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$ CHRISTMAS JINKS & ontAe HKiH-SEAS M (J. 1 I--, s Gbe Ulativit? fc'IIIS Is tho month, and this the happy mora I Wherein the Son of heaven's eternal Kin? r Of wodded Maid and Virgin Mother born. ' Our great redemption from aboo did bring: For so the holy sages onco did sing. That He our deadly forfeit should release. And with Ills Father work us a perpetual peace. That glorious form, that light unsufferable. And that far beanlng blare of majesty. Wherewith He wont at heaven's high council table To sit the midst of Trlnal Unity. He laid aside: and. hero with us to be. Forsook the courts of everlasting day. And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay. THE HYMN Op was tho winter wild. II While the heaven born Child M All meanl) wrapt In the rude manger lies: Nature In awe to Htm. i2A . The shepherds on tho lawn. Or ere the point of dawn. Sat simply chatting In a rustic row; Fun little thought they then I hat the mighty Pan Was kindly come to live with them below: Perhaps their lo cs. or else their sheep. vWas all that did their silly thoughts so busy keep. uaoci mZ hostel door Is barred. I The night Is dumb and dark as death. V Maid Mary: The snow Is frozen slippery hard. "But all the skies are slherstarred. And scents of cassia and of nard , Are wafted round my wayl " she with. Maid Mary. The stable door stands wide. I Scant lodging thero for thee and me. Maid Mary: The sleepy cattle stir Inside. But there Is room where ono may hldo Against the happy morning tide. That brings my Joy of Joys I" salth she. Maid Mary. t . Had dorrd her gaudy trim. With her great Master so to sympathize: It was no season then for her To wanton with the sun. her lusty paramour.' No war. or battle's sound. Was heard tho world around: The Idle spear and sMeld were high up-hung1 Tho hooked chariot stood - ' Unslaln'd with hostile blood: Tbe trumpet spake not to the armed throng.' And Kings sat still with awful rye. As If they surely knew their sovrea Lord vas by.1 But peaceful was the night Wherein the Prince of Ught Ills reign of peace upon tho earth began:1 The winds, with wonder whist Smoothly the Haters klst hlsperlng new Joys to tho mild oceanA , Who now hath quite forgot to rave. While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed i wave. -1 The stars, with deep amaze. Stand lU'd In steadfast ga:o. Bonding ono way their precious Influence. And will not take their flight " , For all tho morning light. Or inciter, that often warn'd them thence: DJt In their glimmering orbs did glow. ' Until their Lord Himself bespake. and bid them go. Hew prince. Hew pomp EHOLD a silly tender Babe. In freezing winter night. In homely manger trembling lies Alas I a piteous sight The Inns are full, no man will yield ' This little Pilgrim bed: i But forced He Is with silly beasts In crib to shroud His head. Despise Him not for tying there. First what He Is Inquire: t An orient pearl Is often found In depth of dirty mire. I Weigh not Ills crib. His wooden dish. I Nor beasts that by Him feed : I Weigh not His mother s poor attire. Nor Joseph's simple weed, i This stable Is a prime's court , I The crib His chair of stale : The beasts are parcel of His portp. The woo Jen dish His plate. A With Joy approach. 0 Christian wight I Do homage to thy King : And highly praise this humble pomp. Which He from heaven doth bring l!t 2s 7k Tfee 3s fi H MIL w c Lie N 1 .'.'',.,. THE CATCHERS. S? fr-N! mil Hi, W . Unfortunately tho morning papers neglect to say whether that young man who ha3 decided to work for a living is a second or third cousin of B. H. Harrlman. An Ohio convict who was out on pa cole was put hack in prison hecauso ho got married. Isn't it ahout timo for some of tho women's clubs to tako Ohio under consideration? Russell Sage's nephew has gono on tho stage as a member of tho chorus In ono of tho musical comedies. If ho had been Russell's niece ho would havo begun as a prima donna. Vanderbilt will send anybody a booklet freo, telling how ho mado M.OOO grow to $1,000,000. Now will Homebody please issue directions for icqulring $1,000 quickly and safely. . Secretary Taft reassures Panama rvith tho ofllclal statement that tho LTnitod States has no othor design jpon the isthmus than to build a ca rial. It won't even take away the lirt. Jack Tar is notoriously a "merry Boul," whether afloat or on shore; but onco a year he lays himself out to pellpso even himself, and that Is on Christmas day. It matters nothing whero ho may And himself dodging IccbtM'gs In the nonhcrn seas, cruis ing among palni-iringod Pacific Isl ands, or In port H.OOO leagues from the lass ho lovesIt's all the same to Jack; ho moans to havo what ho ox proabivoly calls a "high old time" and ho has It. And ho sets about it thoroughly and systematically, as becomes a sailor. Long before ho illngs himself Into his hammock on Christmas evo to dream, It may bo, of tho "old folk at homo," everything is practically ready for tho morrow's feasting and revelry. All day long busy hands have been engaged in converting the mess deck into a veritable fairy scene of color and gaiety. Roses thero aro In thousands, of all colors of tho rain bow, and all fashioned by clover flu gors; furlongs of gay paper festoons; devices and mottoes of all kinds gllt jer from tho walls, and all so skil fully arranged and blended that ono is tempted to think that, after all, Jack has missed his vocation and nhould havo been an artist. ' Now all is ready for Father Christ mas. First comes an impressive cere Imony, when tho men, in immnculato duck, are paraded for service; tho 'flag is hauled down, and In Its placo ,iho red cross pennon of tho church Unfolds in tho breeze, and four or llvo hundred lusty voices join with tho band in sending ono good old Christ inas hymn after another rolling up in majestic volume of sound to tho bluo of heaven. Thero is no sermon, just a few hymns and prayers; but you won't find a more impressivo Christ mas servlco tho big world through. Then como tho finishing touches to tho mess deck fairyland, each mess trying its hardest to eclipso all tho Others in wealth and skill of decora tion. As tho hour of noon draws near! tho petty ofllcers of tho watch glvo placo to tho smallest lads aboard, who strut about in their mimic dignity' and send ofllcers and crow into con vulsions of laughter. And then, at tho first stroke of eight bells tho capluinj and his ofllcers pay their stato visit1 of Inspection to tho mess deck. Tho plum puddings aro sampled amid deafening cheers, tho decora tions aro duly admired and praised,' and after a few seasonable remarks and good wishes tho skipper with draws himself and his suite, and tho "feeding and fun" begin. Such feed ing and such fun It Is, too; but, In delicacy, lot us leave Jack to It and Join him again when tho last mouth ful of plum pudding has vanished and, seated and happy, ho produces his pipe tho crown of tho feast. For hours now tho Innocent revelry lasts. Songs with rousing choruses, recitations, hornpipes, music on half a score of instruments, follow ono an other in endless succession; jollity rubs shoulders with sentiment, and maybo a roar of laughtor gives placo to a moist eyo, a tribute to tho loved ones far away, brought to mind by a tender song. For Jack has a very tondor heart and a loyal memory. A diversion may tako tho form of a raid on a popular officer and a chair ing and ovation, to which ho submits liko a well pleased, If ombnrrassed, martyr. And thus tho hours fly in a Jollity which will brighten by its mem ory many a long day to corao. But -tho longost and gladdest day has its onding. "Out pipes" is sounded, and when Jack at last tumbles into his hammock, weary and happy, wo may bo suro ho needs no rocking. Tho aroma of a tlower does not de pend on its size.