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A RARE YOUNG MAN
1. Make somethingi the people are obliged to buy.
2. Be ■ honest.
That is the recipe of Russell E. Gardner of St. Louis, who says making money
is the easiest thing in the world.
In eleven years Gardner made $250,000, beginning when he was 21, on a bor
rowed capital of $1,200. i
And when be had made hi* quarter of a million, although he wag only 32 years
old, he said it was enough!
. Unique Juliow, sure!
Gardner saw very early that many of the great fortunes had been made by fur
nishing people with something they, really need. He selected buggies. His idea
was to make an honest buggy at a low price and sell it directly to the man who
lode in it.
it wa. v "d« ea«y," «ud Gardner. '.^*iLw^^^Oi'^iiiL-J
When he had made his 1250,000 he made a statement saying he did not want
any more money, lie was too young to retire. So he gave "the boys" who helped
him build up hia immense business a chance to net rich.
True 'to his declaration that he had enough money, he quit trying to • make
more, lie kept an eye on the business, which he still owns, and proceeded to enjoy
his earnings. , \ u^ma ,
in the summer time Gardner lives in his steam yacht, which is known all alnog
the Mississippi river from New Orleans to St. Paul. Usually he has a party of
friends with him. Sometimes lie takes a whole Sunday school of boyg and girls.
Laal summer, during the great flood, he turned his boat over to the relief work jit
St. Louis. ■. ■ ;
He live* up to his creed,*has a good time, helps those who need it, and says a
n«an is a fool for piling up money he doernol need.
Pi This young man of. thirty-two has demonstrated some things:
lie has showni that • the young man still has a chance in this country.
Hi' has shown that the old-fashioned virtues of industry and honesty are even
| >-! ; large factors in business success. IMiU
And Ma rare decision to - quit < businets when he has a 'Sufficiency has its les
hon. He might go on and work himself into a millionaire's grave. He does not
think the game m worth the candle. Ho prefers to give other young men an
His siiiie conclusion is a standing rebuke to the men who have long since accu
niuiatid fi.itunca and who go oa piling up dollar* for fear some other person will
get some of them.
THE MYSTERY OF THE HEN
For years the credulous public have been regaled with statistics from the agri
cultural department seeming to show that great fortunes lie in hens and eggs. In
genious experts have demonstrated again and again that the humble hen, if given
half a. chaJiee, would noon pay off the national debt.
I'oultry journals, supported largely by hen-food advertising, have been discour
sing their readers from going to Cape Nome and tiring them with enthusiasm
tor "joiaf into the busincsw of growing eggs for the market scientifically," with
great cniphaMs on Urn MJffltilU pint, which generally imcuih large purchases of some
body's preparation for making hens lay whether they want to or not.
Glowing pictures have been painted in print of dut.ful hens working overtime
with eggs at 45 MBta a do/in '
Thousands of householders have believed every word of it. For several years
there has been a boom in hciilioute building, in the making of incubators and in the
sale of egg-producing foods.
Hut Hoiiichow or other nobody has gotten rich out of it except the people who
make the foods and incubators.
The bMI have consistently refused to be either bribed or bullied into working
uMitime. When the price of eggs has soared high, the hene, with complete accord,
ham dei lined to settle down to laying.
It may be possible for the people to overcome the trusts, by and by, and bring
pines of many products down to the point where they should be, but the hen trust
is a mine difficult thing to handle, and the chances are that Tacoma people, as well
as all others in this wide land, will continue to pay from 115 to 45 cents a dozen for
I'Htw until the end of time.
The new name, "brain fag," covers a multitude of ailments. But it is to be ob
served that for the most port they are ailments of people who use their brains the
least. Possibly there is a limit t'» the brain's endurance. But no man hag ever yet
found it. i
The brain may be likened to a carpenter's chisel: While he has it in constant
use it is bright and keen, and it is only in the hands of an idle fellow that it be
comes rusty,' dull and hard to work with.
People who do heavy intellectual work are not the ones who complain of "brain
fag." Their bodies may run down; their stomachs give out, and their livera become
recalcitrant, but the brain, like the much-used chisel, is ever ready and equal to all
demands upon it. -
"Brain fag" is the new complaint of the idle rich \of London and New York.
No doubt it will spread to other cities. People who are always looking for new ail
ments. People who are always looking for new ailments to complain of generally
do not have far to look.
Hut brain fag, if it is to reach the highest, possible limit of popularity among the
swell set. must be given a more exclusive name, such as "cerebral fatigue," or some
thing of that port, which dot's not sound common. "Cerebral decay" would be more
exactly exprefsive, but it is too much so. It leaves nothing to the imagination, and,
to the ailments of the idle, nation is most important.
Busy people who have nothing to do but earn their own living have no idea, of
course, of the enormous strain put upon people who have constantly to amuse them
The unceasing tusk of making one's self agreeable to one's self is one which
people who have their pleasures largely supplied for them in their daily labor cannot
People who have to work hard have their recreations and enjoy, them. The
busy,brains find rest in wholesome slumber. The brains of these are as clear and
sweet, an brooks that run from never failing springs.
' Hut the brain. of the idler is a stagnant pool. It has no purposes to give it out
let, 110 sympathies to feed it afresh. It is confined in a sank of selfishness and
breeds malarial imaginings.
And stimulants come to the assista'nee of idleness. The brain dulled by doing
nothing mustibe.brightened by liquor. And in the reaction comes "brain fag" in
its worst form. Then more liquor and more "brain fag."
It is an ailment that science can do little to remedy. Only common sense can
cure it, and common sense can suggest nothing but purposeful employment of the
fagged brain. V, .
DO WOMEN WANT TO VOTE?
liters is no suppressing the old question: Do women want to vote?
,At Springfield, Mam., : the other day, a school election was held, and of *<3
women who had registered, and were therefore entitled to vote, only 51 displayed
enough interest in-the event to go to the polls.
It is hardly to be supposed that the other 212 women were all too much engaged
with 'their household duties to snatch a few minutes and go to the polling booths.
So the old question stands unanswered: Do women want to vote?
Certainly the most ardent advocates of women'suffrage must be ready to admit
that wherever the suffrage has been extended no appreciable ■ percentage of women
have seemed to care anything about it. . -,
It is unfortunate that it should be so, for if the majority of women would, interest
themselves thoroughly the results of their balloting would unquestionably b« very
The greatest barrier to woman suffrage is the apathy of the women themselves
concerning the matter. A tew reformers have spent their lives in securing to women
certain rights at the. voting booths, but it is evident that many more live* must be
«H>eiit in inducing women to appreciate and make use of their blessing.
In the final analysis, the right to the ballot is to be judged by the use made of
it. | The reason women don't have the ballot more generally seems to be simply that
they don't want it.
* The Times wishes its readers a Merry, Xmas. • ■;.. iAUi '■:£ -\ ..:>! ; 'VE^
THE TACOMA TIMES
CHRISTMAS BAY IN MANY LANDS
Some of the Curious Customs Followed by the People in the
Various Countries Throughout the World
The celebration of Christmas ia well
rngh worldwide and uuvernal. In almost
every mmar ot lh<; world on thin d.iy aie
wlabiaUooi of joy, and throughout all
Ihi! world it is the great children's day.
Ami VTWtJ country under the sun haa its
own wuy of celebrating the day,.
England is the home of Christmas- cele
bration. The celebration is more elabor
ate there than in ■ any other quarter of
the .globe. 'The celebration <lasts tor ti.
days, ending in a blaze of glory on the
twellth night. Of course the celebration
doe* not last during all these days, al
though a few centuries ago it-did, but
elaborate ceremonies are carried, out
throughout the time.
.Before retiring for the night on Christ
mas eve the stockings of the children are
hung by the fireplace in expectation of
the visit of St. .Nicholas, .barly in the
morning the little ones are awakened by
the waifs who sing under the windows of
the rich. After the gifts are found and
breakfast is over, comes church and a
round of friendly visits. In the evening
comes the crowning feature of the day,
the dinner. The boar's head, the good old
English roast beef and last of all the plum
pudding, combine to form a feast which
must be eaten to be appreciated. In the
evening comes the lighting of the yule
log and all sorts of Christmas games, end
ing with the dancing of the "Sir .Roger
de Covcrly," in which all, from the oldest
to the youngest, join, •■
In Scotland little attention is paid to
Christmas as v festival except in the large
cities, where celebrations much the same
an those in England are held.
Ireland celebrates Christinas in an elab
orate manner. There is feasting and gaye
ty and masqueraders; both men and wo
men till the streets of the cities and
towns. Religious services are held Christ
mas eve and all Chriatnuui morning. The
afternoon and evening are given over to
Next to England, Germany celebrates
Christmas more elaborately than any
other country. "VVeihnachten" it is called
in Germany, and it is the one great day
of the year. Two weeks before Christ
mas the "Christmarkt" is established, in
r\<>> city and village. This is a Christ
mas market where in small booths toys
and Christmas goodies are laid out for
sale. The booths are trimmed with ever
greens and lighted with candles and make
a very curious and interesting night. Long
before Christmas the German housewife
begins her Christmas preparations. The
little round ginger nuts are baked and
gilded and the honey cakes are made.
I Ihsc cakes are in the shape of chickens
sheep, horses, stars and beasts. They
are cooked in fancy pans that have been
passed down in the family for genera
At sunset on the day before Christmas
the church bells ring and everyone goes to
church. Even in the country the peas
ants walk miles to attend this Christmas
service. Meanwhile the Christmas tree,
which, by the way, originated in Ger
many, has been trimmed and lighted, and
on the return from church the children
arc admitted to the room where it stands,
brave in its decorations and its lights.
I lie presents are arranged about the room
and at the foot of the tree is a miniature
representation of the manger at Uetlile
ill • 111 with the Christ child, the holy
thor, the shepherds and the wise men.
In the celebration which follows the li^ht
inK of the tree the servants and all mem
bers ot the household are included.
In southern tlermany a quaint and pa
■thetic custom prevails. On the night be
fore Christmas the graves of the little
ones who have gone are decorated with
wreaths of holly and greens and tiny
Christmas trees lighted with candles are
placed on the graves. Other little chil
dren liny carols and the whole scene 1* a
French children do not look forward to
Christmas witli the pleasure of their Eng
lish and (iernian cousins. Save for the re
ligions services there is little celebration
except in some of the border provinces
and in Paris, the gayest cily in the
world. All over France the children the
nijrht before Christmas place their highly
polished shoes in rows before the fireplace,
where they may be tilled by "Jesus Bam
bin," who is supposed to come in the
night attended by ■ host of angels bear
ing books and toys for the good chil
Christinas eve in Paris is a sight long
to be renumbered. Pram the. Church of
the Madeline to Port St. Martin the
boulevards are brilliantly lighted and lined
with little booths where everything imag
inable is sold. It is the custom of all
Parisians to spend an hour or two in this
fair on Christmas eve, and the jostling
crowd is a very interesting sight. At
midnight mass is held in all the great
churches, attended by thousands of wor
shipers. As the clock strikes 12 the host
is elevated, the hundreds of bells burst
out into joyous peals, the organs roll
forth bursts of music and the altars be
come masses of light and flowers.
On Christmas day the theaters are open
after noon and evening, and great merry
crowds attend them. The Latin quarter
lias its own celebration on Christmas
night. Knormous dinners are served in
the student quarters and these are usu
ally followed by balls.
The simple-minded peasants of the pro
vince- of Alsace have a Christmas custom
which is followed nowhere else. The day
\s a religious festival, and mass is attend
ed by everybody. Later in the day the
children are given presents, which usually
roi rfat of nothing more than fruits, nuts
and sweetmeat*. All day the children
eagtvly await the coming of the Christ
chilil. i young girl dressed in white and
wearing a gilt paper crown set round with
burning tapers. In one hand she swings
I silver i~t»ll and in the other she bears
a basket Riled with all sorts of iweet
meats. Closely following her comes the
devil—"Ham Trapp" he is called by the
children. He frightens the children nnd
asks in a gruff voice for all those who
hw,> been bad during the year. Hut the
Christ eliild intercedes for the bad ihil
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dren and finally distributes the gifts to
IN AUSTRIA AND RUSSIA.
In Austria and in Russia Christmas is
a religious holiday, but the children are
not forgotten, and presents are always
prepared for them. There is also the
< linstmas (Mat, which is an occasion of
joy and hilarity. In Austria particularly
the celebration is very similar to that in
Germany, alhtough not so elaborate.
In both of these countries, particularly
in the Tyrol, a strange belief exists that
on Christmas eve all animals art given
the power of speech and know that the
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celebration of the nativity is at hand.
In the southern country people believe
that the bees sing in honor ot Christ's
IN NORWAY AND SWEDEN.
Jn the Scandinavian country Christmas
tide is a time of great rejoicing and true
"good will to men." There is little pub
lic celebration, but in the home the day
is a great one. On Christinas eve every
member of the household bathes to, be
ready for the coming of Christ. The
bible is read and prayers are said. In
the window is placed a candle to guide
Kristine, who corresponds with our Santa
Clause, to the house. At bedtime tLe en
tire family, great and small, place their
ahoea in a row before the fireplace. They
are not only to receive the presents which
Krisline is to bring, but it is believed
that they bring peace and harmony dur
ing the year. Christmas day is usually
spent in outdoor sports, and the evening
il devoted to feasting, dancing and a gen
eral good time.
In Servia one of the peculiar customs
observed is the roasting of the Christian*
pig. Every householder invites his fam
ily and friends to assist in this opera
tion. A large pig is placed on a spit over
an open lire and slowly roasted. When
it is done it is eaten with great rejoicing.
In Italy, particularly in the southern
cities, Christinas ia very different from
the day in northern climes. At Nice,
the fashionable winter resort of all Eu
rope, the streets axe filled with flowers
and blooming plants. The southern sun
shines brightly and the scene as the peo
ple throng the streets and attend the
great churches is one th.it is hardly con
sistent with most people's idea of Christ
mas. The Italian peasants do not cele
brate Christmas laiyely as a holiday, al
though it is one of the important festi
vals of the year.
IN SOUTH AFRICA.
In Cape Town. Couth Africa, the streets
present an interesting and picturesque ap
pearance on Christmas day. It is the day
of great masquerade festival for which the
tOWB is famous. The streets are lavishly
democrated and a great mask parade is
held. This parade is headed by the offi
cials in uniform and they are followed
by thousands of ma-kers. men. women
and children. The evening is the time for
feasting and dancing.
The Christmas celebrations in Mexico
are unique and last for nine days. Be
ginning December 16 and ending on
The "In Convict Stripes" comi>any,
which is billed t.> play ut the Lyceum the
ater, did not reach latumii until ]
day afternoon, but no time was lost by
Manager Frank Whitman and Stage Man
ager J. A. West in preparing the rooms
in the Donnelly Hotel for Christ
mas eve. Determined not to be
cheated out of their Lhristin;is activities,
a tree was brought in and installed in the
center of the rooms, surrounded by foli
age-draped walls, while from the chande
liers hung festoons ot many colored paper.
The tree was illumined with iomu "i
candle*, which «hed their light on tmsel,
which gave out the glitter of silver anil
gold, in another room of the suite was
a table loaded with cakes, fruits, nuts and
sandwiches, with a huge punch bowl occu
pying the place of honor in. the center.
On the sideboard were to be found wines,
liquors and cigars for the gentlemen. A
happier party never stopped at the hotel
( hnstmas eve, the same ceremonies ure ity has gone, Christinas is celebrated In
gone through with every night. The mom- Japan, in China, in Africa in the far
bora oi the family and the guests assem- sooth and the far north this day is the
ble in a large room, in which is a repre- day of days. In many ways and with
■entation ol the nativity. A musical ser- many strange customs the birth of Christ
Vice ii then held, which is followed by i. remembered with festival and eelebra
all the guest*, headed by a child bearing tin,,, and throughout the world is heard
on a tray a.wax image ofJoseph, Maw the great, glad cry—"ON EARTH
and the Holy Child, parading through all PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN""
the rooms in the house. Finally the chil
enters a room alone and the door is closet .
Those outside plead for admission and tl
child finally opens tin- door, when all en
ter, the pleading song changing to on
of joy and praise. This ends the r
The servants are then called in and
scramble for nuts and sweetmeats take
pkee among them. This is followed b
thr scramble of the members of the fan
ily and the guests. Ureet figures of me
and women arc suspended from the cei
ing. Inside these figures are earthen jars
filled with sweetmeats. A child is blind
folded and given a large stick, with which
it is supposed to break the figure or "pl
nata," as it is known. When the jar is
broken the sweetmeats fall to the floor
in a sliower and everybody scrambles on
the floor for them. This is repeated until
all the "pinatas" are broken. As a part
ing gift, the guests are presented with
delicate porcelain dishes filled with sweet-
IN OTHER LANDS.
All over the world, wherever Christian
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than the one last night.
1 lien- Ni no lack of presents. Each
member of the company got .something.
M >. \\ hiliiKin. manager, received a beau
tiful ro"*'-<"ol<>ri'd watch fob. and Stage
Manager \\Y*t wm the recipient of a sil
mi inniinted cane.
Owing to a general agreement reached by
roads tunning out of St. Paul, the passen
ger rates east will be raised January Ist
on the Northern Pacific and Great North
ern. The rates are as follows:
Boston, $79 and $67; New York, $77.50
and $65.50; Buffalo, $69.70 and $59.70; De
troit $67.75 and $57.75; Toronto, $67.75
and $57.75; Montreal, $75.85 and $64.40.
This is a raise of from $2 to $4 on all
tickets. ' • < ■£$§
It is reported that the steamer Sophia,
for many years on the Tiieoma-Quarter
tnaeter Harbor run, was burned at War
slow a few nights ago. The fire is said to
have been caused by wood being stowed
too close to her boiler.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Thank you, one and all, for the gener
ous patronage given me during the past
year, I will continue the daily sales of
absolutely fresh home-made candies just
as heretofore, and will be found at the
Mmc place. JOLLS,
944 Pacific Avenue.