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Saturday, Bee. If., 1910.
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E are apt, most of us, to ob
serve the customs and tra
ditions of the Yule-tide
with the feeling that they
had their birth with the
first of the greatest festi
vals of Christendom. The Christmas
tree, the gift giving, the candles, the
"iolly and the mistletoe have become
so identified with our celebration of
Christmas that they seem as inherent
and peculiar to it as the radiant points
to the Star of the Nativity. And yet
it is to antiquity and heathendom that
we owe the customs we observe, the
stock phrases we utter and even the
mince pie, without which, no Christ
mas dinner is complete. The Ger
mans, the Scandinavians, the Jews, the
Romans, the Goths and the- Saxons
have all contributed to make our
"Merry Christmas!" It is oh our
lips from the stroke of twelve that
ends this vigil of Christmas eve until
the last candle has burned out on
Christmas night If we think of it at
all we accept "merry" as meaning
lively, sprightly and gleesome aftd
wonder a bit perhaps at its preference.
As a matter of fact when the English
first used the old Saxon word in this
connection, spelling it "merrie," it
meant simply pleasant and agreeable,
but we cling to it In spite of its
The day before Christmas we bring
into the bouse a great fir tree that is
made the center of the festivities. It
is an old German legend that ias pro
vided us with this pretty custom.
Saint Wilfrid, the tale funs, was one
day cutting down- one of the sacred
oaks of the Druids. Presently a great
wind seized it and it fell, split in four
pieces. Behind it Saint Wilfrid saw a
young fir tree standing staunch and
unharmed, pointing a green spire to
the heavens. He thereupon " pro
claimed it a holy tree and the tree of
the Christ child because its leaves
-were evergreen .and its majestic spire
pointed heavenward. He asked the
people to gather about it in their own
homes, where it should shelter nothing
but loving gifts.
On Christmas eve we illuminate the
tree with many flickering candles un
less we prefer safety to sentiment,
when we make use of the electric
lighted devices. One may choose
among several picturesque accounts
of the origin of this practice. In me
dieval times when the forests seemed
peopled with none but sacred trees,
there was a tradition of particular
holiness being invested in an illumi
nated tree. - Then the ancient Jews
held a Eeast of Light about Christmas
time in which candles were an impor
tant feature, so that their use may
oddly enough have been thus adopted
by the Christians. The huge Yule
candle signified the coming of the light
into the world. The most beautiful
idea is that our use of candles is de
rived from the fact that probably.
when Christ was "born twinkling lights
were burning in every house.
The holly and mistletoe Indispens
able for holiday decoration were Orig
inally Identified with pagan festivals.
There is a tradition that holly is the
bush in which Jehovah appeared to
Moses. The mistletoe was anjbject of
great veneration to the Druids, al
though only when It grew upon an
oak tree. The propriety of kissing
under the mistletoe is a Telic of an old
Scandinavian myth. It seems that
Balder, the Apollo of the North, was
hated by one Loki because "every-J
thing that springs from fire, air, earth
and water" had given promise not to
hurt the former handsome gentleman.
Whoever it was had thus coerced all
things of the earth and sea, had some
how neglected to mention the matter
to the insignificant mistletoe. So
XiOki straightway made an arrow of
mistletoe, and being an unprincipled
chap -induced blind Hoder to shoot
Balder. Little good it dldliim, how
ever, for the gods restored Balder to
life at once and presented the mistle
toe to the Goddess of Love to keep.
Everyone who passed under it received
a kiss to show that it was the emblem
of love, and not death. The popularity
of mistletoe was unabated for centu
ries, but one old writer says: "Mistle
toe was abandoned in the Christmas
decking of churches together with
kissing at the services, because both
were found to set the young ladies and
young gentlemen a-reading of the mar
And dear old Santa Clans, or Saint
Nicholas, or Kris Kringle, as you pre
fer what delightful myths from an
tiquity have presented him with his
reindeers and his whiskers and pack
of toys! The Scandinavian legend re
lates the coming of Odin, the winter
god, who visited earth at the time of
the Winter Solstice or Feast. Odin
rode a white horse and preceded by
wolves and ravens was supposed to
lead an army of souls that had died
during the year. As Christianity tri
umphed it was only over the unbap
tized that he was thought to have
power, and his army came to be com
posed only of the souls of children to
whom herbecame a friend. Eventually
he was'sald to bring the toys and gifts
to the children on earth. We are sat
isfied now to tell the children that he
comes down the chimney with his pack
xf gifts and disappears without being
beheld by mortal eye. In a little Mo
ravian village in Emaus, Pennsylvania,
which Is the only place in this country
where the custom is thus observed, St.
Nicholas, or Peltznickel, is yearly im
personated by some villager, and visits
every household on Christmas .eve to
The mince pie is a survival of the
immense pies that the early Christians
used to make in the form of a cradle
or 'manger. After several centuries
the pies were made smaller in size,
but were still made to carry out the
idea of the manger, in a sort of coffin
cv, We have just received a large shipment of
Diamonds and Jewelry
tnjnfx-J7n-PL--r n n n n n
On account of the delay and Christmas so near . at
hand, ve will offer the following at unheard prices:
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$225.00 Diamond Rings,
weight 11-4 1-16 karat, for.i.
75.00 Diamond Rings,,
weight 1-2 karat, for
50.00 Diamond Rings, ' '
weight 3-8 karat, for
25.00 Diamond Rings, .
weight 1-4 karat, for "
18.00 Diamond Rings, (hi A ff
weight 1-8 karat, for plU.lu
5.00 Ladies' Solid Gold
6.00 Gent's Solid Gold
Rings N r..
2.50 Gent's Solid Gold -'
Scarf Pins A...
5.00 Ladies Solid Gold j s
Brooches : . .;
5.00 Bracelets, Gold Filled, ' -
22.00 Ladies' Solid Gold (hin
Watches, 14 karat P X i
10.00 Gold Filled Watches, guaranteed 20 fr Q
years, for ladies and gentlemen
20.00 Gold Filled Watches, guaranteed :
20 years Elgin or Walthani movement.
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$2100 ON GOOD TERMS '
STow this pric'e-dsr-'$500 under the actual value. Don't "delay,4 but see this at
once. ." , . .
athews Champlin Realty Co.
117 N. Stanton St.
Bell Phone 638; Auto. 1638.
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EL PASO, TEXAS
L PASO START
Christinas Cheer of Substan
tial Kind to Be Given to
ISTeedy Families. '
Ifa San Antonio, Phoenix and other
progressive cities, temporary organi
zations of "The Good Fellows" have been
acts of unostentatious charity. Its mem
for the needy and the ones In want.
Through the various organizations and
the press of the cities where these or
ganizations have been perfectedj-a large
Christmas fund has been secured and
will be devoted to the -worthy- cause on
El Paso needs no such organization,
for it 'has a permanent one whose an
nual duty It has been to perform these
acts of unostentious charity. Its mem
bers are good fellows 365- days in the
year and on Christmas concentrate all
the'ir good fellowship upon the Christ
mas cause. Th Elks of El Paso have
made many merry Chrlstmases for the
poor of the city and the Christmas work
is one of the many precepts of this
This year the Christmas cheer is to be
diffused as usual but more practical
methods have been adopted by the com
mittee In charge of the work for apply
jrg the Chrisima fund. The annual
Christmas rres and supper which has
been given each Christmas eve in the
Elks' club haa become such an institu
tion that it was found almost impos
sible to accommodate the crowds.
Adopting the plan of the practical
charity workers, the Elks are prepar
ing a list of those known to be in need
or to whose homes the Christmas spirit
tmII not enter. To compile this list the
committee, through secretary H. T.
Ellis, is sending out the monthly bulle
tin with an appeal to the members to
contribute liberally to the Christmas
fund. They are also asked to send in
the names of those known to be in need
or with whom Christmas might be but
These lists are to be prepared and a
Christmas basket will be delivered by a
brother Elk at the door" of each needy
iflome on the night of nights throughout
PUTTING BIG GOOSE NECK
LAMrS AROUND N'EYV HOTEL
Goose neck lamps are being installed
on the east and north sides of the .new
Sheldon on Oregon street and CMlHs
street. This will complete tjie lighting
scheme from San Antonio north on Ore
gon and also on Mills street between
the two plazas when the Anson Mills
building lights are replaced. The side
walk on the Sheldon corner is also to
be cut away to allow carnages to pass
between the car tracks and the curb
ing, when cars are standing on the
street car tracks at .the intersection
of Oregon and Mills streets.
Buy Buster Brown shoes for your boy
or girl ior Xmas The Bee Hive.
You may go home for Holidays but
come back for A. T. & S. F. Ry.
will sell round trip tickets to:
St. Louis and return . . v $50.40
Kansas City and return N 42.05
Chicago and return 62.00
Dates of sale, December 20th, 21st and 22nd. Final return limit, Jan. 18, 1911.
To all points in ISTew Mexico on ihe A., T. & S. P. By. one and one-third fare for
round trip. For example: '
El Paso to Las Cruces and return . . . . .".S 2.15
El Paso to Eaton. U. M., and return . . 1 26.35
El Paso to Las Vegas and return 20.35
i El Paso to Silver City and return 7.30
El Paso to Abuquerque and return 13.35 ,
Dates of sale, December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th and 31st. .. '
Final return limit, Jan. 3rd, 1911.
Call on us for any other information.
W. R. BROWN, D. P. A.
J. S. MORRISSON, C. P, A.
Corner San Francisco and Santa Fe Streets.
ON MURDER CHARGE
Jury in Murder Case at Tu-
cumcari Gut Trvo
' Tucumcarl, N. M.. Dec. 17. The
jury In the case of Irene Kent, charged
with the murder of Asher Kent, re
turned a verdict of guilty of murder
in the second degree. Sentence will be
imposed later in the term. Notice of
appeal was at once given bj' C. C.
Davidson, the defendant's attorney.
The jury was given the case at 1(1 p.
m., and reached the verdict at 3 ocloclc
in the next afternoon. It was believed
for a time that a hung jury had re
sulted from the trial. The penalty as
the verdict stands, is from three to 20
years in the penitentiary.
The building committee of the local
lodge of Elks has made all arrange
ments for the necessary funds with
which to build the proposed club rooms
on the corner of Main and Monroe
streets. The building will cost ap
pioximately $12,000 and will be built
according, to the latest plan iu club
rooms. "Work will be started, It is said,
as soon as the architects and contrac
tors have settled disputed points.
Letters have been sent out to the
parents and patrons of the city schools,
calling a meeting for December 13, to
formulate the constitution and by
laws of the lately formed parents as
sociation. The meeting will be hehTat
the high school auditorium.
- New uniformed white wool sweaters
have been given all the boys and girls
of the senior class of the high school.
The letter T, in purple, the class color,
is sewed on the front. '
J. M. Stark, who went to Texico to
get the Texico railway to build into
this city, has returned and it is ex
pected that active negotiations will be
taken up in the early spring.
REAL BELLHOPS IN" TOWX.
Bejlhops just like the ones seen in
the musical comedy shows are now a
reality in El Paso. The bellhops in the
New Sheldon blossomed out in form
fitting cadet gray unfforms Friday, cut
a la mode in the rear and with enough
silver buttons on the front to outfit
the town marshal in Goshen, Ind. The
caps are visorless and have the letters.
"O. H. Co." on them, which signifies
the Orndorff Hotel company.
TEARING DOWN" BIG
The tabernacle is being torn down
with much less ceremony and In a
much, shorter time than it was built
with the moral and physical assistance
of the ministers of the city in prepara
tion for the Bulgin meetings, which,
closed" last week. Contractor Hassen.
who bought the tabernacle verbatim is
having it wrecked and will build
fences and barns with the lumber
wh'ich was nailed in place by the blis
tered hands of a half dozen earnest
workers in the Lord.'s vineyard, with
the assistance of a crew of real workmen.
The baby of B. I. Champlin, of tha
Mathews-Champlin Realty company, ia
Schraff t's "chocolates in fancy pack
ages "At The Purity," 224. Mesa.
PILES CURED IN 6 to 14" DAYS.
Your druggist will refund money if
PAZO OINTMENT fails to cure any case
of Itching. Blind, Bleeding or Protrud
ing Piles in 6 to 14 days. 50c.