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The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, December 20, 1921, CHRISTMAS EDITION, Image 8

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Buy a Case of BUDWEISER for Cluistmas
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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.
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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
"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
Apple Cider
Grape Juice
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.
Wholesale Tobaccos
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. Dis
ease is an EFFECT.. Without a
CAUSE there can be no Er
Modern scientists have proven
that in more than ninety per
cent of diseases the cause is
pressure on the nerves, which
stops or hinders the transmission
of the vital force or mental im
pulses with which Innate Intel
ligence (Nature) supplies the
entire body, and without which
there can be no life. The only
place where such pressure can
occur is in the spine, where the
nerve cables emu irom me
spinal column. The segments or
vertebrae of the Bpine become
subluxated or displaced, press
upon the nerves at the point of
emission, shutting off part of the
vital force or mental impulses
from the brain to the various .
ports of the body, and the result
is ill health Dis-ease.
Chiropractors are spine spe
cialists. They are experts in lo
cating and adjusting the CALM",
of disease. Chiropractors do
not use medicine, surgery, or
osteopathy; neither do they
treat, heal or cure. They adjust
the spine so that a free and nor
mal current of vital force may
pass through the nerves to all
parts of the body at all times.
Nature does the curing. See
your Chiropractor. Consultation
without charge.
I ..
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Chiropractic Health Service.
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