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THE MISTLETOE BOUGH,
History and Meaning of One of the
Oldest Customs in the Woi'd.
(John A. Hamilton, "The Vbnderful
.Have you ever asked how it is that
we hang up mistletoe in our house at
Christmas? Because the Druids used
to do so, you may tell me, but then we
come to the question why they did.
Perhaps you may tell me again that
their reason was that they believed the
bright god, Baldur, had been killed
by a dart of mistletoe. I do not think
that was the real reason. I think that
story-and a very pretty story it is
was made up to explain the custom
'When the true reason had been for
-I believe that the custom of hanging
up a bough of mistletoe is one of the
very oldest customs in the world, and
has come down to us from the time
when men worshiped trees. It seems
to you a very strange thing that men
should do that, but if you will think
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a little, you may see that it was not
very strange after all. Imagine a
savage man (and savage means a man
who lives in a fo rest,) who has little
knowledge of anything outside the
forest in which he lives. He does not
even see much of the sun, scarcely
anything of the stars. He knows noth
ing of the cause of the change of sea
sons. The winter is a bad time for
him, for then there are no fruits to
gather, no nests with eggs that a man
can find to eat, few roots to be dug
up, and the ground is hard, and the
light is.short, and the darkness long,
and the cold is terrible. How is it
that the bad time comes? The first
sign almost that he sees of it is when
the leaves begin to fade and fall. Then
the day shortens, and there is less and
less warmth in the sunshine. When
the trees are leafless and seemingly
dead, then come frost and snow. The
savage reasons from the facts which
he sees, and he notes that when the
trees begin to die, then the day short
ens and the wind blows cold and keen.
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That seems siifto you, quite the
wrong way of putting things, but the
savage thought that all was well when
the trees were alive, and that their
dying brought him misery. Knowing
no more than he did, it was even sen
sible. And it seemed to him to be
proved every spring that the trees
caused his comfort and the gladness
of the world. The first sign and prom
ise of better days was when the trees
came into leaf and life again. That
happened long before the warm, bright
weather came, and what appeared first
in order of time would be taken by
him as the cause of what followed.
Since the trees began to live again be
fore the sunshine came, he fancied
that they were the cause of the length
ening of the day and the growing
warmth. So men, some men, at least,
used to think, for th'ey worshiped
trees as the great lords of life. Traces
of that worship are to be found to
day. There are men who would ; ot
cut down certain kinds of trees for
any reward that might be offered
them, 'because they believe that very
bad "luck" would happen to them if
You think I am a long time in com
ing to the mistletoe. Have patience
for half a minute. Savages believe
that every living thing has a soul.
* Letter to Santa Claus. *
Laurens, S. C.,
Dec. 13, 1915.
Dear Santa Claus:
I am a little boy nine years old. I
want you to bring me some fire crack
ers, toys and fruits and nuts, candles
of all kinds. I have two little broth
ers. I want you to come and see them.
Bring them some toys, candles, fruits
of all kind. I also have one little sis
ter. Please don't forget her. Bring
her a big doll, some candles and fruits
of all kind. We have no little baby for
you to come to see. Our little baby is
dead, so Christmas will be very sad
Your little friend,
J. P. Phillips,
Laurens, Route 6.
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St ....d Gratle: Thomas llaumilton.
Third Griade: Ida .Jacks, Fannie
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Lou Walker, Fayette Gambrell, Pearl
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UNION BOY WINS,-,
William A. Rice tecommended for Ap.
poIntment by Congressman Nicholls.
14 Stood Exanianatlon.
William A. Rice, of Uion, is the
successful candidate for the appoint
ment to the cadetship at the United
States Naval academy at Annapolis,
according to announcement last night
from Prof. Frank Elvans, superintefn
lent of the city school and chairman
of the board of examiners 'who con
ducted the scholarship examination
at the city high school building Fri
day and yesterday.
Prof. Evans last night mailed to
Congressman Sam J. Nicholls, at
Washington, the result of the ex
amination, recommending Mr. Rice
for the appointment and naming
George C. Carrington, of Spartanburg,
and John Perry, of 140 James street,
Greenville, as fIrst and second alter
Fourteen young men from the
Fourth Congressional district appear
ed to stand the scholarship examina
tion at the city high school Friday
afternoon. Three dropped out after
the work Friday, the remaining 11
reporting yesterday fhorning to re
sume the examination, which was
concluded during the afternoon.
The candidates were examined up
on history, geography, arithmetic, al
gebra, geometry and English. The
board of examiners consisted of Prof.
Frank Evans, Prof. Hugh T. Shock
Icy and Dr. George B. Clinkscales.
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* "Aunt Kate" on the Contest *
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Dear Advertiser Readers:
I'm afraid some of my friends can't
enjoy their Christmas dinner for be
moaning poor old Aunt Kate's disap
pointment in not getting that Ford!
This is just a hastily writen note to
disaluse your mind on that score-like
old brer fox that looked long and
lovingly at tie grapes-Ishaw! They
are sour anyway!
lonestly, after entering the contest
late and then staying the three weeks
in that (ari'kened room with the little
boy in my ans and that moan ever in
my ears, I klinew tlien that all idea of
riding ini t hat.dv Crtiser I ord was a
dram, lI worled oil soll for one of
tile lesseri prizes only to find olit that
I wa.sn't ill the district I thought I
was! Wlven I found out that. I cal led
off iny dogs and sat down and laighed.
iess your lives lext, time I'll know
in t he beginning where I'm at!
I lea rned som1 e very valuale les
50ons thle few- days 1 did( work. I be
Ilieve now I could go an '1 sell a gold
gtlinea, prlovided of coulrse it had a
dliamotnd for a top) knot andt ev'ery time
it hollered pat rack, a nickel would
drop1 Oult it's mouth Ii.
Serond, there is goin'. to be a lot
of work donce ini Lau1renis county next
year for so manL~y men~l, 1)oor fellowvs,
cani't Iind time to readl.
It wvas a popularity contest-the ma
jor'ity of votes for the old1 lady was
v'olulntary-s) miany wr'itie "I didn't
know till I had subscribed that you
were ini it buit here's a dollar for you.''
-if that isn't ipopularity what. is it?
I don't know of course, who wins,
but the thmree leadling contestants hav'e
wvork bard anid whether it be the little
Moorhead boy wvhose mother and
grandldaddly werec on the job, 01r the
little .Alisa Feranks whose father was
equlally as faithful, or Mr's. B. RI. Todd
whose lpersever'ance was admir'able,
the w'nner hlas my hearty congr'atula
tionis.' Anyone of the three deserved
it. I'll feel safer' in a conveyance that
wvhen I want to stop I can hioller' to
the controlling power, whoa!
Thanmking all for' the cour teouls treat
mfent anid the contest manager, who
wvas evet' helpfuli and courteous, andi
Iin the words of TIiny Timf, I close
"Clod bless its every one!"
Always your loving
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