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THE AB&US, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 15, 1900.
I THE FIRST I
Bahamas, but which "they bad not eat
en before. In fact, the golden kernels
' mge Is very characteristic. It is fold
that while attending a lady for several
J- co By
F. A. Ober.oo
' It may or may not be generally known,
lint the first Christmas celebration In
America took place in the West Indies
and in the very year that America was
discovered. There was not much fes
tivity about It, to be sure, for the fust
anniversary of the Nativity in the new
world found the participants in a
ttate of mind not conducive to merry
making or cheerful entertainment.
The great navigator. Chistopher Co
lumbus. ho showed the civilized
world the way across tlie Atlantic, was
carried back to .Spain by Columbua i weeks he observed these admirable
from this first voyage to America were qualifications In her daughter which he
the first that ever reached the old , truly esteemed to render the married
world, and it was nany years after state happy. Accordingly on a Satur
that before brown bread and '"Injun day, takinj leave of his patient, he ad
pudding" became at al! common on the dressed her to the following purport:
tables of European royalty. I " You are now so well that I need not
One of the curious tubers offered the see vou after Monday next, when I
Spaniards that day by the Indian chief- 1 shall come and pay you a farewell vis-
THE FIRST cnUISTMAS DINNER IN AMT.I'.ICA.
muster f ceremonies, and he had lit
tle reason for rejoicing, for on Christ
mas eve, 1 1'..-. lie had lost his flag
ship, the Santa Maria, which lind run
n a reef on the north coast of Haiti.
Fortunately for him ami his crow. Hie
native Indians of I lie island were
friendly, and they not only came to his
rescue, hut saved sill the wreckn"ge of
his vessel, which they piled up on the
lcach at Cuarien, near ihe present cily
of Cape Haitian. The Indian cacique
lid all he could to allay the grief of the
Spaniards and on Christmas day
f-pread a banquet t which they were
invited and at which many of his peo
ple acted in the capacity of servants.
This was the first Christmas dinner
In America, and at this aboriginal
spread" so many new and strange ar
ticles of food were offered the Span
iards that Columbus made a note of
them, so we are enabled to state exact
ly wirtit they were. In the first place.
I here was maize, or Indian corn, which
the Europeans mav have seen in the
tain in Haiti was the manioc, or cas
sava, from which the aborigines made
their daily bread. They were the orig
inators also of the cassareep. or West
Indian pepper pot., made by throwing
places of meat of all kinds into an
earthen vessel, where it was preserved
for any length of time by the antiseptic
properties of the manioc.
Christopher was so taken with the
pepper pot. according to a local tradi
tion, that he legged the recipe from the
native chef and took it home to Queen
Isabella, but whether she appreciated
the article or not has not been record
ed. Another tuber, the yam. was also
served up after roasting in the ashes,
but it is doubtful if the potato was on
the festal board, though it may as well
have been found In the highlands of
Haiti as in South America, where it Is
said to have been discovered long aft
er. Anyway, there were several new
fruits, al! tropical, such as the guava.
custard apple, sapota and pineapple",
and in meats there was a great varie
ty, for the Indians shot and trapped
the wild parrot, pigeon, doves, agouti,
iguana and the utia. the three last
named being animals indigenous to the
There was one function at that ban
quet which Columbus may have in
dulged in. though he has left no record
of having been suddenly
j it. Put in the meantime I wish yon
and your daughter to seriously consid-
I j . 1 . . t..or,.i. n I f nrtt o 1 . 1 1 . . Til l 1" 1 t
is abrupt and unceremonious, I am
aware, but the excessive occupation of
my time by my professional duties af
fords me no leisure to accomplish what
I desire by the more ordinary course of
attention and solicitation. My annual
receipts amount to . and I can set
tle on my wife. My character is
generally known to the public, so that
you may readily ascertain what it is. I
have seen In your daughter a tender
and affectionate child, an assiduous
and careful nurse and a gentle and
ladylike member of a family. Such a
person must be an tuat a uusttanu
could covet, and I offer my hand and
fortune for her acceptance. On Mon
day when I call I shall expect your de
termination, for I really have not time
for the routine of courtship."
In this manner the lady was wooed
and won. and it may be added the
union was felicitous in every respect.
Hot LI "Worked" Tito Machines.
With a seeming innocence that would
have done justice to Ah Sin, the Hea
then Chinee. Li Hung Chang appeared
to display the greatest interest in the
sewing machines at an exhibition in
Edinburgh he visited when in Great
indisposed, j Britain several years ago.
and that is tobacco smoking. He had
seen Indians on the coast of Cuba roll
up dry leaves of a plant unknown to
bim and after lighting one end of the
roll inhale and puff out the smoke
thereof with evident enjoyment. But
at this banquet he was astonished to
see the chief and his big men cram
tortious of the weed into a curious
pipe, with a branched stem shaped like
the letter Y and after inserting a stem
into each nostril proceed to fuddle
themselves with the narcotic, to the
great disgust of the Spaniards, who
had n few vices of their own. even
then, but did uot smoke. It was only
because they did not know bow. but Oo
iiimbus lost an opportunity for adding
another laurel to his immortal wreath,
and left to Sir Walter Kaleigh the in
troduction of smoking into Europe a
The main object of this article is to
point out that down In the West In
dies, where dwell our nearest foreign
ieigbbors. and where we have a tidy
little Island of our own in I'orto Itico.
the first Christmas anniversary In
America was celebrated and the first
dinner eaten with aboriginal Indians
s the hosts.
llis excellency s tirst question was
how long it would take for the sewinj
machine at which he had sat down to
do a certain distance seemingly con
fusing the mechanical stitcher with a
lady's safety at the next stand.
Without waiting for any reply to his
query or further ceremony I.i started
sewing a little seam. Nor did he do it
' badly, a fact which made him seem de
' lighted as a child. For some time the
! viceroy continued his hemming and.
though got away at length by his at
tendants, immediately sat down at the
next machine aud insisted on working
-What Is the price?" asked LI at
I "lour excellency snail nave it as a
. gift." was the reply of the exhibitors.
"Then I don't want it in that case,1
observed the simple and bland Li, "be
cause I require two, one for myself
and the other for the empress."
And he had them.
An Abrapt I'ropoiit
The reported fashion of the famous ,
Cbincf For Htm at Home.
Fslugger (the eminent pugilist. In a
high state of indignation) He offers
me $5.0o0 if I'll lay down in the fift'
round! I'll show im, by George. I'm a
Mrs. 1 'slugger What's the matter
with trying to show me you're a gen-
r. Aberuethy's courtship and mar- tlemau? Chicago Tribune.
THE DOLL DOCTOR AND SANTA CLAUS'
HEADQUARTERS FOR CHRISTMAS
GOODS OF ALL KINDS.
Albums. Necktie Boxes, Collar and Cuff Boxes, Handker
chief Boxes, Music Rolls. Vases, Pocket Books, Purses and
Tor. for Boys. XOYS To,s for Girls.
Koc kiog- Horses,
Hobby Horses. nr -v s
si , T OYS
Slej9' JL rO Don Buggies.
'islrlaf ii lul 1m
s now sjl,u 5
By Peter McArthur.
"Get out of bre!" said Santa Claus, t
"P'ck up your crips and walls!
I don't intend to bur Iroro vou
And haven't time to talk."
He chased the drummers from bit bouse,
And then with bang and din
He turned tbe keys and shot the bolts
As he weot crumbling in.
Tbe telephone receir-
Down from its
book he dropped.
Then said to Mrs.
"It's time this
thing was stop- j
"They've fairly made
- a fool of me
For twenty years
But whin they came
1 showed them to
The G:iii. With
May be a sweet singer, but The
Rock Island Girl Cigar with a
Sumatra Wrapper is a Sweeter
"CCT OCT of here:
M.v rrinder sTed is good enough
For what I'm going to do.
and such trash
And bicycles I'm
"I've just made up my mind for keeps
To start the century right;
Bo take all that newfangled stuff
And hide it from my ught.
"MY REINDEER SLED 13 GOOD ENOUGH."
"The thingumbobs and curlvcues
That silly folks contrive
I'll never give away again
As long as I'm alive.
"I'll give no phonographic dolls.
But ones of rag instead:
I'll let the little girls have fun, ,
Just as their grannies had.
To little boys I'll
give but things
That they can
puiind and smash;
On no more toys iif
I'll waste my j
"So, missus, put the
And make molasses
And taffy candy we
Such as their dad
and raisins out.
The bullseye sweets
And in the good old AND THEX ITE HITCHED
fashioned way. JUS KELNDEEK TEAM.
Their sticking I will fix."
And then he hitched his reindeer team.
Took up Ids mighty pack.
Tucked in tbe robes, shook out tbe reins
And gave his whip a crack.
To all his little friends he gave
Big Noah's arks and such
Instead of pretty, dinky toya
That "Baby mustn't touch."
A sweet smoke because of the purity and quality of the tobacco in
j its makeup, because it is manufactured by expert hands, and is
I packed with the care that ret ilns its firmness ot form and quality.
The Cigar, although on the market but seven months, has spread
its perfume and fame over two states, and is. rapidly winning its
way into the favor of the great army of smokers.
For the Holiday Trade I Have Put
up In Boxes of 25 a Limited
Quantity of these Cigars,
which can be had of all first-class dealers at $1.25 per box. The M
packiae is neatly gotten up and will be a welcome remembrance
for either husband, brother or sweetheart. Or if you are seeking
a higher grade dgar, you can make no better selection than a box
of the La Flor de E. T. D., a leader among 10-cent domeitic goods.
These cigars are manufactured at Factory No. 104 at 1901 Second avenue. The S
output for i;U0 is double that of 18H9. Enough said. (jfj
I join With Old Kris Kringle in Wishing all A Merry Christmas.
EDWARD T. DOLLY. 1
Where Those Soli! hr the Street
I'oklrH Are I'roonretl.
Sponges sold hy the street f.ilur are
rut her captivating in amiearance. lnrre
iiinl almost white, ami the price ranjres
from T to 10 cents each. I'eople vho
have luniLTlit sponges at a drug store
know that no such looUin.ir articles can
Ie prot lucre for so little money, and ho
they invest. I tut they don't invest
more than once, because the sponge
soon falls to pieces, whereas a good
sponge will last for vcars.
Somebody started a story years ago
that the reason the fakirs could sell
these sponges so cheaply was because
they bought them from the hospitals.
pud there are some people who still be
lieve it. As if men devoting all their
energies ami skill to ameliorating the
i!!s of mankind would spread disease
by distributing old and possibly germ
infected sponges. As a matter of fact
surgeons sponges are small and
smooth as velvet, being close grained.
The fakirs' sponges are the clippings
o.T the big sponges sold to liverymen
ami others who need large sponges.
The parts cut away have little b.xlv
snd would soon tear loose. The fakirs
buy these bits, trim them into shape
aim tuen give them a bath in diluted
muriatic acid. After lying there for 12
hours they are taken Xnit and washed
in clear water and dried. They are
bleached, in other words, but at still
turtlicr detriment to the sponge. Nev
er or close textnre. the mesh Is maile
more rotten by the acid, and that is
why they soon fall apart. Iiut so far
as disease is concerned they are as
pure as any sponge bought in tbe finest
drug store. Chicago Tribune.
a rorinight to stay for six years.
In McCartie's case the visit stretched
to nearly double that time. After
eight or nine years, however, his kins
man got a little tireil of his guest and
let him know of his old mansion's pro
posed renovation and that he had sign
ed a contract for having It painted
from garret to cellar.
"By George," said Jerry, 'it's for
tunate that I don't object to the smell
of paint, and It will be well to have
some one to keep an eye on the paint
ers now that the wall fruit is ripen
ing." Some months passed. Then his host
informed him that he was going to be
married, adding, "I thought I'd tell you
in good time, so that you could make
leisurely preparations to go. as the
lady and you may not hit it off as well
as you and I do."
With tearful eyes Jerry grasped his
cousin's hand, saying:
"Oh, Dan, dear, you have my hearty
thanks for your consideration; but,
dear, dear boy, surely if you can put up
with her I can."
THIS SIG.V WILL MEET YOCR EYE.
Aod there never wag ChrUtmat day
Since grandmammas were young
When children Rith eucb happy hearU
Their Chnitmaa carols sung.
And If you visit Santa Clam
This sign trill meet your eye:
"No drumn:ers with newfangled stuff
Seed ny more apply."
and Tree Trimmings of all Kinds, Candy, Xuts, etc. Santa
Clans Masks. Fancy Baskets. Fancy Handkerchiefs, ami in
fart everything to fit you out for Christmas Hve.
T'refz & Co.
con Fourth Avenue. Telephone 12S5.
The Toy Trn.t.
One gigantic monopoly there is free
from attack, and that Is the toy trust
kept a-going by one .Mr. Santa Claus.
aided by about 400.000.0oo lusty shoot
ers. Pa and ma and uncle may buy
Christmas giucracks from Smith.
Jones or Brown, iiut they won't co
down in tbe stocking nor up the chim
ney flue until S. C. puts his trademark
on them. Call It patent right or copy
right or vested right, the grand old fel
low holds it in perpetuity. True, he
doesn't charge a cash fee Tor the use of
his name, but he Is a stickler for alt
the glory there Is in It, and be gets It
in full measure. Everybody plays Into
the hands of this trust Tbe consum
ers must have tbe real thing, and the
dealers and middlemen conspire to
meet the demand.
The Voane Men of Today.
The young men of today are too fin
ickytoo much given to self analysis.
too self pampering. Their shoes and
neckties cost more each year than did
the entire wardrobe of their grandfa
thers. They feel a sense of degrada
tion in small beginnings and plodding.
anl they wait for success ready made
to come to them. There is not a young
man in the country who would imitate
15-n I'ranklin and march through the
streets munching a loaf of I .read while
looking for employment. lie dare not,
indeed. lecause society has become al
o finicky, and he would be arrested as
a tramp. The ycung man of today
wants capital. He cannot be president
of a bank or judge of a court the first
week he is from school, and he feels,
like the famous EH Pussley,- that he
has "no chance." Memphis Commer-
Played It to the Limit.
Many writer have declared that an
Iri-h gentleman's hospitality is unlim
ited, but this Is a slight exaggeration,
as is shown by a nory borrowed from
a I ook of Irish memories.
Jerry McCartie was often the guest
of friends who on account of bis pleas
ant ways extended to him that sort of
old Irish hospitality which enabled a
visitor In my own family who came for
The ItoKnen' Refuse.
There is one corner of Central Amer
ica that is at present a perfect paradise
for men who have committed any
crime. It is a place where the outcsists
of the world's society rule the land -of
their adoption and where the official
of the government protect all thieves
tbat come to them and make it danger
ous for any detective to molest them
This is the republic of Honduras, one
of the least advanced of the states of
South or Central America. Honduras
indeed is a curious mixture of jungle
and gigantic forest, of cocoa and of
rubber trees, of bugs, vampires, snakes
and crocodiles of all manner of things
that creep and crawl and stiu and
bite; a region where- life in the daytime
is a mockery mid at night one feels as
though sleeping in red pepper.
Here. In every hamlet and city, are
to bo found men from different lands,
mostly outlaws from their own coun
try. Chicago, Iioston. New York and
Philadelphia all furnish their quota.
England, France, Italy and even far
away Itussia have their share. They
make no attempt at concealment, bear
the names they were born to bear and
go along about their business as if the
laws of their own country had not de
clared them outcasts. London Ex
The Ladles' Gallery.
It Is not perhaps generally known
that an order for the withdrawal of
strangers from the English house of
commons does not extend to the ladles'
gallery, which Is not supposed to be
within the house. Ladies can there
fore only lie informed of the subject of
debate and left to withdraw or not at
their own discretion.
He-bo you think yonr father has
any Idea that we are In love?
She Not the remotest. lie told me
he dida't mind your coming to see me
Detroit Free Press. .
DEATH AT A WEDDING.
Puthetle Trajredy of the War Dr
(ivfen the Slatra.
Ilecalling the historic incidents thu-J
tering about South Carolina's execu
tive mansion, Mrs. Thaddeus Hoi Ion
writes in The Ladies' Home Journal
of the shocking tragedy that occurred
taere toward the dose of the war. Thi
was the? death of the daughter of Cov
ernor Pickens immediately after her
marriage to Lieiilenant Le Itochelle.
'"On the afternoon preceding the even
ing of the marriage the northern army
began shelling Columbia, but prepara
tions for the wedding continued.
"Finally the guests were all assem
bled, and the clergyman was proceed
ing with the solemn ceremony and had
just joined the right hands of the hap
py pair when suddenly there was ait
awful crash, and a ball from the ene
my's cannon penetrated the mansion
and burst in the middle' of the mar
riage chamber, .scattering its death
dealing missiles in every direction.
There were? screams and a hear! rend
ing groan, mirrors crashed, the house
shook, women fainted and walls rock
ed to and fro.
"When the first confusion was over.
It was discovered that in all the crowd
only one person was injured, and that
was the bride herself. She lay partly
on the floor and partly In her lover'
arms, crushed and bleeding, pale, but
very beautiful, her bridal town drench
ed with warm blood and a great cut in
"Laying her on a lounge, the frantie
bridegroom besought her by every
term of tenderness and endearment to
allow the ceremony to proceed, t
which she weakly gave consent, and.
lying like n crushed flower no h
white than the camellias of her bridal
bouquet, her breath coming in short
gasps and the Mood flowing from this
great, angry wound, she murmured
'yes' to the clergyman and received her
husband's first kiss. A moment moru
and all was over.
"She was laid to rest under the mag
nolias, and the heartbroken bride
groom, reckless with despair, returned
to Ids regiment."
Kxhlblt Lirellke Uoallllra.
Weeds if they are pulled out of a
lawn at a time when they are full of
seed will evince a degree of can; for
the seed which Is almost touching.
They will curl their leave upward a
far as each can go to cover the seed
and protect them from the sun till thu
end, and often one will find weeds that
are quite dead, sun killed, whose leave
still are wrapped firmly around the
seed pods. No mother could show
more striking devotion in deith than
do these despised plants. Clncinnutl
A Faithful Llkencii.
Artist nere is the portrait of your
Mr. Iiichman Ah! It's very like her.
Artist She erh'm she didn't pay
for it. She said you'd do that.
Mr. Iiichman Ah! JSUU more like
her. Philadelphia Press,.