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LACE COMES BACK
I have been looking on this
evening at a merry company
of children assembled round
that pretty French toy, a
Christmas tree. The ree was
planted on the middle of a
groat round tabic and tow-
pred high above their heads.
Tt- wfis hHIUnnflv lierhrnrl hv
a multitude of little tapers &
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ana every wnere spanuuu aim jra
giutereu witn ongnc oojecix.
Tliere were rosy-cheeked dolls
hiding behind the green
leaves, and there were real
watches (with movable hands,
at least, and an endless ca
pacity for being wound up)
dangling from innumerable
twigs. There were French
polished tables, chairs, bed
steads, wardrobes, eight-day
clocks and various other ar
ticles of domestic furniture
(wonderfully made In tin at
among the boughs, as if in
preparation for some fairy
There were jolly, broad
faced little men, much more
agreeable In appearance than
many real men, and no won
der, for their heads took off
and showed them to be full
of sugar plums. There were
fiddles and drums. There
were tambourines, books,
workboxes, paint boxes, peep
show boxes, sweetmeat boxes
and all kinds of boxes.
There were trinkets for the
older girls, far brighter than
any grownup gold and jew
pis. There were baskets and
pincushions in all devices.
There were guns, swords and
banners, real fruit, made ar
tificially dazzling with gold
leaf; imitation apples, pears
and walnuts, crammed with
surprises. In short, as a
pretty child before me de
lightedly whispered to anoth
er pretty child, her bosom
friend, "There was every
thing, and more."
CHRISTMAS OF LONG AGO
Poignant Pangs Come Instead of
Peace, as Season Causes Thoughts
of the Past.
Christmas, singularly. enough for a
festival that is supposed to celebrate
joy, is characterized by sadness. The
time of year, which is supposed to be
fraught with good cheer, is laden with
pain. Instead of peace, there arc ex
perienced poignant pangs.
Nor is it cynicism which says so;
the average man in the street will tell
you the .same. Neither is crabbed age
sponsor for the crotchets of the time;
unless, indeed, crabbed ago begins in
this hurried era when a man passes
his majority. Nor Is the tragic contrast
between the cloud, which now for the
fifth Christmas darkens Europe and
the world, and the bright star of Beth
lehem the reason for the somber tone
that sounds beneath the gay notes of
the season, as the deep diapason of the
organ rolls beneath the rippling mel
ody. No; it is none of these things
which imparts to Christmas the sora-
berness which is apparent to every
body who has passed Into years of ma
turity. It's memory that does it. Memory
plays tricks with us on these days.
Perhaps more than on any other holi
day our minds revert to Chrlstmases
that used to be. We like to think about
it; we like to read the Christmas
Carol, because It puts in everlasting
.Words the emotion of gladness which
Used to .dominate that day. No mat
ter how humble the home, memory
paints it In wonderful colors on this
one day, from the time we jumped
Irom the warm bed long before dawn
and scampered across the cold floor
to get; the stocking which somehow
had been stuffed during the night, to
the end of the plethoric homo festival,
when, candy-smeared and tilled to the
point of repletion we were rescued
from the wreck of toys and packed
wearily off to sleep, more or less
troubled with painful suggestions of
turkey and mince pie.
There Is only one thing that can
make Christmas real to a grown-up,
and that Is to do something for some
body who cannot pay It back. That
otherism is, we begin to suspect, the
thing which dominated the Chrlstmas
es that used to be and made them so
real that they remain warm in mem
ory. Unless you would have memory
become a dry specter, you yourself
must make real for little children of
the now the pictures which memory
conjures up for you of the Christmases
that used to be. Saturday Globe.
A Repeated Message.
Everv vonr Christmas reneats its
message: "Four God no more. He
brings liberty to the enslaved, light
to the despairing, purer joy to the
glad. He is the Comforter of the
Borrowing, tho Physlchm of tho sick,
the Healer of the sinful, the Friend
and Companion of man. Wilbur D.
month far famed! For festive days
and nights renowned,
Joy fraught, with hallowed benedictions
Life's annual clearing house for retro
Where pensive memory recalls the smiles,
The hopes and joys of youth, the loves of
And sighs to seo the havoc, vsad. that
Time has wrought.
O hoary month! In regions of the nortli
The song of bird and rippling of tho
brook have ceased.
And Nature's thousand charms of sum
mer days have lied,
There Boreas reigns, fierce god of wind
And winter all of verdure into brown
and white transforms
And loaves no trace of life and beauty
O happy month! When keen anticipation,
Flies swift on wings of ardent love to
With gifts the friend, tho lover or the
An Winter closer draws his icy fettered
The heart expands and love unselfish
And snoods its largess to the ones most
Illustrious months of most Illustrious
Good tidings, peace and joy to all tho
A heavenly choir announced when Christ
No other birth such mighty portent bore.
This, l5rlnca of Peace whom heaven and
How thrills the heart at thought of
C. Oliver in 3-os Angeles Times.
HIS CHRISTMAS RESOLUTION
The Day of Charity.
"Christmas is Indeed the season of
regenerated feeling tle season for
kindling not merely the tires of hos
pitality in the hall, but Jhe general j
flame of charity In the heart. Wash
S Then welcome, merryi
Another hour before we
2 The rosy girl close at our
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We'll kiss beneath the X
a mistletoe. X
X Deep, mellow bells salute g
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With benisons sent far J
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Good will and joy go every- g
Upon the golden Christ- V
Joel Benton, ö
OH looket here! My, wasn't Santa good!
He gave me all the presents that he could.
That's 'cause I always kept so neat and clean
On Sundays dresst just like a fairy Queen.
I minded darling Muzzer ev'ry day;
Was careful of my dresses when at play,
And held my Gran ma's yarn when she did kvs1.
For that's the way I did my little bit.
And when my Dad came home from work each night
I tried to please him with my tiny might;
Always brought his pipe and paper, too,
So he could smoke and read it thru and thru.
Dear Santa Claus, in Toyland, heard bout me,
'Cause my Muzzer said he said, said he,
"I'll just give that sweet and 'bedient chile
The very things she's wanted all the while."
So see this pretty, sparkling Christmas Tree
And the toys and things he gave to me;
When 'ou re good like me and try to please
Santa Claus will give you toys like these.
HOLIDAY SEASON IN ITALY
Dr. Grenfell of Labrador Fame
Explains Christmas Observances
in the Sunny Land.
Travelers visiting Home while it:
was still the center of a land of peace,
found Christmas there a day of joy-
ousness; and the merry bells of many
churches, ushering in the day, spoke
the familiar langua;
:e of home.
Tust before the war, Dr. (irenfell,
of Labrador fame, indulged in the
unusual luxury of a brief holiday in
Klimpe, after years of tireless service
among tho fishermen. His journey
brought him and Mrs. Grenfell to
Jvoino Just as the many religious and
civil observances of the Christmas
season were about to take place. A
great contrast these scenes were to
the Christmases of icebound Labra
dor. The decorations, the greetings, and
the crowds Hocking in and out of
churches, emphasized the spirit of the
season. "All the places of worship into
which we peeped," he says, "were
ablaze with lights, while processions
of priests in glittering robes, with so
norous choruses and ascending incense,
appealed to the various senses."
At one church they viewed the five
boards believed to have farmed a Prt
of the cradle of our Lord.
The American Episcopal Church of
St. Paul, where they worshiped on
Christmas morning, was crowded with
the Protestant population of the Holy
City. A feature of the service was the
dedicating of a beautiful new mosaic,
coveting one entire wall of the church
and representing the nativity of
Of the Coliseum, says Dr. Grenfell,
"we .-ould think of no place better to
suggest to our minds the communion
of the saints; and as we walked
round the tiers of seats we could see
again the 'men of like passions with
ourselves,' giving their lives for the
same Master we claim to serve."
When darkness had feilen the trav
ellers were attracted by numbers of
bright lights over by the Porta San
Giovanni. These proved to announce
"all the fun of a fair" there In Italy
Just as one finds them in this coun
try at a "county fair."
BEAR, NOT BARE
The Boys Are All Away
How shall wo wreathe tho holly?
How hang: tho mistletoe?
How shall we keep tho Christmas feast
With tho joy we used to know.
When on tho happy Christmas Day
The boys aro all away?
The holly pricked their Angers
And brought woo drops of red,
When caught beneath tho mistletoe
Tho laughing lassies lied.
No romping games this year we'll play
Tho boys are all away.
But we will never shame the lads
"With hearts so bold and true,
We'll never mix our Christmas gTcena
With sombre boughs of yew;
With courage high we'll learn to say:
"The boys aro all away."
Wö'11 keep the heart and make tho home
As bright as bright can bo
And sin& the carols old and sweet
Of Christ's nativity.
Like Mary smile, the while wo pray
For all the boys away.
Ethelbert D. Warüeld.
A Common Human Failing.
It is undoubtedly more blessed to
give than to receive; but it Is a hu-
rmm falling to compare the valut ol
Decoration for Frocks Promises
There Is No Attempt to Relieve the
Neckline of Evening Gowns When
They Are Deeply Decollete,
By tills time It is quite apparent to
even the casual observer, states a
fashion writer, that old lace has come
into its own again and that there Is a
revulsion of feeling against the severe
neck line except by women who know
they look extremely well in such se
verity. It Is not especially trying when
the decolletage is square, but when
round, or V-shaped It takes a woman
with remarkably regular features to
An Oriental Frock for Dinner and
Theater, of Bright Blue Satin and
Black Thread Lace. The Bodice Is
of the Latter. The Girdle Is Caught
by a Placque of Colored Beads.
carry it off. This refers to day frocks.
There is no attempt to relieve the
neckline of evening gowns when they
are deeply decollete, as the bodice is
rarely of heavy or opaque material.
The introduction of an afternoon
frock, which now means a frock worn
for lunch as well as tea, but not for
the ordinary purposes of shopping or
patriotic work, with a deep U-shaped
decolletage half filled in with a flat
rullle of lace, has met with sufficient
popularity to insure a reasonable
measure of success, and one hears on
every side the expression of pleased
acceptance with a fashion that gives
one a chance to have the face soft
Against this judgment there are a
host of objectors who insist that the
severe neckline is smart and that the
other is out of the picture, but as soon
as enough well-dressed women adopt
the advancing method then she who is
out of the picture will be in it. It is
merely a question of the eye. We are
the victims of visual familiarity with
objects. Otherwise there would not be
that complete change in the fashions
which occurs season In and out.
MITTENS ARE IN GAY COLORS
Wnoln Hand Covennas Are Seen in
Large Variety; Often Match
Scarf or Cap.
One reason put forward for the
vogue for mittens is that one cannot
carry a mull ana carry a nag, ana
everv nntriotlc woman simply must
carry a bag these days. Another rea
son, and one that holds true of the
woman of moderate income, is that
fur is high and a new muff is out of
the question. Then a lot of women
are doincr outdoor work who never
did It before. They aro exposed to
the cold nipping air of morning and
evening on their way to and from vol
unteer or paid work. They drive
automobiles and "conduct" street cars
and act as messenger boys and collect
bills, and for this work they need to
have a protection for their hands that
is more substantial than the kid glove
or fabric glove of other days.
Hence tho mitten l
The prediction was made some
months ago that the smartly dressed
woman would be wearing shaggy an
gora gloves and mittens and some peo
ple shrugged their shoulders and felt
sure that there was nothing that would
tempt the well-dressed woman away
from the conventional kid. Surely the
fact that they had almost doubled in
price would not have this effect on
the woman who took dressing serious
ly. But tl)e vogue has come, and
where well-dressed women are seen
In outdoor attire there one also sees
woolen gloves aud woolen mittens.
They are made in the gayest colors.
often to match a woolen scarf or cap,
and as the season advances they will
be even more in evidence than they
Linings Are Colored.
A notion reminiscent of the blouses
of several seasons ago, when many
colors were transfused by means of
many linings placed one above the oth
er, is shown in some clever blue
blouses of georgette through which
red, canary or petunia shows part o
the way to tho yoke and again for
cuffs and collar.
BLACK VEILS ARE PREFERRED
Color Takes Lead for Universal Bt
comingness Blue Alto a Strong
Favorite With Women.
The possibilities of the veil are prac
tically unlimited. Chosen with care with
regards to color, size and design, a
veil has power to make even the plain
est women startlingly attractive. On
the other hand, a. veil can make a
really pretty woman hopeless.
Perhaps the most important consid
eration Is coloiv Black must take the
lead for universal becomlngness. After
that ccmes blue; but it must be quite
a dark blue, and preferably of a coarse,
undotted mesh. The blue veil Is be
coming to blonde and brunette alike,
and is wonderfully effective In sug
gesting fineness and clearness of skin.
Most trying of all though, is tho white
veil. Only she who knows her type to
perfection and has proved the becom
ingness of the white veil should at
tempt it But brown veils for charm
ing red heads by all means!
As to size or shape, the unlmpeach
ably groomed person may go In for the
long flowing veil, hanging loose from
the face. But the average woman, if
she would look her triggest best, must
have her veil snug.
Unbeautlfylng splashy scrolls of the
all-over kind are usually not the choice
of the carefully dressed woman, no
matter how modish the pattern. The
same thing is true of dots. Dots well
spaced on a veil carefully arranged
have a positive fascination. But you
know the funny side of a dot mis
placed, don't you?
CHIC NEW SWEATER BLOUSE
Garment Devised With Purpose of
Conserving Wool, but Without
Giving Up Good Points.
An extremely serviceable and jaunty
garment is the new combination sweats
er blouse, devised by some one who
wanted to conserve wool without giv
ing up the good points of the sweater.
A blouse of some gay striped silk is
first made according to a pattern that
opens down the front with fronts that
fold back and join In a wide sailor col
lar. But the sailor collar Is not made
of the silk. Instead, it is made of wool
of some color that goes well with the
strikes In the silk, as are wide cuffs
for the sleeves aud a foot wide hip sec
tion that forms a tight-fitting peplum
for the blouse. To put it on it is sim
ply pulled over the head. It.ls charm
ing to wear with the walking suic
skirt, and the wool Is placed jusfc
where the additional warmth under
tho suit coat might be most welcome
of frosty mornings.
DUVETYN COAT FOR SERVICE
This effective and serviceable duv-
tyn coat will appeal strongly to many.
Who can resist the immense beaver
collar and the "triple" pockets?
OF INTEREST TO WOMEN
More than C,000 women served as
drivers and aids in the American Red
Cross motor corps service. The khaki
uniform was discarded and a new ont
of Red Cross Oxford gray substituted.
The first girl "bell hops" in Mon
tana have been engaged at a hotel in
Missoula, where the ' innovation has
made a profound sensation among the
ranchers and cowboys.
Of the 30,000 women enrolled in the
department of nursing of the Red
Cross 700 have been assigned to tlte
federal public health bureau, or to Red
Cross service In this country.
Swiss girl singers, sometimes assist
ed .by boys, gave street concerts in th
principal towns and cities to r&lj
money for a fund for the comfort of
the soldiers guarding the borders of