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Christmas in Colville
A more joyous Christmas has not been observed
in this vicinity for many years. The long desired
snowfall came with the day and the hearts of many
were gladdened. Logging operations may now
commence in earnest, and wood hauling is made
possible. These mean much to this town and the
In the. homes and in the churches the Christmas
observance was of much-interest.
At the Congregational church a Christmas ser
mon was delivered Sunday evening to an excep
tionally large congregation by the pastor, Rev. G.
H. Wilbur. On Christmas eve the exercises consisted
of a program by the Sunday school, with two Christ
mas trees, Santa Claus represented by Lee Mantz.
The Catholic church services commenced with
solemn high mass at midnight Christmas eve.
Wednesday morning 7 high mass at 10 o'clock was
celebrated by the Rev. Father A. Van der Velden
S. J., superior of the Colville mission. The deco
rations were beautiful^—leaves and green branches,
with flowers of red and pink. The remarks by
the reverend father were simple and impressive.
At the Baptist church Tuesday evening a pro
gram appropriate to Christmas time was given by
the Sunday school in charge of George Heimbach,
superintendent. A Christmas tree and special
music were features of the evening's observance.
The Free Methodist Sunday gave a pro
gram at the church Christmas eve.
The Christian church held Christmas exercises
Sunday evening at Odd Fellows hall. R. H. Par-
ker, superintendent of the Sunday school, had
charge of the program. Special music was render
ed by the choir. Pretty and appropriate decora
tions added a spirit of Christmas cheer to the oc
Rev. H. A. Sheldon of the Methodist Episcopal
church preached a Christmas sermon Sunday
morning. At the parsonage Christmas eve a tree
was provided for the members of the Sunday
Christmas eve exercises at Echo consisted of a
program in charge of Mrsr-T. M. Wood, teacher of
the Echo school, and a Christmas tree. Funds
had been secured by an entertainment given sev
eral weeks ago.
James Petty gave a Christmas treat to the Col
ville school children under 14 years on Tuesday
afternoon. The roller rink was leased for three
hours and about 70 children furnished with skates.
Half a bushel each of peanuts and popcorn helped
to enliven the afternoon, and Mr. Petty received
much praise and many thanks for the pleasant
afternoon afforded the children.
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Christmas services were held at Marcus by Rev.
Father Caldie from the mission.
Colville Opera House Notes
The grand ball which has heretofore been held
each New Year's eve by the Odd Fellows has this
year been turned over to the opera house manage
ment, which has gone to considerable expense in
fixing the floor for the occasion. The floor has
been sandpapered so that it is claimed to be the best
dancing floor in the city. A check room will be in
stalled so that patrons of the ball may have their
wraps checked and the management assures all
that every comfort for the occasion will be made.
..If the man who can make other people
laugh is a blessing to humanity there ought
to be a statue erected in memory of Opie
Read. There are few living American story
tellers who can reproduce for us more perfectly than
Mr. Read does the speech, the manners, the whole
social atmosphere of the rural South and the rural
West. His latest lecture ' 'First One Thing and
Then Another is a sparkling gem of humor and wit
not unmixed with pathos. Strictly speaking it is
not a lecture at all, but an informal heart-to-heart
talk that brings the speaker into close intimacy
with his hearers, and keeps them roaring with
laughter or brushing away tears throughout the
whole evening. On the platform as in his writen
works, Mr. Read shines with a brilliance all his own.
The indescribable witchery of his words, the charm
of his voice, the manner, the influence of his per
sonality, combine to weave the magic spell that
holds his audiences enthralled. He puts into
graphic and picturesque language much that we as
Americans have felt, but only dimly comprehended.
Reminiscence, criticism, anecdote, historic fact and
literary estimate are so delightfully blended that it
is difficult to tell which presents ' the greatest
attraction for those wjio hear him. The "humor is
all pervasive, yet one sees that the lecturer's pur
pose is serious. He shows himself to be a wonderful
delineator of character, and an artist in the inter
pretation of his work. Mr. Read will lecture at
the Colville opera house Monday evening, Jan. 18.
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John Keough returned to his home at White
Mud lake for the Christmas holidays from his min
ing work near the northern boundary. He is
president of the International company, which
owns 6 claims in a group, and in five samples as
sayed found an average of $37.62 in gold. This is
good news, and the many friends of Mr. Keough
and his associates, all local men, rejoice with them
in this best of Christmas tidings.
County Commissioner S. S. Beggs and wife of
Echo spent Christmas at the home of their daugh
ter, Mrs. W. P. Townsend, in Colville.
Miss Percy Watson, teacher of Latin at Pullman,
is visiting at the home of her uncle, W. D. Hanna,
northwest of town.