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RELIGIOUS FEELING IN
T Illa celebration of the festival in
Ireland does not diher to any
great extent, iterhaips. from its
method of observance In other coun
tries. The dleel)ly religious settiient
of the country makes the religious ob
servance of the festival its dolinant
The humblest habitation wears an
air of cheerfulness when 'decorated
with holly aInti ivy, from which the
rti berries vlielh grow on the holly
peei out in, great profusion.
lIt the Cattholle churches In the larger
cities anti III iniany of the satller
placees ats wvell Inlasses aire celebratedl
hourly from mul1dnight on Christitas
eve. thousatids flocking first to the tuid
nIght Itmss and later to tlose that fol
low. lEveni in the penatl days. when it
meant death for a clergyman to per
forim the holy sacrifice or for those
who assistei tit It to be caught in at
tendaitce,-the mItltight mass wias nev
When the churches were destroyed
by Cromwell and EIlizabeth the priest
took reftge beneath some protecting
rock, and with scoits among the flock
thrownt out to guard against surprise
by the soldlery the mass was offered
UP as it hal been itl the earlier days
of Irelantd's religlois glory.
Todlay, happlt1ily, there is no such
ban on the religiouls faith of the People,
and the throngs who then flocked to
the glen or tile ttmotntta in side to assist
In the itholy sacrilice cati ittentl their re
liglouis services lIt comtfortable churches
every where throughout the ilnti.
On Cithristmias tnortitng, especlally in
the tutral Ibort ins ot' Ireatd, tle Ipeo.
pIe flock to thte ttmortitg mltflasses, oftvln
traveling eig hi anid teti miles fromn
their hoines it the retiote hills an11d
valleys of thtelir respiective parisles.
The goose liangs itigh inl Irelatid otn
ChIristmttas day, attd no family is too
poor not to lrovide te ielicious bird.
On Christmas Ilight the wa xed bl.eso
ed candle is lighted in honor of Christ'l
nativIty, and musIc and good cheer of
every kind are enjoyed everywhere.
The day following Christmas, St.
Stephen's day, Is also regarded as prac
tically a holilay. It is mostly availed
of by the young people, especially tlie
boys, for fun and frolic of every do
acription. Athletic sports, .,football
matches, hurling and other enjoyments
*"!*+*!-.+V .?14 P
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER.
WHEIRE wee feet patter down the
Of Want and Wretchedness and
Where wee eyes shine and wee lips
Upon a dream they may not know
Or where a mother marks their plea
And turns her misty eyes away
From where they cluster at her
To dream with her of Christmas
God, hear their prayer through snow
Or walling wind and driven sleet.
Let it not be they call in vain
To find their dream of Christmas
Let it not be their eager eyes
Shall look in vain through blur
And find beneath %fe's shadowed
The hurt-the heartache of the
God, answer them who still bold
Or clasp a dream so. brave and
That Christmas mends no phantom
To those whose message vings to
TPo those who whisper thsreugh the
Of one to come at morning's glearn.
0 Father of the Hiearth of Blight.
.Give them to know their day of
Where love is prone .or vanished
Where life's gray shadows haunt
e.Give them to know the eastern star
Which guides them to .thy holI
Olve them for this their day, at
All absence from the bitter rod
And through the fullness of their
The heart to smile up to their
LTHE BUSY FAIRIES
I have heard from Uincie Peter, who is
That just before the Christmas snow is
falling from the skies
The little folk in FaIryland begin to work
At all tile very nicest toys for Santa
He says thoy choose the nighttime, when
yot cannot bear a sountd,
When tihe playroomi lire has flickered out
and shadlows gather r' und.
Bitt sIlent hours they do not mind, they
do not hted the night,
For the moon holds up her candle, and
thtey want no other light.
And U~nclo Peter tells meo, so I thInk you
shotuld be tol<ui.
That those who work for ether folk are
very seldotm (cold.
They trim tile dollies' honnets, and they
plait th1e dollies' hair,
They sow the (dainty dresses that the
pretty dritlies wear,
They paint the lovely enaines, and tho
saIlIng boats they make,
And tho best of all the mlttcoment pies
are what the fairies bako.
And Uincie P'eter tells me-and I think the
muitst be0 right
That wyork like this is just the sort to
make our Christmas bright.
And don't you tink a loving thought
should go on Christmas day
I'o those wvho for our pleasure works and
ask no other pay?
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*IDIALS NE WS. *
Dials, Dec. 14.-1t Is just two weeks
till Christmas, the greatest time in
the world to the children. There is
no other time when the whole world
seeis so close akin and so kindly. The
very atmosi)here is permeated with
joy and gladness, and with the "Peace
on earth good will to men" refrain
echoing over the land. Everybody
seems bent on finding their own hap
piness in making others happy.
Mrs. N. Z. Nabors of Columbia spent
several days recently with her moth
er, Mrs. 1. S. Brooks.
Miss Emma Harris has returned
from a visit in the Warrior con mun
Airs. 11. Y. Simmons has returned
fiicm a pleasant visit with relatives in
Willianiston and Greenville.
Miss Willie May Godfry, who has
been attending school at Fruitland
Institute, Ilendersonville, N. C., is at
home for the holidays.
Mlr. and Mrs. Fate Henderson and
little daughter of Friendship, spent
Thursday night with Mr. Sam Switzer
Mr. D. D. Brownlee was the guest
of Mr. Wellie Abercrombie of Hen
dersonville Friday night.
Some few of our young people "took
in" the play. the old Maids' Conven
tion, at Hickory Tavern Friday even
ing. They report a fine time.
Messrs. Ilaskell Cray - and John
Switzer were visitors in Laurens Mon
* The first snow of ihe season fell
here sone tline S&aturday night. S'un
day, however, was ushered ii by one
of Longfellow's "Rainy Days", so Con
sequently the snow soon disappeared,
muutich to. the disappointment of the
small boys of the commnunity.
.. Mr. Maryin 11arris has gone to Flor
ence,. whpre eli has accepted a lucra
tive position in one of the drug stores
ot that place.
* TOUNGS NEWS. *
Youngs, Dec. 14.-Mr. Thomas Brady
and Miss Addle Ruth Mahaffey were
married yesterday by Alexander Ab
ercrombie, trial justice. at his resi
Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Smith visited the
family of Mr. Henry Prior's family
near Durban Saturday. Mrs. Prior is
Mr. Izzio Prior of Gray Court was
in this section Wednesday.
Mr. Austin Abercrombie and son,
Worth. spent last Monday night with
Mr. Mills Cox's family near Lanford.
Mr. C. E. Wilkie has returned from
North Carolina, with a load of apples.
He said he didn't see any cabbage in
the part of the country where he went
During the recent rain quite a large
area of land along Milsl river in N. C.,
was overflowed and a great many
bushels of corn, still standing in the
fields, were destroyed. Mr. Wilkie
'says a great deal of grain has been
sowed between here and there.
'Several from this community at
tended the entertainment at the
Friendship school Saturday night.
The rogues have begun their work
already this winter. Mr. J. H. Aber
erombie reports corn being stolen from
his field and last week. Mr. J. 3. Man
ly had about half of his chickens stol
en. This neighborhood is usually re
markably exempt from roguery of this
Over one thonsand people In city of
Lanrens are eating that old fashion
('rn .Uial this wee(k. It must be good
Overcoat weather. We have the
coats at a big saving.
"At last," cried the miusiclanx, "I
.have fame within my grasp." "How
so?" asked his wife, wvho had heard
the same thing before. "You know
Mendelssohn's 'Wedding March,' and
the marvelous repute it brought
him?" said the musician. "Yes, but
.what of it?" "Well, I'm going to write
a divorco march."-Life.
Factory Proprletor-"Fire drill, if
you please, ladies! Division A will
endeavor to batter down that locked
Iron door; D~ivision 13 will leap from
the windows; Division C will remain
quietly at the tables until suffocated
all just as you would have to do in
caso of an actual fire. March! "-Life.
Slimness of Mr. Stephens.
Speaking of Alexander Hi. Stephens'
thinness, perhaps it was never better
characterized than by the man in
Washington wiio saidl that whlen ho
was standing on the steps of the capi
tol an empty hack drove up and Alex
ander H1. Stephens got out.
Everybodly Is talkinmg abiout that pieek
of good oid iiashion (orn ilent.
READ EVERY WORD-1"S GOOD THIS IS STIUCTLY A CASH SAI,.I
ELS A00 R TO IIV 'nEAO NO GOODS CHARGED. NO 000DS
GOOD DEAL LESS ON APPROVAL Ot LAID ASIDE.
Thursday Morning, Dec. 17th.
YOU HAVE READ BARGAINS,'you have heard of Bargains and you have
attended bargain sales, but you have never teen just such values as we are offering in.
every department of our store.
Here is Where You Make Money by Reading!
We have lots of Goods that we are going to close cut, ard we know the best way
to move them is to make the prices lower than the average sales prices. Read, Think,
Come and see for yourself. The Greatest Values ever offered the People of Laurens.
EXTRA SPECIAL VAIAES IN LADIES' SUITS, COATS BIANIKETS AND COMFORTS.
AND SKIRTS. A genuine Bargain Event-' Pome and see for yourself
One lot of Ladies' Stilts, new styles, regular price $15.00 sonic of the greatest Values you have eyci seen.
Christmas Sale prie .........................8.98 One lot of Cotton Blankets, Worth $l,00rClwistmas Sale
One lot of Ladies' Suits, worth $25.00, $27.50, and $30 peavy Coto t wot 2. and $.0 C t
Christmas Sale price .... .... .... .... .... .... 14.99 Sale prie..............1.49
One lot of Ladies' Coats, worth $12.50, Christmas Sale $3.50 Wool 'Blankets, Chrimas Sale price 2.89
price .......... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 8.98 $5.00 Plaid Wool Blankets, Christmas Sale price 3.89
Special values in Ladies' Coats, Christmas Sale price $6.50 Fine Wool Blankets, extra large size, Christmas
$3.98 and .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 4.98 Sale price.4.89
One lot of Ladies' Skirts, worth $5.00, Christmas SaleSheets StinCh
price .... .... .... .... ..... .... .... .... .... 2.99 n ia l le.
One lot of Ladies' Skirts, worth $6.00 and $6.50, Christ
mas Sale price .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 3.99
Special values in Children's Coats, Christmas Sale price SPECIAL REMNANT COUNTER.
.... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....1.69, 1.98 and 2.49 One lot of Remnants in Nvool and cotton goods of all kinds.,
GRDTES BAGAIS VEROFFRED IN OYs Some of the biggest bargains that you have ever seen.
GRE ATEST BARGAINS EVER OFFERED IN BOY'
p ~SILK RE-MNANT -SALE.
One lot of Boy's Suits worth $5.00, Christmas Sale'price 2.00 Everything we have n Silk in shor lengths p n the
One odd lot of Men's Suits, worth $10.00 and 1$12.00, remnant counter, marked W to 1-2 their actual val1*.,..
Christmas Sale price .... .... ...............5.00
A MILLINERY BARGAIN EVENT.
OVERCOATS. The bottom cut out of the price of every Hat we have.
Men's $20.00 Overcoats, Christmas 'c ... .... .. 14.99 Extra special values hi Veils, Ribbons and Velvets.
One lot of Men's Overcoats, Christmas Sa e price .... .. 4.99
BAIRGAUJS OF ALL KINDS'IN TIlE H9ASEDMENT.
MEN'S HIATS. We have here more values than we have space to mentw".
One lot of Men's Hats, worth $3.00, in big assortment of
styles,'Christmas Sale price .... .... .... .... .... 1.49 SPECIAL VALUES IN SWEATERS.
Oeltextra hecavy Co*fton 8" ''ts j~il Christmas
EXTRA SPECIAL VALUES IN MEN'S AND LADIES' price'..45
SHOES. One lot of Childrens Swcatcrs, Christmas Sale price .25
One lot of Men's fine patent leather Selics, worth $4.00 to
$6.00, special Christnias price .... .... .... 1.49 and 1.98 TADTES' OhIRTS72MAS IANDKERCIIES
One lot of Ladies' fine Shoes, worth $2.00 to $4.00, Christ- Special lot of Ladies' Chirstmas Handkerchiefs in the
masSal prce...................98 o 149 best values we have ever shown, prices .05) 10, .15, .25
mas Sale price .... ... . .... . ... .... .... . 98 to 1.49
The best values to be found ini Men's, Ladies' and Chil- uoSIBERY.
dren's Shoes.. Every pair in the house reduecd for Special values in Men's and Ladies' Ilosiey foi- christ.
Clirisillas 'ale.in as, prices ......... .... ......... .... .08 1-3 to 1.00
MEN'S UNDERWEAR. BARGAINS IN BEAIJ'tIFJf4 TPA IAELEN.
Cooper heavy rib Shirts and Drawers, worth $1.00, 50c Table Liien
Christmas Sale prie .... .... .... .... .... .... .79 65G Table Linen........................ .49
Small lot of Wright's Health Underwear, worth $1.00, $1.00 'Pable Linen...89
Christmas Sale price .... .... .... .... .... .... .79 $1.25 Table Linen...98
One lot of Wright's Health Underwear, $1.50 value, $1.50 Table Linen.1.19
Chiristma8 Stile p ................1.19 Chrlistmaq Sale price on Ifand Bags and Siiit Cases, spe
cial vl e.... .... .... .... .... ......89 to 8..9
One special lot of Men's inderwvear, special Christmnas Men 's landkchiefs and Neckear for (hristnaq in at
pri ce ... .... . . . .. .19 tractive values.
REMEMBER! When you are out shopping stop by and see the
bargains for Bayourself. We know then that you
are certain to buy. You'll be welcomed as a visitor at any time.
MINTER. COSMP AN
Special lot of short lengthin po igas.ot