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NO. 45
WHEN Mistlet<
There's a h<
For hapl>
I may catch hei
When Mistletoe bl
There's a hopi
The Fan-You can talk about base
ball, football and basketball, but the
mistletoe game ls the best of all.
Christmas Plum Pudding.
The Christmas plum pudding is de
scended from the plum porridge and
ls a time-honored dish at every
Christmas feast To be properly
made, each person In all the house
hold must 'stir it before it is bolled
and thc mistress of the house must
add the spices "with her own fair
hand," and so she favors fortune for
a year. If she is. an American and
mixes her pudding in an ancient china
bowl, stirring it with as ancient a
Bpoon, whose handle is adorned with
an old English crest, so much the bet
ter, for in the new land she is help
ing to keep alive the customs that
made ( old England merrie.
The pudding should be toiled in a
well-floured cloth "six hours upon the
day of mixing, six hours upon the day
of eating, and the steam should not
cease to arise from the pot while the
pudding is within it."
Mistletoe and the Druids.
The custom of decorating strategic
points in the household with sprigs of
mistletoe at Christmas dates far back
to the time of the Druids, who held
'the little plant in great veneration.
At the approach of their winter festi
val, twigs of it were placed above the
doors of their houses to serve as .talia- j
mans and signs to the sylvan deities t
that shelter and comfort awaited them I
-within. ! p
Present-day customs relating to mis- ct
itletoe represent the evolution of the
{Druidical legend? _ ", > ?
(ttlpisimafi ffi?jnmriltfgg
306-Diocletian slaughlend 20.000
597-5;. AagMtine baptised 10.000
Saxon? in Kat.
790-OSc. Kag of Mada, in battit
800-Charlemagne coane J Emperor
ty Pope Leo ///. in Rome.
878-Alfred the Creal defeated by
Guthmn. the Dane, at
1065- Westminster Abbey consecrated
in presence of Queen Edzitha.
1066- William the Conqueror crowned
at Westminster.
1171-Henry H. entertained Irish
Chieftains at Dublin.
1190-Richard the Lion Heart feasted
Crusaders at Sicily.
1417-Slr John Oldcastle burned as
Lollard heretic.
1428-Truce al siege of Orleans io
observe Christmas.
1492-Columbus's ship, Santa Maria,
wrecked at Hayti.
1572-Cardinal Wolsey, insulted by
Gary's Inn recels, throws
two men into prison.
?620-Pilgrims building first house at
1642-Sir Isaac Newton born.
1644-Christmcs kept as a fast day by
English Puritans.
1647-Christmas celebration prohibited
by Parliament.
1659-General Court of Massachusetts
prohibits celebration on pen
alty of fine.
1720-William Collins, poet. bom.
1773-Tea ship in New York tent
back to England.
1775- Amold and Montgomery at
siege of Quebec.
1776- Washington crossed the Dela
ware to attack Trenton.
1777- Washington's army starved at
Valley Forge.
1785-Shay's rebellion started in
1837-Zachary Taylor defeated Semi
noles near Big V/alcr Lok*
in Florida.
1848-Col. Doniphan and American
Volunteers defeated Mexi
cans under Gen. Ponce de
Leon at Brazito.
1851-Librcry of Congress in ruins
from fire.
1860-Coldest Christmas in England.
1864-Union fleet and army attacked
Fort Fisher, but withdrew.
1866-Yacht Henriella ended ocean
race from New York to
1868-President Johnson issued procla
mation of genere1, and un
conditional amnesty.
1871-Paris in distress wilh German
army surrounding city.
Just What He Meant.
"Your toys are very pretty, but the
?rices are too high," objected the cus
"Why, look at that drum for $6.48.
rou can't beat it at the price," pro
ested the dealer.
"I believe that is what I Intimated
w^g*^" BS ^u???mm
Within two shori?^jeeks the Yuletide will be
upon us, and for thf^Tta time Uty ??wriffiK wishes
its hundreds of readers a very merry Christmas.
May the good old year 1912 have a happy ending
to all.
are low within
BO swiftly
The Bands that cotait th*i
the upper glass,
They slip away, these tit^
do they pass;
They flit like shadows to md fro the longer
we may live
Bat, ah, they take no morafcrom us than they
may freely give! *
They take the song, mayhrp, bat leave the
echoes sweet that hum-r
The year is dying, but thor* is another year
Then why gaze at the'trickling sand with
. heavy sigh and frown ?
Turn it dawn! Turn it down!
There are smiles and laughter watting wkers
the other fays coma tram*
ZwesfcC dawn! Tarn it <
Another year is coming-now its hailing call
we hear
With golden smiles to pay us for each jewel
of a tear,
With clover nodding in the rain and dew upon )
the rose,
With silver store of moonlight, and with
ivory of snows,
With lilting laughter for the lips that long
time have been dumb- i * \. .
The year is dying, but there is another year
to come.
Why hold the glass and watch the sand with
gloomy sigh and frown?
Turn it down! Turn it down!
The melodies of joys to be already throb and
Turn it down! Turn it down!
There's another year to come*
Ii is the twilight of the year-the sands are { ?
almost gone; j j
Bat turn the glass and wait to see the glory
of the dawn,
And wait to hear the mellow chord that
pubes with each word
That will build up the coming song-the song \
you've never heard.
Why brood above the days now gone, and
seek to find the sum
Of bitterness and happiness? Another year's
to come. *
So turn the glass and start anew the current
golden brown
Turn it down! Turn it down!
There are light and laughter lurking where
the other joys came from.
Turn it down! Turn it down!
There's another year to come.
ft M%tm% gannett
3oba ?rcenle* Wblttkr
fond oecr dd waters, read) oat freu
?a tafe,
Oe choro fl totes, ftc clashing of
$sg bynoe foat were sm by fte
, Wtb glad iubifcficn*
Bring hope to foe nations!
OK darli night is ending and dawn
has begun*
Rise, hope of tin ages, arise, in?
fte sun,
Jin speed) flow to music, an Deans
beat as one!
Blow, bugles of battle, fte tnardKS of
Cast, west, north and souft, let fte
long quarrel cease:
Sing fte song of great joy mt fte
angels began,
Sing of glory to tied and of good will
to man!
n?; k, joining in chorus
the beavens bend o'er us!
Che dark night is ending and dawn
has begun;
Rise, hope of the ages, arise Bite
fte sun,
Jill speech flow to music, all hearts
beatas one!
So he died, and they said unto him:
"It is written against you that you
heeded not the sorrow and the want
of them that were stricken in poverty
and suffered In illness and want."
And he said:
"That is unfair, for ail my life long
I noted especially the suffering and
want of the poor, and not a Christmas
went by that I did not say over and
over that I was sorry for them. No
one gave them more sympathy than I,
no one showed more commiseration
for them. Why, lots of times I
thought of them on cold winier
nights, and said to my friends that it
was too bad they had to endure pri
vations." ?
"That is correct," they said unto
bim. "But it is written that you did
not materialize your sympathy-you
simply sympathized in words, nnd
words are not eaten, nor are they
worn, nor are they burned in stoves."
So he was abashed, and stood silent
for a space. Then he said meekly:
"Ard I must not come in?"
As to that, they did not answer, bat
they said again unto him:
"All those that you sympathized
with are here, and now they will sym?
pathlze with you."
Wilbur D. Nesbit
His Hard Work.
Mrs. Wunder-Does anybody ever
read those Christmas poems in tha
Mr. Wunder-Oh, yes. The editor
md the proofreaders have to?
i. A. BEATY.
HE conflict ot
Christianity with/
heathenism t pro-?
duced - no more
dramatic Incidents
than those, which!
have come down)
. to na, h?df-?flstory?
and halt-myth, ont
.of the forest? an??
snows of north ern,
Europe, where the
croea confronted}
and prevailed:
t against the ham
mer of Thor. Oft
en the crisis came
at Christmas, which happened to cor
respond with the Yuletide festival, Bt
the time of the winter solstice.
Longfellow has used one of these
stories in "King Olaf's Christmas."
Another, in which real religious fer
vor and moral heroism play a part, is
the story of the first Christmas tree.
There stands at Altenbergen, lu
northern Germany a statue erected in
1811 in honor of Saint Boniface; and
the place of the statue is said to be
the site of the first Christian church
in north Germany.
Boniface, who must not be confused
with any of the nine popes who bore
the name, was a Briton by birth, and
his name was Wynfrith. Declining
high ecclesiastical honor, he chose to
be a missionary to the rude tribes of
the German forests. Of these tribes
Tacitus tells us; and we know that
they were implacable in war and
bloody in their worship, but that
among their virtues was a markod
purity of private life and love of
Each year these people sacrificed
to their gods. One of their holiest
shrines was a great oak at Geismar.
There they gathered at midnight at
the winter solstice, and offered a fair
lad as a sacrifice co call back the re
treating sun. j
Thus they were assembled at the
Yuletide in the year 724. As the mid
night approached, an old priest raised
the hammer to strike down the child,
when Boniface interposed a strong
arm and an eager word. He told them
of a child who was born seven hun
dred years before, and how he show
ed to men that they need offer no
more bloody sacrifices. He told them
of the love of God and the beauty of
'?is service. Tue stern men heard and
believed. Urged by the heroic mis
sionary, they hewed down tho dark
".-.under-oak, thc scene of so mauy
Thc legend says that when tho tree
fell, it left a young fir growing bo
'ween the shattered branches, and un
broken by their fall. Boniface told
hem to take that tree to their bau*
?neting hall; to serve God with joy
'nd feasting; and to take for their
ule tree this one, with roots un
stained with blood, and with ever
green foliage for a symbol of immor
If part of the story is myth, it is not
ll myth; and it is surely a beautiful
vay of explaining one of the most
leautiful of Christmas customs.-i
louth's Companion. ._i

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