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J$K v.' v^., •'*ye rv V"'*' itKl it 1 fe.-: ^3% T* VOL.. 2 NO. 19, The' Courier Junior Published by THE COURIER PAINTING CO, OTTUMWA, iOWA. MATILDA DEVEREAUX. f-DITOB. A FEW CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS. Dear Juniors: The beautiful Christ mas season is with us again. The Christmas spirit is everywhere. Holly, mistletoe and the Christmas tree are to be found in nearly every home. In the midst of these beautiful surround ings we must remember the true sig nificance of Christmas, love' one an other. This was God's message to us when the choir of heavenly angels sang out, "Peace on earth, good will to men." And the humble wondering shepherds followed the heavenly voices and went over the hills to Bethlehem, and there in a stable they found the little child who had brought the great est riches and the greatest joy as a gift to earth for evermore. Then the shepherds bowed the knee and adored the tiny babe. A beautiful little poem called "In the Kingdom of a Child," Bays: "When Jesus came to Bethlehem, All in the rose of dawn, The music quivered like a flame From heaven's own glory drawn And sky and earth were blended in AA symphony of love 1 Sfv '3 What time there came to Mary's arms The Child from heaven above.: "The little Christ-child was so sweet Had you been there, or I, We would have kissed those tiny feet, Have bushed that Baby's cry We might have knelt and offered gifts, Our gold, our spice, our myrrh We might have wreathed the manger with Our cedar, pine, and fir." The Juniors in their stories tell many beautiful legends about Christ mas. We feel that the Courier Juniors know full well the true significance of Christmas Most of them have shown It by joining the "Christmas Stocking club." We feel very proud of the Ju niors. They show such an excellent spirit of Christian charity. They will make many little hearts happy this Christmas by their offerings to the Christmas Stocking club. We wish the Juniors a very merry, merry Christ mas. May all the blessings of the sea son b6 their portion. THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING CLUB. The Christmas Stocking club is go ing to fulfill dur fondest expectations. In case some of the Juniors failed to read the Santa Claus letters last week, we will publish the club rules today. Please remember that Santa Claus will call at the Courier Junior office on Christmas eve for the stockings and divide them into two lots, one lot for the Open Door Mission on Mill .street and'the other for the Salvation Army barracks on West Main street. Te belong to this club you must fix -up a regular Christmas stocking and 'bring it to the Courier Junior. Don't forget to put the remaining stocking in the Christmas stocking. You can. fill both stockmgs if you want to. The big prize this week is awarded to Lillian Consodine. This little girl de serves the prize, according to all the rules of the contest. Lillian's paper Is neat and the writing excellent, be sides her story is very pretty. Helen Deacon, Helen Rowe and Alice E. Lea are also entitled to prizes for their excellent work. We will send each one of these lettle girls a picture of "Teddy G" and "Teddy B." We Will send out the souvenirs for the Christmas Stocking club next week and will also publish the roll of honor. CHRISTMAS IN FOREIGN LANDS. In most of the civilized countries around the world, every boy and girl .celebrates Christmas. The familiar and home-like customs are very Similar in English-speaking lands, but in other ^countries there is much that is strange gtjto those who are used to a New World •Christmas. Perhaps, if an American boy were to .'spend Christmas away from the dear jJ .borne festivities, he might best enjoy the Russian celebration. There is one feature of the Christmas observance in Mi? the czar's domain which is apt to strike one very favorably and that is the great length of the holiday season. Christmastide covers two whole weeks, and for fourteen days, from December 24 until January 8, there is one long line of holidays. For a fortnight, books and pencils are laid aside, and the school room doors are closed. Neither do people work. Everybody has a long memorable, happy holiday. The streets are very bright and gay, and the store windows are bewilderingly beautiful "with holiday goods, though it is to be feared that this year if present con ditions maintain, there will be little Joy or celebration in the Little Father's empire and little cause for rejoicing on the part of his poor oppressed peo ple. In the large Russian cities, the Christmas sunshine glows radiantly on the snow-covered streets and buildings. The air is crisp, cold and Invigorating. The happy crowd's pass along the thor oughfares dressed in fur coats and caps, snow boots and sheep skins, and in the national gala attire of the vari ous /aces—the Tartars, Circassians, Armenians and Russians. The streets present the appearance of a qreat international fair, for there are brilliant displays, side shows and booths. The Gostinoi Door is the great ba zaar of St. Petersburg. At Christmas time, it resembles the interior of a dense forest. Thousands of Christmas trees are brought here every year to go into the homes of the people. It is good to record that there is not a home so poor in Russia,but that the chil- "j M*\ dren may have the happiness of a Christmas tree. If for some reason there Is no tree at home for the chil dren there is certain to be one at the school or association. The favorite decorations seen in the humbler homes are bright paper flowers, rainbow-hued glass beads, and goodies. In Russia the pleasure of the Christ mas tree Is not limited to one or two evenings. The glowing tree shines out brilliantly every night during the two weeks, and each night there is a party for old or young. In the city the resplendent trees give great en joyment to the eager Russian children. BUt the most wonderful sight is seen in the country on the large estates, when a tree Is decorated and lighted just as it stands in the center of a bit of woods. The scene is very impres sive. The village children who are in vited guests, gather about wild with delight, to. get the presents and dain ties from the wonderful, sparkling, outstretched branches of the tree. In Germany, too, therfe is no hol iday on the calendar so great as Christ mas. And it is the children's festival, also. Christmas in Germany is very much like Christmas in America. Many of our Christmas. customs came from there. Germany gave us the Christmas tree, and it is the center of all the Christmas doings for the Ger man children. It is the chief pleasure of the Ger man fathers and mothers to prepare the Christmas tree. This is usually done in a room closed to the children. There is great mystery about it all. Everyone in the house has his secrets for weeks before Christmas Eve. The days pass slowly, but finally Christmas Eve arrives. At 6 o'clock the climax of excitement is reached. The father rings the bell, the doors of the long-saaled-up Christmas room fly open and there stands the entrancing tree in all its majesty,.. The children are admitted Into what seems to them like Paradise. They find not only the won derful tree, resplendent with tinsel lights, candles and gifts, but also a ta ble spread for each of them and they hurry to see whether their hopes and wishes have been realized. In some parts of .Germany, Scandin avia and Holland, the custom obtains for all the children to say a prayer to Krlss Kringle at the chimney cor ner on Christmas Eve, asking him to fill their stockings for Christmas morn ing. They confide in him as to what they would like. Kris Kringle [Christ Kindlein) is the German Santa Claus, who is supposed to come down the chimney for all good children. The .American boy would probably feel very much at home in either Rus sia, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Swed en at Christmastide. In these north countries the customs are very like those of the homeland.' But in the southern European nations, where Christmas is more a religious than a home festival, he would find the holi day very different from ours. This is especially true of Italy. Ital ian children do not' hang up their stockings at Christmas, or have a Christmas tree. On Christmas morn ing they are taken by their mothers to the churches. There they are called on to recite hymns of praise to the Madonna and Child in the "Presepio," which is a representation of the stable of Bethlehem, where the Christ was born. Within the rocky cavern are wax images often as large as life, of the Madonna and Child, of Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men, and im ages of animals. The children of the Sunday schools of the evangelical churches in Italy sometimes have trees, however, though there are not many of them as yet. The branches are laden with •yellow oranges, with silvered balls, and with strings of gilt paper. The lighted candles are usually of the three na tional colors of Italy: red, white and green. The family festival of Christ mas Eve is the chief delight of the children. There are fish, eels, nuts, cakes, fruit or vegetables for old and young. On the next day the Christmas dinner is enjoyed, the chief dishes be ing capon and pangallo, a sort of nut and fruit cake. Very few American boys and girls would care to spend the Christmas holidays in France, where no one pays much attention to Christmas and where no presents are exchanged. The children who have no "home withy a little 'h'" In France and who are be ing reared in the convents, often have some beautiful Christmas ceremonies, the spirit of which might well be intro duced into other lands. For weeks be fore Christmas, the convent children begin to prepare for the convent cele bration. The criD with the Christ Child is the chief center of attraction, and the reward for good behavior is the privilege of helping to make the crib. A gold straw is laid for each kind act and for each day well spent. The highest reward of merit. is the privilege of laying the wax figure in the crib. The children of the poor are always kept in mind by the convent child. It is the custom to get ready presents of fruit, necessaries, clothing, etc., for these "unfortunate children of God When the children rcceive their Christmas boxes on Christmas eve, the first gift taken from these, is placed in the basket for the poor. After the sol emn midnight mass on Christmas Eve, which all the children attend, they are sometimes given something to eat and then they all return to bed to sleep till lrtte on Christmas morning. There is no tree and no hanging up of stockings for the native Cuban chil dren on Christmas day. Santa Claus would have a hard time looking for his usual place to enter the houses, for in Cuba the houses are built without any chimneys. There is a midnight feast on Christmas eve, but children have n0 part in it. The pleasures of Christmas gifts are reserved till "King's Day," January 6. This day is celebrated in commemoration of the visit of the Wise Men of the East, who brought their offerings to the infant Saviour. It is at "King's Day," and not at Christmas that the Cuban chil Vfrytr** Jrr dren hang up their stockings and place their shoes when they go to bed the night before—Jane A. Stewart, in the Pilgrim. JUNIOR STORIES. CHRISTMAS IN GERMANY. In Germany they call him St. Nich olas. Three weeks before Christmas they begin to save their money for Christ mas. There is always one room which the children are not allowed to enter un til father gives a signal. The signal is that fether comes out and says that St. Nicholas has been there and trimmed the tree with gild ed nuts and apples and it is shining with lighted candles. Then the children rush in and get the presents that are given them. They call their land the land of the "Christmas Tree," because the first Christmas was observed there. The children are always 'good for fear of a rod for their back. Even when there are no children they always have a Christmas tree, for three or four days. St. Nicholas always rides a shining white horse. In Germany they put the Christmas tree in the window so every body can see it. The people in Germany are very *e LETTERS TO SANTA CLAUS 41 Dear Santa Clous:—I want, a large Christmas tree and a dress and a pair of shoes and stockings for my cousin. He is too little to write, and I want a stove and a picture book and peanuts, candy and nuts. Yours, Helen Rodgers. Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus: Well, as it is nearly time for your bells to jingle, I will write and tell you what 1 want for Xmas. I want a pair of skates, a doll and a bracelet. I have one sister and one brotlier. My sister wants a bracelet, too. I am a girl ten years of age. I live in Eldon. My name is Hazel Bolding. Dear Santa. Claus: I thought I would write you a letter to tell you what I want for Christmas. I want a horn, some candy, peanuts, or anges, and an air gun. My sister is go ing to send in a "Christinas Story," and I hope she will win the prize. I am 7 years old. I will close. Yours truly, Willie McCoy, age 7, R. F. D. No. 1, Ottumwa, Iowa. I would like to join the "Christmas Stocking club." If this Is published I will write again next week. Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a pop gun and a train and a horn and that is all. Your friend, Ralph Will, age 8, R. F. D. No. 1. Ottumwa, Iowa. P. S.—Please bring Harold and Ever ett something nice. Dear Sant£v Claus:—I want a pop gun and a horn. Will you please bring them? Your friend, Frank Will, age 6, Ottumwa, Iowa. P. S.—I wish you would bring Har old and Everett some nice toys. Dear Mr. Santa Claus: I am a little boy six years old and I want you to bring me a few things for Christmas. I will send you a list of the things: Teddy bear, magic lantern, sled, drum, printing press, fire patrol, some books and candy and nuts. Please, Santa Claus, don't forget where I live. Donald Glew, 119 Iowa Avenue,. Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus:—Will you kindly bring me what you think is best? Yours truly, Edith Parkinson, age 8, 226 Walnut Avenue, Ottumwa, iowa. D'^ar Santa Claus: I I'm a little b-jv living on East Sec ond street. My name Is Mack Vaugh an I am years old and I think I am a very good little child, as I say my prayers every night and morning. But when my mamma gets angry with me she says, "Oh, you naugthy boy" then V.jc'- \r,V?+' OTTUMWA IOWA DEOEMBEN 25. 1906. kind to the poor, people. Some of the oldest inhabitants have not remember ed of ever seeing a rod in their stock ing. Your Junior, Belle Rush, age 9. 1216 North Wapello street, Ottumwa. CHRISTMAS IN GERMANY. In Germany you will find the Christ mas tree everywhere. If the family cannot afford a whole tree, there will sure be a branch of one hung with a few simple little gifts. On the very top of the tree there is an image of the Christ Child, and other images be low. After the candles are lighted the family gather around and slng the Christmas hymn.' CHRISTMAS IN FRANCE. In France at Christmas time you will find everywhere images of Mary and Joseph, and. the Babe with the cattle feeding near, Christ in a manger. These images are decorated with flow ers and lighted candles are burned be fore them. The children hang up their stockings like us. In France the Christmas carols are called noels. CHRISTMAS IN HOLLAND. In Holland they do not hang up their sto'ckings as we do, on Christ mas eve. Instead, the little Dutch girls and boys put their wooden shoes dear Santa, I hope you will overlook my little pranks, for I am just a very little boy and I know you will not pass my stocking by. I want a sled, patrol, loop-the- loop, Humpty-Dumpty cir cus and anything else you like, and oblige. 1 Your little friend. Mack Vaughan, Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus: I thought I would write you a letter to let you know what I want for Christ mas. I want candy, peanuts, oranges, and a big doll. My sister is writing this for me. I cried for her to. I will close. Yours truly, Fanny McCoy, age 4, R. F. D. No. 1, Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Snnta Claus: will write you a letter to let you know what I want for Christmas. I want a sled and a pair of skates. As my letter is getting long, I will close. Yours truly, Tom Pumroy, age 8, R. F. D. No. 2, Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus: I will write you a few lines to tell you what I want for Christmas. I want a doll and a set of dishes and a stove that I can cook on. I was eleven years old on Decern oer 20. I would like to have many more things, but I think that what I have named is enough. I will close. Yours truly, Irene Pumroy,, R. F. D. No. 2, Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus:—I thought that I would write you a fe\v lines to tell you what I want for Christmas. I want the Courier Junior to send this to San ta Clans. I wish -a story book and some candy and huts. Santa Claus was good to me last Christmas. I thank him for what he brought me last Christmas and I want some pretty things that you are willing to bring to me. I am 9 years old. I wish for the Courier. My address Is Hedrlck, Iowa, R. F. D. No. o. I have one brother and one sister. My broth er's name is Lawrence and my sister's name is Marie. I will close for this time. Yours truly. Roy Davis. Dear Santa Claus: I thank you for what y*u brought me lact Christmas. I think you were very kind. I have two little brothers. They would like to have something for Christmas. I would like to have a warm pair of mittens and a ring if you are willing to bring them. I will close. Yours very truly. Maria Davis, age 10, Hedrick, Iowa. Dear Editor: I want to write a few lines to Santa C'aus to let him know what I would like best for Xmas. so I thought he would be sure to get it if I sent it to the Courier office. I am a little boy 6 years old. I go to the Agasslz school and am In the third room. I must hur ry and tell Santa Claus what I want or my letter will be too Ion#. I wnrjt a set of tools, for niv papa Is a carpenter and I Wtyit .to be one. too a pair of ivn in the chimney place, and the good saint puts some little present in every shoe—unless its owner has been very naughty that year. Then the naughty one flnds an empty shoe or a little whip in his shoe Christmas morning. Louise Briggs, age 12 years. Ottumwa, Iowa. LITTLE TOM A CHRISTMAS STORY. Once upon a time there was a little boy whose name was Tom. He lived with his aunt in a tall old house In a city. He was seven years old, and his father and mother were dead. His aunt was very cross to him. She was very touchy. She would give Mttle Tom dry bread to eat, of whioh there was never 'enough not more than once a year did she speak a kind word to him. But little Tom loved this woman because he had no one else to love. Everybody knew that the woman owned a house and had a stocking full of gold under her bed and so she did not dare to send him to school for the poor.. There was a schoolmaster who wanted to teach Tom for almost nothing and so little Jean went and the schoolmaster began to get mad because Jean brought so little amount of money and was dressed so poorly, and so the boy was punished very often. Christmas came rolling by and over shoes and a lot of candy ana some oranges. I will not ask for too much, for he has so many little ones'to satis fy. I will take all he leaves me and thank him very much. Please, Santa, don't forgot my grandpa and' grand ma, as they don't live in Ottumwa. I will close and wish the Courier Junior a merry Xmas. I remain, as ever, jtour little friend, Frederick Carl, 308 South Davis St., Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus:—• I thought I would write to'yotii I am a little boy 6 years old. I would like to have for Christmas a pencil box and some slate, pencils and some candy and oranges. I go to Liberty school. I am in the second reader. My teacher's name is Louise Herman. I have one mile to walk' to school. Good-bye, dear Santa. Philio Moser, Jr., R. F. D. No. 1, Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa. Claus:— I want a Bible, a train"that will run on a track, and a jack-in-a-box. San ta Claus, where do you live? I've heard you live in Labrador, do you? If you do, send me word. I cannot send a stocking to the editor and I am sorry Oh. I wajit a horn before I close. Santa, do you IrVe at the North Pole? I wish I could write long letters, like the other Juniors. Well, as I cannot think of any presents, I will close.' Your friend. (/i Alden Doud. Douds-Leando, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus:— I thought I would write to you. I am a little girl 8 years old. Please bring me for Christmas a pair of fine shoes, some handkerchiefs, some pencils and a pencil box and two tablets—one for mjr little brother: some candy and nuts -and oranges. I go to Liberty school. am in the second reader. My teacher name is Louise Herman. I have one mile to walk to school. Good-bye, d*ar Santa. Louise Moser, R. F. D. No. 1, ii Douds-Leando, Iowa. Mr. Santa Claus:— Dear Santa Claus:—I will write to you and tell you what I want for Christmas. I would like to have just one more doll baby, a doll buggy and some candy, nuts and fruits. I would like to have a book of Lulu and Leander. I want the doll to go to sleep and have fjlue eyes and brown hair. I will go to sleep early so you can come down the chimney and not have to wait until I get to sleep. I will close as my letter is getting long. Yours truly, Hazel Clark, age 12, West Division Street, Ottumwa, Iowa. Dear Santa Claus: My name is Reginald Vaughan. I am a little boy 9 years old. I say my prayers night and morning, and I go to mass every Sunday that I am well. But I have to miss a great deal of school. Dear Santa, I'hope you will re member my stockings and bring me a car and a horn, and a fire wagon and a set of soldiers and oblige your little friend, Reginald Vaughan, ,. Ottumwa, Iowa. ?. 4 W^S3. 1 --v,- ', ,ir by. The night before Christmas there was to be slngiqg in the church, and the schoolmaster was to bring all his boys and come and have a happy time looking at the candles and to listen to the sweet music. The winter was very cold and roads rough, and there was very much snow on the ground. All the boys came with with their fur caps on and heavy overcoats. But Tom came with his summer clothes on and was almost frozen. So they went to church and the boys made much fun of little Tom. It was a very fine churcsh. The sing ing was going on, the boys talked in low tones, they were talking about what they were going to do tomorrow. The children talked of what Santa Claus would bring them and the eyeB of the little boys danced with joy. At last the singing stopped and the Christmas muslo was ended. Now as little Tom passed out he saw a little child sitting on the step. He was asleep. He was thinly dressed and his feet were oold. So Tom gave the boy his shoes and he went on home and told his aunt and, Bhe was mad She made him go to bed and in the morning he went down and found all the chimney full of presents and she was always kind after that Llllie Holland, Ottumwa, ta.' R. R. No. 4. CHRISTMAS IN HOLLAND. The people who live in Holland are called Dutch. The greatest holiday the Dutch have is Santa Claus' day. It Is on December 6. All the stores are made pretty on that day. Santa Claus is in the windows. He Is dress ed in red with white fur, and rides a large horse. The streets are crowded with boys and girls to see all this, and they have Santa Claus cakes, and gin gerbread made like chairs and tables and fishes and horses and many other things. At night Santa Claus rides on the roofs of houses, and drops nice things down the chimney for good children. The boys and girls leave their shoes near the fireplace for the things to drop in. Rut they do not find many toys in their shoes, for San ta Claus likes better to give them cakeB and mopey. Edith Mierage, 12, Ottumwa. R. F. D. No. 6. LITTLE PAUL—A CHRISTMA8 STORY. There was once a little boy whose name was Paul. Paul lived with his aunt, who was very cross and angry to him. His aunt would uke to send him to the school for the poor,- but she dared too for she had a great deal of gold. There was a schoolmaster near his home who offered to teach him for a small sum of money. The school master was very unkind to Paul be cause he dressed so poorly. One night there was to be singing in the church, and the schoolmaster and his schoolboys were to be there. Little Paul went, but he wasn't dressed as warm as the other boys. Wnile the people were singing the little boys were telling vnat Santa Claus was' going to bring them, but little Paul kept still for he knew his selfish old aunt wouldn't get him anything. Wnen the singing was over the school master and his schoolboys marched out just as they hau come In. Whfen little Paul went out there was a little barefooted boy sound asleep, Bitting on the steps. Paul took one of his wooden shoes off and laid it down by his side. Paul hobbled home on one foot, not thinking of deceiving his an gry aunt. When he got home she gave him a hard slap and sent him to bed she told him if he found anything in hib other shoe it would be a switch to whip him with. Paul did not sleef) a bit that night. The next mor/iing when the other boys got up they found nothing but long switches in their stockings, and little Paul found many n:o toys and bags of c_-.ndy. Maggie McCoy, age 13. R. R. No. 4. Ottumwa, la. Dear Junior Family: v-'P I am going to write a little letter. Well, I'm going to write a song that is called Christmas Carol. The pitch is G-sol. It Is the prettiest song I have heard in many years. Well, I hope that some of the Juniors will write Christmas songs and Christmas poetry. It would be very nice for the Juniors to read the stories and letters. I am going to write to Ruth Hudgens of Col ony, Oklahoma. We are preparing for Sunday school ana public school for Christmas entertainments to see San ta Claus. Well, I have nothing more to tell. Esther Garrison age 11. Eldon. THE PRIZE WINNERS. THE MAGI. Some time after the birth of Christ, Melcher, Caspar and Balthasar, three kings from the east, come to Jerusa lem asking where they "might find the new born King, for they had seen the wonderfpl star in the east that had led the shepherds to the stable where Christ was born, and had come to adore him. When King Herod heard this he, as well as all the people of Jerusalem, were much troubled. Then he called all the chief priests and doctors of the law and asked them where Christ was born. They told him "in Bethlehem." He then called for the three wise men and told them to go and adore the Christ Child, and then come and tell him (Herod) where he was so that he (Herod) might go and adore him. After they had left Jerusalem the wonderful star appeared and went be fore them until it stood over where the child was. On entering the stable they found the Saviour, and kneeeling down, adored Him. They then offered Him gifts' of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In the night God warned the kings Ois," NOTICE. AO letter^ for «H» depaita&n muu be addressed: "Coafier Junior,1• FOE THE CILlIiDBEN. In a dream not to return to Herod, be cause he meditated mischief to tfi» Saviour. 'Xhey therefore returned by another way to their own country. That is why they are called the Magi or Wise Men from the East. Lillian Consodine, Ottumwa, Iowa. 134 Janney street. Age 12. jpg CHRISTMAS IN HOLAiND, It is believed that the name St. Nich olas originally came from Holland When St. Nicholas comes he is dress ed in a very fine costume, trimmed with beads, gems and gold: Decem ber S, is When he visits the earth. Early on the morning of the 6th he distributes his candies, toys and treas ures. For the bad' children he brings a birch rod, and for the good ones con fections. N Early in the morning the children prepare for a joyous day. In the ev ening the children go to a grand paiv lor, dressed in their best. In comes St. Nicholas, and then the children sing, "Welcome, St. Nicholas, Wel come!" Alter the song was finished Nicholas spoke, "Children, I greet you all, ye have all been good chil dren since I was here last fall." The parents were busy spreading white linen on the floor. When he had finished his talk, a shower of su gar plums flew from his bag. Each child filled their chubby hands £hd ran to show what they had. They looked 'up' to see what else. St. Nicholas was doing, but he had van ished. He was nowhere eo be seen. Doors of the nouse were flung open, chairs and tables were moved to' search for him. The children then put their wooden shoes on a table, covered with white linen. In each shoe was put a bunch of hay for good St. Nlch's horse. The door to the room was locked and the key put in the mother's room. In Holland the little birds have a Christmas, too. Ije children put a sheaf of wheat on a post, and the birds come an4 have a good meal. On Christmas day the most enjoya ble sport for the Dutch children is the skating race on the canal. All tha family goes to see who shall win. Each child holds to the coat which is In front of him and glides along. Another enjoyment ,of the day is tie ice boats. They go along on the canal, sailed by the wind. These boats are crowded with merry children, who sing a song In honor of St. Nicholas, as they sail along. Helen Deacon, age 13. 522 East Second. St THE STORY OF PIGCOLA. Piccola was the name of a poor lit' tie girl who lived in Italy. She had never heard of a Christmas present until some Amerisan children came to Italy, They told her all about Santa Claus, Christmas, and how they hang up their stockings on Christmas eve. They told her to hang up her stock ing on Christmas eve, and when she was ready to hang it up she remem bered that she had no stockings. She was very unhappy until she trought of her little wooden shoe, so she placed it by the side of the fire and .was soon asleep. In the morning she got up with the moonlight. What do you think She found? A little chimney swallow with a bro ken wing was in her shoe. She was BO happy that she kissed the shoe, she kissed the bird and she even threw kisses up the chimney. There was not a happier girl that aorning in Italy. Helen Rowe, aged 8. 1 Ottumwa. ...-V, THE BIRTH OF JESU8. There was once a man an.l woman, who were on their way to Bethlehem. When they entered the. town the man, whose name was Joseph, went to the inn to pee if they could get lodg ing. But the inn was full,. The own er of the inn said he had a stable in which the shepherds some times stay ed and that he could use that. Then Joseph and Mary, for that was ter name, ws'nt into (h'jir dwelling. Now when r'ght came behold a son was born unto them. TL13 child's name was Jesus. Now the angels of'God had appear* e.I unto some wise m?n or magi and told them of the Christ child. They wore then anxious to see him. Tliey then started '.or Bethlehem. Soon fhe star appeared to guide them. The angels bad said a f.tar would ap pear in the east to guide .tliem. On their way to Bethlehem they stopped to tell Herod "of the birth of Jesus who was king of the Jews. Then Herod told them to seek tha Christ child and when they had found h:m to come and tell him so he might also worship the king of the Jews.' Then the wise'men started again on their journey. When they reached the babe they fell down and worship ped him and offered unto him gifts. But when they were ready to return to their own country God warned them not to return to Herod but to re turn home another way. When Herod heard this he was an gry and said all the children two years or under should be killed. Now God warned Joseph of this and said to take the young child and hia mother and flee into Egypt. So Jo seph did as he was.bado. When the children were killed Christ was not for he was safe in the land of Egypt. When King Herod died and his SOT ruled God told Joseph to take his fam ily and go back to Bethlehem. So they started but when he heard Her od's son ruled he was afraid and turned and entered Nazafeth whei'6 Christ spent tne rest of his boyhood as a carpenter. So he is called tha Nazarene. Alice E. Lea, Albia, Iowa. P. 0. Box 650. Age 11 years.