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The Holiday Spirit Abroad, In
Spite of Blazing Southern
Skies, Summer Garb and Trop*
IT was Christinas Day, but it did not
seem a bit like that usually jolly sea
aon. In America we always had cold,
crisp air and snowdrifts, with the clink
of skates on the shining ice and merry
eleighbells tinkling all around. We had,
too, a Christmas tree, and oh, such a din
ner! with (the rwhole list of ffood things
fpom turkey to mince pie. But Christmas
ft the Australian bush, was different,
iflere it was almost midsummer; the sun
bad begun to smile its warmest and the
sky was like a brazen shield. So it was
not at all like Christmas; and I would not
have been here, only pa and I came down
to buy a sheep ranch, and auntie, uncle
and Cousin Jack—especially Jack—insist
ed upon our staying during the holidays.
I wandered around the house all after-
Itoon; from the veranda, where the men
pat talking politics, to the kitchen, where
anntie was overseeing preparations for
the customary Christmas dinner of roast
beef and plum pudding. I was irritated
because I could not forget that this was
a Christmas without snow and sleighbells,
and tha-t it was sultry when it ought to
have been cold. Finally, I wandered out
doors and stared disconsolately at the vast
grassy plain stretching away, broken only
by scattering gum trees and groves of
eucalyptus before it melted into the blue
"What's up, little cousin?"
That was Jack's merry voice, and there
was Jack looking down at me with laugh
ing eyes. He threw off his broad hat,
pushing back the damp ringlets from his
forehead, and flung himself down be
side me before I answered.
"Oh, Jack, I do think Australia is the
dreariest place on earth! How I miss the
real old-fashioned Christmas!"
"Yes, I know," said Jack. "I missed
them, too, at first; and even after all the
years I have spent in the bush, -where
there Ib nothing to be seen year in and
year out but the same unvarying roun-d of
sky and plain, the holiday season is the
loneliest of all. The farther one goes
into the busih the more lonely it becomes.
The ranchmen there know no other cele
bration than a dinner of mutton, plum
duff and tea; or, at best, riding many a
mile to some settler's lone shanty to
Spend the time telling tales over their
"It's different in the city," I remarked
suggestively. "Adelaide is only five miles
sway, and auntie was telling me what
fine times they have in the city."
Jack sat up suddenly, with dancing
•yes. "Gladys, you're a (brick!" he said,
enthusiastically. "What a lark!"
With the glory of an Australian sunset
flushing the western sky, J-ack and I
slipped from the house and rode along the
path leading to Adelaide. Once outside
of uncle's domain the path led through
Che most beautiful of bush scenery—
groves of dark green eucalyptus trees
mangled with the stately blue gums,
palms, festooning creepers, with here and
(here a great splash of red where flame
trees grew in thickets; along the path
grew masses of delicate ferns, often tinted
with exquisite pink tones. Soon the rosy
light faded. Great stars shone brilliantly
in the sky; the air was cool with the
tow of evening and sweet with the
breath of flowers. Gaily we rode through
the purpling twilight, the soft thud of the
horses' feet keeping cheerful accompani
ment to offr merry chatter.
"That," said Jack, as we reined on the
twow of a little rise of ground, "is Ade
laide." He pointed to a black patch
against the horizon, with a soft glow
reflected in the sky above. "Now for a
race to the Mecca of your desires, little
Away we dashed, nor stopped until we
reined the panting steeds before the hotel,
when, with flushed cheeks and shining
eyes we slipped to the ground. Jack took
off has hat in a sweeping bow. "Tour
ladyship," he said, elaborately, "I await
your royal pleasure."
-Oh, we'll drift with the tide," was the
Imperial mandate. "Meanwhile, I want
to see wfcst's going on around me.' '
The usually prosaic city seemed to have
been transformed. Streets were bung
•with garlands, and ropes of evergreen and
wild flowers; the brilliant displays of
anop 'windows had fragrant backgrounds
of rich blossoms; light streamed softly
Cram pretty cottages which had lost their
prosy, every-day Identity in' a festive
Areas of evergreens and Sowers, and were
few' the present charming bowers, and all
■round the light-hearted populace prome
naded under the gleaming lights, while
■tarry chatter and soft laughter mingled
with strains of distant music.
I had almost forgotten Jack in the con
templation of the charming scene, bat I
was brought back to earth by a very
amrthy pinch. "Gee where our craft has
•rifted," saM Jack.
We stood in the ©oft shadows of • what
Jack said was the largest church in Ade
laide, with light from the stained windows
Calling in colored checkers at our feet.
Qently the stream of worshipers carried
as over the threshold. The air was heavy
with the fragrance of tropical flowers—
tkeb white and red oleanders were massed
Wtth the waxen orange blossoms, while
gleaming among the ferns and palms were
. the dazzling red of the Australian holly,
«nd the scarlet leaves of the coral and
flume trees. Suddenly the glad melody of
a carol burst from the great organ, rolled
•p to a mighty volume, and was tri
umphantly wafted away into space.
"Jack," I ventured to remark, as we
reached the street, "oh; isn't it just like
fairyland?" Then,' catching sight of a
troop of nappy ciiilflmi, I added:: "What
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THE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY DECEMBER n, 1901.
Poor Rossy was em a^ed doll, '
Her hair /tood all awry?
Her clothe* were rumpled, foiled <and torn,
She had one staring eye.
A wretched thind indeed was she
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Would her tender care
Nor heed her .'jcaxr, nor iuissin6 eye
Nor note her matted hair.
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Poor flo^jy was ea\ e^ed doll,
Her hair /tood all awry?
Her clothe* were rumpled, foiled <M\d torn"
I She' had one staring eye.
A wretched thii\<s indeed was she
And cheerier was her lot,
For newer dollf had won her place; - M
Her miftre^ loved her not« f
f Neglected on the mantle piece
S- Lay flo^vjy day vby day,
>she had no hope gf beiiv^ loved;
vshe wished to aw?^
To >orc\e plaice where little <>irl
Would dive her tender care
Nor heed her \fcacf,i\op iuissii\^ eye
Nor note her matted hear.
On Christiutvs eve when eJI was still,
And eJI but ;'■■ flossy' jlept,
Old >$ea\ta with his load of Qifis
Out /rom the /Irepleice crept:
Nor did he feel the ©aided weight x
Upon his be^ck,
When Elos^y vnri^led feom her shelf
And Jell within his p&ck. >^==-
BWhen all hi^ other gifts were j£one. #
lie /bund her cuddled there
And 2 Wl^ hereV the very thiiv^
How lud^-, 1 dedajpet 0
He left her with a little 6irl
Who had i\o dolb be^/bre
Ai\d who wns pkvd, while v/ 7oui\d
A cheei^ul \ hoiwe ' once more.
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And eJI but Flos^y jlept,
Old >Sea\ta with his load of §ifis
Out /roro tKe /irepleice crept:
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Upon his sturdy' be^ck,
When Elos^y wris<>led Jtojxk her shelf
And /ell within Ids pack.
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And $add: Why herein the very thinxj>
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He l^L her with a little 6irl
Who had no doll? be^/bre
Aivd who to while Jlas^y yound
A cheei^ul ; hoKve ' once more.
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'"Drift with the tide," Jack answered.
So we followed in the wake of their dan
cing feet. Dressed in dainty summer
clothing and bearing flowers ami myste
rious packages, they looked like little
fairies as they flitted through the crowd.
Soon they arrived at their journey's end,
which proved to bo a wrenched hovel
squatting in the gloomy shadows of fae
•tories and warehouses. Half concealed,
we saw the little band sileni.ly disappear
after a kn-ook at the door. When the
door swung back on creaking hinges and
a wondering child appeared, a volley of
flowers brushed his cheek and fell at his
feet; then followed a wild scramble from
dark corners, shouts of childish laughter
and a chorus of greetings, and the little
one was alone with a pile of gifts and
flowers all around him.
"How beautiful! Surely, large-hearted
philanthropy and kindly sympathy is the
same the world over, little cousin, and
even in the lonely bush is that same feel
ing of sympathy expressed and appre
Jack was unusually profound for a boy,
and although generally disposed to rally
him on his gravity, I said nothing, as ire
retraced our steps, for the incident was
a touching one.
Drifting with the gay throng brought ua
finally to the market place, a veritable
wonderland of color and perfume. Tiny
green booths, wreathe 1 with brilliant flow
ers, had been erected in the roomy
square; ropes of evergreens were laced
and woven between, and starry lights twin
kled merrily from gre«n recesses and
masses of dainty blossoms. This seemed
to be the central point of the festivities,
for here came crowds of picnickers re
turning from a day's outing and from thia
place merry parties went for a moonlight
excursion down the bay; here also country
cousins gathered, observing and enjoying
the unusual sights and sounds.
Slowly the crowd melted away, the soft
laughter and music ceased, and with the
breath of the dying flowers lingering
pleasantly on the air, Jack and I left the
scene of a characteristic Australian cele
bration and rode merrily home through
the streaming white moonlight.
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