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2Jcw Ucitv, 1902
THE NIGHT 'FORE CHRISTMAS.
By JOE LINCOLN.
Most generally at eight o'clock I go up
stairs to bed,
An' Jes' undress an' say my prayers an
cover up my head,
An' shut my eyes up good'n tight an' go to
sleep, an' then
First thing 1 know It's mornln'.nn' time to
git up again.
Some nights, er course, don't seem so short,
like 'fore the Fourth, yer know,
Or 'fore a feller's blrthduy, or the night
jes' 'fore yer go
To visit gran'pa oh, my, yes! they're
kinder long, but, gee!
The night that comes 'fore Chrls'mus Is a
million years to me.
Seems's If December, anyway, 's the long
est month they Is;
The months that's In the summer, why,
they go so fast they whiz,
But old December crawls along, so kinder
slow and late
That C'hris'muE keeps so far away seems
's if you couidn t wait.
An' when yer've marked off all the days
but one, an' that's most through,
An' yer've hanged up yer stockin' right
'longside the chimney flue.
An' said "Good night" nn' gone upstairs,
my, don't the minutes creep!
Cause when he knows It's Chrls'mus eve
no boy can go to sleep.
Yer fiear the old hall clock "tick tock" an'
heVr this wind, so low
An' kinder Soft an' lonesome like, Jes' 's
If 'tyvas goln' to snow;
An'' then yer wonder If it will, so's yer can
slide next day,
An' then yer think 'bout Santy an' his reln-
deer, an' his sleigh.
Yer wonder what he'll bring yer, an' yer
'wonder how he guessed
Yer' wanted skates las' Chrls'mus an' a
bowgun an' the rest;
An' then yer try to git to sleep, an' then,
er course, yer enm't,
An' then yer say: "Weil, you Jeo' will,"
' an' then, er course, yer won't.
I s'pose It must be right, but, oh! some
times It does seem wrong
That that one night boys wants so short
should be so extra long;
I've tried to think out why It Is, but all
the 'scuse I've found
Is that It's long so Santy he'll have time
to git around.
But I know this, I'm mighty glad I ain't
An' has to live 'way, 'way up north 'mong
all the lee an' snow,
1 really don't see what they do, the boys,
I mean oh, dear!
Jes' think of waitin' through a night that
lasts a half a year.
People's Home Journal.
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF.
He Made a Good Resolution But It Didn't
Last Very. Long.
One year ago, according to the Youth's
Companion, Mr. Billings settled himself
comfortably in his favorite chair beside the
stove in the grocery store, and returned the
neighborly greetings of the other regular
"Yes," he said, meditatively, "this is the
last night of the old year. Somethin' kind
o' solemn 'bout it, too, when ye stop to
think of it. A year past an' gone, an' a new
one mebbo the last some of us'll ever see
. just beginnin'. It makes a man feel se
rjous. l'eople laugh 'bout New Year's reso
lutions, but I maintain it's a good thing
titiH man to pull up now an' then an' start
fresh: an' the first of the year seems the
most 'natural an littin time to do it.
'"MaUin' anj res'lutions yourself, 'Lisha?"
asked Nathan Hobbs, good-naturedly.
Yesj sir, I am! replied Lhsha, defiant-
ly. i ra maiuu one, anyway, an i uon s
.inra iirlin lnnura it I ri faart I tr in t rt Iroan a
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Letter hold on my temper this year. 'He
that ruleth his spirit is better than he that
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failin's that way, as some of ye know; but If the-stone is small and cheap it is per- uf lu .I-esen.s, uo., t B.. ...u, a OI ,onr women who oougui. wi.ee .piece u..u
now we're beginnin a new year an' a new haps just as well to put a girl's engagement ,f w ,lsky J".8' because ,l 18 we" knoW" sent them to the other three. And us a con
century, too, I'm goin' to turn over a new ring in her stocking. tllat 1,e U6M ,l- . , sequence to-day those four women are the
leaf." ' It always makes a woman sad if her h us- When you are careful not to let your little possessors of liberty silk ruches that are
"What was that you said 'bout a new band hasn't bought something for her that boy have anything noisy for Christmas there as alike as two peas in a pod and each one
century?" asked old Eben Cook, from his she is afraid they really oughtn't to afford, is sure to be some kind friend who will give of them cherishes a secret opinion of the
.seat in the corner.
Dioyyn-1'm off horns for the holi- Feli.ow Travle-I dv you your Employek-JuM In time for Christ- The Childhkm-OB, papa,
d-S? boy" I kn Tth.ro U .YmJthing good (ormniT My ChrLtmai present Joh,- Better take s week oS to got eome Chri.tmaa for you
Dice waiting tor me there. will have lo wait for me. . examine your presents. Go up and tee them.
"I said now that we was beginnin' a new "Good land and seas!" shouted Mr. Bil
century I was goin' " lings, as he rose excitedly to his feet. "If
"What you talkin' about, 'Lisha? The
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twentieth century begun a year ago. To'
morrow'll be nineteen hundred an' one,
"Course 'twill; but ain't 'one' the first
number there is? An' don't that make to-
lIlUliuvv tuc uini xxtxjf wi nn- iiv.it kkii.uij .
"Not by a long shot, 'less I've forgotten
how to count. It don t take a hundred an
one years to make a century, does it?"
"No, but it takes more'n ninety-nine.
S'pose I was to begin with one, an' count "
"Hold on a minute," interposed Judson,
the storekeeper. "Let's say that Bill, here,
owed me a hundred dollars an' started to
pay me in dollar bills, callin' out 'one,' 'two,'
"Well, s'pose lie did."
"No. Jud," suggested Seth Gibson.
"Here's the way I heard that feller up to the
academy put it: How old is a man on his
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LISTEN! JOHNNY MUST BE PEEPING.
WHERE IS HE 7
Ha did not mean to speak, but the surprise
Of seeing Santa with his prying eyes
Caused little Johnny to exclaim! "Oh, hoi"
Just as old Santa was about to go.
He was well hidden, as he meant to be.
And where he thought old Santa couldn't see.
Look sharp and well he's but a little man
Hunt round the room and find him if you can.
SOME UNBIASED OPINIONS.
It is not always the biggest stocking that
contains the costliest prcseut.
When a girl is caught under the mistletoe
she always pretends that she had forgotten
it was there.
A woman always likes a man better if the
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gloves lie scnus ner are auuut two sizes luo
A woman declares she is delighted with
her presents, but she never fails to look at
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Chicago Times-Herald. him a drum and a whistle. judge.
THE DRUMMER'S CHRISTMAS.
he didn't know any more'n this c'lection
r i 1 l l-1 i . i, , !
ot hand-picked lunkheads lie wouldn t pass
for more n six or seven, at most. It s a
waste o' breath talkin' to ye. My ol' sorrel
mare's got more sense than the whole passel
of ye!" and he started for the door.
'What was it 'Lisha was sayin' 'bout
New Year's res'lutions?" MePhcrson asked
the storekeeper, as the door shut with a
bang. But Judson was too intent on his
argument with Gibson to reply.
Struck by the Resemblance.
Little Rodney (manipulating his Christ-
mas toy) Hoo-ee, pa!
Mr. Scrappington Well, what is it, my
Little Rodney Why, pa, my jumpiii'
jack cuts up just like you do whenever ma
asks you for money! Smart Set.
Many a person has got kicked for looking
a gift horse in the mouth.
The average Christmas slipper is about
the worst thing that a man can put his
Doing business without advertising
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(lespiseu. i rony nearly every woman win.
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THE CHILD'S FESTIVAL.
There Is a Special Significance In Christ.
mas for oe i itHn Ones
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, The true Children s day is Christmas, lhe
L'd f the feast was a child in licthlehem,
nnd H? 8tlU loves llttle children as lie did
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took them in His arms and blessed them.
If there were no children in our world to
receive and enjoy, the advent time would
lose much of its beauty and delight. The
child's imagination, which transforms com
monplace things, the child's receptivity,
which docs not stop to question, but enjoys
these rellcct themselves upon our minds
and bring us for the moment into the child-
like mood of happiness. Nor is the child's
thought of happiness simply one of getting,
Neither the gift nor the surprie of the
gift, dear as these are to the child's heart,
brings hs much pleasure as the planniiigand
the giving. Tiie best of Christmas is enjoyed
before ever Christmas comes. We older ones
need to be reminded every year that love is
more than elaboration at the Christmas
time, and that t'.ie value of the gift is meas
ured by the affection of the giver; but un
spoiled children know it and act upon it,
as if there could be no doubt of it at all, and
we would all be happier ut Christmas if we
were to learn of them. Then would the
Christmas burden, of which so many are
complaining, turn to pure delight. Congre
gationalist. An Important Day.
Nowhere is New Year's day more fes
tively observed than in the east, and es
pecially in Mohammedan lands. In Persia
the No ltooz, (as the new year is culled)
is by far the most important holiday ob
served by tiie subjects of the shah. On
New Year's eve the fun begins with the
kindling of huge bonfires, and among the
nioi.e active it is considered the correct,
tiling to leap over or through the (lames.
The Persian is careful to perform his (ire
dance in old garments, for on New Year's
day every one who has the means is bound
by the strictest custom to appear in new
clothes. N. Y. Sun.
Willie's Useful Present.
Hired Man So Sandy Claus lie's brung
ye a nice sled, has he?
"Yep, nn' left six cords of firewood for
puw 'bout two miles down the pike so's 1
could haul it home." Brooklyn Life.
A Veru Important Gift.
"Mamma," said a Brooklyn girl, "wliut
would be un appropriate Christinas present
to give Albert ?"
"How long has he been coining to see
you?" asked mamma.
"About four years."
"Then I think you had better give him
the sack." Leslie's Weekly.
Don't Bug Bargain Presents.
Speaking of Christmas reminds me that
it is not always safe to buy bargain presents
for your friends who live in the same town
with you. It's alt right to do it if you are
sending the gifts outside the city's shopping
limits, but when you undertake to present
your immediate friends with the cullings of
the "marked down" sales of holiday week
you run a big risk. For instance, one of the
kig dry Roods shops made a special feature
of liberty silk ruches, cutting the price ex- ,
nutly in half. They really were a tremen
dous bargain. Any woman who was not
blind could see that with one eye shut and
it was no wonder that they sold like hot
cakes. A liberty silk ruche that looks like
a $4 one and costs just 07 cents is not to be
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other three. Milwaukee Sentinel.
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up .u.r.. Drummer's Wife had et home for him.