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AU1LBXK WEEKLY myXMCTOn. AUILKXK. KAX8AS, DECKMBEIl iS, la.
Ancestry of Santa 'HAT Is Santa Claue' age? The Jollj, roistering, pot bellied., ever young old fel low tbat we know baa made . kit appearance on earth Id- bo many guinea tbat tbe aecret of bla drat com laf threatens to remain forever veiled la tbe midst of aotiqult. No one can my with anv certainty Just when be flrat made bla apnoarance among pre historic men. for merry old Santa In one form or another' delighted tbll 4ren'a hearts In man a pagan house hold centuries before the commence aaent of tbe Christian era and prior to any recorded history. Tbe name of 8anta Claoa, by which lie la known In America, la tbe Dutch pet name for 8t Nlcbolaa. Tbe name aTrlaa Krlngle, by wblcb be la known fa England, la a corruption of Christ Xlndleln or tbe Christ Child. But tbe featlrltlee tbat distinguish Cbrlstmaa existed long before Christianity, and a Jolly god of good cheer appears as tbe tersontflcatlon of tbe period from tbe earlier pagan- times. Now tbe Santa Olaua of today la almply tbat old Jolty od sobered up, waabed and purified. Tbe Olonyala of tbe Greeks, tbe Sat urnalia of the Romans, tbe Twelve Wlgbta of tbe old Norsemen and of tbe Teutona all celebrated tbe coming of tbe winter aotatlca People tben gave themselves up to all aorta of revelry and excess. In the Dtonyala the repre sentative figure waa not tbe young Dionysus or Bacchus, but tbe aged, cheery and disreputable Sllenua. tbe chief of tbe Satyrs and tbe god of drunkards. In tbe Satumnlla It waa Saturn; In tbe Germanic feasta It waa Thor, both long bearded and white aalred gods like Sllenua. . Now, although tbe central figure of the Christian festival la tbe child God. the Christ Klndleln. tbe Influence of long pagan custom waa too strong within tbe breaata of tbe early Chris tiana to be easily superseded. Tbe tra dltlon of hoary age aa tbe true repre sentative of tbe dying year and Its at tendant Jollifications still remained moldertng under tbe asbea of tbe gMat It burst Into new flame when the paat waa too far back to be looked vpon with tbe fear and antagonism of tbe church and there aeemed no longer any danger of a relapse Into paganlam. At flrat however, the more dignified representative waa cboaen aa more In .keeping with tbe occasion. . Saturn waa unconsciously rebaptlzed aa St Xlcholas, the name of tbe saint whose festival occurs in December and who aa the patron of young people la espe cially fitted for toe patron gv 01 roe festival which baa come to be looked upon aa ennlally that of tbe young. At first St Nlcbolaa did not auperaed tbe Christ Child, but accompanied biro In bla Christum tra vela, a a, Indeed, be still does In certain rural neighbor hoods of Europe where the modern aplrlt baa been leaat felt St Nicholas, according to tbe bagl ologlat wna a bishop of Myra, who flourished early In the fourth century. He la tbe natron of children and acboolboya. It la atrange tbat everywhere St Nlcbolaa Is moat honored and hla feast day moat observed the moot pious and Inatructed among tbe common people know little of tbe legend of tbe aalnt He la treated with tbat mixture of se riousness and frivolity which becomes a dying myth. In aouthem Germany and Anatrla a youth garbed aa 8t Nlcbolaa and ac companied by two angela and a whole troop of devils In hideout masquerade, with blackened facea and clanking chalna, on Dec 5 (St Nlcbolaa' festal day) makea a round of certain bouece where tbe little onea of tbe village have been collected. To toe good chil dren be brines glfta of nuta and ap plet, while tbe naughty onea are left to tbe devlcea of tbe eatantc folio were in hla train. .' In many placet the bugbear over ebadowa In Importance both tbe Cbrlat Child and St Nlcbolaa. lie appears onder different names and In different guises. In Lower Austria be la the frightful K ram pus. with bla clanking chalna and horrible devil's mask. wbo. notwithstanding bla gilded nnta and apples, gingerbread and toys, which be carries In hla basket la tbe terror of tbe nursery. In Hanover, Holstein and Mecklenburg be Is known aa Clas In Silesia his name Is Joseph. Sometime the bugbear waa a female. In Lower Austria she waa called tbe Budelfrau. In Sua bla It was the Berchtel who chastised children, that did not spin diligently, with rods, hut rewarded the Industrious with dried pears, apples and nuts. Tbe female liojry surrlve especially In Russia and In Italy. In the former place ahp Is known as the Rahotisbka In tbe latter as the Befit na Kefana la corruption of Kplphnnin or Epipha ny, for It Is on Eplphiiny. Jan. 6. tbat the Itiillans make presents to tbelr children In commemoration of the glfta given hy the three wise men to Cbrlat on tbat date - Woara ta oeeaeu ntfimvnr. For any who may event In turn Are wunit and win and broad (Oh, Mary, grant my eon this night Be housed fnd comforted!) - ' i '. , , . Bid. banned or beggared com for guest. My heart Nhnli hr ni ooa. And en his hn my ftanl shall rest , To Itlt-M him rr he fOh liry. irrnni my thla night Thai hlPMin and rrptwe'i Thl nlfi ir h- Hon's dr-ar sake. Wall (I 'M ii ml waimih 11 'id wine Oh. Marj) ff Iw mmhers fn.ih' Tiike tiwm- m icttr lar Mltrn. And this I Mo for thy sweet Bon Avlll Ihou luil dn f.ir muir? - , ' -Tht-odoula Oanisoa.' A, Song of. a Christmas TWIKB the blttaraweet and holly Arched above the baarthatoite'a alow. Joy, not melMchoiy. Come. Indrlfllna with the snow. Id each fuee the frost's -tingle, . And afar.cn fly In. wine ' Cornea tbe atelghbell'a rbythrnlo Jiade . Through December Journeying. Bet the board and aak the blessing For the bounty amply spread. -In the slmpisit worda expressing What a loving Father aald-"Paace-en earth" for this la nearest When th snows with us abide And the winter air la clearest In the hush of Chrlstmastlde. The Christmas Quest. Whoso shall come any way this night By moor or hill or shore. For him the blessed candles' light For him the open door. (Oh, Mary, this for thy Bon's aak a. Though mine cornea In no more!) hearth Is swept, my Yule logs bum. -',''. -r: ,: r8fe&WJarJfgg BIS RR1NDKKR 8TBXDN ARt fBAJIOINa I Christmas Suggestions IN OUR Toilet and Confectionery Line J n. Manicure Sets in Ivory or Pearl 75c to $2 Manicure Implements single or in sets ol the very best quality. Perfume and Toilet Water in handsome packages, 25c to $4. Combs and Brushes, Stationery and Leather Goods. ii uonnson s delicious Lhocolales, assorted INuts and Donbons. Cigars in boxes of 12, 25 and 50. . i L' f n f jg&k. rs emmk m m av W ' . . - - - CI BrliiK lti- oid, niiialciHn'l fiddle. nenr hi int. ovgone UH.va. Bua ih full mi down th middle Wlllll- Itw- litflnil iiiurIp anrnvii Ugat nf f(Mi and quirk of laughter. . uwins ine aani-era. loe und heel. As thcy pass or' follow after in inr quaint irinla eeL t THE STORY THAT NEVER GROWS OLD. Z Like the songs that are sung In the twmgni, t' Llkp all tales tbat a re' tenderly , toidr Like th memories of laved ones (hut hallow our heaj-ta, Thero a a aiory that never grows old. . Lai Tbe angels flrat sing It ta chenia. . And the -watchers with wonder. . . behold. . Tey feel the llrst thrill of the beautiful truth ' la tbe story that never grows old. Round the Christ Child of Bethle hem's cradle . . , Are Cluslera of nnnloa of M X And pltliirea of allver adorn every Of the story that never growe old. fit gladdens tbe hearts of alt chll , dren. w And millions of minii T Are haoDler. holler. hattr h fo 7 . Sni. - Ih. atM. .fc.-. ' a - mw j wwk never growe , Franklin rruadall. , I n I r a tt uur unrisf mas Good Wishes Don't forget that the Xmas spirit is in the 'zl giver and not the if t. Costly gifts my embarassyou financially. Why not. teach the children to save by putting your arn- -ings in the Bank and thus set an example for them to follow? Open a savings ac count for them end see how enthusiastic they will be with it. THIS BANK takes pleasure in wishing ALL a Merry Xmas and Our Gift to This Community is the oppoituniiy of doing business with a strong institution. i aaaea saw ma am an r mem a. a m r m m ar km aa an mm ma aaa mm m s m mm - m m mm ma aa at A MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR IS THE WISH OF THE J. le&uger liumber 01 Of course you will take your CSnrSsfiiisis AT THE (LPmifloini lil(BF acofc k it. .'. Special IWeraia Compliments of the Season --3WWI.i i ' f-'iiiia'' a aima ) O aLL O TT We Handle a Complete Line Buildine Materials " mWmmm) aaasaaaaw. 1 I - r"V-V MM smwmm l 'aaaat aasaa a. I 1 1 1 JL 1111 if mm w mm mm r 5EST :- ON EARTifl n u uy iijf" i i 1 ml) f!?! f M Mi f 1 1;,! n