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BY HUGH WILSON. ABBEVILLE, S. C? WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1899. ESTABLISHED
u C A CHRISTMAS SONG.
* A bird upon a holly spray,
' Sang rv?Mtly all on Xmas day:
"Good morrow, folks. How do you do?
' V* A merrie Xmas, all of you!"
1 Ye rich, ye poor, ye old, ye young,
Heard wtlcome of yts joyoua tu:igue,
And all were glad to hear yt day
Ye bird upon ye holly spray.
And if you do believe ys true
Wt I have told herein to you
f Ye bird upon ye holly spray
I Shall surely say to you today:
"Good morrow, friends. How do yon dot
Peace and good will to yours and you."
| t Fatfier Lamier's ^
l, \ New CassocR. :/
I ' . "Jeanne, you will give nuts, red apf
plea and dried plums to Gelynotte and
* Moreau to fill the sabots of the little
ones. Et In secula seculorum," mur^
? " * 1 ~ Kan rnonmnH
mureu JU. It vure, nuu UJCU tvouiuv.v
the reading of his breviary, which had
been interrupted by the numberless
' preparations for the fete of the following
day. He bent his spectacles anew
over the book, closing his ears in vain
to the joyous outbursts which rang
.throughout the place on this the eve
frf the day so blessed. Joy filled the air
and troubled his meditations. He could
; ; . ^ Dot prevent his paternal heart from
f Bharing in the innocent pleasures of
- ) the flock over which he ^ad watched
and to which he bad ministered fot
' more than 30 years.
This year, for the first time in his
. life, the cure was to celebrate the holj
anniversary with a delight less intense,
"MATTHEW, HATE YOU MY CASSOCK?"
a heart less light, than usual. Care Irritated
and troubled his serene benevoj&
- lenee and checked his compassion for
Others, his forgiveness of wrongdoing.
Play actors were Installed opposite the
c . 'rectory, at the Hotel du Dauphin, at
if the other side of the square. - What a
trial it had been for him! For ten
. days they bad been there. Soulaire bad
seeded as though seized with a fever.
At each corner of the street many colored
posters were to be seen, and in
' ' front of them groups of people gathAnmmanttnir
nnnn the cnpptflr*lP nf
ucu,vuuju.tui.i.t, ?c? ?> -r ? ? ?
the previous night or that heralded foi
the coming evening. The streets, which,
, u a rule, were deserted at 9 o'clock,
were thronged until after midnight.
From end to end, of the little town the
merits of the respective players were
> A roll of drums was heard beneath
the window, and M. Lamier sprang tc
- his feet. The nasal voice of Father
Onesime, the public crier and game
keeper, was heard distinctly callinj
aloud In the same tone as the worth;
man ordinarily invited the citizens tc
kill the white worms or to muizle theli
"Hochary Troupe. Soulaire Theatre
(Grain Market), this evening. For the
first time the great success, 'The Abbe
Const&nthi,' comedy by Ludovic Ha
. levy of the Academie' Francaise. M
Aitemon of the Chatelet will fill th<
role of the Abbe Constant in. Mile
Valerie, from the theaters of BreBt anc
Algeria, will appear as Bettina. The
uouai piac vi auuiiaoiuu.
A roll of wheels announced the ar
rival of the diligence, which halted ai
the hotel opposite, and the passenger:
alighted with a great deal of noise, th<
women precipitating themselves fron
the Interior like a cloud of wasps, deaf
ening the driver.
"Late, as usual, Matthew. When
Is my new muff? Matthew, where ii
Totor's mechanical horse?"
And Matthew, with his fat face
flushed and framed in the ear laps 01
UU AAM K/X/Wl SV1
hid uucu uunu iniu iuc uuvu vj
the Imperial, which was Inflated like i
balloon, and withdrew packages am
"Come, Matthew, the abbe's nev
cassock." said Jeanne.
"Matthew, have you my cassock?'
suddenly cried from a window in th<
. Hotel du Dauphin a man who display
ed a face covered with soap, a napkii
around his neck and a shaving brusl
In his band.
The driver introduced his arm anev
Into the hood and after a carefu
search drew forth two parcels of un
"Here is something for you. Mile
Jeanne. And here. M. Artemon. is a)
that was given me ror m. nocnary
company."- And from the fop of th
diligence he held oir: a long, narrow
card box to the comedian, who leanei
forward to receive :.t. In its aerla
transit the cover, which had been bad
ly tied on. fell to the ground, and i
wig of yellow hair was caught b;
Artemon on the wing; like a flag floal
?_ Xk? wln/1
Ulg IU tuc rr tuu.
"Bettina's wig!" exclaimed the ei
g. cited actor." "Bettina's wig and nc
jjjj&j my cassock, the cassock of the Abb
* ;. Conatantln. Where the devil have yo
pnt It rascal?"
* MOn my word of honor. I -have nott
lag else." asserted Matthew, dispUj
to* his empty hand*..
' ' . ' ' ' * ' *" ' -? - A. i
i* .. * '
. * .
^ * ' ? ^ ! \p?:' ^
"How annoying, fellow! There Las
been some mistake, mademoiselle, i
Mademoiselle," he called despairingly
to Jeanne, who had turned away with
a majestic air, "are you sure that you
have not the cassock?"
"Scamp!" said the haughty housekeeper
Down the stairs M. Artemon flew,
four steps at a time, and rushed fnto
the greenroom, wliere tne rest or xne
company were assembled. Ills hurried
entrance filled them all with consternation.
"My friends," he exclaimed tragically,
"the posters must be changed
or the performance postponed. I cannot
play the role of the Abbe Constan|
r "Artemon," said a cavernous voice,
"what is the meaning of this caprice?
What of the box office money, the expenses
of the programmes and the advertisements?
You know as well as I
I do that we are at the end of our re,
sources and that our last venture was
^ a failure. Don't try your Mile. Mars
i on us, my good- fellow. We play to- i
"But can you not understand? I
have not a cassock!" gasped the unhappy
Artemon, letting his arras fall ,
"Cannot a cassock be improvised ,
| with a black dress and a cloak of one :
I ?f the ladles?" hazarded Hochary. I
"The ladles are much too short and ,
Blight," groaned Artemon, wbo rejoiced
in an imposing corpulency*
"As for me. I have only the Figaro (
, costume, Peruvian pantaloons and the ;
black coat for Pierrot and a flowered (
( morning gown," said the manager pen- '<
'/For heaven's sake, ladles, aid us j
with your suggestions! We must play
the piece at any cost." ]
The situation was critical for the? 1
poor artists, whose present tour had
been far from successful. The leading
man then proposed to gallop at
full speed to the neighboring city, but :
this suggestion was not deemed prac- i
"What is to be done? There is not
one garb of the required kind among <
the properties of this accursed hole," i
repeated Hochary in an outburst of 1
SSirMonlv A rfomnn fitmiplr his fore- '
head violently, and his entire bearing i
denoted a genuine inspiration.
"Ah, my friends," he exclaimed, In i
a voice full of emotion, "what a wild i
hope! So much the worse. I will attempt
the adventure. It is our only 1
hope of salvation."
In a few words he explained.
"Come to my arms, my son!" ex- 1
claimed M. Hochary, extending his i
, legs with enthusiasm. I
And Artemon ran off to finish his
. shaving, to don his black frock coat i
and then direct his steps to the cure's. <
. Happily for the actor, Jeanne was <
absent putting the last touches on the l
church decorations, and it was one of i
i the chorus children who innocently
I opened the door of the rectory and in- ]
troduced the visitor into the room ?
where tne gooa cure was mruimuuug >
i bis devotions. At the sight of this ap.
parition M. Lamier became flxed upon
- his seat like a statue. His good, rosy
. visage, usually so calm, was now flushed
to the roots of his thin, white hair,
^nd instinctively he clasped his book
to his breast.
> Meanwhile satan's instrument bowed
"No, M. le Cure," be said; "It is not
, alms we ask. Lend us simply your
, cassock!" /
"My cassock!" gasped the Abbe La.
mier, astonished. "You wish my cas;
"The oldest and most wornout in
> your possession, one that you may have
: thrown aside," Artemon hastened to '
say. "I am to play tonight the role of 1
s the Abbe Constautin, and I cannot repi
resent my character without conform- '
i ing to its demands and carrying out its
M. Lamler sprang from his seat
> "Do you think for a moment, mon.
sieur," he said, overcome by surprise
1 and anger, "to profane a gown that has
? served at worship and to make me the '
accomplice of these sinful amuse
ments? Your ignorance respecting holy
t things and religion is your only ers
i "Pardon me, M. le Cure," continued
i the actor, slightly embarrassed, but not
- the less determined. "It would not be
the first time religion has lent its aid to
i the drama. Do you recall the celebrati
ed mysteries of the middle ages? Moreover,
I was educated in a seminary,
i and it was there I was led to adopt the
f vocation of actor In playing the role of
f Athalie for the fete of the superior."
i M. Lamler, without being disarmed,
1 looked again at the actor with new
Interest. If this unhappy man had
r followed a bad calling, his point of
departure had at least been good. His
' heart could not, therefore, be corroded
i throughout, and perhaps it would be
- possible to point out to him the error
i of his wajs.
i "How comes It," said the abbe, with
bitterness, "that, you play on Christt
1 "Alas, M. le Cure," replied Artemon,
i- with simplicity, "we must eat on that ,
night, as on any other!"
s. M. Lanaier was touched to the heart !
J by this reply. "Poor fellow!" The ;
s soul of the good priest was filled with
e I grief. He felt too unhappy to refuse
f the speaker anything.
3 "But," he groaned, looking plaintive- !
1 ly at Artemon, "can you not choose ;
>- auuiuer piece miner uian expose a j
a : servant of God to the risk of such a j
J sacrilege and also to risk perverting |
-* the souls of those disposed to be fer- j
Artemon approached him confiden* ;
e '^You see, M. le Cure, you have never j
u attended the theater."
"But?well, certainly not," replied .
l" the abbe, startled by the very idea. |
' "It la for that very reason that you
) regard ft as a place of evil. Why, the
theater Is the school of morals which
seconds those of the church. Our dramas
are simply sermons put Into action.
There.is no piece In which virtue
is not lauded and vice and hypocrisy
scourged. Ah, it is a noble work, that
of tie comedian, in the eyes of those
who understand it!"
"What a pity this Artemon is not a
preacher!" thought M. Lamier, fascinated.
"His large face, closely shaved,
with Its cheeks like a Dominican,
would look very well in a pdfcit. and
his insinuating voice and speaking
gestures would be very effective for
"Among us, I dare to say, there are
many good fellows," continued Arte"TTnttoH
hnnsphnlds. cood moth
ers of families, good citizens, abound
lie proceeded to cite examples. Mile.
Valerie, a child of the stage, who was
the support of her parents; M. and
Mme. Hocharay, models of conjugal tenderness?one
and all held their hearts
in their hands and never refused a
service or kindness to a comrade, never
refused to do a good work, a good action.
"Is an actor ever to be seen on the
culprit's stool except for debt?" said
the comedian, bringing his warm panegyric
to a close. "It is true we are,
for the most part, roving grasshoppers,
and grasshoppers have not any more
chance today than they had In La
The words were spoken with discouragement,
owing to the immovability
of the cure. As he spoke the actor
arose and brushed his hat with gloomy
"Well," he sighed, "we alone shall
pass a sad Christmas while all the
world besides will be blithe and happy.
M. le Cure, pardon me for having
taken up so much of your time."
He turned toward the door.
The old priest aroused himself.
"Jeanne," he called in a loud voice,
full of the exaltation of triumphant
charity, "bring me at once my new cassock!"
"Ah, M. le Cure!" exclaimed the actor,
overcome by the unexpected success
and pressing the priest's hands with effusion.
As Jeanne entered with the cassock
upon her arm in great folds the priest
rebuked her for loitering.
"Now bring me my shoes with the
3ilver.buckles. Run quickly! Why, a
?<1 wrtiil/1 frn no font Ts It not SO.
3uau nvuiu ?, v w ?, ? ,
M. Actor? And a hat also?you must
have a hat"
"What?" said Jeanne, shuddering.
"Are you going to lend your clothes to
the theater, M. le Cure?your new cassock?you,
who win hold mass at midnight"?
"Truly, I do not ask so much," protested
Artemon, confused, while the
sure laid the cassock on his arm. "An
aid cassock would serve my purpose. I
beg that you will not deprive yourself."
"What are you thinking?" replied M.
Lamier. "Beneath the robes my cassock
will not be seen, while yours will
ie, so to say, under Are, and if the
*ents were viewed it would be a pity.
The Abbe Constantin must not call
"How can we ever prove our gratl:ude?"
said the actor, his eyes actually
llled with tears, and he reiterated his
;hanks until he had crossed the threshed
of the door.
"My dear fellow," said the cure in
i trembling voice, fearing to appear
:o plac^ a price upon his kindness, "go
is quickly as possible, accomplish
what vou have to do and return when
the performance is over to attend the
midnight mass. The good God will
;h?s be satisfied with you, and I also."
On this evening Artemon fairly viarated
with emotions, surpassing himself
in his acting.
When, before the gloriously illuminated
altar, the good pastor extended
his arms lovingly above the crowd
cneeling before him, he trembled with
|oy to perceive, at the lower end of the
lateral aisle, among the workmen and
laborers, a group of men and women
with weary faces and varied costumes,
who bowed their heads reII
i?? lln n _
Ul jjj "WHATP
ARB YOU GOING TO LFND TOUT
CLOTHES TO THE THEATER?"
spectfuliy under tlie benediction. The
poor people had also arranged a little
surprise for their benefactor, and the
weak but expressive voice of Valerie
sang with warmth the "Christmas o 1
Adam," accompanied by a harmonium.
Whatever may have been their past,
or whatsoever the future might have
in store for them, for that hour at
least a ray of God's grace had filled
their souls, recalling the sweet and
holy remembrances of their childhood,
"Peace on earth and good will tompn!
FTosanna in the hiehestl"
Tbe Abbe Laniier, in an ecstasy ol
mercy and love, raised his dazzled
eyes toward the vaulted roof and
seemed to see at this sacred moment
among the quivering wings of the an
gels and the sparkle of the stars, the
luminous smile of the Saviour whc
walked upon the roads of Samaria and
Galilee, surrounded by the miserable
and worthless, and whose feet the Bin
ful woman had wiped with her golder
hair.?San Francisco Call.
* r " ( '
CHRISTMAS GREENS* *
Decoration of Evergreen* and Flow- ?
er* la of Pagan Origin.
I The Christmas decorations may have .
originated in the saturnalia or in the i
old Teutonic practice of hanging the \
interior Oi aweninga wnu vrcigiccu
as a refuge for sylvan spirits from the
Inclemency of the winter, but the
Christmas tree Is of German origin.
It is their chief ornament and symbol.
It is not used for the hanging of gifts,
but It is used entirely as a bright ornament,
being made to glisten with
lights and tinsel.
It Is kept throughout the 12 days of
Christmas and at Intervals is lighted
and on New Year's eve is lighted for
The custom of decorating dwellings
and churches with evergreen was
known by the Christians to be a rem
nam 01 pugiiiiism uuu wu? . luruiuueu ^
by the council, but It had too strong a (
hold to be. given up. j
Even in Boston Justice Samuel Sew- t
all cried out against it, but it crept to %
its place by, degrees. Holly and ivy
were favorites in Great Britain, being
regarded as sacred emblems of the
Holly used in churches was kept by
families to insure a lucky year.
The mistletoe was held in so much
veneration by the pagans that It was 1
cot with a golden sickle by the prince 1
of the Druids, with whom it first ap- l
The introduction of flowers . to the '
tokens of festivity seems to have existed
universally and at all times of '
history. It was a pagan manifestation
of rejoicing, and, although forbidden
by the early church and denounced
by the Puritans of Ney England,
it became a general custom.
While obliged to give credit to early
and heathen notions for much of the
Christmas which we so fondly cherish,
we can but remember our own Benjamin
Franklin for the one motto as
being American, "A good conscience
is a continual Christmas."?Boston
- YULETIDE GAMES.
Snnpdracon a Dlvenloa Popular In
Little known In this country, snapdragon
is a diversion in which in England
young and old participate throughout
the Christmas season. Apparently 1
it is a dangerous pastime. Really it ia <
harmless, and no one ever suffers an i
accident through playing it Babies of <
3 or 4 years engage in it with great i
glee, in which there Is an admixture of i
leur, UU k UKl Y C gCUClOUJI LUU^UCi O) <
and once In the gam,e they cannot be
kept ont of it
The requisites of snapdragon are one
or two. large platters such as roasts are
served on, some large, fat raisins, a
little brandy or gin, a match and a
darkened room. The platters are ar,
ranged thus: If there is but one and
the party is of moderate number, it is
laid In the center of a dining table. If
the number^ of participants is large,
then two platters are laid, one at each
end of the table, or there may be two
small tables, with a platter on each.
Next the raisins are laid over each
platter, singly and at short distances
apart. A small quantity of brandy or
gin is then poured over each platter '
and ignited. Put out all the lights In <
the room, leaving none but that from <
the dancing blue flames In the platters. i
Everybody looks weird and feels un- 1
canny, and the fun begins. Each par- <
tlclpant "snaps" at a raisin on the dish, |
and, hit or miss, the blue flame clings
to the fingers in writhing, forked
tongues, thus providing the "dragon." ,
The raisins are all finally secured, the (
flames die out, the lights are turned on,
and the company is ready for another
diversion, unless, as is often the case, |
there is a call for a repetition or tne
fun just en<ied.?San Francisco Post
Bearing Home the Yule Leg,
In the Black rpountalns at the present
day the custom of bearing home
the Yule log 1s still carefully observed
in all its ancient detail. The housefather
fells the chosen trees. Then he
utters a prayer and carefully lifts up
his log and bears it home on his shoulder.
His 6ons follow his example,
each bearing a log for himself. The father
then leans his log up against the
house, being very careful that the
freshly cut end is uppermost The
lesser logs of the other members sur?14
on/1 +ViJo <a +Yia niovnl Rnrtn
rUUliU u, auu luio ao i-uv vi?m i? ?v.
jab. As the housefather places each
log he says, "Veseh badnjl dan!" or
"A merry log day!"
The Are thus kindled was not allowed
to go out until the following year
or great evil would befall the household.
The fagots of the old fire lighted
the new logs and then were carefully
extinguished and stored away among
the household treasures. In the high- j
lands of Scotland to this day it Is con- |
sidered a great misfortune If the fire
11 is allowed to go out, and often one
I hears it said. "Yae nae luck, ye've lect
oot the fler."?Boston Herald.
, Roast Turkey With Chestnuts.
i Draw, singe, pare, truss and remove
' the breastbone the same as for roast|
lng. Chop up separately i0 ounces of
, kernel of veal and 1G ounces of plg'B
11 leaf lard and then mix together. Sea;
| son with salt and spice, adding a litI
i tie shallot and the liver, both well
II chopped. To this add also the peel.
Ings-of a dozen medium sized truffles.
Put this into a mortar with a gill of
' | stock, pound well and place in a sau- 1
toir to cook for 15 minutes. Let it cook
11 and stir in 40 cooked chestnuts and the
1 dozen peeled truffles. Stuff the turkey
, with this preparation and roast, dress
- on/i nnnp nvpr fl little cood eravy.?Ex- >.
The Christmas carol, with its clevat,
Ins and Inspiring effects, corresponds
[ In many ways to the song of praise by
, the heathens for Saturn at the festival
of ancient time.
CHRIStMAS LONG AGO." (
rk? Banquet In Oil EBffUBi Wm mm
Bvent of Cveat CereBO&r. H
The Christmas banquet of mediaeval
times was a very brilliant affair,
followed by spectacular performances, c
particularly at court, where proceslions,
dancing and the acting of allegories
were favorite amusements. Bell
des the representations, the ballet
'requently acted some simple story. A
'avorlte allegory represented Prome:heuR
stealing the spark from heaven
md making his escape,. Vulcan and 1
Venus forging the bolts of Jove, the
Jail of Phaetqp, the love of Semele
md its fatal catastrophe, and Love
md Beauty setting the universe on /
Ire with their united power. H
From the time of Henry VIII until
nearly the close of the seventeenth century
boar's head waa a favorite dish on,
jnnstmas aay. tdib was an event or
jreat pomp and ceremony. After the
juests had assembled around the fes- t
Ive board the procession of retainers B
ippeared. Then? 1
W?b brought the luaty brown *
By old blue coated lerrlnj man; A
Then the grim boar's head frowned on kifh, t
Crested with bay? and rosemary. J
While round the merry wassail bowl C
Garniahed with ribbona blithe did trowL
At Queen's college, Oxford, the *
wringing in of the boar's head was at* K
:ended with processional honors. The
boar's head was carried In by the
strongest of the guardsmen, singing a <j
merry stave. o
The turkey as a Christmas dish was t
introduced Into England In the six- \
teenth century and is therefore of less
mtlqulty than the huge sirloin of beef ^
>r tne mince pie. Mince pies were nrst
shaped like a manger, as were the g
Fule cakes given out by the bakers to t
their customers. Mince pie was also t
long ago accepted as typical of the t
"iches and spices brought by the three E
wise men to the Child in the manger, t
rhe plum porridge later developed g
Into the plum pudding, which dates .B
From 1675. At the old Christmas fl
Feasts peacocks and cranes formed t
lome of the dishes. Before being roast
Ml the peacock was carefully skinned,
and after leaving the oven the bird
was reclothed with Its old plumage.?
Ckrlitnu Tree Fettirc.
Dancing Christmas fairies always enhance
the children's delight In the
Christmas tree and, once made, can be
ased year after year. Buy up a doxen
or more of 5 and 10 cent dolls, and to
add to the variety have among the
number some Japanese and colored
dolls. Dress these to represent fairies
In bright hues of spangled gauze, tarlatan
or tissue paper and liberally
gprinkle their hair and garments with *:
liamona aust powaer juacn aou snouia
be provided with a dainty pair of fairy
wings made from spangled tissue pa- 11
per and fastened to the body by means c
if concealed wires. These wires should ?
be colled to obtain motion in the wings, *
md nothing better can be used than ?
the fine spiral coils that come out of i
wornout wire stitched brooms. The [ j3
least motion will set this spiral to ,
quivering, causing the wings to move ,
as if in flight In like manner use the j r
spiral wire to attach the dolls in hover-1 v
Ing positions over and around the tree. '
rhe effect is magical. Every footstep
causes jar enough to start the dolls A
laneing and circling above and around
the tree, as If the invisible fairies of v
the air had come down to Join the
Christmas glee.-1-Wo man's Home Companion.
Glfelet Drenlnv. I
To make a giblet dressing for roast ^
turkey put the giblets and neck In a,i
saucepan with cold water and add an f
onion, salt and pepper and a slice of i 4
dry bread that has been made very ;1
brown In the oven. Boll until the gib- jr
lets are done. Then strain and stock. :1
Chop the giblets fine and put 'them j t
and the stock back into the saucepan, j"
dredge with a little flour and add the ; *
brown gravy from the bottom of the '
pan In which the fowl was cooked aft- *
er skimming off the fat Serve In a hot ^
fravy boat.?Selected. c
A Christmas Carol. 0
Bethlehem's plains ?re itill u green, t
Bethlehem'i harvest field* u whits, j
Ai when angel band* were seen
Malrin* luminoua the nif kt.
But (or lour haa ceaaed the lay
Sun* by that seraphic choir,'
And (or lone haa paaaed away
That apocalypM of fire.
Yet that ancient Chriitma* onf
Still ia iunj by faithful hearty
And the light tkat'i vaniaked long
Brightneas to the aoul lmparta.
*r Still to Faith'i divining eye
Lustroua formi the expanie All,
Anri rr, Tmiick far the ftkT
? Throbs with heavenly music itili.
it Wliile tke ages come and go
. Hymni of praise unceasing rias,
i. And with songs by saints below
Angels join their symphonies.
Glory still to God is given.
Pface on earth is still made known,
And the Heir of earth and heaven
Claims the kingdoms for Hit own.
Christmas joyfully returns
On the wings of tills new morn.
Gratefully our spirit yearns,
Worshiping the Christ once born!
?Hut-tab in Tllnatratfli! Lindon KtVl J
IOW TO MAKE AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS
ON THE FARM.
oatly Gifts Not Necenafr For a Joyon*
D*y?Harmlei* Revelry to Celebrate
the Moat ,Tender of Holiday!?The
Children'* Day. .
spring and outd
o o r freedom.
coming, as It does, la the winter
eason,- Invites to indoor cheer and
ozy hospitalities. Besides, it is premlnently
the children's celebration
nd their glad vacation from the rouIne
of school. They say, with our
t to almoft cry far Christmas, like a youngster
will. . \
ourth o' July'* nothln to it. New Tear's ain't
Alter Sunday and circus day?jea* all dead in the
It is also the tenderest, holiest hollay
because of the religious observance
>f the birth of Him who brought us
he new teaching of peace and good
rill to all men.
If the farm is the ideal home, then
ve should endeavor to observe this
tome festival fn the ideal manner. Our
Teat farmhouses must not be cheerless
arracks. They must become the ceners
of old fashioned merriment, visltog,
feasting and hospitality- They
oust cling closely to the ancient tradi1
ATI o A# +Vo /IOTT o n/1 #/tl1*VWT a Q m A
i.vuo vi kuu uaj auu avuv rr , Cliw ruuiv
pirit of geniality, of present giving,
nlnstrelsy, harmless revelry, and,
ibove all, of kindly benevolence and
bought of others.
An ideal Christmas requires thought
ong beforehand unless the purse Is
inlimited. Costly gifts are1 not necesary
for a Joyous %day, but loving kindLess
must Illuminate eabh little remembrance,
or the candle^ on the tree will
le but dfm tapers. The .glad day
omes. The usual church or Sabbath
chool celebration has been enjoyed
he evening before by all the children,
rat It is in the home festivities we are
oterested. For an ideal day we shall
iave the wee ones trooping down In
he early morning, waking every one j
rith their "Merry Christmas!" to see
rhat Santa has put in their stocktigs.
A mouth harp, a jackknlfe or a
[oil, some joke and a bit of candy they
111(1 uuu scamper uacK iu ltcu uaypjr aa
ieed be. After breakfast the good
heer of the morning Is in the arrival
if the .married children or other relalves
and friends with the greetings
jad joy of reunion. Now the gifts are
nterchanged. Perhaps ^ real Chrlstaas
tree, with its queer fruit from all
ands and its gaudy trappings, gladlens
the heart of all, but the chief' gloy
of the day Is the family dinner?
rhen the gray haired father sees round his 1>oard
he old, broke? links of affection restored;
r'hen the care wearied mm seeks his mother once
nd the worn matron smiles where the'girl iimiled
Hiat moistens the lip aqd what brightens the eye,
r'hat calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin
Preceded by the typical feast ot the
lay, from yearling gobbler to plum
tudding, none can resist the influence.
iVith hearts mellowed and appetites
ippeased the whole company is ready
or the laughter and fun to follow. The
'help" are all asked to Join, one's
leighbors drop in, and there Is soon a
ound of games and gayetles entered
nto by old and young. "Blind man's
?uff," "hot cockles," "bob apple,"
'hunt the slipper," follow each other,
ind the evening closes with the old
ashioned Virginia reel and Tucker, or
here may be charades and tableaux,
vith some recitations by the children,
>r the young people and children may
)lack up and give their elders a minstrel
how, sing "Suwanee River," "Down
he Ohio," "Honey, You's My Lady
jO\e," recite Riley'^ "Mighty Loneome
Waltin When the Folks Is Gone"
ir "Little John's Christmas," one of
Jncle Remus' stories of his "Hard
load to Trabble." A single person may
five an evening's delight for the whole
arty in reading aloud "Bird's Christ as
Carol" by Miss Wiggln. After all
a over the young people, disguised as
imnriortnr troubadours, mav serenade
heir neighbors with Christmas carols.
Vho would run away from life on the
arm because of Its dreariness if the
lomes were thus made attractive??
A Belgium Chrlitmu Legend.
The children of Belgium have a
harming Christmas legend about Sana
Claus' pony. They always place
heir woolen sabots on the window
edge, stuffed All of oats, hay and
odder for the "dear Christmas pony."
n the early morning they run on tipoe
to look, and, behold, the hay is all
one, and the shoes are brimming over
tnvo nnrl swpntmeats! Then the
hildren clap their hands with glee
nd wish they could only have waked
a. time to see the pony munching his
nts. That would have been such fun!
-Ella F. Mosby In St. Nicholas.
Patties of Mushrooms.
Saddle of Mutton, English Style.
Turkey with Chestnuts and Truffles.
Stufftd Oreen Peppers. Roast Sweet Potatoes.
Ruddy Duck. Escarole Salad.
Plum Pudding, Hard Saucc.
Fruits. Cains. Nuts and Raisins.
S. F. Killings worth,
No. 4 Seal Block, Abbeville, 8. C.
- V V
Dr. S. G. Thomson,
OFFICE QP-STAIRS ON MalLWAJII
Corner, Abbeville. 8. 0.
DR. J. A. DICKSON,
SURGEON DENTIST. M
GOLD FILLINGS; CROWN AND BRIDGE ,
WORK A SPECIALTY.
A flOOD PLATE- fSjftO
AMALGAM FILLINGS76o and. 1.00
OFFICE OVER BARKBDALE'B STORE.
C. C. GAMBRELL, M. D.,
Physician and Surgeon,
' ABBEVILLE, 8. 0. ; ^
HT Office In the National Bank.
May 25, 1808. U
E. F. ftn.T.TAP.'n"
U AS moved^and occnple* the room? ap I
LI oiaira 11I AUU1I xian, ?uu IB uuw y , K'/>pared
to do ail Jklnds of repairiag and daaa
Injt of gentlemen's clothe* on short notloe. ' "( Vj-*/
Samples of salts always on hanq. Chances
WM. H. PACKER. WM. P. GREENE _
PARKER & GREENE, ? ~
Attorneys and Goussllsrs at
Offlco on LAW RANGE. ^
ABBEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA.
May 4. 1898. tf
TXt7NTINO on onr lands or flsblnK>4n onr
-tl streams is positively prohibited/ either . Z1
during the day or night.
Trespassers will surely be proaeeated.
Sportsmen sod gentlemen will p|ea*e not
ask for the privilege, or foroe themselves
upon as, or In aoy way poach on oar premA.
J. T. Bask Id, jth \
Dr. J. T. Baekln. f
Nov. 29.1889. 4t
Preparing you r lands lor , ' 1
- Wheat and Oats?Good.
Be sure you plow deep, . I
by using the "Chatta- ^J
nooga" op "Syracuse" , :flfl
turn, sub-soil and hill- -^9
And then put in your
grain with an "Osborne" .
Abbeville Hardware Co. - j
"Reliable Farm Implements." . j
At LiYingston & PerriD's Did Stand |
HaVING BOUGHT THE BUSINESS qf j
Livingston A Perrln, I will contlnae tbe I
business at tbe old stand, serving the people
with tbe bent of freah meat*, bread and flab. ~\j
Call PboneNo. 1. J m
T. H. MAXWELL. *
Sept. 7,1898. tf
The State of South Carolina,
By R. E. Cox, Esquire, Magistrate Abbeville
To Walter O'Neal : v
Com plaint having been made unto
me by Mary Tag^art that you are Indebted
to ber in the sum of Twenty and 96-100 Dollars-on
account of goods and mercbnndUe
sold and delivered to yon at your requwrt:
Tbls is, therefore, to require yon to appear
before rae, In my office In the City of Abbeville,
State of South Carolina, on the twentyfirst
day from the service of tbls summons
upon you, exclusive of the day of snob service,
to answer to the said complaint, or Judgment
will be gl ven against yon by default.
Date Abbeville C. H., 8. C., Nov. 16, A. D.
is9u. R. E. COX, (l. S.)
Nov. j2. js99. Magistrate A. C.
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19 M SUGAB $1-00.' I
2(1 lbs. GOOD RICE $1.00.
15 BARS SOAP 25 CIS . 1
Very Low Prices on Flour for the
Xmas trade; some as low as $3.25 ?
Good Stock Coffee bought before the'
advance?selling at the old price.
Bargains in Shoes and Dry Goods.
Big bargains la shoes for next 80 days. We A
oiler two lots ladles button shoes, lormer fij
price SI and S1.50, closing price 86 and 98 cents, m