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EIVOTED TO POLITIC8., XORALITY, EDUCATION AND TO THE GENERAS NEETOFTEUUTY
BY' D.- F. BNADLEd & 00- PICKENS, S. C., THURSDAY. DECE BR2I80V
"'TWAS TIM NIOUT BEFORE (sMf=Tr.
BY EDGAR FAWCETT,
With snow in pale volumes, by savage winds hurled
The night before Christmas has wrapt the wu
And now to its noises the little ones hark
Where the nursery window looks forth on the dark.
While weirdly against the black blank of the sky
Those phantoms of snow-cloud pass hurrying by,
The brains of the children shape forn after form
From out the wan vapory whirl of the storm;
IHuge lions that ramp - ighty horses that prance;
white wallowing whales of prodigious expanse
Till now they discern a stiange figure, whose back,
is bent by the weight of a ponderous pack,
And streharing in front of him, plainer than day,
The beard of Kris Kringle like blown ocean spray I
,k Ab, happy Toting dreamers dream on as ye will I
See merry St. Nicholas trudging to fill,
Through harsh wintry gusts, with benevolent tread
The stockings you hang beside mantel or bed I
Hug fast your delusion, 0 soft dimplei arms,
And gain while you can Its illusory charms I
Too soon will reality's hand tear aside
The swe(t vail of fancy whose filaments bid
Like the blemish, deep-sunk in the rose's reyouth,
That stern disappointment, life's actual truth -
And yet, darling zealots, coitent in your creed,
How blest were your fate through the future indeed,
If each disenchantment on earth left behind
Such a precious result as awakening to And
That in place of your Santa Claus, wrought from a
Was the love that engirds 'you, fond, vigilant,
Love eager to bring, ere 'the morrow shall rise,
New nirth to Your laughter. new ilit to your eyveI
A Christmas Tableau Vivant.
3Y WILLIAM E. BUSHNELL,
It was a favorite expletive of good
Deacon Parks when excitement got the
-better of his usual placid way, and his
wife looked up in astonishment as he
came stamping into the house, slammed
the door after him and stirred up the fire
until the hickory blazed and roared liko
an imcipient volcano;
"Gracious! What is the matter now,
Job?" she exclaimed, pausing in her
baking operations, wiping the flour from
her hands upon her huge apron and
lowering her glasses from her forehead to
her nose to obtain a better look at her
husband and satisfy herself that he had
not suddenly lost his wits.
"Why, day after to-morrow is Christ
"As if I didn't know that! Haven't I
been making preparations for it for
more than a week? Catch me without
mince-pies and fried cakes and cranberry
jolly and a great, bouncing turkey?" and
she smiled complacently at the thought
of the good things already prepared.
"And I never thought of it until just
now-been so busy, you know," he
apologized, as if, in reality he had been
guilty of some groat crime.
"Well, it don't matter, Job; and I
wouldn't worry about it, for I have taken
care of everything for the blessad dqpr.
and Minerva will be home froi'teching
school. Poor child! how she must suffer
this weather, sleeping in cold rooms
and liko as not .without a feather-Aicd
"It's all her own fault, Hannah. The
good Lord knows we have plenty for her
and half a dozen more, and if she will
persist in wearing horself out in teaching
other people's brats, then-"'
"What then ?" questioned a merry
voice, as a pretty, rosy piece of mischief
came bounding into the room, shaking
the snow from -her long, goldent curls,
and rnning tip to her father, fdiirly
smnothered him for a momeont-with kisses
andI then darted away, la.ughing, to her
mother, twined her arms about her neck
and greeted her as warmly.
"Jerusalem!" exclaimed the old man'
as soon as he could regain his breath,
though with his honest face flushed withi
joy and his lips quivering with emotion
for his daughter was indeed as the apply
of his eye and the one thing upon earth
"My dear, precious lamb," whispered
the fond mother, through tears of happi
ness, as with busy fingers she removed
the jaunty little cap, furs, cloak and
gloves, "to think you have como safe-.
ly backt to me once more ana--*'
"Nw, interrupted the gidl, "I should
like to know wvhat father was talking
about when I came in,"
"So unexpected," maid the mother,
"We did not look for you until to-mor
"Oh, I had a chance to ride home,"
replied the girl, blushing, "and got ie'r
mission to let out school. But you were
talking about me, father?"
"WollJ, yes," he answered, with a mer
ry twinkle in his eyes, "and I was about
to say when you cameo rushing in like a
young bear-about to say, though mind,
I di't-that if you kept on teachuing
other people's brats you wouldn't have
strength. to teach your own-when you
-get them," and lie laughed loudly at the
changed expression of her face.
"For shame," responded Minerva.
"But I'll pay you for that, father. Re
member, I am a young lady now, and you
can't joke with me with impunity, as
you once did."
"A young lady? Whew! And I sup.
pose some young gentleman ptit him
self to immense trouble to bring you
(- home through tho cold and stormr and
didn't forget to collect toll at allthe
bridges. Aren't your lip. sore, daligh
Tho girl colored atill more deeply, and
bustled around to help her mother set
the table for dinner, that she might es
cape the teasing; but her father enjoyed
it too much, and asked:
"Who was it, ohild? Some of thermi
scape-grace clerks from Beaverton, I'll
"Yo'u know I never associate with
them " she responded indignantly. "Mr.
Frani Emmions brought me home."
"O-h?"with a low whistle. "Yes,
his a nice and p roper young man, and
has such pretty black hair e.nd eyes, and
teeth and mtoustache, and such white
hands, and sings like half a dozen angels
and walks so gently," anid the old gentle
man arosa and strutted mlninnl around
the room in burlesque imitation of the
attendant of his daughter.
Minerva could not but laugh, yet pre
tending to take no notice, glided about
an-anging the dishes, and her mother
asked where the young man was.
"I know," said her father, answering
the question for her. "Our daughter
has rolled him up in pink cotton and
sprinkled him with cologne and put him
in a bandbox for foar he will get mussed."
"He will be here Christmas Eve, " in
terrupted Minerva, with a strong effort
at sobriety; "he and a number of others.
I knew you would not care, father, if I
" Not I," answered the old man heart
ily, and taking the curly head between
his broad palms he drew her tendetly to
him and kissed the rosy and dimpled
cheeks. "-You are truly our one lamb,
and everything will some day be yours.
Yes, you did perfectly right, and it will
be pleasant to have the house filled with
young folks and have a rousing, merry
time. That is how Christmas ought to
" We are going to have tableaux
vivants, and one of them will surprise
He was that already, and had about as
much conception of what was intended
as of the lucid (?) explanations of Her
bert Spencer of the Darwinian theor
and for him to have repeated the worcds
with the French accent given by his
child would have been an. utter impossi
bility, so he pretended knowledge, shook
his head sagely, gave a very knowing
wink, but' kept silent and soon found
that pressing business required his ab
But the doting mother was taken into
full confidence and she and Minerva had
a long, earnest and apparently deeply
interesting conversation upon the sub
ject--one that continued for over an hour;
indeed it had not concluded when the
old man returned, for he caught the
name of the minister and asked:
" What are yon going to have Domine
Martin here for, child?"
" Oh, just because I like him, and his
wife is such a dear old lady, and they
will be very lonely on such a day, with
their children all married and away from
home. So I thought you would like to
see them, and if he is here everything
will be sure to go right, and it is Christ
mas, you know, and-"
" Hold on, for mercy's sake!" ex
claimed her father, "or you won't have
breath enough left to eat your dinner,
and that would be very bad."
"But you wanted to know, and-"
"You lhave told me sufficient to satisfy
;any reasonable mortal man " he said as
he took his place at the table and began
.loading her plate as if she had been in
.danger of starvation for a month.
stantial, old-fashioned kind, though the
mother had added the richest of dessert
delicacies to tempt her child, as if there
was no such thing as dyspepsia in the
land-and the Deacon took an easy chair
-by the broad hearth, lighted his pipe,
and between the curling.clo'uds of smoke
resumed the subject of the morning con
" How many are you going to have,
daughter?" he questioned.
''All the bays and girls.".
"Boys first, every time with your sex,
and girls with the other," he laughed,
1'but all means how many?"
. "Well geflectivoly,) from fifty to sev
. "Gracious! the old house will scarcely
hold them, and will lbe certain to be torn
down with their romping. But wvhat
does mother saf?"
I 6"Oh, she is perfectly satisfied, aren't
you mother, dear ?." and a look of under
standing passed between parent and
"Then all I have to do is to help the
riot along, for riot it will be with so many
youngsters together. But wha~t was it
you said you were going to hiave?"
"A tub'lo vevang," was answered with
the broadest possible . French accent
"Ah, yes, I- remiember, and no doubt
it will he grand."
"I think you will find it solemn,
"Yes, yes," and fearful she should see
how much he was puzzled, he instaintly
changed the -subject and -continued:
"Well, it will take a lot to feed so many
boys and girls. They are alwvays hungry,
and can devour more than so many
wolves. So, Hannah, I fear you haven't
provided one quarter enough."
"You are right," responded his, wife;
"since our pet told me about 'her plans
and how many would be hbero I have
"Well, 'they shan't go ievny hungry,
if there is en-oughi in the land to feed
them. I'll have Mike kindle a fire under
the big farm 'kettle, and kill lots of chick
ens and turkeys, and -send him for Mrs.
Smith to help dress them, and when I
go over to town to-xxorrow i'll bring
hiome soite oysters an'd--wll, any thing
else you need to have a good time."
"Ohi.ltow. ynuch I tahank you, deay
father, "said Minerva, impulsively spring
ingsto his -side a'tid kissing him. "You
are the 1gidest and best father in .all the
"All talk," he laughed, though rare
pleasure was, visiblein his fate, "and
you'll get married some day and forget
all about me."
"Married 1" exclaimed the girl, sud
denly growing ash~y pale. ,"Never !I
mean," she- continued, with her face
flushing to the deepest crimson, "I mean
that I'll pever forget yawu"
"'Whew," he whistled, ,"I never saw
the wind chop around more suddenly.
Catch a girl saying she'll never get
married! They would as soon think of
not being handsome and having pretty
dresses. Butgyou needn't blush so. It's
all right and proper, rna the natur'al con
ditioni of womankind."
"Then." asked she, archly an coauet
ishly standing before him with one little
finger thrust between her red lips in mock
modesty and bashfulness. "You wouldn't
object to my getting married?"
"No, not to a good, honest, industrious
man. Why should I? A human heart
and especially of your sex without love,
is as good as wrecked. No, my darling;
find a good man whom you can love with
your whole heart, and who loves you the
same, for I am old-fashioned enough to
believe in such things, and I'll not only
give my consent but my blessing, some
thing worth having for a start in life, and
such a wedding as will make the old
"And suppose, father," questioned the
blooming girl, half way between smiles
and tears, "suppose it should happen to
be Frank-Mr. Emmons, I-mean?'
"Humph! I don't know. He is-"..
"Just as nice a young fellow as ev&i
lived." interposed his wife.
"Yes, yes. I can't say aught against
"I know," laughed Minerva at his con
fusion, "when you really come to think
of giving me up it is too much. That's
"I believe you are right, child. But I
must go and see about an extra supply of
provisions. Gracious! it will be fortu
nate if we don't have a famine."
- He wiped away the mist from his old
eyes, brought there by the thought his
daughter bad suggested; tried to whistle
bravely down the very situation he had
with the touch of rugged eloquence de
fended, and hastened to call his man-of
all-work and give him instructions. "Mi
nerva has come back, Mike," he said
"and is going to have some kind of a
blow-out on Christmas Eve. She calls ita
tabler vevaught, or something of the
"A fwhat ?" questioned the Irishman,
scratching his head in the most puzzled
"That's what sticks me, Mike, though
I did not let her know it. Anyhow there
is to be some kind of a female circus, and
the animals will want plenty to eat."
"Blessings on the bright eyes of her,
and its ivrything on the old farm I'll kill
if she wants it, the darlin'."
"Yes, I believe you. That girl seems
to have a faculty of twisting every one
around her finger, and-"
"Divil a won more thin her oudd fayth
or," said Mike as he proceeded to obey
the orders lie had received, "an' muthier
lashins of poultry," well knowing that
his share of the feast would be no stinted
To a late hour the making ready was
continued, and all went to bed tired but
happy. And tio next day was a continual
hustle. Extra help was smnmoned, and
the Utchen flrea roared, and the im
queis.e Dutoh Avon. glowed -and plenty..
ruled triumphant, .ile the .,old. 4(jugei .
was in his glory bringing supplies fiom
town and waking hiinself useful as well
as most 1pyoy9kipgly officious.
So the day passed and the night came
with everything ready - for the grand
Early tlie house began to be filled with
a merry company, and were welcomed b~y
father, mother and diaughter, the latte~r
resplend ant in rob~es of fleecy white,
ahnndantly trimmed with soft, floating
laces andl. looped with artificial flowvers
while natural roses, fringed with myrtle
and smilax, were half hidden amid her
golden hair and pulsated upon her joy
ously throbbing bosom.
For an hour thcre ape eared to be a
ocaeless chiming of sleigh-bells, and
riosy, laughing loads deposited at the
door. Indeed, so.many were the teanms
that Mike was frantic to know what to
do with them. But the Deacon believed
in "the moie the merrier" principle, and
kept every one busy and contented. Yet
for all the gaily dancing and singing
complany, a shade-of perplexity now and
then crossed his face. He had not solved
the mystery of the tableaui. and it-hung
uppn him as a troublesome nightni'are.
ror hours the house rang and trembled
upon its strong foundation. It *aa a
veritable bee-hive of fun and frolic, and
many a soft cheek took on deeper roses
from stolen kisses; many an innocent
heart bounded more swiftly from the en
circling arm and many a pair of ears
tingled from the slapping of white hands
in payment for saucy jest or pilfered
But good, buxom dame Hannah had
almost as much pride in her cooking as
in her one dear lamb, and when the
ancient clock mnade its huge, heavy,
coffin-like case throb with the ringing of
ten, she whispered to her husband, good,
prudent soul that she was, that "the
children must b)e getting hungry, and
she was going to see about the tables."
In response to her suggestion, he1
sought their daughter and told her they
were going.to have supper, and that the
young folks had better stop romping and1
cool off, or some of them would be cer
tain to take their death.
"Yes, father," she answered; "but we
must have the tableau first," andl she
looked up, blushing more deeply than a
damask rose in June into the face of Mr.
Frank Emmons, upon whose arm she
happened to be leaning,
"All right," ,responded the old man
with asia of relief, for the burden would
soon be i fted from his soul. "Do you,
want me to help you ?"
"No; but tell mother, please, I want
her." And Miss Mmnerva darted away
to her own private room, while the ol'd
man. told the fiddUera to adjourn to the
kitchen and make themselves comfortable
until wanted again.
Evidently some of tha girls tmndeistood
what was going on,-if the Deacon did not,
for they cleared one end of the hall,
hung a great patch-work bed-quilt across
and marshalled the company into some
thing like order. Then, after a brief
pause, in whicTh there was much 'whis
naring, the improvised curtain was dan
aside and disclosed Miss Minerva stand
ing hand in hand with Mr. Frank Em
mons, with a young lady and gentlemaa
as supporters, and the old mminiter be
Amazed but silent, the Deacon looked
on. He aid not comprehend the affair
at all, had no practical knowledge of
charades, but when certain words had
been spoken and a ring passed, a sud
den light broke in upon the darkness of
his understanding, and he exclaimed
with an earnestness that startled all:
f.t"Je-ru-sa-lem I It looks like a mar
The hearty laugh that followed sufficed
for a full explanation and it needed not
the assurance of the minister to convince
him that his daughter was honestly and
legally married to the man of her choice.
And yet at first he was disposed to be an
gry. Then he saw the foolishness of
such a proceeding, especially as he had
previously given his assent to the se
lection of his daughter, and entered
heartily into the laugh against him
"That's what you call a-Jerusalem!
I can't speak the new fangled name-is
it? Yet it wasn't hardly fair to fool the
old man so, Minerva. I did expect you
would find something in your stockings
to-night, child, but not a great, live man.
However it is all right (anything she
could have done would have been so) and
we'll make the best of it, and your moth
er and I will have plenty to do in getting
things ready to fill the little stockings
A soft white hand stopped his words,
red and ripe lips were presed upon his
own, a silken face was laid upon his
wrinkled one, a few tears of happiness
were rained down upon his broad breast
and with faltering tonguo the old man
called the young husband to his side,
gave him the hand of his darling, and
said, "Take her and may God bless you
both, . my children. If I have lost a
daughter I have found a son and shall
have another arm to lean upon when my
eyes grow dim and steps unsteady
More he would have said but a great
ringing of bells summoned them to sup
per-and such a supper. It would have
made grim Famine commit suicide in de
spair to have looked upon the tables, and
Time throw away his hour-glass and sit
blythely down and enjoyed the feast.
The good mother had known the secret
from the firot, and with her pride stimu
lated had distanced all former efforts
even to produce a Christmas supper, and
*the only complaint was of excessive full
ness, when again the violins summoned
the party to the hall.
A few. more hours of such happiness
as rarely comes to .earth .and the old
house became silent. The company had
depaited,;but not before the Deacon had
invitel all to be. present that day year,
whispering at.tlie same time something
in the.ear of his daughter that sent the
blood bounding to her cheeks and caused
her to turn . suddenly and shamefaced
awa. he rigIt
Come with me' tliis joyous, blessed
day. You will be welcomned right royal
ly. Come and assist in .the festivi~ies
and taste to rep~letion of the good cheer,'
and when the bright-eyed babe is christ
ened, join *ihalin wishing to him, aye
even to all upon earth, a happy, merry,
Christmas ini Norway.
In the mountain districts the day is
kept with hearty hospitality. All work
is suspended for thirteen days. The en
trance of every house is decorated, and
the wvalls of the kitchen are roughly
adorned with gaudy pictures, fantaistic
ally painlted in water colors. Through
out Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
(he merry-making is entirely domestic,
restricted to the members of each house
hold. Not even a friendly visit is paid.
On the following days the neighbors as
semble at each other's houses by turns,
for carousing. No regular meal is pro
vided, but open honse is kept, the tables
richly spread for all corners. No stran
ger is permitted to leave the house until
he -has partaken of the strong Yule ale,
which is served up in true Norwegian
fashion, cask following cask in rapid suc
cession. On these occasions the servants
iit at the same table with the host, hise
wife and family. All are dressed in their
gala attire of rich colored cloth, trimmed
with gold and silver braid, the women
wearing caps and aprons of brilliant
It -is natural for us to sing when we
ire glad, and carol singing once formed
m prmncipal feature at all great feasts or
anquete. But in later times the carol
ieemns to have been devoted to Christmas
alone, and when the Yule log was blazing
arightly upon the wide hearth, and the
green mistletoe boughs hung from the
wall and decorated windows and doors,
~he wassail-bowl was filled to overflowing,
mnd true friends pledged each other with
a joyful. Christmas song; and under the
mistletoe boughs the young people joined
iands in the old-fashioned dance and
3hanted a blithe carol to which their
!eet kept time.
We, of modern days, have little idea
f the rare virtues which were once ap
propriated to the mistletoe. He who
hung mistletoe around his neck believed
bhat the witchies would have no power to
barm him, and that was truly a comfort
able thought in days when the firm be
lief in witches was almost universal.
The Druids and the Celtic nations attrib
uted the most valuable medicinal prop
erties to the mistletoe, calling it all heoal.
lii Wales it was known as guidhel.
A MONV. the fish of the United States
the cod comes first in money value, the
salmon second, the mackerel third, and
then the menhaden. In weight the last
Etowah, Ala., has over 9,000 tax-payers.
Twenty-, ight failures occurred in Alabama
The city tax rate at Mobile is $1.75 per
$100. At Memphis it is $2.
A riu for sea island cotton has been in
v. nted by a Sereven county Georgian.
Capt. Henry DeTonti made the first settle
mct in Arkansas, in the year 1680.
Sheep raising is said t. be the principal
industry of Geneva county, Ala.
Sheep-raising is s id to be the principal
industry of Geneva county, Ala.
The forthcoming report of the Auditor will
show in Northi Carolina 1,530,483 hogs.
Twenty-seven artesian wells are in Fort
A bill in Alabama proposes to forbid the
shipment of fricight on Sunday.
Inl Birmingham, Ala., more than 100 houses
have been built in six weeks.
Gov. Warniouth expects to make over one
million pounds of sugar this year on his
Miagnolia, La., plantation.
Mr. T. M. Boyd, of Va., has been called to
the charge of the Eufaula. Ala., Presbyterian
The total loss by the fire at Durham, N. C.,
last week is estimated at $60,000 to IC3,000..
Fourteen or fifteen buildings were destroyed
The Alabama senate has passed a bill an
thorizing the al pointnent of a commissioner
Capt. Dwyer is cleaning out the Knoxubee
river for steamers, which can reach Macon,
Miss., by spring.
The quantity of leaf tobacco sold at Dan.
ville, Va., inl November, was 1,911,134
The Henry county, Alabama, jail is with
out an occupant for the first time since it
There are over 9,000 baes of cotton in
comiipress in Vicksburg, awaiting transporta
tion to New Orleatns.
There will be 29 farmers in the next legis.
lature of Texas. A very large majority will
In the African Methodist church of South
Carolina, there are 100 local preachers, and
The New Orleans Democrat says that the
4ahine river never floated so many sten im
boats as now.
The travel on St. John's river, In Florida
is thought to be 50 per 'eut. greater than in
It is said that ther6 is plenty of idle land
in Louisiann,.whieh (nn be boupght cheap
ilnd will yild large crops of corn, cotton and
Gen. .Joseph E. Brown lives on Washing
ton street, Atlanta; Blenj. 11. H~ill, on P'eaclh
tree, and G'en. Gordon, at Kirk wood, at su b
rrba~m ' ilhifge.
'The census returns from ten counties of
Ueorgia are not yet completed. .It is thought
that the result will show that Georgia has be
t ween 1 ,530,000 an d 1,140,000 popul-tion.
The new ice factory in course of .erect ion
at New Orleans wi I turn out .iAbout 25,000
tons of ice annually, and em'pooy -about 75
TheIi Jacksonville (Fja.,) Union reports the
reception by rail in that city for shipment
to northern factories of 55 specimens of
The Gazette says that German or Sweedish
servant girls are to be supplied to responsi
ble families at Little Rock. Two or three,
have alreadly arrivedl.
Poisoned water is saidl to have appearedl
in the gulf. 'Ihe Pensacola Gazstte hopes it
will not rcach the ulpper banks. The fish
seem instinctively to flee from it.
Thle Iberville South says that five'acres of
cane ground last week on Mrs..*Paulin Du
pby's planmtation viel ded 18% quarters hogs
beadls of suigar of excellent quality.
T1hec constitution of Florida providles that
after 1880 the legistature shall pass a law
making tan education qualiticationi for
A plan11 to settle the state debt of Virginia
proposes to issue three per cent, bonds for
the wholb of the principal And estatblish a
Thei amnount of piulic school money avail
able ini Georgia, tis year is $316,273, or
about 80 cents a head on the school popula
The roll of th ' New Orleaus Cotton Ex,
change is now larger thana at the close of
:any previous year. The board is about to
buy the property known as the D~enhram cor
An orange crop embracing 33 acres con
taining ab~out 3,500 trees, in Sumter county
Fia, has been purchased by a Columbus,
Vai., man for $.31 ,000, Hie sold the fruit now
0on thet trees for $3,000.
The annual report of Major 11. S. Thomp
son-, state superintendent of education of
South Carolina shows 2,973 schools and 3,171
teachers for 1879-80, against 2,901 schools anid
3,lto teachers for 1878-79. in 1876-77 there
wer 2,483 schools and 2,674 teache.rs.
Twenty-five mrembers of the South (Caroli
na legisl ature ar( in favor of h'oldinig a non
stitutiom:l convention, 18 are in favor of reg
1stramtion, 101 want the state and1( federal elect-l
ions sepa rat (d, 9 dlesire a property or e-due~n
tional q ualitiention for suffrage.
S. C., a field of 350 acres which yielded this
year, as it d(id also last 5 car, 350 hales of cot
ton weighing 500 pounds each. At 10 cents
a pound the gross value of the crop is $50 an
acre, which is ah .it as much as the land is
worth in the market.
There are s1x moss factorlei in New
Orleans and vicinity. All the moss ginned
is shipped abroad as the furniture manufact
urers do not buy it ginned, preferring to
pick and clean it themselves. The total
amount paid for the rough moss by the gin
ners, uphositerers and mattress makers of
he city is about $300,000 per year.
The New Orleans Times says that that city
is rapidly drifting into a deplorable condi
tion, and if the narrow illiberal ideas of the
moss-back element are allowed to prevail
much longer, instead of being a great me
tro)olis, it will be a rickety, decaying old
town, with dilapidated buildings, impassable
strecets and a general air of rot and ruin.
Major Marks, a gentleman of Orange coun
ty, Florida, is said to have conceived the
scheme of securing Henry 'Ward Beecher's
summer tent, capable of seating 6,000 peo
pile, or some other equally spacious one1, and
pi thling it 111011g.the beaulitiful Ilkes that
environ the town of Wilcox. Insidc of this
are to be pitchii a great ituomber of smaller
terts, for lodging rooins for guests. Pining
and dancing hall, billiard room, e te., are all
to be within this immense tent, and the
whole to be fitted up and furnished equal to
the most perfectly equipfed hotel. Boating,
fishing and hunting would constitute the at
Says a writer in the Yonker's Gazette:
"There is so much about Christmas that
savors of harmony, concord, peace-a,
peace that means not merely the cessa
tion of hostilities between conflicting in
terests in our social world, but that se
roner, broader, deeper peace which
unites man to man by all the ties of
friendly intercourse which pioceed out of
an universal desire to make Christmas a
bright spot among the fading memories
of the year. I like the sentiment tho
more because it pervades every commu
nity and brings to view the bettor side of
every mal'st-character. Not a Scrooge
nor a Gragrind on earth can wholly
steel himself against its humanizing in
fluence, and though the closing of the day
may find no charity dispensed or glad
ness awakened, yet it will at least surely
find the edge of hi% habitual severity
blunted. f there is ever "peace on
earth," in its fullest sense, it is on Christ
mao. I do not believe that custom and
usage alone have made the modern anni
versary day of the Saviour's nativity one
of rejoicing; it has ever occurred to me
that since first the glad tidings went out
from Bethlehem the event has left its im
press on each succeeding generation,
and that each recurring "happy morn"
has found the chord of human- sympathy
and love responsive to the mystic glow.
If this were not so I think we should see
less hand-shaking and cordial greetings
than we (10 now, a more limited sphere
of action for the aims gatherer, fewer vis
its from 'Santa Claus," feiver Christmas
tree festivals,histen to poorer and less ex
citing homely old stories 'f legendary
lore, hear less caroling of "Christians
awake," find a sparser harvest of mistle
toe, and we would haya far more con
tracted views of our life-cloud's silver
lining. And then, too I like the meth
ods we have taken as a nation to show
our appreciation of that day. They are
beautiful; they are just. Thel~y help us
to consecrate our lives and to shape them
in the channel that is best suited tc their
moral development. Where thoughts
and motives are pure and simple, we may
look for good deeds. Where the observ
ance of Christmas is made known through
benevolent acts, kind words to the dia
tressed, family gatherings, happy chil
dren and the distribution of gifts, wheth
er the celebration be to honor the day for
the day's sake or not, the occasion isone
that we should be truly thankful for.
This 'world of ours is bettered by Christ
mas and every one of us should help to
make it memorable.
The Happy Chiristmias Reunion,
On Christmas it is customary for all
the members of a family to collect and
unite in merry making, feasting and
otherwise enjoying themselves. With
what mingled emotions of joy and sorrow
are these happy reunions looked back
upon in after years b~y participants think
ing of those dear ones now, perhaps,
separated from them forever.
Let um make a Christmas picture: The
sleighride to the house, the welcome at
th*. doo, the bounteous feast with ac
companying jokes and humor, the stor
ies, games and other pastimes th'at followv,
the unveiling of the children's Christmas
'ree in the evening, and finally the fare
well for the night.
Then there is the jolly mystery of famous
old " Kris Kringle," who comes in his
Ileigh drawn by reindeer, over the tops
of houses, pops down the chimneys, never
spoiling with soot the prett things he
brings, to stuff fth~e i0 W:stoolun' gs
that hang fro 'go$L ~ im -
agine for t itehos
laughing, h 6that into
shout gleeful yraur
brought to light. ~
Chr-istmas has many happy memories
to set against the sadl ones that tell of
loss of time and friends.
A YOUNG man with an umbrella over
took an unprotected lady acquaintance
in a rain-storm, and, extending his um
brella over her, requested the pleasure
of acting s her rain-bow. " Oh!1" ex
claimed the young lady, taking his arm,
,you wish me to be your rain-dear.'"
T wo souls with but a single umbrella,
two forms that stepeas ne