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AND LIMIT TIMES W. R LTTTELL. Editor and Manager Published every Thursday at Libby, Mont., ky Western Montana Pub lishing Company, Inc. -. , ^ a , nt Libbv EnU red at tne postonice ai Mont, as second-class ma te . niTFirTAI PAPER FOR LINCOLN COUNTY /W7ZJCZ~ $2.50 . 1.50 NATIONAL 6 DITORIAI— IfliTI ASSOCIATION Subscription Rates: One year .. Six months Christmas Still Holds Great Hope For Tired Mankind By Charles I). Rowe Today the tired world once again pauses in its mad scrambling observe the festival of Christmas, Exhausted and discouraged by the horrors of a world-wide aarnage destruction, hate and lust; war-torn humanity lifts its eyes to the man ger of Bethlehem to see the daz zling light of a great hope and hear once more the promise of better world to come, when therej shall indeed be "Peace on earth. goodwill to men." Despite the disheartening realiza tion that today there is little peace in the world; despite the discourage-! ment that arises from the universal fear that another still more hor rible war is possible; regardless of the turmoil and confusion in the minds of men every where, millions of hearts throughout the length and breadth of Christendom will today join in singing hyms of praise to the God of the universe fur the gift of his Son The world sadjly needed that gift nearly two thousand ago. It would seem that the need is as great today—and perhaps evenj «realer Historians tell us that the early Christians did not observe Christ In those days the mas as we do. death, rather than the birth, of man was observed. The great Romans, however, were accustomed to celebrate the festival of Saturn. the time when the great Fire-Wheel ceased its receding and started back toward the earth. We know it as the winter solstice, which cornea*^ on December 22. As was true of so many heathen festivals, this Roman one was given over largely to wild abandonment and licentiousness. In order to give the people something better, to take the place of the excesses of the Roman holiday, the early Christian church finally hit on the idea of observing the birth of the Saviour. This idea originated in about the third or fourth century. And from that distant beginning, the Christ mas festival lias come down to us beauty Jnd in all its wondorous com fort. Likewise, the Christmas tree has been traced to the Romans, practice went from there to the Ger mans, crossed over to Great Britain, and came over to America with the colonists. Today it is almost univer sal in the United States. Historians also tell us that the holly, the mistletoe, and the Yule lug so com monly used now as a part of our Christmas festival, are relics of pre The lü'.iip» Mnta clau^ 15 <ONMN<« to TOWN <9+7 This Merry Christmas is to you. There is no wish we can give more true than this jolly old fellow is now bringing to you. • Pals • farter • Service [Christian time. The giving of pres ents at Christmas töne is derived [from ancient usage, but has become [consecrated by the ages. The prac Tice of giving Christmas cards arose I in the United Slates about 1860. s What is the message of Christ mas? Every -true follower of the Rreat Ga . ,i,ean knows wel1 of its y. j nes timable worth and comfort and j 0 y what is the message of Christ 1 mas to a tired and distraught world? 'The answer is again easy. But its realization is stupendously diffi cult As this writer has more than once there is nothing quite so [astounding as the appalling stupid | ity n f mankind. The best minds of the world have been seeking for centuries to solve the troubles that beset the human family Through it all there have been those who held steadfastly to the vision of a world in which there should I be no more wars. Today we are (still seeking that shining goàl. We!* ! And SI" à? ûST l uïSÎÂ 1 Tri 1 centuri« of seéklnc. the answer la? •<" Isa.u ; The answer is this. If the striv to. ing statesmen of the world—all of j them—would gather around their, (council tables with a strong de of j termination to put into actual prac tice the teachings of the Christ j whose birth we celebrate today, 1 the worries and problems of the con (fused old world could be solved a:with little difficulty. Suppose every statesman and all people had in ; their, hearts to "do unto others as .you would be done by," what a 'stupendous difference it would make. How rapidly the problems that arc tearing the world apart ' today would disappear, of course that has been the dream of the ages It Is sti ]] f ar from | realization because of the greed and solfl * shness of tht . i 1uman heart. To ( day we still seek peace in fulfill mt? nt of that Christmas promise of so i ong ago. But we should re - ; (c? ^ ! y» * 1 jjjl £ * j So a £ [ | SS' ! Vj V, I w jÿf. 1 ; -Cfc •si »I p>i » m t:uian J auaui I Chriifmad No vaunting phrases can truly curry the meaning of that word, marching adjectives picture its fulfillment. Its being and expression must ever lie in the simple words of the prophets, in the unpretentious but meaningful phrases of the Man of Galilee: no is 5 ! 3 3 8 ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TO MEN. n « // H \ LIBBY ^rMOTOBS | * 3 I ART BROCK » Across From Kootenai Theatre ¥ ?» ?i ?» » ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» ?» Ll f O»] It m V a f Joyous Yuletide to You All • v ». v ip ( ■4. £ V It's our pleasure to wish you one and all much happiness. May all your fondest hopes and dreams come true . . . may your Christmas be the best ever. Our very best wishes — and most sincere thanks to you for your ap preciated patronage. MERRY CHRISTMAS Sno-White Market I 0 R* 4 J :)^r "1 I member that today's scholar» us that promise was for "Peace on) earth to men of goodwill." Men! of goodwill! Therein lies a great difference. Therein lies the answer. - HL As we again unite our hearts in singing hymns of "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill to men," what does the Christmas message mean to us as a nation? Today we are great and powerful. Our possessions, our in fluence encircle the globe. We are today the most powerful nation the j world has ever seen. What are our responsibilities? t 1 ( I . , . . . ! ^»ï "ÄÄiÄ Beneath whose awful hand we hold, : lÂTÆt w"h r%. Lest\ we forget—lest we forget. Some years ago a great poet com posed a hymn for the people of Great Britain. It is wonderfully ap plicable to us as a nation at this time. We know no better way to '(close this tribute to Christmas and what it stands for than to quote that poem. It is Kipling's ''Reces sional." The tumult and the shouting dies; The captains and the kings de 1 part; Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, humble and a contrite heart, 1 Lord God of Hosts be with us yeti Far-called, our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the Lo. all our pomp of yesterday j s one with Nineveh and Tyre! Judge of the Nations, spare us yet Lest we forget lest we forget. Such boastings as the Gentiles use, | Or lesser breeds without Law— Lest we forget —lest we forget. fire; If, drunk with sight of power, we loose Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe. the telljLord Oçd of Hosts, be artth us yet,! Lest we forget—lest we forget I ^or heathen heart that puts her . lrust . , . , , , In reeking tube and iron shard, [All valiant dust that builds on dust. And guarding,, calls not Thee to i guard, For fra ntic boast and foolish word— j _ r .„ n thank«; Thy mercy on Thy people, Lord! We wish f° express our sincere appreciated and thanks to our friends and neighbors , for their sympathy, kindness and floral of ferings following the loss of our loved one. Mrs. Eva A. Andersen Mr. Torkel Andersen Mrs. Lester Fogderud Mr. and Mrs. Ben Brown and family Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown and family Mr. James Brown We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year BUTCH'S Barber Shop *»?»?»?»?»?»?»?»?i /I L Christmas^ Cheer! We join good old St. Nick in wishing one and all a very merry Christ mas and a Happy New Year. LIBBY TRANSFËR i } L. W. Doxtater, Prop. V ✓ 1 <Mgy (M % JiappineM he youM » ★***★**★***♦****★**★*★★★★★★★★★**★**★★★*★★*★* I? Once again the joyous, spell of Christmas is cast over us, as we hurry about with gifts for those we love. That warm glow we get from giving at this holy season cannot be duplicated at any other time of the year. It is our sincere wish that a full measure ■ Ml 0 » of happiness may be yours, this Christmas of 1947. Kootenai Mercantile Co X « ■ The Western News is Read by Everyone in Lincoln County ! » " ( ^r/ *** m * mjg *bæ ^ 9m WKWmwmwmMm&£. Äb Äfc fkb. 5*, fz I Hk I & We're peeking through the wreath on • your door to wish you much good health, happiness cheer this season . . . THE MEN'S SHOP Telephone 19-W a sa «öräi sisisisisisisisisisisis&sk S S % *o AND /ttfàr you 4m Bl m » y « Merki YU LET! DE g To you and yours this Yuletide season, we extend our sincere good wishes for a Merry Christinas. A Christmas of joy and contentment; of peace, good cheer and happiness— that is our wish for you this joyous holiday season. if » Buckingham Jewelry Store And if you say: "We bought It at BUCKINGHAM'S," everyone knows it is paid for . . .