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kdxesday' jas. v!!!i THE HARTFORD HERALD , IMOK TWO. ' .--..cft5&:A! ..of?Jax'55s?cc-,5&e'7 A KEW yEAKS GOOD ENOUGH FOR PIE- By JAMES A. EDGERTON. tCopyrtghl. 1912. by American Press Association SOME people think thatNew Year's day Should come in April or In My. When hillsides start to showing ffreen And Nature oils her old machine Her vegetation factory For one more spin ; but, as for me. No April New Year's day In mine. Old January suits me fine. -;- A New Year starting out so late Would fet spring" fever sure as fate And then, with summer coming on, 'Would be prostrated by the sun. A year requires a robust frame. Considering the kind of game It up against: it stands enough To need a constitution tough. A year that started In the spring .', Would be a poor and puny thing, ' 'yy A mollycoddle so effete '-'' It couldn't bear the summer best; 'Would get frostbitten In the fall And wouldn't stand a chance at all When winter struck It ; by which sign j 1 choose the winter kid for mine. Yet even this is not the worst. Consider how each year Is cursed By human deeds the woes of Time By fraud and lies? by war and crime. The odium men make It wear Demands a fiber to upbear That is not bred by April showers And does not rhyme with buds and flowers. The folks that want to change the date Of New Year's have a grudge at Fate. They would complain and raise a din In heaven If they should get In. , They cuss the weather and asperse The workings of the universe. And they agree on but one point. Which is that things are out of joint. The year that's born In frost and snow Will have some ginger, snap and go; Will have the courage and ihc zast To bear the worst fate with the best; Will have the stamina, in short. To smile at hardships like a sport. The turn of winter suits me fine. The January kid for mlnel ' - r - mi '-; B'SfVAgaBBBWjB"Fw 7 '11 Ekjlstt&isaaWMB'aaTBBPV!1' & m wi ii J J &iniAbS1 I'-mv' tm new champion I 'J. I J 11 I aMIK old year np,l heavyweight Who battled In 'uterine. ' O all the sluggers In the guine lie proved himself the king. Be won a million, more or leea, A diamond belt or so. r found a mip to ataad ' AT lait a ynuthful itranger came And challenged him on night, ilia 'referee wu Kuther Time. HI boxing glove were white. He quickly ulepped within the ropes And In a elnglr bout. While yet the cloyka were striking; twelve. He knocked eWold year out. Ms Ver Alert, What ffrlhP UU 3 To1 UNHEARD "CLARISSA MACKIE Copyright, 1912. by American Press Asso- elation. A S he tramped nwny from the Webb homestead that Now Year's jTm. eve Jonadab Hopkins viciously kicked the light dry snow into miniature flurries of sparkling dia mond dust. He uad told himself that when the New Year dawned he would Iks tiio promised husband of Miriam Webb, and he had proved himself a false prophet Jonndab's deafness was the causri of the bitter perplexity that now assailed him. The night beforo he had asked Miriam Webb to marry him after sev eral years of diffident courting, and even now, twelve hoTTrs afterward, he did not know his fate. Miriam had blushed warmly and said something very shyly, but all tho sound that Jonadab caught was the final vowel "o," and It was an easy matter for his modest heart to Interpret it as "No." He had clipped his hand about his car and bent his handsome head to ward her golden one. "What do you say, Miriam?" Miriam had blushed more beautifully thhn ever and had laid a sun browned little hand on his arm with a timid gesturo that thrilled him through. She lifted her head with a quick, bird, lllco movement and spoke close to his car. " o" was all Joundab heard, lie had arisen to his feet and stum bled toward the door. "I'm sorry." he said gently. "I've i made a mistake. I guess. Good night." Miriam Webb had made no reply. and chickens and hind out his horses and closed tho farmJ As tho months pissed by and he became Interested Fa bis new work he grow to detest fhethought of re turning to the tapn. So when tho spring came he rerailned In New York, tolling hll through lie hot summer days until tho splendid color left his face and his brown liaiils grew quite pale. "I'm beginning lo look like some of those ladylike clt fellows that board ed at Webb's one'sumuier," ho thought grimly as he purveyed bis white hands. "I wonde' If Miriam would like the lookM of tne my better now!" The thought of Miriam Webb turned his musings In poiher direction that of the great InlrJilty that proved a stumbling bloc! In bis progress at icle Simon had long noted ear specialist. g August day Jona- ved to go. to tho hospital In me forth from the in. every turn. Hll urged a visit W and now one bli dab suddenly Jonadab wen November and resf stltutlon with his face and cotton to less assailed his whole world bewildered smile on Ith cars stuffed with the terrific din that (stored hearing. The (ok on a new aspect She had merely retained her sent on :ht- . the sofa and stared nt him with fright ened eyes from which all the timid happiness had fled. A lung time after Jonadab had waded away through the' piling snowdrifts Miriam sat there un-1 til her mother poked an Inquiring bead through the doorway, He felt a grtter confidence In him self, more sei reliance nnd n higher courage to oercome the disappoint ment that ld befallen him In the loss of Mlrlnfi Webb. He rcmaliid In the city until tho Christmas sison had ended and then hastened brfk to Little River to take up his farmr's life once more. As be st?d nt the gate hours after ward, who the last night of the old year was creeping slowly along to the end of Its journey, there came a sud den longing to seo Miriam Webb and once more put bis fnto to a test An Instant later he was speeding over Just such a snowy road as he had traversed the year before, on ly now he could hear the crunching ft 1 , Resolve to Be Better f mafee them. J5Peai Y6HR'S le regarded ae the time ben a man enouia taae biocr . past and present and mate resolutions concerning the future. It is xccll to resolutions, and (t Is better to keep r.htv nerve a crood ourcose even If not heot. though they should not be made with the Idea of breaking them. One can be con servative In mahtng good resolutions and thereby gain an advantage. Do not resolve to be perfect merely mahe a determination to be better. Resolve to improve In everything In which you are defective. Decide to act more hlndly, tbfnh more charitably, speah more pleasantly, worn more diligently, give more cheerfully. Don't try to achieve the perfect which Is Impossible, lust try to Improve, to be and do better, and you will be better for tbc trying. ::::::: NEW YEAR'S IN OTHER LANDS nxlTY TEn!" UK SAID CKLY. new 0f hj8 footsteps nnd thn rrpiifc of dead s7 branches breaking from the weight of snow. Ho bad grown accustomed to the restoration of his hearing, but had "What's the matter with you. Miriam taken nobody fn Little Itlver into his Webb? nere you ore sitting while that confidence. stove Is getting 'most red hot! Tho minute I smelted the hot Iron I knew you'd turned the draft on and forgot to shut "era off. There you're such a featberhead I don't know as I shall ever leave you alone with the flr agnln. I should think Jonadab mlghl have noticed It" Mrs. Webb opened the door of thi cylinder stove nnd closed the drntl tightly. Then she Bat down In be' trailing flannel wrapper and looked Id qulrlngly at her daughter. "Das be asked you yet Miriam?" Miriam blushed and nodded her head. '"You're engaged, then?" cried be mother, with an air of relief. "I don't know," said Miriam slowl. with a queer look in her blue eyes. That was not the case with Jonada Hopkins, for ho was firmly convince! that the girl be loved bad refused to marry blui nnd that be was not en gaged to anybody. As be approached bis borne, lying suug and sheltered under the drooping elms, lie felt n sudden nnd overpowering desire to run nwny from Little River and all the tender memories that en compassed It. With out the companion ship of Miriam Webb Little River vas n barren spot, and be loathed It . Ills mother, reading by the light r a large, green shaded lamp, lifted at in quiring gusce to his. "Seems to me you're homo eiriy. Jouadab. It's only u little nftir 0 o'clock." Sho drew closer to him and pbced her lips to his ear. Jonadnb Incjued bis head, and his mother's voice was lifted shrilly. "I met Abby Smith today, fjbf was asking after you." Jonadab smiled grimly, "If yoi met Cousin Abby I guess you beard souio gossip," he growled. "Said she'd heard you and Vlrlam was engaged, Is that so?" Mrs, Hop kins drew bark and watched bet son's embarrassed face eagerly, , "I don't know," said jonadab slow ly, "but I guess It uln't so." Tbu lift er making the usual prepurntUn for the ulght lie kissed his mother') wrin kled rheck and weut tu his rooii. Several days afterward, wten the new year was yet youug. Jo4ndnli' tywle Simon Hopkins wrote ntil offer ed ilonadab a Job In tbe city, -j Tbe consequent of this "totter was that Mrs. Hopkins went to spend to? wlater with her mafrlrd daujrbter lu Bit Rlrar, wall Jeudab aoidatoowa ITS I gisyJ SHE DUKW CLO.EB TO II 111. The Webb house was lighted bright ly, and from the sounds proceeding from within Jonadab surmised that a New Year's party was In progress. He rang the bell, and as its sharp clang died away be beard light foot steps coming down the ball. Although he bad never beard Miriam's footsteps, he was sure that she was approaching him. nnd so be stood well within the shadow of the porch. When she open ed the door and peered out the light shone on her face, nnd somehow Jona dab knew that she was hoping It might be be. How long bad Miriam Webb been watching for him ever since last year? "Happy New Yearr he said quickly, holding out his hand. Miriam held out her band nnd then withdrew it with sudden resentment "1 didn't give you credit for so much Impudence. Jonadab Hopkins," she murmured scornfull.v for her own ben efit Uut Jonadab beard and gave no slcn. "You haven't bad occasion to change your mlud about what 1 asked you a year ago?" he asked lmperturbably. She stared at him for an Instant, and then little sparks of nuger flew to her gentle blue eyes. She closed the door iiud stepped -out to the porch, so close to Jonadab that her gown brushed bis sleeve. "Yes, I bnvo changed my mind." she said sharply in hts ear. so sharply that Jonadab Jumped: then She went on lu n lower tone, us If she knew' he could not bear her words, but as If the recital of her wrongs afforded her great relief: "Who wouldn't change their minds. Jonadab Hopkins, you. big goose!" Miriam stamped her foot passionately. "To come and ask me to marry you and when I said I would to say yon were sorry and that you'd made a mistake! You big big Jouudah Hopkins why-why" ns Jonndub took her In his strong arms nnd held her tightly. "Tell me the exact words you used when you said you'd hav me." order od Jonadab "I said. 'I guess so!' " shrieked, Miri am In his ear "Lordyl, I thought you said 'Nor" ejaculated Jonudab Joyfully, drawing ber closer to him, "Ynu needn't yell so, Miriam, because I can bear ns well ns the' next fellow, and I've Just heard you say you ncvoptrd me once, You can't take If back. Now. I'm going to ask ynu agalu. nil proper, and you can whisper the answer right close to my er. You Joye mej Miriam?" - Miriam's answer could not be beard by sny one save jonsdnb. but, when tbey entered the house and be told Mrs. Webb that the New Year bad brought him a wife It U cvl&mt that tfcw ihwnt wm Mt la MttatKf. NEW YEAIt'S Is the most univer sally celebrated of holidays. Christmas Is practically con Sued to Christian countries and in some of these' has only a religious observance. The same Is true of East er. Other holidays are for the most part national In character and are con fined to their own countries. ButNew Year's In some form is celebrated in all lands and in not a few Is the chief holiday of the year. It is not observed always on Jan. 1. the Chinese and Jewish New Year's being notable ex ceptions and the Russian festival be ing held on what to us Is Jan. 12, owing to a difference In the calendar. Especially Is the beginning of the year a time of festival In the orient Nobody knows Just bow old the custom Is, but it probably antedates history. In most Asiatic countries New Year's eve Is a time for settling debts, wiping tbe slato clean for die succeeding twelvemonth. Tea drinking Is natu rally one of the chief fordV of observ- Klllllllill PSBBV--""" AJdTnw5gaBBWH' Wf9 ZQf .gflgBBBBBBT g M SBBfcJBt " JBBgHBBBW gBBBBBBBBBBBBBBw. Jw ilgaBBBaSX llAMT ' SSBBBBBBBBfrhvlaBBl J KW Vt,&llH fH tlTTOafA once In China titid Japan. There It Is an art nnd the ceremonial on Now Year's Is Intended tu outrank auytblnu' else lu the pluk tea line. The JapaucKi tea room is hidden nway lu some seclud ed part of the garden, and only a fyv of the elect are admitted. Tills, of course, refers to the private tea rooms, tbe public ones being frequented' by Mr. Common People aud all bis wife's relations. j' - The Jans eat ' from a larjje va riety of dishes on this day, piously nfferiug samples of the foods 'fo their gods Tbe day In Mppou U celebrated on Jhh. 1. as with H. j I The Chinese New Year, wbku l ba-J ed oil tbe moon ami oecurs i Jaawiry or February, la like a gWHtUd Fourth of July, J and sane. It lasts for several days and Is full of color, noise and nctlon from start to finish. Firecrackers, Chluese lanterns, tea, feasting and carnlvnl all play their part, and tho new year Is Initiated In a way to put ginger Into his young life. The popu-, lar greeting Is "Kunghl." which is to say, "I humbly wish you Joy," or "Sln hl." "May Joy be yours." Krom this it will be seen that the Cblnee have a "hi" old time. Not only llo lanterns nbound. but artificial flowerajarfd red mottock ornament the bouses. Even In the United States the laundries aro abandoned while the Celestials pay ceremonial calls and decorate every thing in sight with red paper. Euro peans also paint the town red on New Year's, only they do it In a different way. i New Year's is celebrated for thir teen days In Persia and Is tbe most important festival of the year. It fur nishes a precious opportunity fur the beggars who camp un a man's door step and blow horns until be gives a present Tbe festival Is called "No Rooz" and comblntj our Christmas and Easter. Sweets are prepared long In advance, and eggs are boiled and colored. The observance begins on March 25. and for thirteen days there after business Is suspended. Presents are given, among them being n coat of honor for Important persons, for which a price Is often exacted, much in ex cess of the value of the garment An other "No Rooz" custom Is for dele gations of Persians to visit tho tombs of the departed and send up walls both loud and long. New Year's Is a great day for the children In the country towns of Rus sia. Tho boys carry peas nnd wheat showering those they like with wheat nnd those they dislike with pens. Vari ous domestic animals nre gayly deco rated and led' about the streets.' There Is also a ceremony of changing water Into wine, which is harmless enough, since It dues not Increase the wine supply. The great feature of tbe German New Year's is "Sylvester Abend." corre sponding in some measure to our watch parties, except that more liquid w freshment Is absorbed. The. punch bowl Uj the center of attraction, but the punch Is usually made of n mild Rhine wine and doe.s little if any barm III fares It with tbe man wear ing iJ high Imt on this night for it is Kiniuhcd with great enthusiasm, in Fnnlkfort on the Main n prettv custom i Is Observed. Promptly on the first stike of 12 every shutter In town files orfn and a head appears with tho TU?v",,roslt Nel'Jhr!- It Is as quick-1 H withdrawn, and the shutters nre re loswi before tbu clocks have tlnlshed fjoomlug the hour. i The Krench give Christmas n reli-1 glous observance, ro that New Year's ' is me great popular holldav. Gifts ure exchanged and calls are uiade ou Jan. I 1 tind all through the m.iuth. I The English observance of New, Years Is lint Inrgel, dlfT..r..nt from' u.i . ce.i mat me oW year u 8Wept out by men aud ! droned as chlm- uoy sweeps and Is niDf 0Ut,wUh n)uf. 1Vu ..cm. miieu cnon t0 a clear and . oymis note at the sfroke of 12. It Is to ths custom that Tennyson re- 7, ",' S ?, ",u """"dm-." s .ft quoleuV"Rliig m lb 0,u r , i I he crowds before K yHliy, Lei, 'Hi. ttiL.Aw ,Y,ri eve are vm Bremer d more tioT-y than those bo ion1 inuity. New Ynrb tluuidla .. 1- b have Mly heard the Utaa7ifc 4 't d M ,m m N 't"Mlillfc .