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CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS GARLANDS. Twine the laurel and the bay With holly berries gay: Deck the walls with garlands bright On Merry, Merry Christmas night. PHYSICAL, EXISTENCE under the blue skies and cheerful sun of California is so devoid of cli matic hardship that we often times relapse into a state of apathy regarding preparation for the time honored holiday season. California's forests teem with Christ mas decorations in variety and of beauty undreamed of in other parts of the country. The way was now. and pleasant, too, By stream and forest winding; The sky was fair and everywhere New pleasures we were finding. Within a few miles of San Francisco, on the hill and mountain sides of Mar in, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, "Christmas greens" are to be had for the gathering. First comes the noble madrone, with its smooth chocolate-brown trunk and branches, magnolia like, glossy leaves, and great pendant clus ters of coral berries the size of small marbles. Well furnished branches of the madrone are undoubtedly the most elegant of all our native decorative ma terials. Care should be exercised in transporting the boughs, owing to the brittleness of the twigs, which snap like pipe stems. A cluster of the branches, tied with a broad sea-green ribbon, makes a beautiful and chaste gift. The "red berry" (Hetromoles arbuti folia), like th** madrone, is peculiar to sections of California, It is at once the most brilliant, the hardiest and most productive of all the red-berry pro ducing shrubs, and Is the envy and despair of Eastern horticulturists. The hollies, none of which are native to California, are of slow growth, while the "red berry will recover from a se ver*" cutting in a season, but the sym metry of the bushes should never be destroyed by tearing off the branches, as is often carelessly done. In the neighborhood of Menlo Park there are a number of magnificent ex amples that have attained the dignity of trees thirty-five feet in height. The clusters of the "red berry" are so large that the foliage is insuiflcient for deco rative purposes, so in the making of wreathes and garlands they are com bined with the "California holly." This so-called holly is in fact an evergreen cherry (Cerasus illicifolius). found in a restricted district along the coast range. The leaves of this ever green cherry are not quite so large nor as stiff as those of the English or American holly, but they are sharply notched, curled and of a brilliant, glos sy green. The fragrant bay tree, from the leaves of which bay rum is manufac tured, can also be utilized. The branches lend a touch of dignity to a decoration, and a few of the leaves, crushed, will emit a pleasant, pungent odor. Manzanita branches, with their rich reddish-brown bark and twisted stems, can be used to give a fantastic touch to more sombre evergreens. The flat-leafed variety of our com mon live oak (Quercus agrifolia), fur nishes the most elegant material for wreaths. The sprays should be care fully selected and the dark shining leaves brushed with a cloth slightly saturated with sweet oil, to remove the dust. Mistletoe is to be had in unlimited quantities— not the true English mistle toe (Viceum album), but a near rela tive (Phoradendron flavescens). Mis tletoe is sometimes called the "robber plant," on account of its parasitic hab it. The seeds become fastened to the boughs of trees, mostly through the agency of birds; they germinate and send their roots down under the bark and live upon the sap of the tree. Mis tletoe is a coarse, ungainly plant, and is not pretty, except when covered with Its myriad pearly fruits. Its historical associations, however, are such that it will ever be affectionately regarded by lads and lassies at Yule Tide. The plants will be found almost entirely upon oak trees. The young clusters should be taken, as the old plants are sticky and discolored. The long wavy oak moss which is so plentiful is exceedingly pretty for fes tooning, giving a soft, fairy-like effect and a touch of age. This is a true moss, and when closely examined will reveal large beautiful leaves exquisite ly threaded. The so-called "Florida moss" is not a moss at all, but a Til landsia, a relative of the pineapple, strange as it may seem. If examined, this "moss" will be found to consist of numberless fully developed plants, with flowers and seeds, all strung together by strong vegetable threads. Many of the nearby canons are lit erally fern lined. Here drooping willows bend above The slender feathery fern, And its myriad tender trailing vines With many a graceful turn. They are gathered by the wagonload and sold very cheaply in the city on festive occasions. The fronds of the coarser variety often measure four to five feet in length. Christmas trees, which are furnished very reasonably in San Francisco, are supplied from the redwood forests of the coast and the fir clad peaks of the Sierras. Either very young trees or the tops of saplings are cut for the pur pose. These trees are graceful, but are not rigid enough for the purpose, so the tying on of gifts has in a measure to be dispensed with. In the making of garlands redwood and Monterey cypress branches art used almost exclusively. These are an excellent substitute for the red cedar and hemlock of the East, the difference scarcely being distinguishable. The garland and wreath trade of San Fran cisco is largely in the hands of a sort of Italian stock company. Some of the members collect the material, others make it up in the .cellars, and the stores dispose of it. Bent willows form the base of the wreaths. These can be cut in the low lands about Baden or along any of the streams. It seems that with such an abundance of easily obtained material at hand no Califor nia home should be undecorated at Christmas tide. If you have caught the Inspiration, don a rough suit, equip yourself with a hall of stout twine, shawl strap, sharp hatchet and knife, not forgetting the pumpkin pie. Interview some woods roaming friend if you are not familiar with the lay of the land. Get . your hearings when the sun breaks over the horizon and the air is fresh and crisp. Feel a little of the true old fashioned Christmas spirit. "3MORY E. SMITH. 1 : jJLi MM HOIST. * The above cut shows the 10-horsepower "UNION-** Hoist. * It lifts ONE TON 125 FEET PER MINUTE. Drum holds 700 -j* * feet 5-8 inch cable. Weight 3500 lbs. 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San Francisco. ■ - THE SAIN" FRAXCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1897. _ ■*■■ ■ AS READ BY ASTROLOGY. The sun touches the first point of the celestial sign Capricorn this year at a few minutes past 8 o'clock in the morning of the 21st of December, Washington time. At that moment the middle decanate of the sign Capricorn will be on the ascendant and the first decanate of Scorpio will be culminat ing. Saturn is ruler of the scheme and -■ in the eleventh house with Herschel. The sun has just risen and the moon is ■n the crest of the eleventh house closely applying to the great malefics. Jupiter, the great benefic, is in the ninth house casting a benevolent in 'nence to Herschel and Saturn. The general indications of the scheme are by no means as favorable for the peace and quiet of the nation as could be wished, though her prog ess and advantages are much increas d by the conditions which will pre [*■ during the winter quarter. The two great malefics being in the eleventh house lead us to apprehend that the Congress of United States will be influenced by popular clamor to some unusually vigorous action in for eign affairs and may suffer some un usual turmoil or disturbance over Spanish matters or those of other for eign governments. The favorable rays of the great benefic Jupiter, however, promise to guide our action judicious ly and profitably, for our commercial condition as a nation is indicated as most cheering, pointing out that the trials and misfortunes of foreign na tions result in some unusual benefits to our own. Notwithstanding the ru mors and reports of warlike tenden cies, the significators of our enemies applying to the great malefics reflects the weakness and misgivings of those enemies, indicating talk and bluster, but not the foolhardy courage to act. Diplomacy will prevent the evil. The temporary alarm and uncertain ty arising from international complica tions is indicated as causing a very unsteady stock and grain market, and we shall probably witness some marked and rapid fluctuations of prices, and some unusual excitement in the last days of the old year and in the early days of the new. The ruler of the scheme afflicted in dicates increased mortality among our very aged people from cold diseases, rheumatism and lung troubles. The two great malefics are now tra versing the sign Sagitarius, the rul ing-sign of Spain, and the affairs of that country are gloomy indeed; pro tracted warfare with her colonies and detruction of vast revenue yielding properties have emptied her treasury, and revolution and civil war threaten her at home. The readers will do well to mark the evil effects upon that country resulting from the passage of the malefics through her ruling sign in the next few years. • Things in Europe look very black. Russia is determined to stop Germany in the East. In this country stocks will have great fluctuations. Money will be very high. Wheat is likely to reach $1 50. if Con gress will pass a currency bill business will improve. The revenue will fall far short of expectations. Cuba will have about a year's more fighting. McKinley's course in delay ing the recognition of Cuba will cause them to spill more blood, and the Cu bans and the climate will, by the end of next year, drive the Spaniards from the island. Cuba is bound to be free. The Klondike will be a star of at traction for some time yet. There will be a good opportunity to place money and for strong men to use their strength, although it will not bring returns until one year and five months have passed from the present time. .Then some remarkable events will occur in several directions, giving big returns to the rich and benefiting the laboring man there for the time and labor spent, and giving him great hope for the future. It will not be ne cessary for many physicians to go there to establish themselves, for there will be but little illness, and about the only work they are likely to be called on to attend to will be to bring into this world with safety the new and young settlers of the Klondike There will be less rain, though fre quent showers will be noticeable Strong winds will prevail during the early spring and summer. FORTUNATE AND EVIL DATES FOR THE NEW YEAR. The first month of the year was dedicated by the Romans to Janus, whose double face had its origin in the fact that the sun passes through two successive signs of the zodiac ruled by the planet Saturn. The Romans presented their friends with gifts in the name of Janus on the first day of this month. The effects of the great conjunction of Saturn with Uranus o. last year have not yet passed away, and the disturbed state of the east will react on the western nations and cause much anxiety. Remarkable events may be looked for about the Bth to the loth of Janu ary in England, Africa and Spain. Greece and Bulgaria will soon feel the sting of Mars in the ruling sign Cap ricornus. . Let all who were born when either Saturn, Mars or Uranus held the eighteenth degree of Cancer pay attention to their health and financial matters. Delays and difficulties ap ply most forcibly to those born on the Bth, 9th, 15th and 29th of January. 1829, 1867, 1869. Jupiter stationary in the sign Libra 10 deg. 17 mm. 'benefits persons born on or in the first week of January, also 11th, 12th, 2ith, 25th, 27th and 30th are remarkably good birthdays. On Monday, the 3d, also the 4th, Bth and 6th, urge all business to the ut most. , Bright and prosperous are the conditions for travelers, mer chants, tradesmen and speculators; fortunate for changing residence. Ju piter's benefic influence this month will temper the scourging influence of Saturn by his sextile aspect accord ingly.' There is good ground for hope that public affairs will be more peace ful and more prosperous than last year; that trade and commerce will expand and prove remunerative to bankers. Good to ask money accomo dations; speculate in railway stocks; buy and sell houses and lands, mining properties and products; deal with real estate men, farmers, builders and all in laborious occupations in the last week of January and through Febru ary, avoiding the 4th and 6th and the afternoon of the 12th and the morning of the 14th, also the 27th and 2Sth or" the last-named month. The lucky have days and these they choose. The unlucky have hours and these they lose. MRS. ELLEN H. BENNETT, __*_*__*>.:' ESTABLISHED /888. INCORPORATED 1897. © KXXS QQOQO I HOME SUPPLY CO. I I 217=219=221 DRUMM STREET, I O o 6 Between Clay and Washington, q I SAN FRANCISCO - - - - . CALIFORNIA. § | ... WHOLESALE DEALERS IN . . . | MERCHANDISE AND PRODUCE § ... 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These are the troubles of fear, the dread of some object which is alto gether inoffensive but which, never theless, produces a painful impression which it is difficult— many cases ex ceedingly difficult— to overcome. Probably the chief of these phobias is the fear of space, or agoraphobia. The person attacked by it experiences either a kind of uneasiness or even an absolute difficulty when he has to cross a large square or a wide street if there are but few people about. He is seized with a sensation of fear, he feels oppressed, bewildered; his heart beats quickly, he shudders, turns pale and red by turns and his legs tremble. At times the sensation of fear is so great that he becomes quite incapable of taking a step forward and feels much the same as we do in a dream when we wish to fly from some danger and cannot move our legs. The person who suffers from agora phobia is not really afraid; he knows very well that there is nothing to fear, but he cannot master the impression which takes possession of him. In one case a young man, suffering from this complaint, had to cross the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to .go to work. Every morning when he started on his journey he made up his mind to over come this feeling, and boldly took a few steps across the place; but his fears got the better of him, and he hastily made his way back to the pavement to go all around instead of crossing. This complaint is more common than might be supposed. Many sufferers contrive to hide the truth from their friends by various expedients, and a long article could be written about the stratagems adopted. It is not a very serious complaint, although decidedly inconvenient. Other people fear crowds. If they find themselves suddenly surrounded by several people or stopped in their walk by some obstacle, such as wait ing for a procession to pass, a thrill of pain goes through them. They feel as though they were stifling for want of air, and occasionally this feeling is so strong that it causes tl em to go off into a dead faint. On the other hand, there are people who cannot be left by themselves in a room without becoming timid, and the least noise irritates them and makes them look around in a scared manner, which seems absurd- to those not af flicted with this nerve trouble. This is quite distinct from the fear of danger; brave men suffer from it. This trouble is called monophobia. The fear of catching certain diseases must also be classed among these pe culiar nerve complaints. People who have such a dread of a certain disease often fall ill of it simply through their unjustified fear. Specialists give this trouble the name of pathophobia. 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