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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. APRIL 10, 1901,
bjjeudora s. bumstead
HAT, Bernie, boy, eggs for
haster when they're CO
cents a dozen, ami the cow
sieli, too, so there's no milk
to sell! I'm afrnld t wouldn't do, Ber
mle. We'll come short 011 the rout If
'W don't look out."
i So Deride said. "All risht then, moni
mie," and put bis hands into his poclc
ei and tried to whistle while he went
ut to look at the cow. but his mouth
wouldn't pucker just right, for he had
-counted on those Easter eggs half the
First they meant to buy some hens
mbout New Year's and have their own
KRs. but his mother j?ot the rheuma
tism nud missed several washings, so
they bad to give It up. Then lie
thought of buying the eggs with a lit
tle of the milk money, but they had to
epend all that for coal till now. just
ma the weather was getting warm so
ours! Can yon spare me right now
to take 'em over to Mrs. Bale's?"
And when she bad beard the whole
story his mother said: "Why, bless
your heart, Bernie, of. course I can
spare you. Take 'em right along. I'm
glad you knew that was the only way."
When Mrs. Bale received a caller
with a hatful of eggs she looked very
much pleased. She asked all about it
and Just where the nest was, and then
she said. "It's very good of yon to
bring them over, Bernie, but bow do
I know whether they're mine or Mrs.
"You might divide, yon know," said
"Why, so I can," said Mrs. Bale. "I
hadn't thought of that."
K n4 nlisv Vtws-tii rr h a 11 Ma nail M
xxjju out; uivsuqui a uvwc t.i.a ivi
Bernie to put tneeggs in and didn't
so much as offer him one for h'.s
Well, Easter Monday came, and
Mooly was better and ate her hay with
good relish. Bernie had made a new
paddle, and after he stirred the bran
for her he thought again of his search
for the old one and of finding the
hen's nest. So of course he climbed
over the lumber, for the third or fourth
time since Saturday, to see If another
egg had been laid.
"Oh. my!" be cried as he peeped un
der the wheelbarrow. "Oh, my! Oh.
mommle, mommie, do come aud look!"
And then without waiting for her to
come he counted them into his hat
again, with all their bright colors and
gilt stars and tluy pictures.
"Oh, mommle," he panted as he
rushed In, "my nest was full of Easter
eggs! And can you spare me right
now to go and thank Mrs. Bale? And
likely Mrs. Graham did part of it.
Wasn't it good of them to think of it?
And now we've got Eastw eggs aftei
all." Youth's Companion.
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"WELL, IF I EVER I" CRIED HE.
they might have spared'a little, Mooly
was ailing, and there was nothing to
Foor old Mooly! Bernie had watered
her and fed her and milked her the
whole year, and he felt so sorry when
he saw her standing there, dumb aud
quiet, not touching the sweet clover
hay he had brought, that he forgot all
about Easter eggs.
He thought he would stir up some
Ijrnn and see if she wouldn't eat that.
So he brought the water and measured
the bran into the pail and then looked
ior the clean, smooth paddle he used to
niLx it. It was nowhere in sijrht.
t "Guess the rats have dragged it oft
again," said Bernie. "I must keep it iu
the feed box after this," and he looked
under the manger and behind the door
nud around the haystack.
"Why, where 13 that paddle?" said
Bernie, and he climbed over a pile of
old lumber to look in the farthest cor
ner behind a crippled wheelbarrow.
"Well, if I ever!" cried he. "What In
this living world!" and off came his
hat, and down he went on bis hands
and knees iu the dusty straw. "Two,
four, six, eight, ten." lie counted them
into his hat. for there under the old
wheelbarrow was the cutest hen's nest
ever you saw, with ten eggs.
By the time Bernie had taken a good
long look atthat lovely hatful, think
ing how they would seem all bright
ened up with gay colors and gilt stars
for Easter, It came over him that they
weren't his egs, after all. They must
be Mrs. Bale's or maybe Mrs. Gra
ham's. They both kept chickens that
often came into this yard to scratch
in the straw.
So it Mas a rather sober little boy
that appeared in the kitchen soon
after aud naid: "Just look at that,
mommie! lon't I wish thev were
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Two Different Symbols of the Easter
Of late years there has been a mark
ed and growing tendency on the part
of Easter artists aud confectioners to
substitute the rabbit or hare for the
old familiar Easter egg as a symbol of
the joyous Easter anniversary. In the
well remembered "not long ago" the
g held absolute and undisputed sway
as the universal emblem of the resur
rection. Then the egg "ripened," and
the fuzzy little chick added its cunning
presence to confectioners window dec
orations. So far the connection be
tween the symbol and the eveut ws
so easily understood that comment or
questioning would have been entirely
superfluous, but with the advent of the
"bunny" tribe the complexity becomes
too embarrassing for silence, and one
Is anxious to have an answer to the
question, Why? The timid, dainty lit
tle long eared rabbit is certainly cute
and attractive, but what has it to do
with Easter? Xo one questions lt3
beauty or effectiveness, but wherein
lies its appropriateness?
In seeking an answer to this reason
able inquiry one finds an easy clew in
the work of Chinese, Japanese and
Hindoo artists, who all agree in asso
ciating the hare with the moon. In
the minds of these authorities the
"man in the moon," with whom one to
so well acquainted. Is not a man at all,
but a hare, and it is found in studying
the mythology of these countries that
the hare and the moon are identical in
their symbology, the Chinese repre
senting the moon as a hare pounding
rice in a mortar. After establishing
the connection between the hare and
the moon the rest Is easy, for Easter
is really a festival of the moon, its
date being fixed by the council of
Xi-e In Sol A. D. as the first Sunday
after the first full moon following the
So. the moon being clearly related to
Easter and the bare being related to
the moon, the hare is clearly entitled
to participate In the Easter cheer.
Of course this only opens the door
to a flood of eager questions whose an
swers are only to be found in dusty,
musty tomes of mythological lore, and
the search is too Involved and tiresome
to be Interesting. Just why the bare
should have been adopted as the sym
bol of the moon Is not easy to deter
mine satisfactorily, as history on this
point is shrouded in the clouds of an
tiquity and complicated by conflicting
testimony. One account has it that
Buddha once desired to feed a hungry
fellow creature and to do this took
the form of a hare. In this form he
was transferred to the moon, where he
Equally reliable is the account of
Indra's being at one time iu a famish
ing condition, when the hare, being an
extremely sympathetic creature, was
naturally heartbroken at such distress.!
i Unable to relieve the great man's hun
I ger In any other way, the hare threw
himself into the fire and thus saved
Indra from starvation. Out of grati
tude for this sacrifice Indra trans
ferred the animal to the moon.
Many more recent bases for linking
the hare to the moon could be found,
as the fact)f its carrying its young a
lunar months being nocturnal in its
habits, its young being born with their
eyes open and the moon being called
the "open eyed" and a superstition
that the hare changed its sex annually,
the moou's sex being changed from
masculine during its waxing period.
wheu it was called the "lord of light"
and considered as the sign of new life,
and feminine during the wanlug period.
Many other myths connect the bare
with the moon aud thus indirectly
with Easter, but the delving into such
realms makes one long for sometbio
tangible, definite, exact and historical.
something like the present, . living
power of the left hind foot of a grave
yard rabbit killed at midnight In the
dark of the moon by a cross eyed col
gentleman to brine nnceaslng
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ful power on the iVm or, the rn 'obit's j Easter lily go back to 1000 B
foot would again ' Involve ww in ui
terrainab'.e mythology, so pulllro It tc
say that iu the old hieroglyphics the
leg or hind quarter, called the khepsh.
typified the typhoon or personified evil.
To wear it. signifies, naturally, the tri
umph over evil. All the other condi
tions which nre now r.ecessn ry to" en
dow the talisman with power are later
accretions or.ly strengthening the orig
inal mythical significance.
SOME ANCIENT CUSTOMS.
Religious Celebrations That Are Gor
lae neautirui cower which Is now
Iu evidence ou every hand, the Easter
lily, is the result of a development
which might almost, be called an evolu
tion. . Uecords of the existence of the
plant which is now known as .the
that time the emperor of China was
Chow, about the most cruel ruler the
Celestial empire has ever had. Ilia
prime minister was Li Chung, a really
good man, who hinted to the despot
that his restless people could be paci
fied by inaugurating a series of re
forms. The cruel ruler became iu
ceused, and, as he had an unpleasant
habit of ordering oil a few heads each
day, Li Chung concluded that it was
about time for him to think of getting
away to a place of safety. For some
time he watched hi.; master, and wheu
he became convinced that the dauger
point had been reached he asked for
a private audience. This was granted.
The good though crafty Li Cbuug in
formed the emperor that he had had a
vision in which he was commanded by
the gods to make a sacrifice of 100
sturdy youujr men aud 150 beautiful
Ho, ho! How very fugny-.
To gee a little bunny
In the middle of a basket full of eggsf
Whew! 1 guess there was a racket
Whan they marie htm wear a Jacket
And a pair of knickerbockers on his legsl
. But there's something worse than that. .
Above his blue cravat -They
too his saucy little head clean OS,
Filled him up with -candy, then
- Neatly screwed It on again.
Now - the bunny Is afraid to aneeza or
young wuui'Ju. But aud' here was tha
unusual portion of the demand of the
gous it was rctjuirod that the sacriiice:;
be made upon an Island far out iu the
sea, to which the commander of the
expedition wor.Ul be directed by super
natural aid. It was further command
ed that a period of elaborate feasting
s hor. id precede the sacrifices.
The superstitious emperor listened
carefully and was manifestly pleaded,
lie was relieved to find that he eou'.d
so easily extricate himself from his
difficulties... The wily Li Chung doubt
less noticed that his story was making ,
an impression and elaborate ! upon his
original fiction accordingly. At any !
rate, Li Chuag, as he had anticipated,
was appointed to the command of the
finest ship in the royal navy and was
charged with the Important duty of
seeing that the wishes of the gods
were carried out to the letter.
Chung selected the young men and
women and loaded his vessel with the
choicest delicacies the kingdom afford
ed. Among them were the lilies, which
were highly esteemed as an article of
Of course Chung's ship never came
back. Instead but two sailors months
afterward returned In a craft which
they had themselves bnilt. They relat
ed that the ship has been lost in a
storm and that all but themselves had
perished. This was fiction. Ll Chung
knew of the existence of the Islands to
which he had alluded, and it was there
that he had sailed after informing the
young men and women that they were
not to be sacrificed, but were to live
peaceably under his rule in a new land
where oppression should he unknown,
The islands which Li Chnng thus set
tied now comprise the empire of Ja
Owing to the difference in the nature
of the soil and the fact that the lily
was not cultivated as in China, the
plant soon lost much of its root and
gained correspondingly above ground
In time It lost its value as an article
of diet, but it gained in beauty and
was admiringly spoken of by travelers
in Japan. Still it was not transplanted
to the western hemisphere until 188,
when au American named Harris in
troduced It Into Bermuda, whicJj ac
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