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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: DECEiliiiuii 13. 1903.
Ministers Who Will Spend Their Christmas in Omaha-for First Time
TYTAN R. DE WOIX
Etward Street Methodist.
Immanuel Baptist, now nearins comple
tion at the corner of Twenty-fourth and
Plrkney streets. Rev. P. H. McDowell
cortlnues aa pastor of the church. The
mw building Is of cream colored brick,
and though the building Is not unusually
large, yet It Is an architectural rem and
Is modern In every respect. The Inside
finishing have not been entirely finished,
but enough has been done to admit vf
services being: held there regularly.
Rev. 8. D. Dutcher of the First Chris
tian church has accepted a call to tha
First Christian church of Terre Hautr,
Ind.. and will leave iiere for that city
about January 1- His family will remain
THOMAS P. OREKNLEE. PH.
Clifton Hill Presbyterian.
with a regular attendance of 7K. Dr. Ker
sey lias been pastor at Parsons for about
In most of the churches of the city
special Christmas sermons will be deliv
ered, the central note of each of them
being the scriptural account if lx birth
of the Christ.
Rev. J. P. Clyde of Plymouth Congrega
tional church will take Matthew il 10 for
his text: "When they saw the star they
rejoiced with exceeding great Joy," his
subject being "Significance of the Christ
Rev. John A. Bpyker of Trinity Metho
dist Episcopal church will for his Christ-
In Omaha for the present, and Mr. Dutcher mas sermon preach from the subject, "The
JOHN NTELFEX. D TV.
Bishop Methodist Episcopal Church.
will retain his property Interests here. He
will be succcdod in his pastorate by Rev.
J. M. Kersey of Parsers, Kan., to whom
a call has already been extended by the
pulpit board of the church, which action
will be confirmed by the ccngTegatlon.
Rev. M. Kersey was for a number of
years president of Bethany college, Va.,
B THE year draws to Its close, his presence here has given
I there comes naturally a sum- stimulus to the work not only of the
XL I ming up of what It haa brought church of his own faith, but to those of 'he mother college of the Christian church,
J in ih virimii iinu nf nuiagrnr f.ti.er nersnatinns m-eii ' which was founded by Alexander ampbelL
ftC5n which have gone to make up At the September conference of the He enjoys the distinction of being the
sst J ih. Iif. r,f ih itv MethortiKt church several chances were organiser and teacher of the largest Bible
In the religious world these change have made In the occupants of Omaha pulpits.
been considerable and the personnel of the Among them may be mentioned the fol
evangelical ministry of Omaha has seen lowing: W. D. Flamhaugh. Diets Memo
many changes since Christmas, 1907. A rial; W. J. Brlent. Hirst Memorial; E. C.
number of well known divines have de- Thorpe, Benson; Thomas C. Hlnkle, Pearl
cided to leave the work here for other Memorial; John A. Ppyker, Trinity; L. R.
fields and In most csjies others have been DeWolf. Seward street: William D. West
called to fill the places thus left vacant. erell, Southwest; J. B. Bothwell, South
Among those who have already gone or Omaha, formerly pastor of the Diets Mem
who are going from Omaha may be men- orial.
tloned J. F. Pourher of Seward Methodist, Among the Presbyterian churches also
R. H. B. Bell of the Episcopal Church of there have been some changes. The new
the Good Shepherd, Newman Hall Burdick pastors are Thomas C. Greenlee, Ph. D.,
of the Second Presbyterian, R. L. Purdy Clifton Hill; Nathaniel McGiffen, D. D.,
of the Clifton Hill Presbyterian, William Lowe avenue; Ralph H. Houseman, Caatel-
Esplln of the First Memorial Methodist, G. lar; W. E. Todd, Third Presbyterian.
A. Luce of Pearl Memorial Methodist, E. No pastor has been assigned to the Second
T. George of Trinity Methodist, W. H. Fresbyterlan. as this church has been
Reynolds of the Castellar Presbyterian. F. merged with the Knox Presbyterian, the
W. Leavltt of the Plymouth Congregational new organization taking the name of the
and J. B. Losey of the Saratoga Congre- North Presbyterian church, of which Eev.
gatlonal. M. V. Hlgbee, formerly of the Knox, will
Among the acquisitions of the year prob- continue as pastor,
ably the most Important is that of Bishop An-ong the Congregational churches
John L. Nuelson of the Methodist Epis- there have been but two changes. Rev. J.
copal church. Bishop Nuelson Is one of the p ciyie becomes pastor of the Plymouth
new bishops of that denomination, but had an(j Rev. Jesse L. Fisher ia the new pas-
aireaJy won tame as a scholar, a speaker xor of the Saratoga church. No changes
and a man of affairs. One of his first of- were made during the year In any of the
flclal arts after his elevation to the episco- Baptist or other evangelical churches of
pacy was to announce Omaha as his future the city.
home, a decision which gave much pleasure In this connection It Is pertinent that one
to the friends of that, denomination. His of the most handsome church buildings
home Is 1136 South Thirty-first street, and erected In Omaha In recent years is the
In the Vr.lted States, at Parsons,
The class has a membership of (Ml,
Birth of Chrlut " The program f cr the
evening Christmas services at this church
lias not yet been arranged.
Rev. Nathaniel McGiffen of Lowe Avenue
Presbyterian church will speak from the
text, Luke 11:11. "For unto you is this day
born a Savior." The title of his address
will be "Love's Birthday." He will say In
part: "Christmas Is Love's birthday, for
It was Christ's. It natalised peace, and
punctuated hate with a period. To all
wronged and sin cursed and sin cursing
this natal day of God's Son comes with an
anthem of Joy, with singing note of praise.
JOHN P. CLYDE,
. Plymouth Congregational.
a harmony out of disharmony and a sym
pathy of love's calls and peace notes Good
will toward men, stood In the stead of the
clarion note of battle, and Glory to God in
the Highest, displaced paean foolishness
and abject Idolatry.
"What do we celebrate? What does this
Baby Boy mean? What's the meaning of
the star that moved like a banner and
planted Itself above Bethlehem's cradle?
What was the meaning of the wise men
and the gifts? Bring the baby boy to date
bring the star down the centuries through
the same old sky. Let the wise men rock
the cradle of flie new century of what?
Something mighty for God and for love.
Because It has received a push from the
sea of truth. And the girts? What now?
and how now? Has wisdom lost her voice?
Has materialism worn out? Has the spirit
of Christmas changed?
"I wonder. Do you? Do you think we
reallun what this day should moan? Is It
to teach our children about Santa Claus?
I don't think our Lord would object. Is
It that we should be merry and Joyful and
light hearted? Our Savior did not come to
say no. Is Christmas a day of gifts?
"But what more? Why of memory, not
memorial, but recollection? We ought to
Skill in Wrapping Packages
CHRISTMAS package properly tissue paper for the outside and lnalde of
m ...l i lov no matter the box.
" . , - - . -
I &. I ,. , ..iiei,.t . remem- Don't stint yourself on paper, whatever
I I t.rance It holds. The dainty v " es "e Tift tlf
rrjl little ribbons, labels and rprig look niggardly to inclose It In a ragged
i l i)i holly shining out against piece of paper which Is far too small for
iisue paK'r, all carry their mee- it. It gives the recipient a feeling that you
L,f taOughtfulneas and love from the Just had to send her a gift for conven-
A carelessly wrapped or unadorned
Christmas parcel tells In mute language
mat It was sent because the sender felt
that something had to be given It really
didn't matter much what it was, so it was
After all, the manner In which a g'.ft ia
sent means more than the gift ltBelf.
Your flist choice should be the different
boxes to send gifts In. They come square,
oblong, round, made of pasteboard and
covered with holly paper, which Is a cream
surface sprinkled wlui green leaves and
red berries. These are not expensive. They
protect the g:ft and give It shape.
It ia not the thing, any mote, merely to
wrap articles up In tlsaue Taper, making a
shspeiess bundle. Even If
tion's sake, but
trouble with it.
you wouldn't take any
Now look carefully over the fascinating
colored labela with their various markings.
Most of these are bought In packagea at 10
cents a package, with fsum six to twenty
five In each package.
The wlae woman doesn't go to the ribbon
counter to get the many yards It takes to
festoon and tie the various boxes she Is
sending out. This way lies extravagance.
Instead, she calls for the Christmas ribbon
and gets It on large spools. It comes in
holly colors, red and green. A new variety
has gum arable on one side, which by being
you don't get "''a-11-1? moistened, adheres to the wrapping
the fancy boxea. do ge t white onea. The J ' ' , . '
extra cost Is little. The PPul" &P the
Next comes the purchase of plain white regulation red and green ribbons is the
tmlsted silver and gold cables, auch as
" florists and confectioners use.
Wrap up each gift separately from atari
to finish, adding the name and address.
In this way you will avoid confusion and
the possible chance of sending the wrong
gift to a friend.
u, tm-c.i uuit. First comes the process of wrapping the
luu Uia no. uiuk; article in layers of tissue paper. Do this
Tuuy -a smoothly and compactly, turning the enda
&u mjcu tune u over squarely.
Work of a Ten-Dollar Bill
t ui' you lu uu,
SHJ UiUUil LOi.J
AJeH.-ud iui yuu;
'I v name ju ail
Tne )vum u.i uuw
'ie mu uamSL
FUal wu niual buy
A arum lor wlui,
Ot cuuim must not
iitfi by Uuu.
A train vl cars.
tut Utile iw,
A teddy twar '
Fur toroiut-r Ned. '
A waial lor Ma.
Fur Jen a couiu;
Else there will be
No pau at home.
Fur V nele Will,
A pipe to smoke:
And moil. It you r
Not wholly broke.
Just got pcrlume,
And caudles, too;
I I li in k tor girls
Tu uughl lo da.
Then grandpa gels
Three pelrs of socks:
Plnaae have them packed
Within a bux.
It makes Uitro look
A tsualiy gill
A fancy box
la quite a lift.
Then buy a book
For Cousin Ben;
Get popcorn, strung
For Christmas trea.
And trinkets mat
The children plea.
Don t overtook
The maid, becaua
She much expects
From fianta Ciana.
Oh. tea-case note,
I pity you!
Today, you'v so
Much work t do.
Oh. ten-raa not.
So small you ar.
Alone, to have
T so far!
Detroit free Press.
Thoughts for Christmas Season
"Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy."
WAS long, long ago. Some ragged shepherds
were keeping watch over their flocks on a hill
side in far away Judea. Lazily, dreamily, they
gated up Into the skies, where thousands upon
thousands of stars were shining, so brilliantly,
so mysteriously. A night full of unwritten poetry,
full of unsung melodies.
All of a sudden one of the stars grew larger and
brighter. Soon it was dazzling In its luster. Thfa
shepherds covered their eyes; they trembled. And
now they beard a voice from heaven: "Be not afraid,
for behold I bring you good tidings of great Joy, which
shall be to all the peepe; for there 1b born to you
today In the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ
the Lord." Then the strains of exquisite music
floated through the air. A heavenly choir chanted,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men."
Presently it was quiet again. The stars shone as
before. The sheep were huddled together as dull and
sleepy as ever. The cool ocean breeze from the east
fanned the cheeks ot the excited men. Was it but a
A little later we toe these shepherds hurrying
down Into the valley and up yonder hill. They ap
proach a small village and enter the first little bouse
in which they saw a faint light. "And they found
both Mary and Joseph and the Babe lying In the
That happened many, many years ago.
Has this simple little story any significance to us?
It is beautiful In Its simplicity. Yes. But is this all?
Oh, It reminds us of our childhood. We think
back of the happy days when we were living in a
world of wonders, of poetry. With great, big eyes
we looked about us in blissful credulity, in trusting
But now we have outgrown the golden days of
happy, Innocent childhood. Life, the stem school
master, has made us prosaic and hard and cold.
Scarcely do we dare to stop even for a moment and
dream of the lost paradise of childhood, and at once
the many and exacting duties tighten their grip and
drive us on and on, and on.
Does the story of Bethlehem mean anything to us?
Has life brought us the joy and the happiness which
budding childhood promised? Has humanity reaped
the harvest of great Joy which was foretold in that
Ah, the cruel mockery of our modern Christmas! I
see men and women, and even children, toiling and
tolling during the days and nights before the 25th of
December; I see the tired, haunted look in the eye of
the poor shop girl; I see business men plan and figure
and figure and plan as to how many dollars they can
grind out of this year's Christmas trade; I see the
mother waste her stored-up nerve force in worrying
about the Christmas gifts; I see the father putting in
extra work in order to meet the increased expense of
What have we made of "Holy Night?" Is it to us
a time 'of genuine, hearty, soul-lifting, enriching, en
nobling, life-giving, heavenly joy?
What does our generation hear on this Christmas
morn? Is it the voice of the messenger from heaven
announcing great joy? Or is it the rumbling of social
dissatisfaction; the muttering of class hatred, the
threats of capital against labor, .the curses of labor
against capital. Do we hear heavenly harmonies of
joy and peace and good will? Or do we hear discor
dant, ugly cries of strife and greed, and lust and
"Behold I bring you good tidings ot great joy."
Has This message lost its significance?
Listen to the messenger from heaven, ye people.
He has a message for you. Let not his voice be
drowned by the many shrill and rough cries. Let not
the glory ot the heavenly light be dimmed by the fogs
of human selfishness and meanness.
Hearken: "Behold I bring you good tidings of
great joy." It is the old, the glorious, the ever new,
the never dying Christmas gospel. It is the only gos
pel that has enoug vitality and vigor and divine
power to finally overcome the powers of sin and sel
fishness. All the genuine Joy this world has ever Been came
from the Babe in the manger. All the light which
illuminated the narrow pathway up the steep hill of
moral and religious and social progress emanated
from yon Star of Bethlehem. All the girts which
gladden sad hearts and touch the lives of recipients
and givers with tenderness and love, making them
gentler and sweeter and better and happier, are but
the reflection of the great, unspeakable Gift of love
which God gave to this world in that "Holy Night."
And by aught else can we ever experience in our In
dividual lives nor materiali-e upon this world of ours
"peace" and "great Joy" in the broadest meaning of
those terms than by bowing before the Babe of Beth
lehem and allowing Him, the Son cf God, to be our
Saviour and Lord, to be the controlling factor in our
"Behold I bring you good tidings -of great Joy."
The message is full of meaning and possibilities and
power. Even today take it, I pray thee, into thine
heart and into thy life, and this "Merry Christmas"
will be truly happy and blt-ssed. Thy thoughts and
words and deeds will Join in the great anthem:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace.
Good win toward men.
JOHN L. NUELPEN.
W. K. TorD.
recall God's purpose in. the incarnation:
the darkness of the time, the hopelessness
of It, tiie restlessness of It. the horrid
heritage of untruth and hate and gloom.
"Why remember this? It Is not pleasant.
No, but don't you see the love of Ood In
all these years letween? Ion't you see
Gods love In Christ's life, in the child
days, the boyhood days, the temptation,
the ministry, the sorrow, the crucifixion,
the resurrection, the miracle of spirit at
pentecost and In the sin cleansing of these
nineteen centuries, from savagery, from
slavery, from Intolerance and miserable
creedal strife of those who profess the
love of Christ, from war's alarms and
reeking fields of blood.
"Are you not glad that you have the
privilege of living now? That you have
Inherited thla civilisation?
"Oh, I know there la still sin. wrong,
hell, broken hearts, rent homes. But who
made them? Not He. And I do not call
you to think of these. Put this. The Savior,
Christ the Lord, has given you and me
this miracle of history, this transformation
of centuries. This voice of harmony that
is eclipsing Inhumanity and labor's bur
den, and the orphan's cry and the wall of
the sick and the strife of creeds.
'Friends, this Christmas anniversary of
Joy, do not forget the personal problem in
God's love, God's plan, God's redeeming
grace, 'For unto you is born this day in
the city of Pavld a Savior, which is Christ
the Lord.' For you the baby boy came,
for you tabernacling among men, for you
Golgotha, for you Easter and this wealth
of truth which history has brought with
the years. Why? It is that you and I
might know God's love and rejoice that we
might give with glad harmony of heart and
hands gifts at home. Tea. To men. Even
so. But to Christ our King. Tou sing to
day, tomorrow, what? "Joy to the World.
What is the spirit?
"Oh unto you this day a Savior. Oh
Liberty, how many crimes have been com
mitted In thy name. But It was for thee
that Christ came and lived and died that
man might know God better. He the
brother, that Christ taking the Father's
hand and the brother's hand might make
harmony divine. Do not put Christ out of
Christmas. Some seem to. He was and la
Christmas. Joy to the world. Glory to
God In the highest."
Rev. VT. E. Todd of the Third Presby
terian church will preach upon the sub
ject of "Christmas Day." He will say In
part: "Christmas Is to all people the poten
tial message of a great human reunion. It
is the return of the world's opportunity to
KATHANTEL. WGTFFEN. T. . D
Lowe Avenue Fresbyterlan.
RALPH n. nOTTSTEMAN,
forget past sins, affronts, offenses and
weaknesses and to worship God together
In the new way. Unite our endeavors t
make the world better and life more wort
living. Love the Christ and labor together
with Him for man. Love the good in all
around us, and put from our thoughts tha
evil. Christmas is the day of good will
Christmas has punctuated and spoiled th
pessimism of all ages. Jesus ia the center
and circumference of good will at all
hasards. He Is the undying splendor of
Immortal optimism which truthfully ac
complishes by death, that which sometime
seems illusion- to the present life, Christ
mas is the expression of God's love and tha
bold dash of the strenuous life in the Joyous
heart of eternal hope, and the world Is
coming to the brightness of it morning.
Faith Is a personal redeemer and th
Imminence of God is firmly established la
the confidence of man, and he wishes,
hopes, longs and works for and unfailingly
believes in the salvation of the world. H
finds his inspiration in Christmas."
Rev. T. B. Greenlee of Clifton Hill Pres
byterian church will for hla Christmas
ermon preach upon the subject of Th
Fullness of Tim or the Preparation of th
World for the Coming of Christ." Thla
will be the subject of the morning ad
dress. The evening services will be ap
propriate to the occasion.
A Santa Claus in the Flesh
Dip into your small box of tiny wafers
and choose between those with a bell and
holly branches and those with a large head
of Santa Claus.
Pi.ss a moist sponge over some of ycur
tiny wafer and paste down the edges of
the tissue paper with them, using about
six to a bundle. Arcui.d the package put
the ribbon or metal cable thread. Tie It
In full rosettes In the center and at each
end. To It attach a card which ha a bor
der of holly and the words "Merry Christ
mas!" in the blank apace write your nam and
add a little verse or a bright and happy
wish. These cards are bought at small
prices by the dosen.
Now fit your package into a holly box
and wrap it In white tissue paper, and
past down the edge with wafer. Then
wrap It neatly in brown paper, over which
put the gummed ribbon which pastes Itself
to the wrapping. At each end put a con
spicuous bully label which bear ia gold
letters the warning: "Please do net open
In the center tie a round tag to which
red ribbon ia already attached, and which
la ornamented with holly and a Christmas
greeting. In th center there Is a blank
spar in which to put the name and ad
dress of the person to whom it was going.
After your work you will clap your
hands in praise and Joy over such an array
of real "Christmassy" looking gift. All
th ribbon and th wafer and th holly
card seem to shout out that It 1 Christ
.nu, far more than th gift Inside.
To mar not hav money to send any
but simple remembrance, but th loving
thought and car you put Into th gift
will surely be appreciated,
Holly Entertainment a Seasonable Event
HE red and green of th Christ
mas holly furnish a charming
color achem for a Tuletlde
party tor the little folks, while
th green leave and scarlet
berries can be utilised as sub
ject to the gamea and contests.
In addition to the games holly sprays
which figure In all Tuletide and bows of
scarlet tissue paper bunting and bows of
scarlet paper ribbon can b employed to
help out th necessary effect.
Decorate th Invitation not sheets with
we sprays of holly, which ar easy to
do in water color, or many stationers
can supply letter paper already so dec
orated with stamped designs of th Christ
Provide wreaths of arttfiral holly for
th girls and boutonnlerea of it tied with
red rfbbon for th boys. Each receive
bis or her crown or bouquet on antering
Th first sunt on th program Is a
holly search. For this leave shaped Ilk
that of th holly ar cut from green
paper and hidden around th room. Eiarh
child receive a we green basket with
handle tied with red ribbon, and twenty
minute' time 1 allowed- for th
At th and of this period a bQ I rung
a a signal for th finish. Th leaves in
ach baaket ar tha counted and th
mall boy or girl who la found to have
coUct4 snost receiving a bus of candy
the cover of wtiich has a pretty design
For another frolic, construct of four
ribs of w ire and some scarlet tissue paper
a huge holly berry filh-d with sugared
almjnds and other kinds of goodies.
This Is suspended from tle ceiling in
the center of the room and should have
dusters of tissue' paper leaves of exag-
'Don't you ht ar the Christmas busies
Blow in' far away?
Cover up tuat curly head.
Aud art am of Christmas day'"
liui tie wants to know tuit minute
What the ChiU.mu bugits s :
Bln-p till dawn.
Bleep till dawn:' "
And then the little curly-head to Christmas
land ia done!
"Don't you hear the Christmas bugle '
When th blase bums Uiue.
And the wind alngs in the chimney.
And th fire aiuga. too?
They are blowing all ti.oir sweetest
wee4et notes for you!
" Toming on.
Bleep till dawn.
fcuep till dm!' "
And timn the little curly-head ta CSirlst
xua land ia gone!
F. B. STANTON.
gyrated siae. The children dance around
the holly berry.
Then one of their number, walking-stick
In hand, breaks the paper, anowrring down
the goodies. A merry scramble for the
scsttering sweeis follows aud each child
Is allowed to retain the candies collected.
To prevent foot ball tactics on the part
of the youngsters it could be explained in
advance that any one guilty of pushing,
pulling or discourteous haste would be ob
l.ged to forftlt the ribbons in his or her
Again, put a twig of holly In a vw and
place the latter on a chair or low table
at one end of the room.
Blindfold one child at a time, the ob
ject being to see who can. thus b&ndagedv
miikf his way to the holly and remove
it from the vase.
If gathered by any child the spray Is
returned to the rate to awaJt the efffrts
of the next contestart. and the successful
player ia given a green or red ticket which
entith-s him or her to draw fjr th general
Any Christmas gift with a spray of holly
drawn through the wrsprer will make an
A blackboard gam oould consist in
drawing a twig of holly with eyes open,
a rew ard being In store for the best
Or. falling the blackboard, distribute
cards and pencils and allow twenty minutes
for th sketchca Give a drawing book
a a prise.
T. NICHOLAS in the flesh; a
real, living, breathing, Christ
mas gift-bearing Kris Kringle!
The town of Emaua, In Penn
sylvania, is the thrice blessed
community that sees him.
hears him, talks to him, plays with him
touches him with scores of childish hands,
with not a single doubting Thomas among
Nowhere else, nowhere else upon the
whole earth, does Bt. Nlcholae actually
appear on Christmas eve, except In Emaua
But here, in literal truth, he does appear,
precisely as lie appeared centustes ago in
his own native town in Europe.
At Emaus is the Moravian church which
might be, or Is, the original of those spired
and candle-lighted plaster of parts chapels
with red paper windows, which we still
see Bold on the streets at Christmas time.
Come Into Emaus early on a Christmas
eve, and you will find the real yet toylike
Christmas church all lighted up at 6 o'clock
In the evening, with the children passing
In a procession of piousiy subdued Joy
from the Babbath school, through the dim
light of the doors, on Into the gasoline
glare that lights up the evergreens.
teremoales ta a tbwresi.
The toy church bells, rung by a child's
blameletia hand, aie waiting to chig.e out
their melodious clangor; the string band
of the congregation Is at the altar, pre
panrd to make the most unpretentious yet
mist sweet of Christmas niuaic; the praedl
ger looks over the decorous, incoming
tiirong wi'.h the ciitical yet tender glance
that can come only to the face of the
Moravian pastor at Christmastide.
The children. In turn, tell their artless
stories of the Savior who was born to the
forgivtn world, so many years ago. The
hymns rise up to the kindly hoaven In
winch they so simply and so staunchly
trust. The brethren and the sisters of the
congregation go about with trays bearing
countless lighted candles, for every child
one; and the strong, grave praediger tells
them how the Christ-child came, to be the
light of the woi Id.
And be tells them, too, of the good Saint
Nicholas, who will come to them all this
evening, with an indulgent smile that turns
to grave reverence again as he takes up
the narrative of the Three Wlae Men who
Journeyed out of the east.
As the chimes ring out and the last notes
of the children's hymn dies on the echoing
air all Emui, that ha been piously to
church to keep the vigil of the holy eve,
And there, behind close shut doors,
Emaus, old aa well as young, awaits the
comlr.g of Eaint Nicholas.
They rail IJm Peltxuickel in Emaua per
hajs as they took loving, familiar liber
ties with the Jolly bislxip years and year
ago. before people were cynically foolish
enough to suspect that they might be
miserably doubting a theory. Instead of en
Joying a reality.
facile may be the deception, by naughty
ones elsewhere, or of the Krlss Kxlngl
of modern fraud and make-believe.
Every one must be ready to repeat, wlth
ou ta mistake, the child's prayer b is
entitled to demand, as the passport to his
For the child who falls, or who has been
a grievous sinner recently, there is a
bunch of birch, to replace the candles and
the toys that cram to bursting th great
bag which bows to good old saint's back.
Only only, Emaus has yet to produce th
child whose crimes liave been grav
enough, unpardonable enough, to merit th
When the kitchen door flies open and
shuts again with a bang, what a thrill
there Is! And when Saint Nicholas, tall
and broad, appears within the living room,
his body covered with his big coat, th
longed-for pack upon his back, what a
suspense of silence falls.
And then, how they all protest that they
know their prayers that they have bee
very, very good!
They say their prayers to him. From
sternness he changes t smiles. He scat
ters on the floor a largesse of home-mad
candies, sugar flahes, anlmala, queerneaae
of all forms, but every one made for th
sweet tooth of childhood. They fling
themselves upon the spoil and h la free t
unsllng his pack.
There, among them as they scatter oa
the floor he empties it.
The Christmas presents they wanted ar
all In a heap the skatea for Hannes, th
doll for Lixbeth, the horse and wagon for
Shout of delight go up. Th acrambl
becomes wild tumult. Peltrnlckel U for
gotten. The Christmas gifts are here.
In the kitchen, the door opens, and a
gusty chill blows In. It shuts, with a
baTg. Saint Nicholas has gone.
Spirit of the Season
Tk Prtirr Test.
Th children in their best bib and tucker,
sit around the living room, on solemn
chairs and the tenterhooks of expectation.
For b it known that not all may right
fully or confidently hop to get presents
Xrom genuine Baint Klcbolas, iiuwevex
There Is An .try
And there s Hurry
In the family tluut days
And youil note a i...k of worry
In Pa's thought ul, far-off gaxe.
Ma 1 hustling
And she's bustling
With her eyes ut.n her list
And Pa sees a time of sustiing
W ith his bank account atwiat.
A sties trying
To reimeniiH-r sil her friends.
And to keep papa from anying
At the bunco of dough she sptnds.
For toe present.
With no evidence of strain
It s a dmignnut to a pheasant
That he's doing it fur gain.
Thus we hope to
Give tie do to
All the familya old scraps.
And by doing so add scope to
What will come to us peiuaps.
In the meantime
Quite a lean time
Pa can soe if we don't slir'-A
Whother it s a whit or gi.cn til
Christ mas put liiax a xha JUuk