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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
Christmas in the Tropics It don't seem much like Christmas, Mere in these Southern seas, With the land a dream of springtime, An' the fruit upon the trees, 'I he hirds are sinn'in' sweetly, The sun shines bright an' warm, Hut 1 jes' can't think 'tis Christmas, With no snow, nor ice, nor storm. As lonjj ns I cm reckon, I'e kept each hristnias Day, Way back in Indi.inny, In the good, old-fashioned way; Oh how 'twould sometimes snow there ! Hy Gosh I how hard she'd freeze ! And now well, this aint Christina'!, With this soft I'.-cific breeze. Whv we'd overcoats with collars, That was mule of beaver fur. And out-doors without ear-muffs, Wc wouldn't d."re to stir; And here thry'ri w irin' clolhin' You can see through to the skin, And they wish you " Merry Christmas I " Lord I I jest can't take it in. Then the skatin' an' the sleighin', And frolics in the snow, When with bob-sled an' a hay-rack, A ridin' we would go ; An' the gals 'ud cuddle closer, An' the boys 'ud lark and spoon, Jest fancy actin' that a-way Beneath a harvest moon. An' yet I guess it's Christmas, For the cells were loudly ringin', An' I heard the little choir-boys, The "Herald Angels" singin'; An' the preacher took the text I've heard Again, an' yet again, At Christmas seasons: " Peace on earth, Good will toward all men." Herbert M. Ayres. '&, "5 JUS JXVti Chinatown on ChriMmas eve hits the outwaid semblance of any othn part ot the city, for heathen renunciation of the cult of Chtiht dues not cany with it any prejudice against supplying Chiihtians with such articles of pecuniary value as are deemed appiopriate for gifts at this festal period. It is the levelling in fluence of tiade, which knows no creed hut faith in the dollar, that makes John Chinaman as merry at Christmas tide as his more enlightened fellow. He who has limited means with which to make many little heaits at home happy is tempted to go into Chinese stoies to make his purchases. Hop Hai Kee's great, swinging sign has a line of Chinese characters which, translated freely into Anglo-Hawaiian, reads : " More cheap, more better" a pro veib whose principle is adheied to by many who go shopping in the Chinese quarter. It was on Christmas eve that a middle-aged man dressed in rough loosely fitting close accosted a Chinese hackman who was heated in his can iagc calmly speculating on the chances of loads among the tluong of passers-by on the street. The hackman, with that keen peicepiion of character which a long practice of his calling had giving him, concluded that the man was a sailor, and asked him where he wanted to go. "Do y u know where John Urquhart lives?" asked the stranger, getting into the hack. 'Yis, Palama; he my blother," replied the hackman, whip ing up his horse and driving into King street. " Your brother 1 " exclaimed the passenger. " Yes, I mally wahine all same his wahine." " I no sabe." " One wahine he mally all same sister my wahine." " O, I see, brother-in-law." " All same blother." " Yes, brother, that's right ; ha, ha. You love your brother?" " Sure." " He got family ? " " Plenty. All go way for Clismas. He been stop home alone." " Well, you take me to your brother just as quick as that Abdallah will let you." The vehicle was soon out of the busy street and passing through suburban by-ways, bordered by the gardens, taro-patches and rice-fields of the ever-plodding Chinamen. A waning moon shed a glimmer of light over the landscape and a gentle, southerly breeze, scarcely ruffling leaf or flower, lent a warmth to theatmos-