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THE ALLIANCE HERALD. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 201 .
Puritan in rolitiral nower. Christ Wthmttrm at Buy a Case of BUDWEISER for Cluistmas mmctbridge mil i i j i i I i .i 4 . 1 i V WHEN you pick up Washington Irving's "Sketch Book" and browse among his delightful stories and descriptive incidents, you find that Irving and Charles Dickens are much alike in their appreciation of and love for old English customs. We all remember the Christmas cheer in the Christmas Carol and in Pickwick Papers which Dickens portrays bo viv idly that we feel, see and hear every detail. ... v Our own writer, Irving, born when George Washington became our first .iA crivAn us bis on keen de- ight in Christmas celebrations. 1o express it in his own words, he says, tv. la .milliner in Fno-land that ex- 1 ia Hvuuup, . . .1 .lplie-htful spell over wiv Smairination than the lingering? j of the holiday customs and rural irames of former times." I With this feeling he has given us a memorable description of his expert-1 ence at Bracebridge Hall. J It will be rememoerea mat n traveling in England during the win ter and making a tour in Yorkshire by stage coach on the day before Christmas. Arriving at an inn he chanced to meet Frank Bracebridge, a "young gentleman wim wu"t had once journeyed in Europe. Brace bridge promptly invited Irving to his ancestral home a few miles distant, where his father would keep Christ mas in "old fashioned style. The manor was some distance from the main road, which gave it every oppor tunity to be seluded and aloof from the more progressive spirit of the cities. Bracebridge'B f ather, .being . i-i! tti nlHAst familv in represenuiuvc - - . neighborhood, and a great part of the peasantry oem " , ' " i i i i orwi In creneral. was known simply by the W"at0"i "TVi Smiire." a title which had been accorded to the head of the family since time immemorial. . T v.; a friond c&me near the hall, the sound of music and dan cing greeted them from the servants end of the building, "where a great aeai ox immna woo iliA mirth Oinfc vminir Jracebridge had to ring repeatedly be fore gaining entrance, as soon as thatr uara nnnniinpivl thf plllpT 'scillire came forward and greeted them wrm- ... 1 A A ly and they were usnereu at once imo ik .snfrol null nnrl introduced to the UIC VtllWHI -' ' company composed of the different branches oi tne large iamuy. The evening was spent in games and songs led by the droll Master Simon while the "old 'squire was seated in his hereditary elbow-cnair, Dy tne Hos pitable fireside of his ancestors and, looking around him like the sun of a system, beaming warmth and gladness to every heart." The old 'squire ad hered to the ustom of having his own minstrels and so music was soon nai for the dancing. Master Simon and the two othe: n 4Vn 'Smiirp. one an Oxonian. rirua wi vi.v i . . , . the other an officer, were the chief merry makers, especially with their dances and the bit of romance be tween the young officer and Julia, a prettv ward of the old gentleman. At last the party broke up for the tk nll fnc trim nf shakintT nielli, witu ---- - hands and Irving was conducted to his chamber, in an antiquatea pan. of the manor. Irving was wakened the next morning, which was Christmas, by the "sound of little feet pattering out side of the door and a whispering consultation. Presently a choir of smalt voices chanted forth an old Christmas carol, the burden of which was: "Rejoice, our Savior he was born On Christmas day in the morning. He rose and dressed quickly and opening his door suddenly be "beheld" one of the most Deautiiui mum iwrj groups that a partner could imagine. It consisted of a boy and two girls. the eldest not more than .six, and lovely as seraphs. They were going the rounds of the house singing at every chamber. Irving's sudden "appearance frightened them intc mute bashfulness. They remained for a moment playing on their lips with their fingers ami now and then stealing a shy glance from under their eyebrows, until, as if by one impulse," they scampered away, and as they turned an angle of the gal lery, he heard them laugning in ui umph "at their escape." Irving was soon called by a servant to join the family in prayers, a serv ice that was followed by the singing r .awiia Aftr thi service xbreak- fast was announced. A little later in the morning Irving went about the grounds but presently he heard the toll of the village bell which called the community to church. It is to be remembered that some centuries ago the celebration of Christmas became so uproarious and bacchanalian that it lost its sacred nanpet and with the advent of the mas as a holiday became taboo and remained until the restoration oof Charles the Second. Thi. period of history, was fraught with political and religious controversy but in living's day the controversies were of the past and Christmas was in vogue. As a consequence Irving finds much nmuscment in the chuirh service at Bracebridge Hall because the ser mon wrangled over a question which had been settled over a century be fore. "The parson," wrote Irving, "gave us a most erudite sermon on the rites and ceremonies of Christmas supporting the correctness of his opinions by the earliest usages of the church and enforcing them by the authorities . He kindled into warmth with the ardour of his con test, and the host of imaginary foes with whom he had to combat-.-." The parson further exhorted the congregation to celebrate Christmas in the traditional manner of . their forefathers and to make merry. Ihe congregation needed no further urg ing, for, as soon as tne service was over, they promptly made merry with greetings and hand shaking, dancing and singing until time for the Christ- mud Dinner. V nf this lnv and Acre know nothing of the pompous, stately din ners of those days with courses of pig's head, peacock pie, turkey,' plum pudding, roast beef, mince pie and above all the Wassail bowl of home brew! I also believe that we know lefs about the spontaneous madcap foolery and revelry which occurred during the dinner and on through the rest of the day and night Master Simon in this instance engineered a Maoniio Tnvtrovinir "Anriptlt Christ- mas ' which with beat of drums and the cutting of pirouettes and riga doons was the "consummation" of uproar and merriment. T Mi-nAliraa AOMVlAf ATI IrtV CUT Vl similar Christmas we certainly can tv.n.iir Via cViniln nt Washington Irving .iiui n wi - for his contribution to our enioyment and appreciation or such ceieDrauons in ages past KIM Apple Cider Grape Juice Make 9 i i You know a box of Cigars will please him. Let us show you why. Large Line of Pipes and Cigarettes Mail Orders Promptly Attended to. Wm. KING CO. Wholesale Tobaccos t i i i Retail 3 HERALD WANT ADS ALWAYS GET RESULTS THE SPINAL COLUMN THE SAFE, SANE AND SURE WAY PROCRASTINATION is the thief of health. A half sick feeling is an indicator that ' should never go unheeded. Put ting off only gives disease the time it needs to get a foothold. Staying at home and nursing your ills, and promising to "do something" for yourself some time" is no more procrastination than doctoring incessantly for the en"ects of your trouble. There is only one way to get around havine voirr health stolen from you GET RID OF THE CAUSE of jour disease. 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