother was
dead and that her father was going to
a far country and made a present of
her to the kindest people In the town
And there was some money yin the en
velope, all that the poor father could
spare. It was very little.
"Shall we keep her?" asked Mr. Judd,
for they were quite poor .and his ill-
ness had brought many heavy bills to
"She came to us," whispered Mrs.
Judd as she hugged the baby they had
found In the snow. "We can spare
enough for her. And the boys will be
so happy to have her!"
"That settles it!" said Mr. Judd, and
he went up into the attic after the lit-
tle cradle in which Richard and Robin
used to sleep.
When Christmas morning dawned
Richard and Robin crept out of bed
and tiptoed Into the sitting room. They
always did this
morning so as
not to awaken
It was barely
They could see
and out of the
tops were stick-
ing two red paint-
ed sailboats Just
boa.ta there were
warm red mit-
tens. knitted by
and there were
delicious walnut taffy ^ rapped In wax
e:l paper and some red apples.
And Jjst as they reached the ml ap
j»les the little boys looked down and
s.iv the < kl cradle with the snov Im
by's bright and blue eypj staring up
IIow tlie cottage rang with their
erics of joy! IIow they hugged tin-
new baby sister, whom they thought
Santa Onus had left at their door!
But we ail know tllut sometimes when
Santa Claus is very busy he has to ask
jrrownup fclhs to help him distribute
the gon 1 things at Christmas tide sin-p
he cannot get around to all the homes
of nil the good children in one evenini
without ^tlr'.nz hi<» reindeer too much.
"Ilurrah!" cried Ilicharil and Robin,
running to awaken their parents.
"Merry Christmas, father and mother!
Come out and see the beautiful baby
sister Santa Claus has brought us!
Why. this Is the best Christmas we
his MOUNTAII 6irl
By RONALD ROSS.
'stie came to us,
Marvin, was In his later thirties.
College bred, he had gone West after
making a failure of his life. He had
no ties. Nobody in the world cared
for him. He wanted only to bury
himself in the heart of the forest and
One day, as Marvin rode through
the woods, he came upon a slip of a
mountain girl bending over a brook.'
Her bare feet were as brown as ber-
ries, her arms nut brown, her face
flushed with confusion as she raised
It to his.
They fell Into an easy conversation.
Hftr father was a small sheep rancher
living in the valley. She had no oth-
er relative or friend except—Jim.
Jim was her lov*r, Marvin gathered.
He rode on, vaguely disconcerted. The
thought of the girl recurred to him
again and again.
He met her once more, twice—then
the day came when he rode down to
the valley to buy his supplies. And
he saw the girl at the door of the
"Joe Cooper's gal," the storekeeper
told him. "She's sort of queer. Old
Jim Bates is craey to marry her, but
he's in his fifties and the gal don't
care for an old man. Guess her father
will make her, though. He's eager to
get rid of her—shiftless lot, them
Marvin, returning, saw a group of
three at the door of the house. The
two men were arguing angrily with
the girl. Marvin thought he saw
tears on her cheeks. He pulled In his
horse; then slowly rode away. It
was no business of his; he could not
But the days hung drearily on his
hands, and he felt a vague longing to
see the forest girl again. About a
week later his wish was gratified.
She was coming along the trail,
sobbing, and when she saw him she
stopped dead and hid her face in her
hands. Marvin was at her side in a
"You are in trouble," he said. "What
can I do to help you?" Then In Bud-
den realization, "You were coming
She nodded dumbly. "I can't stand
for It in the valley," she said. "I
won't marry Jim Bates. I won't. I
hate him. All my life I have wanted
to live in the mountains, away from
The stammered, foolish words were
almost inarticulate. Marvin under-
stood the passion behind them, the
soul longing for freedom, groping for
refuge from the petty tyranny of life
He placed his arm around her. She
looked up at him, and their lips met.
"I, too, love the mountains," he said.
"Would you come and live with me—
I mean, if we were to be married?"
She nodded. They strolled together
along fhe trait, and at last both had
found happiness. Before she left it
was arranged that she was to meet
him and they would ride to the near-
est town and find a minister.
That night he dreamed that he was
pursuing Laura through a vast, smoky
land, a wilderness with no other liv-
ing being In sight; yet she was run-
ning from him toward some unknown
danger, and he pursued, eager to save
He gasped and sat up. Through
the window of his calfln ho saw a
lurid light that seemed to fill the sky.
The room was filled with smoke.
He hurried into his clothes and ran
to the stable. The horse was whinny-
ing, fearful of the fire that seemed to
be creeping nearer. Marvin saddled
him and rode at a gallop Into the
woods. At the edge of the crest he
saw that the whole valley was ablaze.
He tethered his horse securely and
ran down the valley. He saw smol-
dering homesteads, fallen trees,
blackened rooftops of deserted houses.
Then he was at the Cooper ranch.
The house was still blazing.
He ran through the little irrigated
patch and hammered furiously at the
door. It fell crashing beneath his
blows. The interior was empty.
Thank God for that!
The girl must have Joined the fugi-
tives In the mounfains at the other
end of the valley. There was no more
to be done. Marvin turned slowly
away—and then he was aware of the
girl crouching beside the little trickle
of water, as she had crouched by the
brook that day. She was crouching,
weeping, end In a moment he had her
In his arms.
"You are not hurt?" he cried.
"Where Is your father? your—"
"I don't know." she sobbed. "When
I awoke the house was beginning to
burn. I dresse'i and hurried out here.
I think—I think they have gone with
the settlers toward the mountains."
"They left you ip burn!" exclaimed
Marvin, In horror.
She laid her hand on his arm "I
heard them calling for me," she said.
"Hut I hid here Tomoarow I was to
have married Jim."
"And now?" asked Marvin, bending
"Now, I just can't. I can't Leave
me to die "
He caught h»r In his arms and car-
ried her up the valley, over the smol-
dering ruins of the little settlement
When they reached unburned ground
he set her down and walked beside
her, holding her to him. Her hair, un-
I loosed fell over him. They were to-
| gether and content, Immeasurably co»
1 tent, and nothing else mattered.
Does It Pay To Make a Noise?—There Is Very
Little Productiveness Without Some Fuss...
So Here We Come
WE HAVE SHOES TO LET: Old mens old ladies', young
men s young ladies', misses, children's Baby shoes, tennis
shoes, Sandels, Slippers, and at Popular Prices.
We'have^Gingliams, Calico, White Goods,
Casco Suiting, Satiroy Robe, Drapery,
Percales, Cambric, Bleach, Kverett Shirting,
10-4 sheeting, Pillow Tubing, Denim
Ticking,fOuting, White Flannel Cotton,
lHauneHlots[[of bolt goods, such as you
want at Popular Prices. iL
Ladies' Veils, Chiffon Ribbon of all kinds,
Collars, Ties, Over-Shirts, Underwear for
men and women, Overalls, work Shirts,
Hose for men, women and children, all
colors at Reduced prices. All sorts of
Embroidery, Laces, Sansilk knitting cotton,
Silk thread Bncellar Crochet white-colored.
Lady KifchiefsytPcyftimet Powder ptiff, Hairpins, Collar buttons
~ ~ Most Everything You Want
PEABERRY COFFEE, 6 POUNDS $1.00
AflfSorts of Canned Goods as Low as They Can Be had,
Baking Powder, K. C. . . . 20c
Health Club 20c
Calumet Baking Powder, I 5c for 1 pound or for 10 pounds.
Oilsjof alljkinds as cheap as they can be had.
InfFact We Arc Ready to Meet any Price on Good Fresh Goods
We want to thank our friends and customers for patro-
nage givenrus in the past and beg a continuance.
Red Springs, Texas
Baylor County Banner:—Last
Saturday's issue of the DallaB
News contained a picture and
brief description of the new
Banner building. You know The
Dallas news is the best news-
paper in the South. We esteem
it no small honor to have mention
made of the humble habitation
of this sheet. We have just this
much to say, and that is that the
institutions nf our great country
are safe when our people are j
guided in their opinions by so|
fair a people as those who get
out the Dallas News.
The News enjoyed printing the
picture of the Banner's substan-
tial new home. The News wish-
es every county paper in 'lexas
was'as prosperous and useful as
the Baylor County Banner, of
Seymour. In that case, not only
would Texas and Texas citizen-
ship be advantaged enormously,
but the News, and every other
general newspaper in the State
would be immeasurably benefit-
ted. The more readers attracted
to local newspapers, the more
are attracted to"general news-
i apers. An enlightened, pro-
gressive, public-serving r,rpES
bespeaks a population of like
character. Good roads, good
schools, good homes and good
newspapers are potent to inspire
men and women to the maximum
i of industrial and social achieve-
ment, and such achievement sig-
nifies the highest victories of
icivilized living. The time will
come in Texas when it will be
accounted as discreditable to the
State and the landlord to permit
a family tc live in a single poom
inafqualid shack or tenement
as it is now considered discredit
able to a community to permit
its children to grow up without
moral or scholastic instructions.
— State Press.
New York Piano Movers Moved Him, Bed and All
NEW YORK.—There's no telling what may happen In tho present period
of prosperity for hotels In this city. H. C. Mergonthaler of Rochester,
N. Y., had a peculiar experience In the Blltmore. Mr. Mergenthaler was In
that slumbering hour which Is sweet-
est of all whim there catno a hard and
threatening knock on his door. Out-
Bide he heard what sounded like a mob
"Of course he will get up," said
"Get up, I should think so," de-
Mr. Mergenthaler thought he was
having a nightmare when four men of
great muscle and brawn threw open
"H u p," they chorused.
"What the dickens!" ejaculated Mr. Mergenthaler.
Before he knew what waB happening a grand piano was placed in a cor-
ner of the room near a window.
"Mr. Mergenthaler," said the apologetic voice of a hotel employee, "will
you kindly arise? One ot the grand opera ringers wishes to practice for a
concert. She must have this room, and we are awfully sorry that a mistake
was made in assigning you here."
Now, Mr. Mergenthaler Is a good-natured man, who has made his head-
quarters at the Hiltmore overy time he has come taertrs. Hut- he did not wish to
get up. Hed was so comfortable, and outside all seemed so shivery and cold.
"Not going to stir—not a budge from me," siiid Mr. Mergenthaler.
The four strong men and the hotel man conferred and it was resolved
that Mr. Mergenthaler must finish his sleep in another room. Ilo was told
of the resolution.
"Not going to even put a foot out of bed," said Mr. Mergenthaler.
"Oh, well," chorused the piano carriers, "got ter do it."
With that Mr. Mergenthaler perceived that the bed began to move. He
dug his nead down deeper into the pillow and closed his eyes.
The bed was moved out of the room into one two doors away.
you can go to sleep again," said one of the voices.
Spot Cash at Vera
The Spot Cash Grocery has
opened up a branch store at Vera
occupying the Horn building.
They will carry groceries and a
small stock of hard vare. 0. W.
Crosby, who hns been with the
firm here, will be manager.
This move, was tried once be-
fore, but the ownpr of the build-
ing the firm was in wanted it,
so the goods wfT^ sold. They
propose to stay thi-* time.
Charlie, son of Mr. and Mrs
T. W. Whittaker, was operated
on Monday for appendicitis by
Drs. C. F. and C. E Johnson in
their hospital. The operation
was none too soon and a day
j later would probably have meant
the boy's death. As it was, the
appendix was taken out in small
pieces. Drainage tubes were
inserted and the patient is doing
! nicely, With the success that
Drs. Johnson have had with ap-
pendix operations it is hard to
see why anybody could ask for
anv more skilled services.
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Fancher
returned Monday night from a
little visit to Mineral Wells as a
sort of healthful vacation. They
also visited Fort Worth, Dallas
and H'lbhard City while gone.
The Punitive Expedition
1 he expediton sent into Mexi-
co to bring back the bandit Villa
is meeting with a hard campaign.
The absence of railroads has
made it difficult to bring up sup-
plies, the climate is not the most
salubrious and it is hard to find
Villa. Thus far, our soldiers
have been lucky in not encoun-
tering a combatitive feeling from
the Mexietn people at Jarge and
our nation is breathing a little
[easier over the situation; realiz-
ing, however, that new crises
, may arise at any time.
The trap in which it was hoped
Villa had been involved has been
proven defective on the Carranza
iend and the bandit has fled
| further south. (Jen. Pershing,
who is conducting the expedition
makes the statement that we
.must not expect an early capture
j of the fugitive. It is a very dif-
ficult proposition that our Uncle
; Sam has undertaken.
Flower pots, all sizes
How <0 Develop tho Art of Saving Ga4
When You Cook.
j 'Vo get the Ki'futest amount of heat
from a gas range and not waste ga*
| the g;is should not he turned any hlgh-
' er than will give a perfect blue flaine.
j When the flame becomes a yellowish
red the gas Is l>eliig wasted and giving
a heat that smokes and smudges cook-
ing utensils and shortens thetr pe-
riod of usefulness about one-half. In
cooking have the flame about one-half
Inch of clear blue and after the article
being cookiil reaches the boiling point
reduce the tlnme to only such a height
as will keep it boiling This also ap-
plies to oven Jets.
Ho>* to Maka Beauty Bags For Your
Make the bags of cheesecloth about
four Inches sijuuro or a little largtT
and fill thein loosely with the follow-
ing mixture: Oatmeal (not rolled oats>.
a pound: powdered orris root, a quar-
ter of a pound; almond meal, a quarter
of a pound; powdered enstlle souk
four ounces. A few drops of oil of
verbena mnv he ndiled If liked
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Harrison, O. C. The Baylor County Banner. (Seymour, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 30, 1916, newspaper, March 30, 1916; Seymour, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth429401/m1/3/: accessed June 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Baylor County Free Library.