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ý , " ý 'ý 'ý .5 A J - Oheritas I Ohtltesmaq the world ever, but In the heart of Afroia'stur ally you dost expect such oonveateness ht Chsletas. trees, Christmuas wrols and other littUe detaila that belong to our style of celebrating the day. Yet Chistmua can be celebrated even hI the Dark Continent. "RI was In 154," said Barbey Coey, who in real lUfe i known as WUlliam FPenmore Cooper, the Afrloan trawler and Mexioan'onyx miner, and has just written ."Barbey Coey's Philoslog y," "that Mrs. Cooper and myself started for Africa on our wedding terp. "We had only been married a few weeks when we set out from England bound for the Congo regiope, and we were probably the firt American couple who made a honeymoon trip to that region. I also Inttended to do some trading for skins and Ivory. "In December we had gote T71 miles up the Cungo, and were then In the higher portion of the IAwer Congo reg ion, and, in fact, on tihe edge of the upper and less known region. "Christmas day found us among the Umbasa and, having flnished our trad Ing wtth one village, we decided to start that day for another village, where I had heard a number of fine -tier had been lately killed. "That wasn't a particularly enjoyable plaoe. I had had no trouble wlth any of the natives, but our path led near a reglon wtese. I had been watrned, there were cannbal tribes, so that we did not feel very vivlucous when we started away. "Our party coneleted of about thirty bearers, so 4Lt~a pwrtJer, Marl. Cooper and myself and two uaidued eepbhauts. On oue of these elephants we lode. The other bephua.t o tied part of our stock and baggage, and the bearers ran along vlth the rest of it. 'The start was made In the early morning, and we traveled through a fine country until about I o'clock, when i ordered a habt, and we prepared to ,ke ready a Ohriatmua dinner. We had selected a line, open spot In a dry timber land, and quote near a small stream. There was no turkey to stuff, but what was really a deMoaey to u was a loin of elephant, which was to take the place of turkey. "You don't find the recipe for cook ing elephant in any cook book I know of. and it ie hardly likely anybody will require ft in New York this season, but etephett t reel good eating. "We larded it with wild splces that were to be had for the gathering. A kind of wild pepper grew about there withi on, fine leaves and wild saoe was plentiful. "Then I dug a two-toot hole In the earth, filled it with wood and built a hot fire. Then we ecooped out the ashes and built another big fire and let it burn until the earth Inside the hole ~as caltined. "The elephant loin was wrapped in banana leaves and plantains and hung inside the hate, over which boughs were plod. In two hours we had the finest sh of .aet elephant you ever saw. }" *hoot the elephant? No, got it at the village we left that molrnin, The loin tI the finet part. . "If the bill of fare had been printed It would have read : Roast fillet of Elephant. MRTHUR P. CURTIN'S FURNITURE HOUSE ...MUSIC HOUS ... -FOR ý=--=-FOR-- HOLIDAY HOLIDAY ...GOODS ...GOODS. Watch This Space Next Week for Watch This Space Next Week for Holiday Goods. Holiday Goods. NO. 4 NORTH JACKSON STREET. NO. 6 NORTH JACKSON STREET. TRTHUR P. CURTIN $S 4, } Dried Hippopotami Meat. Broiled Dried Hippopotami Meats. Bananas. Butter Fruit. ' Bcraps of Plum Pudding. Hard Tack. Comee. "Not much about that feast to re mind us of the Christmas dinner in our own Virginia home, was there? "Nevertheless, elephant is much pref erable to some of the roast beef served in New York, and as to the hippopotas mus meat, it isn't the worst kind of eating after all. "Mrs. Cooper wanted to try it broiled, so we stuck some on a bayonet and broiled it the beat we could over the fire. It was an improvement over the cold dried stuff." "Did the natives know what day you were celebrating ?" "While the elephant was roasting I explained, through the Interpreter, that the day was called Christmas because of a man named Christ, who was born on that day. Then I tbld them how the day is celebrated by children and grown folks over the world, and the stories of Banta Claus. They listened as If it were a fairy story." "Bome of them had been with Stan ley, and one or two had even seen Liv ingatone, and one man knew several English words that Livinstone had taught him, but they had not been taught by the missionaries, and some of them for the first time heard that day of Christ." "No, we didn't Invite them to eat the elephant. In fact, they prefer fruits, generally, and had their hippo potamus meat and butter fruit. I gave them hard tack, but it didn't seem to strike them at all favorably. "One of the things I never shall for get bhout about that dinner was ghastly. "All through that region were found sokos, which are bigger than even the gorilla and nearer to human beings. They walk upright and are terrific fighters. The natives go out and fight them sometimes. 'While Mrs. Cooper was not timid generally, I was not at all easy in mind that day, because of my belief that we were running close to a can nibal country. The guide had assured me we wern all right, but still I wasn't contented. While we were at dinner I noticed what looked to me like a skull in a por tion of the clearing I hadn't examined before. I picked up one skull from among others I found scattered about and asked the Wglde why he had lied to me when he had said there were no cannibals about. "'Those are not men's skulls, but sokos' skulls, that the animals them selves have eaten,' he replied, and had quite reassured me when I picked up a couple of similar skulls that I was sure never belonged to a soko. "The guide admitted that those were hun.l skulls. "'And how did they come here?' I instated. "'The people ate them.' "'No, they don't; but those were ene mles they captured in war, and they eat those with whom they fight.' "Now, it that wasn't a cheerful course in a Christmas dinner! Of course, it only made us more cautious. "After dinner Mrs. Cooper got out my harmonica, and while we waited for the heat of the sun to pass over I played. The bearers like music. When I played 'Home, Sweet Home' and thought of those skulls, it did seem as if there were pleasanter places through which to make a bridal tour than the Congo regions of Africa. "At 4 in the afternoon we started again on the way to the next village. and three hours' travel brought us there. I wna rather fearful about thr kind of reneptlon we might get, but when the head men came out to me.*t us I expllned my buelness and gave them beads and knives and looking glasses an4 harmonlIea and aecordenlll and other prese.ae. They gave u. a hut outside the village In a good pier.., and thury we spent several weeks. "The country was too little known for us to feel like any gayety on Christman night. The natives came in large numbers around the hut, he fore which we had built a fire, and while we weren't aftsld, still we were not exactly full of faith In them. "Plnally Mrs. Coops rsuggested that I play again. "It doesn't make much alfference to . . William Penimore Cooper. them In music what it Is. One of those old natives would get an accordion and Just pull it out for its full length and then let it go together with such ex preseions of Joy on his face and delight on the faces of the audience that It was worth seeing. "We didn't attempt a dance that night. Didn't feel safe enough. Post poned it until New Year's, when we were in a safer locality. "Another reason why I remember that Christmas especially was because that night in that village I got one of the finest pieees of ivory it was ever my good fortune to secure." 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J ma a I t, LM Uu LLui RIPANS TABULES Are just a old, ol4 remedy In this ew sape. 000 0 Doctors have always given this prescription-in waterl We have them in this shape simply for their handiness. _ M s! t, safe i all ffn SIt" i teed"g Sidwt 1. lJa r d for p-ole arth'e. O nn Twlt Moat.... THE NEW YORK DRY GOODS ST MOLIBAY OFFERING&' An Antique Lace and Satin Coverlet and Shams make a suitable present for the IHolidays. An Opera Fan is never refused and makes a pretty offering, let the giver be lady or gentleman. A Silk Dress Pattern, say fifteen yards -well you would do . yourself proud. A South Sea Seal Cape, with Russian Sable Collar. A pronounced Gift-makes one look wise. Perhaps a Baltic Seal Cape, only half the price of the other. Very popular and pretty as a picture. Lady's Tailor Made Walking Suits. Such moderate prices and " µ' considered such a sensible gift. Would Belding's Silk Hose be a nice Christmas Offering. Well, we should smile. Just make the offer. See? A Chinese Embroidered Wrapper--enchanting for the morning. A very acceptable Holiday Gift. Chenille Table Covers are not expensive--.at least nAt with us. You could give half a dozen for little expense. ',. Gentlemen's Night Shirts--cheaper than one can steal them. Em broidered or plain? Take your choice. A Nice Pair of White Blankets, such a snug present, at least the recipient will think so at the fall of zero. Who do you know that you like that has not purchased their Win ter Cloak? I lasten to the New York Store at once. A delightful gift. Youtfg lady, surprise your mother with a Christmas pair of pure Silk Mitts. Ours are so elegant for the price. Still, an elegant gold handle Silk Umbrella might be preferred. Hint around a little, 'tis easily discovered. Send Kid Gloves to your country friends, our Suede Mousquetaire, understand. Least trouble. Send them by mail. Our .igured Eiderdown, twenty different patterns. Nice present for the baby, you know. If you forget to purchose for your sister a Golf Cape you will never forgive yourself. A Muff and Boa, an old kind of present, but then always genteel, Chenille Portiers-Surprise your wife. Nice present. Remem. ber, try and make home cheerful. Oue price is right. Ladies' Silk Skirts, never thought of them, did you? We have an elegant .ssortment. A mighty nice gik, too. New York Dry Goods Store: 48, 50 and 52 South Main Street.