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KVVIH I. LOU.4N, II. Q. I)., Editor.
COLUMBIA, i I j MISSOURI
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1001.
In our homes and out of our homes at this
time the reign of Christmas is supreme.
Within we make
ready to welcome its
coming, and without
we strive to let its
overflow touch hearts
and places where joy and abundance are
It takes possession of us, this recurring
revelation of what the great birthday means.
Mothers, filling the stockings of their little
ones beside the nursery fires, remember bare,
half-frozen feet uncovered in the wintry
snows, and seeing the jolly,.rosy faces over
flowing with delight in the light of Christ
mas morning, they are glad that little
grimy and hunger-pinched children, un
known to them, are somewhere in distant
quarters receiving some joy of their giving,
sent by faithful hands. For this one day
they have a sisterly realization of what it
means to see a child suffer and be power
less to relieve.
The man of fashion and of the world, hap
pening to catch a glimpse of a tattered shoe
black staring into a bright shop, or a group
of dirty newsboys fighting for bits of ever
green dropped at a church door, will feci
a sudden impulse to join the workers at a
public Christmas tree, and for those hours
will give out the charm which wins him fa
vor at many a stately home, in order to give
zest to the merriment of the worthy gather
ing in some great hall. Something tugs at
his heart, a half-formed thought awakens
in his mind: "I really must do something for
these poor little mites! I daresay a few dol
lars, now and then, would do a great deal
for them, when Christmas is over." The
struggling embryo of brotherhood in his
heart is nearly strong enough to live, but
the environment of to-morrow will stifle it.
It is good to think, says the New York
Evening Post, of the joy of the fair outside
show of the holiday; all the glitter and
brightness of hospitable tables with dear
ones gathered, old and young, about them;
it is pleasant to think of the jolly schoolboy
and the gentle grandmother, side by side.
It warms and cheers to feel the cordial
handshake of a friend or receive a greeting
of remembrance across the dividing sea. It
rouses dear memories and touches sealed
fountains to hear the old melodies familiar
since childhood, and ever new, as true things
always are. It is like a reviving wine to one
that is weary to find, though absent, we are
But above this rises the ennobling influ
ence which overleaps barriers and demarca
tions, and reaches out a generous, uplift
ing hand to those who are bound down by
the hard fortune of a degraded life. The
spirit of Christmas is the spirit of the uni
versal brotherhood of the race. It moy
seem a small thing for a rich man to send
his poor neighbor a dinner, but it blesses
twice; he that gives and he that takes is
blessed. Even though the giver's thoughts
rose no higher than that he would divide
his overabundance with the hungry, his
unconscious act has taken a first step to ac
knowledging his brother's claim. "Share
with me" is the unspoken meaning of his
gift. "I cannot be comfortable alone in my
wealth. We are of the same race, begotten
by the same Divine Father; it is our Elder
Brother's birthday. Let us keep the feast."
Christina Rosetti, whose fervent heart is
like a warming flame to colder ones, sings
this tender song:
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely. Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and Angels gave the Sign.
Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for gift and plea and Sign.
Many a custom, firm through centuries of
use, may die out; full many a thing men
once revered may be covered out of Bight
by the dust of the earth; but the more
humanity seeks the welfare and the uplift
ing of man, the more true and loyal will be
the honor we give to Christmas Day.
Once again has New Year's day come
around, and as we look back over the
many mistakes of the
past 12 months we
feel a determination
to make the year be
fore us the best we
have ever known. Many plans are made
for more systematic work, many good res
olutions formed, many bad habits broken,
and we start put with head erect and breast
heaving. How long will our good intentions
We become weary, and some day the
work is dropped for a little while; the good
Resolution conflicts with a strong desire
to do a certain thing, and consequently suf
fers; while as to the bad habit well, if we
were not strong enough to break it before,
why should the advent of any particular doy
make it easier for us to overcome it now?
Thus we are apt to reason, and, soon grow
ing tired, we give up the thought of our
New Year's resolutions and plod along in
the old way. If we could only keep them
always before us much might be done, for
there iB only one way to accomplish any
thing, and that is by adhering in the mi
nutest detail to the plans we have made.
One seldom breaks his high resolve or does
a great wrong in the beginning; he misses a
step here, a step there, goes a little out of
the way on this side, a little on that, and
is soon far from his starting point.
The year, to look forward, seems long;
but it will soon be gone. Let us strive each
day, writes Olive Hyde Foster, in Farm and
Fireside, to make that one as near perfect as
possible, and then the consciousness of earn
est effort will, in a measure, compensate
for the failure often sustained. Let the
thought of the dear ones we so fondly love
check the impatient word. Who can tell
where they may all be ere we make our
next New Year's pledges? Some may be
scattered over the face of the earth some,
alas! may have gone into the great beyond,
leaving us to "sigh for the touch of a van
ished band and the sound of a voice that is
still;" nay, even we may be called to join
the great majority; and if the summons
should come, may there not be a single secret
pang over the word left unsaid to mar
the joy of being released from the trials
and temptations of this life.
Mirth of the Holiday Season
His Gift List.
The editor, poor man, has but little chance
When a wife and fourteen children com
prise his Christmas number.
Great Day In European Courts.
In the courts of Europe New Year's is
a great day. All the monarchs begin the
day by attending church; afterward, thev
receive the dignitaries of church, state,
army and diplomatic corps.
No Reelection Needed.
One curious fact must give us pause:
We strive for all thlims new,
But when It comes to Santa Claus
The same old boy will do.
Chicago Dally Record.
A Resolution Worth the While.
Resolvethat you will stand well with your
self during the coming year, whether you
stand well with others or not. Resolve never
again to set a cheap estimate upon your
self or your chances in life. O. S. Marden,
Bu MARGARET E. SANGSTER.
WITH TWIN1NO OF CEDAR AND HOLLY AND FIR,
WITH FRAGRANCE AND SPICE OF FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH,
WITH LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN AND STIR IN THE STREET,
AND HAND-CLASP AND GREETINO FOR ANY WE MEET,
'MID HEART-WARMTH TO LOOSEN THE PURSE OF THE CHURL,
AND HEARTH-FLAMES LIKE BANNERS THAT FLOAT AND UNFURL,
THE DEAREST OF DAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, IS HERE,
AND THE CHILD IN THE MIDST IS THE KING OF THE YEAR.
NOW MAIDENS AND MATRONS AND GENTLEMEN ALL,
AND SWEETHEARTS AND LOVERS, HELD FONDLY IN THRALL,
AND LADDIES AND LASSIES, GOLD-HAIRED AND BRIGHT-EYED,
LET THE JOY OF YOUR HEARTS OVERFLOW AT YULETIDE ;
BE YOUR GIFTS LIKE THE DAISIES THAT BLOOM ON THE LEA
WHEN THE SUMMER BRIMS OVER LIKE FOAM OF THE SEA ;
OLD GRUDGES FORGET, IF THEIR CHILL HAS BEEN FELT,
IN THE LIGHT OF THE YULE-FIRE TO TENDERNESS MELT ;
FOR HARDNESS AND HATRED NO ROOM HAVE WE HERE
WHEN THE CHILD IN THE MIDST IS THE KING OF THE YEAR.
ONE STAR, LIKE THE SUN, LED THE SAGES OF OLD
TO THE MOTHER WHO CRADLED THE GLORY UNTOLD.
NOW STARS BY THE MILLION AND BILLION WE SEE,
AS THE TAPERS ARE LIT ON THE GLAD CHRISTMAS TREE.
ONE SONG SANG THE ANGELS, AND YET DO THEY SING
THAT THE CHILD IN THE MIDST IS OF AGES THE KING.
OH, LISTI ON THE COLD BLAST THAT SONG RISES CLEAR,
FOR THE CHILD IN THE MIDST IS THE KING OF THE YEAR.
ATRUCETO OUR SADNESS, AND END TO OUR GRIEF.
EARTH HATH NOT A SADNESS THAT KNOWS NOT RELIEF,
WHEN, SOFT AS THE VOICE OF THE ANGELS ABOVE,
IS BORNE ROUND THE WORLD THE SWEET MESSAGE OP LOVE.
AND CHRISTMAS, THE BLITHE, MERRY CHRISTMAS IS HERE,
AND THE CHILD IN THE MIDST IS THE KING OF THE YEAR.
N. Y. HOME JOURNAL.
New Year's Maxims.
Don't worry. Don't hurry. "Too swift
arrives as tardily as too slow." Sleep and
rest abundantly. (Spend less nervous en
ergy each day than you make. Be cheer
ful. "A light heart lives long." Think only
healthful thoughts. "As a man thinketh
in his heart, so he is." "Seek peace and
pursue it." "Work like a man, but don't
be worked to death." "Avoid passion and
excitement; a moment's anger may be
futal." "Associate with healthy people;
health is contagious as well as disease."
Don't carry the whole world on your shoul
ders, far less the universe. "Never despair;
lost hope is a fatal disease." Christian
New Year In Wales and Germany.
In Wales, fires are burned to usher in the
New Year, and are left alight from one
year to the other. In Germany there are
parts where at one time belief was enter
tained in a god who brought light and
warmth to the world each year. As a bon
fire typified the goodness of this god, a huge
fire is still built in the market place, and
here the people flock, bringing with them
things they wish to leave behind. Young
men cast in their pipes and maidens their
love letters. A little before midnight the
young people dance around the fire, calling:
"Health to the New Year."
A MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Welcoming a Change.
"Do you enjoy the holiday season?" asked
the jovial friend.
"Yes," answered Sirius Barker, with his
customary cynicism. "It's a great relief
to be able to say 'Merry Christmas' and
'Happy New Year' for a change. 'How dy
do' gets very monotonous." Washington
He's All Right.
I have a blessing for the man
(And care not who may hear It)
Who Is Intoxicated with
The real, true Christmas spirit.
On Desert Air.
Winthrop "If Freddie is going to spend
Christmas with his grandmother, perhaps
you'd better buy him the drum and whis
tle." Mrs. Winthrop "I spoke to him about
them, my dear, but he said they'd be no
good, as his grandmother was deaf." Les
We've made resolutions anew,
As It's long been our custom to do,
And (tne thought causes pain)
We will make them again
In the year 1902.
Method With Him.
Crawford What induced you to buy such
a small turkey for Christmas?
Crabshaw So there wouldn't be any left
to warm over for the next day." Judge.
The Christmas Spirit,
"Josephine always looks so gloomy at
"Yes; I wonder what ails her."
"I think she is vexed with her brothers
and sisters because they have so many
children." Detroit Free Press.
"It isn't always what a Christmas present
costs," said her friend, "that makes it ap
preciated." "Oh, no!" replied Mrs. Bargain-Hunter;
"very often it is what people think it cost."
Greeting the New Year.
Hall, glad New Year! We do not ask
Our woes you should disperse.
We merely urge this simple task
Pray do not make them worse. ,
Chicago Dally Record.
A Christmas Favorite.
A man with a past Is a man to admire,
A man with a future Is one to desire;
But the man Just at this time the girls find
They will frankly confess Is the man with a
"Mister," said Meandering Mike, "have
you got a quarter you can spare?"
"What do you want with it?"
And with a look of pity and reproach came
"I jes' wanted money enough to go be
fore a notary an' swear off nex' New Year
day; dat's all." Washington Star.
Preparing for Christmas.
"To catch you 'rieath the mistletoe
Will be my aim," said he.
"Pray, will you kindly let me know
Just where the spray will be?"
"It shall be where you wish," said she;
"I really do not care."
He answered: "Then be kind to me
And wear It In your hair."
Chicago Evening Post.
Now Tommy hops when he Is bid,
All chores he does, he's rarely chid;
He is a different boy because
His eyes are fixed on Santa Claus.. '
Chicago Dally Record.
"The meanest man of the season," ac
cording to the opinion expressed by Uncle
Allen Sparks when the subject came up for
' discussion, "is the man who hunts the house
over, from cellur to garret, trying to find
out what his wife has hidden away as his
Christmas present." Chicago Tribune.