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! SETTING UP
/WT ALMOST every corner grocer's
)?L stands can be purchased very
cheaply that will hold the Christ
mas tree firmly in position.
The simplest of these consists of a
crosspiece of wood raised a little from
the floor by wooden supports and hav
ing ? hole In the center to Insert the
trunk of the tree. \
More elaborate ones take the form
of a wooden square, painted a bright
red and surrounded by a low wooden
Country dwellers who. cannot pur
chase these trees at the corner.store,
but have to cut them in the Hearest
wood lot, must devise some other way
of holding the Christmas tree In posi
Tfce easiest way to db this, if the
tree is not too large and heavy, ls to
Insert the trunk into the hole through
the bottom of a wooden box, and
either paint this box green or fed or
cover it with green or red papeq. ?
A starch box will hold up a 6mall
tree perfectly, but a somewhat larger
box must be chosen for one of larger
growth. If, in spite of all precautions,
, the tree seems too'heavy and is in
clined to wobble, weight the box on
either side with heavy stones. Some
times the box is filled with sand, the
trunk planted In that, and then the
wooden cover nailed in place to make
all very, solid.
If one has any talent" for carpentry,
even of- the roughest sort, an effective
support can be made by nailing two
.pieces of wood In the shape of a
square. cross, holding the tree upon
?this' and nailing cleats' to both tree
and support until lt stands, firmly.
A very pretty effect can be obtained
by covering the support of the tree
?and the floor directly arpund it with
white cotton batting on which silver
tinsel, called "rain" ba most shops, has
I been sprinkled. This makes the tree
look as if lt wjere growing In a bunch
o? snow glittering in the sun.
Cream together one "cupful of sugar
and ope cupful of shortening. Add
two tablespoonfuls of molasses, one
teaspoonful of ginger and p. whole egg
well beaten. Stir two teaspoonfuls of
soda In half a cupful of boiling water.
Sift tn a teaspoonful of baking powder
with eoovfh flour to make a soft
dough. Roll out and bake far apart
so they will not run together.
Lamon and Sarciin ss.
A Util* lemon, juice ls an improve
te tba sardine mixture.
. Yule Log
CHRISTMAS, gifts were common
in Medieval times. Accounts
tell of tue chandlers' guild send
ing out gratis to everyone a Nspeclnl'
sort of big, flat candles which .were
- burned - with the Yule log to -light
the houses for the coming of a super
natural Christmas visitor. The bak
ers also sent out "Yule cakes," or
"Yule babies," which were little Im
ages of Christ. This custom, in fact,
seems to be even older; it being re
corded on the old Roman 1 calendars
that on the Vigil of the Nativity little
images of-the Christ Child were made
In great numbers acid presented to.
the fathers In the Vatican.
Gradually the sentiment of "Peace
on earth, good will to men" and the
celebration? of the spirit by general
gifts seems to have-spread through
the other guilds, and finally to have
become general. .
In England today there ls a survival
of the ancient custom practiced by
landowners of setting, big sacks of
grain or oth?r products onside' the
gate that whoever came might help
himself. It ls said that an - extra
Christmas e*e feed Is also still given
to the cattle.
DADDY SAID SANTA
Birth of New Life Which Was to
- Shine Over the Earth.
Conference of the Beasts of the Na*
tiyity as Portrayed by Imagi
, ^native ' Writer.
?? s/** AREFTJL, Brother, thy horns-!
KeeP thy nea? straight Re
member, tonight we'share but
the one stall between us. The man
* and his mate, there, have thine." The
little 'tawnir-hided ox of Palestine on
the farther side leaned hard against
the stable wall.
"Tis a strange star that shines to
night," his yoke-fellow answer?d,
sighing restlessly as he turned back
his gaze from, the open door. Even
with care 't?eir horns clicked in the
narrpw space. "If/, men must take
my bed, why did they not turn us out
into the free air? The grass, would
have dew on lt-tonight-and I' could
watch the star.** / j
"Ho!" snorted the little gray ass
which had carried hither the woman
who lay stretched on the straw be
tween them. "What grass wouldst
thou pluck from the cobblestones of
"Aye," lowed the first''ox. "There
ls hay here; eat and be'still. The
star ls no concern of thine>
, 'The star shineth on the whole
broad earth, Brother. He hath the
peaked hlils to wander In, and the
dark valleys, the fields and the towns
alike. I wish I were free like the
.Then, ilke him1, thou wouldst com?j
slipping in at our stable door again.
Hey, come off thy knees! '.We must
sleep standing," . his mate grunted
. "Hush, Brother. There ls something
wondrous In my old stall! Something
very small and white! It gleameth
as with hoarfrost in the star's light
It hnth the smell of lilies. It moveth.
The star can stroke lt with, its long,
pale tongues." He leaned longingly
against the. barrier which shut him
away, until it creaked.
? The little ass slipped his soft ears
between his own bars and Sniffed in
quiringly. ."Why, 'tis^a child!""he
whinnied with delight. "Children are
lovely things. His small fingers will
play with my mane and he will sing
little songs to me as I bear him along.
Look up; little Master. We will see
great days together."
"There, that serveth thee right!"*
reproved the far ox asr the woman
made a quick motion toward the in
quisitive nose. "Thy bla?k muzzle
belongeth In thine own manger, Broth
er Ass.? - -, . ( i '
"She did but brush it aside," the
little giay .beast breathed contentedly.
"She Is/'pleased that we know her son!
No fear, Brother Ox. Her husband
will not take his staff to us. She is '
gentle, this , woman" of mine. Her
child, too, will love' us!"
But the ox had not drawn back. He
knelt there, his broad forehead pressed
against the bars, his wondering eyes
fixed on the new life which was to
shine over the whole broad earth with
a brighter glory than that wondering
star's.-John Breck, in the Detroit
GROWTH OF CHRISTMAS TREE
Abandoned Farms in Foothills of
Green Mountains In Vermont Pro
vide the Yuletide Sprouts.
?jr INCE five million Christmas
SW trees are annually shipped out of
Vermont, lt is only natural to'
wonder where they all come from.
They must come from .farms-not
farms operated to produce the Christ
mas tree crop, but abandoned farms
where the trees have planted and
These abandoned farms lie in high
valleys In the foothills of the Green
mountains. One may see sections cov
ered by thirty-odd farms, once thriv
ing settlements, but now all but two
or three may be .unoccupied. Such
land, once under the plow ls gradual
ly coming back to forest. Along the
fern-choked, faintly-traced furrows,
young spruces come up and in , the
open sunshine take on a vjivld green.
And more than that-the symmetrical
branches are a lively green clear to the
Christmas trees cannot be cut in
areas of spruce forest, because when
they grow in dense clusters the. un
der branches die for want of light,
and hence the trees have no value as
decorative Christmas trees.
Few, indeed, see the harvest. One
or two lonely partridge hunters, per
haps, will see lt as lt Hes covered
with the first early snow squalls In the
mountains. But back In October, when,
the days have not lost all of the mel
lowness of autumn, a gang of tweftty
choppers will have been busily at
work cutting the scattering young
spruces and tying them with twine.
The catting and bundling is the
easiest part of the harvest, for the
trees must be hayled for miles to the
railroad, and at this time of year the 1
mountain roads are nothing more ?han
froz?n ruts and waterholes. Despite
this fact, however, heavy two-horse
wagons and even motor trucks, bris- ,
tiing with great criblike bodies, strug
gle slowly out, loaded high with the
?trees. Two horses are able to 'draw
out at a^pad about seventy trees of
Af the chosen town on the railroad
every disused -spot Is hired and a
mountain of trees begins to grow, till
eight thousand of them may be packed
ia t solid mass.-St Nichols*
When it ? was announced in the
New York Times that Tumulty's
"Woodrow Wilson as I ^Know Him"
would be printed in that newspaper",
we thought it would be a "scoop;"
that The Times would have exclu
sive privilege. So we hurried 'forward
our order for The Times, so as to
start at the beginning. The Times,
with about twenty pages a day and
the Sunday's issue with about double
that number, came like an avalanche.
We read the first of Tumultty's chap
ters and liked it; and the second.
But by the time we jhad gpt so deep
ly immersed in The Times, with its
immense Sunday supplement and
magazine that we lost interest, so to
speak, in Tumulty's biography of the
ex-president and autobiography of
Meantime The State was printing
the same articles, and we thqught it
would be an easy matter to lay aside
the thirty-five numbers'as they would
come in and read them all when the
series was completed; but we got to
forgetting them, and , the first thing
we knew we lost' track of the entire
j[Then we .fell back on'the idea that
we would get it all when the book
comes out; but, lo and -behold, the
book has already come out-#nd it'is
five dollars. Maybe the Newberry
Library will buy it and," being a mem
ber of that body, we may be able to
get it and read it yet.
By the way,' how is Tumulty pro
nounced? ;With the' accent on the
first or on the second syllable? And
if on the first, should the "u" be long
or short? If the last syllable of his
name were "uous", there would be no
difficulty about what to call him, for
that is what he and the kind of a row
he has raised among his friends and
the enemies of Mr. Wilson, Some
think his volume is the second best
biographay ever written, Boswell's
life of Dr. Samual Johnson being first
always; others say Tumulty's book is
neither b^ogr^phy nor good history,
but a very poor mixture of both.
It remains for somebody else to
write the life of Woodrow Wilson.
He is too big a man to be thoroughly
seen and appreciated at such, close
range as Tumulty has had of him.
Newberry Observer. . '
What About Ootton? .;|
. That is the question which we are
being asked every day. People are
preparing to plant a cotton - crop
again, we believe, but they are doing
so in many instances without any
definite idea as to howthe crop is to
be worked. None of us know what
should be done. A?1 of us hope that
either a cold winter dr some other
good visitation will destroy' the boll
weevil, at least in part, and that we
may make a fairly good crop.
But whatever else we may think,
or whatever else may happen, there,
is one_ thing which we all ought to
learn, and that is to' profit^ by experi
ence. We have little experience of
our own to profit by, but we may
profit from the experience of other
sections. The Press and Banner has
made an earnest effort to become in
formed as to the best methods to? be
pursued, with a view to passing the
information on to its readers.'Of one
thing we have become convinced, and
it fis that we should never again look
solely .to cotton. From what we learn
we believe that there will be years
when cotton may be grown in paying
quantities, but the crop, is going to
be uncertain, and therefore it will
not do to put all our eggs in that
basket. We must plant corn, grow
grain, and look to other crops for
money as well. But we will, still plant
Everybody tells us that we ^should
still plant some cotton. But the infor
mation comes from everywhere that
about six acres to the plow is all that
should .be planted. That planted
should be well and properly fertiliz
ed. The land shoujd be thoroughly
preparad and the cotton planted
early. After that we believe that a
farmer should do like the late Col.
Bill McKinney, of Greenwood, did
when he-was sick-take every reme
dy that any of the old women in the
community offered. Pick up the
squares, poison the boll weevil,'-plow
early and late and often, and keep
Tf the boll weevil shall show us
that there are other profitable money
crops besides cotton, and shall at the !
same time teach us to make our
farms self-supporting, it may not be
such a scourge after all.-Press and
Notice is hereby given that all
hunting,, fishing and traspassing of
every manner whatsoever on the
land of the undersigned is hereby
prohibited. Cattle must not be allow
ed to run at large on land.
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For S. F. Cartledge.
ll-23-3tpd Colliers, S. C.
County Treasurer's. Notice.
The County Treasurer's office will
be open for the purpose of receiving j
taxes from the fifteenth day of Oc
tober, 1921 to the fifteenth day of |
March,. 1922. ' *
All taxes shall be due and pay.
able between the fifteenth day of
October, 1921 and December the
thirty first, 1921.
That when taxes charged shall not
be paid by December the thirty first,
1921 the County Auditer shall pro
ceed to add a penalty of one per
cent, fpr January and if taxes are
not paid on or before February the
first 1922, the County Auditor will
proceed to add two per cent, and
five per cent additional, from - the
first of March to the fifteenth of
March, af ter. which time ^11 unpaid
taxes will be collected by .the Sheriff.
The tax levies for. ?921 .are as fol
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For State purposes_12
For Ordinary County_._ll
For Past Indebtedness J_"._5
For Constitutional School' tax__3
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exempt by law, are liable to a poll
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the age of six months or older. This
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