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"Is there really a Santa Clauo,
daddy? asked Alfred, his anxiou
eyes aglow as he stood by his father's
It was the nifeht before Christmas
and the family v\a.s gathered together
in the living toom beiuit, the tire
place whose flashing and dancing
flames glistened on the silver and
gold festoons decorating the Ctaist
r/ias tree. An regular row of stock
ings hung from the man.le and \\PI
silhouetted 'against the
family had had a happy tain libten
ing to the Christmas Carols, from tne
phonograph arid to their fathei who
was gifted with a remarkable fund of
It was now time for Alfred to go
to bed, his mother had .meadv left
Jthe rooin, lie, however wa* in nojust
MAKE MERRY ON CHRISTMAS
Calabrian Minstrels of Rome, With
Silvan Pipes, Started Celebration
Ten Oays in Advance.
^SHRISTMAS used to be r-ele
1 brated in Rome by the ar
Hf ma of Calabrian miuutrels
with liieir silvan pipes ten
dajs foefoie Christmas. In
eveiy street of the historic city they
would play their wild, plaintive muwe
before the shrines of the Madonna.
These minstrels or "pifferari," as thej
were called, became rare after the
latter part of the Nineteenth centurj.
In Sicily men came down from the
mountains nine clays before Christmas
to sing a "novena" to a plaintive mel
ody accompanied by violin and 'cello.
The ..music of chiming bells fea
tures Christmas the world over. In
the Philippines the dawn of Christ
mas is ushered in by ringing of bells
in scores of church towers, calling the
people lo service. In the dark they
flock to the churches to the familiar
notes of fh( "Adesre Fideles."
The musit-lovlng world agrees with
the stranger in Bracebridge hall, "I
do not know a grander effect of music
on the moial leejings than to hear the
full choir and the pealing organ per
forming a Christinas anthem in a
cathedral and filling every part of the
vast pile with triumphant harmony."
Star of Bethlehem in Holland.
In Holland the harbinger of Christ
mas Is a huge illuminated star which
is carried through the silent, dark
Dutch streets, shining upon the crowd
of people and significant of the star
which once guided the three wise men
o the East. The young men who car
ry the star through the streets gather
money for the poor from the crowds
who come out to watch for it. After
this they betake themselves to the
burgomaster of the town, who, accord
ing to custom, is bound to set the
youth's down to a splendid meal. This
is a very great institution in many
Successful Operations on Hens.
"When I was a little girl," writes a
lady in British Columbia "I assisted
my mother remove poison from the
crops of about a dozen chickens. Since
I have been married, I have opened
a lien's crop to remove an extra large
kernel of corn. I make a veiy small
hole in the skin on one side of the
middle and then slip the skia over
before opening the crop. Afl*r le
moning the offending object let the
skin slip back and it is not nec&ssaiy
to sew up the holes. I keep tln bud
confined a few days and feed on soft
foods. Have never had a death from
this class of operation."
CHRISTMAS TIME IN FRANCE
Yuletide Season Great Time for Dis
play of Green Plants Houses
Filled With Decorations.
A *T IS the Le Petit Jesu that
^^HhJ[ brings gifts to the French
4MntsV children at Christmas time.
P^ He never forgets a good
child and is sure to slip
something into the wooden shoe of the
child if it is left at the door. He
has, however, been known to leave
pebbles in the shoe of one who has
To the French, Christmas Is the
great time for greens. -Everywhere
one sees the brilliant poinsetta flower
displayed. The houses are filled with
mistletoe and holly, and half the fun
of Christmas consists in getting the
greens and decorating the houses. The
houses are then ready for le .Tour de
An, or New Year's day, which is the
gayer of the two festivals.
"Is there a Santa Claus' h asked.
"Yes, my lad, there j,' lospondt'd
his father. "Some folks wilr try tohim,
tell youjihat Old St. Nick is 4ust a
story and not real at all. I feel sorry
for those iind of people. Do youthing
know how old Santa Claiis is''"
Alfred shook his yellow head.
"Santa Claus," continued his fath
er, "is as old as he can be. Santa
Claus was here long befose theie
were ever little bovs and girls.
"Now listen real carefully and I'll
tell you a secret about Santa Clans
which most folks don't know. Santa
Claus is love. Yes, sir, Santa Claus
is love. It is love who will fill thoi-e
"Course yo-u can't see love A can
you see Santa Claus but he is real
A light of understanding bright-
Try to save a little
From the cost of llvln*
Christmas time Is coming,
With Its cost of glvin'.
Christmas in Peru.'
A midnight mass is generally held
the night before Christmas in Peru.
Christmas day is generally celebrated
by huge spectacular bullfight,and
after this has taken place, a religious
procession follows, at the head of
which usually is held a statue of the
Virgin When this ceremony is over
people are free to enjoy themselves as
they choose for the rest of the day.
vniage rnat rroais.
lit the interior of French Indo-Chlna
there is a village whose location is a
source of worry to captains of passing
steamers. They are never ceitaiu
where they will find it.
Its name is Snok-Trou, and its lo
cation is somewhere on the Mekong
river. The village consists of 40 or
30 little huts built on rafts and
lashed together with rattan ropes.
Here dwell about 200 people, whose
chief occupation is fishing.
The rear of the village Is lashed to
half-submerged trees, but the whole
town changes its position from tune
to time, according to the vagaries of
the river or the whims of its Inhab
itants. Steamboats passing up thechildren
river will find it at one spot, and oa
the return journey discover that it
has moved elsevheie.
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CLIFFORD'S FOR YOUR
Mixed Candies, per lb 15c
Hard Mixed Cady, per lb 22c
Hard Mixed Candy, 2J lbs 50c
Moxed Nuts, per lb 28c
Mixed Nuts, 2 lbs 50c
Brazil Nuts, per lb 30c
Walnuts, per lb 40c
Peanuts, fresh roasted, per lb -20c
Heinz Plum Pudding 25c and 60c
Cluster Raisins, per lb 30c
Lingon Berries, per lb 20c
Cider, in quart bottles, each 40c
Mince Meat, per pkg 1 Jc
Pure Fruit Jam, in 5-lb pails, each. .$1.45
Prunes, lame and medium sizes, mix
ed, per lb
Prunes, large and
Honey, in pint jars 35c
Honey, in half-gallon jars $1.25
Our Leader Coffee, fresh roasted, "the
Memory Lasts," per lb 43c
Clifford & Co, Phone ISO
hti TtLarinriP Hunt* Hitrn** i-^v
ened the lad's face. .His father kruw
that mother would be calling for
but w\o could resist continuing
before such an eiuvrapt listener?
"Now, then,Jet me tell you some
more about Santa Claus which
most people have forgotten all about.
Santa Claus is with us the whole year
round and not just for Christmas
only. Sure, it is love who takes the
basket of jellies and pies and chicken
to the poor boys and girls who have
no father or mother to taVe care of
"So then whenever any folks tell
you that Santa isn real you just
tell them you know better.
"Now before mother calls us again
maybe I can tell you something else
about Santa, He always has his mes
sengers. Wouldn't you like to be one?
I've tried to be one for a long time
QUEER WAYS OF MISTLETOE
Popular Christmas Green Fastens Its
Roots on Sturdy Trees and Re
1 HE mistletoe really a de
for iiss i a parasite
Instead of being a healthy
tree Itself, it fastens its
roots upon the sturdy oak
and gum trees, and even depends on
others to have Its seed carried to
places whpre they, will grow. The
numerous pearly white berries cover
ing the mistletoe all winter attract
(he birds. When a bird eats a cherry
he (.wallows the meat and drops the
pit. but the seed of the mistletoe is
sticky and clings to the bird's bill. The
only way for the bird to rid himself
of the annoying seed is to wipe it off.
This he does, on some branch of the
tree on which ho happens to be at
the timf Later this seed sprouts, and
not iinding earth, which its habits
have^niade it cease to want, it sinks
lis roots into the bark of the tree and
there receives the richest nourish
ment. It keeps its leaves all winter,
and when the oaks are bare its wav:.v,
pale-green leaves stand out promi
nently against the dull brown bark.
The Real Spirit.
Has the real Christmas spirit been
laid upon its bier by a lot of old
fogies who have lived too long to
sense the thrill of the holly and mis
tletoe whose spectacles and whiskers
have debarred them from entering the
kingdom of pure delight where the
wander and whose dyspeptic
spirits have been warped with acid
bitterness until they can no longer
flow_with_the sweet Joy of Christmas
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THE BEMIDJ! DAILY PIONEER
and it is juht lots of fun
Alfied expressed his delight with
a perfectly kibsabie smile as he nod
ded his head.
Well sr! Tomorrow ib Christmas
and it is t\\s time lor littie boys and
girls and everybody too. to have a
happy joyous day. Tomon-ow you
will wake up early, I know You will
waken too early tor me but since it
is only once a year I'll forgive you.
Anyhow, after you have found all the
wonderful things stuffed in jour long
stockings and played with all the
things hidden under the Christmas
tree, we are all going to be messen
gers fort Santa Claus.
"You and mother and I are going
to fix up a big basket with good
things to eat. We will bundle up
real warm and take the basket around
to t\]ieJloc beyond the old church.
Wid.nv Miranda lives in the little cot
tage with her little* girl and we are
going to Surprise them with this bas
ket. They will be so happy beoause
they will know that Santa Claus, has
not foigotten them. Won't that be
"Oh, yes, daddy," exclaimed Alfred
clapping his hands. "Let's be Santa's
messengers. Oh, I can hardly wait
"All righy'said his father, "the
quickei to bed the sooner will Chi 1st-
mas be here. Come on
Alfred gr^-jped his father's hand
and they marches-off in response to
the mother's insistent call.
cheer? "TSiV. The" leal halipniS,s
and the cheer that go with red-nb
boned wreaths and twinkling candles
peeping and winking from between the
green of.fairy Christmas trees tlu
thrill of myriad to stntked in chaotic
heaps the mystery of tissue papei
bundles the secrets that flv hack and
forth under the grave covei of 'eren
ity the smell of spicv fruitcake and
the mellow aroma of liolidjj baking
aie heie. Tho aie heie as they are
alwnvs here when the holidavs are
just before usEvunsville Courier.
"Indeed, Cousin Jack, vve owe you
a great deal for helping to dec mate
the room for our Chustmas partv
"Then, as jou acknowledge the debt,
come over here under the mistletoe
and let me collect some of the over
The Portable Lamp.
The cheapest and most generalI
useful electrical applianre and at Hie
same time the one most seldom tnken
advantage of In the ordinniy household
is the portable lamp This biniply con
sists of a few yards of flevlble tnsu
lated wire, at one end of which is fKoil
an ordinary plug to screw into a wall
or chandelier socket and at the other
a lamp socket. The cost Is very little.
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BUY A MAN'S GIFT FROMAMAN'S STORE
Custom Work A Specialty
We have now on hand a large stock of the fin-
ished products for Wholesale and Retail trade.
Make your Christmas Gifts practical by,buyng
WOOL BATTING, which will make most
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523 MINNESOTA AVE.
I. BATCHELDER, Owner.
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VERY man likes to receive his gifts from a store where he knows
that quality is one of the fundamental principles of the business.
And years of association with this store has gained for us that confi-
dence which we highly prize.
Our Christmas stock of Clothing and accessories
never was finer, never better, and never as com-
prehensive as right now.
Because of the usual business we're anticipating
this season, we urge you to do your shopping early.
Your Raw Wool
Manufactured into Yarn, Wool Batting
and heavy Lumberman's Socks.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS:
Suits and Overcoats
|25.00 and up
BATH ROBES SHIRTS NECKTIES
MUFFLERS HOSIERY HATS
CAPS PAJAMAS NIGHT GOWNS
COLLAR BAGS SUIT CASES