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TELE AB&TJS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17. 189Sf
A CHRISTMAS SONG.
A bird upon a holly pprar,
fcang1 vweetly all cm Xuim day:
'Good morrow, f Iks. Hw do you dot
A CH-rrie Xiut, a.'l of you!"
Ve rirh, ye px. ye old. ye young1,
liemrd welcome cf yi4 joy.u toupua
And all were rl-id to iiar t day
Ye bird upon ye lSjy Sfirjy.
And if ymi do tliie ' (rue
H't I bve told UTr'm ij yuii
Ye tird upon ye lioHy fcprny
fHiall surely say to jca tol-y:
CootJ morrow, frini How do you do?
Ft ace- and good wiil to your ar.J yon."
ugne Kit Id.
' "Jeanne, you will give it?s. rl ny
ples and d:i"d plum lo Jclynotte ami
Moreau to till the sabots of the little
one. Kt iu sooiihi seculorum." mur
mured M. le Cure, who then resumed
tbe reading of his breviary, whii-li had
leen Interrupted ly the numberless
preparations for the fete of tlie follow
ing day. lie bout his spectacles anew
over the lwok, closing liis ears in vain
to the Joyous outbursts whit h rang
throughout the p'ace on this the e,ve
rf the day so Messed. Joy tilled tho air
and troubled his meditations, lie could
not prevent his paternal heart from
r-haring in the innocent pleasures of
the Hock over which lie had watched
and to whi"h he had ministered for
more than ." years.
This year, for the first time in his
life, the cure was to celebrate the holy
anniversary with a delight less intense,
"MATTOKW, I1AVE YOU MT fAS.-or K?"
a heart less light, tlian usual, fan Ir
ritated and troubled his serene benevo
lence and checked his compassion fur
others, his forgiveness of wrongdoing.
Play actors were installed opposite the
rectory, at the Hotel !u 1 :itip!iin. at
tin; other Hide of the square. What a
trial it had been for him! For ten
daj;s they had been ther:. Soulaire had
6'euJea as though seized" with a fever.
At each corner of the street many col
ored posters were to be seen, and lo
front of them groups of people fath
ered, commenting upon the spectacle of
the previous night or that heralded for
the coming evening. The streets, which,
as a rule, were deserted at 9 o'clock,
were thronged until after midnight.
From end to end of the little town the
merits of the respective players were
A roll of drums was heard beneath
the window, and M. Jamler sprang to
his feet. The nasal voice of Father
Onesime, the public crier and g.irne
kceper was heard distinctly calling
, aloud in the same tone as the worthy
man ordinarily invited the citizens to
kill the white worms or to muzzle their
"Ilochary Troupe. Soulaire Theatre
fGrain Market), this evening. For the
first time the great success, 'The tVbbe
Constautin,' comedy by Ludovic Ha-
levy of the Acadcmie Fraucaise. M.
i Artemon of the Chatelet will fill the
' role of the Abb.; Constautin. Mile.
. Valerie, from the theaters of Rrest and
Algeria, will appear as Bettina. The
, usual price of sd mission."
A roll of whet-Is announced the ar-
rival of tho diligence, which halted at
: the hotel opiKsite, and the passengers
' alighted with a great deal of noise, the
j women precipitating themselves from
j the interior like a cloud of wasps, deaf
j ening the driver. ,
I "I-atc, as usual. Matthew. Where
! Is ray new muff? Matthew, where Is
I Totor's mechanical horse?"
j And Matthew, with his fat face
flushed and framed in the ear Lips of
his cr.p. dived dovn into the hood of
the imperial, which was inflated like a
balloon, and withdrew packages and
"Coine. Matthew, the abbe's new
cassock." said Jeanne.
"Matthew, have you my cassock?"
suddenly cried from a window in the
riotel du Dauphin a man who display
ed a face covered with soap, a napkin
around his neck and a shaving brush
in his hand.
The driver introduced his arm anew
into the hood and after a careful
search drew forth two parcels of un
Here is something for you, Mile.
Jeanne. And here. M. Artemon, is all
that was given me for M. Hochary's
company." And from the top of the
diligence he field out a long, narrow
"ard box to the comedian, who leaned
forward to receive it. In its aerial
transit the cover, which had been bad
ly tied on, fell to the ground, and a
wig of yellow hair was caught by
Artemon on the whig, like a flag float
ing in the wind.
"P.ettlna's wig!" exclaimed the ex
cited actor, "Hettlna's wig and not
my c:i:sock, the cassock of the Abbe
("onsrantin. Where the devil have you
put It. rascal?"
"On my word of honor. I have noth
ing else." asserted Matthew, display
ing his empty hand.. i
" "IX.tw annoying, fellow! There has
been some mistake, mademoiselle.
Mademoiselle," he called despairingly
to Jeanne, who had turned away with
a majestic air. ''are you sure that you
have not the cassock?"
"Scamp!" said the haughty house
Down the stairs M. Artemon flew,
four steps at a time, and rushed Into
the greenroom, where the rest of the
company were assembled. 1 1 14 hurried
entrance filled them all with conster
nation. My friends." he exclaimed tragic
ally, "the iosters must 1k eliaugcd
or the performance pos:ned. I can
not play the role of the Abbe Coustan
"Artemon," said a cavernous voice,
"what Is the meaning of this caprice?
What of the lox oIice money, the ex
penses of the programmes and the ad
vertisements? You know as well as I
do that we are at the end of our re
sources and that our last venture was
a failure. Ioift try your Mile. Mars
on us. my good fellow. We play to
night!" "Hut can you not understand? I
have not a cassock!" gasied the un
happy Artemon, letting his arms fall
"Caunot a cassock lie improvised
with a black dress and a cloak of one
ef the ladies?" hazarded Ilochary.
"The ladies are much too short and
slight." groaned Artemon. who re
joiced in an imposing corpulency.
"As .for nie. I have only tho Figaro
costume, Peruvian pantaloons and the
black coat for Pierrot and a flowered
morning gown," said the manager .pen
sively. "For heaven's sake, ladies, aid us
with your suggestions! We must play
the piece at any cost."
The situation was critical for: the"
poor artists, whose present tour had
been far from successful. The lead
ing man then proposed to gallop a
full speed to the neighboring city, but
tliis suggestion was not deemed prac
ticable. "What is to be done? There is not
one garb of the required kind among
the properties of this accursed hole."
repeated Ilochary in an outburst of
Suddenly Artemon struck his fore
head violently, ami his entire bearing
denoted a genuine inspiration.
"Ah, my friends," he exclaimed, in
a voice full of emotion, "what a wild
hope! So much the worse. I will at
tempt the adventure. It is our only
hope of salvation."
Iu a few words he explained.
"Come to my arms, my son!" ex
claimed M. Ilochary, extending his
legs with enthusiasm.
And Artemon ran off to finish his
shaving, to tlon his black frock coat
and then direct his steps to the cure's.
Happily for the actor, Jeaune was
absent putting the last touches on tho
church decorations, and it was one of
the chorus children who innocently
opened Jhe door of the rectory and iu-
trduiict-r 'the '"visitor " ilito the room
j where the good cure was terminating
' his devotions. At the sight of this ap
parition M. Ijimier became fixed upon
his seat like .a statue. His good, rosy
j visage, usually so calm, was now flush-
ed to the roots of his thin, white hair,
1 and instinctively he clasped his boo!:
1 to 111s urea si.
Meanwhile satan's instrument bowed
"'o, M. le Cure," he said: "it is not
alms we ask. Lend us simply your
"My cassock!" gasped the Able La-
mier. astonished. "You wish my cas-
I "The oldest and nio;;t wornont in
your possession, one that yoa may have
' thrown aside." Artemon hastened to
, say. "I am to play tonight the role of
the Abbe Constautin. and I cannot rep
resent my character without conform
ing to its demands and carrying out its
M. ltmier sprang from his seat.
"Io you think for a moment, mon
sieur," he said, overcome by surprise
and anger, "to profane a gown that lias
served at worship and to make me the
accomplice of these sinful amuse
ments? Your ignorance respecting holy
things and religion is your only ex
cuse." "Pardon tiie. M. le Cure." continued
the actor, slightly emliarrassed. but not
the less determined. "It would not be
the lirf time religion has lent its aid to
the drama. Io you recall the celebrat
ed mysteries of the middle ages? More
over. I was educated in a seminary,
and it was there I was led to adopt the
vocation of actor in playing the role of
Athalie for the fete of the superior."
M. Lamier. without being, disarmed,
looked again at the actor with new
interest. If this unhappy man had
followed a bad calling, his point of
departure had at least been good. Ills
heart could not. therefore, be corroded
throughout, and perhaps it would be
possible to point out to him the error
of his ways.
"How comes it," said the abbe, with
bitterness, "that you play on Christ
"Alas, M. lo Cure," replied Artemon,
with simplicity, "we must eat on that
night, as on ;:uy other!"
M. I.amier was touched to the heart
by this reply. "Poor fellow!" The
tsoul of the frood priest was filled with
grief. He felt too unhappy to refuse
the speaker anything.
"I'.ut," he groaned, looking plaintive
ly at Artemon, "can you not choose
another piece rather than exiose a
servant of t!od to the risk of such a
sacrilege and also to risk perverting
the souls of those disposed to be fer
vent?" Artemon approached him confiden
tially. "You see. M. le Cure, you have never
attended the theater."
"lint -vt 11. certainly not." replied
the abbe, startled by the very idea.
"It is for that very reason that you
regard it as a place of evil. Why,- the
theater Is the school of morals which
seconds those of the church. Our dra
mas are simply sermons put into ac
tion. There is no piece in which virtue
is not lauded and vice ana hyiwerisy
scourged. Ah. it is a noble work, that
ot V.e comedian, in the eyes of those
wt-.o understand it!"
"What a pity this Artemon is not a
preacher!" thought M. I-aniier. fasci
nated. "His large face, closely shaved,
with its cheeks like a. Dominican,
would look very well in a pulpit, and
his insinuating voice and speaking
gestures would be very effective for
"Among us. I dare '.o say, there are
many good follows." continued Arte
mon. "I'nittHl households, gotxl moth
ers of families, good citizens, abo"TMl j
He proceeded to cite examples. Ml!.
Valerie. a child of the stage, who w.-
the support of her parents: M. and
Mine. Hocharay. models of conjugal ten
derness one and all held their hearts
in their hands and never refused a
service or kindness to a comrade, never
refused to do a gotxl work, a gotnl ac
Is an actor ever to be seen on the
culprit's stool except for debt?" said
the comedian, bringing his warm pan
egyric to a close, "it is true we are,
for the most part, roving grasshoppers,
and grasshoppers have not any more
chance today than they had in La
The words were spoken with dis
couragement, owing to the immovabil
ity of the cure. As he spoke the actor
"arose and brushed his hat with gloomy
"Well," he sighed, "we alone shall
pass a sad Christmas while all the
world besides will be blithe and hap
py. M. le Cure, pardon me for having
taken up so much of your time."
Ho turned toward the door.
The old priest aroused himself.
"Jeanne." he called in a loud voice,
full of the exaltation of triumphant
Charity, "bring me at once my new cas
"Ah. M. le Cure!" exclaimed the actor,
overcome by the unexpected success
and pressing the priest's hands with ef
fusion. As Joanne entered with the cassock
upon her arm in great folds the priest
rebuked her for loitering.
"Now bring me my shoes with the
silver buckles. Hun quickly! Why, a
snail wotdd go as fast. Is it not so,
M. Actor? And a hat also you must
have a hat."
"What?" said Jeanue, shuddering.
"Are you going to lend your clothes to
the theater, M. le Cure your new cas
sockyou, who will hold mass at mid
night" "Truly, I do not ask so much," pro
tested Artemon, confused, while the
cure laid the cassock on his arm. "An
old cassock would serve my purpose. I
beg that you will not deprive your
self." "What are you thinking?" replied M.
Ltnnier. "Beneath the robes my cas
sock will not be seen, while yours will
be, "so to sayV under fire,' and If the
rents .were viewed It would be a pity.
The Abbe Constantin must not call
"How can we ever prove our grati- J
tude?" said the actor, his eyes actually
filled with tears, and he reiterated his
thanks until he had crossed the thresh
old of the door.
"My dear fellow," said the cure In
a trembling voice, fearing to appear .
to place a- price uiwn his kindness, "go .
as quickly as possible, accomplish
what you have to do and return when
the performance is over to attend the
midnight mass. The good ;od will
thus lie satisfied with you. and I also."
On this evening Artemon fairly vi
brated with emotions, surpassing him- .
self in his acting. j
When, before the gloriously illumi
nated altar, the good pastor extended
his arms lovingly above the crowd
kmeling lefore him. he trembled with
joy to perceive, at the lower end of the
lattral aisle, among the workmen aud ,
laborers, a group of men aud women '
with weary faces and varied cos
tumes, who bowed their heads re-
" ' ' '
"WHAT? ARE YOU tiOIVG TO LF.XD YOCTt
CLOTH KS TO TOE TOEATEK?''
spectfully under the benediction. The
poor people had also arranged a little
surprise for their benefactor, and the
weak but expressive voice of Valerie
sang with warmth the "Christmas of
Adain," accompanied by a harmonium.
Whatever may have been their past,
or whatsoever the future might have
in store for them, for that hour at
least a ray of God's grace had filled
their souls, recalling the sweet and
holy remembrances of their childhood.
"Peace on earth aud good will to
ward men! Hosanmt iu the highest!"
The Abbe Lamier, in an ecstasy of
mercy and love, raised his dazzled
eyes toward the vaulted roof and
seemed to see at this sacred moment,
among the quivering wings of the an
gels and the sparkle of the stars, the
luminous smile of the Saviour who
walked upon the roads of Samaria and
Galilee, surrounded by the miserable
and worthless, anil whose feet the sin
ful woman had wiped with her golden
ha-r. San Francisco Call.
How tbe Date Dee. S3 Cuu to Be Es
tablished. There is some disagreement as to the
ori.ciu of Christmas day. The legend runs
that in the earliest period of the Chris
tian church some communities of Chris
tians celebrated the festival of Christmas
ou Jau. 1, others obscrviug it on the lith
of that month. In some of the eastern
churches it was kept about the time of
the Jewish Passover, near the end of
March. There is also some evidence of
its having been observed 011 Sept. '-J, be
ing the Feast of Tabernacles. In the
year A. 1). U-5, when the Kmpcror Con
Etantine legally established Christianity
iu the Roman empire, Christmas was ob
served at the beginning of the new year,
while in the eastern church it wns cele
brated on Jan. 0. Pope Julius eventually
effected a compromise, and the 2oth tiny
cf December was established. These his
torical statements have been called iu
question by some, but John Chrysostom,
the eloquent preacher nt Constantinople,
in the fourth century confirms them.
It is a curious circumstance that some
ditliculty has been found in accepting the
date of Dec. as the probable day ou
which Christ was born, because, the olos
of December being usually the height of
the rainy season in Judaea, it is said that
neither Hooks nor shepherds could hove
)ccu at night in the tiehls of Bethlehem.
This stranjie objection is considered of
such importance that it is incorporated iu
almost every encyclopedia and dictionary
which treats of Christmas. It is one of
the curiosities ot literature. The present
writer has been iu those parts at this
season of the year mid has found no dif
ficulty in "keeping watch by night" in the
open fields of Palestine. What is possi
ble for a western traveler, unused to liv
ing in the open air. in the nineteenth cen
tury, must have been far easier for tt
band of eastern shepherds at the begin
ning o the Christian era.
Spirit of rhrlntmai.
About Christmas there is an inelTuhla
strangeness and mysticism. It seems pos
sessed of a spirit as well as a body.
This spirit seems redolent iu the air, in
the strains of Christmas music, on tho
evergrceu and mistletoe and on the very
pealing of the bells which flood th
world with melody seemingly .garnered
through nil the 1- months since that sa
cred night when heaven kissed the eartl
and Christ our Iord wns born ami the
angel choirs chanted. "Glory to God in
the highest, nnd 011 earth pence to met
of good will!" For nearly l.'.lOU years
this hymn has continued to ring down
the changing grooves of time and still
re-echoes o'er the weary world nt Christ
mas dawn. F.hnira Telegram.
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a bowl or mold so that it will keep its
form when turned out. Put the shape
thus made upon a disli that will stand
the heat and pour over it a tomnto
sauce. Make this by cooking together a
tablespoonful of butter nnd flour in a
saucepan aud pouring upon them a pint
of strained tomato juice in which half
an onion has been stewed. Stir until
smooth and thicken still more by the ad
dition of three or four tnlilcspoonfuls of
cracker dust. Salt to taste, turn the
sauce over the molded cauliflower, set it
in tbe oven for nbont t"n minutes and
serve in the dish in which it is cooked.
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