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New Year Kissing
Saluting the Parish Pump
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THERE hus nlwnys been a close
and mystic association of kiss
ing with the New Year. Every
lover, If circumstances permit, thus
salutes his sweetheart at the dawn of
the New Year-and some lovers are
tot particular whose sweetheart she
that they thus salute on this rus
ere is nu ancient kissing custom
ited with a parish church in
biro. The legend ls that any
vho at the first stroke of mld
l* kisses tho keyhole of the church
or, and then runs right round the
?lflco In time to kiss the keyhole he
re the Inst stroke of the hour, ls cer
ln of good luck Aurlie the whole of
t requlr<w a certain amount of.
MTci ve to enter this country churchyard
nt the dead of night, even for such a
purpose, but rumor hath lt that no
new year is born without someone es
saying the race round the church. The
distance ls such that it ls Impossible
for more than one person to thus court
a year's luck.
Churchyards have always been favo
rite places for New Year osculations.
In the Wensleydale district, In days
gone by, all and sundry could kiss
"without scandal" on New Year's eve
In the porch of the church.
It was largely availed of, too, for
lt Is on record that the accommoda
tion fell lamentably short of the de
mand, and consequently there was
even more squeezing than kissing-if
that were possible.
A somewhat gruesome kind of
churchyard kissing used to obtain
among thc Basques of the Pyrenees
en New Year's eve. lt was the custom
for the maidens to then repair to the
churchyard, and on their fingers waft
kisses to the four quarters of the uni
A kiss was supposed to brush their
lips on return, and If it was warm lt
Indicated that they would marry and
be happy ever after. On tho other
hand, If the kiss was cold and of the
enrth earthy, the Inference was that
single "blessedness" would be their lot.
The only means by which the omen
could be broken was by repairing to
the church and kissing the church bell,
\ gravestone and a piece of coffin
tvood. This remedy was very fre
juently resorted to; and so superstl
:lous were the Basque maidens that
nit for the consolation afforded some
rf them would have lost their reason.
In these degenerate days the lot of
he mayor of Durham ls far happier
han that of his predecessors in as
lent times. If tradition can be relied
m the chief magistrate war then mi
ler nn obligation to kiss the first cow.
he first sheep and the first pig
.rought into the first market of the
This went on until lt occurred to a
esourceful occupant of the mayoral
hair to interpret1 the custom as relat
ng to the first three market women,
. nd henceforward they were the re
Iplents of the New Year kisses until
ie ancient custom vanished alto
; other. '
It Is much to be feared tha,t the
abuse of kissing customs 'has been
largely responsible for their fnlllng
into disuse, though some of them are
certainly more honored In the breach
^ than in the observance.
One such, which used to obtain in
Oxfordshire, concerned the tenants of
certain estates which they held on
condition that on New Year's morning
they publicly kissed the parish pump
or paid a drink fino to the assembled
As might be supposed, the tenants
almost invariably preferred to pay the
fine, but lt ls on record that one mis
guided, close-fisted Individual actually
kissed the pump In order to keep the
fine In his pocket.
The populace were so disgusted at
his meanness and infuriated at the
loss of the liquor that they held him
under the pump and pumped tho wa
ter on him until he was almost washed
The exchange of drink for kisses
was, In the bad old days, a not Infre
quent New Year's day practice In pub
lic houses, where It sometimes led to
rows and riots among the frequenters.
At one hostelry In the metropolis
lt was the custom for the landlord to
hand out to every member of the op
posite sex who called before tho hour
of noon on New Year's day n measure
of ol? lo exchange for a kiss.
What the landlord's better hnlf
thought of this proceeding report say
At another London public house lt
used to be permissible for the first cus
tomer on New Year's morning to kiss
the barmaid by way of paying for his
liquor. But only the first was entitled
to this privilege, and any subsequent
caller who presumed to pay In this
? fashion had to forfeit half a crown to
the barmaid. One astute Hebe got her
sweetheart to call first and mulcted
several later callers of the customary
half crown In the course of the morn
A NEW YEAR'S WISH.
To thone my friends who hold me dear,
I wish great Joy throughout the year.
To other friends, who like me lesa,
.A full ten months of hnpplncBB. \
For such na like mo not at all
I hope they'll have good luck till fall.
. WM* graham
?1^.. J (Posner
^_I?\?1K luid no children. At
"WTOTm Chi 1st nuis time she espe
SSWflre^ clnlly seemed to feel the
oeed of Hiern. It seemed
tffff?w1 "S tlu)U^n every time she
w turned around she should
i j seo a daughter or a son
s or a small chubby child of
her own-one of those she
had dreamed of and who had never
stepped outside of her dreams.
Yes I She, Gertrude Herding, was a
"born mother" to whom no children
had been born.
But this year she hud forgotten
something most Important to be done.
And lt was only several days before
She went down town, made her pur
chase after quite a delay and left tho
Outside were three small children,
their faces close against the win,dow
pane, their eyes gleaming, their small
Ill-clad bodies tense and quivering
wi tit emotion.
"Aw, gee, look at lt stop at the sta
tions I There, she's off the track now I
No, she ain't. She's back on again."
The second child was reading a sign.
"They snys that In this here shop
that lt's the land where the dreams of
children come ' true. D'ye suppose
The third child, a little girl, who
was clutching what once had been a
doll was looking at ope In the shop's
"If I could Jes' touch her hair," she
"Would you like to go inside the
shop?" Gertrude Harding asked the
They looked nt her abruptly. "D'ya
And through the shop, straight to
the children's department she took
It was a revelation to her to realize
tho Joy that was derived by these
children from the Intimate contact
with toys they knew they could never
They had gone Inside one of tho big
shops and lind been treated ns well as
anybody; they had not been afraid.
They had looked to their heart's con
"It's true-what they's said," the
children agreed afterward, "In there lt
Is the land nil right, where children's
drenms come true." For the reality of
Fnirylnnd had been expressed by the
marvelous and magical toys and games
and gay decorations of the Christmas
If, Gertrude Hnrdlng told herself
nfterward, these children had so loved
a trip Into the gnyety of a children's
shop, were there not others who would
like to journey forth Into the world of
She thought lt over. And did not
stop there. She rang up a certain
number and nsked for the mntron.
"You're tho mntron of the Children's
hospital, aren't you? Well, I won
dered If any of your children would
care to go with me tomorrow and take
a trip through the children's toy shops?
They're most attractively fixed up this
year and some oi them have special
attractions, a Santa Claus and many
other wondrous features I"
So Gertrude Harding called for the
children. There were 15 who were
able to go nnd of that 15 the majority
Such an afternoon as Gertrude
Harding had. And such an afternoon
as the children had.
Those In the shops seemed especial
ly anxious to do what they could for
the children who were so obviously
from a home or hospital. The mechan
ical toys even seemed to put more
spirit Into their performances Ger
trude Harding thought.
As they .were coming home severn!
little hands found their wny Into both
of Gertrude Harding's hands. One
clutched a Uttlo Unger, another had
hold of her thumb ; so lt went.
"Mrs.," one of them ventured, "let's
pretend wo're nil children from n kin
dergarten and that you're our tendi
er. Don't let's pretend we'ro from a
"Yes, let's pretend that," she an
swered them. "Or how would lt do to
pretend thnt I was your mother and
thnt you were all my children?"
"Would you-honest-would you
pretend that?" one asked and the oth
ers looked nt her engerly, hoping, hop
ing, Imping she would not refuse.
"That would be the best 'pretend'
of all," she smiled nt them.
So they "pretended" nnd so they
went back very happily from their
Christmas shopping trip.
Once ngaln she took them, on the
dny before Christmas. It was hard
getting through the crowds, but lt was
worth every effort.
In one of the shops a gayly dressed
clown led tho children In a proces
sion. Once In a while he turned and
winked nt them ns though to say:
"We know what fun all this ls
don't we? We're In the secret of thc
fun that children cnn have nt Christ
mas timo that tito grown ups know
nothing of. They roust just let us co I
a.ong and share our secret together,
And then the clown beat upon his
drum and the children all marched
When a magnificent Santo Claus
asked the children to sing with him
and- Ibo voices of tho hospital children
sang out wl?th the rest Gertrude Hard
ing felt herself swelling with pride.
Later when Santa Claus perceived^
that one of the hospital children had
an unusually lovely voice he asked
him t sing alone.
And there in thc shop he snug, sang
with the thrill of happiness that a
bird sings with when tlrst he feels the
warmth and sweet fra g ru nee of the
He had never been asked tp sing be?
fore like this-in a big shop where
people were and where people listened
to him, not because he was being vis
tted In a hospital and must do lils part
to entertnln thc visitors, but because
somehow or other they liked his voice.
It rang out true and strong. He
shifted the crutch which he had never
been Without and which he would nev
er be without to the end of his days,
and then ho was asked to si&g an en
His face was flushed with the pleas
ure of lolng something which was
liked In this big outside world.
He looked at Santa Claus and
He had already sung a popular song
which he hnd learned from the squeak
ing talking machine which someone
had given the hospital when it was no
longer flt for the home, and now he j
thought he would sing something bet- |
ter. Somehow he felt lt would be
proper, and vaguely perhaps he felt lt
would show a gratitude for Christmas
that went deeper. Dimly he thought
Someone had taught them a hymn
In thc hospital, a hymn which he hod
always loved. It made one feel bet
ter, stronger, happier somehow. It
was a very glorious hymn he had al
And he sang:
"It came upon the midnight clear, I
That glorious song of old.
Prom angele bending near the earth
To touch their harp? of gold;
Peace on tho earth, good will to men,
From heaven'8 all-^rnolous king;
The world In solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing."
Right to the end of tho hymn he
sang and the people thanked him and
Santa Claus told him lt had been love
ly and gave him a man-like clap on
Gertrude Harding bad felt a lump !
In her thront and had smiled with
eyes that were misty. ?
So the angels did bend near the
earth-even In these days-and even
over hospitals where crippled and ill
children were. It wi the humans,
not the angels, who forgot ?nd who
went through life not thinking I
Back to the hospita who took tho
children late, late tba' afternoon. Tlx
hospital was In semi* dark ness. Chtb j
Their Day of Drcamcd-of Pleasure.
dren who had been too recently op
erated upon or who could not leave
their beds sat up as best they could
to hear of the news of the outside
Little white-clad figures listened to
the glowing accounts brought to them
of the great lifo which went on beyond
And for every little child who had
to stay In the hospital, Gertrude Hard
ing had brought a small present, only
a trifling one, but a remembrance from
the great world. v
Then the hospital rules which had
been lifted for a few min; tes after
the ones who had been out so late had
come back, were In order again, and
there was silence In, the ward, and
soon there would come sleep.
When she got home thnt evening,
tired but very, very happy, she snid
"There are born mothers, yes I And
there are born children, tool Chil
dren who need to be loved ns much ns
women who need children to love. And
though there ls a difference between
those of one's very own, and those
who are not, lt seems as though no
ono who ls a "bom mother" should go
through life, walking blindly by the
many motherless children.
"For every childless mother there is
a motherless child to whom one cnn
give some of the love and Interest and
tho pride which would otherwise go to
In her sleep she seemed to hear the
Christmas carol which the hospital lad
had sung and she knew what had been
revealed to her
She bad traveled Into the land of
children at Christmas time and had
smiled the smile that can bo smiled
when ??ne gets a look ot the heart of a
i<e r.'JU. Wcau-in Newspaper Union.)
"Black-Draught is. in
my opinion, the oest liver
medicine on the market,"
states Mrs. R. H. White
side, of Keota, Okla. She
continues: "I had a pain
in my chest after eating
tight, uncomfortable feel
ing-and this was very
disagreeable and brought
on headache. I was con
stipated and knew it was
indigestion and inactive
liver. 1 began the use of
Black-Draught, night and
morning, and it sure is
splendid and certainly ?
For over seventy years
this purely vegetable
preparation has been
found beneficial by thou
sands of persons suffer
ing from effects of a tor
pid, or slow-acting liver.
colic, coated tongue, diz
ziness, constipation, bit
ter taste, sleeplessness,
lack of energy, pain in
back, puffiness under the
eyes-any or all of these
symptoms often indicate
that there is something
the matter with your
liver. You can't be too
careful about the medi
cine you take. Be sure
that the name, "Thed
ford's Black-Draught," is
on the package. At ali
Even Burglar Has a Heart.
. Chicago, Dec. '?'A.-"A Christmas
burglar with a heart" heeded the ap
peal of Ruth Mailey, aged 10, not
I to take the Christmas presents when
; she found-him in her home yestor
', day noon, on her return from school
! for luncheon. The burglar was eat
ing her lunch, which had been \o.ii.
' by her mother before going down
! town shopping. He took her to the
1 parlor and played little jingles and
; Christmas songs for her on the piano
When tho little girl told him she
would have to return to school ho
"Tell your mother that I'll return
some day and steal everything in the
house," but he loft without taking
Ins Oulnina That Does Not ?fftet the Head
Because of lt* tonic and laxative effect. LAXA
Ti Vit BROMO QU INI Nit is better than ordinary
Quinine and does not cause nervousnes- nor
ringing in head. Remember the full name and
look for the signature ol E. W. GROVS. 30c.
Mohammed was left an orphan in
his infancy and was brought up by
The foot or a well-proportioned
woinan is normally one-fourteenth
of her height.
"California Syrup of Figs"
Child's Best Laxative
Accept "California" Syrup of Figs
only-look for the name California
on the package, then you aro sure
your child is having tho best and
most harmless physic for tho little
stomach, liver and bowels. Children
love Its fruity taste. Full directions
on each bottlo. Yon must say "Cali
HLUE RIDGE TAKK OFF TRAINS.'
Southern io chango lt? Schedule Rc*
tween Greenville and Columbia.
(Anderson Mall, Dec. 22. > ,
Pormissi?n to discontinue trains
Nos. 5*4, "?.">, 5.? and 57, bot ween An
derson and Walhalla, was granted to
the Blue Ridge Railroad by tho South
Carolina Railroad Commission at the
mooting yesterday in Columbia. This
action was taken in response to a
petition of the railroad asking that
this curtailment, bo allowed in an
effort to reduce expenses. It is a fact
that the ?Hue Ridge has been losing
money heavily since Hie business de
pression started, and that these
trains aro not paying expenses, but
are a heavy expense to the line.
This curtailment of service is only
temporary, and If trafile conditions
improve, the service will certainly bo
restored. Tho trains to be discon
tinued aro the uni.-.hers mentioned
above, the last train leaving Ander
son at 7J5 a. m., and No. 57, leav
ing Andorson at 2.1*0 p. m. No. 5 4
arrives at Anderson at 1.20 p. m. and
, 5G arrives here at 7.4 0 p. m.
Tho regular passenger service of
main passenger trains will bo main
tained under tho present schedule
Until changos are made in the sched
Southern to Change Schedule.
The commission also granted au
thority to tho Southern Railway to
chango its schedule on trains 16 and
17, operating between Columbia and
Greenville, both trains to ho moved
up approximately 4 5 minutes. This
will permit train 17, which now
loaves Columbia at 2.110 o'clock, to
make connection with the Charleston
and Western Carolina Railroad at
Greenwood. Train No. 16 now leaves
Greenville at 5.45 o'clock and ar
rives in Columbia nt 11.30 o'clock.
The details of the new schedule will
be arranged later, the two trains, ac
cording to tho decision of tho Rail
road Commission, meeting at Bolton
as heretofore. This allows tho Blue
Ridge train to make connections
with both trains. Tho schedule of
tho Blue Ridge Railway will also bo
changed to meet the change In tho
DEATH OF MRS. 8. O. DURHAM.
Esteemed Lady Fasse? to Reward at
Age of Eighty Years.
Coneross, Dec. IO*.-Delayed.
On Wednesday, Dec. 6th, Mrs. Sarah
C. Durham, who was a resident of
this community, passed peacefully
from this lifo to tho great beyond.
Her death was not a surprise, as
her health had been gradually fail
ing, and she had boen a constant suf
ferer for several weeks before her
death. Before the end came she
talked and consoled her loved ones
hy saying that she was ready to meet
her Saviour, and begged them to bo
ready for a reunion in that home the
Saviour has gone to prepare, and
when all that loving hands and med
ical aid could dp to stay tho disease
was in vain, angels came to relieve
the patient sufferer and carry her
spirit to God.
Mrs. Durham was a member of tho
Walhalla Baptist church. She spent
the most of her lifo In this county,
and her lifo was a long and useful
on.S. She was nearing her 80th year.
She was first married to a Mr. Rice,
and after his death she married F.
M. Durham, who died in 1912. He
was a Confederate soldier. She is
survived by three children--'Miss Liz
zie Rice, of this community; Mrs. B.
D. Garvis, of Charleston, and John
M. Durham, of' Walhalla, all of
whom were at tho bedside for tho
past two weeks. Funeral services
were conducted at the homo by Rov.
L. M. Lyda, and her remains were
laid to rest in the Baptist cemetery
at Walhalla at 3 o'clock on Thurs
day afternoon, Dec. 7th, the services
hoing concluded nt the grave.
May tho Conforter sustain tho be
reaved ones and guide thom to tho
Father's home In heaven, where sep
aration is no more.
DEFENDANTS FREED IN NOTED
Case in Georgia-Even if Victim was
Poisoned, Evidence Insufficient.
Macon, Qa., Dec. 21.-All four of
the defendants charged with poison
ing Fred I). Shepard, of Houston
county, for his money, wero dis
charged boro lato to-night by Judge
H. A. Mathews, of Superior Court.
The judge hold that, even granting
that.Shepard was poisoned, tho State
had not presented sufficient ovldonco
to convict them with the deed. Ho
also declared that the testimony of
tho exports regarding the alloget.
poisoning was conflicting.
Thoro was a mild outburst of ap
plause as tho prt limlnnry hearing,
which had lasted a wook, carno to a
close,and thon Shopard's widow, now
Mrs. Paulino Elmer, of Jacksonville,
looped up, and, facing tho judgo,
crlod, "Jesus did not walk alono in
THE BEAUTIES OF OUR COUNTY.
Sonto i tu (s About tho Ideal Location
ot Long Creek Academy. .
Long Crook Daptlst Academy, Doc.
2 0.-Special: 1 hopo you will allow
me space enough ju your paper* for
a few facta about Long Crook Acad
emy. Wo wish for you ilrst lo know
of tho beautiful location of this insti
tution, lt is nearly tho same dis
tance from throe progressive towns
about 14 miles from Walhalla, our
county seat, ll? miles from Westmin
ster, and 15 milos from Clayton, tia.
To tho cast of the academic build
ing is Hound .Mountain, on the north
and wost aro the foot-hills of tho
higher Hine Ridge.
A more beautiful location cou^
never huvo boon found, and most
certainly not a moro Healthful ono.
The academy itsolf is a very pretty
structure, situated In a grove of oaks
on a gradually sloping hill. Tho boys'*
home Is joined t? tho north of the
school building, while tho girls' homo
is north of tho boys' homo, and these
are very beautiful buildings. '
Electric lights have recently been
nddod to tho conveniences of tho In
There aro yot a few rooms vacant,
but we hopo to have these flllod af
ter tho holidays.
Rev. L. H. Raines, n man of no
mean ability, has put his heart and
mind on this great work. No ono
can ever do a-greater work for tho
students than he ls doing to-day, and
he can't bp boat, as a man and ioack
or. He has boen a faithful loador
hore for tho past four years, and ls
loved by all.
Wa also havo with us another
groat teacher, Prof. L. L. Oglo, of
Loudon, Tenn. Wo as a studont body
aro making wonderful progress" to
ward tho upbuilding of our school
Only a row nights ngo throe of tho
students, Ernest Cromer, Loon Grain
ger and George Nally, with a few
others, gave a very interesting negro
minstrel, of their own authorship.
Tho play was in five acts, and created
much movrimont throughout the per
formance. This entertainment was
the work of tho juniors.
Wo hopo others will learn of our
great school and tho work that is
being carried on, and will Join with
us in making this the host among
tho mountain schools.
Jj, A. G. and G. F. N.
Stops Hair Coming Out;
A few cents buys "Thinderino." Af
tor an application of "Danderine"
you cannot And a fallon hair or any
dandruff; bosides every hnlr shows
new lifo, vigor, brightness, moro col
or and thickness.-adv.
Jacksonville Has 41,470 Negroes.
Washington, Dec. 22.-Tho negro
population of Jacksonville, Fla., ls
41,479, an increase pf 12,186, or 41.6
per cont, the census bureau announ
ced to-day. Tho white population ls
50,031, an increase of 21,702 or 76.6
per cent, and all others 4 8.
Morocco in tho 13th century is
said to have bad more than 700,000
A vast supply of sodium sulphate
is represented in tho deposits of some
of tho lakes In Siberia.
Tho Mexican government has In
creased tho salaries of Its diplomatic
repr?sentatives 5 0 per cent.
tho garden. I did not walk alone. God
was with me."
Thc woman's words drifted off In
to incoherency, and suddenly she top
pled over backward, but was savod
from a fall by attorneys nearby.
Friends crowded around tho other
defendants, Mrs. Elmer's son, Ernest
Hopson, her younger sister, Mrs.Iona
Henry, and Mrs. Annie Cutts, of Fitz
gerald, Ga. In a fow minutos Mrs.
Elmer had recovered sufficiently to
bo taken away by her frlonds.
Tho court room, which lind/boon
woll filled throughout tho hearing,
was crowded to-night, and frlonds of
tho defendants crowdod around to
congratulate thom. As they left tho
court house thoy woro haltod again
on tho sidewalk to re?oive congrat